US Pat. No. 9,106,827

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor including a plurality of pixels that are two-dimensionally arranged and include focus detection pixels including
photoelectric conversion units configured for outputting a pair of image signals obtained by receiving a pair of light beams
that have passed through different exit pupil regions of an imaging optical system;

a determination unit configured to determine whether each line of the pixels of said image sensor is a non-addition line that
outputs an image signal unsuitable for detection of a correlation amount;

a calculation unit configured to obtain the correlation amount for each addition line based on the pair of image signals output
from the focus detection pixels included in the addition line determined not to be the non-addition line by said determination
unit and add the obtained correlation amount of the addition line;

a counting unit configured to count the number of addition lines added by said calculation unit;
a computing unit configured to obtain a defocus amount based on the correlation amount added by said calculation unit; and
a focus control unit configured to drive a focus lens included in the imaging optical system based on the defocus amount in
a case where a product of an evaluation value representing reliability of the defocus amount obtained by said computing unit
and a predetermined standard number of additions is smaller than the product of the number of addition lines counted by said
counting unit and a standard evaluation value representing a predetermined evaluation value.

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. 9,095,984

FORCE CONTROL ROBOT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A force control robot, comprising:
a robotic arm having one end as a fixed end and another end as a movable end;
an end effector coupled to the movable end of the robotic arm, the end effector having a grip mechanism portion and a grip
drive portion for moving the grip mechanism portion; and

a force sensor configured to detect an external force applied to the grip mechanism portion based on displacement of the end
effector, the force sensor including an elastic member coupling the end effector to the movable end, the force sensor being
positioned so that when the end effector is displaced with respect to the movable end about a rotation center, the rotation
center exists inside the force sensor,

wherein the grip drive portion is positioned so that a center of gravity of the grip drive portion is nearer to the robotic
arm than the rotation center.

US Pat. No. 9,096,063

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a liquid ejection head comprising a substrate including, in a first surface thereof, a plurality
of ejection energy generation elements configured to generate energy for ejecting a liquid, and an orifice plate disposed
on a first surface side of the substrate to form ejection orifice through which the liquid is ejected, and to define liquid
flow passages communicating with the ejection orifices,
the substrate including a recess-shaped common supply port formed in a second surface thereof on an opposite side to the first
surface, and a plurality of independent supply ports penetrating from a bottom surface of the common supply port to the first
surface and communicating with the liquid flow passages,

the ejection orifices being disposed above the ejection energy generation elements,
two of the independent supply ports being disposed adjacent to each of the ejection energy generation elements for supply
of the liquid to the relevant ejection energy generation element with the relevant ejection energy generation element disposed
between the two independent supply ports,

the method comprising the steps of:
(1) forming a recess in the second surface of the substrate to form the common supply port,
(2) forming an etching mask having opening patterns which specify opening positions of the independent supply ports, on the
bottom surface of the common supply port, and

(3) performing ion etching using plasma with the etching mask employed as a mask, thereby forming the independent supply ports,
wherein the etching mask has a portion where a pitch of the opening patterns is narrowed toward an edge of the bottom surface
of the common supply port from a center of the bottom surface of the common supply port.

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. 9,093,351

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state imaging apparatus comprising a plurality of pixels arranged two-dimensionally,
wherein each of the pixels comprises:
a photoelectric conversion element configured to generate electric charges by photoelectric conversion;
a floating diffusion;
a transfer transistor configured to transfer the electric charges generated by the photoelectric conversion element to the
floating diffusion;

an amplifying portion configured to output a signal based on the electric charges in the floating diffusion; and
a reset transistor configured to reset a voltage of the floating diffusion, and wherein
the solid-state imaging apparatus further comprises
a connecting transistor configured to connect electrically the floating diffusions of at least two of the plurality of pixels
to each other to add the electric charges in the floating diffusions of the at least two of the plurality of pixels, and

a threshold voltage of the connecting transistor is significantly lower than a threshold voltage of the reset transistor so
that a voltage derived by subtracting a reset voltage of the floating diffusion from a high level voltage of a gate of the
connecting transistor is higher than the threshold voltage of the connecting transistor.

US Pat. No. 9,091,948

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member to be negatively electrified, comprising: a conductive substrate; a photoconductive
layer which is formed from hydrogenated amorphous silicon on the conductive substrate; and a surface layer which is formed
from hydrogenated amorphous silicon carbide on the photoconductive layer, wherein
the surface layer has a change region in which a ratio (C/(Si+C)) of the number of carbon atoms (C) with respect to the sum
of the number of silicon atoms (Si) and the number of carbon atoms (C) gradually increases toward a surface side of the electrophotographic
photosensitive member from a side of the photoconductive layer,

the change region has an upper charge injection prohibiting portion containing a Group 13 atom, and a surface-side portion
which is positioned closer to the surface side of the electrophotographic photosensitive member than the upper charge injection
prohibiting portion and does not contain the Group 13 atom, and

when a precipitous property of the distribution of the Group 13 atom in a boundary portion between the surface-side portion
and the upper charge injection prohibiting portion is evaluated with a following evaluation method A, the precipitous property
satisfies a relation expressed by a following expression (A7), wherein

the evaluation method A of the precipitous property of the distribution of the Group 13 atom comprises the following steps
of:

(A1) obtaining a depth profile of a surface of the electrophotographic photosensitive member by an SIMS analysis;
(A2) making D represent a distance from the surface of the electrophotographic photosensitive member, in the depth profile,
making a function f(D) of the distance D represent an ionic strength of the Group 13 atom at the distance D, making f(DMAX) represent a maximal value of f(D), making f?(D) represent a second order differential of f(D), making DA represent a distance of a point at which when the D is increased toward the photoconductive layer, f?(D) changes from f?(D)=0
to f?(D)<0, from the surface of the electrophotographic photosensitive member, and making DB represent a distance of a point at which f?(D) subsequently changes from f?(D)<0 to f?(D)=0, from the surface of the electrophotographic
photosensitive member;

(A3) making DS represent a first distance among the distances D which satisfy f((DA+DB)/2)?f(DMAX)×0.5, when the upper charge injection prohibiting portion is viewed from the surface of the electrophotographic photosensitive
member, and

making a standard ionic strength f(DS) represent the ionic strength f(D) of the Group 13 atom at the distance DS;

(A4) making a precipitous property ?Z represent a length in a thickness direction of the boundary portion, in which the ionic
strength of the Group 13 atom in the boundary portion between the surface-side portion and the upper charge injection prohibiting
portion increases from 16% to 84%, when viewed from the surface of the electrophotographic photosensitive member and when
the standard ionic strength f(DS) is determined to be 100%;

(A5) producing a standard laminated film A which has a film A1 that has a composition corresponding to the upper charge injection prohibiting portion and a film A2 that has a composition corresponding to the surface-side portion, stacked in this order;

(A6) determining a surface of the film A2 as a surface of the standard laminated film A with respect to the standard laminated film A, and determining a precipitous
property ?Z0 in the boundary portion between the film A2 and the film A1 of the standard laminated film A, with similar steps to the steps (A1) to (A4); and

(A7)
determining 1.0??Z/?Z0?3.0  (A7).

US Pat. No. 9,091,977

HEATER WITH INSULATED SUBSTRATE HAVING THROUGH HOLES AND IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE HEATER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus, comprising:
an endless belt;
a heater provided in contact with an inside surface of the endless belt; and
a connector configured to supply power to the heater,
wherein the heater comprises:
an insulated substrate;
a heat generating resistor provided on the insulated substrate;
an electrode electrically connected to the heat generating resistor and brought into contact with a contact of the connector;
and

a conductor electrically connected to the heat generating resistor and provided on a surface of the insulated substrate opposite
to a surface on which the electrode is provided,

wherein the insulated substrate comprises multiple through holes in an area in which one electrode is provided, the multiple
through holes electrically connecting the electrode and the conductor to each other, and

wherein the through holes are spaced from a contact position on the electrode brought into contact with the contact, wherein
distances between one contact position on the electrode brought into contact with the contact and the multiple through holes
are substantially equal to each other, the contact position and the multiple through holes are electrically connected to each
other, and a current flowing from the contact of the connector is divided at the contact position and each of the divided
currents flows to a different one of the through holes.

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. 9,092,868

APPARATUS FOR DETECTING OBJECT FROM IMAGE AND METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a storage device configured to store a background model in which a feature amount is associated with time information for
each of a plurality of states at each position of an image to be a background;

a memory configured to store a program; and
a processor configured to execute the program to provide:
an extraction unit configured to extract a feature amount for each position of an input video image;
an input state determination unit configured to compare the feature amount in the input video image with the feature amount
of each of the plurality of states in the background model, to determine the state similar to the input video image, and update
the time information of the state that has been determined to be similar to the input video image;

a foreground determination unit configured to determine a foreground area in the input video image based on the time information
of the state that has been determined to be similar to the input video image by the input state determination unit;

a subject detection unit configured to detect a predetermined subject from the foreground area; and
an updating unit configured to update the time information of the state in the background model based on a detection result
obtained by the subject detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,086,651

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a developing unit detachably attached to the image forming apparatus, the developing unit containing a developer;
a first member that includes a first electrode and is rotatable around a rotation axis in the developing unit;
a second member that moves around the rotation axis in the developing unit, wherein when the second member rotates, the first
member temporarily stops;

a second electrode provided on an exterior of the developing unit;
an output section that detects an electrostatic capacitance between the first electrode and the second electrode, and outputs
data on the detected electrostatic capacitance; and

a determining section that determines an amount of developer in the developing unit based on the data output from the output
section.

US Pat. No. 9,082,161

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus which converts first image data having a first resolution into second image data having a
second resolution lower than the first resolution, comprising:
a decision unit configured to decide, based on the first resolution and the second resolution, a sampling pixel to be used
for resolution conversion in the first image data;

a determination unit configured to determine whether the first image data includes a white line which is not larger than a
predetermined width;

a replacing unit configured to, in a case where the determination unit determines that the first image data includes a white
line and a pixel of interest in the first image data is a pixel included in the white line and is not the sampling pixel,
replace a value of the pixel of interest with a value of a pixel adjacent to the pixel of interest; and

a conversion unit configured to convert the first image data including the replaced value of the pixel into the second image
data having the second resolution.

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. 9,079,447

RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording medium comprising a backcoat layer, a substrate, and an ink-receiving layer in this order, wherein:
the backcoat layer comprises a first inorganic particle, a second inorganic particle, and a binder,
the first inorganic particle has an average aspect ratio, which is a ratio of an average diameter to an average thickness,
of 5 or more and an average diameter of 0.2 ?m or more and 10.0 ?m or less,

the second inorganic particle has an average aspect ratio, which is a ratio of an average diameter to an average thickness,
of less than 5 and an average diameter of 0.1 ?m or more and 0.9 ?m or less, and

a mass ratio of a content of the first inorganic particle to a content of the second inorganic particle in the backcoat layer
is 30/70 or more and 70/30 or less.

US Pat. No. 9,081,308

DRIVING APPARATUS AND EXPOSURE APPARATUS AND DEVICE FABRICATION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A driving apparatus including a movable body, a guide which guides and supports said movable body, and a driving unit which
drives said movable body,wherein
said guide includes a support which contains a magnetic material and includes a recess and a projection on a side that guides
said movable body, and a layer which covers at least said recess of said support and includes a guide surface that guides
said movable body,

said movable body includes an air pad to cause said movable body to levitate from said guide surface, and a magnet to obtain
an attracting force with respect to said support,

said projection of said support is formed along a driving direction of said movable body which is driven by said driving unit,
and arranged to oppose said magnet,

a length of said projection in the driving direction is longer than a length of said projection in a direction perpendicular
to the driving direction,

said projection extends continuously over a movable range of the movable body so that the magnet and the projection always
oppose each other in the movable range, and

a material of said layer comprises ceramic, glass, diamond, composite carbon material, or stone.

