US Pat. No. 9,270,860

DATA PROCESSING METHOD, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR STORING DATA IN A PLURALITY OF BOXES ASSIGNED AS STORAGE AREAS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A data processing method for an image forming apparatus including a storage unit having a plurality of boxes assigned as
storage areas for storing data, said method comprising:
a first reception step of receiving data to be stored in the storage unit, designation information indicating at least one
of the plurality of boxes, and print setting information defining a print setting which is used for printing the data;

a first storage control step of storing, when the received designation information indicates one box, the received data and
the received print setting information in a storage area corresponding to the one box indicated by the designation information;

a second storage control step of storing, when the received designation information indicates two boxes including a first
box and a second box, the received data and the received print setting information in a first storage area corresponding to
the first box indicated by the designation information, and of storing shortcut data for referencing the received data stored
in the first storage area and the received print setting information in a second storage area corresponding to the second
box indicated by the designation information, wherein the received data is not stored in the second storage area and wherein
the shortcut data is not stored in the first storage area;

a second reception step of receiving a printing instruction of the data stored in the storage area corresponding to the one
box or to the first box of the two boxes indicated by the designation information; and

a printing step of, when receiving the printing instruction, printing the data which is stored in the first storage area corresponding
to the first box, based on the print setting information stored in the first storage area corresponding to the first box in
a case where the storage area corresponding to the first box has been selected, and printing the data which is referred from
the shortcut data stored in the storage area corresponding to the second box and is stored in the first box, based on the
print setting information stored in the storage area corresponding to the second box in a case where the second box has been
selected,

wherein the same print setting information received with the data is individually stored in each of the storage area corresponding
to the first box and the storage area corresponding to the second box, and

the print setting information stored in the storage area corresponding to the first box and the print setting information
stored in the storage area corresponding to the second box are capable of being individually edited.

US Pat. No. 9,264,616

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR CORRECTING IMAGE BLURRING OF A CAPTURED IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus having a function of correcting image blurring of a captured image, comprising:
a motion vector detection unit configured to detect a motion vector indicating movement of an image from a captured image
signal;

a motion vector output control unit configured to selectively output an output of the motion vector detection unit and an
output of a shake detection unit;

a correction amount calculation unit configured to calculate a shake correction amount based on at least one of the output
of the motion vector output control unit and the output of the shake detection unit;

a correction unit configured to correct the image blurring of the captured image based on the shake correction amount; and
a reference value calculation unit configured to calculate a reference value as the output of the shake detection unit,
wherein the motion vector output control unit selectively outputs the output of the motion vector detection unit and a value
based on a moving amount of an object on an imaging plane calculated based on an output obtained by integrating a difference
between the output of the shake detection unit and the reference value.

US Pat. No. 9,261,948

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR EXECUTING A PROXY IN RESPONSE TO A HEARTBEAT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a main control unit configured to control an image forming processing unit configured to execute an image forming process;
and

a sub control unit configured to exchange data with an information processing apparatus via a network,
wherein the main control unit includes a power-saving control unit configured to shift the main control unit to a power-saving
state, in which power supply to the image forming processing unit is reduced, and

wherein the sub control unit comprises:
a determination unit configured to determine, if an encryption communication protocol is used for exchanging messages and
a message is transmitted from the information processing apparatus, whether the main control unit needs to be shifted to a
non-power-saving state from the power-saving state based on a bit pattern of the message, without executing a decryption process
on the message;

a return unit configured to give, if the determination unit determines that the main control unit needs to be shifted to the
non-power-saving state, a return instruction for shifting the main control unit to the non-power-saving state, to cause the
main control unit to transmit information in response to the message to the information processing apparatus; and

a response unit configured to transmit, if the determination unit determines that the main control unit does not need to be
shifted to the non-power-saving state, information in response to the transmitted message to the information processing apparatus,
without giving the return instruction for shifting the main control unit to the non-power-saving state,

wherein the sub control unit further comprises a storage unit configured to store a number of transmissions of response information
from the response unit as a response message number,

wherein, when the main control unit is shifted to the non-power-saving state, the return unit notifies the main control unit
of the stored response message number, and

wherein, when the main control unit is shifted from the power-saving state to the non-power-saving state, the main control
unit executes a hash check on the message based on the response message number, of which the main control unit has been notified,
and then, if the main control unit succeeds in the hash check, the main control unit transmits information in response to
the message to the information processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,256,157

MOVING MECHANISM FOR A DEVELOPING DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT REDUCES OR REMOVES PRESS-CONTACT FORCES ON A DEVELOPER CARRYING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

13. An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording material, said image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member for bearing a latent image;
a developing container for accommodating a developer;
a rotatable developer carrying member for carrying the developer to a developing zone for developing the latent image;
a developer regulating portion configured to regulate a thickness of a layer of the developer carried on said developer carrying
member to a predetermined thickness;

a developer feeding member configured to supply the developer to said developer carrying member;
an urging member for urging said developer carrying member toward said developer regulating portion in a first direction;
and

a moving mechanism for moving said developer carrying member in a second direction crossing with the first direction,
wherein a press-contact force received by said developer carrying member from said developer feeding member by contact there
between increases or decreases by movement of said developer carrying member in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 9,244,643

PRINTING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A print-control apparatus supporting a plurality of communication methods, the print-control apparatus comprising:
a communication unit configured to communicate with an image-supplying apparatus and to receive image data from the image-supplying
apparatus;

a determination unit configured to determine whether a communication method used to communicate with the image-supplying apparatus
is a predetermined communication method;

a display control unit configured to perform control, in a case in which it is determined by the determination unit that the
communication method used to communicate with the image-supplying apparatus is not the predetermined communication method,
to allow a display unit to display a print-setting screen for setting a print setting in response to reception of the image
data by the communication unit; and

a print control unit configured to perform control, in a case in which it is determined by the determination unit that the
communication method used to communicate with the image-supplying apparatus is the predetermined communication method, to
start a process of printing the image data in response to the reception of the image data by the communication unit, and in
a case in which it is determined by the determination unit that the communication method used to communicate with the image-supplying
apparatus is not the predetermined communication method, not to start the process of printing the image data in response to
the reception of the image data by the communication unit and to start the process of printing the image data after the print
setting is set on the print-setting screen,

wherein the print control unit starts the process of printing the received image data even if not receiving an instruction
for starting printing in a case in which a predetermined time has passed without the print setting being set on the print-setting
screen.

US Pat. No. 9,236,410

SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE, IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM USING SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state image pickup device comprising:
a photoelectric conversion portion disposed in a semiconductor substrate,
a first transfer transistor configured to transfer carriers generated in the photoelectric conversion portion,
a carrier holding portion configured to hold the carriers transferred from the photoelectric conversion portion,
a second transfer transistor configured to transfer the carriers in the carrier holding portion to a floating diffusion portion,
an amplification transistor configured to output a signal based on a potential of the floating diffusion portion;
a first insulating film disposed above the photoelectric conversion portion, and the floating diffusion portion;
a second insulating film disposed between the photoelectric conversion portion and the first insulating film, and the second
insulating film being made of a different material from that of the first insulating film;

a contact plug disposed in an opening of the first insulating film and connected to a drain of the second transfer transistor,
the contact plug having a top surface and a bottom surface which is closer to the substrate than the top surface; and

a light shielding film disposed in an opening of the first insulating film and positioned above the carrier holding portion,
wherein a bottom surface of the light shielding film contacts with the second insulating film, and
wherein the bottom surface of the light shielding film is positioned closer to the substrate than the top surface of the contact
plug.

US Pat. No. 9,218,681

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for compositing a plurality of images that are shot with different exposures, comprising:
a processor configured to implement the functions of an object detection unit, a main object determination unit, a distance
calculation unit, and a compositing unit, wherein:

the object detection unit is configured to detect object regions from the images;
the main object determination unit is configured to determine a main object region from among the object regions;
the distance calculation unit is configured to calculate object distance information regarding distances to the main object
region for the object regions; and

the compositing unit is configured to composite the object regions of the plurality of images using a compositing method based
on the object distance information, so as to generate a high dynamic range image.

US Pat. No. 9,205,689

IMAGE PRINTING APPARATUS, IMAGE PRINTING METHOD, AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image printing apparatus comprising:
a printing control unit configured to print an image in a unit area on a printing medium by performing a plurality of scans
relatively in a scan direction by a print head for discharging ink on the unit area in accordance with print data that specifies
whether the ink is to be discharged or not to each of a plurality of pixel areas corresponding to a plurality of pixels in
the unit area in each of the plurality of scans;

a determining unit configured to determine an attribute of the image to be printed in each of a plurality of determination
areas obtained by division of the unit area;

an acquiring unit configured to acquire binary data that specifies whether the ink is to be discharged or not to each of the
plurality of pixel areas in the plurality of determination areas; and

a generating unit configured to generate the plurality of print data to be used in printing in the plurality of scans based
on a plurality of first mask patterns and a plurality of second mask patterns in which print permitting pixels and non-print
permitting pixels are arranged and the binary data acquired by the acquiring unit, the plurality of first mask patterns and
the plurality of second mask patterns corresponding to the plurality of scans, the print permitting pixels permitting ink
to be discharged, the non-print permitting pixels not permitting ink to be discharged,

wherein when each of a print permitting pixel group consisting of a plurality of adjacent print permitting pixels and a print
permitting pixel that is not adjacent to the other print permitting pixels in each of the mask patterns is defined as a single
unit, a mean of the numbers of the print permitting pixels in the units in one mask pattern of the plurality of second mask
patterns is larger than a mean of the numbers of the print permitting pixels in the units in one mask pattern of the plurality
of first mask patterns, and

the generating unit is configured to generate the plurality of print data based on the plurality of first mask patterns when
the determining unit determines that the attribute of the image to be printed in the determination area is a first attribute
and configured to generate the plurality of print data based on the plurality of second mask patterns when the determining
unit determines that the attribute of the image to be printed in the determination area is a second attribute different from
the first attribute.

US Pat. No. 9,201,372

RECORDING-MATERIAL IDENTIFYING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording-material identifying apparatus comprising:
an illuminating unit configured to illuminate a first surface of a recording material with light;
an image-pickup unit configured to pick up, as an image, the light being emitted from the illuminating unit and being reflected
by the first surface of the recording material;

a pressing unit configured to press a second surface of the recording material, the second surface being opposite the first
surface, wherein the pressing unit presses a first area of the second surface with a first force, and a second area, which
is different from the first area, of the second surface with a second force, which is smaller than the first force, and

a control unit configured to identify a type of the recording material based on an image of an area of the first surface corresponding
to the second area of the second surface, the image being picked up by the image-pickup unit.

US Pat. No. 9,197,769

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM INCLUDING DEVICE MANAGEMENT APPLICATION FOR MANAGING PERIPHERAL DEVICES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a display unit configured to display a list screen including device objects for a plurality of peripheral apparatuses associated
with a management application to be installed in an installed operating system;

the display unit being further configured to display the list screen after the management application is activated in response
to selection of an activating object of the management application on a home screen on which other activating objects are
displayed;

the display unit being further configured to display an instruction object for instructing to display an activating object
corresponding to one of the device objects of the plurality of peripheral apparatuses on the list screen selected by a user
instruction; and

a receiving unit configured to receive an instruction generated by operation of the instruction object, wherein
if the receiving unit receives the instruction, the activating object corresponding to the selected device object is displayed
on the home screen.

US Pat. No. 9,190,978

DIFFERENTIAL TRANSMISSION CIRCUIT AND PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A differential transmission circuit for transmitting digital signals, comprising:
a differential signal transmission unit configured to transmit a differential signal;
a differential signal reception unit configured to receive the differential signal;
a differential signal wiring composed of a first signal line and a second signal line connecting the differential signal transmission
unit and the differential signal reception unit to each other;

an inductor unit composed of a first inductor provided on the first signal line and a second inductor provided on the second
signal line;

an input-side capacitor unit composed of a first input-side capacitor in which one terminal is connected to a signal input
terminal of the first inductor and the other terminal is connected to ground and a second input-side capacitor in which one
terminal is connected to a signal input terminal of the second inductor and the other terminal is connected to ground; and

an output-side capacitor unit provided between the inductor unit and the differential signal reception unit and configured
to attenuate a normal mode component included in the differential signal in cooperation with the inductor unit and the input-side
capacitor unit,

wherein the first inductor and the second inductor are magnetically coupled to each other, and
wherein the magnetic coupling between the first inductor and the second inductor has a coupling coefficient k higher than
or equal to 0.4.

US Pat. No. 9,191,565

LENS UNIT, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND METHODS OF CONTROLLING LENS UNIT AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A lens unit capable of being removably mounted on an image pickup apparatus including an image pickup element configured
to perform photoelectric conversion of an object image formed by an image pickup optical system, a focus signal generator
configured to generate a focus signal indicating a focus state of the image pickup optical system using an output from the
image pickup element, and an image pickup apparatus controller configured to generate control information used for a vibration
control that vibrates a correction lens and also moves a vibration center of the correction lens in a direction where the
focus signal increases, the lens unit comprising:
the image pickup optical system including a magnification varying lens configured to perform a magnification varying operation
and the correction lens configured to correct an image plane variation caused by a movement of the magnification varying lens;

a storage unit storing first information that indicates a relation between a position of the magnification varying lens and
a position of the correction lens for each object distance; and

a lens controller configured to control a communication with the image pickup apparatus and perform a predetermined control
in which the correction lens moves in accordance with the movement of the magnification varying lens based on the first information,

wherein the lens controller sends information relating to the magnification varying operation to the image pickup apparatus,
and overlaps the vibration control of the correction lens based on the control information generated by the image pickup apparatus
in accordance with the information relating to the magnification varying operation with the predetermined control,

wherein the control information contains third information that indicates whether the control information corresponds to the
information relating to the magnification varying operation, and

wherein the lens controller moves the correction lens by overlapping the vibration control with the predetermined control
when the third information corresponds to the information relating to the magnification varying operation, and moves the correction
lens without overlapping the vibration control with the predetermined control when the third information does not correspond
to the magnification varying operation.

US Pat. No. 9,162,920

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING POROUS GLASS, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING OPTICAL ELEMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a porous glass comprising the steps of:
forming a phase-separated glass by heating at a temperature in a range of 300 to 500 degrees Celsius for 3 to 50 hours for
phase separation of a glass body in which the concentration of SiO2 is in a range of 50 to 70 percent by weight, the concentration of B2O3 is in a range of 15 to 40 percent by weight, the concentration of Li2O is in a range of 1.0 to 8.0 percent by weight, the concentration of Na2O is in a range of 2.0 to 8.0 percent by weight, the concentration of K2O is in a range of 0.3 to 5.0 percent by weight, the total concentration of Li2O, Na2O, and K2O is in a range of 3.5 to 15 percent by weight, and the ratio of the concentration of K2O to the total concentration of Li2O, Na2O, and K2O is in a range of 0.10 to 0.30; and

forming a porous glass by etching the phase-separated glass.

US Pat. No. 9,134,167

ACOUSTIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
an output unit arranged to output measurement sound signals in an acoustic space at an output interval;
an input unit arranged to input a plurality of picked-up signals picked up in the acoustic space during each of the measurement
sound signals output by the output unit;

a processing unit arranged to obtain acoustic characteristics of the acoustic space from an arithmetic mean of the plurality
of picked-up signals input by the input unit and the measurement signals; and

a control unit arranged to measure background noise in the acoustic space and detect a peak frequency component of a frequency
characteristic of the background noise signal,

wherein the processing unit is arranged to control the output interval of measurement sound signals output by said output
unit so as to cancel out the peak frequency component in a result of the arithmetic mean of the plurality of picked-up signals.

US Pat. No. 9,124,817

PROJECTOR AND CONTROL METHOD USED FOR THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A projector configured to display an image by projecting light modulated by a light modulation element onto a projection
surface, the projector comprising:
a shift unit configured to move a projection position of the image by changing a position to be used to display the image
in the light modulation element;

a black adjustment unit configured to make luminance of black in a non-overlapping region, in which an image projected by
the projector and an image projected by another projector do not overlap on the projection surface, higher than that in an
overlapping region, in which the image projected by the projector and the image projected by the other projector overlap on
the projection surface, in such a way as to uniform the luminance of black between the non-overlapping region and the overlapping
region; and

a control unit configured to move a boundary position in the image between a region in which the luminance of black is adjusted
by the black adjustment unit and a region in which the luminance of black is not adjusted by the black adjustment unit, by
an amount of movement in which the projection position is moved by the shift unit,

wherein the shift unit is configured to move the projection position of the image by changing a timing of superimposition
of a video signal supplied to the light modulation element with respect to vertical and horizontal display periods of the
light modulation element.

US Pat. No. 9,096,409

SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveying apparatus comprising:
an apparatus body;
a door portion which is movably supported on the apparatus body;
a conveying guide which forms a sheet conveying path in a state that the door portion is closed, and said conveying guide
is movably mounted on the door portion to move between a closure position where the sheet conveying path is formed with the
door portion and an opening position where the sheet conveying path is opened in a state that the door portion is opened;

a holding portion which holds the conveying guide in the opening position in a state that the door portion is opened; and
an interlock portion which moves with respect to the apparatus body and which interlocks with a closure operation of the door
portion so that the interlock portion causes the conveying guide held in the opening position to move to the closure position
before the door portion is closed.

US Pat. No. 9,082,975

PIEZOELECTRIC MATERIAL AND DEVICES USING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A piezoelectric material, comprising a perovskite-type metal oxide represented by the following general formula (1):
Ax(ZnjTi(1-j))l(MgkTi(1-k))mMnO3  General formula (1)
where:
A represents a Bi element, or one or more kinds of elements selected from the group consisting of trivalent metal elements
and containing at least a Bi element;

M represents at least one kind of an element selected from the group consisting of Fe, Al, Sc, Mn, Y, Ga, and Yb; and
0.9?x?1.25, 0.4?j?0.6, 0.4?k?0.6, 0.27?l?0.49, 0.19?m?0.46, 0.27?n?0.36, and l+m+n=1 are satisfied.

US Pat. No. 9,077,905

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
a computing unit which computes, based on an image captured using an image sensor, an amount of blown-out highlights of the
image;

an enhancement amount determining unit which determines, based on a magnitude of the amount of blown-out highlights, an amount
of dynamic range enhancement for lessening the amount of blown-out highlights;

a correction amount determining unit which automatically determines a lessening amount of sensitivity that depends on the
amount of dynamic range enhancement, and a correction amount for correcting brightness of an image captured at the lessened
sensitivity, wherein the lessening amount of sensitivity increases as the amount of dynamic range enhancement increases;

a control unit which performs image capture using the image sensor at the lessened sensitivity; and
a correcting unit which corrects the brightness of an image captured at the lessened sensitivity, in accordance with the correction
amount.

US Pat. No. 9,075,333

CHARGING MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A charging member, comprising:
a substrate; and
an elastic layer,
wherein the elastic layer contains
a rubber having a polar group and
a hollow particle having a shell containing a crystal of calcium carbonate.

US Pat. No. 9,048,155

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM USING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus comprising:
a plurality of photoelectric conversion elements including first, second, and third photoelectric conversion elements for
generating signal charges;

a plurality of transistors;
a first semiconductor region of a first conductivity type arranged between the first photoelectric conversion element and
the second photoelectric conversion element, and extended from a predetermined position toward a depth direction, the first
semiconductor region having a first width, a transistor of the plurality of transistors being arranged above the first semiconductor
region; and

a second semiconductor region of the first conductivity type arranged between the first photoelectric conversion element and
the third photoelectric conversion element, and extended from the predetermined position toward the depth direction, the second
semiconductor region having a second width smaller than the first width, and the second semiconductor region having an impurity
concentration higher than that of the first semiconductor region.

