US Pat. No. 10,182,500

CURABLE COMPOSITION FOR PHOTOIMPRINT, CURED PRODUCT, AND METHOD OF PRODUCING FILM HAVING PATTERN, OPTICAL COMPONENT, CIRCUIT BOARD, OR ELECTRONIC COMPONENT USING THE COMPOSITION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of producing a film having a pattern, the method comprising:arranging a curable composition for photoimprint on a substrate;
bringing a mold having a mold pattern for transfer into contact with the curable composition for photoimprint in a gaseous atmosphere containing a condensable gas;
irradiating the curable composition with light to form a cured film; and
releasing the mold from the cured film,
wherein the curable composition for photoimprint is a curable composition for photoimprint in a gaseous atmosphere containing a condensable gas, the curable composition at least comprising component (A) and component (B):
(A) polymerizable compound; and
(B) photopolymerization initiator,
wherein component (B) has a saturated solubility of less than 1% by weight in the condensable gas in a liquid state at 5° C. and 1 atm or has a Hansen distance (Ra) of larger than 7.6 to the condensable gas.

US Pat. No. 10,130,321

CONTROL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A control apparatus comprising:a processor coupled to a memory and programmed to function as:
a display control unit configured to cause a display unit to display a selecting screen for presenting a list of imaging information of registered radiation detectors and receiving a selection from the list, the imaging information being information in which information regarding a radiation imaging is associated with type information of each radiation detector; and
an associating unit configured to associate in such a manner that when a certain radiation detector is registered, the imaging information selected through the selecting screen is associated with inherent information of the certain radiation detector, the inherent information being information capable of identifying the certain radiation detector.

US Pat. No. 10,110,642

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,108,110

DEVELOPING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

7. A developing device comprising:a developer bearing member rotatably arranged and configured to bear developer including toner and carrier to convey the developer to a developing area opposing an image bearing member;
a first chamber arranged below a rotation axis of the developer bearing member and configured to supply the developer to the developer bearing member, in a state that the developing device is located at a development position at which an electrostatic latent image formed on the image bearing member is to be developed;
a second chamber opposing the developer bearing member and configured to collect the developer passing through the developing area from the developer bearing member, in a state that the developing device is located at the development position;
a first communication portion configured to permit the developer in the first chamber to be communicated from the first chamber to the second chamber;
a second communication portion configured to permit the developer in the second chamber to be communicated from the second chamber to the first chamber;
a first conveyance screw arranged in the first chamber and configured to convey the developer in the first chamber in a first direction;
a second conveyance screw arranged in the second chamber and configured to convey the developer in the second chamber in a second direction opposite to the first direction;
a magnet fixedly arranged inside the developer bearing member, including a first magnetic pole and a second magnetic pole arranged on a downstream side of a local maximum peak position of a magnetic flux density of the first magnetic pole in a rotation direction of the developer bearing member and adjacent to the first magnetic pole and having a same polarity as the first magnetic pole, and configured to generate a magnetic field for stripping the developer passing through the developing area off a surface of the developer bearing member; and
a partition configured to separate the first chamber and the second chamber, the partition including a guide portion arranged opposing the developer bearing member and configured to guide the developer that has passed through the developing area from the developer bearing member to the second chamber for collection, a position at which the guide portion is closest to the developer bearing member is on a downstream side of the local maximum peak position of the magnetic flux density of the first magnetic pole and on an upstream side of a local maximum peak position of a magnetic flux density of the second magnetic pole in the rotation direction of the developer bearing member,
wherein the partition extends from a bottom portion of the first chamber to at least a position opposing a second portion of an outer periphery of the first conveyance screw so that a clearance between the outer periphery of the first conveyance screw and the partition is within a range of 50% to 150% of a clearance, in size, between the outer periphery of the first conveyance screw and the bottom portion of the first chamber across an entire area of the outer periphery of the first conveyance screw on an upstream side of a first portion of the outer periphery of the first conveyance screw, the first portion opposing the bottom portion of the first chamber, and on a downstream side of the second portion of the outer periphery of the first conveyance screw, the second portion opposing a position at which a normal direction component of the magnetic density is zero on the downstream side of the local maximum peak position of the magnetic flux density of the first magnetic pole and on the upstream side of the local maximum peak position of a magnetic flux density of the second magnetic pole, in the rotation direction of the developer bearing member.

US Pat. No. 10,095,181

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A drum supporting member that is usable with an image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording material and to which a developing cartridge is detachably mountable, the drum supporting member comprising:a photosensitive drum;
a frame for rotatably supporting the photosensitive drum;
a mounting portion provided in the frame for detachably mounting the developing cartridge, the developing cartridge including a developing roller for developing a latent image;
a contacting member contactable with the developing cartridge, the contacting member being movable between a first position and a second position, wherein (i) when the developing cartridge is in a third position, the contacting member is in the first position and contacts the developing cartridge with the developing roller contacting the photosensitive drum, and (ii) when the developing cartridge is in a fourth position, which is different from the third position and is a position in which the developing cartridge is dismountable from the drum supporting member, the contacting member is in the second position and a contact surface of the contacting member contacts the developing cartridge; and
an elastic member configured to urge the contacting member, wherein the elastic member is disposed below the contact surface when the developing cartridge is in the fourth position.

US Pat. No. 10,095,117

IMPRINT APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus that forms a pattern of an imprint material on a substrate using a mold, the imprint apparatus comprising:an imaging device configured to obtain an image of the imprint material of a contact region at which the mold is brought into contact with the imprint material; and
a control unit configured to change an angle of a pattern section of the mold with respect to a surface of the substrate, based on the image obtained by the imaging device during a releasing operation in which the mold is released from the imprint material,
wherein the control unit is further configured to change the angle based on a plane coordinate position of a centroid of the contact region and a plane coordinate position of the center of a pattern-forming region on the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,088,791

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a manual feeding tray;
a detecting portion configured to detect whether or not a sheet is put on said manual feeding tray;
an image forming portion configured to form an image on the sheet fed from said manual feeding tray;
a first rotatable member;
a second rotatable member configured to form a nip, for fixing the image on the sheet, in cooperation with said first rotatable member;
a pressing mechanism configured to press said first rotatable member toward said second rotatable member;
a moving mechanism configured to move said pressing mechanism between a first position where the nip is formed by said first and second rotatable members and a second position where said first and second rotatable members are spaced from each other;
a control unit configured to control an operation of said moving mechanism; and
a receiving portion configured to receive input of an instruction about an image forming operation for forming the image on the sheet by said image forming portion,
wherein said image forming apparatus is capable of selectively executing one of operations in a plurality of modes including a first mode in which said control unit is in a rest state and a second mode in which electric power is supplied to said control unit, and
wherein said image forming apparatus changes the mode of the operation to the second mode of the operation in response to detection of putting of the sheet on said manual feeding tray during execution of the operation in the first mode with said pressing mechanism being in the second position, and
then in response to receipt of input of a predetermined instruction about the image forming operation by said receiving portion during execution of the operation in the second mode, said control unit controls said moving mechanism so that said pressing mechanism moves from the second position to the first position.

US Pat. No. 10,091,432

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus configured to perform image capturing of an object, the apparatus comprising:at least one processor or at least one circuit for performing the functions of:
a controller configured to control an optical element, when a motion of the image capturing apparatus follows a motion of a main object, by using (a) first motion information obtained from a first detector to detect the motion of the image capturing apparatus and (b) second motion information obtained from a second detector to detect a motion of an image of the main object; and
a calculator configured to calculate prediction information on a velocity of the image of the main object during an exposure time for the image capturing of the main object, which includes a change of the velocity from that before the exposure time, by using the second motion information detected at different timings before the exposure time,
wherein the controller is configured to use the prediction information to control the optical element during the exposure time in a follow shot mode to acquire a captured image in which the main object is still within the captured image and a background flows, and
wherein the controller is configured not to use the prediction information to control the optical element during the exposure time in capturing mode that is not the follow shot mode.

US Pat. No. 10,073,254

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,075,637

ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD FOR REDUCING POWER CONSUMPTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic device comprising:one or more processors; and
at least one memory having stored thereon instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the electronic device to:
execute a power saving function that reduces an amount of consumed power in response to a non-operating period, in which there are no operations from a user, reaching a predefined amount of time;
display, in a display unit, a time setting screen for setting a current time, and set, to the electronic device, a current time set by a user through the time setting screen; and
carry out control such that the power saving function, when the time setting screen is not being displayed, is executed in response to the non-operating period reaching the predefined amount of time and an amount of time until the power saving function is executed is extended to be longer when the time setting screen is being displayed than when the time setting screen is not being displayed.

US Pat. No. 10,075,648

ZOOM CONTROL APPARATUS, ZOOM CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,075,501

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR PROCESSING WEB REQUESTS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of processing requests in a server device, comprising, at the server device, the steps of:receiving requests from a client device within one connection established with the client device;
receiving priority parameter values, associated with the received requests, indicative of the relative order at which the client device wishes the server device to process the requests;
building a dependency tree between the received requests using the associated priority parameter values for prioritizing the processing of the requests by the server device;
maintaining a list of requests of the dependency tree in their removal order from the dependency tree while the server device is prioritizing the processing of the requests;
removing a selection of requests from the dependency tree wherein the selection is based on the order of requests in the list;
assigning relevance values to the requests of the list indicative of the order of removal of the requests from the dependency tree, where requests with lowest relevance values are to be removed first; and
wherein the built dependency tree includes one or more virtual nodes each being associated with a stream identifier and without being associated with any of the requests from the client device, the stream identifier being already referenced in a frame received from the client device, and the method further comprising assigning relevance values to one of the virtual nodes.

US Pat. No. 10,061,543

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,061,545

PRINTING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF ESTIMATING PRINT TIME OF PRINT JOB

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,059,557

POST-PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A post-processing apparatus, which is to be connected to an image forming apparatus, the post-processing apparatus comprising:a stacking tray configured to allow sheets received from the image forming apparatus to be stacked thereon;
a counter configured to count the number of the sheets stacked on the stacking tray;
a sheet detector configured to detect presence or absence of sheets stacked on the stacking tray;
a storage unit configured to store information, the storage unit holding the information even in a period during which power supply to the post-processing apparatus is turned off; and
a controller configured to:
execute a first determination processing for determining whether or not an over-stacking state, in which additional sheets are not allowed to be stacked onto the stacking tray, has occurred, based on the a count value of the counter, and
store, in a case where the count value exceeds a predetermined number, a first determination result indicating that the over-stacking state has occurred, in the storage unit,
wherein the controller is configured to determine that the over-stacking state has occurred, in a case where the power supply to the post-processing apparatus is started, the sheet detector detects the presence of the sheets stacked on the stacking tray, and the first determination result has been stored in the storage unit.

US Pat. No. 10,057,445

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:an ultrasonic sensor which outputs an ultrasonic wave and receives a reflected wave of the output ultrasonic wave;
a return button which receives a user operation for shifting the image forming apparatus from a first power state to a second power state in which power consumption is higher than power consumption in the first power state;
a light emitter which is arranged adjacent to the return button; and
a controller configured to:
(i) switch an emission state of the light emitter based on a result of a comparison between an amplitude of a signal, corresponding to the reflected wave, output from the ultrasonic sensor and a first threshold, and
(ii) shift the image forming apparatus from the first power state to the second power state based on a result of a comparison between the amplitude of the signal and a second threshold which is larger than the first threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,057,449

DOCUMENT ANALYSIS SYSTEM, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND ANALYSIS SERVER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,057,480

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,046,579

PRINTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a printhead configured to perform printing by discharging ink onto a printing medium;
a carriage, on which the printhead is mounted, configured to reciprocate;
a first containing unit configured to contain ink to be supplied to the printhead; and
a channel forming unit configured to form an ink supply channel for supplying ink to the printhead,
wherein the channel forming unit includes:
a first tube which extends in a reciprocation direction of the carriage;
a second tube which is connected to the first containing unit; and
a first coupling member which couples the first tube and the second tube to each other, and
wherein the first coupling member is located in one end portion of the printing apparatus in the reciprocation direction, and includes a bent channel which communicates the first tube and the second tube to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,031,445

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH VOLTAGE CONTROL TO SUPPRESS TRANSFER OF ADJUSTING TONER IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a movable endless belt;
a toner image forming unit configured to form a toner image on said belt;
a movable transfer member, provided in contact with a surface of said belt, configured to form a transfer portion for transferring the toner image carried on said belt onto the recording material;
a guiding member provided downstream of the transfer portion with respect to a feeding direction of the recording material and capable of guiding the recording material;
a voltage source configured to apply a voltage to said transfer member; and
a setting portion configured to set the voltage applied to said transfer member in a period in which a toner image which is to be transferred onto the recording material passes through the transfer portion at a first voltage and configured to set the voltage applied to said transfer member in a period in which a predetermined toner image which is not to be transferred onto the recording material passes through the transfer portion at a second voltage of an opposite polarity to a polarity of the first voltage,
wherein an absolute value of the second voltage is a first predetermined value when the predetermined toner image is a first predetermined toner image and is a second predetermined value smaller than the first predetermined value when the predetermined toner image is a second predetermined toner image, and a toner amount per unit area of the second predetermined toner image is larger than a toner amount per unit area of the first predetermined toner image.

US Pat. No. 10,031,448

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A CONTROLLER THAT CONTROLS TEMPERATURE OF A ROTATABLE MEMBER BASED ON EXECUTION OF A RUBBING PROCESS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus comprising:a first rotatable member and a second rotatable member configured to form a nip for heating a toner image on a sheet;
a rotatable rubbing member configured to rub an outer surface of said first rotatable member;
a motor configured to move said rotatable rubbing member from a position in which said rotatable rubbing member is spaced from said first rotatable member toward a position in which said rotatable rubbing member contacts said first rotatable member, when a rubbing process is executed by said rotatable rubbing member; and
a controller configured to control a temperature of said first rotatable member, depending on a number of times the rubbing process is executed by said rotatable rubbing member, when the rubbing process is executed.

US Pat. No. 10,031,460

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet;
a measuring unit configured to measure reflected light from the sheet;
a backup roller configured to convey the sheet while pressing the sheet toward the measuring unit;
a generating unit configured to control the backup roller to convey the sheet while pressing the sheet toward the measuring unit, control the measuring unit to measure the reflected light from the sheet conveyed by the backup roller, and generate profile data corresponding to measurement results of the reflected light from a plurality of positions in a direction in which the sheet is conveyed; and
a controller configured to control a positional relationship between the measuring unit and the backup roller to be one of a first state and a second state in which a distance between the measuring unit and the backup roller is shorter than in a case of the first state,
wherein the controller comprises a determining unit configured to determine whether it is necessary to control the positional relationship from the first state to the second state or not, based on measurement results, acquired by the measuring unit, of a sheet not having an image formed thereon.

US Pat. No. 10,032,815

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state image sensor, comprising:a charge accumulation region of a first conductivity type;
a first transfer transistor configured to transfer charges from the charge accumulation region to a first charge holding region;
a second transfer transistor configured to transfer charges from the first charge holding region to a second charge holding region;
a first impurity region of a second conductivity type, provided in an upper portion of the charge accumulation region; and
a second impurity region of the second conductivity type, provided in an upper portion of the first charge holding region,
wherein, in a planar view:
the first impurity region is spaced apart from an edge of a first gate electrode of the first transfer transistor, the edge being at a side of the charge accumulation region,
the second impurity region is spaced apart from an edge of the first gate electrode, the edge being at a side of the first charge holding region, and is spaced apart from an edge of a second gate electrode of the second transfer transistor, the edge being at a side of the first charge holding region,
the first charge holding region extends along a first direction,
a direction of charge transferring of the first transfer transistor is a second direction intersecting the first direction, and
a direction of charge transferring of the second transfer transistor is a third direction intersecting the first direction, the second direction and the third direction being oppositely oriented.

US Pat. No. 10,032,420

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS AND DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display apparatus, comprising:a display unit including a liquid crystal panel having a red pixel, a green pixel, a blue pixel, and a white pixel, and a backlight;
a control unit configured to control displaying an image on the display unit; and
an input terminal configured to receive electric power supply from an outside power source,
wherein the control unit controls the transmissivity of the red pixel, the green pixel, the blue pixel, and the white pixel of the liquid crystal panel based on the image displayed on the display unit,
the control unit controls to increase transmissivity of the white pixel of the display panel and decrease a light quantity of the backlight in a case where the display apparatus receives electric power supply from a battery as compared with a case where the display apparatus receives electric power supply from the outside power source via the input terminal, and
the control unit controls the light quantity of the backlight such that a change of a display brightness of the image displayed on the display unit is suppressed when the display apparatus receives electric power supply from the battery and when the display apparatus receives electric power supply from the outside power source via the input terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,029,870

RECORDING MEDIUM CONVEYANCE APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a recording medium conveyance apparatus configured to convey a recording medium; and
a transfer portion configured to transfer an image onto the recording medium fed to the recording medium conveyance apparatus,
the recording medium conveyance apparatus comprising:
a first feeding portion configured to convey the recording medium to the transfer portion;
a first conveyance portion configured to convey the recording medium fed by the first feeding portion;
a second conveyance portion configured to convey the recording medium passing through the transfer portion to the first conveyance portion;
a driving portion configured to rotate in a first rotation direction and in a second rotation direction that is reverse to the first rotation direction;
a feeding transmission path configured to transmit rotation of the driving portion to the first feeding portion;
a conveyance transmission path having a branch portion, the conveyance transmission path configured to transmit the rotation of the driving portion to the first conveyance portion and the second conveyance portion through the branch portion;
a first clutch arranged on the feeding transmission path, the first clutch configured to transmit rotation of the driving portion in the first rotation direction to the first feeding portion and not to transmit rotation of the driving portion in the second rotation direction to the first feeding portion; and
a second clutch provided between the driving portion and the branch portion, the second clutch configured to transmit the rotation of the driving portion in the second rotation direction to the first conveyance portion and the second conveyance portion, and not to transmit the rotation of the driving unit in the first rotation direction to the first conveyance portion and the second conveyance portion.

US Pat. No. 10,027,336

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus, comprising:a pixel; and
an analog-to-digital conversion unit including a comparator circuit,
wherein the comparator circuit has input terminals into which a first reference signal and a second reference signal are inputted,
wherein a potential of the first reference signal changes at a first rate with respect to time,
wherein a potential of the second reference signal changes at a second rate that is smaller than the first rate,
wherein the comparator circuit performs a first comparison in which an analog signal is compared with the first reference signal and performs a second comparison in which the analog signal used in the first comparison is compared with the second reference signal, and
wherein the analog-to-digital conversion unit generates a first digital signal based on the first comparison and generates a second digital signal based on the second comparison.

