US Pat. No. 9,231,497

OPTICAL MEMBER DRIVING APPARATUS AND LENS APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical member driving apparatus comprising:
an optical member holder holding an optical member, rectilinearly guided, and having a rotating member supported in such a
way as to be rotatable about a rotation shaft extending perpendicularly to a movable direction in which the optical member
holder is movable;

a fixed member extending in the movable direction, having two sliding surfaces facing each other with predetermined spacing
therebetween, and arranged in such a way that the rotating member is located between the two sliding surfaces;

two movers, each including a base and a vibrator connected to the base; and
a controller that controls driving of the two vibrators in such a way as to move the optical member holder in the movable
direction,

wherein the vibrators of the two movers are in pressure contact with one and the other of the two sliding surfaces respectively,
and the rotating member is rotatably held between the bases of the two movers.

US Pat. No. 9,232,105

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CONFIGURED FOR CONSUMABLE REPLACEMENT IN POWER SAVING MODE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising a plurality of devices driven by power and configured to be operated in:
1) a standby mode in which the image forming apparatus stands by a start of an image formation; or
2) a power saving mode in which power supply to a part of the plurality of devices is stopped so that the power consumption
of the image forming apparatus in the power saving mode is reduced compared with that of the image forming apparatus in the
standby mode, comprising:

a door which is opened when consumable material is replenished;
a detection unit configured to detect whether or not a replenishment of the consumable material is required;
a door opened/closed detection unit configured to detect the door opening or door closing when the image forming apparatus
is in either the standby mode or the power saving mode;

a first power supply for supplying power to the door opening/closing detection unit when the image forming apparatus is in
the power saving mode;

a display unit configured to display information;
a control unit configured to display a guide to replenish the consumable material on the display unit when the door opening
is detected by the door opening/closing detection unit in the power saving mode and it is detected by the detection unit that
the replenishment of the consumable material is required;

a second power supply for supplying power to the control unit; and
a power control unit, when the image forming apparatus is in the power saving mode, configured to stop power supply from the
second power supply to the control unit when the door opening is not detected by the door opening/closing detection unit,
and configured to allow power supply from the second power supply to the control unit when the door opening is detected by
the door opening/closing detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,223,263

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,219,253

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING ORGANIC EL DISPLAY DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing an organic EL display device including a first organic EL element and a second organic EL element
on a substrate, wherein the first organic EL element includes a first organic compound layer between a first electrode and
a second electrode and the second organic EL element includes a second organic compound layer between a third electrode and
the second electrode, the method comprising:
forming the first organic compound layer over the substrate on which the first electrode and the third electrode are disposed;
selectively forming a release layer on the first organic compound layer on the first electrode;
removing the first organic compound layer that is not covered by the release layer;
forming the second organic compound layer by vapor deposition over the substrate on which the release layer, the first organic
compound layer, and the third electrode remain;

removing a portion of the second organic compound layer, wherein the portion of the second organic compound layer overlies
the release layer, by dissolving the release layer; and

forming the second electrode on the remaining first organic compound layer and the remaining second organic compound layer.

US Pat. No. 9,213,723

IMAGE DISTRIBUTION APPARATUS AND IMAGE DISTRIBUTION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

6. A control method for an image distribution apparatus including a processor, which distributes image data to which location
information has been added, the control method comprising:
a face checking step of determining, using the processor, whether or not the image data includes a human face of a specific
person;

a distribution control step of distributing, using the processor, the image data by deleting the location information from
the image data to be distributed if it is determined in said face checking step that a human face of the specific person is
included in the image data, and distributing the image data with the location information being added if it is determined
in said face checking step that a human face of the specific person is not included in the image data.

US Pat. No. 9,213,251

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 strontium titanate fine particles
and metal oxide fine particles,

the metal oxide fine particles containing silica fine particles, and optionally containing titania fine particles and alumina
fine particles, and a content of the silica fine particles being at least 85 mass % with respect to a total mass of the silica
fine particles, the titania fine particles and the alumina fine particles, wherein

when a coverage ratio A (%) is a coverage ratio of the magnetic toner particles' surface by the inorganic fine particles and
a coverage ratio B (%) is a coverage ratio of the magnetic toner particles' surface by the inorganic fine particles that are
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 from at least 0.50 to not more than 0.85,

the content of the strontium titanate fine particles, expressed with reference to the total amount of the magnetic toner,
is from at least 0.1 mass % to not more than 3.0 mass %,

the number-average particle diameter (D1) of the strontium titanate fine particles is from at least 60 nm to not more than 300 nm,

in a magnetic separation test during the application of a negative voltage, the release rate for the strontium titanate fine
particles is at least 10%, and

the ratio [D4/D1] of the weight-average particle diameter (D4) to the number-average particle diameter (D1) for the magnetic toner is not more than 1.30.

US Pat. No. 9,215,356

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM TO COMBINE A COMPOSITE IMAGE OF NOISE SUPPRESSED IMAGES GENERATED FROM IMAGES EACH INCLUDING A DIRECT CURRENT COMPONENT AND AT LEAST ONE NOISE SUPPRESED IMAGE PROCES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
a first image generating unit configured to divide an input image into bands to generate a first image that includes a direct
current component and at least one second image that does not include the direct current component and includes a higher frequency
component than a frequency component included in the first image;

a second image generating unit configured to generate a plurality of third images from the first image, the third images each
including the direct current component and having a different resolution;

a noise suppressing unit configured to perform noise suppression processing on the at least one second image and the third
images;

a first combining unit configured to combine the plurality of third images generated by the second image generating unit and
subjected to the noise suppression processing; and

a second combining unit configured to combine a composite image from the first combining unit and the at least one second
image that has been subjected to the noise suppression processing.

US Pat. No. 9,207,550

PROCESS FOR PRODUCING ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A process for producing an electrophotographic photosensitive member including a support, an undercoat layer formed on
the support, a charge generating layer formed on the undercoat layer, and a hole transporting layer formed on the charge generating
layer, the process comprising:
preparing a solution containing:
a liquid whose solubility in water at 25° C. and 1 atmosphere is 3.0 mass % or less, and
an electron transporting substance;
preparing an emulsion by dispersing the solution in water;
forming a coat of the emulsion on the support; and
forming the undercoat layer by heating the coat.

US Pat. No. 9,207,557

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,206,002

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,207,563

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,208,379

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus connectable via a network to a terminal which captures an image, the image processing apparatus
comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire, from feature information extracted from a captured image, augmented information
and attribute information which are related to the feature information;

a processing unit configured to generate, if a plurality of pieces of the feature information is extracted, at least one piece
of new augmented information by using a plurality of pieces of the augmented information acquired by the acquisition unit,
based on satisfying a condition using a combination of the attribute information; and

a transmission unit configured to transmit, if a plurality of pieces of the feature information is extracted, the new augmented
information generated by the processing unit to the terminal and to transmit, if one piece of the feature information is extracted,
the augmented information related to the one piece of the feature information to the terminal.

US Pat. No. 9,201,621

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that receives data from a service providing apparatus that provides a web service in
response to a print instruction issued by a user who utilizes the web service, and that provides an image forming apparatus
via a network with a job for printing that is generated based on the received data, the information processing apparatus comprising:
management means for managing a first printer object that has a correspondence relationship with the image forming apparatus,
and a second printer object that does not have a correspondence relationship with the image forming apparatus;

display means for displaying a selection screen in order to select a printer selection item indicating the first printer object,
and a printer selection item indicting the second printer object; and

transmission means for holding the job without transmitting the job to a specific image forming apparatus when the second
printer object is selected and a print instruction is issued, and transmitting, to the image forming apparatus, the job held
by the second printer object in response to an access from the image forming apparatus to the first printer object,

wherein, the display means further displays a printer selection item for selecting normal printing or temporarily stored printing
when the selection item indicating the first printer object is selected,

wherein, when the normal printing is selected, the transmission means transmits notification information to the image forming
apparatus for providing notification that the job has been generated so as to cause the image forming apparatus that has the
correspondence relationship with the first printer object to transmit an acquisition request for the job, and transmits the
job to the image forming apparatus upon receipt, from the image forming apparatus, of the acquisition request for the job
of a first mode, and

wherein, when the temporarily stored printing is selected, the transmission means transmits the job to an image forming apparatus
operated by the user upon receipt, from the image forming apparatus operated by the user, of an acquisition request for the
job of a second mode without transmitting the notification information.

US Pat. No. 9,204,009

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
an acquiring unit configured to acquire, by reading with a reading apparatus, a read image of a sheet, wherein print information
to be printed is added in a partial region of the sheet by a user, and setting information for identifying a setting related
to printing of the print information is included in the sheet, and predetermined information for specifying an inclination
and/or an orientation of the sheet is included in the sheet;

a cutting unit configured to cut out a rectangle partial image from the read image, the rectangle partial image corresponding
to the partial region of the sheet and including the print information added by the user;

a rotating unit configured to rotate the rectangle partial image cut out by the cutting unit according to the inclination
and/or the orientation specified by the predetermined information included in the read image;

an extracting unit configured to extract the print information added by the user from the rectangle partial image rotated
by the rotating unit;

an estimating unit configured to estimate a region where rotation is not performed corresponding to the setting information
in the read image according to a position of the predetermined information included in the read image without performing a
rotation for the setting information in the read image; and

a print control unit configured to cause a printing apparatus to print the print information on a sheet, on the basis of the
setting information corresponding to the region estimated by the estimation unit performed by the setting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,187,274

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus, comprising:
a rotatable portion configured to be rotatable;
a drive unit configured to generate a driving power and to rotate the rotatable portion;
a stacking member on which a sheet is stacked;
a sheet feeding member configured to feed the sheet by contacting the sheet stacked on the stacking member, the sheet feeding
member being configured to feed the sheet according to a rotation of the rotatable portion;

an elevating unit configured to switch a state of the stacking member and the sheet feeding member between a contact state
where the sheet stacked on the stacking member and the sheet feeding member are contacted and a separate state where the sheet
stacked on the stacking member and the sheet feeding member are separated according to the rotation of the rotatable portion;
and

a clutch mechanism configured to transmit the driving power from the drive unit to the sheet feeding member, the clutch mechanism
comprising:

a clutch input portion;
a clutch output portion configured to transmit the driving power from the drive unit to the sheet feeding member via the clutch
input portion in a state that the clutch input portion engages with the clutch output portion; and

a movement mechanism configured to move the clutch input portion between a disengagement position where the clutch input portion
disengages from the clutch output portion and an engagement position where the clutch input portion engages with the clutch
output portion according to the rotation of the rotatable portion.

US Pat. No. 9,182,995

MANAGEMENT DEVICE, MANAGEMENT DEVICE CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

6. A method for controlling a management device that provides an instruction for installing a driver for use in a peripheral
device to a plurality of client devices via a network, the method comprising:
managing management information including a type and a version of a driver installed on each client device and an output destination;
specifying, when a driver to be utilized in the client devices is changed in accordance with a change in information of the
peripheral device, client devices on which a driver has been installed corresponding in type to the peripheral device whose
information has been changed, with reference to the management information;

acquiring port information of each driver corresponding to the peripheral device whose information has been charged as an
output destination set in each of the client devices specified in the specifying step;

extracting, from among the specified client devices, a client device to be transmitted an instruction for installing a driver
by using identification information included in the acquired port information, wherein, in the client device extracted in
the extracting step, a driver, in which port information including the identification information of the peripheral device
whose information has been changed is set, has been installed; and

transmitting, to the extracted client device, an installation instruction for updating a driver to be changed.

US Pat. No. 9,179,023

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus capable of executing reservation printing in which a print job is received and printing is performed
based on the print job after a print instruction of the print job is input, the printing apparatus comprising:
a receiving unit configured to receive a print job from an external device;
a printing unit configured to execute printing based on the print job received by the receiving unit;
a first determination unit configured to determine a protocol used to transfer the print job received by the receiving unit;
an instruction unit configured to input a print instruction of a print job after the receiving unit receives the print job;
and

a control unit configured, if a first print job received by the receiving unit is a print job that is not designated for the
reservation printing and the first determination unit determines that a protocol used to transfer the first print job is a
first protocol, to control the printing unit to execute printing based on the first print job after the instruction unit inputs
a print instruction of the first print job, and configured, if a second print job received by the receiving unit is a print
job that is not designated for the reservation printing and the first determination unit determines that a protocol used for
transfer the second print job is a second protocol, to control the printing unit to execute printing based on the second print
job without waiting for an input of a print instruction of the second print job from the instruction unit.

US Pat. No. 9,174,439

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:
a print element board including a base plate, an energy generating device configured to generate energy for ejecting liquid,
an electrode pad electrically connected to the energy generating device, and a bump formed on the electrode pad; and

an electric wiring board electrically connected to the bump of the print element board using an interconnecting wire,
wherein the bump has a first surface, a second surface and a third surface, the third surface is opposed to the base plate,
and the first surface and the second surface are provided on an opposite side of the third surface,

wherein a height of the second surface from a surface of the base plate is higher than that of the first surface,
wherein the first surface has a first protrusion formed therein and protruding from the bump toward the interconnecting wire,
and the bump is connected to the interconnecting wire in the second surface, and

wherein the height of the second surface from the surface of the base plate is higher than that of a to of the first protrusion
from the surface of the base plate.

US Pat. No. 9,176,257

CONJUGATED AROMATIC COMPOUND, OPTICAL MATERIAL, AND OPTICAL ELEMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A compound corresponding to the following Formula (1):

in the formula, Ar1 corresponds to a hydrogen atom or an aryl group optionally having a substituent; Ar2 and Ar3 each correspond to a hydrogen atom or an aryl group optionally having a substituent but at least one of Ar2 and Ar3 correspond to an aryl group optionally having a substituent; and

wherein A has a structure corresponding to the following Formula (2):

US Pat. No. 9,170,524

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING A TIME TO START FORMING AN IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording material, the image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit including a photosensitive member, a rotatable polygon mirror, and a light source configured to irradiate
the polygon mirror with light, the image forming unit being configured to irradiate the photosensitive member with the light
reflected by the polygon mirror so as to form a latent image on the photosensitive member and to perform image formation based
on the latent image; and

a start control unit configured to control start of the image formation on the recording material performed by the image forming
unit, the start control unit comprising:

a first detecting unit configured to detect that a preset first period of time has elapsed from when a number of rotations
of the polygon mirror reached a first number of rotations; and

a second detecting unit configured to detect that a preset second period of time has elapsed while a number of rotations of
the polygon mirror is within a range between equal to or more than a second number of rotations and equal to or less than
a third number of rotations,

wherein, in a case where the second detecting unit detects that the preset second period of time has elapsed before the first
detecting unit detects that the first period of time has elapsed, the start control unit causes the image forming unit to
start performing image formation on the recording material based on a timing that the preset second period of time elapsed.

US Pat. No. 9,170,525

DEVELOPING DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing device usable with an image forming apparatus, comprising:
a developer carrying member for carrying a developer;
a developer accommodating portion for accommodating a developer and having an inclined surface contacting said developer carrying
member, said inclined surface being effective to guide a developer to a contact portion where the inclined surface contacts
said developer carrying member to cause the developer to be carried on said developer carrying member; and

a regulating member for regulating an amount of the developer carried on said developer carrying member,
wherein an inclination angle of said inclined surface is in a range not less than an angle of rest of the developer and less
than 90 degrees.

US Pat. No. 9,168,742

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,171,385

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF DETERMINING COLOR AMOUNT, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a determination unit configured to determine whether a color amount of an input image is in a first segment, a second segment,
or a third segment;

a control unit configured to cause a display screen to display a segment determined by the determination unit; and
an image processing unit configured to monochromate at least one of a plurality of color objects included in the input image
so that the color amount of the input image is in a changed segment if an instruction to change a displayed segment is received
from a user.

US Pat. No. 9,171,177

INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD FOR EXECUTING A COMMAND INCLUDED IN AN INSTALLER AND A STORAGE MEDIUM STORING A PROGRAM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing method of an information processing apparatus, in which an administrator account and a user account
with more limited authorities in the information processing apparatus than the administrator account are registered, the information
processing apparatus having a first installer running under the administrator account and a second installer running under
the user account, the information processing method comprising:
launching the first installer by the second installer;
determining by the first installer whether the first installer is to perform a browser launch operation when an operation
to be performed in the first installer is the browser launch operation, and when it is determined that the first installer
is to perform the browser launch operation, performing the browser launch operation by the first installer,

wherein, when it is determined that the first installer is not to perform the browser launch operation, transferring a command
for performing the browser launch operation by the first installer to the second installer, and performing the browser launch
operation by the second installer in accordance with the command, and

wherein it is determined that the first installer is not to perform the browser launch operation when a predetermined browser
is used.

US Pat. No. 9,170,171

METHOD AND DEVICE OF MEASURING WAVEFRONT ABERRATION, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING OPTICAL SYSTEM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A wavefront aberration measuring method comprising:
a measuring step of forming a plurality of spot images by causing light, which is emitted from a light source and is transmitted
through a test optical system, to be incident on a lenslet array, and measuring positions of the plurality of spot images
formed by the lenslet array; and

a calculating step of calculating optical paths from the positions of the plurality of spot images toward the light source
based on backward ray tracing, changing parameters of the test optical system so as to specify parameters when light rays
from the positions of the plurality of spot images converge at the light source, and calculating a wavefront aberration of
the test optical system corresponding to the parameters of the test optical system.

US Pat. No. 9,169,176

PYRENE COMPOUND AND ORGANIC ELECTROLUMINESCENT DEVICE INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A pyrene compound represented by general formula (1):

wherein X represents one of a naphthalene ring and a phenanthrene ring; when X represents the naphthalene ring, a 1-pyrenyl
group indicated in general formula (1) is bonded to a 2-position of the naphthalene ring; when X represents the phenanthrene
ring, the 1-pyrenyl group is bonded to one of a 2-position and a 3-position of the phenanthrene ring; and R1 and R2 are each
independently selected from a hydrogen atom and an alkyl group.

US Pat. No. 9,164,472

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an openable and closable member capable of opening and/or closing relative to the image forming apparatus; and
a regulating member configured to regulate a movement of a member for forming an image, the regulating member being removable
from a main body of the apparatus when the openable and closable member is in an open position,

wherein, when the openable and closable member goes from the open position to a closed position, the regulating member is
mounted to the main body of the apparatus in a second state that is changed from a first state;

when the openable and closable member goes from the closed position to the open position, the regulating member is restored
to the first state;

in the second state, when the openable and closable member goes from the open position to the closed position, an abutting
portion of the openable and closable member abuts on an abutting portion of the regulating member to regulate the openable
and closable member from closing; and

a direction of pressing caused when the abutting portion of the openable and closable member abuts on the abutting portion
of the regulating member is different from a direction in which the abutting portion of the regulating member moves when the
regulating member changes from the first state to the second state.