US Pat. No. 9,049,332

MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, MANAGEMENT METHOD AND NETWORK SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A management apparatus for distributing setting information to a network device, comprising:
a display unit configured to control displaying of a screen for designating a replace mode and a network device which is a
distribution destination of the setting information, wherein the setting information including the unique setting information
that is unique in a network is duplicated in the replace mode, and a time to distribute is displayed in the screen;

an obtaining unit configured to obtain the setting information including the unique setting information, from a replacement
target network device, wherein the unique setting information includes device name information and network address information;

a distribution unit configured to distribute the setting information to a new network device as a distribution destination
in the replace mode according to the designation on the screen;

a transmission unit configured to transmit an instruction to restrict use of the unique setting information to the replacement
target network device; and

a determination unit configured to determine whether or not the management apparatus has an application having a function
of restricting a function to be provided, in order to restrict use of the unique setting information,

wherein if it is determined that the management apparatus has the application, the transmission unit transmits the application
to the replacement target network device, and

wherein the transmission unit transmits a power-off instruction to the replacement target network device if the application
has not yet been transmitted to the replacement target network device, or if the time to distribute the setting information
to the new network device has not yet been reached.

US Pat. No. 10,219,352

LIGHT-EMITTING APPARATUS AND DISPLAY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A light-emitting apparatus, comprising:a light source unit;
a control unit configured to control the light source unit emitting a light by controlling lighting period of the light source unit:
an optical sensor configured to acquire a light detection value corresponding to at least one of a brightness and a color of light emitted from the light source unit;
a temperature sensor disposed near the optical sensor; and
a correction unit configured to execute
a first processing to acquire a current corrected detection value by correcting a current light detection value, based on a current temperature detection value from the temperature sensor if that the lighting period of the light source unit is equal to or more than a threshold, and
a second processing to acquire a current corrected detection value, based on: 1) a past corrected detection value; 2) a past temperature detection value from the temperature sensor; and 3) the current temperature detection value from the temperature sensor if that the lighting period of the light source unit is less than the threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,948,836

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS WITH ROTATIONALLY-OPERATED MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:a rotationally-operated member;
a rotary member configured to be able to rotate integrally with said rotationally-operated member, and comprise first concave portions and first convex portions that are formed alternately in an outer peripheral portion, and multiple click holes formed on an inner peripheral side of the first concave portions and the first convex portions in a circumferential direction;
a click feel generating member configured to, in response to said rotationally-operated member being rotationally operated, repeatedly comes to a state of being in engagement with the click hole and to a state of being pulled out from the click hole to generate a click feel on said rotationally-operated member; and
a detection unit configured to, in response to said rotationally-operated member being rotationally operated, repeatedly comes to a state of detecting the first concave portions of said rotary member and to a state of detecting the first convex portions of said rotary member to detect a rotating direction and a rotationally-operated amount of said rotationally-operated member,
wherein the click holes, the first concave portions, and the first convex portions are formed in said rotary member such that the click holes and the first concave portions are not aligned in a direction perpendicular to a rotation center of said rotary member.

US Pat. No. 9,521,312

FOCUS DETECTION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME, AND IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A focus detection apparatus comprising:
one or more processors; and
a memory storing instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the focus detection apparatus to function
as:

an acquisition unit;
an estimation unit; and
a focus detection unit, wherein:
the acquisition unit acquires signals of pixels from an image sensor in which a first pixel, a second pixel, and an imaging
pixel are arranged, the first pixel receiving light flux that is restricted to light flux passing through a first portion
of a pupil area of an imaging optical system, the second pixel receiving light flux that is restricted to light flux passing
through a second portion that is different from the first portion of the pupil area, and the imaging pixel being different
from the first and second pixels;

the estimation unit estimates, based on the acquired signals, a first estimated signal corresponding to the first pixel at
a position at which the first pixel is not arranged, and a second estimated signal corresponding to the second pixel at a
position at which the second pixel is not arranged; and

the focus detection unit calculates a defocus amount of the imaging optical system based on a first signal constituted by
the first estimated signal and the signal from the first pixel, and a second signal constituted by the second estimated signal
and the signal from the second pixel.

US Pat. No. 9,496,001

VIDEO PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING VIDEO PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for displaying video, the image processing apparatus comprising:
a compressor configured to compress a video frame constituting the video;
a memory configured to store the compressed video frame; and
a determination unit configured to determine, from among a plurality of video frames corresponding to the compressed video
frames compressed by the compressor and stored in the memory, based on a compression ratio of each of the plurality of compressed
video frames stored in the memory, a pause video frame to be displayed during a pause of the video in response to an input
of a stop command to pause displaying the video so that a first video frame is determined as the pause video frame to be displayed
during the pause of the video in a case where a compressed first video frame and a compressed second video frame are stored
in the memory and a compression ratio of the compressed second video frame is higher than a compression ratio of the compressed
first video frame;

a decompression unit configured to decompress the compressed video frame corresponding to the determined video frame to obtain
a display video frame; and

a display unit configured to display the decompressed video frame during the pause of the video.

US Pat. No. 9,477,179

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a bottle which is detachably attached to a mounting portion and which stores toner, the bottle having a discharge port from
which the toner stored is discharged;

a shutter which is disposed on the bottle to open and close the discharge port, the shutter having a communicating port which
is brought into communication with the discharge port; and

an engaging member which is movably disposed and configured to engage with the shutter, wherein, in a case that the engaging
member is in an operating position, the engaging member engages with the shutter so as to open the discharge port by an attaching
operation of the bottle into a set position, and wherein, in a case that the engaging member is in a non-operating position
where the engaging member is retracted from the operating position, the shutter maintains a closed status of the discharge
port when the bottle is attached at the set position;

a receiving device receiving the toner supplied from the bottle;
a connecting member which is displaceable between the bottle located at the set position and the receiving device, and is
connectable to the shutter when the bottle is attached at the set position; and

a seal member which is compressed between the connecting member and the shutter to seal a periphery of the communicating port,
wherein, in a case that the bottle is located at the set position in a state that the engaging member is in the operating
position, the connecting member is connected to the shutter, and

wherein, in a case that the bottle is located at the set position in a state that the engaging member is in the non-operating
position, the connecting member is spaced apart from the shutter.

US Pat. No. 9,471,580

FILE MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, FILE MANAGEMENT METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A file management apparatus that manages a file by providing a non-transitory storage device with a data area storing data
included in the file, a first meta-data area storing management information representing a usage and a chain of the data area,
and a second meta-data area storing index information representing the size of the file, the file management apparatus comprising:
a receiving unit configured to receive a first file operation instruction and a second file operation instruction; and
a control unit configured to change an order of updating of the data area, the first meta-data area, and the second meta-data
area corresponding to a type of the first file operation instruction and a type of the second file operation instruction that
has been received by the receiving unit,

wherein the control unit performs control to update at least two of the data, the management information, and the index information
in different orders, responsive to the first file operation instruction and the second file operation instruction.

US Pat. No. 9,426,881

PRINT CIRCUIT BOARD AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE USING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A print circuit board which has a first mounting portion of an electrical component, a second mounting portion of a connector
and a bending portion formed between the first mounting portion and the second mounting portion, the print circuit board comprising:
a first layer in which a first land corresponding to an electrode pattern of the electrical component is formed on the first
mounting portion and a second land corresponding to an electrode pattern of the connector is formed on the second mounting
portion;

a second layer which has a first wiring layer in which an analog signal pattern and a first ground pattern are formed on the
bending portion and a first insulating layer stacked on the first wiring layer;

a third layer which has a second wiring layer in which a digital signal pattern and second ground pattern are formed on the
bending portion and a second insulating layer stacked on the second wiring layer;

a fourth layer which has a third wiring layer in which a third ground pattern is formed on the bending portion and a third
insulating layer stacked on the third wiring layer,

wherein the first mounting portion and the second mounting portion consist of a four-layer structure in which the layers are
stacked in the order of the fourth layer, the third layer, the second layer, and the first layer,

wherein the bending portion consists of a seven-layer structure in which the layers are stacked in the order of a fourth insulating
layer, the third wiring layer, the third insulating layer, the second wiring layer, the second insulating layer, the first
wiring layer, and the first insulating layer, and

wherein the digital signal pattern is sandwiched between the first ground pattern and the third ground pattern in stacking
direction, and the analog signal pattern overlaps with the second ground pattern to prevent the analog signal pattern and
the digital signal pattern from overlapping each other.

US Pat. No. 9,417,549

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a rotatable photosensitive member;
a charging member configured to charge said photosensitive member by being supplied with a DC voltage;
an image forming station configured to form an image on said photosensitive member charged by said charging member to form
an electrostatic image;

a current detector configured to detect a DC current flowing to said charging member when said charging member is supplied
with the DC voltage from a voltage source;

an executing portion configured to execute pre-charging operation for charging, by said charging member, said photosensitive
member which is rotating, after production of an image formation signal prior to image forming operation by said image forming
station; and

a controller configured to control an amount of rotation of said photosensitive member in the pre-charging operation on the
basis of the DC current detected by said current detector during the pre-charging operation.

US Pat. No. 9,412,552

MULTI-SOURCE RADIATION GENERATING APPARATUS AND RADIOGRAPHIC IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiation generating apparatus comprising:
a radiation tube including a plurality of cathodes, a plurality of targets, and an extraction electrode, the plurality of
cathodes being configured to emit electrons, the plurality of targets being disposed in a one-to-one correspondence with the
plurality of cathodes and configured to output radiation in response to being irradiated by the electrons, and the extraction
electrode being disposed between the plurality of cathodes and the plurality of targets and configured to operate at a potential
applied thereto; and

a driving controller configured to control driving of the radiation tube,
wherein the driving controller performs switching between a cutoff potential, which is higher than the potential of the extraction
electrode, and an emission potential, which is lower than the potential of the extraction electrode so that the cutoff potential
and the emission potential are selectively applied to the plurality of cathodes.

US Pat. No. 9,396,700

DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display apparatus, comprising:
a light-emitting unit having a plurality of light sources, the emission brightness of which can be individually changed;
a display unit configured to display an image on a screen by modulating light from the light-emitting unit; and
a control unit configured to control the emission brightness of each of the light sources according to a brightness of an
image to be displayed in a region on the screen corresponding to each of the plurality of light sources, wherein

when a graphic image is superimposed on an original image and is displayed,
the control unit changes the emission brightness of each of the light sources according to a type of the graphic image so
that the emission brightness becomes equal to an emission brightness according to a brightness of the original image when
the type of the graphic image is a first type, and so that the emission brightness becomes equal to an emission brightness
according to a brightness of a composite image obtained by compositing the graphic image on the original image when the type
of the graphic image is a second type.

US Pat. No. 9,379,570

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power output apparatus comprising:
an output unit that wirelessly outputs power to an electronic apparatus; and
a control unit that performs at least one of a first process and a second process, wherein the first process includes a process
for determining whether a change of a value, relating to a traveling wave of power output by the output unit and a reflected
wave of power output by the output unit, is equal to or more than a first predetermined value, wherein the second process
includes a process for determining whether an efficiency is equal to or more than a second predetermined value, wherein the
efficiency is obtained according to power output by the power output unit and power received by the electronic apparatus,
and

wherein the control unit causes the output unit to output charging power for causing the electronic apparatus to charge a
battery in response to a change of a value, relating to a traveling wave of power output by the output unit and a reflected
wave of power output by the output unit, not being equal to or more than the first predetermined value and the efficiency
being equal to or more than the second predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 9,365,386

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS POST-PROCESSING, AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM HAVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

7. A sheet processing apparatus comprising:
a stacking unit configured to stack sheets thereon to form a sheet bundle;
a folding unit configured to fold the sheet bundle formed by said stacking unit;
a press unit configured to perform press processing to press a folded part of the sheet bundle folded by said folding unit;
a setting unit configured to set an operation mode of said press unit; and
a control unit configured to:
in a case where the operation mode of said press unit is set to a predetermined mode by said setting unit, control said press
unit to perform the press processing on the folded sheet bundle;

in a case where the operation mode of said press unit is set to a mode other than the predetermined mode by said setting unit,
determine based on the number of sheets of the sheet bundle whether the press processing is to be performed on the sheet bundle
and control said press unit accordingly; and

in a case where the predetermined mode is not set, determine that the press processing is to be performed on the sheet bundle,
when the number of sheets of the sheet bundle is equal to or larger than a threshold value set according to a size of sheets
of the sheet bundle, and determine that the press processing is not to be performed on the sheet bundle, when the number of
sheets of the sheet bundle is less than the threshold value,

wherein the threshold value is determined based on the number of sheets of the sheet bundle at which a stack processing time
required for said stacking unit to form the sheet bundle does not become larger than a press processing time required for
said press unit to perform press pressing on the sheet bundle.

US Pat. No. 9,352,960

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING CAPACITIVE MICROMACHINED ULTRASONIC TRANSDUCER AND APPARATUS CONFIGURED TO OBTAIN SUBJECT INFORMATION USING THE CAPACITIVE MICROMACHINED ULTRASONIC TRANSDUCER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a capacitive micromachined ultrasonic transducer having a vibrating membrane, a substrate, and
a vibrating-membrane-supporting member configured to support the vibrating membrane to form a cavity between the substrate
and the vibrating membrane, the method comprising:
forming a first insulating layer on either side of the substrate, the first insulating layer patterned to serve as the vibrating-membrane-supporting
member;

overlaying the vibrating membrane on the patterned first insulating layer to form the cavity; and
performing, in a single heating step while the cavity communicates with an outside of the capacitive micromachined ultrasonic
transducer through a communication portion that allows the cavity to communicate with an outside of the capacitive micromachined
ultrasonic transducer, (i) bonding the first insulating layer and the vibrating membrane by heat treatment after overlaying
the vibrating membrane on the patterned first insulating layer, and (ii) forming a second insulating layer on a surface of
the substrate or a surface of the vibrating membrane exposed to the cavity by thermal oxidation,

wherein forming the second insulating layer includes introducing a gas into the cavity through the communication portion and
performing subsequent thermal oxidation in an atmosphere containing the gas.

US Pat. No. 9,348,282

FIXING MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A fixing member, comprising:
a base layer; and
a porous elastic layer provided on said base layer,
wherein said elastic layer contains a needle-like filler so that a thermal conductivity of said elastic layer, with respect
to a longitudinal direction thereof, is 6 times to 900 times a thermal conductivity with respect to a thickness direction
thereof, and

wherein said elastic layer has an open cell rate of 40-90% at longitudinal end portions, which is larger than an open cell
rate at a longitudinal central portion.

US Pat. No. 9,346,173

ROBOT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A robot, comprising:
a robot arm comprising:
a first frame; and
a second frame coupled to the first frame so as to be turnable about a joint axis;
a cable arranged along a side surface of the first frame and a side surface of the second frame;
a first fixing member for fixing the cable to the side surface of the first frame;
a second fixing member for fixing the cable to the side surface of the second frame;
a holding member for holding a part of the cable between the first fixing member and the second fixing member; and
a support mechanism for regulating movement of the holding member in an axis direction of the joint axis, the support mechanism
supporting the holding member so that the holding member is movable to follow a bending movement of the cable,

wherein the first fixing member and the second fixing member are arranged so that a part of the cable between the first fixing
member and the second fixing member is linear under a state in which the robot arm takes a predetermined posture.

US Pat. No. 9,343,921

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS, BATTERY PACK, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power supply apparatus comprising:
a power supply unit configured to wirelessly supply power to an electronic device and a battery device, wherein the electronic
device includes a first power receiving unit configured to wirelessly receive power from the power supply apparatus, and the
battery device includes a second power receiving unit configured to wirelessly receive power from the power supply apparatus;
and

a control unit that (a) selects the first power receiving unit or the second power receiving unit when power that can be received
by the first power receiving unit and the second power receiving unit from the power supply apparatus is higher than a predetermined
value, (b) controls the electronic device so as to charge a battery included in the battery device by using the first power
receiving unit without using the second power receiving unit if the first power receiving unit is selected, and (c) controls
the battery device so as to charge the battery included in the battery device by using the second power receiving unit without
using the first power receiving unit if the second power receiving unit is selected.

US Pat. No. 9,338,571

METHOD FOR DETERMINING A DIRECTION OF AT LEAST ONE SOUND SOURCE FROM AN ARRAY OF MICROPHONES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of determining a direction of at least one sound source from an array of microphones, comprising:
obtaining a plurality of solutions sets from audio signals acquired from the microphones array, each solutions set being obtained
by applying a sound source localization method to the audio signals, each solution defining a sound direction candidate;

grouping the solutions of the plurality of sets into groups of solutions;
removing at least one of said groups based on a criterion of disparity between the solutions sets; and
obtaining the direction of said at least one sound source from directions associated with the remaining groups.

US Pat. No. 9,333,758

LIQUID STORAGE CONTAINER AND LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid storage container comprising:
a liquid storage chamber storing therein a liquid;
a communication portion formed in the liquid storage chamber and allowing the liquid storage chamber to communicate with the
outside;

a negative pressure generation unit configured to generate a negative pressure in the liquid storage chamber;
a limiting member attached to the communication portion and allowing air to pass from the outside to the inside of the liquid
storage chamber depending on the negative pressure in the liquid storage chamber; and

a liquid supply unit configured to supply a liquid to the limiting member from a portion in which the liquid is stored in
the liquid storage chamber,

wherein the limiting member contacts with the liquid supply unit inside the liquid storage chamber.

US Pat. No. 9,325,966

DEPTH MEASUREMENT USING MULTISPECTRAL BINARY CODED PROJECTION AND MULTISPECTRAL IMAGE CAPTURE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of measuring depth of a scene using a multichannel projector with narrow spectrally banded channels each with
a characteristic peak wavelength and a multispectral camera with broad spectrally banded channels, wherein the spectrums of
the spectrally banded channels of the multichannel projector are narrower than the spectrums of the spectrally banded channels
of the multispectral camera which are broader, wherein the spectral sensitivities of the camera channels at the characteristic
peak wavelengths of the projector channels form a band diagonal matrix, the method comprising:
projecting a multispectral binary pattern onto the scene with the multichannel projector, wherein the multispectral binary
pattern is composed of binary images, one for each channel of the projector;

capturing one or more images of the scene with the multispectral camera, each image being captured as a multispectral image;
converting each multispectral image into multiple binary images, one binary image for each projector channel; and
recovering the depth of the scene based on the multiple binary images, one binary image for each projector channel.

US Pat. No. 9,316,992

LIGHT SCANNING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light scanning apparatus to be mounted to a mounting portion of an image forming apparatus through an opening portion
of the image forming apparatus including a photosensitive member, the light scanning apparatus comprising:
a light source configured to emit a light beam;
a deflecting device configured to deflect the light beam emitted from the light source so as to scan the photosensitive member
with the light beam;

an optical box including an outer wall and an inner wall extending inside the outer wall and along the outer wall so as to
face the outer wall, and configured to hold the light source and contain the deflecting device inside the inner wall; and

electric wires electrically connected to the deflecting device,
wherein the optical box includes a space in which the electric wires are laid being formed between the outer all and the inner
wall,

wherein the electric wires cross over the inner wall, from a space on an inner side of the inner wall so as to be laid in
the space formed between the outer wall and the inner wall, and cross over the outer wall from the space formed between the
outer wall and the inner wall so as to lead to a space on an outer side of the optical box, and

wherein the electric wires are laid in the optical box so that, in a state in which the light scanning apparatus is mounted
to the mounting portion of the image forming apparatus, a portion at which the electric wires cross over the outer wall are
provided closer to the opening portion of the image forming apparatus than a portion at which the electric wires cross over
the inner wall.