US Pat. No. 10,027,874

IMAGING DEVICE, CLIENT DEVICE, IMAGING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGING DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD OF CLIENT DEVICE, AND CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A client device that communicates with an imaging device through a network, the imaging device including an inserting/removing unit configured to insert/remove an infrared cut filter to/from an optical path of the imaging device, and a control unit configured to control the inserting/removing unit based on adjustment information relating to insertion/removal of the infrared cut filter, the client device comprising:a hardware processor; and
a memory for storing instructions to be executed by the hardware processor,
wherein, when the instructions stored in the memory are executed by the hardware processor, the client device functions as:
a receiving unit configured to receive insertion/removal information relating to the adjustment information from the imaging device through the network; and
a user interface unit configured to allow a user to specify the adjustment information based on the insertion/removal information received by the receiving unit,
wherein the insertion/removal information indicates whether different pieces of the adjustment information can be individually specified, or the adjustment information can be commonly specified, for a case in which the infrared cut filter is inserted to the optical path and a case in which the infrared cut filter is removed from the optical path, and
wherein the user interface unit causes a display unit to display that different specification regions for individual specification can be specified if the different pieces of the adjustment information, which is used by the control unit, are individually specified, and the user interface unit causes the display unit to display that a common specification region for common specification can be specified if the adjustment information, which is used by the control unit, is commonly specified.

US Pat. No. 10,027,975

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ENCODING OR DECODING AN IMAGE WITH INTER LAYER MOTION INFORMATION PREDICTION ACCORDING TO MOTION INFORMATION COMPRESSION SCHEME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of encoding an image according to a scalable encoding format, said encoding format comprising at least a reference layer and an enhancement layer, at least part of the image being predictively encoded based on motion information, said motion information being itself predictively encoded based on a motion information predictor from a set of motion information predictor candidates, wherein the method comprises for at least an image area of the enhancement layer:determining a set of motion information predictor candidates including a motion information predictor candidate based on motion information associated with a portion of an image belonging to the reference layer; and
determining a collocated position in the reference layer of the image area to encode in the enhancement layer,
wherein the method further comprises:
correcting at least one coordinate X of said collocated position to a new value X? given by X?=((X+4)»4)«4; and
selecting, if available, motion information associated with the corrected position in the reference layer as the motion information predictor candidate to be included in said set of motion information predictor candidates.

US Pat. No. 10,018,927

ELECTROCONDUCTIVE MEMBER FOR ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHY, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A charging member for electrophotography comprising:an electroconductive support layer; and
a surface layer thereon, the surface layer having a network structure containing electroconductive fibers, wherein
the electroconductive fibers have an ion conductivity, and an arithmetic mean value dU10 of top 10% fiber diameters of 0.2 to 15.0 ?m as measured at arbitrary 100 points in an SEM observed image of the electroconductive fibers, and
(1) when the surface layer is observed in such a manner as to face the surface layer, one or more crossings of the electroconductive fibers are observed in a square region having a one side length of 1.0 mm on the surface of the surface layer; and
(2) when a Voronoi tessellation is performed with generating points, the generating points being the electroconductive fibers exposed on a cross section in a thickness direction of the surface layer,
an arithmetic mean value kU10 of top 10% of the ratios S1/S2 is 40 to 160, where each of areas of Voronoi polygons resulting from the Voronoi tessellation is defined as S1, and each of cross-sectional areas in the cross section of the electroconductive fibers as the generating points of the respective Voronoi polygons is defined as S2.

US Pat. No. 10,018,939

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC OR ELECTROSTATIC RECORDING TYPE IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,021,316

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE HAVING A PLURALITY OF PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION UNITS AND A PLURALITY OF CHARGE HOLDING UNITS, AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion device comprising:a unit pixel cell having a plurality of photoelectric conversion units and a plurality of charge holding units; and
an output line connected to the unit pixel cell,
wherein the unit pixel cell includes:
a first photoelectric conversion unit and a second photoelectric conversion unit, each of which is part of the plurality of photoelectric conversion units;
a first charge holding unit, a second charge holding unit, and a third charge holding unit, each of which is part of the plurality of charge holding units;
a first transfer unit provided in an electric path between the first photoelectric conversion unit and the first charge holding unit;
a second transfer unit provided in an electric path between the first photoelectric conversion unit and the third charge holding unit;
a third transfer unit provided in an electric path between the second photoelectric conversion unit and the second charge holding unit;
a fourth transfer unit provided in an electric path between the second photoelectric conversion unit and the third charge holding unit;
a first signal output unit for outputting an electric signal according to a signal charge transferred to the first charge holding unit;
a second signal output unit for outputting an electric signal according to a second charge transferred to the second charge holding unit; and
a third signal output unit for outputting an electric signal according to a signal charge transferred to the third charge holding unit,
wherein the first signal output unit, the second signal output unit, and the third signal output unit are connected to the same output line, and
wherein a number of all photoelectric conversion units connected to the first charge holding unit, the second charge holding unit, and the third charge holding unit is smaller than three as a total number of the first charge holding unit, the second charge holding unit, and the third charge holding unit.

US Pat. No. 10,013,271

MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,015,348

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT EXECUTES RECEIVED JOBS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that controls execution of an installed application program, comprising:a checking unit configured to check whether a type of the application program which is instructed to be executed is a specific type; and
a control unit configured to allow execution of a job issued by the application program the type of which has been determined as being the specific type, and restrict execution of a job issued by the application program the type of which has been determined as not being the specific type,
wherein said checking unit checks whether a type of the application program is a resident type or a temporary type,
wherein said control unit allows execution of a job issued by the application program the type of which has been determined as being the temporary type, and restricts execution of a job issued by the application program the type of which has been determined as being the resident type, and
wherein said checking unit and said control unit are implemented by one or more processors.

US Pat. No. 10,013,626

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,998,520

INFORMATION PROCESSING TERMINAL AND METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing terminal comprising:a memory storing instructions for operation of a web browser, the web browser having a function to save data relating to a web site into a storage area of the information processing terminal for the web browser; and
a processor which is capable of executing the instructions causing the information processing terminal to:
control display of a first confirmation screen, the first confirmation screen being for confirming whether to permit securing of an area of a particular size for saving data therein, according to a request from the web site;
secure, in a case where permitting is confirmed via the first confirmation screen, the area of the particular size using a FileSystem Application Programming Interface (API) supported by the web browser;
save the data relating to the web site into the secured area, wherein the saved data in the area secured using the FileSystem API is different from cookie data, WebStorage data and IndexedDataBase (indexedDB) data;
detect a movement from the web site on the web browser;
control, on the web browser, display of a second confirmation screen for confirming whether to delete the data relating to the web site, in a case where a movement from the web site is detected;
delete, in a case where deleting is confirmed via the second confirmation screen, data which has been saved for the web site into the area secured using the FileSystem API, wherein the deleted data is data for which a persistent type is specified as a storage type; and
release the secured area for the web site,
wherein at least in one of cases where a uniform resource locator (URL) of a web site different from the web site is specified, where a tab of the web site is closed on the web browser, and where the web browser is closed, a movement from the web site is detected.

US Pat. No. 9,983,522

FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device for fixing a toner image on a recording material, the fixing device comprising:a rotatable heating member;
an elongated heater having a first surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface, the first surface of the heater contacting the rotatable heating member;
a heat conduction member configured to contact the second surface of the heater, the heat conduction member extending in a longitudinal direction of the heater; and
a supporting member configured to support the heater through the heat conduction member,
wherein the heat conduction member includes a first engaging portion and a second engaging portion provided at a position different from that of the first engaging portion in a longitudinal direction of the heat conduction member, and the supporting member includes a first engaged portion engaged with the first engaging portion, and a second engaged portion engaged with the second engaging portion, and
wherein the first engaging portion of the heat conduction member includes a first contact surface that contacts the first engaged portion of the supporting member so as to determine a position of the heat conduction member, with respect to the supporting member, in the longitudinal direction of the heat conduction member, and the second engaging portion of the heat conduction member includes a second contact surface that contacts the second engaged portion of the supporting member so as to determine a position of the heat conduction member, with respect to the supporting member, in a widthwise direction of the heat conduction member perpendicular to both the longitudinal direction of the heat conduction member and a direction from the first surface of the heater to the second surface of the heater, a normal direction of the first contact surface of the first engaging portion crossing a normal direction of the second contact surface of the second engaging portion.

US Pat. No. 9,981,468

INK JET PRINTING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A inkjet printing apparatus for printing image on a printing medium, comprising:a print head having a printing element array in which a plurality of printing elements for generating energy to eject ink by being applied driving pulse are arranged in an arraying direction;
a scanning unit configured to cause the print head to scan to the printing medium relatively in a scanning direction which crosses to the arraying direction;
a first obtaining unit configured to obtain an information regarding ink ejection amounts to each of a plurality of dividing areas on the basis of a print data used for printing, the plurality of dividing areas being obtained by dividing the printing medium in the arraying direction and the scanning direction;
a first judging unit configured to, with respect to each of the plurality of dividing areas, judge the dividing area where the ink ejection amount is lower than a first threshold value as a first dividing area, and the dividing area where the ink ejection amount is higher than the first threshold value as a second dividing area;
a second obtaining unit configured to, with respect to each of the dividing areas judged as the second dividing area, obtain an information regarding continuous number for target second dividing area, wherein the continuous number is defined number of dividing areas which are judged as the first dividing area, and which are continued to an upstream side in the scanning direction to the target second dividing area;
a second judging unit configured to judge the target second dividing area as a third dividing area in a case where the continuous number for the target second dividing area is larger than a second threshold value; and
a controlling unit configured to control ejecting ink by applying the driving pulse to the plurality of printing elements on the basis of the print data while the print head is scanning, wherein
the controlling unit controls ejecting ink by applying the driving pulse to the plurality of printing elements such that (i) an amount of energy to be applied to the plurality of printing elements at a timing of ejecting ink to a first area which includes the dividing area judged as the third dividing area is a first amount, and (ii) an amount of energy to be applied to the plurality of printing elements at a timing of ejecting ink to a second area whose position is different from a position of the first area in the scanning direction is a second amount which is lower than the first amount.

US Pat. No. 9,950,887

SHEET DETECTING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet detecting device comprising:a contact member that comes into contact with a conveyed sheet and is rotated;
a detection member configured to be rotatable independently from the contact member, the detection member being a different member from the contact member;
a sensor configured to detect the detection member;
a first urging member configured to act on the detection member and the contact member;
a second urging member configured to act on the contact member such that the contact member and the detection member are located at a standby position;
a positioning part configured to position the contact member urged by the second urging member; and
a stopper with which the detection member comes into contact,
wherein, after the contact member and the detection member are integrally rotated from the standby position as a result of the contact member being pushed by the sheet, the contact member can be further rotated relative to the detection member in a state where the detection member is in contact with the stopper and in a case where the sensor has detected the detection member.

US Pat. No. 9,930,208

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,904,997

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR EXTRACTING A LESION HAVING A GROUND GLASS OPACTIY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus which identifies a lesion from an image, the apparatus comprising:
one or more processors: and
at lease one memory coupled to the one or more processors, the at least one memory having instructions stored thereon which,
when executed by the one or more processors, cause the image processing apparatus to:

divide the image into a first candidate region including a core region, and a second candidate region including a ground glass
opacity, wherein the first candidate region is adjacent to the second candidate region, and the first candidate region is
different from the second candidate region,

perform enhancement processing of pixel values of the second candidate region so as to increase a difference between pixel
values of the second candidate region and pixel values in a background region,

obtain combined data representing the first candidate region and data representing the second candidate region, based on pixel
values of the first candidate region and the processed pixel values of the second candidate region, and

identify, based on the combined data, a lesion including both the core region and the ground glass opacity, each being distinguished
from the background region.

US Pat. No. 9,889,649

PRINTING CONTROL DEVICE, PRINTING CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing control device comprising:
a receiving unit configured to receive an instruction to perform a determination of a parameter used for correcting multi
valued data indicating a gradation of an image formed by an ejection of ink from ejection ports of an ejection unit onto a
unit region of a printing medium, the ejection ports corresponding to respective energy generation elements that use electrical
energy to generate energy for ejecting liquid;

a parameter determining unit configured to determine the parameter in response to the receiving unit receiving the instruction,
the parameter being determined according to a measurement result by a measurement unit configured to measure an optical density
of a patch printed on the print medium by the ejection unit with the ink ejected by an amount of the electrical energy;

a decision operation control unit configured to control a decision operation that decides the amount of the electrical energy
to be applied to the energy generation elements commonly for ejecting an ink droplet from the ejection ports, wherein in the
decision operation, the decision operation control unit causes the ejection unit to eject ink using varied pulse waveforms,
confirms that ink is ejected by certain pulse waveform and ink is not ejected by another pulse waveform corresponding to lower
energy than the certain pulse waveform, and decides the amount of the electrical energy to be applied to the energy generation
elements according to the confirmation, and

an acquisition unit configured to acquire information on a number of times of application of the electrical energy to the
energy generation elements,

wherein in response to receiving the instruction by the receiving unit, the decision operation control unit decides whether
to perform or not to perform the decision operation according to the acquired information, in a case where the acquired information
indicates a number of times larger than a threshold number of times, the decision operation control unit performs the decision
operation to decide the amount of the electrical energy and updates the amount of the electrical energy to be applied to the
energy generation elements, the parameter determining unit causes the ejection unit to print the patch on the print medium
using the updated amount of electrical energy, and in a case where the acquired information indicates the number of times
not larger than the threshold number of times, the decision operation control unit does not perform the decision operation
and the parameter determining unit causes the ejection unit to print the patch on the print medium using the amount of the
electrical energy without updating the amount of the electrical energy.

US Pat. No. 9,881,237

REAL-TIME LINE FEED MEASUREMENT OF INKJET PRINTER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of determining a characteristic of an image forming apparatus, the method comprising:
receiving halftone data defining a plurality of dot locations of a plurality of dots to be printed on a print medium;
calculating distances between the plurality of dot locations in the received halftone data;
determining a size of each simulated dot in a simulated reference image based on the calculated distances between the plurality
of dot locations in the received halftone data, wherein determining the size of the plurality of simulated dots includes growing
a size of the plurality of simulated dots based on the distances between the received plurality of dot locations, and wherein
a Full Width at Half Maximum (FWHM) is utilized in determining the size of the plurality of simulated dots;

forming the simulated reference image of the halftone data by transferring a plurality of simulated dots having the size determined
based on the distances between the received plurality of dot locations onto the received plurality of dot locations in the
halftone data;

printing, using a print head of the image forming apparatus, the halftone data on the print medium to form a printed image
having a plurality of printed dots; and

determining a characteristic of the image forming apparatus by comparing the plurality of printed dots and the plurality of
simulated dots in the simulated reference image, wherein growing the size of the plurality of simulated dots improves accuracy
of the comparison.

US Pat. No. 9,860,454

REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND REPRODUCING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image output apparatus comprising:
a selecting unit configured (a) to select at least one image data among a plurality of image data stored in a storage unit,
and (b) to output, to a display unit, a display image based on the selected image data; and

an acquiring unit configured to acquire a characteristic corresponding to a partial area of the display image displayed by
the display unit, in response to a designation, by a user, of the partial area of the display image,

wherein the selecting unit is configured to select at least one image data among the plurality of image data based on the
characteristic corresponding to the partial area designated by the user.

US Pat. No. 9,860,506

COLOR PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A color processing apparatus comprising:
a first convertor configured to convert input color data into input chromaticity data;
a second convertor configured to convert the input chromaticity data into output chromaticity data by referring to a table
indicating a correspondence between an input chromaticity and an output chromaticity; and

a third convertor configured to convert the output chromaticity data into output color data using a conversion coefficient
calculated from the input color data,

wherein the table indicating the correspondence is created based on spectral data generated by a generation method different
for each of a low chroma color and a high chroma color.

US Pat. No. 9,851,670

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS TO SUPPRESS EXCESSIVE INTERPOSING TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member configured to bear an image thereon;
a charging device configured to charge a surface of the image bearing member;
an exposing device configured to expose the charged surface of the image bearing member and form an electrostatic latent image;
a developing device configured to develop the electrostatic latent image formed on the surface of the image bearing member
by voltage being applied where AC voltage has been superimposed on DC voltage;

a rotating member, provided rotatably, and disposed in contact with the image bearing member; and
a control unit configured to effect control to, corresponding to an end of an image forming job,
stop application of the DC voltage by the charging device in a state where the image bearing member is driven,
stop application of the DC voltage of the developing device after the surface of the image bearing member facing the charging
device when the application of DC voltage by the charging device stops has passed the developing device, and

stop driving of the image bearing member after application of DC voltage by the developing device has stopped,
wherein the control unit is configured to execute a mode of controlling driving of the image bearing member, corresponding
to an end of the image forming job, after stopping application of the DC voltage at the charging device and the developing
device, the control unit drives the image bearing member in a state with AC voltage applied to the developing device so as
to adhere toner to the image bearing member, and controls driving of the image bearing member so that the surface of the image
bearing member, that has passed a position facing the developing device at a time of AC voltage being applied to the developing
device, stops at a position in contact with the rotating member.

US Pat. No. 9,853,503

WIRELESS POWER FEEDING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A device comprising:
a determining unit configured to determine whether a power transmission device having predetermined authority exists among
a plurality of power transmission devices based on information acquired from the plurality of power transmission devices,
wherein the predetermined authority is authority to determine to which power reception device each of the plurality of power
transmission devices transmits power;

a selecting unit configured to select a power transmission device to which the predetermined authority is to be assigned among
the plurality of power transmission devices, in a case where the determining unit determines that the power transmission device
having the predetermined authority does not exist; and

a notifying unit configured to notify the plurality of power transmission devices of information of the selected power transmission
device.

