US Pat. No. 9,234,271

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

MAGNETIC TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,229,371

DEVELOPER CONTAINER, DEVELOPING CARTRIDGE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer container comprising:
a developer accommodating chamber, provided with an opening, for accommodating a developer;
a sealing member bonded to said developer accommodating chamber so as to block the opening; and
a rotatable member, having a connecting surface where said sealing member is connected thereto, for peeling off said sealing
member from said developer accommodating chamber by rotation thereof,

wherein said connecting surface has a rectangular shape that has long sides with respect to a rotational axis direction of
said rotatable member and the long sides are twisted between ends of the rectangular shape in a rotational direction of said
rotatable member.

US Pat. No. 9,229,384

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND SAFETY CIRCUIT MOUNTED ON THE SAME APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a fixing unit adapted to fix a toner image formed on a recording material onto the recording material, the fixing unit including
a heater including a substrate, and a first heat generating member and a second heat-generating member that are provided on
the substrate, and heating the toner image;

a first driving element provided on power supply path to the first heat-generating member;
a second driving element provided on a power supply path to the second heat-generating member;
a control unit controlling the first driving element and the second driving element respectively;
a first detection unit configured to detect current flowing through the first heat-generating member;
a second detection unit configured to detect current flowing through the second heat-generating member; and
a safety circuit receiving output the first detection unit and a second output of the second detection unit, safety circuit
outputting a cut-off signal for stopping supplying power to at least one of the first heat-generating member and the second
heat-generating member when the difference between a value according to the first output and a value according to the second
output exceeds a predetermined threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,232,105

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CONFIGURED FOR CONSUMABLE REPLACEMENT IN POWER SAVING MODE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,223,263

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,223,521

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, RECORDING MEDIUM, AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive interface information containing a type of a control and an ID of a function corresponding
to the control from a printer driver;

a first determination unit configured to determine whether an application that invoked the printer driver is being executed
in a first execution environment or in a second execution environment;

a second determination unit configured to determine whether the printer driver is able to display a user interface for the
first execution environment; and

a display unit configured to replace the control described in the interface information with a control of a user interface
in the second execution environment and display a user interface according to the interface information in which the control
described therein was replaced if the first determination unit determined that the application is being executed in the first
execution environment and the second determination unit determined that the printer driver is not able to display the user
interface for the first execution environment, and display the control of the user interface in the second execution environment
according to the interface information if the application is being executed in the second execution environment.

US Pat. No. 9,218,152

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus which detects an abnormal state of the image forming apparatus and notifies a user of the abnormal
state, comprising:
an image forming unit constructed to form an image;
a counter constructed to count a cumulative number of sheets on which an image is formed by the image forming unit;
a detection unit constructed to detect the abnormal state of the image forming apparatus;
a storage unit constructed to store history information including information about a type of the abnormal state and a cumulative
number of sheets at the timing of detecting the abnormal state in a case where said detection unit detects the abnormal state;

a notification unit constructed to perform a notification about the abnormal state; and
a control unit constructed,
in a case where a type of an abnormal state which has newly occurred is a first type, if a difference between a cumulative
number of sheets at the timing of detecting the abnormal state which has newly occurred and a cumulative number of sheets
at the previous timing of detecting the same abnormal state as the abnormal state which has newly occurred is larger than
a predetermined value, to make the notification unit notify information about removal for the abnormal state which has newly
occurred, and, if the difference is not larger than the predetermined value, to make the notification unit notify that a repair
request for the image forming apparatus is needed, and

in a case where a type of an abnormal state which has newly occurred is a second type, to make the notification unit notify,
regardless of the difference between a cumulative number of sheets at the timing of detecting the abnormal state which has
newly occurred and a cumulative number of sheets at the previous timing of detecting the same abnormal state as the abnormal
state which has newly occurred, that a repair request for the image forming apparatus is needed.

US Pat. No. 9,219,253

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING ORGANIC EL DISPLAY DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,213,723

IMAGE DISTRIBUTION APPARATUS AND IMAGE DISTRIBUTION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,213,251

MAGNETIC TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A magnetic toner comprising:
magnetic toner particles comprising a binder resin and a magnetic body; and
inorganic fine particles present on the surface of the magnetic toner particles, wherein
the inorganic fine particles present on the surface of the magnetic toner particles comprise strontium titanate fine particles
and metal oxide fine particles,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,215,356

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,213,887

PROCESSING INFORMATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD AND PROGRAM FOR INPUTTING AND STORING ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ACCORDING TO CONTENTS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a first generating unit configured to generate a first image to display content on a display apparatus;
a second generating unit configured to generate a second image to display an input area to input additional information with
respect to the content in a different display mode according to whether a first face image and a second face image are similar
on the display apparatus when the second face image similar to the first face image satisfies a predetermined condition;

a first acquisition unit configured to acquire the first face image included in photographed image data captured by photographing
a viewing user of the content;

a second acquisition unit configured to acquire the second face images included in the content; and
a control display unit configured to control the display apparatus to display the input area when the first face image and
the second face image are similar, and does not control the display apparatus to display the input area when the first face
image and the second face image are not similar,

wherein the content is the moving-image data, and
when the second face image similar to the first face image exists longer than a predetermined time, the second generating
unit generates the second image to display the input area.

US Pat. No. 9,207,889

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a determination unit configured to determine whether print data is limited in a number of times of printing;
a setting determination unit configured to determine whether a setting to store the print data in the information processing
apparatus is valid

a display control unit configured to display a screen in a case where the determination unit determines that the print data
is limited in the number of times of printing and the setting determination unit determines that the setting is valid;

a control unit configured to stop processing of the print data in a case where cancellation of printing is selected in the
screen wherein a message indicating that the setting to store the print data is valid as a reason to stop processing of the
print data is displayed in the screen; and

a processor, coupled to a memory, configured to control at least one of the determination unit, the setting determination
unit and the control unit.

US Pat. No. 9,204,790

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR FUNDUS IMAGE, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD FOR FUNDUS IMAGE, AND PROGRAM MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for performing image processing on a fundus image of a subject's eye, the image processing
apparatus comprising:
a selection unit configured to select first color tone conversion processing having a first fixed correction value or second
color tone conversion processing having a second fixed correction value, wherein a ratio of a red component to a blue component
of the second fixed correction value is lower than a ratio of a red component to a blue component of the first fixed correction
value, and a ratio of a red component to a green component of the second fixed correction value is lower than a ratio of a
red component to a green component of the first fixed correction value; and

a color tone conversion unit configured to convert a color tone of the fundus image by the first color tone conversion processing
with the first fixed correction value or the second color tone conversion processing with the second fixed correction value
selected by the selection unit,

wherein the first color tone conversion processing is for a first eye belonging to a first group and the second color tone
conversion processing is for a second eye belonging to a second group, and

wherein a melanin pigment amount of the second group is smaller than a melanin pigment amount of the first eye.

US Pat. No. 9,208,379

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,187,274

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,183,645

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FAST MANIPULATION OF GRAPHICAL OBJECTS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A computer-implemented method for controlling an image rendering device to render repeatedly a group of graphical objects
in a display list within a fixed amount of memory, the graphical objects being represented by edges having at least their
starting locations in absolute coordinate form, the method comprising the steps of:
identifying a first occurrence of the group of graphical objects in the display list;
repeating the first occurrence of the group at a plurality of locations by generating a display list representation by sharing,
in the display list, at least one of:

(a) transformations of the starting locations of the edges making up the graphical objects within the group;
(b) fill data associated with level information of the first occurrence of the group; and
(c) edge segment data of the edges of the graphical objects within the group;
rearranging the level information for the graphical objects within the group to ensure that each occurrence of the group is
either above or below in Z-order relative to a neighboring occurrence of the group; and

rendering, by the image rendering device, the group of graphical objects to the corresponding plurality of locations in accordance
with rearranged level information using the shared display list representation in the display list.

US Pat. No. 9,176,692

JOB HISTORY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus configured to execute print processing based on print data received from an information processing
apparatus, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a determination unit configured to determine whether the print data received from the information processing apparatus includes
identification information indicating that a history of a job to be performed by the image forming apparatus is previously
recorded as a job history and transmitted to a job history management server;

a transmission unit configured to, in a case where the determination unit determines that the print data does not include
the identification information, transmit the print data to other image forming apparatus so that the other image forming apparatus
records as a job history a history of the job to be processed by the image forming apparatus and transmits the recorded job
history to the job history management server;

a receiving unit configured to receive from the other image forming apparatus information on whether the other image forming
apparatus has succeeded in transmitting to the job history management server a history corresponding to the transmitted print
data; and

a print execution unit configured to, in a case where the information received by the receiving unit is information that transmission
of the job history has succeeded, perform print processing based on the print data,

wherein, in a case where the information received by the receiving unit is information that transmission of the job history
has failed, the print processing based on the print data is canceled.

US Pat. No. 9,174,439

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,170,171

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,164,472

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,160,916

FOCUS ADJUSTMENT APPARATUS WITH A SIZE DETECTOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A focus position control apparatus comprising:
a processor;
the processor is configured to detect a changing amount of a detected size of an object image, wherein the object image is
acquired at a shooting parameter; and

a controller configured by the processor to switch a first control and a second control based on whether the changing amount
is larger than a predetermined amount or not,

wherein the first control is for controlling a focus position corresponding to a change in size of the object image, and the
second control is a control different from the first control, and

wherein the controller changes the predetermined amount based on the shooting parameter.

US Pat. No. 9,156,641

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,157,726

OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical coherence tomographic imaging apparatus comprising:
an irradiation unit configured to irradiate a subject with light of a first wavelength band;
a planar image obtaining unit configured to obtain a first planar image of the subject based on a return light from the subject
irradiated by the irradiation unit with the light of the first wavelength band;

a light source configured to emit a measuring light while sweeping a second wavelength band that is longer than the first
wavelength band;

a tomographic image obtaining unit configured to obtain, after a first optical path length difference between the measuring
light and a reference light is adjusted, a tomographic image of the subject based on a combined light obtained by combining
a return light from the subject irradiated with the measuring light emitted from the light source by the irradiation unit
and the reference light corresponding to the measuring light; and

a correction unit configured to correct, before the tomographic image obtaining unit obtains the tomographic image, a second
optical path length difference generated due to a difference between the first wavelength band and the second wavelength band,

wherein the planar image obtaining unit obtains, after the tomographic image obtaining unit obtains the tomographic image,
a second planar image of the subject based on a return light from the subject irradiated by the irradiation unit with light
of a third wavelength band that is shorter than the second wavelength band, and

wherein the correction unit corrects, before the planar image obtaining unit obtains the second planar image, a third optical
path length difference generated due to a difference between the second wavelength band and the third wavelength band.