US Pat. No. 9,317,187

WEB BROWSER OPERATION METHOD AND OPERATION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a Web browser adapted to display content received from an external apparatus;
a display control unit adapted to display a setting screen for setting whether or not editing of bookmarks included in the
Web browser is disabled;

a control unit adapted to, in a case where the editing of bookmarks is set as disabled in the setting screen, disable an execution
of the editing of bookmarks, and, in a case where the editing of bookmarks is set as enabled in the setting screen, enable
the execution of the editing of bookmarks; and

a printing unit adapted to print the content displayed by the Web browser,
wherein the information processing apparatus is a printing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,311,901

VARIABLE BLEND WIDTH COMPOSITING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of producing a rendered image with a blurred background from an initial image and a depth map of the image, said
depth map identifying at least one foreground region and at least one background region of the image, said method comprising
the steps of:
determining an edge visibility measure for at least one edge in the depth map by comparing a parameter value associated with
a pixel in the foreground region near the edge with a parameter value associated with another pixel in the background region
near the edge;

applying a spatially variable blur to the depth map to produce a compositing matte, wherein a size of a blur kernel used to
form the spatially variable blur is dependent on the determined edge visibility measure;

applying a blur to image data in at least one background region of the depth map to form normalized blurred background image
data; and

compositing the blurred background image data with the initial image in a weighted average defined by the compositing matte
to produce the rendered image with the blurred background.

US Pat. No. 9,298,400

COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

10. A control method for an image processing apparatus capable of receiving remote support from a supporting apparatus, the
control method comprising:
requesting a relay server to allocate relay information for communication via the relay server if a remote support service
start request is received from a user;

notifying a management server managing information about the image processing apparatus of the relay information allocated
by the relay server in response to the request; and

communicating with the supporting apparatus via the relay server by using the relay information, the supporting apparatus
having been notified of the relay information by the management server, so that the image processing apparatus is provided
with remote support by the supporting apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,297,646

MEASUREMENT METHOD AND MEASUREMENT APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A measurement method of measuring a surface shape of a measurement target surface using a measurement apparatus including
a first optical system that illuminates the measurement target surface including an aspherical surface using light emitted
by a light source, and a second optical system that guides the light traveling from the measurement target surface to a detection
unit having a detection surface, the method comprising:
a first step of arranging a reference surface having a known aspherical shape on a plane conjugate to the detection surface,
and detecting, with the detection unit at each coordinate in a coordinate system having a predetermined number of coordinates
defined on the detection surface, angles of light traveling from the reference surface at which the light enters the detection
surface;

a second step of arranging the measurement target surface on the conjugate plane and detecting, with the detection unit at
each of the coordinates in the coordinate system defined on the detection surface, angles of light traveling from the measurement
target surface at which the light enters the detection surface;

a third step of converting coordinates in the coordinate system defined on the detection surface that indicate positions where
light traveling from the measurement target surface enters the detection surface into coordinates in a coordinate system defined
on the measurement target surface;

a fourth step of converting angle differences between the angles detected in the first step and the angles detected in the
second step at each of the coordinates in the coordinates system defined on the detection surface into angle differences at
each of a plurality of coordinates in the coordinate system defined on the measurement target surface that correspond to each
of the coordinates in the coordinate system defined on the detection surface; and

a fifth step of obtaining a difference shape between the surface shape of the measurement target surface and the known aspherical
shape by integral calculation using the coordinates in the coordinate system defined on the measurement target surface that
have been converted in the third step and the angle differences at the plurality of coordinates in the coordinate system defined
on the measurement target surface that have been converted in the fourth step, and adding the difference shape to the known
aspherical shape to calculate the surface shape of the measurement target surface.

US Pat. No. 9,291,936

IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS WITH ELECTRO-CONDUCTIVE RESIN LAYER HAVING RESIN PARTICLES AND PROCESS CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image-forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member,
charging means for charging the photosensitive member with a charging member,
exposure means for forming an electrostatic latent image on a surface of the charged photosensitive member,
developing means for supplying the photosensitive member on which the electrostatic latent image is formed with a toner to
form a toner image on the surface of the photosensitive member, and

cleaning means for recovering a residual toner before the charging means,wherein:
the charging member comprises an electro-conductive substrate and an electro-conductive resin layer,
the electro-conductive resin layer comprises a binder resin C and bowl-shaped resin particles, and
a surface of the charging member has
concavities derived from openings of the bowl-shaped resin particles, and
protrusions derived from edges of the openings of the bowl-shaped resin particles,and wherein:
the toner comprises:
toner particles, each of which contains a binder resin T and a colorant, and
inorganic fine particles,
the inorganic fine particles are silica fine particles,
the toner contains the silica fine particles in an amount of 0.40 parts by mass or more and 1.50 parts by mass or less based
on 100 parts by mass of the toner particles,

the silica fine particles have been treated with 15.0 parts by mass or more and 40.0 parts by mass or less of a silicone oil
based on 100 parts by mass of a silica raw material, the fixation ratio (%) of the silicone oil based on the amount of carbon
is 70% or more, and

the coverage ratio X1 of a surface of the toner by the silica fine particles, as determined by X-ray photoelectron spectrometer
(ESCA), is 50.0 area % or more and 75.0 area % or less, and when a theoretical coverage ratio of the toner by the silica fine
particles is X2, a diffusion index represented by the following formula 1 satisfies the following formula 2:

diffusion index=X1/X2  (formula 1)

diffusion index??0.0042×X1+0.62,  (formula 2)

wherein X2 is defined by the following formula 4:
X2=31/2/(2?)×(dt/da)×(?t/?a)×C×100,   (formula 4)

where
da is the number-average particle diameter of the silica fine particles,
dt is the weight-average particle diameter of the toner,
?a is the true specific gravity of the silica fine particles,
?t is the true specific gravity of the toner, and
C is the mass of the silica fine particles/the mass of the toner, and
wherein the bowl-shaped resin particle has an opening portion and a roundish concavity defined by a shell.

US Pat. No. 9,282,212

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an auto-clear unit configured to perform a screen transition from a screen of an application on an operation unit to an initial
screen and initialize the application in a case where a certain period of time elapses without input from a user while the
screen is being displayed on the operation unit;

a resume unit configured to store information of the application input by the user on the screen being displayed in a storage
unit in a case where the operation of the application for the screen being displayed on the operation unit is completed, and
call up the information stored in the storage unit when the user again uses the application;

a setting unit configured to enable the resume unit; and
a switching unit configured to disable the auto-clear unit in accordance with the setting unit enabling the resume unit.

US Pat. No. 9,271,650

OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An ophthalmologic apparatus, comprising:
an inspection unit configured to obtain inspection information of an eye to be inspected;
an operation unit configured to operate movement of the inspection unit with respect to a base unit in accordance with an
operation amount;

a moving unit configured to move the inspection unit in accordance with the operation amount input from the operation unit;
a detection unit configured to detect a position of the inspection unit with respect to the base unit; and
a control unit configured to control an amount related to movement of the inspection unit corresponding to the operation amount
based on a detection result of the detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,276,036

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM USING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus comprising:
a substrate having a first face and a second face opposite to the first face;
a first photoelectric conversion element having a semiconductor region of a first conductivity type capable of accumulating
a signal charge;

a second photoelectric conversion element adjacent to the first photoelectric conversion element along a first direction,
the second photoelectric conversion element having a semiconductor region of the first conductivity type;

a third photoelectric conversion element adjacent to the first photoelectric conversion element along a second direction that
crosses the first direction, the third photoelectric conversion element having a semiconductor region of the first conductivity
type;

a transistor having a gate electrode on the first face;
a first semiconductor region of a second conductivity type opposite to the first conductivity type arranged between the semiconductor
region of the first photoelectric conversion element and the semiconductor region of the second photoelectric conversion element,
the first semiconductor region having a first width in the first direction;

a second semiconductor region of the second conductivity type arranged between the semiconductor region of the first conductivity
type of the first photoelectric conversion element and the semiconductor region of the first conductivity type of the third
photoelectric conversion element, the second semiconductor region having a second width in the second direction, the second
width being smaller than the first width; and

a third semiconductor region of the second conductivity type arranged between the first semiconductor region and the second
face, and between the second semiconductor region and the second face, the third semiconductor region arranged between the
first semiconductor region and the second face having a third width in the first direction, the third semiconductor region
arranged between the second semiconductor region and the second face having the third width in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 9,275,298

MATERIAL CLASSIFICATION USING SPECULAR GLOSS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of material classification of an object fabricated from an unknown material, said method comprising:
illuminating the object with an area light source such that the object is illuminated from multiple angles;
obtaining an image of the illuminated object;
measuring specular reflections from the object by analyzing the image; and
classifying the object based on the measured specular reflections,
wherein classifying the object comprises generating a histogram of intensity values of the specular reflections, and differentiating
the object from another object by comparing a value of a statistical metric of the object against a value of the statistical
metric of another object, and

wherein the statistical metric comprises kurtosis or skewness.

US Pat. No. 9,268,508

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND SHEET SIZE SETTING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus connectable to an image forming apparatus, the information processing apparatus comprising:
a processor;
a holding unit that holds information regarding a plurality of user-defined sheets, the information regarding a plurality
of user-defined sheets including information indicating a sheet size;

a user interface unit that displays a sheet size setting screen for setting a range of a size of a user-defined sheet printable
on the image forming apparatus;

a setting unit that sets the range of the size of the user-defined sheet using the sheet size setting screen;
a specification unit that specifies a user-defined sheet which falls within the range of the size set by the setting unit
out of the plurality of user-defined sheets, using the information regarding the plurality of user-defined sheets held by
the holding unit and the range of the size of the user-defined sheet;

a display unit that displays the specified user-defined sheet as an option for a sheet size of print setting information;
and

a memory including instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to function as one or more of the
holding unit, the user interface unit, the setting unit, and the specification unit.

US Pat. No. 9,266,237

OBJECT GRIPPING SYSTEM, OBJECT GRIPPING METHOD, STORAGE MEDIUM AND ROBOT SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

13. A method for controlling an object gripping system that includes a processor, the method comprising the steps of:
measuring, by the processor, a position and orientation of at least one target object based on a captured image of the at
least one target object;

selecting, by the processor, at least one grippable target object from the at least one target object based on the position
and orientation;

determining, by the processor, a gripping target object from the at least one grippable target object, which is selected in
the selecting step, based on priorities set in advance for states including gripping positions or gripping directions,

wherein the priority is set in advance to be higher with a decrease in time required to change from a first gripping position
and gripping direction to a second gripping position and gripping direction for the gripping target object to be assembled
to another object.

US Pat. No. 9,266,329

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising a housing to be removably loaded with a plurality of liquid storing containers so as
to be arranged in a row and an ejection section for ejecting liquid, the liquid ejection head additionally comprising:
a plurality of liquid storing container connecting sections arranged in the inside of the housing so as to correspond to the
liquid storing containers and become connected to the respective liquid storing containers in order to supply liquid to the
ejection section;

an electrical wiring substrate rigidly secured to the outer surface of a wall of the housing opposite to a side of arrangement
of the plurality of liquid storing container connecting sections so as to be electrically connected to electrode terminals;
and

a rib extending in a direction intersecting the direction of sequential placement of the plurality of liquid storing containers
on the inner surface of the wall opposite to the outer surface,

the plurality of liquid storing container connecting sections including one or more than one first liquid storing container
connecting section, the first liquid storing container connecting section or each of the first liquid storing container connecting
sections being formed so as to be connectable to a first liquid storing container but unconnectable to a second liquid storing
container having a width greater than the width of the first liquid storing container as viewed in the direction of sequential
placement, and a second liquid storing container connecting section formed so as to be unconnectable to the first liquid storing
container but connectable to the second liquid storing container, and

the rib being arranged at a position located adjacent to the second liquid storing container connecting section as viewed
in the direction of sequential placement correspondingly in the region of the second liquid storing container to be connected
to the second liquid storing container connecting section as viewed in the width direction of the second liquid storing container.

US Pat. No. 9,264,576

COMMUNICATING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communicating apparatus capable of connecting a message recording device and performing facsimile communication, comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect an incoming call and detect that the incoming call has disappeared;
a start unit configured to, in a mode in which the message recording device responds to an incoming call, start counting by
a repeat incoming call timer in a case where said detection unit detects that the incoming call has disappeared, and start
counting by a message recording monitoring timer for counting a message recording response time in a case where said detection
unit detects a next incoming call before a time-out of the repeat incoming call timer occurs; and

a control unit configured to control to start facsimile signal reception processing in a case where the message recording
device does not capture a line before a time-out of the message recording monitoring timer started by said start unit occurs,
and the incoming call detected by said detection unit has not disappeared.

US Pat. No. 9,256,176

FIXING BELT, FIXING DEVICE, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING FIXING BELT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An endless fixing belt comprising:
a most inner layer; and
an outer layer disposed outside the most inner layer,
wherein the most inner layer contains filler particles, 75% or more of the filler particles having an aspect ratio of 5 or
more and being oriented at an angle within ±30° from a longitudinal direction of the fixing belt.

US Pat. No. 9,244,391

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
N image bearing members each allowing a toner image to be formed thereon, where N is 3 or greater;
N image forming units each having one of the image bearing members, the image bearing members being disposed at equal intervals;
an intermediate transfer member configured to move so as to allow toner images to be sequentially transferred thereonto at
transfer positions at which the intermediate transfer member faces the image bearing members, the first to N-th image forming
units being sequentially arranged from the upstream to the downstream along a movement direction of the intermediate transfer
member;

N transfer members each configured to transfer a toner image from one of the image bearing members onto the intermediate transfer
member at a transfer position located between the intermediate transfer member and the image bearing member;

N transfer power sources each configured to apply a transfer bias to one of the N transfer members; and
a setting unit configured to set, when L is defined as a distance between contact points of every two adjacent ones of the
first to N-th image bearing members with the intermediate transfer member, when V is defined as a moving speed of the intermediate
transfer belt, and when a timing at which the transfer power source for the n-th image forming unit is turned off using a
timing at which the transfer power source for the first image forming unit is turned off as a reference is defined as

(L/V)×(n?1)+?n,

?n for every integer n greater than or equal to 2 and less than or equal to N so that an absolute value of ?n is less than L/V and at least one pair of ?n among the plurality of ?n has different values.

US Pat. No. 9,239,550

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH ADJUSTING BELT UNIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a main body;
a belt unit, mounted to and dismounted from said main body along a first direction of said belt unit, including an endless
belt, a plurality of rollers including a first and a second roller configured to stretch said belt, a frame configured to
support said rollers, a first engaging portion disposed at an end portion of said first roller with respect to a second direction
along a longitudinal direction of said rollers and configured to be fixed to said frame and to position said first roller
to said main body, a second engaging portion disposed at an end portion of said second roller with respect to the second direction
and configured to be movable to said frame with respect to a third direction intersecting both the first direction and the
second direction and to position said second roller to said main body, and a third engaging portion disposed in said frame
at a region between said first engaging portion and said second engaging portion as viewed in a direction of axes of said
first and second rollers and configured to be fixed to said frame; and

a guide member configured to guide said belt unit, disposed in said main body at a position corresponding to said first engaging
portion and said second engaging portion, including a first engaged portion engaged with said first engaging portion, a second
engaged portion engaged with said second engaging portion, and a third engaging portion engaged with said third engaging portion,
in a state that said belt unit is mounted to said main body.

US Pat. No. 9,240,231

RECORDING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR RECORDING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A recording apparatus comprising:
an output unit configured to output a clock signal to a storage device;
a communication unit configured to output a command and data to the storage device in response to the clock signal and receive
data from the storage device in response to a timing signal;

a generating unit configured to generate the timing signal by delaying the clock signal;
a control unit configured to control the communication unit and the generating unit so that a predetermined command instructing
predetermined data for adjusting a delay amount of the clock signal to be sent is output multiple times to the storage device
and each piece of data sent by the storage device in response to the multiple predetermined commands is received in accordance
with the timing signal having a different delay amount for each of the multiple predetermined commands, and configured to
determine whether or not the communication unit successfully received the predetermined data in accordance with the respective
timing signals having different delay amounts;

a detection unit configured to detect, in order of the delay amounts, a range of the delay amounts of the timing signals for
which it has been determined that the predetermined data has been successfully received; and

a setting unit configured to set, in a case where a plurality of the ranges have been detected by the detection unit, a single
delay amount in a single predetermined range among the plurality of ranges, as the delay amount of the timing signal.

US Pat. No. 9,235,357

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus which transfers a print job to an image forming apparatus, comprising a computer configured
to function as:
a detection unit configured to detect a cancel reason from content of the print job;
a cancel command issuing unit configured, if the cancel reason is detected, to issue, to the image forming apparatus, a cancel
command to which information based on the cancel reason is added;

a determination unit configured, if the cancel reason is detected, to determine whether or not a page of interest is a first
page; and

a deletion unit configured, if the determination unit determines that a page of interest is a first page, to delete the print
job,

wherein the information based on the cancel reason is displayed on the image forming apparatus, and
wherein if the determination unit determines that a page of interest is not a first page, the cancel command issuing unit
issues the cancel command.

US Pat. No. 9,231,189

SODIUM NIOBATE POWDER, METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME, METHOD FOR PRODUCING CERAMIC, AND PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sodium niobate powder comprising sodium niobate cuboidal particles having a shape of a cuboid and having a side average
length of 0.1 ?m or more and 100 ?m or less,
wherein at least one face of each of the sodium niobate cuboidal particles is a (100) plane in the pseudocubic notation, and
an amount of physically adsorbed water and constitution water of the sodium niobate powder is 0.15 mass % or less.

US Pat. No. 9,231,022

IMAGING DEVICE AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging device comprising a plurality of pixel units, the plurality of pixel units including a first pixel unit and
a second pixel unit, each of the first and second pixel units comprising:
a first photoelectric conversion region;
a second photoelectric conversion region;
a first transfer MOS transistor including a first transfer gate electrode and configured to transfer a charge generated by
the first photoelectric conversion region;

a second transfer MOS transistor including a second transfer gate electrode and configured to transfer a charge generated
by the second photoelectric conversion region, and

an amplification MOS transistor including a gate electrode and configured to output a signal based on the charge generated
by the first photoelectric conversion region and a signal based on the charge generated by the second photoelectric conversion
region, wherein

the first and second photoelectric conversion regions, the gate electrode of the amplification MOS transistor and the first
and second transfer gate electrodes, of the first pixel unit, are respectively arranged in translational symmetry with the
first and second photoelectric conversion regions, the gate electrode of the amplification MOS transistor and the first and
second transfer gate electrodes, of the second pixel unit,

the amplification MOS transistor of the second pixel unit is provided in an active region, and
at least a part of the active region is provided between the first and second photoelectric conversion regions of the first
pixel unit.

US Pat. No. 9,218,147

CONDITIONALLY DISPLAYING ERRORS IN A PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that processes jobs, the information processing apparatus comprising:
a generation unit configured to generate a print command corresponding to a job in which print output is performed in a printing
apparatus;

a transmission and reception unit configured to transmit the generated print command to the printing apparatus and to receive
information of occurrence of a first error in the printing apparatus from the printing apparatus; and

a display unit configured to perform control such that the received information included in a file recorded by the transmission
and reception unit is displayed when a job in which print output is performed in the printing apparatus is processed in the
information processing apparatus,

wherein, when a job in which print output is not performed in the printing apparatus is processed in the information processing
apparatus, the transmission and reception unit masks the received information in the file such that a display of the received
information by the display unit is not performed, and

wherein the job in which print output is not performed in the printing apparatus includes a job for creating a form.