US Pat. No. 9,165,534

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a display unit configured to display a plurality of contents in a predetermined display area thereof;
an instruction unit configured to issue an instruction to scroll-display the plurality of contents displayed in the display
area; and

a detection unit configured to detect a press of a button displayed outside the display area,
wherein when the detection unit has detected the press of the button displayed outside the display area, processing corresponding
to the pressed button is performed if the scroll display based on the instruction by the instruction unit is not being performed,
and processing corresponding to the pressed button is not performed if the scroll display based on the instruction by the
instruction unit is being performed.

US Pat. No. 9,167,173

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS CONFIGURED TO PERFORM A CYCLIC SHOOTING OPERATION AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image capturing unit configured to repeatedly perform cyclic shooting operation including shooting with a first exposure
condition and a second exposure condition different from the first exposure condition; and

a correction unit configured to detect a first flicker among frames shot with the first exposure condition by comparing the
temporally preceding and succeeding frames and perform flicker correction for a frame shot with the first exposure condition
based on the first flicker and to detect a second flicker among frames shot with the second exposure condition by comparing
the temporally preceding and succeeding frames and perform flicker correction for a frame shot with the second exposure condition
based on the second flicker.

US Pat. No. 9,157,796

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM HAVING PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS WITH SUBSTRATE INCLUDING FIRST AND SECOND CIRCUITS HAVING FIRST AND SECOND DRIVE FREQUENCIES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus comprising:
a first substrate including a first region containing a photoelectric conversion element and a source follower transistor
of a source follower circuit for reading a signal from the photoelectric conversion element, and a second region surrounding
the first region; and

a second substrate including a first circuit with a first drive frequency and a second circuit with a second drive frequency,
the second drive frequency being higher than the first drive frequency, and

wherein the first circuit overlaps the first region, and the second circuit overlaps the second region.

US Pat. No. 9,156,641

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SHEETS FED FROM A DETACHABLE SHEET FEEDING UNIT USING DETECTED SHEET INTERVALS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming system comprising;
an image forming device configured to form an image on a sheet;
a sheet feeding device connected with the image forming device, and configured to feed a sheet to the image forming device;
a first sensor provided at the sheet feeding device and configured to detect a sheet fed to the image forming device at a
first position on a sheet conveyance path and output a signal regarding an existence or nonexistence of the sheet;

a second sensor provided at the image forming device and configured to detect a sheet fed from the sheet feeding device at
a second position which is downstream of the first position in a sheet conveyance direction and output a signal regarding
an existence or nonexistence of the sheet; and

a controller provided at the image forming device and configured to control operation of the image forming device based on
the signal outputted from the first sensor and the signal outputted from the second sensor,

wherein the sheet feeding device is further configured to feed a first sheet and a second sheet following the first sheet
to the image forming device such that there is an interval between a trailing edge of the first sheet and a leading edge of
the second sheet in the sheet conveyance direction, and

wherein the controller is further configured to continue the operation of the image forming device in a case where the controller
can not detect the interval based on the signal outputted from the first sensor and the controller can detect the interval
based on the signal outputted from the second sensor even though the first sheet and the second sheet pass the first position
and the second position while maintaining the interval.

US Pat. No. 9,158,721

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

6. A control method for controlling an information processing apparatus capable of Universal Serial Bus (USB)-connecting a
device compatible with a USB connection, the method comprising the steps of:
displaying a window with which a user can set a choice among (a) activation of a USB connection of an externally USB-connected
device, and (b) inactivation of the USB connection of the externally USB-connected device, wherein, in a case when there are
a plurality of externally USB-connected devices, the inactivation inactivates each of the plurality of externally USB-connected
devices at once;

registering, in the USB core driver in the information processing apparatus, in a case when the activation is set via the
window, both (i) a device driver corresponding to the externally USB-connected device and (ii) a device driver corresponding
to an internally USB-connected device, such that both device drivers are registered at the same time; and

in a case when the inactivation is set via the window, registering, in the USB core driver, the device driver corresponding
to the internally USB-connected device, without registering, in the USB core driver, the device driver corresponding to the
externally USB-connected device,

wherein the USB core driver specifies a device driver corresponding to a device from the registered device drivers and activates
the specified device driver.

US Pat. No. 9,156,162

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a calculation unit configured to calculate a position and orientation of at least one target object from a result of measuring
a set of target objects by using a first sensor;

a control unit configured to control a robot including a holding unit to hold, as a first holding target object, one target
object among the at least one target object by the holding unit;

a determination unit configured to determine whether the holding unit has succeeded in holding the first holding target object,
from a result of measurement performed by a second sensor for measuring the first holding target object held by the holding
unit; and

a selection unit configured to select, when the holding unit has been determined to fail in holding the first holding target
object, a second holding target object having a positional relationship with the first holding target object, wherein a holding
operation by the holding unit of the second holding target object having the positional relationship with the first holding
target object causes changing the position and orientation of the first holding target object,

wherein said control unit controls the robot to hold, by the holding unit, the second holding target object selected by said
selection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,158,241

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a first image bearing member for bearing a toner image;
a second image bearing member for bearing a toner image;
a transfer belt having electroconductivity;
a first transfer member provided correspondingly to said first image bearing member via said transfer belt;
a second transfer member provided correspondingly to said second image bearing member via said transfer belt;
a high-voltage power source for applying a voltage to said first and second transfer members; and
a controller,
wherein after an image is continuously formed on a plurality of transfer materials by applying, to said first transfer member,
a voltage of a predetermined polarity from said high-voltage power source in a state in which said first transfer member contacts
said transfer belt and in which said second transfer member is spaced from said transfer belt, said controller executes an
adjusting operation in which a voltage of a polarity opposite to the predetermined polarity is applied from said high-voltage
power source to said first transfer member in a state in which said second transfer member is spaced from said transfer belt.

US Pat. No. 9,146,700

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM HAVING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF CONTROLLING PRINT DATA OBTAINMENT TIMING, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing system comprising:
a server configured to store print data; and
an image forming apparatus configured to obtain the print data in parallel using a plurality of network sessions for said
server,

wherein said server comprises an attribute information generation unit configured to generate attribute information including
positional information on individual pages of the print data, and

wherein said image forming apparatus comprises:
an attribute information obtaining unit configured to obtain the attribute information from said server;
a determination unit configured to determine the number of network sessions based on a time period it took for the attribute
information obtaining unit to obtain the attribute information, a size of data on a page to be printed in print data to be
obtained from said server, and a restoration time period required to combine and restore the obtained data on the page to
be printed; and

a data obtaining unit configured to obtain the data on the page to be printed using network sessions corresponding in number
to the number of network sessions determined by the determination unit.

US Pat. No. 9,146,489

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,146,490

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING DUEL COLOR IMAGE FORMING CONTROL MODES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a first image bearing member for bearing a toner image;
a second image bearing member for bearing a toner image;
an intermediary transfer member onto which the toner images formed on said first and second image bearing members are capable
of being primary-transferred, wherein said first and second image bearing members are provided along a movement direction
of said intermediary transfer member;

a secondary transfer member for transferring the toner images from said intermediary transfer member onto a recording material;
a toner charging member, provided downstream of said secondary transfer member and upstream of the upstreammost image bearing
member with respect to the movement direction of said intermediary transfer member, capable of electrically charging a toner
transferred on said intermediary transfer member; and

a controller for controlling an operation in a single-color image forming mode in which the toner image formed on said first
image bearing member is transferred onto said intermediary transfer member to effect image formation in a state of contact
between said first image bearing member and said intermediary transfer member and in a state of separation between said second
image bearing member and said intermediary transfer member and for controlling an operation in a multi-color image forming
mode in which the toner images formed on said first and second image bearing members are transferred onto said intermediary
transfer member to effect image formation in a state of contact between said first image bearing member and said intermediary
transfer member and in a state of contact between said second image bearing member and said intermediary transfer member,

wherein said controller effects, in a post-processing operation after the image formation in the operation in the single-color
image forming mode is ended, control such that the state of separation between said second image bearing member and said intermediary
transfer member is switched to the state of contact between said second image bearing member and said intermediary transfer
member and the toner deposited on said toner charging member is collected onto said second image bearing member via said intermediary
transfer member and then is collected by a cleaning device provided for said second image bearing member.

US Pat. No. 9,146,578

COATING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR PRODUCING ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER AND METHOD FOR MASS-PRODUCING ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBERS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A coating apparatus comprising:
a cylindrical coating bath for containing a coating liquid;
a lowering and lifting unit for dipping an object to be coated into the coating liquid in the coating bath and lifting it
therefrom; and

a circulator for circulating the coating liquid so that the coating liquid overflows beyond an upper end portion of the coating
bath,

wherein the upper-end portion of the coating bath comprises:
a first upper-end surface;
a second upper-end surface that is positioned below the first upper-end surface and has an outer diameter larger than that
of the first upper-end surface; and

a step surface that interconnects the first upper-end surface and the second upper-end surface,
wherein an angle between the second upper-end surface and the horizontal direction is in a range from 0 degree to 30 degrees,
the length “a” in the vertical direction of the step surface is in a range from 0.5 mm to 2.5 mm, and
the shortest distance between an inner circumferential portion of the second upper-end surface and an outer circumferential
portion of the second upper-end surface “b” is in a range from 0.3 mm to 3 mm,

wherein the circulator is capable of pausing the circulation while keeping the coating bath being filled with the coating
liquid without overflowing the coating liquid therefrom, and resuming the circulation, and

wherein, when the circulation of the coating liquid is resumed after the pause of the circulation of the coating liquid, the
overflowed coating liquid flows along the second upper-end surface while wetting the whole area of the step surface.

US Pat. No. 9,147,135

IMAGE FORMING DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING METHOD AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming device comprising:
a first determining unit configured to determine, after receiving a power-off request, whether or not print processing is
being executed;

a second determining unit configured to determine, in a case where the first determining unit determines that print processing
is being executed, whether or not authentication information of a print-instructing person of the print processing being executed
is identifiable;

a cut-off unit configured to associate a print job of the print processing being executed with the authentication information
and store the print job and the authentication information in a nonvolatile storage area in a case where the second determining
unit determines that the authentication information is identifiable, and then cut-off power;

a third determining unit configured to determine, after receiving a power-on request, whether or not a print job stored in
the nonvolatile storage area is associated with the authentication information; and

a deletion unit configured to delete, in a case where the stored print job is not associated with the authentication information,
the unassociated print job stored in the nonvolatile storage area.

US Pat. No. 9,142,006

DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS, DATA PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR STORING IMAGE DATA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A data processing apparatus that obtains a pixel value of a pixel contained in an input pixel region of image data, inputs
the pixel value to an image processor, obtains an image-processed pixel value from the image processor, and outputs the image-processed
pixel value as a pixel value of a pixel in an output pixel region, the data processing apparatus comprising:
a storage unit configured to temporarily store data of the input pixel region and data of the output pixel region; and
a setting unit configured to set a size of an input area in the storage unit that stores the data of the input pixel region
and a size of an output area in the storage unit that stores the data of the output pixel region based on a number of pixels
in the input pixel region and a number of pixels in the output pixel region.

US Pat. No. 9,142,036

METHODS FOR SEGMENTING AND ENCODING AN IMAGE, AND CORRESPONDING DEVICES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,136,295

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. The semiconductor device comprising:
a semiconductor substrate including a first region and a second region;
an insulator which is arranged in the first region and the second region of the semiconductor substrate and which has an opening
in the first region;

a wiring layer enclosed by insulator;
a first member provided inside the opening and on the insulator in the second region;
a plug which includes a conductive material, which penetrates the first member provided on the insulator through a through
hole formed by openings in the first member and the insulator in the second region, and which is connected to the wiring layer;

an insulating film on the first member, the insulating film being penetrated by the plug together with the first member;
another wiring layer on the insulating film and the plug;
a planarizing layer covering at least a part of the another wiring layer; and
a color filter and a microlens on the planarizing layer.

US Pat. No. 9,132,680

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS AND CHECK PATTERN PRINTING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An inkjet printing apparatus comprising:
a first print head in which a plurality of nozzles for ejecting a first type ink are arranged in an arranging direction;
a moving unit configured to move a printing medium with respect to the first print head in a moving direction crossing to
the arranging direction; and

an ejecting control unit configured to control ejecting the first type ink while moving of the printing medium by the moving
unit so as to (i) eject the first type ink from a first number of the nozzles to print a first pattern to a first position
of the printing medium in the moving direction, (ii) not eject the first type ink from the plurality of nozzles for a first
period after the first pattern is printed, and (iii) eject the first type ink from a second number, which is larger than the
first number, of the nozzles after the first period is elapsed, to print a second pattern to a second position of the printing
medium which is positioned at upstream in the moving direction to the first position, wherein

the temperature of the first type ink around the plurality of nozzles in the first period is 50° C. or more.

US Pat. No. 9,135,536

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD GENERATING BINARY DATA SPECIFYING DOT ARRANGEMENT IN A UNIT AREA OF A PRINT MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for forming an image by printing dots on a print medium comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain first binary data that specifies printing or non-printing of dots in a unit area of
the print medium at a predetermined resolution;

a multiplying conversion unit configured to generate multivalued data indicating multivalued level corresponding to a number
of dots to be printed in each of the unit areas of lower resolution than the predetermined resolution, according to the number
of dots in the unit area of the print medium consisting of a predetermined number of pixels each having the first binary data
obtained by the obtaining unit; and

a binarization unit configured to generate second binary data specifying dot arrangement in the unit area of the print medium
at the predetermined resolution, according to the multivalued level of multivalued data generated by the multiplying conversion
unit for each of the unit area and a dot arrangement pattern specifying arrangement of dots on the print medium corresponding
to the multivalued level.

US Pat. No. 9,132,458

PROCESSING MACHINE SYSTEM AND METHOD OF POSITIONING PROCESSING MACHINES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of positioning at least three processing machines on a supporting structure including a plurality of beams spaced
apart from each other,
the at least three processing machines including a first processing machine, a second processing machine supported by at least
one of beams which support the first processing machine, and a third processing machine supported by beams different from
all the beams which support the first processing machine,

wherein a distance between the first processing machine and the second processing machine, at which an amount of vibration
transferred from the first processing machine to the second processing machine becomes smaller than a predetermined amount,
is determined, thereby positioning the first processing machine and the second processing machine with a distance not less
than the determined distance.

US Pat. No. 9,137,410

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,135,607

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a memory;
a processor coupled to the memory which executes the following:
executing a mail application managing a plurality of electronic mails, wherein
if an electronic mail stored as a file is selected, determining whether information about storage location exists in attribute
information of the electronic mail and, if the information about storage location exists in the attribute information of the
electronic mail, acquiring mail identification information for identifying an electronic mail from the attribute information
and issuing an instruction to start the mail application to display the selected electronic mail including the mail identification
information and the information about storage location; and

searching for the electronic mail identified by the mail identification information from the storage location indicated by
the information about storage location based on the information about storage location and the mail identification information
included in the instruction and, if the electronic mail is found, displaying the plurality of electronic mails managed by
the mail application started by the instruction so that a user can distinct the selected electronic mail from among the plurality
of electronic mails.

US Pat. No. 9,131,140

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an editing unit configured to execute a trimming edit on an image recorded in a storage medium, wherein, in a case where date
information is embedded in the image on which the trimming edit has not been executed yet, classification information indicating
that the date information is embedded in the image is associated with the image; and

a control unit configured to invalidate the classification information in a case where there exists no region where the date
information is embedded in the image on which the trimming edit has been executed.

US Pat. No. 9,131,151

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS PERFORMING DEVELOPMENT PROCESSING ON COMPOSITE IMAGE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image capturing unit configured to capture images by an image sensor;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire information relating to sensitivities of the image sensor used for capturing the
images;

a composition unit configured to add a plurality of images for generating a composite image; and
a development processing unit configured to perform development processing of data of the composite image generated by the
composition unit;

wherein a plurality of parameters having different characteristics corresponding to the sensitivities of the image sensor
are provided as the parameters used for the development processing;

further comprising a control unit configured to perform controlling to compare the sensitivities used for shooting the plurality
of images and set a parameter corresponding to the highest sensitivity of the plurality of parameters as the parameter used
for the development processing.

US Pat. No. 9,128,647

PRINT RELAY SERVER SYSTEM, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND PROGRAM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A print relay server system capable of communicating with a print server system for generating a print job based on content
data specified to be printed via a terminal and for transmitting the generated print job, and communicating with an image
forming apparatus for outputting the print job, the print relay server system comprising:
a proxy unit provided for each user registered in the print relay server system, wherein the proxy unit corresponding to a
user receives the print job corresponding to the user from the print server system;

a relay virtual printer provided for each image forming apparatus connected to the print relay server system and configured
to receive the print job from the proxy unit corresponding to the user, and transmit the received print job to the associated
image forming apparatus; and

a storage unit configured to store apparatus information, which is transmitted for registration when the relay virtual printer
is registered to the print server system, in such a way that the apparatus information is associated with the registered relay
virtual printer,

wherein the proxy unit acquires the apparatus information about an image forming apparatus specified for printing the content
data and registered in the print server system,

wherein the proxy unit specifies one relay virtual printer from among a plurality of registered relay virtual printers based
on the apparatus information stored by the storage unit, coinciding with the acquired apparatus information, and

wherein the proxy unit transfers the received print job to the specified relay virtual printer.

US Pat. No. 9,122,235

PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH MEANS TO REGULATE MOVEMENT OF DEVELOPING UNIT WITH RESPECT TO DRUM UNIT IN AXIAL DIRECTION OF DEVELOPING ROLLER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

20. An image forming apparatus configured to form an image on a recording medium, comprising:
a drum unit having a photosensitive drum;
a developing unit having a developing roller and connected to the drum unit such that the developing unit is movable between
a contact position where the developing roller is held in contact with the photosensitive drum and a separation position where
the developing roller is separated from the photosensitive drum;

a regulating portion provided on the drum unit; and
a regulated portion provided on the developing unit and configured to be engaged with the regulating portion to regulate movement
of the developing unit with respect to the drum unit in the axial direction of the developing roller,

wherein at least one of the regulating portion and the regulated portion has a curved surface to be engaged with the other
portion of the regulating portion and the regulated portion,

wherein a one-end-side supported portion is provided at one end side of the developing unit in the axial direction of the
developing roller,

wherein the one-end-side supported portion is supported by the drum unit so as to be rotatable and slidable,
wherein an other-end-side supported portion is provided at the other end side of the developing unit in the axial direction
of the developing roller, and

wherein the other-end-side supported portion is supported by the drum unit so as to be rotatable.

