US Pat. No. 9,838,609

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR CONTROLLING ZOOMING FUNCTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image capturing unit configured to capture an image;
a display unit configured to display an image captured by the image capturing unit;
a memory and at least one processor which function as:
a detection unit configured to detect an object from an image captured by the image capturing unit; and
a zooming control unit configured to automatically perform zooming such that a size of the object detected in the captured
image is maintained within a screen according to a set size; and

a first operation member for accepting an operation for changing the set size of the object detected in the captured image
while the captured image is being displayed on the display unit,

wherein the memory and the processor function to, when an operation is received via the first operation member,
change the set size in accordance with the received operation if the operation is received during a moving image recording
stand-by or before still image shooting, and

not change the set size even when the operation is received if the operation is received while a moving image is being recorded,
wherein even when the moving image is being recorded, the zooming control unit automatically performs zooming such that the
size of the object is maintained within the screen according to the set size.

US Pat. No. 9,822,159

ELECTROMAGNETIC BAND GAP ELEMENT, ELECTRONIC CIRCUIT, AND CONDUCTOR STRUCTURE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,820,648

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,826,136

CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus connected to a communication network, the image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image capturing unit with an angle of view that is changeable; and
a processor configured to:
(i) cause a setting value for restricting a movable range over which an image capturing direction of the image capturing unit
is movable to be received via a communication network, and

(ii) control, in accordance with a maximum angle of view of the image capturing unit and the movable range as restricted by
the setting value, a changing mechanism for changing the angle of view of the image capturing unit in a restricted range,
the restricted range being larger than the movable range by the maximum angle of view of the image capturing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,819,138

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS, LASER APPARATUS, AND MEDICAL APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,817,349

PRINTING SYSTEM, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE PRINTING SYSTEM, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

5. A control method for controlling a printing apparatus, the control method comprising:
printing, via a printer of the printing apparatus, an image on a first sheet;
conveying, via a conveyance path of the printing apparatus, the first sheet on which the image has been printed;
stapling, via a stapler of the printing apparatus, the first sheet conveyed via the conveyance path;
feeding, via an inserter of the printing apparatus where the inserter is located between the printer and the stapler, a second
sheet via the conveyance path into the stapler;

receiving, via a receiver of the printing apparatus, an offline job for stapling the second sheet without printing and then
receive an inline job for printing the image on the first sheet and stapling the first sheet; and

via a controller of the printing apparatus, in a case where the receiver has received the inline job before the stapling of
the second sheet for the received offline job is completed:

(i) restricting the printing of the image on the first sheet for the received inline job;
(ii) determining whether the inserter has, in a case where the stapling for the received offline job is completed, another
sheet on a sheet tray of the inserter that the inserter can feed via the conveyance path into the stapler;

(iii) continue restricting the printing for the received inline job in a case where the stapling for the received offline
job has been completed and the inserter has the another sheet on the sheet tray of the inserter that the inserter can feed
via the conveyance path into the stapler; and

(iv) releasing the restriction of the printing for the received inline job to cause the printer to start the printing for
the received inline job in a case where the stapling for the received offline job has been completed and the inserter has
no sheet that the inserter can feed via the conveyance path into the stapler.

US Pat. No. 9,811,891

IMAGE SHAKE CORRECTION DEVICE, OPTICAL APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image shake correction device that controls a shake correction unit and corrects an image shake of a captured image
comprising:
a first calculation unit configured to calculate a first correction amount used for correcting the image shake while shooting
moving images based on a shake detection signal;

a second calculation unit configured to calculate a second correction amount used for correcting the image shake while shooting
still images based on the shake detection signal, and

a control unit configured to select a correction amount to be used for correcting the image shake from either the first correction
amount or the second correction amount and execute control in which an intermediate calculation value of the calculation unit
corresponding to the correction amount that has not been selected from either the first calculation unit or the second calculation
unit, is updated based on the correction amount that has been selected.

US Pat. No. 9,811,770

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR IMPROVING POWER SAVING EFFECT, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus having a first power state and a second power state in which less power is used than in the
first power state, and having a plurality of functions that periodically communicate with an external apparatus, the image
forming apparatus comprising:
a communication interface configured to perform communications with the external apparatus; and
processing circuitry configured to:
calculate a remaining time before the image forming apparatus next communicates with the external apparatus, for each of the
plurality of functions that periodically communicate with the external apparatus via the communication interface;

set, in a timer, the shortest one from among the plurality of calculated remaining times; and
cause a power state of the image forming apparatus to transit from the second power state to the first power state according
to the remaining time set in the timer.

US Pat. No. 9,813,589

PRINTING APPARATUS, PRINTING APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus used in an image forming system that has a storing portion, an operating portion, an image
forming portion, and an authentication portion, the operating portion being a portion that is capable of accepting a print
instruction from an operation user, the authentication portion being a portion that authenticates the operation user as an
input user, the storing portion being a portion that stores print data and is capable of storing print data associated with
the input user, with a password for performing authentication different from the authenticating the operation user as the
input user and set for said print data, said print data for which the password is set being hereinafter referred to as password-set
print data, the image forming portion being a portion that is capable of executing a print process of forming an image on
a recording medium on the basis of the print data, comprising:
a controlling portion that includes at least one memory for storing a program and at least one processor for executing the
program, the controlling portion being configured:

to cause the image forming portion to perform processing for printing out the password-set print data in accordance with a
print instruction without inputting the password on the basis of authentication of the operation user as the input user by
the authentication portion; and

to cause the image forming portion to perform processing for printing out the password-set print data in accordance with a
print instruction with inputting the password not on the basis of the authentication by the authentication portion.

US Pat. No. 9,811,004

EXPOSURE APPARATUS AND DEVICE FABRICATION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

8. A device fabrication method comprising the steps of:
applying a photoresist on a substrate;
conveying the substrate using a convey method; and
exposing the substrate,
wherein the convey method comprises the steps of:
holding the substrate by chucking a lower surface of the substrate to a convey unit;
moving the convey unit to convey the substrate, while the substrate is chucked to the convey unit, in a downward direction;
and

moving the convey unit to convey the substrate, while the substrate is chucked to the convey unit, in an upward direction,
wherein a maximum of an absolute value of acceleration of the convey unit during the conveying of the substrate in the downward
direction is smaller than a maximum of an absolute value of acceleration of the convey unit during conveying of the substrate
in the upward direction.

US Pat. No. 9,811,012

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS AND PROCESS FOR PRODUCING ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:
a support;
an undercoat layer on the support; and
a photosensitive layer on the undercoat layer, wherein
the undercoat layer comprises:
(?) a metal oxide particle;
(?) a compound represented by formula (1):

wherein R1 to R5 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, an alkyl group having 1 or more and 6 or less carbon atoms,
an alkoxy group having 1 or more and 8 or less carbon atoms, or an amino group, and R6 to R10 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a hydroxy group, a halogen atom, an alkyl group having 1 or more and 6 or less
carbon atoms, an alkoxy group having 1 or more and 8 or less carbon atoms, or an amino group, provided that 1 or 2 of R6 to R10 are hydroxy groups and there is not a case where 3 or more of R6 to R10 are hydroxy groups; and

(?) a compound represented by formula (2):

wherein R1 to R5 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, an alkyl group having 1 or more and 6 or less carbon atoms,
an alkoxy group having 1 or more and 8 or less carbon atoms, or an amino group, and A1 represents an alkenyl group having 2 or more and 4 or less carbon atoms.

US Pat. No. 9,811,038

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS HAVING A DISCRIMINATING PORTION FOR DISCRIMINATING WHETHER AN ENDLESS BELT IS BROKEN

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus comprising:
an endless belt configured to heat a toner image on a sheet;
a temperature raising portion configured to raise a temperature of said endless belt;
a first detector configured to detect the temperature of said endless belt at a widthwise central portion of said endless
belt;

a controller configured to control energization to said temperature raising portion depending on an output of said first detector;
a second detector configured to detect the temperature of said endless belt at one widthwise end portion of said endless belt;
an air blower configured to blow air depending on an output of said second detector to cool the one widthwise end portion
of said endless belt; and

a discriminating portion configured to discriminate whether or not said endless belt is broken on the basis of the output
of said second detector when said air blower is operated while effecting the energization to said temperature raising portion,

wherein said discriminating portion determines that said endless belt is broken when a detected temperature of said second
detector is less than a predetermined temperature.

US Pat. No. 9,813,634

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

7. An image processing method of performing image processing on an image of an object shot with flashing of an illumination
device, comprising:
determining a position of a virtual light source that emits virtual light, wherein the position is different from a position
of the illumination device;

calculating a reflection component of the virtual light reflected by the object based on the shape of the object and the position
of the virtual light source determined by the determination unit; and

correcting brightness of an object area in the image so as to reduce a light component that is from the illumination device
and reflected by the object and to add the reflection component of the virtual light reflected by the object.

US Pat. No. 9,792,689

POSTURE ESTIMATING APPARATUS, POSTURE ESTIMATING METHOD AND STORING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A posture estimating apparatus comprising:
at least one processor and memory coupled to each other and configured to:
input a range image including a multi joint object;
derive at least one joint position candidate for each of a first joint position and a second joint position of the multi-joint
object, from the input range image;

store information including joint position permissible range information for a first joint and a second joint in a multi-joint
object model corresponding to the multi-joint object;

calculate joint position range information for each combination of at least one joint position candidate set to the first
joint position of the multi-joint object and at least one joint position candidate set to the second joint position of the
multi-joint object;

evaluate consistency for each combination by determining whether the calculated joint position range information for each
combination is within the joint position permissible range information of the first and second joint positions of the multi-object
model;

calculate an evaluation value based on likelihoods of the joint position candidates and the evaluated consistencies for all
combinations; and

estimate a posture of the multi joint object based on the calculated evaluation value.

US Pat. No. 9,785,104

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,749,478

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,749,529

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING WIRELESS TRANSMITTER-RECEIVER UNIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,746,758

ILLUMINATION OPTICAL SYSTEM AND IMAGE PROJECTION APPARATUS WITH THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,748,303

SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICK-UP APPARATUS, IMAGE PICK-UP SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF DRIVING SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICK-UP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state image pick-up apparatus, comprising:
a pixel including a photoelectric conversion portion and a transfer transistor configured to transfer a charge in the photoelectric
conversion portion; and

a signal output circuit configured to supply selectively a first voltage to turn on the transfer transistor and a second voltage
to turn off the transfer transistor to the transfer transistor,

wherein the signal output circuit is configured to supply the second voltage having a voltage value selected from two or more
different voltage values based on an output signal from the pixel,

the signal output circuit is configured to supply the second voltage having a first voltage value in a case where the output
signal from the pixel is smaller than a threshold and supply the second voltage having a second voltage value different from
the first voltage value in a case where the output signal from the pixel is larger than the threshold, and

the second voltage value is a voltage value between a voltage value of the first voltage and the first voltage value.

US Pat. No. 9,746,824

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,741,524

X-RAY GENERATING APPARATUS AND RADIOGRAPHY SYSTEM USING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An X-ray generating apparatus, comprising:
an X-ray generating tube comprising:
an anode comprising a transmissive target configured to generate an X-ray when irradiated with an electron beam, and an anode
member configured to hold the transmissive target;

a cathode comprising an electron emitting source configured to irradiate the transmissive target with an electron beam, and
a cathode member connected to the electron emitting source; and

an insulating tube having a pair of ends in a tube axis direction, one end of which is connected to the anode member and the
other end of which is connected to the cathode member; and

a conductive container, which is connected to the anode member and is configured to house the X-ray generating tube,
wherein the anode member comprises an outer anode member, which is configured to hold the transmissive target and is electrically
connected to the conductive container, and an inner anode member, which is interposed between the outer anode member and the
electron emitting source in the tube axial direction of the insulating tube and is joined to the insulating tube, and

wherein the inner anode member is connected to the outer anode member outside the insulating tube in a tube radial direction,
in a manner that allows for heat transfer.

US Pat. No. 9,742,967

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS CAPABLE OF CORRECTING EFFECTS OF OPTICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF A LENS UNIT ON AN IMAGE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND LENS UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capture apparatus, which a lens unit can be attached to and detached from, comprising:
a memory adapted to store optical correction data including an optical correction value for correcting, through image processing,
image deterioration caused by optical characteristics of an attached lens unit; and

a microprocessor that executes a program that causes the microprocessor to function as:
an obtaining unit adapted to obtain, from an attached lens unit, first optical parameters without second optical parameters
in the case where the attached lens unit is a first lens unit, and to obtain the first optical parameters, the second optical
parameters, and optical correction data in the case where the attached lens unit is a second lens unit, wherein the first
optical parameters are corresponding to focal distance information and the second optical parameters are corresponding to
positional information of a magnification changing mechanism included in the second lens unit; and

a processing unit adapted to:
apply image processing to an image using an optical correction value, which is included in the optical correction data initially
stored in the memory and is associated with the first optical parameters in the case where the attached lens unit is the first
lens unit; and

apply the image processing to an image using an optical correction value which is included in the optical correction data
stored in the memory and is associated with the second optical parameters in the case where the attached lens unit is the
second lens unit,

wherein, in the case where the attached lens unit is the second lens unit, the obtaining unit obtains the optical correction
data from the attached lens unit before obtaining any of the first optical parameters and the second optical parameters.

US Pat. No. 9,773,532

UPDATING A REFRESH PERIOD AND AN UPDATE PERIOD IN A WIDEIO DEVICE STACKED ON A SYSTEM ON A CHIP

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus equipped with a WideIO memory device stacked on an SOC die including a CPU, comprising:
a temperature obtaining unit configured to obtain temperature information of each of a plurality of memories of the WideIO
memory device;

a plurality of functional modules, included in the SOC die, for executing respective functions;
a generation unit configured to generate temperature distribution information of the WideIO memory device in accordance with
respective execution of the plurality of functional modules;

a determination unit configured to obtain a maximum temperature of the WideIO memory device based on the temperature distribution
information and determine a refresh rate of the WideIO memory device based on the maximum temperature;

an updating period decision unit configured to decide a period, at which the determination unit determines the refresh rate
of the WideIO memory device, based on an operation mode of the information processing apparatus and a change rate of the maximum
temperature for a predetermined time interval; and

a memory control unit configured to refresh the WideIO memory device in accordance with the refresh rate determined by the
determination unit at the period determined by the updating period decision unit.

US Pat. No. 9,733,800

DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A document management system that manages a plurality of documents using a plurality of threads based on relevance among
the documents, wherein each of the threads includes containers each including at least one document and having a date/time
attribute,
wherein the document management system comprises:
a memory for storing a computer program; and
a processor for executing the computer program to perform:
controlling a display device to display one container included in one thread of the plurality of threads;
selecting, when a flick operation for changing a currently displayed thread to an adjacent thread has been performed by a
user, a container that is most relevant to the currently displayed one container from among containers included in the adjacent
thread adjacent to the currently displayed thread, wherein the adjacent thread is selected based on an arrangement order of
the plurality of threads and a direction of the flick operation; and

controlling the display device to change the currently displayed one container to the selected container included in the adjacent
thread.