US Pat. No. 9,854,056

MANAGING SYSTEM AND MANAGING METHOD FOR TRANSFERRING DATA BETWEEN TENANTS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A managing system in which a service provider manages, by using managing tenants and customer tenants for managing first
customer information which is concerned with customers of the service provider, information for managing a customer that uses
a service in the managing system, the managing system comprising:
at least one processor; and
a memory coupled to the at least one processor and having instructions stored thereon that, when executed by the at least
one processor, cause the managing system to:

accept an instruction to delete a first managing tenant for a first service provider from the managing system;
delete a part of information of management information of the first managing tenant and second customer information unique
to a customer managed by the first managing tenant;

transfer the management information and the second customer information except for the deleted part of information as transfer
information of the first managing tenant, from the first managing tenant to a customer tenant for the customer, in a case
where the instruction is accepted;

hold the transfer information using the customer tenant;
manage the transfer information by using an access authority assigned to information of the customer, the access authority
being different from an access authority assigned to information of the first service provider, while the transfer information
is held using the customer tenant;

transfer the held transfer information of the first managing tenant to a second managing tenant for a second service provider
in a case where the second managing tenant is determined to be a destination of a transfer from the first managing tenant;
and

delete the held second customer information as the transfer information by using the customer tenant in a case where a predetermined
period has elapsed without the second managing tenant being determined to be the destination of the transfer from the first
managing tenant after an instruction to delete has been accepted.

US Pat. No. 9,853,821

COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND COMMUNICATION APPARATUS CONTROLLING A SWITCHING HUB FOR POWER SAVING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a network unit; and
a power control unit configured to cause the communication apparatus to return from a power-saving mode,
wherein a communication speed of the communication apparatus operating in the power-saving mode is a first communication speed,
and, when the communication apparatus returns from the power-saving mode, the communication speed of the communication apparatus
is changed from the first communication speed to a second communication speed that is higher than the first communication
speed,

wherein, when the communication apparatus is started and a communication link is established with a switching hub, the network
unit transmits identification information of the communication apparatus to the switching hub,

wherein, when the communication apparatus returns from the power-saving mode and a communication link is established with
the switching hub, the network unit transmits the identification information again to the switching hub.

US Pat. No. 9,840,082

INK CARTRIDGE AND INK JET PRINTER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,835,941

IMPRINT APPARATUS, IMPRINT METHOD, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,832,864

CIRCUIT BOARD AND LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A circuit board including a plurality of connection terminals arranged along a first direction and a plurality of wire
patterns connected to the respective plurality of connection terminals, a surface of the circuit board with the plurality
of wire patterns formed thereon being bonded to a support member with an adhesive,
wherein each of the plurality of wire patterns includes a first portion extending from the connection terminal in a second
direction crossing the first direction and a second portion extending after being bent from the first portion,

the second portion of at least one of the plurality of wire patterns is divided into a plurality of portions in a width direction
crossing a direction in which the second portion extends, and

the second portion divided into the plurality of portions is a common wide portion into which the first portions of at least
two of the wire patterns are brought together.

US Pat. No. 9,822,159

ELECTROMAGNETIC BAND GAP ELEMENT, ELECTRONIC CIRCUIT, AND CONDUCTOR STRUCTURE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electromagnetic band gap element comprising:
a first planar conductor and a second planar conductor respectively formed on a first plane and a second plane which are parallel
to each other and having a space between them, wherein the first planar conductor and second planar conductor are directly
above and below each other; and

at least two first linear conductors respectively formed on at least two third planes that are parallel to the first plane
and the second plane and are located between the first plane and the second plane, wherein two first linear conductors out
of the at least two first linear conductors are formed such that the two first linear conductors overlap at least in part
when viewed from a direction perpendicular to the first plane, and currents have the same direction in the part, and

wherein one linear conductor is formed by connecting the at least two first linear conductors to each other at ends, and the
first planar conductor and the second planar conductor are connected via the one linear conductor,

wherein the phase constant is 0 in at least part of the frequency band, and wherein the frequency band is determined based
on the at least two first linear conductors and the one linear conductor.

US Pat. No. 9,820,648

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a region extraction unit configured to extract a blood vessel portion of a first fundus image acquired by performing autofluorescence
imaging on a fundus of an eye to be inspected and the blood vessel portion of a second fundus image acquired by performing
autofluorescence imaging on the fundus of the eye to be inspected at a time different from that of the first fundus image;

an image gradation processing unit configured to perform, using brightness of the blood vessel portion of the first fundus
image and brightness of the blood vessel portion of the second fundus image, gradation changing on at least one of the first
and second fundus images such that a brightness difference, between the blood vessel portion of the first fundus image and
the blood vessel portion of the second fundus image, is reduced;

an alignment processing unit configured to align the first fundus image with the second fundus image by positioning the blood
vessel portion of the first fundus image and the blood vessel portion of the second fundus image;

an image generation unit configured to generate a subtraction image subtracted between different regions of the first and
second fundus images after the gradation processing and the alignment processing, the different regions being different from
the blood vessel portion of the first fundus image and the blood vessel portion of the second fundus image; and

a display control unit configured to cause a display to display the first or second fundus image which superimposes the subtraction
image on at least one of the different regions.

US Pat. No. 9,826,113

SELECTIVE POWER SUPPLY TO DEVICES IN PRINTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a power switch which receives a power off instruction from a user;
a storage which stores first information or second information as setting information;
a controller which, when the power switch receives the power off instruction, performs a first power-off process for shifting
the printing apparatus into a first power state where power is supplied to a part of devices of the printing apparatus and
power is not supplied to another part of the devices based on the first information stored as the setting information and
performs a second power-off process for shifting the printing apparatus into a second power state where power is not supplied
to the part and the another part of devices based on the second information stored as the setting information; and

a network interface which receives, via a network from an external apparatus, a power off instruction to shift the printing
apparatus into the second power state,

wherein the controller is able to perform, when the network interface receives the power off instruction, the second power-off
process even though the first information is stored as the setting information.

US Pat. No. 9,819,138

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS, LASER APPARATUS, AND MEDICAL APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An object information acquiring apparatus comprising:
a laser medium that oscillates laser light;
an excitation source that excites the laser medium;
a voltage accumulator that applies a voltage to the excitation source;
a voltage supplier that supplies a voltage to the voltage accumulator;
a voltage controller that limits a maximum supplied voltage from the voltage supplier;
a receiver that receives a photoacoustic wave generated by an object irradiated with the laser light; and
a constructor that acquires characteristic information relating to the object in use of the photoacoustic wave,
wherein the voltage controller compares a measured voltage value obtained by implementing division of a supplied voltage from
the voltage supplier with a reference voltage value defining the maximum supplied voltage.

US Pat. No. 9,819,453

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
one or more processors; and
a memory storing instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the communication apparatus to function
as:

a first sending unit configured to send a multicast packet containing function information;
a second sending unit configured:
to send a unicast packet containing the function information to another communication apparatus in a case where a request
packet requesting sending of the function information has been received from the another communication apparatus after the
sending of the multicast packet by the first sending unit; and

a control unit configured to:
control the first sending unit to send the multicast packet and also control the second sending unit to send the unicast packet
to the another communication apparatus in a case where the request packet has already been received from the another communication
apparatus when the multicast packet containing the function information is sent again after a predetermined time has passed
since the sending of the multicast packet by the first sending unit, and

to control the first sending unit to send the multicast packet and also control the second sending unit not to send the unicast
packet to the another communication apparatus in a case where the request packet has not been received from the another communication
apparatus when the multicast packet containing the function information is sent again after the predetermined time has passed
since the sending of the multicast packet by the first sending unit.

US Pat. No. 9,819,767

METHOD AND CORRESPONDING DEVICE FOR STREAMING VIDEO DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for streaming data corresponding to a video, each of a plurality of frames of the video being divided into n spatial
tiles, n being an integer, the method comprising:
transmitting, by a server, a description file to a client device, said description file including data about a spatial position
of each of the n spatial tiles and including data about at least n URLs corresponding to the n spatial tiles,

determining by the client device one or more URLs according to the data about the spatial position included in the description
file,

receiving from the client device, by the server, one or more request messages for requesting one or more spatial tiles, each
request message comprising one of the URLs determined by the client device, and

transmitting to the client device, by the server, video data corresponding to the one or more spatial tiles, in response to
the one or more request messages.

US Pat. No. 9,813,681

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A system comprising:
a photoelectric conversion apparatus including a plurality of pixel arrays, each pixel array including a plurality of pixels,
each pixel corresponding to each of colors different from each other, and a pulse controlling unit generating a control pulse
for the pixel array;

an analog-to-digital converter configured to convert into a digital signal from an analog signals outputted from the photoelectric
conversion apparatus;

a signal processing unit configured to receive the digital signal from the analog-to-digital converter; and
a color offset calculating unit configured to receive a signal from the signal processing unit, wherein
the plurality of pixel arrays are arranged each abutting side by side along a first direction, the plurality of pixels in
each of the pixel arrays are arranged along a second direction different from the first direction,

the photoelectric conversion apparatus scans a document relatively in the first direction, and
the pulse controlling unit receives a color offset signal from the color offset calculating unit.

US Pat. No. 9,809,027

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING STRUCTURE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a structure comprising:
(1) positioning a first resin layer, which is made of a dry film, provided on a first supporting member on a substrate having
a through hole while heating and pressurizing the first resin layer, with the first resin layer facing toward the substrate,
and releasing the first supporting member from the first resin layer; and

(2) positioning a second resin layer provided on a second supporting member on the first resin layer from which the first
supporting member has been released, with the second resin layer facing toward the first resin layer, and releasing the second
supporting member from the second resin layer,

wherein a first resin layer portion that is above the through hole is removed simultaneously with the releasing of the first
supporting member with the first resin layer portion being stuck to the first supporting member, and

wherein a thickness of the first resin layer is 8 ?m or smaller.

US Pat. No. 9,811,131

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,812,994

ULTRASONIC MOTOR AND LENS DRIVING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A motor comprising:
a vibrator configured to generate a vibration;
a relatively movable member configured to be movable by the vibrator, wherein the relatively movable member is movable relatively
according to the vibration of the vibrator;

a holding unit configured to hold the vibrator, wherein the holding unit includes a first holding member configured to hold
the vibrator and a second holding member; and

a pressure unit configured to press the vibrator against the relatively movable member,
wherein the second holding member is configured to press the vibrator against the relatively movable member, and
wherein the first holding member has a higher damping capability against a vibration than the second holding member.

US Pat. No. 9,813,574

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising at least one processor and at least one memory coupled to the at least one processor
which acts as:
a management unit configured to manage write authority information of one of communities defined in Simple Network Management
Protocol (SNMP) indicating an authority to change a setting value of a setting item in Management Information Base (MIB);

a security policy setting unit configured to set whether or not to apply a security policy regarding a setting value in the
MIB information an application operated in the image forming apparatus wherein the security policy provides a setting constraint
for the setting value in the MIB information and wherein the security policy regarding the setting value in the MIB information
is defined separately from the communities defined in SNMP;

a receiving unit configured to receive a SNMP set request from an information processing apparatus capable of communicating
with the image processing apparatus via a network, the SNMP set request including community information and setting item information
for identifying a setting item;

a determination unit configured to, based on the community information included in the SNMP set request received by the receiving
unit, the setting item information included in the SNMP set request, and the write authority information regarding the community
defined in SNMP managed by the management unit, determine whether a community corresponding to the community information included
in the SNMP set request has a write authority on the setting item identified by the setting item information included in the
SNMP set request; and

a control unit configured to, in at least a condition that the determination unit determines that the community has the write
authority on the identified setting item and the security policy setting unit sets to apply the security policy which provides
a setting constraint regarding a setting value of a setting item regarding the MIB information control whether to permit a
change of a setting value of the identified setting item, based on a setting value of security policy associated with the
identified setting item after the determination by the determination unit, and

at least in a condition that the determination unit determines that the community has the write authority on the identified
setting item in the MIB information and the security policy setting unit does not set to apply the security policy which provides
the setting constraint regarding the setting value, control whether to permit a change of a setting value of the identified
setting item in accordance with the authority information in association with the communities defined in SNMP without the
security policy.

US Pat. No. 9,808,150

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a first tomographic image acquisition unit configured to acquire a first tomographic image of a subject's eye captured at
a first time point that is a past time point;

a first image capturing region acquisition unit configured to acquire a first image capturing region that is an image capturing
region of the first tomographic image;

a second tomographic image acquisition unit configured to acquire a second tomographic image of the subject's eye captured
at a second time point later than the first time point;

a second image capturing region acquisition unit configured to acquire a second image capturing region that is an image capturing
region of the second tomographic image; and

a display control unit configured to, if one image capturing region of the first image capturing region and the second image
capturing region is larger than an other image capturing region that is different from the one image capturing region, perform
control to provide, on a display portion, a display of both a tomographic image of only a partial region of the one image
capturing region which is a corresponding region corresponding to the other image capturing region and a tomographic image
of the other image capturing region.

US Pat. No. 9,809,714

ANTIREFLECTION COATING FILM AND ANTIREFLECTION COATING MATERIAL FOR OPTICAL ELEMENT AND OPTICAL ELEMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical coating film for an optical element, the optical coating film being formed on the surface of a substrate composed
of an optical material, the optical coating film comprising:
first particles at least having a refractive index (nd) of 2.2 to 3.5 for the d-line and an average particle size of 10 nm
to 70 nm;

second particles composed of at least one of silica and sericite,
a colorant; and
a resin,
wherein a first particle content with respect to the optical coating film is in the range of 10% by weight to 35% by weight,
and a second particle content with respect to the optical coating film is in the range of 1% by weight to 11% by weight,

wherein the optical coating film is a light-shielding coating film, and
wherein a ratio of the minimum absorbance to the maximum absorbance (minimum absorbance/maximum absorbance) of the optical
coating film for the optical element in the wavelength range of 400 nm to 700 nm is 0.7 or more.

US Pat. No. 9,813,624

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING INFRARED LIGHT REDUCTION SECTION, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus including an image pickup device that has an optical image formed thereon through a photographic
optical system, and outputs an image signal corresponding to the optical image, the image pickup apparatus comprising:
an infrared light reduction unit configured to be inserted between the photographic optical system and the image pickup device
so as to reduce an amount of infrared light contained in the optical image reaching the image pickup device;

a first detection unit configured to detect a luminance of an object according to the image signal to thereby obtain a first
detection result;

a second detection unit disposed at a location different from a location of the image pickup device and configured to detect
a luminance of the object to thereby obtain a second detection result;

a processing unit configured to, in a case where the first detection result is lower than a first switching threshold value
set in advance, generate a second switching threshold value used for comparison with the first detection result and a third
switching threshold value used for comparison with the second detection result, based on the first detection result, the second
detection result, and the first switching threshold value, and make one of the second switching threshold value and the third
switching threshold value equal to or higher than the other of the second switching threshold value and the third switching
threshold value, wherein (a) the processing unit is further configured to perform a comparison between (i) a difference between
the first detection result and the second detection result and (ii) a difference threshold value set in advance, and the making
one of the second switching threshold value and the third switching threshold value equal to or higher than the other of the
second switching threshold value and the third switching threshold value is performed in accordance with the comparison, or
(b) the processing unit is further configured to perform a comparison between (i) a ratio between the first detection result
and the second detection result and (ii) a ratio threshold value set in advance, and the making one of the second switching
threshold value and the third switching threshold value equal to or higher than the other of the second switching threshold
value and the third switching threshold value is performed in accordance with the comparison, or (c) the processing unit is
further configured perform a comparison between the first detection result and the second detection result, and the making
one of the second switching threshold value and the third switching threshold value equal to or higher than the other of the
second switching threshold value and the third switching threshold value is performed in accordance with the comparison; and

an insertion/removal control unit configured to perform insertion/removal control for selectively inserting or removing said
infrared light reduction unit into or from an optical path between the photographic optical system and the image pickup device,
based on the first detection result, the second detection result, the second switching threshold value, and the third switching
threshold value.

US Pat. No. 9,785,104

PRINTING SYSTEM WITH CREASING CONTROL, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, CONTROL APPARATUS, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming system comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet;
a creasing unit configured to crease the sheet on which the image is formed by the image forming unit, the creasing unit being
arranged downstream of the image forming unit in a sheet conveyance direction;

a post-processing unit configured to execute one of post-processes for the sheet on which the image has been formed by the
image forming unit and which has been conveyed through the creasing unit, the post-processing unit being arranged downstream
of the creasing unit in the sheet conveyance direction;

a receiving unit configured to receive job setting information, wherein the job setting information includes at least print
setting information which is a designation of single-sided-printing or double-sided-printing, post-processing setting information
for designating a type of a post-process, and creasing setting information for creasing; and

a control unit configured to control the image forming unit, the creasing unit, and the post-processing unit,
wherein the control unit:
controls the image forming unit to form an image on the sheet based on the print setting information included in the job setting
information received by the receiving unit,

controls the post-processing unit to execute the post-process corresponding to the type designated by the post-processing
setting information included in the job setting information received by the receiving unit, and

controls the creasing unit to determine a position for creasing the sheet and perform creasing on the determined position,
based on the post-processing setting information and the creasing setting information included in the job setting information
received by the receiving unit.

US Pat. No. 9,787,241

MOTOR DRIVING DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING MOTOR WITH PULSE SIGNAL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A motor driving device comprising:
a driving unit including a plurality of switching elements connected to each other in a bridge configuration, and configured
to supply a driving current to a motor;

a detection unit configured to detect an electric current flowing between the driving unit and a ground; and
a control unit configured to control the motor by obtaining a driving current based on a detection result detected by the
detection unit, and generating a PWM signal for turning on/off the plurality of switching elements based on a difference between
the obtained driving current and a target value of the driving current to be supplied to the motor;

wherein, if the PWM signal is at a high level, and a time period in which the PWM signal is at the high level is longer than
a predetermined time period, the control unit performs sampling of an electric current with the detection unit during the
time period in which the PWM signal is at the high level, whereas if the PWM signal is at a high level but the time period
in which the PWM signal is at the high level is shorter than or equal to the predetermined time period, the control unit does
not perform the sampling of the electric current with the detection unit during the time period in which the PWM signal is
at the high level.