US Pat. No. 9,121,475

DRIVE TRANSMISSION APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A drive transmission apparatus, comprising:
a drive gear having a first drive gear and a second drive gear, the drive gear being driven by a drive source to rotate at
a constant velocity;

an output gear having a first output gear which has a toothless portion and is configured to mesh with the first drive gear,
and a second output gear which has a toothless portion and is configured to mesh with the second drive gear;

a preceding gear having a first preceding gear which has a toothless portion and is configured to mesh with the first drive
gear, and a second preceding gear which has a toothless portion and is configured to mesh with the second drive gear;

a preceding gear regulating portion configured to regulate rotation of the preceding gear;
an urging portion configured to urge the preceding gear to mesh with the drive gear; and
an interlocking portion configured to integrally rotate the output gear in association with the rotation of the preceding
gear so that the output gear meshes with the drive gear,

wherein the drive gear, the preceding gear, and the output gear are configured in a manner that:
the second preceding gear meshes with the second drive gear, as a result of regulation of the rotation of the preceding gear
by the preceding gear regulating portion being canceled and the urging portion urging the preceding gear to rotate, and the
second output gear meshes with the second drive gear, as a result of the interlocking portion rotating the output gear integrally
with the preceding gear, so that the output gear rotates at a first velocity; and

after the second output gear then terminates a meshing relationship with the second drive gear, the first output gear meshes
with the first drive gear so that the output gear rotates at a second velocity.

US Pat. No. 9,124,953

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR TRANSMITTING VIDEO DATA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for transmitting video data encoded in a scalable video stream representing said video data in a plurality of
layers, comprising, for at least one layer:
a step of obtaining pre-encoded macroblocks of said scalable video stream representing said video data in a plurality of layers,
a step of grouping macroblocks, used for inter layer prediction, of the pre-encoded macroblocks obtained by the obtaining
step, into first groups of macroblocks,

a step of grouping macroblocks, not used for inter layer prediction, of the pre-encoded macroblocks obtained by the obtaining
step, into second groups of macroblocks,

a step of estimating on a plurality of periods of time, a metric of loss rate variance over a network, said loss rate variance
being based on deviation of a loss rate computed for each period from an average of loss rates computed on a set comprising
a plurality of consecutive periods,

a step of selecting groups of macroblocks from the first and second groups of macroblocks based on the metric of loss rate
variance estimated by the estimating step, and

a step of transmitting the groups of macroblocks selected by the selecting step over the network.

US Pat. No. 9,120,310

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,122,125

IMAGE-CAPTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,120,336

INK JET PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,117,139

VIDEO PROCESSING APPARATUS AND VIDEO PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A video processing apparatus comprising:
a first determination unit that determines whether or not a distribution of luminance, which is obtained from luminance signals
of video captured by an image capturing unit, satisfies a predetermined condition;
a second determination unit that determines whether or not an object as a point light source is included in the video based
on an evaluation value obtained from luminance signals of the video; and
a night scene determination unit that determines that a scene captured by the image capturing unit is a night scene if said
first determination unit determines that the predetermined condition is satisfied and if said second determination unit determines
that the video includes the object as a point light source.

US Pat. No. 9,113,821

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising:
a radiation generation unit configured to radiate radiation to an object;
a radiation detection unit configured to detect the radiation having passed through the object;
an irradiation size detection unit configured to detect a size of an irradiation range of the radiation radiated by the radiation
generation unit;

a movement detection unit configured to detect a relative movement of the radiation generation unit and the radiation detection
unit with respect to the object; and

a control unit configured to control irradiation of the radiation to the object performed by the radiation generation unit,
wherein the control unit resumes, after a stop of the irradiation of the radiation, the irradiation of the radiation to the
object performed by the radiation generation unit according to the relative movement detected by the movement detection unit
and the size of the irradiation range detected by the irradiation size detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,116,651

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM STORING COMPUTER PROGRAM FOR IMAGE PROCESSING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a receiving unit configured to receive from an information processing apparatus, a request for a web page;
an identification unit configured to identify a display language type of a web page to be displayed on a web browser included
in the information processing apparatus based on the request received by the receiving unit;

a storing unit configured to store a plurality of display language types settable for displaying an operation panel included
in the image processing apparatus and a message resource of each of the plurality of display language types;

a determination unit configured to determine whether a display language type set for displaying the operation panel matches
the display language type identified by the identification unit;

a first generation unit configured to, based on that the determination unit determines that the display language type set
for displaying the operation panel matches the display language type identified by the identification unit, generate a first
image indicating a first display screen displayed on the operation panel;

a second generation unit configured to, based on that the determination unit determines that the display language type set
for displaying the operation panel does not match the display language type identified by the identification unit, obtain
a message resource of a display language type matching the display language type identified by the identification unit from
among a plurality of message resources stored by the management unit and generate a second image indicating a second display
screen in which a message resource of the first display screen is replaced with the obtained message resource; and

a transmission unit configured to transmit to the information processing apparatus a web page associated with one of the first
image generated by the first generation unit and the second image generated by the second generation unit.

US Pat. No. 9,114,624

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD, LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS, AND LIQUID FILLING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head, comprising:
a liquid discharge member including a plurality of discharge ports for discharging liquid, a plurality of energy generating
elements generating energy for discharging liquid from the plurality of discharge ports, and a surface having a first opening
and a second opening formed therein, the first and second openings communicating with the plurality of discharge ports; and

a liquid supply member for supplying liquid to the liquid discharge member including:
a first filter having a filter surface extending substantially parallel with a gravitational direction and along a disposed
direction in which the plurality of discharge ports are disposed;

a first containing chamber that contains the first filter;
a second filter having a filter surface having a smaller area than the area of the filter surface of the first filter;
a second containing chamber that contains the second filter;
a first flow path that connects the first opening and the first containing chamber; and
a second flow path that connects the second opening and the second containing chamber,
wherein the liquid supply member is joined to the surface of the liquid discharge member having the first and second openings
formed therein such that the first flow path has one end aligned with the first opening, and the second flow path has one
end aligned with the second opening,

wherein the first filter has a length in the disposed direction which is smaller than a length of the liquid discharge member
in the disposed direction, and

wherein the second filter, the first flow path, and the second flow path are disposed in an area between a first surface perpendicular
to the disposed direction and parallel to the gravitational direction and defined by one end of the first filter in the disposed
direction, and a second surface parallel to the first surface and defined by the other end of the first filter in the disposed
direction.

US Pat. No. 9,118,790

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, SYSTEM, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A system comprising a printing apparatus and an information processing apparatus,
wherein the printing apparatus comprises:
a first management unit configured to manage log information in which a history of a processing result of each job is recorded;
and

a second management unit configured to manage a color information list in which information pieces about a ratio of a color
area in each page of a job are stored up to a predetermined upper limit, and

the information processing apparatus comprises:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain information about a ratio of a color area in each page of a job input by the information
processing apparatus itself to the printing apparatus, from the printing apparatus before the information is overwritten in
the color information list; and

a storage unit configured to store information obtained by the obtaining unit together with job identification information,
wherein, in a case where information which is not recorded by another information processing apparatus is included in the
color information list of the printing apparatus regarding a copy job or a facsimile (FAX) job, the obtaining unit obtains
information about a ratio of a color area in each page of the copy job of the FAX job from the printing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,116,471

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a rotatable photosensitive member;
an exposure unit exposing the photosensitive member, which has been charged, so as to form a latent image;
a developing unit developing the latent image formed on the photosensitive drum so as to form a toner image;
a movable intermediate transfer member;
a primary transfer roller primarily transferring the toner image, which is formed on the photosensitive member, from the photosensitive
member onto the intermediate transfer member in a primary transfer portion in which the intermediate transfer member is brought
into abutment against the photosensitive member;

a secondary transfer unit having a secondary transfer roller that secondarily transfers the toner image, which is primarily
transferred onto the intermediate transfer member, onto a recording material in a secondary transfer portion in which the
secondary transfer roller is brought into abutment against the intermediate transfer member, the secondary transfer unit capable
of being brought into abutment against and separated from the intermediate transfer member, and capable of being removed from
and mounted on an apparatus body while being separated from the intermediate transfer member;

a moving mechanism moving the secondary transfer unit to an abutment position, a separation position and an intermediate position
under a state in which the secondary transfer unit is mounted on the apparatus body, wherein the secondary transfer unit is
brought into abutment against the intermediate transfer member in the abutment position, the secondary transfer unit is capable
of being removed from and mounted on the apparatus body in the separation position, the secondary transfer unit is separated
from the intermediate transfer member in the separation position, and the intermediate position is between the separation
position and the abutment position; and

a control unit configured to control the moving mechanism so as to cause the secondary transfer unit to move from the intermediate
position to the abutment position at a first moving speed in a case where the secondary transfer unit is to be brought into
abutment against the intermediate transfer member during at least one of an exposure period and a primary transfer period,
and to cause the secondary transfer unit to move from the separation position to the abutment position at a second moving
speed higher than the first moving speed in a case where the secondary transfer unit is to be brought into abutment against
the intermediate transfer member during a period other than the exposure period and the primary transfer period.

US Pat. No. 9,116,482

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

3. An image heating apparatus comprising:
a heat source;
a heating member heated by the heat source; and
a conveying member forming a nip portion conveying a recording medium by being in contact with the heating member;
the heating member having a multi-layered structure of n layers in total assigned by layer numbers sequentially from one on
the heat source side to the surface in contact with the recording medium, and

the heating member satisfying the following equation:
?{square root over (?nt)}?dn where ?n[m2/s] is thermal diffusivity of the j?th (j=1 to n) layer, dn[m] is a thickness of the n?th layer, and t[s] is the recording medium stay time at the nip portion,
wherein the thermal permeability bn of the n?th layer is greater than the thermal permeability bn?1 of the 1?n?th layer,

where, ?j[W/(m·K)] is the thermal conductivity of a j?th (j=1 to n) layer,

?Cj[J/(m3·K)] is the heat capacity of the j?th (j=1 to n) layer, bj[J/(m2·K·s0.5)](=?{square root over (?j?Cj)}) is the thermal permeability of the j?th (j=1 to n) layer, and

dj[m]is a thickness of the j?th (j=1 to n) layer.

US Pat. No. 9,116,225

MEASURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A measuring apparatus comprising:
a probe having a plurality of elements each converting acoustic waves into an electric signal, said plurality of elements
being arranged at least in a first direction;

a moving mechanism for moving the probe in a second direction that crosses said first direction;
a first delay-and-sum circuit for performing delay and summing in said first direction using a plurality of the electric signals
obtained by said plurality of elements at individual positions along said second direction, so as to obtain a plurality of
first add signals corresponding to a plurality of target points in an object within a slice plane, the slice plane being a
plane parallel to said first direction and crossing said second direction;

a signal extraction circuit wherein the first add signals pass through a plurality of cascaded delay circuits, the signal
extraction circuit outputting in parallel a plurality of the first add signals corresponding to one of the target points,
wherein the output first add signals are obtained from successive slice planes, and wherein delay times of the cascaded delay
circuits are values corresponding to a scanning period for one slice plane;

a second delay-and-sum circuit for performing delay and summing using the output plurality of first add signals, so as to
obtain a second add signal; and

an image processing circuit for generating image data of inside the object by using a plurality of second add signals corresponding
to a plurality of individual target points.

US Pat. No. 9,116,489

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR STORING SAMPLING VALUES AND METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,118,878

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,118,893

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS, DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus that displays a stereoscopic image to a viewer, comprising:
an input unit that inputs a first stereoscopic image and a second stereoscopic image to be displayed after the first stereoscopic
image, the first and second stereoscopic image including a subject;

a detection unit that detects a change amount of a projection between a partial image in a region of the first stereoscopic
image and a corresponding partial image in a corresponding region of the second stereoscopic image, the change amount being
a temporal difference between a first amount by which the subject looks projected forward in the first stereoscopic image
and a second amount by which the subject looks projected forward in the second stereoscopic image;

a determination unit that determines if the detected change amount is greater than or equal to a predetermined threshold;
a generation unit that generates a blurred image from the corresponding partial image in the corresponding region of the second
stereoscopic image if the detected change amount is greater than or equal to a predetermined threshold; and
a display control unit that controls a display apparatus to display a blurred image in the corresponding partial region of
the second stereoscopic image if the detected change amount is greater than or equal to a predetermined threshold and to display
the corresponding partial image which is not blurred by the generation unit if the detected change amount is less than the
predetermined threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,117,621

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,108,403

PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINTING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus provided with a print head including a plurality of nozzle groups each consisting of a plurality of
nozzles, each of the plurality of nozzle groups applying ink having a plurality of volumes from the plurality of nozzles onto
a print medium to form a plurality of dots including dots differing in size for printing, the printing apparatus comprising:
an arrangement determination unit configured to determine an arrangement of dots to be formed in a unit area of the print
medium according to a density of an image to be formed in the unit area by each of the plurality of nozzle groups;

a size determination unit configured to determine sizes of the dots for printing determined by the arrangement determination
unit, according to respective ejection characteristics of the plurality of nozzle groups, such that a ratio of the number
of dots having a first size to the number of dots having a second size which is different from the first size in the case
where the density of an image to be formed in the unit area is a first density and the ratio in the case where the density
of an image to be formed in the unit area is a second density which is different from the first density are substantially
the same; and

an ejection control unit configured to control the print head to eject ink having the plurality of sizes determined by the
size determination unit in positions of the print medium based on the arrangement determined by the arrangement determination
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,110,227

MOTOR DRIVE APPARATUS AND OPTICAL APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A motor drive apparatus comprising:
a driven member configured to be movable;
a stepping motor configured to drive the driven member;
a driver configured to produce a drive signal for driving the stepping motor whose signal value periodically changes and which
allows the stepping motor to be driven one step by one step;

a memory configured to store (a) data for setting a reference signal value as the signal value and (b) a target movement amount
of the driven member for each one-step drive of the stepping motor; and

a detector configured to detect an actual movement amount of the driven member for each one-step drive of the stepping motor,
wherein the driver is configured to produce a second drive signal which is different from a first drive signal having the
reference signal value, and

wherein a difference between the target movement amount and the actual movement amount when the stepping motor is driven according
to the second drive signal is smaller than a difference between the target movement amount and the actual movement amount
when the stepping motor is driven according to the first drive signal.

US Pat. No. 9,113,117

IMAGE-TAKING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image-taking apparatus comprising:
a gain control unit configured to control a gain for amplifying a signal from an image-pickup sensor;
an image data generation unit configured to generate image data representing a subject image captured by the image-pickup
sensor;

a switching unit configured to switch an output of the image data generated by the image data generation unit to either a
color output or a monochrome output;

a maximum gain setting unit configured to set a maximum value of the gain controlled by the gain control unit;
a switching evaluation value calculation unit configured to calculate a switching evaluation value based on an output from
the image data generation unit;

a determination unit configured to determine the switching of the output of the image data by the switching unit based on
a result of comparison between the switching evaluation value and a switching threshold value for switching the output of
the image data to either a color output or a monochrome output; and

a threshold value correction unit configured to correct the switching threshold value according to the maximum gain value
set by the maximum gain setting unit,

wherein the threshold value correction unit sets the switching threshold value with the maximum gain value set larger than
an initial value to be smaller than the switching threshold value with the maximum gain value set smaller than the initial
value, and

wherein the gain control unit, the image data generation unit, the switching unit, the determination unit, and the threshold
value correction unit are implemented, at least in part, by a processor and a memory in the image-taking apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,106,079

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS, METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power supply apparatus comprising:
a power supply unit that wirelessly supplies power to an electronic apparatus;
a communication unit that transmits predetermined data to the electronic apparatus; and
a control unit that controls, if power output from the power supply unit to the electronic apparatus is lower than a first
predetermined value, the communication unit so that a predetermined speed for transmitting the predetermined data is higher
than a second predetermined value,

wherein the control unit controls the communication unit so that the predetermined speed is less than or equal to the second
predetermined value if power output from the power supply unit to the electronic apparatus is greater than or equal to the
first predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 9,104,018

IMAGING APPARATUS HAVING A CURVED IMAGE SURFACE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus, comprising:
an imaging optical system; and
an image surface which is disposed on an image side of the imaging optical system and is curved so that a concave surface
thereof faces an object side of the imaging optical system,

wherein the imaging optical system includes (a) an aperture stop, (b) a first optical system disposed on an object side of
the aperture stop, and (c) a second optical system disposed on an image side of the aperture stop,

wherein the first optical system and the second optical system have different positive power,
wherein the second optical system includes (a) a meniscus lens having a convex surface facing the image side of the imaging
optical system and (b) a lens disposed between the aperture stop and the meniscus lens and having a convex surface facing
the image side of the imaging optical system, and

wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
Na>Nb
0.8?fsys/dpup?1.5

0.8?|Rimg|/fsys?1.5
where
Na represents a refractive index of the meniscus lens,
Nb represents a refractive index of the lens disposed between the aperture stop and the meniscus lens,
fsys represents a focal length of the imaging optical system,

dpup represents a distance from an exit pupil of the imaging optical system to the image surface, and

Rimg represents a radius of curvature of the image surface.

US Pat. No. 9,102,488

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming portion which forms an image to a sheet;
a sheet storing portion which is drawably mounted on an image forming apparatus body;
a sheet feeding portion which feeds a sheet stored in the sheet storing portion toward the image forming portion in a direction
perpendicular to a mounting direction of the sheet storing portion;

a positioning portion which is provided to protrude from one of the sheet storing portion and the image forming apparatus
body to the other, and performs positioning in the mounting direction of the sheet storing portion mounted in the image forming
apparatus body by abutting against an abutting portion provided in the other of the sheet storing portion and the image forming
apparatus body; and

an adjusting portion which adjusts the positioning portion so as to adjust a positioning position in the mounting direction
of the sheet storing portion with respect to the image forming apparatus body,

wherein the positioning portion includes a positioning member which abuts against the abutting portion, and a support portion
which supports the positioning member, and

the adjusting portion includes a plurality of teeth formed along an inclined surface which is provided in the positioning
member and is oblique to the mounting direction, and a plurality of teeth formed on a surface which is provided in the support
portion and faces the inclined surface, and moves the positioning member in a direction crossing the mounting direction of
the sheet storing portion and adjusts a protruding amount of the positioning portion by changing an engagement position between
the teeth of the inclined surface of the positioning member and the teeth of the support portion.

US Pat. No. 9,106,653

DATA PROCESSING SYSTEM AND DATA PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A data processing system wherein a server and a terminal are connected to each other,
the server comprising:
a transmitting unit configured to transmit image data to the terminal, the transmitted image data including security settings
and meta data, wherein the security settings indicate whether or not each display processing of the image data and the meta
data is restricted; and

a responding unit configured to respond, based on a distance between the server and the terminal when a display processing
of the image data is instructed by a user of the terminal, to an inquiry from the terminal whether or not the display processing
of the image data is permitted, the terminal comprising:

a receiving unit configured to receive the image data transmitted from the transmitting unit of the server, the received image
data including the security settings and the meta data;

a storage configured to storing the image data received by the receiving unit, the stored image data including the security
settings and the meta data;

a determining unit configured to determine based on the security settings, when the display processing of the stored image
data and the meta data is instructed by the user of the terminal, whether or not each display processing of the stored image
data and the meta data is restricted;

an inquiring unit configured to inquire of the server whether or not each display processing of the stored image data and
the meta data is permitted for the terminal, if it is determined by the determining unit the display processing of the stored
image data and/or the meta data is restricted; and

a performing unit configured to perform or not perform each display processing of the stored image data and the meta data
in accordance with the response to the inquiry.