US Pat. No. 9,764,046

LABELING COMPOSITION FOR INTRAOCULAR TISSUE, LABELING METHOD OF INTRAOCULAR TISSUE, AND SCREENING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging method for an intraocular tissue comprising:
bringing a labeling composition for the intraocular tissue or a staining agent for the intraocular tissue, which comprises
the labeling composition for the intraocular tissue, into contact with the ocular tissue;

irradiating the intraocular tissue with excitation light to observe fluorescence; and
acquiring a fluorescent image,
wherein the labeling composition comprises a fluorescent compound capable of labeling at least a photoreceptor cell layer
of a retina, and

wherein the fluorescent compound is selected from the group consisting of compounds (1)-(9), (11)-(13), (32), (33), (87),
(90)-(95), and (109)-(112):


US Pat. No. 9,733,583

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner, comprising a toner particle having a surface layer,
the surface layer comprising an organosilicon polymer having a partial structure represented by formula (1):
R0—SiO3/2  (1)

where R0 represents an alkyl group having 1 or more and 6 or less carbon atoms, or a phenyl group, wherein

a ratio of a peak area for the partial structure represented by formula (1) to a total peak area for the organosilicon polymer
is 5.0% or more in a 29Si-NMR measurement of a tetrahydrofuran-insoluble matter of the toner particle,

a ratio of a destiny of a silicon dSi to a total density (dC+dO+dSi) of a density of a carbon atom dC, a density of an oxygen
atom dO, and a density of the silicon atom dSi in the surface of the toner particle is 1.0to 28.6 atom % in X-ray photoelectron
spectroscopic analysis of a surface of the toner particle, and

an arithmetic average roughness Ra is 10 to 300 nm, ?Ra/Ra is 0.60 or less when a standard deviation of Ra is ?Ra, an average
length RSm of a roughness curve element is 20 to 500 nm, and ?RSm/RSm is 0.60 or less when a standard deviation of RSm is
?RSm in a roughness curve of the toner particle measured by using a scanning probe microscope,

with a proviso that Ra and RSm are defined by JIS B 0601-2001.

US Pat. No. 9,736,470

CALIBRATION APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A calibration apparatus configured to execute calibration of a display apparatus using a first measurement value, which
is a measurement value of light from a screen of the display apparatus,
the calibration apparatus comprising:
a first acquisition unit configured to acquire a first measurement value, which is a measurement value of light from the screen
of the display apparatus;

a second acquisition unit configured to acquire a second measurement value, which is a measurement value of external light
to the display apparatus;

an allowable range determination unit configured to determine an allowable range of the first measurement value based on the
second measurement value acquired by the second acquisition unit; and

a measurement value determination unit configured to determine whether the first measurement value acquired by the first acquisition
unit is a value within the allowable range determined by the allowable range determination unit,

wherein the measurement value determination unit determines that the first measurement value is an inappropriate value in
a case where the first measured value acquired by the first acquisition unit is a value outside the allowable range determined
by the allowable range determination unit, and determines that the first measurement value is an appropriate value in a case
where the first measurement value acquired by the first acquisition unit is a value within the allowable range determined
by the allowable range determination unit.

US Pat. No. 9,736,479

IMAGE CODING APPARATUS, IMAGE CODING METHOD, IMAGE DECODING APPARATUS, IMAGE DECODING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image coding apparatus configured to code an image in units of slices each of which includes a plurality of blocks,
the image coding apparatus comprising:
a coding unit configured to code blocks included in a first row of a slice and
code blocks included in a second row, different from the first row, of the slice,
wherein, when coding a first quantization parameter in coding order of the first row, the coding unit uses a slice quantization
parameter that is provided to the slice as an initial value,

wherein, when coding a first quantization parameter in coding order of the second row, the coding unit uses the slice quantization
parameter that is provided to the slice as the initial value and that is used when coding the first quantization parameter
in coding order of the first row, and

wherein, when coding a second quantization parameter in coding order of the second row, the coding unit uses the first quantization
parameter in coding order of the second row.

US Pat. No. 9,769,168

MOBILE DEVICE AND METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A system including a mobile device, an authentication system, and a control apparatus capable of controlling a provision
of a service according to a reception of a signal sent from the mobile device,
the mobile device comprising, a memory storing instructions; and a processor which is capable of executing the instructions
causing the mobile device to:

transmit authentication information to the authentication system;
receive from the authentication system a request according to success of authentication using the authentication information;
and

according to the received request, control at least one of a start and a stop of a function of sending a signal at a predetermined
frequency or on a predetermined cycle using wireless communication,

wherein a content of a signal, which is sent by using the started function, changes according to a content of the request
from the external authentication system,

wherein, in a case where the control apparatus receives a signal sent from the mobile device according to the start of the
function, the control apparatus provides a service corresponding to a content of the signal, and

wherein a signal sent, which is sent by using the started function, includes a UUID, a major number and a minor number.

US Pat. No. 9,734,299

DIAGNOSIS SUPPORT SYSTEM, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A diagnosis support system comprising:
one or more processors; and
one or more memories coupled to the one or more processors and having stored thereon instructions which, when executed by
the one or more processors, cause the diagnosis support system to:

obtain input information corresponding to a case;
identify a diagnosis corresponding to the case based on the input information and obtain an inference probability of the diagnosis;
select at least one of affirmative information or denial information as supporting information for the identified diagnosis
based on the inference probability of the identified diagnosis; and

display the supporting information of the identified diagnosis on a display unit,
wherein the affirmative information has an affirmative influence on the inference probability of the identified diagnosis,
and

wherein the denial information has a denial influence on the inference probability of diagnoses other than the identified
diagnosis.

US Pat. No. 9,729,741

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF SETTING VARIOUS PROCESSES USING OPERATION SCREEN, PORTABLE TERMINAL, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus including at least a printer or including at least a scanner comprising:
a storage device; and
a processor configured to execute computer executable instructions recorded on the storage device, the computer executable
instructions including instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the image processing apparatus to:

display information on an operation screen;
store setting information about a job for operating the printer or operating the scanner in accordance with a logout of a
user from the image processing apparatus in a case where a screen for settings of execution of the job is displayed on the
operation screen; and

display, on the operation screen, a first type setting screen corresponding to the job, wherein the first type setting screen
shows that a setting value based on the stored setting information is set to the image processing apparatus, in a case where
the user who has logged out from the image processing apparatus logs in to the image processing apparatus again, and not display
the first type setting screen for the user who logged out from the image processing apparatus on said operation screen in
a case where a user other than the user who logged out from the image processing apparatus logs in to the image processing
apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,726,999

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a rotatable photosensitive member;
a first corona charger that electrically charges a surface of said photosensitive member to provide a charged surface;
a second corona charger that electrically charges a surface of said photosensitive member to a first predetermined potential
in superposition on said charged surface of said photosensitive member charged by said first corona charger, said second corona
charger being provided downstream of said first corona charger with respect to a rotational direction of said photosensitive
member;

an image former that forms an image on said photosensitive member charged by said first corona charger and said second corona
charger;

a voltage applier that applies voltages to said first corona charger and said second corona charger;
a detector that detects a surface potential of said photosensitive member, said detector being provided downstream of said
second corona charger with respect to the rotational direction of said photosensitive member; and

a controller that controls the voltages applied to said first corona charger and said second corona charger,
wherein said controller is capable of executing a test mode operation in which
said first corona charger is operated and said second corona charger is not operated, and a first voltage to be applied to
the first corona charger is determined so that the surface potential of said photosensitive member is charged to a second
predetermined potential lower in absolute value than the first predetermined potential, and then

said first corona charger and said second corona charger are both operated with the thus determined first voltage applied
to the first corona charger, and a second voltage to be applied to the second corona charger is determined so that the surface
potential of said photosensitive member is charged to the first predetermined potential by said first and second corona chargers,
and

wherein said controller is capable of controlling said voltage applier to apply the thus determined first voltage to the first
corona charger and to apply the thus determined second voltage to the second corona charger during image formation.

US Pat. No. 9,727,002

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,725,268

SHEET DETECTING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE READING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet detecting apparatus configured to detect a sheet conveyed by a sheet conveyor, comprising:
a sheet detector including a light emitting portion and a light receiving portion, configured to detect the sheet conveyed
by the sheet conveyer; and

a rod which is rotatable about a rotation axis, the rod including an abutting portion against which the sheet conveyed by
the sheet conveyor abuts and a light shielding portion configured to shield an optical path of the sheet detector from the
light emitting portion to the light receiving portion in accordance with the rotation of the rod,

wherein the rod is rotated by an abutting of the sheet against the abutting portion of the rod, and the sheet detector detects
the sheet in accordance with a shielding state of the optical path of the sheet detector,

wherein an extension of the rotation axis of the rod crosses a conveying path of the sheet when viewed in a width direction
of the sheet perpendicular to a conveyance direction of the sheet, and

wherein the rotation axis of the rod is inclined so as to be closer to the conveying path of the sheet as the rotation axis
of the rod extends in the conveyance direction of the sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,723,994

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,757,086

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,753,278

ACTUATOR AND MOVABLE MIRROR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An actuator comprising:
a movable portion having a first surface;
a plurality of movable comb electrodes that are supported by a second surface of the movable portion, and extends in a direction
parallel to the first surface, wherein the second surface is different from the first surface;

a supporting portion;
a plurality of stationary comb electrodes that are supported by the supporting portion, extends in the direction parallel
to the first surface, and are disposed alternately with the plurality of movable comb electrodes;

a spring that connects the movable portion and the supporting portion; and
a voltage controller that applies a voltage to the plurality of movable comb electrodes and the plurality of stationary comb
electrodes to displace the plurality of movable comb electrodes and the movable portion in a direction intersecting with the
first surface,

wherein the second surface of the movable portion that supports the plurality of movable comb electrodes and a surface of
the supporting portion that supports the plurality of stationary comb electrodes are parallel to the direction intersecting
with the first surface and face each other,

wherein the voltage controller applies different voltages to the plurality of movable comb electrodes and the plurality of
stationary comb electrodes, and

wherein the plurality of movable comb electrodes and the plurality of stationary comb electrodes are disposed to have portions
that do not overlap each other in a direction intersecting with the first surface when the voltage controller does not apply
a voltage.

US Pat. No. 9,751,301

SUBSTRATE FOR INK JET RECORDING HEAD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A substrate for an ink jet recording head comprising:
a base substrate including an element configured to apply energy for ejecting ink to ink and an insulating protective layer
for covering the element;

an ejection orifice forming member including a first member having an electrical insulating property and a wall forming an
ink flow path for supplying ink to the element and a second member including an ejection orifice surface having ejection orifices
provided therein; and

a plurality of columnar conductive members extending between the second member and the base substrate in a direction intersecting
the ejection orifice surface,

wherein the plurality of the columnar conductive members are provided along the wall forming the ink flow path.

US Pat. No. 9,753,385

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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


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

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

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


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


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

US Pat. No. 9,753,393

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS POTENTIAL SURFACE DETECTOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an image bearing member;
a charge unit configured to charge the image bearing member;
an exposure unit configured to expose the image bearing member by emitting light thereto;
a transfer unit configured to transfer an image formed on the image bearing member;
an application unit configured to apply a voltage to the transfer unit;
a detection unit configured to detect a current flowing between the transfer unit and the image bearing member when the voltage
is applied to the transfer unit; and

a control unit configured to cause the charge unit to charge the image bearing member through application of a DC voltage,
and to calculate a surface potential of the image bearing member based on a detection result of the current flowing to the
image bearing member detected by the detection unit when the voltage is applied to the transfer unit after the exposure unit
emits a light, whose light amount value is higher than a light amount value of a light emitted to the image bearing member
in an image formation, to the image bearing member,

wherein the control unit (i) calculates a first voltage with positive polarity applied from the application unit to the transfer
unit in the case where the control unit controls the application unit to apply a voltage with a positive polarity from the
application unit to the transfer unit and the detection unit detects a current with a predetermined current value, (ii) calculates
a second voltage with negative polarity applied from the application unit to the transfer unit in the case where the control
unit controls the application unit to apply a voltage with a negative polarity from the application unit to the transfer unit
and the detection unit detects a current with a predetermined current value, and (iii) determines a surface voltage of the
image bearing member by the calculated first and second voltages.

US Pat. No. 9,756,216

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,753,402

DEVELOPER SUPPLY CONTAINER AND DEVELOPER SUPPLYING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer supply container comprising:
a developer accommodating body configured to contain developer, wherein a surface is provided inside of the developer accommodating
body, with the surface being configured to move the developer;

a developer discharging body in fluid communication with the developer accommodating body such that the developer can flow
from the developer accommodating body to the developer discharging body, the developer discharging body including a discharge
opening through which the developer can be discharged from the developer discharging body;

a gear configured and positioned to receive a rotational force;
a pump having a variable volume, the pump being configured and positioned to force developer out of the developer discharging
body through the discharge opening when the volume of the pump is reduced; and

a cam projection and a cam groove operatively connected to the gear and the pump, the cam projection and the cam groove being
configured and positioned to convert the rotational force received by the gear to a force for changing the volume of the pump.

US Pat. No. 9,753,429

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus, comprising:
a flexible endless belt configured to heat a toner image on a sheet, said endless belt including a heat generating layer configured
to generate heat by an electric energization;

a first outer ring-like member provided on one longitudinal end of said endless belt along an outer surface of said endless
belt and configured to electrically connect with said heat generating layer;

a first inner ring-like member provided on the one longitudinal end of said endless belt along an inner surface of said endless
belt and configured to back up said first outer ring-like member through said endless belt;

a second outer ring-like member provided on the other longitudinal end of said endless belt along an outer surface of said
endless belt and configured to electrically connect with said heat generating layer to form an energization path between said
second outer ring-like member and a second inner ring-like member through said heat generating layer,

wherein the second inner ring-like member is provided on the other longitudinal end of said endless belt along an inner surface
of said endless belt and configured to back up said second outer ring-like member through said endless belt,

wherein a linear expansion coefficient of said first inner ring-like member is larger than a linear expansion coefficient
of said first outer ring-like member, and a linear expansion coefficient of said second inner ring-like member is larger than
a linear expansion coefficient of said second outer ring-like member,

wherein a gap X that is the difference between the inside diameter of each outer ring-like member and the outside diameter
of the corresponding inner ring-like member is expressed:

X=D1(1+?1?T)?D2(1+?2?T)

where a change in temperature from a normal temperature of 25° C. is ?T, the inside diameter of each outside ring-like member
at normal temperature is D1, the linear expansion coefficient of each outer ring-like member is ?1, the outside diameter of each inner ring-like member at normal temperature is D2, and the linear expansion coefficient of each inner ring-like member is ?2, and

wherein as temperature increases, the gap X between each outer ring-like member and each inner ring-like member becomes smaller
and force pinching said endless belt increases.