US Pat. No. 9,159,287

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND IMAGE DISPLAY METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image display apparatus including a display screen with a backlight, comprising:
an input unit configured to input each frame forming a moving image;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a motion vector between frames inputted by said input unit;
a first determination unit configured to determine whether the reliability of the motion vector obtained by said obtaining
unit between a first frame and a second frame is larger than a threshold;

a second determination unit configured i) to determine, as an intermediate frame to be displayed between the first and second
frames, an interpolation frame being generated based on the motion vector and images of the first and second frames in a case
where the reliability is larger than the threshold, and ii) to determine, as the intermediate frame, an image frame being
based on not an image of the second frame but on an image of the first frame in a case where the reliability is not larger
than the threshold; and

a control unit configured i) to control the backlight to emit light at a brightness being based on an image of the interpolation
frame so as to display the interpolation frame as the intermediate frame in a case where the reliability is larger than the
threshold, and ii) to control the backlight to emit light at a darker brightness than the brightness upon displaying the first
frame so as to display the image frame as the intermediate frame in a case where the reliability is not larger than the threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,160,872

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:
a display control unit arranged to display an image in each of a plurality of areas within a display screen, wherein image
scrolling can be independently performed in each of the plurality of areas;

a notifying unit arranged to provide a notification which indicates that the images in two or more of the plurality of areas
are from the same file, when the images are from the same file, and not to provide the notification otherwise; and

a switching unit arranged, when images from the same file are displayed in two or more of the plurality of areas, to switch
one of the images displayed in at least one of the plurality of areas to another image,

wherein, after the switching unit switches one of the images displayed in at least one of the plurality of areas to another
image, the notifying unit provides a notification which indicates that the images in two or more of the plurality of areas
are from the same file, when the images are from the same file, and does not provide the notification otherwise.

US Pat. No. 9,147,169

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR LEARNING OF A CLASSIFIER, AND PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for learning of a classifier using a plurality of samples, the method comprising:
adding unlabeled samples to existing samples;
estimating a maximum distance from any of samples to a center of all support vectors;
estimating a minimum distance from any of samples to the center;
setting a threshold between the maximum distance and the minimum distance to judge whether the newly added unlabeled sample
are positive samples or not;

determining whether the newly added unlabeled samples are candidate samples for new support vectors or not according to the
threshold;

extracting the candidate samples for new support vectors from the added unlabeled samples; and
selecting the new support vectors from the candidate samples using a plurality of existing support vectors.

US Pat. No. 9,146,700

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,146,503

DEVELOPER ACCOMMODATING UNIT, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer accommodating unit comprising:
a flexible container, provided with an opening for permitting discharge of developer, for accommodating the developer;
a sealing member for sealing the opening by being mounted on said container and for being peeled from said container to expose
the opening while deforming said container; and

an unsealing member for peeling said sealing member from said container,
wherein said sealing member includes (i) a sealing portion provided at an end side thereof to seal the opening, (ii) a holding
portion provided at another end side thereof to be held by said unsealing member, and (iii) a developer passing portion connecting
said sealing portion to said holding portion to permit passing of the developer therethrough.

US Pat. No. 9,146,516

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS INSPECTION OF PRINTED MATTER, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a printing unit configured to perform printing on a sheet based on print image data;
a reading unit configured to read the sheet on which printing has been performed by said printing unit to thereby acquire
inspection product image data;

a generation unit configured to generate reference image data formed by excluding data representative of image portions which
cannot be read by said reading unit, from the print image data; and

a determination unit configured to determine whether or not the sheet on which printing has been performed is free from defective
printing by comparing the inspection product image data and the reference image data.

US Pat. No. 9,146,530

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A MOVABLE CONNECTOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an apparatus electric-contact that is connectable to a cartridge electric-contact of a cartridge, which is equipped with a
memory that stores information related to the cartridge such that the information is transmitted from the cartridge to a main
apparatus body of the image forming apparatus;

a connector having the apparatus electric-contact and a first engaging unit that is engageable with the cartridge to position
the cartridge electric-contact and the apparatus electric-contact in a predetermined direction; and

a connector holder that holds the connector in a movable manner,
wherein the connector holder has a second engaging unit that is engageable with the cartridge, and
wherein the connector is movable in the predetermined direction in a state that the cartridge electric-contact contacts the
apparatus electric-contact.

US Pat. No. 9,140,991

ILLUMINATION OPTICAL SYSTEM, EXPOSURE APPARATUS, AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An illumination optical system comprising:
a stop configured to define an illumination range of a surface to be illuminated;
an imaging optical system configured to form an image of an aperture of the stop onto the surface to be illuminated;
a calculation unit configured to calculate an offset amount between a size of the aperture and a target illumination range
of the surface to be illuminated using data on the target illumination range of the surface to be illuminated; and

an adjusting unit configured to adjust the size of the aperture based on the calculated offset amount,
wherein the offset amount differs according to a size of the target illumination range of the surface to be illuminated.

US Pat. No. 9,143,059

VIBRATION WAVE MOTOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A vibration wave motor comprising:
a vibration member including an elastic body joined with an electric-mechanical energy converter;
a moving member contacting the vibration member, the vibration member and the moving member having an annular shape;
a friction member between the vibration member and the moving member; and
a centrifugal fan provided on at least one of an outer peripheral portion and an inner peripheral portion of the vibration
member and the moving member,

wherein the centrifugal fan is arranged to rotate integrally with the moving member, and
wherein, in a cross-section including an axis of the annular shape, the centrifugal fan includes a portion which is opposed
to the friction member, a part of the vibration member, and a part of the moving member.

US Pat. No. 9,132,630

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for printing an image on a printing medium with a plurality of relative movement between
a print head capable of printing dots of a plurality of sizes on the printing medium and the printing medium comprising:
a binarization unit configured to generate binary data for printing each of the dots of the plurality of sizes with each of
the plurality of relative movements, based upon multi-valued image data,

wherein the binarization unit generates the binary data such that in the same region of the printing medium, a low frequency
component of space frequency characteristics of a dot pattern obtained by accumulating dot patterns printed respectively by
the plurality of relative movements in regard to a dot of a first size among the dots of the plurality of sizes is smaller
than a low frequency component of space frequency characteristics of a dot pattern obtained by accumulating dot patterns printed
respectively by the plurality of relative movements in regard to a dot of a second size among the dots of the plurality of
sizes.

US Pat. No. 9,136,295

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,137,410

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,131,140

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,125,561

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
a fundus image acquiring unit for acquiring a fundus image of an eye to be inspected;
a calculating unit for calculating a thickness of a predetermined layer of a fundus of the eye to be inspected in a part of
a two-dimentional region on the fundus image;

a tomographic image acquiring unit for acquiring a tomographic image of the fundus in the two-dimensional region;
a display control unit for causing a display unit to display the fundus image, a display form representing the two-dimensional
region, and the tomographic image; and

a changing unit for changing a position of the display form representing the two-dimensional region, the display form being
displayed on the display unit,

the tomographic image acquiring unit being configured to acquire, when the position of the display form representing the two-dimensional
region is changed, a tomographic image of the fundus of the eye to be inspected in the two-dimensional region after the position
is changed, and

the display control unit being configured to cause the display unit to display the tomographic image in the two-dimensional
region after the position is changed instead of the tomographic image in the two-dimensional region before the position is
changed.

US Pat. No. 9,122,428

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS ALLOWING A USER CERTAIN PRINT SETTING OPERATIONS IN AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE AN IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS IS UNDETERMINED

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising a display control unit configured to perform control so that a common setting
screen through which a common setting which does not depend on an image processing apparatus model can be set, and an individual
setting screen through which an individual setting which depends on an image processing apparatus model are displayed on a
print setting screen can be set,
wherein the display of the common setting screen and the individual setting screen on the print setting screen depend upon
usage location of the display control unit such that when the display control unit is used at a server location, only the
common setting screen is displayed on the print setting screen, when the display control unit is used at a personal computer
location, both the common setting screen and the individual setting screen are displayed on the print setting screen, and
when the display control unit is used at a printer location, only the individual setting screen is displayed on the print
setting screen.

US Pat. No. 9,122,125

IMAGE-CAPTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,115,055

FLUORENYLAMINE COMPOUND, ORGANIC LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE CONTAINING THE SAME, MATERIAL FOR ORGANIC LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE, DISPLAY APPARATUS, AND IMAGE INPUT APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fluorenylamine compound represented by a general formula below,

where R1 to R6 are each independently selected from a hydrogen atom and alkyl groups; R21 to R23 are each independently selected from a hydrogen atom and the alkyl groups; and

the alkyl groups are a methyl group, an ethyl group, a n-propyl group, an isopropyl group, a n-butyl group, an isobutyl group,
a sec-butyl group, and a tert-butyl group.

US Pat. No. 9,114,607

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS AND DRIVING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An inkjet printing apparatus comprising:
a print head having an element array in which a plurality of printing elements are arranged in an arranging direction;
a first obtaining unit configured to obtain a first driving pulse comprising a prepulse that is applied to the printing element,
and a main pulse that is applied to the printing element after applying the repulse based on at least a temperature of the
print head;

a first determining unit configured to determine a second driving pulse comprising the prepulse and the main pulse by adjusting
at least a period of the main pulse of the first driving pulse obtained by the first obtaining unit;

a second obtaining unit configured to obtain information regarding a total period comprising a period of the repulse of the
second driving pulse, a period of the main pulse of the second driving pulse, and a pause period between the repulse of the
second driving pulse and the main pulse of the second driving pulse;

a second determining unit configured to determine a third driving pulse comprising the prepulse and the main pulse based on
the second driving pulse determined by the first determining unit; and

a controlling unit configured to control ejecting ink from the print head by applying the third driving pulse determined by
the second determining unit to the printing elements, wherein

the second determining unit determines the third driving pulse, when the total period indicated by the information obtained
by the second obtaining unit is higher than a threshold value, by adjusting at least a period of the main pulse of the second
driving pulse and the pause period of the second driving pulse based on a difference between the total period indicated by
the information obtained by the second obtaining unit and the threshold value such that a total period of the third driving
pulse determined by the second determining unit is equal to or lower than the threshold value.

US Pat. No. 9,116,651

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,114,631

ADJUSTMENT METHOD OF PRINTING POSITIONS, PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINTING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a print head including a first array of a plurality of first ejection openings for ejecting a liquid of a predetermined color
and being arrayed in a predetermined direction and a second array of a plurality of second ejection openings for ejecting
the liquid of the predetermined color and being arrayed in the predetermined direction, the first and second ejection openings
corresponding respectively to a plurality of first elements and a plurality of second elements for generating energy used
to eject the liquid of the predetermined color, the first array and the second array being arranged in a direction crossing
the predetermined direction, wherein relative movement between the print head and a print medium is effected in at least one
scan direction crossing the predetermined direction;

a pattern printing unit configured to cause the print head to print a pattern on a print medium by driving the first and second
print elements at a predetermined relative drive timing between the first elements and the second elements during the relative
movement between the print head and the print medium in a predetermined one scan direction;

an obtaining unit configured to obtain information on relative deviation between a print position by the first elements and
a print position by the second elements in the relative movement in the predetermined one scan direction, the information
being based on the printed pattern;

a setting unit configured to set a relative drive timing between the first elements and the second elements for the relative
movement in the predetermined one scan direction based on the information obtained by the obtaining unit; and

a driving control unit configured to drive the first elements and second elements according to the relative drive timing set
by the setting unit in the relative movement in the predetermined one scan direction for printing on the print medium.