US Pat. No. 9,104,142

DEVELOPING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing device comprising:
a developing container which stores a developer including a non-magnetic toner and a magnetic carrier;
a toner bearing member which bears the toner and conveys the toner to a developing portion formed between the toner bearing
member and an image bearing member on which an electrostatic latent image is formed; and

a separating portion which is disposed on an upstream side of the developing portion in a developer conveying direction so
as to separate the toner from the developer so that the toner is supplied to the toner bearing member, wherein

a surface of the toner bearing member includes a plurality of recess structures in which a smallest opening width R is equal
to or larger than rt10 and equal to or smaller than rc10, and a depth D is equal to or larger than rt10/2, where rt10 is a particle diameter at which the cumulative distribution in a toner granularity distribution is 10%, and rc10 is a particle diameter at which the cumulative distribution in a carrier granularity distribution is 10%; and

each percentage of the recess structures per unit area in any area of a toner bearing region of the toner bearing member is
equal to or larger than 55%.

US Pat. No. 9,106,868

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an operating unit comprising a user interface configured to receive an operation from a user who has logged-in to the image
processing apparatus;

a job execution unit configured to execute a job based on the operation received by said operating unit;
a determination unit configured to determine whether or not the job requires an instruction via the operating unit after a
logout event has been detected; and

a control unit configured to:
in a case where the determination unit determines that the job requires the instruction via the operating unit after the logout
event has been detected, prevent a user's instruction-waiting state from occurring after the user has logged-out from the
image processing apparatus; and

in a case where the determination unit determines that the job does not require the instruction via the operating unit after
the logout event has been detected, allow the job to continue under execution after the user has logged-out from the image
processing apparatus,

wherein at least part of the control unit is implemented by a processor and a memory.

US Pat. No. 9,098,742

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
an extraction unit configured to extract each cell region of a plurality of cells from a first image of a fundus of an eye
to be inspected;

a characteristic value calculation unit configured to, for each extracted cell region of the plurality of cells extracted
from the first image, calculate, from a plurality of second images of the fundus, a value indicating a volume of a layer corresponding
to the extracted cell region; and

a display control unit configured to display, on a display unit, each extracted cell region so as to have a display status
corresponding to the value indicating the volume.

US Pat. No. 9,098,035

FIXING DEVICE AND HEATER USED IN FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A heater for used in a fixing device that fixes a toner image onto a recording medium, comprising:
an elongated substrate;
a first conductor pattern, extending in a longitude direction of the substrate, formed at one side of the substrate in a short
direction of the substrate;

a second conductor pattern, extending in the longitude direction, formed at the other side of the substrate;
a third conductor pattern, extending in the longitude direction, formed between the first conductor pattern and the second
conductor pattern, the third conductor pattern being separated from each of the first conductor pattern and the second conductor
pattern;

a first heat generating resistor electrically connected to the first conductor pattern and the third conductor pattern, the
first heat generating resistor being disposed between the first conductor pattern and the third conductor pattern; and

a second heat generating resistor electrically connected to the second conductor pattern and the third conductor pattern,
the second heat generating resistor being disposed between the second conductor pattern and the third conductor pattern,

wherein a width of the third conductor pattern, at an end region of the substrate in the longitude direction, is narrower
than a width of the third conductor pattern at a center region of the substrate, and

wherein a sum of a width of the first heat generating resistor and a width of the second heat generating resistor at the end
region of the substrate is wider than a sum of a width of the first heat generating resistor and a width of the second heat
generating resistor at the center region of the substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,092,431

DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT METHOD FOR DETERMINING WHETHER AT LEAST ONE MANAGED DOCUMENT WAS PRINTED AND UPDATING PRINT INFORMATION OF THE AT LEAST ONE MANAGED DOCUMENT BASED ON THE DETERMINATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A document management system comprising:
a document operation log recording unit configured to record, as an operation log of the document management system, a history
of operations for each document managed by the document management system, wherein the document operation log recording unit
cannot record an operation of printing executed by an external application out of a management of the document management
system, and wherein the external application is different from a client application of the document management system;

a print log collecting unit configured to collect, as a print log of a printing device, a history of printing executed by
the printing device;

a log comparison unit configured to compare the operation log recorded by the document operation log recording unit with the
print log collected by the print log collecting unit;

a document printing determination unit configured to determine, based on a result of comparison by the log comparison unit,
whether the external application executed an operation of printing for a document managed by the document management system;
and

a document print information updating unit configured to update, based on a result of determination by the document printing
determination unit, print information of each document managed by the document management system.

US Pat. No. 9,094,610

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image display apparatus comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect a specific object from an image captured by an image capturing unit;
a control unit configured to generate a display image by clipping a partial image including the specific object detected by
the detection unit from the image captured by the image capturing unit; and

a display unit configured to display the display image along with image capturing information of the image capturing unit,
wherein, in a case where the detection unit detects a plurality of specific objects, the control unit generates a plurality
of display images each corresponding to a different one of the plurality of specific objects and then determines a priority
order for the plurality of display images,

wherein the display unit displays each of the plurality of display images in a position according to the priority order determined
by the control unit, and

wherein the control unit updates the plurality of display images in a case where the priority order is changed and does not
update the plurality of display images in a case where the priority order is not changed.

US Pat. No. 9,092,662

PATTERN RECOGNITION METHOD AND PATTERN RECOGNITION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A pattern recognition apparatus that recognizes a class of an input object pattern, the apparatus comprising:
circuitry functioning as:
a correlation value calculation unit configured to calculate a correlation value between a feature quantity of each local
area in the input object pattern and a feature quantity of a corresponding local area in each of registered object patterns
in a dictionary in which at least one object pattern has been registered for each of predetermined classes and a plurality
of object patterns have been registered for at least one of the predetermined classes;

a combining unit configured to combine, for each class of the predetermined classes, the correlation values calculated for
respective registered object patterns which belong to that class with respect to each local area in the input object pattern;

an obtaining unit configured to obtain an integrated similarity of the input object pattern for each class of the predetermined
classes by integrating the combined correlation values of a plurality of local areas for that class; and

an identification unit configured to identify a class of the input object pattern based on the integrated similarity for each
class obtained by said obtaining unit.

US Pat. No. 9,084,560

PHOTOACOUSTIC APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

18. A method for controlling a photoacoustic apparatus comprising the steps of:
irradiating an optical absorber that is provided in the apparatus with light;
receiving an acoustic wave that is generated from the optical absorber when the optical absorber receives the light, by a
detecting unit; and

calculating an irradiation intensity distribution of the light on the basis of the detected signal that is acquired when the
receiving element receives the acoustic wave generated from the optical absorber.

US Pat. No. 9,088,738

SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE AND METHOD OF DRIVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state image pickup device comprising an image pickup area, on a semiconductor substrate, which includes plural
columns of pixels, and plural column amplifier circuits each provided at each column of pixels or at every plural columns
of pixels, wherein:
the pixel outputs a signal,
each of the column amplifier circuits includes at least two amplifier circuit stages;
a preceding amplifier circuit has an inverting input node and an output node, and is configured to output a first amplified
signal from the output node, wherein the first amplified signal is a signal in which the signal output from the pixel is input
in the inverting input node, and amplified in a first gain selected from variable-gains having one or more values,

a subsequent amplifier circuit has a non-inverting input node, an inverting node and an output node, and is configured to
output a second amplified signal from the output node, wherein the second amplified signal is a signal in which the first
amplified signal output from the preceding amplifier circuit is input in the non-inverting input node of the subsequent amplifier
circuit, and amplified in a second gain selected from variable gains having one or more values; and

while the output node and the inverting input node of the preceding amplifier circuit are connected, a reference potential
is supplied to the non-inverting input node of the subsequent amplifier circuit, and the output node and the inverting input
node of the subsequent amplifier circuit are connected.

US Pat. No. 9,087,206

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, SYSTEM, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR EXECUTING CONTROL OPERATION AND INDICATING COMPLETION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing system comprising a server apparatus and an information processing apparatus capable of communicating
with said server apparatus, including a display control unit that performs control to display an operation screen on a display
unit using screen information provided by said server apparatus, and an execution control unit that performs control to execute
a job for transmitting data according to an instruction from said server apparatus,
said server apparatus comprising:
a generation unit that generates, when an authentication using authentication information received from said display control
unit succeeds, a session identifier to be used for communication with said display control unit;

a first transmission unit that transmits the screen information and the session identifier generated by said generation unit
to said display control unit;

a second transmission unit that transmits, upon receiving from said display control unit an operation content on the operation
screen based on the screen information, an instruction for executing a job for transmitting data to an external apparatus
which is different from said server apparatus based on the operation content to said execution control unit;

a designation unit that designates, for said execution control unit, as a session identifier to be used for communication
from said execution control unit to said server apparatus, the session identifier generated by said generation unit; and

a reception unit that receives, from said execution control unit, completion information indicating completion of the job
executed according to the instruction,

said display control unit of said information processing apparatus comprising:
a displaying unit that displays the operation screen on the display unit using the screen information received from said server
apparatus; and

a third transmission unit that transmits, to said server apparatus, the operation content on the operation screen, and
said execution control unit of said information processing apparatus comprising:
an execution unit that executes, upon receiving the instruction from said server apparatus, the job according to the instruction;
and

a fourth transmission unit that transmits, upon completion of the job, to said server apparatus without intervening said display
control unit, completion information indicating completion of the job and the session identifier designated by said designation
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,085,427

FEEDING DEVICE AND RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A feeding device comprising:
a drive source;
a feed roller configured to feed stacked sheets;
a first transmission unit configured to transmit driving force of the drive source to the feed roller;
a separating inclined surface configured to separate a sheet having been fed by the feed roller;
a separating member, having a surface for separating a sheet having been fed by the feed roller from the other sheets, configured
to be capable of setting a separating position where the surface of the separating member protrudes from the separating inclined
surface so as to be in contact with a sheet for separating the sheet from the other sheets and a retracting position where
the surface of the separating member does not protrude from the separating inclined surface such that the separating inclined
surface being in contact with a sheet to separate the sheet from the other sheets;

a moving unit configured to move the separating member to the separating position and the retracting position; and
a second transmission unit configured to transmit driving force of the drive source to the moving unit to work the moving
unit,

wherein the second transmission unit includes a first part and a second part which receive driving force from a third transmission
unit, transmits driving force received at the first part to the moving unit to move the separating member from the retracting
position to the separating position, and transmits driving force received at the second part to the moving unit to move the
separating member from the separating position to the retracting position, and wherein the second transmission unit does not
transmit driving force received at the first part when the separating member is at the separating position, and does not transmit
driving force received at the second part when the separating member is at the retracting position.

US Pat. No. 9,087,144

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD FOR DISPLAYING STATUS OF A PRINTER IN AN OPERATING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a determination unit configured to determine which is higher either priority of an existing status item stored in a storage
region or priority of a new status item to be stored in the storage region; and

a storage unit configured to delete the existing status item from the storage region, store the new status item in the storage
region so as to precede the existing status item in a storage order, and store the existing status item in the storage region
so as to follow the new status item in the storage order after the storing of the new status item in the storage region if
the determination unit determines that the priority of the new status item is higher than the priority of the existing status
item,

wherein the status item stored in the storage region is displayed in accordance with the storage order and the new status
item is displayed if the priority of the new status item is higher than the priority of the existing status item.

US Pat. No. 9,087,264

INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS AND NOZZLE RECOVERY METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink jet recording apparatus comprising:
a recording head including a common liquid chamber, a plurality of nozzles configured to discharge ink supplied from the common
liquid chamber and a plurality of heaters disposed on each of the nozzles and configured to generate bubbles within each of
the nozzle;

a cap configured to cap the plurality of nozzles;
a suction pump configured to introduce negative pressure to an interior portion of the cap; and
a control unit configured to drive heaters corresponding to some of the plurality of nozzles when driving the suction pump.

US Pat. No. 9,087,265

RECOGNITION APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A recognition apparatus for recognizing a position and an orientation of a target object, comprising:
a processor and a memory which together comprise:
an extraction unit configured to detect a plurality of feature portions from a captured image, and to extract a plurality
of feature amounts indicating image characteristics in each of the plurality of feature portions;

a first input unit configured to input normal vectors in the plurality of feature portions on the target object;
a second input unit configured to input at least one of direction of illumination and direction of image capture apparatus
at the time of capturing the captured image;

a holding unit configured to hold information with respect to angles between normal vectors in a plurality of feature portions
on the target object in a learning image and at least one of direction of illumination and direction of image capture apparatus
at the time of capturing the learning image in a learning process;

a determination unit configured to determine respective degrees of importance of the plurality of extracted feature portions
based on the input normal vectors, the input at least one of direction of illumination and direction of image capture apparatus,
and the held information with respect to angles;

a weighting unit configured to weight each of the plurality of extracted feature amounts based on the determined corresponding
degree of importance; and

a recognition unit configured to recognize the position and the orientation of the target object based on the plurality of
feature amounts weighted by the weighting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,088,321

DIFFERENTIAL TRANSMISSION CIRCUIT AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A differential transmission circuit for transmitting a differential signal including first and second signals of phases
opposite to each other from a transmitting circuit to a receiving circuit, comprising:
a differential signal line including a first signal line for transmitting the first signal and a second signal line for transmitting
the second signal, wherein

the first signal line comprises first signal and second signal wiring patterns, connected mutually through a first resistive
element, and

the second signal line comprises third and fourth signal wiring patterns, connected mutually through a fourth resistive element;
a power source line for supplying a source potential to the transmitting circuit and the receiving circuit;
a ground line for supplying a ground potential to the transmitting circuit and the receiving circuit; and
a first common mode choke coil including first and second coil units magnetically coupled to each other,
wherein
one end of a third resistive element is connected to a first node on the first signal wiring pattern,
one end of a second resistive element is connected to a second node on the second signal wiring pattern,
one end of a sixth resistive element is connected to a third node on the third signal wiring pattern,
one end of a fifth resistive element is connected to a fourth node on the fourth signal wiring pattern,
the other end of the third resistive element and the other end of the sixth resistive element are connected to the ground
line, and

the other end of the second resistive element and the fifth resistive element are connected to the power source line via the
first common mode choke coil.

US Pat. No. 9,086,537

LAMINATED DIFFRACTIVE OPTICAL ELEMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

9. A laminated diffractive optical element comprising:
a first layer having a diffraction grating surface with a grating height X and being formed of a first material;
a second layer stacked on the diffraction grating surface of the first layer and being formed of a second material,
wherein for at least one specific wavelength ?that satisfies 450 nm ???650 nm, the following conditions are satisfied:
2.0%?|T?, a?T?, b|

T?, MAX?T?, MIN?8.0%

1 ?m ?X?30 ?m,where
T?, a is an internal transmittance of the first material having thickness X in the first layer,

T?, b is an internal transmittance of the second material having thickness X in the second layer,

T?, Max is an internal transmittance of the element at a part where the transmittance reaches a maximum for a light beam with a wavelength
?, and

T?, MIN is an internal transmittance of the element at a part where the transmittance reaches a minimum for a light beam with a wavelength
?.

US Pat. No. 9,084,567

FUNDUS IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fundus imaging apparatus comprising:
an observation light source configured to generate infrared observation light; and
a display magnification changing unit configured to selectively change, when a fundus image of a subject's eye obtained by
illuminating the subject's eye with the infrared observation light is observed, display magnifications between a first display
magnification at which an opening portion of a mask area around the fundus image as a whole is displayed, and a second display
magnification at which the opening portion is magnified in accordance with a length of a display unit in a longitudinal direction
and displayed to display the fundus image and the mask area on the display unit.

US Pat. No. 9,088,681

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM, POWER SUPPLY METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power supply apparatus comprising:
a wireless power supply unit configured to wirelessly supply power to an external device;
a specifying unit configured to specify efficiency of power supply to the external device; and
a determining unit configured to determine whether to stop the power supply to the external device based on the efficiency
of power supply specified by the specifying unit,

wherein, in a case where the determining unit determines to stop the power supply to the external device, the wireless power
supply unit stops the power supply to the external device.

US Pat. No. 9,088,753

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, LUMINANCE CORRECTION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an image data acquisition unit configured to acquire image data by optically reading a document;
a frequency distribution acquisition unit configured to acquire a first frequency distribution of luminances from the image
data acquired by the image data acquisition unit;

a generation unit configured to generate a second frequency distribution of luminances of a background of the document, by
using a maximum frequency of the first frequency distribution acquired by the frequency distribution acquisition unit as a
maximum frequency of the second frequency distribution of luminances of the background of the document;

an acquisition unit configured to acquire information indicating a degree of deviation of the second frequency distribution
from the first frequency distribution;

a correction unit configured to correct the second frequency distribution based on the information indicating the degree of
deviation acquired by the acquisition unit; and

an image processing unit configured to process the image data using the corrected second frequency distribution.

US Pat. No. 9,085,596

IRIDIUM COMPLEX AND ORGANIC LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE CONTAINING SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An iridium complex represented by formula (1):

wherein
R1 and R2 each independently represent an alkyl group; and

R3 to R7 each independently represent one selected from a hydrogen atom, a cyano group, alkyl groups, alkoxy groups, and substituted
amino groups.

US Pat. No. 9,079,421

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS WITH DOT IMPACT ACCURACY INFORMATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An inkjet printing apparatus having a printing unit provided with a first nozzle array and a second nozzle array in which
nozzles are arranged, the first nozzle array and the second nozzle array are arranged along a direction intersecting an arrangement
direction of the nozzles so that nozzles in an end part of the first nozzle array and nozzles in an end part of the second
nozzle array form an overlapping portion, the apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire information which indicates whether a registration adjustment between the first
nozzle array and the second nozzle array which form the overlapping portion was performed;

a determination unit configured to determine a distribution rate of print data corresponding to the overlapping portion for
each of the first nozzle array and the second nozzle array based on the information; and

a distribution unit configured to distribute the print data corresponding to the overlapping portion to the nozzles of the
overlapping portion, respectively, based on the determined distribution rate,

wherein the determination unit, if the information indicates that the registration adjustment has been performed, determines
the distribution rate so that the print data may be distributed to both end parts of the first and second nozzle arrays, and
if the information indicates that the registration adjustment has not been performed, determines the distribution rate so
that the print data may be distributed to one of the end parts of the first and second nozzle arrays.

