US Pat. No. 9,239,548

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member configured to rotate;
a first charging unit configured to charge a surface of the image bearing member;
an exposure unit configured to expose the surface of the image bearing member;
a developing unit configured to form a developer image by supplying developer on the image bearing member;
an intermediate transfer member configured to move for circulation;
a primary transfer unit facing the image bearing member via the intermediate transfer member and configured to primary-transfer
the developer image formed on the image bearing member to the intermediate transfer member;

a secondary transfer unit configured to secondary-transfer the developer image to a recording medium;
a stopping unit configured to stop an image forming operation during the operation;
a second charging unit configured to charge the developer on the intermediate transfer member; and
a cleaning unit configured to remove the developer on the image bearing member,
wherein the image forming apparatus executes, after the stopping unit stops the image forming operation, a cleaning operation,
in which residual developer that remains on the intermediate transfer member is transferred to the image bearing member and
is removed by the cleaning unit, by causing the second charging unit to charge the developer that remains on the intermediate
transfer member to a polarity opposite a surface potential of the image bearing member charged by the first charging unit,
and

wherein, when the cleaning operation is executed, one of the first charging unit and the exposure unit changes the surface
potential of the image bearing member at predetermined intervals such that a first developer, that is some residual developer,
is transferred from the intermediate transfer member to the image bearing member in at least one turn of the intermediate
transfer member and a second developer, that is some residual developer and is the same polarity as the first developer, remains
on the intermediate transfer member.

US Pat. No. 9,235,174

FIXING MEMBER MANUFACTURING METHOD AND FIXING MEMBER MANUFACTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing member manufacturing method comprising:
a first step of fitting a resin tube around an elastic material; and
a second step of squeezing an excessive adhesive from between the elastic material and the resin tube,
wherein said second step comprises:
a step of fitting, around the resin tube in a longitudinal end side, a ring member having an inner diameter larger than an
outer diameter of the resin tube fitted around the elastic material;

a step of elastically contracting the ring member by air pressure; and
a step of moving the ring member from the longitudinal end side toward another longitudinal end side of the resin tube while
bringing an inner peripheral surface of the ring member, which is contracted by the air pressure, into contact with an outer
peripheral surface of the resin tube.

US Pat. No. 9,234,966

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising:
a plurality of pixels each including a conversion element configured to convert radiation into charge and a switching element
configured to transfer an electrical signal based on the charge;

a plurality of driving lines respectively connected to different switching elements of said plurality of switching elements;
a driving circuit configured to apply conductive voltage to said plurality of driving lines to set said switching elements
in a conductive state;

bias lines for applying bias voltage to said conversion elements of said plurality of pixels to make said conversion elements
convert radiation into charge;

an acquisition unit configured to perform an acquisition process of an evaluation value based on a current flowing in one
bias line of said bias lines while said driving circuit is applying the conductive voltage to said plurality of driving lines;

a determination unit configured to perform a determination process of comparing the evaluation value with a comparison target
value to determine whether radiation is being irradiated onto said conversion elements;

a control unit configured to control said acquisition unit and said determination unit to perform the acquisition process
and the determination process a plurality of times; and

a storage unit configured to store the evaluation value used in the determination process,
wherein a comparison target value used in a given determination process is based on one or more evaluation values used in
one or more determination processes which are performed before the given determination process and in which it is determined
that radiation has not been irradiated.

US Pat. No. 9,235,787

UPDATING A PRINT JOB TICKET USING A PRINT CONFIGURATION FILE AND A DIFFERENCE FILE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising a computer, which, when operated, functions as:
an acquiring unit configured to acquire content data, a print configuration file which can define a print configuration, and
a difference file which has a plurality of hierarchies and in which information for changing the print configuration can be
described, from a folder, the print configuration file being able to have a job level, a document level in a low-level hierarchy
of the job level, and a page level in a low-level hierarchy of the document level;

a determining unit configured to determine whether or not the document level exists in the print configuration file;
a correcting unit configured to correct the print configuration file based on the difference file; and
a processing unit configured to perform a print process based on the content data and the print configuration file,
wherein, in response to the determining unit determining that the document level does not exist in the print configuration
file, the correcting unit adds the document level to the print configuration file and adds the print configuration in the
page level of the document level based on the difference file.

US Pat. No. 9,237,097

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND OPERATION METHOD THEREOF, COMPUTER PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

15. The module according to claim 11, wherein the packet generation unit:
copies the data processed by the processing unit to a data storage field of the received packet;
sets a valid information of the received packet to a state indicating that the packet is valid;
sets the first information of the received packet to a state indicating that the processing of the data is not stalled;
sets a transmission source ID of the received packet to a self ID; and
instructs the selection unit to select the input from the packet transmission unit.

US Pat. No. 9,235,160

DEVELOPER REMAINDER AMOUNT DETECTION SYSTEM AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A detecting system for detecting an amount of developer remainder in a developer container, said detecting system comprising:
first, second and third electrode members provided in said developer container;
a first electrostatic capacity detector for detecting a first electrostatic capacity between said first electrode member and
said third electrode member;

a second electrostatic capacity detector for detecting a second electrostatic capacity between said second electrode member
and said third electrode member; and

a control section configured to determine the amount of the developer remainder based on the second electrostatic capacity
and a corrected first electrostatic capacity, with the first corrected electrostatic capacity obtained by compensating the
first electrostatic capacity for effect of the second electrostatic capacity, wherein

if the control section determines that an amount of the developer corresponding to the corrected first electrostatic capacity
is greater than a preset amount, the control section determines the amount of the developer remainder on the basis of the
second electrostatic capacity, and

if the control section determines that an amount of the developer corresponding to the corrected first electrostatic capacity
is not greater than the preset amount, the control section determines the amount of the developer remainder on the basis of
the corrected first electrostatic capacity; and

wherein said third electrode member is also a developer carrying member for carrying the developer to supply it to the electrostatic
latent image.

US Pat. No. 9,227,892

ORGANIC COMPOUND AND ORGANIC LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An organic compound represented by general formula 1:

wherein R1 to R6 are each independently selected from a hydrogen atom, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group, and a substituted or unsubstituted
aryl group.

US Pat. No. 9,222,899

X-RAY TALBOT INTERFEROMETER AND X-RAY IMAGING SYSTEM INCLUDING TALBOT INTERFEROMETER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An X-ray Talbot interferometer comprising:
a first grating configured to diffract X-rays from an X-ray source and to form an interference pattern;
a second grating configured to block a portion of X-rays that form the interference pattern; and
a detector configured to detect X-rays from the second grating, wherein a property of an inspection object disposed between
the X-ray source and the second grating is measured,

wherein the second grating includes
a first shield grating portion in which a shield portion and a transmissive portion are arranged periodically at a first period
and

a second shield grating portion in which a shield portion and a transmissive portion are arranged periodically at a second
period, and

the first period is expressed as follows:

where ps denotes a size of pixels that the detector has, n denotes a positive integer, Ls denotes a distance from the X-ray
source to the first shield grating portion, and Lf denotes a distance from the first shield grating portion to the detector.

US Pat. No. 9,224,774

SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM USING SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state image pickup apparatus comprising:
a photoelectric conversion unit disposed in a semiconductor substrate;
a charge storage unit disposed in the semiconductor substrate;
a floating diffusion unit disposed in the semiconductor substrate;
a first gate electrode disposed above a surface of the semiconductor substrate, and extending over the charge storage unit
from between the photoelectric conversion unit and the charge storage unit;

a second gate electrode disposed above the surface, and disposed between the charge storage unit and the floating diffusion
unit;

a plug contacting to the first gate electrode, and disposed on the first gate electrode; and
a light shielding member disposed over the first gate electrode and the charge storage unit, disposed between the first gate
electrode and the second gate electrode, and having a bottom face, wherein a part of the bottom face disposed between the
first gate electrode and the second gate electrode is located closer to the surface than another part of the bottom face disposed
over the first gate electrode.

US Pat. No. 9,223,263

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH A FIXING DEVICE HAVING REGULATING MEMBER TO REGULATE AN EDGE OR END OF A SHEET WHEN ENTERING A BACK SIDE OF A GUIDE MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming portion which forms a toner image;
a transfer portion which transfers the toner image onto a sheet; and
a fixing device which fixes the transferred toner image on the sheet,
wherein the fixing device includes:
a first rotary body;
a second rotary body which is pressed against the first rotary body;
a guide member which is disposed upstream of a nip portion between the first rotary body and the second rotary body to guide
the sheet to the nip portion between the first and second rotary bodies and extends in a sheet conveying direction;

a manual member which is manually operated to move the sheet nipped by the nip portion toward the guide member; and
a regulating member which is provided on a downstream side of the guide member in the sheet conveying direction and on a back
side of a guide face of the guide member, which guides the sheet to the nip portion, and regulates an edge of the sheet by
holding the edge in place when the sheet being moved by the manual member enters the back side of the guide member,

wherein by operating the manual member, a central portion of the sheet is moved toward the guide face in a case that the edge
of the sheet is regulated by the regulating member.

US Pat. No. 9,221,257

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head, comprising:
a support member;
a liquid chamber member being mounted on the support member through an adhesive and comprising a liquid chamber formed therein;
and

a recording element substrate being mounted on the liquid chamber member and comprising an ejection orifice from which liquid
is ejected and a recording element configured to generate ejection energy,

wherein the support member has a coefficient of linear expansion different from a coefficient of linear expansion of the liquid
chamber member,

wherein the liquid chamber member comprises:
a recording element substrate mounting portion on which the recording element substrate is mounted; and
a non-mounting portion on which no recording element substrate is mounted, the non-mounting portion being formed integrally
with the recording element substrate mounting portion,

wherein a plan view shape of the recording element substrate mounting portion has a pair of opposing and parallel first sides
and a pair of opposing second sides not perpendicular to the pair of first sides,

wherein a plan view shape of the non-mounting portion exhibits a polygonal shape sharing one of the pair of the first sides
and has a pair of third sides respectively connecting with the pair of second sides,

wherein, in a case where a first angle formed by one of the pair of first sides and one of the pair of second sides is larger
than 90 degrees, a third angle that is the sum of the first angle and a second angle formed by the one of the pair of first
sides and one of the pair of third sides is larger than 180 degrees, and

wherein, in a case where the first angle is smaller than 90 degrees, the third angle is smaller than 180 degrees.

US Pat. No. 9,225,878

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form an image;
a measuring unit configured to measure the image formed by the image forming unit;
a control unit configured to control execution of a single-color calibration to be performed to correct single-color reproduction
characteristics of the image forming unit based on a measuring result obtained when the measuring unit measures a single-color
image formed by the image forming unit with a single-color recording agent, and execution of a multi-color calibration to
be performed to correct multi-color reproduction characteristics of the image forming unit based on a measuring result obtained
when the measuring unit measures a multi-color image formed by the image forming unit with a plurality of color recording
agents;

an acquisition unit configured to, in response to receiving an instruction for causing the control unit to successively execute
the single-color calibration and the multi-color calibration, cause the measuring unit to measure a single-color image formed
by the image forming unit after the single-color calibration has been executed by the control unit, and then acquire a difference
between a target value for evaluating the single-color reproduction characteristics and a measured value obtained by measuring
the single-color image formed by the image forming unit after the single-color calibration;

an evaluation unit configured to evaluate the single-color reproduction characteristics by using the difference acquired by
the acquisition unit; and

a switch unit configured to, if the evaluation unit evaluates the single-color reproduction characteristics as being appropriate
based on the difference acquired by the acquisition unit, cause the control unit to execute the multi-color calibration according
to the received instruction, and if the evaluation unit evaluates the single-color reproduction characteristics as being inappropriate
based on the difference acquired by the acquisition unit, switch processing so as to cause the control unit to execute the
single-color calibration again without following the received instruction.

US Pat. No. 9,217,851

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising a front unit including one lens unit having a negative refractive power, and a rear unit including
an aperture stop and one or more lens units and having a positive refractive power as a whole, in an order from an object
side to an image side, an interval between adjacent lens units changes during zooming such that an interval between the front
unit and the rear unit decreases at a telephoto end when compared to a wide angle end,
wherein the front unit includes a negative lens G11 in a position closest to the object side, and a lens surface of the negative lens G11 on the image side has an aspherical shape by which the positive refractive power increases from a center to an edge, and

wherein, when a length in an optical axis direction from a surface vertex of a lens surface of the negative lens G11 on the object side to an edge of an effective aperture of the lens surface on the image side is t11, a radius of the effective aperture of the lens surface of the negative lens G11 on the object side is y111, a focal length of the negative lens G11 is f11, a focal length of the front unit is f1, a synthetic focal length of the rear unit at the wide angle end is f2w, and a focal length of a whole system at the wide angle end is fw, conditional expressions below are met:

0.36
?2.0
?0.58

US Pat. No. 9,211,694

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,213,508

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, PRINT SETTING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
at least one processor;
a change unit configured to change a setting value to resolve conflict;
a reception unit configured to receive, from a second apparatus, a plurality of print setting items in a print job to print
the print job in a printer, wherein the plurality of print setting items includes a first print setting item and a second
print setting item and each print setting item is configured to specify a setting value for the print setting item;

a first determination unit configured to determine whether a conflict is caused between a first setting value for the first
print setting item and a second setting value for the second print setting item; and

a second determination unit configured to determine whether a setting value is set for the first print setting item and whether
a setting value is set the second print setting item,

wherein, in response to the first determination unit determining that a conflict is caused between the first and second setting
values of the print job and the second determination unit determining that a setting value is not set for at least one of
the first print setting item and the second print setting item, the change unit changes at least one of the first and second
setting values of the print job to resolve the conflict,

wherein, in response to the first determination unit determining that a conflict is caused between the first and second setting
values of the print job and the second determination unit determining that a setting value is set for each of the first print
setting item and the second print setting item, the change unit refrains from changing any of the first and second setting
values of the print job, and

wherein the change unit, the reception unit, the first determination unit, and the second determination unit, are implemented
by the at least one processor.

US Pat. No. 9,213,262

DEVELOPER SUPPLY CONTAINER AND DEVELOPER SUPPLYING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developer supply container comprising:
a developer accommodating portion for configured to accommodate developer;
a discharge opening configured to discharge the developer from said developer accommodating portion;
a pump portion capable of changing an internal pressure of said developer accommodating portion so as to discharge the developer
through said discharge opening;

a filter configured to permit venting between an inside and an outside of said developer accommodating portion while preventing
flowing of the developer out of said developer accommodating portion; and

a movable ventilation blocking portion configured to block venting of said filter, irrespective of the change of the internal
pressure by said pump portion.

US Pat. No. 9,213,276

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming a toner image on a recording material, comprising:
an image forming portion configured to form the toner image on the recording material;
a fixing portion configured to fix the toner image on the recording material; and
a spacer,
wherein said fixing portion includes a cylindrical film, a contacting member contacting an inner surface of said film and
a roller, including a shaft portion and an elastic layer formed outside said shaft portion, forming a pressing portion together
with said contacting member via said film,

wherein an end surface of said film is positioned outside an end surface of said elastic layer of said roller with respect
to a generatrix direction of said film,

wherein said spacer occupies at least a part of an interspace between a virtual plane including the end surface of said film
and the end surface of said elastic layer, and

wherein said spacer does not contact an outer surface of said film.

US Pat. No. 9,213,294

TONE CORRECTION PROCESS THAT CORRECTS TONE OF IMAGE FORMED BY IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a conversion unit configured to convert image data using a conversion condition;
an image forming unit configured to form an image based on the image data converted by the conversion unit, the image forming
unit including an image carrier, an exposure unit configured to expose the image carrier to form an electrostatic latent image,
a developing unit configured to develop the electrostatic latent image by using developing material that includes toner and
carrier, and an intermediate transfer member onto which the image that is formed on the image carrier is transferred;

a detection unit configured to detect a toner density of the developing material in the developing unit;
a replenishing unit configured to replenish the toner in the developing unit;
a replenishment control unit configured to, based on the toner density detected by the detection unit and a target density,
control the replenishing unit;

a measurement unit configured to measure a measurement image formed on the intermediate transfer member by the image forming
unit;

a first determination unit configured to control the image forming unit to form a first measurement image, control the measurement
unit to measure the first measurement image, and determine the target density based on a measuring result of the first measurement
image;

a correction unit configured to control the image forming unit to form a second measurement image, control the measurement
unit to measure the second measurement image, and correct the conversion condition based on a measuring result of the second
measurement image and a correction condition; and

a second determination unit configured to determine the correction condition based on the target density determined by the
first determination unit.

US Pat. No. 9,212,004

BELT TRANSPORTING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A belt transporting device comprising:
an endless belt configured to rotate;
a first stretching member and a second stretching member between which the belt is stretched;
a first adjustment member provided at one end side of the first stretching member in a belt width direction that is orthogonal
to a direction of rotation of the belt, the first stretching member being movable by receiving a force from the belt;

a second adjustment member provided at another end side of the first stretching member in the belt width direction and being
movable by receiving a force from the belt; and

an interlocking device configured to interlock the movement of the first adjustment member and the movement of the second
adjustment member,

wherein, if the belt is laterally shifted in the belt width direction, one of the first adjustment member and the second adjustment
member moves by receiving a force from the belt while the other of the first adjustment member and the second adjustment member
is moved by the interlocking device such that the first stretching member is tilted with respect to the second stretching
member;

wherein the interlocking device includes a connecting member that connects a portion of the first adjustment member and a
portion of the second adjustment member to each other and is swingable about a swing pin provided substantially at the center
thereof in the belt width direction.

US Pat. No. 9,213,887

PROCESSING INFORMATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD AND PROGRAM FOR INPUTTING AND STORING ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ACCORDING TO CONTENTS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a first generating unit configured to generate a first image to display content on a display apparatus;
a second generating unit configured to generate a second image to display an input area to input additional information with
respect to the content in a different display mode according to whether a first face image and a second face image are similar
on the display apparatus when the second face image similar to the first face image satisfies a predetermined condition;

a first acquisition unit configured to acquire the first face image included in photographed image data captured by photographing
a viewing user of the content;

a second acquisition unit configured to acquire the second face images included in the content; and
a control display unit configured to control the display apparatus to display the input area when the first face image and
the second face image are similar, and does not control the display apparatus to display the input area when the first face
image and the second face image are not similar,

wherein the content is the moving-image data, and
when the second face image similar to the first face image exists longer than a predetermined time, the second generating
unit generates the second image to display the input area.

US Pat. No. 9,208,700

STICKER RECORDING SHEET

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sticker recording sheet comprising:
an image-receiving paper portion having a receiving layer, an image-receiving base material, and an adhesive layer laminated
on each other; and

a release coated paper portion provided on a back surface side of the adhesive layer in a peelable manner,
wherein the image-receiving paper portion is provided with:
a first half-cut portion cut in an approximately rectangular shape, having at least one uncut bridge portion formed on at
least one side of the rectangular shape; and

a second half-cut portion, cut from the at least one side of the rectangular shape having the bridge portion, to an exterior
side edge of the image-receiving paper portion,

wherein the second half-cut portion is oriented in an approximately perpendicular direction with respect to the at least one
side having the bridge portion and the exterior side edge of the image-receiving paper portion, and

wherein the second half-cut portion also includes at least one uncut bridge portion.

