US Pat. No. 9,506,806

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,505,581

POST-PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM INCLUDING THE POST-PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

8. A post-processing apparatus connected to an image forming apparatus, the post-processing apparatus comprising:
a post-processing unit configured to perform predetermined post-processing on a sheet;
a control unit configured to switch between a first control mode and a second control mode, the first control mode being a
mode for allowing the predetermined post-processing on a sheet which is conveyed from the image forming apparatus, and the
second control mode being a mode for allowing the predetermined post-processing on a sheet which is manually inserted into
the post-processing apparatus; and

a detection unit configured to detect the sheet which is manually inserted,
wherein the control unit is further configured to change, when in the second control mode, a standby time from completion
of a latest post-processing until a start of next post-processing, in accordance with a detection result of the detection
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,507,119

VIBRATOR OF VIBRATORY DRIVE UNIT, VIBRATORY DRIVE UNIT, INTERCHANGEABLE LENS, IMAGING DEVICE, AND AUTOMATIC STAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A vibrator, comprising:
an electro-mechanical transducer; and
an elastic body that is fixed to the electro-mechanical transducer and that is provided with a projection having a hollow
structure,

wherein the projection includes:
a contact portion having a contact surface at a tip;
a wall portion projecting towards an opposite side with respect to the electro-mechanical transducer; and
a connection portion connecting the wall portion and the contact portion to each other, the connection portion having a spring
property, and

wherein a cross-sectional area of a root portion of the contact portion is larger than a cross-sectional area of the contact
surface.

US Pat. No. 9,506,870

FLOW-CHANNEL DEVICE FOR DETECTING LIGHT EMISSION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,506,878

STRUCTURAL BODY AND X-RAY TALBOT INTERFEROMETER INCLUDING THE STRUCTURAL BODY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A structural body, comprising:
a resin layer with a curved surface;
a first bonding layer containing a water-soluble polymer;
a second bonding layer having a hydrogen-bonding surface; and
a gold layer in this order,
the first bonding layer being between, and in contact with, the curved surface of the resin layer and the hydrogen-bonding
surface of the second bonding layer.

US Pat. No. 9,498,173

MOBILE RADIATION GENERATING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

12. A mobile X-ray generating apparatus which communicates with an X-ray imaging apparatus, comprising:
a mobile cart;
an adjustable support mechanism connected to said mobile cart;
an X-ray generating unit connected to said support mechanism;
a display unit connected to said X-ray generating unit, and configured to display an X-ray image captured by an X-ray imaging
apparatus and an icon;

an operation unit; and
a control unit configured to control said X-ray generating unit and said X-ray imaging apparatus by imaging conditions based
on imaging conditions of the X-ray image in accordance with an operation input from said operation unit with respect to the
icon,

wherein when there is an operation input with respect to the icon, said control unit associates the X-ray image with miss-imaging
information, and stores the X-ray image in a storage unit.

US Pat. No. 9,503,590

IMAGING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGING APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus having a communication interface configured to communicate with an external device comprising:
a controller; and
a memory configured to store instructions which, when executed by the controller, cause the imaging apparatus to function
as:

selecting a photographing mode for execution from a first photographing mode and a second photographing mode, wherein a larger
memory capacity is necessary for data processing in the second photographing mode than a memory capacity necessary for data
processing in the first photographing mode; and

communicating with a first external device or a second external device through the communication interface, wherein,
when the first photographing mode is selected as the photographing mode for execution, a communication with both of the first
and second external devices is enabled, and,

when the second photographing mode is selected as the photographing mode for execution, a communication with the first external
device is enabled, while a communication with the second external device is disabled.

US Pat. No. 9,501,034

PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
i) a main assembly to which a process cartridge is detachably mountable, the main assembly including:
a projecting force applying member configured to apply a projecting force to the process cartridge with a closing operation
of an opening and closing cover when the process cartridge is mounted in the main assembly;

a spacing force applying member configured to apply a spacing force to the process cartridge when the process cartridge is
mounted in the main assembly; and

ii) the process cartridge including:
an electrophotographic photosensitive drum;
a developing roller configured to develop an electrostatic latent image formed on the electrophotographic photosensitive drum;
a drum frame supporting the electrophotographic photosensitive drum;
a developing frame supporting the developing roller and movable relative to the drum frame to move between a contact position
in which the developing roller is in contact with the electrophotographic photosensitive drum and a spaced position in which
the developing roller is spaced from the electrophotographic photosensitive drum;

a pivoting member (i) including a spacing force receiving portion and (ii) pivotable about a pivot axis between a projected
position in which the spacing force receiving portion is projected outside the developing frame and a retracted position in
which the spacing force receiving portion is retracted from the projected position toward an inside of the developing frame,
the spacing force receiving portion being capable of receiving the spacing force from the spacing force applying member to
move the developing frame from the contact position to the spaced position when the pivotable member is in the projected position;
and

a sliding member being capable of receiving the projecting force from the projecting force applying member to slide along
a sliding direction that is substantially parallel to the pivot axis to apply a pivoting force to the pivotable member to
pivot the pivotable member from the retracted position to the projected position.

US Pat. No. 9,503,600

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,503,601

PRINTING APPARATUS HAVING PLURALITY OF POWER STATES AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus, comprising:
a processor; and
a memory storing instructions which, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to provide:
a first setting unit configured to set a first power-saving state and a second power-saving state in which a smaller amount
of power is consumed than in the first power-saving state as a power-saving state to which the printing apparatus is shifted
when a shifting factor that causes the printing apparatus to shift to the power-saving state is detected;

a second setting unit configured to set, as a returning method for returning the printing apparatus from the power-saving
state, a first returning method for returning the printing apparatus from the power-saving state when a returning factor that
causes the printing apparatus to return from the power-saving state is detected, and a second returning method for returning
the printing apparatus from the power-saving state when a function to be used is selected on a function selecting screen displayed
in accordance with detecting the returning factor; and

a control unit configured to perform control so that said second setting unit sets the first returning method based on said
first setting unit setting the first power-saving state.

US Pat. No. 9,498,993

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus which examines an image printed, by printing heads having a plurality of nozzles which eject
ink and which are arranged in a first direction, on a printing medium which is conveyed in a second direction which intersects
with the first direction, the image processing apparatus comprising:
a generation unit configured to generate judgment image data including R, G, and B elements, used for inspection of a printed
image printed with a first resolution in the second direction, the judgment image data having a second resolution in the second
direction which is lower than the first resolution, based on data on the image, wherein the generation unit is configured
to generate the judgment image data by performing a resolution lowering process on the data on the image; and

an inspection unit configured to inspect the image by comparing, with the second resolution, each of R, G, and B elements
of the judgment image data with R, G, and B elements of read data respectively, the read data being obtained by reading the
image printed with the first resolution in the second direction based on the data on the image, and to detect an error in
a nozzle for ink having complementary color of one element of the R, G, and B elements based on a difference between a value
of the one element of the judgment image data and a value of the one element of the read data.

US Pat. No. 9,500,877

LENS DRIVING UNIT, AND LENS APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lens driving unit for moving a lens in a lens apparatus in a direction perpendicular to an optical axis of the lens apparatus,
the lens driving unit comprising:
a fixed member;
a movable member to which the lens is fixed, the movable member being movable in the direction perpendicular to the optical
axis of the lens;

a spacer interposed between the fixed member and the movable member;
a biasing unit for biasing the movable member toward the fixed member;
a position detector for detecting a position of the movable member with respect to the fixed member in the direction perpendicular
to the optical axis of the lens;

a driving unit for driving the movable member with respect to the fixed member in the direction perpendicular to the optical
axis; and

a controller for controlling the driving unit to drive the movable member based on the position of the movable member detected
by the position detector,

wherein the controller controls driving of the driving unit in a fixed state and a movable state where the fixed state and
the movable state are different from each other in a relative rotational position between the fixed member and the movable
member about an optical axis of the lens,

wherein a relative movable range of the movable member in a direction perpendicular to the optical axis in the movable state
is larger than the relative movable range of the movable member in the direction perpendicular to the optical axis in the
fixed state,

wherein the controller controls the driving of the driving unit based on a position of the movable member detected by the
position detector in the movable state, and the controller controls the movable member and the fixed member so as not to contact
to each other in the fixed state.

US Pat. No. 9,502,204

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,498,119

ADAPTIVE OPTICS SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD OF THE SAME, TESTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF THE SAME, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF THE SAME, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An adaptive optics system comprising:
an irradiation unit adapted to irradiate an object with measurement light via a spatial light modulator;
a detection unit adapted to detect a wavefront of return light from the object by a microlens array in which a plurality of
microlenses are arranged;

an acquisition unit adapted to acquire, based on the wavefront detected by said detection unit, correction data for correcting
the wavefront by phase wrapping in said spatial light modulator; and

a control unit adapted to perform control such that a wavefront discontinuous part formed by the phase wrapping determined
by the correction data is held at not less than a predetermined distance from a center of each of said microlenses in said
microlens array.

US Pat. No. 9,500,977

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,500,987

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A supplying device comprising:
a first bottle, detachably mountable to a first mounting portion, for accommodating a developer therein;
a second bottle, detachably mountable to a second mounting portion, for accommodating a developer therein;
a first bottle gear, provided on said first bottle, for inputting a driving force for rotating said first bottle;
a second bottle gear, provided on said second bottle, for inputting a driving force for rotating said second bottle;
a driving gear capable of rotating in a normal direction and a reverse direction;
a driving source for driving said driving gear;
a swingable gear swingable about said driving gear depending on rotation of said driving gear, said swingable gear being swingable
between a first inputting position where the driving force is inputted into said first bottle in engagement with said first
bottle gear and mounted to the first mounting portion, and a first disengaging position where said swingable gear and said
first bottle gear are disengaged when said first bottle is mounted to the first mounting portion; and

a movable gear movably supported, said movable gear being movable between a second inputting position where the driving force
is inputted into said second bottle in engagement with both of said swingable gear located in the first disengaging position
and said second bottle gear, and a second disengaging position where said movable gear and said second bottle gear are disengaged
when said second bottle is mounted to the second mounting portion.

US Pat. No. 9,496,175

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME AND CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A semiconductor device including a substrate and an insulating layer, the substrate having a cell area and a peripheral
area, unit circuits being arranged in a matrix in the cell area, the peripheral area being arranged around the cell area,
and the insulating layer being arranged on the substrate, wherein in a plan view of a surface of the substrate, the insulating
layer comprises:
a first region located on the cell area and having a rectangular outer edge including two sides along a row direction of the
unit circuits and two sides along a column direction of the unit circuits;

a second region located on the peripheral area and having a rectangular inner edge including two sides along a row direction
of the cell area and two sides along a column direction of the cell area;

a third region located on an intermediate area between the cell area and the peripheral area; and
a fourth region located on the intermediate area, located between the second region and the third region, and forming a boundary
with the third region,

wherein a conductive member is embedded in the first region and the third region, and no conductive member is embedded in
the fourth region, and

the boundary has a curved portion.

US Pat. No. 9,494,899

FIXING DEVICE AND HEATER USED IN FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A heater for use in a fixing device that fixes a toner image onto a recording medium, the heater comprising:
an elongated planar substrate;
a first conductor pattern provided on the substrate along a longitudinal direction of the substrate, the first conductor pattern
has an annular shape that includes first and second conductor portions provided along the longitudinal direction;

a second conductor pattern provided on the substrate along the longitudinal direction, the second conductor pattern has an
annular shape that includes first and second conductor portions provided along the longitudinal direction;

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

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

a first electrical contact portion disposed at one end portion of the first conductor pattern in the longitudinal direction;
a second electrical contact portion disposed at the opposite end portion of the first conductor pattern in the longitudinal
direction where the first electrical contact portion is disposed;

a third electrical contact portion disposed at one end portion of the second conductor pattern in the longitudinal direction;
and

a fourth electrical contact portion disposed at the opposite end portion of the second conductor pattern in the longitudinal
direction where the third electrical contact portion is disposed,

wherein the first and second heat generating resistors generates heat by electrical power supplied through the first, second,
third, and fourth electrical contact portions.

US Pat. No. 9,493,664

INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink jet recording method comprising:
recording a secondary color image on a recording medium using a first ink and a second ink, wherein the first ink contains
a first self-dispersible pigment having a phosphonic acid group directly bonded to the particle surface of the first self-dispersible
pigment or a phosphonic acid group bonded to the particle surface of the first self-dispersible pigment via an another atomic
group, and wherein the second ink includes a second self-dispersible pigment having (a) a sulfonic acid group and /or a carboxylic
acid group directly bonded to the particle surface of the second self-dispersible pigment, or (b) a sulfonic acid group and/or
a carboxylic acid group bonded to the particle surface of the second self-dispersible pigment via an another atomic group;
and

overlappingly applying the first ink and the second ink in this order to the recording medium,
wherein a time difference between the applications of the first ink and the second ink to the recording medium is 30 milliseconds
or less.

US Pat. No. 9,493,014

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING THREE-POSITION SUPPORT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a photosensitive member;
a light scanning apparatus including:
a deflector configured to deflect a light beam so that the light beam scans a surface of the photosensitive member; and
an optical box configured to contain the deflector, the optical box being inserted through an insertion portion formed in
a side wall of a main body of the image forming apparatus so that the light scanning apparatus is mounted to the main body
of the image forming apparatus;

a supporting unit including a first supporting portion, a second supporting portion, and a third supporting portion, the supporting
unit being configured to support the optical box, the first supporting portion and the second supporting portion being configured
to support, in a direction intersecting an inserting direction of inserting the optical box into the main body of the image
forming apparatus, the optical box in a vicinity of a side wall of the optical box on a downstream side in the inserting direction,
the third supporting portion being configured to support the optical box in a vicinity of a side wall of the optical box on
an upstream side in the inserting direction, the third supporting portion being positioned between the first supporting portion
and the second supporting portion in the direction intersecting the inserting direction;

a first connecting portion configured to connect the optical box supported by the supporting unit and the main body of the
image forming apparatus in the vicinity of the side wall of the optical box on the upstream side in the inserting direction
and on one side of the third supporting portion in the direction intersecting the inserting direction of the optical box;
and

a second connecting portion configured to connect the optical box supported by the supporting unit and the main body of the
image forming apparatus in the vicinity of the side wall of the optical box on the upstream side in the inserting direction
and on at least another side of the third supporting portion in the direction intersecting the inserting direction of the
optical box.

US Pat. No. 9,491,321

IMAGE READING APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS SHADING CORRECTION, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image reading apparatus comprising:
a reading unit configured to read an image of an object to be read including an original;
a correction unit configured to perform shading correction on image data read by said reading unit;
a determination unit configured to compare image data read by said reading unit with threshold values and determine a pixel
which is out of a range of the threshold values as a singular point pixel;

a setting unit configured to set threshold values used by said determination unit, for each pixel;
an interpolation unit configured to interpolate data of a pixel determined to be a singular point pixel by said determination
unit, from data of pixels around the singular point pixel;

a sampling unit configured to adopt data of a pixel which is not determined to be a singular point pixel by said determination
unit, as valid shading correction data; and

a control unit configured to control the number of effective sampling lines from start to termination of sampling to be performed
by said sampling unit on image data read by said reading unit.