US Pat. No. 9,083,882

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capture apparatus comprising:
a detection unit which detects a motion in a translational direction and a rotational direction of the apparatus;
a shake correction unit which mitigates image shake of a captured image due to the motion in the translational direction by
driving an optical member; and

a geometric deformation processing unit which corrects a distortion of the captured image due to a detected motion in the
rotational direction by applying a geometric deformation process to the captured image,

wherein the geometric deformation processing unit corrects the distortion in an output image area that is smaller than an
imaging area of the captured image by applying to the output image area the geometric deformation process using pixels of
a reference area of the captured image that is necessary to correct the distortion, and

wherein the shake correction unit drives the optical member based on an amount of drive corrected so that a center of a rectangular
area corresponding to the reference area comes closer to a center of the imaging area.

US Pat. No. 9,083,890

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus for performing digital processing on an image obtained by image capturing, the apparatus comprising:
a storing unit configured to store, in advance of obtaining the image by image capturing, (a) a plurality of lattice point
data sets for being set in a lattice point data table to perform conversion processing inside the apparatus and (b) a plurality
of matrix coefficient sets as bases for a plurality of lattice point data sets for performing conversion processing with a
matrix operation outside the apparatus, wherein each of the matrix coefficient sets is a basis for generating a lattice point
data set in which a number of lattice points per one dimension is larger than a number of lattice points per one dimension
in each of the stored plurality of lattice point data sets;

a selection unit configured to select a lattice point data set from the plurality of lattice point data sets stored in said
storing unit;

a conversion unit configured to perform conversion processing on image data using the lattice point data set selected by said
selection unit; and

a file generation unit configured to generate an image file which includes (a) the image data, and (b) a matrix coefficient
set stored in said storing unit, as attendant information in the image file,

wherein the matrix coefficient set included in the image file corresponds to the lattice point data set which is selected
by said selection unit and is configured to generate the lattice point data set by a matrix operation.

US Pat. No. 9,081,323

DEVELOPING DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing device comprising:
a frame configured to store developer;
a developing roller arranged at an opening of the frame and configured to bear the developer and to form a developer image
on an image bearing member; and

a supply roller including a rotational shaft passing through a through-hole provided in the frame and configured to supply
the developer to the developing roller,

wherein the through-hole is formed so that the supply roller is insertable from an outside of the frame in an axial direction
of the supply roller, and has such a size that the supply roller is insertable without rubbing an inner edge of the through-hole.

US Pat. No. 9,076,098

PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus that prints printing data including an image, the apparatus comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive the printing data;
a division unit configured to divide the printing data received by the reception unit into page units, generate a plurality
of divided printing data and add object relation information indicating a relationship among a plurality of objects in the
plurality of divided printing data;

a plurality of rendering units configured to receive printing unit data and conduct an image correction process and a bitmap
data conversion process;

a rendering management unit configured to analyze the printing data and, on the basis of the analysis result, generate, from
the plurality of divided printing data, the printing unit data constituted by the divided printing data to be merged and processed,
determine at least one rendering unit to cause the printing unit data to be processed from the plurality of rendering units
in accordance with load conditions of the plurality of rendering units, and transmit the printing unit data to the determined
rendering unit;

a spool unit configured to receive and spool bitmap data from each of the plurality of rendering units;
a printer engine unit configured to print an image based on the bitmap data onto a print medium; and
a control unit configured to transmit the bitmap data spooled in the spool unit to the printer engine unit in an order to
be printed,

wherein each of the plurality of rendering units comprises:
a composition unit configured to generate combined printing data by combining the plurality of divided printing data that
includes an object indicated by the object relation information and execute the image correction process on the combined printing
data; and

a separation unit configured to separate the combined printing data after executing the image correction process, into a plurality
of divided printing data and execute the bitmap data conversion process on the plurality of divided printing data.

US Pat. No. 9,075,386

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH A CURL CORRECTING UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming portion which forms a toner image;
a transfer portion which transfers the toner image onto a sheet;
a fixing portion which includes a pressure roller and a heating member that forms a fixing nip to fix the toner image onto
the sheet by coming in press contact with the pressure roller;

a curl correcting unit which is provided on a downstream of the fixing portion in a sheet conveyance direction and includes
a first roller and a second roller that forms a correction nip to correct a curl of the sheet by coming in press contact with
the first roller;

a holding portion which movably holds the second roller;
a biasing member which applies a force to the holding portion in such a direction that the second roller comes in press contact
with the first roller;

a door which rotatably holds the first roller, is supported to be opened and closed, and separates the first roller from the
second roller by being opened; and

a retracting portion which causes the holding portion to be retracted to a position where the second roller deviates from
a movement path of the door against a biasing force of the biasing member according to a closing operation of the door.

US Pat. No. 9,073,310

PRINTHEAD SUBSTRATE, PRINTHEAD, AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing element substrate comprising:
a plurality of printing elements, which are arrayed in a predetermined direction, forming a plurality of groups;
a first generating unit configured to generate a threshold signal which is set for each of the plurality of groups and a ramp
signal, based on an externally received digital signal; and

second generating units, which are arranged in correspondence with the respective groups, configured to generate, based on
the ramp signal and the threshold signal, enable signals for setting a period during which the printing element is driven,

wherein the first generating unit includes a D/A converter, which is configured to convert a digital signal into an analog
signal, arranged between the plurality of printing elements and an outer edge of the substrate in the predetermined direction,
and

wherein the second generating units include a plurality of comparators which are arranged in correspondence with the respective
groups and along the predetermined direction.

US Pat. No. 9,077,842

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING ABERRATION CORRECTING FUNCTION AND ABERRATION CORRECTING METHOD FOR IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus, comprising:
a lens apparatus comprising an image taking optical system configured to guide a beam from an object to a camera apparatus,
the lens apparatus being attached to the camera apparatus detachably; and

a camera apparatus that separates the beam from the object into color beams of three colors and photoelectrically converts
the color beams into a first color image signal, a second color image signal and a third color image signal by corresponding
image pickup elements to display, on an image displaying unit, an image obtained by superimposing the first color image signal,
the second color image signal and the third color image signal,

wherein the lens apparatus further comprises:
a memory unit that stores, as correcting data including a parameter indicating a state of the image taking optical system,
a correcting amount in an image height direction with respect to an image height in each of the second color image signal
and the third color image signal, the correcting amount being obtained with the first color image signal being a reference,
in order to correct aberration caused by the image taking optical system; and

a lens controlling unit that extracts the correcting data corresponding to the state of the image taking optical system from
the memory unit,

wherein the camera apparatus comprises a camera controlling unit that moves the second color image signal and the third color
image signal in the image height direction to correct the second color image signal and the third color image signal based
on the correcting data, and displays, on the image displaying unit, an image obtained by superimposing the corrected second
color image signal and the corrected third color image signal,

wherein the image pickup apparatus further comprises a controlling unit configured to specify an arbitrary position of the
image displayed on the image displaying unit and to set the correcting amount of the correcting data at the specified arbitrary
position, and

wherein the lens controlling unit adjusts the correcting data based on the correcting amount of the correcting data at the
arbitrary position set by using the controlling unit, and the memory unit stores the adjusted correcting data.

US Pat. No. 9,075,628

ELECTRONIC SYSTEM AND COMMUNICATION CONTROL METHOD FOR TRANSMITTING AND RECEIVING DATA BY SERIAL COMMUNICATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic system, comprising:
a first device, a second device, and a third device that are connected in series via communication lines;
a first communication line for connecting the first device to the second device; and
a second communication line for connecting the second device to the third device,
wherein the first device includes
a first clock generator configured to generate a first internal clock,
a first down stream communication interface configured to communicate with the third device via the first communication line
and the second communication line based on the first internal clock, and

a first control unit configured to control the first clock generator to control the speed of the first internal clock,
wherein the second device includes
a second clock generator configured to generate a second internal clock,
a first upper stream communication interface configured to communicate with the first device via the first communication line
based on the second internal clock,

a second down stream communication interface configured to communicate with the third device via the second communication
line based on the second internal clock, and

a second control unit configured to control the second clock generator to control the speed of the second internal clock,
wherein the third device includes
a third clock generator configured to generate a third internal clock,
a second upper stream communication interface configured to communicate with the second device via the second communication
line based on the third internal clock, and

a third control unit configured to control the third clock generator to control the speed of the third internal clock,
wherein the first device is configured to:
transmit a first command for changing a communication speed to a first speed to the third device via the second device;
transmit, after the communication speed of the third device is changed, a second command for changing the communication speed
to the first speed to the second device; and

change, after the communication speed of the second device is changed, using the first control unit, the communication speed
of the first device to the first speed,

wherein the third control unit is configured to control the third clock generator based on the first command, and the second
control unit is configured to control the second clock generator based on the second command.

US Pat. No. 9,075,403

ESTIMATION APPARATUS FOR CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An estimation apparatus for estimating a control system including a controller and a controlled system, the apparatus comprising:
a first acquisition section configured to acquire a frequency characteristic of the controller;
a second acquisition section configured to acquire a gain characteristic and a phase characteristic of the controlled system;
a computation section configured to compute an open-loop transfer characteristic of the control system and a variation range
of the open-loop transfer characteristic from a variation range of a frequency characteristic of the controlled system and
the frequency characteristic of the controller, wherein the variation range of the frequency characteristic of the controlled
system is a region where a variation range of the gain characteristic and a variation range of the phase characteristic overlap
in a complex coordinate system; and

an estimation section configured to estimate stability of the control system from the open-loop transfer characteristic and
the variation range of the open-loop transfer characteristic,

wherein the estimation section comprises:
a converter configured to perform coordinate conversion of the variation range of the open-loop transfer characteristic into
the complex coordinate system;

a determiner configured to determine stability of the control system from the open-loop transfer characteristic and the variation
range of the open-loop transfer characteristic; and

an output section configured to output the variation range of the open-loop transfer characteristic having undergone the coordinate
conversion into the complex coordinate system and a determination result on the stability, and

wherein at least one of the first and second acquisition sections, the computation section, and the estimation section is
implemented using a processor.

US Pat. No. 9,073,325

INK JET PRINTING APPARATUS HAVING LOW-NOISE COMPACT PUMP TUBE CAPABLE OF RAISING SUCTION PRESSURE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink jet printing apparatus comprising:
a cap for capping an ejection port surface of a print head for ejecting ink;
first and second pump tubes communicating with the cap;
a guide member including a guide surface for guiding the first and second pump tubes and a reference surface intersecting
with the guide surface;

a pump roller for pressing the first and second pump tubes;
a waste ink storage portion configured to store waste ink ejected from the first and second pump tubes; and
a first fixing member including a first coupling portion coupled to a cap-side end of the first pump tube and a second coupling
portion coupled to a waste ink storage portion-side end of the second pump tube,

wherein a distance from the reference surface to the first coupling portion and a distance from the reference surface to the
second coupling portion are different, and

wherein the first pump tube coupled to the first coupling portion and the second tube pump tube coupled to the second coupling
portion overlap each other with respect to a direction of the reference surface.

US Pat. No. 9,073,342

RECORDING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A recording apparatus for forming an image on a recording medium, comprising:
a recording head having a recording element row in which a plurality of recording elements are disposed for forming the image,
the recording element row being divided into a plurality of groups each including a plurality of consecutive recording elements;

a scanning unit configured to perform relative scanning between the recording medium and the recording head in a main scanning
direction which intersects with a direction in which the plurality of recording elements are disposed;

a driving unit configured to perform time-division driving of the plurality of recording elements so that the plurality of
recording elements are driven at different timings within each of the plurality of groups;

a memory unit configured to store a correct value used for correcting recording positions in the main scanning direction for
each of the plurality of groups corresponding to an amount of deviation of the recording position on the recording medium
in the main scanning direction among the plurality of recording elements of the recording element row;

a storing unit configured to store storing data used for printing by the recording head; and
a data generating unit configured to generate, from the storing data for a plurality of columns stored in the storing unit,
recording data for one column used for performing recording in the recording medium by the plurality of recording elements
within each of the plurality of groups, according to the correct value corresponding to information indicating the amount
of deviation of the recording position and a driving order of the time-division driving within each of the plurality of groups.

US Pat. No. 9,075,705

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF APPROPRIATELY PROVIDING NOTIFICATION OF STORAGE UNIT FAILURE PREDICTION, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
storage units configured to have a mirroring function and a self-diagnosis function;
a notification unit configured to notify an electronic device, which is determined in advance, of information on said storage
units;

an obtainment unit configured to obtain status information indicative of statuses of said storage units obtained by the self-diagnosis
function which said storage units have;

a prediction unit configured to, based on the status information obtained by said obtainment unit, predict whether said storage
units will fail; and

a control unit configured to control said notification unit such that, when said prediction unit predicts a failure of said
storage units, and the mirroring function is disabled, the electronic device is notified that replacement of said storage
units is necessary, and control said notification unit such that, when said prediction unit predicts a failure of said storage
units, and the mirroring function is enabled, the electronic device is not notified that replacement of said storage units
is necessary.

US Pat. No. 9,075,971

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, USER DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing system comprising:
a plurality of service providing systems that provide respective web services in response to a request from a user device;
an image processing device that executes image processing utilizing the web service in coordination with the plurality of
service providing systems; and

a mediation system that mediates provision of authentication information to be used by the image processing device when the
image processing device coordinates with the plurality of service providing systems,

wherein the mediation system comprises a memory and a processor configured to implement:
an acceptance unit configured to accept a coordination instruction, from the user device, for coordinating a service providing
system among the plurality of service providing systems with the image processing device;

a storage unit configured to store coordination information indicating a coordination state between at least the service providing
system and the image processing device;

a state request unit configured to make an acquisition request for the coordination state between the image processing device
and the service providing system to the image processing device via the user device;

a generation unit configured to generate a script for causing the user device to authenticate in an authentication method
to which the service providing system serving as a coordination destination corresponds when the coordination instruction
is accepted and transmit the generated script to the user device,

wherein the storage unit updates the coordination information stored in the storage unit based on the coordination state transmitted
from the image processing device via the user device in response to the acquisition request for the coordination state,

wherein the user device comprises a memory and a processor configured to implement:
a display unit configured to display an authentication information input screen corresponding to the service providing system
specified by executing the script transmitted from the mediation system,

wherein authentication information input screens are presented for respective service providing systems of the plurality of
service providing systems; and

a transmission unit configured to transmit authentication information input on the authentication information input screen
or an authentication token issued by the service providing system based on the input of authentication information on the
authentication information input screen to an image processing device specified by the script, and

wherein the image processing device comprises a memory and a processor configured to implement:
a saving unit configured to receive the authentication information or the authentication token from a transmission unit provided
in the user device and save the authentication information or the authentication token; and

an authentication unit configured to receive authentication from the service providing system using the saved authentication
information or authentication token.

US Pat. No. 9,071,712

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a sheet feed portion configured to feed a sheet;
an image forming portion configured to form an image on the sheet;
a first conveying path configured to guide the sheet fed by the sheet feed portion to the image forming portion;
a second conveying path configured to guide the sheet on which the image has been formed on one surface thereof by the image
forming portion to the first conveying path again;

a document feed portion configured to feed a document to the second conveying path;
an image reading portion configured to read an image of the document fed by the document feed portion; and
a control portion configured to control a conveyance operation of the sheet and the document,
wherein the control portion is configured to control the conveyance operation of the sheet and the document such that at least
part of the document and at least part of the sheet are existing on the second conveying path at the same time in a case where
an operation of forming images respectively on both surfaces for a plurality of sheets and an operation of reading images
for a plurality of documents are executed in series.

US Pat. No. 9,070,072

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF OBTAINING PRINT DATA FROM EXTERNAL APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive print data;
a registration unit configured to register information for identifying the print data;
a storage unit configured to store the print data; and
a control unit configured to, in a case where registration of the information by said registration unit has failed, cause
said storage unit to store the print data without setting a storage time limit to the print data and cause said registration
unit to retry the registration of the information,

wherein said control unit is configured to, in both cases where the registration has succeeded and where the registration
of the information is retried a predetermined number of times, set the storage time limit.

US Pat. No. 9,069,285

DETECTION DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A detection device for detecting a charge amount of toner on a developing material carrier, the device comprising:
an assembly including a quartz oscillator and a first electrode and a second electrode attached to the quartz oscillator;
a first capacitor connected in series to the assembly;
a first switch provided between the assembly and the first capacitor;
a second capacitor connected in parallel with the assembly;
a second switch connected in parallel with the assembly and connected in series to the second capacitor;
a controller configured to control the first switch and the second switch;
a first detection unit configured to detect a potential difference between both ends of the first capacitor; and
a second detection unit configured to detect an oscillation frequency of the quartz oscillator,
wherein in the case where the toner on the developing material carrier is caused to adhere to the first electrode, the controller
is configured to connect the assembly to the first capacitor using the first switch and connect the assembly to the second
capacitor using the second switch, and

wherein in the case where the second detection unit detects the oscillation frequency of the quartz oscillator, the controller
is configured to disconnect the assembly from the first capacitor using the first switch and disconnect the assembly from
the second capacitor using the second switch.

US Pat. No. 9,066,101

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

9. An image processing method to be performed by an image processing apparatus which encodes respective frames that form a
moving image, comprising:
an extraction step configured to extract a specific area from a frame based on an object appearing in the frame;
an evaluation step configured to obtain an evaluation value of the specific area;
a determination step configured to determine, on the basis of the evaluation value of the specific area in a preceding frame
preceding the frame, an encoding parameter being used for encoding the specific area in the frame so that a code amount of
the specific area in the frame is smaller than a code amount of the specific area in the preceding frame in a case where the
evaluation values of the specific areas in the frame and preceding frame exceed a predetermined threshold, wherein an object
which is detected from the frame for extracting the specific area from the frame corresponds to an object which is detected
from the preceding frame for extracting the specific area from the preceding frame; and

an encoding step configured to encode the specific area in the frame on the basis of the encoding parameter which is determined
by said determination unit for the frame.

US Pat. No. 9,061,500

PRINTHEAD SUBSTRATE, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME, PRINTHEAD, AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printhead substrate comprising:
an electrothermal transducer;
a temperature detection element configured to detect a temperature of the electrothermal transducer; and
a pair of electrodes provided at two ends of the temperature detection element,
wherein the temperature detection element and the pair of electrodes are arranged on an insulating member on a substrate,
wherein the printhead substrate further comprises a member arranged on the insulating member in a position away from the pair
of electrodes, and made of the same material as the pair of electrodes, and

wherein an upper surface of a first portion of the insulating member between the pair of electrodes and the member is located
lower than an upper surface of a second portion of the insulating member which is in contact with the temperature detection
element.