US Pat. No. 9,210,279

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a central processing unit (CPU);
a storage unit configured to be accessible from an external device even if the image forming apparatus is in a power off state;
a setting unit configured to set information on an installation status of the image forming apparatus; and
a control unit configured to, according to the information on the installation status set by the setting unit, enable writing,
in the storage unit, of information corresponding to the information on the installation status from information used by the
image forming apparatus at a plurality of timing points;

wherein the information on the installation status includes information indicating a status before factory shipment, information
indicating a status where setting is to be performed for a client environment, or information indicating a status where installation
in the client environment is completed;

wherein if the information on the installation status indicates the status where installation in the client environment is
completed, the control unit enables writing, in the storage unit, of information including at least one among a serial number,
error information, log information, counter information, license information on an application program installed in the image
forming apparatus, and network setting information at a timing point lust before the image forming apparatus is powered off.

US Pat. No. 9,210,285

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,210,333

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS FOR GENERATING COMPOSITE IMAGE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,207,557

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member;
a rotatable charging member for electrically charging said photosensitive member by electric discharge;
a bias applying device for applying a charging bias, to said rotatable charging member, in the form of a DC voltage biased
with an AC voltage;

a current detector for detecting an AC current passing between said rotatable charging member and said photosensitive member
when an AC voltage is applied to said rotatable charging member by said bias applying device;

a temperature and humidity detector for detecting a temperature and a humidity in said image forming apparatus; and
a setting device for setting a peak-to-peak voltage of the AC voltage in the charging bias on the basis of a plurality of
AC currents, detected by said current detector, passing between said rotatable charging member and said photosensitive member
when a plurality of AC voltages including a peak-to-peak voltage which is less than twice a discharge start voltage and a
peak-to-peak voltage which is equal to or more than twice the discharge start voltage, depending on an output of said temperature
and humidity detector, are applied to said rotatable charging member,

wherein when an AC current detected by said current detector under application of a predetermined AC voltage to said rotatable
charging member is within a predetermined range corresponding to an output of said temperature and humidity detector, said
setting device sets the peak-to-peak voltage of the AC voltage in the charging bias on the basis of the plurality of AC currents,
and when an AC current detected by said current detector under application of the predetermined AC voltage to said rotatable
charging member is out of the predetermined range, said setting device sets the peak-to-peak voltage of the AC voltage in
the charging bias on the basis of the AC current which is out of the predetermined range.

US Pat. No. 9,206,002

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus comprising:
a liftable sheet stacking plate that supports a sheet;
a feeding roller that is provided above the sheet stacking plate and feeds the sheet supported by the sheet stacking plate;
a biasing unit that biases the sheet stacking plate in a direction of the feeding roller to press the sheet stacked on the
sheet stacking plate against the feeding roller;

a drive unit that generates a driving force in order to rotate a shaft of the feeding roller;
a lifting and lowering unit that has a cam provided on the shaft of the feeding roller and a pressure-contact portion that
is provided at the sheet stacking plate and is brought into pressure contact with the cam and that lifts and lowers the sheet
stacking plate biased by the biasing unit with the rotation of the shaft of the feeding roller while bringing the pressure-contact
portion into pressure contact with the cam; and

a variable speed unit that changes the rotating speed of the shaft of the feeding roller that rotates under the driving of
the drive unit,

wherein the variable speed unit rotates the shaft of the feeding roller at a first speed to lift the sheet stacking plate,
and rotates the shaft of the feeding roller at a second speed faster than the first speed if the sheet stacked on the sheet
stacking plate abuts against the feeding roller,

wherein the variable speed unit includes a driving gear that is fixed to an input shaft driven and rotated by the drive unit
and that has a first driving gear and a second driving gear larger than the first driving gear, and a tooth-missing gear that
is fixed to the shaft of the feeding roller and that has a first tooth-missing gear and a second tooth-missing gear larger
than the first tooth-missing gear,

wherein the shaft of the feeding roller rotates at the first speed as the first driving gear that is driven and rotated by
the drive unit meshes with the second tooth-missing gear, and rotates at the second speed as the second driving gear that
is driven and rotated by the drive unit meshes with the first tooth-missing gear, and

wherein the sheet feeding apparatus further comprises a gear biasing unit that biases the tooth-missing gear so as to rotate
in a direction in which the feeding roller is rotated and that rotates the tooth-missing gear so that the second tooth-missing
gear meshes with the first driving gear if the feeding of the sheet is started.

US Pat. No. 9,207,563

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a first image forming unit including a rotatable first photosensitive body, a first charger configured to charge the first
photosensitive body with electricity, a first exposure unit configured to expose the charged first photosensitive body to
light and form an electrostatic latent image on the first photosensitive body, and a first developing unit configured to develop
the electrostatic latent image formed on the first photosensitive body by using a developer containing a toner and a carrier
and form a toner image;

a second image forming unit including a rotatable second photosensitive body, a second charger configured to charge the second
photosensitive body with electricity, a second exposure unit configured to expose the charged second photosensitive body to
light and form an electrostatic latent image on the second photosensitive body, and a second developing unit configured to
develop the electrostatic latent image formed on the second photosensitive body with a toner and form a toner image;

a movable intermediate transfer body on which the toner images formed on the first and second photosensitive bodies are transferred
at a first transfer portion located downstream of the first developing unit and upstream of the first charger in a rotation
direction of the first photosensitive body and at a second transfer portion located downstream of the second developing unit
and upstream of the second charger in a rotation direction of the second photosensitive body;

a third transfer portion configured to transfer the toner images transferred on the intermediate transfer body, on a recording
material;

a cleaning blade configured to contact the first photosensitive body at a position located downstream of the first transfer
portion and upstream of the first charger in the rotation direction of the first photosensitive body and remove the toner
adhering to the first photosensitive body; and

an execution unit that executes a mode for execution of image formation with transfer on a recording medium by using the second
image forming unit without using the first image forming unit in a state in which the first and second photosensitive bodies
are in contact with the intermediate transfer body,

wherein the first transfer portion is located upstream of the second transfer portion in a moving direction of the intermediate
transfer body and downstream of the third transfer portion, and the execution unit includes a control unit configured to execute,
during the execution of the mode, toner supply control that causes the toner to adhere to a region on the photosensitive body
which does not contact a region on the intermediate transfer body on which the toner image formed by the second image forming
unit is to be transferred, and supplies the toner to the cleaning blade by applying a development bias to the first developing
unit without applying a direct-current voltage to the first charger, and that applies an alternating-current voltage to the
first charger when at least the region on the first photosensitive body from which the toner is removed by the cleaning blade
passes through the first charger.

US Pat. No. 9,207,575

DEVELOPER CONTAINER, DEVELOPING DEVICE, DEVELOPING SUPPLY DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer container comprising:
an accommodating frame, provided with an opening through which a developer is passable, for accommodating the developer;
a first shutter and a second shutter which are movable between an open position where the opening is opened and a closed position
where the opening is closed;

a first lever, provided on said first shutter, for moving said first shutter by being urged and moved; and
a second lever, provided on said second shutter, for moving said second shutter by being urged and moved,
wherein each of said first shutter and said second shutter is moved from the closed position to the open position by moving
said first shutter and said second shutter in a mutually spacing direction to open the opening.

US Pat. No. 9,202,125

VIDEO PROCESSING APPARATUS, VIDEO PROCESSING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A video processing apparatus comprising:
a first detection unit configured to detect a moving object from a movie;
a second detection unit configured to detect an object having a predetermined shape from the movie;
an extraction unit configured to extract a partial region of a region in which the second detection unit has detected the
object having the predetermined shape in the movie; and

a discrimination unit configured to discriminate whether the object detected by the second detection unit is a certain object
depending on a ratio of a size of an overlapping region to a size of an extracted region extracted by the extraction unit,
the overlapping region being a region where a region in which the first detection unit has detected the moving object in the
movie and the extracted region overlap with each other.

US Pat. No. 9,201,225

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens, comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:
a first lens unit having a negative refractive power;
a second lens unit having a positive refractive power; and
an aperture stop disposed between the first lens unit and the second lens unit, the aperture stop moving along a locus different
from loci of the first lens unit and the second lens unit during zooming,

an interval between any lens units adjacent to each other being changed during zooming,
the second lens unit including at least one positive lens and at least one negative lens, and
wherein the following conditional expression is satisfied:
0.40 where Dsw represents a distance on an optical axis from a lens surface closest to the object side in the zoom lens to the
aperture stop at a wide angle end, and D2w represents a distance on the optical axis from the lens surface closest to the
object side in the zoom lens to a lens surface closest to the object side in the second lens unit at the wide angle end.

US Pat. No. 9,201,298

IMPRINT METHOD, IMPRINT APPARATUS, AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,201,839

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus including a plurality of communication units connected to one another in a ring shape
by a bus, each of the plurality of communication units being connected to one of a plurality of processing units, each of
which executes a predetermined process, and transmitting data processed by the one of the plurality of processing units to
the bus as a packet, the information processing apparatus performing sequential processing of the data by causing the plurality
of processing units to perform the predetermined process in a predetermined order,
wherein among the plurality of communication units, at least one communication unit comprises:
a reception unit configured to receive a packet wherein the packet can hold data and a flag indicating whether or not a process
has been stalled;

a determination unit configured to determine whether or not the flag of the received packet indicates that the process has
been stalled;

a storage unit configured to store information indicating a number of packets in which a flag, indicating the process has
been stalled according to a determination by the determination unit, is not changed; and

a transmission unit configured to transmit a packet,
wherein the transmission unit transmits, in a case where a processing unit connected with a self-communication unit stalled
a process for data included in the received packet to be processed by the processing unit, the data with the flag indicating
the process has been stalled to the bus,

wherein the information stored in the storage unit is a value that is increased by one in accordance with the processing unit
connected with the self-communication unit having stalled the process for the data to be processed, and that is decreased
by one in accordance with data held in the received packet having been processed by the processing unit connected with the
self-communication unit and in which the flag of the received packet indicates the process has been stalled, and

wherein the determination unit can change the flag of the received packet based on the information in the storage unit.

US Pat. No. 9,196,066

METHOD, APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR RENDERING AN OBJECT ON A PAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of rendering graphical objects on a page using a pixel sequential renderer, the page being divided into at least
a first swathe and a second swathe, said method comprising:
tracking a plurality of edges of said graphical objects, a first portion of the tracked edges being associated with the first
swathe and a second portion of the tracked edges being associated with the second swathe;

determining a first plurality of said graphical objects associated with the first swathe using a first sorter for sorting
the first portion of tracked edges;

determining a second plurality of said graphical objects associated with the second swathe using a second sorter for sorting
the second portion of tracked edges, the first plurality of graphical objects and the second plurality of graphical objects
being determined in parallel, each graphical object being associated with a visibility state derived by the pixel sequential
renderer based on tracked edges preceding said graphical object in a raster scan direction;

determining first end visibility states of graphical objects on a first scanline at the end of the first swathe and second
end visibility states of graphical objects on a preceding scanline at the end of the second swathe;

synchronising visibility states of graphical objects associated with the first and the second swathes, in response to determining
the first end visibility states and the second end visibility states, by providing visibility states of the first plurality
of objects to a processing module associated with the second swathe to determine initial visibility states of graphical objects
at the start of the second swathe on the first scanline; and

rendering visible graphical objects on the page in the pixel sequential renderer, the visible graphical objects being determined
using the synchronised visibility states.

US Pat. No. 9,195,063

LIGHT SCANNING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light scanning apparatus, comprising:
a light source configured to emit a light beam;
a deflector configured to deflect the light beam to cause the light beam emitted from the light source to scan a photosensitive
member;

an optical member configured to guide the light beam deflected by the deflector to the photosensitive member;
a housing containing the deflector and the optical member, the housing including a housing engaging portion and a supporting
portion configured to support the optical member;

a leaf spring including a pressing portion and a leaf spring engaging portion, the pressing portion being configured to press
the optical member supported by the supporting portion, the leaf spring engaging portion being configured to engage with the
housing engaging portion; and

an abutment portion provided on an opposite side to the housing engaging portion across the optical member,
wherein in a first state in which the housing engaging portion and the leaf spring engaging portion are engaged with each
other, the pressing portion presses the optical member supported by the supporting portion and the leaf spring is not in contact
with the abutment portion, and wherein in a second state in which the housing engaging portion and the leaf spring engaging
portion are not engaged with each other, the optical box and the leaf spring are configured so that the pressing portion and
the abutment portion are in contact with each other, and

wherein, in association with a movement of the leaf spring to move the housing engaging portion and the leaf spring engaging
portion from the second state to the first state, the pressing portion is moved from the abutment portion onto the optical
member supported by the supporting portion.

US Pat. No. 9,198,271

X-RAY IMAGING APPARATUS, CONTROL DEVICE, RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A control device which performs radiation imaging by controlling a digital radiation imaging apparatus, the device comprising:
a detection unit which detects an imaging instruction in a specific imaging mode;
a transferring unit which performs a transfer of outside radiation image data obtained by the digital radiation imaging;
a control unit which executes retransmission processing within a retransmission timeout time when the transfer fails; and
a setting unit which sets, in a first imaging mode, a retransmission timeout time limit for an item of image data that is
to be transferred last, in a time sequence of image data transfer, to be different from a retransmission timeout time limit
for at least one other item of image data to be transferred.

US Pat. No. 9,190,449

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING SIGNAL HOLDING UNITS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,188,900

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,185,297

IMAGE CAPTURE SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF AND IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

6. An image capture system including a camera body and a lens unit, comprising:
an image sensor configured to capture an object image formed by the lens unit, wherein said image sensor is arranged in the
camera body;

a shake detection sensor configured to detect a shake;
a plurality of processors including at least a camera microcomputer arranged in the camera body and a lens microcomputer arranged
in the lens unit, said microcomputers being programmed to implement the functions of a motion vector detection unit, an image
stabilization unit, a correction amount detection unit, a distortion correction amount calculation unit and a distortion correction
unit,

wherein:
the motion vector detection unit is configured to detect a motion vector from the image, wherein said motion vector detection
unit is included in a processor arranged in the camera body;

the image stabilization unit is configured to correct an image shake of the object image by an output from said shake detection
sensor, wherein said image stabilization unit is included in a processor arranged in the lens unit;

the correction amount detection unit is configured to detect an optical image stabilization amount by said image stabilization
unit;

the distortion correction amount calculation unit is configured to calculate a distortion correction amount of an image captured
by said image sensor, based on a difference between an output from said shake detection sensor and an output from said correction
amount detection unit; and

the distortion correction unit is configured to correct a distortion of the image based on the motion vector and an output
from said distortion correction amount calculation unit; and

wherein a shake amount of the image capture system is detected a plurality of times during a vertical sync period, and the
plurality of detection timings are decided based on exposure time information set in the camera body and transmitted to the
lens unit.

US Pat. No. 9,182,713

FIXING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing apparatus that fixes a toner image on a recording material while conveying the recording material bearing the
toner image at a nip portion, the fixing apparatus comprising:
a cylindrical belt including a heat generating layer that generates heat by being energized; and
a contact for supplying power to the heat generating layer, the contact being in contact with one of an outer surface and
an inner surface of an end of the belt in a generatrix direction of the belt,

wherein an electrically conductive layer is provided, along a direction of rotation of the belt, on a surface of the heat
generating layer opposite to a surface of the heat generating layer at which the contact is present, and

wherein a surface resistance (ohms per square) of the electrically conductive layer is smaller than a surface resistance (ohms
per square) of the heat generating layer.

US Pat. No. 9,179,893

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,185,102

SERVER SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,185,419

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR CODING A SEQUENCE OF IMAGES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

18. A method of coding a sequence of images comprising at least one image comprising an image region of interest, said method
being characterized in that it comprises the following steps implemented for said at least one image of said sequence of images:
determining a rate-distortion cost of an image portion comprising said image region of interest;
determining a rate-distortion cost of the whole of said at least one image;
attributing a weighting coefficient respectively to each said determined rate-distortion cost;
determining said image portion on the basis of a rate-distortion criterion representing a compromise between the compression
efficiency and distortion of said image portion and the compression efficiency and distortion of the whole of said at least
one image, the rate-distortion criterion taking into account said determined rate-distortion costs, each rate-distortion cost
being attributed a weighting coefficient; and

coding said at least one image on the basis of said determined image portion,
wherein the at least one image is divided into image blocks and the determining step comprises, for each image block of a
sub-group of image blocks of the divided image blocks, determining a set of image blocks belonging to the image portion on
the basis of the rate-distortion criterion, wherein the sub-group of image blocks is a group of image blocks within the at
least one image that is divided into image blocks.

US Pat. No. 9,184,127

SEMICONDUCTOR PACKAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A semiconductor package comprising:
a substrate;
a semiconductor element mounted on a surface of the substrate;
a dielectric member;
a conductive member having a frame shape or ring shape, disposed on the surface of the substrate to which the semiconductor
element has been mounted by way of the dielectric member, such that the semiconductor element is exposed from an opening portion
of the frame shape or ring shape;

a wiring pattern formed on the substrate so as to face the conductive member;
a signal wiring layer formed on the semiconductor element; and
a terminal formed at the signal wiring layer as either a ground terminal or a power source terminal;
wherein the wiring pattern is electrically connected to the terminal formed at the signal wiring layer formed on the semiconductor
element;

and wherein an electrostatic coupling capacity value between the conductive member and the wiring pattern is not less than
an electrostatic coupling capacity value between the conductive member and the signal wiring layer.

US Pat. No. 9,185,253

IMAGE READING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image reading apparatus comprising:
a reading unit having a configuration in which a plurality of line sensors, including a first line sensor and a second line
sensor arranged apart in a first direction, are regularly arranged along a second direction intersecting with the first direction;
and

a unit configured to move a document relative to the reading unit in a first direction using a roller,
wherein a relation of 0.95 sensor and the second line sensor in the first direction, and D is an outer periphery length of the roller.

US Pat. No. 9,176,410

TONER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A toner comprising toner particles,wherein:
each of the toner particles has a core-shell structure constituted of a core and a shell phase,
the core contains a binder resin, a colorant, and a wax, and
the shell phase contains a resin A, and wherein:
the resin A is a comb polymer having a main chain portion (X), a side chain portion (Y), and a side chain portion (Z),
(i) the main chain portion (X) being a vinyl polymer,
(ii) the side chain portion (Y) having an aliphatic polyester structure, wherein an ester group concentration of a polyester
segment is 6.5 mmol/g or less, and

(iii) the side chain portion (Z) having an organic polysiloxane structure in which an average number of Si—O bond repeating
units of a siloxane segment is 2 or more and 100 or less.