US Pat. No. 9,491,329

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,489,881

SHADING CORRECTION CALCULATION APPARATUS AND SHADING CORRECTION VALUE CALCULATION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A shading correction calculation apparatus configured to calculate a correction value by using a captured image acquired
from an image capturing apparatus that captures a display image displayed on a display surface by an image display apparatus,
the correction value being used for a shading correction to be performed by the image display apparatus, the shading correction
calculation apparatus comprising:
a first mapping calculator configured to calculate a first mapping relation by using a first captured image acquired from
the image capturing apparatus that captures a first display image displayed by the image display apparatus, the first mapping
relation representing a relation of mapping from an image capturing coordinate system of the image capturing apparatus to
a shading correction coordinate system of the image display apparatus;

a second mapping calculator configured to calculate a second mapping relation by detecting an object part of the first mapping
relation and removing the object part from the first mapping relation, the object part corresponding to an object located
between the display surface and the image capturing apparatus;

a gradation value calculator configured to calculate a first gradation value in the shading correction coordinate system by
performing a mapping transformation using the second mapping relation on a second captured image acquired from the image capturing
apparatus that captures a second display image displayed by the image display apparatus;

a first correction value calculator configured to calculate, from the first gradation value, a first correction value as the
correction value for a first part of the shading correction coordinate system; and

a second correction value calculator configured to calculate, through an interpolation process using the first correction
value, a second correction value as the correction value for a second part of the shading correction coordinate system, the
second part being a part where the first gradation value is unable to be calculated by the mapping transformation.

US Pat. No. 9,489,153

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A print server system including a print service which transmits a print job for a registered printer through a network,
the print server system comprising:
one or more processors; and
one or more computer-readable media storing one or more programs, the one or more programs comprising instructions that, when
executed by the one or more processors, cause the one or more processors to perform operations comprising:

receiving a request for registering a printer, information on the printer to be registered, and information on a proxy having
a function of receiving a print job from the print service and transmitting the print job to the printer;

determining, when the printer has been registered in the print service, whether the proxy is an enterprise supporting proxy
capable of restricting use of the print service in accordance with the received information on the proxy; and

controlling registration by not registering the printer when it is determined that the proxy is the enterprise supporting
proxy and by performing multiple registration of the printer by redundantly storing the received information on the printer
when it is determined that the proxy is not the enterprise supporting proxy.

US Pat. No. 9,489,159

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR PERFORMING PROCESSING ON A FUNCTION BASED ON A FREE SPACE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive selection of a function; and
a determination unit configured to determine whether to perform hardware processing or software processing on the function
based on a free space in a storage unit configured to store hardware information related to the hardware processing on the
function and a processing time required for executing the function; and

an adding unit configured to add the function to a function list,
wherein the determination unit is configured to determine a priority of the function in the function list based on the processing
time required for executing the function, and determine whether to perform the hardware processing or the software processing
on the function, based on the determined priority of the function and the free space in the storage unit,

wherein at least one of the reception unit, the determination unit and the adding unit, is implemented by a processor.

US Pat. No. 9,488,938

HEATER AND IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,482,852

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising, in order from an object side to an image side: a first lens unit having a positive refractive power
that does not move for zooming; a second lens unit having a negative refractive power that moves during zooming; at least
one lens unit that moves during zooming; and a rear lens group including an aperture stop, wherein
the rear lens group includes a zooming rear lens unit that moves during zooming, and
the following conditional expressions are satisfied,
|?rz/?r_W|<0.90, and

?rzb_W|<2.00,
where ?r_W represents a refractive power of the rear lens group at a wide-angle end, ?rz represents a refractive power of
the zooming rear lens unit, and ?rzb_W represents a lateral magnification of a lens unit in the image side from the zooming
rear lens unit, which is set at the wide-angle end and focuses on infinity.

US Pat. No. 9,485,446

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus, comprising:
an imager including a plurality of pixels, each of the pixels including:
a photoelectric converter;
a plurality of charge accumulation portions which accumulates a charge generated in the photoelectric converter;
a controller which controls accumulation of charge in each of the plurality of charge accumulation portions; and
an output portion which outputs a signal corresponding to the charge from each of the plurality of charge accumulation portions;
and

a generator which generates a signal of each of the pixels from the signals respectively output from the plurality of charge
accumulation portions,

wherein the photoelectric converter is formed in a first chip, and the plurality of charge accumulation portions, the controller,
and the output portion are formed in a second chip, and

wherein the plurality of charge accumulation portions are arranged in parallel.

US Pat. No. 9,483,178

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus including a connection unit configured to connect, to the information processing apparatus,
a hardware keyboard including a first key used for finalizing an unfinalized character, the information processing apparatus
comprising at least one processor configured to execute instructions, stored in a memory, to:
cause a display unit to display a software keyboard, including a second key used for finalizing an unfinalized character,
and a third key used for closing a display of the software keyboard;

cause a control unit to
perform control to, in a case where an operation is made on the first key in a state where the hardware keyboard is connected
to the information processing apparatus by the connection unit and the software keyboard is being displayed by the display
unit,

finalize an unfinalized character if an unfinalized character exists,
insert a line break if no unfinalized character exists and a line break can be inserted, and
close the display of the software keyboard if no unfinalized character exists and a line break cannot be inserted.

US Pat. No. 9,480,395

OPHTHALMIC DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmic device comprising:
a measuring unit configured to measure information of a subject eye;
a first projecting unit configured to project a light beam onto the subject eye in a first direction;
a second projecting unit configured to project a light beam onto the subject eye from a second direction different from the
first direction;

a selecting unit configured to select a bright spot image corresponding to the light beam which is projected by the first
projecting unit and is reflected by the cornea of the subject eye from among a plurality of first bright spot images on the
basis of a positional relationship between the first bright spot image and a second bright spot image corresponding to the
light beam projected from the second projecting unit, the plurality of first bright spot images including a bright spot image
corresponding to the light beam which is projected by the first projecting unit and is reflected by the cornea of the subject
eye and a bright spot image corresponding to the light beam which is projected by the first projecting unit and is reflected
by a portion other than the cornea of the subject eye; and

a calculating unit configured to calculate a state of alignment between the subject eye and the measuring unit using the bright
spot image selected from the plurality of first bright spot images.

US Pat. No. 9,481,171

ELEMENT SUBSTRATE AND LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An element substrate, comprising:
a discharge port that discharges a liquid;
an energy-generating element that generates energy for discharging the liquid from the discharge port;
an acting chamber for making the energy of the energy-generating element act on the liquid;
a substrate in which a supply port for supplying the liquid to the acting chamber is formed; and
a heating element that is fixed to a wall of the acting chamber, constitutes a through hole and includes at least two heat
generating surfaces that are exposed to the liquid inside the acting chamber, the at least two heat generating surfaces being
a surface facing the discharge port and a surface facing the substrate, and the heating element being disposed inside the
acting chamber such as not to discharge the liquid.

US Pat. No. 9,481,192

THERMAL TRANSFER RECORDING SHEET

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A thermal transfer recording sheet comprising a base material and a colorant layer on the base material,
wherein the colorant layer includes a yellow dye layer comprising a yellow dye, a magenta dye layer comprising a magenta dye,
and a cyan dye layer comprising a cyan dye,

the magenta dye containing a compound represented by General Formula (1),
the yellow dye containing a compound represented by General Formula (2), and
the cyan dye containing at least one compound selected from the group consisting of compounds represented by General Formulae
(3) to (5),


wherein, in General Formula (1),
R1 and R2 each independently represent an alkyl group;

R3 represents a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, an aryl group having no substituents, or an aryl group having a substituent;

R4 represents an alkyl group, an aryl group having no substituents, or an aryl group having a substituent; and

R5 represents a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, an aryl group having no substituents, an aryl group having a substituent, or —N(—R6)R7, R6 and R7 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, or an acyl group, and R6 and R7 may be bonded to each other to form a ring,


wherein, in General Formula (2),
R8 represents an alkyl group;

R9 represents a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group;

R10 represents an alkyl group, an aryl group having no substituents, an aryl group having a substituent, or an amino group;

R11 represents a hydrogen atom, a cyano group, a carbamoyl group, a carboxylic acid ester group, or a carboxylic acid amide group;

R12 represents a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, an aryl group having no substituents, an aryl group having a substituent, or —N(—R13)R14, R13 and R14 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, or an acyl group, and R13 and R14 may be bonded to each other to form a ring;

X represents a carbonyl group or a sulfonyl group; and
n is an integer of 1 to 3,

wherein, in General Formula (3), R15 to R19 each independently represent an alkyl group, an aryl group having no substituents, or an aryl group having a substituent,


wherein, in General Formula (4), R20 and R21 each independently represent an alkyl group, an aryl group having no substituents, or an aryl group having a substituent,
and


wherein, in General Formula (5), R22 to R26 each independently represent an alkyl group, an aryl group having no substituents, or an aryl group having a substituent.

US Pat. No. 9,482,993

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING CONTAINERS FOR TONERS INCLUDING WAX

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming a toner image on a recording material, comprising:
an image forming portion for forming the toner image, formed with toners of a plurality of colors, on an intermediary transfer
member;

a transfer member for forming a transfer nip in contact and cooperation with the intermediary transfer member, said transfer
member transferring the toner image from the intermediary transfer member onto the recording material while feeding the recording
material in the transfer nip;

a fixing portion for fixing the toner image on the recording material by heating the recording material on which the toner
image is transferred while feeding the recording material in a fixing nip, said fixing portion including a heating member
and a pressing member for forming the fixing nip in cooperation with the heating member; and

a cleaning member for cleaning a surface of the intermediary transfer member in contact with the intermediary transfer member,
said cleaning member being provided between said image forming portion and the transfer nip with respect to a movement direction
of the intermediary transfer member,

wherein toner particles of each of the toners contain a binder resin and a wax which is contained in an amount of 3 weight
parts or more per 100 weight parts of the binder resin,

wherein said image forming apparatus at least includes a first toner container containing a first formulation toner in which
the wax is only a hydrocarbon wax or a mixture of the hydrocarbon wax and a wax other than the hydrocarbon wax which is contained
in a larger amount than the wax and includes a second toner container containing a second formulation toner in which the wax
is only an ester wax or a mixture of the ester wax and a wax other than the ester wax which is contained in a larger amount
than the wax,

wherein said image forming apparatus is capable of executing an image forming operation for forming the toner image on the
intermediary transfer member at said image forming portion to form the toner image on the recording material, and is capable
of executing an operation in a toner supplying mode for supplying the toner or the toners to the intermediary transfer member
at said image forming portion to dispose the toner or the toners between said cleaning member and the intermediary transfer
member at predetermined timing when the image forming operation is not performed, and

wherein said image forming apparatus is capable of executing the operation in the toner supplying mode in which only the first
formulation toner is used or a mixture of the first formulation toner and the second formulation toner is used so that the
first formulation toner is used in a larger amount than the second formulation toner.

US Pat. No. 9,477,184

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,477,199

COLLECTING TONER CONTAINER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS USING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,478,575

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image sensor including a semiconductor layer and a wiring structure, wherein the semiconductor layer is a
silicon substrate having a thickness not less than 2 ?m, the sensor comprising:
a pixel of a first type including a first color filter, a first member included in one wiring layer of the wiring structure,
and a first photoelectric conversion portion arranged in the semiconductor layer, the first photoelectric conversion portion
being located between the first color filter and the first member; and

a pixel of a second type including a second color filter, a second member included in one wiring layer of the wiring structure,
the second member having a reflection region which reflects light transmitted through the semiconductor layer, and a second
photoelectric conversion portion arranged in the semiconductor layer, the second photoelectric conversion portion being located
between the second color filter and the second member,

wherein the semiconductor layer has a first face and a second face, the first member and the second member are arranged on
a side of the first face, the first color filter and the second color filter are arranged on a side of the second face,

wherein the wiring structure includes an insulation film disposed between the one wiring layer and the semiconductor layer,
and an electrode of polysilicon is arranged between the insulation film and the semiconductor layer,

wherein a wavelength corresponding to a maximum transmittance of the first color filter is in a blue wavelength range and
is shorter than a wavelength corresponding to a maximum transmittance of the second color filter,

wherein an area of the first member projected onto the first face of the semiconductor layer is smaller than an area of the
second member projected onto the first face, and

wherein the electrode and the first member are both arranged on a single axis perpendicular to the first face.

US Pat. No. 9,470,989

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

15?{(V1/VT)+(V2/VT)}×100?45  (2)

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,471,260

PRINTING SYSTEM, PRINTING ASSISTANCE APPARATUS AND METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing system for producing printed material by executing, based on specification information defining at least one
processing steps, the processing step using at least one corresponding processing apparatus, the printing system comprising:
a storage unit that stores direction information indicating a reference placement direction of a sheet on the processing apparatus,
the sheet being to be processed by the processing apparatus and processing area information indicating a processing area to
be processed by the processing apparatus;

a determination unit that determines a placement direction of the sheet to be placed on the processing apparatus using the
reference placement direction indicated by the direction information for matching a processing area specified by the specification
information for matching a processing area specified by the specification information with the processing area to be processed
by the processing apparatus, the processing area being indicated by the processing area information; and

an output unit that outputs the placement direction determined by the determination unit.

US Pat. No. 9,471,007

DEVELOPER SUPPLY CARTRIDGE SHUTTER OPENING PROJECTION THAT MOVES IN TWO DIRECTIONS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer container comprising:
an accommodating portion accommodating developer and being provided with an opening through which the developer is passable;
a shutter member for opening and closing the opening;
a projection for moving said shutter member; and
a guiding portion for guiding said projection,
wherein, when said projection is pushed in a pushing direction, said projection is moved in a direction different from both
the pushing direction and a projecting direction of the projection, said projection being guided by said guiding portion and
in contact with said guiding portion, and thereafter, said projection is moved in the pushing direction, thereby moving said
shutter member to open the opening.