US Pat. No. 9,083,939

MOVING IMAGE PLAYBACK APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A moving image playback apparatus comprising:
a recording unit configured to record on a recording medium a moving image file including moving image data,
wherein for each moving image file being recorded the recording unit records the moving image data in only one recording mode
including a digest recording mode and a high frame rate recording mode,

wherein a chapter is added within a predetermined time to a frame corresponding to a position to which the moving image data
is added in the moving image file in said digest recording mode;

a playback unit configured to play back moving image data from the recording medium; and
a controller configured to change a playback position of the moving image data being played back by the playback unit according
to a predetermined instruction from a user for skipping a playback position of moving image data,

wherein the controller detects the recording mode of the moving image data being played back and selects, according to the
detected recording mode of the moving image data being played back, one of a plurality of skip search modes including a first
skip search mode in which the playback position of the moving image data currently played back is changed to a frame a predetermined
time before or after a frame currently played back, and a second skip search mode in which the playback position of the moving
image data currently played back is changed to a frame corresponding to a chapter before or after the frame currently played
back, and

wherein the controller selects the first skip search mode if the recording mode of the moving image data currently played
back is said high frame rate recording mode, and selects the second skip search mode if the recording mode of the moving image
data currently played back is said digest recording mode.

US Pat. No. 9,083,409

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION DEVICE, COMMUNICATION METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A wireless communication device, comprising:
a formation unit configured to form a second spatial directivity response pattern having a null value in the spatial direction
of a main lobe of a first spatial directivity response pattern; and

a communication unit configured to communicate with a communication partner device by using the first spatial directivity
response pattern and the second spatial directivity response pattern.

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. 9,075,333

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. 9,063,505

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:
a laminated body, and
a hole transporting layer formed on the laminated body,
wherein
the laminated body comprises:
a support,
an electron transporting layer having a thickness of d1 [?m], formed on the support, and
a charge generating layer having a thickness of d2 [?m], formed on the electron transporting layer,
wherein the electron transporting layer comprises a polymer obtained by polymerizing a composition comprising:
an electron transporting substance having a polymerizable functional group,
a crosslinking agent, and
a thermoplastic resin having a polymerizable funcational group,
wherein the polymerizable functional group is a hydroxy group, a thiol group, an amino group, a carboxyl group, or a methoxy
group,

wherein the content of the electron transporting substance in the composition is 30% by mass or more and 70% by mass or less
with respect to the total mass of the composition, and

wherein
the laminated body satisfies the following expressions (2) and (4):
|Vl2?Vl1|?0.35  (2),
and
0.10?|(Vd2?Vl3)/Vd2|?0.20  (4),

where, in the expressions (2) and (4),
Vl1 represents a potential of a surface of the charge generating layer when
charging the surface of the charge generating layer so that the surface has a potential of Vd1 [V] represented by the following
expression (1):

Vd1=?50×(d1+d2)  (1),
and
irradiating the surface of the charge generating layer having a potential of Vd1 with a light, followed by an interval of
0.18 seconds after the irradiation,

wherein the intensity of the light is adjusted so that the potential of the surface decays by 20% with respect to Vd1 [V]
when irradiating the surface of the charge generation layer, followed by an interval of 0.20 seconds after the irradiation,

Vl2 represents a potential of a surface of the charge generating layer when
charging the surface of the charge generating layer so that a potential of the surface is the Vd1 [V], and
irradiating the surface of the charge generating layer having a potential of Vd1 with the light, followed by an interval of
0.22 seconds after the irradiation, and

Vl3 represents a potential of a surface of the charge generating layer when
charging the surface of the charge generating layer so that the surface has a potential of Vd2 [V] represented by the following
expression (3):

Vd2=?30×(d1+d2)  (3),
and
irradiating the surface of the charge generating layer having a potential of Vd2 with the light, followed by an interval of
0.20 seconds after the irradiation.

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. 9,520,549

PIEZOELECTRIC MATERIAL, PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A piezoelectric material comprising:
a perovskite-type metal oxide represented by general formula (1),
(Ba1-xCax)a(Ti1-y-zSnyZrz)O3  (1),

copper (Cu), and
manganese (Mn),
where 1.00?a?1.01, 0.125?x?0.300, 0?y?0.020, and 0.041?z?0.074,
wherein a Cu content relative to 100 parts by weight of the metal oxide is 0.02 parts by weight or more and 0.60 parts by
weight or less on a metal basis, and

a Mn content relative to 100 parts by weight of the metal oxide is 0.12 parts by weight or more and 0.40 parts by weight or
less on a metal basis.

US Pat. No. 9,507,314

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member;
a developer carrying member for carrying developer;
a cartridge detachably mountable to a main assembly of said image forming apparatus, said cartridge including (i) a cleaning
member configured to remove the developer remaining on said image bearing member after a developer image is transferred onto
a transfer material, (ii) a developer buffering portion for accommodating the developer being removed by said cleaning member,
and (iii) a feeding member driven for feeding the developer from said developer buffering portion to a developer container
provided in the main assembly; and

a controller configured to control said feeding member to stop the drive of said feeding member,
wherein said controller stops said feeding member when an estimated amount of toner to be removed by said cleaning member
during a remaining lifetime of the cartridge is less than an amount of the developer storable in the developer buffering portion.

US Pat. No. 9,499,702

TRANSFER IMAGE RECORDING METHOD AND INK

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image recording method comprising:
applying ink to an intermediate transfer body to form an intermediate image; and
transferring the intermediate image to a recording medium,
the intermediate transfer body having a polyalkylsiloxane structure on a surface on which the intermediate image is to be
formed,

the ink containing a pigment, water, a water-soluble organic solvent, and a polyether-modified siloxane compound,
the water-soluble organic solvent containing a good solvent for the polyether-modified siloxane compound and a poor solvent
for the polyether-modified siloxane compound,

a content of the polyether-modified siloxane compound in the ink being 3% by mass or more and 20% by mass or less based on
a total mass of the ink,

a content of the water-soluble organic solvent being 10% by mass or more and 60% by mass or less based on the total mass of
the ink,

wherein the good solvent is a solvent that mixes with the polyether-modified siloxane compound at a mixing ratio by mass of
the good solvent to the polyether-modified siloxane of 1:3 to produce a mixture having a turbidity of less than 5%,

wherein the poor solvent is a solvent that mixes with the polyether-modified siloxane compound at a mixing ratio by mass of
the poor solvent to the polyether-modified siloxane of 1:3 to produce a mixture having a turbidity of 5% or more, and

wherein a mass ratio of a content of the poor solvent based on the total mass of the ink to a content of the good solvent
based on the total mass of the ink is 0.25 times or more and 19 times or less.

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. 9,455,124

DRAWING APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A drawing apparatus for performing drawing on a substrate with a charged particle beam, the apparatus comprising:
a substrate stage configured to hold the substrate and be moved;
a charged particle optical system having a function of irradiating a plurality of charged particle beams arrayed along a first
axis, of individually blanking the plurality of charged particle beams, and of deflecting at least a portion of the plurality
of charged particle beams to perform displacement of the at least a portion of the plurality of charged particle beams on
the substrate; and

a controller configured to control the drawing so as to perform multiple irradiation of a target portion on the substrate
with at least a portion of the plurality of charged particle beams,

wherein the controller is configured to control the drawing such that the substrate stage is moved in one direction along
the first axis with respect to a plurality of shot regions formed on the substrate along the first axis, and the deflection
for the displacement along the first axis is performed with drawing on each of the plurality of shot regions as a unit, and

wherein the controller is configured to control the drawing such that, during drawing on a first shot region of the plurality
of shot regions with at least a portion of the plurality of charged particle beams, charged particle beams, of the plurality
of charged particle beams, located in a second shot region, of the plurality of shot regions, as the substrate stage is moved,
are blanked, and after the drawing on the first shot region with the at least a portion of the plurality of charged particle
beams is ended, the deflection for the displacement along the first axis is performed, and then drawing on the second shot
region with at least a portion of the plurality of charged particle beams is started.

US Pat. No. 9,454,118

FIXING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing apparatus, comprising:
a fixing roller including a rubber layer;
a first unit configured to be brought into contact with a surface of the fixing roller so as to heat the fixing roller;
a second unit configured to form a fixing nip portion with the fixing roller, for pinching and conveying a recording material
bearing an image, wherein the image on the recording material is fixed onto the recording material through heating at the
fixing nip portion;

a first regulation part configured to regulate a distance between a shaft of the fixing roller and the first unit to prevent
the distance from decreasing, by a pressure applied to a contact region between the fixing roller and the first unit during
a fixing processing for the image; and

a second regulation part configured to regulate a distance between the shaft of the fixing roller and the second unit to prevent
the distance from decreasing, by a pressure applied to the fixing nip portion during the fixing processing,

wherein the first regulation part and the second regulation part are provided in a single component, the single component
being slidable in a direction parallel to a pressure applying direction for forming the fixing nip portion at the shaft of
the fixing roller.

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. 9,450,006

IMAGE PICKUP ELEMENT, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup element comprising:
four pixels which share one micro lens, the four pixels being divided into two portions in a first direction and being divided
into two portions in a second direction different from the first direction;

a first boundary provided between adjacent pixels in the first direction among the four pixels; and
a second boundary provided between adjacent pixels in the second direction among the four pixels,
wherein the first boundary and the second boundary are configured by a P-type semiconductor, and
wherein a P-type impurity concentration of the first boundary is lower than that of the second boundary.

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. 9,423,711

MAGNETIC TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A magnetic toner comprising:
magnetic toner particles comprising a binder resin, a magnetic body, and a release agent; and
inorganic fine particles present on the surface of the magnetic toner particles,
wherein;
the inorganic fine particles present on the surface of the magnetic toner particles comprise metal oxide fine particles,
the metal oxide fine particles containing silica fine particles, and optionally containing titania fine particles and alumina
fine particles, and a content of the silica fine particles being at least 85 mass % with respect to a total mass of the silica
fine particles, the titania fine particles and the alumina fine particles,

wherein;
when a coverage ratio A (%) is a coverage ratio of the magnetic toner particles' surface by the inorganic fine particles and
a coverage ratio B (%) is a coverage ratio of the magnetic toner particles' surface by the inorganic fine particles that are
fixed on the magnetic toner particles' surface,

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

wherein
the binder resin comprises a styrene resin,
the release agent comprises a monoester compound or a diester compound,
and wherein
in measurement of the magnetic toner with a constant-load extrusion-type capillary rheometer, a softening temperature (Ts)
is from at least 60.0° C. to not more than 75.0° C. and a softening point (Tm) is from at least 120.0° C. to not more than
150.0° C.

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. 9,413,928

DUST REMOVAL APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A dust removal apparatus comprising:
a vibrating plate;
at least one piezoelectric element provided on a surface of the vibrating plate;
a power supply that applies the piezoelectric element with an alternating voltage; and
a control circuit that changes a frequency of the alternating voltage,
wherein the piezoelectric element includes at least a first electrode, a piezoelectric material, and a second electrode,
wherein a phase transition temperature T from a first crystal phase to a second crystal phase of the piezoelectric material
is in a range of ?40° C.?T?85° C.,

wherein the change of the frequency is a change for repeating a frequency sweep operation from a first frequency to a second
frequency, and

wherein, when a frequency at which an audible vibration is generated during the sweep operation is set as fns, a frequency
at which the audible vibration is ended is set as fne, and a changing time from the frequency fns to the frequency fne during
the sweep operation is set as ?tn, a relationship of ?tn?10 ms is satisfied.