US Pat. No. 9,176,414

CHARGING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,176,686

MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, MANAGEMENT SERVER, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND MANAGEMENT METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A management system including an image forming apparatus and a management server that communicates with the image forming
apparatus via a network, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a monitoring unit configured to monitor a failure;
a detection unit configured to detect addition of a function that uses a service provided by a function providing apparatus,
which is different from the management server, by communicating with the function providing apparatus via the network, wherein
the function is added to the image forming apparatus according to upgrading of firmware of the image forming apparatus or
addition of an application to the image forming apparatus;

an added function transmission unit configured to transmit, in response to the addition of the function detected by the detection
unit, to the management server information on the added function;

a monitoring condition receiving unit configured to receive a monitoring condition, corresponding to the added function, returned
from the management server;

a setting unit configured to set the monitoring condition received by the monitoring condition receiving unit to be added
to a monitoring condition of the monitoring unit;

a result receiving unit configured to receive a processing result of the service used by the added function from the function
providing apparatus;

a generation unit configured to generate, when the monitoring unit has detected an occurrence of a failure corresponding to
the monitoring condition and the failure is attributable to the function providing apparatus, failure information by which
it is identified that the detected failure is attributable to the function providing apparatus, and to generate, when it is
not identified that the failure is attributable to the function providing apparatus, failure information on the failure detected
by the monitoring unit; and

a transmission unit configured to transmit to the management server the failure information generated by the generation unit,
wherein the generation unit generates, as failure information by which it is identified that the detected failure is attributable
to the function providing apparatus, failure information including a failure code having been notified by the function providing
apparatus when the added function is used, and

the management server comprising:
an added function receiving unit configured to receive information on the added function from the image forming apparatus;
a monitoring condition transmission unit configured to transmit to the image forming apparatus a monitoring condition corresponding
to the information on the added function received by the added function receiving unit;

a receiving unit configured to receive failure information from the image forming apparatus; and
a notification unit configured to issue a notification for arranging maintenance of the image forming apparatus according
to the failure information received from the image forming apparatus,

wherein the management server identifies that the failure is attributable to the function providing apparatus based on the
received failure information.

US Pat. No. 9,176,687

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND COMMUNICATION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,179,036

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,176,745

PERIPHERAL DEVICE USED WHILE BEING CONNECTED TO INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A peripheral device for executing image forming or image reading, comprising:
a communication unit that communicates with any of a first information processing apparatus including a first operating system
(OS) and a second information processing apparatus including a second operating system (OS) whose execution file is incompatible
with the of the first operating system;

a storage unit including:
a first storage area configured to store a first control program which is read and executed by the first information processing
apparatus including the first operating system when the communication unit is connected to the first information processing
apparatus,

a second storage area configured to store a second control program which is read and executed by the second information processing
apparatus including the second operating system when the communication unit is connected to the second information processing
apparatus; and

a third storage area configured to store data to be commonly used by the first information processing apparatus including
the first operating system when the communication unit is connected to the first information processing apparatus and used
by the second information processing apparatus including the second operating system when the communication unit is connected
to the second information processing apparatus, wherein the third storage area is formatted by a file system recognizable
by the first operating system and the second operating system;

a control unit that controls image forming or image reading of the peripheral device based on instruction information written
in said storage unit from the first information processing apparatus executing the first control program and using the data
when the first information processing apparatus is connected to the communication unit, and controls image forming or image
reading of the peripheral device based on instruction information written in said storage unit from the second information
processing apparatus executing the second control program and using the data when the second information processing apparatus
is connected to the communication unit.

US Pat. No. 9,174,436

PRINTING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF PROCESSING PRINTING DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a driving unit configured to drive a printhead including a plurality of nozzles formed into an array in a predetermined direction
such that each nozzle of the printhead forms a dot on a printing medium, while scanning the printhead in a first direction
intersecting the predetermined direction with respect to the printing medium,

wherein the plurality of nozzles are arranged such that nozzles for printing dots of the same color form two or more nozzle
arrays adjacent to each other in the first direction;

a memory configured to store printing data;
a data processing unit configured to perform
a first operation for developing printing data column by column on the memory, and
a second operation for assigning the printing data on the memory to each nozzle array; and
a controlling unit configured to control the driving unit to print dots on the printing medium by using the nozzles of each
nozzle array, based on the assigned printing data, wherein

the data processing unit further performs, after the first operation and before the second operation,
an operation for specifying, in a case where printing is performed by assigning, to each nozzle array, the printing data of
each column developed on the memory in the first operation, a portion of the printing data, which corresponds to a dot whose
printing position is deviated from a region corresponding to the column of the printing data due to a tilt of the two or more
nozzle arrays with respect to a direction perpendicular to the first direction, based on the tilt of the two or more nozzle
arrays, and

an operation for changing, on the memory, the printing data developed on the memory, such that the specified portion is shifted
by a column corresponding to the tilt of the two or more nozzle arrays.

US Pat. No. 9,174,448

INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. Ink jet recording apparatus comprising:
a recording unit including a recording head having a surface provided with an ejection opening therein;
an aqueous ink that is ejected from the ejection opening to record an image on a recording medium;
a protection unit including a covering member that covers the surface having the ejection opening; and
a recovery unit separate from the covering member, having no member that scrapes the ink deposited on the ink receiving member
or sucks the ink from the ejection opening, the recovery unit including an ink receiving member that receives waste ink directly
from the ejection opening without interposing any other member, the waste ink being a portion of the ink discharged according
to preliminary ejection data;

wherein the aqueous ink containing a self-dispersible pigment in which a functional group containing at least one anionic
group of a carboxyl group and a sulfonate group is bonded to the particle surface thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,174,454

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection apparatus, comprising:
a liquid passage member having a plurality of liquid passages;
a connecting surface having a plurality of connecting portions connected to the plurality of liquid passages;
a first positioning portion of a slotted hole configured to determine relative positions between the plurality of liquid passages
and the plurality of connecting portions in one direction along the connecting surface, the first positioning portion being
provided on the connecting surface; and

a second positioning of a slotted hole portion configured to determine relative positions between the plurality of liquid
passages and the plurality of connecting portions in the one direction and another direction perpendicular to the one direction,
along the connecting surface, the second positioning portion being provided on the connecting surface,

wherein a first distance between a weight center of gravity of the first positioning portion in a direction in a plane parallel
to the connecting surface and along the connecting surface and a weight center of gravity of the connecting portion in the
direction along the connecting surface, farthest from the first positioning portion, is longer than a second distance between
a weight center of gravity of the second positioning portion in the direction along the connecting surface and a weight center
of gravity of the connecting portion in the direction along the connecting surface, farthest from the second positioning portion.

US Pat. No. 9,178,360

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM TO OUTPUT WIRELESS POWER, DETECT VALUE RELATING TO OUTPUT POWER, AND CHARGE BASED ON DETECTED VALUE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power output apparatus comprising:
an output unit that wirelessly outputs power to an electronic apparatus;
a detection unit that detects a value relating to a traveling wave of power output by the output unit and a reflected wave
of power output by the output unit; and

a control unit performs at least one of a first process and a second process, wherein the first process includes a process
for determining whether a change of a value detected by the detection unit is not less than a first predetermined value, wherein
the second process includes a process for determining whether a value detected by the detection unit is not less than a second
predetermined value, and wherein the control unit causes the output unit to output charging power for causing the electronic
apparatus to charge a battery if a change of a value detected by the detection unit is less than the first predetermined value
and a value detected by the detection unit is less than the second predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 9,177,922

ELECTRIC DEVICE, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND RADIATION INSPECTION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electric device, comprising:
a conductive guard ring formed on a substrate along an outer periphery of the substrate;
an electrode formed inside the guard ring on the substrate; and
a connecting portion, which is formed above the electrode, for connecting an external apparatus and the electrode,
wherein the connecting portion includes a conductive member for electrically connecting the external apparatus and the electrode,
and an insulating member formed on a lower surface of the conductive member, and

the insulating member exposes a portion of the conductive member, which is positioned immediately above the electrode, and
an end of the insulating member is positioned inside the guard ring in planar view such that the conductive member and the
guard ring do not contact each other.

US Pat. No. 9,168,742

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:
a substrate including
a first supply port row which supplies liquid and in which a plurality of supply ports made up of penetrated holes are arranged,
a first energy generating element row in which a plurality of energy generating elements that generate energy used to eject
liquid supplied from the first supply port row are arranged,

a second supply port row which supplies liquid and in which a plurality of supply ports made up of penetrated holes are arranged,
a second energy generating element row in which a plurality of energy generating elements that generates energy used to eject
liquid supplied from the second supply port row are arranged,

a first wiring layer configured to drive the energy generating elements,
a second wiring layer configured to drive the energy generating elements,
a through hole configured to electrically connect the first wiring layer and the second wiring layer, and
a wiring for connecting the energy generating elements in the first energy generating element row and the through hole, wherein
the wiring is provided between the supply ports in the first supply port row,

wherein the first energy generating element row, the first supply port row, the second supply port row, and the second energy
generating element row are arranged in this order and the through hole is arranged between the first supply port row and the
second supply port row.

US Pat. No. 9,164,370

EXPOSURE APPARATUS AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD USING ORIGINAL WITH PHASE-MODULATION DIFFRACTION GRATING TO FORM INTERFERENCE PATTERN

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An exposure apparatus which exposes a substrate coated with a photoresist to form a latent image to the photoresist, the
apparatus comprising:
an original holding unit configured to hold an original including a phase-modulation diffraction grating;
a substrate holding unit configured to hold the substrate; and
a light beam splitter configured to split an incident light beam into a reflected light and a transmitted light to form light
beams which enter the phase-modulation diffraction grating,

wherein the light beams which enter the phase-modulation diffraction grating are out of alignment to each other in a direction,
the direction being perpendicular to the periodic direction of the phase-modulation diffraction grating in a surface on which
the phase-modulation diffraction grating is formed,

wherein the phase-modulation diffraction grating diffracts each of the light beams from the light beam splitter and generates
diffracted light beams from each of the light beams from the light beam splitter, and

wherein a latent image is formed on the substrate by superposition of interference patterns formed on the surface of the substrate,
each of the interference patterns being formed by interfering the diffracted light beams generated from a corresponding one
of the light beams from the light beam splitter.

US Pat. No. 9,164,395

EXPOSURE APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An exposure apparatus including a projection optical system, and configured to expose a substrate to light via the projection
optical system and a liquid that is supplied between the projection optical system and the substrate, the apparatus comprising:
a plurality of recovery ports configured to recover the liquid supplied between the projection optical system and the substrate,
wherein the plurality of recovery ports is discretely arranged between vertices on each side of a polygon and at each of the
vertices of the polygon;

a chamber connected to the plurality of recovery ports and configured to receive the recovered liquid;
a pump configured to attract the supplied liquid via the plurality of recovery ports and the chamber; and
a plurality of recovery pipings that connect the chamber and the pump,
wherein (i) a pressure difference between the pump and each of the recovery ports positioned at the vertices, among the plurality
of recovery ports, is less than a pressure difference between the pump and each of the recovery ports positioned between the
vertices, among the plurality of recovery ports, (ii) the chamber is shaped to extend along the sides of the polygon, and
(iii) the plurality of recovery pipings is connected to the chamber at respective positions in the chamber that respectively
correspond to positions of the vertices of the polygon.

US Pat. No. 9,164,416

CONDUCTIVE MEMBER, ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A conductive member which is used for electrophotography, the conductive member comprising:
a conductive shaft core;
a conductive elastic layer on the conductive shaft core; and
a conductive surface layer on the conductive elastic layer, wherein:
the conductive elastic layer contains silicone rubber, and a basic carbon black dispersed in the silicone rubber, and
the conductive surface layer contains a urethane resin having a carboxyl group in its molecule and an acidic carbon black
dispersed in the urethane resin.

US Pat. No. 9,164,707

SERVER SYSTEM, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SERVER SYSTEM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A server system having a service for performing predetermined processing on data acquired from an external server, wherein
the service provides a client with a function of displaying a preview of the data as a function in the service, the server
system comprising:
a determination unit configured to determine a type of the data to be subjected to the predetermined processing by the service;
a setting unit configured to set, in a case where it is determined, based on the type of the data determined by the determination
unit, that the client can preview the data, a uniform resource locator (URL) of a specific save location in the server system
in which the data acquired from the external server is saved, and configured to set, in a case where it is determined, based
on the type of the data determined by the determination unit, that the client cannot preview the data, a URL that allows a
preview of the data and includes a URL of the external server; and

a transmission unit configured to transmit, to the client, a data operation screen on which the URL has been set by the setting
unit for a preview instruction unit that can receive an instruction to preview the data.

US Pat. No. 9,161,690

OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmologic apparatus comprising:
an acquiring unit that acquires a plurality of images of an eye to be inspected;
a determination unit that determines, using a processor, an image among the plurality of acquired images that is less affected
by movement, during the image acquiring, of the eye to be inspected;

a selection unit that selects an image which is a part of the image determined by the determination unit; and
a detecting unit that detects movement of the eye to be inspected using the selected image.

US Pat. No. 9,167,148

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS FOCUS DETECTION WITH A PHASE DIFFERENCE DETECTION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capture apparatus comprising:
an image sensor having a plurality of pixels that photoelectrically convert an object image formed by an imaging optical system,
each of the pixels having one microlens and a plurality of photoelectric conversion portions; and

a controller that calculates information corresponding to a movement amount of a lens of the imaging optical system based
on a defocus amount detected based on output from photoelectric conversion portions, and controls movement of the lens of
the imaging optical system based on the information, wherein the defocus amount is corrected with correction value which is
calculated based on focal length of the microlens.

US Pat. No. 9,162,250

METHOD FOR FORMING COATING FILM AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING FIXING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for forming a coating film on a peripheral surface of a cylindrical or columnar substrate, comprising:
a first liquid coating film forming step comprising:
supplying a first liquid from a nozzle to the peripheral surface of the substrate that relatively rotates against the nozzle,
while relatively moving the nozzle and the substrate in an axial direction of the substrate, and forming a first liquid coating
film on the peripheral surface of the substrate; and

a step of forming a liquid film of a second liquid on the peripheral surface of the substrate, prior to supplying the first
liquid to the peripheral surface of the substrate, by pressing a member comprising the second liquid, on the peripheral surface
of the substrate, while relatively rotating the member and the substrate, and relatively moving the member and the substrate
in an axial direction of the substrate, and forming a liquid film of the second liquid on the peripheral surface of the substrate,
the second liquid being the same as the first liquid or having a difference in solubility parameter from the first liquid
of 6.0 or less,

wherein, in the first liquid coating film forming step, the first liquid is supplied onto the liquid film of the second liquid
before drying the liquid film of the second liquid, and

wherein the first liquid coating film forming step further comprises the steps of:
forming a bead of the first liquid between the nozzle and the liquid film of the second liquid, and
extending the bead in a circumferential direction of the substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,162,508

INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inkjet recording apparatus comprising:
a carriage on which a recording head configured to discharge ink and perform recording on a recording medium is mounted and
configured to move in a first direction;

a first roller pair located on an upstream side of the recording head in a conveyance direction that intersects the first
direction;

a second roller pair located on a downstream side of the recording head in the conveyance direction;
a detection sensor configured to detect an edge position of a recording medium in the first direction, and
a determination unit configured to determine a position of the recording head in the first direction at a time of performing
a preliminary discharge operation, wherein the determination unit determines the position of the recording head by a first
determination operation in a case where a recording medium is being pinched by both the first roller pair and the second roller
pair, and determines the position of the recording head by a second determination operation in a case where the recording
medium is being pinched by either one of the first roller pair or the second roller pair.

US Pat. No. 9,165,364

AUTOMATIC TRACKING IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An automatic tracking image pickup system, comprising:
an image pickup apparatus picking up an image of an object;
a driving unit changing an image pickup direction of the image pickup apparatus;
a recognition unit recognizing an object to be tracked in a pickup image obtained by the image pickup apparatus; and
a controller controlling a speed of the driving unit based on a difference between a position of the object to be tracked
in the pickup image and a target position in the pickup image, wherein:

the controller controls the speed of the driving unit in an initial mode until the object to be tracked reaches a predetermined
position in the pickup image after the recognition unit recognizes the object to be tracked for first time, and in a normal
mode after the object to be tracked reaches the predetermined position; and

the controller controls the speed of the driving unit so that a gain for obtaining the speed of the driving unit based on
the difference in the normal mode becomes larger than a gain used in the initial mode.

US Pat. No. 9,160,905

IMAGING APPARATUS AND INTERCHANGEABLE LENS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus, comprising:
an imaging apparatus main body;
a lens barrel comprising an imaging optical system, the lens barrel being attached to the imaging apparatus main body;
an imaging element provided in the imaging apparatus main body so as to be opposed to the imaging optical system, for photoelectrically
converting an optical image formed by the imaging optical system;

a component provided to the lens barrel, for generating magnetic flux by being supplied with an alternating current; and
a ferromagnetic member, which is formed of a ferromagnetic material into one of a plate shape and a film shape, and which
is arranged between the component and the imaging element so that a part of a flat surface perpendicular to a thickness direction
is opposed to the component, wherein the ferromagnetic member has a shape that surrounds the imaging element when viewed from
a direction perpendicular to a light receiving surface of the imaging element,

wherein the ferromagnetic member has a thickness that is less than a skin depth d, which is determined by Expression 1:
where f is a drive frequency of the component, ? is a magnetic permeability of the ferromagnetic material, and ? is an electric
conductivity of the ferromagnetic material.

US Pat. No. 9,160,138

LIGHT-EMITTING ELEMENT ARRAY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light-emitting element array comprising a plurality of light-emitting elements configured to emit light in a direction
perpendicular to the surface of a substrate, each of the light-emitting elements including:
the substrate;
a first nitride semiconductor layer on the substrate, having a mesa portion;
an active layer made of a nitride semiconductor disposed on the mesa portion of the first semiconductor layer opposite the
substrate, the active layer having a light-emitting region;

a second nitride semiconductor layer on the active layer; and
a heat radiation layer disposed in such a manner that the surface formed by projecting the heat radiation layer on a plane
perpendicular to the optical axis of the light-emitting element does not overlap with the surface formed by projecting the
mesa portion on the same plane when viewed in the optical axis direction,

wherein when the light-emitting element is projected on a plane perpendicular to the optical axis, the surface of the projection
of the heat radiation layer has an area ST satisfying the inequality: 0
wherein SM represents the area of the surface of the projection of the mesa portion on the plane, SO represents the area of the surface of the projection of the light-emitting region of the active layer on the plane.

US Pat. No. 9,160,922

SUBJECT DETECTION DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME, IMAGING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A subject detection device comprising:
a first detection unit configured to detect a region of a first detection target from an image;
a second detection unit configured to detect from the image, a region of a second detection target from which the region of
the first detection target can be estimated; and

a control unit configured to control to display in a predetermined mode indicating the region of the first detection target
if a predetermined condition is satisfied,

wherein when the first detection unit detects the region of the first detection target and the second detection unit detects
the region of the second detection target when the control unit controls to not display in the predetermined mode, the control
unit reduces the predetermined condition as compared with when the region of the second detection target is not detected.

US Pat. No. 9,157,855

MATERIAL CLASSIFICATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of classifying the material type of an unknown material into a probability distribution of multiple predetermined
material types by using a collection of plural predetermined material classifiers, wherein each material type of the multiple
predetermined material types is associated with a corresponding best performing classifier from the collection of plural predetermined
material classifiers by a predesignated stored association, the method comprising the steps of:
applying, using a processor, the plural material classifiers to the unknown material to obtain a list of candidate material
types;

looking up, using the processor, a list of potential best performing classifiers using the list of candidate material types
as a reference into the predesignated stored association; and

assigning, using the processor, a respective probability that the unknown material belongs to a material type based on the
list of potential best performing classifiers,

wherein applying comprises obtaining one or more feature vectors for the unknown material and inputting a corresponding one
of the feature vectors into each of the plural material classifiers so as to obtain an output representative of material type
from each of the plural material classifiers.