US Pat. No. 9,471,266

PRINTING SYSTEM WITH PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINTING CONTROL APPARATUS FOR REGISTERING AND MANAGING SHEET HOLDING UNITS BASED ON SHEET ATTRIBUTES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

a first sending unit configured to send, to a printing control apparatus, a size of a sheet designated in a job; and
the printing control apparatus, wherein the printing control apparatus includes:
a storing unit configured to store, in association with each of a first sheet holding unit and a second sheet holding unit
of the printing apparatus, a size of a sheet and attribute information of the sheet,

a first receiving unit configured to receive the size sent by the first sending unit,
a determining unit configured to determine, based on the size received by the first receiving unit, attribute information
of a sheet and a sheet holding unit from among the first sheet holding unit and the second sheet holding unit, wherein the
size received by the first receiving unit and the attribute information of the sheet is stored in association with the sheet
holding unit in the storing unit, and

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

wherein the printing apparatus further includes:
a second receiving unit configured to receive the attribute information and the information indicating the sheet holding unit
determined by the determining unit sent by the second sending unit,

a notification unit configured to notify a user of the sheet holding unit indicated by the information received by the second
receiving unit,

a setting unit configured to set the attribute information received by the second receiving unit, as attribute information
of a sheet to be stored in the sheet holding unit indicated by the information received by the second receiving unit, and

a printing unit configured to print, based on the attribute information set by the setting unit, an image on a sheet conveyed
from the sheet holding unit indicated by the information received by the second receiving unit,

wherein at least one of the first sending unit, the first receiving unit, the determining unit, the second sending unit, the
second receiving unit, the notification unit, and the setting unit is implemented by a processor and a memory.

US Pat. No. 9,470,557

ENCODER AND APPARATUS USING ENCODER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An encoder comprising:
a scale provided with a first periodic pattern having a first period and a second periodic pattern having a second period
different from the first period;

a sensor movable relatively with respect to the scale and including a detection element array configured to detect the first
and second periodic patterns;

a periodic signal producer configured (a) to produce, by using output from the detection element array detecting the first
periodic pattern, a first periodic signal changing corresponding to the first period of the first periodic pattern and (b)
to produce, by using output from the detection element array detecting the second periodic pattern, a second periodic signal
changing corresponding to the second period of the second periodic pattern;

a correction signal producer configured to produce, by using the second periodic signal, a correction signal for reducing
in the first periodic signal a signal component changing corresponding to the second period of the second periodic pattern;
and

a position calculator configured to produce, by using the first periodic signal and the correction signal, information indicating
position.

US Pat. No. 9,473,649

IMAGE READING APPARATUS WITH PUSH SCANNING, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image reading apparatus for optically reading an image, comprising:
an operation unit configured to cause a user to perform an operation;
a storage unit configured to store a condition, to execute reading of the image, which is set in accordance with the operation
on said operation unit;

a notification unit configured to notify an information processing apparatus, which is a transfer destination of image data
obtained by performing the reading, of an event of image reading in accordance with an instruction of the image reading on
said operation unit;

a reception unit configured to receive a command from an external apparatus;
a determining unit configured to determine whether the command received by said reception unit is an instruction responding
to the event notification by said notification unit from the information processing apparatus; and

a control unit configured to control, in a case where said determining unit determines that the command is the instruction
from the information processing apparatus, to start the image reading based on the condition stored in said storage unit in
advance before the instruction from the information processing apparatus, regardless of a reading condition set in the command.

US Pat. No. 9,471,911

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that composites and displays a map image at a designated scale and an object associated
with the map image at the designated scale, comprising:
a processor;
a first memory storing instructions that when executed by the processor cause the processor to perform the steps of:
receiving data representing the object with the processor;
storing, by the processor, an object record including the data representing the object, an object identifier, a scale associated
with the object and object position information regarding a position at which the data representing the object is displayed
on the map image in a second memory;

receiving, by the processor, an image, extracting, by the processor, location information from the image, determining a position
information record including position information corresponding to the location information, and updating an input state of
the position information record;

determining, by the processor, that the updated input state satisfies a predetermined condition, and based on this determination,
retrieving the object record held in the second memory based on the position information of the position information record
and the object position information of the object record;

associating, by the processor, the retrieved object record with a map image at a scale that has a smaller scale ratio and
shows a larger area than a map image at the scale associated with the object, wherein the associating comprises:

locating a display scale data record corresponding to the object using the object identifier of the retrieved object record;
updating a display scale level in the display scale data record to a scale that has the smaller scale ratio and shows the
larger area than the scale associated with the object; and

displaying, by a display, a map image at the updated scale;
determining, by the processor, after displaying the map image, that the object record corresponds to the updated scale using
the updated display scale of the display scale data record;

displaying, by the display, the data representing the object from the object record along with the map image.

US Pat. No. 9,470,878

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS USING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,465,336

CONTROL DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,465,341

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT DETECTS VARIATION IN ROTATION PERIOD OF ROTATING MEMBER AND PERFORMS MISREGISTRATION CORRECTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a rotating member;
a forming unit for each of a plurality of colors used in image formation, configured to form a developer image on a photosensitive
member;

a transfer unit configured to transfer the developer image formed on the photosensitive member onto the rotating member or
a recording medium on the rotating member;

a driving unit configured to rotate the rotating member;
a period detection unit configured to detect a rotation period of the rotating member, the rotation period being a value regarding
a time duration while the rotating member rotates one rotation; and

a control unit configured to, according to a detection result detected by the period detection unit, obtain a variation in
the rotation period of the rotating member due to a change in the driving unit, and perform correction control for misregistration
in the developer image transferred onto the rotating member or onto the recording medium on the rotating member.

US Pat. No. 9,465,605

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS UPDATING OF FIRMWARE, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that performs an update of a firmware comprising a plurality of update files and a content list
file that shows a combination of the plurality of files, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a memory device;
a processor;
a first acceptance unit configured to accept a first update instruction to perform an update of a first firmware in which
the plurality of files are respectively encrypted;

a first installation unit configured to, upon condition that the first update instruction is accepted by said first acceptance
unit, download the content list file from an external apparatus, identify at least one difference update file to be installed
in the image forming apparatus by comparing a list of files in the content list file and a list of files in the image forming
apparatus, download the identified difference update file from the external apparatus and decrypt the difference update file,
and install the difference update file in the image forming apparatus, wherein the difference update file includes at least
one package file including at least one file, the package file does not include all files in the content list file, and the
first update instruction is received from an authorized user;

a second acceptance unit configured to accept a second update instruction to perform an update of a second firmware in which
the plurality of update files and the content list file are put together in a single file and encrypted; and

a second installation unit configured to, upon condition that the second update instruction is accepted by said second acceptance
unit, download the second firmware in a single batch from the external apparatus and decrypt the second firmware, and install
a plurality of files included in the decrypted second firmware in the image forming apparatus,

wherein the first acceptance unit, the first installation unit, the second acceptance unit, and the second installation unit
are implemented by the processor executing at least one program stored in the memory device.

US Pat. No. 9,465,149

DIFFRACTION ELEMENT AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING DIFFRACTION ELEMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A diffraction element, comprising:
a plurality of blazed surfaces formed on a brittle material, the plurality of blazed surfaces comprising a first blazed surface
and a second blazed surface adjacent to the first blazed surface;

a non-blazed surface connecting the first blazed surface and the second blazed surface; and
a metal reflecting film formed on the plurality of blazed surfaces,
wherein the diffraction element permits light to pass into the diffraction element and to be reflected by the metal reflecting
film formed on the plurality of blazed surfaces so that beams of the light reflected interfere, by the plurality of blazed
surfaces, with each other and pass out of the diffraction element for spectral separation of the light,

wherein an angle formed between the non-blazed surface and the first blazed surface is an acute angle of 86° or more, and
wherein a chip or crack formed between the non-blazed surface and the first blazed surface falls in a shadow of the second
blazed surface.

US Pat. No. 9,463,618

LIQUID DISCHARGE SUBSTRATE, LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD, AND RECORDING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge substrate comprising:
a plurality of discharge elements;
a first transistor configured to form a common electric path with respect to the plurality of discharge elements; and
a plurality of second transistors configured to be controlled independently from each other, wherein
an electric path is formed from a first power supply node to a second power supply node in an order of the first transistor,
one of the plurality of discharge elements, and one of the plurality of second transistors so that the plurality of discharge
elements are driven by the plurality of second transistors independently from each other, and

the first transistor is disposed between the plurality of discharge elements and the plurality of second transistors.

US Pat. No. 9,463,621

ELEMENT SUBSTRATE AND LIQUID DISCHARGING HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An element substrate comprising:
a discharge port from which liquid is discharged;
an energy generating element configured to generate energy for discharging the liquid from the discharge port;
an action chamber in which the energy generating element is provided;
a heating element having a shape with a longitudinal axis, including at least two heating surfaces exposed to the liquid,
and configured to heat the liquid to an extent such as not to discharge the liquid;

a first support portion configured to connect one end portion of the heating element and a wall of the action chamber;
a second support portion configured to support the other end portion of the heating element and the wall of the action chamber;
and

a third support portion configured to connect a portion between the one end portion and the other end portion and the wall
of the action chamber,

wherein a first through hole is formed by the heating element, the first support portion, the third support portion and the
wall of the action chamber, and a second through hole is formed by the heating element, the second support portion, the third
support portion and the wall of the action chamber.

US Pat. No. 9,467,550

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, EXTERNAL APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,466,015

ASYNCHRONOUS GROUP PROCESSING USING Z-BANDING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,465,277

LENS HOOD AND LENS APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A lens hood attachable to a front end portion of a lens barrel, the lens hood comprising:
a hood body with which an opening is formed;
an opening cover member configured to cover the opening; and
a cover support member configured to slidably fix the opening cover member to the hood body,
wherein the hood body or the cover support member includes a first abutted portion and a second abutted portion configured
to abut against the opening cover member in a direction in which the opening cover member slides.

US Pat. No. 9,467,581

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,465,279

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS WITH MOVABLE LOCKING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,467,594

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS THAT SPECIFIES NETWORK, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus, to which a telephone is configured to be hooked up, configured to communicate with a plurality
of networks, comprising:
a dial tone output unit configured to output, when the telephone is hooked up, a dial tone to the telephone in accordance
with dial tone setting information, the dial tone being set based on whether or not a connection to one or more of the plurality
of networks is available;

a detection unit configured to detect, when the dial tone is output to the telephone by the dial tone output unit, content
input by the telephone;

a storage unit configured to store registration information used for identifying each network of the plurality of networks;
and

an identification unit configured to identify a particular network for communication and an associated communication destination
based on the detected content, in accordance with the registration information,

wherein the content detected by the detection unit is a particular dial number,
wherein the registration information includes different dial numbers associated with each network of the plurality of networks,
and

wherein the identification unit is configured to identify, as the particular network for communication, a network which is
associated with the particular dial number in the registration information.

US Pat. No. 9,467,618

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND IMAGING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,465,318

DEVELOPER ACCOMMODATING CONTAINER WITH TONER SEAL MEMBER, UNSEALING MEMBER, AND AUXILIARY UNSEALING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer container for accommodating developer, said developer container comprising:
a seal member for unsealably sealing an opening of said developer container;
an unsealing member, connected to an end portion of said seal member, for unsealing the opening; and
an auxiliary unsealing member for assisting unsealing by changing a pulling direction of said seal member by said unsealing
member,

wherein said auxiliary unsealing member includes a shaft portion or a projected portion,
wherein said shaft portion or said projected portion extends in a longitudinal direction of said developer container, and
wherein a feeding sheet is fixed on said unsealing member, and said seal member is fixed between said feeding sheet and said
unsealing member.

US Pat. No. 9,459,551

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,459,552

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,451,878

MEDICAL IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR EXAMINING AN EYE TO DETERMINE THE STAGE OF GLAUCOMA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A medical image processing apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory storing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the apparatus to:
acquire a tomographic image of an eye to be examined;
acquire a result of a visual field measurement for the eye to be examined;
detect, from the tomographic image, a layer thickness of a predetermined layer of the eye to be examined;
display information indicating a relationship between the layer thickness and the result of the visual field measurement,
wherein the information is displayed in a display form in accordance with the layer thickness and the result of the visual
field measurement, the display form being changed in accordance with the layer thickness and the result of the visual field
measurement;

acquire a fundus image of the eye to be examined;
associate the layer thickness and the result of the visual field measurement with the fundus image;
create a graph representing the relationship between the layer thickness and the result of the visual field measurement as
the information based on the association; and

segment a region of the graph into a plurality of cells,
wherein the relationship graph is displayed in different color gradations indicating a stage of glaucoma, and wherein a color
gradation for each of the plurality of segmented cells is determined based on the relationship between the layer thickness
and the result of the visual field measurement, and

wherein the relationship graph includes abscissa and ordinate axes, and one of the abscissa and the ordinate axes indicates
the layer thickness and the other of the abscissa and ordinate axes indicates the result of the visual field measurement.

US Pat. No. 9,456,095

PART ENGAGING STRUCTURE AND APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,456,102

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,456,118

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,456,119

FOCUSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF CHANGING A DRIVING AMOUNT OF A FOCUS LENS BASED ON FOCUS DETECTION RESULTS ACQUIRED AT DIFFERENT FOCUS POSITIONS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A focusing apparatus comprising:
a photoelectric converter configured to photoelectrically convert at least a pair of optical images formed by light fluxes
that have passed a focus lens and to output signals configured by at least a pair of image signals;

a detector configured to detect a phase difference between the pair of image signals based upon the signals from the photoelectric
converter; and

a calculator configured to calculate a defocus amount based upon the signals from the photoelectric converter and the phase
difference detected by the detector,

wherein the calculator changes a driving amount of the focus lens in accordance with information based upon a position of
the focus lens and a changing amount between a first defocus amount and a second defocus amount, wherein the first defocus
amount is calculated with the signals from the photoelectric converter when the focus lens is located at a first position,
and the second defocus amount is calculated with the signals from the photoelectric converter when the focus lens is located
at a second position, and

wherein the driving amount of the focus lens calculated based upon the phase difference is changed in accordance with a ratio
between a difference between the first position and the second position of the focus lens, and a difference between a first
defocus amount based on the phase difference detected by the detector in the case where the focus lens is located at the first
position and a second defocus amount based on the phase difference detected by the detector in the case where the focus lens
is located at the second position, the second position being a position where the focus lens is driven from the first position
in accordance with the first defocus amount based on the phase difference detected by the detector.

US Pat. No. 9,456,144

IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,454,109

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CONTROLLING TRANSFER CONDITIONS BASED ON RESISTANCE OF TRANSFER MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member;
a toner image forming unit for forming a toner image on said image bearing member;
an intermediary transfer belt for carrying the toner image transferred from said image bearing member;
a transfer member for transferring the toner image from said image bearing member onto said intermediary transfer belt at
a transfer portion;

a transfer voltage source for generating a voltage applied to said transfer member;
an obtaining portion for obtaining information on an electric resistance of said intermediary transfer belt;
a detecting member for optically detecting a test toner image formed on said image bearing member and transferred on said
intermediary transfer belt; and

an executing portion for executing, on the basis of a detection result of the test toner image by said detecting member, an
adjusting operation for adjusting an image forming condition of said toner image forming unit,

a controller configured to control, on the basis of the information obtained by said obtaining portion, a transfer condition
at the time when the test toner image formed on said image bearing member is transferred onto said intermediary transfer belt,
said controller controlling the voltage applied to said transfer member so as to provide a predetermined target current flowing
through said transfer member, and

a changing portion for changing the target current on the basis of the information obtained by said obtaining portion.