US Pat. No. 9,063,055

X-RAY IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An X-ray imaging apparatus for imaging a subject, the X-ray imaging apparatus comprising:
a diffraction grating configured to form an interference pattern by diffracting X-ray radiation from an X-ray source;
a shielding grating configured to block part of the interference pattern;
a detector configured to detect the X-ray radiation passing through the shielding grating; and
a moving unit configured to change an angle of each of the diffraction grating, the shielding grating and the detector with
respect to an optical axis,

wherein the detector is configured to detect the X-ray radiation passing through the shielding grating according to a change
in the angle between the optical axis and at least one of the diffraction grating, the shielding grating and the detector,
and

wherein the moving unit is configured to change a distance from each of the diffraction grating, the shielding grating and
the detector to the X-ray source according to a change in the angle of each of the diffraction grating, the shielding grating
and the detector with respect to the optical axis.

US Pat. No. 9,065,994

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus, comprising:
a filter unit configured to adjust a light amount of incident light from an image pickup optical system;
a photoelectric transducer configured to perform photoelectric conversion of the incident light from the filter unit; and
a light guide optical system configured to guide the incident light from the filter unit to the photoelectric transducer,
wherein:

the filter unit comprises a transmittance variable element configured to adjust a transmittance of the incident light;
the light guide optical system comprises a color separation optical system comprising, in order from an object side, a first
prism provided with a first dichroic film, a second prism provided with a second dichroic film, and a third prism, so as to
separate the incident light into red color light, green color light, and blue color light to exit;

one of the first dichroic film and the second dichroic film is a blue reflection dichroic film having a characteristic of
reflecting the blue color light; and

a rotational position of the transmittance variable element about an optical axis is such a position that a ratio of a transmittance
for the blue color light to a transmittance for the green color light of a marginal ray entering the blue reflection dichroic
film at an incident angle smaller than an incident angle of a principal ray of an axial ray to the blue reflection dichroic
film is smaller than a ratio of the transmittance for the blue color light to the transmittance for the green color light
of the principal ray of the axial ray.

US Pat. No. 9,061,846

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet;
a sheet stacking unit on which sheets are stacked;
a sheet feeding unit configured to feed the sheets stacked on the sheet stacking unit;
a separation unit held in press contact with the sheet feeding unit and configured to separate the sheets fed from the sheet
feeding unit;

a registration unit, which is arranged on a downstream in a sheet feeding direction with respect to a press contact portion
where the sheet feeding unit and the separation unit are held in press contact with each other, configured to abut, while
being at rest, against the leading edge of the sheet which is conveyed while being nipped by the sheet feeding unit and the
separation unit, and to convey the sheet to the image forming unit by rotating at a predetermined timing; and

an elastic member provided so as to extend from an upstream to a downstream with respect to the press contact portion in the
sheet feeding direction and to be positioned at the separation unit side with respect to a tangential line of the press contact
portion, which is formed in a plate shape capable of elastic deformation and configured to abut against the sheet,

wherein the elastic member is inclined so that an upstream side in the sheet feeding direction thereof is positioned at the
separation unit side with respect to the tangential line and a downstream side in the sheet feeding direction thereof is positioned
at the sheet feeding unit side with respect to the tangential line.

US Pat. No. 9,062,967

MEASUREMENT APPARATUS FOR MEASURING A SURFACE SHAPE OF AN OBJECT BASED ON AN INTERFERENCE SIGNAL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A measurement apparatus for measuring a measurement surface based on an interference signal obtained from measurement light
reflected by the measurement surface and reference light reflected by a reference surface interfering with each other, the
measurement apparatus comprising:
a first interference optical system including a lens configured to focus the measurement light to be incident on the measurement
surface, and cause the measurement light and the reference light to interfere with each other;

an adjusting device configured to adjust a focusing state of the measurement light focused by the lens so that a measurement
point on the measurement surface positions within a range of a depth of focus of the lens; and

a second interference optical system configured to measure a position of the first interference optical system in a direction
along an optical axis of the lens, with the focusing state adjusted by the adjusting device,

wherein the measurement surface is measured based on the measured position and the interference signal, and
wherein the interference signal is obtained with the focusing state adjusted by the adjusting device.

US Pat. No. 9,055,891

OPTICAL TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGE PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control method of a photographing apparatus comprising the steps of:
acquiring first and second fundus images of an eye to be inspected at different times before or during OCT photographing;
extracting a plurality of characteristic images from the first fundus image acquired before or during OCT photographing;
searching, in the second fundus image acquired before or during OCT photographing, for a plurality of characteristic images
corresponding to the plurality of characteristic images extracted from the first fundus image;

determining whether there is a spatial variation between (a) a positional relation of the plurality of characteristic images
extracted from the first fundus image and (b) a positional relation of the plurality of characteristic images searched for
in the second fundus image before or during OCT photographing; and

executing an eye tracking operation with an OCT photographing section before or during OCT photographing on the basis of the
first and second fundus images acquired before or during OCT photographing in a case where the spatial variation satisfies
a predetermined condition.

US Pat. No. 9,057,695

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR IRRADIATING A SCATTERING MEDIUM WITH A RECONSTRUCTIVE WAVE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a first irradiation unit configured to irradiate a medium with a incident wave;
a first photodetector arranged to monitor an intensity of the incident wave before being irradiated on the medium;
an ultrasound device configured to focus an ultrasound wave onto a position in the medium such that the incident wave is modulated
into a frequency-shifted wave at the position where the ultrasound wave is focused by the ultrasound device;

a holographic material;
a second irradiation unit configured to irradiate the holographic material with a reference wave, a frequency difference between
the reference wave and the incident wave being exactly or approximately equal to a frequency of the ultrasound wave focused
by the ultrasound device, and to record information corresponding to an interference pattern formed by interference between
the frequency-shifted wave and the reference wave by the holographic material;

a second photodetector configured to detect light from the holographic material while the holographic material records the
information corresponding to the interference pattern;

a third irradiation unit, after the information is recorded on the holographic material, configured to irradiate the holographic
material with a reading wave substantially in a direction opposite to a direction of the reference wave so that the holographic
material generates a reconstructed wave to irradiate the medium to retrace trajectory of the frequency-shifted wave to the
position where the ultrasound wave is focused by the ultrasound device; and

a control unit configured to control the first irradiation unit and the third irradiation unit so that an intensity of the
reading wave generated from the third irradiation unit is different from an intensity of the incident wave generated from
the first irradiation unit,

wherein the control unit is configured to control the first irradiation unit based on an output of the first photodetector
so that the intensity of the incident wave keeps below a predetermined exposure and is configured to control the third irradiation
unit so that the intensity of the reading wave is lower than the intensity of the incident wave.

US Pat. No. 9,057,971

TONER AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING TONER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A toner comprising toner particles, each of which contains a binder resin and a colorant,
wherein the toner particles have a core-shell structure in which a shell phase containing a resin B is formed on a surface
of a core containing a binder resin A, a colorant, and a wax,

the binder resin A contains a resin having a polyester segment capable of forming a crystalline structure,
the resin B contains a resin having a polyester segment capable of forming a crystalline structure, and
a content of the polyester segment capable of forming a crystalline structure in the binder resin A is 50.0% by mass or more
and 90.0% by mass or less,

wherein, in a rheological property measurement of the toner with a constant load extrusion-type capillary rheometer provided
with a piston for applying a pressure to a sample and a die having a die orifice through which the sample is extruded, wherein
the piston has a pressure-application surface area of 1.0 cm2 and the die orifice has a diameter of 1.0 mm,

when a pressure of 5.0 MPa is applied to the sample with the piston, a temperature at which a displacement of the piston reaches
2.0 mm after 10 seconds from initiation of an application of the pressure is defined as T(5);

when a pressure of 1.0 MPa is applied to the sample with the piston under heating at 70° C., a time over which a displacement
of the piston reaches 2.0 mm from initiation of the pressure application is defined as t(1); and

when a pressure of 5.0 MPa is applied to the sample with the piston under heating at 70° C., a time over which a displacement
of the piston reaches 2.0 mm from initiation of the pressure application is defined as t(5),

T(5) is 65.0° C. or more and 90.0° C. or less,
t(1) is 60.0 seconds or more,
t(5) is 30.0 seconds or less, and
t(1)/t(5) is 4.5 or more and 10.0 or less.

US Pat. No. 9,057,975

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH MULTIPLE LIGHT SOURCES TIMING CONTROL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for starting image formation on the basis of a print command, comprising:
first and second light sources each for emitting light according to image data;
a rotatable polygonal mirror including a plurality of reflecting facets, wherein said rotatable polygonal mirror deflects
the light emitted from said first light source toward a first photosensitive member and deflects the light emitted from said
second light source toward a second photosensitive member;

a first signal output unit for outputting a first signal by receiving, in a predetermined position, the light emitted from
said first light source and deflected by said rotatable polygonal mirror; and

a second signal output unit for outputting a second signal at timing on the basis of the first signal and a correction value,
wherein the correction value is set for each reflecting facet of said rotatable polygonal mirror,

wherein said first light source emits the light according to the image data based on a time when the first signal is outputted
and said second light source emits the light according to the image data based on a time when the second signal is outputted
so that latent images are formed on the first and second photosensitive members, respectively,

wherein said second signal output unit starts the output of the second signal after a lapse of a predetermined period from
start of the output of the first signal by said first signal output unit after said image forming apparatus receives the print
command, and

wherein after said image forming apparatus receives the print command and before the output of the second signal is started,
said first light source starts light emission according to the image data.

US Pat. No. 9,058,008

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT PREVENTS IMAGE DEFECT CAUSED BY OFF-CENTERING OF ROTATING SHAFT OF PHOTOSENSITIVE DRUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive drum configured to carry a toner image;
an exposure unit configured to form an electrostatic latent image on said photosensitive drum so as to form the toner image;
a development unit configured to develop the electrostatic latent image using toner;
an intermediate transfer member configured to rotate in a state in contact with said photosensitive drum;
a speed detection unit configured to detect a rotational speed of a rotating shaft of said photosensitive drum;
an off-centering amount-detecting unit configured to detect an amount of off-centering of said rotating shaft;
a calculation unit configured to calculate a correction coefficient for correcting positional displacement of an electrostatic
latent image formed on a surface of said photosensitive drum caused by off-centering of said rotating shaft; and

a control unit configured to control said exposure unit to form an electrostatic latent image, which is corrected for the
positional displacement caused by the off-centering of said rotating shaft, using the correction coefficient, on the surface
of said photosensitive drum,

wherein said off-centering amount-detecting unit includes:
a rotating member configured to be brought into contact with the surface of said photosensitive drum, and is friction-driven
for rotation by rotation of said photosensitive drum,

a rotation detection unit configured to detect rotation of said rotating member, and
a pattern detection unit configured to detect a developed pattern formed using said development unit by developing a latent
image pattern repeatedly formed on the surface of said photosensitive drum according to one revolution of said rotating member,
and

calculates the amount of off-centering of said rotating shaft using a detection time period during which the developed pattern
is detected, a detection value output from said speed detection unit, which is associated with the detection time period,
and a pitch distance of the developed pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,059,566

SURFACE EMITTING LASER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A surface emitting laser comprising:
an off-orientation substrate;
a bottom reflection mirror formed on the off-orientation substrate;
an active layer formed on the bottom reflection mirror;
a current confinement layer formed on the active layer, the current confinement layer including an oxidized region and a non-oxidized
region;

a top reflection mirror formed on the current confinement layer;
a mesa structure having a cylindrical shape; and
a surface-relief structure formed on a light-emitting region of the top reflection mirror, the surface-relief structure has
a stepped structure including a low-reflectivity region and a high-reflectivity region,

wherein a central axis of the high-reflectivity region of the surface-relief structure is deviated from a central axis of
the cylindrical shape of the mesa structure so as to lower a lasing threshold current of the surface emitting laser.

US Pat. No. 9,058,018

PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process cartridge detachably mountable to a main assembly of an image forming apparatus, said process cartridge comprising:
a first unit provided with an image bearing member; and
a second unit that (i) is provided with a developer carrying member for carrying a developer and (ii) is connected with said
first unit so as to be movable between a contact position, in which said developer carrying member is contacted with said
image bearing member, and a spacing position, in which said developer carrying member is spaced from said image bearing member,
said second unit including a contact portion for electrically connecting to a main assembly electrical contact provided in
the main assembly of the image forming apparatus to apply a voltage to said process cartridge, and a recess or opening which
the main assembly electrical contact enters,

wherein, when said second unit is in the contact position, the main assembly electrical contact contacts said contact portion
of said second unit without entering said recess or said opening, and

wherein, when said second unit is in the spacing position, the main assembly electrical contact enters said recess or said
opening.

US Pat. No. 9,058,537

METHOD FOR ESTIMATING ATTRIBUTE OF OBJECT, APPARATUS THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

13. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a first obtaining unit configured to obtain an input image including a target object which belongs to any of a plurality of
categories;

a second obtaining unit configured to obtain a plurality of partial images configuring the input image;
an extraction unit configured to extract at least one feature amount from the plurality of partial images;
a holding unit configured to hold a dictionary in which a category of a partial learning image configuring a learning image
for recognizing the target object is registered;

a third obtaining unit configured to decide based on the at least one feature amount extracted by the extraction unit, which
category, from the dictionary, a category of the target object corresponds to each of the plurality of partial images;

a determining unit configured to determine whether the decision result obtained by the third obtaining unit, based on an appearance
frequency of the obtained category of the partial learning image; and

an identification unit configured to identify a category of the target object based on a result of determining the appropriateness
of the decision result obtained by the third obtaining unit.

US Pat. No. 9,058,539

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR QUANTIFYING GRAPHICS OR TEXT IN AN IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for selecting an image encoder, the method comprising:
generating a grayscale histogram of an image, wherein the grayscale histogram includes a respective number of pixels for a
plurality of histogram values;

determining a respective percentage of pixels in each of the histogram values based on the number of pixels for the respective
histogram value and a total number of pixels in the image;

comparing the percentages of pixels in the histogram values to a first threshold;
adding the percentages of pixels in the histogram values that exceed the first threshold to a total percentage;
comparing the total percentage to a second threshold; and
encoding the image with an encoder that is selected based on the second threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,058,555

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a holding unit configured to hold a job;
a reception unit configured to receive an executing instruction for executing the job held in the holding unit;
a determination unit configured to determine whether attribution information of a sheet to be used by the job held in the
holding unit is registered for a sheet storage unit;

a judgment unit configured to judge whether a sheet exists in a sheet storage unit to be used by the job; and
a notification unit configured to notify, before the reception unit receives the executing instruction, a result of the determination
by the determination unit and a result of the judgment by the judgment unit.

US Pat. No. 9,057,646

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR MEASURING A COLOR OF A MEASUREMENT IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form a measurement image on a sheet;
a measurement unit, which includes a light-emitting unit configured to irradiate the measurement image with light and a receiving
unit configured to receive reflected light from the measurement image, configured to measure the measurement image formed
on the sheet to output a spectral reflectance, by irradiating the measurement image using the light-emitting unit and by receiving
the reflected light from the measurement unit using the receiving unit;

a white reference plate provided at a position facing to the measurement unit;
a movement unit configured to move the white reference plate;
a distance measuring unit configured to measure a distance from the measurement unit to the white reference plate; and
a correction unit configured to correct an amount of emitted light of the light-emitting unit according to the distance measured
by the distance measuring unit.

US Pat. No. 9,058,966

IONIZATION DEVICE, MASS SPECTROMETER INCLUDING IONIZATION DEVICE, IMAGE DISPLAY SYSTEM INCLUDING MASS SPECTROMETER, AND ANALYSIS METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ionization device comprising:
a holding portion configured to hold a sample;
a probe configured to arrange a liquid on a surface of the sample to form a liquid bridge between the probe and the sample;
an electrode configured to form, at the probe, a Taylor cone of a substance contained in the sample, and to release the ionized
substance from the Taylor cone;

a voltage applying unit configured to apply a voltage to the electrode; and
a light source configured to emit laser light, wherein the light source is arranged such that the laser light irradiates the
Taylor cone.

US Pat. No. 9,053,542

IMAGE RESAMPLING BY FREQUENCY UNWRAPPING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of determining at least one image value of a corresponding desired output position on an output grid of an output
image from an input image on an input grid, the method comprising:
(a) determining, in a localised region of the input image, an orientation of an edge passing through the output position;
(b) extending a frequency spectrum for the region of the input image;
(c) aligning a main frequency band of the edge in the extended frequency spectrum parallel to a first sampling axis of a grid
based on the orientation of the edge, wherein the grid is selected from the set of the input and output grids;

(d) filtering the aligned main frequency band along a second sampling axis of the grid, orthogonal to the first sampling axis,
the filter removing frequencies associated with replica bands and maintaining the main frequency band;

(e) determining the image value from the filtered edge at the desired output position; and
(f) storing the determined image value as part of the output image.

US Pat. No. 9,051,469

COLORING MATTER COMPOUND, INK, HEAT-SENSITIVE TRANSFER RECORDING SHEET, AND RESIST COMPOSITION FOR COLOR FILTER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A coloring matter compound having a structure represented by general formula (1):

wherein R1 and R2 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group or an aryl group,

R3 represents a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, an aryl group, or an alkoxy group,

R4 and R5 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or an amino group,

X1 represents a carbon atom or a nitrogen atom,

X2 and X3 each represent a nitrogen atom,

A1 and A2 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, an alkoxy group, an aryl group, a carbamoyl group, a carboxylic
acid ester group, a carboxylic acid amide group, a sulfonic acid ester group, a sulfonic acid amide group, a trifluoromethyl
group, a cyano group, a hydroxy group, a nitro group, an amino group or a halogen atom, and

n represents an integer of 1 to 5.

US Pat. No. 9,052,989

STORAGE CONTROL APPARATUS AND STORAGE METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A storage control apparatus for storing content data acquired from a portable storage medium in a storage unit, comprising:
a communication unit which communicates with another apparatus to set a correspondence between a storage location within the
portable storage medium and a storage location within the storage unit;

a connection unit which connects the portable storage medium; and
a change unit which changes a structure of the storage unit for storing data in accordance with a change history which is
stored in the portable storage medium and indicates changes in the portable storage medium.

US Pat. No. 9,052,742

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

18. A non-transitory computer-readable medium for storing a program therein for causing a computer to execute an image processing
method, the method comprising:
inputting image data;
performing a first type of correction for the image data inputted in the inputting step, based on a result of analysis of
the image data inputted in the inputting step;

storing the image data corrected in the first type of correction;
performing a first type of manual correction for the image data stored in the storing step using a correction parameter in
accordance with a user instruction;

performing a second type of correction for the image data inputted in the inputting step, based on a result of analysis of
the image data inputted in the inputting, in a case when a second type of correction instruction based on an image analysis
is input after the first type of manual correction is performed, the second type of correction being different from the first
type of correction; and

performing a second type of manual correction for the image data stored in the storing step using a correction parameter in
accordance with a user instruction, in a case when a second type of manual correction instruction is input after the first
type of manual correction is preformed, the second type of manual correction being different from the first type of manual
correction.