US Pat. No. 9,158,112

LIGHT SCANNING APPARATUS WITH SINGLE OPTICAL IMAGING ELEMENT AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS USING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A light scanning apparatus comprising:
a light source;
a deflector configured to deflect a light flux from the light source; and
an imaging optical system configured to guide the light flux deflected at the deflector onto a scanned surface;
wherein the imaging optical system consists of a single imaging optical element;
wherein, on the optical axis of the imaging optical system, the following conditions are satisfied
0.15?T2/Sk?0.3

0.03?d/K?0.08
where T2 represents the distance from a deflecting surface of the deflector to an exit surface of the imaging optical element,
Sk represents the distance from the exit surface of the imaging optical element to the scanned surface, d represents the thickness
of the imaging optical element, and K represents an imaging coefficient on the optical axis of the imaging optical element,
and wherein the condition
0.3?B?0.6

is satisfied at an image height Y where a scanning angle ? is greatest, when the image height Y in the main scanning direction
on the scanned surface to which the light flux deflected at the scanning angle ? by the deflector enters is expressed by

Y=(K/B)×tan(B×?)
where B is a scanning properties coefficient.

US Pat. No. 9,161,220

COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, CONNECTION DEVICE, AND CONNECTION DEVICE DESIGNATION METHOD FOR DESIGNATING CONNECTION DEVICE FOR COMMUNICATION DEVICE TO CONNECT TO

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit that obtains account information and password information from a communication apparatus;
an authentication unit that performs an authentication process based on the account information and password information obtained
by the obtaining unit;

a selection unit that selects a base station to be connected to the communication apparatus based on the account information
obtained by the obtaining unit; and

a sending unit that sends a communication parameter set to the communication apparatus if authenticated by the authentication
process, wherein the communication parameter set comprises wireless LAN channel and encipher key information for wireless
connecting to the base station selected by the selection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,160,724

DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR DEVICE PROVISIONING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for provisioning a device, the method comprising:
at a registration device, receiving authentication information from a user interface, wherein the authentication information
corresponds to a user;

sending the authentication information from the registration device to an identity provider device;
receiving a token at the registration device from the identify provider device, wherein the token corresponds to the user;
sending the token, new device information, and a first provisioning request from the registration device to a provisioning
device;

at a user interface of the new device, receiving an activation code;
sending the activation code and the token from the user interface of the new device to the provisioning device;
at the new device, receiving a key from the provisioning device, wherein the key is associated with a device identifier of
the new device;

signing the new device information, a new device configuration, new device applications, and new device data using the key
and an API secret, thereby generating signed device information; and

sending the device identifier and the signed device information from the new device to the provisioning device.

US Pat. No. 9,159,169

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGE DISPLAY METHOD, CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGING APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image display apparatus comprising:
at least one processor and at least one memory coupled to each other and cooperating to act as:
a position and orientation detection unit configured to detect a position and orientation of the image display apparatus;
a reception unit configured to receive, from a server, a captured image acquired by an imaging apparatus, feature point information
of an object included in the captured image, information of a position and orientation of the imaging apparatus when the imaging
apparatus has acquired the captured image, and three-dimensional structure information of the object estimated from the feature
point information of the object included in the captured image;

a setting unit configured to set a first range as a first predetermined range in a case where the reception unit has not received
the three-dimensional structure information of the object, and set a second range as a second predetermined range in a case
where the reception unit has received the three-dimensional structure information of the object:

a determination unit configured to determine whether the position detected by the position and orientation detection unit
exists within the first and the second predetermined ranges from a position of the object or not;

a correction unit configured to correct the captured image in a direction corresponding to the position and orientation detected
by the position and orientation detection unit, based on the feature point information of the object and the information of
the position and orientation of the imaging apparatus when the imaging apparatus has acquired the captured image in a case
where the first range has been set by the setting unit and the determination unit has determined that the position detected
by the position and orientation detection unit exists within the first predetermined range from the position of the object,
and correct the captured image based on the three-dimensional structure information of the object in a case where the second
range has been set by the setting unit and the determination unit has determined that the position detected by the position
and orientation detection unit exists within the second predetermined range from the position of the object; and

a display control unit configured to display the image corrected by the correction unit on a display unit,
wherein the first range is smaller than the second range.

US Pat. No. 9,158,970

DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR VISUAL-ATTRIBUTE REFINEMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for refining attribute scores, the method comprising:
obtaining a plurality of object images;
generating a respective first attribute score of a first attribute for each object image in the plurality of object images
based on the respective object image and an attribute classifier;

calculating a respective pairwise object-similarity measure for pairs of object images in the plurality of object images by
comparing image features; and

refining the first attribute score of a processing target object image based on an attribute score of an object image that
is highly similar, based on the respective pairwise object-similarity measure, to the processing target object image.

US Pat. No. 9,159,750

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image sensing device having plural sets of a unit pixel outputting a pixel signal and a conversion unit converting
the pixel signal into a digital signal, the device comprising:
a plurality of signal lines;
a reference signal generator configured to generate a plurality of reference signals and to supply each of the plurality of
reference signals through a corresponding one of the plurality of signal lines; and

a counter configured to count a clock,
wherein the conversion unit of each set comprises:
a comparator, including an input for one of the plurality of reference signals, configured to compare a level of the reference
signal inputted by the input with a level of the pixel signal;

a selector configured to select a signal line among the plurality of signal lines as a selected signal line to be connected
to the input of the comparator; and

a connecting unit configured to connect the selected signal line to the input of the comparator and to connect a load to another
signal line of the plurality of signal lines.

US Pat. No. 9,159,525

RADIATION GENERATING TUBE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An X-ray generating tube comprising:
a hollow insulating tube having an inner wall;
a cathode and an anode respectively bonded to first and second ends of said insulating tube; and
an electron emission source provided on said cathode, said X-ray generating tube having a vacuum interior space that is enclosed
by said insulating tube, said cathode, and said anode,

wherein
said electron emission source includes an electron emitting portion in said interior space and has a tip, and
said insulating tube includes a protrusion that protrudes into said interior space,
wherein
when a distance in an axial direction from said cathode to said tip of said electron emission source is denoted by L1 and a distance in a radial direction between said electron emission source and said inner wall of said insulating tube at
said tip of said electron emission source is denoted by D,

a distance of closest approach R (L) between said electron emission source and said protrusion arranged at a position at a
distance of L in the axial direction from said cathode satisfies the following relationship:

R(L)?D×L/L1, and

wherein
said inner wall of said insulating tube is formed of a cylindrical surface, said protrusion is a protruding portion that protrudes
inward in the radial direction from said inner wall of said insulating tube, and

an amount of protrusion H (L) of said protruding portion from said inner wall satisfies the following relationships:
where L?L1:

H(L)?(1?L/L1)×D, and

where L>L1:

(D?H(L))2+(L?L1)2?(D×L/L1)2.

US Pat. No. 9,158,240

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT PREVENTS SURFACE SPEED DIFFERENCE FROM BEING GENERATED BETWEEN PHOTOSENSITIVE DRUM AND INTERMEDIATE TRANSFER BELT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member configured to be rotatable;
an intermediate transfer member configured to be rotatable in contact with said image bearing member;
a first drive unit configured to drive said image bearing member for rotation;
a second drive unit configured to drive said intermediate transfer member for rotation; and
a control unit configured to control said first drive unit and said second drive unit,
wherein said control unit performs control so that said first drive unit is caused to apply torque to said image bearing member,
for offsetting load torque acting on said image bearing member, to thereby cause said image bearing member to be friction-driven
by said intermediate transfer member, and

wherein said control unit controls said first drive unit to apply an assist torque to said image bearing member, for setting
a friction state between said image bearing member and said intermediate transfer member when said image bearing member is
friction-driven by said intermediate transfer member to a static friction state.

US Pat. No. 9,158,524

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

7. A non-transitory computer readable storage medium storing a computer program to cause an information processing apparatus
to perform a method, the method comprising:
performing, using a processor, an analysis of information of software installed in the information processing apparatus to
determine, when an application is installed, whether the application is installed by updating;

setting, as a setting step and in a case where an application is installed and it is determined that an installation target
application is installed by updating, to activate the installation target application in a hardware rendering mode without
performing determination relating to a version of an operating system operating on the information processing apparatus; and

installing, if software necessary for installing the installation target application is not installed, the necessary software,
wherein, if it is determined that the installation target application is not installed by updating and if the version of the
operating system operating is not a predetermined version, then setting includes setting to activate the installation target
application in the hardware rendering mode,

wherein the installation target application is installed after installation of the necessary software,
wherein the installed application is activated according to a setting made by the setting step, and
wherein, if the software necessary for installing the installation target application has been already installed and, if a
problem is detected when an environment check application is activated for testing having a type that is the same type as
that of the installation target application according to a set setting, then installing includes performing recovery installation
of the necessary software and installs the installation target application after the recovery installation.

US Pat. No. 9,158,273

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member for bearing an image;
a developing device for developing with a toner an electrostatic image formed on said image bearing member;
a detecting portion for detecting environmental information;
a storing portion for storing the environmental information; and
a controller for controlling an image forming condition on the basis of the environmental information detected in a last detection
and current detection,

wherein said controller controls the image forming condition so that a change amount per unit time of the image forming condition
when said developing device is driven is made larger than a change amount per unit time of the image forming condition when
said developing device is stopped.

US Pat. No. 9,160,875

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS USING TECHNIQUE FOR CONTROLLING POWER SUPPLY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a conversion circuit configured to convert an analog signal into a digital signal;
a first power supply configured to supply first DC power to said conversion circuit; and
a second power supply configured to supply second DC power to said conversion circuit using a method different from a method
used by said first power supply;

an integrated circuit in which said conversion circuit and other circuits different from said conversion circuit are incorporated;
a switching circuit configured to switch power to said conversion circuit between the first DC power and the second DC power;
and

a control unit configured to, when said conversion circuit is in use, control said switching circuit such that the first DC
power is supplied from said first power supply to said conversion circuit, and when said conversion circuit is not in use,
control said switching circuit such that the second DC power is supplied from said second power supply to said conversion
circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,152,009

TERAHERTZ-WAVE GENERATING ELEMENT, TERAHERTZ-WAVE DETECTING ELEMENT, AND TERAHERTZ TIME-DOMAIN SPECTROSCOPY DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A terahertz-wave generating element comprising:
a waveguide including an electro-optic crystal; and
an optical coupling member that guides a terahertz wave, which is generated from the electro-optic crystal as a result of
pulsed light propagating through the waveguide, from the waveguide to a space,

wherein the terahertz-wave generating element is of a Cerenkov phase-matching type,
wherein the waveguide has a waveguide structure to confine the pulsed light in a first direction which is perpendicular to
a propagation direction of the pulsed light and which the waveguide and the optical coupling member are arranged in and in
a second direction which is perpendicular to the propagation direction and the first direction, and

wherein, in the second direction, the waveguide is configured to confine the pulsed light in an area whose width is narrower
than a width of the optical coupling member.

US Pat. No. 9,152,079

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING DEVELOPER AMOUNT DETERMINATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image with a developer, comprising:
a developing unit configured to be detachable from and attachable to an image forming apparatus to contain a developer;
a first rotary member and a second rotary member configured to rotate in the developing unit;
a detecting unit installed on an internal surface of the developing unit and configured to detect a signal corresponding to
variation of pressure caused by rotation of the first rotary member or the second rotary member in said developing unit; and

a switching unit configured to switch between a first determination mode and a second determination mode, wherein the first
determination mode is used to determine an amount of the developer in the developing unit based on a signal corresponding
to variation of pressure caused by rotation of the first rotary member, and the second determination mode is used to determine
the amount of the developer in the developing unit based on a signal corresponding to variation of pressure caused by rotation
of the second rotary member.

US Pat. No. 9,153,635

LIGHT EMITTING DISPLAY APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display apparatus comprising:
a substrate;
a light emitting element having an anode electrode, a cathode electrode and a light emitting layer;
a thin film transistor for driving the light emitting element, the thin film transistor comprising a gate electrode, a gate
insulating layer, a semiconductor layer which includes an oxide semiconductor, a source electrode, and a drain electrode;
and

a color filter located on an optical path from the light emitting element to the semiconductor layer,
wherein the color filter has a specific spectral absorption property so as to attenuate a light with a shorter wavelength
than an absorption edge wavelength of the oxide semiconductor and selects light irradiated from the light emitting element
to the semiconductor layer with regard to a wavelength, and

wherein the source electrode of the thin film transistor is connected to the anode electrode through a contact hole.

US Pat. No. 9,153,127

VIDEO TRANSMITTING APPARATUS, VIDEO RECEIVING APPARATUS, AND VIDEO TRANSMISSION SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A video receiving apparatus comprising:
a receiving unit configured to receive location information corresponding to video information, and to receive the video information
transmitted from a video transmitting apparatus;

an error detecting unit configured to detect an error in the video information received by the receiving unit; and
a transmitting unit configured to transmit a request for a specific part of the video information corresponding to the error
detected by the error detecting unit on the basis of the location information.

US Pat. No. 9,154,706

IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an imaging unit;
a magnification operation unit operated by a user to instruct an image magnification;
a display control unit configured to perform control to display a live image captured by the imaging unit on a display unit,
and to perform control to display the live image with a magnification ratio changed in response to an operation of the magnification
operation unit; and

a generation unit configured to generate a composite image by compositing the live image and at least one captured image,
wherein the display control unit performs control to display the composite image generated by the generation unit on the display
unit, and performs control, in a case where the magnification operation unit is operated when the composite image is displayed,
so as to display the live image without displaying the composite image.

US Pat. No. 9,154,066

DRIVE CONTROL APPARATUS AND DRIVE CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A drive control apparatus comprising:
a position detection unit configured to detect a rotational position of a rotor of a stepping motor;
a feedback drive unit configured to drive the stepping motor by a feedback control based on an output from the position detection
unit;

an open loop drive unit configured to drive the stepping motor by an open loop control; and
a switching unit configured to switch the driving of the stepping motor between the driving of the stepping motor by the feedback
control and the driving of the stepping motor by the open loop control,

wherein the switching unit is capable of switching the driving of the stepping motor between the driving of the stepping motor
by the feedback control and the driving of the stepping motor by the open loop control,

wherein the feedback drive unit and the open loop drive unit are both configured to drive the stepping motor by microstep
driving,

wherein the open loop drive unit controls the driving of the stepping motor such that as a driving frequency of the rotor
increases, a microstep division ratio of the microstep driving decreases, and

wherein the feedback drive unit sets the division ratio of the microstep independently of the open loop drive unit.

US Pat. No. 9,146,387

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE 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 fourth lens unit having a positive refractive power,
wherein the second lens unit, the third lens unit, and the fourth lens unit move during a zooming operation to change an interval
between adjacent lens units, and

wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
4.6
0.4
where M2 represents a moving amount of the second lens unit during a zooming operation from a wide angle end to a telephoto end, f2 represents a focal length of the second lens unit, and ?3w and ?3t represent transverse magnification of the third lens unit at the wide angle end and the telephoto end, respectively.

US Pat. No. 9,145,382

ORGANIC COMPOUND AND ELECTROCHROMIC DEVICE USING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An organic compound represented by the following general formula [1]:

wherein A1 to A4 each represent a substituent selected from the group consisting of a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group having 1 or more and 20
or less carbon atoms, an alkoxy group having 1 or more and 20 or less carbon atoms and an aryl group, provided that at least
one of A1 to A4 is an alkyl group, an alkoxy group or an aryl group, wherein when any one of A1 to A4 is an aryl group, the aryl group may further have an alkyl group having 1 or more and 8 or less carbon atoms or an alkoxy
group having 1 or more and 8 or less carbon atoms;

R1 represents a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, an alkyl group having 1 or more and 20 or less carbon atoms, an alkoxy group having
1 or more and 20 or less carbon atoms, an alkyl ester group having 1 or more and 20 or less carbon atoms, an aryl group, an
optionally substituted amino group or a cyano group, wherein when R1 is an aryl group, the aryl group may further have an alkyl group having 1 or more and 4 or less carbon atoms; and

X is an integer of 1 to 10.

US Pat. No. 9,148,779

DEVICE CAPABLE OF SAFELY COMMUNICATING DEVICE INFORMATION, COMMUNICATION CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A device that is capable of communicating with another device via a wireless communication network and administers the
other device, comprising:
a first holding unit configured to hold a setting network ID in a setting change mode for changing setting values of the other
device, wherein the setting network ID is a wireless network ID;

a first leaving unit for leaving a first wireless communication network to which the device is currently connected, in response
to the device receiving an instruction to shift into the setting change mode;

a first connecting unit configured to wirelessly connect to the other device so as to construct, with the other device that
leaves the first wireless communication network in response to the device leaving the first wireless communication network,
a second wireless communication network, which is different from the first wireless communication network, by using the setting
network ID held by said first holding unit; and

a setting data sending unit configured to send setting data to the other device, to which the device was wirelessly connected
by said first connecting unit, via the second wireless communication network.

US Pat. No. 9,148,541

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus which is communicable, via a network, with a server apparatus which provides screen
data, the information processing apparatus comprising:
a display control unit configured to display a standby screen based on screen data obtained from the server apparatus on a
display unit of the information processing apparatus in a standby state of the information processing apparatus;

an obtaining unit configured to obtain, from the server apparatus, screen data of a function selection screen for prompting
a user to select one of a plurality of functions of the information processing apparatus, while the standby screen is being
displayed on the display unit and before a close instruction for the standby screen is input by a user operation; and

a display switching unit configured to switch, in accordance with the close instruction being input, display of the display
unit from the standby screen to the function selection screen based on the screen data which is obtained, by the obtaining
unit, while the standby screen is being displayed on the display unit and before the close instruction is input.

US Pat. No. 9,146,486

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising toner base particles, each of which contains a binder resin, a wax and a coloring agent, wherein a coloring
matter compound represented by the general formula (1) is contained as the coloring agent:

wherein R1 and R2 each independently represent an alkyl group having 1 to 20 carbon atoms,

R3 to R5 each independently represent an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms,

R6 represents an alkyl group, and

R7 and R8 each independently represent an alkyl group or an acyl group, or R7 and R8 are bonded to each other, so as to form a cyclic organic functional group containing R7, R8 and a nitrogen atom bonded to R7 and R8.

US Pat. No. 9,146,489

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a first detection unit configured to detect a toner outage;
a second detection unit configured to detect whether a cover for toner replacement is opened or closed;
a control unit configured to control, in accordance with the toner outage being detected by the first detection unit, so as
to perform in order a reproduction of a first moving image for indicating a procedure for opening the cover for toner replacement,
a reproduction of one or more second moving images for indicating a procedure for replacing toner, and a reproduction of a
third moving image for indicating a procedure for closing the cover for toner replacement; and

a processing unit configured to perform processing for cancelling a toner outage in accordance with detection by the second
detection unit that the cover for toner replacement is closed,

wherein the control unit controls so that if, in a case where the reproduction of the third moving image ends before the second
detection unit detects that the cover for toner replacement is closed, a moving image reproduction instruction by a user is
received, a reproduction of moving images is started from one of the one or more second moving images or from the third moving
image without starting the reproduction of the first moving image.

