US Pat. No. 9,517,638

LIGHT SCANNING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,516,240

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. 9,513,462

LENS BARREL AND IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,507,256

IMPRINT METHOD, IMPRINT APPARATUS, AND PROCESS FOR PRODUCING CHIP

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus for imprinting an imprint pattern of a mold onto a pattern formation material on a substrate, the
imprint apparatus comprising:
a mold holding portion for holding the mold;
a substrate stage for mounting the substrate thereon;
a pressure control portion for controlling pressure applied by the mold and the substrate to the pattern formation material
on the substrate;

a position adjusting portion for adjusting a positional relationship between the mold and the substrate; and
an information acquisition portion for acquiring information about a contact state between the imprint pattern of the mold
and the pattern formation material on the substrate,

wherein the pressure control portion sets values of a first pressure and a second pressure lower than the first pressure,
and changes the pressure applied by the mold and the substrate to the pattern formation material from a first pressure to
a second pressure lower than the first pressure based on the basis of the information from said information acquisition portion,
and

wherein said position adjusting portion adjusts the positional relationship, with respect to an in-plane direction perpendicular
to a direction in which the first pressure is applied, between the mold and the substrate, in a state in which the pressure
applied by the mold and the substrate to the pattern formation material is the second pressure on the basis of alignment marks
provided on the mold side and the substrate side.

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. 9,507,303

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. 9,506,806

POLARIZATION INFORMATION ACQUISITION UNIT, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME, POLARIZATION INFORMATION ACQUISITION METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An polarization information acquisition unit configured to acquire polarization information of incident light, the polarization
information acquisition unit comprising:
a phase adjuster configured to adjust phases of two linearly polarized components of the incident light, which oscillate in
directions orthogonal to each other;

a detector configured to transmit a polarized component oscillating in one direction and not to transmit a polarized component
oscillating in a direction orthogonal to the one direction, the polarized components being included in light emitted from
the phase adjuster; and

a photoelectric convertor configured to photoelectrically convert a polarized component transmitted through the detector,
wherein the phase adjuster has at least three areas, and
wherein the at least three areas include at least two areas having phase adjusting amounts different from each other, and
at least two areas having an identical phase adjusting amounts and having slow axes whose directions are different from each
other by 20 to 90 degrees inclusive.

US Pat. No. 9,506,870

FLOW-CHANNEL DEVICE FOR DETECTING LIGHT EMISSION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A flow-channel device having a flow channel which is structured by bonding of at least a first substrate and a second substrate,
wherein the first substrate has a first groove, which constitutes the flow channel, and a second groove, which does not constitute
the flow channel,

wherein the first substrate and the second substrate are each made from an inorganic material,
wherein the second groove is filled with an adhesive that bonds the first substrate and the second substrate,
wherein the adhesive contains an organic material,
wherein the second groove has a light-shielding film provided on an inner wall thereof, and
wherein the first groove is next to, but is isolated from, the second groove.

US Pat. No. 9,501,000

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a plurality of image bearing members that each bear a toner image;
a rotatable endless intermediate transfer member having electric conductivity;
a current supply member that comes into contact with an outer circumferential surface of the intermediate transfer member;
a support roller that supports an inner circumferential surface of the intermediate transfer member;
a constant-voltage element that is connected to the support roller and that maintains a surface potential of the intermediate
transfer member;

a first transfer power source that applies a voltage to the current supply member;
a charging member that comes into contact with the outer circumferential surface of the intermediate transfer member while
facing the support roller and that charges a residual toner remaining on the intermediate transfer belt; and

a charging power source that applies a voltage to the charging member,
wherein a voltage is applied from the first transfer power source to the current supply member and thereby toner images are
first-transferred from the plurality of image bearing members to the intermediate transfer member, and

wherein a voltage is applied from the first transfer power source to the current supply member and thereby the toner images
are second-transferred from the intermediate transfer member onto a transfer medium.

US Pat. No. 9,503,600

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT SHIFTS INTO DIFFERENT POWER SAVING STATES AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a network controller configured to receive data via a network from an external device and transmit data via a network to an
external device;

a processor configured to process the data received by the network controller;
an operation unit configured to receive, from a user, an instruction to enable a specific function regarding network transmission
or reception; and

a power control unit configured to, when a condition to shift the image forming apparatus to a power saving state is satisfied,
if the specific function is enabled, shift the image forming apparatus to a first power saving state in which power is supplied
to the processor and the network controller, and if the specific function is disabled, shift the image forming apparatus to
a second power saving state in which no power is supplied to the processor and power is supplied to the network controller.

US Pat. No. 9,502,204

TRANSMISSION-TYPE X-RAY TARGET AND RADIATION GENERATING TUBE INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

18. A transmission-type X-ray target comprising:
a flat plate-shaped diamond substrate having a first surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface; and
a target layer located on the first surface, wherein the flat plate-like shaped diamond substrate is configured with a cross-sectional
shape such that a residual stress of the first surface is lower than a residual stress of the second surface.

US Pat. No. 9,500,977

ROLLER MEMBER, ROLLER SUPPORTING MECHANISM, AND METALLIC SHAFT FOR FORMING AN IMAGE WITH A LASER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A roller member used in an image forming apparatus including a bearing portion comprising:
a metallic shaft; and a covering layer configured to cover the metallic shaft, wherein
the metallic shaft has a cylindrical shape formed so that one end portion and the other end portion of a metallic plate oppose
each other,

the one end portion and the other end portion each include a straight portion, a projection, and a depression,
the projection on the one end portion engages the depression on the other end portion, and the projection on the other end
portion engages the depression on the one end portion in an opposing area in which the one end portion and the other end portion
oppose each other,

a straight area in which a straight portion on the one end portion and a straight portion on the other end portion oppose
each other is located outside a projection and depression area in which the projection on the one end portion and the projection
on the other end portion are aligned in an axial direction of the metallic shaft, and

wherein all of corner potions of the projection and depression area are entirely covered with the covering layer, and
wherein at least part of the straight area is positioned in an exposed portion which is a portion of an outer periphery surface
of the metallic shaft and is exposed from the covering layer, the exposed portion contacting the bearing portion in a case
where the exposed portion is used in the image forming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,494,889

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND DETECTION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A detection apparatus comprising:
an irradiation unit configured to irradiate an image carrier on which a detection image made of a developing material is formed
with light, said irradiation unit being capable of switching a size of a light-emitting region to emit the light to irradiate;

a light-receiving unit configured to receive reflected light of the light irradiated by said irradiation unit and output a
detection signal corresponding to a light-receiving amount of the reflected light including a specular-reflected light component;

a detection unit configured to detect one of position information and density information of the detection image based on
a signal corresponding to a difference between a value of the detection signal corresponding to the light-receiving amount
of the reflected light from a first position where the detection image is formed and the value of the detection signal corresponding
to the light-receiving amount of the reflected light from a second position different from the first position during a time
when the detection image formed on said image carrier passes through an irradiation region of said irradiation unit; and

a control unit configured to control to switch the size of the light-emitting region of said irradiation unit to detect one
of the position information and the density information of the detection image.

US Pat. No. 9,492,134

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,497,350

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a reading unit configured to read a document to generate image data;
an outputting unit configured to perform, based on receiving an instruction for performing output processing of the image
data, output processing for outputting the image data;

an acceptance unit configured to accept, after the reading unit reads the document, a read instruction to read a next document;
a control unit configured to, in a case where a predetermined time has elapsed without the read instruction being accepted
and the instruction being received, and a function for displaying the image data after receiving the instruction is not set,
perform output of the image data,

wherein the control unit, in a case where the predetermined time has elapsed without the read instruction being accepted and
the instruction being received, and the function is set, does not perform output processing of the image data.

US Pat. No. 9,497,354

PRINT APPARATUS AND ITS CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A print apparatus for printing an image based on image data and a protection layer onto a print medium, comprising:
an image data input in communication with a main controller and configured to input the image data;
an information input device configured to input information different from the image data;
a printer configured to print the image onto the print medium on the basis of the image data input by the image data input
and print the protection layer on the basis of the information input by the information input device, wherein the protection
layer is printed onto a print surface of the print medium on which the image has been printed;

and
the main controller configured to control the printing of the image and the printing of the protection layer, wherein the
main controller controls the printing of the protection layer so that a non-print area where the protection layer is not printed
is formed on the basis of the information input by the information input device,

wherein the protection layer printed by the printer prevents the image printed on the print medium by the printer from being
removed and the printed image in the non-print area where the protection layer is not printed is removed when being scraped,
and

wherein the main controller controls to form the non-print area wherein the protection layer is not printed, in an area where
a concentration of the image data is equal to or larger than a predetermined concentration.

US Pat. No. 9,491,329

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photoreceptor on which a toner image is formed;
a transfer unit configured to transfer the toner image on a recording medium;
a fixing unit configured to fix the toner image on the recording medium;
a processor and a memory;
a storage unit configured to store image data representing the image;
a first generation unit configured to generate a first position information which represents a position of a target pixel
in a first direction which corresponds to a conveyance direction of the recording medium;

a second generation unit configured to generate a second position information which represents a position of the target pixel
in a second direction which is perpendicular to the first direction;

a setting unit configured to set, based on magnification changing information in the first direction which corresponds to
a conveyance direction of the recording medium, a division condition for dividing the image data representing the image into
two or more areas in the first direction, the setting unit including:

a pseudorandom number value generation circuit configured to generate a random number value based on a seed value;
a holding unit configured to hold a seed value; and
a seed value setting unit, and
a control unit configured to:
store a seed value which is set in the pseudorandom number value generation circuit in the holding unit when the first position
information of the target pixel is different from the first position information of the previous pixel and the area of the
target pixel is different from that of the previous pixel; and

set the seed value held in the holding unit in the pseudorandom number value generation circuit when the first position information
of the target pixel is different from the first position information of the previous pixel and the area of the target pixel
identical to that of the previous pixel,

wherein the control unit is further configured to:
cause the pseudorandom number value generation circuit for each target pixel to generate a random number value; and
perform a magnification change to the image by reading the image data corresponding to the target pixel from the storing unit
based on the generated random number value, the second position information and the first position information,

wherein the processor and the memory operate to function as the first generation unit, the second generation unit, the setting
unit, the holding unit, the seed value setting unit and the control unit.

US Pat. No. 9,491,381

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,489,162

CONTROL SYSTEM, CONTROL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control system that monitors a calibration status of a printer, comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain information that identifies a common media type to be used in calibration by a printer
serving as a monitoring target, the printer being capable of using a plurality of media types, a result of calibration performed
using the common media type being applied to another media type;

a first determining unit configured to determine whether a calibration status of the printer satisfies a first condition in
accordance with a printing amount of the printer;

a second determining unit configured to determine whether a recording medium corresponding to the common media type is held
in the printer by using the information obtained by the obtaining unit; and

a control unit configured to cause the printer to perform calibration by causing the printer to perform printing on the recording
medium corresponding to the common media type in a case where the first determining unit determines that the calibration status
of the printer satisfies the first condition and the second determining unit determines that the recording medium corresponding
to the common media type is held in the printer.

US Pat. No. 9,488,938

HEATER AND IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A heater connectable with an electric energy supplying portion having a first terminal and a second terminal, said heater
comprising:
an elongate substrate;
a first electrical contact provided on said substrate and electrically connectable with the first terminal;
a plurality of second electrical contacts provided on said substrate and electrically connectable with the second terminal;
an electroconductive line extending in a longitudinal direction of said substrate and electrically connected with said first
electrical contact;

a plurality of electrodes including first electrodes electrically connected with said first electrical contact through the
electroconductive line and second electrodes electrically connected with said second electrical contacts, said first electrodes
and said second electrodes being arranged alternately with predetermined gaps in the longitudinal direction; and

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

wherein a cross-sectional area of said electroconductive line outside said heat generating portions is larger than a cross-sectional
area of an electrode, positioned between adjacent heat generating portions, of said electrodes.

US Pat. No. 9,481,595

METHOD OF PRODUCING OPTICAL ELEMENT FORMING MOLD AND OPTICAL ELEMENT FORMING MOLD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

3. A method of producing an optical element forming mold, the method comprising:
disposing a mold matrix in a film-forming chamber; and
applying a voltage at a potential of +20 V to +100 V to a holding member so that the mold matrix is kept at a floating potential,
or ?100 V to 0 V,

wherein:
the mold matrix has a ring shape,
an inner peripheral surface of the mold matrix is a film-forming surface,
the holding member is disposed around the inner peripheral surface,
the holding member holds the mold matrix via insulating members, and
a magnetic field is formed so as to form a magnetic flux with a magnetic flux density of 0.002 tesla to less than 0.015 tesla
toward a direction within ±30° with respect to a substantially normal direction of the film-forming surface of the mold matrix,
and a tetrahedral amorphous carbon film is formed on the film-forming surface of the mold matrix while applying the voltage
to the holding member.

US Pat. No. 9,477,184

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CONTROLLING TEMPERATURE OF FIXING PORTION IN IMAGE FORMATION MODE AND IN STANDBY MODES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a first accommodating portion configured to accommodate at least one sheet;
a second accommodating portion configured to accommodate at least one sheet of a type different from the sheet accommodated
in said first accommodating portion;

an image forming portion configured to form a toner image on the sheet fed from one of said first and second accommodating
portions in response to an image formation instruction in an image formation mode;

a fixing portion configured to fix the toner image formed on the sheets by said image forming portion;
an acquiring portion configured to acquire information corresponding to the type of sheet accommodated in each of said first
and second accommodating portions;

a first controller configured to control the temperature of said fixing portion in the image formation mode so as to maintain
at a target temperature in the image formation mode which is set based on the type of the sheet, acquired by said acquiring
portion, used in the image formation mode; and

a second controller configured to control an operation of said fixing portion in a plurality of stand-by modes waiting for
the image formation instruction so as to maintain at a target temperature in the stand-by modes,

wherein the plurality of stand-by modes include a first stand-by mode in which the target temperature in the first stand-by
mode is variably set based on the type of the sheet used in a last image formation mode, and a second stand-by mode in which
the target temperature in the second stand-by mode is commonly set based on the types of the sheets accommodated in said first
and second accommodating portions.

US Pat. No. 9,477,194

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF LIMITING RANGE OF OPERATION DURING MAINTENANCE, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a setting item storage unit configured to store a plurality of setting items having setting values that are changed by maintenance
work on the image forming apparatus;

a maintenance authentication unit configured to authenticate a maintenance worker who performs the maintenance work on the
image forming apparatus;

a restricting unit configured to restrict change of the setting values by the authenticated maintenance worker;
a user authentication unit configured to authenticate a user who uses the image forming apparatus; and
a display control unit configured to, when said restricting unit restricts change of the setting values by the maintenance
worker, control display of the plurality of setting items on a basis of whether or not the maintenance worker has been authenticated
by said user authentication unit.

US Pat. No. 9,477,199

COLLECTING TONER CONTAINER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS USING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A collecting toner container detachably attachable to an image forming apparatus so as to collect toner, the collecting
toner container comprising:
a storage portion that collects and stores the toner;
an inflow opening through which the toner flows from the image forming apparatus to the storage portion;
a conveying member that conveys the toner inside the storage portion;
a discharge opening that is provided in the storage portion, the toner stored in the storage portion being discharged from
the container through the discharge opening by an operation of an operator; and

a lid member detachably attached to the container at a portion corresponding to the discharge opening, the lid member being
configured to close the discharge opening when the lid member is attached to the container and configured to expose the discharge
opening when the lid member is detached from the container, the lid member comprising a detecting container in which the toner
is detected,

wherein the toner conveyed inside the storage portion flows into an inner space of the detecting container when the lid member
is attached to the container and the container is attached to the image apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,475,663

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,477,062

ZOOM LENS BARREL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,479,688

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capture apparatus comprising:
an image sensor that includes a plurality of first pixel portions and a plurality of second pixel portions wherein each of
the first pixel portions and the second pixel portions has a photoelectric conversion portion and an opening through which
light is incident on the photoelectric conversion portion, and wherein the opening of the first pixel portion is larger than
the opening of the second pixel portion; and

a CPU comprising a first signal processing unit that;
if a second pixel portion is determined as a first type defective pixel portion under a photographing condition, corrects
an output signal from the second pixel portion and performs a correction processing on output signals from first pixel portions
that are adjacent or neighboring to the second pixel portion, using the corrected output signal from the second pixel portion;
and

if the second pixel portion is determined as a second type defective pixel portion under the photographing condition, does
not perform the correction processing on output signals from the first pixel portions that are adjacent or neighboring to
the second pixel portion.