US Pat. No. 9,053,546

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for estimating a position and orientation of a target object in a three-dimensional
space, comprising:
an input unit configured to input a plurality of captured images obtained by imaging the target object from a plurality of
viewpoints;

a setting unit configured to set a partial space in the three-dimensional space;
a changing unit configured to change a position of the partial space in the three-dimensional space;
a clipping unit configured to clip, for each of the input captured images, a partial image corresponding to the partial space
in the three-dimensional space each time said changing unit changes the position of the partial space;

an extraction unit configured to extract, from each of the partial images clipped from the plurality of captured images, a
feature information set indicating a feature of a set of the plurality of partial images each time said changing unit changes
the position of the partial space;

a storage unit configured to store dictionary information indicating a position and orientation of an object in association
with feature information of the object corresponding to the position and orientation; and

an estimation unit configured to estimate the position and orientation of the target object by comparing each feature information
set extracted by the extraction unit and the feature information indicated in the dictionary information.

US Pat. No. 9,055,224

OPTICAL APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING OPTICAL APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical apparatus having an imaging optical system, the optical apparatus comprising:
a first detection unit configured to detect angular rotational shake;
a second detection unit configured to detect translational shake in such a way that is distinct from the first detection unit;
a control unit configured to compute an image shake correction amount by producing a correction amount for the angular rotational
shake and a correction amount for the translational shake based on the output of the first detection unit and the output of
the second detection unit;

a driving unit configured to drive a shake correction unit in accordance with the image shake correction amount; and
a distance calculation unit configured to calculate a distance to a subject using positional information about a zoom lens
and a focus lens of the optical system,

wherein the degree of the suppression of the change of the distance to the subject using for computing the image shake correction
amount in the direction of decreasing the distance to the subject is larger than the degree of the suppression of the change
of the distance to the subject using for computing the image shake correction amount in the direction of increasing the distance
to the subject.

US Pat. No. 9,055,232

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF ADDING SOFT FOCUS EFFECTS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that performs soft focus processing on an image, the image processing apparatus comprising:
a first acquisition unit configured to acquire an input image;
a second acquisition unit configured to acquire a shooting condition for the acquired input image;
a generation unit configured to generate a plurality of blurred images different in degree of blur from the same acquired
input image;

a synthesis unit configured to synthesize the acquired input image and at least one of the blurred images generated by said
generation unit;

a storage unit configured to store a synthesis ratio table including a set of predetermined synthesis ratios that are predetermined
for a plurality of input images different in size from one another to achieve substantially the same soft focus effects regardless
of the size of the acquired input image; and

a setting unit configured to set a synthesis ratio between the images to be synthesized using the synthesis ratio table, according
to the size of the acquired input image.

US Pat. No. 9,050,819

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image recording apparatus comprising:
a recording head configured to discharge at least a first-color ink comprising a pigment and a second-color ink comprising
a pigment;

a scanning unit configured to cause relative scanning between the recording head and a recording medium in a scanning direction,
the recording medium having a unit region including a plurality of pixel regions each corresponding to each of a plurality
of pixels; and

a control unit configured to control discharge of the first-color ink and the second-color ink from the recording head onto
the pixel regions while the scanning is caused by the scanning unit,

wherein the second-color ink has a higher pH buffer capacity in a basic region than the first-color ink, and
the control unit is configured to control the discharge of the first-color ink and the second-color ink so that in the unit
region, among the pixel regions to which both the first-color ink and the second-color ink are applied, the number of pixel
regions to which the second-color ink is applied after the first-color ink is applied is larger than the number of pixel regions
to which the first-color ink is applied after the second-color ink is applied.

US Pat. No. 9,052,646

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH INTERMEDIARY TRANSFER BELT HAVING ION CONDUCTIVE AGENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member for bearing a toner image;
a rotationally movable intermediary transfer belt onto which the toner image is to be primary-transferred from said image
bearing member at a primary transfer portion where said intermediary transfer belt contacts said image bearing member, wherein
said intermediary transfer belt has electroconductivity by containing an ion conductive agent;

a secondary transfer member for secondary-transferring the toner image from said intermediary transfer belt onto a transfer
material at a secondary transfer portion where said intermediary transfer belt contacts the transfer material; and

a charging device for electrically charging said intermediary transfer belt or a toner on said intermediary transfer belt
at a charging portion positioned downstream of the secondary transfer portion and upstream of the primary transfer portion
with respect to a movement direction of said intermediary transfer member,

wherein when a difference in logarithmic value between resistivity of said intermediary transfer belt measured by using a
metal probe and resistivity of said intermediary transfer belt measured by using a sputtering electrode is ?M, a difference
in logarithmic value between resistivity of said intermediary transfer belt in a first environment and resistivity of said
intermediary transfer belt in a second environment higher than the first environment in temperature or humidity is ?E, a length
of the secondary transfer portion with respect to the movement direction of said intermediary transfer belt is La, and a distance
from the charging portion to the primary transfer portion with respect to the movement direction is Lb, the following relationship
is satisfied:

?M??E?log(Lb/La).

US Pat. No. 9,050,845

PRINTING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing system comprising:
a determination unit configured to determine whether it is specified so that images are printed on sheets of first and second
sheet bundles in page order in which a bookbound matter is produced by covering the second sheet bundle folded with the first
sheet bundle folded; and

a control unit configured to control so as to cut the first sheet bundle at a first position and to cut the second sheet bundle
at a second position that is different from the first position, when said determination unit determines to be specified.

US Pat. No. 9,049,313

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT CONTROLS IMAGE FORMATION CONDITION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image carrier,
an image forming unit configured to form, on the image carrier, a detection image that has one or more lines in a direction
different from a movement direction of a surface of the image carrier;

a light emitting unit configured to emit light toward the image carrier on which the detection image is formed;
a light receiving unit configured to receive reflection light of the light emitted by the light emitting unit, and output
a detection signal that corresponds to an amount of received reflection light including a specular reflection light component;

a detection unit configured to output, as an output signal, a signal that corresponds to a difference between a detection
signal value that corresponds to an amount of reflection light received from a first position at which the detection image
is formed and a detection signal value that corresponds to an amount of reflection light received from a second position different
from the first position; and

a control unit configured to control an image formation condition related to density of an image to be formed, based on a
peak value of the output signal of the detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,049,321

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS IN WHICH TIME TAKEN TO RETURN FROM SLEEP STATE IS REDUCED, METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that is capable of operating in a power saving state and a normal state in which a larger amount
of electric power is consumed than in the power saving state, comprising:
a display unit configured to display an image using image data stored in a storage unit; and
a control unit configured to generate image data to be displayed on the display unit when the image forming apparatus returns
from the power saving state to the normal state and to store the generated image data in the storage unit, before the image
forming apparatus shifts from the normal state to the power saving state;

wherein the display unit is configured to, when the image forming apparatus returns from the power saving state to the normal
state, display an image using the image data stored in the storage unit.

US Pat. No. 9,049,322

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM FOR PERFORMING WIRELESS COMMUNICATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect a wireless communication apparatus;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire, from the wireless communication apparatus, setting information for executing a
function of the information processing apparatus, in response to detection by the detection unit;

an execution unit configured to execute the function based on the setting information acquired by the acquisition unit;
a writing unit configured to write setting information for executing the function into a storage area of the wireless communication
apparatus;

a display unit configured to display information; and
a selection unit configured to select, based on a content of information displayed by the display unit, whether the execution
unit executes the function in response to detection by the detection unit, or the writing unit performs the writing in response
to detection by the detection unit.

US Pat. No. 10,310,780

SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD FOR INSTALLING PRINTER DRIVER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A system comprising:a client; and
a server,
wherein the server comprises an addition unit configured to add a path of a logical printer corresponding to a second printer driver to setting information regarding a first printer driver registered in a database of the server,
wherein the path of the logical printer is added to setting information regarding the first printer driver registered in a database of the client by addition of the path of the logical printer to the setting information of the database of the server, and
wherein the client comprises an installation unit configured to install the second printer driver based on the path of the logical printer added to the setting information of the database of the client by the first printer driver being operated.

US Pat. No. 10,149,233

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus having a direct wireless communication function, the communication apparatus comprising:A memory storing instructions; and
At least one processor that executes the instructions and is configured to
generate a first two-dimensional code including an address of the communication apparatus and a service set identifier (SSID) corresponding to the direct wireless communication function, and a second two-dimensional code including the address of the communication apparatus and not including the SSID corresponding to the direct wireless communication function;
output the first two-dimensional code or the second two-dimensional code, and
set whether to use the direct wireless communication function,
wherein, in a case where the direct wireless communication function is set not to be used, the first two-dimensional code is not output.

US Pat. No. 10,141,879

MOTOR CONTROL APPARATUS, SHEET CONVEYANCE APPARATUS, DOCUMENT FEEDING APPARATUS, DOCUMENT READING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A motor control apparatus to control a motor based on an instructed phase indicating a target phase of a rotor of the motor, the motor control apparatus comprising:a detector configured to detect a driving current flowing through a winding of the motor;
a phase determiner configured to determine a rotation phase of the rotor based on the driving current detected by the detector;
a converter configured to convert a current value in a stationary coordinate system which is detected by the detector into a current value in a rotational coordinate system based on the rotation phase determined by the phase determiner; and
a controller including a first control mode for controlling the driving current in a manner that a magnitude of the driving current detected by the detector becomes a target value set in a manner that a phase deviation between the instructed phase indicating the target phase of the rotor of the motor and the rotation phase determined by the phase determiner is decreased, and a second control mode for controlling the driving current based on a current having a previously determined magnitude,
wherein, in a case where the control mode for controlling the driving current is switched from the second control mode to the first control mode, the target value in the first control mode is set based on a value of a torque current component of the driving current detected by the detector during execution of the second control mode, and
wherein the torque current component corresponds to a current component represented by the rotational coordinate system of the driving current converted by the converter.

US Pat. No. 10,140,521

METHOD, SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR PROCESSING AN IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for re-identifying a query object moving from a first camera view to a second camera view using an apparatus or system having at least one processor, a first camera and a second camera, the method comprising the steps of:capturing, via the first camera, a first set of image frames from the first camera view and determining, via the first camera, a plurality of intra-camera object appearance distances between frame pairs in the first set of image frames;
capturing, via the second camera, a second set of image frames from the second camera view and determining, via the second camera, a plurality of intra-camera object appearance distances between frame pairs in the second set of image frames;
accessing, via the at least one processor, the first set of image frames captured from the first camera view of the first camera and the second set of image frames captured from the second camera view of the second camera, the first set of image frames including an instance of the query object and the second set of image frames including an instance of a candidate object;
selecting, via the at least one processor, a first representative frame from the first set of image frames based on the plurality of intra-camera object appearance distances between frame pairs in the first set of image frames and a second representative frame from the second set of image frames based on the plurality of intra-camera object appearance distances between frame pairs in the second set of image frames; and
re-identifying, via the at least one processor, the candidate object in the second camera view as the query object in the first camera view based on at least one inter-camera object appearance distance calculated between the first representative frame and the second representative frame.

US Pat. No. 10,139,753

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING CONTROLLED DRIVING FORCE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner supply unit for use in an image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording material with toner, said toner supply unit comprising:a main body including a mounting portion for mounting a toner bottle;
a driving device supplying a driving force;
a controller to control the driving force;
a toner bottle containing toner, dismountably mounted to said mounting portion and including a discharging portion for discharging the toner contained therein, said toner bottle being rotatable by a driving force supplied from said driving device;
a detector configured to detect information relating to a number of rotations of said toner bottle;
a movable shutter member provided on said toner bottle and movable between a closing position for closing said discharging portion and an opening position for opening said discharging portion;
a bottle gear provided on said toner bottle and configured to receive the driving force in a state that said toner bottle is mounted to said mounting portion;
a moving mechanism provided in said main body and configured to move said shutter member from the closing position to the opening position with rotation of said bottle gear in the state that said toner bottle is mounted to said mounting portion; and
a discharging mechanism provided on said toner bottle and configured to discharge a predetermined amount of toner from said discharging portion with the rotation of said bottle gear, in the state that said toner bottle is mounted to said mounting portion,
wherein by control of said controller,
the driving force inputted to said bottle gear in a period from input of the driving force to said bottle gear to a predetermined number of detections of the information by said detector is smaller than the driving force inputted to said bottle gear at a time when said discharging mechanism first discharges the predetermined amount of toner from the discharging portion after the predetermined number of detections of the information.

US Pat. No. 10,130,249

INSPECTION APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF OPERATING INSPECTION APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inspection apparatus comprising:a measurement optics system configured to scan an object to be inspected with measuring light from a light source;
a dividing unit, which is arranged at a position conjugate with the object to be inspected, and which is configured to divide return light, being the measuring light returning from the object to be inspected, into a plurality of light beams;
a photo-receiving unit configured to receive the plurality of light beams obtained by the division;
a recording unit configured to record (a) image data of the object to be inspected, the image data being obtained by using a plurality of intensity signals output by the photo-receiving unit, and (b) a division direction in which the return light is divided, the image data being associated with the division direction; and
an analysis unit configured to analyze the image data using the associated division direction.

US Pat. No. 10,126,677

LIGHT SCANNING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

6. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a photosensitive member;
a light scanning apparatus including:
a light source configured to emit a light beam; and
a rotary polygon mirror configured to deflect the light beam emitted from the light source so that the light beam scans a surface of the photosensitive member,
wherein the rotary polygon mirror is formed in a 2n-sided polygon having 2n reflection surfaces, where “n” represents an integer of 2 or more, and
wherein the rotary polygon mirror has been processed on a condition that a reference value ? is represented by 180°×(2n?2)/2n, a permissible value of a manufacturing error is represented by “a”, a nominal value of one interior angle of the rotary polygon mirror is set to a value smaller than ??a, a nominal value of an interior angle that is diametrically opposed to the one interior angle is set to a value larger than ?+a, and nominal values of at least two remaining interior angles are set to values between ??a and ?+a;
a developing unit configured to develop an electrostatic latent image, which is formed on the surface of the photosensitive member by the light beam scanning on the surface of the photosensitive member, with use of toner; and
a transfer unit configured to transfer a toner image developed by the developing unit onto a recording medium.

US Pat. No. 10,120,325

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image bearing member;
a charging unit configured to electrically charge said image bearing member;
a developing unit configured to deposit a developer on a surface of the charged image bearing member;
a transfer unit configured to transfer the developer from said image bearing member onto a recording material;
a collecting container configured to collect a residual developer remaining on the surface of said image bearing member without being transferred onto the recording material;
a developer feeding unit configured to feed, from said collecting container, the residual developer collected in said collecting container;
a driving unit configured to drive said developer feeding unit and at least one of said image bearing member, said developing unit and said transfer unit; and
a control unit configured to change a driving speed of said driving unit depending on a storing amount of the residual developer in said collecting container in a period from an end of formation of an image on a first recording material to a start of formation of the image on a second recording material subsequent to the first recording material.

US Pat. No. 10,120,332

CARTRIDGE, ROTARY UNIT, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge attachable to an apparatus body of an image forming apparatus, comprising:a coupling member configured to receive a rotational force when the coupling member engages with a driving member provided on the apparatus body;
a transmitted member that includes an accommodating portion configured to accommodate the coupling member, a protruded portion integrally formed with an inner wall of the accommodating portion and protruding from the inner wall toward an inside of the accommodating portion, and is configured to receive the rotational force from the coupling member; and
a rotary member configured to rotate while carrying a developer when the rotational force received by the transmitted member is transmitted to the rotary member,
wherein the coupling member comprises
a free end portion having a rotational force receiving portion that can be brought into contact with the driving member to receive the rotational force,
a connected portion having a substantially spherical shape and connected to the transmitted member in such a manner that at least a part of the connected portion can be accommodated in the accommodating portion, and
a recessed portion provided at the connected portion so that the protruded portion can enter.

US Pat. No. 10,122,954

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus comprising:a plurality of pixels each including a photoelectric conversion unit configured to generate a charge based on an incident light and an amplification transistor having a control node configured to receive the charge and to serve as a first input node of a differential pair; and
a plurality of transistors having respective control nodes configured to receive a common potential,
wherein an operation of setting the control nodes of the plurality of transistors as a second input node of the differential pair while the plurality of transistors are in ON states and an operation of setting the control node of a part of the plurality of transistors as a second input node while the part of the plurality of transistors is in an ON state, are switched from one to another.

US Pat. No. 10,108,106

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH TONER DISCHARGE OPERATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording medium, the image forming apparatus comprising:an image bearing member configured to bear an image;
a developing device configured to develop a latent image formed on the image bearing member with a toner;
a supplying device configured to supply toner to the developing device; and
a control unit configured to execute a first discharge operation to discharge toner from the developing device to the image bearing member without transferring the toner onto a recording medium in a case of reaching a first threshold and a second discharge operation to discharge toner from the developing device to the image bearing member without transferring the toner onto a recording medium in a case of reaching a second threshold,
wherein the control unit is capable of executing the first discharge operation after forming a plurality of images and is capable of executing the second discharge operation after forming a plurality of images,
wherein the first threshold and the second threshold are set so that a frequency of first discharge operation becomes higher than a frequency of second discharge operation, and
wherein an amount of toner on the image bearing member transferred from the developing device during the second discharge operation is larger than an amount of toner on the image bearing member transferred from the developing device during the first discharge operation executed.

US Pat. No. 10,105,892

IMPRINT APPARATUS AND IMPRINT METHOD, AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus which molds and cures an uncured resin on a substrate with a mold, and which forms a cured resin pattern on the substrate, the imprint apparatus comprising:an application unit configured to apply the uncured resin to a shot region on the substrate;
a substrate holding unit configured to hold and move the substrate, the substrate holding unit including an auxiliary plate disposed at a periphery of the substrate and having a surface height aligned with that of the substrate;
a gas supply unit including multiple supply outlets, the gas supply unit being configured to supply a gas to an interstice between the mold and the substrate; and
a controller configured to select a supply outlet, among the multiple supply outlets, to supply the gas so that the selected supply outlet is opposed by either the substrate or the auxiliary plate from when the selected supply outlet initially supplies the gas for the shot region with the uncured resin until the shot region with the uncured resin is moved to a pressing position where pressing of the uncured resin is conducted and to perform control so as to switch supply outlets that supply the gas and a direction of movement of the shot region based on conditions related to a position of the shot region that is subject to the pressing.