US Pat. No. 9,188,902

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CORRECTION DATA GENERATION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, the image forming apparatus including a light source configured to emit a light beam, a photoconductor
configured to be exposed to the light beam emitted from the light source, a deflection unit configured to deflect the light
beam such that the light beam scans the photoconductor, and an optical member configured to guide the light beam deflected
by the deflection unit to the photoconductor, the image forming apparatus developing, using toner, an electrostatic latent
image formed on the photoconductor by exposure to the light beam, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a storage unit configured to store a plurality of pieces of first correction data and a plurality of pieces of second correction
data, the plurality of pieces of first correction data being pieces of data for correcting nonuniformity in density of a toner
image, the nonuniformity being caused by electric potential characteristics of the photoconductor with respect to a light
beam in a scanning direction in which the light beam scans the photoconductor, the plurality of pieces of first correction
data being pieces of data corresponding to respective scan positions of the light beam in the scanning direction, the plurality
of pieces of second correction data being pieces of data for correcting a change in light intensity of the light beam guided
onto the photoconductor, the change being caused by optical characteristics of the optical member in the scanning direction,
the plurality of pieces of second correction data also being pieces of data corresponding to the respective scan positions
of the light beam in the scanning direction; and

a control unit configured to control, in accordance with a piece of first correction data among the plurality of pieces of
first correction data and a piece of second correction data among the plurality of pieces of second correction data output
from the storage unit, light intensity of the light beam corresponding to a scan position of the light beam in the scanning
direction, wherein

in a period in which the light beam scans once across the photoconductor, timing of a piece of first correction data output
by the storage unit from the plurality of pieces of first correction data matches, at least once, timing of a piece of second
correction data output by the storage unit from the plurality of pieces of second correction data, and

a period in which the storage unit outputs a piece of first correction data from the plurality of pieces of first correction
data and a period in which the storage unit outputs a piece of second correction data from the plurality of pieces of second
correction data have an integral multiple relationship.

US Pat. No. 9,186,117

X-RAY IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An X-ray imaging apparatus comprising:
an X-ray generating unit configured to radiate X-rays;
an X-ray image receiving unit configured to detect X-rays;
an arm unit configured to support the X-ray generating unit and extend above the X-ray image receiving unit,
wherein the arm unit has a mechanism that allows the arm unit to be folded so as to cover the X-ray image receiving unit;
and

an exterior unit configured to cover the X-ray generating unit, the X-ray image receiving unit and the arm unit in a folded
state.

US Pat. No. 9,170,507

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of producing an electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising a surface layer,
wherein the method comprises the following steps of:
forming a coat of a surface-layer coating solution; and
drying the coat to form the surface layer,
wherein the surface-layer coating solution comprises:
(?) at least one resin selected from the group consisting of a polycarbonate resin not having a siloxane moiety at an end
thereof, and a polyester resin not having a siloxane moiety at an end thereof;

(?) at least one resin selected from the group consisting of a polycarbonate resin having a siloxane moiety at an end thereof,
a polyester resin having a siloxane moiety at an end thereof, and a polyacrylate resin having a siloxane moiety at an end
thereof;

(?) at least one solvent selected from the group consisting of toluene and xylene; and
(?) a compound having a boiling point in one atmosphere higher than that of the solvent of the (?), the compound being represented
by the following formula (1);


wherein, in the formula (1),
R represents an alkylene group having 1 to 5 carbon atoms, and
n represents 0 or 1.

US Pat. No. 9,165,193

VIDEO PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MANAGING TRACKING OBJECT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A video processing apparatus comprising:
a first detection unit configured to detect that a tracking target moving in a video has split into a plurality of objects;
and

a determination unit configured to, when the first detection unit detects that the tracking target has split into the plurality
of objects, determine a number of objects included in the tracking target before splitting of the tracking target based on
a number of the plurality of objects after splitting of the tracking target.

US Pat. No. 9,162,477

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, PRINTING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

10. An image processing apparatus for printing an image on a print medium by using a first nozzle array in which a plurality
of nozzles for ejecting first ink to the print medium are arranged in a predetermined direction and a second nozzle array
in which a plurality of nozzles for ejecting second ink to the print medium are arranged in the predetermined direction, said
apparatus comprising:
a first printing control unit constructed to control a plurality of nozzle groups, each of which corresponds to each of a
plurality of areas on the print medium and each of which includes respective predetermined number of nozzles arranged in each
of the first and second nozzle arrays, to be used for printing images on the plurality of areas based on a color signal representing
a predetermined color that is reproduced with at least the first and second inks;

an acquiring unit constructed to acquire information indicating whether or not one of the plurality of areas is an overlapping
portions of nozzle chips on each of which nozzles are arranged; and

a second printing control unit to control the plurality of nozzle groups to be used for printing a color correction image
that includes an image to be printed by using nozzles corresponding to the area indicated by the information acquired by said
acquiring unit, based on input color correction signal representing a correction color that is acquired by performing color
correction to the color signal representing the predetermined color, and an image to be printed by using nozzles other than
the nozzles corresponding to the area indicated by the information acquired by said acquiring unit, based on input color signal
representing the predetermined color which has not been subjected to the color correction,

wherein said second printing control unit makes the number of printed color correction images in the case where the area corresponding
to the information is the overlapping portion differ from the number of printed color correction images in the case where
the area corresponding to the information is an area other than the overlapping portion.

US Pat. No. 9,155,212

ELECTRONIC COMPONENT, MOUNTING MEMBER, ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, AND THEIR MANUFACTURING METHODS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic component, comprising:
an electronic device; and
a package that houses the electronic device,
wherein the package includes
a base body to which the electronic device is fixed,
a lid body that faces the electronic device, and
a frame body that encloses a space between the lid body and the base body,
wherein the base body includes
a fiducial stage part having a terminal arranged thereon, the terminal being electrically connected with the electronic device,
and

an upper stage part located at a side of an outer edge of the package with respect to the fiducial stage part and protruding
with respect to the fiducial stage part through a step part, and

wherein the frame body is bonded to the upper stage part, and an inner edge of the frame body is located at the side of the
outer edge of the package with respect to the step part.

US Pat. No. 9,153,029

BLOCK PATTERNS AS TWO-DIMENSIONAL RULER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A computer-implemented method of determining a two-dimensional position of a location captured in an image, said method
comprising:
forming a two-dimensional greyscale pattern, said two-dimensional pattern comprising a plurality of R-planes, wherein each
said R-plane comprises a tiling of a corresponding R-ary block, being a block of radix R integer values, such that for each
dimension of the pattern, the least common multiple of each of the sizes of said corresponding tiled R-ary blocks in that
dimension is greater than the size of the pattern in the same dimension, and such that any R-ary sub-block of a predetermined
size less than the tiled R-ary blocks occurs only on a regular grid with the same periodicity as the tiled R-ary block for
that R-plane;

imparting the two-dimensional pattern onto a scene;
capturing an image of the scene including the projected two-dimensional pattern;
determining from the captured image a sub-block associated with the location and constructing, from a R-ary representation
of the sub-block, a unique integer value for each R-plane, being a representation of the pattern in the R-plane of the sub-block
associated with the location; and

using said unique integer values from each R-plane to determine the location in the image.

US Pat. No. 9,143,753

3D IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A 3D image display apparatus for causing a left eye image and a right eye image that are displayed by a frame-sequential
method to be observed through liquid crystal shutter glasses, the apparatus comprising:
a display unit which is driven to emit light in a line-sequential or a block-sequential manner;
a storage unit which stores characteristic information relating to temporal change in transmittance of the liquid crystal
shutter glasses with respect to light of respective primary colors in the display unit; and

a correction unit which corrects an input image signal of the respective primary colors using the characteristic information,
to reduce color fluctuation between lines or between blocks in the observed image caused by differences in the temporal change
of the transmittance of the liquid crystal shutter glasses in respect of each of the primary colors, wherein

the display unit displays a corrected image based on a corrected image signal generated by the correction unit,
the liquid crystal shutter glasses have characteristics by which the transmittance with respect to light of a first primary
color gradually increases, and

the correction unit generates the corrected image signal such that a brightness of a corrected image becomes higher the earlier
the line or block is arranged in the sequence of light emission, when an image signal of only the first primary color is input.

US Pat. No. 9,125,597

OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS, AND OPHTHALMOLOGIC METHOD AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmologic apparatus comprising:
a measuring unit which measures information of an eye to be inspected by illuminating the eye to be inspected;
a driving unit which drives the measuring unit;
a transillumination moving image acquiring unit which acquires a transillumination moving image of the eye to be inspected;
a display control unit which controls a display unit to display the transillumination moving image;
a changing unit which changes a reference position for performing alignment between the eye to be inspected and the measuring
unit in the transillumination moving image displayed on the display unit; and

a control unit which controls the driving unit so as to perform the alignment by using the changed reference position.

US Pat. No. 9,122,975

PRINTING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR SETTING INFORMATION ON SHEETS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a sheet holding unit configured to hold sheets;
a setting unit configured to set information on sheets held by the sheet holding unit; and
a printing unit configured to print images based on the information on sheets set by the setting unit, and
a control unit configured to:
(i) control a display unit to display, in a case that a job that uses the sheet holding unit has been interrupted due to lack
of sheets when sheets are placed on the sheet holding unit, information on sheets used by the job and a prompt to confirm
whether or not the displayed information is appropriate for the sheets placed on the sheet holding unit, and

(ii) control, in a case that the displayed information is confirmed as appropriate for the sheets placed on the sheet holding
unit, the printing unit to perform printing based on the displayed information.

US Pat. No. 9,118,608

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus which communicates with a terminal, which has a transmission destination IP address, as a packet
transmission destination via a network, comprising:
a routing table configured to hold a next transmission destination IP address as route information;
an ARP table configured to manage an IP address and a MAC address of the terminal on the network in association with each
other;

a connection management table configured to hold connection management information as information added to each connection
in TCP communication;

a route decision unit configured to decide a next transmission destination IP address by referring to said routing table in
connection establishment processing in TCP communication;

a MAC address decision unit configured to decide a next transmission destination MAC address associated with the next transmission
destination IP address by referring to said ARP table;

a storage unit configured to store the transmission destination IP address and the next transmission destination MAC address
as the connection management information in said connection management table; and

a creation unit configured to create a transmission packet using the transmission destination IP address and the next transmission
destination MAC address which are managed by the connection management information stored in said connection management table.

US Pat. No. 9,103,699

ENCODER AND APPARATUS USING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

a sensor relatively movable with the scale and switchable to a first detection state to read the first periodic pattern and
a second detection state to read the second periodic pattern, the sensor being configured to output in the first detection
state a first periodic signal that changes with a change period corresponding to the first periodic pattern and to output
in the second detection state a second periodic signal that changes with a longer change period corresponding to the second
periodic pattern than that of the first periodic signal; and

a processor configured to calculate a position in a relative movement direction of the scale and sensor by using both the
first and second periodic signals taken in from the sensor,

wherein the processor is configured (a) to take in the second periodic signal, the first periodic signal and the second periodic
signal in this order at mutually different times, (b) to calculate phases of the second, first and second periodic signals
and (c) to calculate the position at a specific time by using the calculated phases.

US Pat. No. 9,098,014

DEVELOPING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing device comprising:
a developing agent including colored particles and additive particles disposed on the surface of the colored particles;
a developing agent bearing member configured to bear on a surface thereof the developing agent, the surface of the developing
agent bearing member including

a first dielectric portion, and
a second dielectric portion; and
a regulating member configured to regulate the thickness of a layer of developing agent borne by the developing agent bearing
member;

wherein, in triboelectric series,
the first dielectric portion is between the regulating member and the additive particles,
the additive particles are between the first dielectric portion and the second dielectric portion, and
the second dielectric portion is between the additive particles and the colored particles;
and wherein the difference between the work function of the colored particles and the work function of the second dielectric
portion is smaller than the difference between the work function of the second dielectric portion and the work function of
the additive particles.

US Pat. No. 9,098,046

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a printing unit configured to print an image on a sheet by executing a job;
a transportation unit configured to transport the sheet on which the image was printed by the printing unit, to a post-processing
apparatus;

a post-processing unit configured to cause the post-processing apparatus to perform a post-process;
a shift unit configured to shift the printing apparatus to a mode of permitting the post-processing unit to perform the post-process
to the sheet inserted by a user; and

a control unit configured to, in a case where an execution request of the job is newly accepted, control to release the mode
according to a kind of the job.

US Pat. No. 9,096,065

PRINTING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING PRINTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus, comprising:
an ink reservoir portion for storing ink;
a print head having nozzle arrays including a plurality of nozzles arranged thereon, the plurality of nozzles ejecting ink
supplied from the ink reservoir portion;

a first ink passage connecting one end side of the nozzle arrays and the ink reservoir portion;
a second ink passage connecting the other end side of the nozzle arrays and the ink reservoir portion; and
a control device adapted to execute a first operation and a second operation,
wherein, the first operation is supplying ink from the ink reservoir portion to the print head by way of the first ink passage
while the second ink passage is blocked, and discharging ink from the print head, and

the second operation is supplying ink from the ink reservoir portion to the print head by way of the second ink passage while
the first ink passage is blocked, and discharging ink from the print head.

US Pat. No. 9,092,703

DETERMINING ROUTE AND OF PRINT DATA AND IF CONVERSION OF PRINT DATA IS NECESSARY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a storage unit configured to store information of a first route for acquiring first print information from an information
processing apparatus including the first print information, and to store information of a second route for acquiring second
print information via an information conversion apparatus which is configured to convert the first print information into
the second print information, wherein the second print information is different from the first print information;

a selection unit configured to determine whether conversion of the first print information into the second print information
is necessary by referring to job information of the first print information and to select the information of the second route
in response to determining that the conversion thereof is necessary; and

a generation unit configured to determine, in response to determining that the conversion thereof is necessary, whether a
factor disturbing an acquisition of the second print information from the information conversion apparatus exists,

wherein, in response to determining that the factor exists, the generation unit changes the information of the selected second
route selected by the selection unit to the information of the first route and generates request information for requesting
the conversion of the first print information into another print information, and wherein the generated request information
is sent to the information processing apparatus instead of to the information conversion apparatus, and

wherein the generated request information is configured to cause the information processing apparatus to convert the first
print information into print information that is close to matching the second print information without the information processing
apparatus converting the first print information into the actual second print information such that, among pieces of print
information which can be output from the information processing apparatus to the image forming apparatus and can be printed
by the image forming apparatus, the first print information is print information closer to matching the second print information
than the other pieces of print information which can be output from the information processing apparatus to the image forming
apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,092,758

SERVICE PROVIDING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM AND METHODS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing system comprising:
a memory configured to store an electronic content transmitted by an information processing apparatus;
a first reception unit that receives comments posted to the electronic content;
a management unit that manages comments in accordance with a time order;
a first transmitting unit that transmits, to the information processing apparatus, a screen including (a) the electronic content,
(b) the comments, and (c) a key for inputting an instruction for downloading the electronic content as a file;

a second reception unit that receives, from the information processing apparatus, the instruction for downloading the electronic
content as a file, the instruction being received via the key included in the screen provided by the first providing unit;

an obtaining unit that obtains the comments posted to the electronic content according to the instruction received by the
second reception unit;

a generating unit that generates an electronic file by executing merge processing of the comments and the electronic content;
and

a second transmitting unit that transmits, to the information processing apparatus, the electronic file generated by executing
merge processing of the comments and the electronic content;

wherein the electronic content and the comments are displayed by the information processing apparatus based on the electronic
file provided by the second transmitting unit, and then the electronic content and the comments are printed based on the electronic
file provided by the second transmitting unit; and

wherein a processor is included in the information processing system.

US Pat. No. 9,092,879

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND IMAGE DISPLAY METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a non-transitory computer-readable medium storing a computer executable program;
a processor to execute a method based on the computer executable program, the method comprising:
moving a display position of an image displayed on a display screen;
setting a compressed image display area and a non-compressed image display area in the image, the compressed image display
area and the non-compressed image display area being serially arranged in a moving direction of the image, and the compressed
image display area being arranged at a front end in the moving direction of the image;

determining a reduction amount of a length of the image to be displayed on the screen in the moving direction by moving the
display position of the image; and

compressing an image of the compressed image display area corresponding to the determined reduction amount of the length of
the image.

US Pat. No. 9,077,918

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS WITH FIRST AND SECOND CONDUCTORS THAT RESPECTIVELY SUPPLY CORRESPONDING VOLTAGES TO DIGITAL CIRCUITS OF A VERTICAL SCANNING CIRCUIT AND SIGNAL PROCESSING UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus arranged on one semiconductor substrate thereof, comprising:
a plurality of pixels;
a vertical scanning circuit that includes a digital circuit configured to supply a driving signal to the plurality of pixels;
a plurality of A/D conversion circuits configured to convert analog signals received from the pixels into digital signals;
a signal processing unit that includes a digital circuit configured to sequentially receive the digital signals from the plurality
of A/D conversion circuits and execute signal processing; and

a horizontal scanning circuit configured to sequentially output the digital signals converted by the A/D conversion circuit
to the signal processing unit,

wherein:
a first voltage and a second voltage, different in value from the first voltage, are supplied to the digital circuit of the
vertical scanning circuit;

a third voltage and a fourth voltage, different in value from the third voltage, are supplied to the digital circuit of the
signal processing unit;

a main portion of a first conductor that supplies the first voltage to the digital circuit of the vertical scanning circuit
and a main portion of a second conductor that supplies the third voltage to the digital circuit of the signal processing unit,
wherein the main portion of the first conductor and the main portion of the second conductor are isolated from each other;

the third voltage and the fourth voltage are supplied to the horizontal scanning circuit; and
a main portion of the second conductor and a main portion of a fifth conductor that supplies the third voltage to the horizontal
scanning circuit are not isolated from each other, and/or a main portion of a fourth conductor that supplies the fourth voltage
to the digital circuit of the signal processing circuit and a main portion of a sixth conductor that supplies the fourth voltage
to the horizontal scanning circuit are not isolated from each other.

US Pat. No. 9,058,137

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus connectable to a server, the apparatus comprising:
a printing unit configured to print data;
a setting unit configured to set information indicative of a server reservation printing function and indicative of an exclusive
control function; and

a control unit configured to, in a case where the server reservation printing function is enabled in accordance with the information
set by the setting unit, obtain data of a user from the server after the user is authenticated, the obtained data being printed
by the printing unit,

wherein the control unit is configured to prompt the user to input a password at the start of printing if a password print
function is enabled and not to prompt the user to input a password at the start of printing if the password print function
is disabled, and

wherein the control unit is configured to perform control so that: (i) the password print function is disabled in a case where
the server reservation printing function and the exclusive control function both are enabled in accordance with the information
set by the setting unit, and (ii) the password print function remains enabled in a case where the server reservation printing
function is enabled and the exclusive control function is disabled.