US Pat. No. 9,470,989

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:
a support;
a conductive layer on the support; and
a photosensitive layer on the conductive layer,
wherein the conductive layer comprises:
a binder material;
a first metal oxide particle; and
a second metal oxide particle,
the first metal oxide particle is
(i) a zinc oxide particle coated with tin oxide doped with one element selected from phosphorus, tungsten, niobium, tantalum,
and fluorine, or

(ii) a tin oxide particle coated with tin oxide doped with one element selected from phosphorus, tungsten, niobium, tantalum,
and fluorine,

the second metal oxide particle is a tin oxide particle doped with one element selected from phosphorus, tungsten, niobium,
tantalum, and fluorine,

wherein the element with which the second metal oxide particle is doped is the same as the element with which the tin oxide
of the first metal oxide particle is doped, and

wherein the conductive layer satisfies the following formulae (1) and (2),
2?{(V2/VT)/(V1/VT)}×100?25  (1)

15?{(V1/VT)+(V2/VT)}×100?45  (2)

where in the formulae (1) and (2),
VT (cm3) represents a total volume of the conductive layer,

V1 (cm3) represents a total volume of the first metal oxide particle in the conductive layer, and

V2 (cm3) represents a total volume of the second metal oxide particle in the conductive layer.

US Pat. No. 9,474,166

PRINTED WIRING BOARD, PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printed circuit board comprising
a printed wiring board, wherein the printed wiring board comprises a first surface layer on which an electronic component
is mounted, wherein a heat transfer pattern is formed in an area of the first surface on which the electronic component is
mounted, a second surface layer positioned on a side of the printed wiring board, opposite to the first surface layer, wherein
a first conductive pattern is formed in an area of the second surface, and a through hole penetrating the printed wiring board
in a thickness direction thereof, wherein the through hole is formed in the area in which the heat transfer pattern is formed,
a through hole conductor is formed within the through hole, and the through hole conductor is thermally connected to the heat
transfer pattern and the first conductive pattern;

an electronic component having a heat sink mounted on the first surface layer of the printed wiring board; and
a solder joint portion arranged between the heat sink of the electronic component and the heat transfer pattern of the printed
wiring board, wherein

the heat transfer pattern is covered with a solder resist, and is exposed from the solder resist to form a plurality of connecting
lands, wherein

the plurality of connecting lands comprises a first land group including a plurality of first lands, and a second land group
including a plurality of second lands, each of the first lands is arranged adjacent to the through hole, and the each of the
second lands is not arranged adjacent to the through hole, and wherein

at least one of the first lands is not connected through the solder joint portion to the heat sink, the second lands are connected
through the solder joint portion to the heat sink, the solder is solidified within the at least one of the through holes.

US Pat. No. 9,472,141

DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display apparatus comprising:
a light emitting unit configured to emit light;
a displaying unit configured to display an image on a screen by allowing the light from the light emitting unit to be transmitted
therethrough at a transmittance based on an image signal, wherein the displaying unit comprises:

a user-facing surface that includes the screen from which the transmitted light is transmitted to a user; and
a light-emitting-unit-facing surface facing the light emitting unit and differing from the user-facing surface,
wherein light from the light emitting unit is incident on the light-emitting-unit-facing surface, and
wherein a percentage of the incident light, which is emitted from the light emitting unit and is incident on the light-emitting-unit-facing
surface, is transmitted to the user through the light-emitting-unit-facing surface and through the user-facing surface, and
a percentage of the incident light is diffused by the displaying unit and then returned to radiate from the light-emitting-unit-facing
surface,

a first measuring unit provided on a light-emitting surface of the light emitting unit, that detects a detection brightness
comprising the brightness of light received directly from the light-emitting surface and the brightness of the return light;

a correcting unit configured to correct the detection brightness which is the brightness detected by the first measuring unit,
based on the brightness of the image displayed in a predetermined area corresponding to a position where the first measuring
unit is provided; and

a control unit configured to control the light emission brightness of the light emitting unit so that the detection brightness
after correction by the correcting unit coincides with a predetermined target value,

wherein
the correcting unit reduces, so that a change in the detection brightness due to return light which is returned to radiate
from the light-emitting-unit-facing surface is corrected, the detection brightness by a greater reduction amount, in a case
where the image displayed in the predetermined area is dark, than a case where the image displayed in the predetermined area
is bright, which is brighter than the dark image displayed in the predetermined area.

US Pat. No. 9,470,825

COLOR FILTER ARRAY, SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR, AND IMAGING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A color filter array comprising:
a plurality of color filters having different center frequencies and each formed of static metal structures and an insulator;
a first common electrode formed across the plurality of color filters;
a second common electrode opposed to the first common electrode, separated from the static metal structures of the plurality
of color filters by the insulator, and formed across the plurality of color filters; and

a voltage applying circuit configured to apply a voltage between the first common electrode and the second common electrode.

US Pat. No. 9,470,878

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS USING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:
a first lens unit having a positive refractive power;
a second lens unit having a negative refractive power;
a third lens unit having a positive refractive power; and
a fourth lens unit having a positive refractive power, wherein:
the first, second, third and fourth lens units move during zooming from the wide angle end to the telephoto end,
the first lens unit comprises three or less lenses,
the second lens unit comprises four or less lenses,
the third lens unit comprises four or less lenses,
the fourth lens unit comprises two or less lenses,
the third lens unit includes a negative lens, and
the zoom lens satisfies the following conditional expressions:
2.65
0.05
0.35<|3n|/f3<0.55,

where ?3w is the lateral magnification of the third lens unit at the wide angle end, ?3t is the lateral magnification of the third lens unit at the telephoto end, f3 is the focal length of the third lens unit, ft is the focal length of the entire system at the telephoto end, and f3n is the focal length of the negative lens in the third lens unit.

US Pat. No. 9,469,101

CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR CONTROLLING FORMING APPARATUS WHICH FORMS CONCAVO-CONVEX STRUCTURE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A control apparatus configured to control a forming apparatus which forms a concavo-convex structure by stacking materials,
comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain concavo-convex data indicating the concavo-convex structure to be formed;
a dividing unit configured to divide the concavo-convex data into a plurality of pieces of data for a plurality of scanning;
and

a control unit configured to control the forming apparatus based on the plurality of pieces of data, wherein
wherein the control unit controls a formation order, performed by the forming apparatus, of concavo-convex portions each corresponding
to the plurality of pieces of data divided by the dividing unit based on a feature amount of the concavo-convex structure
indicated by the concavo-convex data.

US Pat. No. 9,470,903

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,465,336

CONTROL DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control device configured to control an image forming apparatus capable of forming an image on a recording material,
the image forming apparatus including a storing portion configured to store information corresponding to a width of a recording
material and a fixing device which is replaceable with another fixing device, said control device comprising:
a reading portion configured to read the information corresponding to the width of the recording material stored in the storing
portion;

an obtaining portion configured to obtain information corresponding to a width of a recording material to be subjected to
an image forming operation; and

a controller configured to control an operation of the image forming apparatus on the basis of the information read by said
reading portion and the information obtained by said obtaining portion,

wherein when the width of the recording material obtained by said obtaining portion is smaller than the width of the recording
material read by said reading portion, said controller prohibits the image forming operation without replacing the fixing
device.

US Pat. No. 9,465,224

IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE AND IMAGE DISPLAY METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image display device comprising:
a stereoscopic screen which displays a left-eye image and an right-eye image that reflect a parallax between left and right
eyes of a user;

a detection unit which detects an orientation of the stereoscopic screen; and
a display control unit which displays, on the stereoscopic screen, the left-eye image and the right-eye image in a predetermined
direction and in a predetermined arrangement for the left eye and the right eye, respectively, based on the orientation detected
by the detection unit,

wherein if the orientation detected by the detection unit is an upright direction, the display control unit causes the left-eye
image and the right-eye image to be displayed in the upright direction in a predetermined arrangement in which the left-eye
image and the right-eye image can be viewed by the left and right eyes respectively of the user, and if the detected orientation
is a direction opposite to the upright direction, the display control unit turns the left-eye image and the right-eye image
180 degrees from the upright direction, and causes the left-eye image and the right-eye image to be displayed in an arrangement
that is the inverse of the predetermined arrangement.

US Pat. No. 9,467,549

EXTERNAL APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,467,550

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, EXTERNAL APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus which controls an external apparatus, comprising:
a control device configured to control the communication apparatus;
a communication device configured to communicate with the external apparatus;
a memory device configured to store a first program for accepting a user operation and a second program for communicating
with the external apparatus via the communication device, the first program and second program are used in a first application
software;

wherein the control device adds to the first application software, using the second program, a predetermined function for
controlling the external apparatus, the predetermined function to be added is selected, using the first application software,
by the user operation,

wherein after the predetermined function is added, the control device enables the first program to accept the user operation
for transmitting instruction for executing the added predetermined function to the external apparatus via the communication
device, and

wherein after the predetermined function is added, the control device manages added function information using the second
program so as to render the added predetermined function usable by a second application software that is different from the
first application software.

US Pat. No. 9,466,015

ASYNCHRONOUS GROUP PROCESSING USING Z-BANDING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of generating an intermediate representation of a page description, the page description comprising a plurality
of graphic commands updating a graphics state, the method comprising:
identifying a first sequence of graphic commands from the plurality of graphic commands in the page description, so that a
graphics state associated with at least one subsequent second graphic command in the page description is invariant under the
first sequence of graphic commands;

generating a first display list representation using the first sequence of graphic commands;
generating a second display list representation using the second graphic command concurrently with generating the first display
list representation, the second display list representation being generated independently from the first sequence of graphic
commands; and

generating the intermediate representation of the page description using the first display list representation and the second
display list representation, at least one portion in the intermediate representation being affected by the first sequence
of graphic commands and the second graphic command.

US Pat. No. 9,467,581

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a storage unit configured to store a plurality of pieces of image data;
a first determination unit configured to determine a role of whether the communication apparatus operates as an apparatus
that constructs a wireless network, or operates as an apparatus that participates in a constructed wireless network, by communicating
with another communication apparatus;

a receiving unit configured to receive a request signal for requesting information of the plurality of pieces of image data
from said another communication apparatus; and

a transmission unit configured to,
1) in a case where the requested signal received by the receiving unit designates ID information of first image data and information
of image data associated with the first image data is requested, transmit information of the image data associated with the
first image data,

2) in a case where the requested signal does not designate ID information of image data, transmit ID information of representative
image data in a group of grouped image data, not transmit ID information of image data other than the representative image
data in the group, and transmit ID information of image data that is not grouped.

US Pat. No. 9,465,279

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS WITH MOVABLE LOCKING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus where a grip mounting portion to detachably mount a grip is formed, the image pickup apparatus
comprising:
a locking member configured to move between a locking position where the grip attached to the grip mounting portion is locked
and a release position where locking to the grip is released;

a holding member partially arranged in a projection surface of the grip mounting portion and configured to engage with the
locking member so as to hold the locking member at the release position;

an urging member configured to urge the locking member toward the locking position; and
an openable lid,
wherein mounting the grip to the grip mounting portion releases engagement between the holding member and the locking member
so that the locking member moves from the release position to the locking position,

wherein the holding member holds the locking member at the release position against urging force of the urging member,
wherein an operating portion of the locking member is arranged so as to be covered with the lid being a close state, and
wherein when the operation portion is operated, the locking member moves from the locking position to the release position
against the urging force of the urging member so that the holding member holds the locking member at the release position.

US Pat. No. 9,465,312

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ADJUSTMENT OF LIGHT AMOUNT DURING WEAK LIGHT EMISSION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member;
a charging unit configured to charge the photosensitive member;
a first light emitting unit and a second light emitting unit each configured to independently perform light emission of a
laser beam, wherein a latent image is formed on the charged photosensitive member by light emission of the first and the second
light emitting units, and an image is formed on a recording material by attaching toner to the latent image to visualize it;

a driving unit configured to cause the first and the second light emitting units to emit light by a driving current,
wherein the driving unit causes each of the first and the second light emitting units to emit light in a time following a
pulse duty with a light amount at a first light emission level for printing on an image portion in an image formable region
of the photosensitive member according to input of print data, and causes each of the first and the second light emitting
units to emit light with a light amount at a second light emission level of weak light emission on a non-image portion in
the image formable region of the photosensitive member, and wherein the driving unit causes the first light emitting unit
to emit light at the first light emission level by a driving current obtained by adding a first driving current to a second
driving current, causes the first light emitting unit to emit light at the second light emission level by the second driving
current, causes the second light emitting unit to emit light at the first light emission level by a driving current obtained
by adding a third driving current to a fourth driving current, and causes the second light emitting unit to emit light at
the second light emission level by the fourth driving current; and

an adjustment unit configured to adjust each of the first, the second, the third, and the fourth driving currents a plurality
of times in one job,

wherein the adjustment unit is configured to execute a first adjustment step for adjusting the first, the second, and the
third driving currents without adjusting the fourth driving current in one horizontal synchronization signal cycle, and a
second adjustment step for adjusting the first, the third, and the fourth driving currents without adjusting the second driving
current in the one horizontal synchronization signal cycle, and alternately executes the first adjustment step and the second
adjustment step in each horizontal synchronization signal cycle.

US Pat. No. 9,467,618

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND IMAGING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image sensor;
a focus evaluation value calculation unit configured to extract a specific frequency component from an image signal output
from the image sensor and calculate a focus evaluation value indicating contrast of the image signal;

a first focus adjustment unit configured to reciprocate a focusing lens by a unit movement amount smaller than a predetermined
value and perform a focus adjustment based on a change in the focus evaluation value;

a second focus adjustment unit configured to, after the focus adjustment by the first focus adjustment unit, move the focusing
lens in a direction which increases the focus evaluation value by a unit movement amount greater than or equal to the predetermined
value and perform a focus adjustment based on a change in the focus evaluation value;

a monitoring unit configured to monitor whether the focus evaluation value changes as much as or more than a predetermined
threshold in an in-focus position obtained by either one of the first focus adjustment unit and the second focus adjustment
unit; and

a control unit configured to, if the focus evaluation value changes as much as or more than the predetermined threshold and
a monitoring state caused by the monitoring unit transitions to a focus adjustment state, control the predetermined threshold
in monitoring performed in the in-focus position obtained by using the second focus adjustment unit so that the predetermined
threshold becomes greater than the predetermined threshold in a monitoring performed in the in-focus position obtained by
the first focus adjustment unit without using the second focus adjustment unit.

US Pat. No. 9,459,551

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus forming an image on a recording medium, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member configured to be rotated;
an exposure device configured to expose the photosensitive member to light to form an electrostatic latent image on the photosensitive
member;

a detection device to which a voltage is applied;
a measurement device configured to measure a current flowing to the detection device; and
a control unit configured to execute a detection mode in which an electrostatic latent image is formed on the photosensitive
member and the measurement device detects a change of the current when the electrostatic latent image reaches a detecting
area facing the detection device,

wherein, in the detection mode, the control unit causes a potential difference between the electrostatic latent image and
the detection device to be smaller as a layer thickness of a photosensitive layer of the photosensitive member is more reduced.

US Pat. No. 9,459,552

DRIVE CIRCUIT FOR PRINTING APPARATUS, LIGHT-EMITTING ELEMENT UNIT, AND PRINTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A drive circuit for a printing apparatus, comprising:
a first driver arranged on an electrical path from a first current supply unit to a first connection portion for a light-emitting
element;

a second driver arranged on an electrical path from a second current supply unit to the first connection portion;
a third driver arranged on an electrical path from the second current supply unit to a second connection portion for a light-emitting
element; and

a switch unit configured to selectively connect the second current supply unit to one of the second driver and the third driver
and disconnect the connection between the second current supply unit and the other of the second driver and the third driver
when the second current supply unit is connected to the one of the second driver and the third driver.