US Pat. No. 9,454,121

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH POWER SAVING FUNCTIONS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a staple unit configured to staple a plurality of sheets that a user has inserted in a sheet insertion slot of the staple
unit;

a detection unit configured to detect a sheet inserted in the sheet insertion slot; and
a control unit configured to shift the image forming apparatus from a first power state to a second power state in which less
power is consumed than in the first power state based on a predetermined condition for shifting the image forming apparatus
from the first power state to the second power state being satisfied,

wherein the control unit does not shift the image forming apparatus from the first power state to the second power state in
a case where the detection unit is detecting the sheet inserted in the sheet insertion slot.

US Pat. No. 9,448,524

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a first photosensitive drum;
a second photosensitive drum;
a first drive portion which transmits a first drive force to the first photosensitive drum, the first drive portion having
a first transmission gear rotated by the first drive force, a first idler gear rotated in mesh with the first transmission
gear, and a first drive gear meshing with the first idler gear to transmit the first drive force to the first photosensitive
drum;

a second drive portion which transmits a second drive force to the second photosensitive drum, the second drive portion having
a second transmission gear rotated by the second drive force, a second idler gear rotated in mesh with the second transmission
gear, and a second drive gear meshing with the idler gear to transmit the second drive force to the second photosensitive
drum;

a first phase detection flag provided on the first transmission gear;
a second phase detection flag provided on the second transmission gear;
a first sensor cooperating with the first phase detection flag to detect a phase of the first transmission gear; and
a second sensor cooperating with the second phase detection flag to detect a phase of the second transmission gear,
wherein the first transmission gear and the second transmission gear have the same shape, the first idler gear and the second
idler gear have the same shape, and the first drive gear and the second drive gear have the same shape,

wherein a rotational speed fluctuation phase of the first transmission gear and a rotational speed fluctuation phase of the
second transmission gear match with each other,

wherein the first photosensitive drum is exposed to form a latent image and the latent image is formed into a first toner
image through visualization with toner, the second photosensitive drum is exposed to form a latent image and the latent image
is formed into a second toner image through visualization with toner, and the first toner image and the second toner image
are transferred respectively from the first photosensitive drum and the second photosensitive drum onto a moving transfer
member and superimposed to form an image,

wherein the first photosensitive drum transfers the first toner image onto the transfer member at a first position, and the
second photosensitive drum transfers the second toner image onto the transfer member at a second position that is downstream
from the first position in a transfer member moving direction,

wherein a time period from when the first photosensitive drum is exposed to form the latent image to when the first toner
image is transferred onto the transfer member at the first position is substantially equal to a time period from when the
second photosensitive drum is exposed to form the latent image to when the second toner image is transferred onto the transfer
member at the second position,

wherein the first drive portion and the second drive portion are arranged in a manner that a time period in which the transfer
member moves from the first position to the second position is substantially equal to an integral multiple of a drive cycle
of each of the first and second idler gears,

wherein the first idler gear has a first phase alignment mark and the second idler gear has a second phase alignment mark,
wherein, when a first meshing angle is an angle from the first phase alignment mark to a meshing position between the first
idler gear and the first drive gear in a rotation direction of the first idler gear with respect to a rotation center of the
first idler gear, and when a second meshing angle is an angle from the second phase alignment mark to a meshing position between
the second idler gear and the second drive gear in a rotation direction of the second idler gear with respect to a rotation
center of the second idler gear, the first meshing angle and the second meshing angle are substantially equal to each other,
and a rotational phase of the first idler gear and a rotational phase of the second idler gear substantially match with each
other, and

wherein the first and second idler gears are respectively matched in phase by the first and second phase alignment marks so
that the first and second idler gears are in the same phase with respect to the first and second transmission gears.

US Pat. No. 9,451,108

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that forms an image on a sheet comprising:
an apparatus main body;
an opening/closing portion that is opened or closed relative to the apparatus main body;
a first member configured to move as the opening/closing portion is opened or closed;
a second member including a second contact portion that contacts a first contact portion in the first member and interlocks
with the first member;

a sensor configured to generate a signal corresponding to a position of the second member; and
a recess portion that is provided in one of the first contact portion and the second contact portion and engages with another
portion of the first contact portion and the second contact portion,

wherein the recess portion has a surface inclined relative to a movement direction of the first contact portion.

US Pat. No. 9,451,147

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

11. An image pickup apparatus configured to perform a reconstruction for an input image so as to generate a plurality of output
images having a plurality of focus positions different from each other, the image pickup apparatus comprising:
an imaging optical system;
an image pickup element including a plurality of pixels;
a pupil divider configured so that a ray from the same position of an object plane enters a plurality of pixels of the image
pickup element, each pixel of the plurality of pixels different from each other, in accordance with a pupil region of the
imaging optical system through which the ray passes; and

an image processor configured to perform the reconstruction for the input image using image pickup condition information of
the input image so as to generate the output image,

wherein the image processor is configured to calculate a pixel shift amount of the plurality of pixels that are to be combined
by the reconstruction for a plurality of virtual imaging planes corresponding to the plurality of focus positions, and

wherein the pixel shift amount is a shift amount of overlapped pixels which are projected on the plurality of virtual imaging
planes.

US Pat. No. 9,451,150

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS COMPRISING FOCUS DETECTION, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
a focus detection unit configured to obtain an in-focus position for each of a plurality of preset focus detection areas,
the in-focus position indicating a position to which a focus lens is to be driven in order to achieve focus;

a setting unit configured to set an object area with respect to a captured image;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire, for each object area set by the setting unit, a representative in-focus position,
wherein the acquisition unit classifies the focus detection areas included in each object area into a plurality of groups
in such a manner that differences between the in-focus positions of the focus detection areas that belong to each group fall
within a first predetermined range, and obtains the representative in-focus position for each object area based on the in-focus
positions of the focus detection areas included in a group to which a largest number of the focus detection areas belong;

a determination unit configured to determine, if a plurality of object areas are set by the setting unit, a priority order
of the object areas based on representative in-focus positions respectively acquired for the object areas; and

a control unit configured to perform control so as to sequentially drive the focus lens to the representative in-focus positions
of the object areas in decreasing order of the priority order determined by the determination unit and perform shooting with
a plurality of different focus lens positions.

US Pat. No. 9,450,444

CHARGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power transmission apparatus comprising:
a communication unit that communicates with an external device to receive information that is used to determine whether the
external device is a chargeable device;

a power transmission unit that performs a first process that includes a process for transmitting power wirelessly to the external
device;

a control unit that (a) performs a second process that includes a process for detecting a foreign object while the first process
is performed, and (b) performs a third process after a foreign object is detected in the second process, wherein the third
process includes a process for reducing power transmitted wirelessly from the power transmission unit; and

a temperature detection unit that detects a temperature, wherein, if a temperature detected by the temperature detection unit
when the third process is performed is equal to or more than a predetermined temperature, the control unit performs a fourth
process that includes a process for reducing power transmitted wirelessly from the power transmission unit.

US Pat. No. 9,451,216

DISTANCE CALCULATING APPARATUS, IMAGE PICK-UP APPARATUS USING THE SAME, DISTANCE CALCULATING METHOD, PROGRAM FOR REALIZING DISTANCE CALCULATION, AND STORAGE MEDIUM HAVING THE PROGRAM STORED THEREON

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A distance calculating apparatus comprising: an object distance calculation unit configured to calculate object distance
information based on a first object image signal formed by a first luminous flux that has passed through a first pupil region
of an imaging optical system and a second object image signal formed by a second luminous flux that has passed through a second
pupil region of the imaging optical system, which are generated by using an imaging device comprising multiple pixels,
wherein the imaging device comprises a first photoelectric conversion section and a second photoelectric conversion section,
wherein the first photoelectric conversion section receives the first luminous flux and generates the first object image signal,
and the second photoelectric conversion section receives the second luminous flux and generates the second object image signal,

wherein each pixel of the imaging device comprises the first photoelectric conversion section and the second photoelectric
conversion section,

wherein the first pupil region and the second pupil region have different shapes or sizes from each other in an exit pupil
of the imaging optical system, and

wherein the object distance calculation unit calculates the object distance information by a depth-from-defocus method based
on a difference in bokeh of the first object image signal and the second object image signal.

US Pat. No. 9,448,747

POWER SUPPLY CONTROL TECHNIQUE FOR AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a storage unit configured to store schedule information that includes shutdown execution date and time, as date and time scheduled
to execute a shutdown operation for the image forming apparatus;

a shutdown unit configured to control the image forming apparatus to perform shutdown at the shutdown execution date and time
included in the schedule information;

a restricting unit configured to restrict at least part of a plurality of functions of the image forming apparatus stepwise
at timing earlier than the shutdown execution date and time included in the schedule information;

a notification unit configured to notify a user of a message whose content is differentiated in each of the steps; and
a detection unit configured to detect a startup of the image forming apparatus in the power-OFF period,
wherein the schedule information includes power-OFF period information that indicates a period during which the image forming
apparatus is to be maintained in a power-OFF state,

wherein, if the detection unit detects the startup of the image forming apparatus, the notification unit is configured to
notify a user of a message that informs execution of a forcible shutdown and the shutdown unit is configured to forcibly shut
down the image forming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,442,440

FIXING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device for fixing an image on a recording material, said fixing device comprising:
a rotatable member having an electroconductive layer;
a helical coil having a helical shaped portion which is provided inside said rotatable member so that a helix axis of said
coil extends in a generatrix direction of said rotatable member;

a magnetic member provided inside said helical shaped portion, said magnetic member not forming a loop outside said rotatable
member; and

a controller configured to control electric power supplied to said coil,
wherein said electroconductive layer generates heat by electromagnetic induction caused by magnetic flux produced by an alternating
current through said coil to fix the image on the recording material by the heat from said rotatable member, and

wherein said controller sets an upper limit of the electric power in such a manner that the higher the temperature of said
magnetic member, the smaller the upper limit of the electric power.

US Pat. No. 9,445,019

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image sensor comprising:
pixels provided in a pixel area,
the pixels each including
a first photoelectric conversion portion and a second photoelectric conversion portion that are provided in a substrate, the
second photoelectric conversion portion having lower sensitivity than the first photoelectric conversion portion;

a barrier region provided between the first photoelectric conversion portion and the second photoelectric conversion portion;
a waveguide provided on a light-entrance side of the substrate and including a core and a cladding; and
a protective layer provided between the waveguide and the substrate,
wherein, when a surface of the substrate is seen in a direction perpendicular to the substrate, a center of an exit face of
the core is positioned on a first-photoelectric-conversion-portion side with respect to a center of the barrier region at
the surface of the substrate in each of pixels that are provided in a central part of the pixel area, and

wherein a standard deviation of a distribution of refractive index of the protective layer in a region directly below the
exit face of the core is 0.1 or smaller in an in-plane direction of the substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,442,458

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,433,394

RADIOGRAPHIC IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A base apparatus comprising:
an accommodation unit configured to accommodate a radiation detection unit;
an obtainment unit configured to obtain temperature information of the radiation detection unit;
a restriction unit configured to restrict removal of the radiation detection unit from said accommodation unit in a case where
temperature of the radiation detection unit is greater than or equal to a predetermined threshold, based on the temperature
information; and

a release unit configured to release a restriction on removal in a case where temperature of the radiation detection unit
is less than the predetermined threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,438,786

FOCUS ADJUSTMENT APPARATUS, FOCUS ADJUSTMENT METHOD AND PROGRAM, AND IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A focus detection apparatus comprising:
at least one processor, configured to function as:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain first and second image signals having a mutual parallax;
a combination unit configured to generate a combination signal obtained by combining the first and second image signals at
least one of which is shifted by a predetermined step, wherein the shift and the generation of the combination signal which
are performed by the combination unit are executed for a plurality of predetermined steps and a plurality of combination signals
are generated;

a calculation unit configured to calculate a contrast evaluation value from the plurality of combination signals; and
a focus detection unit configured to detect a defocus amount on the basis of the contrast evaluation value and a shift amount
of the shift.

US Pat. No. 9,434,174

INK TANK AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink tank that is capable of being mounted on a mount portion, the ink tank comprising:
a tank side contact that is capable of being connected to a mount portion side contact provided on the mount portion; and
a notifying portion controlled by a controller that is capable of performing a notification operation, wherein when the ink
tank is mounted on the mount portion, the notifying portion performs the notification operation after a delay time, the delay
time being set in accordance with a mounting speed of the ink tank that has elapsed from when the tank side contact has been
connected to the mount portion side contact.

US Pat. No. 9,438,807

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,438,828

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM USING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus comprising:
a pixel array in which a plurality of pixels is arranged in a matrix;
a plurality of pixel output lines, each of the plurality of pixel output lines being provided according to a corresponding
column of the pixel array and transmitting a pixel signal output from a pixel of the pixel array;

a plurality of column signal processing units, each of the plurality of column signal processing units being provided according
to the corresponding column of the pixel array and into which the pixel signal is input from the pixel output line;

a first adding up or averaging unit configured to add up or average the plurality of pixel signals output to the plurality
of pixel output lines corresponding to different columns of the pixel array; and

a second adding up or averaging unit, arranged at a subsequent stage of the first adding up or averaging unit, configured
to add up or average the plurality of pixel signals output to the plurality of pixel output lines corresponding to different
columns of the pixel array, wherein

between the first adding up or averaging unit and the second adding up or averaging unit, cycles of the columns from which
added up or averaged signals are output are different from each other.

US Pat. No. 9,438,874

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,437,684

METHOD OF PRODUCING MICROSTRUCTURE OF NITRIDE SEMICONDUCTOR AND PHOTONIC CRYSTAL PREPARED ACCORDING TO THE METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A structure comprising a substrate and a semiconductor layer including a nitride semiconductor,
wherein a hole is formed in the semiconductor layer,
wherein the hole comprises a first portion having a substantial prism shape formed of a plurality of faces substantially perpendicular
to an in-plane direction of the substrate and a second portion adjacently connected to the first portion and having a pyramid
or truncated pyramid shape formed of a plurality of faces being not perpendicular to the in-plane direction of the substrate
and inclined with respect to the in-plane direction of the substrate, and

wherein a crystallographic face of the nitride semiconductor is formed on at least a part of the plurality of faces constituting
the first portion of the hole and at least a part of the plurality of faces constituting the second portion of the hole.

US Pat. No. 9,429,865

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image-bearing member;
a charging member configured to charge the image-bearing member by receiving a charge voltage in which a direct-current voltage
and an alternating-current voltage are superposed on each other;

a power source configured to apply a voltage to the charging member;
a toner-image forming unit configured to form a toner image on the image-bearing member charged by the charging member;
a detector configured to detect a current flowing through the charging member when the power source applies the charge voltage
to the charging member;

an extraction unit configured to extract, from the current detected by the detector when the charge voltage is applied to
the charging member, a current in a frequency band including a discharge current component;

an adjustment unit configured to adjust the alternating-current voltage based on the current extracted by the extraction unit;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire environmental information; and
a setting unit configured to set, based on the environmental information acquired by the acquisition unit, a frequency band
for extraction performed by the extraction unit.