US Pat. No. 9,601,470

STACKED SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE, PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING STACKED SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A stacked semiconductor device comprising:
a first semiconductor package having
a first semiconductor element, and
a first wiring substrate having a pair of surfaces, on one of which the first semiconductor element is mounted, and on the
other of which a plurality of connecting conductor pads each connected to a connecting terminal are formed, wherein a plurality
of first conductor pads are formed on one or the other surface of the wiring substrate;

a second semiconductor package being disposed at a side in opposition to the one surface of the first wiring substrate of
the first semiconductor package, and having

a second semiconductor element, and
a second wiring substrate having a pair of surfaces, on one of which the second semiconductor element is mounted, wherein
a plurality of second conductor pads are formed on one or the other surface of the second wiring substrate;

a plate member having
a plate body arranged between the first and second semiconductor packages, and fixed to the first and second semiconductor
packages, and

a plurality of protruding strips protruding from a base end at the plate body to a position in opposition to an edge of the
first wiring substrate;

a plurality of metal wirings each for connecting electrically each of the first conductor pads to each of the second conductor
pads; and

an encapsulating resin for encapsulating at least the plurality of first conductor pads, the plurality of second conductor
pads and the plurality of metal wirings,

wherein the plate member has a plurality of leg portions contacting the one surface of the first wiring substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,541,887

CLEANING BLADE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cleaning blade that is formed of urethane rubber and is in contact with an image-carrying member carrying a toner image
to clean the image-carrying member, the cleaning blade comprising:
a first surface that faces the image-carrying member and is orthogonal to a thickness direction of the cleaning blade; and
a second surface that forms, together with the first surface, an edge portion that is in contact with the image-carrying member,
wherein at least a portion of the second surface is cured so as to satisfy relationships below:
10 mgf/?m2?Y0?400 mgf/?m2
0
{(Y20?Y50)/Y0}/(50?20)?{(Y0?Y20)/Y0}/(20?0)

10 mgf/?m2?Y?0?400 mgf/?m2
Y50?Y?L where with respect to all Ls satisfying 0?L?100 ?m

where
Y0: Young's modulus of the edge portion in a region of the second surface, the region corresponding to an image-forming region
in which an image is formed in the image-carrying member in a direction orthogonal to a direction that the image-carrying
member conveys a toner image

Y50: Young's modulus at a position 50 ?m separated from the edge portion in a region of the second surface, the region corresponding
to the image-forming region

Y20: Young's modulus at a position 20 ?m separated from the edge portion in a region of the second surface, the region corresponding
to the image-forming region

Y?0: Young's modulus of the edge portion in a region of the second surface, the region is in an edge portion side than the image-forming
region and corresponding to a non-image-forming region in which no image is formed in the image-carrying member in a direction
orthogonal to a direction that the image-carrying member conveys a toner image

L: distance from the edge portion of the second surface
Y?L: Young's modulus at a position L ?m separated from the edge portion in a region of the second surface, the region corresponding
to the non-image-forming region.

US Pat. No. 9,543,501

METAL OXIDE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A metal oxide comprising a perovskite-type oxide represented by general formula (1):
A(ZnxTi(1-x))yM(1-y)O3  (1)

wherein A is made of only a Bi element;
M represents at least one element selected from the group consisting of Fe, Al, Sc, Mn, Y, Ga, and Yb; x represents a numerical
value satisfying 0.4?x?0.6; and y represents a numerical value satisfying 0.1?y?0.9,

wherein the metal oxide is a bulk solid.

US Pat. No. 9,517,016

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An object information acquiring apparatus comprising:
a light irradiating unit that irradiates an object with light to generate a photoacoustic wave;
a probe having a transducer that receives the photoacoustic wave and outputs a photoacoustic signal based on the received
photoacoustic wave, and wherein said transducer transmits and receives an ultrasound wave beam to and from the object, and
outputs an ultrasound echo signal based on the received ultrasound wave beam;

a determining unit that determines whether the object is disposed on a direction of light irradiation from said light irradiating
unit based on the ultrasound echo signal output from said transducer; and

a controller that controls said light irradiating unit,
wherein said transducer transmits the ultrasound wave beam to a target point on the direction of light irradiation from said
light irradiating unit, and

wherein when said determining unit determines that there is no object on the direction of light irradiation from said light
irradiating unit, said controller controls said light irradiating unit not to radiate light.

US Pat. No. 9,507,253

MASK PATTERN GENERATING METHOD, RECORDING MEDIUM, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for generating a pattern of a mask to be used for a mask manufacturing method for manufacturing the mask using
data of the generated pattern of the mask for an exposure apparatus that exposes a substrate with light by using a projection
optical system that projects an image of the pattern of the mask on the substrate, the method comprising the steps executed
by a processor of:
applying, to a target main pattern, a reference map of a characteristic value of an image of a representative main pattern
with respect to a position of a representative auxiliary pattern and calculating a map of the characteristic value of the
image of the target main pattern with respect to a position of an auxiliary pattern; and

determining the position of the auxiliary pattern by using data of the map of the characteristic value of the image of the
target main pattern and generating a pattern of a mask including the target main pattern and the determined auxiliary pattern,

wherein the auxiliary pattern is for the main pattern and is not resolved,
wherein the characteristic value of the reference map at any one position is a characteristic value of an image of the representative
main pattern projected on an image plane when the representative auxiliary pattern arranged at the one position and the representative
main pattern exist on an object plane, and the reference map has the characteristic values of the image of the representative
main pattern, the characteristic values being obtained while a position of the representative auxiliary pattern is changed
around the representative main pattern on the object plane, and

wherein the mask manufacturing method comprises a step of manufacturing the mask including the generated pattern using data
of the generated pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,508,571

METHOD FOR CLEANING BASE, HEAT PROCESS METHOD FOR SEMICONDUCTOR WAFER, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SOLID-STATE IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

11. A method for manufacturing a solid-state image capturing apparatus, the method comprising:
performing the heat process for the semiconductor wafer using the method according to claim 9; and
forming a photoelectric conversion element on the semiconductor wafer.

US Pat. No. 9,505,580

SHEET MATERIAL BINDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM WITH MANUAL BINDING STAND-BY POSITION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet binding apparatus adapted to be connected to an image forming apparatus which performs a print job, comprising:
a binding section configured to bind a sheet bundle formed of a plurality of sheets;
a motor configured to move a position of the binding section between:
a first position, at which the binding section stands by to bind a sheet bundle formed of a plurality of sheets fed from the
image forming apparatus in a print job, and

a second position, at which the binding section stands by to bind the sheet bundle manually supplied; and
a control section configured to control the motor so as to, in a case where the image forming apparatus has transitioned to
a state of being incapable of performing the print job and the binding section is in the first position, move the binding
section toward the second position.

US Pat. No. 9,508,147

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
an image input unit adapted to obtain an input image of a physical space that was captured by an image capturing unit, wherein
the input image includes an index to be used in processing for obtaining a position and orientation of the image capturing
unit, located in the physical space, and the input image can include a display device, located in the physical space, for
displaying an image generated based on the input image;

a detection unit adapted to detect the index included in the input image;
a position and orientation measuring unit adapted to obtain a position and orientation of the image capturing unit based on
the index detected by the detection unit;

a generation unit adapted to generate a display image to be displayed on the display device by changing the index in the input
image based on a specific image so that an index displayed on the display device is not used in the processing for obtaining
the position and orientation of the image capturing unit by the position and orientation measuring unit in a case where the
index displayed on the display device is included in an input image; and

an output unit adapted to cause the display device to display the display image generated by the generation unit,
wherein if the index that is changed based on the specific image is displayed on the display device and is included in the
input image, the position and orientation measuring unit obtains the position and orientation of the image capturing unit
without using the index that is changed based on the specific image.

US Pat. No. 9,501,962

IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image display device that displays an image, the image display device comprising:
(a) a backlight device including a plurality of light sources;
(b) a separator configured to divide an input image into a first image component and a second image component;
(c) a modulator configured to modulate light from the backlight device based on (i) the first image component in a first period
within a display period of the image and (ii) the second image component in a second period within a display period of the
image; and

(d) a controller configured to control the backlight device so as to emit first light in the first period and to emit second
light in the second period,

wherein each of the first light and the second light includes red light, green light, and blue light; and
wherein a spectrum of the second light has wider band characteristics than a spectrum of the first light.

US Pat. No. 9,500,967

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:
a conductive support;
an undercoat layer on the support; and
a photosensitive layer on the undercoat layer,
wherein the undercoat layer comprises:
three dimensional crosslinked product including a portion having electron transportability as a partial structure; and
a particle including titanium oxide, and
wherein a surface layer of the electrophotographic photosensitive member comprises a product of a composition comprising:
a hole transporting substance having a polymerizable functional group; and
a photopolymerization initiator.

US Pat. No. 9,500,979

CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge detachably mounted to an apparatus main body of an image forming apparatus, the cartridge comprising:
a frame;
a process unit configured to perform image forming;
a supporting portion disposed on the frame and configured to support the process unit; and
an injection member, which has a portion, integrally formed with the frame such that a molten resin is injected from an injection
port disposed on the frame, and an area of a cross section of the portion perpendicular to an injection direction approaching
from the injection port to a forming portion is formed to become smaller continuously, or in a step-by-step manner, with an
approach from the injection port to the forming portion,

wherein the injection member is a conductive resin and the cartridge is brought into contact with a main body contact disposed
on the apparatus main body in a case where the cartridge is attached to the apparatus main body so the main body contact is
electrically connected to the process unit.

US Pat. No. 9,481,540

SHEET STACKING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING SHEET STACKING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet stacking apparatus configured to discharge a sheet to a first sheet stacking tray configured to be moved up and
down and a second sheet stacking tray located below the first sheet stacking tray and configured to be moved up and down,
the sheet stacking apparatus comprising:
a discharging unit configured to discharge a sheet to the first sheet stacking tray or the second sheet stacking tray;
a position detecting unit configured to detect that a position of the second discharge tray has not changed; and
a control unit configured to determine, based on detection that the position of the second discharge tray has not changed,
that an obstacle exists under the second discharge tray and to perform control to change a destination of a sheet to be discharged
by the discharging unit from the first sheet stacking tray to the second sheet stacking tray in a case where the obstacle
prevents the second sheet stacking tray from being moved down while the discharging unit is discharging a sheet to the first
sheet stacking tray.

US Pat. No. 9,482,723

WIRELESS POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM, POWER TRANSMISSION DEVICE, AND POWER RECEIVING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A wireless power supply system including a power transmission device for transmitting power to a plurality of power receiving
devices by a magnetic field resonance method, the power transmission device comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect an amount of charge of each of the plurality of power receiving devices;
a determination unit configured to determine, if the amount of charge of a certain power receiving device is not increased
even when a predetermined time has elapsed since start of power transmission to the certain power receiving device, whether
a cause of failure to increase the amount of charge is the power transmission device or the certain power receiving device,
based on the amount of charge of any other power receiving device detected by the detection unit; and

a notification unit configured to transmit a notification about a result of the determination by the determination unit.

US Pat. No. 9,482,984

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR SUPPLYING AND/OR CONTROLLING CORRECTION CURRENT(S) TO A LASER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a semiconductor laser configured to emit a laser beam by receiving a current, wherein a light amount of the laser beam corresponds
to a value of the current;

a photosensitive member configured to be exposed to the laser beam emitted from the semiconductor laser so that an electrostatic
latent image is formed thereon;

a light receiving unit configured to receive the laser beam emitted from the semiconductor laser;
a driving current supply unit configured to supply a driving current to the semiconductor laser based on an image signal and
configured to control a value of the driving current based on a reception result of the light receiving unit; and

a correction current supply unit including a first correction current generation unit configured to generate a first correction
current that attenuates over time from a peak value thereof and a second correction current generation unit configured to
generate a second correction current that attenuates over time from a peak value thereof and of which an attenuation speed
is lower than that of the first correction current, configured to supply the first correction current and the second correction
current to the semiconductor laser in synchronization with a supply start of the driving current to the semiconductor laser
to superimpose the first correction current and the second correction current on the driving current, and configured to control
the peak value of the first correction current and the peak value of the second correction current based on the reception
result of the light receiving unit, wherein the peak value of the first correction current is larger than the peak value of
the second correction current.

US Pat. No. 9,471,960

DISPLAY APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display apparatus comprising:
an input terminal configured to input an image in a first format where a first resolution in a first direction is higher than
a second resolution in a second direction or an image in a second format where the second resolution is higher than the first
resolution;

a controller connected to memory and configured to:
determine whether the image input via the input terminal is in the first format or the second format;
temporarily store pixel data of the image input via the input terminal for at least two screens;
perform control so that a screen during writing the pixel data is not read; and
perform access control so that a writing direction and a reading direction of the pixel data are orthogonal to each other
to rotate the image by 90 degrees to generate an output image, wherein the access control is performed based on the format
of the input image; and

a display configured to display the output image.

US Pat. No. 9,465,076

SLIP RING AND SLIP RING ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A slip ring system including an exterior, a plurality of brushes, a plurality of rings, a brush fixing member that causes
the plurality of brushes to contact the plurality of rings and supports the plurality of brushes, and a rotating shaft that
is inserted into the plurality of rings and supports the plurality of rings, the slip ring system comprising:
a constant voltage circuit configured to stabilize a voltage from an external power supply;
a detection unit configured to detect a state of contact of the first brush and the first ring by using a voltage; and
an interface configured to issue an alert to a user when the detection unit detects a voltage lower than a predetermined threshold
voltage,

wherein a circuit is formed by the constant voltage circuit, a first brush, which is at least one of the plurality of brushes,
a first ring that contacts the first brush, and the detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,454,113

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

6. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a sheet feed unit which feeds a sheet to an image forming unit forming a toner image on the sheet;
a fixing unit which fixes the toner image formed by the image forming unit to the sheet;
a re-transport roller which re-transports the sheet with the toner image fixed on one side of the sheet to the image forming
unit for forming an image on another side of the sheet; and

a control unit which controls a sheet feed operation of the sheet feed unit, wherein, in a case that a subsequent duplex image
formation, in which an image is formed on both sides of a sheet, is performed after completion of a one-side image formation,
in which an image is formed on one side of a sheet, the control unit sets a shorter wait time, from the end of a sheet feed
operation for feeding a last sheet in the one side image formation to the start of a sheet feed operation for feeding a first
sheet in the subsequent duplex image formation, when the one-side image formation is executed after a first time period is
elapsed from the completion of a preceding duplex image formation, than a wait time when the one-side image formation is executed
after a second time period longer than the first time period is elapsed from the completion of the preceding duplex-side image
formation.

US Pat. No. 9,451,151

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS COMPRISING A PLURALITY OF IMAGING SENSORS AND IMAGE PROCESSING UNITS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus, comprising:
a first imaging sensor comprising pixel portions arranged in a two-dimensional array, each of the pixel portions of the first
imaging sensor comprising one micro lens corresponding to a plurality of photoelectric conversion portions, the first imaging
sensor configured to be able to output parallax images;

a second imaging sensor comprising pixel portions arranged in a two-dimensional array, each of the pixel portions of the second
imaging sensor comprising one micro lens corresponding to a plurality of photoelectric conversion portions, the second imaging
sensor configured to be able to output parallax images;

a light beam splitting unit arranged to split a flux of light entering an optical system into first and second fluxes of light
to be applied to the first imaging sensor and the second imaging sensor respectively;

a first image processing unit configured to generate a still image for recording based on signals from the first imaging sensor;
and

a second image processing unit configured to generate a moving image for recording based on signals from the second imaging
sensor;

a calculation unit configured to, in a case where the first image processing unit generates the still image, perform focal
point detection of a phase difference method based on the parallax images from the second imaging sensor, and to, while the
second image processing unit generates the moving image, perform the focal point detection of the phase difference method
based on the parallax images from the first imaging sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,451,190

METHOD FOR DRIVING PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for driving a photoelectric conversion device which includes a plurality of pixels, each of the plurality of pixels
including a photoelectric conversion unit and a holding unit configured to hold electric charges, the method comprising:
transferring charges of the photoelectric conversion unit to the holding unit in a pixel in such a manner that the transfer
is performed simultaneously for each of the plurality of pixels; and

performing, during a period in which a signal is read out based on electric charges transferred in the transferring, signal
accumulation for a part of the plurality of pixels;

wherein, during a period in which the signal accumulation is performed for the part of the plurality of pixels, electric charges
of a photoelectric conversion unit are discharged for each of pixels other than, among the plurality of pixels, the part of
the plurality of pixels.

US Pat. No. 9,442,843

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

10. A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium storing a program for causing a computer to execute a method of controlling
an information processing apparatus, the method comprising:
determining whether or not a frequency of access on a particular logical address region of a storage device configured to
perform dynamic wear leveling is greater than or equal to a predetermined amount;

confirming a logically free region of the storage device in a case that it is determined that the frequency of access on the
particular logical address region of the storage device is greater than or equal to the predetermined amount; and

performing writing of dummy data to the logically free region confirmed in the confirming and a logical deletion of the logically
free region to which the dummy data has been written.

US Pat. No. 9,432,541

TRANSFER CONTROLLING METHOD, TRANSFER CONTROLLING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A transfer controlling method comprising:
an accepting step of accepting, on a setting screen, a setting for image data obtained by reading of an original performed
in an image reading apparatus;

a determination step of determining, based on the setting accepted in the accepting step and system configuration provided
in the image reading apparatus, a data format of the image data to be transferred by the image reading apparatus to an external
apparatus; and

a transfer controlling step of performing control for transferring, from the image reading apparatus to the external apparatus,
the image data of the data format determined in the determination step.

US Pat. No. 9,432,575

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a memory;
a processor coupled to the memory which executes the following:
identifying a main subject region and a background region different from the main subject region with respect to a plurality
of images captured by an image capturing unit;

aligning the main subject regions of the plurality of images and to generate a composite image in which predetermined blur
processing is applied to the background region;

detecting an amount of movement of the background region between the plurality of images;
controlling an amount of blurring in the blur processing based on the amount of movement of the background region between
the plurality of images detected; and

generating a first composite image into which the plurality of images aligned with reference to the main subject region are
combined and a second composite image to which blur processing to blur the background region of the first composite image
is applied, and combines the first composite image and the second composite image based on the main subject region.

US Pat. No. 9,408,532

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical tomographic imaging apparatus comprising:
a scanning unit that scans a measuring light in an eye;
a control unit that controls the scanning unit to perform multiple scanning of the measuring light in what would be the same
position of the eye if the eye were not to move;

a memory; and
a processor to perform operations comprising:
(a) acquiring, while the control unit controls the scanning unit to perform the multiple scanning, a plurality of tomographic
images of the eye obtained by performing the multiple scanning of the measuring light, wherein each scanning of the multiple
scanning is in a respective one of different positions of the eye corresponding to movements of the eye;

(b) performing alignment of the plurality of tomographic images in a scanning direction and a depth direction;
(c) determining, after performing the alignment, a respective plurality of degrees of similarity between one of the plurality
of tomographic images and the other tomographic images of the plurality of tomographic images;

(d) selecting, from the plurality of tomographic images, tomographic images having different degrees of similarity in such
a way that the number of tomographic images having degrees of similarity within a first range is larger than the number of
tomographic images having degrees of similarity within a second range, the second range being lower than the first range;
and

(e) forming a new tomographic image from the selected tomographic images.

US Pat. No. 9,405,258

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a main body formed with an opening;
a storage configured to store, in the main body, a sheet having an image formed on the sheet;
a conveyer configured to convey the sheet having the image to the storage;
a mover configured to be movable to a first position where the storage is configured to store the sheet conveyed to the storage
by the conveyer and a second position which is closer to the opening than the first position, wherein the sheet stored in
the storage is moved when the mover moves from the first position to the second position, and is stopped in an exposed state
where a part of the sheet is exposed to the outside of the main body from the opening; and

a controller configured to determine whether the storage is configured to store a subsequent sheet while the moved sheet is
in the storage in the exposed state,

wherein, in a case where the controller determines that the storage is configured to store a subsequent sheet while the moved
sheet is in the storage in the exposed state, the mover moves from the second position to the first position when the moved
sheet is in the exposed state.