US Pat. No. 9,459,576

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus configured to operate in a first power state and a second power state in which power consumption
is smaller than power consumption in the first power state, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect a human;
a return unit configured to return the image forming apparatus from the second power state to the first power state;
an operation unit configured to receive a user operation; and
a power saving unit configured to shift the image forming apparatus from the first power state to the second power state based
on a lapse of a predetermined time without the operation unit receiving the user operation;

wherein, in a case where the operation unit does not receive the user operation in a time period between time when the return
unit returns the image forming apparatus from the second power state to the first power state and time when the detection
unit no longer detects a human, the power saving unit shifts the image forming apparatus from the first power state to the
second power state before the lapse of the predetermined time.

US Pat. No. 9,456,095

PART ENGAGING STRUCTURE AND APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A structure comprising:
a first member having a first protruding portion and a second protruding portion; and
a second member having a first receiving portion and a second receiving portion each having inner surfaces, wherein the second
member engages with the first member by fitting the first protruding portion in the first receiving portion and fitting the
second protruding portion in the second receiving portion, respectively,

wherein each of the first and the second protruding portions includes three ribs to form an imperfect quadrangle shape having
three sides and lacking one side and having four corners, and each of the three sides is not parallel to the inner surfaces,
and

wherein the four corners of the first protruding portion contact four inner surfaces of the first receiving portion, and opposite
two corners of the second protruding portion contact two inner surfaces of the second receiving portion.

US Pat. No. 9,456,102

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a wireless communication unit which embodies a processor configured to execute wireless communication, the wireless communication
unit being operable in a power saving mode in which a state of the wireless communication unit is transitioned to an Awake
state and to a Doze state in synchronization with a beacon of an access point;

a setting unit configured to set, based on a user instruction, whether the power saving mode is to be used;
a display unit configured to display a screen; and
a controlling unit configured to, in a case where the setting unit sets that the power saving mode is to be used, perform
control to temporarily disable the power saving mode in a condition that the display unit displays a predetermined screen.

US Pat. No. 9,456,103

IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR REMOVING FOREIGN MATTERS FROM A DOCUMENT SURFACE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image reading apparatus comprising:
a transparent member disposed at a document pass position;
an image reading unit configured to read an image of a passing document through the transparent member; and
a rotating cleaning unit configured to rotate to clean a document pass surface of the transparent member,
wherein the rotating cleaning unit comprises:
a main body rotatable centering on a rotational axis;
a first cleaning member supported by the main body, and configured to scrape foreign matters on the document pass surface
during rotation of the main body,

wherein the first cleaning member includes a base portion and a front-end portion, and
wherein, when the front end portion does not contact the document pass surface and before the front end portion contacts the
document pass surface, the front-end portion of the cleaning member is bent directionally from the base portion towards a
downstream side in the rotating direction of the main body; and

a second cleaning member supported by the main body, and configured to sweep foreign matters on the document pass surface
during rotation of the main body.

US Pat. No. 9,456,118

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD FOR GENERATING AUXILIARY INFORMATION FOR CAPTURED IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain image data captured by an image sensor from which a reconstruction image can be generated
by performing refocus processing on the image data;

an image processing unit configured to generate a first reconstruction image from the image data at a focal plane at which
a subject is detected; and

a display unit configured to display the first reconstruction image and a second reconstruction image generated from the image
data at a focal plane together,

wherein the first and second reconstruction images include the subject, and
wherein the image processing unit determines a plurality of focal planes for which a plurality of the first reconstruction
images is to be generated, based on focal position information for respective positions in a screen of the image data output
from the image sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,456,144

IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

16. A method for controlling an imaging apparatus including an imaging unit configured to capture an image of an object to
output image data, the method comprising:
acquiring information about a brightness of the object;
determining an exposure control value to be used in a shooting operation based on the acquired information about the brightness
of the object;

obtaining a plurality of image data, to be used for image combining processing, by performing a plurality of shooting operations
including a light emission shooting operation, performed while causing a light emitting device to emit light, and a non-light
emission shooting operation, performed without causing the light emission device to emit light; and

determining exposure control values for the light emission shooting operation and the non-light emission shooting operation
based on the acquired information about the brightness of the object when a preliminary light emission is performed by the
light emitting device, and

determining the exposure control value for the light emission shooting operation before performing the light emission shooting
operation, and

determining the exposure control value for the non-light emission shooting operation before performing the non-light emission
shooting operation.

US Pat. No. 9,454,108

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a first photosensitive body that bears a toner image;
a second photosensitive body that bears a toner image;
a movable endless intermediate transfer belt;
a secondary transfer member that forms, together with the intermediate transfer belt, a secondary transfer region, and secondary
transfers a toner image from the intermediate transfer belt to a transfer member in the secondary transfer region, and that
supplies an electric current to the intermediate transfer belt; and

a control unit that can execute a first mode in which a first current amount is supplied from the secondary transfer member
to the intermediate transfer belt and a toner image is primarily transferred from the first photosensitive body and the second
photosensitive body to the intermediate transfer belt, and a second mode in which a second current amount which is less than
the first current amount is supplied from the secondary transfer member to the intermediate transfer belt and the toner image
is primarily transferred only from the first photosensitive body to the intermediate transfer belt, wherein

the control unit can adjust surface potentials of the first photosensitive body and the second photosensitive body, and makes
an absolute value of the surface potential of the second photosensitive body less than an absolute value of the surface potential
of the first photosensitive body when the second mode is executed.

US Pat. No. 9,454,120

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a storage portion configured to store recording materials;
a first conveyance portion configured to convey a recording material;
a first detection unit provided on a downstream side of the first conveyance portion in a conveying direction of the recording
material and configured to detect a leading edge of the recording material;

a second conveyance portion provided on a downstream side of the first detection unit in the conveying direction and configured
to convey the recording material;

a second detection unit provided on a downstream side of the second conveyance portion in the conveying direction and configured
to detect the leading edge of the recording material;

a drive source driving the first conveyance portion and the second conveyance portion;
a control unit controlling the drive source based on a detecting result obtained by at least one of the first detection unit
and the second detection unit,

wherein a first recording material and a second recording material which is conveyed subsequently to the first recording material
are conveyed from the storage portion so that a distance between a trailing edge of the first recording material and a leading
edge of the second recording material in a conveyance path is a first predetermined distance longer than a distance between
the first detection unit and the second detection unit in the conveyance path,

in a case that the detecting result, which is obtained by detecting the leading edge of the second recording material with
the first detection unit after the trailing edge of the first recording material passes through the first detection unit,
indicates a state where the distance between the trailing edge of the first recording material and the leading edge of the
second recording material is longer than the first predetermined distance and the distance between the trailing edge of the
first recording material and the leading edge of the second recording material is shorter than a second predetermined distance
which is longer than the first predetermined distance, the control unit controls the drive source to change a conveyance speed
of the second recording material from a predetermined speed to a faster speed according to a timing when the second detection
unit detects the leading edge of the second recording material, and

in a case that the detecting result, which is obtained by detecting the leading edge of the second recording material with
the first detection unit after the trailing edge of the first recording material passes through the first detection unit,
indicates a state where the distance between the trailing edge of the first recording material and the leading edge of the
second recording material is longer than the second predetermined distance, the control unit controls the drive source to
change the conveyance speed of the second recording material from the predetermined speed to a faster speed according to the
timing when the first detection unit detects the leading edge of the second recording material.

US Pat. No. 9,448,241

MASS SPECTROMETRY METHOD FOR A POLYPEPTIDE INCLUDING A CYSTEINE RESIDUE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A mass spectrometry method for a polypeptide including a cysteine residue, comprising:
cyanating the polypeptide with a cyanation agent;
treating the cyanated polypeptide with a base;
desorption ionizing the base-treated polypeptide using charged particles to analyze a mass of the desorption-ionized treated
polypeptide by using a secondary ion mass spectrometry method,

wherein the treating of the cyanated polypeptide with the base comprises adding a deliquescent material to the cyanated polypeptide
and further feeding water and the base using base vapor.

US Pat. No. 9,450,037

LIGHT EMITTING DISPLAY APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,448,520

APPARATUS AND MEASUREMENT METHOD BASED ON INCIDENT POSITIONS OF EMITTED LIGHT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,442,458

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a mounting portion where an image forming unit, detachably mountable to said image forming apparatus, for forming an image
is mounted;

an inserting opening for permitting insertion of said image forming unit into said mounting portion;
a cover portion for opening and closing said inserting opening;
a locking portion capable of being elastically displaced between a locking position where said image forming unit is locked
at an image formable mounting position and a releasing position where locking is released; and

a limiting mechanism for limiting movement of said locking portion by moving to a first position where the movement of said
locking portion to the releasing position is prevented when said cover portion is closed and by moving to a second position
where the movement of said locking portion to the releasing position is permitted when said cover portion is opened.

US Pat. No. 9,438,789

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect touch operations;
a display control unit configured to effect control such that a portion of an image is displayed on a display unit rather
than an entire image;

a portion changing unit configured to change a displayed portion of the image when a portion of the image is being displayed,
in accordance with a predetermined touch operation including moving of a touch position having been performed from outside
of a predetermined region; and

a control unit configured to effect control such that, when a portion of the image is being displayed, the displayed image
is switched to a different image and a display portion of the different image is displayed on the display unit based on the
display portion of the image before switching, in accordance with the predetermined touch operation including moving of a
touch position having been performed from within the predetermined region.

US Pat. No. 9,438,807

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING TOUCH PANEL, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a touch panel configured to allow input of drawing information;
a display unit configured to display a taken image and superimpose the drawing information, which is input through said touch
panel, on the taken image;

a rotating unit configured to rotate said display unit between a reverse display state and a normal display state; and
a flipping unit configured to flip the drawing information displayed on said display unit in response to switching a state
of said display unit between the reverse display state and the normal display state by said rotating unit,

wherein said flipping unit carries out one of a first flipping process in which the drawing information is vertically flipped
or a second flipping process in which the drawing information is vertically flipped and also horizontally flipped according
to a type of the drawing information.

US Pat. No. 9,438,837

IMAGE SENSOR AND IMAGE SENSING SYSTEM WITH REDUNDANT DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image sensor comprising:
a pixel unit in which a plurality of pixels are arranged in a matrix;
an A/D conversion circuit provided corresponding to each column of the matrix and configured to A/D-convert a pixel signal
output from the pixel unit and output digital data corresponding to the pixel signal, the A/D conversion circuit including
a comparator configured to compare the signal from the pixel with a reference signal;

a counter circuit configured to count a reference clock and generate a count signal;
a redundant data generation unit configured to generate redundant data for correcting the digital data by encoding the count
signal based on a generating rule of an error correction code; and

a memory configured to store the count signal as the digital signal and the redundant data in accordance with an output signal
from the comparator.

US Pat. No. 9,438,841

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state imaging apparatus comprising:
a pixel section in which a plurality of pixels are arranged in a matrix;
a column signal line configured to output a pixel signal from the pixel section;
a column amplifier circuit configured to output an amplified signal by inverting and amplifying the pixel signal;
a bypass circuit configured to bypass the column amplifier circuit;
a successive approximation analogue to digital (AD) converter;
a correlated double sampling (CDS) processing unit configured to calculate a difference between a reset level of the pixel
signal and an imaging signal; and

a control unit configured to change an operation mode of the successive approximation AD converter,
wherein the control unit is configured to:
in a first operation mode, to control the successive approximation AD converter to AD-convert the pixel signal from the column
signal line via the bypass circuit,

in a second operation mode, to control the successive approximation AD converter to AD-convert the amplified signal, and
to change differential processing of the CDS processing unit between the first operation mode and the second operation mode.

US Pat. No. 9,438,874

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT IS CAPABLE OF CORRECTING COLOR SHIFT, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus configured to correct color shift caused by chromatic difference of magnification in image
data determined based on an optical image incident through an optical system, comprising:
a storage unit configured to store first color shift amount data including color shift amount information of the image data
and accuracy information indicative of detection accuracy of the color shift;

an analysis unit configured to analyze the image data and thereby determine second color shift amount data including color
shift amount information of the image data and accuracy information indicative of detection accuracy of the color shift;

a correction unit configured to correct the color shift of the image data using color shift amount information selected from
the first color shift amount data and the second color shift amount data, based on the accuracy information included in the
first color shift amount data read out from the storage unit and the accuracy information included in the second color shift
amount data determined by the analysis unit; and

an update unit configured to update the first color shift amount data stored in the storage unit with a third color shift
amount data, which is the color shift amount information selected by said correction unit.

US Pat. No. 9,428,351

FEEDING DEVICE, FEEDING CASSETTE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A feeding device configured to feed a sheet, the feeding device comprising:
a feeding cassette capable of being inserted into and pulled out from a main body of an apparatus, wherein the feeding cassette
includes:

a stacking portion on which the sheet is stacked;
a first positioning unit provided movably in a first direction and a second direction opposite to the first direction and
configured to regulate a position of the sheet stacked on the stacking portion, the first positioning unit has a first side
regulating member and an engaging member, the first side regulating member including a first abutting portion configured to
contact with an edge of the sheet, the engaging member including an engaging portion configured to engage with the first side
regulating member, the engaging member and the first side regulating member move integrally in a state that the engaging portion
engages with the first side regulating member and the engaging member moves with respect to the first side regulating member
in a state that the engaging portion does not engage with the first side regulating member;

a second positioning unit provided movably in the first direction and the second direction and configured to regulate the
position of the sheet stacked on the stacking portion;

a frame member configured to movably hold the first positioning unit and the second positioning unit;
a locking member configured to lock a movement of the first side regulating member with respect to the frame member, a lock
of the first side regulating member locked by the locking member being released by the engaging member moving with respect
to the first side regulating member; and

an interlocking unit configured to move the engaging member and the second positioning unit in conjunction with each other,
wherein the locking member is provided on the first side regulating member, and
wherein the first regulating member includes a lock engagement portion provided on the frame member, the locking member being
movable between a lock position where the locking member engages with the lock engagement portion and a release position where
the locking member does not engages with the lock engagement portion.

US Pat. No. 9,428,353

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet stacking apparatus comprising:
a main body; and
a stacking unit that is provided so as to be insertable and pullable with respect to the main body,
wherein the main body includes:
a first frame provided on one side in a direction orthogonal to an insertion and a pull direction of the stacking unit;
a second frame provided on another side in the direction orthogonal to the insertion and the pull direction of the stacking
unit; and

a connection portion that connects the first frame and the second frame, wherein in a case where the stacking unit is inserted
between the first frame and the second frame, the connection portion is positioned on an upper side of the stacking unit and
not on a lower side of the stacking unit, and

wherein the stacking unit includes:
a stacking portion on which a sheet is stacked; and
a regulation member that is provided so as to be movable with respect to the stacking portion in the insertion and the pull
direction of the stacking unit and regulates a position of an end portion of the sheet stacked on the stacking portion, wherein
the regulation member prevents at least one of the first frame and the second frame from deforming toward the stacking unit
in the direction orthogonal to the insertion and the pull direction of the stacking unit.

US Pat. No. 9,428,355

PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a feeding roller configured to feed a printing sheet;
a conveyance roller configured to intermittently convey the printing sheet fed by the feeding roller;
a printhead configured to discharge ink on the printing sheet conveyed by the conveyance roller;
a carriage configured to mount the printhead and move in a direction intersecting a sheet conveyance direction; and
a conveyance control unit
configured to form an overlap state where a trailing edge of a preceding sheet as a printing sheet precedingly fed and a leading
edge of a succeeding sheet as a printing sheet succeedingly fed overlap each other between the feeding roller and the conveyance
roller, and

configured to correct the skew of the succeeding sheet by making the leading edge of the succeeding sheet abut against the
conveyance roller during stoppage of the conveyance roller for performing a printing operation of a last row of the preceding
sheet in a case where the overlap state is formed.