US Pat. No. 9,429,877

PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process cartridge comprising:
a photosensitive member;
a photosensitive member frame rotatably supporting the photosensitive member;
a developing roller for developing a latent image formed on the photosensitive member;
a developing device frame rotatably supporting the developing roller, the developing device frame being rotatably connected
to the photosensitive member frame so that the developing device frame can rotate relative to the photosensitive member frame
about a rotation axis, the developing device frame being rotatable between a contacting position in which the developing roller
is in contact with the photosensitive member and a spaced position in which the developing roller is spaced from the photosensitive
member;

a first drive transmission member rotatable about the rotation axis and capable of receiving a rotational force;
a second drive transmission member rotatable about the rotation axis and capable of connecting with the first drive transmission
member and transmitting the rotational force from the first drive transmission member to the developing roller; and

a disconnecting mechanism configured to disconnect the first drive transmission member and the second drive transmission member
in accordance with rotation of the developing device frame from the contacting position to the spaced position.

US Pat. No. 9,428,351

FEEDING DEVICE, FEEDING CASSETTE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,428,353

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,431,940

MOTOR CONTROL APPARATUS FOR SENSORLESS MOTOR, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A motor control apparatus comprising:
a supply unit configured to supply a current for excitation to a plurality of coils of a motor;
a first detection unit configured to detect a physical quantity which varies depending on a change in inductance of at least
one of the plurality of coils;

a determination unit configured to determine a rotational position of a rotor of the motor based on the physical quantity
detected by the first detection unit;

a control unit configured to control the rotational position of the rotor of the motor based on a determination result by
the determination unit, and

a second detection unit configured to detect an induced voltage of each of the plurality of coils, wherein
the determination unit is further configured to determine the rotational position of the rotor based on the physical quantity
detected by the first detection unit when the rotor is at rest and when a rotational speed of the rotor is smaller than or
equal to a predetermined value, and determine the rotational position of the rotor based on the induced voltage detected by
the second detection unit when the rotational speed of the rotor is greater than the predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 9,428,355

PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,427,892

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,432,011

SEMICONDUCTOR INTEGRATED CIRCUIT, APPARATUS WITH SEMICONDUCTOR INTEGRATED CIRCUIT, AND CLOCK CONTROL METHOD IN SEMICONDUCTOR INTEGRATED CIRCUIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A semiconductor integrated circuit comprising:
a fixed frequency-division clock generation unit configured to generate a fixed frequency-division clock with a fixed frequency
based on an output clock of a clock source;

a variable frequency-division clock generation unit configured to generate a variable frequency-division clock with a variable
frequency based on the output clock of the clock source; and

a data path selection unit configured to select a data path as a data path for transferring data between a first functional
module operating based on the fixed frequency-division clock and a second functional module operating based on the variable
frequency-division clock,

wherein, while the variable frequency-division clock is generated by the variable frequency-division clock generation unit,
the data path selection unit selects a data path using a synchronization unit for converting the data into clock-synchronous
data on a receiving side, and

wherein, while the variable frequency-division clock is not generated by the variable frequency-division clock generation
unit, the data path selection unit selects a data path without using the synchronization unit.

US Pat. No. 9,421,628

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD AND PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,423,708

METHOD FOR PRODUCING TONER PARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for producing a toner particle, comprising a step of adhering a resin particle to a surface of a toner base particle
in an aqueous medium, the toner base particle containing a binder resin and a colorant,
wherein the resin particle contains a resin A,
the resin A
(i) having an ionic functional group, and
(ii) satisfying the following relationship
6.0?pKa(A)?9.0

where the acid dissociation constant of the resin A is defined as pKa(A), and wherein
when a pH of the aqueous medium at the start of the step is defined as pH(W), the pKa(A) and the pH(W) satisfy a following
formula:

pH(W)?pKa(A)?2.0.

US Pat. No. 9,423,714

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising a toner particle that contains a binder resin and a charge control resin, wherein
the charge control resin is a polymer that contains a unit A and a unit B,
the unit A is a unit derived from 2-acrylamido-2-methylpropanesulfonic acid,
the unit B is a unit derived from an electron donor compound that has a polymerizable unsaturated group, and
a molar ratio between the unit A and the unit B in the charge control resin (mol % of unit A/mol % of unit B) is from 1.0
to 10.0.

US Pat. No. 9,423,767

PACKING MEMBER AND CARTRIDGE PACKED IN THE PACKING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A packing member for packing a cartridge which is detachably mountable to an image forming apparatus and which includes
a grip portion provided, for gripping the cartridge, in a position deviated from a center line passing through a center of
the cartridge with respect to a lateral direction crossing a longitudinal direction of the cartridge, said packing member
comprising:
(i) a frame portion including an opening as an entrance for the cartridge and a recessed portion for accommodating the cartridge;
and

(ii) a cap portion, provided rotatably connected to an end portion of said frame portion with respect to the lateral direction
by a hinge portion, for openably covering the opening,

wherein said recessed portion comprises a plurality of limiting portions, with respect to the lateral direction, for limiting
a position of the cartridge with respect to the lateral direction so that the cartridge is located in a position where the
grip portion is more remote from said hinge portion than the center line of the cartridge is from said hinge portion with
respect to the lateral direction.

US Pat. No. 9,420,951

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmological apparatus comprising:
a first acquiring unit configured to acquire a first AO-SLO (Adaptive Optics Scanning Laser Ophthalmoscope) image of an eye
to be examined;

a second acquiring unit configured to acquire a second AO-SLO image of the eye to be examined, wherein the first AO-SLO image
and the second AO-SLO image are captured at different times and at a same fixation position, and a resolution of the first
AO-SLO image is the same as a resolution of the second AO-SLO image;

an aligning unit configured to align the first AO-SLO image and the second AO-SLO image;
a display control unit configured to cause a display unit to display the first AO-SLO image and the second AO-SLO image in
a superimposed manner based on an alignment result of the alignment unit; and

a region setting unit configured to set a region of interest based on a user selection to a displayed area where the first
AO-SLO image and the second AO-SLO image are superimposed,

wherein the display control unit causes the display unit to display information regarding time-dependent changes of a visual
cell based on a visual cell acquired from the region of interest in the first AO-SLO image and a visual cell acquired from
the region of interest in the second AO-SLO image.

US Pat. No. 9,426,338

IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING CONTINUOUS PORES IN THREE DIMENSIONS IN POROUS BODY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an imaging element; and
a porous body having a three-dimensional skeleton,
wherein a plurality of continuous pores in three dimensions is in the porous body.

US Pat. No. 9,426,367

BATTERY-OPERABLE ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME THAT EFFECTIVELY USE INFORMATION ON BATTERY USAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:
a memory storing instructions which, when executed by one or more processors, cause the electronic apparatus to:
output image data in response to a shooting instruction;
perform authentication process for identifying whether or not a battery that is used in the electronic apparatus is a genuine
product;

generate authentication data that includes information representing a time when the authentication processing is performed,
and information representing a result of the authentication processing;

generate an image file based on the output image data; and
record the image file in at least one of a recording medium that is removable from the electronic apparatus and an external
device with which the electronic apparatus is communicable,

wherein the authentication data is stored into the image file.

US Pat. No. 9,426,382

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,423,857

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,415,962

PRINTING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a holding unit configured to hold an envelope having a flap;
guides configured to guide the envelope held by the holding unit, wherein the guides are movable to a position at which the
guides are aligned with edges of the envelope held by the holding unit, the edges being parallel to a conveyance direction
of the envelope;

a detection unit configured to detect a position of the guides;
an accepting unit configured to accept, from a user, a reference size of the envelope, the reference size being a size of
the envelope from which the flap is excluded; and

a printing unit configured to print an image on the envelope by shifting a position of the image based on the position of
the guides detected by the detection unit and the reference size accepted by the accepting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,417,505

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,417,507

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,420,119

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR INSPECTING SCANNING BEAM OF SCANNING OPTICAL SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,420,131

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING ELECTRICAL UNIT PROJECTING FROM TOP SURFACE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a main body;
an image forming portion, contained within the main body, configured to form an image;
a control board configured to control the image forming portion;
an electrical unit configured to store the control board; and
a storage device detachably mounted to the electrical unit and configured to be capable of storing image information, and
configured to be capable of electrically communicating with the control board in a case that the storage device is mounted
to the electrical unit,

wherein the electrical unit is provided to project upward from a back side of a top surface of the main body with a back surface
of the electrical unit along a back surface of the main body,

the storage device is formed in board shape, and
the control board and the storage device are disposed along the back surface of the electrical unit.

US Pat. No. 9,417,556

CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,420,156

IMAGING CONTROL SYSTEM, CONTROL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus for changing a viewing angle of an imaging unit by controlling panning and tilting angles of the imaging
unit, the control apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a captured image captured by the imaging unit;
an angle control unit configured to control panning and tilting angles of the imaging unit; and
a display control unit configured to cause a display unit to display, on the captured image, at least one of panning direction
guides indicating that a viewing angle of the imaging unit changes along at least one of the panning direction guides by changing
panning angle of the imaging unit, at least one of the panning direction guides having different radiuses each other;

wherein the number of at least one of the panning direction guides displayed on the captured image is decreased by the display
control unit and each radius of at least one of the panning direction guides is reduced by the display control unit if the
viewing angle moves close to a panning rotation center to control of the panning angles.

US Pat. No. 9,417,570

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for controlling, in accordance with an amount of recording material for image data, a fixing
temperature for fixing a recording material on a sheet, comprising:
a control unit configured to (i) control, if a setting of printing image data of one page on one sheet is done, the fixing
temperature on a per-sheet basis by using a fixing temperature corresponding to an amount of recording material obtained from
the image data of one page, and to (ii) control, if a setting of dividing image data of one page and printing the image data
of one page on a plurality of sheets is done, the fixing temperature so that fixing temperatures for the plurality of sheets
are to be the same; and

a fixing unit configured to fix a recording material on a sheet based on the fixing temperature controlled by the control
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,417,361

OPTICAL ELEMENT, AND OPTICAL SYSTEM AND OPTICAL APPARATUS USING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,410,825

ENCODER AND APPARATUS USING ENCODER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An encoder comprising:
a scale provided with a first periodic pattern having a first period and a second periodic pattern having a second period
different from the first period;

a sensor movable relatively with respect to the scale and including a detection element array configured to detect the first
and second periodic patterns;

a periodic signal producer configured (a) to produce, by using output from the detection element array detecting the first
periodic pattern, a first periodic signal changing corresponding to the first period of the first periodic pattern and (b)
to produce, by using output from the detection element array detecting the second periodic pattern, a second periodic signal
changing corresponding to the second period of the second periodic pattern;

a correction signal producer configured to produce, by using the second periodic signal, a correction signal for reducing
in the first periodic signal a signal component changing corresponding to the second period of the second periodic pattern;
and

a position calculator configured to produce, by using the first periodic signal and the correction signal, information indicating
position.

US Pat. No. 9,413,995

RADIOGRAPHIC APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING RADIOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiographic apparatus, comprising:
a two-dimensional sensor in which a plurality of pixels is arranged in a two-dimensional matrix and each pixel has a TFT and
a conversion element;

a detection unit configured to detect that the radiographic apparatus has been irradiated with radiation on the basis of a
current that flows inside the radiographic apparatus and that changes in value in response to the radiographic apparatus being
irradiated with the radiation;

a scanning unit configured to select one row or a plurality of rows of the plurality of pixels, to provide a signal to a scanning
line connected to the selected plurality of pixels so as to turn on the TFTs of the selected plurality of pixels for a predetermined
period of time to carry out a scan, and to stop the scan in response to the detection unit detecting that the radiographic
apparatus has been irradiated with the radiation;

a radiographic image generation unit configured to turn off all of the TFTs of the plurality of pixels in response to the
detection unit detecting that the radiographic apparatus has been irradiated with the radiation so as to accumulate an electric
charge in the plurality of pixels, and then to turn on the TFTs of the selected plurality of pixels so as to read out the
electric charge to generate a radiographic image; and

a transmission unit configured to transmit defect correction information to be used to correct a defect in the radiographic
image and the radiographic image, the defect correction information being obtained on the basis of a position at which the
scan has stopped and a change in the current obtained when the detection unit has detected that the radiographic apparatus
has been irradiated with the radiation,

wherein the transmission unit starts transmission of the defect correction information prior to starting transmission of the
radiographic image.

US Pat. No. 9,413,996

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,414,029

VIDEO CONTROL APPARATUS AND VIDEO CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A video control apparatus comprising:
a video presenting unit configured to present a video to a viewer;
a brain activity measuring unit configured to measure a brain activity of the viewer to acquire an activity pattern based
on the brain activity of the viewer during viewing of the video by the viewer;

one or more processors; and
one or more computer-readable media storing one or more programs, the one or more programs comprising instructions that, when
executed by the one or more processors, cause the one or more processors to perform operations comprising:

estimating a motion vector which comprises a direction and a speed of visual motion in the video perceived by the viewer,
wherein the estimating the motion vector comprises performing pattern recognition processing based on the acquired activity
pattern; and

controlling a video to be displayed by the video presenting unit based on the estimated motion vector.
US Pat. No. 9,409,431

RECORDING MEDIUM AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording medium comprising in this order:
a substrate;
a first ink receiving layer comprising inorganic particles, polyvinyl alcohol and a boric acid compound; and
a resin layer containing a resin,
wherein the inorganic particles comprise 70% by mass or more of alumina hydrate relative to the total mass thereof,
wherein the ratio of the boric acid compound content in the recording medium to the polyvinyl alcohol content in the recording
medium is 30% by mass or more, and

wherein the resin of the resin layer comprises polyethylene.

US Pat. No. 9,412,778

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE, SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR, METHODS OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND CAMERA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a semiconductor device, the method comprising:
forming a silicon compound layer containing nitrogen on a substrate where a silicide layer and an element isolating portion
have been formed;

forming an opening in the silicon compound layer so that the opening is arranged over only the element isolating portion;
and

forming an interlayer insulating film which covers the silicon compound layer and the opening,
wherein the interlayer insulating film contacts the element isolating portion.