US Pat. No. 9,116,471

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,116,482

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,116,489

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR STORING SAMPLING VALUES AND METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,118,878

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,118,893

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS, DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,117,621

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,111,346

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit which acquires a first image and a second image;
an image detection unit which detects an image corresponding to a pattern having a first size from a first detection region
in the first image acquired by said acquisition unit and from a second detection region different from the first detection
region in the first image; and

a determination unit which determines whether or not to detect an image corresponding to the pattern having the first size
from the first detection region in the second image acquired by said acquisition unit and whether or not to detect an image
corresponding to the pattern having the first size from the second detection region in the second image, in accordance with
detection results of detecting an image corresponding to the pattern having the first size from the first detection region
in the first image and from the second detection region in the first image.

US Pat. No. 9,107,619

OPTICAL-IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for controlling an optical-image pickup apparatus configured to radiate measurement light onto a subject, to correct
an aberration generated at the subject with a correction unit, and to acquire an optical image of the subject, the method
comprising:
a changing step of changing a size of an effective region of the correction unit depending on a beam diameter of light to
be incident on the correction unit;

a measuring step of measuring an aberration generated at the subject;
a calculating step of calculating a correction amount of the changed effective region so as to correct the aberration on the
basis of the measured aberration; and

a control step of controlling the changed effective region of the correction unit on the basis of the calculated correction
amount.

US Pat. No. 9,110,433

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member having a lubricant on a surface, which carries an electrostatic latent image;
a developing device configured to develop an electrostatic latent image on the image bearing member as a developer image;
a cleaning device that presses a cleaning blade on the image bearing member and removes a developer on the image bearing member
when the image bearing member rotates;

a detecting unit configured to detect information about whether or not the image bearing member is new; and
a control unit,
wherein the image bearing member is rotated in a first direction to form an image, and
wherein when the image is formed, the control unit performs, in accordance with the information, a first stop operation or
a second stop operation.

US Pat. No. 9,113,072

IMAGING CONTROL APPARATUS AND IMAGING APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD INCLUDING A FIRST DISPLAY MODE AND A SECOND DISPLAY MODE FOR EXECUTING AN IMAGE PREPARATION OPERATION BASED ON A TOUCH OPERATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging control apparatus configured to control imaging of an image by an imaging unit, the imaging control apparatus
comprising:
a display control unit configured to display a first display item and a second display item on a display screen of a display
unit;

a detection unit configured to detect a touch operation on the display screen;
an imaging preparation control unit configured to, in response to detection of a touch on the first display item, perform
control to execute an imaging preparation operation for adjusting a specific imaging setting relating to capturing; and

an imaging control unit configured to, in response to detection of a touch on the second display item, perform control to
execute an imaging operation for capturing an image and recording the captured image,

wherein the second display item can be moved according to a touch position detected by the detection unit, and
wherein if the second display item has moved to a predetermined position, the imaging control unit is configured to perform
control to cause the imaging unit to execute a continuous imaging operation even if the touch on the second display item has
been released.

US Pat. No. 9,113,098

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image pickup unit having an optical black area;
a control unit configured to read a pixel from a selected area in a part of the image pickup unit; and
a dark offset correction unit configured to set a correction value acquisition area in the optical black area included in
the selected area,

wherein when the control unit performs a reading from a first selected area and a reading from a second selected area which
at least partially overlaps with the first selected area, the dark offset correction unit sets a first correction value acquisition
area set for the optical black area included in the first selected area and a second correction value acquisition area set
for the optical black area included in the second selected area such that the first correction value acquisition area and
the second correction value acquisition area at least partially overlap with each other.

US Pat. No. 9,110,227

MOTOR DRIVE APPARATUS AND OPTICAL APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,113,117

IMAGE-TAKING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,104,018

IMAGING APPARATUS HAVING A CURVED IMAGE SURFACE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rimg represents a radius of curvature of the image surface.

US Pat. No. 9,102,472

REPLACEMENT BELT UNIT AND BELT REPLACING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A replacement belt unit for use with an image heating apparatus which includes an endless belt configured to heat an image
on a recording material at a nip, a rotatable member configured to form the nip between itself and the endless belt and rotate
for rotating the endless belt by rotation thereof, and a holding member configured to hold the endless belt at an inside of
the endless belt, said replacement belt unit comprising:
a replacement endless belt;
a cylindrical member configured to support said replacement endless belt at an inner surface of said replacement endless belt;
and

an engaging portion provided in a longitudinal end side of said cylindrical member and configured to engage the holding member
so that said cylindrical member is maintained in a fixed state relative to the holding member when said replacement endless
belt supported on said cylindrical member is fitted around the holding member.

US Pat. No. 9,104,124

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member, comprising:
an electrically conductive support; and
a photosensitive layer formed on the electrically conductive support,
wherein the electrophotographic photosensitive member has a surface layer comprising a thermoplastic resin and acicular inorganic
fillers,

wherein the thermoplastic resin is a polyarylate resin; and
the acicular inorganic fillers are basic and have a number-average aspect ratio of 5 to 50;
each of the acicular inorganic fillers has Mohs hardness of 2 to 6; and
each of the acicular inorganic fillers comprises a compound represented by the following Formula (A) or a compound represented
by the following Formula (B),

MgSO4·0.5Mg(OH)2·3H2O  (A)

CaOSiO2  (B).

US Pat. No. 9,102,162

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An inkjet printing apparatus comprising:
a printing head constructed to perform a printing operation;
a main tank storing ink to be supplied to the printing head and being attachable to and detachable from an apparatus body;
a sub tank constructed to temporarily store ink to be supplied from the main tank to the printing head; the sub tank having
a top surface which includes a sloping surface;

a detecting device provided in the sub tank and configured to detect whether the sub tank is filled with ink;
an ink reservoir unit including a flexible member and disposed in an ink supply path downstream of the sub tank and upstream
of the printing head;

a flow path constructed to connect the main tank with the sub tank, the flow path being connected to a highest position of
the top surface of the sub tank; and

a control unit constructed to execute a sub tank filling operation in which ink is supplied from the main tank to the sub
tank through the flow path and in which air in the sub tank is supplied to the main tank through the flow path by changing
the volume of the ink reservoir unit, wherein the entirety of the sub tank filling operation and the printing operations are
executed under a state that the main tank is connected with the sub tank by the flow path.

US Pat. No. 9,092,178

PRINTING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR PRINTING FROM A MOBILE TERMINAL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing system comprising:
a print service device that transmits a print job generated based on document data to an image processing device via a network;
a terminal device that includes a non-contact near field communication unit; and
the image processing device that includes the non-contact near field communication unit,
wherein the terminal device comprises:
an instruction unit configured to provide an instruction for printing to the print service device without specifying the image
processing device that executes printing in response to a selection of the document data; and

a display unit configured to display a screen for a job list for selecting the document data,
wherein the print service device comprises:
a transmission unit configured to transmit a command for causing the terminal device to write, in the near field communication
unit of the terminal device, storage information related to a storage location on the network of the print job generated upon
receiving the instruction,

wherein the image processing device comprises:
an acquisition unit configured to initiate communication through the near field communication unit of the image processing
device so as to acquire the storage information written in the near field communication unit of the terminal device; and

a print unit configured to acquire the print job based on the storage information acquired by the acquisition unit and print
the print job, and

wherein the display unit displays the screen in a floating window or a pop up window when the print service device has been
instructed to print without specifying the image processing device that executes printing.

US Pat. No. 9,091,955

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that exposes a photosensitive member using a plurality of light beams, the image forming apparatus
comprising:
a light source that includes a plurality of light emitting elements that each emit a light beam, the light source including
at least three light emitting elements;

a deflection unit configured to deflect the plurality of light beams emitted from the plurality of light emitting elements,
such that the plurality of light beams scan the photosensitive member;

a detection unit that is provided on a scanning path of the plurality of light beams deflected by the deflection unit, and
is configured to output a detection signal indicating that a light beam deflected by the deflection unit has been detected
due to the light beam being incident on the detection unit;

a measurement unit configured to control the light source such that a first and second light beam are successively incident
on the detection unit, and to measure a time interval between detection signals that are output from the detection unit and
corresponds to the first and second light beams; and

a control unit configured to, according to the time interval measured by the measurement unit, control relative emission timings
for light beams from the plurality of light emitting elements that are based on image data,

wherein among the plurality of light emitting elements, two light emitting elements are set as light emitting elements that
are to emit the first and second light beams, the two light emitting elements outputting two light beams for which a ratio
between light powers of the two light beams detected by the detection unit falls within a predetermined range, and

wherein the image forming apparatus further comprises:
a storage unit configured to store information indicating the first and second light beams that are to be used at a time of
the measurement performed by the measurement unit and that are selected in advance based on light power measurement results
when the light beams emitted from the plurality of light emitting elements are incident on the detection unit; and

a setting unit configured to, in accordance with the information stored in the storage unit, set the two light emitting elements
that are to emit the first and second light beams.

US Pat. No. 9,091,962

CARTRIDGE, DEVELOPING CARTRIDGE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge comprising:
a developer accommodating chamber, provided with an opening, for accommodating a developer;
a sealing member, provided with an electroconductive portion, for sealing the opening; and
a storing element, provided with an electrical contact at a surface thereof, for storing information on said cartridge,
wherein the electroconductive portion covers the electrical contact.

US Pat. No. 9,094,610

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,092,662

PATTERN RECOGNITION METHOD AND PATTERN RECOGNITION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,086,646

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT CORRECTS DEVELOPING BIAS VOLTAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive drum configured to be driven for rotation;
a developing roller configured to carry toner for developing an electrostatic latent image formed on said photosensitive drum,
said developing roller being disposed in a manner opposed to said photosensitive drum and driven for rotation; and

a memory and a processor, wherein the memory and processor are configured to:
apply a developing bias voltage for forming a developing electric field between said photosensitive drum and said developing
roller, to said developing roller, formation of the developing electric field causing the electrostatic latent image to be
developed with toner carried by said developing roller;

detect a current value corresponding to an electrostatic capacitance between said photosensitive drum and said developing
roller;

detect a rotation phase of said photosensitive drum;
perform operation for sampling a current value detected by said current value detection unit at a fixed time interval, in
synchronism with a detected rotation phase, a plurality of times while changing detection start timing, and store a current
value sampled each of the plurality of times, into a storage section;

interpolate current sampled values at each of the plurality of times of sampling to thereby calculate interpolated current
values over one rotation of said photosensitive drum, for each time;

calculate an average value of interpolated current values at each same phase of the calculated interpolated current values
over one rotation of said photosensitive drum, for each time;

create a correction table for correcting the developing bias voltage to be applied, using the calculated average value; and
control the developing bias voltage based on the created correction table.