US Pat. No. 9,429,892

RECORDING MEDIUM DETERMINATION APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,428,357

CONVEYING DEVICE AND CONVEYING CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,427,892

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A manufacturing method for a liquid ejection head, the liquid ejection head comprising:
a substrate;
an ejection orifice forming member having an ejection orifice configured to eject a liquid, the ejection orifice forming member
being formed on a surface of the substrate; and

a surface layer having a recess that has a bottom portion communicating with the ejection orifice and an opening held in contact
with an outside and having a width larger than a width of the ejection orifice, the surface layer being formed on the ejection
orifice forming member,

the manufacturing method comprising:
forming a first resin layer serving as the ejection orifice forming member by applying a negative photosensitive resin composition
A onto the surface of the substrate;

forming a second resin layer serving as the surface layer by applying a negative photosensitive resin composition B having
sensitivity lower than sensitivity of the negative photosensitive resin composition A onto the first resin layer;

subjecting the first resin layer and the second resin layer to pattern exposure collectively; and
subjecting the first resin layer and the second resin layer to development treatment collectively after the pattern exposure,
thereby forming the recess in the second resin layer, the recess having a side surface inclined with respect to a direction
perpendicular to the surface of the substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,430,016

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,421,628

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD AND PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a printed circuit board,
the printed circuit board comprising: a first printed wiring board comprising a first electrode pad formed on a surface thereof;
and a second printed wiring board comprising a second electrode pad formed on a surface thereof, the first electrode pad and
the second electrode pad being joined with solder,

the method comprising:
forming, on the second printed wiring board:
a first region in an outer edge portion of the second electrode pad, which is covered with solder resist;
a second region on the second electrode pad wherein the outer edge portion of the second electrode pad is covered with the
solder but is not covered with the solder resist; and

a third region which is adjacent to the second region and on the second printed wiring board wherein the third region is not
covered with the solder resist but a periphery of the third region is surrounded by the solder resist; and

joining the first electrode pad and the second electrode pad to each other by:
supplying solder paste onto a region extending over the second region and the third region;
mounting the first printed wiring board on the second printed wiring board so that the first electrode pad of the first printed
wiring board is opposed to the second electrode pad of the second printed wiring board;

heating the solder paste to be molten; and
causing the molten solder to move from the third region toward the second region.

US Pat. No. 9,426,321

PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,426,382

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD IN WHICH FIRST AND SECOND IMAGES ARE COMBINED IN A WEIGHTED MANNER BASED ON A THIRD IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising a hardware processor used for implementing each of the following units:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a first image captured using a first exposure and a second image captured using a second
exposure, wherein the second exposure is higher than the first exposure;

a creating unit configured to create, from the first image, a third image in which regions having high lightness of the first
image are extended; and

a combining unit configured to perform weighted combination of respective pixels of the first image and the second image using
adding coefficients which are based on the third image, wherein the adding coefficients are predetermined such that the weight
of the second image is larger as a lightness of a corresponding pixel on the third image is smaller,

wherein the creating unit creates, from the first image, the third image by performing reduction processing for the first
image, converting the pixel value of each pixel of the first image performed the reduction processing to a pixel value having
maximum lightness within a pre-set range centered around the pixel, and enlarging the converted first image, and

the pre-set range includes a range decided based on a value obtained by multiplying the number of pixels that allows a deviation
of a subject, which is generated between the first image and the second image obtained by the obtaining unit, by a reduction
ratio used to reduce the first image.

US Pat. No. 9,423,857

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR EXTENDING LIFE OF A STORAGE UNIT BY DELAYING TRANSITIONING TO A HIBERNATION STATE FOR A PREDETERMINED TIME CALCULATED BASED ON A NUMBER OF WRITING TIMES OF THE STORAGE UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus shiftable to a hibernation state, the information processing apparatus comprising:
a storage unit configured to store information indicating a state of the information processing apparatus before shift to
the hibernation state;

an obtaining unit configured to obtain a number of rewritten times of data with respect to the storage unit;
a shifting unit configured to shift the information processing apparatus to the hibernation state in response to lapse of
a predetermined time; and

a setting unit configured to set the predetermined time based on the number of rewritten times obtained by the obtaining unit.

US Pat. No. 9,417,505

LENS BARREL AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS WITH A MECHANISM FOR ABSORBING AN EXTERNAL IMPACT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A lens barrel comprising:
an extendable barrel unit;
a drive unit configured to drive the barrel unit so as to extend the barrel unit; and
a transmission unit configured to transmit a drive force of the drive unit to the barrel unit,
wherein the transmission unit includes:
a first gear and a second gear coaxially disposed, and
a biasing member configured to bias at least one of the first gear and the second gear such that the drive force is transmitted
between the first gear and the second gear, and

wherein the transmission unit is configured to block transmission of the drive force between the first gear and the second
gear depending on a rotational force applied to at least one of the first gear and the second gear,

wherein the rotational force causes generation of a reaction force that is larger than a biasing force of the biasing member
to block the transmission of the drive force between the first gear and the second gear,

wherein the first gear and the second gear are configured to move away from each other in a rotational axis direction by elastic
deformation of the biasing member caused by the reaction force, and

wherein the first gear includes a drive shaft having an end portion which is provided at a side opposite to the second gear,
and wherein the biasing member is configured to bias the end portion of the drive shaft to bias the first gear.

US Pat. No. 9,417,507

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:
a base member;
a switch;
an operation member configured to linearly move in a first direction and a second direction orthogonal to the first direction
with respect to the base member;

a movable member configured to linearly move integrally with the operation member, in a case where the operation member is
linearly operated in the first direction or the second direction; and

a pressing member, configured to move in a third direction orthogonal to the first and second directions,
wherein the pressing member has a pressing portion configured to press the switch and a sliding portion which slides on the
movable member, and

wherein in a case where the operation member is linearly operated in the first or second direction, the pressing member moves
in the third direction by sliding of the sliding portion of the pressing member on the movable member, and the pressing portion
presses the switch.

US Pat. No. 9,420,119

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR INSPECTING SCANNING BEAM OF SCANNING OPTICAL SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A scanning optical system manufacturing method comprising:
receiving a scanning beam, emitted from a scanning unit including an incident optical system and a deflecting device and passed
through an image-forming optical system, in an area having a light-receiving width in a main scanning direction narrower than
a spot diameter of the scanning beam by a light-receiving unit configured to be capable of being displaced at each image height
position in the main scanning direction;

calculating, based on an output of the light-receiving unit, a peak light quantity at each image height position of the scanning
beam;

smoothing, using an evaluation width in the main scanning direction, distribution data of the peak light quantity at each
image height position acquired by the calculating; and

determining, based on the data acquired by the smoothing, either nondefective/defective states of the scanning unit and the
image-forming optical system or a nondefective/defective state of only the image-forming optical system,

wherein the evaluation width is equal to or less than a shift amount of the scanning beam on an image surface of the image-forming
optical system in the main scanning direction when the scanning beam from the deflecting device shifted as much as a width
of the scanning beam at an optical surface of the image-forming optical system in the main scanning direction.

US Pat. No. 9,417,556

CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge comprising:
a rotating body;
a blade that extends in an axial direction of the rotating body and is disposed on the rotating body;
a supporting member that is fixed to the blade and configured to support the blade in such a manner that the blade protrudes
toward the rotating body in a shorter direction crossing the axial direction;

a frame body including a placing surface that supports the supporting member; and
a fixed portion that is disposed on the placing surface via the supporting member and fixed to the frame body,
wherein the supporting member includes a cut portion extending in the axial direction,
wherein the fixed portion includes a deformed portion deformed by given energy, and
wherein the deformed portion engages with the cut portion so that movement of the supporting member with respect to the frame
body is restricted.

US Pat. No. 9,417,361

OPTICAL ELEMENT, AND OPTICAL SYSTEM AND OPTICAL APPARATUS USING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical element comprising:
a substrate; and
an anti-reflection film on the substrate,
wherein the anti-reflection film comprises a low refractive index layer including a plurality of hollow fine particles and
a binder that binds the hollow fine particles to one another,

wherein the low refractive index layer consists of a first layer serving as an outermost layer, with a same physical thickness
as an average diameter of the hollow fine particles, and a second layer disposed adjacent to the first layer and between the
first layer and the substrate,

wherein each of the plurality of hollow fine particles in the first layer is partially embedded in the binder,
wherein a filling ratio of the binder to the first layer is lower than a filling ratio of the binder to the second layer,
wherein a filling ratio of the plurality of hollow fine particles to the first layer is lower than a filling ratio of the
plurality of hollow fine particles to the second layer,

wherein the refractive index in d-line of the first layer is 1.1 or more but not more than 1.25, and
wherein the refractive index in d-line of the second layer is 1.26 or more but not more than 1.35.

US Pat. No. 9,420,223

IMAGE RECORDING DEVICE THAT RECORDS MOVING IMAGE, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image recording device comprising:
an image pickup device that accumulates charge to pick up an image of an object over different exposure levels, and outputs
the accumulated charge as a plurality of image signals;

an image synthesizer that synthesizes the plurality of image signals output from the image pickup device to obtain a synthesized
image;

a memory that stores the synthesized image at a predetermined frame rate; and
a controller that differentiates respective vertical periods according to the different exposure levels, and controls the
sum of the vertical periods to a time period defined by the predetermined frame rate,

wherein the controller changes the vertical periods according to luminance of the object.

US Pat. No. 9,415,603

IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing method for printing an image on a printing medium transported in a second direction, using a printing
head on which a first printing element array and a second printing element array, each including a plurality of printing elements
arrayed in a first direction which crosses to the second direction, are arrayed in the second direction,
the method comprising:
an obtaining step to obtain information regarding a position where color difference in the first direction has occurred in
each of a first test pattern printed using the first printing element array and not using the second printing element array,
and a second test pattern printed using both the first printing element array and second printing element array, the test
patterns having been printed on the printing medium or on a conveyance unit which transports the printing medium; and

a determining step to determine a printing element in the first printing element array corresponding to a position where color
difference has occurred to not have failed in printing, in a case where the obtained information indicates that color difference
has occurred in the second test pattern, and to determine a printing element in the first printing element array corresponding
to a position where color difference has occurred to have failed in printing, in a case where the obtained information indicates
that color difference has not occurred in the second test pattern at a same position in the first direction as a position
where the color difference has occurred in the first test pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,417,674

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS, POWER SUPPLY METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power supply apparatus having a wireless power supply function of wirelessly supplying power to an external apparatus
based on a first standard and a wireless communication function of performing wireless communication based on a second standard
different from the first standard, the power supply apparatus comprising:
a first receiving unit configured to receive, from an external apparatus, an authentication key corresponding to the wireless
communication function;

an authentication unit configured to perform, based on the authentication key, authentication processing corresponding to
the wireless communication function;

a registration unit configured to register identification information of the external apparatus in a management table in a
case where the authentication processing has ended successfully;

a second receiving unit configured to receive, from the external apparatus, identification information of the external apparatus
via communication corresponding to the wireless power supply function;

a determining unit configured to determine whether or not the identification information received by the second receiving
unit has been registered in the management table; and

a power supply unit configured to wirelessly supply power to the external apparatus in a case where the determining unit has
determined that the identification information received by the second receiving unit has been registered in the management
table, for which the power supply is allowed by the power-supply control unit,

wherein, in a case where the determining unit has determined that the identification information received by the second receiving
unit has not been registered in the management table, the power supply unit does not supply power to the external apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,413,905

MOBILE TERMINAL CAPABLE OF INSTRUCTING TRANSMISSION OF FAX, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHODS OF CONTROLLING MOBILE TERMINAL AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A mobile terminal that is capable of communicating with an image processing apparatus which has a scanner for performing
scanning of an original and a fax unit for performing fax transmission of image data generated by the scanning of the original,
comprising:
a transmission destination-setting unit configured to set transmission destination information indicative of a transmission
destination for the fax transmission to be performed by the fax unit;

a scanning and transmission-setting unit configured to set scanning and transmission information concerning the scanning and
the fax transmission;

a request transmission unit configured to transmit a request for performing the fax transmission, to the image processing
apparatus;

an original setting instruction-displaying unit configured to display, on a display section, a message for prompting a user
to set an original for the scanning on the scanner when a response notifying that the fax unit is capable of performing the
fax transmission is received from the image processing apparatus to which the request has been transmitted by said request
transmission unit;

a reception unit configured to receive an instruction for starting the fax transmission from the user, when determining that
the original has been set on the scanner;

an instruction transmission unit configured to transmit, when said reception unit receives the instruction from the user,
an instruction for performing the scanning by the scanner and performing the fax transmission by the fax unit, together with
the transmission destination information set by said transmission destination-setting unit, and the scanning and transmission
information set by said scanning and transmission-setting unit, to the image processing apparatus;

an acquiring unit configured to acquire a progress status of the scanning and a progress status of the fax transmission from
the image processing apparatus after the instruction is transmitted by said instruction transmission unit; and

a status displaying unit configured to display, on the display section, the progress status of the scanning and the progress
status of the fax transmission acquired by said acquiring unit, and display a result of the fax transmission.

US Pat. No. 9,413,964

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,413,996

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
at least one processor and a memory cooperatively coupled to function as:
an obtaining unit that obtains an image signal of an image pickup element having a pupil divider that restricts light of an
optical image of an object arriving at each pixel of the image pickup element to light from a specific pupil area of a photographing
lens that photographs the object;

a memory unit that stores information of a pixel defect of the image pickup element;
an image shift unit that determines a shift amount of the image signal of the photographed object corresponding to an image
re-formation plane for every pupil area, to shift the image signal on the basis of the image re-formation plane;

a defect correction unit that corrects an image signal of a defective pixel using the shifted image signal of a pixel other
than the defective pixel obtained by the image shift unit, in accordance with the information of the pixel defect, wherein
the defect correction unit calculates a correlation of a position and an angle using the image signal obtained from the image
shift unit, and corrects the image signal of the pixel defect using the image signal obtained from the image shift unit on
the basis of the calculated correlation; and

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

US Pat. No. 9,411,271

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS TO SET TARGET CURRENTS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member configured to bear a toner image thereon;
a movable intermediate transfer member configured to temporarily bear the toner image, wherein the toner image is transferred
from the image bearing member onto the intermediate transfer member in a transfer portion and then is transferred onto a recording
material;

a transfer member configured to electrostatically transfer the toner image formed on the image bearing member onto the intermediate
transfer member in the transfer portion;

a power supply configured to apply a voltage to the transfer member;
a detection member configured to detect a current flowing through the transfer member during the application of the voltage
to the transfer member;

an execution portion configured to execute a test mode during preparatory period before an image forming operation, wherein
the execution portion determines a target voltage in the test mode so that an output of the detection member becomes a target
current when the toner image to be transferred to the recording material passes through the transfer portion;

a setting portion configured to set the target current, based on the target voltage determined in the test mode,
(a) to a first current when an absolute value of the target voltage is smaller than or equal to a first voltage, wherein the
first current is a constant value regardless of the target voltage,

(b) to a second current when the absolute value of the target voltage is larger than or equal to a second voltage which is
larger than the first voltage, wherein the second current is a constant value regardless of the target voltage and an absolute
value of the second current is smaller than an absolute value of the first current,

(c) to a third current when an absolute value of the target voltage is larger than the first voltage and smaller than the
second voltage, wherein an absolute value of the third current is smaller than the absolute value of the first current and
larger than the absolute value of the second current, and wherein the third current is set so that, when an absolute value
of the target voltage is a first value, an absolute value of the third current is smaller than the absolute value of the third
current when the absolute value of the target voltage is smaller than the first value.