US Pat. No. 9,411,260

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING DEVELOPING BIAS AND SUPPLY BIAS APPLICATION UNITS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus forming an image on a recording material, comprising:
a developer bearing member, located in a developing chamber, that bears developer and develops an electrostatic latent image
formed on an image bearing member;

a developing bias application unit that applies a developing bias to the developer bearing member;
a developer supply member that makes contact with the developer bearing member in a contact region and supplies the developer
to the developer bearing member in the developing chamber;

a developer accommodating chamber which is located below the developing chamber and has a developer conveying member for conveying
the developer to the developing chamber; and

a supply bias application unit that applies a supply bias to the developer supply member,
wherein the developer bearing member and the developer supply member move in the same direction in the contact region,
wherein during an image formation period from a start of image formation until an end of image formation in an image forming
operation for forming an image on one recording material,

the developing bias application unit applies a developing bias to the developer bearing member and the supply bias application
unit applies a supply bias to the developer supply member so that, at the start of image formation, an absolute value of the
developing bias is greater than an absolute value of the supply bias, and in a center or latter half of the image formation
period, the developing bias and the supply bias have equal potential, and then the absolute value of the developing bias becomes
smaller than the absolute value of the supply bias, until the end of image formation.

US Pat. No. 9,412,055

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT SELECTIVELY STORES PRINT DATA IN A CACHE MEMORY TO A SECONDARY MEMORY DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
at least one controller;
a cache memory configured to store print data;
a secondary storage device configured to store the print data stored in the cache memory;
a storage instruction transmission unit configured to transmit an instruction for storing the print data stored in the cache
memory into the secondary storage device;

a storage processing execution unit configured to, upon receipt of the instruction transmitted by said storage instruction
transmission unit, execute storage processing for storing the print data stored in the cache memory into the secondary storage
device; and

a disabling unit configured to disable execution of the storage processing by said storage processing execution unit, in response
to the instruction transmitted by said storage instruction transmission unit being received after printing of the print data
has been normally terminated, and to notify completion of storing the print data stored in the cache memory into the secondary
storage device even though the print data stored in the cache memory is not stored into the secondary storage device due to
the disabled execution of the storage processing,

wherein the storage instruction transmission unit, the storage processing execution unit, and the disabling unit are implemented
by the at least one controller.

US Pat. No. 9,405,374

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS OPERABLE IN RESPONSE TO TOUCH OPERATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus configured to move an image displayed on a display screen according to a flick operation,
the information processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire information representing a moving speed of a touch point in each of a plurality
of subsections that corresponds to between two consecutive points of a plurality of pieces of positional information detected
from a start of one stroke to an end of the one stroke;

a first determination unit configured to determine whether the moving speed of the touch point in each of the plurality of
subsections is included in a predetermined speed range based on the information acquired by the acquisition unit, the predetermined
speed range having both of a lower limit and an upper limit, and the first determination unit being further configured to
select one or more subsections using a determination result to reflect the moving speed of the touch point in the selected
subsections on a moving speed of the image displayed on the display screen; and

a second determination unit configured to determine a moving speed of the image displayed on the display screen based on information
representing the moving speed of the touch point in the one or more subsections selected by the first determination unit.

US Pat. No. 9,405,206

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER AND METHOD OF PRODUCING THE ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, AND PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS EACH INCLUDING THE ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member, comprising:
a support;
a first intermediate layer on the support;
a second intermediate layer on the first intermediate layer; and
a photosensitive layer on the second intermediate layer,
wherein:
the first intermediate layer comprises metal oxide particles having a number-average primary particle diameter of 30 nm or
more and 450 nm or less; and

the second intermediate layer comprises a polymerized product of a composition comprising:
an electron transport substance having a polymerizable functional group represented by the following formula (1) or (2), and
having a molecular weight of 100 or more and 1,000 or less, and

a crosslinking agent having 3 to 6 groups reactive with the polymerizable functional group represented by the following formula
(1) or (2), and having a molecular weight of 200 or more and 1,300 or less:

-A  (1)
?B?1C-D  (2)
in the formulae (1) and (2):
at least one of A, B, C, and D represents a group having a polymerizable functional group, the polymerizable functional group
is at least one kind of group selected from the group consisting of a hydroxy group, a thiol group, an amino group, and a
carboxyl group, and l represents 0 or 1;

A represents a carboxyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group having 1 to 6 main-chain atoms, a group having 1
to 6 main-chain atoms derived by substituting one of carbon atoms in a main chain of the substituted or unsubstituted alkyl
group with an oxygen atom, a group having 1 to 6 main-chain atoms derived by substituting one of the carbon atoms in the main
chain of the substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group with a sulfur atom, or a group having 1 to 6 main-chain atoms derived
by substituting one of the carbon atoms in the main chain of the substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group with NR1, these groups each have the polymerizable functional group, R1 represents a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group, and a substituent of the substituted alkyl group is an alkyl group having 1
to 6 carbon atoms, a benzyl group, or a phenyl group;

B represents a substituted or unsubstituted alkylene group having 1 to 6 main-chain atoms, a group having 1 to 6 main-chain
atoms derived by substituting one of carbon atoms in a main chain of the substituted or unsubstituted alkylene group with
an oxygen atom, a group having 1 to 6 main-chain atoms derived by substituting one of the carbon atoms in the main chain of
the substituted or unsubstituted alkylene group with a sulfur atom, or a group having 1 to 6 main-chain atoms derived by substituting
one of the carbon atoms in the main chain of the substituted or unsubstituted alkylene group with NR2, these groups may each have the polymerizable functional group, R2 represents a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group, and a substituent of the substituted alkylene group is an alkyl group having
1 to 6 carbon atoms, a benzyl group, an alkoxycarbonyl group, or a phenyl group;

C represents a phenylene group, a phenylene group substituted with an alkyl group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms, a nitro-substituted
phenylene group, a halogen-substituted phenylene group, or an alkoxy group-substituted phenylene group, and these groups may
each have the polymerizable functional group; and

D represents a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms, or an alkyl group having 1 to 6 main-chain atoms
substituted with an alkyl group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms, and these groups may each have the polymerizable functional group.

US Pat. No. 9,407,293

WYNER ZIV CODING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

8. An apparatus for performing distributed video turbo decoding of an input video frame, said apparatus comprising:
a memory for storing a program; and
a processor for executing the program, said program comprising:
code for forming an estimate of the input video frame according to received key frame data;
code for determining a reference pixel value, from the estimate of the input video frame, based upon a source pixel of the
input video frame;

code for determining a decoded pixel value based upon error correction information associated with the source pixel, the error
correction information being applied to the estimate of the input video frame to determine the decoded pixel;

code for determining that a bit of the decoded pixel value is not reliable if a log likelihood value of the bit, produced
by the determining of the decoded pixel value based upon error correction information, is oscillating when compared with a
previously produced log likelihood value of the bit;

code for determining that the decoded pixel value is not reliable if the determined bit of the decoded pixel value is not
reliable; and

code for defining a value of an output pixel depending upon a reliability of the decoded pixel value, wherein if the decoded
pixel value is reliable, the output pixel value is based upon the decoded pixel value, and if the decoded pixel value is not
reliable, the output pixel value is based upon the reference pixel value.

US Pat. No. 9,400,413

LIGHTING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,400,947

PRINTING CONTROL METHOD, PRINTING CONTROL APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method performed by at least one processor, the method comprising:
displaying concurrently, in a same window in a display device, a first display item indicating a first folding pattern for
folding a recording medium and a second display item indicating a second folding pattern for folding the recording medium;

causing, if the first display item is designated, a print device to print first data in a first page and second data in a
second page on one side of the recording medium, so that a top-bottom direction of the first page is opposite to a top-bottom
direction of the second page and that each of the first page and the second page is arranged such that the recording medium
is to be folded on a bottom end of each of the first page and the second page; and

causing, if the second display item is designated, the print device to print the first data in the first page and the second
data in the second page on the one side of the recording medium, so that the top-bottom direction of the first page is opposite
to the top-bottom direction of the second page and that each of the first page and the second page is arranged such that the
recording medium is to be folded on a top end of each of the first page and the second page.

US Pat. No. 9,398,888

RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,402,020

FOCUS DETECTION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,401,006

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that processes mosaic image data produced via a photoelectric conversion on an optical image
of an object image by an image sensor including a color filter having a plurality of colors, the mosaic image data having
image data of pixels each corresponding to one of the plurality of colors of the color filter, the image processing apparatus
comprising:
a first interpolation unit configured to perform an interpolation process on a pixel-by-pixel basis on a pixel of interest
using image data of pixels located close to the pixel of interest in each of a plurality of prescribed directions so as to
reproduce image data of colors missing at the pixel of interest;

an evaluation unit configured to evaluate the image data in each prescribed direction subjected to the interpolation process
by the first interpolation unit;

a second interpolation unit configured to perform an interpolation process so as to preserve an edge component of the object
image;

a saturation detection unit configured to detect a saturation from the image data subjected to the interpolation process by
the second interpolation unit;

a judgment unit configured to judge whether a pixel is in an area in which a spurious resolution may occur, on a pixel-by-pixel
basis based on the saturation detected by the saturation detection unit; and

an image generation unit configured to select image data to be interpolated for each pixel based on a result of the evaluation
by the evaluation unit and a result of the judgment by the judgment unit, and to generate interpolated image data with the
plurality of colors.

US Pat. No. 9,398,236

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
a plurality of pixels arranged to form a plurality of rows;
a readout circuit configured to read out signals from pixels of a selected row of the plurality of rows; and
a signal processing unit configured to process signals read out by the readout circuit,
wherein the apparatus has (a) a first mode in which a charge accumulation is controlled by an electronic shutter, and (b)
a second mode in which the charge accumulation is controlled by a mechanical shutter, and

wherein in the second mode, the signal processing unit corrects the signals read out from the pixels of the selected row of
the plurality of rows based on differences between signals read out by the readout circuit from pixels of a first row of the
plurality of rows and signals read out by the readout circuit from pixels of a second row of the plurality of rows.

US Pat. No. 9,395,679

CARTRIDGE DETACHABLY MOUNTABLE TO MAIN ASSEMBLY OF ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, ASSEMBLING METHOD FOR DRIVE TRANSMITTING DEVICE FOR PHOTOSENSITIVE DRUM, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge, comprising:
(i) a casing;
(ii) a photosensitive drum rotatably supported in said casing;
(iii) a flange provided on an end of said photosensitive drum, said flange includes an accommodating portion at an inside
thereof and to which a rotational force to be transmitted to said photosensitive drum is transmitted;

(iv) a coupling member including,
(iv-i) a free end portion having a rotational force receiving portion configured to receive the rotational force,
(iv-ii) a connecting portion which is connected with said flange and at least a part of which is accommodated in said accommodating
portion so that a rotational axis of said coupling member is inclinable relative to a rotational axis of said flange,

(iv-iii) a through-hole penetrating said connecting portion; and
(v) a shaft capable of receiving the rotational force from said coupling member and penetrating said through-hole and supported
by said flange at opposite end portions thereof so that said coupling member is prevented from disengaging from said flange
while permitting said coupling member to incline with respect to said shaft.

US Pat. No. 9,393,781

LIQUID-DISCHARGING HEAD AND METHOD OF PRODUCING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,393,782

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head comprising:
a substrate, on a surface of which a liquid supply port opens; and
a sealing material that is in contact with a single side surface of the substrate extending in the longitudinal direction,
wherein, the sealing material seals the single side surface of the substrate,
wherein, the entire length of the sealing material that is in contact with the single side surface of the substrate extending
in the longitudinal direction is denoted as Lc,

wherein, on the surface of the substrate, an opening of the liquid supply port extends in the longitudinal direction, and
the opening has a length denoted as L1,

wherein, in a direction perpendicular to the longitudinal direction, the sealing material has a wide region being a widest
region in the entire sealing material that is in contact with the single side surface of the substrate extending in the longitudinal
direction, and a narrow region in the entire sealing material that is in contact with the single side surface of the substrate
extending in the longitudinal direction, that is other than the widest region,

wherein, when the width of the narrow region is denoted as W1, and the width of the wide region is denoted as W2, W1 wherein, the narrow region is formed by a protruding portion that is substantially rectangular in the direction parallel to
the longitudinal direction,

wherein, when the total length of the narrow region is denoted as L3, and the total length of the wide region is denoted as
L4×2, then

L3+(L4×2)=Lc, and
wherein, in a direction parallel to the longitudinal direction, L3

US Pat. No. 9,395,594

ELECTROCHROMIC ELEMENT, METHOD FOR DRIVING THE SAME, AND OPTICAL FILTER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrochromic element comprising:
a pair of electrodes;
an electrochromic layer provided between the pair of electrodes and having an electrolyte and an electrochromic material,
the electrochromic layer being a liquid or gel; and

a flexible member configured to be arranged between the pair of electrodes,
the electrochromic element having a change mechanism configured to change a distance between the pair of electrodes,
wherein the electrochromic layer is connected with a buffer part for housing a redundant liquid or gel in a case where the
thickness of the electrochromic layer made up of the liquid or the gel changes.

US Pat. No. 9,393,827

RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording medium comprising:
a base material; and
an ink-receiving layer comprising
an inorganic particle including
a structure represented by General Formula (1), and
a structure represented by General Formula (2), and
a binder,

wherein the structure represented by General Formula (1) is bonded to a surface of the inorganic particle at a position marked
with *, and

wherein, in General Formula (1),
X represents any one of an alkoxy group having 1 to 8 carbon atoms, an aryloxy group, an acetoxy group, a halogen atom, a
hydrogen atom, a hydrocarbon group having 1 to 8 carbon atoms, and —O-*,

Y represents a structure including a primary hydroxyl group, and
n is 1, 2, or 3,

wherein the structure represented by General Formula (2) is bonded to the surface of the inorganic particle at a position
marked with *, and

wherein, in General Formula (2),
X? represents any one of an alkoxy group having 1 to 8 carbon atoms, an aryloxy group, an acetoxy group, a halogen atom, a
hydrogen atom, a hydrocarbon group having 1 to 8 carbon atoms, and —O-*,

Y? represents a structure including a cationic group, and
m is 1, 2, or 3.

US Pat. No. 9,388,007

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,388,010

PRINTING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

a determination unit configured to determine whether to convey the succeeding sheet to a position facing the printing unit
while keeping the overlap state or to convey the succeeding sheet to the position facing the printing unit after the overlap
state has been cancelled,

wherein if a start position of a printing operation of the succeeding sheet cannot be confirmed before the printing unit performs
a printing operation of a last row of the preceding sheet, the determination unit determines to convey the succeeding sheet
to the position facing the printing unit after the overlap state has been cancelled.