US Pat. No. 9,146,492

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus which forms an image on a recording medium, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a cartridge including a photosensitive member and configured to be removed from a main body of the image forming apparatus;
a light emitting member having a plurality of light emitting elements arranged in a rotation axis direction of the photosensitive
member and configured to make the plurality of light emitting elements emit light to expose the photosensitive member to the
light; and

a transfer member configured to transfer a toner image formed on the photosensitive member,
wherein the cartridge is movable between a first position for forming the image on the recording medium and a second position
retracted more from the transfer member than the first position, with the cartridge being upwardly moved from the first position
so as to be moved to the second position,

wherein the light emitting member is movable between a third position for exposing the photosensitive member in order to form
the image on the recording medium and a fourth position retracted more from the cartridge than the third position, and the
light emitting member is linearly moved from the third position to the fourth position, and

wherein, when the cartridge is in the second position and the light emitting member is in the fourth position, the cartridge
can be removed from an inside of the main body.

US Pat. No. 9,148,076

METHOD FOR DRIVING ULTRASONIC MOTOR, ULTRASONIC MOTOR, AND ROBOT ARM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for driving an ultrasonic motor that is driven by applying an alternating-current driving voltage, the method
comprising:
setting, in a memory, an upper limit rotation speed that is lower than a rotation speed at a resonance frequency at a lowest
temperature of a predetermined operating temperature range and a lower limit frequency that is more than or equal to a resonance
frequency at a highest temperature of the operating temperature range;

wherein when the ultrasonic motor drives, a rotation speed of the ultrasonic motor detected by a rotation detection device
becomes lower than the upper limit rotation speed and a frequency control circuit outputs a driving frequency which is higher
than the lower limit frequency, and

wherein the upper limit rotation speed is set to a speed between the rotation speed at the resonance frequency at the lowest
temperature of the operating temperature range and a maximum value of a target rotation speed given when the ultrasonic motor
is driven.

US Pat. No. 9,147,098

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a selecting unit configured to select a medical image of a body part of a specific patient and a basic schema image of the
body part that is not dependent on the specific patient, the selected medical image including the body part which is illustrated
in the selected basic schema;

an extracting unit configured to extract information for relating the selected basic schema image and medical image;
a geometric correspondence determination unit configured to calculate a geometric correspondence between the basic schema
image and the medical image based on the extracted information;

a schema modifying unit configured to modify the basic schema image based on the calculated geometric correspondence so as
to relate to the medical image;

an image extracting unit configured to extract an image of a region of interest from the medical image, the extracted image
being a part of the medical image, and the extracted image being smaller than the modified basic schema image; and

a superimposing unit configured to generate a composite image by superimposing the extracted image on the modified basic schema
image,

wherein the composite image comprises the extracted image superimposed on the modified basic schema image such that the modified
basic schema image is partially replaced by the extracted image, the extracted image being smaller than the modified basic
schema image.

US Pat. No. 9,147,138

METHOD, APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR RENDERING AN IMAGE BASED ON COST OF TRACKING BAND EDGES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of rendering an image as a plurality of bands, the method comprising:
determining a plurality of edge tracking conditions for at least one of said bands, the edge tracking conditions comprising
waiting for at least one other band;

determining a plurality of distinct rendering schedules for the image, each rendering schedule specifying an edge tracking
condition for each of said bands, the edge tracking condition for each band being selected from the corresponding plurality
of edge tracking conditions for said band;

determining a cost for a rendering schedule, the rendering schedule cost being based on an edge tracking condition specified
for each of the bands using a tracking cost of edges associated with the band through at least one intermediate band positioned
between said band and the band specified in the edge tracking condition; and

rendering the image in accordance with a selected rendering schedule, the rendering schedule being selected based on the cost
determined for the rendering schedule.

US Pat. No. 9,144,308

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a first unit including an image forming unit for forming an image on a recording material;
a first supporting portion for supporting said first unit substantially at three points, wherein said first supporting portion
includes a first foot portion which is in a neighborhood of a first side of a bottom of said first unit and which is provided
in a first region provided in one end area of the first side, a second foot portion which is in the neighborhood of the first
side of the bottom of said first unit and which is provided in a second region provided in the other end area of the first
side, and a third foot portion which is in a neighborhood of a second side opposing the first side of the bottom of said first
unit and which is provided in a third region provided between the first foot portion and the second foot portion with respect
to a direction defined by the first side;

a second unit provided below said first unit with respect to a direction of gravitation;
a second supporting portion, provided at a bottom of said second unit, for supporting said second unit by at least four feet;
and

a connecting portion, provided at or in a neighborhood of the third foot portion, for connecting said first unit and said
second unit so that said first unit is movable relative to said second unit in a horizontal in-plane direction with first
predetermined play and so that said first unit is movable relative to said second unit in a vertical direction with second
predetermined play.

US Pat. No. 9,138,984

APPARATUS CAPABLE OF EXECUTING PRINTING ON BOTH SURFACES OF A CONTINUOUS SHEET AND PRINTING CONTROL METHOD FOR EXECUTING PRINTING ON BOTH SURFACES OF A CONTINUOUS SHEET

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus configured to cause a printing unit to execute printing on a continuous sheet, the apparatus comprising:
a printing control unit configured to cause the printing unit to execute, in a case where a first job is a two sided printing
job and a second job is a one-sided printing job, printing of the second job subsequent to printing of the first job on a
first surface of the continuous sheet,

configured to cause a supplying unit to supply the printed continuous sheet to a reversal unit which reverses the continuous
sheet for printing on a second surface of the continuous sheet after executing printing on the first surface of the continuous
sheet and,

configured to cause the printing unit to execute printing of the two-sided printing job on the second surface of the printed
continuous sheet,

wherein, in a case where the first job is a two-sided printing job and the second job is a one-sided printing job and printing
on the first surface of the continuous sheet of the first job is being executed by the printing unit when an instruction for
printing of the second job is input by an input unit, the printing control unit

causes a cutter unit to cut the continuous sheet between a printed image of the first job and a printed image of the second
job after causing the printing unit to begin printing of the second job, and

causes the supplying unit to supply, to the reversal unit, the continuous sheet on which the printed image of the first job
has been printed.

US Pat. No. 9,138,989

PRINTING CONTROL APPARATUS AND PRINTING CONTROL METHOD FOR DISTRIBUTING QUANTIZED IMAGE DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing control apparatus for controlling a printing apparatus which can print the same pixel by using a plurality of
print elements arrayed in a predetermined direction on a print head, the plurality of print elements being arranged in different
print element arrays extending in a direction crossing the predetermined direction, relative movement between the print head
and a print medium being effected along the predetermined direction, a unit area on the print medium being printed by one
relative movement between the print head and printing medium, the printing control apparatus comprising:
a quantizing unit configured to quantize input image data by dithering;
a distributing unit configured to create image data to be distributed to each of the plurality of print elements from the
quantized image data by using a plurality of distribution patterns which have a complementary relation to each other, the
plurality of distribution patterns corresponding to the plurality of print elements and determining a portion to be printed
by each of the plurality of print elements, the distributing unit being able to switch, in a moving period corresponding to
the one relative movement, a correspondence relation between the plurality of print elements and the plurality of distribution
patterns, the number of which is the same as that of the plurality of print elements, while keeping the complementary relation
between the plurality of distribution patterns; and

a control unit configured to control the print elements based on the image data to be distributed to the print elements.

US Pat. No. 9,143,642

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a printing unit configured to perform printing processing;
an authentication unit configured to authenticate a user;
a storage unit configured to store a usage number of times the user uses a specific setting item associated with the printing
processing;

a processing unit configured to add a new function to the printing apparatus;
a determination unit configured to determine whether to notify the user authenticated by the authentication unit of the new
function based on the usage number of times stored in the storage unit; and

a notification unit configured to, if it is determined by the determination unit to notify the user authenticated by the authentication
unit of the new function, notify the user of the new function.

US Pat. No. 9,139,005

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND PROCESS FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head, comprising:
a substrate on a surface of which an energy-generating element for generating energy for ejecting liquid is formed; and
a flow path forming member formed on the substrate, the flow path forming member forming an ejection orifice for ejecting
the liquid and a liquid flow path communicating with the ejection orifice, wherein

the flow path forming member includes, at a position surrounding the liquid flow path, first and second depressions that open
to an upper surface of the flow path forming member and a groove that opens to the first depression, the ejection orifice
opening to the second depression,

an angle between the upper surface of the flow path forming member and a slope surface of the first depression on the flow
path forming member side is an obtuse angle, and

the groove has a serrated side wall.

US Pat. No. 9,138,492

PARTICLE CONTAINING HYDROPHOBIC DYE HAVING CYANINE STRUCTURE, AND CONTRAST AGENT CONTAINING THE PARTICLE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A particle encapsulating a hydrophobic dye having a cyanine structure, the particle further comprising surfactants,
wherein the surfactants are a polyoxyethylene sorbitan-based fatty acid ester and a phospholipid,
wherein a size of the particle is from 1 nm to 200 nm, and
wherein the hydrophobic dye is selected from the group consisting of 1,1?,3,3,3?,3?-hexamethylindotricarbocyanine iodide (chemical
formula (A1)); 3H-indolium, 1-ethyl-2-[7-(1-ethyl-1,3-dihydro-3,3-dimethyl-2H-indol-2-ylidene)-1,3,5-heptatrien-1-yl]-3,3-dimethyl-,
iodide (chemical formula (A2)); 2-[2-[2-chloro-3-[2-(1,3-dihydro-1,1,3-trimethyl-2H-benzo[e]-indol-2-ylidene)-ethylidene]-1-cyclohexen-1-yl]-ethenyl]-1,1,3-trimethyl-1H-benzo[e]indoliumperchlorate
(chemical formula (A3)); 1,1?,3,3,3?,3?-hexamethylindotricarbocyanine perchlorate (chemical formula (C1)); and 1,1?,3,3,3?,3?-hexamethyl-4,4?,5,5?-dibenzo-2,2?-indotricarbocyanine
perchlorate (chemical formula (C2)):


US Pat. No. 9,143,652

IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image reading apparatus comprising:
a reading unit configured to read an original document to generate image data;
a first file generation unit configured to generate a first file based on first image data, the first image data being generated
by reading a first original document using the reading unit;

a second file generation unit configured to generate a second file based on second image data, the second image data being
generated by reading a second original document using the reading unit;

an attaching unit configured to attach the second file to the first file, wherein the second file attached to the first file
is contained in the first file while maintaining a file format in which the second file has been prior to being attached to
the first file;

a transmitting unit configured to transmit data to a specified transmission destination; and
a specifying unit configured to specify whether or not to perform a process for changing a structure of the first file having
the second file attached thereto,

wherein the reading unit reads the second original document after reading the first original document, and
wherein when the specifying unit does not specify that the process for changing the structure of the first file be performed,
the transmitting unit transmits the first image data to the transmission destination before the reading unit reads the second
original document.

US Pat. No. 9,139,029

INK RIBBON CASSETTE AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink ribbon cassette comprising:
a supply shaft around which an ink ribbon is wound;
a rewinding shaft around which the ink ribbon from the supply shaft is to be rewound;
a guide shaft configured to abut the ink ribbon on a conveying path of the ink ribbon from the supply shaft to the rewinding
shaft; and

a regulation portion configured to abut the guide shaft according to a force applied to the guide shaft by the ink ribbon,
thereby deforming the guide shaft to protrude toward the ink ribbon side.

US Pat. No. 9,141,896

APPARATUS, JOB MANAGEMENT METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM FOR NOTIFYING PROCESSING RESULT OF A JOB

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a processing unit configured to process a job;
a storage unit configured to store a processing result of a job which has been processed by said processing unit in a memory;
and

a notification unit configured to notify a job management apparatus of the processing result stored in the memory by said
storage unit;

wherein, in a case where the processing result of a first job has not been notified by said notification unit and has been
stored in the memory when a state of the apparatus has transited from a first state incapable of communication with the job
management apparatus to a second state capable of communication with the job management apparatus, said notification unit
notifies the job management apparatus of the processing result of the first job which has been processed by said processing
unit, and

wherein in a case where a second job is specified as a processing target by information stored in the job management apparatus
and has not been processed yet by said processing unit when the state of the apparatus has transited from the first state
to the second state, said processing unit processes the second job.

US Pat. No. 9,142,036

METHODS FOR SEGMENTING AND ENCODING AN IMAGE, AND CORRESPONDING DEVICES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for segmenting a frame of pixels into a plurality of blocks each having a block type, comprising the steps of:
a) performing an initial segmentation of the frame into a set of initial blocks, thus determining, for each initial block,
a block type associated with the concerned initial block;

b) determining, for each block type, an associated set of quantizers based on data corresponding to pixels of blocks having
said block type;

c) selecting, among a plurality of possible segmentations defining an association between each block of this segmentation
and an associated block type, the segmentation which minimizes an encoding cost estimated based on a measure of the rate necessary
for encoding each block using the set of quantizers associated with the block type of the encoded block according to the concerned
segmentation.

US Pat. No. 9,134,658

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CONTROLLING VOLTAGE OF TRANSFER MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a movable image bearing member;
a charging member configured to charge said image bearing member at a charge portion;
a detecting member configured to detect a current flowing through said charging member;
a toner image forming unit configured to form a toner image on said image bearing member;
a transfer member configured to transfer, at a transfer portion, a toner image formed on said image bearing member onto a
transfer medium;

a transferring voltage source configured to apply a voltage to said transfer member; and
a controller configured to execute a setting mode for setting a voltage to be applied to said transfer member at the time
when the toner image is transferred onto the transfer medium, so that a predetermined current flows through said charging
member when such an area of said image bearing member as has carried the toner image transferred onto the transfer medium
at the transfer portion then passes through the charge portion, the setting mode being executed on the basis of a current
detected by said detecting member when such an area of said image bearing member as has been charged by said charging member
and has been passed through the transfer portion in a state that a test voltage is applied to said transfer member then passes
through the charge portion in a period in which no toner image passes through the transfer portion.

US Pat. No. 9,134,176

DEVICE FOR ACQUIRING OPTICAL INFORMATION OF OBJECT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information acquiring device that acquires information of an object, comprising:
a light source configured to emit pulsed light having a center wavelength ?c;
a dividing section configured to divide the pulsed light having center wavelength ?c into lights for a plurality of optical
paths;

a plurality of waveguides each provided in each of the optical paths, wherein each waveguide is configured to receive from
the dividing section a pulsed light having the center wavelength ?c and output a pulsed light having a center wavelength different
from the center wavelength ?c;

a multiplexing section configured to multiplex lights output from the waveguides;
an optical system configured to irradiate the object with the lights multiplexed by the multiplexing section; and
an information acquiring section configured to acquire information of the object through detection of a light generated by
applying the lights multiplexed by the multiplexing section to the object, wherein

each of the waveguides provided in each of the optical paths has different zero dispersion wavelengths,
each of the waveguides provided in each of the optical paths converts the pulsed light which is divided by the dividing section
and has the center wavelength ?c into light having a center wavelength different from the center wavelength ?c, by a nonlinear
effect on the waveguide, and

each of the waveguides satisfies ?2>0 and ?4<0 at the center wavelength ?c, where ?2 is group velocity dispersion for the
waveguides and ?4 is a second derivative of the group velocity dispersion ?2.

US Pat. No. 9,135,524

RECOGNITION APPARATUS, RECOGNITION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recognition apparatus comprising:
a generation unit configured to generate, for each of a plurality of discriminators, probability density distributions of
correct and non-correct answers with respect a plurality of learning leaning images;

a calculation unit configured to calculate, for each of the plurality of discriminators, an evaluation value based on the
probability density distributions;

a selection unit configured to select at least one of the plurality of discriminators based on respective evaluation values;
a correction unit configured, if a ratio of a learning image with respect to a specific feature quantity is equal to or smaller
than a predetermined ratio and a weight for the specific feature quantity is greater than a predetermined value, to correct
a value of likelihood for the selected discriminator associated with the specific feature quantity to lower the value;

a setting unit configured to set for the selected discriminator, a threshold of the value of likelihood corrected by the correction
unit in association with a feature quantity; and

a discrimination unit configured to extract a feature quantity from an input image and discriminate whether the input image
includes a predetermined object by the selected discriminator, based on the likelihood associated with the feature quantity
and the threshold set for the feature quantity.

US Pat. No. 9,137,391

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing system comprising:
an output device configured to output an image; and
a relay server configured to communicate with the output device and one or more web servers which are different from the relay
server and which store a plurality of images,

wherein the relay server comprises:
an acquisition unit that acquires size information which corresponds to sizes of the plurality of images from the one or more
web servers, wherein the size information does not include the plurality of images;

a receiving unit that receives performance information corresponding to an output performance of the output device from the
output device; and

a transmission unit that transmits, to the output device, location information indicating a storing location of an image,
among the plurality of images, having a size corresponding to the output performance in the one or more web servers, based
on the size information and the performance information,

wherein the output device acquires the image from the storing location indicated by the location information transmitted from
the relay server, by communication with the one or more web servers without communicating with the relay server.

US Pat. No. 9,137,393

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR EXECUTING WORKFLOW USING PRIORITY INFORMATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for executing a job in cooperation with an external apparatus, according to a job flow in
which a plurality of processes have been defined, the image processing apparatus comprising a processor that implements:
a determination unit configured to determine whether or not the image processing apparatus can execute a process, among the
processes defined in the job flow to be executed, which is designated to be executed by the external apparatus;

an execution unit configured to execute the process which is designated to be executed by the external apparatus in response
to determining that the image processing apparatus can execute the process;

a generation unit configured to generate a job flow changed so that the external apparatus does not execute processes, among
the processes defined in the job flow to be executed, which have been executed by the execution unit;

a log management unit configured to manage an execution result by the execution unit as log information;
a confirm unit configured to confirm whether or not the external apparatus can manage the log information managed by the log
management unit, as an execution result of a process executed by the external apparatus; and

a control unit configured to control the image processing apparatus to not execute the process even if the determination unit
has determined that the image processing apparatus can execute the process in a case where the confirm unit has confirmed
that the external apparatus cannot manage the log information managed by the log management unit, as an execution result of
a process executed by the external apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,137,407

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, POWER SUPPLY METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power supply apparatus comprising:
a wireless power supply unit configured to wirelessly supply power to a device located within a power supply area;
an acquiring unit configured to acquire device information from a device located within a communication area; and
a display unit configured to display, based on the device information acquired by the acquiring unit, a status screen indicating
a status of the device located within the communication area,

wherein a changing object for changing the power supply area is displayed on the status screen.

US Pat. No. 9,137,410

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD AND PROGRAM FOR CONTROLLING COVER SHEET AND DOCUMENT DATA TRANSMISSION IN REFERENCE WITH HISTORICAL DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:
a transmission unit configured to transmit cover data and document data to a designated transmission destination;
a storage unit configured to store historical data including the cover data and the document data transmitted by the transmission
unit;

a setting unit configured to set cover setting information for retransmitting the historical data including the cover data
and the document data;

a determination unit configured to determine whether the cover data included in the historical data is usable based on the
historical data and the cover setting information having been set for the retransmission; and

an instruction unit configured to invalidate the cover setting information having been set by the setting unit for the retransmission
if it is determined that the cover data included in the historical data is usable and instruct retransmitting the historical
data.

US Pat. No. 9,135,858

IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE

JAPAN DISPLAY INC., Toky...