US Pat. No. 9,407,813

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,406,600

PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD AND STACKED SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printed circuit board, comprising:
a semiconductor device comprising a semiconductor element and an interposer, the interposer having the semiconductor element
mounted on one surface thereof and having a plurality of conductive lands, which are exposed from an insulating member, formed
on another surface thereof; and

a printed wiring board having a plurality of conductive lands, which are exposed from an insulating member, formed on a surface
thereof which is opposed to the another surface of the interposer,

wherein the plurality of lands formed on one of the interposer and the printed wiring board comprise a first land group and
a second land group, the first land group having solder formed thereon, the solder being connected to the plurality of lands
formed on another surface of the interposer and the printed wiring board, the second land group having solder formed thereon,
the solder being in contact with the insulating member of the another surface of the interposer and the printed wiring board,

wherein the plurality of lands forming the second land group are only arranged in one of a center region of the another surface
of the interposer and a region opposed to the center region,

wherein the plurality of lands forming the first land group are only arranged around the second land group so as to surround
the second land group, and wherein

a distance D1 between the lands forming the first land group and the lands forming the second land group is larger than a distance D2 between the lands mutually forming the first land group.

US Pat. No. 9,400,413

LIGHTING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lighting device comprising:
a light emission unit;
a heat dissipating member to which heat generated by said light emission unit is transferred;
a first housing that contains said light emission unit and said heat dissipating member;
a first cover that is used for at least part of an exterior of said first housing, said first cover having at least one first
opening formed therein; and

a second housing that can turn with respect to said first housing, said second housing containing a second light emission
unit,

wherein the at least one first opening is formed in a surface, opposed to said second housing, of said first cover.

US Pat. No. 9,398,888

RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An X-ray imaging system which performs a difference process using a mask image which is instructed by a calculation unit
to be stored in a storage unit and which is based on an X-ray image which is obtained before a contrast agent is injected
by an injection device to a certain portion of an object and which is selected from among fluoroscopic images obtained by
an X-ray imaging apparatus on the basis of an X-ray which is irradiated by an X-ray source and which passes the certain portion,
and an X-ray image which is obtained after the contrast agent is injected and which is selected from among the fluoroscopic
images, the X-ray imaging system comprising:
a controller configured to display a first graphic representing a first timing when irradiation of an X-ray from the X-ray
source is started, a second graphic representing a second timing when the mask image is stored, and a third graphic representing
a third timing when injection of the contrast agent performed by the injection device is started in a display unit in this
order along a time axis displayed in the display unit, configured to control the second timing by a position of the second
graphic relative to the time axis, and configured to control the third timing by a position of the third graphic relative
to the time axis,

wherein, when one of the second and third graphics is moved along the time axis, the controller moves the other of the second
and third graphics such that an interval between the first and third graphics becomes larger than an interval between the
first and second graphics.

US Pat. No. 9,402,020

FOCUS DETECTION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A focus detection apparatus comprising:
an image pickup unit configured to perform photoelectric conversion on a subject image to generate an image signal;
a generation unit configured to generate a focusing signal from the image signal corresponding to a focus detection area;
a first detection unit configured to detect a first subject region from the image signal;
a second detection unit configured to detect a second subject region, in which the first subject region can be estimated,
from the image signal;

a setting unit configured to set the focus detection area according to a primary subject; and
a control unit configured to perform focus detection based on the focusing signal,
wherein the setting unit, in a case where the primary subject corresponds to the first subject region detected by the first
detection unit, sets the focus detection area to a size having a first ratio relative to a size of the first subject region
detected by the first detection unit, and, in a case where the primary subject corresponds to the first subject region estimated
based on the second subject region detected by the second detection unit, sets the focus detection area to a size having a
second ratio that is greater than the first ratio relative to a size of the first subject region estimated based on the second
subject region detected by the second detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,395,537

OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical scanning apparatus, comprising:
a deflection unit that deflects a plurality of light fluxes to optically scan a plurality of scanned surfaces in a main scanning
direction;

a plurality of incident optical systems that cause the plurality of light fluxes to enter the deflection unit at different
incident angles in a sub-scanning cross section; and

an imaging optical system that guides the plurality of light fluxes deflected by the deflection unit onto the plurality of
scanned surfaces,

wherein the imaging optical system has a first optical portion and a second optical portion connected to each other by a connecting
portion in a sub-scanning direction,

wherein in a first plane including the connecting portion, a first incident surface of the first optical portion and a second
incident surface of the second optical portion overlap with each other on a first point,

wherein in the first plane, in a first region on one side of the first point in the main scanning direction, the first incident
surface is located closer to the deflection unit than the second incident surface in an optical axis direction, and

wherein in the first plane, in a second region on another side of the first point in the main scanning direction, the second
incident surface is located closer to the deflection unit than the first incident surface in the optical axis direction.

US Pat. No. 9,393,781

LIQUID-DISCHARGING HEAD AND METHOD OF PRODUCING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid-discharging head comprising:
a substrate;
a flow passage wall-forming layer bonded to the substrate so as to form a flow passage for liquid between the substrate and
the flow passage wall-forming layer, the flow passage communicating with a discharge port configured to discharge the liquid;

an element configured to generate energy used for discharging the liquid from the discharge port and provided on the flow
passage wall-forming layer;

a metal layer provided with the discharge port so as to correspond to the element; and
a projecting portion made of a metal and extending from the metal layer through the flow passage wall-forming layer and projecting
in the direction of the substrate, wherein the projecting portion and a wall forming the discharge port are provided in different
positions from each other, and the flow passage wall-forming layer is provided between the projecting portion and the wall
forming the discharge port.

US Pat. No. 9,395,642

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,388,007

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus comprising:
a conveyance unit configured to convey a sheet supplied from a holding unit;
a sensor configured to detect an edge of the sheet in a width direction;
a width detection unit configured to detect a width of the sheet;
a storage unit configured to store at least two sets of data of threshold values corresponding to widths of the sheet; and
a control unit configured to detect, with the sensor, a displacement of the edge of the sheet in the width direction during
movement of the sheet by a predetermined distance, and to cancel a subsequent skew detection operation if the displacement
is larger than an allowable amount,

wherein the control unit uses the at least two sets of data stored in the storage unit to set a skew threshold value with
which the displacement is to be compared, and

wherein if the at least two sets of data do not contain a threshold value corresponding to the width of the sheet detected
by the width detection unit, the control unit calculates the skew threshold value by using the at least two sets of data of
threshold values corresponding to the widths of the sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,389,564

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR PERFORMING REGISTRATION AND DENSITY CORRECTION CONTROL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form, on an image carrier, a first correction pattern including developer images of a
plurality of colors, and a second correction pattern including developer images of the plurality of colors;

a registration correction unit configured to perform registration correction control based on a detection result of the developer
images of the plurality of colors of the first correction pattern;

a density correction unit configured to perform density correction control based on a detection result of the developer images
of the plurality of colors of the second correction pattern; and

a calculating unit configured to calculate a misregistration amount between a first color and a second color of the plurality
of colors based on the detection result of the developer images of the plurality of colors of the first correction pattern,

wherein the density correction unit is further configured to determine a detection result of a developer image of the second
color of the second correction pattern used for the density correction control based on the misregistration amount between
the first color and the second color.

US Pat. No. 9,389,824

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,392,193

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,392,250

IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising a memory and at least one processor which function as:
an imaging unit;
a reception unit configured to receive operation from a user;
an optical zoom unit configured, at a time of imaging by the imaging unit, to perform control such that in response to receiving
a first operation by the reception unit, the optical zoom unit drives a zoom lens used for imaging in the imaging unit to
a telephoto side to perform optical zoom, and in response to receiving a second operation by the reception unit, the optical
zoom unit drives the zoom lens to a wide angle side;

an output unit capable of outputting an image for three dimensional (3D) display to a display unit; and
a parallax-amount adjustment unit configured, in response to receiving the first operation or the second operation by the
reception unit while the output unit is outputting the image for the 3D display, to adjust an amount of parallax of the image
for the 3D display to be output from the output unit;

a selection unit configured to select a partial area of the image for the 3D display output from the output unit; and
a control unit configured, in response to receiving the first operation or the second operation by the reception unit when
the selection unit selects the partial area of the image for the 3D display, to perform control so that an electronic zoom
processing unit electronically zooms in the partial area selected by the selection unit and in response to receiving the first
operation or the second operation by the reception unit when the selection unit does not select the partial area of the image
for the 3D display, to perform control so that the parallax-amount adjustment unit adjusts the amount of parallax of the image
for displaying the 3D to be output from the output unit.

US Pat. No. 9,386,917

LIGHT INTENSITY CONTROL APPARATUS, LIGHT INTENSITY CONTROL METHOD, PROGRAM, AND OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmologic apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit for acquiring a moving image of an eye to be inspected, which moving image is acquired based on a return
light from the eye to be inspected illuminated by an observation light from an observation light source;

a receiving unit for receiving an instruction relating to an intensity of image in accordance with inputting by an operator;
a determination unit for determining a light intensity of the observation light source and a light intensity of a photographing
light source, based on (1) a value corresponding to the instruction, (2) an intensity of relating to the moving image, and
(3) a light intensity of the observation light source at a time of acquiring the moving image; and

a control unit for controlling the observation light source and the photographing light source, based on the determined light
intensities.

US Pat. No. 9,386,219

IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging control apparatus comprising:
an operation unit configured to instruct change of a shooting setting;
an instruction unit configured to instruct a start or an end of a function for temporarily changing a zoom position;
a zoom control unit configured to perform control to move the zoom position from a first position to a second position according
to an instruction for starting the function from the instruction unit, and from the second position to the first position
according to an instruction for ending the function from the instruction unit;

a display control unit configured to display, while performing the function, an indicator indicating a shooting range corresponding
to the zoom position at the first position on an image display unit; and

a control unit configured to perform control, while performing the function, to keep a specific shooting setting even if the
operation unit is operated, and before performing the function, to change the specific shooting setting according to an instruction
from the operation unit,

wherein the specific shooting setting includes at least one of: a white balance setting, an exposure setting, a photometric
method setting, a sensitivity setting, a focus adjustment range setting, a focus lock setting, and an autofocus method setting.

US Pat. No. 9,383,663

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:
a support;
an undercoat layer formed on the support; and
a photosensitive layer formed on the undercoat layer,wherein
the undercoat layer is an electron transporting layer,
the undercoat layer comprises a metal salt of organic acid having at least one metal element selected from the group consisting
of Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, and Zn, and

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,384,431

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM THAT PERFORM QUANTIZING PROCESSING OF IMAGE DATA FOR AT LEAST N COLORS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a memory, serving as a first storage unit configured to store error data; and
as ASIC, serving as (i) an image processing circuit configured to perform quantizing processing of image data by an error
diffusion method, to generate print data, the image data having a plurality of rasters, each of which is formed with a plurality
of pixels, and a predetermined number of rasters arranged into a band, and (ii) a second storage unit configured to store
error data that is diffused from one of the plurality of rasters by the image processing circuit,

wherein the error data to be diffused to a raster that is subjected to the quantizing processing is read from the second storage
unit, and the error data to be diffused from a raster that is subjected to the quantizing processing is written to the second
storage unit,

wherein the image processing circuit is capable of performing quantizing processing of image data for N colors, and performs
the quantizing processing multiple times in image processing of image data for colors more than N colors,

wherein, in a case when the image processing circuit terminates quantizing processing for a given band, the error data that
is to be diffused to a raster that belongs to a next band is written to the first storage unit,

wherein, in a case when the image processing circuit performs the quantizing processing for the next band, the error data
that is to be diffused to a raster that belongs to the next band is read from the first storage unit, and

wherein, in a case when the image processing circuit performs image processing for image data for colors more than the N colors,
the image processing circuit repeatedly performs at least a first image processing for performing image processing of image
data of a first color group and a second image processing for performing image processing of image data of a second color
group for each band.

US Pat. No. 9,383,685

DEVELOPING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,383,696

FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,383,707

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND FEEDING DEVICE THAT DETECT SHEETS WITH A SENSOR THAT IS CHOSEN ACCORDING TO SHEET SIZE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an accommodation unit that accommodates recording materials;
a feeding unit that feeds a second recording material accommodated in the accommodation unit to a conveying path after feeding
a first recording material accommodated in the accommodation unit to the conveying path;

a first detecting unit that detects a recording material fed by the feeding unit at a first position in the conveying path;
a second detecting unit that detects a recording material fed by the feeding unit at a second position that is downstream
from the first position in a conveying direction of the recording material; and

a control unit that controls the feeding unit,
wherein, in a case where a length of recording materials accommodated in the accommodation unit in the conveying direction
is a first length, the control unit controls the feeding unit to feed the second recording material based on a timing in which
the first detecting unit detects the first recording material, and

wherein, in a case where the length of the recording materials accommodated in the accommodation unit in the conveying direction
is a second length which is longer than the first length, the control unit controls the feeding unit to feed the second recording
material based on a timing in which the second detecting unit detects the first recording material.

US Pat. No. 9,383,709

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND SUPPORTING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a main assembly;
a supporting member, including a mounting portion for mounting a cartridge, movable relative to said main assembly in a state
in which said supporting member supports an electrophotographic photosensitive member, wherein said supporting member is movable
between an inside position where the cartridge mounted to said mounting portion is disposed inside of said main assembly and
an outside position where said mounting portion is exposed from said main assembly so that the cartridge is detachably mountable
to said mounting portion;

a handle portion, provided to said supporting member, to be touched for disengaging said supporting member from said main
assembly; and

a cover member, provided on said supporting member, movable between a closed position where said cover member covers the electrophotographic
photosensitive member and an open position where the electrophotographic photosensitive member is exposed,

wherein said cover member is moved from the open position to the closed position by touching said handle portion.

US Pat. No. 9,372,660

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display controlling apparatus, comprising:
a capturing unit configured to capture an object which is being displayed on a display unit;
a transmission unit configured to transmit, to an image outputting apparatus, the object captured by the capturing unit;
a selection unit configured to select a transmission object to be transmitted to the image outputting apparatus from objects
that are display targets for the display unit;

a determination unit configured to determine whether the transmission object is an output target of the image outputting apparatus;
a storage unit configured to store an image of a region corresponding to the transmission object when rendering content of
the transmission object is updated; and

a control unit configured to control so that in a case where the determination unit determines that the transmission object
is an output target of the image outputting apparatus, the transmission object is displayed with preference over another object
displayed in the display unit, wherein

the capturing unit captures the transmission object after the control by the control unit and
the transmitting unit transmits, in a case where it is determined that the transmission object cannot be displayed with preference
over another object displayed on the display unit, an image stored in the storage unit.

US Pat. No. 9,372,408

MASK PATTERN GENERATION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,370,891

INJECTION MOLDING APPARATUS, INJECTION MOLDING METHOD, AND MOLDED-PRODUCT MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An injection molding apparatus comprising:
a stationary mold; and
a movable mold,
wherein at least one of the stationary mold and the movable mold is separable into a first mold member at a platen side and
a second mold member at a cavity side,

wherein when the first mold member and the second mold member are separated from each other, the first mold member and the
second mold member are capable of forming, between the first mold member and the second mold member, a space into which thermal
fluid is able to be injected,

wherein the first mold member is composed of a material with thermal conductivity higher than that of the second mold member,
and

wherein a portion of the second mold member that is in contact with the cavity has a thickness ranging between 1 mm and 20
mm.

US Pat. No. 9,372,428

CHARGING MEMBER AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A charging member comprising a supporting member, an elastic layer and a surface layer, wherein
the surface layer comprises a polymer compound having a Si—O-M bond, the polymer compound has at least one structural unit
selected from structural units represented by a general formula (1) and a general formula (2) below, and the polymer compound
has a structural unit represented by a general formula (3) below; and wherein

the charging member has a crack extending from the surface thereof into the elastic layer, and the crack has a convexly raised
edge by which the surface of the charging member is roughened:

MO4/2  General formula (1)

wherein, M represents an element selected from the group consisting of Ti, Zr and Hf;
MO5/2  General formula (2)

wherein, M represents an element Ta;

wherein, R1 and R2 each independently represent a general formula (5) below:


wherein, R10 to R14, each independently represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms, a hydroxy group, a carboxyl group
or an amino group; R15 to R18, each independently represent a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms; m and l each independently represent
an integer of 1 to 8; y represents 0 or 1; a reference symbol “*” represents a binding site to a silicon atom of the SiO3/2 units in the general formula (3); and a reference symbol “**” represents an oxygen atom in the chain of R1—O—R2—O in the general formula (3),

wherein the polymer compound is a cross-linked product of a hydrolyzed condensate of a hydrolyzable compound having a structure
represented by a general formula (12) below, and a general formula (13) below:

R33—Si(OR34)(OR35)(OR36)  General formula (12):

Ti(OR37)(OR38)(OR39)(OR40)  General formula (13):

wherein, R33 represents a general formula (18) below; R34 to R36 each independently represent an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms; and R37 to R40 each independently represent an alkyl group having 1 to 9 carbon atoms;


wherein, R59 to R65 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms, a hydroxy group, a carboxyl group
or an amino group; R62 to R65 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms; m? and l? each independently represent
an integer of 1 to 8; and a reference symbol “*” indicates a binding site with a silicon atom of the general formula (12),
and

wherein the raised edge crack is a cure shrinkage contraction force crack of the hydrolyzed condensate while on the elastic
layer, whereby the crack extends into the elastic layer as a result of the contraction force of cure shrinkage cross-linking.