US Pat. No. 9,088,738

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,086,404

METHOD FOR TREATING LIVING SAMPLES AND ANALYZING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for providing a reagent to living cells in a sample comprising the steps of:
providing a film having a thickness between 1 ?m and 10 ?m comprising a porous body and having a top face and opposite bottom
face, wherein pores of the porous body are not interconnected to each other and are present independently, wherein the pores
have a diameter of 10 nm to 10 ?m, and are smaller than a diameter of the cells in the sample, and wherein the pores perforate
through the film from the top face to the bottom face such that the pores are vertical or have an angle of 15° or less from
the vertical;

placing the living cells in the sample on a supporting member;
contacting the bottom face of the film directly with the living cells on the supporting member such that each pore of the
porous body corresponds to one living cell on the supporting member; and

discharging by ink-jet a solution as a droplet containing at least one kind of reagent to the top face of the film not contacting
the living cells such that the solution passes through the pores to the bottom face to contact the living cells to supply
the reagent to each individual living cell separately.

US Pat. No. 9,087,206

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,085,163

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DISCHARGING SHIPPING INK

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An inkjet printing apparatus comprising:
a print head having a plurality of nozzles for ejecting ink;
an ink tank accommodating ink to be supplied to the print head;
a first pump installed in an ink supply path to supply ink from the ink tank to the print head;
a second pump installed in an ink collect path to collect ink not ejected from the print head to the ink tank;
a first path provided between the ink supply path and the ink collect path and configured to supply ink to the plurality of
nozzles;

a second path provided between the ink supply path and the ink collect path and configured to bypass the first path;
a switch unit installed between the print head and the second pump, and configured to switch between a first state where neither
the first path nor the second path is in communication with the ink collect path, a second state where the first path is in
communication with the ink collect path, and a third state where the second path is in communication with the ink collect
path;

a cleaning unit to clean the print head; and
a control unit configured to control the first pump, the second pump, the switch unit and the cleaning unit,
wherein, when a print head filled with shipping ink is installed in the inkjet printing apparatus, the control unit is configured
to (i) operate the first pump to discharge the shipping ink from the nozzles as the switch unit is in the first state, (ii)
operate the cleaning unit to clean the print head, (iii) operate the second pump to supply ink from the ink tank as the switch
unit is in the third state, and (iv) operate the second pump to supply ink from the ink tank to the print head as the switch
unit is in the second state.

US Pat. No. 9,085,427

FEEDING DEVICE AND RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,087,144

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,087,264

INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS AND NOZZLE RECOVERY METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,087,265

RECOGNITION APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,086,537

LAMINATED DIFFRACTIVE OPTICAL ELEMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,084,567

FUNDUS IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,086,611

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS THAT CONTROLS OPERATION OF A LENS APPARATUS MOUNTED THEREON, LENS APPARATUS THAT CONTROLS FIRMWARE UPDATE OPERATION AND CONTROL METHODS THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus which is mountable to a lens apparatus thereon, comprising:
a lens information obtaining unit that obtains information of a mounted lens apparatus; and
a control unit that if the lens apparatus is identified, based on the obtained information, as the lens apparatus which fails
in firmware update, controls to restrict an operation in which the lens apparatus is used and enable an operation which does
not use the lens apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,085,596

IRIDIUM COMPLEX AND ORGANIC LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE CONTAINING SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,079,421

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS WITH DOT IMPACT ACCURACY INFORMATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,083,882

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,083,890

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,081,323

DEVELOPING DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,075,386

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH A CURL CORRECTING UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,073,310

PRINTHEAD SUBSTRATE, PRINTHEAD, AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,077,842

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,075,628

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,075,403

ESTIMATION APPARATUS FOR CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,073,325

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,073,326

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An inkjet printing apparatus comprising:
a cleaning unit configured to perform a cleaning operation of moving at least one of a printhead and a wiper, and wiping an
orifice face including an orifice array of the printhead by the wiper;

a detection unit configured to detect relative positions of the printhead and the wiper during the cleaning operation; and
a control unit configured to switch between first control of controlling a speed to be constant when the printhead and the
wiper are moved and second control of controlling a driving force to be constant when the printhead and the wiper are moved
in accordance with the relative positions detected by the detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,073,341

DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS AND DATA PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A data processing apparatus for processing image data to be printed on a print medium by using a plurality of nozzles for
ejecting inks of a plurality of different colors, on the basis of output values based on a correction parameter for determining
the output values of a plurality of components according to input values of color signals of image data representing the color
of an image and composed of signals of RGB color elements, the data processing apparatus comprising:
a print control unit configured to control the plurality of nozzles to eject the inks of the plurality of different colors
so as to print on the print medium an image based on input values corresponding to grid points between vertexes of the color
cube for a plurality of edges of the color cube composed of three axes which are R, G, and B axes and on edge of the color
cube, as an image used for determination of the correction parameter, and not to print an image corresponding to at least
one signal value corresponding to grid point inside of the color cube; and

a determination unit configured to determine the correction parameter based on the color information of the image used for
determination of the correction parameter printed by the print control unit.

US Pat. No. 9,073,342

RECORDING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,073,085

ELECTROMECHANICAL TRANSDUCER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electromechanical transducer comprising a plurality of cells arranged on a substrate, each cell having a first electrode
and a second electrode disposed opposite to the first electrode with a gap therebetween, and wherein
a plurality of elements is provided, each including at least two cells with the first electrodes or second electrodes electrically
connected to each other, and

vibration film structures including respective vibration films disposed above the substrate with a gap therebetween are arranged
in intervals which are devoid of elements separating the plurality of elements, such that radiation impedances of the plurality
of elements are made to be equal to each other.

US Pat. No. 9,075,776

DOCUMENT PROCESSING APPARATUS, DOCUMENT PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A text processing apparatus comprising:
at least one or more processors capable of functioning collectively as the following units:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a text for which one or more fonts have been specified by a user as specified fonts,
a rendering unit configured to render the obtained text into a first text rendering result having one or more fonts,
a determination unit configured to determine whether a font of the first text rendering result and a font of the specified
fonts of the obtained text are different, and

a division unit configured to divide the obtained text into text portions,
wherein, in a case where it is determined that a font of the first text rendering result and a font of the specified fonts
of the obtained text are different, the division unit divides the obtained text into text portions for each font,

wherein each text portion is designated with the font used by the rendering unit to render the text portion, and
wherein each text portion of the obtained text is rendered using the font designated for that text portion to render a second
text rendering result having one or more fonts.

US Pat. No. 9,075,705

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,070,072

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,069,285

DETECTION DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,069,299

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a main assembly of the apparatus provided with an air supply portion configured to supply air, and a main assembly side connector
connected to said air supply portion;

an image heating unit including a pair of rotatable members between which a sheet is nipped and fed while heating a toner
image thereon;

a retracting unit retractable from said image heating unit, said retracting unit including an air discharging portion configured
to discharge air for separating the sheet from at least one of said rotatable members, and a feeding portion provided with
a pair of rotatable members and configured to nip and feed therebetween the sheet heated by said image heating unit;

a drawing unit supporting said image heating unit and said retracting unit and drawable relative to said main assembly of
the apparatus; and

a unit side connector provided on said retracting unit and connectable to said main assembly side connector with an operation
of inserting said drawing unit into said main assembly of the apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,061,500

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,063,220

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a plurality of receiving elements configured to receive an acoustic wave propagating from an object and convert the acoustic
wave into an electrical signal;

a delaying unit configured to align phases of electrical signals of a number M channels outputted from said plurality of receiving
elements;

an eliminator configured to reduce electrical signals, where the phases are aligned by said delaying unit, of said M channels
to electrical signals of a number L channels;

a calculator configured to calculate a number Nb output signals corresponding to low-frequency components of a complex signal
based on the electrical signals of L channels outputted from said eliminator; and

a signal processor configured to perform beam formation according to adaptive signal processing using the Nb output signals
outputted from said calculator,

wherein M, L and Nb which are positive integers satisfy the relation M>L>=2(Nb?1), and wherein Nb is equal to or greater than
3.

US Pat. No. 9,055,891

OPTICAL TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGE PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,057,695

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,057,975

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH MULTIPLE LIGHT SOURCES TIMING CONTROL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,058,000

RECORDING MATERIAL DETERMINATION DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording material determination device comprising:
an ultrasonic wave transmission unit configured to transmit an ultrasonic wave a plurality of times to a recording material;
an ultrasonic wave receiving unit configured to receive the ultrasonic wave transmitted via the recording material after the
ultrasonic wave is transmitted by the ultrasonic wave transmission unit and output a first signal and a second signal corresponding
to the ultrasonic wave received by the ultrasonic wave receiving unit;

a processing unit configured to perform processing with respect to the first signal and the second signal output by the ultrasonic
wave receiving unit;

a light emission unit configured to emit light to the recording material;
a light receiving unit configured to receive light emitted by the light emission unit via the recording material and output
a third signal corresponding to the received light; and

a control unit configured to determine a basis weight of the recording material based on a result obtained by performing processing
with respect to the first signal and the second signal by the processing unit, and respectively correspond to a first ultrasonic
wave transmitted by the ultrasonic wave transmission unit to the recording material and received by the ultrasonic wave receiving
unit via the recording material, and a second ultrasonic wave transmitted by the ultrasonic wave transmission unit to the
recording material to which the first ultrasonic wave is transmitted, and received by the ultrasonic wave receiving unit via
the recording material to which the first ultrasonic wave is transmitted, and determine a surface condition of the recording
material based on the third signal which is output by the light receiving unit and corresponds to light emitted by the light
emission unit to the recording material and received by the light receiving unit via the recording material,

wherein, during a first period of time that is after the ultrasonic wave transmission unit starts transmitting the first ultrasonic
wave and before the processing unit stops performing processing with respect to the first signal, the light receiving unit
doesn't output the third signal, and during a second period of time that is after the processing unit stops performing processing
with respect to the first signal and before the ultrasonic wave transmission unit starts transmitting the second ultrasonic
wave, the light receiving unit outputs the third signal.

US Pat. No. 9,059,566

SURFACE EMITTING LASER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,058,537

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,058,539

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR QUANTIFYING GRAPHICS OR TEXT IN AN IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,058,555

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,057,646

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR MEASURING A COLOR OF A MEASUREMENT IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,053,542

IMAGE RESAMPLING BY FREQUENCY UNWRAPPING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,055,224

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,050,806

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:
a member having a liquid ejection port,
wherein a surface of the member on which the ejection port is open is formed by a condensate of a composition containing a
first silane compound having a hydrophilic group, the first silane compound represented by the following formula (1), and
a second silane compound having a hydrophobic group, the second silane compound represented by the following formula (2):

R4O—(R3O)n—Z—Si—(OR2)q(Ri)p   (1)

wherein p +q is 3, p is 0, 1, or 2, q is 1, 2, or 3, n is an integer in the range of 1 to 30, Z denotes a bivalent organic
group, R1 and R2 independently denote a saturated or unsaturated hydrocarbon residue, R3 denotes —CH2—,—CH2CH2—, —CH2CH2CH2—, or —CH2CH(CH3)—, and R4 denotes H or alkyl group,

CF3—(CF2)r—Z—Si—(OR2)q(R1)p   (2)

wherein p +q is 3, p is 0, 1, or 2, q is 1, 2, or 3, r is an integer in the range of 0 to 20, Z denotes a bivalent organic
group, and R1 and R2 independently denote a saturated or unsaturated hydrocarbon residue or a hydrogen atom; and

wherein the silane composition contains 1-40mol % of the silane compound represented by the formula (1), and 0.5-20mol % of
the silane compound represented by the formula (2).