US Pat. No. 9,391,102

IMAGING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging device comprising:
a plurality of pixels each including
a photoelectric converter including a p-n junction formed of a first semiconductor region and a second semiconductor region
and for accumulating signal carriers in the second semiconductor region,

an amplifying transistor configured to amplify a signal based on the signal carriers, and
a capacitance including a p-n junction formed of a third semiconductor region and a fourth semiconductor region, the third
semiconductor region having a conductivity type identical to a conductivity type of the first semiconductor region, the fourth
semiconductor region having a conductivity type opposite to the conductivity type of the third semiconductor region,

wherein each of the plurality of pixels changes a capacitance value of an input node of the amplifying transistor by switching
a connection state of the capacitance,

wherein a doping impurity concentration of an impurity of a conductivity type identical to the conductivity type of the third
semiconductor region at an interface of the p-n junction of the capacitance is higher than a doping impurity concentration
of an impurity of a conductivity type identical to the conductivity type of the first semiconductor region at an interface
of the p-n junction of the photoelectric converter,

wherein the amplifying transistor has a gate disposed on a principal surface of a semiconductor substrate,
wherein the first semiconductor region is disposed at a position deeper than a position of the second semiconductor region
with respect to the principal surface, and

wherein the third semiconductor region is disposed at a position deeper than a position of the fourth semiconductor region
with respect to the principal surface.

US Pat. No. 9,386,219

IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,383,668

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising a toner particle containing a binder resin, wherein
the binder resin contains a block polymer and a styrene-acrylic resin;
the block polymer has a vinyl polymer segment and a crystalline polyester segment;
the polyester segment is a segment produced by condensation polymerization of the following (I), (II) and (III):
(I) a dicarboxylic acid having carboxyl groups at both terminals of a linear alkane having 2 to 16 carbon atoms;
(II) a diol having hydroxy groups at both terminals of a linear alkane having 2 to 16 carbon atoms; and
(III) an alkane compound having 3 to 24 carbon atoms, or an alkyl ester, lactone or acid anhydride compound derived from the
alkane compound;

the alkane compound is at least one compound selected from the group consisting of the following (a) to (f):
(a) a branch alkanedicarboxylic acid;
(b) a branch alkanediol;
(c) a branch alkane monohydroxy monocarboxylic acid;
(d) a linear alkanedicarboxylic acid at least one of carboxyl groups of which is linked to a moiety other than a terminal;
(e) a linear alkanediol at least one of hydroxy groups of which is linked to a moiety other than a terminal; and
(f) a linear alkane monohydroxy monocarboxylic acid at least one of carboxyl group and hydroxy group of which is linked to
a moiety other than a terminal;

the block polymer has a melting point (Tm) of 50° C. to 95° C.; and
the binder resin contains the block polymer at 2.0% by mass to 50.0% by mass.

US Pat. No. 9,383,709

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND SUPPORTING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,375,938

INK CARTRIDGE AND INK JET PRINTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An ink cartridge comprising:
a housing in which an ink storage chamber for storing ink is formed; and
a communication unit configured to allow the ink storage chamber to communicate with a space outside the housing, wherein
the communication unit includes a communication port formed on an outside surface of the housing, a merging channel having
an end which communicates with the communication port, and a branch channel having an end which communicates with the merging
channel and the other end which communicates with the ink storage chamber,

wherein the branch channel includes at least one first branch channel communicating with a lower layer area in the ink storage
chamber and at least one second branch channel communicating with an upper layer area located higher than the lower layer
area in a gravity direction,

wherein while ink is supplied to flow from the ink storage chamber to the outside, the ink flowing from the first branch channel
and the second branch channel merges into the merging channel, and

wherein in a case where an ink flow rate in the first branch channel is represented by Q1 and an ink flow rate in the second branch channel is represented by Q2, a ratio (Q1/Q2) between the ink flow rate in the first branch channel and the ink flow rate in the second branch channel while the ink is
supplied is smaller than that while the ink flows backward to flow from the outside to the ink storage chamber.

US Pat. No. 9,377,737

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMATION ON A SHEET

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form an image; and
a control unit configured to cause the image forming unit to form a mirror image of an image for a front cover on a transparent
sheet for the front cover and discharge the transparent sheet without reversing the transparent sheet, and cause the image
forming unit to form a mirror image of an image for a back cover on a different transparent sheet and discharge the different
transparent sheet by reversing the different transparent sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,379,665

OSCILLATOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A terahertz wave oscillator comprising:
a negative resistance element;
a resonator including a first conductor, a second conductor, and a dielectric; and
a transmission line configured to supply a bias voltage to the negative resistance element, wherein
the negative resistance element and the dielectric are disposed between the first conductor and the second conductor,
wherein the first conductor and the transmission line are connected at a node of an electric field of terahertz waves having
oscillation frequency fosc and standing in the resonator, and

wherein the node of the electric field of the terahertz waves is a region where intensity of the electric field of the terahertz
waves standing in the resonator is equal to or lower than 1/e2 of a maximum field intensity, “e ” representing a base of a natural logarithm.

US Pat. No. 9,377,705

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising:
a toner particle that contains a binder resin,
wherein;
the binder resin contains a styrene-acrylic resin and a crystalline resin,
the crystalline resin is a block polymer or a graft polymer which has a crystalline segment and an amorphous segment,
the mass ratio between the crystalline segment and the amorphous segment is from 30:70 to 90:10,
and wherein;
in a total heat flow of the binder resin obtained by measuring the binder resin with a temperature-modulated differential
scanning calorimeter,

a peak temperature of an endothermic peak is from at least 55.0° C. to not more than 90.0° C., and
the percentage of an endothermic quantity of the endothermic peak in a reversing heat flow with respect to an endothermic
quantity of the endothermic peak in the total heat flow is from at least 0.0% to not more than 35.0%.

US Pat. No. 9,372,654

IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

8. A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium storing a program for causing a computer to execute a method of controlling
an information processing apparatus that stores a processing flow defining a first series of processes, wherein the method
comprises:
identifying a first setting which cannot be executed by an image processing apparatus as a destination to which the processing
flow is to be transmitted, out of settings contained in the first series of processes defined by the processing flow, based
on device information of the image processing apparatus;

determining an alternate setting which can be executed by the image processing apparatus, for the first setting identified
by said identifying;

configuring an alternate processing flow, which includes both of the first setting and the alternate setting, wherein the
alternate processing flow enables the image processing apparatus to do selective execution of either of the first setting
and the alternate setting; and

transmitting the alternate processing flow, including both of the first setting and the alternate setting, to the image processing
apparatus,

wherein the image processing apparatus executes the alternate setting included in the alternate processing flow if the image
processing apparatus cannot execute the first setting, and

wherein the image processing apparatus executes the first setting included in the alternate processing flow if the image processing
apparatus can execute the first setting.

US Pat. No. 9,372,420

HEAT TREATING APPARATUS FOR POWDER PARTICLES AND METHOD OF PRODUCING TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

5. A method of producing a toner that obtains a toner through a step of heat-treating powder particles containing a binder
resin and a colorant, wherein a heat treating apparatus according to claim 1 is used in the heat-treating step.

US Pat. No. 9,364,952

FORCE SENSOR PROTECTION MECHANISM, END EFFECTOR, AND ROBOT ARM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,367,031

PROCESS CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,367,034

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a suction port, provided in a front side of a main assembly of said image forming apparatus, for sucking air;
an air flow guiding portion for guiding the air sucked through said suction port;
a sound source, provided in a rear side of the main assembly so as to oppose a space connected with said air flow guiding
portion, for generating a sound used to notify an operator; and

a communicating portion for establishing communication between said air flow guiding portion and a space in which said sound
source is disposed.

US Pat. No. 9,365,036

PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINTHEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
first and second printing element substrates, each including a printing element;
first and second voltage sources, which correspond to the first and second printing element substrates, respectively, each
configured to supply a power supply voltage to a corresponding one of the first and second printing element substrates, wherein
each of the first and second printing element substrates includes a first terminal and a second terminal for receiving the
power supply voltage from a corresponding one of the first and second voltage sources, each first terminal serving as a terminal
on a high-potential side and each second terminal serving as a terminal on a low-potential side;

a first wiring which connects the second terminal of the first printing element substrate and the first terminal of the second
printing element substrate with each other;

a second wiring having one end connected to the first wiring; and
a third wiring configured such that the first and second voltage sources are connected in series, the third wiring being grounded
and connected to the other end of the second wiring.

US Pat. No. 9,365,037

LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge apparatus comprising:
a plurality of pressure chambers which are formed by a plurality of partitions, each formed of a piezoelectric material;
a plurality of electrode pairs, each of which is arranged on both sides of each partition and shear-deforms each partition;
and

a nozzle member which is arranged on a side of a first end of each pressure chamber and on which nozzles connected to each
pressure chamber have been formed,

wherein each pressure chamber is formed such that a relatively shorter one of a height and a width of the pressure chamber
at the first end becomes long as it approaches, from the first end, a second end on the opposite side.

US Pat. No. 9,369,489

MANAGEMENT DEVICE, MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A management device that is communicable with a holding device and a plurality of service providing devices for providing
services using resources to the holding device and manages access rights to the resources relating to the service providing
devices, the management device comprising a memory and a processor in communication with the memory, the processor configured
to control:
a managing unit configured to manage trust relationship information between the plurality of service providing devices and
trust relationship information between the holding device and the service providing devices;

a creating unit configured to create a subordinate customer tenant, which subordinates to a customer tenant, to the holding
device; and

a setting unit configured to set a transfer of access rights for the subordinate customer tenant of the holding device held
by a first service providing device to a second service providing device,

wherein the setting unit determines that the second service providing device trusts the first service providing device in
accordance with a transmission of an entrustment acceptance from the second service providing device to the first service
providing device, and manages first trust relationship information as a mutual trust relationship is established,

wherein the setting unit determines that the holding device trusts the first service providing device in accordance with a
transmission of access permitting information from the holding device, which has the created subordinate customer tenant,
to the first service providing device according to an access permitting instruction provided by a customer of the subordinate
customer tenant, and manages second trust relationship information as a mutual trust relationship is established,

wherein the setting unit determines that the holding device trusts the second service providing device in accordance with
a transmission of transfer acceptance information from the holding device, which has the created subordinate customer tenant,
to the first service providing device according to a transfer acceptance instruction provided by the first service providing
device, and manages third trust relationship information as a mutual trust relationship is established, and

wherein, if the setting unit determines, based on the first, second and third trust relationship information, that the trust
relationship between the first and second service providing devices and the trust relationship between the holding device
and the first and second service providing devices exists, the setting unit sets the transfer of the access rights.

US Pat. No. 9,361,050

MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND MANAGEMENT METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A management system that collects operation information of a network device, the system comprising a memory and a processor
in communication with the memory, the processor configured to control:
a management unit configured to manage a condition and a period for distributing a setting value to the network device;
a reception unit configured to receive the operation information of the network device;
a determination unit configured to determine whether or not the operation information of the network device meets the condition;
a decision unit configured to decide the setting value to be applied to the network device when the operation information
meets the condition; and

a response unit configured to return the decided setting value to the network device when the acquisition of the setting value
is requested from the network device via a network within the period,

wherein the response unit does not return the decided setting value to the network device when the acquisition of the setting
value is requested outside of the period, and

wherein the decision unit decides, as the setting value to be applied to the network device, a setting value in relation to
the detection of a delayed jam sensor when a consumption degree of a feeding roller satisfies the condition or a setting value
in relation to writing coordinates on a paper during printing when a consumption degree of a photoreceptor unit satisfies
the condition.

US Pat. No. 9,361,051

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT TRANSMITS AND RECEIVES MAINTENANCE WORK DATA TO AND FROM INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that connects to a call center terminal related to maintenance work on the image forming apparatus,
comprising:
a restart unit configured to restart the image forming apparatus when receiving a remote restart instruction from an operator
of the call center terminal or a local restart instruction from a user of the image forming apparatus;

a receiving unit configured to receive, from the call center terminal, reconnecting information required for reconnection
to the call center terminal in a case where the image forming apparatus is restarted, wherein the reconnecting information
includes at least identification information of the call center terminal;

a storage unit configured to store the reconnecting information received by said receiving unit;
a first determining unit configured to determine whether the image forming apparatus is restarted according to the remote
restart instruction or the image forming apparatus is restarted according to the local restart instruction; and

a reconnection unit configured to
in a case where it is determined by the first determining unit that the image forming apparatus is restarted according to
the remote restart instruction, automatically reconnect to the call center terminal based on the identification information
stored by the storage unit, and

in a case where it is determined by the first determining unit that the image forming apparatus is restarted according to
the local restart instruction, reconnect to the call center terminal subject to the user logging in the image forming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,360,298

SURFACE EMITTING LASER AND OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY MEASURING APPARATUS USING THE SURFACE EMITTING LASER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A surface emitting laser operable to change a wavelength of emitted light, the surface emitting laser comprising:
a first reflecting mirror;
a second reflecting mirror, wherein a cavity is formed between the first reflecting mirror and the second mirror along the
optical axis of the surface emitting laser;

an active layer formed within the cavity;
a region formed within the cavity; and
a movable part situated within the region, the movable part having a refractive index different from a refractive index of
the region;

wherein the wavelength of emitted light is changeable by changing the position of the movable part along the direction of
the optical axis in the region; and

wherein a cavity length formed between the first reflecting mirror and second reflecting mirror is ten wavelengths or less,
one wavelength being a center wavelength of a wavelength range of light which the surface emitting laser can emit.

US Pat. No. 9,360,819

PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

a determination unit configured to determine whether to convey the succeeding sheet to a position facing the printing unit
while keeping the overlap state or to convey the succeeding sheet to the position after the overlap state has been cancelled;
and

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,358,793

LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS AND LIQUID EJECTION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid ejection apparatus comprising:
a plurality of liquid ejection heads arranged in parallel, each of the liquid ejection heads having an ejection opening from
which a liquid is ejected to a medium during relative movement between the liquid ejection head and the medium;

at least one blowing-out unit communicating with a plurality of blowing-out openings facing the medium so as to blow out gas
toward the medium, the plurality of blowing-out openings corresponding to the plurality of the liquid ejection heads and being
relatively fixed to the corresponding liquid ejection heads with respect to a movement direction of the medium; and

at least one suction unit communicating with a plurality of suction openings for sucking gas on the medium, the plurality
of suction openings corresponding to the plurality of the liquid ejection heads and being relatively fixed to the corresponding
liquid ejection heads with respect to the movement direction of the medium,

wherein each blowing-out opening and each suction opening are provided for each of the corresponding liquid ejection heads,
wherein each ejection opening, each blowing-out opening, and each suction opening are arranged, regarding each of the corresponding
liquid ejection heads, in order from an upstream side to a downstream side in the movement direction of the medium with respect
to the liquid ejection head, and

wherein, regarding each of the corresponding liquid ejection heads, the amount of gas blown out from each blowing-out opening
per unit time is larger than the amount of gas sucked into each suction opening per unit time.