1. An image display device, comprising:
a display area which includes a plurality of pixels each of which includes a self light-emitting element; and
a plurality of signal lines for inputting an image voltage to each of the plurality of pixels, wherein:
each of the plurality of pixels includes a field-effect transistor for driving the self light-emitting element based on the
image voltage which is input through each of the plurality of signal lines to each of the plurality of pixels;

the display area is divided into at least two regions including a first region, which is configured of a first group of the
plurality of pixels to comprise a still image display region, and a second region, which is configured of a second group of
the plurality of pixels to comprise a video image display region, in a plane view so that the first group and second group
of pixels do not overlap one another;

a ratio of a channel width to a channel length (channel width/channel length) of the field-effect transistors in the first
region is smaller than the ratio of a channel width to a channel length of any field-effect transistor in the second region,

the first region of the display area comprises a plurality of selection switch lines for inputting a selection voltage to
each of the plurality of pixels;

each of the plurality of pixels in the first region comprises:
a first holding capacitor element connected between a first electrode and a gate electrode of the field-effect transistor;
and

a selection switch element connected between a signal line of the plurality of signal lines and the gate electrode of the
field-effect transistor;

the selection switch element is controlled to be turned on and off based on the selection voltage which is input through each
of the plurality of selection switch lines to each of the plurality of pixels;

the second region of the display area comprises a plurality of reset lines for inputting a reset voltage to each of the plurality
of pixels;

each of the plurality of pixels in the second region comprises:
a second holding capacitor element connected between a signal line of the plurality of signal lines and the gate electrode
of the field-effect transistor; and

a reset switch element connected between the gate electrode and a second electrode of the field-effect transistor;
and
the reset switch element is controlled to be turned on and off based on the reset voltage which is input through each of the
plurality of reset lines to each of the plurality of pixels.

US Pat. No. 9,137,419

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS CAPABLE OF EXECUTING A DIRECT WIRELESS COMMUNICATION, COMMUNICATION APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus capable of executing a direct wireless communication, the communication apparatus comprising:
an identification unit configured to identify one external device as a communication partner of the direct wireless communication,
by performing search processing;

a determination unit configured to determine whether the external device identified by the identification unit is a permitted
device that is permitted as a communication partner of the direct wireless communication;

a display unit configured to display a confirmation screen to prompt a user to ascertain whether to establish the direct wireless
communication between the communication apparatus and the external device when the determination unit has determined that
the external device is not the permitted device; and

a connection unit configured to execute connection processing for establishing the direct wireless communication between the
communication apparatus and the external device when the determination unit has determined that the external device is the
permitted device or when the user has given an instruction to establish the direct wireless communication via the confirmation
screen.

US Pat. No. 9,135,407

LICENSE MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, LICENSE MANAGEMENT METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A license management system including a license management apparatus, a transfer source device, and a transfer destination
device, the license management apparatus having a processor, which is configured to transfer license information used for
enabling a plurality of functions included in a program package into which a plurality of programs is packaged from the transfer
source device to the transfer destination device, wherein the license management apparatus comprises:
a management unit configured to manage parts of the plurality of functions included in the program package as belonging to
one group, wherein each of the plurality of functions corresponds to a different one of programs included in the program package;

an acquisition unit configured to acquire license information, using the processor, of functions installed on the transfer
source device;

a determination unit configured to determine whether license information corresponding to all of functions supported by the
transfer source device, among license information of functions managed as belonging to a same group, has been acquired; and

a transfer unit configured to transfer, after license information of functions included in the program package and managed
by the management unit as belonging to the same group is acquired from the transfer source device by the acquisition unit,
license information of the functions managed as belonging to the same group to the transfer destination device,

wherein the transfer source device comprises an execution disabling unit configured to disable execution of functions installed
on the transfer source device, and a transmission unit configured to transmit license information of the functions installed
on the transfer source device,

wherein the transfer destination device comprises a reception unit configured to receive license information, an execution
enabling unit configured to enable execution of functions corresponding to the license information received by the reception
unit, and a performing unit configured to perform the functions corresponding to the transferred license information, and

wherein, even if the acquisition unit acquires license information of only parts of the functions managed as belonging to
the same group from the transfer source device, but if the determination unit determines that the license information corresponding
to all of the functions supported by the transfer source device has been acquired, the transfer unit transfers the license
information of the functions managed as belonging to the same group to the transfer destination device, the transferred license
information including license information which has not been acquired from the transfer source device.

US Pat. No. 9,135,677

APPARATUS WHICH LAYOUT ONE OR MORE IMAGES AND PRODUCE OUTPUT, AND THE METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a determination unit configured to determine whether an object image satisfies a predetermined standard, if the object image
is changed to a standard image size predetermined;

a changing unit configured to change the standard image size predetermined, in a case that the object image does not satisfy
a predetermined standard by the determination unit;

a generation unit configured to change the image to the standard image size predetermined set or the standard image size changed
by the changing unit, and to generate the layout image.

US Pat. No. 9,136,460

PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A piezoelectric element comprising:
a first electrode;
a piezoelectric material portion; and
a second electrode,
wherein the piezoelectric material portion is made of a piezoelectric ceramic that includes a perovskite-type metal oxide
including barium titanate and Mn and that has residual polarization,

wherein the piezoelectric material portion has a measurement surface extending in a direction that crosses a direction of
the residual polarization of the piezoelectric ceramic, and, after the measurement surface has been polished to have a surface
roughness of 200 nm or less, the measurement surface has a (002)/(200) X-ray diffraction intensity ratio of 1.0 or more at
room temperature,

wherein a ratio c/a of a c-axis lattice constant c to an a-axis lattice constant a of the piezoelectric ceramic at room temperature
satisfies 1.004?c/a?1.010, and

wherein a half-width of a (002) diffraction peak of the measurement surface at room temperature is 1.2° or less.

US Pat. No. 9,134,652

DEVELOPING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing device comprising:
a developer carrying member, rotatable while carrying a developer, for supplying developer to an image bearing member;
a developer supplying member, which is provided with a foam layer at its surface and is rotatably in contact with said developer
carrying member, for supplying the developer to said developer carrying member;

a first gear for transmitting a driving force to said developer supplying member; and
a second gear for transmitting the driving force to said first gear; and
an elastic member for pressing said first gear,
wherein said first gear is movable between a first position where said first gear is positioned outside said second gear and
is in non-contact with said second gear in a longitudinal direction of said developer supply member and a second position
where said first gear engages with said second gear and receives the driving force from said second gear,

wherein said developer supplying member includes a shaft provided with an engaging portion, and said first gear is provided
with a hole engageable with said engaging portion,

wherein before initial drive of said developer carrying member, said developer supplying member is disposed at an angle, where
said engaging portion is prevented from entering the hole, to prevent movement of said first gear from the first position
to the second position, and

wherein during the initial drive of said developer carrying member, when said developer supplying member is rotated by a frictional
force generated between said developer supplying member and said developer carrying member to assume a predetermined angle,
said engaging portion is changed from a state in which said engaging portion cannot enter the hole to a state in which said
engaging portion can enter the hole, and said first gear is moved from the first position to the second position by a pressing
force of said elastic member while causing the engaging portion to enter the hole.

US Pat. No. 9,131,130

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus that includes an image pickup element that photoelectrically converts an optical image of an
object to be photographed, arriving through a photographing lens, and outputs an image signal of the photographed object,
the apparatus comprising:
a memory unit that stores information of a pixel defect of the image pickup element and information for determining an angle
of incidence of the optical image arriving at each pixel of the image pickup element;

a setting unit that sets an image re-formation plane on which an image is re-formed from the image signal of the photographed
object;

a pupil division unit that restricts light of the optical image of the object arriving at each pixel of the image pickup element
to a light from a specific pupil area of the photographing lens;

an image shift unit that determines a shift amount of the image signal of the photographed object corresponding to the image
re-formation plane for every pupil area, to shift the image signal on the basis of the image re-formation plane set by the
setting unit and the information for determining the angle of the incidence of the optical image arriving at each pixel of
the image pickup element;

a defect correction unit that corrects an image signal of a defective pixel using the shifted image signal of a pixel other
than the defective pixel obtained by the image shift unit, in accordance with the information of the pixel defect; and

an image re-formation unit that re-forms an image corresponding to the image re-formation plane from the image signal that
is corrected by the defect correction unit.

US Pat. No. 9,130,346

DEVICE, LIGHT SOURCE DEVICE, AND IMAGING APPARATUS USING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A device comprising:
an optical resonator including an optical gain medium and an optical member which allows light to pass therethrough:
a first Fabry-Pérot resonator constructed by an end and another end of the optical gain medium; and
a second Fabry-Pérot resonator constructed by the another end of the optical gain medium and an end of the optical member
facing the another end of the optical gain medium,

wherein the first Fabry-Pérot resonator provides a first ripple to an oscillation spectrum of the optical resonator,
wherein the second Fabry-Pérot resonator provides a second ripple to the oscillation spectrum of the optical resonator,
wherein a resonator length of the second Fabry-Pérot resonator is set such that an amplitude of a sum of the first ripple
and the second ripple is smaller than an amplitude of the first ripple at least at one of wavelengths in an amplification
frequency band of the optical gain medium, and

wherein another end of the optical member has an anti reflection coating.

US Pat. No. 9,128,351

SHUTTER APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a mirror;
a mirror driving member configured to drive the mirror between a mirror up position and a mirror down position;
a first urging member configured to urge the mirror driving member;
a blade member configured to open and close an exposure opening;
a blade driving member configured to drive the blade member;
a second urging member configured to urge the blade driving member; and
a charge member configured to drive the mirror driving member against an urging force of the first urging member so as to
charge the first urging member and to drive the blade driving member against an urging force of the second urging member so
as to charge the second urging member,

wherein the charge member includes a mirror charge cam portion which abuts the mirror driving member and a shutter charge
cam portion which abuts the blade driving member,

wherein when the charge member rotates in a first direction in a case where the mirror driving member abuts the mirror charge
cam portion, the charge member charges the first urging member and the second urging member, and

wherein when the charge member rotates in the first direction in a case where the mirror driving member does not abut the
mirror charge cam portion, the charge member charges the second urging member without charging the first urging member.

US Pat. No. 9,131,197

IMAGING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF CONTROLLING EXPOSURE INCLUDING FLASH AMOUNT CONTROL OF FLASH APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an imaging unit;
a generation unit configured to generate image data including a plurality of color components from output of the imaging unit;
a brightness calculating unit configured to calculate, for a plurality of light measuring blocks into which the image data
is separated, an average value of brightness value of small blocks including a plurality of color components whose pixel output
is included within a predetermined range, wherein each light measurement block includes a plurality of small blocks;

a specification unit configured to specify a specific light measurement block including a predetermined number or more of
the small blocks; and

an exposure-amount calculation unit configured to calculate an amount of exposure when the imaging unit captures an image
using the average value as a brightness value of the specific light measurement block.

US Pat. No. 9,128,650

DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING A PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing system in which at least an information processing apparatus, a data processing server, and a
storage server are connected via a network, the information processing system comprising:
a processor; and
a memory storing instructions that, when executed by the processor, causes the processor to function as:
an acquisition unit configured to, based on a job execution instruction from the information processing apparatus, acquire
an environment variable that is instructed in the job execution instruction;

a search unit configured to search, in an environment variable management table, for an environment variable definition that
corresponds to the environment variable acquired by the acquisition unit;

a selection unit configured to, based on an environment variable definition searched by the search unit, select an apparatus
that is in the network and holds a value that is to replace the environment variable; and

a replacement unit configured to acquire the value that is to replace the environment variable from the apparatus selected
by the selection unit, and replace the environment variable with the value,

wherein the environment variable definition includes information that indicates a sorting method to be used when a plurality
of values that are to replace the environment variable exist, and indicates a criterion to be used when sorting is performed.

US Pat. No. 9,128,657

PRINTING APPARATUS HAVING WIRELESS COMMUNICATION FUNCTION, AND CONTROL METHOD FOR PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
an instruction unit configured to input an instruction to start setting of wireless communication with use of a personal identification
number (PIN) code method;

a generation unit configured to generate a PIN code in response to the input of the instructions;
a printing unit configured to print the generated PIN code;
a determination unit determines whether an error has occurred when the PIN code is printed, and whether the printing of the
generated PIN code is properly completed;

a transmission unit configured to transmit information including the generated PIN code to outside, after the determination
unit determines printing of the generated PIN code by the printing unit is properly completed; and

a setting unit configured to perform the setting of the wireless communication, as a response to the information transmitted
by the transmission unit, based on a security parameter received from an access point within a predetermined period of time,

wherein the setting unit cancels the performance of the setting of the wireless communication in a case where a security parameter
has not been received within the predetermined period of time, and

wherein measurement of the predetermined period of time is not started unless the printing unit properly completes the printing
of the generated PIN code.

US Pat. No. 9,126,437

INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inkjet recording apparatus comprising:
a carriage that moves in a first direction and on which a recording head that performs recording by discharging ink is mounted;
a transport unit that transports a recording medium in a second direction that crosses the first direction;
a preliminary discharge unit configured to cause the recording head to perform a preliminary discharge operation; and
a platen that supports the recording medium at a position facing the recording head,
wherein the preliminary discharge unit executes a first preliminary discharge operation at a first position which is apart
from a side end of the recording medium when a leading end or a trailing end of the recording medium is not located on the
platen, and a second preliminary discharge operation at a second position which is further apart from the side end of the
recording medium than the first position in the first direction when the leading end or the trailing end of the recording
medium is located on the platen.

US Pat. No. 9,126,441

SHEET CONVEYANCE APPARATUS, SHEET CUTTING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveyance apparatus comprising a conveyance unit configured to convey a sheet, wherein
the conveyance unit:
includes a slanting surface having an inclination with respect to a horizontal surface and a conveyance surface that forms,
together with the slanting surface, a space that becomes narrower downward in the vertical direction and which moves in a
predetermined direction; and

conveys the sheet in the predetermined direction by the movement of the conveyance surface.

US Pat. No. 9,131,086

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming portion;
a cover that covers the image forming portion and includes a stacking portion disposed in an upper portion of the cover and
configured to receive a recording medium thereon, the recording medium having an image formed by the image forming portion
and being discharged outside a main body of the image forming apparatus; and

a communication portion arranged inside the cover in the main body of the image forming apparatus and including an antenna
surface for use in establishing a near field communication,

wherein the antenna surface faces a region of the upper section of the cover, the region being downstream in a direction of
discharging the recording medium,

the antenna surface at least partially facing a region of the upper section of the cover, the region being outside the stacking
portion in a direction perpendicular to the direction of discharging the recording medium.

US Pat. No. 9,124,743

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a sheet feeding unit configured to feed a sheet;
an image forming unit configured to form an image on the sheet;
a first conveyance path configured to guide the sheet fed from the sheet feeding unit past the image forming unit;
a second conveyance path configured to guide the sheet on one surface of which an image has been formed by the image forming
unit to the first conveyance path again;

a document feeding unit configured to feed a document to the second conveyance path;
an image reading unit configured to read the document fed by the document feeding unit;
a third conveyance path branching off from the second conveyance path and configured to guide the document;
a switch back conveyance unit configured to switch a conveying direction of the document and convey the document in the third
conveyance path;

a fourth conveyance path configured to guide the document conveyed by the switch back conveyance unit; and
a document discharge unit configured to discharge the document guided by the fourth conveyance path.

US Pat. No. 9,124,748

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS RESTRICTING JOB EXECUTION BASED ON UNIT PRICE OF AN ELECTRICITY CHARGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire information related to a unit price of an electricity charge, from an external device
connected through a network;

a control unit configured to restrict execution of an input print job based on the information acquired by the acquisition
unit; and

an execution instruction unit configured to accept an instruction for execution of the input print job,
wherein, in a case where the execution of the input print job is restricted based on the information related to the unit price
of the electricity charge, (A) if the input print job is a first print job which has been configured to be executed on a priority
basis, the control unit executes the first print job, and (B) if the input print job is a second print job which has not been
configured to be executed on a priority basis, the control unit restricts the execution of the second print job, and

wherein the control unit executes the print job to which the instruction for execution is accepted by the execution instruction
unit, even in the case where the execution of the input print job is restricted based on the information related to the unit
price of the electricity charge.

US Pat. No. 9,124,759

REPRODUCTION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a reproduction unit configured to reproduce a moving image signal from a recording medium, the reproduction unit having a
normal reproduction mode in which the reproduction unit performs normal reproduction of the moving image signal recorded in
the recording medium and a highlight reproduction mode in which the reproduction unit reproduces a plurality of highlight
reproduction periods in the moving image signal recorded in the recording medium;

a reception unit configured to receive a switching instruction for switching from the highlight reproduction mode to the normal
reproduction mode, the reception unit receiving the switching instruction from a user in the highlight reproduction mode;
and

a control unit configured to switch from the highlight reproduction mode to the normal reproduction mode if the reception
unit receives the switching instruction from the user in the highlight reproduction mode,

wherein the control unit automatically determines, based on a reproduction position of the image signal of when the receiving
unit receives the switching instruction in the highlight reproduction mode, as a reproduction start position from which the
normal reproduction of the moving image signal is started in the normal reproduction mode to be switched from the highlight
reproduction mode, a head position of the highlight reproduction period including the reproduction position of the moving
image signal of when the reception unit receives the switching instruction from the user in the highlight reproduction mode.

US Pat. No. 9,124,787

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS HAVING MECHANISM TO FASTEN EXTERIOR MEMBERS TO ONE ANOTHER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:
a first exterior member which is made by a metal material;
a second exterior member which is made by a metal material;
a first engagement member which has a first engagement portion; and
a second engagement member which has a second engagement portion,
wherein the first exterior member has a first convex shape portion and a first protruding portion,
wherein the first engagement member has a first abutment portion,
wherein in a case where the first engagement member is fixed to the first exterior member by fitting a first hole portion
at the first engagement member to the first convex shape portion, the first abutment portion of the first engagement member
is abuttable against the first protruding portion of the first exterior member,

wherein the second exterior member has a second convex shape portion and a second protruding portion,
wherein the second engagement member has a second abutment portion,
wherein in a case where the second engagement member is fixed to the second exterior member by fitting a second hole portion
at the second engagement member to the second convex shape portion, the second abutment portion of the second engagement member
is abuttable against the second protruding portion of the second exterior member,

wherein the first exterior member and the second exterior member are fastened with each other by engaging the first engagement
portion on the first engagement member fixed to the first exterior member and the second engagement portion on the second
engagement member.

US Pat. No. 9,122,974

PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS FOR CAUSING A PRINTING APPARATUS TO EXECUTE PRINTING BY CONTROLLING THE PRINTING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A print control apparatus for causing a printing apparatus to execute printing by controlling the printing apparatus, the
print control apparatus comprising:
a storage unit configured to store sheet information;
a registration unit configured to register in a list, when the printing apparatus is in a power saving state, sheet information
in association with a sheet feeder of the printing apparatus, in response to an instruction for registering in the printing
apparatus the sheet information in association with the sheet feeder of the printing apparatus;

a determination unit configured to determine whether or not the sheet feeder has a mechanism capable of setting a sheet while
the printing apparatus is in the power saving state; and

a control unit configured to control such that, if the determination unit determines that a sheet feeder used for printing
has not the mechanism capable of setting a sheet while the printing apparatus is in the power saving state, then after a swapping
instruction of a sheet for the sheet feeder is performed, when the printing apparatus returns from the power saving state,
the sheet information registered in the list by the registration unit is transmitted to the printing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,122,195

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an image bearing member on which an electrostatic latent image is formed;
a developing device which develops the electrostatic latent image at a developing position facing the image bearing member,
the developing device including a developer bearing member which rotates while bearing developer containing toner and which
supplies the image bearing member with the toner; a regulating member which regulates a layer thickness of the developer born
by the developer bearing member; and a vibrating member which vibrates the regulating member when the vibrating member is
driven; and

a control unit that performs a mode of vibrating the regulating member while rotating the developer bearing member during
a non-image forming period and of transferring from the developer bearing member to the image bearing member the toner which
passes through the regulating member during vibration of the regulating member.