US Pat. No. 9,398,182

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR OBTAINING A READING IMAGE OF A READING TARGET, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

2. An information processing apparatus configured to execute reading of a reading target placed on a reading plate on which
a plurality of objects can be placed, the information processing apparatus comprising:
at least one processor; and
a memory that is coupled with the at least one processor and that stores instructions executable by the at least one processor;
wherein the at least one processor executes the instructions to implement:
a detection unit configured to detect one or more objects placed on the reading plate;
a setting unit configured to set a waiting time according to at least a layout of the one or more objects, detected by the
detection unit, on the reading plate;

a reading control unit configured to cause an imaging unit to perform image capturing to generate reading data in which the
one or more objects are the reading target, when the layout of the one or more objects detected by the detection unit is maintained
for the waiting time set by the setting unit; and

a determination unit configured to determine a completion level of the one or more objects as the reading target, based on
at least the layout of the one or more objects detected by the detection unit, and wherein the setting unit is configured
to set the waiting time according to the completion level determined by the determination unit.

US Pat. No. 9,398,206

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A focus adjustment apparatus that, based on imaging signals obtained by causing an imaging unit to pick up an optical image
of an object formed via a photographing optical system including a focus lens, adjusts a position of the focus lens, the apparatus
comprising:
a read out control unit that performs control so that, in parallel with an operation of reading out first imaging signals
from the imaging unit at a predetermined frame rate, second imaging signals are read out from the imaging unit at a frame
rate that is higher than the predetermined frame rate, the number of the second imaging signals being smaller than the number
of the first imaging signals;

a generation unit that generates a first focus signal using the first imaging signals and that generates a second focus signal
using the second imaging signals; and

a control unit that performs control so that a first focus adjustment that adjusts the position of the focus lens based on
the first focus signal is performed if it is determined that the focus lens is near an in-focus position, and so that a second
focus adjustment that adjusts the position of the focus lens based on the second focus signal is performed if it is determined
that the focus lens is not near the in-focus position.

US Pat. No. 9,389,811

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a first determining unit configured to determine a first area in a first web page, in accordance with an instruction given
by a user;

a display control unit configured to cause a display device to display a first image which corresponds to the first area determined
by the first determining unit in the first web page, and to display a second image which corresponds to a second area in the
first web page, wherein the first area and the second area are different from each other, and the first area overlaps a part
of the second area;

a second determining unit configured to, in a case where an image corresponding to an area out of the first image and the
second image displayed by the display control unit is designated by a user, determine an output target area corresponding
to the designated image, in a second web page which is different from the first web page and includes a plurality of elements,
by specifying one or more output target elements corresponding to the area corresponding to the designated image in the first
web page from the plurality of elements; and

an output unit configured to output the output target area in the second web page determined by the second determining unit.

US Pat. No. 9,389,067

THREE-DIMENSIONAL SHAPE MEASURING APPARATUS, THREE-DIMENSIONAL SHAPE MEASURING METHOD, PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a captured image of the object on which a projection pattern is projected by a projection
unit; and

a derivation unit configured to derive a three-dimensional shape of the object based on the captured image,
wherein the projection pattern projected on the object by the projection unit includes a first pattern where luminance values
of pixels to form the first pattern continuously vary in a predetermined direction, and a second pattern having information
for identifying the first pattern in the captured image in an area between peaks of the luminance value in the first pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,369,640

IMAGING DEVICE AND IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging device comprising a plurality of pixels configured to receive light fluxes from an exit pupil of an optical
system for forming an image of a subject and operate for photoelectric conversion, the imaging device comprising:
the plurality of pixels and a plurality of ranging pixels, each of the ranging pixels having a plurality of photoelectric
conversion sections configured to receive respective light fluxes from a plurality of pupil areas displaced from each other
in the exit pupil and operating for photoelectric conversion;

each of the ranging pixels comprises a waveguide having a core and a clad for guiding the light fluxes to the respective photoelectric
conversion sections, the core having a higher refractive index than that of the clad;

the plurality of ranging pixels including first ranging pixels having an attenuating member arranged outside of the core and
in the clad, each of said attenuating members being located closer to the center side of the imaging device than the core
as viewed in the pupil division direction; and

a scattering section arranged at the light exit side of the core of each of the first ranging pixels and the attenuating member
of the pixel is arranged in the clad at a level of the light exit end of the core, wherein

a width of the scattering section is between 0.1-2 times the wavelength of the light to be detected.

US Pat. No. 9,360,825

CLEANING DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cleaning device for use with an image forming apparatus, said cleaning device comprising;
a frame;
a cleaning member, mounted to said frame, for removing a developer from a surface of an image bearing member, said cleaning
member including a blade member contactable to the surface of the image bearing member and a supporting member supporting
said blade member, said supporting member including a first flat surface, a second flat surface extending in a direction crossing
with said first flat surface, and a bent portion connecting said first flat surface and said second flat surface over an entire
longitudinal area of said supporting member, said blade member extending along a longitudinal direction of said supporting
member at an end portion of said first flat surface opposite from said bent portion with respect to a direction crossing with
the longitudinal direction; and

a sealing member of sealing resin material provided between said cleaning member and said frame, said sealing member including
a seal portion sealing between said second flat surface and said frame,

wherein said seal portion extends from said frame and contacts said second flat surface, and includes an inclination at an
angle having a component parallel with said first flat surface and a component parallel with said second flat surface, in
a section perpendicular to the longitudinal direction.

US Pat. No. 9,355,446

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for processing a tomogram of an eye fundus, the apparatus comprising:
a memory; and
a processor that is in communication with the memory, the processor configured to function as units comprising:
(a) a feature acquisition unit configured to acquire anatomical features of the tomogram;
(b) a designation unit configured to designate a first layer and a second layer, for detecting morbid portions corresponding
to a predetermined disease, from a plurality of layers specified by the anatomical features acquired by said feature acquisition
unit;

(c) a morbid portion acquisition unit configured to detect primary morbid portions from the first layer and secondary morbid
portions from the second layer, the primary morbid portions and the secondary morbid portions being corresponded to the predetermined
disease;

(d) a relevance determination unit configured to determine an existence or absence of relevance between of primary morbid
portions and the secondary morbid portions detected by said morbid portion acquisition unit;

(e) a priority determination unit configured to determine treatment priority levels for the primary morbid portions based
on the secondary morbid portions;

(f) a generation unit configured to generate a composite image by projecting the primary morbid portions and the secondary
morbid portions detected by said morbid portion acquisition unit onto a predetermined two-dimensional image; and

(g) a display control unit configured to control a display unit to display the treatment priority levels determined by said
priority determination unit and the composite image generated by said generation unit in a form which allows identification
of primary morbid portions and secondary morbid portions in which the relevance is determined to exist by said relevance determination
unit and primary morbid portions and secondary morbid portions in which the relevance is determined to be absent by said relevance
determination unit.

US Pat. No. 9,354,551

DEVELOPER SUPPLY CONTAINER AND DEVELOPER SUPPLYING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer supply container comprising:
a developer discharging chamber provided with a discharge opening configured to permit discharging of developer;
a developer accommodating chamber configured to accommodate the developer, said developer accommodating chamber being rotatable
relative to said developer discharging chamber;

a gear portion configured and positioned to receive a rotational force for rotating said developer accommodating chamber;
a pump portion configured and positioned to act upon at least said developer discharging chamber to discharge the developer,
said pump portion having a volume that changes with reciprocation; and

a drive converting portion configured and positioned to convert the rotational force received by said gear portion to a force
for operating said pump portion.

US Pat. No. 9,354,562

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus comprising:
(i) an image heating unit including first and second rotatable members between which a sheet is nipped and fed while heating
a toner image thereon; and

(ii) a retracting unit retractable from said image heating unit, said retracting unit including,
(ii-i) an air discharger configured to discharge air for separating the sheet from said first rotatable member;
(ii-ii) a separating claw configured to separate the sheet from said second rotatable member; and
(ii-iii) third and fourth rotatable members configured to nip and feed therebetween the sheet heated by said image heating
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,355,341

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING COLOR OF OUTPUT IMAGE IN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A device comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a color value of each of a plurality of pixels included in an input image,
a unit configured to determine whether an additional image is combined with the input image;
a correction unit configured to correct the each color value of the plurality of pixels by using a correction value corresponding
to the additional image in a case where the additional image is determined to be combined with the input image; and

a class determination unit configured to determine a class of color amount for calculating a printing fee of the input image
based on the obtained each color value of the plurality of pixels in a case where the additional image is not determined to
be combined with the input image, and determine a class of color amount for calculating a printing fee of the input image
based on the corrected color value in a case where the additional image is determined to be combined with the input image.

US Pat. No. 9,352,584

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a printing unit configured to print an image by transferring ink to a printing sheet with a thermal head according to print
data of multiple values; and

a control unit configured to control said printing unit so as to change a maximum exothermic frequency in one dot according
to a transfer frequency at the time of transferring ink of a same color a plurality of times to overlap, when an image is
printed based on the print data by transferring ink of the same color the plurality of times to overlap.

US Pat. No. 9,343,038

IMAGE PROJECTION APPARATUS AND IMAGE DISPLAY SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image projection apparatus configured to project an image on a projection surface, the image projection apparatus comprising:
a light modulation unit configured to modulate light from a light source unit;
an image processing unit configured to generate an image signal to be input to the light modulation unit;
a light intensity measuring unit disposed in the image projection apparatus and configured to measure an intensity of part
of the light modulated by the light modulation unit;

a light guide optical system configured to guide the part of the light to the light intensity measuring unit and another part
of the light to the projection surface; and

a correction unit configured to correct brightness of the image projected on the projection surface based on a video signal
supplied to the image projection apparatus and a measurement result of the light intensity measuring unit.

US Pat. No. 9,323,202

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus which is enabled to convey a sheet by removing a protective member, comprising:
a detecting unit configured to detect a conveyance error of a sheet;
a notifying unit configured to perform a predetermined notification to a user, the predetermined notification being for notifying
presence of the protective member; and

a control unit configured to, in a case where the detecting unit detects a conveyance error of a sheet after conveyance of
the sheet is started, control the notifying unit to perform the predetermined notification if no sheet has been discharged
out of the printing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,320,483

X-RAY IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An X-ray imaging apparatus comprising:
an X-ray sensor configured to convert incident X-ray radiation into an image signal;
a battery holder disposed on a second surface of the apparatus opposite to a first surface of the apparatus where the X-ray
radiation is incident, the battery holder being configured to detachably hold a battery for supplying electric power to the
X-ray sensor;

a lock mechanism configured to lock the battery in a locked state; and
a lock releasing unit having a first releasing member and a second releasing member, the lock releasing unit being configured
to release the lock effected by the lock mechanism when the first releasing member is moved in a first direction and the second
releasing member is moved in a second direction different from the first direction,

wherein inner surfaces of the battery holder are respectively provided with a first pop-up unit and a second pop-up unit,
wherein the first pop-up unit and the second pop-up unit are configured to respectively engage with a first receiving portion
and a second receiving portion of the battery so as to constantly urge the battery in a vertical direction that is relative
and orthogonal to the second surface providing the battery holder,

wherein the first receiving portion and the second receiving portion are concave shape,
wherein in the state in which the battery is held to the battery holder, the first pop-up unit and the second pop-up unit
are engaged in the first receiving portion and the second receiving portion, and

wherein the battery holder is disposed away from an edge side surface of the apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,319,584

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor including a first semiconductor substrate on which a plurality of photodiodes are arranged, a second semiconductor
substrate on which a plurality of storage elements configured to store pixel signals generated by the plurality of photodiodes
are arranged, and a plurality of connection units configured to electrically connect the plurality of photodiodes and the
plurality of storage elements;

a first transfer unit configured to transfer, to the storage elements, pixel signals of a first pixel group that have been
accumulated in every predetermined frame;

a first readout unit configured to read out, for every frame, the pixel signals of the first pixel group that have been stored
in the storage elements;

a second transfer unit configured to transfer, to the storage elements, pixel signals of a second pixel group different from
the first pixel group that have been accumulated at a predetermined timing; and

a second readout unit configured to read out some of the pixel signals of the second pixel group that have been stored in
the storage elements,

wherein an image of one frame is generated by composing the pixel signals of the second pixel group that have been read out
through a plurality of frame periods, and the pixel signals of the first pixel group that have been accumulated simultaneously
with the pixel signals of the second pixel group.

US Pat. No. 9,316,531

SIGNS-OF-DETERIORATION DETECTOR FOR SEMICONDUCTOR LASER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A signs-of-deterioration detector for a semiconductor laser comprising:
a first light receiving section that acquires first information relating to an optical output of the semiconductor laser at
a first time point and second information relating to an optical output of the semiconductor laser at a second time point,
later than the first time point;

a second light receiving section that acquires third information relating to an intensity distribution of an emission pattern
of the semiconductor laser below a lasing threshold of the semiconductor laser at a third time point which is different from
the first time point and is earlier than the second time point and fourth information relating to an intensity distribution
of an emission pattern of the semiconductor laser below a lasing threshold of the semiconductor laser at a fourth time point
which is different from the second time point and is later than the first time point and the third time point;

a holding section that holds the first information acquired by the first light receiving section and the third information
acquired by the second light receiving section;

a deciding section that decides presence or absence of signs of decrease of the optical output of the semiconductor laser,
by comparing the first information held by the holding section with the second information acquired by the first light receiving
section and also comparing the third information held by the holding section with the fourth information acquired by the second
light receiving section; and

an outputting section that outputs a signal from the deciding section.

US Pat. No. 9,296,586

SHEET MATERIAL BINDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM WITH MANUAL BINDING STAND-BY POSITION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet material binding apparatus adapted to be connected to an image forming apparatus which performs a print job, comprising:
a binding mechanism configured to bind a sheet material bundle formed of a plurality of sheet materials;
a motor configured to move a position of the binding mechanism between:
a first position, at which the binding mechanism stands by to bind a sheet bundle formed of a plurality of sheets fed from
the image forming apparatus in a print job, and

a second position, at which the binding mechanism stands by to bind the sheet material bundle manually supplied; and
a control section configured to control the motor so as to, in a case where the image forming apparatus is in a state of being
incapable of performing the print job, arrange the binding mechanism at the second position.

US Pat. No. 9,298,148

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

9. A method of controlling a printing apparatus which is able to connect with at least one of a plurality of types of sheet
processing apparatuses, the method comprising:
acquiring information indicating a type of a sheet process which is able to be performed by a sheet processing apparatus connected
with the printing apparatus;

generating an adjustment test image for adjusting a position of the sheet process performed by the sheet processing apparatus
based on the acquired information; and

printing the generated adjustment test image.

US Pat. No. 9,296,230

DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS, DATA PROCESSING METHOD AND INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A data processing apparatus for printing an image of a predetermined area on a print medium by a plurality of overlapping
printing scans with respect to the predetermined area including a forward scan and a backward scan of print heads that eject
a plurality of colors of inks respectively, based on print data, the data processing apparatus comprising:
a unit configured to prepare a mode A in which dots will be printed evenly by both of the forward scan and the backward scan
in an area corresponding to a pixel and a mode B in which dots will be printed only by the forward scan or the backward scan
in an area corresponding to a pixel;

a print ratio setting unit that sets the number of pixels to which mode A is allocated and the number of pixels to which mode
B is allocated in the predetermined area comprising a plurality of pixels based on the multi-value image data of the plurality
of pixels such that a ratio of the number of pixels allocated to mode B to the number of pixels allocated to mode A becomes
greater as a degree of color unevenness due to an order of applying ink on the print medium, that can occur about the predetermined
area by printing based on the multi-value image data, becomes larger; and

a print data generation unit that generates the print data for the forward scan at the predetermined area and the print data
for the backward scan at the predetermined area by allocating mode A or mode B to each of the plurality of pixels of the predetermined
area based on the number set by the print ratio setting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,291,932

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING MISREGISTRATION CORRECTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a plurality of image forming devices, each including a developing device that develops an electrostatic latent image formed
on an image bearing member to form a toner image, and a transferring device that transfers the toner image developed by the
developing device to an intermediate transfer member or a transfer material conveyed by a transfer material conveyance member,
for each of a plurality of colors;

an exposure unit that irradiates the image bearing members with a laser beam to form the electrostatic latent image on the
image bearing members;

a detector that detects an image pattern for correcting misregistration of each color, the image pattern formed on the intermediate
transfer member or the conveyed transfer material; and

a control device that corrects the misregistration of each color based on a detection result by the detector,
wherein the control device performs control to form an image pattern of at least one color among the plurality of colors but
not all of the plurality of colors on a first page interval in an image forming area that is between a first image and a second
image formed subsequently to the first image, and corrects misregistration based on a first period from a timing when a reference
signal to form the image pattern of the at least one color among the plurality of colors is transmitted to a timing when the
image pattern of the at least one color among the plurality of colors is detected by the detector,

wherein the control device performs control to form an image pattern of another color different from the at least one color
among the plurality of colors on a second page interval different from the first page interval, and corrects misregistration
based on the first period and a second period from a timing when a reference signal to form the image pattern of the other
color is transmitted to a timing when the image pattern of the other color is detected by the detector.

US Pat. No. 9,291,945

DEVELOPING UNIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing unit comprising:
a developer carrier configured to hold a developer including a toner and a carrier on a developer carrying area and convey
the developer;

a first chamber configured to collect the developer from the developer carrier;
a second chamber configured to communicate with the first chamber and to circulate the developer between the first chamber
and the second chamber;

a partition configured to be disposed between the first chamber and the second chamber to separate the first chamber from
the second chamber;

a first communication portion and a second communication portion provided at opposite ends of the partition;
a first conveying member configured to be disposed in the first chamber and to convey the developer in the first chamber from
the first communication portion toward the second communication portion;

a second conveying member configured to be disposed in the second chamber and to convey the developer in the second chamber
from the second communication portion toward the first communication portion, the second conveying member including a rotational
shaft member and a first spiral blade portion helically wound around the rotational shaft;

a third conveying member configured to be disposed downstream of the second conveying member in a developer conveyance direction
of the second conveying member in the second chamber, the third conveying member including a second spiral blade portion helically
formed in a reverse direction of the spiral blade portion and provided to be integrated coaxially with the second conveying
member; and

a discharging portion configured to be provided downstream of the third conveying member in the developer conveyance direction
of the second conveying member and to discharge a surplus developer,

wherein the first communication portion is configured to be provided outside of the developer carrying area in a direction
of a rotational axis of the developer carrier, and

the second communication portion is configured to be provided in a position overlapping an edge of the developer carrying
area in the direction of the rotational axis of the developer carrier.

US Pat. No. 9,288,429

RECORDING APPARATUS, ITS CONTROL METHOD AND PROGRAM, AND IMAGING APPARATUS HAVING THE RECORDING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an image pickup unit;
a recorder that records moving image data obtained by the image pickup unit into a plurality of recording medium including
a first recording medium and a second recording medium, the recorder being capable of recording the moving image data into
the second recording medium while recording the moving image data into the first recording medium;

a lighting unit;
a receiver that receives a selection instruction to select one of the first recording medium and the second recording medium
and a recording start instruction; and

a controller that controls the lighting unit in accordance with a result of the selection caused by the selection instruction,
wherein in a case where the first recording medium is selected, the controller controls the lighting unit so as to turn into
a state different from a predetermined state in a state where recording the moving image data into the first recording medium
is stopped and the moving image data is being recorded into the second recording medium, and to turn into the predetermined
state in accordance with the recording start instruction to start recording the moving image data into the first recording
medium during recording the moving image data into the second recording medium, and

in a case where the second recording medium is selected, the controller controls the lighting unit so as to turn into the
state different free the predetermined state in a state where recording the moving image data into the second recording medium
is stopped and the moving image data is being recorded into the first recording medium, and to turn into the predetermined
state in accordance with the recording start instruction to start recording the moving image data into the second recording
medium during recording the moving image data into the first recording medium.