US Pat. No. 9,406,156

APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING ARRANGEMENT OF EACH IMAGE WHEN ARRANGING ONE OR MORE IMAGES, AND METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image arrangement apparatus comprising:
an association unit configured to associate, for a plurality of images represented by image data, image data with an arrangement
reference point through an image reference point of the image data, wherein a number of arrangement reference points disposed
in a collage region is equal to or more than the number of images to be arranged in the collage region;

a setting unit configured to set, in the collage region and for each image data, an image reference point arrangement region
based on a size of the image represented by the image data associated with the arrangement reference point and based on a
position of the arrangement reference point associated with the image reference point of the image data;

a generation unit configured to generate a collage image of the plurality images for display on a display unit, wherein, for
each of the plurality of images, the generation unit positions an image reference point of the image data within the image
reference point arrangement region associated with the image data to arrange each image of the plurality of images in the
collage region; and

at least one processor, wherein the at least one processor implements the association unit, the setting unit, and the generation
unit.

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. 9,377,740

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS SUPPLYING TONER BASED ON TONER DENSITY OF DEVELOPER CONTAINED IN CONTAINING UNIT AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit including a containing unit configured to contain a developer including toner, and configured to form
an image based on image data by using the toner contained in the containing unit;

a supply unit configured to supply the toner into the containing unit;
a consumption amount calculation unit configured to calculate, based on information related to a density of an image corresponding
to the image data, a consumption amount of the toner consumed in the containing unit in a case where the image forming unit
forms the image;

a detection unit configured to detect a toner density of the developer contained in the containing unit;
a correction amount calculation unit configured to calculate, based on the information related to the density of the image
corresponding to the image data and the toner density detected by the detection unit, a correction amount by which the consumption
amount calculated by the consumption amount calculation unit is corrected; and

a controller configured to control the supply unit based on the consumption amount calculated by the consumption amount calculation
unit and the correction amount calculated by the correction amount calculation unit,

wherein the correction amount calculation unit includes:
a first calculation unit configured to calculate a difference between the toner density detected by the detection unit and
a target value of the toner density of the developer contained in the containing unit, and

a second calculation unit configured to calculate a cumulative value of the difference calculated by the first calculation
unit and correct the cumulative value of the difference based on the information related to the density of the image corresponding
to the image data,

wherein the correction amount calculation unit calculates the correction amount based on the difference calculated by the
first calculation unit and the cumulative value of the difference corrected by the second calculation unit.

US Pat. No. 9,367,012

PRINTING APPARATUS HAVING A SHEET STORAGE UNIT THAT STORES A SHEET ON WHICH AN IMAGE HAS BEEN PRINTED, PRINTING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising;
a printing unit configured to print, on a sheet, an image for one page or a plurality of pages;
a sheet storage unit configured to store, inside the printing apparatus, a sheet on which an image has been printed;
a discharge unit configured to discharge, outside the printing apparatus, a sheet on which an image has been printed without
storing the sheet in the sheet storage unit;

a saving unit configured to save, in a case where a sheet is not storable in the sheet storage unit, data corresponding to
a page to be printed on the sheet; and

a control unit configured to perform, upon receipt of a printed sheet taking-out instruction, control to convey a sheet stored
in the sheet storage unit so that at least a part of the sheet is exposed outside the printing apparatus, to print an image
based on data saved in the saving unit, and to discharge, outside the printing apparatus using the discharge unit, the sheet
on which the image has been printed.

US Pat. No. 9,354,580

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an apparatus main body formed with an opening;
an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet;
a plurality of storage portions each configured to store the sheet on which the image is formed inside the apparatus main
body;

a moving unit configured to move the sheet stored in a storage portion included in the plurality of storage portions and expose
the sheet outside of the apparatus main body via the opening; and

a control unit configured to permit the moving unit to move and expose a first sheet stored in the storage portion if the
control unit receives information about a first user who has instructed to print the first sheet,

wherein the control unit is configured to,
in a case where the control unit is not instructed to print more sheets than the number of sheets that can be stored in the
plurality of storage portions, prohibit the moving unit from moving and exposing the first sheet if the control unit receives
information about a second user different from the first user, and

in a case where the control unit is instructed to print more sheets than the number of sheets that can be stored in the plurality
of storage portions, permit the moving unit to move and expose the first sheet if the control unit receives the information
about the second user.

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. 9,350,995

IMAGE ENCODING OR DECODING APPARATUS, SYSTEM, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR ENCODING OR DECODING A PLURALITY OF IMAGES IN PARALLEL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

5. An image encoding apparatus configured to encode a plurality of images that is temporally continuous, the image encoding
apparatus comprising:
a first encoding unit configured to encode an N-th image of the plurality of images;
a second encoding unit configured to encode an (N+1)th image, which is continuous to the N-th image, with reference to the
N-th image;

a recording unit configured to record a number of tiles processed by the first encoding unit; and
a control unit configured to control processing start timing for the first encoding unit and the second encoding unit,
wherein the control unit is configured to instruct the second encoding unit to start encoding an initial processing target
block of the (N+1)th image after the number of tiles recorded by the recording unit reaches a number of tiles that include
a motion vector presence range.

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. 9,338,571

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. 9,315,703

FIXING MEMBER AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE MEMBER, FIXING DEVICE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A fixing member for electrophotography, comprising:
a base member;
an elastic layer containing a cured silicone rubber on the base member; and
a surface layer on the elastic layer,
wherein:
the elastic layer further contains a carbon nanotube;
when an elastic modulus of the elastic layer at 50° C. is defined as E50 and an elastic modulus of the elastic layer at 200°
C. is defined as E200, a ratio E200/E50 is from 0.5 to less than 1.0;

a peel adhesive strength between the elastic layer and the base member is from 3.0 N/cm to 20.0 N/cm; and
the elastic layer undergoes a cohesive failure in a peel test from the base member.

US Pat. No. 9,317,281

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, PROGRAM UPDATE METHOD FOR INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus capable of starting up in a high-speed start-up mode using a memory image, the printing apparatus
comprising:
a memory device;
a processor;
a storing unit;
a first determining unit configured, when the printing apparatus starts up, to determine whether the memory image is stored
in the storing unit;

a controlling unit configured, when the first determining unit determines that the memory image is not stored in the storage
unit, to control the printing apparatus to start up in a normal start-up mode, and when the first determining unit determines
that the memory image is stored in the storing unit, to control the printing apparatus to start up in the high-speed start-up
mode, in which the printing apparatus is able to start up at higher speed than in the normal start-up mode, by using the memory
image;

a saving unit configured, when start-up in the normal start-up mode is completed, to save the memory image into the storing
unit;

an updating unit configured to perform update processing for updating firmware of the printing apparatus; and
a deleting unit configured to delete, when the printing apparatus starts up by the update processing, the memory image, which
is necessary for the high-speed start-up mode, stored in the storing unit,

wherein the first determining unit, the control unit, the saving unit, the updating unit and the deleting unit are implemented
at least in part by the processor executing at least one program recorded on the memory device.

US Pat. No. 9,317,938

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

10. A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium storing a program for causing a computer to control an image processing
apparatus, the program causing the computer to function as
an input unit configured to input, as information indicating a bidirectional texture function image as a bidirectional distribution
function for each pixel of a target object, an average bidirectional reflectance distribution function within at least a partial
region of the bidirectional texture function image data, a power of the bidirectional reflectance distribution function of
each pixel of the bidirectional texture function image data, and a peak position of each pixel of the bidirectional texture
function image data; and

an image processing unit configured to execute image processing using the information input by the input unit,
wherein the image processing unit renders a CG image of the target object using the information indicating the bidirectional
texture function as a bidirectional distribution function for each pixel so as to increase rendering efficiency.

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. 9,306,149

PIEZOELECTRIC MATERIAL, PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD, ULTRASONIC MOTOR, AND DUST REMOVING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A piezoelectric material, comprising:
a perovskite-type metal oxide that is expressed by general formula (1):
xBaTiO3-yBiFeO3-zBi(M0.5Ti0.5)O3  (1),

where M represents at least one type of element selected from the group consisting of Mg and Ni, x satisfies 0.25?x?0.75,
y satisfies 0.15?y?0.70, z satisfies 0.05?z?0.60, and x+y+z=1 is satisfied; or

a perovskite-type metal oxide that is expressed by general formula (2):
xBaTiO3-yBiFeO3-zBi(M0.5Ti0.5 )03  (2),

where M represents at least one type of element selected from the group consisting of Mg and Ni, x satisfies 0.10?x<0.25,
y satisfies 0.15?y?0.30, z satisfies 0.45?z?0.75, and x+y+z=1 is satisfied.

US Pat. No. 9,298,522

METHOD OF DATA COMMUNICATION BETWEEN APPLICATION PROGRAM AND PRINTER DRIVER, AND PROGRAM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that executes
an application that runs with a first bit number, and
a printer driver that runs with a second bit number,
wherein the application comprises:
an allocation unit configured to allocate a named shared memory that can be accessed by both the application and the printer
driver; and

a notification unit configured to notify the printer driver of a name of the named shared memory;
wherein the printer driver comprises:
a storing unit configured to store information about a print setting in the named shared memory based on the name of the named
shared memory;

wherein the application further comprises:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire the information from the named shared memory, and
wherein the name of the named shared memory is decided by utilizing a process ID and thread ID.

US Pat. No. 9,292,075

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING POWER STATE SHIFT AND CLEARING OR NOT CLEARING A SHIFT TIME MEASURED

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus operating in a first power state, a second power state with power consumption lower
than that of the first power state, a third power state with power consumption lower than that of the second power state,
and a fourth power state with power consumption lower than that of the third power state, the information processing apparatus
comprising:
a time measurement unit configured to measure time;
a power control unit configured to shift a power state of the information processing apparatus which is in the third power
state

(1) from the third power state to the fourth power state when a first shift time is measured by the time measurement unit,
(2) from the third power state to the second power state when a first shift factor for shifting the information processing
apparatus from the third power state to the second power state occurs before the first shift time is measured by the time
measurement unit, and

(3) from the third power state to the first power state when a second shift factor for shifting the information processing
apparatus from the third power state to the first power state occurs before the first shift time is measured by the time measurement
unit; and

a control unit configured to, when the power control unit has shifted the power state of the information processing apparatus
from the third power state to the first power state, clear the time measured by the time measurement unit, and not to, when
the power control unit has shifted the power state of the information processing apparatus from the third power state to the
second power state in accordance with an occurrence of the first shift factor, clear the time measured by the time measurement
unit,

wherein the fourth power state is a turned off state.

US Pat. No. 9,294,692

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING PHOTOELECTRIC COVERSION UNITS, METHOD OF DRIVING IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF DRIVING IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of driving an image pickup apparatus including a plurality of photoelectric conversion units, the method comprising:
a generating step of generating electric charges in the plurality of photoelectric conversion units during a period from a
first time to a second time; and

a transferring step of transferring electric charges of one of the plurality of photoelectric conversion units generated in
the generating step into a plurality of electric charge reception units in parallel,

wherein electric charges transferred from different photoelectric conversion units in the transferring step are added in at
least one of the plurality of electric charge reception units, by performing the transferring step for each of the plurality
of photoelectric conversion units,

the image pickup apparatus includes a plurality of transfer transistors arranged respectively in electric paths between one
of the plurality of photoelectric conversion units and the plurality of electric charge reception units, each of the plurality
of transfer transistors being directly connected to the one of the plurality of the photoelectric conversion units,

each of the plurality of transfer transistors transfers an electric charge directly from the one of the plurality of photoelectric
conversion units to a corresponding electric charge reception unit among the plurality of electric charge reception units,
and the transferring step is performed by turning on the plurality of transfer transistors in parallel,

wherein moving average processing is performed by adding electric charges transferred from different photoelectric conversion
units in each of the plurality of electric charge reception units.