US Pat. No. 9,703,245

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM PERFORMING TONER AMOUNT ADJUSTMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that forms an image on a printing medium by an electrophotographic system in accordance with
input image data, the apparatus comprising:
a plurality of image forming units configured to form images in colors different from one another;
a processor; and
a memory storing data, the processor and the memory configured to function as:
a determination unit configured to determine whether or not a number of pixels in which an image defect is expected to occur
is equal to or greater than a predetermined number of pixels based on a pixel value of image data that is used for image formation
in a second image forming unit located upstream of a first image forming unit, with respect to a conveyance direction of the
printing medium, among the plurality of image forming units; and

a toner amount adjustment unit configured to make a toner amount adjustment for the image data that is used for image formation
in the second image forming unit in a case that the number of pixels in which the image defect is expected to occur is equal
to or greater than the predetermined number of pixels as a result of determination by the determination unit.

US Pat. No. 9,704,024

OBJECT DISCRIMINATING APPARATUS AND METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

obtain an input image including an object;
extract a feature from the input image;
calculate, by collating the feature extracted from the input image with a feature of a previously registered registration
image, similarity between the object included in the input image and an object included in the registration image;

acquire a magnitude of a variation of the input image and a magnitude of a variation of the registration image;
calculate a value of a difference between the magnitude of the variation of the input image and the magnitude of the variation
of the registration image;

select a conversion model corresponding to the value of the difference from a plurality of conversion models;
convert the calculated similarity using the selected conversion model; and
determine, on the basis of the converted similarity, whether or not the object included in the input image is identical with
the object included in the registration image.

US Pat. No. 9,658,546

TONER AND METHOD OF PRODUCING TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner, comprising:
a toner particle containing a binder resin and a colorant; and
a silica fine particle comprising a silica fine particle A having a number average particle diameter (D1) of primary particle
of 5 to 20 nm, and a silica fine particle B having a number average particle diameter (D1) of primary particle of 80 to 200
nm, wherein

the silica fine particle B has a half width of a peak of primary particle of 25 nm or less, in a weight-based particle size
distribution, and

an adhesion of the silica fine particle A is 0.5% by area or less relative to 100% by area of the total area of a polycarbonate
thin film when the toner is measured by an adhesive force-measuring method by using the polycarbonate thin film.

US Pat. No. 9,691,150

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

obtain a first image generated by imaging an object using a first imaging apparatus, a second image generated by imaging the
object using a second imaging apparatus, and a third image generated by imaging the object using a third imaging apparatus
whose position is associated with the second imaging apparatus, and

align at least one of the first image or the third image so that the first image and the third image are aligned and align,
based on an alignment result between the first image and the third image, at least one of the first image or the second image
so that the first image and the second image are aligned.

US Pat. No. 9,690,430

TOUCH DETECTION APPARATUS, TOUCH DETECTION METHOD AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A touch detection apparatus, comprising:
a plurality of lighting units configured to emit light including invisible wavelength components onto a screen;
a control unit configured to control the emission of light from the plurality of lighting units according to a plurality of
lighting patterns including:

a first lighting pattern to cause one or more of the plurality of lighting units associated with a first group to emit light
such that a shadow of an object is formed at a first position on the screen; and

a second lighting pattern to cause one or more of the plurality of lighting units associated with a second group to emit light
such that the shadow of the object is formed at a second position on the screen, the second position being different from
the first position,

wherein at least one of the plurality of lighting units associated with the second group is different from the plurality of
lighting units associated with the first group;

an image sensing unit configured to obtain, according to control by the control unit, a plurality of captured images of the
screen including:

a first captured image of the screen, where the shadow of the object is formed at the first position, being lighted by the
one or more of the plurality of lighting units associated with the first group; and

a second captured image of the screen, where the shadow of the object is formed at the second position, being lighted by the
one or more of the plurality of lighting units associated with the second group,

wherein the image sensing unit is configured to have a sensitivity to the invisible wavelength components of the light emitted
from the plurality of lighting units; and

a detection unit configured to detect a touch to the screen by the object based on the plurality of captured images including
the first captured image of the screen, where the shadow of the object is formed at the first position, being lighted by the
one or more of the plurality of lighting units associated with the first group and the second captured image of the screen,
where the shadow of the object is formed at the second position, being lighted by the one or more of the plurality of lighting
units associated with the second group.

US Pat. No. 9,661,217

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,689,668

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a projection unit configured to project, onto an object, a projection pattern;
a capturing unit configured to capture the object onto which the projection pattern has been projected; and
a measurement unit configured to:
measure approximate distance information of the object based on the projection pattern projected by the projection unit and
an image captured by the capturing unit;

determine, on the basis of the measured approximate distance information, whether each region of the projection pattern included
in the image captured by the capturing unit blurs; and

measure, for a region determined as blurring, distance information to the object on the basis of correlation between (1) the
image captured by the capturing unit and (2) an image obtained by performing blurring processing for the projection pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,661,224

IMAGE SHAKE CORRECTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, OPTICAL APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image shake correcting apparatus for performing an image shake correction, the image shake correcting apparatus comprising:
a processor that executes a computer program stored in a memory to control the image shake correcting apparatus to function
as units comprising:

(1) a high-pass filter configured to remove a low-pass component of a shake detection signal;
(2) a dividing unit configured to divide a signal into a low-frequency component and a high-frequency component; and
(3) a controlling unit configured to provide control modes comprising (a) a first control mode for performing the image shake
correction by using a signal obtained by dividing, by the dividing unit, the shake detection signal processed by the high-pass
filter, and (b) a second control mode for performing the image shake correction by using a signal obtained by dividing, by
the dividing unit, the shake detection signal not processed by the high-pass filter, and

wherein the controlling unit comprises:
(a) a first low-pass filter having a variable converging time constant of a filter calculation while integrating the high-frequency
component;

(b) a second low-pass filter having a variable converging time constant of a filter calculation while integrating the low-frequency
component;

(c) a combining unit configured to add outputs of the first low-pass filter and the second low-pass filter and to output a
control signal of a target position of a correcting unit; and

(d) a determining unit configured to obtain the shake detection signal processed by the high-pass filter to determine a switching
between the first control mode and the second control mode.

US Pat. No. 9,653,994

POWER SUPPLY CIRCUIT AND APPARATUS INCLUDING THE CIRCUIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A device, comprising:
a first voltage generation unit configured to generate and supply a first voltage being used to driving a load to a power
line supplying power to the load;

a second voltage generation unit configured to generate and supply a second voltage lower than the first voltage to the power
line;

an acquiring unit configured to acquire a voltage value based on a voltage of the power line;
a determination unit configured to perform a determination to determine whether an electronic state is in an error state based
on a voltage value acquired by the acquiring unit, and

a control unit configured to control the first voltage generation unit and the second voltage generation unit,
wherein the determination unit performs a first determination to determine whether the electronic state is in the error state
based on an amount of change of a first acquired voltage value acquired per determined time acquired by the acquiring unit
under a condition in which the control unit controls the second voltage generation unit to supply the second voltage and the
first voltage generation unit to stop supplying of the first voltage after starting supply of the first voltage with the first
voltage generation unit, at a timing when a driving operation of the load is stopped after driving the load, and

wherein the control unit causes the device to stop an operation in a case where the determination unit determines that the
electric state is an error in the first determination.

US Pat. No. 9,649,392

CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM LABELLING COMPOSITION FOR INTRANASAL ADMINISTRATION AND LABELLING METHOD AND SCREENING METHOD USING CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM LABELLING COMPOSITION FOR INTRANASAL ADMINISTRATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of labeling and obtaining a fluorescent image of a central nervous system of a living body by dyeing from an olfactory
epithelium by way of an olfactory bulb, the method comprising:
intranasally administering a central nervous system labeling composition such that the composition temporarily remains in
a nasal cavity; and

obtaining a fluorescent image of the central nervous of the living body,
wherein the composition comprises a compound of formula (7):

US Pat. No. 9,686,436

DATA RECORDING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A data recording apparatus in which a recording medium is attachable, comprising:
an interface configured to access a recording medium;
a controller configured to execute a detection function, a determination function and a control function by controlling the
interface to access the recording medium, wherein:

the detection function is configured to detect whether or not an attached recording medium is a predetermined recording medium
having a wireless communications function;

the determination function is configured to determine whether or not, when the attached recording medium is the predetermined
recording medium, there is a settings information file where predetermined settings information is written in the predetermined
recording medium; and

the control function is configured to generate, when determined that the settings information file is not present, a predetermined
settings information file in the predetermined recording medium,

wherein the predetermined recording medium has a function of generating a settings information file in response to an instruction
received wirelessly from an external apparatus, and when generating a settings information file in response to an instruction
from the external apparatus, the predetermined recording medium is in a write protect state where writing from the data recording
apparatus is inhibited.

US Pat. No. 9,651,876

MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,651,898

BELT MODULE AND BELT MEMBER EXCHANGING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A belt module including a replacement belt member to be supported by a supporting portion of an image forming apparatus,
said belt module comprising:
an endless belt member;
an inner sheet provided along an inner peripheral surface of said belt member and configured to suppress deformation of said
belt member by an external force; and

a locking portion provided at each of longitudinal end portions of said inner sheet corresponding to a circumferential direction
of said belt member and configured to lock the longitudinal end portions of said inner sheet so as to be disengageable from
each other.

US Pat. No. 9,651,902

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,684,260

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH CONTROL OF TRANSFER BIAS AND CHARGING BIAS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member;
a charging device supplied with a DC bias and configured to electrically charge said photosensitive member;
a developing device configured to develop, into a toner image, an electrostatic latent image formed on said photosensitive
member charged by said charging device;

an intermediary transfer member onto which the toner image is transferred from said photosensitive member;
a transfer roller configured to transfer the toner image from said photosensitive member onto said intermediary transfer member;
a transfer bias applying device configured to apply a bias to said transfer roller;
a current detecting sensor configured to detect a current flowing through said transfer roller; and
a controller configured to control a transfer bias applied to said transfer roller during image formation on the basis of
a transfer bias which is determined, correspondingly to a bias causing a predetermined target current to flow through said
transfer roller, on the basis of a predetermined test bias applied to said transfer roller during non-image formation and
a value of a current flowing through said transfer roller under application of the predetermined test bias,

wherein when the determined transfer bias exceeds a predetermined upper limit, said controller sets the transfer bias applied
to said transfer roller during the image formation at the upper limit, and

wherein in a same environmental condition,
in a first case that the transfer bias applied to said transfer roller during the image formation is set at a value less than
the predetermined upper limit, said controller executes an operation in a first mode in which an absolute value of a charging
bias applied to said charging device is set at a first bias, and

in a second case that the transfer bias applied to said transfer roller during the image formation is set at the predetermined
upper limit and that a current-voltage characteristic of said transfer roller is such that value of a current flowing through
said transfer roller under application of the upper limit transfer bias to said transfer roller is not more than the predetermined
target current, said controller executes an operation in a second mode in which the absolute value of the charging bias applied
to said charging device is set at a second bias larger than the first bias.

US Pat. No. 9,649,851

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS AND CHECK PATTERN PRINTING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An inkjet printing apparatus that uses a printing unit for ejecting a first coloring material ink of a first color and
a second coloring material ink of a second color whose coloring material is different in type from coloring material of the
first coloring material ink and a transparent clear ink for fixing at least the first coloring material ink to a surface of
a print medium in order to perform printing on the print medium and performs check processing for checking an ejection operation
of the clear ink from a print head, the inkjet printing apparatus comprising:
a receiving unit configured to receive an instruction to perform the check processing; and
a controlling unit configured to cause the printing unit to eject the first coloring material ink, the second coloring material
ink, and the clear ink so as to print a check pattern used for the check processing, in response to the receiving unit receiving
the instruction,

wherein at the time of printing the check pattern, the controlling unit causes the printing unit to print the check pattern
in which the clear ink, the first coloring material ink, and the second coloring material ink are applied to a check pattern
forming area of the print medium in the order of the clear ink, the first coloring material ink, and the second coloring material
ink, and in the check pattern, in a portion in which the first coloring material ink and the clear ink are in contact with
each other, the print medium is colored in the second color and the first color in the order of the second color and the first
color in a direction from a surface side of the print medium toward a back side of the print medium, and in a portion in which
the first coloring material ink and the clear ink are not in contact with each other, the print medium is colored in the order
of the first color and the second color in the first color and the second color in the direction.

US Pat. No. 9,684,271

CONTROLLING APPARATUS, IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,648,231

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING PLURALITY OF IMAGE PICKUP UNITS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus having a first image pickup unit and a second image pickup unit, comprising:
a first detection unit configured to detect a subject from first image data obtained as a result of shooting by the first
image pickup unit;

a second detection unit configured to detect a subject from second image data obtained as a result of shooting by the second
image pickup unit; and

a control unit configured to provide control to, in response to said first detection unit detecting, from the first image
data, the subject detected by said second detection unit, carry out a shooting process in which a shooting operation is performed
using the first image pickup unit, and image data obtained by the shooting operation is recorded,

wherein in a case where self-timer shooting is selected, said second detection unit detects the subject from the second image
data taken by the second image pickup unit in response to receipt of a shooting instruction, and

wherein as a result of detection, in a case where the subject is detected by said second detection unit, said control unit
provides control to carry out the shooting process using the first image pickup unit in response to said first detection unit
detecting the subject detected by said second detection unit, and in a case where the subject is not detected by said second
detection unit, said control unit starts clocking and provides control to carry out the shooting process using the first image
pickup unit according to a predetermined time period elapsing since start of the clocking.

US Pat. No. 9,639,009

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic member, comprising an electro-conductive mandrel and an electro-conductive layer, the electro-conductive
layer comprising an anion and a resin having a structure represented by Formula (1)

wherein Z represents a cationic skeleton comprising a cationic nitrogen-containing aromatic heterocycle,
A1 and A2 independently represent a linking group and are bonded to a nitrogen atom of the cationic nitrogen-containing aromatic heterocycle
in Z, with the proviso that (i) one of A1 and A2 bonds to the nitrogen atom, and the other of A1 and A2 bonds to a carbon atom in the cationic nitrogen-containing aromatic heterocycle when the cationic nitrogen-containing aromatic
heterocycle has only one nitrogen atom and (ii) A1 and A2 bond to two nitrogen atoms in the cationic nitrogen-containing aromatic heterocycle when the cationic nitrogen-containing
aromatic heterocycle has two or more nitrogen atoms, and

B1 and B2 independently represent a residue of a reaction of the hydrogen atom of a hydroxyl group with a compound capable of reacting
with the hydrogen atom of the hydroxyl group, and at least one of B1 or B2 comprises a residue of a reaction of the hydrogen atom of a hydroxyl group with at least one compound selected from the group
consisting of an isocyanate compound, an epoxide compound and a melamine compound.