US Pat. No. 9,052,628

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING COLLECTING OPERATION FOR RESIDUAL TONER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a movable intermediary transfer member for receiving a developed image;
a plurality of image forming stations arranged along a moving direction of said intermediary transfer member, said image forming
stations each including a rotatable image bearing member, charging means for charging said image bearing member, exposure
means for exposing said image bearing member charged by said charging means to light to form an electrostatic latent image
on said image bearing member, developing means for developing the electrostatic latent image formed on said image bearing
member into a developed image, primary transferring means for primary-transferring the developed image from said image bearing
member onto said intermediary transfer member at a primary transfer position, and image bearing member cleaning means for
removing a developer remaining on said image bearing member after transfer of the developed image from said image bearing
member onto said intermediary transfer member, wherein different color developed images are formed on different image bearing
members;

secondary transferring means for secondary-transferring the developed image from said intermediary transfer member onto a
recording material at a secondary transfer position; and

control means for controlling said plurality of image forming stations,
wherein said control means can execute a collecting operation by said image forming stations to collect the developer remaining
on said movable intermediary transfer member which has not been secondary-transferred onto the recording material by said
secondary transferring means,

wherein said control means can execute an exposure control for exposing to light said image bearing member of at least one
of said image forming stations to control an amount of the developer collected by said at least one of said image forming
stations, in the collecting operation, and

wherein said control means can change a pattern of the exposure of said image bearing members in the exposure control in accordance
with the developed image primary-transferred onto said intermediary transfer member.

US Pat. No. 9,050,819

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,044,952

RECORDING APPARATUS AND RECORDING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording apparatus which records an image on a recording medium using a recording unit including recording element arrays,
wherein each recording element array has a plurality of recording elements which is arranged, the recording apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain, in a case where the recording apparatus performs a maintenance operation of the recording
unit before recording an image based on a recording job, a first result of reading a first inspection pattern for detecting
a defective recording element with a first resolution, and to obtain, in a case where a number of recording mediums, which
have a recorded image, is larger than a predetermined number in recording the image based on the recording job, a second result
of reading a second inspection pattern for detecting a recording element group including the defective recording element with
a second resolution which is lower than the first resolution;

a determination unit configured to determine the defective recording element from among the plurality of recording elements
based on the obtained first result, and to determine a defective recording element group from among a plurality of recording
element groups based on the obtained second result; and

an assigning unit configured to assign data for recording image to be assigned to the defective recording element determined
by the determination unit to at least one of the plurality of recording elements other than the defective recording element,
and to assign data for recording image to be assigned to the defective recording element group determined by the determination
unit to the recording elements other than the recording elements included in the defective recording element group.

US Pat. No. 9,049,361

ILLUMINATION DEVICE CAPABLE OF HAVING OPTICAL ACCESSORY ATTACHED FORWARD OF LIGHT EMISSION SECTION THEREOF, IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM, FILM HOLDER, LIGHT EMISSION CONTROL DEVICE, AND LIGHT EMISSION CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An illumination device that is capable of having an optical accessory attached forward of a light emission section thereof,
for changing color characteristics of light transmitted through the optical accessory, and is removably mounted on an image
pickup apparatus, comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire information on characteristics of the optical accessory attached forward of the
light emission section; and

a transmission unit configured to transmit the information on characteristics acquired by said acquisition unit to the image
pickup apparatus on which the illumination device is mounted,

wherein said acquisition unit acquires information on an amount of light reduced by the optical accessory when the light emission
section is caused to emit light, as the information on the characteristics.

US Pat. No. 9,046,797

PROCESS FOR PRODUCING ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A process for producing an electrophotographic photosensitive member;
the process comprising: the step of forming a conductive layer, having a volume resistivity of from 1.0×108 ?·cm or more to 5.0×1012 ?·cm or less, on a support, and

the step of forming a photosensitive layer on the conductive layer,
wherein;
the step of forming the conductive layer comprises:
the step of preparing a coating liquid for the conductive layer by use of a solvent, a binder material and a metal oxide particle,
and

the step of forming the conductive layer by use of the coating liquid for the conductive layer;
the metal oxide particle (P) and the binder material (B) in the coating liquid for the conductive layer are in a mass ratio
(P/B) of from 1.5/1.0 to 3.5/1.0;

the metal oxide particle is a titanium oxide particle coated with tin oxide doped with phosphorus or a titanium oxide particle
coated with tin oxide doped with tungsten; and

where powder resistivity of the metal oxide particle is represented by x (?·cm) and powder resistivity of the titanium oxide
particle as a core particle constituting the metal oxide particle is represented by y (?·cm), the y and the x satisfy the
following relations (i) and (ii):

5.0×107?y?5.0×109  (i)

1.0×102?y/x?1.0×106  (ii).

US Pat. No. 9,046,617

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising:
a radiation flat panel detector having a radiation incident surface configured to detect radiation incident thereupon and
to generate a radiation image;

a control unit configured to control the radiation flat panel detector;
a heat insulation member arranged between the radiation flat panel detector and the control unit;
an external housing configured to accommodate the flat panel detector, the heat insulating member, and the control unit;
a first heat transfer member configured to transfer heat from the radiation flat panel detector to a first surface of the
external housing; and

a second heat transfer member configured to transfer heat from the control unit to a second surface of the external housing
different from the first surface,

wherein the heat insulation member is arranged between the first heat transfer member and the second heat transfer member,
and

wherein the first heat transfer member includes a side surface and a front surface, the side surface is positioned inside
the external housing at an outer side of the radiation flat panel detector, the front surface is arranged opposite to the
radiation incident surface of the radiation flat panel detector, and an area of the front surface is larger than an area of
the radiation incident surface of the radiation flat panel detector such that the first heat transfer member holds the radiation
flat panel detector within the external housing.

US Pat. No. 10,148,898

IMAGE SENSOR DRIVING APPARATUS, METHOD AND RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:a plurality of pixel circuits that are two dimensionally arrayed, each of which outputs an analog signal corresponding to radiation;
a control unit configured to control scanning of the plurality of pixel circuits, to read out the analog signal from each of the plurality of pixel circuits;
a circuit configured to output image data corresponding to the analog signal read out from each of the plurality of pixel circuits and to output a reference signal value corresponding to an analog reference signal, in order to obtain a target value; and
a correction circuit configured to correct the analog signal read out from each of the plurality of pixel circuits, wherein
the correction circuit corrects the signal read out from each of the plurality of pixel circuits by supplying to the circuit an analog correction value signal to be added to the analog signal, the analog correction value signal is variation from the target value obtained based on the reference signal value output from the circuit prior to execution of the control by the control unit.

US Pat. No. 10,139,548

OPTICAL APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical apparatus configured to introduce light from an object to an image pickup element, the optical apparatus comprising:a first retardation plate configured to provide a retardation of ?/2 between a polarization component in a slow axis direction and a polarization component in a fast axis direction;
a second retardation plate configured to change a retardation to be provided between a polarization component in a slow axis direction and a polarization component in a fast axis direction;
a third retardation plate configured to provide a retardation of ?/2 between a polarization component in a slow axis direction and a polarization component in a fast axis direction;
a polarizer configured to extract a polarization component to be introduced to the image pickup element; and
a setter configured to set the retardation of the second retardation plate,
wherein the first retardation plate, the second retardation plate, and the polarizer are arranged in this order from a side of the object to a side of the image pickup element,
wherein the slow axis direction or the fast axis direction of the second retardation plate tilts to the slow axis direction or the fast axis direction of the first retardation plate, and
wherein the setter sets the retardation of the second retardation plate according to the polarization component of the light from the object.

US Pat. No. 10,133,753

DATA PROCESSING METHOD AND DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing method of determining a class to which each of a plurality of pixels in an input image belongs, the method comprising:selecting a plurality of pixels from the input image as a plurality of representative data items of the input image;
setting a search range for each pixel in the input image based on a position of that pixel;
calculating a distance between each pixel in the input image and each of the plurality of representative data items in the search range set for that pixel, using a L1 distance and a L? distance, respectively;
selecting a result of calculating the distance for each pixel in the input image from a result using the L1 distance and a result using the L? distance based on localization of magnitudes of differences in components of color vectors between input data; and
allocating each pixel in the input image to a class to which a representative data item, from which a shortest distance has been obtained out of results selected in the selecting of the result of calculating, belongs.

US Pat. No. 10,126,990

SUPPRESSING A COMPETING ERROR MESSAGE FROM AN OPERATING SYSTEM OR PRINT DRIVER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus in which a printer driver of a peripheral device can operate, the apparatus comprising:a communication interface by which an operation of the peripheral device is initiated and by which error information is received, wherein the error information corresponds to an operation error that has occurred in the peripheral device;
a display on which a selected message is displayable, the selected message being selected from a first operating system message provided from an operating system and a first print message;
a storage medium for storing computer-executable instructions; and
at least one processor for execution of the computer-executable instructions stored in the storage medium such that:
in a case where the first operating system message is selected, a second operating system message is displayed, and in a case where the first print message is selected, a second print message is displayed,
in a case where the printer driver has information corresponding to the error information received by the communication interface, the first print message is displayed without displaying the first operating system message, and
in a case where the printer driver does not have the information corresponding to the error information received by the communication interface, the first operating system message is displayed without displaying the first print message.

US Pat. No. 10,126,856

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus configured to recognize an object operated using a pointer, the information processing apparatus comprising:a touch position acquisition unit configured to detect and acquire, using a touch sensor, a touch position in contact with the pointer on a target surface;
a leading end position identifying unit configured to identify, using a proximity sensor acquiring a sensed shape of the pointer, a surface position on the target surface in proximity to but not touching a leading end part of the pointer on the target surface, based on a target surface position having a closest proximity to the pointer or a predetermined shape portion of the sensed shape;
an input position identifying unit configured to identify the surface position identified by the leading end position identifying unit as an input position, based on the surface position being identified away from or coinciding with the touch position after the touch position is acquired by the touch position acquisition unit in a state during which a touch with the pointer on the target surface remains detected for a determined time; and
a recognition unit configured to recognize and select an object at the input position, based on the input position identified by the input position identifying unit, and
wherein each unit is implemented by one or more processors, circuitry or a combination thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,127,394

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR ENSURING HIGH SECURITY LEVEL, METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM, THAT PROVIDE SECURITY FOR RESERVING A PR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus having a reservation function of reserving a print job received from an external apparatus via a network, without executing the reserved job until at least a print instruction from a user is received, and a user authentication function of allowing an authenticated user to use the printing apparatus, the printing apparatus comprising:a user interface that receives the print instruction from the user;
a network interface that receives, via the network, a secure print job, having a password set thereto, to which the password is required to be input when the secure print job is executed, or a non-secure print job, having no password set thereto, to which the password is not required to be input when the non-secure print job is executed;
at least one storage device; and
at least one processor configured to implement instructions to execute a plurality of tasks, including:
a secure printing task that, in a case where the secure print job is received via the network interface, with the reservation function enabled:
stores the received secure print job in the at least one storage device regardless of whether or not the authentication function is enabled; and
executes the stored secure print job in response to receipt of the print instruction via the user interface and the password set in the secure print job input via the user interface; and
a non-secure printing task that, in a case where the non-secure print job is received via the network interface, with the reservation function enabled:
in a case where the user authentication function is enabled:
stores the received non-secure print job in the at least one storage device; and
executes the stored non-secure print job in response to reception of the print function via the user interface; and
in a case where the user authentication function is not enabled, does not executes the received non-secure print job.