US Pat. No. 9,285,691

EXPOSURE APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An exposure apparatus for transferring an image of a pattern formed on an original onto a substrate via a projection optical
system, the exposure apparatus comprising:
a first detector that detects at least one of substrate-side marks formed on the substrate via an original-side mark formed
on the original and the projection optical system;

a plurality of second detectors that are arranged in a larger number than the first detector and respectively detect the substrate-side
marks not via the projection optical system;

a reference plate that has a plurality of reference marks; and
a control unit configured to control alignment of the original and the substrate,
wherein the control unit is configured to obtain a first detection result of the plurality of reference marks by the second
detectors and to obtain first information relating to a first distance between the plurality of second detectors based on
the first detection result,

wherein the control unit is configured to obtain a second detection result of the identical substrate-side mark by the first
detector and the second detectors and to obtain second information relating to a second distance between the first detector
and the second detectors based on the second detection result, and

wherein the control unit is configured to control the alignment of the original and the substrate based on the first information
and the second information.

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. 9,274,471

ROTATABLE HEATING MEMBER AND IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A rotatable heating member incorporating a heat source configured to heat a toner image on a sheet, comprising:
an elastic layer; and
a surface layer provided on the elastic layer,
wherein when thermal effusivity of the surface layer is Bs and thermal effusivity of the elastic layer is Be, ?0.04<(Be?Bs)/Be<0.04.

US Pat. No. 9,274,496

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic process cartridge comprising
a charging member; and
an electrophotographic photosensitive member which is electrically charged upon being brought into contact with the charging
member, wherein:

the charging member comprises
an electro-conductive substrate, and
a surface layer formed on the electro-conductive substrate;
the surface layer contains at least
a binder resin,
an electron conductive agent, and
a resin particle having a plurality of pores inside thereof;
the surface of the surface layer has a protrusion derived from the resin particle; wherein:
the electrophotographic photosensitive member comprises
a support; and
a photosensitive layer formed on the support; and
a surface layer of the electrophotographic photosensitive member contains the following resin (1), resin (2), and compound
(3):

resin (1): at least one resin selected from the group consisting of polycarbonate resins having no siloxane structure at a
terminal and polyester resins having no siloxane structure at a terminal;

resin (2): at least one resin selected from the group consisting of polycarbonate resins having a siloxane structure at a
terminal, polyester resins having a siloxane structure at a terminal, and acrylic resins having a siloxane structure at a
terminal;

compound (3): at least one compound selected from the group consisting of methyl benzoate, ethyl benzoate, benzyl acetate,
ethyl 3-ethoxypropionate, and diethylene glycol ethyl methyl ether; and wherein:

the resin particle has a porosity of 5% by volume or more in a region in the resin particle, the region being farthest away
from the electro-conductive substrate, and

assuming that the resin particle is solid particle, the region corresponding to 11% by volume of the solid particle.

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. 9,268,508

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. 9,261,948

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. 9,258,347

ENCODING OF A VIDEO FRAME FOR TRANSMISSION TO A PLURALITY OF CLIENTS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of encoding a video frame to be transmitted to first and second clients over first and second network connections,
the first and second network connections having associated at least first and second parameters wherein the first parameter
is representative of the network connection bandwidth and the second parameter is distinct from the first parameter, the method
comprising:
obtaining at least a value of the first parameter and a value of the second parameter of the first network connection;
obtaining at least a value of the first parameter and a value of the second parameter of the second network connection, wherein
the value of at least one parameter differs between the first and second network connections;

for the first network connection, determining a frame size that can be transported over the first network connection considering
at least the obtained values of the first and second parameters of the first network connection;

for the second network connection, determining a second frame size that can be transported over the second network connection
considering at least the obtained values of the first and second parameters of the second network connection;

determining a target frame size based on the minimum of the determined first and second frame sizes; and
compressing the video frame to the determined target frame size.

US Pat. No. 9,254,083

LIGHT SOURCE MODULATION FOR A SCANNING MICROSCOPE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging system for imaging an object, comprising:
a scanner, wherein the scanner positions a spot of light from a light source on the object along a scanning path, the scanning
path includes a plurality of scan lines, wherein the spot moves along the scanning path at a scanning velocity, wherein the
scanning velocity is not constant;

a detector arranged to output data associated with positions along the scanning path; and
one or more processors that perform calculations comprising:
calculating pixels based on the output data; and
constructing an image of the object based on the pixels;
wherein, intensity of the spot of light is modulated as a function of the scanning velocity during a first window, and the
intensity of the spot of light is substantially zero outside of the first window.

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. 9,245,919

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. 9,245,211

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. 9,241,109

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM FOR MOVING IMAGE GENERATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to sequentially obtain images obtained by image capturing of a subject; and
a generation unit configured to combine a plurality of images obtained by said obtaining unit and generate a moving image
including an obtained composite image as a frame,

wherein if the plurality of images differ in angle of view at the time of image capturing, said generation unit changes the
plurality of images into images having the same angle of view by adjusting angles of view of images which differ in angle
of view from one reference image of the plurality of images, and combines the images, and

whether the plurality of images differ in angle of view at the time of image capturing is detected by detecting whether zooming
operation has been performed during image capturing of the plurality of images.

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. 9,208,411

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. 9,201,372

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. 9,170,407

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 thereof:
a first lens unit having a positive refractive power;
a second lens unit having a negative refractive power;
a third lens unit having a positive refractive power; and
a fourth lens unit having a positive refractive power,
wherein a distance between adjacent ones of the lens units changes during zooming,
wherein the first lens unit consists of, in order from the object side to the image side thereof, one negative lens element
and one positive lens element,

wherein the zoom lens satisfies the following conditional expressions:
4.85<(M1/f1)×Z<8.0

0.15 where M1 denotes a moving amount of the first lens unit during zooming from a wide-angle end to a telephoto end, M2 denotes
a moving amount of the second lens unit during zooming from the wide-angle end to the telephoto end, f1 denotes a focal length
of the first lens unit, f2 denotes a focal length of the second lens unit, and Z denotes a zoom ratio of the zoom lens, and
wherein a sign of a value representing each of the moving amounts is positive in a case where a corresponding one of the lens
units is positioned nearer to the object side at the telephoto end than at the wide-angle end, and the sign is negative in
a case where the lens unit is positioned nearer to the image side at the telephoto end than at the wide-angle end.

US Pat. No. 9,167,198

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A converting apparatus comprising:
a first convertor that converts a first image signal whose luminance range is a first luminance range into a second image
signal whose luminance range is a second luminance range, wherein the second luminance range is larger than the first luminance
range;

an encoder that encodes the second image signal to generate an encoded image signal;
a recorder that records the encoded image signal on a recording medium, and records information indicating the second luminance
range on the recording medium;

a reproducing unit that reproduces the encoded image signal from the recoding medium, and reproduces the information from
the recoding medium;

a decoder that decodes the encoded image signal to generate a third image signal whose luminance range is the second luminance
range; and

a second convertor that converts the third image signal whose luminance range is the second luminance range into a fourth
image signal whose luminance range is a third luminance range, wherein the third luminance range is smaller than the second
luminance range.

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. 9,154,760

APPARATUS FOR RECORDING SIGNALS ON DISK RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain motion image data;
a recording unit configured to record on a recording medium the motion image data obtained by the obtaining unit and management
information relating to recording address information of data recorded on the recording medium,

wherein the recording unit records the moving image data intermittently on the recording medium from a recording start instruction
to a recording stop instruction;

a control unit configured to control the recording unit to record, in at least one recording stop period of the intermittent
recording of the motion image data, on the recording medium the management information relating to recording address information
of the motion image data recorded in accordance with the recording start instruction.

US Pat. No. 9,146,500

DEVELOPER ACCOMMODATING UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer accommodating unit for accommodating developer, said developer accommodating unit comprising:
a flexible container, provided with an opening for permitting discharge of the developer, for accommodating the developer;
and

a frame,
wherein said flexible container is provided with a fastening hole for fastening said flexible container in said frame,
wherein said frame includes (i) a fixing shaft portion fixed in the fastening hole by being inserted into the fastening hole
and (ii) a retaining portion for preventing said fixing shaft portion from being disengaged from the fastening hole, and

wherein when said fixing shaft portion is inserted into the fastening hole, the fastening hole rides over said retaining portion
by being expanded based on elastic deformation thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,146,514

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD FOR CORRECTING REGISTRATION DEVIATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus transmitting image data to an image forming unit which forms an image by modulating a pulse
width on the basis of the image data, comprising:
a storing unit constructed to store a deviation amount in a subscanning direction of an image formed by the image forming
unit;

an obtaining unit constructed to obtain multivalued image data having a first resolution;
a screen processing unit constructed to generate, by performing a screen processing of a 1-bit-binary on the obtained multivalued
image data, binary image data having the first resolution, the binary image data being a 1-bit-per-pixel image data;

a converting unit constructed to convert the generated binary image data into multivalued image data having a second resolution
corrected on the basis of the stored deviation amount, the second resolution being less than the first resolution, wherein
a number of tones per pixel of the converted image data having the second resolution is less than a number of tones per pixel
of the obtained image data having the first resolution; and

a transmitting unit constructed to transmit the converted image data having the second resolution to the image forming unit,
wherein the image forming unit modulates a pulse width on the basis of the transmitted converted image data having the second
resolution.

US Pat. No. 9,147,130

INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM FOR IDENTIFYING A CLASS OF AN OBJECT BY USING A PLURALITY OF DISCRIMINATORS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing method of identifying a class of an object by using a plurality of discriminators, the method
comprising:
acquiring, as a plurality of candidate classes, a plurality of classes discriminated at a first stage of the discriminators;
and

setting, in a second stage of the discriminators, a class of the second stage of the discriminators, which is defined as a
combined partial space which is formed by combining a first partial space which shows a first range of each of the plurality
of candidate classes and a second partial space which shows a second range different from the first range used in discriminating
each of the plurality of candidate classes at the first stage of the discriminators, as a class to be discriminated at the
second stage of the discriminators, wherein the first range, the second range, and the combined range are in a same discriminating
space.

US Pat. No. 9,135,513

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR OBTAINING POSITION AND ORIENTATION OF IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire an image from an imaging apparatus that captures an image of a physical space;
a detection unit configured to detect at least one image feature from the acquired image;
a generation unit configured to generate a combined image by combining a predetermined object which emphasizes the detected
image feature with the captured image;

a display unit configured to display the combined image to a user;
a setting unit configured to set an image feature corresponding to the object operated by the user as a disabled image feature
or an enabled image feature;

a holding unit configured to hold information indicating relationship between three-dimensional position of the set image
feature and a parameter indicating whether the set image feature is a disabled image feature or an enabled image feature;
and

a calculation unit configured to calculate a position and an orientation of the imaging apparatus based on the information.

US Pat. No. 9,128,405

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CONTROLLING CHARGING VOLTAGE BASED ON IMAGE DENSITY INFORMATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a plurality of image forming stations; and
a control portion configured to control an image forming operation,
each of the plurality of image forming stations comprising:
an image bearing member configured to form a toner image on a surface thereof; and
a charging device configured to charge the image bearing member,
wherein respective toner images formed on image bearing members of the plurality of image forming stations are sequentially
transferred to a transfer incurring member so as to be superimposed on top of each other,

wherein the control portion sets a voltage applied to the charging device in forming an image in an image forming station
among the plurality of image forming stations which performs a transfer later, based on image density information of the toner
image transferred to the transfer incurring member by an image forming station among the plurality of image forming stations
which performs a transfer earlier in a sequence of image forming operations,

wherein the control portion sets the voltage applied to the charging device in forming the image in the image forming station
among the plurality of image forming stations which performs the transfer later to a first set value when the image density
information of the toner image transferred to the transfer incurring member by the image forming station among the plurality
of image forming stations which performs the transfer earlier does not satisfy a predetermined density condition, and to a
second set value when the image density information satisfies the predetermined density condition in the sequence of the image
forming operations, and

wherein an absolute value of the applied voltage in the second set value is greater than an absolute value of the applied
voltage in the first set value.