US Pat. No. 10,104,326

IMAGING APPARATUS INCLUDING ANALOG-TO-DIGITAL CONVERSION CIRCUITS TO CONVERT ANALOG SIGNALS INTO DIGITAL SIGNALS, IMAGING SYSTEM INCLUDING ANALOG-TO-DIGITAL CONVERSION CIRCUITS TO CONVERT ANALOG SIGNALS INTO DIGITAL SIGNALS, AND IMAGING APPARATUS DRIVING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprises:a pixel unit including a plurality of pixels arranged in rows, each of the plurality of pixels including a plurality of photoelectric conversion units, and being configured to output a pixel signal based on incident light;
a microlens array including a plurality of microlenses; and
an AD converter configured to convert the pixel signal output from each of the plurality of pixels into a digital signal,
wherein each of the plurality of microlenses is provided for corresponding one of the plurality of pixels,
wherein each of the plurality of microlenses is provided correspondingly to a plurality of photoelectric conversion units arranged adjacent to each other in the corresponding one of the plurality of pixels,
wherein a period in which the AD converter performs AD conversion on a second pixel signal that is the pixel signal output by a pixel of a second row among the rows is shorter than a period in which the AD converter performs AD conversion on a first pixel signal that is the pixel signal output by a pixel of a first row among the rows, and
wherein the AD conversion on the first pixel signal and the AD conversion on the second pixel signal are performed by the same AD converter.

US Pat. No. 10,093,107

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD AND LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head comprising:a recording element board including
a discharge orifice configured to discharge liquid,
a recording element configured to generate energy to discharge liquid,
a pressure chamber having the recording element within,
a supply port disposed on one side of the pressure chamber,
a recovery port disposed, across the recording element from the supply port, on an other side of the pressure chamber,
a liquid supply channel configured to supply liquid via the supply port to the pressure chamber,
a liquid recovery channel configured to recover liquid via the recovery port from the pressure chamber,
wherein the recording element is disposed on one surface of a substrate, and the liquid supply channel and liquid recovery channel are disposed on an opposite surface of the substrate, and the supply port and recovery port extend from the one surface of the substrate through to the opposite surface of the substrate, and
a cover in contact with the opposite side of the substrate, and including a supply-side opening in communication with the liquid supply channel, and a recovery-side opening in communication with the liquid recovery channel; and
a support member configured to support the recording element board, the support member including
a supply chamber configured to supply liquid to the liquid supply channel via the supply-side opening, and
a recovery chamber configured to recover liquid from the liquid recovery channel via the recovery side opening,
wherein an inner volume of the recovery chamber is smaller than an inner volume of the supply chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,095,455

MONITORING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A monitoring apparatus capable of communicating with an image forming apparatus which stores job logs which are history information of jobs, the monitoring apparatus comprising:a memory storing instructions; and
a processor executing the instructions causing the monitoring apparatus to:
calculate a number of job logs to be acquired from the image forming apparatus;
transmit, to the image forming apparatus, a first request to which the job logs to be acquired from the image forming apparatus are set as an acquisition target;
receive one or more job logs from the image forming apparatus in response to the first request;
store, if a number of the job logs received in response to the first request coincides with the number of the job logs as the acquisition target, the received job logs in a storage;
transmit, to the image forming apparatus, a second request for acquiring, one at a time, the job logs as the acquisition target, if a number of the one or more job logs received in response to the first request is smaller than the number of the job logs as the acquisition target, wherein the second request is repeatedly transmitted up to the number of the job logs as the acquisition target, each time a response is received from the image forming apparatus; and
store one or more job logs in the storage received from the image forming apparatus in response to the second requests.

US Pat. No. 10,093,496

STACKING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A stacking device to stack a sheet, the stacking device comprising:a stacking unit on which the sheet is configured to be stacked;
a regulating member provided to be movable in a first direction and a second direction, which is a direction opposite to the first direction, and to regulate a position of the sheet stacked on the stacking unit;
a moving member configured to move in a direction that is the same as a moving direction of the regulating member in accordance with the regulating member; and
a restricting member configured to restrict movement of the moving member,
wherein, so that the regulating member moves independently of the moving member, the restricting member restricts the movement of the moving member in a partial range of a range in which the regulating member moves,
wherein a moving amount of the regulating member and a moving amount of the moving member are the same in a first range which is a part of the range in which the regulating member moves,
wherein the moving amount of the moving member becomes smaller than the moving amount of the regulating member in a second range, which is a part of the range in which the regulating member moves and is a range that is different from the first range,
wherein the moving amount of the regulating member and the moving amount of the moving member are the same in a third range, which is a part of the range in which the regulating member moves and is a range that is different from the first range and the second range, and
wherein, in the first direction, the second range is in a downstream side of the first range and the second range is in an upstream side of the third range.

US Pat. No. 10,096,339

DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display apparatus including a display unit, arranged to play back an image sequence, comprising:a detection unit configured to detect an attitude of the display apparatus or the display unit;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain information of a time of length of the image sequence to be played back before the image sequence is to be played back; and
a control unit configured to control to play back the image sequence in a state that a display size or a display direction of the image sequence is not changed based on the attitude detected by the detection unit, if the time of length of the image sequence obtained by the obtaining unit is greater than or equal to a predetermined time, and to control to play back the image sequence in a state that the display size or the display direction of the image sequence is based on the attitude detected by the detection unit, if the time of length of the image sequence obtained by the obtaining unit is less than the predetermined time.

US Pat. No. 10,095,137

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member, comprising:a support;
an intermediate layer on the support; and
a photosensitive layer on the intermediate layer, wherein
the intermediate layer contains a metal oxide and at least one compound selected from the group consisting of a compound represented by formula (2), and a compound represented by formula (3):

where R8 to R16 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, a hydroxy group, a carboxy group, an amino group, an alkoxy group, or a substituted or unsubstituted aryl group, and a substituent of the substituted aryl group is an alkyl group, an aryl group, a halogen atom, a hydroxy group, or a carboxy group;

where R17 to R24 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group, a hydroxy group, a carboxy group, an amino group, an alkoxy group, a group obtained by substituting one carbon atom in a main chain of the alkyl group with an oxygen atom, or a group obtained by substituting one carbon atom in the main chain of the alkyl group with a nitrogen atom, and a substituent of the substituted alkyl group is an alkyl group, an aryl group, a halogen atom, or a carbonyl group.

US Pat. No. 10,088,775

DEVELOPER SUPPLY CONTAINER AND DEVELOPER SUPPLYING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer supplying system including a developer supplying apparatus and a developer supply container detachably mountable to the developer supplying apparatus,wherein the developer supply container includes:
a developer accommodating portion configured to accommodate developer;
a developer discharging chamber provided with a discharge opening configured to discharge the developer fed from the developer accommodating portion;
a pump portion provided to act at least on the developer discharging chamber and having a volume changeable with expansion and contraction with reciprocation; and
an operating portion configured to operate the pump portion so as to change the volume of the pump, and
wherein the developer supplying apparatus includes:
a mounting portion configured to dismountably mount the developer supply container;
a developer receiving portion configured to receive the developer from the discharge opening;
a driving portion configured to apply the driving force to the operating portion;
a detecting portion configured to detect a portion-to-be-detected provided in the developer supply container; and
a controller configured to control a stopping operation of the driving portion on the basis of a detection signal of the detecting portion such that the pump portion stops at such a position that upon resumption of an operation of the pump portion the volume of the pump portion starts to increase.

US Pat. No. 10,089,045

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS HAVING DIRECT WIRELESS COMMUNICATION FUNCTION AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING COMMUNICATION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus having a direct wireless communication function, comprising:a printer;
a memory that stores programs;
a processor that executes the programs to:
receive, from a user, a type of an SSID to be used in the direct wireless communication function;
control the printing apparatus to start the direct wireless communication function; and
control the printing apparatus to stop the direct wireless communication function on a condition that a wireless connection by the direct wireless communication function is not established for a predetermined time period after the direct wireless communication function is started, at least in a case where the received type of the SSID is a one-time SSID,
wherein, the direct wireless communication function is not stopped even if a wireless connection by the direct wireless communication function is not established for the predetermined time period after the direct wireless communication function is started, at least in a case where the received type of the SSID is a fixed SSID.

US Pat. No. 10,089,562

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD FOR ESTIMATING TIME REQUIRED FOR PRINT PROCESSING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for estimating a rendering time of a page, comprising:generating, for objects included in the page, a predetermined-shaped object whose shape is a predetermined shape corresponding to a shape of an object;
identifying, from among the generated predetermined-shaped objects, at least two predetermined-shaped objects which overlap each other;
estimating the rendering time of the page based on object information of the objects included in the page; and
displaying time information based on the rendering time,
wherein the estimating estimates the rendering time in accordance with at least a width and a height of a portion in which the at least two predetermined-shaped objects overlap each other.

US Pat. No. 10,091,400

ROTATABLE-SWINGABLE INPUT DEVICE AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A rotatable-swingable input device comprising:a plurality of optical sensors disposed on a wiring board each of which comprises a light projecting section and a light receiving section that receives a light flux emitted from the light projecting section;
an operation member that enables a rotating operation and swinging operations in a plurality of directions;
a plurality of switches that are disposed on the same side of the wiring board where said optical sensors are arranged, each of the switches generating a signal when being pressed by a swinging operation of said operation member;
an elastically deformable holder that is disposed on the same side of the wiring board and holds said operation member so as to be rotatable and swingable; and
a click spring that contacts with a concavo-convex part disposed on said operation member to generate click feeling when said operation member is rotationally operated,
wherein said holder is provided with an inner annular part that holds said operation member so as to be rotatable and swingable in the plurality of directions, and an outer annular part that is arranged outside the inner annular part and has pressure parts each of which deforms elastically and pushes a corresponding switch among the plurality of switches when said operation member is swingingly operated in one direction among the plurality of directions, and
wherein said optical sensors are arranged at positions between said inner annular part and said outer annular part without overlapping with said click spring so as to interpose one of said switches when viewed in an axial direction of said operation member.

US Pat. No. 10,091,200

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, POLICY MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, SECURITY POLICY MANAGEMENT METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing system comprising:at least one processor devices:
a storage unit configured to store a policy setting item for setting a security policy for one or more ports when the ports are used via which communication data is input to or output from an external apparatus;
an installation unit configured to install an application, wherein the application contains an application configuration file that includes at least descriptive information to enable an information processing apparatus to generate application specific port control information;
an obtaining unit of a policy management entity configured to obtain, in accordance with an installation of the application, the application specific port control information corresponding to a security policy relating to a specific port based on the application configuration file, wherein the specific port is specific to the application; and
a setting unit of the policy management entity configured to set and edit setting information, after the installation of the application to the information processing apparatus, a configuration of a first port setting in accordance with the application specific port control information obtained by the obtaining unit to an existing configuration of a second port setting relating to a port which has been used by other functions and is to be used by the application at least in the information processing apparatus, wherein the policy management entity registers the information processing apparatus to which the setting information is to be distributed, and
a display unit configured to
display, before the installation of the application, the existing configuration of the second port setting relating to a port which has been used by the other functions in the information processing apparatus, but not display the configuration of the first port setting in accordance with the application specific port control information obtained by the obtaining unit, and
display, after the installation of the application to the information processing apparatus, both the configuration of the first port setting in accordance with the application specific port control information obtained by the obtaining unit and the existing configuration of the second port setting relating to a port which has been used by the other functions of the information processing apparatus,
wherein the configurations of the first port setting and the second port setting which are displayed on the display unit can be configured and edited by a user and the setting unit of the policy management entity can be subsequently notified with the configured and edited application specific port control information to generate the setting information for performing control to open/close a port in the information processing apparatus and further distribute the generated setting information to the registered information processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,088,987

MOVEMENT OF A MENU CURSOR IN A MULTI-PAGE MENU

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:a processor; and
a memory storing instructions executable by the processor, wherein the instructions, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to function as:
a display control unit configured to control a display to display a plurality of items;
a changing unit configured to change the plurality of items displayed on the display to a plurality of other items without changing a selected item included among the plurality of items; and
a control unit configured to perform control to change,
(i) in a case where a plurality of items including a first item that has been currently selected, are displayed, in response to an operation being performed on a first operation unit for changing a selected item from the currently selected item to an adjacent item, the selected item from the first item to a second item that is included among the plurality of items being displayed and is adjacent to the first item, and
(ii) in a case where a plurality of items that do not include the first item, are displayed, in response to the operation on the first operation unit, the selected item from the first item to a third item that is not adjacent to the first item and is included among the plurality of items being displayed, successively, in response to the same operation on the first operation unit, the selected item from the third item to a fourth item that is adjacent to the third item and is included among the plurality of items being displayed,
wherein the operation on the first operation unit is an operation for instructing a moving direction, among a plurality of moving directions, of the selected item to an adjacent item located in the moving direction.

US Pat. No. 10,089,757

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for generating a reconstructed image by performing a reconstruction process including a repetitive operation using a plurality of operation units, comprising:a memory storing a program; and
one or more processors which, by executing the program, function as:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a plurality of measurement data of an object;
a division unit configured to divide the plurality of measurement data into a plurality of subsets;
a distribution unit configured to distribute the measurement data included in the plurality of subsets to the plurality of operation units in repetitive operation;
a reconstruction processing unit configured to update results obtained by the plurality of operation units using the distributed measurement data, thereby performing the reconstruction process and generating partial reconstructed images on the plurality of operation units; and
a combining unit configured to combine the partial reconstructed images to generate the reconstructed image,
wherein a projection angle index corresponding to the projection angle is added to the measurement data, and the division unit designates the projection angle index, thereby dividing the plurality of measurement data into the plurality of subsets.

US Pat. No. 10,075,101

VIBRATION TYPE ACTUATOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A vibration type actuator comprising:a vibrator comprising an electro-mechanical energy conversion element and an elastic member fixed to the electro-mechanical energy conversion element;
a base unit configured to fix the vibrator;
a body configured to come into press contact with the vibrator;
a press member configured to bring the vibrator and the body into press contact with each other;
an output unit to which a drive force of the body is transmitted through the press member; and
a bearing unit configured to rotatably support the output unit with respect to the base unit,
wherein the vibrator and the body are rotated relatively to each other about a rotation axis by a vibration of the vibrator,
wherein the bearing unit is arranged on an outer peripheral side of the vibrator and the body in a direction orthogonal to the rotation axis,
wherein the press member includes a press spring configured to generate a pressing force, and a spring fixing member configured to mount the press spring, and
wherein an outer peripheral portion of the spring fixing member is fixed to an inner peripheral portion of the output unit.

US Pat. No. 10,071,512

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING LIQUID-EJECTING HEAD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a liquid-ejecting head that comprises an ejection-element section that ejects liquid and a liquid-supply section in which a liquid path for guiding the liquid to the ejection-element section is formed; whereina main mold, and a die slide mold that can slide inside the main mold and in which a mold for forming a first part of the liquid-supply section and a mold for forming a second part of the liquid-supply section are arranged in a direction of the slide are prepared;
the method including:
a first molding process for forming the first part and the second part by injecting resin into the mold for forming the first part and into the mold for forming the second part with the main mold in a closed state;
a sliding process for sliding the die slide mold and positioning and aligning the first part and the second part in the direction of the slide; and
a second molding process for forming the liquid-supply section by bringing the first part and the second part into contact by inserting a convex section of the second part into an opening in the first part, and then injecting resin for connecting the first part and the second part together; wherein
in the second molding process, a distance between an area where the resin is injected and the opening is larger than a distance between an inner wall surface of the opening and an outer wall surface of the convex section.

US Pat. No. 10,075,627

IMAGING APPARATUS, EXTERNAL APPARATUS, IMAGING SYSTEM, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING EXTERNAL APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGING SYSTEM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:an imaging unit configured to capture an object image;
a rotation unit configured to rotate the imaging unit; and
circuitry configured to transmit, to an external apparatus, acceleration information indicating whether an acceleration at which the rotation unit rotates the imaging unit is able to be designated.

US Pat. No. 10,075,647

CONTROL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a hardware processor; and
a memory for storing instructions to be executed by the hardware processor,
wherein, when the instructions stored in the memory are executed by the hardware processor, the information processing apparatus functions as:
a display controlling unit configured to cause a display unit to display, overlaid on a first image captured by a camera, a first guide representing a maximum size and a second guide representing a minimum size,
wherein each of the maximum size and minimum size is changeable based on a user operation performed while the first guide and second guide are displayed overlaid on the first image; and
a setting unit configured to set the maximum size and minimum size that have been changed,
wherein the set maximum size and minimum size are to be used for detecting an object whose size is between the set maximum size and minimum size from a second image captured by the camera at a time different from the first image.

US Pat. No. 10,073,398

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING SHUTTER MEMBER FOR OPTICAL SENSOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a movable image bearing member on which a toner image for adjustment is capable of being formed;
an optical sensor unit including a light emitting portion and a light receiving portion provided opposed to said image bearing member, said light emitting portion projecting light from a window of said optical sensor unit toward said image bearing member and said light receiving portion detecting the light reflected by the toner image;
a shutter provided between said image bearing member and said optical sensor unit, said shutter being movable between a closing position for closing the window and an opening position for opening the window;
a reflection portion having a predetermined reflection density provided on said shutter and provided at a position where the light from said light emitting portion is incident when said shutter is in the closing position, wherein an amount of the light emitted from said light emitting portion is adjusted on the basis of a signal obtained by detecting the light reflected by said reflection portion;
a slideable link connected with said shutter, said shutter being rotatable between the opening position and the closing position in conjunction with said link; and
a stopper configured to stop movement of said shutter at the closing position by contacting with said shutter.

US Pat. No. 10,074,189

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
memory storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the image processing apparatus to operate as:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a plurality of pieces of image data captured sequentially in time series, wherein three pieces of image data included in the plurality of pieces of image data are defined as first image data, second image data, and third image data in order of the time series,
a first calculation unit configured to calculate first displacement information indicating, as first image data displacement, displacement between the first image data and the second image data for each pixel in the first image data and indicating, as second image data displacement, displacement between the second image data and the third image data for each pixel in the second image data,
a combination unit configured to obtain second displacement information indicating a second displacement between the first image data and the third image data, wherein the second displacement information is obtained by determining, for a target pixel in the first image data, a reference position in the second image data based on first displacement information of the target pixel and by combining first displacement information of the reference position in the second image data with the first displacement information of the target pixel,
a second calculation unit configured to calculate a correction amount for the target pixel in the first image data based on the second displacement information, and
a correction unit configured to correct a pixel value of the target pixel in the first image data based on the calculated correction amount.

US Pat. No. 10,073,180

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising:a housing having a first plate portion and a second plate portion that oppose each other;
a sensor panel arranged between the first plate portion and the second plate portion, providing a sensor array comprising a plurality of arrayed sensors;
a scintillator arranged between the sensor panel and the second plate portion;
a supporting portion arranged between the scintillator and the second plate portion, and configured to support the scintillator; and
a buffer portion arranged between the sensor panel and the first plate portion, wherein
an inner edge of the buffer portion is fitted between an outer edge of an imaging area of the sensor array and an outer edge of the scintillator in orthographic projection to the first plate portion.