US Pat. No. 9,122,435

PRINTING APPARATUS, PRINT CONTROL SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING PRINT CONTROL SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A print control system comprising a host computer and a printing apparatus, wherein
the host computer comprises:
an acceptance unit configured to accept an instruction to print data generated by an application; and
a transmission unit configured to transmit to the printing apparatus a plurality of print data pieces to which an identical
password is added based on the instruction accepted by the acceptance unit, and

the printing apparatus comprises:
a reception unit configured to receive at least one of the plurality of print data pieces transmitted by the transmission
unit;

a storage unit configured to store the print data received by the reception unit;
an operation unit configured to accept input of a password from a user;
an image formation unit configured to perform image formation based on the print data in the storage unit, in response to
matching between the password input from the user and the password added to the print data stored in the storage unit; and

a control unit configured to cause, once the identical password is input via the operation unit, the image formation unit
to perform, if the reception unit receives another print data of the plurality of print data pieces to which the identical
password is added, image formation based on the other print data without making the user input the password again via the
operation unit,

wherein the control unit determines whether an elapsed time after the identical password is input via the operation unit exceeds
a predetermined time and when the elapsed time exceeds the predetermined time the control unit deletes the print data.

US Pat. No. 9,124,779

TRANSMISSION APPARATUS AND TRANSMISSION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A transmission apparatus configured to transmit an image captured by an imaging unit, the transmission apparatus comprising:
a first control unit configured to control a first direction change mechanism for changing a first moving direction of the
imaging unit, a second direction change mechanism for changing a second moving direction of the imaging unit, and a rotation
mechanism for rotating the imaging unit, according to an instruction to change an imaging direction of the imaging unit; and

a second control unit configured to restrict transmitting, to a transmission destination apparatus, an image captured by the
imaging unit during rotation of the imaging direction if the first control unit makes the first and second direction change
mechanisms change the imaging direction of the imaging unit and makes the rotation mechanism rotate the imaging unit according
to the instruction, and to transmit the image captured by the imaging unit during changing the imaging direction of the imaging
unit if the first control unit makes the first direction change mechanism change the first moving direction but does not make
the second direction change mechanism change the second moving direction and the rotation mechanism rotate the imaging unit
according to the instruction.

US Pat. No. 9,120,221

ROBOT CELL APPARATUS AND PRODUCTION SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A robot cell apparatus comprising:
a pair of articulated robot arms each having a distal end at which a hand capable of grasping a workpiece is provided, a wrist
portion allowing the hand to rock, a turnable proximal end, a minimum turnable range, and a moveable area of the wrist portion;

a table with a plane having a quadrangular shape in plan view, the proximal ends of the robot arms being respectively fixed
to two corners of the table at diagonal positions among the four corners of the plane of the table, a distance between the
pair of robot arms being set so that (1) the moveable area of the wrist portion of one articulated robot arm and the movable
area of the wrist portion of the other articulated robot arm overlap each other, the overlapping movable area forming a cooperatively
operable area in a space above the plane of the table, and (2) the minimum turnable ranges of the pair of articulated robot
arms do not overlap the cooperatively operable area; and

a control device causing the pair of articulated robot arms to cooperatively perform an assembly operation in the cooperatively
operable area.

US Pat. No. 9,120,310

RECORDING ELEMENT SUBSTRATE, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE RECORDING ELEMENT SUBSTRATE, AND LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording element substrate comprising:
a substrate;
an insulating layer disposed on or above the substrate;
a plurality of heating portions which are arranged on the insulating layer and which produce thermal energy used to eject
a liquid;

a heat conduction layer disposed inside the insulating layer and having higher thermal conductivity than the insulating layer;
and

a plurality of heat conduction members, each being located between adjacent heating portions with respect to an arrangement
direction of the heating portions, the heat conduction members passing through the insulating layer between a surface of the
insulating layer on which the heating portions are arranged and the heat conduction layer so as to be in contact with the
heat conduction layer, the heat conduction members having higher thermal conductivity than the insulating layer.

US Pat. No. 9,122,125

IMAGE-CAPTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image-capturing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor including a plurality of pixels;
a photometry calculation unit which calculates a photometric value for each of a plurality of photometric areas, based on
image data obtained by using the image sensor; and

an exposure calculation unit which calculates an exposure control value based on the respective photometric values calculated
by the photometry calculation unit for the plurality of photometric areas,

wherein the photometry calculation unit calculates, for each of the plurality of photometric areas, a first photometric value
based on first image data obtained by using the image sensor, and a second photometric value, for each of the plurality of
photometric areas, based on second image data obtained by using the image sensor,

wherein a pixel signal of the first image data is obtained without or with adding pixel signals and a pixel signal of the
second image data is obtained by adding a number of pixel signals larger than the number of pixel signals added to obtain
a pixel signal of the first image data,

wherein the exposure calculation unit calculates the exposure control value based on the first photometric values and the
second photometric values corrected to be equal to the first photometric values for a predetermined luminance, and

wherein pixel signals within a same photometric area are added to obtain the first image data or the second image data.

US Pat. No. 9,124,727

PERIPHERAL DEVICE CONTROL SYSTEM, PRINTING DEVICE, PERIPHERAL DEVICE CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A system, which includes an information processing apparatus and a printer provided with a color material container, comprising:
a requiring unit configured to perform a request for information from the information processing apparatus to the printer;
and

a returning unit configured to return, to the information processing apparatus, a color name of color material in the color
material container to be used in the printer and an RGB value representing color of the color material in the color material
container, as a response to the request for information.

US Pat. No. 9,120,336

INK JET PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An ink jet printing apparatus that performs printing by ejecting ink from a print head, said apparatus comprising:
a first conveying roller configured to convey a print medium;
a second conveying roller located downstream of the first conveying roller in a conveying direction of the print medium and
configured to convey the print medium;

a recovery unit configured to perform a recovery operation of the print head;
a motor rotatable in first and second directions and configured to produce a drive force for the first conveying roller, the
second conveying roller, and the recovery unit;

a drive force transmission unit configured to transmit the drive force of the motor so as to rotate the first conveying roller
in a forward direction and rotate the second conveying roller in the forward direction when the motor rotates in the first
direction, and rotate the first conveying roller in the forward direction, rotate the second conveying roller in a reverse
direction, and perform the recovery operation when the motor rotates in the second direction;

a detection unit located between the first conveying roller and the second conveying roller in the conveying direction and
configured to detect a leading edge of the print medium; and

a control unit configured to stop the motor if the detection unit detects a leading edge of the print medium while the recovery
unit is performing the recovery operation when the motor rotates in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 9,116,489

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR STORING SAMPLING VALUES AND METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

10. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form, for each of a plurality of colors, a density detection pattern for detecting a density
and a reference pattern for specifying a position of the density detection pattern on an image carrier by a developer; and

a light-receiving unit configured to receive reflection light of light emitted toward the image carrier, and output a signal
corresponding to an amount of received light,

wherein said image forming unit is further configured to form, for at least one of the plurality of colors, the density detection
pattern of the color and the reference pattern of the color so that the density detection pattern reaches a reflection position
of light emitted by said light-receiving unit before the reference pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,118,878

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT CORRECTS FOR CHROMATIC ABERRATION FOR TAKEN IMAGE, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, METHOD OF CORRECTING FOR CHROMATIC ABERRATION OF MAGNIFICATION THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that corrects for chromatic aberration of magnification for image data that is obtained through
an image-forming optical system having an image pickup lens and has color signals of a plurality of colors, comprising:
a correction amount obtaining unit configured to obtain an amount of chromatic aberration of magnification;
wherein the correction amount obtaining unit obtains, at a first position on the image data at which conditions prescribed
in advance are matched, a correction amount of the chromatic aberration of magnification by using an image data of an area
including the first position, and obtains, at a second position on the image data at which conditions prescribed in advance
are not matched, the correction amount of the chromatic aberration of magnification by using an amount of a chromatic aberration
of magnification obtained from lens design value data.

US Pat. No. 9,117,621

RADIATION GENERATING TUBE, RADIATION GENERATING UNIT, AND RADIATION IMAGE TAKING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiation generating tube comprising:
a vacuum envelope having an insulating tube, a cathode bonded to one of openings of the insulating tube, and an anode bonded
to other one of the openings of the insulating tube;

an electron emission source connected to the cathode; and
a target connected to the anode,
wherein at least one of the cathode and the anode, and the insulating tube have a pair of bonded surfaces bonded via a conductive
bonding material disposed between the pair of bonded surfaces facing each other,

wherein the conductive bonding material is partly protruding from between the pair of bonded surfaces on the insulating tube
side and the pair of bonded surfaces on the electrode side to an outer peripheral surface or an inner peripheral surface of
the insulating tube, and

wherein a concave portion is formed on the outer peripheral surface or on the inner peripheral surface of the insulating tube
adjacent to one of the pair of bonded surfaces on the insulating tube side, and a distal end of the protruding conductive
bonding material is accommodated in the interior of the concave portion.

US Pat. No. 9,111,791

STACKED TYPE SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A stacked type semiconductor device comprising:
a first semiconductor device including
a first semiconductor element, and
a first interposer where the first semiconductor element is mounted, a first electrode pad is formed on one surface, and an
external electrode for connecting to the outside is formed on the other surface;

a second semiconductor device stacked on the first semiconductor device, the second semiconductor device including
a second semiconductor element, and
a second interposer where the second semiconductor element is mounted and a second electrode pad is formed on a surface facing
the first interposer; and

a joint material configured to bond the first electrode pad and the second electrode pad together,
wherein a solder layer and a metal layer bonded to at least one of the first and the second electrode pads are stacked in
the joint material, and

wherein the metal layer includes a metal particle aggregate in which a plurality of metal particles are integrated with voids,
and solder which fills at least a part of the voids in the metal particle aggregate.

US Pat. No. 9,111,827

MANUFACTURING METHOD OF SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS, SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS, AND ELECTRONIC IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state imaging apparatus, comprising:
a solid-state imaging device including a light receiving region in a main face of the solid-state imaging device;
a light transmitting member provided at a position apart from the light receiving region and including an extending portion
which is at least a part of the light transmitting member and is extended from the solid-state imaging device; and

a holding member for holding the light transmitting member and including a space where the solid-state imaging device is arranged,
wherein

a lower face of the extending portion of the light transmitting member is fixed to an upper face of a portion surrounding
the space of the holding member,

the portion surrounding the space of the holding member includes a positioning portion projected into the space, and
a side of the solid-state imaging device is in contact with the positioning portion.

US Pat. No. 9,110,416

IMAGE HEATING DEVICE AND PRESSING ROLLER FOR USE WITH THE IMAGE HEATING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating device for heating a toner image while nip conveying a recording material, in a nip, on which the toner
image is carried, said image heating device comprising:
a heating member; and
a pressing roller, including an elastic layer, configured to form the nip in contact with said heating member,
wherein the elastic layer of said pressing roller includes a thermosetting silicone rubber containing a thermal conductive
filler,

wherein the thermosetting silicone rubber includes pore portions formed with resin microballoons and pore connecting portions
configured to connect the pore portions,

wherein the thermosetting silicone rubber is prepared by heat-curing a liquid silicone rubber obtained by adding 1-10 weight
parts of the resin microballoons and 1-60 weight parts of the thermal conductive filler in 100 weight parts of the liquid
silicone rubber,

wherein the elastic layer has a thermal conductivity of 0.15 W/mK to 0.5 W/mK and a rubber hardness of 15-50 degrees as measured
by an Asker C hardness meter, and

wherein a density of the pore portions formed with the resin microballoons and an amount of addition of the thermal conductive
filler in the thermosetting silicone rubber are different between a surface side portion and a center side portion in the
thermosetting silicone rubber with respect to a radial direction of said pressing roller.

US Pat. No. 9,113,024

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR IMAGE PROCESSING USING COLOR IMAGE DATA AND LOW FREQUENCY IMAGE DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a band division unit configured, based on first image data which corresponds to color component signals of a plurality of
colors and whose each pixel corresponds to predetermined one of the color component signals of the plurality of colors, to
output second image data of a frequency band lower than a frequency band of the first image data, wherein each pixel of the
second image data corresponds to all of the color component signals of the plurality of colors;

a memory configured to store the first image data and the second image data;
a memory interface configured to store the first image data in the memory in a state in which each pixel corresponds to predetermined
one of the color component signals of the plurality of colors and store the second image data in the memory in a state in
which a part of or all the pixels correspond to all of the color component signals of the plurality of colors; and

a combining unit configured to combine the first image data and the second image data.

US Pat. No. 9,110,275

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE-PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising in an 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;
a fourth lens unit having a negative refractive power; and
a fifth lens unit having a positive refractive power,
wherein the first lens unit comprises a negative lens, a positive lens, and a positive lens in the order from the object side
to the image side,

wherein the second lens unit comprises a negative lens, a negative lens, and a positive lens in the order from the object
side to the image side,

wherein each lens unit moves during zooming so that a distance between the first lens unit and the second lens unit at a telephoto
end is longer than the distance at a wide-angle end, a distance between the second lens unit and the third lens unit at the
telephoto end is shorter than the distance at the wide-angle end, a distance between the third lens unit and the fourth lens
unit at the telephoto end is longer than the distance at the wide-angle end, and a distance between the fourth lens unit and
the fifth lens unit at the telephoto end is longer than the distance at the wide-angle end, and

wherein the following conditions are satisfied:
?16.0
0.2<(?2t/?2w)/(ft/fw)<0.5,

where M2 and M4 respectively represent movement amounts of the second lens unit and the fourth lens unit during the zooming
from the wide-angle end to the telephoto end, ?2w and ?2t respectively represent lateral magnifications of the second lens
unit at the wide-angle end and the telephoto end, and fw and ft respectively represent focal lengths of an entire system at
the wide-angle end and the telephoto end.

US Pat. No. 9,101,958

ELECTROMECHANICAL TRANSDUCER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electromechanical transducer comprising:
an elastic wave transmitting/receiving unit which transmits/receives an elastic wave;
a pressure detecting unit which detects pressure applied the pressure detecting unit; and
a correcting unit which, based on pressure information detected by the pressure detecting unit, performs at least one of a
correction of elastic wave transmitted/received signals relevant to the elastic wave transmitting/receiving unit and a correction
of transmission/reception characteristics of the elastic wave transmitting/receiving unit

wherein the pressure detecting unit is different from the elastic wave transmitting/receiving unit, and the pressure detecting
unit has frequency characteristics that respond to pressure of a frequency that is lower than a frequency range in frequency
characteristics of the elastic wave transmitting/receiving unit.

US Pat. No. 9,104,282

ELECTRONIC DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD OF ELECTRONIC DEVICE, PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic device comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain information about the presence or absence of a touch, information of a touch position
of the touch, and information about a capacity value of an electrode from a touch detection unit configured to detect a touch
onto an operation plane on the basis of outputs from a plurality of arranged electrodes; and

a control unit configured to effect control such that in a case where the information showing the presence of the touch is
obtained by the obtaining unit and the touch position lies within a predetermined area including an end portion of the operation
plane, if the capacity value of the electrode is equal to or greater than a first capacity value, a process corresponding
to the touch is executed, and in a case where the information showing the presence of the touch is obtained by the obtaining
unit and the touch position lies within another area different from the predetermined area, if the capacity value of the electrode
is equal to or greater than a second capacity value greater than the first capacity value, the process corresponding to the
touch is executed.

US Pat. No. 9,102,793

POLYESTER RESIN, METHOD OF PRODUCING THE SAME, COMPOSITION FOR MOLDED ARTICLE AND MOLDED ARTICLE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A polyester resin, consisting essentially of:
a structural unit represented by general formula (1); and
a structural unit represented by general formula (3):

where R1 represents an aliphatic hydrocarbon group, which may be substituted,


where R2 represents an alkylene group, and m represents an integer in a range of 2 to 1,140, provided that a case where R2 represents an ethylene group and m represents 2 is excluded,

wherein a content of the structural unit represented by the general formula (1) in the polyester resin is 20 mol % to 99.9
mol % with respect to a total of the structural units represented by the general formulae (1) and (3), and

wherein a number average molecular weight is 100,000 to 120,000.

US Pat. No. 9,104,088

LIGHT AMOUNT ADJUSTING APPARATUS, LENS BARREL, AND IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light amount adjusting apparatus comprising:
a base member having an opening formed therein;
a blade driving member that has a first contact part configured to transmit a driving force and a plurality of first blade
engaging parts formed around the circumference of the opening, the blade driving member pivotally engaging relative to the
base member in the circumferential direction of the opening; and

a plurality of light amount adjusting blades arranged around the circumference of the opening and each having a second blade
engaging part configured to engage with one of the plurality of first blade engaging parts at a first side of the base member,

wherein the base member has a plurality of supporting parts supporting the plurality of light amount adjusting blades at the
first side and arranged around the circumference of the opening,

wherein the first contact part is disposed outside a circle extending through the plurality of supporting parts and at a second
side of the base member opposite the first side.

US Pat. No. 9,104,108

HOLDER, LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

10. A method of manufacturing an article, the method comprising:
forming a pattern on a substrate using a lithography apparatus; and
processing the substrate on which the pattern has been formed to manufacture the article,
wherein the lithograph apparatus includes a holder configured to hold the substrate, and
wherein the holder includes:
a base including a first surface arranged to receive the substrate to be held by the holder, a second surface opposite to
the first surface, and a through hole;

a first support disposed on the second surface and arranged to surround the through hole and configured to contact a table;
a second support having a continuously circumferential shape disposed on the second surface and arranged to surround the first
support and to contact the table; and

a plurality of first pins disposed in a region of the second surface between the second support and an outer edge of the base
and arranged to contact the table.