US Pat. No. 9,781,332

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,749,478

PRINTING APPARATUS TO WHICH OPTIONAL UNIT IS CONNECTED, PROGRAM UPDATE METHOD FOR PRINTING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a printing unit configured to perform printing, the printing unit configured to be connected to an optional finisher unit
that performs finishing processing on sheets on which printing has been performed;

a memory; and
one or more processors connected to the memory and configured to execute instructions that, when executed, cause the printing
apparatus to:

acquire hardware identification information from the finisher unit, wherein the hardware identification information is a hardware
identifier of the finisher unit;

determine, based on the acquired hardware identification information, whether or not hardware of the finisher unit is compatible
with a main system program group of the printing apparatus;

acquire program identification information from the finisher unit, in a case where it is determined that the hardware of the
finisher unit is compatible with the main system program group of the printing apparatus;

determine, based on the acquired program identification information, whether or not a finisher unit program is compatible
with a model identifier stored in the printing apparatus, wherein the model identifier is program identification information
for identifying which program of the main system program group of the printing apparatus is associated with the finisher unit
program; and

in a case where it is determined that the finisher unit program is compatible with the model identifier stored in the printing
apparatus but a configuration associated with a version of the finisher unit program is not compatible with a configuration
associated with the identified program of the main system program group associated with the finisher unit program, update
the version of the finisher unit program such that the configuration associated with the updated version of the finisher unit
program is compatible with the configuration associated with the identified program of the main system program group associated
with the finisher unit program,

wherein the configuration associated with the updated version of the finisher unit program indicates a function provided by
the updated version of the finisher unit program.

US Pat. No. 9,749,479

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS TO RECOGNIZE A CHANGE OF STATE OF THE IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an engine control unit configured to control an image forming operation and to communicate with a controller which controls
image information for performing image forming, wherein a communication between the engine control unit and the controller
is able to be interrupted; and

a storage unit configured to store information relating to a state change of the image forming apparatus during interruption
of the communication between the engine control unit and the controller, wherein the stored information includes first information
which indicates the state change of the image forming apparatus has occurred during the interruption, or second information
which indicates the state change of the image forming apparatus has not occurred during the interruption,

wherein the engine control unit and the storage unit communicate with each other by being coupled,
wherein, in a case where the communication between the controller and the engine control unit is recovered from the interruption,
the engine control unit notifies the controller of the first information or the second information, and

wherein, in a case where the engine control unit notifies the controller of the first information, the controller inquires
the engine control unit about a state of the image forming apparatus after the recovery from the interruption, and in a case
where the engine control unit notifies the controller of the second information, the controller does not inquire the engine
control unit about the state of the image forming apparatus after the recovery from the interruption.

US Pat. No. 9,749,529

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING WIRELESS TRANSMITTER-RECEIVER UNIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image pickup device configured to photoelectrically convert an object image into image signals;
a lens unit configured to form the object image on the image pickup device;
an image processor for processing the image signals output from the image pickup device;
a controller for controlling the image pickup device and the image processor;
a converter for converting electric power supplied from a battery and supplying the converted electric power to the image
pickup device, the image processor, and the controller;

a first circuit board on which the image processor, the controller and the converter are mounted; and
a wireless transmitter for wirelessly transmitting data,
wherein the wireless transmitter is disposed on the first circuit board,
wherein the image pickup device is mounted on the lens unit via a second circuit board,
wherein the first circuit board is disposed in such a manner that the converter mounted on the first circuit board does not
overlap the image pickup device and the lens unit,

wherein the wireless transmitter is disposed in such a manner that the wireless transmitter overlaps the converter,
wherein the converter has heat resistance higher than any one of the image pickup device, the image processor, and the controller,
and

wherein the wireless transmitter is disposed in such a manner that a distance between the wireless transmitter and the converter
is shorter than any one of a distance between the wireless transmitter and the image pickup device, a distance between the
wireless transmitter and the image processor, and a distance between the wireless transmitter and the controller.

US Pat. No. 9,746,758

ILLUMINATION OPTICAL SYSTEM AND IMAGE PROJECTION APPARATUS WITH THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An illumination optical system which illuminates an image display element, the illumination optical system comprising:
a first lens array configured to divide light emitted from a light source;
a second lens array configured to receive light from the first lens array; and
a condenser optical system configured to guide light from the second lens array to the image display element,
wherein a following expression is satisfied:
0.010<(A(in air)?F2)/A(in air)<0.300,

where A(in air) is an air conversion length from an incident surface of the first lens array to an emitting surface of the
second lens array in an optical axis direction, and F2 is a focal length of the second lens array.

US Pat. No. 9,749,626

MODULO EMBEDDING OF VIDEO PARAMETERS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,746,824

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form an image by using a developer;
a mounting unit to which a container is mounted,
wherein the container is configured to contain a developer, and
wherein the container comprises a pump unit that expands and contracts to change an internal pressure of the container, thereby
supply the developer from the container to the image forming unit;

a driving unit configured to rotate the container mounted to the mounting unit and cause the pump unit to expand and contract
in conjunction with a motion for rotating the container;

a detection unit configured to detect a predetermined portion of the rotating container to obtain information related to a
rotational speed of the container, and;

a controller configured to perform a feedback control based on the information obtained by the detection unit to control the
driving unit such that a rotational speed of the container becomes a predetermined speed,

wherein an amount of the developer that is supplied from the container to the image forming unit varies based on the rotational
speed of the container which is rotated by the driving unit

wherein a time period during which the container is rotated includes a time period during which the pump unit supplies the
developer from the container to the image forming unit and a time period during which the pump unit does not supply the developer
from the container to the image forming unit, and

wherein a time period during which the detection unit detects the predetermined portion of the rotating container corresponds
to the time period during which the pump unit supplies the developer from the container to the image forming unit.

US Pat. No. 9,741,295

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,731,503

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD AND LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS USING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,760,976

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a captured image and distance information of a subject;
a generation unit configured to generate, from the captured image, a plurality of images that respectively correspond to ranges
of individual subject distances, based on the distance information;

an operation unit configured to receive input of an instruction to change a shooting distance and a field angle of the captured
image;

an image processing unit configured to apply image processing to at least one of the plurality of images; and
a combining unit configured to combine the plurality of images that include an image to which the image processing has been
applied, and generate a combined image corresponding to the changed shooting distance and field angle that were instructed
through the operation unit,

wherein a primary image is set from among the plurality of images, and the image processing unit applies image processing
to at least one of the plurality of images, such that a size of the primary image in the combined image before and after changing
the shooting distance and field angle does not change.

US Pat. No. 9,724,919

PRINTING ELEMENT SUBSTRATE, PRINTHEAD, AND PRINTHEAD MANUFACTURING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,727,002

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING AN IMAGE BEARING MEMBER CHARGED WITH PREDETERMINED POLARITY AND POTENTIAL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member configured to bear a developer image;
a charging member configured to contact the image bearing member;
a storage unit configured to store information about the charging member; and
a developing unit configured to supply developer having a predetermined polarity to the image bearing member to form a developer
image, and to collect developer remaining on the image bearing member after the developer image is transferred,

a cartridge configured to be detachable from the image forming apparatus and including at least the image bearing member,
the charging member and the storage unit;

wherein, in a case where the charging member is new, a supply operation for supplying developer or lubricant is performed
prior to an image forming operation in such a manner that the developer or the lubricant having a polarity different from
the predetermined polarity adheres to a surface of the charging member, and

wherein, in a case where there is no usage history of the charging member, the supply operation is performed.

US Pat. No. 9,723,994

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUISITION APPARATUS, OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUISITION SYSTEM, DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD, DISPLAY METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An object information acquisition apparatus, comprising:
a receiver configured to receive an acoustic wave from an object and convert the received acoustic wave into an electric signal;
a moving control unit configured to move the receiver at least in a first direction and a second direction which is a direction
perpendicular to the first direction;

a characteristic information acquisition unit configured to acquire, using the electric signal, characteristic information
on the object; and

a display control unit configured to:
receive specified region information associated with a specified region defined by a user,
produce, using the specified region information, guide information in terms of a number of times the receiver is moved in
the first direction for acquiring the characteristic information on the object in the specified region, and

cause a display unit to display a guide based on the guide information,
wherein the information acquisition unit is configured to acquire, using the electric signal, the characteristic information
on the object in the specified region.

US Pat. No. 9,757,086

RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM HAVING STORED THEREON A PROGRAM FOR EXECUTING THE CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging system, comprising;
a radiation imaging apparatus configured to obtain a captured image by radiographic image capturing of a subject; and
an external apparatus configured to be connectable to the radiation imaging apparatus,
the external apparatus comprising a system time management unit configured to manage a system time, which serves as a reference
time of the radiation imaging system,

the radiation imaging apparatus comprising:
an imaging apparatus time management unit configured to manage an imaging apparatus time, which is a time on the radiation
imaging apparatus;

a storing unit configured to store image capturing information in association with the captured image obtained by the radiographic
image capturing, the image capturing information comprising at least image capturing time information about a date/time of
execution of the radiographic image capturing which is determined based on the imaging apparatus time; and

a time correction unit configured to obtain the system time and to correct the image capturing time information based on an
amount of a time disparity between the imaging apparatus time and the system time.

US Pat. No. 9,753,385

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising a support, a charge generation layer, and a charge transport layer
In this order, the charge transport layer containing a charge transport material,
the charge transport layer being a surface layer of the electrophotographic photosensitive member,
the charge transport layer containing a polycarbonate resin having a structural unit selected from group A and a structural
unit selected from group B,

the group A including structural units represented by formulae (101) and (102):

where R211 to R214 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or an alkyl, aryl, or alkoxy group, R215 represents an alkyl, aryl, or alkoxy group, R216 and R217 each independently represent an alkyl group containing 1 to 9 carbon atoms, i211 represents an integer of 0 to 3, and R2 and (CH2)iCHR216R217 are different croons;


where R221 to R224 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or an alkyl, aryl, or alkoxy group, R225 and R226 each independently represent an alkyl group containing 1 to 9 carbon atoms, R225 and R226 are different croons, and i221 represents an integer of 0 to 3;

the group d including structural units represented by formulae (104), (105), and (106):

where R242 to R244 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or an alkyl, aryl, or alkoxy group, and X represents a single bond, an oxygen
atom, a sulfur atom, or a sulfonyl group;


where R251 to R254 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or an alkyl, aryl, or alkoxy group, and R256 and R257 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or an alkyl, aryl, or halogenated alkyl group;


where R261 to R264 independently represent a hydrogen atom or an alkyl, aryl, or alkoxy group, and W represents a cycloalkylidene group containing
5 to 12 carbon atoms.

US Pat. No. 9,756,216

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR AUTHENTICATING USERS IN AN IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND/OR IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing system comprising:
a receiving unit configured to receive authentication information from a user;
a performing unit configured to perform login of a user based on the authentication information received by the receiving
unit;

an operation key configured to set a folder which has been pre-registered in association with the user as a transmission destination
of image data;

a transmission unit configured to transmit image data using authentication information to the transmission destination set
by operation of the operation key; and

a selection unit configured to select whether to set, as authentication information to be used when accessing the transmission
destination set by operation of the operation key, the authentication information which is received by the receiving unit
or to set, as authentication information to be used when accessing the transmission destination set by the operation key,
authentication information which has been pre-registered in association with the user.

US Pat. No. 9,756,225

IMAGE-PROCESSING DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image-processing device, comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect a motion region in which there is motion between an N-th frame image and an (N+1)-th
frame image of an input image;

a generation unit configured to generate an intermediate image from the N-th frame image and the (N+1)-th frame image, on
the basis of a detection result by the detection unit;

a processing unit configured to perform on the intermediate image processing of reducing a high-frequency component of spatial
frequency; and

an output unit configured to output an image resulting from increasing a frame rate of the input image through insertion of
the intermediate image having undergone the image processing, between a display image based on the N-th frame image and a
display image based on the (N+1)-th frame image,

wherein when a target position at which a pixel value of the intermediate image is to be calculated is located within the
motion region, the generation unit calculates a pixel value of the intermediate image at the target position on the basis
of an average value of the pixel value of the N-th frame image and the pixel value of the (N+1)-th frame image at a position
that is within a predefined range centered on the target position and outside the motion region.

US Pat. No. 9,723,568

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND DISPLAY APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,723,167

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,709,781

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,710,211

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,703,232

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS A CONTACTING OPERATION FOR CONTACTING A DEVELOPING MEMBER WITH AN IMAGE BEARING MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a plurality of image forming portions each including an image bearing member to be rotationally driven, charging means for
electrically charging the image bearing member, exposure means for exposing the charged image bearing member to light to form
a latent image including an exposed portion as an image portion, developing means, including a developing member movable toward
and away from the image bearing member, for forming an image with a developer on the image bearing member by contacting the
developing member with the image bearing member, and a cleaning member for removing the developer from the image bearing member
in contact with the image bearing member;

contact-and-separation means for moving the developing member toward and away from an associated one of the image bearing
members of said image forming portions;

a voltage source for applying, to the developing member, a developing voltage for urging the developer toward the image portion
of the latent image on the image bearing member,

wherein said image forming apparatus is capable of executing an operation in a mode in which the image is formed only at a
part of said image forming portions, and the operation in the mode is executed in a state in which the developing member is
contacted to the image bearing member at said part of said image forming portions where the image is formed and the developing
member is separated from the image bearing member at another part of said image forming portions where the image is not formed
and in which the image bearing members of said part of said image forming portions where the image is formed and said another
part of said image forming portions where the image is not formed are driven; and

control means for executing a contacting operation for contacting the developing member to which the developing voltage is
applied with the image bearing member, charged by the charging means, for a predetermined period,

wherein in the contacting operation, said exposure means does not form the latent image on the image bearing member, and
wherein when the operation in the mode is continuously executed, said control means executes the contacting operation at said
another part of said image forming portions where the image is not formed.

US Pat. No. 9,703,237

DEVELOPING UNIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing apparatus, comprising:
a developer bearing member configured to bear a developer, containing a non-magnetic toner and a magnetic carrier, on a surface
thereof;

a developer accommodating portion configured to accommodate the developer, the developer accommodating portion including:
a first chamber configured to supply the developer to the developer bearing member;
a second chamber arranged below the first chamber in a state in which the developing apparatus is mounted in an image forming
apparatus and configured to form a collecting path to collect the carried developer through the developer bearing member after
development without causing the developer to pass through the first chamber and a circulation path circulating the developer
between the first chamber and the second chamber; and

a partitioning wall configured to partition the first chamber and the second chamber;
a first conveying member configured to be arranged in the first chamber such that the center thereof is positioned between
an upper end and a lower end of the developer bearing member, and to convey the developer;

a second conveying member configured to be arranged in the second chamber and convey the developer;
a regulation member configured to regulate the amount of developer that is borne by the developer bearing member; and
a multipolar magnet arranged inside the developer bearing member, the multipolar magnet including:
a first magnetic pole arranged at a position where the first magnetic pole faces the regulation member or on a position upstream,
in a conveying direction of the developer bearing member, of the position where the first magnetic pole faces the regulation
member such that a peak position of magnetic force on the surface of the developer bearing member is located above a center
of the developer bearing member and is located downstream, in the conveying direction, of a line that connects the center
of the developer bearing member and the center of the first conveying member; and

a second magnetic pole having the same polarity with that of the first magnetic pole, the second magnetic pole arranged to
be adjacent to the first magnetic pole upstream, in the conveying direction, of the first magnetic pole such that a peak position
of magnetic force on the surface of the developer bearing member is located below the center of the developer bearing member
and is located downstream, in the conveying direction, of a line that connects the center of the developer bearing member
and the center of the second conveying member,

wherein an apex position of the partitioning wall is located between the developer bearing member and the first conveying
member, below an upper end position of a zone in which magnetic force on the surface of the developer bearing member is less
than 50 gauss between the first magnetic pole and the second magnetic pole, and above a peak position of magnetic force of
the second magnetic pole,

wherein the apex position of the partitioning wall is located below a minimal position at which magnetic force is the smallest
in the zone,

wherein a plurality of concaved portions is formed on a surface of the developer bearing member at an interval, and
wherein each of the plurality of concaved portions has such an opening shape that a maximum diameter of an inscribed circle
is equal to or greater than a diameter of an average grain size of the carrier, and is formed such that the carrier with the
average grain size is able to enter each of the concaved portions by a depth that is equal to or greater than a radius thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,660,556

LINEAR ULTRASONIC MOTOR AND OPTICAL APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An actuator, comprising:
a vibration element that generates vibrations by applying a drive signal;
a slider against which the vibration element is pressed and which enables relative movement with the vibration element by
the vibrations;

a supporting member that retains the vibration element, and supports the relative movement with the slider;
guide portions that guide, by using rolling members, the relative movement between the supporting member and the slider in
a direction of the relative movement between the supporting member and the slider; and

a pressing portion that presses the vibration element against the slider in a pressing direction so that the vibration element
and the slider contact each other at a contact plane,

wherein the pressing portion is arranged so that at least a part of the pressing portion and at least a part of the rolling
members are arranged in a plane parallel to the contact plane and the pressing portion is located between the rolling members.

US Pat. No. 9,658,543

METHOD FOR PRODUCING ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for producing an electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising an electrically conductive support, an undercoat
layer on the support, and a photosensitive layer on the undercoat layer, the method comprising:
preparing a coating liquid for an undercoat layer, said coating liquid comprising a titanium oxide particle; a polyol resin;
an isocyanate compound in which one of a structure represented by either formula (1) or formula (2) is bonded to an isocyanate
group; a monohydric alcohol represented by formula (3); and an ether having a boiling point higher than a boiling point of
the monohydric alcohol represented by the formula (3);

forming a coat of the coating liquid for an undercoat layer; and
drying and curing the coat to form the undercoat layer:

in the formula (1), R11 and R12 each independently represent an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms, and * represents a bonding site capable of being bonded
to the isocyanate group;


in the formula (2), R21 and R22 each independently represent an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms, and * represents a bonding site capable of being bonded
to the isocyanate group; and

HO—R3  (3)

in the formula (3), R3 represents an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms.

US Pat. No. 9,692,926

OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical scanning apparatus comprising:
a light source configured to emit a light beam;
a rotary polygon mirror configured to deflects the light beam emitted from the light source such that a photoconductor is
scanned with the light beam;

an optical member configured to guide the light beam deflected by the rotary polygon mirror to the photoconductor;
a housing configured to accommodates the rotary polygon mirror and the optical member therein;
a cover member attached to the housing so as to cover the housing, an opening being formed in the cover member, the opening
passing the light beam from inside of the housing to outside of the housing, an elastic member being molded on the cover member
in such a way as to enclose the opening and protrude from a fluid passage, the elastic member being made of a material that
is different from a material of the cover member, the elastic member being more elastic than the cover member, the fluid passage
being formed in the cover member in such a way as to enclose the opening, a molten material of the elastic member being poured
into the fluid passage so as to mold the elastic member in the cover member in such a way as to enclose the opening; and

a transparent member for covering the opening,
wherein the elastic member elastically deforms due to contact of a protruding portion of the elastic member protruding from
the fluid passage with the transparent member, and the deformed elastic member seals a gap between the cover member and the
transparent member.