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. 9,116,335

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 thereof:
a first lens unit having a positive refractive power;
a second lens unit having a negative refractive power;
a third lens unit having a positive refractive power; and
a rear lens group including one or more lens units,
wherein a distance between adjacent ones of the lens units changes during zooming,
wherein the second lens unit and the third lens unit each include a resin lens element, and
wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
0.10<|f3p/ft|<0.23

?2.40 where f2p denotes a focal length of the resin lens element included in the second lens unit, f3p denotes a focal length of
the resin lens element included in the third lens unit, and ft denotes a focal length of the zoom lens at a telephoto end.

US Pat. No. 9,116,336

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising, in order from the object side to the image side, a first lens unit having positive refractive power
which does not move for zooming or focusing, a second lens unit having negative refractive power which moves during zooming,
a third lens unit having positive refractive power which moves during zooming, a fourth lens unit having negative refractive
power which moves during zooming and focusing, and a fifth lens unit having positive refractive power which does not move
for zooming or focusing,
wherein an aperture stop which does not move for zooming or focusing is arranged adjacent to the fourth lens unit, and the
following conditions are satisfied:

0.10
0.35<|f3/f4|<0.85,

1.0
0.6<(1??4tinf2)×?5tinf2<4.0,

where f2, f3, and f4 are focal lengths of the second lens unit, the third lens unit, and the fourth lens unit respectively,
Zinf is a zoom ratio of the zoom lens when the zoom lens is focused on an object at infinity, ?3winf and ?3tinf are the lateral magnifications of the third lens unit at the wide angle end and at the telephoto end respectively when the
zoom lens is focused on an object at infinity, and ?4tinf and ?5tinf are the lateral magnifications of the fourth lens unit and the fifth lens unit respectively at the telephoto end when the
zoom lens is focused on an object at infinity.

US Pat. No. 9,102,022

PARTS ASSEMBLY SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A parts assembly system which assembles a subsidiary part with a main part, comprising:
a first conveying path;
a plurality of assembly stations arranged along the first conveying path, at least one of the plurality of assembly stations
having a stocker and an assembly robot;

a first main part conveying cart and a second main part conveying cart sequentially passing through the plurality of assembly
stations on the first conveying path, each of the first main part conveying cart and second main part conveying cart mounting
a main part; and

a subsidiary parts conveying cart movable between the first main part conveying cart and the second main part conveying cart
on the first conveying path, the subsidiary parts conveying cart mounting a plurality of subsidiary parts, and the mounted
subsidiary parts being moved to the stocker by a transfer unit,

wherein the assembly robot attaches at least one of the plurality of subsidiary parts transferred to the stocker to the main
part mounted on one of the main part conveying carts on the first conveying path.

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. 9,098,046

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. 9,096,409

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. 9,093,347

DETECTING APPARATUS AND DETECTING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A detecting apparatus comprising:
a substrate that permits visible light to pass therethrough;
a converting element including a pixel electrode, an impurity semiconductor layer, and a semiconductor layer arranged in that
order from a side adjacent to the substrate, the converting element being configured to convert radiation or light into charge;
and

a light source configured to emit the visible light through the substrate to the converting element,
wherein the pixel electrode includes a metal layer that permits the visible light to pass therethrough.

US Pat. No. 9,090,099

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inkjet printing apparatus comprising:
a carriage configured to mount a print head and move along a first direction, the print head including an ejection port forming
portion in which ejections ports through which ink droplets are ejected are formed;

a conveying unit configured to convey a print medium along a second direction intersecting with the first direction;
a support surface for supporting a print medium conveyed by the conveying unit;
a control unit configured to perform a printing operation in which an image is printed by electing ink droplets by the print
head with movement of the carriage along the first direction and an intermittent conveyance operation in which the print medium
is intermittently conveyed by a conveyance amount along the second direction by the conveying unit;

a change unit which is capable of changing a distance between the ejection port forming portion and the support surface; and
a correction unit configured to correct the conveyance amount in the intermittent conveyance operation based on the distance
changed by the change unit.

US Pat. No. 9,091,976

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus comprising:
an endless belt that heats a toner image on a recording material at a nip section;
a heater that heats the endless belt;
a drive rotary member that forms the nip section with the endless belt and that rotationally drives the endless belt;
a heat absorption rotary member that absorbs heat from the drive rotary member by abutment with the drive rotary member;
a contact and separation mechanism that contacts the heat absorption rotary member with the drive rotary member and separates
the heat absorption rotary member from the drive rotary member; and

a controller that controls operation of the contact and separation mechanism, wherein when the image heating apparatus continuously
applies an image heating process to a plurality of recording materials narrower than a recording material with a maximum width
that is usable with the image heating apparatus, the controller is configured to execute a first mode for abutting the heat
absorption rotary member to the drive rotary member after a predetermined number of the recording materials have passed through
the nip section, and to execute a second mode for abutting the heat absorption rotary member to the drive rotary member before
a first recording material, to which the image heating process is first applied, among the plurality of recording materials,
reaches the nip section.

US Pat. No. 9,090,066

PROCESS FOR PRODUCING INK JET RECORDING HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process for producing an ink jet recording head which comprises:
a substrate having a first surface and a second surface which oppose to each other, a common liquid chamber formed by machining
the substrate from the second surface so as to reduce the thickness of a part of the substrate, and a plurality of independent
ink supply ports that communicate with the common liquid chamber and are through-holes extending through the substrate; and

a nozzle structure that is formed on the first surface and has an ink flow path communicating with the plurality of independent
ink supply ports and an ink ejection orifice communicating with the ink flow path,

the process comprising a step of patterning a resist applied to the substrate by using a photomask for forming the plurality
of the independent ink supply ports,

wherein in said step of patterning, infrared alignment is conducted at a depression of the substrate upon alignment between
the photomask and the substrate using an alignment mark,

wherein the depression at which the infrared alignment is conducted is the common liquid chamber, wherein an area of the alignment
mark of the photomask used in the infrared alignment is not smaller than an opening area of one of the independent ink supply
ports, and wherein one of the independent ink supply ports communicating with the ink flow path is formed at a portion of
the substrate corresponding to the alignment mark of the photomask.

US Pat. No. 9,086,671

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING CLEANING UNIT FOR REMOVING DEVELOPING MATERIAL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image carrier;
an image forming unit configured to form a developing material image on the image carrier using a developing material;
a cleaning unit configured to remove a remaining amount of the developing material that was not transferred from the image
carrier to another member; and

a control unit configured to, in order to supply the developing material to the cleaning unit, control the image forming unit
such that a developing material image that is not to be transferred to the other member is formed on the image carrier,

wherein the control unit is further configured to, if a developing material image that is to be transferred to the other member
is formed on the image carrier, obtain a print ratio that is a ratio of the area of the formed developing material image with
respect to the area of a developing material image capable of being formed on the other member, and control an amount of the
developing material that is to be supplied to the cleaning unit in accordance with the print ratio and a threshold value,
and

wherein the control unit is further configured to obtain the threshold value based on a consumption amount of the developing
material in the image forming unit and a number of sheets of recording material printed by the image forming unit.

US Pat. No. 9,079,408

INK JET PRINTING APPARATUS AND MAINTENANCE METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An ink jet printing apparatus comprising:
a printing head having a plurality of nozzles for ejecting ink;
an ink tank storing ink to be supplied to the printing head;
a first pump arranged in a first ink supplying path for supplying ink from the ink tank to the printing head;
a second pump arranged in an ink collecting path for collecting ink from the printing head to the ink tank;
a second ink supplying path configured to supply ink from the ink tank to the printing head;
a switch unit installed between the ink tank and the printing head and configured to switch between a first state where the
ink tank is in communication with the printing head through the first ink supplying path and a second state where the ink
tank is in communication with the printing head through the second ink supplying path;

a cleaning unit to clean the printing head;
a control unit configured to control the first pump, the second pump, the switch unit, and the cleaning unit; and
wherein the control unit is configured to (i) operate the first pump to discharge ink from the printing head with the switch
unit in the first state, (ii) operate the second pump to generate a negative pressure in the printing head with the switch
unit in the second state, and (iii) operate the cleaning unit to clean the printing head.

US Pat. No. 9,081,329

DEVELOPING APPARATUS, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing apparatus comprising:
a developer containing portion configured to contain developer;
a developer bearing member configured to bear the developer and develop an electrostatic latent image;
a flexible stirring member configured to stir the developer in the developer containing portion; and
a partition member which is disposed to separate the developer containing portion from a space adjacent to the developer containing
portion and which is arranged to bend to block at least a part of a light path when being pressed by the stirring member via
the developer, the light path being formed in the space and used to detect an amount of the developer.

US Pat. No. 9,083,671

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus to communicate with a service provision system via a firewall, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a processor coupled to a memory;
an identification unit configured to identify, out of services provided by the service provision system, a service which provides
a substitute function corresponding to a function of the image forming apparatus limited by a failure;

a determination unit configured to determine, based on the service identified by the identification unit, a communication
method to be used to perform data communication with the service identified by the identification unit, wherein the communication
method to be used is determined from a plurality of communication methods to be used for communication with the service provision
system via the firewall; and

a communication unit configured to perform data communication with the service identified by the identification unit by using
the communication method determined by the determination unit, wherein the plurality of communication methods includes both:

a push method with which the service provision system holds a session with the image forming apparatus, retains a state where
the session is held, and returns a response via the held session, and

a pull method with which the image forming apparatus repetitively requests the service provision system for response and,
upon reception of a response returned from the service provision system in response to the request, stops the repetitive requests
for response,

wherein, in response to the service identified by the identification unit requiring immediacy in communication and immediacy
in communication not being feasible with the communication path status, the determination unit determines the pull method,
and

wherein the identification unit, the determination unit, and the communication unit are implemented by the processor.

US Pat. No. 9,081,358

FIXING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH FIXING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a main assembly;
a fixing unit including a fixing rotatable member for fixing an unfixed image formed on a recording material, and a frame
for accommodating said fixing rotatable member, said fixing unit is detachably mountable to said main assembly; and

an air feeding member for feeding air to said fixing rotatable member provided in said main assembly,
wherein said frame is provided with an opening for applying the air fed from said air feeding member to said fixing rotatable
member, and an openable member movable between a first position for closing said opening and a second position for opening
said opening,

wherein said openable member moves from the second position to the first position in response to an operation of taking said
fixing unit out of said main assembly.

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. 9,067,430

INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS AND RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a conveyance unit configured to convey a recording medium in a predetermined direction;
a processing unit configured to generate dot data for forming an image to be printed on the recording medium based on acquired
image data; and

a detection unit configured to detect a side end position of the recording medium conveyed by the conveyance unit,
wherein the processing unit is configured to enlarge the image to be printed on the recording medium such that a portion of
the enlarged image protruding into a predetermined margin region at a side end of the recording medium, convert the image
data of the enlarged image into dot data, and, process the dot data to trim dot about the portion of the enlarged image protruding
into the set margin region so that the portion of the enlarged image protruding into the predetermined margin region is not
to be printed on the recording medium, and

wherein the processing unit is configured to determine a trimming portion for processing the dot data to trim dot based on
the side end position of the recording medium being conveyed by the conveyance unit, detected by the detection unit, and the
length of the predetermined margin region in a crossing direction cross to the predetermined direction.

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. 9,049,332

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. 9,046,800

MAGNETIC CARRIER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A magnetic carrier, comprising:
a magnetic carrier core; and
a resinous coating layer formed on a surface of the magnetic carrier core,
wherein the resinous coating layer contains a resin composition and silica-alumina composite particles, and
wherein the silica-alumina composite particles have a dielectric dissipation factor at 1,000 Hz of 0.02 or more and 1.00 or
less.