US Pat. No. 10,124,615

PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a printing head that performs printing on a printing medium;
a moving member that moves reciprocally with the printing head on the moving member;
a conveying member that conveys the printing medium in a conveying direction which intersects a moving direction of the printing head;
an advancing and retracting module that is contained in a contained position in a non-printing period, and that is developed in a developed position in a printing period; and
a drive connection member that moves the advancing and retracting module between the contained position and the developed position with drive of the conveying member,
wherein the drive connection member includes a trigger arm that enters a moving area of the printing head when the moving member is driven a predetermined amount in a direction opposite to a direction in which the printing medium is conveyed during the printing period, and
wherein, in a state in which the moving member presses and moves the trigger arm that has entered the moving area of the printing head, the conveying member is connected to the advancing and retracting module such that a connected state in which transmission of the driving force is maintained.

US Pat. No. 10,120,325

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,120,332

CARTRIDGE, ROTARY UNIT, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,122,980

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a processor; and
a memory storing instructions which, when executed by the processor, cause the image processing apparatus to:
acquire a color temperature of each of a first sensed image that is sensed by a first image sensing device and a second sensed image that is sensed by a second image sensing device different from the first image sensing device;
select a way to decide a common color temperature that is common to the first image sensing device and the second image sensing device based on a difference between the color temperatures acquired from the first and the second image sensing devices;
decide the common color temperature in accordance with the selected way; and
adjust color information of at least one of the first and the second image sensing devices so that the first and the second image sensing devices use the common color temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,115,691

MODULE, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A module, comprising:an electronic component having a first electrode;
a mounting board having a second electrode;
a solder-bump configured to connect the first electrode and the second electrode; and
a thermoplastic resin member configured to contact both the first electrode and the second electrode and cover the solder-bump, so as to form a space between the electronic component and the mounting board.

US Pat. No. 10,109,040

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
at least one memory coupled to the one or more processors and storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the image processing apparatus to:
input image signals which include a first signal and a second signal lower in spatial resolution than the first signal;
obtain information about a spatial high-frequency component of the first signal which is included in the input image signals;
generate an expanded second signal obtained by expanding the spatial resolution of the second signal included in the image signals by using the obtained information about the spatial high-frequency component of the first signal; and
output a processed image signal which includes the generated expanded second signal.

US Pat. No. 10,110,779

DATA COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

11. A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium storing a program that, when executed by a computer, causes the computer to perform a method of controlling a data transmission apparatus which transmits a file to a server based on setting information including at least destination information of the server, a format of the file, and authentication information required for file transmission,the method comprising:
receiving setting information including at least destination information of the server, a format of the file, and first authentication information required for the file transmission;
receiving, from a user, a registration instruction to register the received setting information,
registering, according to the received registration instruction, setting information which includes the destination information of the server and the format of the file and does not include the first authentication information;
and setting, when a call instruction to call the registered setting information is input from a user the destination information of the server and the format of the file included in the registered setting information and second authentication information required at the time of file transmission to the server corresponding to the destination information, as setting information to be used for transmitting a file from the data transmission apparatus,
wherein authentication information which has been used for logging in to the data transmission apparatus by the user having input the call instruction is diverted as the second authentication information.

US Pat. No. 10,102,622

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A processing apparatus comprising:an obtaining unit configured to obtain, from a three-dimensional medical image of a target object, (a) a three-dimensional surface contour of the target object and (b) a reference point on the three-dimensional surface contour;
a calculation unit configured to (a) calculate a geodesic distance along the three-dimensional surface contour between the reference point and an arbitrary position on the three-dimensional surface contour, and (b) calculate an azimuth at the arbitrary position on the three-dimensional surface contour with reference to the reference point; and
a normalization unit configured to generate normalization transformation information for transforming a three-dimensional shape of a region of interest of the target object to a predetermined reference shape based on the geodesic distance and the azimuth,
wherein the transformation of the three-dimensional shape is a volumetric deformable transformation.

US Pat. No. 10,101,689

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image bearing member configured to bear a toner image;
a transfer belt configured to transfer the toner image from the image bearing member to a recording material;
a first brush configured to charge toner on the transfer belt; and
a second brush configured to contact the transfer belt at a position on an upstream side of a contact portion between the first brush and the transfer belt in a moving direction of the transfer belt, and collect material dust moved from the recording material to the transfer belt,
wherein an amount of inroad of the second brush into the transfer belt is larger than the amount of inroad of the first brush into the transfer belt.

US Pat. No. 10,102,458

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR GENERATING INTERMEDIATE DATA AND PROCESSING THE INTERMEDIATE DATA, METHOD OF PROCESSING INTERMEDIATE DATA GENERATED FROM PRINT DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

6. A method of processing intermediate data generated from print data for a predetermined area by using one or more controllers having at least one processor that executes instructions stored in a memory, comprising:reserving a memory area as a reserved memory area;
receiving the intermediate data, line by line;
starting a first rendering process for the intermediate data, wherein the first rendering process performs storing the intermediate data into a predetermined memory area, and rendering the intermediate data stored for the predetermined area, block by block, to output the rendered block data;
during the first rendering process, checking data size of the intermediate data for at least one line;
when the checked data size does not meet a predetermined requirement, stopping the first rendering process to start a second rendering process for the intermediate data, wherein the second rendering process performs rendering the intermediate data, line by line, to store the rendered line data into the reserved memory area; and
output an image based on the rendered block data or the rendered line data,
wherein the second rendering process performs the rendering using a piece of the intermediate data stored in the predetermined memory area and a remaining piece of the received intermediate data not stored in the predetermined memory.

US Pat. No. 10,104,254

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus including at least a first power state and a second power state that is lower in electric power consumption than the first power state, the apparatus comprising:a human body detection sensor which includes a plurality of elements;
a power controller which shifts the image forming apparatus to the first power state from the second power state based on time that has elapsed in a state that output values that are not less than a predetermined value are output by a predetermined number of elements or more;
a user interface which receives a predetermined user operation relating to a setting of the human body detection sensor, and
a controller which changes a prescribed value to be compared with the time that has elapsed in the state that the output values that are not less than the predetermined value are output by the predetermined number of elements or more in accordance with the received user operation.

US Pat. No. 10,101,697

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a first image bearing member and a second image bearing member each configured to rotate while bearing a toner image;
a first charging member and a second charging member configured to respectively charge surfaces of the first image bearing member and the second image bearing member with only a DC voltage;
a first developing sleeve and a second developing sleeve each configured to rotate while bearing toner thereon;
a first developing bias power source configured to apply a developing bias to the first developing sleeve to develop a toner image on the first image bearing member;
a second developing bias power source configured to apply a developing bias to the second developing sleeve to develop a toner image on the second image bearing member;
an intermediate transfer belt configured as an endless belt and configured to come into contact with the first image bearing member and the second image bearing member on an outer peripheral surface thereof;
a first primary transfer member and a second primary transfer member disposed in a space enclosed by the intermediate transfer belt and configured to respectively transfer, by being subjected to a primary transfer bias applied thereto, toner images formed on the first image bearing member and the second image bearing member onto the intermediate transfer belt;
a secondary transfer member configured to form, with the outer peripheral surface of the intermediate transfer belt, a secondary transfer nip portion that nips a recording material, and transfer, by being applied with a secondary transfer bias, toner images transferred onto the intermediate transfer belt onto the recording material;
a pre-secondary transfer stretch roller disposed in a position downstream of the first primary transfer member and the second primary transfer member and upstream of the secondary transfer nip portion with respect to a rotation direction of the intermediate transfer belt, and configured to stretch the intermediate transfer belt by being in contact with an inner peripheral surface of the intermediate transfer belt;
a driving roller disposed downstream of the pre-secondary transfer stretch roller and configured to stretch the intermediate transfer belt and transmit a driving force to the intermediate transfer belt by being in contact with the inner peripheral surface of the intermediate transfer belt while rotating at a peripheral speed faster than peripheral speeds at which the first image bearing member and the second image bearing member rotate; and
an execution portion configured to, in a case of forming a toner image on the second image bearing member without forming a toner image on the first image bearing member and transferring the toner image formed on the second image bearing member onto the recording material via the intermediate transfer belt, execute a first monochromatic mode in which, with the first image bearing member and the second image bearing member in contact with the intermediate transfer belt, a DC charging bias is applied to the first charging member and the second charging member, rotation of the first developing sleeve is stopped, the second developing sleeve is caused to rotate, the first developing bias power source applies a predetermined developing bias to the first developing sleeve, the second developing bias power source applies a predetermined developing bias to the second developing sleeve, a bias smaller than the primary transfer bias applied to the first primary transfer member in a case where a toner image is formed on the first image bearing member is applied to the first primary transfer member, and the primary transfer bias applied to the second primary transfer member in a case where a toner image is formed on the second image bearing member is applied to the second primary transfer member.

US Pat. No. 10,097,724

SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A first terminal configured to communicate with a second terminal, the first terminal comprising:a transmission interface configured to transmit documents;
a storage configured to store, in accordance with results of a history of transmitting from the transmission interface documents having regions, historic coordinates of the regions included in transmitted documents and identification information of the regions of the transmitted documents;
a receiving interface configured to receive a document;
one or more processors; and memory storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the first terminal to perform operations including:
generating, in the received document, a plurality of regions having coordinates and text information obtained by character recognition,
comparing coordinates of a region selected from the plurality of generated regions with the historic coordinates of regions stored in the storage, and
determining, in a case where the coordinates of the selected region match one of the historic coordinates of regions stored in the storage, identification information of the selected region based on identification information of the matched one historic region coordinates,
wherein, in response to the transmission interface transmitting the determined identification information and text information to the second terminal, the second terminal automatically locates and executes a script specified by the transmitted determined identification information and causes the second terminal to enter the transmitted text information into an application of the second terminal, and
wherein the first terminal is a mobile terminal, the determined identification information is a value of an internal-name key, and the transmission interface and the receiving interface are one of an input/output interface and a network interface card.

US Pat. No. 10,097,755

IMAGE CAPTURING CONTROL APPARATUS, DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus, comprising:a memory and at least one processor, the at least one processor operating to:
generate a set of movies, each of which is obtained by an image pickup device or mechanism;
respectively start processing a movie constituting a set of movies; and
control a display so as to display a set of sections in series on the display with a movie being processed, of the set,
wherein the sections include a first section that corresponds to a first movie, at least a part of which has been already processed by the at least one processor, and a second section that corresponds to a second movie yet to be processed by the at least one processor,
wherein at least a part of the first section is displayed in a first display appearance, and the second section is displayed in a second display appearance different from the first display appearance,
wherein after starting the process of the second movie by the at least one processor, a display appearance of a part of the second section next to the first section is changed from the second display appearance to the first display appearance according to an elapsed time of the process by the at least one processor, and
wherein the at least one processor operates to perform control so as to change a display appearance of a part, which has a length determined according to an elapsed time of the process of the second movie, from the second display appearance to the first display appearance in the second section in response to every predetermined time shorter than an entire processing time of the second movie.