US Pat. No. 9,692,947

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE THAT SYNTHESIZES A PLURALITY OF IMAGES, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing device comprising:
an image pickup device which outputs an image signal based on an optical image;
a driver which drives the image pickup device;
an image processor which synthesizes a plurality of image signals continuously obtained from the image pickup device to obtain
a synthesized image;

a first generator which generates a first drive signal for driving a circuit block other than the image pickup device;
a second generator which generates a second drive signal for driving the driver; and
a controller which causes a phase of the first drive signal and a phase of the second drive signal to have a predetermined
relationship in a case where noise is added from the circuit block to each of the plurality of image signals.

US Pat. No. 9,692,981

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS WITH EMISSION UNIT, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image pickup device that receives a pair of light beams that pass through different pupil division areas of an imaging
optical system with a pair of photoelectric conversion sections;

an emission unit that illuminates an object;
an extraction unit configured to extract light-control target area candidates from a pre-emission image that is obtained by
pre-emitting said emission unit using a non-emission image and the pre-emission image;

a calculation unit configured to find focused areas and defocus areas in the pre-emission image based on the pre-emission
image;

a selection unit configured to select a light-control target area that should be a target of light control from the light-control
target area candidates according to information based on the focused areas; and

a control unit configured to control emission quantity of said emission unit at a time of photographing so that luminance
in the light-control target area becomes predetermined luminance,

wherein said calculation unit finds the information about the focused areas based on difference information between a first
phase difference signal read from one photoelectric conversion section of the pair of photoelectric conversion sections and
a second phase difference signal read from the other photoelectric conversion section of the pair of photoelectric conversion
sections.

US Pat. No. 9,687,871

PROCESS FOR MANUFACTURING ELASTIC ROLLER, AND COATING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A process for manufacturing an elastic roller, the elastic roller having a mandrel and a coating film on an outer peripheral
surface thereof, the process comprising:
a first step of forming a coating film of a coating material on an outer peripheral surface of a first mandrel by a circular
coating head; and

a second step of forming a coating film of the coating material on an outer peripheral surface of a second mandrel by the
circular coating head, the circular coating head having:

a center hole,
a circular slit in an inner wall of the center hole, the circular slit being opened to a whole inner perimeter of the center
hole, and

a taper-shaped portion having an inclined surface at which a diameter is decreasing toward the center hole,
the first step including:
arranging the first mandrel approximately coaxially with a central axis of the circular coating head; and
forming the coating film of the coating material on the outer peripheral surface of the first mandrel by relatively moving
the circular coating head and the first mandrel so that the inclined surface of the coating head is positioned in a downstream
side, while ejecting the coating material from the circular slit; and

the second step including:
arranging the second mandrel approximately coaxially with the central axis of the circular coating head; and
forming the coating film of the coating material on the outer peripheral surface of the second mandrel by relatively moving
the circular coating head and the second mandrel so that the inclined surface of the coating head is positioned in the downstream
side, while ejecting the coating material from the circular slit,

wherein the process further comprises a cleaning step between the first step and the second step, the cleaning step comprising:
making a cleaning member arranged approximately coaxially with the central axis of the circular coating head, in the downstream
side in a moving direction of the first mandrel with respect to the circular coating head in the first step, the cleaning
member being rotatable around the central axis of the circular coating head regarded as an approximate rotation center, having
a rotation locus circle whose diameter is larger than a diameter of the center hole of the circular coating head, and being
elastically deformable;

making the cleaning member relatively approach the circular coating head;
bringing the cleaning member into contact with a surface to be cleaned of the circular coating head, which faces the cleaning
member;

rotating the cleaning member while the surface to be cleaned, including at least a part of the inclined surface, is in contact
with the cleaning member; and

inserting the cleaning member into the center hole.

US Pat. No. 9,661,217

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor that captures a moving image; and
a CPU that generates a first moving image by adding a first special effect to the moving image and generates a second moving
image by adding a second special effect to the first moving image,

wherein the CPU generates, from the first moving image to which the second special effect is not added, a moving image for
display to be displayed on a display device, and generates, from the second moving image, a moving image for recording to
be recorded in a recording medium, and

wherein the second special effect, includes an effect achieved by a process for adding an afterimage to a moving subject in
the first moving image,

wherein the CPU controls a capturing framerate of the image sensor, or the capturing framerate of the image sensor and a ratio
of the moving image for recording to frames of the moving image that are captured by the image sensor, so that a predetermined
period of the moving image for recording is played back in fast-forward or in slow-motion during playback, and

wherein the CPU generates the second moving image by adding the second special effect to a period of the first moving image
corresponding to the predetermined period of the moving image for recording.

US Pat. No. 9,651,876

MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A measurement apparatus for measuring a position of a mark on a stage, the apparatus comprising:
an imaging unit fixed to a first member and configured to sense an image of the mark;
a first detector configured to detect a position of said stage with reference to a second member;
a second detector configured to detect fluctuation of a position of said first member with reference to said second member;
and

a control unit configured to obtain the position of the mark based on an image of the mark sensed by said imaging unit while
controlling a relative position of said stage relative to said second member so as to reduce fluctuation of a relative position
of the mark relative to said imaging unit due to the fluctuation of the position of said first member based on a detection
result of said first detector and a detection result of said second detector.

US Pat. No. 9,651,902

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a receiving unit configured to receive a page of image data;
an image forming unit configured to form a toner image on a photosensitive member based on the page of image data received
by the receiving unit;

a transfer unit configured to transfer the toner image formed by the image forming unit onto a sheet;
a fixing unit configured to fix the toner image transferred by the transfer unit onto the sheet; and
a control unit configured to decode the page of image data received by the receiving unit and determine a temperature for
fixing the toner image on the sheet;

wherein in a case where the decoding of the page of image data is completed within a predetermine time from when starting
the decoding of the page of image data, the control unit controls the fixing unit so that the temperature to be a first temperature
determined from a result of the decoding the page of image data,

wherein in a case where the decoding of the page of image data is not completed within the predetermined time, the control
unit controls the fixing unit so that the temperature to be a second temperature determined regardless of a result of decoding
of the page of image data.

US Pat. No. 9,686,257

AUTHORIZATION SERVER SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An authorization server capable of communicating with a server configured to provide a resource service to an apparatus
connected via a network and the apparatus including a resource service cooperation application configured to use the resource
service, the authorization server comprising:
one or more processors; and
one or more computer-readable media storing one or more programs, the one or more programs comprising instructions that, when
executed by the one or more processors, cause the one or more processors to perform operations comprising:

receiving, at the authorization server from a browser on the apparatus, information associated with a client on the apparatus
and a request for a token, the information and the request being transmitted by a user's operation via the browser;

issuing, by the authorization server, an authorization code in response to the request, transmitting to the browser the authorization
code and a request for redirection to the client, and issuing first authorization information based on the authorization code
received from the client which has requested the first authorization information, the client accepting the access of the browser
redirected from the authorization server and receiving the authorization code from the browser at the time of the redirection,
the first authorization information for identifying a first scope of authorization, the first scope of authorization including
authorization to use the resource service, wherein the issuing the first authorization information is performed based on one
or more user inputs indicating a user has authorized delegating authorization for using the resource service;

receiving, at the authorization server from the client, the first authorization information and a request to issue second
authorization information corresponding to a second scope of authorization, the request to issue the second authorization
information comprising a request sent by the client for delegating authorization for using the resource service by the resource
service cooperation application;

in response to receiving the first authorization information and the request to issue the second authorization information,
identifying:

the first scope of authorization based on the first authorization information, and
the second scope of authorization based on information specifying a requested scope of authorization for the second authorization
information,

determining whether to issue the second authorization information based on the first scope of authorization;
in response to determining to issue the second authorization information, issuing, by the authorization server, the second
authorization information for identifying the second scope of authorization, wherein the second scope of authorization comprises
a scope of authorization for using the resource service; and

transmitting, from the authorization server to the client, the second authorization information, the second authorization
information including information usable by the resource service cooperation application to access the resource services,

wherein the determining whether to issue the second authorization information comprises determining whether the first scope
of authorization encompasses the second scope of authorization, and

wherein the issuing the second authorization information is performed in response to determining that the first scope of authorization
encompasses the second scope of authorization.

US Pat. No. 9,684,271

CONTROLLING APPARATUS, IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming station configured to form a toner image on a recording material;
a rotatable heating member and a pressing rotatable member forming a nip for heating the toner image formed by said image
forming station;

a first rubbing rotatable member movable to and away from said rotatable heating member and configured to rub a surface of
said rotatable heating member;

a second rubbing rotatable member movable to and away from said pressing rotatable member and configured to rub a surface
of said pressing rotatable member;

a counter configured to count a number of image formations;
a first executing portion configured to execute, when the number of image formations reaches a first predetermined number
during the execution of a job for continuously forming the images on the recording materials, a rubbing treatment operation
of said first rubbing rotatable member by contacting said first rubbing rotatable member to said rotatable heating member
after waiting for completion of the job; and

a second executing portion configured to execute, when the number of image formations reaches a second predetermined number
during the execution of the job, a rubbing treatment operation of said second rubbing rotatable member by contacting said
second rubbing rotatable member to said pressing rotatable member concurrently with the execution of the job.

US Pat. No. 9,639,931

RADIATION IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation image processing apparatus comprising
a processor implementing functions of:
a storage unit configured to store a plurality of pieces of part information, each including an imaging part indicating a
part of an object to be imaged and an extraction size of an extraction area on a radiation image;

a recognizing unit configured to recognize a region of interest from a radiation image based on the imaging part included
in designated part information among the plurality of pieces of part information; and

an arrangement unit configured to arrange the extraction area with a predetermined extraction size in association with the
designated part information on the radiation image in accordance with the region of interest recognized by said recognizing
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,673,253

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a photoelectric conversion device, the method comprising:
forming, with a material which contains aluminum, an electrically conductive pattern on a semiconductor substrate including
a photoelectric converter;

forming, on the electrically conductive pattern, an insulating film which contains hydrogen;
performing, in a hydrogen-containing atmosphere, first annealing on a structure including the semiconductor substrate, the
electrically conductive pattern, and the insulating film;

forming, on the insulating film, a protective film having lower hydrogen permeability than that of the insulating film after
the first annealing; and

performing, in the hydrogen-containing atmosphere, second annealing on a structure including the semiconductor substrate,
the electrically conductive pattern, the insulating film, and the protective film after formation of the protective film,

wherein a temperature in the first annealing is not less than a temperature when forming the insulating film and not more
than a temperature when forming the protective film.

US Pat. No. 9,671,991

PRINTING APPARATUS CONNECTABLE WITH WI-FI DIRECT, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a wireless communicator configured to perform wireless connection with an external apparatus by direct wireless communication;
and

processing circuitry configured to:
request information from the external apparatus that indicates whether or not a user is operating a print application on the
external apparatus, the print application being an application that communicates with the printing apparatus;

acquire the requested information from the external apparatus;
determine, based on the information acquired from the external apparatus, whether or not the user is operating the print application
on the external apparatus; and

control the wireless communicator not to disconnect the wireless connection by direct wireless communication in a case where
it is determined that the user is operating the print application on the external apparatus and to disconnect the wireless
connection by direct wireless communication in a case where it is determined that the user is not operating the print application
on the external apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,667,814

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF EXECUTING A WORKFLOW, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an image input device configured to generate document data by scanning a paper document; and
a processor configured to execute a workflow that includes:
a document scanning task that causes the image input device to generate document data by scanning a paper document according
to scan parameters

a transmission task that transmits the document data generated by said document scanning task to an external server system;
a document format information acquisition task that acquires document format information that represents a format of the document
data required by the external server system, from the external server system;

a scan parameter judgment task that judges whether or not the scan parameters used for scanning the paper document by the
image input device satisfy the document format information acquired by said document format acquisition task; and

a correction task that corrects, when said scan parameter judgment task judges that the scan parameters do not satisfy the
document format information, the scan parameters so that the corrected scan parameters satisfy the document format information
acquired by said document format acquisition task,

wherein said document format information acquisition task, said scan parameters judgment task, and said correction task are
executed before both of said document scanning task and said transmission task.

US Pat. No. 9,633,265

METHOD FOR IMPROVING TRACKING IN CROWDED SITUATIONS USING RIVAL COMPENSATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for tracking a first object across a number of images, the method comprising:
obtaining and storing an exemplar view for the first object and an associated appearance model thereof in a first image;
forming, in association with a second image, an adjusted colour appearance model of the first object based on the associated
appearance model of the first object and an appearance model of at least one second object which is located within a predetermined
distance from the first object;

determining a scale and centroid adjustment of the exemplar view based on the adjusted colour appearance model;
applying tracking to the first object in the second image to determine a position of the first object in the second image;
and

correcting the position of the first object in the second image according to the determined scale and centroid adjustment.

US Pat. No. 9,627,427

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS USING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state image sensor comprising:
a ranging pixel including a pupil dividing unit and a plurality of photoelectric conversion units, wherein
the pupil dividing unit is configured to divide light that has passed through an exit pupil of an imaging optical system;
the photoelectric conversion units are configured to receive the light that has passed though the pupil dividing unit;
the ranging pixel includes an optical isolation layer between the pupil dividing unit and the plurality of photoelectric conversion
units, wherein the optical isolation layer includes a plurality of high-refractive-index areas and a low-refractive-index
area having a lower refractive index than the refractive index of the high-refractive-index areas, the high-refractive-index
areas being disposed above the plurality of photoelectric conversion units, and the low-refractive-index area being disposed
between the plurality of the high-refractive-index areas;

the refractive index changes stepwise at the boundaries between the high-refractive-index areas and the low-refractive-index
area;

the refractive index difference of the stepwise changing portion is 0.15 or more; and
a value obtained by multiplying the physical thickness of the optical isolation layer by the refractive index of the high-refractive-index
areas is 2.0 or less times as large as the wavelength of incident light.

US Pat. No. 9,623,670

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus adapted to inspect an image, the image processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire image data obtained by reading the image;
a setting unit configured to set a division way for dividing the image data;
a processing unit configured to divide the image data in accordance with the division way set by the setting unit, and perform
a predetermined process on each of resulting division areas; and

an extracting unit configured to extract a unique portion caused by a device to print the image from image data resulting
from performing the predetermined process,
wherein:
the predetermined process includes
an averaging process on each of division areas obtained by dividing the image data in accordance with the division way set
by the setting unit,

a quantization process for quantizing values obtained by the averaging process, and
an addition process for adding values obtained by differentiating the division way of the image data in the averaging process
and performing the quantization process, and

the setting unit sets a first division way for the predetermined process for a first area that is associated with the device
in occurrence position of the unique portion and a second division way for a second area other than the first area.

US Pat. No. 9,615,306

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,610,014

ACOUSTIC WAVE ACQUIRING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An acoustic wave acquiring apparatus comprising:
an object holding member holding an object;
a probe receiving an acoustic wave from the object via said object holding member;
an acoustic matching liquid holder located between said object holding member and said probe so as to form a space which holds
an acoustic matching liquid;

a scanning unit allowing said probe to scan in a first direction and in a second direction crossing said first direction;
and

a supplying unit supplying the acoustic matching liquid into said space with a certain supplying rate during a scanning period
in which said probe is being scanned,

wherein the certain supplying rate is modified depending on a scanning direction of said probe.

US Pat. No. 9,605,170

INK SET AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An aqueous ink set comprising:
a combination of a first ink including no coloring material and a second ink including a coloring material,
wherein the first ink includes a resin particle and a water-soluble resin,
wherein the second ink includes the coloring material, a water-soluble acrylic resin, and a water-soluble urethane resin,
the coloring material being a carbon black having a BET specific surface area of 50 m2/g or more to 240 m2/g or less and a DBP oil absorption amount of 30 mL/100 g or more to 100 mL/100 g or less,

wherein, in the second ink, a mass ratio of a content A (% by mass) of the water-soluble acrylic resin relative to a content
P (% by mass) of the carbon black is 0.30 times or more to 2.00 times or less, and

wherein a mass ratio of a content U (% by mass) of the water-soluble urethane resin in the second ink relative to a content
P (% by mass) of the carbon black is 0.10 times or more to 0.60 times or less.

US Pat. No. 9,606,486

ELASTIC ROLLER WITH NEEDLE-SHAPED FILLER AND FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An elastic roller comprising:
a mandrel; and
an elastic layer provided on the circumferential surface of the mandrel,
the elastic layer containing a needle-shaped filler and a shell-less void and having a porosity of 20 vol % or more and 60
vol % or less,

the elastic layer containing a first area and a second area,
the first area extending from a surface of the elastic layer opposite to a surface facing the mandrel toward the mandrel and
having a thickness of 30% of the thickness of the elastic layer,

the second area being a central area in a thickness direction of the elastic layer and having a thickness of 40% of the thickness
of the elastic layer, wherein,

an orientation degree of the needle-shaped filler in the second area is 50% or lower, and
an orientation degree of the needle-shaped filler in the first area is higher than that in the second area, where, the orientation
degree is a percentage ratio of the number of the needle-shaped filler in the longitudinal direction of the elastic layer
to the number of total observable needle-shaped filler.

US Pat. No. 9,609,199

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, SYSTEM, METHOD, AND MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,609,251

MANUFACTURING METHOD OF SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion device comprising:
a photoelectric conversion unit for outputting a electric signal base on a signal charge generated in a photoelectric conversion
element, the photoelectric conversion unit including a first transistor; and

a signal processing unit for processing the electric signal, the signal processing unit including a second transistor and
a third transistor,

wherein a gate insulation film of the second transistor is thinner than a gate insulation film of the first transistor,
wherein the first transistor and the second transistor are first conductive type transistors, and the third transistor is
a second conductive type transistor,

wherein the signal processing unit has an electrode integrally including a first conductive type portion as a gate electrode
of the second transistor and a second conductive type portion as a gate electrode of the third transistor, and

an impurity concentration in the first conductive type portion is higher than an impurity concentration in a gate electrode
of the first transistor.