US Pat. No. 9,639,790

RESOLUTION CONVERSION USING DITHER PROCESSING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a memory storing instructions; and
one or more processors which execute the instructions and cause the image processing apparatus to:
perform dither processing on image data having a first resolution M by using a dither threshold value matrix;
perform rotation processing on the image data that is generated by the dither processing unit and which has the first resolution
M; and

perform resolution conversion to convert the image data that is generated by the dither processing unit and which has the
first resolution M into image data having a second resolution N lower than the first resolution M by using a filter, wherein
the pixel of a growth center of the dither threshold value matrix and a center pixel in the processing using the filter coincide
with each other; and

derive coordinates of an arbitrary dither processing growth center point in the image on which the rotation processing has
been performed, wherein in the case where the phase of the arbitrary dither processing growth center point and the phase of
the center of the filter do not coincide with each other, the phase of the center of the filter is moved so as to coincide
with the phase of the arbitrary dither processing growth center point based on the derived coordinates, and the resolution
conversion is performed in accordance with the center of the filter after the phase thereof is moved so as to coincide with
the phase of the growth center point.

US Pat. No. 9,641,104

ACTUATOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An actuator comprising:
a vibrator including a vibration plate and a piezoelectric device that generates a vibration in the vibration plate;
a holding member that holds the vibrator;
a friction member configured to contact the vibrator with friction, so that the vibration by the vibrator causes a relative
movement between the friction member and the vibrator,

wherein the vibration plate includes a center portion including a surface on a first side on which the piezoelectric device
is fixed and a contact portion to contact the friction member on a second side opposite to the first side, a fixing portion
for fixing the vibration plate to the holding member, and a connection portion for connecting the center portion and the fixing
portion, and

wherein the fixing portion is offset from a first plane including the surface of the first side of the center portion and
is located between the first plane and a second plane which includes the contact portion, wherein the second plane is parallel
to the first plane.

US Pat. No. 9,674,408

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS THAT UTILIZES A REFOCUSABLE RANGE, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image sensor; and
a controller configured to:
drive a focus unit so that a first position is focused;
acquire a first refocusable range that is available in an image if the image is captured while the first position is focused;
acquire refocusable range setting information;
determine a second position, different from the first position, to be focused so as to provide a second refocusable range
that contains the first position, using information of the first position, the acquired first refocusable range, and the acquired
refocusable range setting information;

drive the focus unit so that the second position is focused; and
make the image sensor capture an image while the second position, wherein the refocusable range setting information contains
a width ratio in an optical axis direction between a near side refocusable range and a far side refocusable range from the
first position in the second refocusable range.

US Pat. No. 9,671,675

STOP APPARATUS, AND LENS APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A stop apparatus comprising:
a plurality of stop blades each having a drive pin;
a support member supporting pivot members of the stop blades; and
a cam member having cams engaging with the drive pins, the plurality of stop blades forming an aperture,
wherein the cam member includes a plurality of cams of which the largest radial distances from the center of the aperture
are different from each other,

the plurality of stop blades include first stop blades and second stop blades, the radial distance of the drive pins of the
first stop blades from the center of the aperture and the radial distance of the drive pins of the second stop blades from
the center of the aperture are different from each other in an open aperture state, and

the pivot members of the first stop blades and the second stop blades are disposed at positions at a radial distance from
the center of the aperture shorter than the radial distance from the center of the aperture of a drive pin having the longest
radial distance from the center of the aperture in the open aperture state among the plurality of drive pins.

US Pat. No. 9,672,454

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR RENDERING PLURALITY OF OBJECTS BY DIVIDING PLURALITY OF OBJECTS INTO PLURALITY OF GROUPS, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for rendering objects, the image processing apparatus comprising:
a memory storing instructions;
one or more processors which execute the instructions and cause an image processing apparatus to function as:
a division unit configured to divide, according to order of closeness of the objects to a background surface, the objects
so that each of the objects is included in any one of a plurality of groups including at least a first group and a second
group, the objects included in the first group being closer to the background surface than the objects included in the second
group; and

a rendering unit configured to render the objects included in the first group to obtain a rendering result, and render the
objects included in the second group using the rendering result in a manner such that the objects in the second group is superimposed
on the rendering result,

wherein, in a case where the division unit divides, in the dividing, a plurality of objects included in an application range
of a clip command into the first group and the second group, the rendering unit applies, in the rendering of the first group,
a clip process based on a first clip command corresponding to the clip command to a part of the plurality of objects divided
into the first group, and applies, in the rendering of the second group, a clip process based on a second clip command corresponding
to the clip command to a rest part of the plurality of objects divided into the second group,

a generation unit configured to generate the first clip command and the second clip command based on the clip command,
wherein the division unit divides the plurality of objects so that the part of the plurality of objects is included in the
first group and the rest part of the plurality of objects is included in the second group,

wherein the generation unit generates the first clip command having an application range based on a number of the part of
the plurality of objects, and the second clip command having an application range based on a number of the rest part of the
plurality of objects, the application range of the first clip command including the part of the plurality of objects, the
application range of the second clip command including the rest part of the plurality of objects, and

wherein the rendering unit applies, in the rendering of the first group, the clip process based on the first clip command
to the part of the plurality of objects, and applies, in the rendering of the second group, the clip process based on the
second clip command to the rest part of the plurality of objects,

wherein in a case where it is determined that the division unit divides the plurality of objects into the first group and
the second group, the generation unit adds to the first group a padding object that does not affect rendering, so that the
part of the plurality of objects included in the first group moves to the second group including the rest part of the plurality
of objects.

US Pat. No. 9,641,473

DATA COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, DATA COMMUNICATION APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a scanner unit configured to scan an image;
a setting unit configured to set a Post Office Protocol (POP) account issued to the image processing apparatus by a POP server,
wherein after issuing the POP account to the image processing apparatus, the POP server assigns a mailbox for incoming email
to the image processing apparatus;

a sending unit configured to send an e-mail, to which the image scanned by the scanner unit is attached, to a destination
in accordance with Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP);

an authentication unit configured to perform POP authentication using the POP account before sending the e-mail in accordance
with the SMTP;

a reception unit configured to receive a delete instruction from a user; and
a deletion request unit configured to request, based on the reception of the delete instruction, the POP server to delete
e-mails stored in the mailbox assigned to the image processing apparatus, the mailbox being included in the POP server and
corresponding to the POP account, without receiving the e-mails stored in the mailbox from the POP server,

wherein the image processing apparatus has an e-mail transmitting function but does not have an e-mail receiving function.

US Pat. No. 9,673,253

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,671,724

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member configured to bear a toner image;
an intermediary transfer member configured to carry the toner image transferred from the image bearing member at a primary-transfer
position;

a transfer member provided contactable to an outer peripheral surface of the intermediary transfer member and configured to
transfer the toner image from the intermediary transfer member onto a recording material at a secondary-transfer position;

a constant-voltage element electrically connected between the intermediary transfer member and a ground potential and configured
to maintain a predetermined voltage by passing of a current therethrough, said constant-voltage element comprising a Zener
diode or a varistor;

a power source configured to form both of a secondary-transfer electric field at the secondary-transfer position and a primary-transfer
electric field at the primary transfer position by applying a voltage to the transfer member to pass the current through the
constant-voltage element;

a detecting portion configured to detect the current passing through the transfer member;
an executing portion configured to execute a test mode in which a test voltage is applied to the transfer member by the power
source to detect the current by the detecting portion when no recording material exists at the secondary-transfer position;
and

a controller configured to control a voltage to be applied to the transfer member by the power source when the recording material
exists at the secondary-transfer position, on the basis of the current detected by the detecting portion in the test mode,

wherein the constant-voltage element maintains the predetermined voltage in at least an overlapping period where a period
of the test mode and a period in which the toner image to be transferred onto the recording material is transferred at the
primary-transfer position overlap with each other.

US Pat. No. 9,641,001

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:
a power receiving means configured to wirelessly receive power from a power supply apparatus;
a communication means configured to communicate with the power supply apparatus;
a temperature detection means configured to detect a temperature;
a detection means configured to detect whether the electronic apparatus is in a first state or a second state based on the
temperature detected by the temperature detection means,

wherein the first state is a state in which the temperature is equal to or higher than a first temperature and lower than
a second temperature, and

wherein the second state is a state in which the temperature is equal to or higher than the second temperature; and
a load means configured to be supplied with power received by the power receiving means,
characterized in that the electronic apparatus further includes a control means configured to:
(i) if the detection means detects that the electronic apparatus is in the first state, request the power supply apparatus
to restrict a power output; and

(ii) if the detection means detects that the electronic apparatus is in the second state, restrict the power receiving means
to supply power to the load means.

US Pat. No. 9,664,507

DEPTH VALUE MEASUREMENT USING ILLUMINATION BY PIXELS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for measurement of a depth value, comprising:
capturing an image of an object illuminated by one or more light patterns effected by multiple pixel-layers, wherein each
pixel-layer includes an array of pixels;

determining a direction of incoming illumination for a specular reflection at a point on the surface of the object; and
determining the depth value of the point on the surface of the object based on the captured image and the direction of incoming
illumination,

wherein the one or more light patterns result from one or more coded patterns transmitted to the pixel-layers, and
wherein each of the one or more coded patterns is a bitplane of a binary code, and wherein the location of a pixel in each
of the multiple pixel-layers that is associated with the specular reflection is determined by matching a binarized value of
the captured image to a binary code bit value.

US Pat. No. 9,665,026

TONER AND TWO-COMPONENT DEVELOPER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming method comprising a step of developing with a developer containing a toner, the toner comprising:
toner particles each of which contains a binder resin, a wax, and a coloring agent;
negatively chargeable silica fine particles A on surfaces of the toner particles, the silica fine particles A having a number-average
particle diameter (D1) of 60 to 300 nm, and an amount of the silica fine particles A is 2.0 parts by mass or more and 10.0
parts by mass or less when an amount of the toner particles is set to 100 parts by mass,

positively chargeable strontium titanate fine particles B adhering to the silica fine particles A electrostatically, the strontium
titanate fine particles B have a fixing rate of 0.10 to 0.60, and an amount of the strontium titanate fine particles B is
0.2 part by mass or more and 1.0 part by mass or less when an amount of the toner particles is set to 100 parts by mass, wherein

Y/X is 0.75 or more, where a coverage rate of the surfaces of the toner particles with the silica fine particles A is X (%),
X being 20 to 95%, and a coverage rate with the silica fine particles A fixed to the surfaces of the toner particles is Y
(%),

the step of developing includes a step of peeling the silica fine particles A and the strontium titanate fine particles B
to increase a charge quantity of the toner.

US Pat. No. 9,628,943

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a first communication unit configured to perform wireless communication with another communication apparatus, using a first
communication method;

a second communication unit configured to perform wireless communication with the another communication apparatus using a
second communication method in which a communication speed is higher than a communication speed in the first communication
method;

a determination unit configured to determine, when the communication apparatus is connected to the another communication apparatus
by the first communication unit, if the communication apparatus transmits a request message requesting a connection with the
another communication apparatus by the second communication unit and receives a request message requesting a connection using
the second communication method from the another communication apparatus, whether a response message is to be transmitted
by the communication apparatus or by the another communication apparatus on the basis of a comparison between a random number
included in the request message transmitted by the communication apparatus and a random number included in the request message
received from the another communication apparatus; and

a transmission unit configured to transmit, if the determination unit determines that the communication apparatus transmits
the response message, a response message rejecting the connection using the second communication method to the another communication
apparatus using the first communication unit, regardless of whether the connection using the second communication method requested
in the request message received from the another communication apparatus is executable,

wherein ,if the determination unit determines that the another communication apparatus transmits the response message, the
second communication unit performs wireless communication with the another communication apparatus according to the response
message transmitted by the another communication apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,627,427

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,625,350

REFRACTIVE INDEX DISTRIBUTION MEASURING METHOD, REFRACTIVE INDEX DISTRIBUTION MEASURING APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING OPTICAL ELEMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A refractive index distribution measuring method comprising:
a phase difference measuring step of dividing light emitted from a light source into reference light and test light and causing
the reference light to interfere with the test light, which test light has entered a test object and has passed through the
test object, to measure a phase difference between the reference light and the test light;

a wavefront aberration measuring step of measuring a wavefront aberration of the test light; and
a calculation step of calculating a refractive index distribution of the test object based on the phase difference and the
wavefront aberration,

wherein the phase difference measuring step includes measuring a first phase difference for a first wavelength and a second
phase difference for a second wavelength different from the first wavelength,

wherein the wavefront aberration measuring step includes measuring a first wavefront aberration for the first wavelength and
a second wavefront aberration for the second wavelength, and

wherein the calculation step includes calculating a phase-difference difference amount, which is a difference between the
first phase difference and the second phase difference, calculating a wavefront aberration difference amount, which is a difference
between the first wavefront aberration and the second wavefront aberration, and calculating the refractive index distribution
of the test object based on the phase-difference difference amount and the wavefront aberration difference amount.

US Pat. No. 9,623,670

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,612,783

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF SEARCHING FOR PERIPHERAL DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

an obtaining unit that obtains information on a peripheral device by short distance wireless communication;
a first determination unit that determines whether the obtained information contains a network address of the peripheral device;
a second determination unit that determines whether or not the obtained information contains identification information of
the peripheral device in a case where the first determination unit determines that the obtained information does not contain
the network address of the peripheral device; and

a search unit that searches for peripheral devices on a network and identifies, from among the peripheral devices, a peripheral
device to which the same identification information as the obtained information contains has been set in a case where the
second determination unit determines that the obtained information contains identification information and an instruction
to search for a peripheral device is made.

US Pat. No. 9,613,057

DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A document management apparatus comprising a memory and a processor cooperating to function as units comprising:
an image data reception unit configured to receive image data generated in an image processing apparatus which is operated
by a first user;

a first obtaining unit configured to obtain a feature amount of the image data by analyzing the image data received by the
image data reception unit;

a first search unit configured to, when the image data reception unit receives the image data, search for a document file
corresponding to the obtained feature amount of the image data;

a storage unit configured to, when the image data reception unit receives the image data, (a) store information of the image
data as waiting data if the document file corresponding to the obtained feature amount of the image data is not found by the
first search unit, and (b) not store the information of the image data as the waiting data if the document file corresponding
to the image data is found by the first search unit, wherein the information of the image data includes the obtained feature
amount and identification information for identifying the first user;

a first notification unit configured to, when the image data reception unit receives the image data, notify the first user
of (i) the information of the image data and (ii) a search result from the first search unit;

a document file reception unit configured to receive a new document file transmitted from a user terminal which is operated
by a second user;

a second obtaining unit configured to obtain a feature amount of the new document file received by the document file reception
unit;

a second search unit configured to, when the document file reception unit receives the new document file, search the storage
unit for the waiting data corresponding to the obtained feature amount of the new document file received by the document file
reception unit;

a determination unit configured to, if the waiting data corresponding to the obtained feature amount of the new document file
is found by the second search unit when the document file reception unit receives the new document file, determine, based
on an operation on the user terminal, whether or not information corresponding to the new document file received by the document
file reception unit is to be transmitted to the first user; and

a second notification unit configured to, when the document file reception unit receives the new document file, notify the
first user, who is identified by the identification information corresponding to the waiting data that was searched for by
the second search unit, of the information corresponding to the new document file received by the document file reception
unit, if the determination unit determines that the information corresponding to the new document file is to be transmitted,

wherein the second notification unit does not notify the first user of the information corresponding to the new document file
if the determination unit determines that the information corresponding to the new document file is not to be transmitted.