US Pat. No. 9,104,119

EXPOSURE APPARATUS AND DEVICE FABRICATION METHOD FOR REDUCING A CHANGE IN ABERRATION DUE TO DRIVING ERROR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An exposure apparatus comprising:
a projection optical system configured to project a pattern of a reticle onto a substrate;
a driving unit configured to drive a plurality of optical elements which form said projection optical system so as to adjust
an aberration of said projection optical system;

a detecting unit configured to detect a driving error when said driving unit drives a first optical element of the plurality
of optical elements; and

a control unit configured to control said driving unit to drive a second optical element different from the first optical
element of the plurality of optical elements so as to reduce a change in the aberration of said projection optical system
due to the driving error,

wherein said control unit has information representing a relationship between the driving error and a driving amount of the
second optical element, which is necessary to reduce the change in the aberration of said projection optical system due to
the driving error, and

said control unit controls said driving unit based on the information and the driving error detected by said detecting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,104,121

EXPOSURE APPARATUS HAVING A VIBRATION SUPPRESSING FEATURE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING DEVICE USING THE EXPOSURE APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An exposure apparatus for projecting a pattern of a reticle onto a substrate to expose the substrate to light, the exposure
apparatus comprising:
a substrate stage configured to move while holding the substrate;
a reticle stage configured to move while holding the reticle;
a structural member configured to support said substrate stage and said reticle stage;
a first counter mass stage supported by said structural member;
a second counter mass stage supported by said structural member;
a substrate stage driver configured to generate a first force between said substrate stage and said first counter mass stage;
a reticle stage driver configured to generate a second force between said reticle stage and said second counter mass stage;
a first counter mass driver configured to generate a third force between said structural member and said first counter mass
stage;

a second counter mass driver configured to generate a fourth force between said structural member and said second counter
mass stage; and

a controller configured to:
calculate a total force, including the first force and the second force, that acts on said structural member; and
control said first counter mass driver and said second counter mass driver to cancel the total force that acts on said structural
member by simultaneously generating the third force using said first counter mass driver and the fourth force using said second
counter mass driver.

US Pat. No. 9,104,130

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH CONTROL OF CHARGING VOLTAGE OF PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus configured to form an image on a recording medium, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a plurality of photosensitive members;
a plurality of charging devices to which a common charging power source applies a charging voltage to charge the plurality
of photosensitive members;

an exposure device configured to expose surfaces of the plurality of photosensitive members, which have been charged by the
plurality of charging devices, with a first laser power to form a non-image section potential, and expose the surfaces with
a second laser power to form an image section potential;

a plurality of developing devices configured to make developers adhere to areas in which the image section potential is formed
to form developer images on the plurality of photosensitive members;

a transfer device to which a transfer voltage is applied to transfer the developer images formed on the plurality of photosensitive
members onto a transfer medium so as to sequentially superimpose the developer images on top of each other; and

a control portion configured to control a magnitude of the charging voltage applied from the common charging power source
and an output of a laser power from the exposure device,

wherein the control portion is configured to set a lower limit value of the charging voltage for each of the plurality of
photosensitive members, apply the charging voltage having a magnitude not less than any lower limit value from the common
charging power source to the plurality of charging devices, and control the output of the laser power for each of the plurality
of photosensitive members individually, and

wherein the lower limit value for each of a second and subsequent photosensitive members in order of transferring the developer
images from the plurality of photosensitive members onto the transfer medium is set based on a density of a developer image
formed by a photosensitive member located before a corresponding one of the second and subsequent photosensitive members.

US Pat. No. 9,104,346

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a setting unit configured to divide one print data into a plurality of subsets by designating a top page for each of the plurality
of subsets and to set a stapling position for each subset;

a page layout setting unit configured to set a page layout of the print data;
a determination unit configured to determine, in a case where the page layout has been changed, whether a top page of a subset
in the plurality of subsets before the page layout change is a same as a top page of the subset of the plurality of subsets
after the page layout change;

a reception unit configured to receive, in response to the determination unit determining that a top page of a subset in the
plurality of subsets before the page layout change is not the same as a top page of the subset of the plurality of subsets
after the page layout change, an instruction from a user whether to insert a blank sheet; and

an adjustment unit configured to, in a case where the reception unit has received the instruction to insert the blank sheet,
insert the blank sheet such that a top page of a subset in the plurality of subsets before the page layout change is the same
as a top page of the subset of the plurality of subsets after the page layout change, and, in a case where the reception unit
has not received the instruction to insert the blank sheet, determine a top page of a subset in the plurality of subsets after
the page layout change based on the top page of the subset in the plurality of subsets before the page layout change without
inserting the blank sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,104,147

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH CONTROLLED FIXING TEMPERATURE, CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form an image on a recording material based on input image data;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire power price information from an external apparatus via a network;
a fixing control unit configured to control, based on the power price information acquired by the acquisition unit, a fixing
temperature corresponding to a temperature of a fixing unit included in the image forming unit when the fixing unit fixes
the image on the recording material;

a decision unit configured to decide an amount of applied toner which is on the recording material when the image forming
unit performs image formation and with which the fixing unit is capable of fixing the image on the recording material at the
fixing temperature controlled by the fixing control unit;

an image processing unit configured to generate image data corresponding to the amount of applied toner decided by the decision
unit from the input image data; and

a control unit configured to control the image forming unit to form the image on the recording material based on the image
data generated by the image processing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,101,331

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS AND CALIBRATION DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An object information acquiring apparatus that receives an acoustic wave generated from an object, on which light is irradiated,
and generates property information of an inside of the object, the object information acquiring apparatus comprising:
a housing including an aperture into which, when the acoustic wave is received, the object, which is a part of an examinee,
is inserted and, when performance evaluation for the object information acquiring apparatus is performed, a calibration device
corresponding to a type of the performance evaluation is inserted, the housing being capable of holding the examinee;

a holding unit configured to hold the object;
a positioning unit configured to specify an attachment position of the calibration device correspondingly to a position specifying
member provided in the calibration device inserted into the aperture; and

a detecting unit configured to detect the type of the performance evaluation performed using the calibration device inserted
into the aperture.

US Pat. No. 9,106,772

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus capable of wireless communication to an access point, comprising:
an image transmission unit configured to execute a transmission process for transmitting image data via the wireless communication,
the image transmission unit being configured to, in a case where an error is occurred at the transmission process, retry the
transmission process for a set number of times;

an error output unit configured to output error information in a case where the retry or the transmission process does not
succeed:

a determination unit configured to determine whether a setting of the access point has been changed;
and
a control unit configured to, in a case where the error is occurred at the transmission process and in a case where the determination
unit determines that the setting of the access point has been changed, restrict the image transmission unit to retry the transmission
process.

US Pat. No. 9,102,149

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:
a recording element substrate which has a plurality of ejection orifices for ejecting a liquid,
wherein the plurality of the ejection orifices are arranged to form a row of the ejection orifices, and
in at least some of the plurality of the ejection orifices, each having one side and another side, the area of an inner wall
of each of the ejection orifices is set to be larger on the other side than on the one side, the one side and the other side
being defined by a plane which passes through the center of the ejection orifice, intersects with the row of the ejection
orifices at right angles, and extends along the direction of the depth of the ejection orifice.

US Pat. No. 9,102,151

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:
a substrate having an ejection-energy-generating element for generating energy for ejecting a liquid;
an orifice plate including at least an ejection-orifice-forming wall that constitutes an ejection orifice for ejecting the
liquid and an upper wall of a liquid chamber communicating with the ejection orifice, and a liquid chamber side wall that
constitutes a side wall of the liquid chamber, wherein

the orifice plate is formed of an inorganic material,
the liquid ejection head comprises:
a plurality of liquid chambers; and
an elastic member filled into a depressed portion formed between the liquid chamber side wall of one liquid chamber of the
liquid chambers adjacent to each other and the liquid chamber side wall of the other liquid chamber, and

an upper end of the elastic member is arranged in a position higher than an upper face of the ejection-orifice-forming wall.

US Pat. No. 9,106,832

STEREOSCOPIC IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM AND LENS DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A stereoscopic lens system comprising:
a plurality of lens devices, wherein each lens device includes an optical element;
a vibration detection unit configured to detect a vibration;
a control unit configured to calculate a drive signal to drive the optical element for correcting image blurring based on
an output from the vibration detection unit; and

a driving unit configured to drive the optical element in a direction orthogonal to the optical axis based on the drive signal,
wherein the control unit controls the driving unit to change a drive center position, which is a position of the optical element
when the vibration is not detected by the vibration detection unit, in a direction orthogonal to the optical axis,

wherein the control unit controls, if an amplitude of the optical element driven by the drive signal is larger than the distance
between the nearest drive limit position and the drive center position, the driving unit to limit the amplitude, and

wherein the nearest drive limit position is one of a plurality of drive limit positions to which the optical elements is movable
and nearest to the drive center position.

US Pat. No. 9,098,034

HEATER AND IMAGE HEATING DEVICE INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A heater for an image heating device that heats a recording material on which an image is carried while sandwiching and
conveying the recording material at a nip portion, comprising:
a substrate having lengthwise and widthwise dimensions;
a first heat-generation line provided on the substrate along a lengthwise direction of the substrate; and
a second heat-generation line provided along the lengthwise direction at a position different from the first heat-generation
line in a widthwise direction of the substrate and configured to have a heat-generation distribution different from that of
the first heat-generation line;

wherein the first heat-generation line and the second heat-generation line are controllable independently,
wherein at least the first heat-generation line out of the first heat-generation line and the second heat-generation line
includes,

a first electro-conductive element provided on the substrate along the lengthwise direction,
a second electro-conductive element provided along the lengthwise direction at a position different from the first electro-conductive
element in the widthwise direction on the substrate,

a plurality of heat-generation resistors having positive resistance-temperature characteristics and electrically connected
in parallel to each other between the first electro-conductive element and the second electro-conductive element,

wherein the plurality of heat-generation resistors are configured so that a heat-generation amount per unit length in the
lengthwise direction decreases from recording material conveyance reference for determining a position of the recording material
in the lengthwise direction towards an end portion in the lengthwise direction, and

wherein a first total heat-generation distribution combined the heat-generation distribution of the first heat-generation
line with the heat-generation distribution of the second heat-generation line in a first case where the first heat-generation
line and the second heat-generation line are controlled based on a first power ratio and the recording material is not fed
in the nip portion, a second total heat-generation distribution in a second case where the first heat-generation line and
the second heat-generation line are controlled based on a second power ratio and the recording material is not fed in the
nip portion, a third total heat-generation distribution in a third case where the first heat-generation line and the second
heat-generation line are controlled based on a first power ratio and a small-size recording material is fed in the nip portion,
a fourth total heat -generation distribution in a fourth case where the first heat-generation line and the second heat-generation
line are controlled based on a second power ratio and the small-size recording material is fed in the nip portion, are all
different.

US Pat. No. 9,098,909

THREE-DIMENSIONAL DISTANCE MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, THREE-DIMENSIONAL DISTANCE MEASUREMENT METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A three-dimensional distance measurement apparatus comprising:
a pattern light generation unit configured to generate pattern light;
a position and orientation recognition unit configured to recognize coarse position and orientation of a measurement object;
a model storage unit configured to store, as model information of the measurement object, a spatial resolution of distance
information for each local region to be measured in the measurement object;

a distance information calculation unit configured to calculate distance information of local regions of the measurement object
based on a captured image of the measurement object on which the pattern light is projected; and

a local pattern setting unit configured to adaptively set a spatial resolution of measurement points of the pattern light
for each local region,

wherein said local pattern setting unit sets the spatial resolution of the measurement points of the pattern light to substantially
uniform arithmetic amounts for the respective local regions executed by said distance information calculation unit and based
on a coarse position and orientation recognition result of the measurement object recognized in advance and the model information
stored in said model storage unit.

US Pat. No. 9,100,523

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS COMPRISING A SHEET FEEDING DEVICE AND AN IMAGE READING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A document reading and recording apparatus comprising:
a document feeding unit configured to feed at least one document from documents set on a mounting portion;
a reading unit configured to read an image of a document fed by the document feeding unit;
a sheet feeding roller configured to feed at least one sheet to be recorded;
a recording unit configured to record an image, according to image information, read by the reading unit, on a sheet fed by
the sheet feeding roller;

a detection unit configured to detect, from a side opposite to the document feeding unit, a document movement amount with
respect to a lowermost sheet of the set documents on the side opposite to the document feeding unit; and

a control unit configured to stop feeding sheets, by the sheet feeding roller, based on detection by the detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,090,110

SETTING APPARATUS, SETTING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A setting apparatus for setting a length of a margin for a recording medium on which an image is recorded by a recording
unit, the setting apparatus comprising:
a confirmation unit configured to confirm information about a length of an outer periphery when the recording medium is rolled
in a roll shape; and

a setting unit configured to set the length of the margin based on the information about the length of the outer periphery
confirmed by the confirmation unit.

US Pat. No. 9,092,700

METHOD, SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING A SUBJECT AND A DISTRACTOR IN AN IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A processor-implemented method of identifying a subject and a distractor in a target image, said method comprising:
receiving at least one reference image comprising image content corresponding to image content of the target image;
determining a first saliency map for the target image, said first saliency map defining a distribution of visual attraction
values identifying salient regions within the target image;

determining a second saliency map for the reference image, said second saliency map defining a distribution of visual attraction
values identifying salient regions within the reference image;

comparing image content in at least one salient region identified in the first saliency map with image content of at least
one salient region identified in the second saliency map; and

identifying the subject and the distractor in the target image based on the comparison, wherein the subject is identified
by a salient region of the target image sharing image content with at least one salient region of the reference image, and
wherein the distractor is identified based on at least one remaining salient region of the target image.

US Pat. No. 9,092,179

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus having a plurality of services, the communication apparatus comprising:
a display unit configured to display a reception screen for receiving, from a user, an execution instruction for executing
connection processing to establish wireless communication between an external device and the communication apparatus; and

a connection unit configured to execute the connection processing if the execution instruction is received from the user via
the reception screen,

wherein the display unit displays the reception screen such that the user is able to differentiate between a service that
is to be provided to the external device and a service that is not to be provided to the external device.

US Pat. No. 9,091,958

LIGHT SCANNING APPARATUS WITH REDUCED THERMAL STRESS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light scanning apparatus, comprising:
a light source configured to emit a light beam;
a light deflector; and
a housing;
wherein the light deflector comprises:
a rotary shaft;
a bearing portion configured to support the rotary shaft;
a rotor fixed to the rotary shaft;
a stator fixed to the bearing portion;
a drive circuit board configured to support the bearing portion and to drive the stator to rotate the rotor; and
a mirror portion fixed to the rotor, the light deflector being configured to deflect the light beam emitted from the light
source by the mirror portion; and

wherein the housing comprises:
a bearing inserting portion into which the bearing portion is inserted;
a fixing portion configured to fix the drive circuit board to the housing; and
first and second recessed portions defining a thin wall therebetween, the thin wall being provided between the bearing inserting
portion and the fixing portion, and the thin wall surrounding the bearing inserting portion, as seen from a direction perpendicular
to a bottom plate of the housing,

wherein the first and second recessed portions extend from mutually opposite directions from the bottom plate of the housing.

US Pat. No. 9,091,965

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a movable intermediary transfer member;
a first photosensitive member contacting an outer surface of said intermediary transfer member to form a first nip:
a second photosensitive member provided in a downstream direction of said first photosensitive member with respect to a moving
direction of said intermediary transfer member and contacting the outer surface of said intermediary transfer member to form
a second nip:

a first transfer roller contacting an inner surface of said intermediary transfer member to form a first contact portion at
a position away from the first nip in the downstream direction to transfer a toner image from said first photosensitive member
onto said intermediary transfer member in the first nip;

a second transfer roller contacting the inner surface of said intermediary transfer member to form a second contact portion
at a position away from the second nip in the downstream direction to transfer a toner image from said second photosensitive
member onto said intermediary transfer member in the second nip,

wherein said first transfer roller is disposed at such a position that a peripheral surface thereof adjacent to said first
and second photosensitive members is located a first amount from a common tangent line, adjacent to said intermediary transfer
member, of said first and second photosensitive members, toward said first and second photosensitive members, and said second
transfer roller is disposed at such a position that a peripheral surface thereof adjacent to said first and second photosensitive
members is located a second amount from the common tangent line toward said first and second photosensitive members, with
the second amount being smaller than the first amount, and wherein a length of the second contact portion is longer than a
length of the first contact portion, measured in the moving direction, and

a supporting roller disposed at a position which is adjacent to and downstream of said second transfer roller and which is
disposed such that a peripheral surface thereof is spaced from the common tangent line away from said first and second photosensitive
members.

US Pat. No. 9,094,558

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect an object;
a reception unit configured to receive an operation of a user; and
a shifting unit configured to shift, if the detection unit detects an object, a power state of the image forming apparatus
from a first power state to a second power state different from the first power state, and shift, if the reception unit receives
an operation of a user, the power state of the image forming apparatus between the second power state and the first power
state,

wherein the shifting unit, in a case where the reception unit receives the operation of a user after the detection unit detects
an object and before the power state of the image forming apparatus is shifted to the second power state by the shifting unit
in response to such detection, does not shift the power state of the image forming apparatus from the second power state to
the first power state in response to receiving the operation of the user.

US Pat. No. 9,094,222

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS INVOLVING MICROBLOGGING FUNCTION, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus capable of communicating with a server that provides a microblogging function for publicizing
a message registered by a user to another user, the apparatus comprising:
a data storage unit configured to store image data;
a registration unit configured to register a first message with the microblogging function provided by the server if the image
data is stored in the data storage unit;

a monitoring unit configured to monitor a second message that is newly registered with the microblogging function as a comment
to the first message registered by the registration unit;

an analysis unit configured to analyze a character string contained in the second message if the monitoring unit detects the
second message; and

a transmission unit configured to transmit the image data stored in the data storage unit using a setting corresponding to
a content of the character string contained in the second message analyzed by the analysis unit.

US Pat. No. 9,090,086

INK-JET RECORDING APPARATUS AND INK-JET RECORDING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A data generating method for generating data for recording an image on a recording medium by using a recording head having
a first discharge port group, a second discharge port group, a third discharge port group and a fourth discharge port group,
wherein each of the first discharge port group and the third discharge port group includes a plurality of discharge ports
for discharging a first ink, and each of the second discharge port group and the fourth discharge port group includes a plurality
of discharge ports for discharging a second ink,

wherein the recording head has a first discharge port array and a second discharge port array being arranged to be shifted
from each other in the first direction and the first discharge port array and the second discharge port array form overlapping
regions by overlapping an end region of the first discharge port array and an end region of the second discharge port array
in a second direction crossing the first direction, and the recording head has a third discharge port array and a fourth discharge
port array being arranged to be shifted from each other in the first direction and the third discharge port array and the
fourth discharge port array form overlapping regions by overlapping an end region of the third discharge port array and an
end region of the fourth discharge port array in the second direction crossing the first direction,

wherein the overlapping regions formed by the first discharge port array and the second discharge port array and the overlapping
regions formed by the third discharge port array and the fourth discharge port array being arranged to be shifted from each
other in the first direction,

the data generating method comprising:
obtaining first measurement results by measuring a first test pattern which has been recorded on a first part of the recording
medium by discharging the first ink from

the first discharge port group and by discharging the second ink from the second discharge port group, wherein the first discharge
port group is included in the first discharge port array and not included in the overlapping region on the first discharge
port array, and the second discharge port group is included in the third discharge port array and not included in the overlapping
region on the third discharge port array;

obtaining second measurement results by measuring a second test pattern which has been recorded on a second part, different
from the first part, of the recording medium by discharging the first ink from the third discharge port group and by discharging
the second ink from the fourth discharge port group, and wherein the third discharge port group is included in the overlap
region on the second discharge port array and the fourth discharge port group is included in the third discharge port array
and not included in the overlapping region of the third discharge port array; and

generating first correction data for correcting image data of an image to be recorded by the first discharge port group and
the second discharge port group and second correction data for correcting image data of image to be recorded by the third
discharge port group and the fourth discharge port group on the second part, based on the first measurement results and the
second measurement results respectively.