US Pat. No. 9,602,842

ENCODING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An encoding apparatus operable to encode an image in accordance with allowable error information that defines an allowable
error corresponding to a pixel value, the apparatus comprising:
one or more processors; and
at least one memory coupled to the one or more processors, the at least one memory having instructions stored thereon which,
when executed by the one or more processors, cause the encoding apparatus to:

set transformation information for transforming a pixel value of an image that is an encoding target into a second pixel value
in accordance with the allowable error information,

transform each pixel value of an image that is an encoding target based on the pixel value transformation information to generate
a second image comprised by pixels after the transformation,

encode the second image such that a difference in a pixel value before and after encoding is within a constant ? that is set
in advance, and

generate pixel value inverse transformation information, based on the pixel value transformation information, for transforming
a pixel value of the second image into a value related to a pixel value of an input image, and encode the generated pixel
value inverse transformation information using a lossless encoder,

wherein information for performing a transformation is set as the transformation information such that, in a case where a
pixel value of the second image is shifted by ?, a shift of a pixel value of an input image falls within an allowable error.

US Pat. No. 9,602,709

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image sensor for picking up an image of an object;
a storage for storing a photographed image picked up by the image sensor;
an output interface for outputting the photographed image picked up by the image sensor to an external image processing apparatus;
a communication device for transmitting, to the external image processing apparatus, a transmission request of parameter information
of an image processing that is performed on the photographed image, the external image processing apparatus setting the parameter
information for the photographed image, and for receiving,

from the external image processing apparatus, the parameter information that is transmitted from the external image processing
apparatus according to the transmission request;

a system control processor and a memory storing a program executable by the system control processor to cause the system control
processor to perform the functions of a recording unit, an operation detection unit and a control unit,

the recording unit recording, in the storage, the parameter information received by the communication device in relation to
the photographed image, the parameter information being used for performing a same image processing on the photographed image
related to the parameter information as an image processing performed on the photographed image by the external image processing
apparatus;

the operation detection unit detecting an operation in the image pickup apparatus; and
the control unit controlling the transmission of the transmission request of the parameter information by the communication
device,

wherein the control unit controls the communication device so as to transmit the transmission request of the parameter information
to the external image processing apparatus when the operation detection unit detects a predetermined operation.

US Pat. No. 9,599,893

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,602,712

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS THAT SENDS SIGNAL FOR INSTRUCTING IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS TO EXECUTE SHOOTING OPERATION AND COMMUNICATION CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus configured to be removably mounted on an image pickup apparatus, comprising:
a memory device; and
a processor configured to execute computer executable instructions recorded on the memory device, the computer executable
instructions including instructions, that when executed by the processor, cause the communication apparatus to:

send a first signal for instructing execution of a shooting operation to the image pickup apparatus via a cable connected
to the image pickup apparatus;

send a second signal for instructing execution of the shooting operation to the image pickup apparatus via a signal terminal
that is electrically connected to a terminal provided in an accessory shoe of the image pickup apparatus; and

control, according to a state of the image pickup apparatus, the communication apparatus to send either the first signal or
the second signal to the image pickup apparatus to instruct execution of the shooting operation,

wherein information as to whether the image pickup apparatus can execute the shooting operation in response to the second
signal is obtained via the signal terminal, and

wherein in a case where the image pickup apparatus is able to receive the first signal via the cable and communicate with
the communication apparatus via the terminal provided in the accessory shoe, a signal to be sent to the image pickup apparatus
when execution of the shooting operation is instructed is switched between the first signal and the second signal based on
the obtained information.

US Pat. No. 9,602,714

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image pickup element configured to photoelectrically convert an optical image;
a first detector configured to perform focus detection by using a focus signal generated from a high frequency component of
an image signal outputted from the image pickup element;

a second detector configured to perform focus detection by a method different from the focus detection by the first detection
unit;

and a controller configured to control a drive of a focus lens and configured to control a frame rate,
wherein when a predetermined operation to instruct focusing is performed, the controller is configured to switch the frame
rate from a first frame rate to a second frame rate, which is faster than the first frame rate, and perform a first operation
to drive the focus lens for the focus detection by the first detector,

wherein the controller is configured to start driving the focus lens based on a focus detection result by the second detector
during performance of the first frame rate but before completion of switching the frame rate from the first frame rate to
the second frame rate.

US Pat. No. 9,601,701

ORGANIC COMPOUND AND ORGANIC LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A benzo[h]hexaphene represented by the following Formula (1):

wherein,
R1 to R16 are each independently selected from a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, a methyl group, an ethyl group, an iso-propyl group,
a t-butyl group, a cyano group, a diphenylamino group, a pyridyl group, a phenyl group, a biphenyl group, a terphenyl group,
and a naphthyl group;

the diphenylamino, pyridyl, phenyl, biphenyl, terphenyl, and naphthyl groups optionally have a substitutent of a methyl group,
an ethyl group, an iso-propyl group, a t-butyl group, or a fluorine atom;

Ar1 and Ar2 are any of a phenyl group, a biphenyl group, a terphenyl group, and a naphthyl group; and

Ar1 and Ar2 optionally have a substitutent of a methyl group, an ethyl group, an iso-propyl group, a t-butyl group, or a fluorine atom.

US Pat. No. 9,597,871

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,602,752

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state imaging apparatus comprising:
a plurality of pixels arranged in a matrix, and generating an image signal by photoelectric conversion; and
a plurality of A/D converting units, each arranged correspondingly to one of columns of the matrix, to convert the image signal
into a n-bit digital value, n being an integer equal to or larger than 2,

wherein each of the plurality of A/D converting units comprises:
a plurality of first storage units configured to store the n-bit digital value one bit by one bit, and
a plurality of second storage units each arranged correspondingly to each of the plurality of first storage units, to hold
the digital value transferred from the first storage unit, and

wherein:
the plurality of first storage units and the plurality of second storage units form first and second pairs, each pair including
the first storage unit and the second storage unit storing the digital value of the same bit,

the first and second pairs are adjacent to each other,
the first storage unit of the first pair and the first storage unit of the second pair are connected to a common control line
configured to control an operation of the storing, and

the second storage unit of the first pair and the second storage unit of the second pair are connected to a common control
line configured to control an operation of the storing.

US Pat. No. 9,599,935

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH CLEANING USING CLEANING MEMBER AND CHARGING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an image bearing member configured to bear a toner image that is formed by an electrostatic latent image being developed using
toner;

an intermediate transfer belt configured such that a toner image is transferred from the image bearing member;
a cleaning member configured to remove toner from the intermediate transfer belt by contacting the intermediate transfer belt;
a charging member configured to charge toner borne on the intermediate transfer belt; and
a power supply configured to apply voltage, which is required for the charging member to charge toner, to the charging member,
wherein the image forming apparatus is configured to execute:
an image forming step in which an image is formed on a recording material by transferring a toner image, which is transferred
from the image bearing member to the intermediate transfer belt, to the recording material;

an electrostatic cleaning step in which the power supply applies voltage, which has reversed polarity of the polarity used
upon charging toner to develop an electrostatic latent image, to the charging member, and the charging member charges the
toner borne on the intermediate transfer belt to have the reversed polarity so that the toner is transferred from the intermediate
transfer belt to the image bearing member, and the toner is removed from the intermediate transfer belt;

a toner discharging step in which the power supply changes a state of applying voltage to the charging member from that in
the electrostatic cleaning step, so that the toner attached to the charging member is transferred to the intermediate transfer
belt; and

an adjustment step in which an adjustment-purpose toner image, which is not transferred to a recording material, is formed
on the intermediate transfer belt, and the adjustment-purpose toner image is removed from the intermediate transfer belt by
the cleaning member and through the electrostatic cleaning step,

wherein the adjustment step is executed in a state where a toner attachment amount of the charging member is switched from
a first limit value, which is allowed in the image forming step, to a second limit value, which is allowed immediately before
executing the adjustment step, by the execution of the toner discharging step.

US Pat. No. 9,600,219

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a volatile memory which stores data;
a processor which reads data stored in the volatile memory or writes data in the volatile memory;
a network interface which receives data from an external apparatus; and
a power control circuit which shifts, based on a lapse of a certain time period in a first power state in which power is supplied
to the network interface and the volatile memory and power is not supplied to the processor, the printing apparatus from the
first power state to a second power state in which power is supplied to the volatile memory and power is not supplied to the
network interface and the processor.

US Pat. No. 9,600,737

IMAGE FEATURE EXTRACTION METHOD, IMAGE FEATURE EXTRACTION APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A feature extraction method comprising:
acquiring an image;
detecting a vanishing point in the acquired image;
setting m ellipses and n half-lines centered on the detected vanishing point to segment the image into a plurality of regions;
extracting a feature of a region segmented by the set ellipses and half-lines; and
classifying the image into a plurality of groups by extracting features of the segmented regions and clustering the plurality
of extracted features into the plurality of groups,

wherein, in a case where m=0, n is an integer satisfying n?2, and in a case where m is an integer satisfying m?1, n is an
integer satisfying n?0.

US Pat. No. 9,599,462

THREE-DIMENSIONAL SHAPE MEASUREMENT APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A three-dimensional shape measurement apparatus that measures a coordinate of a surface of a target object based on a captured
image including the target object onto which a pattern is projected, comprising:
a projection unit configured to project a first pattern and a second pattern onto a measurement area in which the target object
is placed and a reference marker is arranged, wherein the first pattern is a pattern for obtaining a coordinate of a surface
of the target object and the second pattern is a pattern for correcting a projection position by the projection unit;

an image capturing unit configured to capture an image of the measurement area onto which at least one of the first pattern
and the second pattern are projected; and

a control unit, including at least one processor, configured to:
derive, based on an image captured by the image capturing unit, a first correction value for correcting a position of the
projection unit and the image capturing unit, and a second correction value for correcting projection position of the projection
unit; and

obtain a coordinate on a surface of the target object based on an image captured by the image capturing unit, and the first
correction value and the second correction value that have been derived,

wherein the projection unit and the image capturing unit are fixed on a support structure and the position of the projection
unit and the image capturing unit is changed by fluctuation of the support structure.

US Pat. No. 9,600,747

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THAT EXECUTE A PLURALITY OF RENDERING PROCESSING UNITS IN PARALLEL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming method for generating a raster image of a page using at least first renderer and second renderer, comprising:
setting sizes of first and second areas to be rendered of a first partial area of the page;
starting generation a first raster image for the first area to be rendered by the first renderer;
starting generation a second raster image for the second area to be rendered by the second renderer;
setting sizes of third and fourth areas to be rendered of a second partial area of the page according to a size of a rest
of the second area for which no raster image has been generated at a time of completion of generation of a raster image for
the first area to be rendered by the first renderer, the second partial area being different than the first partial area;

starting generation a third raster image for the third area by the first renderer after completion of generation of the first
raster image for the first area to be rendered; and

starting generation a fourth raster image for the fourth area by the second renderer after completion of generation of the
second raster image for the second area to be rendered.

US Pat. No. 9,601,533

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state imaging apparatus comprising:
a photoelectric conversion portion disposed on a semiconductor substrate;
a structure including an insulating member disposed on the semiconductor substrate, and a wiring pattern being arranged in
the insulating member;

a film disposed on the structure and separated from the wiring pattern by part of the insulating member, the film being made
of at least one of SiC and SiCN;

a light-guide portion embedded in the film and the insulating member so as to guide light to the photoelectric conversion
portion; and

an insulating film disposed on an upper surface of the light-guide portion and an upper surface of the film, the insulating
film having a lower surface contacting the upper surface of the light-guide portion and the upper surface of the film.

US Pat. No. 9,601,537

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,602,579

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus operating a communication role in a wireless network, the communication apparatus comprising:
a wireless interface to interface to the wireless network;
a processor; and
a memory containing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform operations comprising:
determining the communication role in accordance with a peer-to-peer (P2P) service requested by a user, the communication
role being a base station or a terminal; and

controlling the wireless interface to receive a reception file from a partner apparatus in the wireless network when the communication
role is the base station and to transmit a transmission file to the partner apparatus when the communication role is the terminal.

US Pat. No. 9,596,438

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM LINKING INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS WITH IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THERE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a display device;
a non-transitory computer-readable storage medium storing computer executable instructions; and
a computer communicatively connected to the display device and the non-transitory computer-readable storage medium, the computer
configured by the computer executable instructions to:

display a predetermined special pattern via the display device;
receive a response showing that the predetermined special pattern is detected from an image pickup apparatus that detects
the predetermined special pattern displayed via the display device; and

set the image pickup apparatus that transmits the response as a selected image pickup apparatus used to monitor the information
processing apparatus in a case where the response is received by the computer,

wherein the computer is configured by the computer executable instructions to set the image pickup apparatus as the selected
image pickup apparatus in response to the image pickup apparatus being selected by a user from among a plurality of image
pickup apparatuses that transmit the response.

US Pat. No. 9,594,236

PROJECTION OPTICAL SYSTEM AND IMAGE PROJECTION APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A projection optical system having a zooming function comprising:
a plurality of positive lenses and a plurality of negative lenses; and
an aperture stop arranged between a negative lens A arranged closest to an enlargement conjugate side out of the plurality
of negative lenses and a positive lens C arranged closest to a reduction conjugate side out of the plurality of positive lenses,

wherein,
when a negative lens arranged at a position closest to the aperture stop, among negative lenses whose lens surfaces are arranged
in a range up to a position separated in 0.22 L to the reduction conjugate side from a vertex of a lens surface arranged closest
to the enlargement conjugate side both at a wide angle end and at a telephoto end is referred to as a negative lens B when
a distance from the vertex of the lens surface arranged closest to the enlargement conjugate side to a vertex of a lens surface
arranged closest to the reduction conjugate side is referred to as a total optical length L,

when a positive lens arranged at a position closest to the aperture stop, among positive lenses whose lens surfaces are arranged
in a range up to a position separated in 0.29 L to the enlargement conjugate side from the vertex of the lens surface arranged
closest to the reduction conjugate side both at the wide angle end and at the telephoto end is referred to as a positive lens
D,

when a refractive index for a d line (wavelength: 587.6 nm) of a material is referred to as Nd,
when a refractive index for an F line (wavelength: 486.1 nm) of a material is referred to as NF,
when a refractive index for a g line (wavelength: 435.8 nm) of a material is referred to as Ng,
when a refractive index for a C line (wavelength: 656.3 nm) of a material is referred to as Nc,
when an Abbe number ?d, a partial dispersion ratio ?gF, and anomalous dispersion ??gF are defined as
?d=(Nd?1)/(NF?NC)

?gF=(Ng?NF)/(NF?NC)

??gF=?gF?(0.6438?0.001682 ?d),

when the Abbe number and the anomalous dispersion of a material for the negative lens A are referred to as ?dA and ??gFA,
respectively,

when the Abbe number and the anomalous dispersion of a material for the negative lens B are referred to as ?dB and ??gFB,
respectively,

when the Abbe number and the anomalous dispersion of a material for the positive lens C are referred to as ?dC and ??gFC,
respectively, and

when the Abbe number and the anomalous dispersion of a material for the positive lens D are referred to as ?dD and ??gFD,
respectively,

conditional equations of
0.020 0.030 0.020 0.030 ?dB??dA>55.0

?dD??dC>55.0
are satisfied.

US Pat. No. 9,595,292

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus having a central processing unit (CPU) and a memory which stores instructions for the CPU,
the image processing apparatus comprising:
a receiving unit configured to receive an instruction from a user;
a recording unit configured to record a moving image file including moving image data obtained by an imaging unit on a recording
medium,

wherein the recording unit has a first recording mode and a second recording mode,
wherein, in the first recording mode, the recording unit automatically records the moving image data for a predetermined time
period on the recording medium in accordance with a single recording instruction from the user received by the receiving unit,

wherein, in the first recording mode, the recording unit records the moving image data for the predetermined time period as
one chapter, and connects the moving image data of the chapter automatically recorded on the recording medium in accordance
with the single recording instruction from the user to a predetermined moving image file which has been recorded in the first
recording mode on the recording medium such that the predetermined moving image file has a plurality of chapters recorded
in accordance with a plurality of recording instructions by the user,

wherein, in the first recording mode, the recording unit records control information indicating a connection position of the
plurality of chapters in the predetermined moving image file into the predetermined moving image file, and

wherein, in the second recording mode, the recording unit starts recording the moving image data in response to a recording
instruction from the user and stops recording the moving image data in response to a recording stop instruction from the user;

a selection unit configured to select a target moving image file to be edited from a plurality of moving image files recorded
on the recording medium;

a specifying unit configured to specify an editing position in moving image data contained in the selected target moving image
file,

wherein the specifying unit changes the editing position according to a predetermined instruction for changing the editing
position from a user,

wherein the specifying unit discriminates whether the chapter is included in the target moving image file and determines an
operation of changing the editing position by the predetermined instruction in accordance with a result of the discrimination,
and

wherein the specifying unit changes the editing position to any of positions corresponding to connection positions of the
plurality of chapters in the target moving image file according to the predetermined instruction if it is discriminated that
the chapter is included in the target moving image file, and changes the editing position while using a predetermined number
of frames as a unit according to the predetermined instruction if it is not discriminated that the chapter is included in
the target moving image file; and

a processing unit configured to perform editing processing on the target moving image file according to the editing position
specified by the specifying unit,

wherein at least one of the receiving unit, the recording unit, the selection unit, the specifying unit, and the processing
unit is implemented by the CPU.

US Pat. No. 9,592,509

FLOW PASSAGE DEVICE AND METHOD OF TRANSPORTING LIQUID USING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

13. A flow passage device comprising:
a flow passage through which a fluid flows in a direction crossing a vertical direction; an introducing space that has a supply
port opening on an upper surface thereof and that has a bottom surface, the introducing space communicating with an end portion
of the flow passage; and

a connecting space one end of which is connected to the end portion of the flow passage and the other end of which is connected
to the introducing space, the connecting space having a bottom surface, the connecting space being larger than a section of
the flow passage,

wherein a part of a side of a bottom portion of the introducing space is open and connected to the connecting space,
wherein the bottom surface of the introducing space and the bottom surface of the connecting space are on a single flat surface,
and the introducing space is not narrowed from the bottom surface to the supply port opening,

wherein neither a length, in the same axis as that of the flow passage, of the introducing space nor a width of the introducing
space is narrowed,

wherein the direction in which the gas-liquid interface faces is the vertical direction in a case where a liquid surface of
a liquid in the introducing space is situated higher than an upper surface of the connecting space, and

wherein, in a case where the liquid in the introducing space decreases and the bottom surface of the introducing space is
exposed, the liquid, due to surface tension of the liquid, moves such that the liquid adheres to a lower periphery portion
of the introducing space while the gas-liquid interface is formed, in a direction crossing the vertical direction, between
the upper surface and a bottom surface of the connecting space.