US Pat. No. 9,615,406

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH ELECTROMAGNETIC INDUCTION HEATING TYPE FIXING UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for setting different current shut-off thresholds for temperatures of a magnetic material thereof
above and below the Curie temperature, comprising:
a magnetic flux generating device configured to generate a magnetic flux;
a fixing unit configured to generate heat in accordance with the magnetic flux from the magnetic flux generating device, the
fixing unit having a heating element including the magnetic material heated by the magnetic flux from the magnetic flux generating
device;

a power source configured to supply a current to the magnetic flux generating device;
a current detection unit configured to detect a value of the current supplied to the magnetic flux generating device;
a temperature sensor configured to detect a temperature of the heating element;
an output overcurrent detection unit that receives the output of the temperature sensor and the output of the current detection
unit,

wherein the output overcurrent detection unit generates a first threshold value for comparing to a value representing the
current value supplied to the magnetic flux generating device if the heating element is below the Curie temperature, and generates
a second threshold value for comparing to a value representing the current value supplied to the magnetic flux generating
device if the heating element is above the Curie temperature,

wherein the output overcurrent detection unit outputs an abnormal status signal, instructing stopping current supply from
the power source to the magnetic flux generating device, i) when the value representing the current value detected by the
current detection unit is above the first threshold value and the temperature of the heating element detected by the temperature
sensor is below the Curie temperature, and ii) when the value representing the current value detected by the current detection
unit is above the second threshold value, and the temperature of the heating element detected by the temperature sensor is
above the Curie temperature; and

a control unit receiving the abnormal status signal from the output overcurrent detection unit and stopping the supply of
the current to the magnetic flux generating device from the power source in response to receiving the abnormal status signal
from the output overcurrent detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,605,170

INK SET AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,608,025

IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a substrate;
a photoelectric conversion unit configured to generate a signal charge by photoelectric conversion;
a contact wiring of a conductor electrically connected to the photoelectric conversion unit;
a transistor including a control electrode, a first main electrode electrically connected to the contact wiring, and a second
main electrode;

a charge accumulating unit provided in the substrate and electrically connected to the second main electrode of the transistor;
and

a first switching unit configured to switch connection and disconnection between the control electrode and the first main
electrode of the transistor.

US Pat. No. 9,608,031

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a solid-state image sensor, the method comprising:
preparing a semiconductor substrate including a photoelectric conversion portion;
forming, on the semiconductor substrate, a structure comprising a first member, which has an insulating property, containing
silicon oxide, and a second member, which has an insulating property, arranged on the first member and containing silicon
carbide;

forming an opening in a position over the photoelectric conversion portion in the structure by removing a part of the first
member and a part of the second member;

forming a third member, which has a transparent property, in the opening; and
performing an annealing process after the forming of the third member,
wherein the second member is formed at a first temperature in the forming the structure, and
wherein the third member is formed at a second temperature lower than the first temperature.

US Pat. No. 9,606,482

FIXING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing apparatus configured to fix an image onto a recording material, the fixing apparatus comprising:
a rotational member having a cylindrical shape and configured to include a conductive layer;
a coil having a helical shape and configured to be disposed in a hollow portion of the rotational member, the coil having
a helix axis extending in a direction along a generatrix direction of the rotational member;

a first temperature detecting member configured to detect a temperature of a sheet passing portion of the rotational member;
a second temperature detecting member configured to detect a temperature of a sheet non-passing portion of the rotational
member; and

a controller configured to control power supplied to the coil,
wherein the conductive layer is caused to generate heat by electromagnetic induction in an alternating magnetic field generated
by a current flowing in the coil, and the image formed on the recording material is fixed onto the recording material with
the heat of the rotational member, and

wherein the controller is configured to control an amplitude of the current flowing in the coil according to a temperature
detected by the first temperature detecting member, and is configured to control a driving frequency of the current flowing
in the coil according to at least one of a size of the recording material and a temperature detected by the second temperature
detecting member.

US Pat. No. 9,609,148

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of controlling a communication apparatus capable of facsimile transmitting image data, the method comprising:
storing, as a transmission history, a destination of a facsimile transmission and an F code used for the facsimile transmission;
displaying a list of the transmission history stored in the storing;
determining whether or not a transmission history selected from the list of the transmission history contains the F code;
displaying a first screen to allow a user to select whether to set the F code for a facsimile transmission of image data,
in a case that it is determined in the determining that the F code is contained in the selected transmission history; and

reading a destination and the F code included in the transmission history selected by the user, and setting the destination
and the F code for the facsimile transmission, in a case that it is selected by the user to set the F code via the first screen.

US Pat. No. 9,609,201

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

18. A focus adjustment method comprising:
obtaining a plurality of image signals generated by photoelectrically converting object light which passed through different
division areas of an exit pupil of an image pickup optical system;

detecting a defocus amount of the image pickup optical system on the basis of the plurality of obtained image signals;
setting a plurality of areas including a predetermined area to be used for a focus adjustment of the image pickup optical
system, as areas of the plurality of image signals to be used for detecting the defocus amount;

generating a focus adjustment signal for performing the focus adjustment of the image pickup optical system, on the basis
of the defocus amount detected in the predetermined area; and

determining whether or not a perspective conflict occurs in the predetermined area, according to the defocus amount detected
in each set area of at least more than two areas, wherein

in a case where it is determined that the perspective conflict occurs in the predetermined area, the area to be used for the
focus adjustment of the image pickup optical system is changed from the predetermined area to any of other set areas, according
to the defocus amount detected from each area.

US Pat. No. 9,609,202

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD WITH FOCUS ADJUSTING MODES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an imaging element configured to capture an object image by exposure of object light;
a sensor unit configured to receive the object light and output a signal for focus detection;
a shooting unit configured to sequentially expose the imaging element and carry out continuous shooting; and
a controlling unit configured to, at every interval between each of the exposures during the continuous shooting, acquire
mode-related information used in determination of a focus adjusting mode to be applied to the respective interval between
each of the exposures, and determine, based on the acquired mode-related information, either a first focus adjusting mode
for calculating a defocus amount based on a signal output by the imaging element or a second focus adjusting mode for calculating
the defocus amount based on the signal for focus detection output by the sensor unit to be the focus adjusting mode that is
applied to the respective interval between each of the exposures.

US Pat. No. 9,602,842

ENCODING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,598,260

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH CREASER CONTROL, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, PRINTING SYSTEM, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus which connects with a creaser configured to crease a sheet, comprising:
a printer configured to print an image on a sheet;
an input device configured to input a print job for printing an image on a sheet and creasing the sheet;
a display device; and
a controller having a processor and a memory, configured to;
(i) determine whether the print job includes setting information of creasing at a plurality of crease positions including
a first crease position of a front surface of a sheet and a second crease position of a back surface of the sheet,

(ii) if it is determined that the setting information is included in the print job, determine whether the connected creaser
has a function capable of creasing both the front and back surfaces of a sheet,

(iii) if it is determined that the connected creaser does not have the function, control the display device to display a screen
for changing the setting information of the print job so as to crease a single surface of the sheet, based on a type of the
sheet used in the print job, and

(iv) based on the print job of which setting information has been changed via the screen, control the printer to print an
image on a sheet, and control the connected creaser to crease the sheet on which the image is printed by the printer.

US Pat. No. 9,600,057

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information terminal comprising:
a reading unit configured to read tag data from an RFID tag of a printing apparatus;
a first transmission unit configured to transmit a return command to the printing apparatus based on address information included
in the tag data, the return command instructing the printing apparatus to return from a power-saving mode to a normal power
mode;

a determination unit configured to, after the first transmission unit transmits the return command, determine whether the
printing apparatus has succeeded or failed to return from the power-saving mode to the normal power mode;

a notification unit configured to notify, in the case where the determination unit determines that the printing apparatus
has failed to return from the power-saving mode to the normal power mode, a user that the printing apparatus has failed to
return from the power-saving mode to the normal power mode; and

a second transmission unit configured to transmit authentication data to the printing apparatus in a case where the determination
unit determines that the printing apparatus has succeeded to return from the power-saving mode to the normal power mode,

wherein the second transmission unit is configured to not transmit the authentication data to the printing apparatus in a
case where the determination unit determines that the printing apparatus has failed to return from the power-saving mode to
the normal power mode.

US Pat. No. 9,602,690

IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND POST PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming system comprising:
an image forming apparatus including a first control unit configured to control an image forming operation with respect to
a recording material; and

a post processing apparatus including a second control unit configured to control a post processing operation with respect
to the recording material on which an image has been formed as a result of the image forming operation,

wherein the second control unit notifies the first control unit of a plurality of time periods from a time when the post processing
apparatus receives a first recording material to a time when the post processing apparatus receives a second recording material
conveyed next after the first recording material, each of the plurality of time periods defined based on different conditions
with respect to the image forming operation, and

wherein before the image forming apparatus performs the image forming operation with respect to the second recording material,
the first control unit selects a time period which corresponds to a condition for performing the image forming operation with
respect to the second recording material from among the plurality of time periods, of which the first control unit has been
notified by the second control unit, and determines a timing to start the image forming operation based on the selected time
period.

US Pat. No. 9,602,709

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,602,714

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,599,917

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member that abuts with at least any member selected from the group consisting of
a charging member that charges the electrophotographic photosensitive member and a developer carrying member that feeds a
developer to the electrophotographic photosensitive member, with an abutting member interposed therebetween, wherein
the electrophotographic photosensitive member has a first portion and a second portion different from the first portion along
the longitudinal direction thereof, and abuts with the abutting member on the second portion,

the electrophotographic photosensitive member has a support, a charge generation layer comprising a charge generating material
and a polyacetal resin, and a surface layer in this order,

the electrophotographic photosensitive member has, in the first portion, an undercoat layer comprising a polymerized product
of a composition comprising an electron transporting material and a cross-linking agent, the undercoat layer being adjacent
to a surface of the charge generation layer, and the surface facing the support, and

the electrophotographic photosensitive member has, in the second portion, an intermediate layer comprising a metal oxide particle
and a phenol resin, the intermediate layer being between and adjacent to the support and the charge generation layer.

US Pat. No. 9,602,741

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus, comprising:
an image pickup unit including:
a plurality of microlenses arrayed in a row direction and a column direction; and
a pixel region including a plurality of unit pixels arrayed in the row direction and the column direction so as to correspond
to the plurality of microlenses, respectively,

the plurality of unit pixels each including a first photoelectric converter and a second photoelectric converter,
the image pickup unit being configured to employ at least:
a first mode that is a mode in which signal corresponding to charges generated in the first photoelectric converter and the
second photoelectric converter is subjected to synthesis processing, and the signal subjected to the synthesis processing
is read out; and

a second mode that is a mode in which a signal corresponding to the charges generated in the first photoelectric converter
is read out without the synthesis processing; and

a controller configured to read out, in the first mode, a first row positioned in a first region of the pixel region, and
read out, in the second mode and the first mode, a second row positioned in a second region of the pixel region, which is
different from the first region,

the second row positioned in the second region being read out in the second mode during a first read-out period,
the second row positioned in the second region being read out in the first mode during a second read-out period different
from the first read-out period,

the first read-out period and the second read-out period having the same length when an image is acquired.

US Pat. No. 9,602,752

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,599,935

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH CLEANING USING CLEANING MEMBER AND CHARGING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,600,219

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,600,737

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,600,747

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,600,751

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF WITH A DETERMINATION WHETHER AN APPLICATION RELATES TO A DYNAMIC UPDATE FOR REFLECTING CHANGE OF THE NETWORK SETTING WITHOUT REBOOTING THE APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising at least one processor and a memory configured to function as:
a changing unit configured to change a network setting;
a determination unit configured to determine whether or not an application supports a dynamic update for reflecting the change
of the network setting without rebooting the image forming apparatus; and

a controlling unit configured not to reboot the image forming apparatus associated with the change of the network setting
if the determination unit determines that the application supports the dynamic update for the change of the network setting,
and to reboot the image forming apparatus if the determination unit determines that the application does not support the dynamic
update for the change of the network setting.

US Pat. No. 9,602,579

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,596,438

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,594,192

OPTICAL ELEMENT, OPTICAL SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING OPTICAL ELEMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical system, comprising:
a plurality of optical elements arranged in an optical axis direction; and
an optical surface and a non-optical surface, the optical surface and the non-optical surface containing optical glass as
a base material,

wherein the optical glass has a Knoop hardness of 600 N/mm2 or more,

wherein the non-optical surface has a coating film layer formed thereon, the coating film layer containing a pigment as a
color material and having a refractive index of 1.65 or more, and

wherein the optical system satisfies any one of the following conditions:
Am
Am m=1; or

m=N,
where N represents a number of the plurality of optical elements, m represents an order from an object side of an optical
element having the non-optical surface among the plurality of optical elements and Ai (i=1, . . . , N) represents a smallest diameter of the optical surface of the i-th optical element from the object side.

US Pat. No. 9,594,236

PROJECTION OPTICAL SYSTEM AND IMAGE PROJECTION APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

?dD??dC>55.0
are satisfied.

US Pat. No. 9,593,243

COMPOUND, PIGMENT DISPERSING AGENT, PIGMENT COMPOSITION, PIGMENT DISPERSION AND TONER CONTAINING SAID COMPOUND

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A compound in which a partial structure represented by formula (1) is bound to a polymer having a monomer unit represented
by formula (2):

wherein:
Ar represents an aryl group,
Ar, R1 and R2 satisfy at least one of conditions (i) and (ii):

(i) Ar has a linking group that composes a bonding moiety with the polymer obtained by bonding to a carbon atom in the aryl
group; and

(ii) R1 or R2 is a linking group that composes a bonding moiety with the polymer,

in a case R1 and R2 are not linking groups, R1 and R2 each independently represents a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, a phenyl group, or an aralkyl group, and

X represents O, NH, or S; and

wherein R3 represents a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group, and R4 represents a phenyl group, a carboxyl group, a carboxylic acid ester group, or a carboxylic acid amide group.