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. 9,521,320

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire an image including a plurality of subject areas and distance information corresponding
to the plurality of subject areas;

a first generation unit configured to generate a rearranged image in which the plurality of subject areas is rearranged in
the image based on the distance information; and

a second generation unit configured to generate an image comprising the rearranged image in which information on a focus state
for image combination processing to change the focus state of the image including the plurality of subject areas is reflected
in the rearranged image.

US Pat. No. 9,519,327

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire information indicating whether a partner apparatus connected to the communication
apparatus by wired connection has a predetermined function of waiting in a power saving state in the wired connection;

a setting unit configured to set a communication speed with the partner apparatus in a case where the communication apparatus
is in a first state based on the information acquired by the acquisition unit;

a determination unit configured to determine whether or not the partner apparatus has the predetermined function, in a case
where the communication apparatus transits from the first state into a second state that requires more power consumption than
the first state; and

a resetting unit configured to execute a reset process of the communication speed with the partner apparatus, in a case where
it is determined that the partner apparatus does not have the predetermined function,

wherein the communication apparatus maintains, in the second state, the communication speed set by the setting unit in the
first state without executing the reset process by the resetting unit, in a case where it is determined that the partner apparatus
has the predetermined function.

US Pat. No. 9,517,560

ROBOT SYSTEM AND CALIBRATION METHOD OF THE ROBOT SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A robot system comprising:
a robot body configured to operate a work;
a visual sensor; and
a control apparatus configured to control a position and an orientation of the robot body, and to calculate a position and
an orientation of the work using a measured value by the visual sensor, wherein,

when observation of a marker by the visual sensor is performed for a calibration between a robot coordinate system fixed to
the robot body and a vision coordinate system fixed to the visual sensor, a calibration value is calculated based on a position
of the robot body in the robot coordinate system, and a position of the marker in the vision coordinate system for at least
three teaching points set within a calibration area, two of the three teaching points are placed on different positions in
a plane A of a finite size normal to an optical axis of the visual sensor, wherein the marker at two of the three teaching
points has the same inclination in relation to the optical axis of the visual sensor, and wherein the marker at the teaching
point other than the two of the three teaching points has an inclination different from that of the two of the three teaching
points and crosses the plane A.

US Pat. No. 9,505,250

IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM AND NETWORK MANAGEMENT DEVICE INCLUDING AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND AN ACCESSORY DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming system having an image forming apparatus configured to perform image formation and an accessory device
configured to be capable of establishing communication with the image forming apparatus via a network bus,
wherein the accessory device is adjacent to the image forming apparatus, and the accessory device comprises:
a first communication device configured to communicate with the image forming apparatus via the network bus, and detect a
communication state of the network bus;

a first port to which a line, which is connected to the image forming apparatus and is different from the network bus, is
connected,

a first processor configured to control a state of the first port, and configured to control, when the detected communication
state of the network bus represents an abnormal state, a state of the first port to be in an off state for notifying the adjacent
image forming apparatus or other adjacent accessory device of the abnormal state,

wherein the image forming apparatus comprises:
a second communication device configured to communicate with the accessory device via the network bus;
a second port to which the line is connected;
a storing unit configured to store identification information which identifies the accessory device; and
a second processor configured to erase, when a state of the second port is an off state, the identification information of
the accessory device.

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. 9,497,788

COMMUNICATION DEVICE, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication device configured to perform a communication parameter setting process as a providing device configured
to provide a communication parameter or a receiving device configured to receive the communication parameter provided by the
providing device, the communication device comprising:
one or more processors; and
a memory having stored thereon instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the communication device
to:

search for another communication device;
set a role of the communication device based on the following:
(i) in a case where the another communication device is searched for, a role of the communication device is set to the providing
device or the receiving device using first information transmitted from the another communication device as a response signal
to a predetermined request signal and second information stored in the communication device, and

(ii) in a case where the communication device receives third information different from the first information and transmitted
from a device operating as a providing device as a signal different from the response signal to the predetermined request
signal, a role of the communication device is set to the receiving device without using the second information when the communication
device performs the communication parameter setting process with the device operating as the providing device; and

transmit the third information in a case where a role of the communication device is set to the providing device using the
first information and the second information.

US Pat. No. 9,489,566

IMAGE RECOGNITION APPARATUS AND IMAGE RECOGNITION METHOD FOR IDENTIFYING OBJECT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image recognition apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire an object image;
a feature extraction unit configured to extract a plurality of feature amounts by extracting respective histogram features
from a plurality of regions in the object image acquired by the acquisition unit;

a first function calculation unit configured to calculate, as a group of training samples, values of a first kernel function
for combinations of feature amounts calculated for bins of the histogram features extracted by the feature extraction unit
from a plurality of object images including a same object;

a determination unit configured to determine a training sample that is present near a boundary of a class containing the group
of training samples by checking a condition for the values of the first kernel function, as a boundary sample;

a registration unit configured to register the boundary sample;
a second function calculation unit configured to calculate values of a second kernel function for combinations of the feature
amount of the histogram feature extracted by the feature extraction unit from the object image of a recognition target acquired
by the acquisition unit and respective boundary samples of a plurality of classes registered by the registration unit;

a reliability calculation unit configured to calculate a reliability for each class with respect to the object image of the
recognition target based on the values of the second kernel function; and

an identification unit configured to identify a class of the recognition target based on the reliability for each class calculated
by the reliability calculation unit.

US Pat. No. 9,482,990

SHUTTER MECHANISM FOR CONTROLLING DEVELOPER SUPPLIED FROM A DEVELOPER SUPPLYING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing device that is attachable to and detachable from a body of an image forming apparatus including a developer
supplying device, the developing device comprising:
a developer receiving port configured to receive developer supplied from the developer supplying device; and
a shutter mechanism configured to open and shut the developer receiving port according to a mounting action of the developing
device,

wherein the shutter mechanism comprising:
a shutter configured to open and shut the developer receiving port; and
an engaging member configured to be movably provided together with the shutter and configured to movably engaged with the
shutter,

wherein the engaging member is configured to contact with the developer supplying member according to a mounting action of
the developing device, and according to a movement of the developing device toward a mounting position of the developing device
in a state where the engaging member contacting with the developer supplying member, the shutter opens the developer receiving
port, and

wherein the engaging member is configured to swing with respect to the shutter.

US Pat. No. 9,471,982

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD FOR ASSOCIATING AN IMAGE WITH RELATED INFORMATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising one or more processors configured to function as:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a plurality of pieces of position information of an image sensing apparatus within
a period including an imaging time of an image by the image sensing apparatus and a plurality of pieces of position information
of each of moving objects within the period;

a calculation unit configured to calculate, for each of the moving objects, a difference between the plurality of pieces of
position information of the image sensing apparatus and the plurality of pieces of position information of the moving object;
a display unit configured to display both of (i) the moving objects as candidates to be registered as the metadata of the
image and (ii) a similarity corresponding to the difference for each of the moving objects, wherein the similarity is higher
as the difference is smaller;
a selection acceptance unit configured to accept a selection by a user of at least one moving object to be registered as metadata
of the image from the displayed candidates; and

a registration unit configured to register, with the image, information used for specifying the selected moving object as
the metadata of the image, even if the selected moving object is not included in the image.

US Pat. No. 9,473,688

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. 9,471,580

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. 9,450,189

FUSED POLYCYCLIC COMPOUND AND ORGANIC LIGHT EMITTING ELEMENT INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fused polycyclic compound represented by the following general formula [1] or [2]:

wherein in the general formulas [1] and [2], R1 to R20 are each independently selected from the group consisting of a hydrogen atom, a cyano group, a substituted or an unsubstituted
alkyl group, a substituted or an unsubstituted aryl group, and a substituted or an unsubstituted heterocyclic group.

US Pat. No. 9,440,475

IMAGE FORMING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming method, comprising:
a liquid composition applying step of applying a liquid composition to a recording medium;
an ink applying step of applying an ink to the recording medium in such a manner as to be at least partially overlapped with
a region to which the liquid composition is applied;

and a heating step of heating the recording medium to which the liquid composition and the ink are applied, wherein
the ink contains a self-dispersible pigment and resin particles,
the liquid composition contains:
an agglomerating component of agglomerating at least either the self-dispersible pigment or the resin particles; and
wax particles,
a heating temperature TH in the heating step, a softening point Tmp of the resin particles, and a melting point Tmw of the wax particles satisfy a relationship of Tmp
a penetration specified by JIS K2235 of the wax particle is 5 or less, and
an application amount to the recording medium of wax particles X having a particle diameter equal to or larger than a film
thickness D represented by Expression (1) shown below among the wax particles is 0.01 g/m2 or more;

D=a×(b1/c1+b2/c2),  Expression (1):

wherein, in the expression, a is an application amount (g/m2) to the recording medium of the ink, b1 is a content (% by mass) of the self-dispersible pigment in the ink, c1 is a specific gravity of the self-dispersible pigment, b2 is a content (% by mass) of the resin particles in the ink, and c2 is a specific gravity of the resin particles.

US Pat. No. 9,432,539

IMAGE READING DEVICE HAVING BLANK-PAPER DETECTION UNIT AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING IMAGE READING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image reading device comprising:
a tray on which an original is placed;
a conveyance path through which the original placed on the tray is conveyed to an image reading portion;
an image reading sensor configured to read image data of the original;
a blank-paper detection determination circuit configured to determine whether the original conveyed through the conveyance
path is blank paper;

a processor connected to a memory and configured to execute a determination task to determine whether the original is a regular
size or an irregular size; and

a controller configured to control the image reading device, in a case where the blank-paper detection determination circuit
determines that the original is blank paper,

so as not to output image data of the original in a case where the processor determines that the original is a regular size,
and

so as to output image data of the original in a case where the processor determines that the original is an irregular size.

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. 9,432,544

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a plurality of function units;
a control unit configured to control the plurality of function units;
a reception unit configured to receive an instruction for causing the image forming apparatus to return from a sleep state
in which power supply to the control unit is stopped to a stand-by state in which power is supplied to the control unit;

a setting unit configured to set, by a user, an initial screen to be displayed when the reception unit receives the instruction;
and

a power control unit configured to, when the reception unit receives the instruction, supply power to the control unit and
not to supply power to the plurality of units in a case where the initial screen, which is displayed when the reception unit
receives the instruction, is set to a menu screen for selecting a certain function from among a plurality of functions, and
supply power to the control unit and to one of the plurality of function units associated with a function screen in a case
where the initial screen, which is displayed when the reception unit receives the instruction, is set to the function screen.

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. 9,418,435

THREE-DIMENSIONAL MEASUREMENT METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A three-dimensional measurement method for measuring three-dimensional coordinates of a feature point of a measurement
target using at least two cameras in accordance with a stereo measurement method, comprising the steps of:
capturing the feature point using a first camera, and capturing a feature point group continuous with the feature point using
a second camera based on data of a predetermined shape of the measurement target, wherein the feature point is not within
a field of view of the second camera;

calculating a plane including a corresponding point on a sensor plane of the first camera, the corresponding point corresponding
to the feature point, a focal position of the first camera, and a focal position of the second camera, and calculating a first
line that is a line of intersection of the calculated plane and a plane including a sensor plane of the second camera;

calculating a second line including a corresponding point group on the sensor plane of the second camera, the corresponding
point group corresponding to the feature point group;

calculating a corresponding point on the plane including the sensor plane of the second camera, the corresponding point on
the plane including the sensor plane of the second camera corresponding to the feature point, by determining an intersection
of the first line and the second line; and

calculating a straight line extending through the corresponding point on the sensor plane of the first camera and the focal
position of the first camera, and a straight line extending through the corresponding point group on the sensor plane of the
second camera and the focal position of the second camera, and calculating an intersection of the calculated straight lines
as three-dimensional coordinates of the feature point.