US Pat. No. 9,589,330

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD WITH DATA MODIFICATION BASED ON CHANGES IN DATA RANGES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a processing unit configured to execute image processing on an input image signal;
a first changing unit configured to, when a range of which a value of a predetermined color component among a plurality of
color components corresponding to the input image signal can take is changed from a first range to a second range narrower
than the first range by the image processing by the processing unit, increase, based on the first and second ranges, a value
of the predetermined color component of the processed image signal which is obtained based on the image processing on the
input image signal;

a filtering unit configured to execute filtering processing on a first changed image signal obtained by the first changing
unit;

a second changing unit configured to decrease, based on the first and second ranges, a value of the predetermined color component
of the filtered image signal obtained by the filtering processing on the first changed image signal by the filtering unit;
and

an output unit configured to output a second changed image signal obtained by the second changing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,586,775

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus comprising:
a sheet feeding device configured to feed a sheet;
a separating member provided movably between a contact position where the separating member is in contact with the sheet feeding
device and a separated position where the separating member is separated from the sheet feeding device, and configured to
separate sheets;

a first moving device configured to move the separating member between the contact position and the separated position;
a driving device configured to generate a driving force; and
a clutch unit configured to change a transmission state of the driving force from the driving device to the sheet feeding
device between a first state where the driving force is transmitted and a second state where the driving force is not transmitted,

wherein, after the first moving device moves the separating member from the contact position to the separated position, the
clutch unit changes the transmission state of the driving force from the driving device to the sheet feeding device to the
second state.

US Pat. No. 9,589,339

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,591,201

AF CONTROLLER, LENS APPARATUS INCLUDING THE AF CONTROLLER AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An AF controller comprising:
a signal generator configured to perform a charge accumulation by a plurality of sensors provided in each of a plurality of
areas in an imaging angle of view to generate an image signal pair;

a driving command outputter configured to output a driving command to a focus lens based on one of the plurality of image
signal pairs; and

an accumulation controller configured to control the charge accumulation of the plurality of sensors provided in each of the
plurality of areas,

wherein when a position of the focus lens based on the image signal pair corresponding to an area among the plurality of areas
is within an acceptable range, the driving command outputter outputs the driving command for the focus lens, and the accumulation
controller outputs to the signal generator a command to complete the charge accumulation of the plurality of sensors provided
in the other areas.

US Pat. No. 9,591,202

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD FOR GENERATING RECOMPOSED IMAGES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing method for processing image data generated by an image sensor having a plurality of pixels, each pixel
having a microlens and a plurality of photoelectric converters including a first photoelectric converter and a second photoelectric
converter, the method comprising:
receiving images of a plurality of frames from the image sensor; and
generating a recomposed image by adding a first signal obtained by the first photoelectric converter of the plurality of pixels
of the image sensor and a second signal obtained by the second photoelectric converter of the plurality of pixels in a state
that a position of the second signal is shifted with respect to a position of the first signal, a position of a focal plane
of the recomposed image being changed by changing a shift amount of the position of the second signal with respect to the
position of the first signal, the focal plane being a plane where light incident on the first photoelectric converter and
light incident on the second photoelectric converter are imaged;

wherein, in a case where the recomposed image is generated from an image of a first frame among images of the plurality of
frames received from the image sensor, the position of the focal plane of the recomposed image generated from the image of
the first frame is set in accordance with a position of a focal plane corresponding to an image of a second frame different
from the first frame among the plurality of frames.

US Pat. No. 9,591,258

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

6. An image processing method comprising:
acquiring a plurality of image frames constituting a moving image;
storing, in a memory, the plurality of image frames acquired in the acquiring step;
detecting a feature quantity of an image frame of the plurality of image frames;
determining a number of image frames to be used for an image process of the image frame, based on the detected feature quantity;
and

performing the image process, including at least one of conversion from an interlace image to a progressive image and conversion
of a frame rate, by using image frames that correspond to the determined number of image frames and that are stored in the
memory.

US Pat. No. 9,585,629

SUBJECT INFORMATION OBTAINING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR OBTAINING SUBJECT INFORMATION, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A subject information obtaining apparatus that obtains information inside a subject by receiving an elastic wave that has
propagated from the subject, the subject information obtaining apparatus comprising:
a plurality of conversion elements configured to receive the elastic wave and convert the elastic wave into a plurality of
electrical signals;

an envelope obtaining processor that obtains envelopes using the electrical signals subjected to a delay and sum process;
a frequency-domain interferometry adaptive processor that executes a frequency-domain interferometry method and adaptive signal
processing using the plurality of electrical signals and obtains a power intensity distribution by calculating a power intensity
at each position on a plurality of scan lines, the scan lines extending in a depth direction of the subject;

a correction processor that executes selectively, in a case the power intensity distribution obtained by the frequency-domain
interferometry adaptive processor is input, a correction process on the power intensities obtained by the frequency-domain
interferometry adaptive processor to obtain a post-correction power intensity distribution in which difference in power intensities
between two adjacent scan lines has been reduced compared to difference in power intensities between the two adjacent scan
lines before applying the correction process; and

an image processor that generates image data based on the envelopes or the post-correction power intensity distribution.

US Pat. No. 9,586,398

INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink jet recording apparatus comprising:
a recording head configured to discharge ink;
a tank configured to store ink to be supplied to the recording head;
a supply tube configured to supply ink to the recording head from the tank;
a discharge unit configured to execute a discharge operation for discharging ink within the supply tube;
a control unit configured to make the discharge unit execute a discharge operation when an elapsed time from a previous discharge
operation is greater than a predetermined time; and

a changing unit configured to change at least any one of the elapsed time or the predetermined time based on an ink consumption
amount consumed through the recording head after the previous discharge operation.

US Pat. No. 9,588,487

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording material, wherein the image forming apparatus comprises:
a cooling unit configured to cool a portion to be cooled; and
a control unit configured to control a rotation speed of the cooling unit,
wherein in a case where a first image forming operation is finished, after the control unit controls the cooling unit to rotate
at a first speed, the control unit controls the cooling unit to rotate at a second speed slower than the first speed,

wherein in a case where a second image forming operation starts during a period in which the cooling unit rotates at the first
speed, the control unit sets the rotation speed of the cooling unit at a time when the second image forming operation starts
to be a third speed, and

wherein in a case where the second image forming operation starts during a period in which the cooling unit rotates at the
second speed, the control unit sets the rotation speed of the cooling unit at the time when the second image forming operation
starts to be a fourth speed slower than the third speed.

US Pat. No. 9,582,892

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS, RADIATION IMAGING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An X-ray imaging apparatus comprising:
a portable X-ray detector for obtaining an X-ray image in X-ray imaging using an X-ray source, said portable X-ray detector
being physically independent from the X-ray source; and

at least one processor and memory operatively coupled and cooperating to function as:
a receiving unit configured to receive a first X-ray image and a second X-ray image of an object, from the portable X-ray
detector;

a setting unit configured to set a first region of interest of the first X-ray image based on an input by an operator;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain the first region of interest in the first X-ray image, and a first anatomical form
in the first region of interest in the first X-ray image;

a form search unit configured to search the second X-ray image for a second anatomical form similar to the first anatomical
form in the first region of interest in the first X-ray image;

a region determination unit configured to determine a second region of interest in the second X-ray image so as to include
the searched second anatomical form, in a case in which the second anatomical form is searched from the second X-ray image,
so that a size of the second region of interest is substantially the same as the size of the first region of interest and
a position of the first anatomical form in first region of interest is substantially the same as a position of the second
anatomical form in the second region of interest; and

an enlarging unit configured to enlarge the first region of interest in the first X-ray image set by the setting unit and
the second region of interest in the second X-ray image obtained by the region determination unit,

wherein the first region of interest and the second region of interest enlarged by the enlarging unit are respectively displayed
on an image display unit.

US Pat. No. 9,573,319

IMPRINTING METHOD AND PROCESS FOR PRODUCING A MEMBER IN WHICH A MOLD CONTACTS A PATTERN FORMING LAYER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprinting method in which alignment control of a mold and a substrate is effected with respect to an in-plane direction
of the substrate and a pattern formed on the mold is transferred onto a pattern forming layer provided on the substrate, said
imprinting method comprising:
a step of bringing the mold and the substrate near to each other while effecting the alignment control, based on a driving
profile, after the alignment control is started, to bring the mold and the pattern forming layer into contact with each other,
and then the pattern forming layer is cured; and

a step of increasing a gap between the mold and the substrate, after the pattern forming layer is cured,
wherein the driving profile for the alignment control after contact of the mold and the pattern forming layer is different
from the driving profile for the alignment control before the contact of the mold and the pattern forming layer,

wherein the driving profile for the alignment control is a profile for moving at least one of the mold and the substrate to
a target position, and

wherein the driving profile for the alignment control includes at least one of an acceleration, a speed, a driving voltage,
and a driving current.

US Pat. No. 9,575,424

METHOD OF PRODUCING A TONER PARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,575,461

PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD USING TONER HAVING PROPERTIES FOR HIGH IMAGE QUALITY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process cartridge, which is detachably mountable to a main body of an image forming apparatus, the process cartridge
comprising:
an electrostatic image-bearing member;
a charging member for charging the electrostatic image-bearing member;
a toner container;
a toner stored in the toner container, and
a developing device for developing an electrostatic image formed on a surface of the electrostatic image-bearing member with
the toner,

wherein:
the toner container has arranged therein a member for stirring the toner;
the toner has a uniaxial collapse stress, at a time of a maximum consolidation stress of 10.0 kPa, of 2.0 kPa or more and
4.5 kPa or less, and the toner is stored in the toner container in a state in which the container has a loading density of
0.70 g/cm3 or more; and

in a test involving vertically entering a rotating blade, which is rotating at a peripheral speed of 50 mm/sec. and has a
diameter of 23.5 mm, into a toner layer formed by compressing the toner without aeration, a total energy of the toner, which
is a total sum of a rotational torque of the blade and a vertical load needed for vertically entering the blade, is 70 mJ
or more and 95 mJ or less.

US Pat. No. 9,570,508

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE AND OPERATION METHOD FOR PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion device comprising:
a photoelectric conversion unit;
a differential amplifier configured to output a current signal based on an amount of charges generated by the photoelectric
conversion unit, wherein the differential amplifier includes a first input transistor and a second input transistor forming
a differential pair;

a transfer transistor directly connected to a gate of the first input transistor, and configured to transfer a charge generated
by the photoelectric conversion unit to the gate of the first input transistor;

a reset voltage providing unit configured to provide a reset voltage for the gate of the first input transistor and a gate
of the second input transistor;

a reset transistor electrically connected to either one of the gate of the first input transistor or the gate of the second
input transistor, and configured to control an electrical connection between the reset voltage providing unit and the gate
connected to the reset transistor; and

a connection transistor configured to control an electrical connection between the gate of the first input transistor and
the gate of the second input transistor, wherein a source of the connection transistor is directly connected to the gate of
the first input transistor, and a drain of the connection transistor is directly connected to the gate of the second input
transistor.

US Pat. No. 9,569,831

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR EXTRACTING INFORMATION EMBEDDED IN A PRINTED MATERIAL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that extracts additional information embedded in a printed material, the apparatus comprising:
an input unit configured to input a plurality of images obtained by capturing, dividing over a plurality of times, a printed
material in which additional information is embedded;

a unit configured to extract feature information concerning each of the plurality of images input by the input unit;
an evaluation unit configured to evaluate a poor quality area in the images;
a specifying unit configured to specify an overlapping area of the plurality of images based on the feature information; and
an extraction unit configured to extract additional information embedded in the printed material, based on a result of the
specifying by the specifying unit and a result of the evaluation by the evaluation unit.

US Pat. No. 9,568,072

DRIVE TRANSMISSION DEVICE, PRINTING APPARATUS, POSITION ADJUSTING MECHANISM, AND FASTENING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

9. A belt drive transmission device comprising:
a belt configured to be rotatably supported by a plurality of rotating members; and
a holder that supports one of the rotating members, wherein a position of the holder is adjustable in an adjusting direction
and the holder is fastened with a fastening screw to a target member,

wherein the holder includes a hole through which the fastening screw is inserted, a protruding portion extending from the
hole in the adjusting direction, and a recessed portion formed beside the protruding portion, and

a partial part of the protruding portion is deformed, by being pressed by a bearing surface of the fastening screw that is
inserted through the hole and tightened, to provide an enlarged friction surface that contacts the bearing surface.

US Pat. No. 9,571,670

INSPECTION APPARATUS, INSPECTION METHOD, INSPECTION SYSTEM, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inspection apparatus having a printing unit configured to print image data on a sheet having been fed by a paper feeding
unit and discharge the sheet on which the image data has been printed to a paper output tray and inspecting a sheet on which
printing has been performed by the printing unit, the inspection apparatus comprising:
a reading unit configured to read the sheet on which printing has been performed and acquire a read image;
a first determination unit configured to determine whether there is any printing error in the read image by comparing the
read image with a reference image;

a second determination unit configured to determine whether, as the printing error determined by the first determination unit,
a plurality of printing errors has occurred at a same position with respect to a main scanning direction and whether the plurality
of printing errors has occurred periodically in a certain fixed cycle of appearance in a sub-scanning direction; and

a control unit configured to control, in a case where the second determination unit determines that the plurality of printing
errors determined by the first determination unit has occurred at the same position with respect to the main scanning direction
and that the plurality of printing errors has occurred periodically in the certain fixed cycle of appearance in the sub-scanning
direction, the printing unit to stop the feeding of a sheet from the paper feeding unit,

wherein, in a case where it is determined by the second determination unit that the plurality of printing errors determined
by the first determination unit has occurred at the same position with respect to the main scanning direction but not periodically
in the certain fixed cycle of appearance in the sub-scanning direction,

the control unit controls the printing unit to discharge a sheet from which the read image has been obtained to an escape
tray different from the paper output tray and to restart feeding of a sheet from the paper feeding unit.

US Pat. No. 9,568,855

DEVELOPING DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR FORMING AN IMAGE ON A RECORDING MEDIUM USING AN ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing device used in an electrophotographic image forming apparatus, the developing device comprising:
a developer bearing member configured to bear a developer and develop an electrostatic latent image;
a supply member assembled in a frame, configured to supply the developer to the developer bearing member, to be arranged to
form a nip portion between the supply member and the developer bearing member, and to rotate in a direction in which its surface
moves from an upper end to a lower end of the nip portion;

a containing unit configured to be arranged below the supply member in a vertical direction and contain the developer; and
a conveyance member configured to be arranged in the containing unit,
wherein the conveyance member is configured to rotate in a same direction as the supply member and convey the developer contained
in the containing unit via a path between the supply member and the frame so as to be stored above the nip portion in the
vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 9,555,629

LIQUID DISCHARGE SUBSTRATE, LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD, AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge substrate, comprising:
a plurality of discharge elements configured to receive a power source supplied from a common power source line;
a plurality of driving elements configured to drive the plurality of discharge elements;
a signal supplying unit configured to supply a control signal for controlling the plurality of driving elements; and
a plurality of delay circuits disposed in a signal path which transmits the control signal,
wherein the plurality of driving elements include first, second, and third driving elements,
the plurality of delay circuits include first and second delay circuits,
the first delay circuit delays a timing when the discharge element corresponding to the second driving element is driven relative
to a timing when the discharge element corresponding to the first driving element is driven,

the second delay circuit delays a timing when the discharge element corresponding to the third driving element is driven relative
to the timing when the discharge element corresponding to the second driving element is driven,

a delay amount of the first delay circuit is different from a delay amount of the second delay circuit, and
delay amounts of more than two of the delay circuits arranged in series are sequentially increased or reduced.

US Pat. No. 9,560,340

THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGE PICKUP LENS SYSTEM AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A three-dimensional image pickup lens system comprising:
two lens apparatuses each comprising:
an optical element to be driven in a direction containing a component in a direction perpendicular to an optical axis;
a driving unit driving the optical element;
a detector detecting vibration of a corresponding one of the two lens apparatuses;
a first generator generating a first signal driving the optical element to correct image blur due to the vibration;
a second generator generating a second signal driving the optical element to a position corresponding to a set angle of convergence;
and

a controller controlling the driving unit to drive the optical element based on:
an effective maximum correction amount as a correctable maximum image stabilization amount that is determined based on the
second signals generated in the two lens apparatuses and is common to the two lens apparatuses;

the first signal; and
the second signal,
wherein the controller controls the driving unit based on:
the second signal when the first signal is larger than the effective maximum correction amount; and
the second signal and the first signal when the first signal is not larger than the effective maximum correction amount.

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. 9,558,431

OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical scanning apparatus comprising:
a light deflector that includes a rotary polygon mirror and is configured to deflect a light beam emitted from a light source;
and

an optical box that includes a bottom surface that supports the light deflector and a top surface that faces the bottom surface,
wherein the optical box includes an aperture through which the light beam reflected by the light deflector can be emitted;

wherein the top surface of the optical box is constituted by a single lid, and the top surface includes a first surface and
a second surface provided at different positions in a direction from the aperture to the rotary polygon mirror,

wherein the first surface is disposed closer to the rotary polygon mirror than the second surface in the direction directed
from the aperture to the rotary polygon mirror,

wherein the first surface is disposed closer to the rotary polygon mirror than the second surface in a rotation axis direction
of the rotary polygon mirror and is disposed closer to the bottom surface than an edge portion of the light deflector positioned
farthest from the bottom surface,

wherein the top surface of the optical box includes a convex portion that is provided at the same position as the rotary polygon
mirror in the direction from the aperture to the rotary polygon mirror in such a way as to protrude in a direction away from
the bottom surface in the rotation axis direction of the rotary polygon mirror,

wherein a third surface of the convex portion located at a remotest position from the bottom surface is positioned farther
from the bottom surface than the first surface in the rotation axis direction of the rotary polygon mirror, and

wherein a lower edge portion of the convex portion that is adjacent to the rotary polygon mirror is disposed outside a circumscribed
circle of the rotary polygon mirror.