US Pat. No. 9,373,037

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

29. A processing method comprising:
receiving an image data group including a plurality of pieces of image data corresponding to a plurality of images respectively;
specifying an object included in each image based on a piece of image data in the image data group received by the receiving;
setting, for each object, correlation information specifying a correlation between objects specified by the specifying;
determining target object information specifying a target object;
determining information specifying a second object having a correlation with the target object, based on the determined target
object information and the correlation information set by the setting; and

extracting one or more of the plurality of the pieces of image data including the target object and one or more of the plurality
of the pieces of image data including the second object from the image data group based on the determined target object information
and the information specifying the second object.

US Pat. No. 9,364,152

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An object information acquiring apparatus comprising:
a probe which is configured to carry out electronic scanning in a first direction in which a plurality of elements each transmitting
an ultrasound wave to an object and outputting a receiving signal upon receipt of the reflected ultrasound wave are arranged;

a scanning unit which is configured to carry out mechanical scanning of the probe in a second direction intersecting with
the first direction over a parallel plane with a receiving surface of each of the elements;

a first delay-and-sum unit which is configured to carry out a delay-and-sum in the first direction by using the receiving
signal, thereby generating a first delay-and-sum signal;

a memory unit which is configured to store the first delay-and-sum signal in each position in the second direction for each
sectional plane;

a second delay-and-sum unit which is configured to carry out a delay-and-sum in the second direction by using a predetermined
number of first delay-and-sum signals corresponding to M sectional planes (where M is a predetermined integer equal to two
or more) from among the first delay-and-sum signals stored in the memory unit, thereby generating a second delay-and-sum signal,
the second delay-and-sum signal output from the second delay-and-sum unit being used to acquire information in the object
as image data,

wherein the second delay-and-sum unit:
(a) is configured to perform the delay-and-sum in a first manner, in which a set of the M sectional planes is fixed and the
first delay-and-sum signals relating to the fixed M sectional planes are added while a delay pattern is varied, so as to generate
the second delay-and-sum signal, and

(b) is configured to perform the delay-and-sum in a second manner, in which the set of the M sectional planes is varied and
the first delay-and-sum signals relating to the M sectional planes are added while the delay pattern is fixed, so as to generate
the second delay-and-sum signal.

US Pat. No. 9,364,952

FORCE SENSOR PROTECTION MECHANISM, END EFFECTOR, AND ROBOT ARM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A force sensor protection mechanism comprising:
a first member;
a second member that is a separate member from the first member;
a force sensor fixed to the second member with a space between the force sensor and the first member, and detecting relative
displacement force of the second member relative to the first member when the second member is displaced relative to the first
member;

a supporting member supported by the first member and movable to a first position where the supporting member is separated
from the second member and supports the force sensor and a second position where the supporting member is separated from the
force sensor and supports the second member; and

a driving unit selectively driving the supporting member to either the first position or the second position.

US Pat. No. 9,367,266

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

5. A control method comprising:
selecting a printer corresponding to a printer address as an output destination; generating a first print queue under a first
user authority if there is no print queue having a port address that corresponds to the printer address of the selected printer
by operating a user interface of a virtual printer driver for issuing a printer search instruction and a printer driver installation
instruction,

wherein generating the first print queue sets access right information for the first print queue as a special access right
to a second user authority different from the first user authority, the access right information determining whether to permit
or refuse an operation for the first print queue, and

wherein a printer list program displays a list of print queues including a second print queue which is a print queue of the
virtual printer driver but excluding the first print queue if the special access right is set to the first print queue; and

changing execution authority from the first user authority to the second user authority if a printing instruction to perform
printing is received.

US Pat. No. 9,367,031

PROCESS CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process cartridge detachably mountable to a main assembly of an image forming apparatus, said process cartridge comprising:
a photosensitive drum;
a light guide member for irradiating a surface of said photosensitive drum with light at a position downstream of a transfer
position where a developer image is transferred from said photosensitive drum onto a developer image receiving material and
upstream of a charging position where said photosensitive drum is electrically charged with respect to a rotational direction
of said photosensitive drum;

a shutter portion movable between a closed position where said shutter portion covers said surface of said photosensitive
drum and an open position where said surface of said photosensitive drum is exposed; and

a connecting portion, provided at each of end portions of said shutter portion with respect to an axial direction of said
photosensitive drum, for movably connecting said shutter portion relative to a main body portion of said process cartridge,

wherein said light guide member includes an incident portion, at one end portion thereof with respect to the axial direction
of said photosensitive drum, for irradiating said surface of said photosensitive drum with light incident on said incident
portion, and

wherein said incident portion is positioned outside said connecting portion with respect to the axial direction of said photosensitive
drum.

US Pat. No. 9,366,791

DIFFRACTIVE OPTICAL ELEMENT AND MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A manufacturing method for a diffractive optical element, the manufacturing method comprising:
forming multiple grating portions including grating optical effective surfaces for transmitting the incident light and grating
wall surfaces for shielding the incident light continuously on a base substrate;

forming an Al layer on the grating wall surfaces and the grating optical effective surfaces such that the density and film
thickness of the Al layer formed on the grating wall surfaces are different from those of the Al layer formed on the grating
optical effective surfaces; and

performing oxidation treatment of the Al layer under a condition that an oxidation speed is faster in the Al layer formed
on the grating optical effective surfaces than in the Al layer formed on the grating wall surfaces, thereby converting the
Al layer formed on the grating optical effective surfaces into an Al2O3 layer,

wherein the oxidation treatment is performed to form an Al layer on the grating wall surfaces to have a film density of 2.0
g/cm3 or more and 2.7 g/cm3 or less, and a film thickness of 50 nm or more and 1 ?m or less, and to obtain the Al2O2 layer formed on the grating optical effective surfaces having a film density of 0.4 g/cm3 or more, and 1.0 g/cm3 or less, and a film thickness of 5 nm or more and 30 nm or less.

US Pat. No. 9,365,060

APPARATUS FOR MOTOR CONTROL OF AN APPARATUS WITH A MOTOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a carriage;
an encoder configured to output a signal according to a movement of the carriage;
a movement mechanism configured to reciprocate the carriage, wherein the movement mechanism includes a motor, a motor pulley
connected to the motor, a driven pulley, and a belt stretched between the motor pulley and the driven pulley, and having two
belt sections configured to move between the motor pulley and the driven pulley in opposite directions to each other, along
with rotation of the motor pulley, the carriage being supported on either of the two belt sections,

wherein the carriage moves from a first side near the driven pulley toward a second side near the motor pulley as a first
directional movement and the carriage moves from the second side toward the first side as a second directional movement, and
wherein an elongation of the belt in the first directional movement is different from that in the second directional movement;

a signal generation unit configured to generate a first control signal, according to a drive instruction and position information
based on the signal output from the encoder, and to generate a second control signal having a period used for compensating
cogging torque ripples of the motor; and

a driving unit configured to drive the motor using the first control signal and the second control signal,
wherein, the signal generation unit sets a first value of the period of the second control signal for a maximum constant speed
in the first directional movement, and a second value of the period of the second control signal for a maximum constant speed
in the second directional movement, respectively, and the first value and the second value are different according to the
elongations of the belt.

US Pat. No. 9,360,819

PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD

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 said feeding roller;
a printing unit configured to print on 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;

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 the overlap state has been cancelled;
and

a skew correction control unit configured to execute a skew correction operation in which a leading edge of the printing sheet
abuts against the conveyance roller,

wherein the skew correction control unit changes a timing when the skew correction operation for the succeeding sheet is executed
according to a determination result of the determination unit.

US Pat. No. 9,361,674

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
at least one processor and at least one memory coupled to each other,
wherein the at least one processor operates to:
acquire an input image;
identify a distance from a reference point in the input image to a processing target pixel in the input image;
perform deformation processing on an image based on the distance; and
perform sharpening processing on an image while changing a strength of the sharpening processing,
wherein the strength of the sharpening processing is changed based on a resizing ratio of the deformation processing of the
processing target pixel.

US Pat. No. 9,360,921

SEMICONDUCTOR INTEGRATED CIRCUIT, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,357,121

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor having first pixels used except for generating image signals and second pixels used for generating the image
signals, the first pixels arranged based on a predetermined regularity in a first area; and

a signal processing unit configured to perform interpolation processing on signals output from the first pixels in the first
area,

wherein the signal processing unit performs the interpolation processing on the image signals output from the second pixels
in an area other than the first area, with an arrangement pattern of the second pixels which are targets of the interpolation
processing corresponding to an arrangement pattern of the first pixels in the first area based on the predetermined regularity.

US Pat. No. 9,357,138

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS, AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capture apparatus capable of high dynamic range (HDR) shooting in which a plurality of images for creating a high
dynamic range image are captured, comprising:
an image capture unit;
a standard exposure computation unit that computes an HDR standard exposure that is a standard exposure used for high dynamic
range shooting, by correcting a standard exposure, which is based on a subject luminance of an image obtained by the image
capture unit, toward over-exposure or under-exposure;

a dynamic range computation unit that computes a scene dynamic range based on first luminance information obtained from an
image captured with the HDR standard exposure, and based on second luminance information obtained from an image captured with
an exposure, wherein the standard exposure exists between the exposure and the HDR standard exposure; and

a determination unit that determines an exposure range of a plurality of images for creating a high dynamic range image, based
on the scene dynamic range computed by the dynamic range computation unit,

wherein the first luminance information is obtained before an instruction to begin shooting is given, and
wherein the second luminance information is obtained after an instruction to begin shooting is given.

US Pat. No. 9,348,545

REDUCING WAIT TIME WHEN EXTERNAL APPARATUS USED FOR IMAGE PROCESSING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,350,889

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF REDUCING POWER CONSUMPTION, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that communicates with a Web server, comprising:
a reading unit configured to read an image;
a printing unit configured to print the image;
a power supply unit configured to supply power to at least one of the reading unit and the printing unit;
a core unit configured to send a request for data to the Web server and to receive the data from the Web server, the data
including a response header and a web application to be displayed, wherein the response header specifies whether the web application
uses the reading unit or the printing unit;

an operating unit configured to display an operating screen based on the data received from the Web server; and
a control unit configured to, based on whether the response header specifies that the web application uses the reading unit
or the printing unit, provide control as to whether or not to cause the power supply unit to supply power to the reading unit
or the printing unit, respectively.

US Pat. No. 9,350,272

DRIVING CIRCUIT FOR VIBRATION-TYPE ACTUATOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A driving circuit configured to drive a vibration member comprising an electro-mechanical energy conversion element, the
driving circuit comprising:
a transformer connected to the electro-mechanical energy conversion element and comprising:
a primary coil configured such that an alternating voltage is applied to the primary coil; and
a secondary coil connected to the electro-mechanical energy conversion element; and
an inductor connected to the primary coil in series,
wherein parameters of the driving circuit are set such that, when a frequency of a peak voltage applied to the electro-mechanical
energy conversion element is denoted by fe and a driving frequency of the vibration member is denoted by fd, a condition fe<1.5·fd
is satisfied.

US Pat. No. 9,340,318

OBJECT-HOLDING SHEET, TEST METHOD AND OBJECT-TREATING EQUIPMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

5. An object-holding sheet for holding two or more objects, the object-holding sheet comprising:
a sheet member having two or more through-holes, each hole having a corresponding anti-drop member; and
wherein each hole has a sidewall, a top opening on one side and a bottom opening on the other side,
wherein each anti-drop member is a linear member, and each linear member is disposed parallel to the sheet plane with respect
to a hole corresponding thereto such that a portion thereof extends to and partially occupies a central part of an opening
of the hole,

wherein each anti-drop member is positioned with respect to the bottom opening of each hole such that a main portion of the
object is held at a position located within the hole between the top and bottom openings of each hole formed in sheet member,
and the object is not permitted to pass through the bottom opening in the sheet member,

wherein each anti-drop member consists essentially of a wire member that is attached to the edge of the bottom opening of
the corresponding hole, and wherein the wire member extends across the bottom opening of the hole through at least the center
of the bottom opening.

US Pat. No. 9,341,964

PROCESS FOR PRODUCING ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A process for producing an electrophotographic photosensitive member which comprises a support and a charge transporting
layer formed on the support, comprising the steps of:
preparing the following liquid dispersion (i) or (ii);
(i) a liquid dispersion comprising particles containing a charge transporting material, particles containing a binder resin,
and an aqueous dispersion medium; or

(ii) a liquid dispersion comprising particles containing both a charge transporting material and a binder resin, and an aqueous
dispersion medium;

forming a coat of the liquid dispersion (i) or (ii) on the support; and
heating the coat at a temperature not less than the melting point of the charge transporting material to form the charge transporting
layer;

the binder resin being soluble in a molten product of the charge transporting material at the temperature at which the coat
is heated.

US Pat. No. 9,341,965

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME, ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND HYDROXYGALLIUM PHTHALOCYANINE CRYSTAL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:
a support; and
a photosensitive layer formed on the support;
wherein the photosensitive layer comprises:
a hydroxygallium phthalocyanine crystal of a crystalline form having peaks at Bragg angles 2?±0.2° of 7.0°, 16.6°, 20.8° and
26.9° in X-ray diffraction with CuK? radiation.

US Pat. No. 9,335,719

INTERVAL SECURING MEMBER, DEVELOPING APPARATUS, AND PROCESS CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,338,343

IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus using an imaging optical system having an amount of field curvature depending on an imaging distance,
the imaging apparatus comprising:
an image sensor configured to image an object via the imaging optical system;
a storage configured to store data of the amount of field curvature corresponding to the imaging distance;
a processor configured to:
calculate distance information to an object for each of a plurality of divided areas of an imaging screen corresponding to
an imaging area of the image sensor; and

acquire the data of the amount of field curvature corresponding to the imaging distance from the storage, remove the data
from calculated distance information, correct distance information to an object for each of the divided areas and determine
a focused state based on a defocus amount to thereby cause a driver for driving a focus lens to control the movement of the
focus lens for constituting the imaging optical system,

wherein the processor performs first control that controls movement of the focus lens by calculating a focused position from
the defocus amount calculated for each of the divided areas when a plurality of objects is in an array state in which the
difference in distances between the plurality of objects respectively corresponding to the divided areas and the imaging apparatus
is equal to or less than a threshold value, and the processor performs second control that controls movement of the focus
lens by calculating a focused position from the defocus amount calculated for an area selected from the divided areas when
the plurality of objects respectively corresponding to the divided areas is not in the array state.

US Pat. No. 9,338,131

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

7. A control method for an information processing apparatus including a network controller which controls communication with
an apparatus on a network, and memory device which stores a vendor identification (ID) list, the control method comprising:
determining, based on the vendor ID list stored in the memory device, whether the network controller is a normal network controller;
acquiring a latest vendor ID list from an external apparatus in a case where the determination unit has determined that the
network controller is not a normal network controller;

updating the vendor ID list stored in the memory device to the acquired latest vendor ID list;
re-determining, based on matching results of the latest vendor ID list and the MAC address, whether the network controller
is the normal network controller in a case where the vendor ID list has been acquired; and

prohibiting from executing communication and displaying an error message in a case where it is determined that the network
controller is not the normal network controller based on matching results of the latest vendor ID list and the MAC address;

wherein the vendor ID indicates first 3 octets of a MAC address.