US Pat. No. 9,280,071

METHOD OF PRODUCING ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, AND EMULSION FOR A CHARGE TRANSPORTING LAYER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of producing an electrophotographic photosensitive member which comprises a support and charge transporting layer
formed thereon, comprising the steps of:
preparing a solution comprising:
a charge transporting substance;
a resin having a carbonyl group; and
at least one amine compound selected from the group consisting of a compound represented by the following formula (A), a compound
represented by the following formula (B), a compound represented by the following formula (C), a compound represented by the
following formula (D) and a compound represented by the following formula (E);

dispersing the solution in a water to prepare emulsion,
forming a coat by using the emulsion, and
heating the coat to form the charge transporting layer,

where, R11 to R13 each independently represents a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms, a hydroxyalkyl group having 1 to
3 carbon atoms or a hydroxy group,


where, R21 to R25 each independently represents a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms, a hydroxyalkyl group having 1 to
3 carbon atoms or a hydroxy group,

m1 is 1 or 2,

m2 is an integer selected from 0 to 2,

X1 represents a divalent group represented by the following formula (BA), X2 represents a divalent group represented by the following formula (BB),


wherein,
in the formula (BA),
R26 and R27 each independently represents a hydrogen atom, a methyl group or an ethyl group,

n1 represents an integer selected from 1 to 6,

in the formula (BB),
R28 and R29 each independently represents a hydrogen atom, a methyl group or an ethyl group,

n2 represents an integer selected from 1 to 6,


where, R32, R33, R36 and R37 each independently represents a hydrogen atom, a methyl group, a hydroxy group or an amino group,

R31 represents a hydrogen atom, an amino group, a hydroxy group or a hydroxyalkyl group having 1 to 3 carbon atoms,

Y1 represents a nitrogen atom, an oxygen atom or a carbon atom,

R34 and R35 are absent when Y1 is the oxygen atom,

R34 is a hydrogen atom, a hydroxy group or an amino group, and R35 is absent when Y1 is the nitrogen atom,

R34 and R35 is each independently a hydrogen atom, a hydroxy group or an amino group when Y1 is the carbon atom,

R31 and R34 may be bonded to each other so as to be cyclic,


where, R41 to R45 each independently represents a hydrogen atom, a methyl group, a methoxy group, an amino group, a dimethylamino group or a
hydroxy group,


where, R51 to R55 each independently represents a hydrogen atom, a methyl group or an ethyl group.

US Pat. No. 9,278,541

RECORDING HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording head comprising:
a supporting member including a depression and a peripheral portion in the periphery of the depression;
a recording element substrate having an ejection port surface provided with an ejection port opening therein and arranged
in the depression; and

a tape adhered to the ejection port surface, wherein
when viewing the recording head from above in a direction vertical to the ejection port surface, the recording element substrate
and the peripheral portion are at least partly apart from each other via a groove, which is part of the depression, and the
tape includes a first edge and a second edge, which face each other, and a third edge connecting the first edge and the second
edge, the first edge and the second edge extending along a short direction of the recording element substrate, the third edge
including a portion located on the peripheral portion and a portion located on the groove.

US Pat. No. 9,280,123

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS FOR USE IN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a setting unit configured to set a high-voltage set value;
a first generation unit configured to generate a high voltage based on the set value set by the setting unit and a first reference
voltage supplied from a supply unit;

a second generation unit configured to generate a second reference voltage by being supplied with the first reference voltage
from the supply unit;

a comparing unit configured to compare the first reference voltage with the second reference voltage;
a storage unit configured to store a comparison result that has been obtained in advance by the comparing unit comparing the
first reference voltage with the second reference voltage; and

a correction unit configured to correct the high-voltage set value based on a comparison result that is obtained by the comparing
unit when the image forming apparatus is in use and the comparison result that has been obtained in advance and is stored
in the storage unit.

US Pat. No. 9,280,133

DEVELOPMENT DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A development device used in an electrophotographic image forming apparatus, the development device comprising:
a developer carrier configured to develop an electrostatic latent image by a developer;
a supplying member configured to supply the developer to the developer carrier and rotate in a manner that respective surfaces
of the developer carrier and the supplying member moves in a same direction at a nip portion where the developer carrier and
the supplying member contact;

a regulation member configured to regulate an amount of the developer to be carried by the developer carrier when the electrostatic
latent image is developed;

a development chamber configured to be provided with the developer carrier and the supplying member;
a containing chamber configured so as to be at least partially arranged in a lower side of a bottom of the development chamber
and contain the developer;

a conveyance member configured to convey the developer contained in the containing chamber to the development chamber; and
a space provided to the development chamber and, according to a rotation of the supplying member, a developer not being carried
by the developer carrier moves inside the space toward the containing chamber.

US Pat. No. 9,280,136

PHOTOSENSITIVE CARTRIDGE HAVING LOCKING MEMBER, DEVELOPING CARTRIDGE ATTACHABLE TO PHOTOSENSITIVE CARTRIDGE HAVING LOCKING MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE HAVING LOCKING MEMBER, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING LOCKING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photosensitive cartridge attachable to/detachable from a main body of an image forming apparatus, the photosensitive
cartridge comprising:
a photosensitive member;
an attachment unit configured to removably attach a developing cartridge including a developing member that develops a latent
image formed on the photosensitive member to the photosensitive cartridge; and

a locking member configured to prevent disengaging of the developing cartridge from the attachment unit when the developing
cartridge is attached to the attachment unit,

wherein, when the photosensitive cartridge to which the developing cartridge has been attached is attached to the main body
of the image forming apparatus, the locking member comes into contact with a main body contact member provided to the main
body, and electrically connects the main body contact member and the developing cartridge.

US Pat. No. 9,282,229

AUDIO PROCESSING APPARATUS, AUDIO PROCESSING METHOD AND IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An audio processing apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain an audio signal; and
a processor configured to process the audio signal;
wherein the processor generates a first predicted signal based on an audio signal in a first period preceding a noise period
which contains noise in the audio signal, and generates a second predicted signal based on an audio signal in a second period
succeeding the noise period,

wherein the processor combines the first predicted signal and the second predicted signal to generate an interpolation signal
for replacing an audio signal in the noise period,

wherein the processor detects a periodicity of the audio signal in the first period and a periodicity of the audio signal
in the second period and changes a combining ratio of the first predicted signal and the second predicted signal in accordance
with the detected periodicity of the audio signal in the first period and the detected periodicity of the audio signal in
the second period, and

wherein the processor replaces the audio signal in the noise period with the interpolation signal for reducing the noise in
the audio signal.

US Pat. No. 9,277,891

IMAGE DIAGNOSIS ASSISTANCE APPARATUS, PROCESSING METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus for supporting diagnosis, comprising:
a region obtaining unit configured to obtain a region in a medical image;
a characteristic obtaining unit configured to obtain an image characteristic, the image characteristic being obtained from
the obtained region in the medical image by processing the medical image;

a finding obtaining unit configured to obtain an image finding that is an assessment of the obtained region in the medical
image, the image finding being based on an input to an operation unit for being operated by a user; and

a result obtaining unit configured to obtain an inference result from an inference unit having performed diagnostic inference
based on the obtained image characteristic and the obtained image finding to output the inference result, wherein the obtained
image characteristic and the obtained image finding are both obtained from the same obtained region in the medical image.

US Pat. No. 9,277,626

LIGHT SOURCE CONTROL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A light source control apparatus which controls a plurality of light sources comprising:
a power source which supplies an electric power to the plurality of light sources;
a driver unit configured to successively turn on the plurality of light sources;
a determining unit configured to determine the luminance of each of the plurality of light sources in accordance with an inputted
image signal and determines a Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) value relating to a length of a turn-on period within one frame
period of each of the plurality of light sources on the basis of the determined luminance;

a calculating unit configured to calculate an electric power consumption of the power source at a start timing or an end timing
of the turn-on period of each of the plurality of light sources, which are successively turned on, on the basis of the PWM
value determined by the determining unit; and

a correcting unit configured to limit, if the electric power consumption calculated by the calculating unit exceeds a predetermined
threshold value, the number of light sources which are simultaneously in a lighting state at the start timing or the end timing
of the turn-on period of each of the plurality of light sources by shortening the length of the turn-on period of at least
one or some of the plurality of light sources so that the electric power consumption does not exceed the threshold value at
the start timing or the end timing of the turn-on period of each of the plurality of light sources, which are successively
turned on.

US Pat. No. 9,277,118

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND PROGRAM FOR OBTAINING POSITION INFORMATION AND DIRECTION INFORMATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
continuous shooting means for performing a plurality of shooting operations and obtaining a plurality of images;
operation means for receiving an instruction from a user;
shooting preparation means for performing a shooting preparation operation for obtaining images by the continuous shooting
means;

position acquisition means for acquiring position information;
direction acquisition means for acquiring direction information, and
association means for associating the direction information and the position information with the images,
wherein, in the plurality of shooting operations performed by the continuous shooting means, the position acquisition means
does not acquire position information for each of the shooting operations performed by the continuous shooting means, and
the direction acquisition means acquires direction information for each of the shooting operations performed by the continuous
shooting means,

wherein the position acquisition means acquires position information in parallel with the shooting preparation operation.

US Pat. No. 9,274,495

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING FIXING UNIT WHOSE PROJECTED PORTION IS PREVENTED FROM COMING OUT OF MAIN ASSEMBLY OPENING AFTER ENTERING MAIN ASSEMBLY RECESSED PORTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a main assembly; and
a fixing unit configured to fix an image on a recording material, wherein said fixing unit is detachably mountable to said
main assembly,

wherein said fixing unit includes a projected portion configured to regulate the position of said fixing unit relative to
said main assembly,

wherein said main assembly includes an opening configured to guide movement of the projected portion and a recessed portion,
provided downstream of the opening with respect to a mounting direction of said fixing unit, configured to regulate the position
of the projected portion,

wherein said fixing unit includes an engaging portion engaging with the opening so that the projected portion is prevented
from coming out of the opening after entering the recessed portion,

wherein said fixing unit includes a handle configured to hold said fixing unit by a user, and the handle is foldable relative
to said fixing unit, and

wherein the engaging portion is provided on the handle.

US Pat. No. 9,275,313

PRINTING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF SPECIFYING AND STORING USER DEFINED ENVELOPE FLAP SIZES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

8. A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium storing a computer program for causing a computer to execute steps of
the method for controlling the printing apparatus capable of printing an image on an envelope of plural sizes and having a
holding unit constructed to be capable of holding an envelope, the method comprising:
accepting, based on that an envelope being set on the holding unit, a size of an envelope and a length of a flap of an envelope
from a user via an operation unit;

storing, in a memory, the accepted size and the accepted length in association with the holding unit;
printing the image on the envelope held by the holding unit, based on the size and the length stored in the memory;
clearing, based on that the envelope held by the holding unit runs out, an association of the size and the length stored in
the memory with the holding unit, wherein after the association of the size and the length stored in the memory with the holding
unit is cleared, the size and the length are still stored in the memory in association with each other; and

providing to a user, in a case where an envelope is set on the holding unit and a size of an envelope accepted from a user
matches the size stored in the memory, the length that is stored in the memory in association with the accepted size.

US Pat. No. 9,270,531

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a communication-parameter providing unit configured to:
perform a first communication-parameter provision process for providing a communication parameter to one or more communication
partners in response to a predetermined operation performed by a user, an upper limit number of the communication partners
being M, which is a plural number; and

perform a second communication-parameter provision process for providing the communication parameter to a communication partner
in response to the predetermined operation performed by the user, an upper limit number of the communication partner being
one,

wherein, when time has exceeded a predetermined time limit before provision of the communication parameter to M communication
partners is completed in the first communication-parameter provision process, and when it is detected that the predetermined
operation is performed by the user again, the communication-parameter providing unit performs the second communication-parameter
provision process without performing the first communication-parameter provision process.

US Pat. No. 9,268,243

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic member comprising:
an electroconductive substrate; and
a surface layer,
wherein:
the surface layer includes:
a binder resin; and
an aggregate of at least one crystal particle selected from the group consisting of a flaky crystal particle of magnesium
carbonate and a flaky crystal particle of calcium carbonate;

an edge face of a card house structure formed of the crystal particle is exposed at a surface of the aggregate;
a surface of the surface layer includes a convex portion derived from the aggregate; and
a surface of the convex portion has unevenness reflecting a shape of the edge face of the card house structure exposed at
the surface of the aggregate.

US Pat. No. 9,266,328

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection apparatus which applies liquid to a medium by using a liquid ejection head including an ejection port
ejecting the liquid and a member protruding more toward a liquid ejection direction than an ejection port face where the ejection
port is formed, wherein
a first distance between the ejection port and the medium is smaller than a sum of a second distance from the ejection port
face to a tip of the member in the ejection direction and a third distance from the tip to the medium.

US Pat. No. 9,264,638

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens, comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:
a first lens unit having a positive refractive power that does not move for zooming;
a second lens unit having a negative refractive power that moves during zooming; and
an N-th lens unit having a positive refractive power that does not move for zooming, the N-th lens unit being arranged closest
to the image side,

wherein the first lens unit comprises, in order from the object side to the image side:
a first sub-lens unit having a negative refractive power that does not move for focusing;
a second sub-lens unit having a positive refractive power that moves during focusing; and
a third sub-lens unit having a positive refractive power that does not move for focusing, and
wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
1.5
?2.70 where f1 represents a focal length of the first lens unit, fw represents a focal length at a wide angle end of the zoom lens,
and ?nw represents a lateral magnification of the N-th lens unit at a wide angle end.

US Pat. No. 9,262,848

METHOD FOR STROKING PATHS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method, performed by a computer, of rendering a stroked curved path having a fill thickness, the method comprising:
forming, by the computer, a plurality of projection lines projecting from each side of the curved path, each of the projection
lines having a length based on the fill thickness;

determining, by the computer, intersection points for a plurality of intersecting consecutive projection lines located on
a concave side of the curve;

forming, by the computer, at least one extension polygon based on the intersection points and end points of the plurality
of intersecting consecutive projection lines;

forming, by the computer, a main polygon based on end points of the plurality of projection lines, and the intersection points,
excluding at least one of the end points of a non-end cap projection line of the intersecting consecutive projection lines;
and

rendering, by the computer, the curved path using the at least one extension polygon and the main polygon.

US Pat. No. 9,264,601

SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A signal processing apparatus which processes signals obtained from an image pickup element including a first plurality
of pixels sharing a first microlens and a second plurality of pixels sharing a second microlens, the first plurality of pixels
and the second plurality of pixels having saturation characteristics different from each other, the signal processing apparatus
comprising:
a saturation detector configured to detect a saturated pixel whose charge amount has reached a saturation level among the
first plurality of pixels and the second plurality of pixels; and

an estimating portion configured to estimate the charge amount of the saturated pixel using a nearby pixel of the saturated
pixel.

US Pat. No. 9,256,187

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS USING TWO POWER SUPPLY UNITS TO CONTROL TRANSFER CURRENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member on which a toner image is formed;
an intermediate transfer member that is endless and rotatable, the intermediate transfer member being disposed in contact
with the image bearing member and forming a primary transfer region between the intermediate transfer member and the image
bearing member, the toner image being primarily transferred, at the primary transfer region, to the intermediate transfer
member;

a transfer member disposed in contact with the intermediate transfer member and forming a secondary transfer region between
the transfer member and the intermediate transfer member;

a first power supply unit connected to the transfer member;
a charging member provided downstream of the secondary transfer region in a rotating direction of the intermediate transfer
member and upstream of the primary transfer region to charge a residual toner remaining on the intermediate transfer member;

a second power supply unit connected to the charging member; and
a control unit controlling the first power supply unit and the second power supply unit,
wherein the control unit controls a current supplied to the primary transfer region by controlling both the first power supply
unit and the second power supply unit.

US Pat. No. 9,251,589

DEPTH MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND DEPTH MEASUREMENT PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A depth measurement apparatus for calculating depth information of a subject in an image by using a plurality of images
including a first image and a second image, the apparatus comprising:
a region segmentation unit configured to segment at least one of the images into regions based on an image feature amount,
wherein, in each of the regions, pixels are presumed to be substantially equal in depth to the subject; and

a depth calculation unit configured to calculate a depth for each region resulting from the segmentation by the region segmentation
unit and serving as a processing target region for depth calculation, to set the calculated depth as the depth of the processing
target region, wherein the depth calculation unit is further configured to calculate the depth based on data in a processing
target region of the first image and data in a processing target region of the second image.

US Pat. No. 9,245,919

SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A back-illuminated solid-state image pickup apparatus comprising:
a semiconductor substrate including a plurality of pixels, each pixel including a photo detector and a readout portion;
a wire disposed on a first main surface of the semiconductor substrate; and
a microlens disposed on a second main surface of the semiconductor substrate opposite to the first main surface and configured
to focus light,

wherein light enters the photo detector from the second main surface of the semiconductor substrate,
wherein the photo detector includes a first photo detector unit and a second photo detector unit disposed deeper than the
first photo detector unit with respect to the second main surface,

wherein the first photo detector unit includes a first-conductive-type first semiconductor region in which carriers generated
through photo-electric conversion are collected as signal carriers,

wherein the readout portion includes a first-conductive-type second semiconductor region extending in a depth direction of
the semiconductor substrate such that the carriers collected at the first semiconductor region are read out to the first main
surface, and

wherein the microlens is disposed such that a projection of an edge of the microlens in the depth direction intersects the
second semiconductor region.

US Pat. No. 9,244,380

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member configured to bear and convey an image;
a developing device comprising a developer bearing member configured to bear a developer and convey the developer to a developing
position facing the image bearing member, and a developing bias application unit configured to apply a developing bias between
the developer bearing member and the image bearing member to transfer the developer conveyed to the development position onto
the image bearing member;

an image conveyance member configured to abut on the image bearing member and convey an image transferred thereon from the
image bearing member or a recording material with an image transferred thereon at a speed different from the speed of the
image bearing member;

a transfer portion configured to apply a transfer bias to transfer an image from the image bearing member onto the image conveyance
member or a recording material;

an execution unit configured to be capable of executing a stop mode in which the developer conveyance by the developer bearing
member is stopped in a period between images in continuous image formation; and

a control unit configured to change a relative state in a period of the stop mode and in a period when the image is transferred,
wherein an abutting state or a state of relative speed between the image bearing member and the image conveyance member is
defined as the relative state.

US Pat. No. 9,243,098

COMPOUND, POLYMER, CROSS-LINKED COMPOUND OF POLYMER, AND OPTICAL ELEMENT INCLUDING CROSS-LINKED COMPOUND

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A compound having the following general formula (I):
A-Z—B?  (I)
wherein A has the following formula (a), B? has the following formula (b1) or (b2), and Z denotes a direct bond (z1) or has
one of the formulae (z2) to (z12):


wherein *1 and *2 denote a bonding arm, one of *1 and *2 is bonded to Z of the formula (I), and the other of *1 and *2 not
bonded to Z of the formula (I) is bonded to a hydrogen atom,


wherein * denotes a bonding arm and is bonded to Z of the formula (I), and[Chem. 4]

wherein two *'s in each of the formulae (z2) to (z12) denote a bonding arm and are bonded to A or B? of the formula (I), and
n, m, and l independently denote an integer of 0 to 5.

US Pat. No. 9,244,407

FIXING MEMBER WITH ALKALI METAL ION, IMAGE HEAT FIXING APPARATUS, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing member, comprising a substrate, a cured silicone rubber elastic layer, and a surface layer in this order,
the cured silicone rubber elastic layer containing:
a thermally conductive filler containing an alkali metal ion, and
a compound having a phosphate group in a molecule.