US Pat. No. 9,360,962

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND A METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging control apparatus comprising:
a touch detection unit configured to detect a touch on a display unit;
an orientation detection unit configured to detect an orientation of the imaging control apparatus;
a display control unit configured to control the display unit and to perform control to change a display position of a display
item relating to imaging performed by an imaging unit displayed on the display unit if the orientation of the imaging control
apparatus detected by the orientation detection unit undergoes a predetermined change; and

a control unit configured to perform control so that processing relating to the display item is not performed in response
to detection of a touch onto the display item displayed on the display unit by the touch detection unit, the processing is
performed in response to the touch being released from the display item without the orientation of the imaging apparatus undergoing
the predetermined change while the touch detection unit is detecting the touch on the display item, and the processing is
not performed even if a touch that has been detected by the touch detection unit since before the predetermined change is
released from the display item after the orientation of the imaging control apparatus undergoes the predetermined change while
the touch detection unit is detecting the touch on the display item.

US Pat. No. 9,351,650

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an image obtaining unit configured to obtain an image of an eye area;
an information obtaining unit configured to obtain information regarding a plurality of vascular branches that include a plurality
of vascular bifurcations in the obtained image;

a determining unit configured to determine a measurement target from the plurality of vascular branches based on the obtained
information; and

a measuring unit configured to measure the size of a blood cell aggregate in the determined measurement target.

US Pat. No. 9,350,796

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR RECEIVING MULTIMEDIA DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of receiving, at a communication device, a multimedia data stream composed of a sequence of multimedia data segments
from a plurality of data sources, each multimedia data segment having an execution time slot relative to an execution time
slot of an initial multimedia data segment of the sequence the method comprising the steps of:
receiving a first multimedia segment of the sequence of multimedia segments from the respective data source, and
executing the first multimedia segment on the communication device;
wherein during execution of the first multimedia segment, for at least one subsequent multimedia data segment of the sequence,
the method further comprises the steps of:

requesting the data source of the subsequent multimedia data segment to transmit a portion of the subsequent multimedia data
segment;

determining the transmission capability between the communication device and the data source, based on the transmitted portion
of the subsequent multimedia data segment,

determining a time to start downloading the subsequent multimedia data segment, based on the execution time slot of the subsequent
multimedia data segment relative to the current time slot and the transmission capability between the data source of the subsequent
multimedia data segment and the communication device; and

downloading, at the determined time, the subsequent multimedia data segment for execution during the execution time slot.

US Pat. No. 9,348,241

EXPOSURE APPARATUS AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An exposure apparatus which projects a pattern of an original onto a substrate by a projection optical system to expose
the substrate, comprising:
an original stage configured to hold the original, wherein an original-side rough-measurement mark and an original-side fine-measurement
mark, which have geometric arrangements different from each other, are arranged on said original stage;

a substrate stage configured to hold the substrate, wherein a substrate-side rough-measurement mark and a substrate-side fine-measurement
mark, which have geometric arrangements different from each other, are formed on said substrate stage;

a control unit configured to control a measurement process for measuring a relative position between said original stage and
said substrate stage; and

a photosensor having a light amount detection range and configured to detect, in a state that the relative position between
said original stage and said substrate stage is changed, a first waveform indicating a change in an amount of light transmitted
through said original-side rough-measurement mark, the projection optical system, and said substrate-side rough-measurement
mark, and a second waveform indicating a change in an amount of light transmitted through said original-side fine-measurement
mark, the projection optical system, and said substrate-side fine-measurement mark, and

said control unit controls the measurement process to perform rough measurement for measuring the relative position between
said original stage and said substrate stage by detecting, using said photosensor, the first waveform while changing the relative
position between said original stage and said substrate stage, correct the relative position between said original stage and
said substrate stage based on the result of the rough measurement, and then perform fine measurement for measuring the relative
position between said original stage and said substrate stage by detecting, using said photosensor, the second waveform while
changing the relative position between said original stage and said substrate stage,

wherein the geometric arrangements of said original-side rough-measurement mark, said original-side fine-measurement mark,
said substrate-side rough-measurement mark and said substrate-side fine-measurement mark are determined so that a maximum
value in the first waveform and a maximum value in the second waveform fall within the light amount detection range of said
photosensor.

US Pat. No. 9,348,242

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:
a support;
a charge-generating layer; and
a charge-transporting layer,
the charge-generating layer and the charge-transporting layer being formed on the support,
wherein the charge-generating layer comprises:
a gallium phthalocyanine crystal in which N,N-dimethylformamide is contained;
an amine compound represented by the following formula (1) at 0.05 mass % or more and 20 mass % or less with respect to the
gallium phthalocyanine crystal; and

an arene compound at 0.3 mass % or more and 5 mass % or less with respect to the gallium phthalocyanine crystal, the arene
compound being at least one compound selected from the group consisting of a compound represented by the following formula
(2) and a compound represented by the following formula (3):


wherein R1 to R10 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, an aryloxycarbonyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted acyl
group, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted alkoxy group, a substituted or unsubstituted
aryloxy group, an amino group having a substituent, or a substituted or unsubstituted cyclic amino group, provided that at
least one of R1 to R10 represents an amino group substituted with a substituted or unsubstituted aryl group, an amino group substituted with a substituted
or unsubstituted alkyl group, or a substituted or unsubstituted cyclic amino group, and X1 represents a carbonyl group or a dicarbonyl group;


wherein n represents an integer selected from 4 to 8, and n units of Ar1 are identical to each other, and represent an aromatic hydrocarbon ring group that may have a substituent, a hetero ring group
that may have a substituent, or a group formed by a combination of multiple aromatic hydrocarbon ring groups or multiple hetero
ring groups; and


wherein four units of R11 are identical to each other, and represent a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group that may have a substituent, and four units of
Ar11 are identical to each other, and represent an aromatic hydrocarbon ring group that may have a substituent, a hetero ring group
that may have a substituent, or a group formed by a combination of multiple aromatic hydrocarbon ring groups or multiple hetero
ring groups.

US Pat. No. 9,348,270

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CONTROLLING LIGHT EXPOSURE BASED ON APPLIED BIAS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a rotating intermediate transfer member;
a first image forming unit and a second image forming unit lined up in the rotational direction of the intermediate transfer
member, wherein the second image forming unit is arranged downstream of the first image forming unit in the rotational direction
of the intermediate transfer member, and each of the first image forming unit and the second image forming unit includes a
rotating photosensitive member, a charging member configured to charge a surface of the photosensitive member, an exposure
member configured to expose the charged photosensitive member to form an electrostatic latent image, a developing member configured
to form, with toner, the electrostatic latent image formed on the surface of the photosensitive member, and a transfer member
configured to transfer a toner image formed on the surface of the photosensitive member onto the intermediate transfer member
at a transfer portion;

a first detection member arranged downstream of the first image forming unit and the second image forming unit in the rotational
direction of the intermediate transfer member to detect an adjusting toner image formed on the surface of the intermediate
transfer member;

a second detection member provided in the second image forming unit to detect an adjusting toner image formed on the surface
of the photosensitive member in the second image forming unit;

a bias application member configured to apply a transfer bias to the transfer member of the second image forming unit when
the toner image formed on the surface of the photosensitive member in the second image forming unit is transferred onto the
intermediate transfer member, and to apply a passing bias different from the transfer bias to the transfer member of the second
image forming unit when a first adjusting toner image formed in the first image forming unit and transferred onto the intermediate
transfer member and a second adjusting toner image formed on the surface of the photosensitive member in the second image
forming unit passes through the transfer portion of the second image forming unit; and

a control portion configured to control the exposure member in the second image forming unit to expose a region of the photosensitive
member passing through the transfer portion in a condition that the transfer bias is applied.

US Pat. No. 9,348,289

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS TO CONTROL RECORDING MATERIAL FEEDING BASED ON WHEN AN IMAGE IS FORMED ON AN IMAGE BEARING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit configured to start forming an image on an image bearing member according to a reference signal;
a transfer unit configured to transfer the image, which is formed on the image bearing member by the image forming unit, onto
a recording material at a transfer portion;

a feeding unit configured to feed the recording material;
a detection unit configured to detect a size of the recording material; and
a control unit configured to output the reference signal at a time interval corresponding to a predetermined size recording
material and control the feeding unit to feed the recording material at a timing of when a predetermined time has elapsed
since the image forming unit started forming the image on the image bearing member,

wherein, in a case where the size of the recording material detected by the detection unit is smaller than the predetermined
size, the control unit refrains from changing the time interval to output the reference signal and controls the feeding unit
to feed the recording material at a timing of when a time, that is shorter than the predetermined time, has elapsed since
the image forming unit started forming the image on the image bearing member.

US Pat. No. 9,350,882

IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM TO PREVENT ACCIDENTAL REMOVAL OF PRINT PRODUCTS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing system comprising:
an output unit configured to output, to a monitoring tray, a print product based on a print job to which a monitoring attribute
is allocated, and output, to an output tray different from the monitoring tray, a print product based on a print job to which
a monitoring attribute is not allocated;

an imaging unit configured to capture a video of the monitoring tray;
a detection unit having structure configured to detect motion in a print product region of the monitoring tray, based on the
video captured by the imaging unit; and

a warning information output unit having structure configured to output warning information according to the detection unit
detecting motion in the print product region.

US Pat. No. 9,340,318

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,341,922

IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus for controlling an imaging apparatus that includes a focus detection unit configured to detect a focus
state of an image forming optical system, the control apparatus comprising:
a selection unit configured to be able to select, as an autofocus operation mode of an optical system, a first autofocus operation
mode of the optical system and a second autofocus operation mode of the optical system;

a storage unit configured to store a plurality of setting values of setting items, wherein the setting items concern object
following characteristics and are different from each other, and wherein the storage unit is configured to store the plurality
of setting values so that a plurality of setting values in the second autofocus operation mode of the optical system are different
from a plurality of setting values in the first autofocus operation mode of the optical system;

a setting unit configured to read setting values corresponding to the selected operation mode from the storage unit and set
setting values read from the storage unit; and

a setting value changing unit configured to change setting values set by the setting unit, wherein the setting unit stores
the changed setting values in the storage unit and associates the changed setting values with the first autofocus operation
mode or the second autofocus operation mode,

wherein an operation of the focus detection unit is controlled with the plurality of setting values stored in the storage
unit, and

wherein, the differing plurality of setting values in the first and second autofocus operation modes of the optical system,
produce differing object following characteristics for each of the first and second autofocus operation modes of the optical
system, respectively.

US Pat. No. 9,341,964

PROCESS FOR PRODUCING ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,341,965

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,342,015

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an optical detecting device mounted in a main assembly of said image forming apparatus;
a movable unit, detachably mountable to the main assembly, including a rotatable member having a first light-blocking surface
for blocking light and a second light-blocking surface different from the first light-blocking surface in length of a light-blocking
region of said rotatable member with respect to a rotational direction of said rotatable member; and

a control unit,
wherein said movable unit rotates with rotation of said rotatable member so that the second light-blocking surface is movable
to a first position where said optical detecting device is light-blocked and a second position where said optical detecting
device is not light-blocked, and includes a locking member for locking the second light-blocking surface so that the second
light-blocking surface moved to the second position is maintained in the second position, and

wherein when the first light-blocking surface and the second light-blocking surface pass through a detecting portion of said
optical detecting device by the rotation of said rotatable member, said control unit discriminates a state of said movable
unit on the basis of a detection result of said optical detecting device.

US Pat. No. 9,339,970

IMPRINT APPARATUS, AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imprint apparatus which forms a resin pattern on a substrate by curing the resin in a state where the resin on the substrate
is in contact with a patterned portion of a mold, comprising:
a gas supply unit which supplies gas to a space between the mold and the substrate;
a measuring unit which is configured so that measuring light transits the space or a space that communicates with the space,
and which measures a prescribed distance between two objects using the measuring light; and

a controller which obtains information concerning the prescribed distance, and which outputs a signal representing a state
of concentration of the gas in the space based on the information and a measurement result of the measuring unit in a state
where the gas is supplied from the gas supply unit.

US Pat. No. 9,344,586

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus, comprising:
a first communicator configured to communicate in a bidirectional communication mode for performing bidirectional message
communication with an apparatus;

a controller that has an active mode having a first power consumption and an inactive mode having a lower power consumption
than the first power consumption; and

an operation mode detector configured to detect that the controller is in the inactive mode,
wherein when the controller is in the inactive mode and a predetermined service is designated by a communication partner,
the first communicator communicates information according to the predetermined service designated by the communication partner
while the controller is in the inactive mode, and

wherein when the controller is in the inactive mode, and a service other than the predetermined service is designated by the
communication partner, the first communicator does not perform communication according to the designated service.

US Pat. No. 9,335,697

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING IMAGE BEARING MEMBER LIFE ESTIMATION UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a rotatable image bearing member having an organic photosensitive layer on a surface;
a charging member configured to contact and charge the surface of the image bearing member;
an exposure unit configured to form a latent image by exposing the surface of the charged image bearing member to light;
a development device including a developer bearing member configured to cause a developer bearing member bearing developer
to contact the surface of the image bearing member, and convey the developer to develop the latent image;

a cleaning member configured to contact the surface of the image bearing member and clean the surface of the image bearing
member;

a storage unit configured to store a first threshold of a first wear amount of a first area of the organic photosensitive
layer and a second threshold of a second wear amount of a second area of the organic photosensitive layer; and

an image bearing member life estimation unit configured to estimate the first and second wear amounts, compare the first and
second wear amounts and the first and second thresholds, and send out a message informing that the image bearing member has
reached the end of its life if any of the first and second wear amounts reaches a respective threshold,

wherein the organic photosensitive layer includes a first area and a second area which is different from the first area,
wherein the first and second wear amounts are determined based on a measured length of time of contact between the image bearing
member and the developer bearing member and a measured length of time of separation between the image bearing member and the
developing bearing member.

US Pat. No. 9,338,322

IMAGE READING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING AN ILLUMINATING UNIT AND AN ALIGNING PORTION FOR POSITIONING AN ORIGINAL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image reading device comprising:
a platen on which an original is to be placed;
an illuminating unit configured to illuminate the original;
a linear sensor extending in a first direction and configured to receive light from the original;
an optical unit configured to guide the light from the original to the linear sensor; and
an aligning portion configured to determine a position of the original in the first direction,
wherein the illuminating unit includes
a light-guiding member extending in the first direction,
wherein the light-guiding member includes an optical surface provided with a plurality of prisms that are arranged in the
first direction; and

a light source provided only at one end of the light-guiding member in the first direction,
wherein, in the first direction, a distance between a center axis of the optical surface and the light source is shorter than
a distance between an optical axis defined by the optical unit and the light source,

wherein the illuminating unit illuminates the original only from the one end side in the first direction, and
wherein the aligning portion is provided on a side opposite to the light source in the first direction.

US Pat. No. 9,338,343

IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,338,375

IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an image forming optical system;
an image sensor including a plurality of pixels;
an image fiber including a plurality of optical fibers that guides light from the image forming optical system to the image
sensor; and

a processing unit that applies processing for compensating for illumination unevenness of the image sensor caused by the image
fiber, wherein

at least some of light propagating inside a first one of the optical fibers and at least some of light propagating inside
a second one of the optical fibers are guided to one of the pixels.