US Pat. No. 9,335,865

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,335,611

IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a mirror member which is movable between a first position disposed on an optical axis of an imaging optical system and a second
position retracted from the optical axis;

a first urging member configured to urge the mirror member toward the first position;
a second urging member configured to urge the mirror member toward the second position; and
a drive member configured to be driven by a driving source to drive the mirror member to the second position,
wherein a first engaging portion and a second engaging portion to be engaged with the mirror member are formed on the drive
member,

wherein, in a case where the mirror member is driven to the second position, the mirror member is engaged with the first engaging
portion and driven to the second position in a region in which a force of the second urging member for urging the mirror member
toward the second position is larger than a force of the first urging member for urging the mirror member toward the first
position, and

wherein the mirror member is engaged with the second engaging portion and driven to the second position in a region in which
the force of the first urging member for urging the mirror member toward the first position is equal to or larger than the
force of the second urging member for urging the mirror member toward the second position.

US Pat. No. 9,332,115

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a first transmission unit configured to perform a first transmission processing for wirelessly transmitting at least a call;
a second transmission unit configured to perform a second transmission processing for executing a wireless transmission from
an external apparatus to said communication apparatus, the second transmission processing being different from the first transmission
processing;

a limiting unit configured to, in a case where a distance between the communication apparatus and the external apparatus is
within a range in which the second transmission processing by the second transmission unit can be performed and an execution
condition of the second transmission processing satisfies a predetermined condition limit a notification for reception of
an incoming call by the first transmission unit and not to, in a case where the distance between the communication apparatus
and the external apparatus is within the range and an execution condition of the second transmission processing does not satisfy
the predetermined condition, limit the notification for reception of the incoming call by the first transmission unit; and

a display unit configured to, in a case where a user did not respond to an incoming call during execution of limitation by
said limiting unit, perform a display for notifying that there was the incoming call.

US Pat. No. 9,332,136

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus being able to transmit data in accordance with a plurality of transmission protocols, comprising:
a registering unit configured to register folder information corresponding to a transmission protocol which is available by
a user specified based on user information, in association with the user information;

a reception unit configured to receive user information;
an operation key configured to set, as a transmission destination of data, the folder information which has been registered
in association with the user information received by the reception unit,

a transmission unit configured to transmit data to a folder indicated based on the folder information set by the operation
key; and

a control unit configured to perform control not to allow the registering unit to register, in accordance with the user information,
folder information corresponding to a transmission protocol which is not available by the user specified based on the user
information.

US Pat. No. 9,331,119

DETECTION APPARATUS HAVING INTERLAYER INSULATING LAYER COMPOSED OF ORGANIC MATERIAL AND COVERING LAYER COMPOSED OF INORGANIC MATERIAL, DETECTION SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING DETECTION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for producing a detection apparatus, the detection apparatus including a pixel-array region where a plurality
of pixels is disposed on a substrate and a pixel-array outside region disposed outside the pixel-array region on the substrate,
each of the plurality of pixels including a conversion elements including an electrode electrically connected to a corresponding
one of a plurality of switching elements, an impurity semiconductor layer disposed on the electrode, and a semiconductor layer
disposed on the impurity semiconductor layer, the method comprising:
a first step of forming a plurality of electrodes in the pixel-array region on a surface of an interlayer insulating layer
formed so as to cover the plurality of switching elements, and forming a covering layer on a surface of the interlayer insulating
layer in the pixel-array outside region, the covering layer being composed of an inorganic material; and

a second step of forming the impurity semiconductor layer on the electrodes so that an end of the impurity semiconductor layer
of a pixel located at an edge of the pixel-array region among the plurality of pixels is laid on the covering layer.

US Pat. No. 9,332,174

FOCUS DETECTION APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD OF FOCUS DETECTION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photo-electrical conversion apparatus comprising:
a sensor including a photodiode for photo-electrically converting an object image and an overflow drain portion connected
to the photodiode, wherein a saturated voltage of the photodiode corresponds to a gate OFF voltage of the overflow drain portion;
and

a control unit configured to control the overflow drain portion so as to switch the saturated voltage of the photodiode based
on luminance information.

US Pat. No. 9,332,194

IMAGING APPARATUS FOR OBTAINING A USER-INTENDED IMAGE WHEN ORIENTATION OF THE IMAGING APPARATUS CHANGES IN APPLYING A SPECIAL EFFECT THAT CHANGES THE IMAGE QUALITY IN A SET DIRECTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
memory storing computer executable instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to:
sequentially display an image captured by an imaging unit;
apply, at an image processing unit, a special effect in a set direction on the captured image to the captured image for displaying;
detect an orientation of the image processing apparatus; and
set the direction of the special effect applied by the image processing unit,
wherein, in a case where a predetermined operation is performed, the setting of the direction of the special effect is retained
even in a case where the detected orientation changes, and in a case where the predetermined operation is not performed, the
setting of the direction of the special effect applied by the image processing unit is changed according to the detected orientation,
and

wherein the predetermined operation is to instruct a shooting preparation by half pressing a shutter member.

US Pat. No. 9,332,195

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,332,202

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state imaging apparatus comprising:
a pixel;
an analog to digital conversion unit configured to convert an analog signal outputted from the pixel into a digital signal;
a first memory; and
a second memory, wherein,
during a first conversion period, the analog to digital conversion unit converts, to the digital signal, the analog signal
outputted from the pixel in response to a reset of the pixel, the first memory holds the digital signal outputted from the
analog to digital conversion unit, thereafter, according to a first transfer control signal, the second memory holds the digital
signal held by the first memory,

during a second conversion period, the analog to digital conversion unit converts, to the digital signal, the analog signal
outputted from the pixel based on a photoelectric conversion of the pixel, the first memory holds the digital signal outputted
from the analog to digital conversion unit, and wherein

the first memory has
a first latch circuit configured to hold the digital signal outputted from the analog to digital conversion unit, and
a second latch circuit configured to hold the digital signal held by the first latch circuit, according to a second transfer
control signal, and

the second memory has
a third latch circuit configured to hold the digital signal held in the first latch circuit, according to the first transfer
control signal, and

a fourth latch circuit configured to hold the digital signal held by the third latch circuit, according to a third transfer
control signal.

US Pat. No. 9,330,479

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,329,489

EXPOSURE METHOD, EXPOSURE APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,326,681

NON-CONTACT TONOMETER, CONTROL METHOD OF THE SAME, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A non-contact tonometer comprising:
a piston;
a driving unit which is connected to the piston so as to drive the piston;
a fluid ejection unit configured to blow air pressurized by driving the piston, which is disposed in a cylinder, toward a
cornea of an eye to be inspected;

an intraocular pressure measuring unit configured to measure an intraocular pressure of the eye by optically detecting a deformed
state of the cornea; and

a stopper that restricts a displacement range of the piston,
wherein the restricted displacement range of the piston is changeable according to a measurement range of the intraocular
pressure.

US Pat. No. 9,329,498

EXPOSURE APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An exposure apparatus which exposes a substrate, comprising:
a substrate stage configured to be movable while holding the substrate;
a measurement unit configured to measure a height of the substrate by irradiating the substrate with light and detecting the
light reflected by the substrate; and

a control unit configured to control the measurement unit,
wherein the control unit obtains a velocity profile of the substrate stage and decides, based on the velocity profile, a plurality
of timings to perform measurement by the measurement unit to equally space a plurality of measurement portions on the substrate
measured by the measurement unit in a state in which an acceleration of the substrate stage is nonzero.

US Pat. No. 9,326,688

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An object information acquiring apparatus comprising:
a light source;
a holding plate configured to hold an object, said holding plate being transparent to light from said light source;
a supporting unit configured to support said holding plate;
a probe configured to receive, via said holding plate, an acoustic wave generated from the object on which light is irradiated
from said light source; and

a light reflecting member provided between said supporting unit and said holding plate, wherein said light reflecting member
is in contact with both said supporting unit and said holding plate.

US Pat. No. 9,330,025

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, MEMORY CONTROL APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A memory control apparatus configured to issue a plurality of memory commands in a memory access unit based on a transfer
instruction, the memory control apparatus comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive a transfer instruction;
a plurality of output units configured to each hold at least one transfer instruction and an output status based on the transfer
instruction, and, based on the transfer instruction, each output a plurality of memory access requests in a memory access
unit; and

a command generation unit configured to, based on the plurality of memory access requests, issue a memory command to a memory
device,

wherein the command generation unit is configured to issue a second memory command that is received by the reception unit
after a first transfer instruction and is based on a memory access request related to a second transfer instruction held by
a second output unit so as to allow the second memory command to cut in on a plurality of memory commands based on a plurality
of memory access requests related to the first transfer instruction held by a first output unit,

wherein the first output unit comprises a plurality of status buffers and is configured to, in a case where the memory access
request for the second transfer instruction having a high priority is completed, based on a processing status held by a status
buffer corresponding to the first transfer instruction having a low priority, resume to output a memory access requirement
based on the first transfer instruction, and

wherein the plurality of status buffers is provided only for the first transfer instruction having the low priority.

US Pat. No. 9,323,168

YELLOW TONER AND PROCESS FOR PRODUCING THE YELLOW TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A yellow toner comprising toner particles which contain at least a binder resin, a wax and a colorant,
wherein the colorant comprises C. I. pigment yellow 185 and a compound represented by the general formula (1):

wherein,
A represents —CON(R4)R5, R4 represents a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group, and R5 represents an alkyl group,

R1 represents an alkyl group, an aryl group, or an amino group,

R3 represents an alkyl group,

R2 represents

a hydrogen atom, a cyano group, a carboxylic acid group, a carboxylate ester group, a carboxylic acid amide group, or a carbamoyl
group, and

the content of the compound represented by the general formula (1) with respect to 100 parts by mass of the C.I. pigment yellow
185 is 10 to 100 parts by mass.

US Pat. No. 9,321,262

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head comprising:
a recording element substrate comprising:
a semiconductor substrate having a pressure generating element configured to generate pressure for discharging liquid;
a flow path forming member forming a discharge port configured to discharge the liquid and a liquid flow path in communication
with the discharge port; and

a connection terminal disposed on a first surface of the semiconductor substrate and in a vicinity of an end portion of the
semiconductor substrate; and

an electric wiring substrate electrically connected to the connection terminal via a connection line;
a supporting substrate supporting a surface opposite to the first surface of the semiconductor substrate, and the electric
wiring substrate,

wherein the recording element substrate includes an insulating resin layer and an adhesiveness improving layer,
the insulating resin layer is disposed on a side of the first surface of the semiconductor substrate, closer to the end portion
than the connection terminal, and between the semiconductor substrate and the connection line, and

the adhesiveness improving layer is disposed between the insulating resin layer and the semiconductor substrate, and configured
to improve adhesiveness between the insulating resin layer and the semiconductor substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,317,226

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,316,582

INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION ACQUIRING METHOD OF ACQUIRING INFORMATION OF SAMPLE BY USING TERAHERTZ WAVE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information acquiring apparatus that acquires information of a sample, comprising:
an irradiation unit configured to irradiate an irradiation position of the sample with a terahertz wave through a transmission
member being in contact with the sample;

a detection unit configured to detect a terahertz wave reflected by the transmission member and a terahertz wave reflected
by the sample;

a waveform acquiring unit configured to acquire a time waveform of the terahertz wave reflected by the transmission member
and a time waveform of the terahertz wave reflected by the sample, by using detection results of the detection unit; and

an information acquiring unit configured to acquire the information of the sample by using the time waveform of the terahertz
wave reflected by the transmission member, the time waveform of the terahertz wave reflected by the sample, and information
relating to a thickness of the transmission member at the irradiation position.

US Pat. No. 9,313,426

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE AND IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,313,469

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,282,634

PRINTED WIRING BOARD, PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD, AND PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printed circuit board comprising:
a semiconductor package;
a printed wiring board having the semiconductor package mounted on a first surface layer thereof,
the printed wiring board comprising:
a first conductor pattern formed in a region of the first surface layer on which the semiconductor package is to be mounted;
a second conductor pattern placed in a second surface layer on a side opposite to the first surface layer;
a first through hole piercing the first surface layer and the second surface layer; and
a second through hole piercing the first surface layer and the second surface layer; and
a solder member placed between the semiconductor package and the printed wiring board, for joining a conductive member provided
in the semiconductor package and the first conductor pattern together, wherein:

the first conductor pattern comprises:
a first plane-like conductive pattern; and
a first pad-like conductive pattern which is surrounded by the first plane-like conductive pattern and is placed with a gap
between the first pad-like conductive pattern and the first plane-like conductive pattern;

the second conductor pattern comprises:
a second plane-like conductive pattern; and
a second pad-like conductive pattern which is surrounded by the second plane-like conductive pattern and is placed with a
gap between the second pad-like conductive pattern and the second plane-like conductive pattern;

the first plane-like conductive pattern and the second pad-like conductive pattern are connected to each other via the first
through hole; and

the second plane-like conductive pattern and the first pad-like conductive pattern are connected to each other via the second
through hole.

US Pat. No. 9,272,857

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,272,862

SHEET FEEDING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding device comprising:
a sheet stacking portion on which sheets are stacked;
a sheet feeding portion which abuts and feeds an uppermost sheet stacked in the sheet stacking portion;
a support member which supports the sheet feeding portion and is rotatable in a vertical direction;
a cam which holds the sheet feeding portion at a standby position separated from the uppermost sheet by upwardly rotating
the support member and moves the sheet feeding portion to a feeding position abutting the uppermost sheet by downwardly rotating
the support member;

a motor which rotates the cam;
a first detection portion which detects that the cam is located at an initial position holding the sheet feeding portion at
the standby position;

a registration portion which is arranged downstream of the sheet feeding portion in a sheet feeding direction, abuts a downstream
end of the sheet fed by the sheet feeding portion in the sheet feeding direction in a stopped state, and feeds the sheet by
being rotated at predetermined timing;

a drive transfer portion which is set such that the sheet fed by the sheet feeding portion at the feeding position arrives
at the registration portion by lifting and lowering the sheet feeding portion between the standby position and the feeding
position in accordance with one rotation of the cam by the motor;

a second detection portion which is disposed on an upstream side of the registration portion in the sheet feeding direction
and detects when the sheet fed by the sheet feeding portion arrives at the registration portion; and

a controller which stops the motor according to a detection result by the second detection portion and then performs a rotation
control so as to rotate the motor again and to stop the motor according to a detection by the first detection portion,

wherein when the rotation control is performed, the controller changes a rotating speed of the motor to a first speed or to
a second speed which is smaller than the first speed according to a rotation angle ?, the rotation angle ? being a rotation
angle of the cam formed in relation to the initial position when the controller stops the motor according to the detection
result by the second detection portion, and

wherein a rotation angle when the rotation control is performed at the first speed is larger than a rotation angle when the
rotation control is performed at the second speed.

US Pat. No. 9,271,009

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, which entropy-decodes an encoded stream obtained by encoding coefficients obtained by applying
orthogonal transform to an image for each macroblock, in which a variable-length code stream and a semi-fixed-length data
stream are alternately coupled in each of at least two blocks included in a target macroblock, comprising:
a read out unit that reads out the encoded stream in which a variable-length code stream of N-th block (N is an integer equal
to or larger than 1) in the target macroblock, a semi-fixed-length data stream of the N-th block in the target macroblock,
a variable-length code stream of (N+1)-th block in the target macroblock, and a semi-fixed-length code stream of the (N+1)-th
block in the target macroblock are arranged in this order;

a first decoding unit decodes each variable-length code stream included in the encoded stream;
a second decoding unit that decodes the semi-fixed-length data stream of the N-th block after the decoding of the variable-length
code stream of the N-th block by said first decoding unit;

a determination unit that determines, after the decoding of the variable-length code stream of the N-th block, a total data
length of the semi-fixed-length data stream of the N-th block following the variable-length code stream of the N-th block
using the number of significant coefficients obtained by the decoding of the variable-length code stream of the N-th block
by the first decoding unit and the number of bits of each semi-fixed-length data stream of the target macroblock; and

wherein said read out unit designates a position the total data length behind a start position of the semi-fixed-length data
stream of the N-th block as a start position of the variable-length code stream of the (N+1)-th block following the semi-fixed-length
data stream of the N-th block in the target macroblock, read out the variable-length code stream of the (N+1)-th block from
the designated position and controls said first decoding unit to start decoding of the variable-length code stream of the
(N+1)-th block,

wherein said first decoding unit decodes the variable-length code stream of the (N+1)-th block in parallel with decoding the
semi-fixed-length data stream of the N-th block by said second decoding unit, in a spatial mode of JPEG XR.