US Pat. No. 9,245,211

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a receiving unit configured to receive print commands for printing a plurality of objects;
a generation unit configured to draw the plurality of received objects to generate a bitmap;
a deciding unit configured to decide an attribute of each pixel contained in the bitmap, from the received print commands;
a determination unit configured to determine whether each pixel contained in the generated bitmap is an edge pixel or not;
and

a changing unit configured to change the decided attribute of each pixel based on a result of the determination of whether
the pixel is an edge pixel or not,

wherein in a case where the decided attribute of at least one pixel of the bitmap is text and the determination unit determines
that the at least one pixel of the bitmap is not an edge pixel, the changing unit changes the attribute of the at least one
pixel of the bitmap from text to photograph.

US Pat. No. 9,247,431

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A first communication apparatus comprising:
a processor and memory;
a processing unit configured to execute a communication parameter sharing processing for sharing a communication parameter
to perform wireless communication between the first communication apparatus and a second communication apparatus in a second
network different from a first network;

a determination unit configured to determine an authentication method for participating in the first network established by
an access point; and

a control unit configured to control the processing unit to restrict execution of the communication parameter sharing processing
with the second communication apparatus different from the access point in a case that the first communication apparatus is
participating in the first network and the determination unit determines that the authentication method for participating
in the first network is an authentication method by which an external apparatus different from the access point performs authentication,

wherein at least one of the processing unit, the determination unit and the control unit is implemented by the processor and
memory.

US Pat. No. 9,239,304

X-RAY IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An X-ray imaging apparatus comprising:
an X-ray source;
a grating configured to divide diverging X-rays irradiated from the X-ray source; and
a detector configured to detect X-rays which are divided by the grating and pass through a sample,
wherein the grating includes a plurality of transparent objects which pass the diverging X-rays, and a plurality of opaque
objects which shield the diverging X-rays,

wherein the plurality of opaque objects which shield the diverging X-rays is arranged so that a plurality of extended lines
intersects each other, each of the extended lines being formed by extending a center line, which connects a center of an X-ray
source side of each of the plurality of opaque objects facing the X-ray source with a center of a detector side of each of
the plurality of opaque objects facing the detector, toward the X-ray source, and

wherein the grating is arranged so that a focused position of the grating at which the plurality of extended lines intersects
each other and the X-ray source are arranged at positions different from each other.

US Pat. No. 9,241,371

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PERFORMING WIRELESS COMMUNICATION WITH A TERMINAL SWITCHING BETWEEN COMMUNICATION MODES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a wireless communication unit configured to operate in either a first wireless communication mode in which the communication
apparatus and an external apparatus execute wireless communication via an access point, and a second wireless communication
mode in which the communication apparatus and an external apparatus execute the direct wireless communication that does not
go through an access point;

a determination unit configured to determine whether or not it is possible to switch from the first wireless communication
mode to the second wireless communication mode based on a communication status of the communication apparatus if the wireless
communication unit is operating in the first wireless communication mode; and

a displaying unit configured to display a wireless menu screen in a state in which a user can input an instruction to start
operation in the second wireless communication mode if it is determined by the determination unit that it is possible to switch
from the first wireless communication mode to the second wireless communication mode, and configured to display a wireless
menu screen in a state in which a user cannot input an instruction to start operation of the second wireless communication
mode if it is determined by the determination unit that it is not possible to switch from the first wireless communication
mode to the second wireless communication mode.

US Pat. No. 9,240,553

INDENO[1,2-B]PHENANTHRENE COMPOUND AND ORGANIC LIGHT EMITTING ELEMENT INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An indeno[1,2-b]phenanthrene compound represented by the following general formula [1]:

wherein in the formula [1], R1 and R2 each represent a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group;

X1 and X2 each represent a substitute selected from the group consisting of a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, a methoxy group, and a
cyano group;

A1 represents a monovalent or a divalent aromatic hydrocarbon group, and A1 is optionally substituted by an alkyl group, a phenyl group optionally further substituted by an alkyl group, or a biphenyl
group optionally further substituted by an alkyl group;

A2 represents a monovalent or a divalent aromatic hydrocarbon group or a monovalent or a divalent heteroaromatic group, and A2 is optionally substituted by an alkyl group, a phenyl group optionally further substituted by an alkyl group, or a biphenyl
group optionally further substituted by an alkyl group;

n represents an integer of 0 to 4; and when n is 2 or more, a plurality of A2 are identical to or different from each other.

US Pat. No. 9,232,080

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a reading unit configured to read an original to acquire image information;
a processing unit configured to process the image information acquired by the reading unit;
a determination unit configured to determine whether or not a processing result of the processing performed by the processing
unit is to be formed on the original;

a forming unit configured to form the processing result on the original if the determination unit has determined that the
processing result is to be formed on the original, and to form the processing result on a sheet other than the original if
the determination unit has determined that the processing result is not to be formed on the original; and

a setting unit configured to set whether the processing result is to be formed in a simple form or is to be formed in a detailed
form,

wherein the determination unit determines that the processing result is to be formed on a front surface of the original if
the setting unit sets that the processing result is to be formed in a simple form,

the determination unit determines that the processing result is to be formed on a back surface of the original if the setting
unit sets that the processing result is to be formed in a detailed form and furthermore the original has been subjected to
single-sided printing, and

the determination unit determines that the processing result is to be formed on a sheet other than the original if the setting
unit sets that the processing result is to be formed in a detailed form and furthermore the original has been subjected to
double-sided printing.

US Pat. No. 9,221,645

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS ACCOUNTING FOR USER BODY HEIGHT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

21. A non-transitory recording medium storing a program to cause a computer to perform a method for controlling an image forming
apparatus, wherein the image forming apparatus includes an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet as a
printed sheet and a stacking unit on which to stack the printed sheet, the method comprising:
receiving, via a reception unit, an instruction from a user to cause the image forming unit to form the image on the sheet;
determining, via a determination unit, whether a body height of the user is equal to or greater than a predetermined value,
wherein the body height of the user is a height of the user as (i) measured by an electronic device in response to the reception
unit receiving the image forming instruction from the user and (ii) received by the determination unit; and

moving, via a moving unit, the stacking unit to receive the printed sheet based on the determination by the determination
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,218,143

MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CONFIGURED TO IDENTIFY AND REPORT FAILURES RELATED TO FORMING AN IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus capable of communicating with a management server via a network and using a function provided
by a providing apparatus by communicating therewith via the network, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a determination unit configured to determine whether a failure detected by the image forming apparatus is caused by the providing
apparatus at the time of creating failure information to be transmitted to the management server;

a creation unit configured to create, as failure information, first failure information by which it can be identified that
the failure is caused by the providing apparatus if the determination unit determines that the failure is caused by the providing
apparatus and create, as the failure information, second failure information about the failure detected by the image forming
apparatus if the determination unit does not determine that the failure is caused by the providing apparatus; and

a transmission unit configured to transmit the failure information created by the creation unit to the management server,
wherein the management server is configured to perform notification for arranging maintenance of the image forming apparatus,
if it can be identified that the failure has occurred in the image forming apparatus based on the failure information received
from the image forming apparatus, and

wherein the creation unit is configured to create the first failure information that includes at least either of a failure
code which is previously defined and indicates a failure caused in the providing apparatus and a failure code which is provided
by the providing apparatus, as information by which it can be identified that the failure is caused by the providing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,213,263

FLEXIBLE DEVELOPER ACCOMMODATING CONTAINER WITH UNSEALABLE OPENINGS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developer accommodating container for accommodating developer, said developer accommodating container comprising:
a flexible container including an injection port for permitting entrance of the developer and a plurality of openings for
permitting discharge of the developer; and

a sealing member mounted on said flexible container in a state in which said sealing member seals the plurality of openings
and capable of exposing the plurality of openings by being moved in an unsealing direction,

wherein the plurality of openings are provided at different positions along a direction perpendicular to the unsealing direction,
and wherein the flexible container is deformable to change a shape of the openings when the sealing member is removed.

US Pat. No. 9,208,411

PRINT CONTROLLING APPARATUS, PRINT CONTROLLING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A print controlling apparatus that controls a printing apparatus capable of executing printing corresponding to each of
a plurality of types of attributes of printing paper, comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a paper attribute designated by a suspended job which has been stored in a print
job queue and printing of which has not been executed;

a display controlling unit configured to, in a case where executing replacement of paper supplied to the printing apparatus
is executed, control a display unit to display a screen in which a user can designate a paper attribute candidate after paper
replacement, so that the paper attribute acquired by said acquisition unit is preferentially displayed out of candidates which
the user can select as the paper attribute candidate; and

a print controlling unit configured to control the printing apparatus to print an image on printing paper after the replacement,
based on a paper attribute designated by the user in the screen displayed by the display controlling unit.

US Pat. No. 9,207,699

ELECTRIC POWER CONTROL SYSTEM AND ELECTRIC POWER CONTROL APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electric power control system comprising:
a first device configured to perform an operation when electric power is supplied via a first plug socket;
a second device configured to perform an operation when electric power is supplied via a second plug socket, wherein the first
device and the second device are connected in such a way as to communicate with each other; and

an electric power control apparatus configured to control the electric power to be supplied to the first device and the second
device,

wherein the first device includes a notification unit configured to notify the electric power control apparatus of information
indicating the second device that is a device relating to the first device, and

wherein the electric power control apparatus includes an electric power control unit configured to stop supplying electric
power to the second device based on the information notified from the notification unit when the electric power control unit
stops supplying electric power to the first device.

US Pat. No. 9,201,024

X-RAY IMAGING APPARATUS AND X-RAY IMAGING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An X-ray imaging system comprising:
a reception unit configured to sequentially receive data of an X-ray image;
an image combining unit configured to acquire an image by sequentially combining the received data in response to sequential
reception of the data by the reception unit;

a mode selection unit configured to select one of a first display mode and a second display mode; and
a control unit configured to, if the first display mode is selected and image enlargement at a certain magnification is instructed
and an image having a resolution corresponding to the certain magnification is not acquired by the image combining unit, perform
control to digitally enlarge the image acquired by the image combining unit, and if the second display mode is selected and
image enlargement at a certain magnification is instructed and an image having a resolution corresponding to the certain magnification
is not acquired by the image combining unit, perform control to wait for combining processing by the image combining unit
until the image having the resolution corresponding to the certain magnification is acquired.

US Pat. No. 9,195,313

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF RECOGNIZING USER OPERATION AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus operable to recognize a gesture operation performed by a gesture object based on an
image of a predetermined area captured by an imaging unit the information processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire positional information about a target object present in the predetermined area;
a setting unit configured to set a partial area of the predetermined area as a gesture recognition area of at least one gesture
operation corresponding to the target object; and

a recognition unit configured to recognize the gesture operation performed by the gesture object based on a partial portion
of the image obtained by the imaging unit, the partial portion corresponding to the gesture recognition area set by the setting
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,195,424

PRINT SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR GENERATING DATA TO BE TRANSMITTED USING AN APPLICATION BASED ON AN INSTRUCTION FROM A WEB BROWSER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A system that includes an information processing apparatus executing a Web browser and an application server including
an application used via the Web browser, wherein the application server comprises:
a generation unit configured to generate data to be transmitted to the information processing apparatus using the application
according to an instruction via the Web browser; and

wherein the information processing apparatus comprises a memory and a processor in communication with the memory, the processor
configured to control:

a first reception unit configured to receive a precedent instruction by a user to register information related to a transfer
destination to a predetermined storage region in the information processing apparatus;

a second reception unit configured to receive a selection of an execution instruction to transfer the generated data received
from the application server via a screen on the Web browser, wherein the screen is displayed according to the registered information
based on the precedent instruction received by the first reception unit if a menu button included in a web page provided by
the application of the application server is selected; and

a control unit configured to control a transmission of the generated data received from the application server to the transfer
destination related to the registered information corresponding to the selection received by the second reception unit, through
a network.

US Pat. No. 9,189,639

DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising: a storage unit that includes a first storage area for storing user data
and a second storage area for storing information related to the information processing apparatus; a deletion unit configured
to delete the user data stored in the first storage area for storing user data in response to receiving an instruction for
deletion of the user data; and an output unit configured to output, after the user data was deleted by the deletion unit,
information indicating a use-status of the first storage area for storing user data after execution of the deletion and information
indicating a use-status of the second storage area for storing information related to the information processing apparatus,
wherein the information indicating the use-status of the first storage area before the deletion by the deletion unit is configured
to be displayed side-by-side with the information indicating the use-status of the first storage area after the execution
of the deletion.

US Pat. No. 9,182,221

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a plurality of positions on a surface of a measurement target object using information
of light reflected from the measurement target object on which structured light is projected, a position of a light source
of the structured light, and a position of a light reception unit configured to receive the reflected light and acquire the
information of the reflected light;

a calculation unit configured to acquire a direction on the surface of the measurement target object based on the plurality
of the positions;

a holding unit configured to hold a correction amount obtained beforehand according to the direction on the surface of the
measurement target object;

an obtaining unit configured to obtain a correction value based on the correction amount held by the holding unit and the
direction of the surface of the measurement target object; and

a correction unit configured to correct at least one of the plurality of the positions based on the obtained correction value.

US Pat. No. 9,178,161

BENZO[C]PHENANTHRENE COMPOUND AND ORGANIC LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE CONTAINING SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A benzo[c]phenanthrene compound represented by formula [3]:

wherein Ar represents a naphthalenediyl group or a fluorenediyl group;and the Ar may have an alkyl group as a substituent.

US Pat. No. 9,164,460

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING TONE DENSITY CORRECTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a photoreceptor body;
a charging device that charges the photoreceptor body;
an exposure device that exposes the photoreceptor body to form an electrostatic latent image;
a development device that develops the electrostatic latent image as a toner image using a toner;
a density detection sensor configured to detect density of an image, the density detection sensor having a light emitting
element for emitting light and a light receiving element for receiving a reflection reflected from the image when the light
emitting element emits light to the image; and

a controller configured to selectively execute a correction mode in a warm-up period from power-on of a main body of the image
forming apparatus until allowing an image to be formed on a recording medium, the controller corrects a gamma look-up table
based on detection results of a plurality of image patches having different densities from each other detected by the density
detection sensor in the correction mode;

wherein the controller forms a first image in the warm-up period and then forms a second image in a case when a first detection
result obtained by detecting the first image with the density detection sensor is out of a first predetermined range,

wherein the controller allows an image to be formed on a recording medium without executing the correction mode in a case
when the first detection result is within the first predetermined range or a second detection result obtained by detecting
the second image with the density detection sensor is within a second predetermined range,

the controller executes the correction mode in a case when the first detection result and the second detection result are
out of the first predetermined range and the second predetermined range, respectively;

wherein the first image is a toner image obtained by a potential difference between a DC developing bias applied to the developing
device and a potential of a surface of the photoreceptor body being exposed by the exposure device after being charged by
the charging device, and

the second image is a toner image obtained by a potential difference between a DC developing bias applied to the developing
device and a potential of the surface of the photoreceptor body, without being substantially exposed by the exposure device
after being charged by the charging device.

US Pat. No. 9,164,991

DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A document management system for managing a plurality of documents, the document management system comprising at least
one hardware processor which executes a computer program to function as:
a first selection unit configured to select, based on a user's instruction, a first set of libraries from a plurality of libraries
as a search target, wherein the plurality of libraries are units of document management, and wherein index definitions are
independently defined for each of the plurality of libraries;

a second selection unit configured to select, based on a user's instruction, a second set of libraries from a plurality of
libraries as an index acquisition target to acquire index names defined for the selected second set of libraries, wherein
the second set of libraries differs from the first set of libraries;

a search condition setting unit configured to display the index names acquired by the second selection unit, make a user select
a desired index name from among the displayed index names, and set a search condition using the selected index name; and

a search unit configured to search for a document corresponding to the search condition set by the search condition setting
unit from among a plurality of documents managed by the first set of libraries selected as the search target by the first
selection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,167,172

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capture apparatus comprising:
an image sensor; and
at least one control circuit to perform, acquiring respective information corresponding to distances to objects in a plurality
of areas in an image capturing area based on signals which are read from a phase difference detecting member and

controlling respective charge accumulation periods for each of a plurality of segmented areas of said image sensor during
a time of light emission by a light-emitting device,

wherein the plurality of areas in the image capturing area for which information corresponding to distances to the objects
are acquired by said at least one control circuit respectively correspond to the plurality of segmented areas, and

wherein said at least one control circuit performs, controlling respective charge accumulation periods for each of the segmented
areas corresponding to the plurality of areas in the image capturing area based on the respective information corresponding
to the distances to the objects in the corresponding segmented areas.

US Pat. No. 9,152,081

DEVELOPER ACCOMMODATING CONTAINER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer accommodating container for accommodating developer, said developer accommodating container comprising:
a flexible container provided with an opening for permitting discharge of the developer; and
a sealing member which includes a bonded portion bonded to an outer surface of said flexible container so as to seal the opening
and which is capable of exposing the opening by peeling said bonded portion from said flexible container,

wherein said sealing member includes a first bonded portion in an upstream side of the opening and a second bonded portion
in a downstream side of the opening with respect to a sealing member unsealing direction, said second bonded portion being
provided in a non-contact position with the opening, and

wherein, where said sealing member is unsealed, a shape of the opening is changed.

US Pat. No. 9,146,526

UNIT, CLEANING UNIT, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cleaning unit usable with an image forming apparatus, said cleaning unit comprising:
a frame;
a developer accommodating portion for accommodating a developer;
a cleaning blade, supported by said frame and including a free end contactable to an image bearing member, for removing a
developer from the image bearing member;

a first sealing member provided between said frame and said cleaning blade by injection molding into said frame adjacent to
a longitudinal end portion of said cleaning blade, said first sealing member being effective to prevent leakage of the developer
from said developer accommodating portion; and

a second sealing member provided between the image bearing member and said frame in contact with the free end of said cleaning
blade adjacent to the longitudinal end portion,

wherein said first sealing member includes:
(i) a seal portion contacting said cleaning blade, and
(ii) a seat portion to which at least a part of said second sealing member is mounted, said seat portion is deformable to
move said second sealing member in a direction of urging said second sealing member to the free end of said cleaning blade
when the image bearing member is mounted to said frame.

US Pat. No. 9,143,038

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS AND PRINTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a generation unit having a first portion constructed to generate a first voltage and a second portion constructed to generate
an adding voltage;

a drive portion constructed to drive the generation unit;
a first output unit constructed to output the first voltage;
a second output unit constructed to output a second voltage obtained by adding the first voltage and the adding voltage; and
a feedback control unit constructed to compose a first feedback component obtained by adjusting the first voltage outputted
by the first output unit by a first feedback factor and a second feedback component obtained by adjusting the second voltage
outputted by the second output unit by a second feedback factor, and to PWM-control the drive unit, based on a composed feedback
component obtained by composing the first feedback unit and the second feedback unit.

US Pat. No. 9,143,058

ULTRASONIC MOTOR AND LENS APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A motor, comprising:
a vibrator including a piezoelectric element and a contact surface to be brought into contact with a member to be driven,
the vibrator driving the member to be driven by a vibration excited by the piezoelectric element;

a holding part configured to hold the vibrator;
a pressing unit configured to apply a bias force for biasing the holding part toward the member to be driven so as to press
the contact surface against the member to be driven; and

a fixing unit configured to support the pressing unit,
wherein the holding part holds the vibrator on both sides of the contact surface in a driving direction of the member to be
driven,

the vibrator including:
a plate part including a projection part forming the contact surface to be brought into contact with the member to be driven,
and the piezoelectric element;

a junction part joined to the holding part configured to hold the vibrator; and
a connection part configured to connect the junction part and the plate part,
the connection part having a higher vibration damping rate than the plate part.