US Pat. No. 9,594,534

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM THAT PERFORM IMAGE PROCESSING FOR A DOWNLOADED IMAGE BASED ON THIRD PARTY SUBJECTIVE EVALUATION INFORMATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
(a) a download unit configured to download, in accordance with an instruction of a user, a print target image from a server
accessible by a third party using an SNS (Social Networking Service) via a network, different from the user;

(b) a processor configured:
(i) to obtain subjective evaluation information of the third party for the print target image included in a tag added to the
print target image downloaded by said download unit;

(ii) to evaluate the print target image, based on the subjective evaluation information of the third party, and
(iii) to perform image processing for the downloaded print target image in accordance with a result of the evaluation; and
(c) an output unit configured to output image data that has undergone the image processing of said processor,
wherein:
(i) said processor further obtains information used to classify the third party who has made an evaluation corresponding to
the evaluation information into a friend of the user who has instructed the download and a stranger, and performs the image
processing including automatic creation of an album layout using a plurality of downloaded print target images, and selects
an image to be included in a template of the album, based on the evaluation information classified into the friend and the
stranger by the information obtained by said processor,

(ii) the user who has instructed the download can be classified by the information obtained by said processor, and
(iii) said processor weights evaluation of the user, evaluation of the friend, and evaluation of the stranger, and selects
the image to be included in the template of the album based on a result of the weighting.

US Pat. No. 9,596,336

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS CONNECTABLE TO EXTERNAL APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus connectable to an external apparatus via first communication unit and second communication unit
different from the first communication unit, comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain device information about the external apparatus from the external apparatus via the
first communication unit;

a connection unit configured to perform connection processing to the external apparatus via the second communication unit
based on the device information; and

a control unit configured to determine an internal state of the communication apparatus and to control a connection to the
external apparatus via the second communication unit in accordance with a determination result,

wherein the control unit changes a determination timing in accordance with a type of the external apparatus determined based
on the device information obtained via the first communication unit, the determination timing is a timing at which the control
unit determines the internal state of the communication apparatus,

wherein the determination timing when the type of the external apparatus is not a handheld device is earlier than the determination
timing when the type of the external apparatus is a handheld device.

US Pat. No. 9,592,509

FLOW PASSAGE DEVICE AND METHOD OF TRANSPORTING LIQUID USING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,594,334

HEATER AND IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A heater usable with an image heating apparatus including an electric energy supplying portion provided with a first terminal
and a second terminal, a connector portion electrically connected with the electric energy supplying portion, and an endless
belt for heating an image on a sheet, wherein said heater is contactable to the belt to heat the belt, said heater comprising:
a substrate;
at least one first electrical contact provided on said substrate and electrically connectable with the first terminal through
the connector portion;

a plurality of second electrical contacts provided on said substrate and electrically connectable with the second terminal
through the connector portion;

a plurality of electrode portions including first electrode portions electrically connected with said first electrical contact
and second electrode portions electrically connected with said second electrical contacts, said first electrode portions and
said second electrode portions being arranged alternately with predetermined gaps in a longitudinal direction of said substrate;
and

a plurality of heat generating portions provided between adjacent ones of said electrode portions so as to electrically connect
between adjacent electrode portions, said heat generating portions being capable of generating heat by an electric power supplied
between adjacent electrode portions;

wherein said first electrical contact and said second electrical contacts are all disposed in one end portion side of said
substrate with respect to the longitudinal direction.

US Pat. No. 9,591,383

METHOD, DEVICE, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM FOR ENCAPSULATING PARTITIONED TIMED MEDIA DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of encapsulating tiled timed media data in a server, the tiled timed media data comprising timed samples, each
timed sample comprising a plurality of spatial subsamples, the method comprises:
for each of one or more spatial subsamples, creating one the track comprising the spatial subsample, and one corresponding
spatial subsample of each of the other timed samples;

creating at least one composite track comprising identification information for identifying at least one of the created tile
tracks; and

independently encapsulating each of the created tracks in at least one media segment.

US Pat. No. 9,586,780

PRINTING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a feeding roller configured to feed a printing sheet;
a conveyance roller configured to convey the printing sheet fed by the feeding roller;
a printing unit configured to print the printing sheet conveyed by the conveyance roller;
a conveyance control unit configured to control conveyance of printing sheets so that an overlap state, in which a trailing
edge of a preceding sheet as a printing sheet precedingly fed by the feeding roller and a leading edge of a succeeding sheet
as a printing sheet succeedingly fed by the feeding roller overlap each other, is formed between the feeding roller and the
conveyance roller; and

a determination unit configured to determine whether to convey the succeeding sheet to a position facing the printing unit
while keeping the overlap state or to convey the succeeding sheet to the position after cancelling the overlap state.

US Pat. No. 9,591,152

DATA OUTPUT APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME AND OUTPUT SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus, comprising:
a wireless communication unit;
a reception unit configured to receive image data;
an output unit configured to output image data; and
a control unit configured to automatically perform, with an establishment of a wireless connection between the communication
apparatus and another communication apparatus via the wireless communication unit as a trigger, a predetermined processing
for outputting image data, which is received from the other communication apparatus by the reception unit prior to the establishment
of the wireless connection, by the output unit.

US Pat. No. 9,591,202

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD FOR GENERATING RECOMPOSED IMAGES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,591,243

FOCUS DETECTING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND IMAGE-PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

10. An image-pickup apparatus comprising:
a controller configured to obtain information of an optical system;
and a focus detecting apparatus which is capable of operating in a still image mode,
wherein the focus detecting apparatus includes:
a first image sensor configured to receive a light beam that has passed through the optical system and to output a first signal
pair having parallax to be used for a focus detection by a phase difference detection method;

a second image sensor configured to receive, by a masking device, a light beam narrower than that received by the first image
sensor, which has passed through the optical system and to output a second signal pair having parallax to be used for the
focus detection by the phase difference detection method;

and at least one processor or circuitry which functions as:
a calculating unit configured to calculate the focus detection by the phase difference detection method,
wherein, in the focus detection calculation of the still image mode, a range used to detect a shift amount corresponding to
a high matching degree between image signals consisting of the first signal pair is wider than a range used to detect a shift
amount corresponding to a high matching degree between image signals consisting of the second signal pair.

US Pat. No. 9,585,629

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,586,398

INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,591,279

LIGHT SOURCE UNIT, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND PROJECTION-TYPE DISPLAY APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light source unit comprising:
a light source configured to emit excitation light having a first wavelength;
a fluorescent member configured to emit, when irradiated with the excitation light from the light source, fluorescence light
having a second wavelength different from the first wavelength; and

an adjuster configured to adjust a conversion efficiency from the excitation light to the fluorescence light of the fluorescent
member so that a gradient, denoted by T, satisfies:

0.35G?T?0.8Gin a fluorescence characteristic of the fluorescent member when a horizontal axis represents a normalized light intensity
of the excitation light so that a maximum light intensity of the excitation light incident on the fluorescent member is normalized
to 1, and a vertical axis represents the light intensity of the fluorescence light emitted from the fluorescence member that
is irradiated with the normalized light intensity of the excitation light, where G represents a gradient in the fluorescence
characteristic when the normalized light intensity of the excitation light is 0.3.

US Pat. No. 9,588,487

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,582,892

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS, RADIATION IMAGING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,573,319

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,575,424

METHOD OF PRODUCING A TONER PARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,575,457

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH OPERATION UNIT CABLE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming system comprising:
an image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording member;
an operation unit configured to operate the image forming apparatus, the operation unit comprising an operation portion and
a stand portion configured to be attached to the operation portion and to stand the operation portion on a top surface of
the image forming apparatus; and

a cable configured to electrically communicate between the image forming apparatus and the operation portion,
wherein the cable is connected with the operation unit while a part of the cable is exposed to an outer side of the image
forming apparatus through an opening portion defined by a rear surface of the image forming apparatus,

wherein a length of the cable is such that the stand portion is capable of standing at least at two positions on the top surface
of the image forming apparatus, and that the operation unit cannot reach an installation surface on which the image forming
apparatus is supported if the operation unit falls from a rear surface side of the image forming apparatus, and

wherein the cable has a strength capable of supporting the operation unit if the operation unit falls from the rear surface
side of the image forming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,575,461

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,576,638

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a memory device including a plurality of memories and stacked on an SoC die, wherein the memory device is connected to an
image processing controller via a memory controller;

a plurality of image processing modules configured to execute respective image processing functions in accordance with an
image processing job;

a temperature acquisition unit, implemented by the image processing controller, configured to acquire temperature information
of plurality of memories of the memory device via the memory controller before the image processing controller activates one
of the image processing modules; and

a deciding unit, implemented by the image processing controller, configured to, when execution of an image processing function
is instructed and before the image processing controller activates an image processing module within the image processing
modules that corresponds to the image processing function, decide on a lower-temperature memory within the plurality of memories
that is to be used by the image processing module, based on a memory size to be used by the image processing module, and the
temperature information of the plurality of memories acquired by the temperature acquisition unit.

US Pat. No. 9,568,072

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,571,718

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS FOR PROCESSING A PICKED-UP IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for processing a picked-up image which is output from an image pickup element having a microlens
array, a plurality of pixels of the image pickup element being assigned to one microlens of the microlens array, configured
to pick up an image, comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain the picked-up image which is output from the image pickup element;
a refocus processing unit configured to perform image processing on the obtained picked-up image based on ray directional
information of the obtained picked-up image as refocus processing so as to generate a reconstruction image whose focal length
is different from a focal length of the obtained picked-up image;

a defect pixel detection unit configured to detect a defect pixel from the obtained picked-up image; and
a control unit configured to control the refocus processing unit and the defect pixel detection unit in such a manner that
makes the defect pixel detection unit perform the detection of the defect pixel of the obtained picked-up image, and makes
the refocus processing unit perform the refocus processing after performing the detection of the defect pixel on the picked-up
image in which the detection of the defect pixel is performed.

US Pat. No. 9,565,386

IMAGE DATA TRANSMITTING APPARATUS AND IMAGE DATA RECEIVING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A receiving apparatus comprising:
at least one processor coupled to a memory;
a first receiving unit that receives, from an external apparatus, first image data included in moving image data, first time
code information corresponding to the first image data, and identification (ID) information transmitted with the first image
data;

a second receiving unit that receives, from the external apparatus, second image data included in the moving image data, second
time code information corresponding to the second image data, and the ID information which also is transmitted with the second
image data; and

a control unit that (a) records the first image data on a recording medium without recording the second image data on the
recording medium if predetermined information and the first time code information are separately added to the first image
data and the predetermined information is not added to the second image data, and (b) records the second image data on the
recording medium without recording the first image data on the recording medium if the predetermined information and the second
time code information are separately added to the second image data and the predetermined information is not added to the
first image data,

wherein the predetermined information is added to the first image data or the second image data by the external apparatus
if the first image data and the second image data are the same,

wherein the predetermined information is added to image data which is a target to be recorded or displayed,
wherein the ID information indicates that a plurality of image data included in the moving image data belongs to the moving
image data, and

wherein the first receiving unit, the second receiving unit, and the control unit are implemented by the at least one processor.

US Pat. No. 9,563,150

DEVELOPING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing device comprising:
a developer bearing member for bearing a developer comprising a non-magnetic toner and a magnetic carrier to develop an electrostatic
latent image;

a first chamber in which the developer is supplied to the developer bearing member through a first opening provided at a position
opposing the developer bearing member;

a second chamber in which the developer is directly collected from the developer bearing member through a second opening provided
at a position opposing the developer bearing member without passing through the first chamber;

a partition wall for partitioning the first chamber and the second chamber;
a first communicating portion capable of feeding the developer from the second chamber to the first chamber;
a second communicating portion capable of feeding the developer from the first chamber to the second chamber;
a first screw portion, including a rotation shaft provided rotatably in the first chamber, for feeding the developer in the
first chamber; and

a second screw portion, including a rotation shaft provided rotatably in the second chamber, for feeding the developer in
the second chamber in a direction opposite from a developer feeding direction of the first screw portion,

wherein the first screw portion includes a plurality of spiral blades helically wound on an outer peripheral surface of the
rotation shaft in the developer feeding direction, and

ribs provided in respective positions between adjacent spiral blades, said ribs projecting from the rotation shaft of the
first screw portion in a radial direction over an entire opposing region of the first screw portion opposing a developer bearing
region of the developer bearing member, with the opposing region not opposed to the first communicating portion or the second
communicating portion,

wherein in the opposing region, a size of a developer feeding surface of a downstream-most rib with respect to the developer
feeding direction of the first screw portion is larger than a size of a developer feeding surface of an upstream-most rib.

US Pat. No. 9,555,629

LIQUID DISCHARGE SUBSTRATE, LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD, AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,557,941

PRINTING APPARATUS FOR PERFORMING PRINTING BASED ON DATA INCLUDING A PLURALITY OF PAGES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a printing unit configured to perform printing based on printing data including a plurality of pages;
a first acquisition unit configured to acquire a page count per copy;
a second acquisition unit configured to acquire a margin size of respective pages of the page count in a first copy;
an extraction unit configured to extract data of a predetermined portion of a printing area from the respective pages of the
page count in the first copy;

a page determination unit configured to determine whether the data of the predetermined portion extracted by said extraction
unit are identical among the respective pages in the first copy; and

a printing determination unit configured to, when said page determination unit determines that the data of the predetermined
portion are identical among the respective pages, determine that printing of the printing data is not collation printing,
and when said page determination unit determines that the data of the predetermined portion are not identical among the respective
pages, determine that printing of the printing data is collation printing, and

a paper feeding control unit configured to, when feeding printing paper for printing of each of pages in a second and subsequent
copies after determination of said printing determination unit, control a paper feeding operation to convey preceding printing
paper and succeeding printing paper so as to make the preceding printing paper and the succeeding printing paper to partially
overlap each other based on the margin size acquired by said second acquisition unit,

wherein said acquisition unit, said second acquisition unit, said extraction unit, said page determination unit, said printing
determination unit and said paper feeding control unit are implemented by a processor of the printing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,557,948

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR ACTIVATING A PRINTER DRIVER UPON COMPLETION OF USER AUTHENTICATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus capable of communicating with a print server system including print service which generates
a print job using content data and a print setting and which transmits the generated print job to a printer through a network,
the information processing apparatus comprising:
a memory;
a processor coupled to the memory which executes the following:
receiving a permission screen used to determine whether transfer of a user's authority for using the print service to a printer
driver is permitted from an authentication server system operating in cooperation with the print server system and displays
the received permission screen,

wherein a display unit displays the permission screen before the printer driver is distributed from the print service, and
wherein authority information is issued from the print service in response to the transfer of the user's authority having
been permitted by a user via the received permission screen;

receiving an install set generated by the print server in response to a printer having been selected in a printer list, the
install set being for a printer driver of the selected printer and the printer driver including a driver set, actual data,
a setup tool and the authority information, and configured to install the printer driver of the selected printer, using the
install set;

activating the printer driver, which provides a print setting screen and which transmits content data stored in a memory of
the information processing apparatus and a print setting input using the print setting screen to the print service through
a network; and

transmitting the authority information representing that user's authority for using the print service is transferred to the
printer driver when the user issues an instruction for printing to be performed through the printer driver after the printer
driver is activated and transmit the content data and the print setting through the network.