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. 9,389,820

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a setting unit configured to accept (i) a layout setting in a case of laying out a plurality of pages forming print data on
one printing medium sheet and (ii) a punch processing setting for the printing medium sheet;

a decision unit configured to decide on respective orientations of the plurality of pages laid out on the printing medium
sheet, based on the layout setting and the punch processing setting set by the setting unit; and

a control unit configured to cause a printing unit to print, on the printing medium sheet, the plurality of pages based on
the orientations decided by the decision unit,

wherein the printing medium sheet is subjected to printing and is then cut by a post processing apparatus into pages,
wherein the decision unit decides on respective orientations of the plurality of laid out pages such that the same relationship
between a position of punch holes punched by the punch processing and a page orientation is maintained between printing medium
sheets respectively corresponding to the plurality of pages after cutting, and

wherein at least a part of the decision unit is implemented by a processor and a memory of the information processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,392,176

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capture apparatus performs an optical anti-shake function that reduces an image shake by driving an anti-shake
element in a different direction from an optical axis of an imaging optical system in accordance with a detected shake, the
image capture apparatus comprising:
a determination unit configured to determine, when a plurality of geometric deformation correction processes are electronically
applied to a captured image captured by an image sensor, respective reference coordinates for the plurality of geometric deformation
correction processes to be a coordinate of an intersection of the optical axis moved by the optical anti-shake function and
the image sensor; and

a deformation processing unit configured to electronically apply the plurality of geometric deformation correction processes
to the captured image using the respective reference coordinates determined by the determination unit and an amount of geometric
deformation based on the detected shake.

US Pat. No. 9,392,241

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus configured to generate a luminance signal from image data, the apparatus comprising:
a generation circuit configured to receive a first image data in which color signals corresponding to a plurality of colors
are alternately arranged in a predetermined arrangement and generate a plurality of image data corresponding to different
frequency bands using the first image data;

a synthesis circuit configured to generate a second image data by synthesizing the plurality of image data;
a sampling circuit configured to generate a third image data from the second image data by sampling the color signals corresponding
to the colors in accordance with the predetermined arrangement; and

a luminance signal generation circuit configured to generate the luminance signal from the third image data.

US Pat. No. 9,367,003

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS INCLUDING OVERHEATING PREVENTING ELEMENT CONFIGURED TO INTERRUPT ELECTRICAL POWER SUPPLY TO HEATER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus comprising:
a rotatable cylindrical belt;
a heater, provided inside said belt, configured to heat said belt;
an overheating preventing element, including a circuit which is opened when an abnormal temperature rise occurs, configured
to interrupt electrical power supply to said heater; and

a stay made by metal, provided inside said belt, configured to impart rigidity to said image heating apparatus,
wherein said overheating preventing element is provided inside said belt, and
wherein said overheating preventing element detects a temperature of a surface of said stay opposite from a surface irradiated
with radiant light from said heater.

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. 9,361,157

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a plurality of circuit blocks, each of which comprises a plurality of arithmetic elements;
a power supply controller configured to control power supply to the plurality of circuit blocks individually so as to reduce
power consumption due to static power in said plurality of circuit blocks, by power shutdown of each circuit block;

an acquisition unit configured to acquire first information with regard to at least a number of arithmetic element(s) necessary
for an arithmetic process, and second information with regard to which at least a number of arithmetic elements are included
in circuit blocks that are currently being supplied with power by said power supply controller; and

a management unit configured to determine, based on the first information and the second information, whether a process for
implementing the arithmetic process can be assigned to one of the arithmetic elements that are included in circuit blocks
that are currently being supplied with power by said power supply controller so as to perform a preferential assign of processes
for implementing the arithmetic process to the arithmetic elements included in the circuit blocks.

US Pat. No. 9,356,722

TIME SENSITIVE TRANSACTION OVER AN ASYNCHRONOUS SERIAL LINK

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of controlling data transmission from a transmitting unit to a receiving unit, through an asynchronous serial
link, the method comprising the following steps, performed by a controlling unit:
sequentially receiving data messages and synchronization messages from the transmitting unit,
sequentially parsing the messages received, and
when a message parsed is a synchronization message, blocking relaying to the receiving unit, of the data messages following
said synchronization message, until an event associated with the synchronization message occurs,

wherein:
when a data message is preceded by a synchronization message, the data message is delivered to the receiving unit when the
event associated with the synchronization message occurs, and

when a data message is not preceded by a synchronization message, the data message is delivered immediately after reception,
without checking; or waiting for an event associated with the synchronization message to occur.

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. 9,352,960

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. 9,354,562

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. 9,343,921

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. 9,335,686

IMAGE FIXING APPARATUS HAVING A HEATER, A THERMOSENSITIVE ELEMENT, AND A TENSION SPRING CONFIGURED TO BIAS OR URGE THE THERMOSENSITIVE ELEMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image fixing apparatus comprising:
a heater configured to heat and fix a toner image formed on a recording material onto the recording material;
a thermosensitive element configured to sense heat from said heater;
a stay, having a U-shaped cross-section, configured to apply pressure to a fixing nip for nipping and feeding the recording
material; and

a tension spring configured to urge said thermosensitive element toward said heater,
wherein said thermosensitive element and said tension spring are provided inside of said stay.

US Pat. No. 9,327,931

CONTINUOUS ROLL SHEET HOLDING APPARATUS AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a first flange which includes a first shaft portion and a first fixing portion, wherein the first shaft portion is configured
to be locked to a core of a continuous roll sheet and to be rotated with the continuous roll sheet relative to the first fixing
portion;

a second flange which includes a second shaft portion and a second fixing portion, wherein the second shaft portion is configured
to be locked to the core of the continuous roll sheet and to be rotated with the continuous roll sheet relative to the second
fixing portion; and

a supporting unit configured to support the continuous roll sheet, wherein the supporting unit abuts on the first fixing portion
and the second fixing portion, when the first shaft portion and the second shaft portion are inserted into both ends of the
core of the continuous roll sheet and locked to the core, and then the continuous roll sheet is dropped on the supporting
unit with the first flange and the second flange,

wherein the first flange further includes a driven portion configured to receive a drive,
and wherein, in a case where the driven portion receives the drive in a state in which the first shaft portion and the second
shaft portion are locked to the core and the first fixing portion and the second fixing portion abut on the supporting unit,
the first shaft portion and the second shaft portion are rotated relative to the first fixing portion and the second fixing
portion, and the continuous roll sheet is rotated with the first shaft portion and the second shaft portion and is pulled
out by the rotation.

US Pat. No. 9,324,164

IMAGE ENCODING APPARATUS, IMAGE DECODING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF DEALING WITH HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image encoding apparatus for encoding a High Dynamic Range image, comprising:
an input unit configured to input the High Dynamic Range image of an encoding target;
a generating unit configured to generate, from the input High Dynamic Range image, a Low Dynamic Range image and difference
information representing a difference between the Low Dynamic Range image and the High Dynamic Range image;

an encoding unit configured to encode the Low Dynamic Range image generated by the generating unit;
a calculating unit configured to calculate, as Low Dynamic Range meta-data, information formed from data representing a feature
of the Low Dynamic Range image; and

a file generating unit configured to generate a High Dynamic Range encoded file by storing encoded data of the Low Dynamic
Range image generated by the encoding unit in a main encoded data storage region of a file structure for the Low Dynamic Range
image and storing the difference information and the Low Dynamic Range meta-data in a marker defined as a non-reference region
for a Low Dynamic Range image decoding apparatus in the file structure;

a memory storing a program; and
a processor configured to function as at least one of the units by executing the program stored in the memory,
wherein the calculating unit includes a reducing unit configured to generate one representative pixel from n×m pixels in the
Low Dynamic Range image, thereby generating a Low Dynamic Range reduced image from the representative pixel, wherein n and
m are each equal to or greater than 1,

wherein the encoding unit encodes the Low Dynamic Range reduced image as well, and
the file generating unit stores encoded data of the Low Dynamic Range reduced image in the marker as the Low Dynamic Range
meta-data and generates the High Dynamic Range encoded file.

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. 9,324,010

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a first photosensitive drum on which a color toner image is to be formed;
a second photosensitive drum on which a black toner image is to be formed;
an intermediate transfer member onto which the color toner image and the black toner image are to be transferred;
a transfer portion configured to transfer, onto a sheet, a toner image transferred on the intermediate transfer member;
a fixing unit configured to fix, onto the sheet, the toner image transferred on the sheet;
a mechanism configured to switch the intermediate transfer member between a first state in which the intermediate transfer
member is in contact with the first photosensitive drum and the second photosensitive drum and a second state in which the
intermediate transfer member is separated from the first photosensitive drum and in contact with the second photosensitive
drum;

an operating portion configured to receive a user instruction including an instruction of image formation and an instruction
of setting of a color mode;

a detection portion configured to detect a user operation from which a start of the image formation is predicted; and
a control portion configured to:
control, in response to detection of the user operation by the detection portion, the mechanism in accordance with the set
color mode without waiting to receive the instruction of the image formation; and

start the image formation in response to the instruction of the image formation,
wherein the color mode includes a full-color mode and a monochrome mode, and
wherein the control portion is configured to:
control the mechanism so that the intermediate transfer member is put into the first state when the full-color mode is set;
control the mechanism so that the intermediate transfer member is put into the second state when the monochrome mode is set;
and

control, when the color mode is changed in response to the instruction of the setting of the color mode before receiving the
instruction of the image formation and after controlling the mechanism in accordance with the set color mode, the mechanism
in accordance with a changed color mode.

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. 9,315,683

INK, INK CARTRIDGE, AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink for ink jet, comprising a first pigment and a second pigment, wherein
the first pigment is a self-dispersible pigment to a surface of a particle of which a first functional group containing a
phosphonic acid group is bonded; the second pigment is a self-dispersible pigment to a surface of a particle of which a second
functional group not containing a phosphonic acid group but containing an anionic group other than the phosphonic acid group,
and further containing another atomic group is bonded; and

the introduced amount of the functional group of the second pigment is 0.25 mmol/g or more,
wherein the introduced amount of the functional group of the first pigment is 0.10 mmol/g or more to 0.33 mmol/g or less.

US Pat. No. 9,310,762

PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording material, said image forming apparatus comprising:
a main assembly including:
(a) a main assembly side plate,
(b) a main assembly side positioning portion,
(c) a main assembly side regulating portion that is provided on said main assembly side plate, and
(d) a main assembly slanted surface; and
a detachably mountable process cartridge positioned at said main assembly side positioning portion, said process cartridge
including:

(i) a cartridge side portion-to-be-positioned configured to be positioned at said main assembly side positioning portion when
said process cartridge is mounted to said main assembly, and

(ii) a cartridge side portion-to-be-regulated configured to be regulated to prevent contact of said cartridge side portion-to-be-positioned
to said main assembly side positioning portion by contact between said main assembly side regulating portion and said cartridge
side portion-to-be-regulated,

wherein, when said process cartridge is inserted into said main assembly along a longitudinal direction of said process cartridge,
said process cartridge contacts said main assembly slanted surface so that said cartridge side portion-to-be-regulated comes
into contact with said main assembly side regulating portion and said cartridge side portion-to-be-positioned is positioned
at said main assembly side positioning portion.

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. 9,298,972

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for detecting an object in an image, comprising:
an input unit configured to input an image;
an image rotating unit configured to rotate the image in a predetermined angle; and
a detection unit configured to perform both of detection of an object inclined at angles within a first angle range in the
image input by the input unit and detection of an object inclined at angles within a second angle range in the image rotated
by the image rotation unit;

wherein the second angle range is narrower than the first angle range, wherein
the detection unit is configured to perform object detection processing by a split AdaBoosting with a first number of splits
for detecting an object inclined at angles within the first angle range in the image input by the input unit, and to perform
the object detection processing by the split AdaBoosting with a second number of splits for detecting an object inclined at
angles within the second angle range in the image rotated by the image rotating unit, and wherein the second number of splits
is smaller than the first number of splits.