US Pat. No. 9,553,535

MOTOR DRIVING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A motor driving apparatus comprising:
a rotor including a magnet, the magnet being cylindrical shaped and divided, in a peripheral direction, into sections each
with an outer periphery, each section having a different polarity from adjacent sections;

a first yoke including a first magnetic portion, the first yoke being opposed to the outer periphery of the magnet;
a first coil configured to, if energized, excite the first magnetic portion;
a second yoke including a second magnetic portion, the second yoke being opposed to the outer periphery of the magnet at a
position displaced by an electrical angel of 90 degrees relative to the first magnetic portion;

a second coil configured to, if energized, excite the second magnetic portion;
a detecting portion including a first detection element, a second detection element, a third detection element, and a fourth
detection element, each detection element being configured to detect a rotation position of the rotor; and

a controller configured to switch a pole excited by the first magnetic portion and the second magnetic portion by switching
an energization direction of the first coil and the second coil based on an output of the detecting portion,

wherein the first detection element is arranged at a position where an advance angle amount from a position at which an electrical
advance angle from an excitation switching timing of each first magnetic portion is 0 degree is smaller than a delay angle
amount from a position at which an electrical advance angle from an excitation switching timing of each first magnetic portion
is 90 degrees if the rotor is caused to rotate in a first rotation direction and if a pole excited by the first magnetic portion
is switched based on an output of the first detection element,

wherein the second detection element is arranged at a position where an advance angle amount from a position at which an electrical
advance angle from an excitation switching timing of each second magnetic portion is 0 degree is smaller than a delay angle
amount from a position at which an electrical advance angle from an excitation switching timing of each second magnetic portion
is 90 degrees if the rotor is caused to rotate in the first rotation direction and if a pole excited by the second magnetic
portion is switched based on an output of the second detection element,

wherein the third detection element is arranged at a position where an advance angle amount from a position at which an electrical
advance angle from an excitation switching timing of each first magnetic portion is 0 degree is larger than a delay angle
amount from a position at which an electrical advance angle from an excitation switching timing of each first magnetic portion
is 90 degrees if the rotor is caused to rotate in the first rotation direction and if a pole excited by the first magnetic
portion is switched based on an output of the third detection element, and

wherein the fourth detection element is arranged at a position where an advance angle amount from a position at which an electrical
advance angle from an excitation switching timing of each second magnetic portion is 0 degree is larger than a delay angle
amount from a position at which an electrical advance angle from an excitation switching timing of each second magnetic portion
is 90 degrees if the rotor is caused to rotate in the first rotation direction and if a pole excited by the second magnetic
portion is switched based on an output of the fourth detection element.

US Pat. No. 9,541,850

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:
a support; and
a photosensitive layer on the support, the photosensitive layer comprising a gallium phthalocyanine crystal and an arene compound
substituted with (i) a halogen atom or a halogen-substituted alkyl group, and (ii) a sulfonic acid group or a sulfonic acid
salt group,

wherein the content of the arene compound in the photosensitive layer is 0.2% to 20% by mass based on the gallium phthalocyanine
crystal in the photosensitive layer.

US Pat. No. 9,541,653

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 configured to detect radiation are arrayed to form a plurality of rows and a
plurality of columns;

a detection circuit configured to detect information representative of a radiation dose to the pixel array and output a detection
signal corresponding to the information; and

a control unit configured to perform radiation detection processing until radiation irradiation of the pixel array is detected
and to control the pixel array in accordance with the detection, wherein in the radiation detection processing, the control
unit integrates either the detection signal or a result of processing applied to the detection signal, in a plurality of integral
intervals which are different from each other, and detects the radiation irradiation of the pixel array based on comparison
between a threshold value and an integrated value obtained by the integration.

US Pat. No. 9,538,913

OPHTHALMIC SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmic system comprising:
an ophthalmic apparatus for capturing an image of an anterior eye portion of a subject's eye, a tomographic image of a fundus
of the subject's eye, and an image of the fundus of the subject's eye, the tomographic image being formed based on combined
light obtained by combining return light from the subject's eye to be inspected irradiated with measuring light and reference
light which is reflected by a reference mirror;

a display control unit configured to cause a display unit to simultaneously display the captured image of the anterior eye
portion, the captured tomographic image, the captured image of the fundus, and a pointer for indicating an arbitrary position
in the display unit;

a detection unit configured to detect a position of the pointer in the display unit; and
a control unit configured to receive an instruction from a mouse,
wherein in response to receiving an instruction indicating a rotation of a wheel of the mouse, the control unit adjusts a
physical working distance between the ophthalmic apparatus and the subject's eye, in a case that the detection unit detects
that the pointer is positioned within the captured image of the anterior eye portion;

wherein in response to receiving the instruction indicating the rotation of the wheel of the mouse, the control unit adjusts
a physical position of a lens within the ophthalmic apparatus relative to other optical components of the ophthalmic apparatus,
wherein the adjustment of the physical position of the lens is for focusing of the image of the fundus of the subject's eye,
in a case that the detection unit detects that the pointer is positioned within the captured image of the fundus of the subject's
eye;

wherein in response to receiving the instruction indicating the rotation of the wheel of the mouse, the control unit adjusts
a physical position of the reference mirror within the ophthalmic apparatus relative to other optical components of the ophthalmic
apparatus, wherein the adjustment of the physical position of the reference mirror is for adjusting a coherence gate, in a
case that the detection unit detects that the pointer is positioned within the captured tomographic image of the subject's
eye, and

wherein the mouse is operable by the user to control a position of the pointer in the display unit.

US Pat. No. 9,532,008

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:
a memory;
at least one processor configured to,
control displaying, on a display, a panoramic area within which an imaging apparatus can capture an image by changing a capturing
area of the imaging apparatus, a capturing area where the imaging apparatus captures an image, and a mask area within a capturing
area wherein the capturing area and the mask area are displayed within the panoramic area and the mask area is for masking
a part of the image captured by the imaging apparatus;

receive an operation from a client to shift a position of the mask area to be set on the panoramic area;
control a display of shifting of, according to the operation on the panoramic area received by the receiving unit, a position
of the capturing area as well as the position of the mask area within the panoramic area on the display so that the mask area
cannot be shifted beyond an end of the panoramic area if the capturing area reaches the end of the panoramic area, a relationship
about position and size between the capturing area and the mask area being kept on the panoramic area during synchronous shifting;

a setting unit configured to set the mask area at the shifted position; and
the panoramic area is displayed on a first display area of the display and a captured image that is captured by the imaging
apparatus of which a capturing direction corresponds to a position of the capturing area on the panoramic area is displayed
on a second display area of the display, and the second display area is separated from the first display area, wherein the
operation is received to shift a position of a mask area on a captured image displayed on the second display area, and wherein
a position of the mask area on the panoramic area changes according to the operation to shift a position of a mask area on
a captured image displayed on the second display area.

US Pat. No. 9,523,942

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer accommodating container for accommodating developer, the developer accommodating container comprising:
a toner seal member for unsealably sealing an opening of the developer accommodating container;
an unsealing member for unsealing the opening by moving the toner seal member in an unsealing direction crossing a longitudinal
direction of the toner seal member; and

an auxiliary unsealing member contactable to the toner seal member,
wherein the toner seal member is connected to the unsealing member at one end portion, and the toner seal member is provided
at another end portion with a sealing portion for sealing the opening,

wherein the sealing portion includes (i) one end side sealing portion positioned at a first side of the opening and (ii) another
end side sealing portion positioned at a second side of the opening that is opposite to the first side of the opening,

wherein, when the one end side sealing portion is unsealed, a direction of an unsealing force for unsealing the one end side
sealing portion is a direction from the one end side sealing portion to a side of the another end side sealing portion,

wherein the auxiliary unsealing member contacts the toner seal member between the one end side sealing portion and the one
end portion, and
wherein, when the one end side sealing portion is unsealed, a tangential line of the toner seal member which includes the
one end side sealing portion as its end point and which contacts an outer peripheral surface of the unsealing member is a
first rectilinear line, a rectilinear line which is on a rectilinear line passing through the one end side sealing portion
and the another end side sealing portion and which extends from the one end side sealing portion as its end point in a direction
opposite from the another end side sealing portion is a second rectilinear line, and a tangential line of the toner seal member
which includes the one end side sealing portion as its end point and which contacts an outer peripheral surface of the auxiliary
unsealing member is a third rectilinear line, a narrower angle of angles formed between the third rectilinear line and the
second rectilinear line is larger than a narrower angle of angles formed between the first rectilinear line and the second
rectilinear line.

US Pat. No. 9,521,234

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:
a voice communication unit configured to perform a voice communication with a counterpart device which comprises a voice communication
function;

a voice recognition unit configured to perform voice recognition processing of a first voice and a second voice, the first
voice is the voice which is transmitted to the counterpart device by a voice communication through the voice communication
unit, and the second voice is the voice which is input from the counterpart device;

a search unit configured to search one or more applications according to a recognition result of the voice recognition unit;
a display control unit configured to display one or more objects for starting the one or more applications found by the search
on a predetermined display section; and

a determination unit configured to determine which of the first voice and the second voice should be given priority according
to a state of the voice communication by the voice communication unit,

wherein the display control unit is further configured to display the one or more objects on the display section in an order
which is based on the determination by the determination unit.

US Pat. No. 9,517,906

CONVEYING GUIDE, SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A conveying guide comprising:
a plate having a guide surface which guides a sheet, the guide surface being linear in both a sheet conveying direction and
a direction perpendicular to the sheet conveying direction;

a recess surface which is a surface of the plate recessed from the guide surface, the recess surface located at an area through
which a guided sheet passes; and

a bend portion which is a portion of the plate and bent from the recess surface in a direction away from the guide surface
to define an edge with the recess surface, a surface of the bend portion crossing a direction orthogonal to a sheet conveying
direction,

wherein the surface of the bend portion has an opening.

US Pat. No. 9,521,282

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a sheet feeding unit including a sheet stacking portion on which a sheet is stacked, an image forming unit configured to form
an image on the sheet, and a sheet feeding unit configured to feed the sheet stacked on the sheet stacking portion to the
image forming unit; and

an original feeding unit including an original stacking portion on which an original is stacked, an image reading unit configured
to read an image of the original, an original feeding unit configured to feed the original stacked on the original stacking
portion to the image reading unit, an original discharging unit configured to discharge the original of which the image has
been read by the image reading unit, and a discharged original stacking portion on which the original discharged by the original
discharging unit is stacked,

wherein the original stacking portion and the discharged original stacking portion are provided above the image forming unit,
wherein a first conveyance path of the sheet feeding unit and a second conveyance path of the original feeding unit are connected
together, and

wherein the original stacking portion and the discharged original stacking portion are disposed on a same side with respect
to the image forming apparatus.

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. 9,517,969

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A POROUS GLASS FILM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing an optical member provided with a porous glass film on a base member, comprising the steps of:
forming a glass powder film containing a glass powder on the base member;
forming a phase-separable base material glass film on the base member by heating and fusing the glass powder film;
forming a phase-separated glass film on the base member by heating the base material glass film; and
forming a porous glass film on the base member by subjecting the phase-separated glass film to an etching treatment,
wherein the glass powder comprises SiO2, B2O3, Na2O and Al2O3, and

wherein the step of forming a phase-separable base material glass film on the base member by heating and fusing the glass
powder film is performed in an atmosphere having an oxygen concentration of 50% or more.

US Pat. No. 9,519,252

FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device configured to thermally fix an unfixed image formed on a recording material to the recording material,
the fixing device comprising:
an elongated heater;
a holder formed from a thermoplastic resin which holds the heater in a longitudinal direction of the heater;
a reinforcing member which is in contact with the holder in the longitudinal direction and which reinforces the holder;
a thermosensitive member which is provided in a space between the holder and the reinforcing member and which receives heat
from the heater through a through-hole provided in the holder; and

a biasing member which biases the thermosensitive member toward the heater,
wherein the biasing member includes a projection portion which is projected in a direction opposite to a direction biased
by the biasing member, from a body part of the biasing member, and

wherein the projection portion is not in contact with the reinforcing member when the device is operating normally, and the
projection portion contacts the reinforcing member, regulates a movement of the thermosensitive member, and restricts deflection
of the heater when the holder becomes softened and the heater is deflected.

US Pat. No. 9,519,253

ELECTRIC POWER SUPPLY DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electric power supply device for supplying electric power to a load, said electric power supply device comprising:
at least one first relay connected with a live line of an alternating-current voltage source;
at least one second relay connected with a neutral line of the alternating-current voltage source;
a controller for executing a stopping sequence for rendering Off said first relay and said second relay from On state; and
a storing portion for storing information relating to the stopping sequence executed by said controller, said stopping sequence
includes a first stopping sequence in which said first relay is rendered Off, and then said second relay is rendered Off,
and a second stopping sequence in which said second relay is rendered Off, and then said first relay is rendered Off,

wherein when said controller discriminates whether or not the first relay and the second relay fail, said controller executes
the second stopping sequence if the storing portion has stored the information relating to the first stopping sequence for
a previous stopping sequence.

US Pat. No. 9,519,260

PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge, which is usable with a developing unit including a developing roller and which is detachably mountable to
an image forming apparatus together with the developing unit, said cartridge comprising:
a drum unit supporting a photosensitive drum;
an urging member configured to urge the developing roller of the developing unit by urging the developing unit toward said
drum unit; and

a force receiving member including a force receiving portion configured to receive a force and a contact portion that is contactable
to the developing unit, said force receiving member being rotatable from a first position to a second position, in a state
that said contact portion is in contact with the developing unit, by the force received by said force receiving portion to
move the developing unit relative to said drum unit,

wherein said force receiving member is rotatable between the first position and a third position where said contact portion
is spaced from said developing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,519,263

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING PROCESSES EXECUTED AFTER IMAGE FORMATION AND BEFORE CARTRIDGE REMOVAL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a cartridge detachably attachable to the image forming apparatus, the cartridge including an image bearing member and a cleaning
member which abuts against the image bearing member to remove remaining toner on the image bearing member after a toner image
formed on the image bearing member is transferred to an intermediate transfer member or a recording material;

an inputting portion into which information for detaching the cartridge from the image forming apparatus is inputted; and
an execution portion capable of executing a first operation of rotating the image bearing member in a direction reverse to
a rotation direction of the image bearing member after an operation of forming an image is finished and a second operation
of rotating the image bearing member in the rotation direction of the image bearing member when the information is inputted
to the inputting portion.

US Pat. No. 9,519,264

PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus including a main assembly and a process cartridge, wherein:
(i) said main assembly includes:
(i-i) a first main assembly driving portion; and
(i-ii) a second main assembly driving portion; and
(ii) said process cartridge is detachably mountable to said main assembly, and said process cartridge includes:
(ii-i) a photosensitive drum;
(ii-ii) a rotatable developing roller for developing an electrostatic latent image formed on said photosensitive drum;
(ii-iii) a developer supplying roller, provided in contact with said developing roller, for supplying developer to said developing
roller;

(ii-iv) a first driving force transmitting portion for transmitting a driving force to said developing roller, wherein said
first driving force transmitting portion is fixed at an end portion of said developer supplying roller;

(ii-v) a first driving force receiving portion for receiving the driving force from said first main assembly driving portion
to rotate said developer supplying roller, wherein said driving force receiving portion is movable so that an axis of said
first driving force receiving portion moves in a direction crossing an axis of said developing supplying roller;

(ii-vi) a second driving force transmitting portion, fixed on an end portion of said developing roller and engaged with said
first driving force transmitting portion, for transmitting the driving force from said first driving force transmitting portion
to said developing roller; and

(ii-vii) a second driving force receiving portion for receiving a driving force from said second main assembly driving portion
to rotate said photosensitive drum, wherein said second driving force receiving portion is fixed at an end portion of said
photosensitive drum,

wherein a rotational direction of said developing roller is an opposite direction to a rotational direction of said developer
supplying roller, and a surface speed of said developer supplying roller is larger than a surface speed of said developing
roller.

US Pat. No. 9,521,316

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR RECONSTRUCTING AN IMAGE, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus which generates an output image using a captured input image including object space information
containing information of a two-dimensional light intensity distribution and an angle of a ray, the image processing apparatus
comprising:
a non-transitory memory storing a program; and
a processor configured to execute the program stored in the non-transitory memory to implement a region dividing unit and
a reconstructed image generating unit, wherein:

the region dividing unit is configured to divide an output image region into at least a first region and a second region by
using the captured input image, and

the reconstructed image generating unit is configured to reconstruct the captured input image based on the object space information
included in the captured input image to generate the output image, the reconstructed image generating unit applying different
shooting conditions from each other to the first region and the second region, respectively, after the input image is captured.

US Pat. No. 9,521,327

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image capturing unit;
a recording control unit configured to perform control to record an image captured by the image capturing unit on a recording
medium;

a display unit configured to display the image;
a detection unit configured to detect information about ambient brightness of the image capturing apparatus; and
a control unit configured to: (1) perform control to change brightness of the display unit based on a detection result by
the detection unit when the image capturing apparatus is in a predetermined state among states in which the recording control
unit does not perform control to record the image captured by the image capturing unit; and (2) perform control to prevent
the change of the brightness of the display unit based on a detection result by the detection unit from brightness having
been changed based on the information about ambient brightness detected before starting of image recording when the recording
control unit performs control to record the image captured by the image capturing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,519,140

DUST REMOVING DEVICE, MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR SAME, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A dust removing device including a vibration plate and piezoelectric elements disposed on the vibration plate, wherein
the vibration plate includes an optical effective region B having a substantially right-angled quadrate shape and an outer
region A positioned outside the optical effective region B, wherein the piezoelectric element includes a substantially rectangular
parallelepiped piezoelectric material, and a first electrode and a second electrode disposed on the piezoelectric material
to face each other, wherein given that four sides of the optical effective region B are denoted by a pair of sides O and O?
and a pair of sides N and N? perpendicular to the pair of sides O and O?, a side P of the piezoelectric element in a lengthwise
direction thereof is disposed along the side O, and wherein given that a length of a part of the side P of the piezoelectric
element where the first electrode and the second electrode face each other is denoted by PL, a length of one side of the vibration
plate in the direction along the side O is denoted by VL, a length of the side O of the optical effective region B is denoted
by OL, a region positioned in one end portion of the piezoelectric element in a direction along the side O and spanning along
the side P over a length b inwards from a line, which is an extension of the side N or N? of the optical effective region
B and which intersects the piezoelectric element, is denoted by an near-end zone ? of the piezoelectric element, an absolute
value of piezoelectric constant of the piezoelectric material in a region, which is positioned between two lines extending
from the sides N and N? of the optical effective region B and which does not include the near-end zone ?, is denoted by d,
and an absolute value of the piezoelectric constant in the near-end zone ? is denoted by d0, relations of VL?PL>OL and d>d0 are satisfied, and the length b satisfies a relation of OL>b>0.