US Pat. No. 9,555,651

METHOD OF CONTROLLING DISCHARGE OF PRINTED SHEETS AS SHEET BUNDLE, SHEET DISCHARGE CONTROL APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of controlling discharge of printed sheets, which is applied in performing printing, based on a print job including
print processing on sheets of a desired sheet count set by a user, on a plurality of sheets, by a printing apparatus, conveying
the plurality of sheets on which the printing has been performed from the printing apparatus to a sheet discharge unit, and
storing the printed sheets in the sheet discharge unit, the method comprising:
determining whether or not printed sheets are stored in the sheet discharge unit;
detecting the number of printed sheets stored in the sheet discharge unit; and
discharging the stored printed sheets from the sheet discharge unit as a sheet bundle when the number of printed sheets stored
in the sheet discharge unit is equal to the desired sheet count,

wherein said discharging includes discharging the printed sheets stored in the sheet discharge unit from the sheet discharge
unit, when it is determined, in a case where the set desired sheet count has been changed, that the printed sheets are stored
in the sheet discharge unit.

US Pat. No. 9,557,703

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a storing unit configured to store a recording medium;
a feeding unit configured to feed the recording medium stored in the storing unit;
a conveyance unit configured to convey the fed recording medium;
a first motor configured to drive the feeding unit;
a second motor configured to drive the conveyance unit;
a photoreceptor;
an exposure unit configured to expose the photoreceptor;
a transfer unit configured to transfer a toner image formed on the photoreceptor to the recording medium conveyed by the conveyance
unit;

a fixing unit configured to fix the transferred toner image to the recording medium;
a power source board configured to supply power for use in the image forming apparatus from a commercial power supply; and
a control board configured to control the first and second motor, the control board being connected to the first and second
motor through a signal line, the control board comprising (i) a first connector for a wiring that connects the control board
and the power source board, said first connector being arranged at a lower side of the control board, and (ii) a second connector
for a wiring that connects the control board and the second motor, said second connector being arranged at the first side
of the control board in the horizontal direction when viewed from the back side of the image forming apparatus, wherein

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

the control board is arranged above the power source board in a vertical direction;
the fixing unit is arranged at an upper side of the first and second motor in a vertical direction; and
the first and second motors do not overlap with the control board and the power source board when viewed from the back side
of the image forming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,560,299

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising a plurality of pixels each including:
a photoelectric conversion unit;
a charge storage unit configured to store charges generated by the photoelectric conversion unit; and
an amplification unit configured to output a signal based on charges stored by the charge storage unit, the charge storage
unit including a first charge storage unit, a second charge storage unit, and a third charge storage unit,

wherein, in a first period from a first time to a second time, charges generated by the photoelectric conversion unit in each
of the plurality of pixels in the first period are transferred to the first charge storage unit and charges stored in the
second charge storage unit and the third charge storage unit in a period preceding the first period are transferred to an
input node of the amplification unit, and

wherein, in a second period from the second time to a third time, charges generated by the photoelectric conversion unit in
each of the plurality of pixels in the second period are transferred to the first charge storage unit and the third charge
storage unit for storage.

US Pat. No. 9,557,628

ACTUATOR DRIVING DEVICE FOR EXECUTING POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE ENERGIZATION METHOD UNDER PULSE WIDTH MODULATION CONTROL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An actuator driving device, comprising:
a first output terminal and a second output terminal configured to energize a driving coil of an actuator;
an output circuit configured to apply a driving voltage to each of the first output terminal and the second output terminal;
and

a setting circuit configured to set and output a first duty ratio, a second duty ratio, and a delay time to the output circuit
for controlling an amount of current through the driving coil,

wherein the first duty ratio is set for a first output circuit to apply a first driving voltage and the second duty ratio
is set for a second output circuit to apply a second driving voltage,

wherein the delay time is a difference time between an apply timing of the first driving voltage and an apply timing of the
second driving voltage, and

wherein the setting circuit determines a length of the short-circuit period by the amount of current to be flowed through
the driving coil.

US Pat. No. 9,557,657

EXPOSURE APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An exposure apparatus which exposes each of a first shot region and a second shot region on a substrate, comprising:
a substrate stage configured to be movable while holding the substrate;
a projection optical system configured to project, onto the substrate, a pattern formed on a mask; and
a control unit configured to perform control of driving the substrate stage after exposing the first shot region, and then
exposing the second shot region in a state where an exposure condition for exposing the second shot region is satisfied,

wherein the control unit controls exposing the second shot region while correcting a state of a pattern image, which is projected
on the substrate by the projection optical system, in accordance with a correction value obtained in advance by driving the
substrate stage based on acceleration information of the substrate stage in a direction perpendicular to an optical axis of
the projection optical system, cancels exposing the second shot region in a case where the exposure condition is not satisfied
while driving the substrate stage from an end position of exposing the first shot region to a start position of exposing the
second shot region based on the acceleration information, and then performs exposing the second shot region in a state where
the exposure condition is satisfied after driving again the substrate stage from the end position to the start position based
on the acceleration information.

US Pat. No. 9,558,688

IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image display device that displays an image, comprising:
a plurality of light transmitting units having transmission wavelength characteristics respectively corresponding to a plurality
of colors including a green color;

an illuminating unit configured to emit light corresponding to each of the plurality of colors, the illuminating unit being
configured to emit, with respect to at least the green color, light of a plurality of emission spectra including first light
and second light (a) whose emission peak wavelengths are both within a range of the transmission wavelength characteristics
of a light transmitting unit corresponding to the green color and (b) whose emission peak wavelengths differ from one another;
and

a control unit configured to control an intensity of light corresponding to the green color emitted by the illuminating unit
in accordance with color characteristics of the image,

wherein peak wavelengths and intensities of the first light and the second light are determined so as to reduce a fluctuation
in stimulus of the green color when a color matching function corresponding to the green color fluctuates due to individual
variability.

US Pat. No. 9,560,232

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR CONFIGURING A RECONFIGURABLE DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus including a reconfigurable device, the image processing apparatus comprising:
a first storage configured to store a plurality of configuration data items for configuring a circuit for realizing a predetermined
function in the reconfigurable device, wherein each of the plurality of configuration data items is for arranging and wiring
the circuit for realizing the predetermined function at a location in the reconfigurable device different to each other;

an accumulating circuitry configured to obtain and accumulate operation information based on an operation time for the circuit
for realizing the predetermined function, each time a job that uses the circuit for realizing the predetermined function is
executed; and

a reconfiguration circuitry configured to, when an accumulated value accumulated by the accumulating circuitry is greater
than a threshold, control so as to configure the circuit for realizing the predetermined function in the reconfigurable device,
by using, from the plurality of configuration data items corresponding to the circuit for realizing the predetermined function
and stored in the first storage, another configuration data item other than a configuration data item that corresponds to
the circuit configured in the reconfigurable device.

US Pat. No. 9,560,233

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT IS CAPABLE OF CONTROLLING SCANNER AND THAT WHEN AN APPLICATION IS ACTIVATED TRANSMITS DEVICE INFORMATION INDICATING A DEVICE CONNECTED TO THE APPARATUS TO THE APPLICATION, AND CONTROL METHOD FO

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus capable of communicating with a reading apparatus, the information processing apparatus
comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive an activation instruction generated based on an event issued by the reading apparatus
in accordance with an instruction of a reading operation input in the reading apparatus,

wherein a scanner driver corresponding to the reading apparatus receives the event including a reading setting;
a list acquiring unit configured to acquire a list from the scanner driver if the activation instruction is received,
wherein a reading apparatus included in the list connects to the information processing apparatus and corresponds to the scanner
driver;

a selection unit configured to select a reading apparatus from the list;
an acquiring unit configured to acquire the reading setting of the selected reading apparatus from the scanner driver;
a first acquisition unit configured to acquire an occurrence time of the event;
a second acquisition unit configured to acquire an activation time when an application is activated by the activation instruction;
a time determination unit configured to determine whether a time difference between the occurrence time acquired by the first
acquisition unit and the activation time acquired by the second acquisition unit is within a predetermined time;

a determination unit configured to determine that the selected reading apparatus corresponds to the reading apparatus which
has generated the event when the time determination unit determines that the time difference is within the predetermined time;
and

an instruction unit configured, if it is determined that the selected reading apparatus corresponds to the reading apparatus
which has generated the event, to cause the reading apparatus to execute the reading according to the acquired reading setting,

wherein the reception unit, the list acquiring unit, the selection unit, the acquiring unit, the first acquisition unit, the
second acquisition unit, the time determination unit, the determination unit and the instruction unit are executed by a processor.

US Pat. No. 9,554,016

SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

8. A method for controlling a system including an image forming apparatus that forms an image on paper and an image capturing
apparatus that captures a person existing around the image forming apparatus, the method comprising:
receiving a job;
generating a list of a plurality of users who have input a received job;
transmitting the list to the image capturing apparatus;
capturing a person existing around the image forming apparatus;
determining, from among feature information about a plurality of users stored in a database, feature information to be compared
with feature information about the captured person based on the list;

comparing the determined feature information with the feature information about the person captured;
notifying the image forming apparatus of a comparison result; and
transmitting status information about the job received to the image capturing apparatus, and
changing an image capturing mode based on the status information transmitted.

US Pat. No. 9,553,535

MOTOR DRIVING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,554,069

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS CHANGING A GATE VOLTAGE OF A TRANSFER TRANSISTOR, DRIVING METHOD FOR THE SAME, AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state imaging apparatus comprising:
a photoelectric conversion unit configured to convert light into an electric charge;
a floating diffusion region;
a transfer transistor configured to transfer the electric charge from the photoelectric conversion unit to the floating diffusion
region; and

a transfer transistor driving circuit configured to control a gate voltage of the transfer transistor,
wherein the transfer transistor driving circuit changes the gate voltage of the transfer transistor in a first changing rate
during a first period within a period of transition from an ON state to an OFF state of the transfer transistor, and

the transfer transistor driving circuit changes the gate voltage of the transfer transistor in a second changing rate higher
than the first changing rate during a second period, continuously following the first period, within the period of transition
from the ON state to the OFF state of the transfer transistor.

US Pat. No. 9,552,185

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS WHICH STORES A SETTING STATE TO BE ACQUIRED BY A CLIENT APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising at least one processor configured to receive a job sent from a client apparatus,
wherein at least on processor stores information in a first storage portion and a second storage portion, the first storage
portion holding information to be acquired, when the job is received, by the client apparatus which has sent the received
job and the second storage portion holding information which (i) is not to be acquired, when the job is received, by the client
apparatus which has sent the received job and (ii) is to be acquired, only when a printing apparatus connected to the information
processing apparatus is registered by the client apparatus, by the client apparatus which has registered the printing apparatus,

wherein at least one processor stores, in the first storage portion and the second storage portion, information relating to
an action mode set based on a setting job for setting an action mode of the printing apparatus, the setting job being received
from the client apparatus,

wherein, when a setting acquisition job is received from another client apparatus different from the client apparatus after
the setting job is received from the client apparatus, information held in the first storage portion and relating to the action
mode set based on the setting job received from the client apparatus is acquired by the another client apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,541,850

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,541,852

TONER AND TWO-COMPONENT DEVELOPER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A toner comprising toner particles made of a resin containing:
an amorphous polyester resin;
a releasing agent;
an additive and
a coloring agent,
wherein:
the additive comprises a resin having a polyester portion and a crystalline acrylic portion that are chemically bound to each
other,

the crystalline acrylic portion has a partial structure expressed by the following chemical formula:

R represents a hydrocarbon group having a carbon number of 18 to 30, and X represents hydrogen or a methyl group, and
95% by mole or more of all structural units of the crystalline acrylic portion are structural units derived from only one
of acrylic and methacrylic esters.

US Pat. No. 9,542,127

IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus including a multi-core CPU and capable of performing a process using multiple threads, comprising:
a memory storing a program which causes, when executed by the multi-core CPU, the image processing apparatus to:
perform an edge extraction process using a thread performed by a separate processor core for each PDL object contained in
a page;

synthesize edge information extracted from the PDL objects; and
generate raster image data of the page based on the synthesized edge information,wherein
the edge extraction
divides the page into at least two regions each of which contains a plurality of PDL objects;
allocates each of different groups each including processor cores included in the multi-core CPU to each of the at least two
regions; and

executes, using threads executed by processor cores of one group which is allocated to one region of the at least two regions,
the edge extraction process for the PDL objects contained in the one region, and executes, using threads executed by processor
cores of another group which is allocated to another region of the at least two regions, the edge extraction process for the
PDL objects contained in the other region.

US Pat. No. 9,541,653

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising:
a pixel array in which a plurality of pixels configured to detect radiation are arrayed to form a plurality of rows and a
plurality of columns;

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,535,346

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:
a support;
an undercoat layer formed on the support, the undercoat layer having a surface roughness of 0.5 to 2.5 ?m in terms of ten-point
average roughness Rzjis measured at a reference length of 0.8 mm, and comprising resin particles and a polymerized product
of a composition comprising a crosslinking agent and an electron transporting substance having a polymerizable functional
group;

a charge generating layer formed directly on the undercoat layer; and
a hole transporting layer formed on the charge generating layer, wherein
the content of the electron transporting substance is 30% by mass or more and 70% by mass or less based on the total mass
of the composition,

the resin particles comprise 5 to 20% by mass based on the total mass of the composition, and
a plurality of protrusions derived from the resin particles in the undercoat layer is formed at an interface between the undercoat
layer and the charge generating layer.

US Pat. No. 9,531,939

DETECTION APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM, AND CONTROL METHOD OF THE DETECTION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A detection apparatus configured to detect a focus state based on an output signal from an image pickup element capable
of outputting an image pickup signal and a phase-difference detection signal, wherein the image pickup element includes a
plurality of first lines which do not include a plurality of second pixel portions and a plurality of second lines which include
a plurality of first pixel portions and the plurality of second pixel portions, wherein each of the plurality of first pixel
portions and each of the plurality of second pixel portions are located adjacent to each other and are arranged alternately
with respect to each other, and wherein each of the plurality of second pixel portions of the plurality of second lines has
an opening which is smaller than an opening of each respective one of the plurality of first pixel portions, the detection
apparatus comprising:
a first calculation unit configured to calculate a first phase difference between phase-difference detection signals read
out from the second pixel portions of at least two second lines between which the first lines are sandwiched, wherein the
openings of one second line of the at least two second lines are located at different sides from the openings of another second
line of the at least two second lines;

a second calculation unit configured to calculate a second phase difference between the image pickup signals which are obtained
from the plurality of first pixel portions each of which is located adjacent to each of the plurality of the second pixel
portions; and

a detection unit configured to detect the focus state based on the first phase difference and the second phase difference.

US Pat. No. 9,532,008

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,532,070

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR PROCESSING A VIDEO SEQUENCE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of processing a video sequence in which the video sequence comprises a series of digital images including a) a
current image and b) a first image prior to the current image, the method comprising:
1) generating a first reconstruction of the first image and a second reconstruction of the first image, the second reconstruction
being different from the first reconstruction,

wherein the first reconstruction is generated so as to obtain a first reference image, and
wherein the second reconstruction is generated so as to obtain a second reference image;
2) selecting at least one reference image from the first reference image and the second reference image; and
3) predicting at least part of the current image from the selected at least one reference image,
wherein the images are defined by a plurality of data blocks, and wherein the second reconstruction of the first image comprises
a reconstruction solely of blocks of the first image that are used during a prediction of at least part of the current image.