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. 9,296,231

PRINTING APPARATUS AND POSTURE CHANGE CORRECTING METHOD FOR PRINT HEAD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a print head which includes a surface in which nozzles for ejecting ink are formed;
a moving unit configured to mount the print head and move in a first direction;
a platen positioned to face the print head for supporting a print medium;
a pattern printing unit configured to cause the print head to print a plurality of test patterns at each of a plurality of
different positions in the first direction on the print medium;

a measuring unit configured to measure the plurality of test patterns printed on the print medium;
a changing unit configured to change an angle of the print head with respect to the platen by moving the print head such that
the direction of a line perpendicular to the surface is changed; and

a control unit configured to cause the changing unit to change the angle of the print head corresponding to positions of the
print head in the first direction, based on measurement results by the measuring 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. 9,291,983

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus capable of connecting to a network, comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive via the network an electric power control signal for instructing electric power control;
a shutdown unit configured to turn off a power of the image forming apparatus in accordance with the electric power control
signal received by the reception unit; and

a presentation unit configured to present to a user information indicating that the power of the image forming apparatus became
off due to the electric power control signal,

wherein the presentation unit presents the information to the user by a print material.

US Pat. No. 9,282,268

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state image pickup device comprising:
an array of a first pixel and a second pixel, the first pixel and the second pixel each including
a photoelectric conversion portion;
a microlens provided in correspondence with the photoelectric conversion portion; and
a wiring layer provided between the photoelectric conversion portion and the microlens and including a plurality of layers,
wherein the second pixel includes
a light shielding portion provided above the photoelectric conversion portion and between any two of the layers included in
the wiring layer, the light shielding portion being configured to block some of incident light so as to perform focus detection;
and

a light guiding portion provided at least above an upper face of the light shielding portion, and
wherein the light guiding portion includes
a first portion; and
a second portion provided around the first portion and made of a material having a lower transmittance with respect to the
incident light than the first portion.

US Pat. No. 9,281,771

DRIVE CONTROLLER, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, DRIVE CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A drive controller comprising:
a stepping motor capable of performing micro-step drive of a predetermined number of divisions by using an excitation current
having a sine waveform; and

a control unit configured to calculate a first drive pulse of the stepping motor to perform the micro-step drive,
wherein the control unit is configured to:
determine whether a step phase within a predetermined phase region of the excitation current is included in a range of the
micro-step drive if the micro-step drive is to be performed with the first drive pulse in a wobbling operation,

perform the micro-step drive with the first drive pulse when the step phase within the predetermined phase region is not included
in the range of the micro-step drive,

perform the micro-step drive with a second drive pulse when the step phase within the predetermined phase region is included
in the range of the micro-step drive,

determine a number of the step phases included in the range of the micro-step drive, and
derive the second drive pulse which changes according to the number of the step phases.

US Pat. No. 9,278,454

PRODUCTION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A production apparatus comprising:
a robotic arm;
a first antenna unit having a directional characteristic and being supported by the robotic arm;
a first wireless unit connected to the first antenna unit;
a working access platform having a working portion placed lower than a movable space of the first antenna unit;
a frame body having a top portion placed higher than the movable space of the first antenna unit;
a second antenna unit having a directional characteristic effective in a direction to the first antenna unit, and being supported
by the working portion or the top portion; and

a second wireless unit connected to the second antenna unit, to perform a wireless communication with the first wireless unit
through the first and second antenna units; and

a first changing unit configured to change an effective direction of the directional characteristic of the first antenna unit
in conjunction with an operation of the robotic arm, such that the second antenna unit is kept within an effective characteristic
area of the first antenna unit.

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. 9,282,229

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. 9,277,118

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. 9,277,078

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS WITH POWER CONTROL UNIT, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that operates in a first power state, a second power state of which electric energy
consumption is smaller than the first power state, or a third power state of which electric energy consumption is smaller
than the second power state, comprising:
a power supply unit configured to supply electric power to devices including first and second devices of the information processing
apparatus;

a secondary battery configured to supply charged power to a part of the devices;
a power-state-switching unit configured to switch a power state of the information processing apparatus among the first power
state in which said power supply unit supplies power to the devices, the second power state in which said power supply unit
does not supply power to the first device without supplying power from said secondary battery to the devices, and the third
power state in which said secondary battery supplies power to the second device; and

a control unit configured to control so that said secondary battery is charged by the power supplied from said power supply
unit in the first power state, and to control so that active charging of the secondary battery is stopped upon detection of
a condition causing a shift to the second power state regardless of a charge state of the secondary battery.

US Pat. No. 9,268,222

PHOTOSENSITIVE NEGATIVE RESIN COMPOSITION, FINE STRUCTURE, PRODUCTION PROCESS OF FINE STRUCTURE AND LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photosensitive negative resin composition comprising
a resin (a) having at least three cyclohexene oxide skeletons in its molecule,
an onium salt (b) composed of a cation moiety structure represented by the following formula b1 and an anion moiety structure
represented by the following formula b2,

a silane compound (c), and
an organic solvent (d):

[wherein R1 to R3 are, independently of one another, an organic group which may be substituted and has 1 to 30 carbon atoms, with the proviso
that two or more oxygen atoms are included in all atoms constituting R1 to R3, R1 and R2, R2 and R3, and R1 and R3 may be bonded to each other directly or through a linking group to form a cyclic structure,

R4 is a hydrocarbon group which may be substituted by a fluorine atom and has 1 to 30 carbon atoms, X is a carbon atom, a nitrogen
atom, a phosphorus atom or a boron atom,

Y1 is —S(?O)2—, an alkylene fluoride group, -*1—O—CF2—, -*1—C(?O)—CF2—, -*1—O—C(?O)—CF2—, -*1—C(?O)—O—CF2— or a single bond,

where *1 designates an end bonded to R4,

n is 0, 1 or 2 when X is the carbon atom, with the proviso that a total of m and n is 3,
n is 0 or 1 when X is the nitrogen atom, with the proviso that a total of m and n is 2,
n is an integer of 0 or more and 6 or less when X is the phosphorus atom, with the proviso that a total of m and n is 6,
n is an integer of 0 or more and 3 or less when X is the boron atom, with the proviso that a total of m and n is 4, and
when m is an integer of two or more, any carbon atom in one R4—Y1— group of two or more R4—Y1— groups bonded to X may be bonded to any carbon atom in another one R4—Y1— group thereof through a single bond, thereby forming a cyclic structure].

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. 9,270,860

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. 9,256,187

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. 9,245,659

X-RAY IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An X-ray imaging apparatus comprising:
an X-ray generation unit configured to support a plurality of X-ray targets each of which generates X-rays;
a shielding member capable of adjusting openings corresponding to the plurality of X-ray targets; and
a control unit configured to control said shielding member so as to adjust the openings in conjunction with each other in
accordance with a plurality of control modes,

wherein, as a first control mode, said control unit controls said shielding member such that X-rays via the openings irradiate
an object in the same direction with each other, and as a second control mode, controls said shielding member such that X-rays
via the openings irradiate the object in different directions.

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. 9,244,259

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 which does not move for zooming;
a second lens unit having a negative refractive power which moves during zooming;
a third lens unit having the positive refractive power which moves during zooming;
a fourth lens unit having the positive refractive power which moves during zooming; and
a fifth lens unit having the positive refractive power which does not move for zooming,
wherein each of the first lens unit to the fifth lens unit includes at least one positive lens and at least one negative lens,
and

wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
?10
?1
?5
and
?1
where ?p is an average Abbe constant of the at least one positive lens of the fourth lens unit, ?n is an average Abbe constant
of the at least one negative lens of the fourth lens unit, ?2w is an imaging magnification of the second lens unit at a wide
angle end, ?2t is an imaging magnification of the second lens unit at a telephoto end, and ?34z2 is an imaging magnification
of a combined lens unit including the third lens unit and the fourth lens unit at a zoom position z2 where the imaging magnification
of the second lens unit is ?1.

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. 9,236,410

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. 9,225,900

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capture apparatus comprising:
a shake detection unit configured to detect a shake of said image capture apparatus;
a translation component correction amount calculation unit configured to calculate, based on an output of said shake detection
unit, a first correction amount for correcting a translation component of image blurring generated in a captured image due
to the shake;

a perspective component correction amount calculation unit configured to calculate, based on the first correction amount,
a second correction amount for correcting a perspective component of the image blurring; and

a correction unit configured to correct the image blurring based on the first correction amount and the second correction
amount.

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. 9,220,172

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A manufacturing method of an electronic component including an electronic device and a package that houses the electronic
device and is for being fixed to a wiring member by reflow soldering, the method comprising:
preparing a mounting member, the mounting member being formed by bonding a base body having a center region and a peripheral
region that encloses the center region of the base body, and a frame body having an opening corresponding to the center region
of the base body, between the frame body and the peripheral region of the base body;

fixing an electronic device to the center region of the base body; and
arranging a lid body having a center region and a peripheral region that encloses the center region so that the center region
of the lid body faces the electronic device, and bonding the peripheral region of the lid body and the frame body,

wherein the mounting member has an inner terminal for being electrically connected, to the electronic device, and an outer
terminal for being fixed to the wiring member, and a part embedded in the base body for an electrical connection between the
inner terminal and the outer terminal, and

wherein one of conditions (a), (b) and (c) is satisfied
?B
?F
?B
where ?L is a thermal expansion coefficient of the lid body in the peripheral region of the lid body, ?F is a thermal expansion coefficient of the frame body, ?B is a thermal expansion coefficient of the base body in the peripheral region of the base body, and ?C is a thermal expansion coefficient of the wiring member.

US Pat. No. 9,202,148

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR GENERATING STENCIL DATA OF A STROKE BASED ON SHAPE INFORMATION, CONNECTION-POINT INFORMATION, AND END-POINT INFORMATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for rendering a stroke formed by paths, the apparatus comprising:
(a) a first obtaining unit configured to obtain shape information representing a shape of a path;
(b) a second obtaining unit configured to obtain end-point information representing a modification method for an end point
of the stroke;

(c) a third obtaining unit configured to obtain line-width information representing a line-width of the stroke; and
(d) a generation unit configured to generate stencil data of the stroke based on the shape information, the line-width information,
and the end-point information, wherein the generation unit comprises:

(i) a first generator configured to generate basic stencil data by fattening the path represented by the shape information
based on the line-width information; and

(ii) a second generator configured to generate end-point stencil data based on the end-point information,
wherein the generation unit merges the end-point stencil data into the basic stencil data in the generation of the stencil
data,

wherein the end-point information represents one of a butt, a square, and a round as the modification method for the end point,
wherein the first generator creates a figure having four vertices with respect to each of the paths forming the stroke based
on the shape information and the line-width information, and fills an inside of the figure to generate basic stencil data
in which the modification method for the end point is the butt,

wherein, in a case when the end-point information represents a modification method other than the butt, the second generator
generates end-point stencil data based on the end-point information, and merges the end-point stencil data into the basic
stencil data, and

wherein at least one of the first obtaining unit, the second obtaining unit, the third obtaining unit, and the generation
unit is implemented using a processor.

US Pat. No. 9,201,493

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus that receives data from another communication apparatus, the communication apparatus comprising:
a storage unit configured to store the data;
a reception unit configured to receive from the other communication apparatus an estimated size value as a size of the data
on which conversion processing is performed before the other communication apparatus performs the conversion processing of
a bit rate of the data; and

a transmission unit configured to transmit a signal for stopping the conversion processing of the data depending on the size
value received by the reception unit and a free space of the storage unit.