US Pat. No. 9,269,557

IONIZATION DEVICE, MASS SPECTROMETER INCLUDING THE IONIZATION DEVICE, AND IMAGE GENERATION SYSTEM INCLUDING THE IONIZATION DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ionization device, comprising:
a laser light irradiation unit configured to irradiate at least a region of a surface of a sample with laser light to desorb
a particle contained on the surface of the sample;

a liquid holding unit having a distal end and a proximal end, the liquid holding unit being configured to hold a liquid on
an outer periphery of the distal end;

an extract electrode configured to extract an ionized ion; and
a voltage application unit configured to apply a voltage between the liquid and the extract electrode to cause the ion to
generate from the liquid held on the outer periphery of the distal end,

wherein the region and the distal end are disposed so as not to make contact with each other but to be in close proximity
to each other so that the liquid held on the outer periphery of the distal end collects the particle desorbed from the sample
as a result of being irradiated with the laser light,

wherein the particle is ionized using the liquid held on the outer periphery of the distal end, and
wherein the liquid holding unit has an elongated shape and flexibly vibrates relative to a longitudinal axis of the liquid
holding unit, and both the collection of the particle into the liquid and the ionization of the particle are performed at
the distal end of the liquid holding unit alternately within a range in which the distal end flexibly vibrates.

US Pat. No. 9,268,280

HEATING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A heating apparatus having first and second heat generation members, wherein the heating apparatus is capable of switching
its state between a first state in which the first and second heat generation members are connected in series and a second
state in which the first and second heat generation members are connected in parallel, comprising:
a driving control element configured to control a state of supplying an alternating voltage from a commercial power supply
to the first heat generation member and the second heat generation member;

a first detection part configured to detect whether or not a voltage of a positive half-wave of the alternating voltage exceeds
a first threshold value in a case where the alternating voltage is supplied to the first or second heat generation members;

a second detection part configured to detect whether or not a voltage of a negative half-wave of the alternating voltage exceeds
a second threshold value in the case where the alternating voltage is supplied to the first or second heat generation members;

a switching part configured to switch between a connecting state in which the alternating voltage is supplied to the driving
control element and a cut-off state in which the alternating voltage is not supplied to the driving control element; and

a control unit configured to control the switching part to make the driving control element be at the cut-off state in a case
where the alternating voltage exceeding the first threshold value or the second threshold value is detected by the first detection
part and the second detection part, based on a detection result of the first detection part or the second detection part.

US Pat. No. 9,267,841

COLOR MEASUREMENT DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,267,878

ACOUSTIC SIGNAL RECEIVING APPARATUS AND PHOTO-ACOUSTIC TOMOGRAPHY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An acoustic signal receiving apparatus comprising:
a Fabry-Perot sensor including a Fabry-Perot interferometer configured to convert an acoustic wave generated from a measurement
object to a light intensity signal;

a first light source configured to emit light having a first wavelength, wherein the first wavelength is settable;
a second light source configured to emit light having a second wavelength different from the first wavelength, wherein the
second wavelength is settable;

a detector configured to convert the light intensities of reflected rays of light obtained by irradiation of the Fabry-Perot
sensor with rays of light from the first light source and the second light source into electric signals independently by the
first wavelength and the second wavelength; and

a processor configured to acquire a difference between an electric signal corresponding to the first wavelength and an electric
signal corresponding to the second wavelength,

wherein the first wavelength and the second wavelength are set so that differential values of reflectivity spectrum of the
Fabry-Perot sensor are different at the first wavelength and the second wavelength.

US Pat. No. 9,263,972

VIBRATOR, VIBRATION TYPE DRIVING APPARATUS AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF VIBRATOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A vibrator comprising:
an electrical-mechanical energy converting element; and
an elastic body bonded to the electrical-mechanical energy converting element and comprising at least two contact parts,
wherein the at least two contact parts have convex shapes,
wherein shapes of surfaces of the at least two contact parts are part of spherical shapes, and
wherein rising directions of the at least two contact parts toward a member to be driven when the member is driven are different.

US Pat. No. 9,258,437

PRINTING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM FOR CONTROLLING PRINTING OF DATA STORED IN A PRINT SERVER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing system comprising an image forming apparatus and an information processing apparatus,
the information processing apparatus including:
a generation unit configured to generate a series of print jobs of a format corresponding to the image forming apparatus from
data corresponding to a single print job in accordance with a request from the image forming apparatus;

an addition unit configured to add, to the series of print jobs, a termination job indicating a termination of the series
of print jobs; and

an output unit configured to output the series of print jobs including the termination job to the image forming apparatus
sequentially, and

the image forming apparatus including:
a receiving unit configured to receive the series of print jobs from the information processing apparatus sequentially;
a printing unit configured to perform print processing of a print job; and
an accepting unit configured to accept a cancel instruction for the single print job,
wherein when the accepting unit accepts the cancel instruction for the single print job while receiving the series of print
jobs corresponding to the single print job, the receiving unit deletes the whole series of print jobs until the termination
job is added to the series of print jobs generated from the data corresponding to the single print job is received and cancels
the print processing by the printing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,258,447

IMAGING FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus capable of receiving a raster image from an image processing controller which generates the
raster image, the image forming apparatus comprising:
memory; and
a processor, the processor configured to:
transmit device information of the image forming apparatus to an external device via the image processing controller;
determine whether the image processing controller is in a first power condition or in a second power condition which consumes
lower power than the first power condition; and

allow transmission of the device information to the external device via the image processing controller, in a case where it
is determined that the image processing controller is in the first power condition, and restrict transmission of the device
information to the external device via the image processing controller until the image processing controller returns to the
first power condition from the second power condition, in a case where it is determined that the image processing controller
is in the second power condition.

US Pat. No. 9,258,499

SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM, AND DRIVING METHOD OF THE SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS FOR CONVERTING ANALOG SIGNAL INTO DIGITAL SIGNAL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a pixel array in which a plurality of pixels for outputting an analog signal are arranged in a matrix;
a plurality of vertical output lines each of which is connected to corresponding ones of the plurality of pixels in a same
column of the pixel array, and each configured to transfer the analog signal;

a plurality of A/D conversion units, which are individually connected to the plurality of vertical output lines, configured
to convert the analog signal transferred from corresponding one of the plurality of vertical output lines into a digital signal;

a plurality of first constant current supply units each configured to supply a first constant current to corresponding one
of the plurality of vertical output lines;

a reference signal supply line; and
a second constant current supply unit configured to supply a second constant current to the reference signal supply line,
wherein each of the plurality of A/D conversion units includes,
an integration unit, including an input capacitor, the integration unit being configured to obtain a reference voltage by
integrating the second constant current supplied from the reference signal supply line,

a comparison unit configured to compare the reference voltage with the analog signal and output a comparison signal, and
a digital signal storage unit configured to store a digital signal corresponding to the comparison signal.

US Pat. No. 9,247,868

OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmologic apparatus comprising:
an examination unit configured to examine an eye to be examined;
an operating member configured to be able to tilt in an optional direction;
a first driving unit configured to drive the examination unit;
a position control unit configured to control the first driving unit such that fine movement driving of the examination unit
is performed in a case where a tilt angle of the operating member is smaller than a first angle, and coarse movement driving
of the examination unit is performed in a case where the tilt angle of the operating member is equal to or greater than the
first angle;

a second driving unit configured to drive the operating member; and
an angle control unit configured to control the second driving unit such that the tilt angle of the operating member is automatically
changed to a second angle which is smaller than the first angle, in accordance with a change from the coarse movement to the
fine movement.

US Pat. No. 9,248,678

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for an image forming apparatus that forms an image on the same area in a print medium
by a plurality of printing scans with the same ink, the information processing apparatus comprising:
an input unit that receives inputs of image data and a target gloss level;
a storage unit that stores a plurality of pattern sets, each pattern set having a recording pattern corresponding to the printing
scan, including at least a first pattern set in which a thinning ratio of the recording pattern corresponding to the printing
scan becomes lower as the printing scans on the same area take place and a second pattern set in which a thinning ratio of
the recording pattern corresponding to the printing scan becomes higher as the printing scans on the same area take place;
and

a generation unit that generates a recording pattern for each of the printing scans to be formed on the recording medium using
the first pattern set for an area in which the target gloss level is low in the image represented by the image data and using
the second pattern set for an area in which the target gloss level is high in the image represented by the image data,

wherein a number of the printing scans to the same area of the first pattern set and a number of the printing scans to the
same area of the second pattern set are the same.

US Pat. No. 9,253,341

EXECUTION INSTRUCTING APPARATUS, EXECUTION INSTRUCTING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An instructing apparatus which is communicable with at least one processing apparatus that executes a predetermined processing,
the instructing apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain, via the Internet from a server system which is neither an image processing apparatus
nor the instructing apparatus, information for performing communication with the image processing apparatus via a local area
network and without the Internet, wherein the information is stored in the server system by the image processing apparatus;

a determination unit configured to determine whether, of
a first instruction method where the instructing apparatus issues an instruction regarding the predetermined processing to
the image processing apparatus via the Internet and the server system, and

a second instruction method where the instructing apparatus issues the instruction to the image processing apparatus via the
local area network and without the Internet,

the instruction can be performed in accordance with the second instruction method, based on the information obtained by the
obtaining unit; and

an instruction unit configured to issue the instruction to the image processing apparatus so that
in a case where a determination is not made by the determination unit that the instruction can be performed in accordance
with the second instruction method the instruction is performed in accordance with the first instruction method, and

in a case where a determination is made by the determination unit that the instruction can be performed in accordance with
the second instruction method, the instruction is performed in accordance with the second instruction method.

US Pat. No. 9,250,567

DEVELOPER CONTAINER FOR DETECTING DEVELOPER AMOUNT BASED ON CAPACITANCE, DEVELOPING APPARATUS, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer container configured to contain a developer, the developer container comprising an antenna member configured
to detect a developer amount by use of a capacitance, wherein the antenna member comprises a conductive resin member having
a resistance of 103? or more and 105? or less.

US Pat. No. 9,247,122

FOCUS ADJUSTMENT APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A focus adjustment apparatus configured to display an in-focus state in a display region in accordance with control of
a focus lens position, the focus adjustment apparatus comprising:
a signal generation unit configured to output a pair of image signals from a focus detection region, the image signals being
generated by photoelectrically converting light having passed through an imaging optical system; and

a control unit configured to detect a defocus amount based on the pair of image signals output from a first focus detection
region having a plurality of corresponding display regions, and to control a position of the focus lens based on the defocus
amount corresponding to the first focus detection region,

wherein the control unit detects a defocus amount corresponding to each of second focus detection regions which are arranged
in a different detection from the first focus detection region, and determines at least one display region to indicate an
in-focus state from among the display regions corresponding to the first focus detection region, in accordance with the control
of the focus lens position, based on the defocus amount corresponding to each of the second focus detection regions.

US Pat. No. 9,239,128

IMAGE FORMING APAPRATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a movable member including an operating unit for operating the image forming apparatus, and a rotation shaft; and
a holding unit configured to hold the movable member,
wherein the movable member is capable of moving between a first position and a second position by using the rotation shaft
to rotate with respect to the holding unit, and the movable member is held in a predetermined position when one of the movable
member and the holding unit is pressed, in a longitudinal direction of the rotation shaft, against the other of the movable
member and the holding unit,

wherein a direction in which the operating unit is pressed in order to operate the image forming apparatus is a direction
in which the movable member is pressed when a position of the movable member is changed from the first position to the second
position, and

wherein the holding unit holds the movable member so that a requisite force for changing the position of the movable member
from the first position to the second position is larger than a requisite force for changing the position of the movable member
from the second position to the first position.

US Pat. No. 9,239,235

THREE-DIMENSIONAL MEASURING APPARATUS, THREE-DIMENSIONAL MEASURING METHOD, AND THREE-DIMENSIONAL MEASURING PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A three-dimensional measuring apparatus comprising:
a projector configured to project slit light onto a work; a first camera configured to capture an image of the work projected
by the slit light;

a second camera configured to capture an image of the work projected by the slit light from a position different from that
of the first camera; and

a control apparatus configured to store a three-dimensional plane equation of a light-section plane of the slit light, identify
a correspondence among a bright line generated on a first image captured by the first camera by projecting the slit light,
a bright line generated on a second image captured by the second camera by projecting the slit light, and the three-dimensional
plane equation of the light-section plane, and perform three-dimensional measuring of the work by a principle of triangulation
by using a correspondence relationship among any of the bright line on the first image, the bright line on the second image,
and the light-section plane,

wherein the control apparatus temporarily identifies a correspondence between the bright line on the first image and the light-section
plane, temporarily projects the bright line on the first image onto the light-section plane in a three-dimensional virtual
space, and thereafter projects the bright line onto the second image captured by the second camera through the light-section
plane, and identifies a correspondence among the light-section plane and the bright lines on the images of the first and the
second cameras on the basis of a level of similarity between the bright line on the first image which is projected onto the
second image and the bright line on the second image.

US Pat. No. 9,235,786

PRINTING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a plurality of sheet feeding units; and
a computer comprising:
a setting unit configured to set paper type information for each of the plurality of sheet feeding units;
a storage unit configured to store a print job transmitted from an external apparatus, the print job including designation
of one of the plurality of sheet feeding units as a paper feed source;

an instruction unit configured to receive, from a user, an instruction to start an execution of the print job stored in the
storage unit after the storage unit stores the print job;

a first obtaining unit configured to obtain first paper type information that was set, when the print job was stored in the
storage unit, for a sheet feeding unit designated by the print job instructed to start the execution by the instruction unit;

a second obtaining unit configured to obtain second paper type information set for the sheet feeding unit designated by the
print job instructed to execute by the instruction unit when the instruction is received; and

an alert unit configured to alert the user that the paper type information for the sheet feeding unit designated by the print
job has been changed after the print job is stored, if the first paper type information and the second paper type information
do not match.

US Pat. No. 9,237,097

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,234,271

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND RADIATION INSPECTION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising:
a sensor panel including a plurality of sensors arranged on a substrate and configured to detect light; and
a scintillator placed over the sensor panel,
wherein the scintillator has a concentric characteristics distribution having a center outside an outer edge of the scintillator.
US Pat. No. 9,235,151

MAGNETIC TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A magnetic toner comprising:
magnetic toner particles comprising a binder resin and a magnetic body; and
inorganic fine particles present on the surface of the magnetic toner particles,
wherein;
the inorganic fine particles present on the surface of the magnetic toner particles comprise silica fine particles and at
least one of alumina fine particles and titania fine particles,

wherein;
when a coverage ratio A (%) is a coverage ratio of the magnetic toner particles' surface by the inorganic fine particles each
of which has a particle diameter of from at least 5 nm to not more than 50 nm and

a coverage ratio B (%) is a coverage ratio of the magnetic toner particles' surface by the inorganic fine particles each of
which has a particle diameter of from at least 5 nm to not more than 50 nm and is fixed to the magnetic toner particles' surface,

the magnetic toner has a coverage ratio A of at least 45.0% and not more than 70.0% and a ratio [coverage ratio B/coverage
ratio A] of the coverage ratio B to the coverage ratio A of at least 0.50 and not more than 0.85,

and wherein
at least one of the alumina fine particles and the titania fine particles each of which has a particle diameter of from at
least 100 nm to not more than 800 nm is present on the surface of magnetic toner particles at from at least 1 particle to
not more than 150 particles, as the total number of the alumina fine particles and the titania fine particles, per magnetic
toner particle.