US Pat. No. 9,525,816

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND CAMERA SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A camera control apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory including instructions which, when executed by the processor, cause the camera control apparatus to:
store data indicating a display element which is displayed in a first display mode for displaying an image shot by a camera
and is operated for controlling a function of the camera, and

determine whether or not the display element is to be displayed when a display mode is changed from a second display mode
to the first display mode in accordance with whether the function of the camera is turned off or not when the display mode
is changed from the second display mode to the first display mode.

US Pat. No. 9,523,942

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,521,234

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,519,448

PRINTING SYSTEM, PRINTING APPARATUS, PRINTING CONTROL APPARATUS, SHEET MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, PRINTING CONTROL APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD, AND RELATED STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing system including:
a printing control apparatus and a printing apparatus which is able to print an image on a sheet conveyed from a sheet holding
unit among a plurality of sheet holding units,

wherein the printing control apparatus includes:
a designating unit configured to designate attribute information of a sheet,
a selecting unit configured to select sheet holding units from the plurality of sheet holding units,
an accepting unit configured to accept an instruction for storing the attribute information of the sheet designated by the
designating unit in a state where the sheet holding units have been selected by the selecting unit, and

a storage configured to store, based on the instruction accepted by the accepting unit, sheet size information of the sheet
and the attribute information of the sheet in association with each of the sheet holding units selected by the selecting unit,

wherein the printing apparatus includes:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain the sheet size information of a sheet stored in the sheet holding unit, and
a first sending unit configured to send, to the printing control apparatus, the sheet size information obtained by the obtaining
unit,

wherein the printing control apparatus further includes:
a first receiving unit configured to receive the sheet size information sent by the first sending unit,
a determining unit configured to determine, based on the sheet size information received by the first receiving unit, the
attribute information of the sheet stored in association with the sheet holding unit by the storage, wherein the sheet size
information of the sheet stored in association with the sheet holding unit by the storage corresponds to the sheet size information
received by the first receiving unit, and

a second sending unit configured to send, to the printing apparatus, the attribute information determined by the determining
unit,

wherein the printing apparatus further includes:
a second receiving unit configured to receive the attribute information sent by the second sending unit,
a setting unit configured to set the attribute information received by the second receiving unit, as attribute information
of a sheet stored in the sheet holding unit, and

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

wherein the designating unit, the selecting unit, the accepting unit, the first receiving unit, the determining unit, and
the second sending unit are implemented by a processor and a memory, and

wherein the obtaining unit, the first sending unit, the second receiving unit, and the setting unit are implemented by a processor
and a memory.

US Pat. No. 9,519,980

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An object information acquiring apparatus, comprising:
a receiver that receives acoustic waves propagating through an object at a plurality of measurement positions; and
a processor that acquires projection image data obtained by projecting on a two-dimensional flat surface a distribution of
property information relating to a measurement target within the object, wherein

the processor
acquires intensity-dependent three-dimensional image data within the object and non-intensity-dependent three-dimensional
image data within the object, based on the acoustic waves,

determines voxel coordinates projected onto the two-dimensional flat surface, based on the intensity-dependent three-dimensional
image data, and

acquires the projection image data, based on values of the non-intensity-dependent three-dimensional image data corresponding
to the voxel coordinates.

US Pat. No. 9,519,475

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS UPDATE OF SOFTWARE, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that performs printing, comprising:
a memory connected to a processor;
a setting unit configured to set an update schedule for regularly updating firmware for the image forming apparatus using
update firmware based on a user instruction;

an updating unit configured to update the firmware for the image forming apparatus according to the update schedule set by
the setting unit;

an accepting unit configured to accept an instruction to perform an additional update using additional firmware;
a firmware preparation unit configured to prepare firmware to be used for an update in accordance with the additional firmware
and the update firmware which was scheduled to be used in the update schedule set by the setting unit; and

a selecting unit configured to select a timing to perform the update using the firmware prepared by the firmware preparation
unit from the update schedule set by the setting unit or a timing different from the update schedule set by the setting unit,

wherein the update unit is configured to perform the update using the firmware prepared by the firmware preparation unit,
and

wherein the setting unit, the updating unit, the accepting unit, the firmware preparation unit and the selecting unit are
implemented at least in part by the processor executing at least one program recorded on the memory.

US Pat. No. 9,521,282

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,517,969

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A POROUS GLASS FILM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,519,256

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a measurement unit configured to measure a density of an image that an image forming unit forms;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire an image processing parameter serving as a correction value used to correct the
density of the image measured by the measurement unit;

a generation unit configured to generate a cleaning patch image using the image processing parameter acquired by the acquisition
unit; and

a cleaning patch image forming unit configured to form the cleaning patch image generated by the generation unit on an image
bearing member,

wherein the cleaning patch image is formed during an interval after a first image is formed by the image forming unit on the
image bearing member but before a second image having a printing instruction issued subsequent to a printing instruction issued
for the first image is formed by the image forming unit on the image bearing member, and

wherein if a result of measurement obtained by the measurement unit measuring the density of the image indicates an error,
the generation unit interrupts generation of the cleaning patch image.

US Pat. No. 9,519,260

PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,521,327

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,521,395

IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a plurality of photoelectric conversion units configured to output a plurality of image signals by photoelectrically converting
light fluxes each having passed through a different pupil region of an imaging optical system;

an image generating unit configured to generate a combined image signal by combining image signals corresponding to the light
fluxes each having passed through the different pupil regions of the imaging optical system among the plurality of image signals
output by the plurality of photoelectric conversion units;

a parallax map generating unit configured to generate parallax map data based on an image signal corresponding to a region
which is one of a pair of the pupil regions; and

a recording unit configured to generate a single Design rule for Camera File system (DCF) image file including the combined
image data and the parallax map data, and record the DCF image file in a recording medium.

US Pat. No. 9,517,625

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head comprising:
a substrate;
a flow-path-forming member comprising a plurality of flow paths and discharge ports formed therein, wherein the discharge
ports are in communication with the plurality of flow paths on the substrate; and

a filling material filled in a space between the plurality of flow paths, the filling material having a top surface position
higher than a top surface of the flow-path-forming member, and a bottom surface position lower than the top surface of the
flow-path-forming member in a case where liquid is discharge from the discharge ports in an upward direction.

US Pat. No. 9,517,628

PRINTING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a printhead configured to discharge ink;
a carriage on which the printhead is mounted and configured to be capable of moving;
a sub-tank configured to be mounted on the carriage and contain ink to be supplied to the printhead;
an ink tank configured to be detachably mounted on the carriage and contain ink to be supplied to the sub-tank;
a detection unit configured to perform a detection operation of detecting an ink remaining amount in the sub-tank;
a suction unit configured to perform a suction operation of sucking ink from the printhead; and
a control unit configured to, after the detection unit detects that the ink remaining amount becomes smaller than a predetermined
residual amount after the suction operation by the suction unit starts, stop the suction unit from performing the suction
operation even if the suction operation has not been completed.

US Pat. No. 9,514,396

PRINTING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

8. A method of controlling a printing apparatus, comprising the steps of:
detecting, when a sheet is fed from a sheet feeding unit of the printing apparatus, a size of the sheet during conveyance;
storing information indicating the size detected in the detecting step in a storage unit of the printing apparatus, as size
information indicating a size of a sheet stacked in the sheet feeding unit;

controlling, in a case where execution of print processing is instructed in a state where the size information is stored in
the storage unit, the execution of the print processing using the stored size information; and

clearing, in a case where a particular key is operated by a user while print processing is not being suspended, the size information
stored in the storage unit,

wherein, in a case where the particular key is operated by a user while print processing is being suspended, the size information
stored in the storage unit is not cleared and the suspended print processing is resumed.

US Pat. No. 9,511,612

RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording medium comprising, in the following order:
a base;
an ink-receiving layer containing inorganic particles; and
a protective layer,
wherein the protective layer includes:
(a) monodispersed spherical colloidal silica;
(b) gas phase process silica; and
(c) at least one kind of particles selected from crosslinked thermoplastic resin particles and wet process silica particles,
wherein an average particle size of the at least one kind of particles is 1.5 ?m or more,
wherein a content of the monodispersed spherical colloidal silica in the protective layer is 0.67 times or more and 3.00 times
or less as much as a content of the gas phase process silica in terms of mass ratio, and

wherein a dry coating amount of the protective layer is 0.060 g/m2 or more and 0.310 g/m2 or less.

US Pat. No. 9,516,240

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus connected to a client device via a network, the imaging apparatus comprising:
an infrared cut filter configured to cut infrared light;
a toggling unit configured to toggle a state of the infrared cut filter between on and off;
a reception unit configured to receive, from the client device via the network, automatic adjustment information relating
to the state of the infrared cut filter, along with an imaging setting command for the imaging apparatus to automatically
control the state of the infrared cut filter;

a control unit configured to automatically control the toggling unit based on the imaging setting command received by the
reception unit; and

a transmission unit configured to transmit setting information relating to the automatic adjustment information to the client
device via the network,

wherein the setting information transmitted by the transmission unit indicates whether automatic adjustment information used
by the control unit can be set in each of a case where the state of the infrared cut filter is turned on to enable the infrared
cut filter or a case where the state of the infrared cut filter is turned off to disable the infrared cut filter.

US Pat. No. 9,515,270

INDOLOPHENOXAZINE COMPOUND AND ORGANIC LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE USING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An indolophenoxazine compound, which is represented by the following general formula [1]:
in the formula [1], R1 to R4 each represents one of a hydrogen atom and an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms, and n represents an integer of 1 to
3.

US Pat. No. 9,508,768

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR WITH ELEMENT ISOLATION REGIONS COMPRISING GAPS HAVING REDUCED VARIATIONS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A semiconductor device comprising:
a semiconductor substrate having a first face, a second face opposite to the first face, and a trench extending from the first
face, the trench including a first portion and a second portion, wherein the second portion is arranged between the first
portion and a plane including the first face, and a width of the first portion at a boundary between the first portion and
the second portion is smaller than a width of the second portion at the boundary so as to form a step at the boundary; and

an insulator arranged in the second portion so as to contact the boundary,
wherein a plurality of elements are arranged between the first face and the second face, the plurality of elements including
a first semiconductor region of a first conductivity type,

wherein a second semiconductor region of a second conductivity type is located between the insulator and the second face so
as to contact the insulator at the boundary and to be adjacent to the first semiconductor region,

wherein a third semiconductor region of the first conductivity type is located between the first face and the second face,
the third semiconductor region having a portion located between the second semiconductor region and the second face in a direction
perpendicular to the plane, and

wherein a fourth semiconductor region of the second conductivity type is located between the third semiconductor region and
the second face.

US Pat. No. 9,508,316

METHOD, SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR RENDERING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of rendering a parametric patch by a rendering device, said method comprising:
receiving the parametric patch tessellated into a plurality of cells, the parametric patch being associated with a surface
mapping points of the patch to intermediate values, wherein each of the intermediate values is mapped to a color value according
to a shading color function;

determining a set of intermediate values representing an approximation of the shading color function, the set comprising a
first intermediate value stored in a memory of the rendering device;

identifying an isoline, within the patch, connecting points having the first intermediate value, the isoline being associated
with a plurality of approximation points to approximate the isoline;

forming further cells by joining at least one approximation point of the isoline and at least two tessellation points within
the patch; and

rendering the patch by the rendering device using the intermediate values corresponding to vertices of the further cells.

US Pat. No. 9,507,302

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing apparatus for fixing a toner image on the recording medium while conveying and heating the recording medium bearing
the toner image at a nip portion, the fixing apparatus comprising:
a tubular film;
a plate-like heater contacting an inner surface of the film;
a heat conducting member contacting a surface of the heater opposite to a surface of the heater contacting the film; and
a supporter configured to support the heater via the heat conducting member, the supporter including a groove in which the
heater and the heat conducting member are accommodated,

wherein a surface of the groove facing an end surface of the heater on a downstream side in a conveyance direction of the
recording medium includes a first protrusion, a second protrusion, and a third protrusion that are disposed with gaps between
each other in a direction orthogonal to the conveyance direction of the recording medium, the third protrusion being disposed
between the first protrusion and the second protrusion, the third protrusion having a smaller protruding amount in a direction
opposite to the conveyance direction than protruding amounts of the first protrusion and the second protrusion, and

wherein a portion of the heat conducting member facing the third protrusion is recessed more than portions of the heat conducting
member facing the first protrusion and the second protrusion.

US Pat. No. 9,507,303

FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device for fixing a toner image on a recording material by heating the toner image while feeding, at a nip, the
recording material on which the toner image is carried, the fixing device comprising:
a cylindrical film;
a heater contacting an inner surface of the film;
a heat conduction member contacting a surface of the heater opposite to a surface of the heater contacting the inner surface
of the film;

a supporting member configured to support the heater, both longitudinal end portions of the supporting member being in contact
with the heater, a middle portion of the supporting member between the longitudinal end portions of the supporting member
being in contact with the heat conduction member; and

a pressing member configured to form the nip with the heater, via the film,
wherein the middle portion of the supporting member has a protruding region, protruding toward the pressing member, where
a protruding amount becomes greater from an end of the middle portion to a center of the middle portion in a longitudinal
direction of the supporting member, and

wherein the flexural rigidity of the heater is smaller than the flexural rigidity of the supporting member.

US Pat. No. 9,509,876

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a reading unit configured to convey a sheet, and read an image on the sheet to generate image data;
a printing unit configured to print adjustment images;
a detecting unit configured to detect the end of the sheet based on adjustment image data generated by the reading unit reading
the adjustment images printed on the sheet by the printing unit;

an obtaining unit configured to obtain an amount of shift in the printing position based on the end of the sheet detected
by the detecting unit and the adjustment image data;

a print controlling unit configured to control, based on the amount of shift in the printing position obtained by the obtaining
unit, the printing unit to print an image on the sheet; and

a designating unit configured to designate whether to cause the reading unit to convey the sheet and read the adjustment images
printed on the sheet while the sheet on which the adjustment images are printed is conveyed, or configured to designate whether
to cause the reading unit to read the adjustment images printed on the sheet without conveying the sheet on which the adjustment
images are printed,

wherein the adjustment images include a first adjustment image formed on an edge region of the sheet and a second adjustment
image formed on a region different from the region where the first adjustment image is formed,

wherein the printing unit prints the adjustment images in a case where it is designated by the designating unit to cause the
reading unit to convey the sheet and read the adjustment images printed on the sheet while the sheet on which the adjustment
images are printed is conveyed, and

wherein the printing unit does not print the first adjustment image in a case where it is designated by the designating unit
to cause the reading unit to read the adjustment images printed on the sheet without conveying the sheet on which the adjustment
images are printed.