US Pat. No. 10,097,806

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR IMPROVING QUALITY OF IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a processor configured to execute a plurality of tasks, including:
an unnecessary component determining task that determines unnecessary component information of a parallax image based on difference information relating to a plurality of parallax images obtained from an optical system, the unnecessary component information corresponding to light reflected inside the optical system;
a reduction task that performs reduction processing on:
at least one of the parallax image or the difference information before the unnecessary component information is determined by the unnecessary component determining task, or
the unnecessary component information determined by the unnecessary component determining task;
a magnification task that performs magnification processing on the unnecessary component information or on synthesized unnecessary component information obtained by synthesizing the unnecessary component information of each of the plurality of parallax images; and
an unnecessary component reducing task that reduces an unnecessary component by subtracting magnified unnecessary component information obtained by the magnification task, from the parallax image or by subtracting magnified synthesized unnecessary component information obtained by the magnification task, from a synthesized image obtained by synthesizing the plurality of parallax images.

US Pat. No. 10,088,775

DEVELOPER SUPPLY CONTAINER AND DEVELOPER SUPPLYING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,088,799

CARTRIDGE AND DRUM UNIT FOR ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge comprising:a frame;
a rotatable carrying member for carrying developer;
a rotatable member rotatably supported by the frame;
a coupling member rotatable about a rotational axis thereof and movable between a first position in which the rotational axis of the coupling member is coaxial with the axis of the rotatable member and a second position in which the rotational axis of the coupling member is inclined relative to the rotational axis of the rotatable member; and
an urging member urging the coupling member toward the second position;
wherein the frame includes a retracted portion for permitting the inclination of the coupling member in a direction urged by the urging member at an inclination angle larger than an inclination angle of the coupling member in a direction other than the urged direction.

US Pat. No. 10,091,449

IMAGING DEVICE AND IMAGING SYSTEM CAPABLE OF PERFORMING A GLOBAL ELECTRONIC SHUTTER OPERATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging device comprising:a plurality of pixels each including a photoelectric conversion portion configured to accumulate an electric charge generated with incident light, a holding unit configured to hold the electric charge, an amplification unit configured to output a signal based on the electric charge, a first transfer switch configured to transfer the electric charge from the photoelectric conversion portion to the holding unit, and a second transfer switch configured to transfer the electric charge from the holding unit to the amplification unit;
an output line to which signals from the amplification units of the plurality of pixels are output, and
a control unit,
wherein the photoelectric conversion portion of each of at least some pixels of the plurality of pixels includes a plurality of accumulation regions electrically isolated from each other, and
wherein the control unit is configured to control the plurality of pixels such that:
at a first time, the photoelectric conversion portions of the plurality of pixels start accumulating the electric charge,
from the first time to a second time, the first transfer switch of at least one pixel of the plurality of pixels is maintained in an off-state, and the photoelectric conversion portion of the at least one pixel accumulates an electric charge generated during a first period from the first time to the second time,
in the first period, the second transfer switches of the plurality of pixels are turned on in turns, and the amplification units of the plurality of pixels output signals in turns,
during at least a part of a second period from the second time to a third time, the holding unit of each of the plurality of pixels holds an electric charge generated during the first period in the photoelectric conversion portion and an electric charge generated during the second period in the photoelectric conversion portion, and
at the third time, the first transfer switches of the plurality of pixels are controlled to shift from an on-state to an off-state.

US Pat. No. 10,091,200

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,089,745

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT ENABLES EASY TRACKING OF A SUBJECT IF THE SUBJECT MOVES TO OUTSIDE A FIELD ANGLE AND CONTROL METHOD FOR SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing, apparatus comprising:a controller configured to select either of a first tracking system that tracks a subject by moving an optical unit in a direction different from an optical axis, or a second tracking system that tracks the subject electronically such that the subject is within a vicinity of the center of a captured image, as a tracking system used for tracking the subject so that the subject is kept within a predetermined angle of the captured image,
wherein the controller selects the second tracking system as the tracking system used at a start of the tracking of the subject when the subject is positioned within a captured field angle, a zoom position is at a wide side, and a motion vector is less than a predetermined amount.

US Pat. No. 10,089,757

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,084,882

METHOD FOR PROCESSING REQUESTS AND SERVER DEVICE PROCESSING REQUESTS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of processing requests in a server device, comprising, at the server device, the steps of:receiving requests from a client device within one and the same connection established with the client device;
receiving, from the client device, a priority parameter value associated with at least one designated request of the received requests;
allocating resources of the server device for processing one or more target requests of the received requests based on the priority parameter value; and
processing simultaneously the target requests using the allocated resources;wherein, for each of the target requests,if the received priority parameter value belongs to a first subset of possible values for the priority parameter, the server device allocates, independently to other priority parameter values associated with other received requests for processing the target request, a predefined amount of resources that is specific to the received priority parameter value; and
if the received priority parameter value belongs to a second subset of possible values for the priority parameter, the server device allocates, for processing the target request, an amount of resources that depends on other priority parameter values associated with other received requests.

US Pat. No. 10,074,029

IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR CORRECTING COLOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing system comprising:at least one processor; and
a memory having stored thereon instructions which, when executed by the at least one processor, cause the image processing system to:
detect subjects from a first image photographed by a first camera and a second image photographed by a second camera different from the first camera;
decide whether or not a first subject photographed by the first camera and a second subject photographed by the second camera are a same subject, based on a face attribute of the first subject and the second subject;
generate color correction information based on information indicating color of plural sets of the subjects decided as the same;
correct both the first image photographed by the first camera and the second image photographed by the second camera, by using the color correction information; and
display the corrected first image and the corrected second image,
wherein generating the color correction information includes generating the color correction information to be used in the process of correcting the second image and displaying the corrected second image, in a case where a first area having at least a first brightness, in the second image photographed by the second camera, is narrower than a second area having at least the first brightness, in the first image photographed by the first camera.

US Pat. No. 10,073,327

OPTICAL APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical apparatus that guides light from an object to an image pickup element, the optical apparatus comprising:a first retardation plate that gives a relative retardation of ?/2 (rad) between a polarization component in a slow axis direction and a polarization component in a fast axis direction;
a second retardation plate that includes a liquid crystal layer and that enables changing a relative retardation given between a polarization component in a slow axis direction and a polarization component in a fast axis direction; and
a polarizer that extracts a polarization component to be guided to the image pickup element;
wherein the first retardation plate, the second retardation plate, and the polarizer are disposed in order from an object side to an image pickup element side,
wherein the slow axis direction or the fast axis direction of the first retardation plate is almost parallel to a polarization direction of the polarization component extracted by the polarizer,
wherein the slow axis direction or the fast axis direction of the second retardation plate is inclined by almost 45 degrees with respect to the polarization direction of the polarization component extracted by the polarizer, and
wherein, when a design wavelength is ? (nm), a phase change amount, which is a difference between a maximum value and a minimum value of the relative retardations given by the second retardation plate, is in a range from 2?/5 to 3?/5 both inclusive.

US Pat. No. 10,071,588

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet processing apparatus comprising:a sheet supporting portion configured to support a sheet bundle;
a binding portion configured to bind the sheet bundle supported on the sheet supporting portion by deforming a binding position of the sheet bundle without employing a staple; and
a moving portion configured to move in a movement direction while contacting with an end of the sheet bundle bound by the binding portion so that the sheet bundle rotates and detaches from the binding portion, the moving portion contacting with the end of the sheet bundle at least at a region on an opposite side from the binding position with respect to a centroid of the sheet bundle in a direction orthogonal to the movement direction.

US Pat. No. 10,075,707

VIDEO ENCODING AND DECODING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of storing motion vectors of a first reference frame which are permitted to point to a plurality of further reference frames, the method comprising:selecting one of said further reference frames wherein the further reference frames comprise one or more reference frames in the future and one or more reference frames in the past;
mapping to the selected reference frame motion vectors of said first reference frame that point to one of said further reference frames other than the selected further reference frame so that after the mapping said motion vectors of the first reference frame point to the selected reference frame;
storing the motion vectors subjected to said mapping; and
using the stored motion vectors to encode a sequence of digital images into a bitstream or to decode a bitstream into a sequence of digital images.

US Pat. No. 10,073,404

CURL CORRECTION DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A curl correction device comprising:a correction unit configured to correct a curl in a sheet while conveying and pinching the sheet with a curved nip portion and including a first rotation member and a second rotation member that is deformed by pressure contact with the first rotation member to form the curved nip portion;
a guide portion including a first guide disposed on a side in which a surface of the sheet comes in contact with the first rotation member and a second guide disposed opposing the first guide on a side in which a surface of the sheet comes in contact with the second rotation member, wherein, when a sheet is being conveyed, the first guide and the second guide contact the conveyed sheet to guide the sheet to the curved nip portion; and
a support portion that rotatably supports the first guide about a rotation center,
wherein, in a case where a sheet, having a thickness that is greater than a predetermined thickness, is pinched in the curved nip portion and caused to curve, the first guide contacts the sheet upstream of the curved nip portion and is caused by push contact with the conveyed sheet to rotate about the rotation center so that the first guide moves away from the second guide.

US Pat. No. 10,063,743

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
at least one memory coupled to the one or more processors, the at least one memory having instructions stored thereon which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the image processing apparatus to:
acquire an image that is to be a target of filtering processing; and
perform filtering processing to the image by applying to the image a plurality of two-dimensional filters including at least a two-dimensional filter in which significant coefficients to be used in the filter processing and inactive coefficients not to be in the filter processing are two-dimensionally arranged, wherein each of the plurality of two-dimensional filters has a mutually different filter size, arrangement spacing of significant coefficients two-dimensionally arranged in the two-dimensional filter having a larger filter size is larger, and the number of inactive coefficients two-dimensionally arranged in the two-dimensional filter having a larger filter size is more, thereby maintaining low to high frequency control.

US Pat. No. 10,063,795

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:a first image sensor in which a first pixel group whose sensitivity to visible light is higher than a sensitivity thereof to infrared light, and a second pixel group that has a sensitivity to infrared light and has a lower sensitivity to visible light than that of the first pixel group, are arranged on the same plane;
at least one processor; and
at least one non-transitory memory device having computer executable instructions stored thereon, which when executed by the at least one processor, causes the at least one processor to:
calculate a first evaluation value based on a pixel signal of the first pixel group without subtracting an infrared light component that is based on a pixel signal of the second pixel group from the pixel signal of the first pixel group;
calculate a second evaluation value by subtracting the infrared light component that is based on the pixel signal of the second pixel group from the pixel signal of the first pixel group or the first evaluation value;
perform a first processing based on the first evaluation value; and
perform a second processing that is different from the first processing based on the second evaluation value,
wherein the second processing includes at least one of processing for light source determination and processing for detecting a specific color.

US Pat. No. 10,062,000

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a memory; and
a processor in communication with the memory, the processor being configured to perform operations comprising:
detecting a plurality of lines which are candidates for an edge of a rectangle that is included in an input image;
displaying, on a display, a rectangle constructed by the edge, which is determined as a side of the rectangle among the detected candidates for the edge; and
replacing according to a movement instruction for moving a position of a side selected from sides of the displayed rectangle, the position of the selected side with a position of an edge selected from the candidates for the edge,
wherein, a rectangle constructed to include the side of which the position is replaced with the position of the selected edge is displayed on the display.

US Pat. No. 10,058,294

RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM COMPRISING A PLURALITY OF RADIATION IMAGING DEVICES AND A PLURALITY OF RETAINERS CONFIGURED TO POSITION AND RETAIN THE PLURALITY OF RADIATION IMAGING DEVICES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiation imaging system comprising:a housing containing a plurality of radiation imaging devices, each radiation imaging device including a radiation detecting panel having a two-dimensional matrix of pixels and arranged to convert applied radiation to an image signal;
a plurality of retainers configured to position and retain the plurality of radiation imaging devices so that parts of the plurality of radiation imaging devices spatially overlap as viewed from an irradiation side; and
a radiographing controller configured to acquire a radiographic image on the basis of image signals from the plurality of radiation imaging devices,
wherein the plurality of retainers are configured to retain the plurality of radiation imaging devices in areas other than effective pixel areas of the plurality of radiation imaging devices.

US Pat. No. 10,061,114

EYEPIECE LENS, OBSERVATION APPARATUS INCLUDING THE EYEPIECE LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE EYEPIECE LENS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An eyepiece lens to be used for observing an image displayed on an image displaying surface, the eyepiece lens consisting of, in order from the image displaying surface side to an observation side:a first lens unit having a negative refractive power; and
a second lens unit having a positive refractive power,
wherein the first lens unit consists of one negative lens, and the second lens unit consists of, in order from the image displaying surface side to the observation side, a positive lens and a negative lens that has a concave surface facing the observation side, and
wherein during adjustment of a diopter, the first lens unit is configured to not move, and the entire second lens unit is configured to move.

US Pat. No. 10,052,737

COMPONENT MANUFACTURING METHOD AND POLISHING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A component manufacturing method for manufacturing a component by moving a workpiece having a spherical processed surface with respect to a polishing tool having a spherical processing surface to polish the workpiece, the component manufacturing method comprising:causing a holding member to hold the workpiece such that a spherical center of the processed surface of the workpiece is located on a central axis of the holding member;
pressing the processed surface of the workpiece against the processing surface of the polishing tool;
rotating the holding member by a work rotating mechanism; and
moving the holding member, by a moving mechanism, such that the spherical center of the processed surface of the workpiece is positioned at a spherical center of the processing surface of the polishing tool and that the workpiece held by the holding member reciprocates on the processing surface of the polishing tool,
wherein the moving mechanism comprises an articulated arm formed by a plurality of arms pivotally coupled together by a plurality of rotary joints, and wherein each of the plurality of rotary joints rotates about a rotational axis and is independently driven, and
wherein at least three of the rotational axes about which respective rotary joints rotate are substantially parallel to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,057,459

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, UPDATING METHOD OF GAMMA CORRECTION INFORMATION, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that corrects a density tone level of image data by using gamma correction information and forms an image based on corrected image data, the image forming apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
at least one memory coupled to the one or more processors, the at least one memory having instructions stored thereon which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the image forming apparatus to:
update the gamma correction information by using a patch image,
wherein updating the gamma correction information by using a patch image the output stability of which is high for environmental fluctuations within a casing of the image forming apparatus as first updating and further updates the gamma correction information updated by the first updating by using a patch image the sensitivity of which is high for environmental fluctuations within a casing of the image forming apparatus as second updating after the first updating; and
cause the image forming apparatus to form the image.

US Pat. No. 10,048,622

DEVELOPER CONTAINER, DEVELOPMENT DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A development device comprising:a developer bearing member configured to bear developer;
a conveyance member, having a first sheet member and a second sheet member, configured to convey developer;
a frame having the conveyance member, the frame comprising:
a development chamber in which the developer bearing member is provided;
a developer containing chamber for storing the developer, in which the conveyance member is provided;
a recessed portion provided on the developer containing chamber and recessed away from the conveyance member in a radial direction of the conveyance member, as viewed in a lengthwise direction of the developer containing chamber; and
wherein a length of the recessed portion is longer than both a length of the first sheet member and a length of the second sheet member in the lengthwise direction of the developer containing chamber,
wherein a cross section of the development chamber is smaller than a cross section of the developer containing chamber as viewed in a lengthwise direction of the developer containing chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,049,439

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing method, which is implemented by a computer, comprising:acquiring multiple parallax images of an object captured using an image capturing optical system, the parallax images having a parallax to one another;
acquiring, by using the respective parallax images as mutually different base images, relative difference information for each of the mutually different base images on a relative difference between that base image and at least one other parallax image in the multiple parallax images;
detecting an unwanted component contained in each of the parallax images by using the relative difference information acquired for the mutually different base images, the unwanted component corresponding to light reflected inside the image capturing optical system; and
outputting an output image generated based on the detected unwanted component and at least one of the parallax images.

US Pat. No. 10,051,090

METHODS AND DEVICES FOR ENCODING AND DECODING MESSAGES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of encoding HTTP messages into a bitstream, an HTTP message including an initial list of HTTP headers, the method comprising:receiving a plurality of HTTP messages in serial;
comparing a subsequent HTTP message to a local indexing table generated from a prior HTTP message to determine a first group of indexes representing HTTP headers of the initial list of the HTTP message that are already indexed in the local indexing table and a second group of literal values forming other HTTP headers of the initial list of the HTTP message not yet indexed in said local indexing table, wherein the first group of indexes represents HTTP headers of the subsequent HTTP message that are similar to HTTP headers of the prior HTTP message and the second group of literal values represents HTTP headers of the subsequent HTTP message that are different than the HTTP headers of the prior HTTP message;
encoding the indexes of the first group to obtain a binary representation of the indexes representing the HTTP headers already indexed;
binary compressing at least a serialized binary representation of the literal values of the second group;
updating the local indexing table by adding indexes corresponding to the second group in parallel to the binary compressing of the serialized binary representation of the literal values of the second group; and
concatenating the binary representation of the indexed of the first group with the compressed binary representation of the second group to obtain a binary representation of the initial list of the HTTP message as an encoded bitstream of the HTTP headers.

US Pat. No. 10,049,613

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A self-emitting display apparatus, comprising:a self-emitting display panel having a plurality of display elements each of which includes an organic EL and a TFT (thin film transistor);
a first storage unit configured to store first correction data for reducing spatial brightness unevenness generated on a screen of a self-emitting display panel when an image based on image data of a first gradation value is displayed on the screen;
a second storage unit configured to store second correction data for reducing spatial brightness unevenness generated on the screen when an image based on image data of a second gradation value, which is lower than the first gradation value, is displayed on the screen; and
a correction unit configured to:
(i) determine a gradation value of input image data, which corresponds to each of the plurality of display elements, whether the gradation value belongs to a first gradation range or a second gradation range, the first gradation range being not less than the first gradation value and the second gradation range being not greater than the second gradation value,
(ii) correct gradation values, which belong to the first gradation range, of the input image data, in use of the first correction data, and
(iii) correct gradation values, which belong to the second gradation range, of the input image data, in use of the second correction data,
wherein:
the first gradation value is corresponding to a threshold voltage which is a turning point of change of V-I characteristics of the TFT that supply current to the organic EL element,
the first correction data is data related to a difference between emission brightness of each of plural display elements and an ideal value in a case where the image based on the image data of the first gradation value is displayed on the screen,
the second correction data is data related to a difference between emission brightness of each of plural display elements and an ideal value in a case where the image based on the image data of the second gradation value is displayed on the screen, and
by the corrections in the correction unit, spatial brightness unevenness generated on the screen when an image based on the input image data is displayed on the screen is reduced.

US Pat. No. 10,043,697

SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

11. A substrate processing apparatus including a plurality of processing devices each of which processes a substrate, the apparatus comprising:a conveying device including a conveyance path and configured to convey, to one of the plurality of processing devices, a substrate conveyed into one end of the conveyance path from an outside of the substrate processing apparatus; and
an adjusting device configured to perform adjustment of a pre-alignment state of the substrate conveyed from the one end before the substrate is conveyed into one of the plurality of processing devices,
wherein the adjusting device is arranged on the conveyance path and between a processing device, of the plurality of processing devices, farthest from the one end, and a processing device, of the plurality of processing devices, closest to the one end, and
wherein the adjusting device includes a container configured to contain a plurality of ones of the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,036,940

LENS APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROJECTOR USING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lens apparatus comprising:a first optical system for changing a field curvature by moving in an optical-axis direction;
a control unit for moving the first optical system to a target position in the optical-axis direction specified based on a predetermined amount input as a field curvature amount while a relationship between a position of the first optical system in the optical-axis direction and the field curvature amount is previously stored;
a position detection unit for detecting a reference position of the first optical system in the optical-axis direction; and
a movement amount detection unit for detecting a movement amount of the first optical system from the reference position to the target position in the optical-axis direction.

US Pat. No. 10,038,804

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND, PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, having a power state including at least a first power state and a second power state in which less power is consumed than the first power state, the image forming apparatus comprising:a user interface which receives a user operation to shift the power state from the first power state to the second power state;
a human sensor which detects a human around the image forming apparatus;
a power controller which shifts the power state from the second power state to the first power state based on one or more signals output from the human sensor; and
a prohibit unit which prohibits a shift of the power state from the second power state to the first power state based on the human sensor during a predetermined period after the user interface receives the user operation.

US Pat. No. 10,031,438

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC MEMBER, DEVELOPING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic member comprising:a substrate; and
an outermost layer directly or indirectly disposed on the substrate,wherein,the outermost layer comprises a compound having at least a Si—O—Al bond, and
the compound has
a structural unit represented by Formula (1), and
a structural unit represented by Formula (2):
where R1 and R2 each independently represent one of Formulae (3) to (6):where R3 to R7, R10 to R14, R19, R20, R25 and R26 each independently represent hydrogen, an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms, a hydroxyl group, a carboxyl group, or an amino group; R8, R9, R15 to R18, R23, R24 and R29 to R32 each independently represent hydrogen or an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms; R21, R22, R27 and R28 each independently represent hydrogen, an alkoxyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms, or an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms; n, m, l, q, s and t each independently represent an integer of 1 or more and 8 or less; p and r each independently represent an integer of 4 or more and 12 or less; x and y each independently represent 0 or 1; and * and ** represent a position of bonding to a silicon atom and a position of bonding to an oxygen atom in Formula (1), respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,033,742

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF THE INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:a storage memory configured to store first information, the first information including at least a first order of priority, a first address indicating a single communication partner of the information processing apparatus, and first key information used for communication with the single communication partner;
a registering unit configured to register second information to add the second information to the storage memory, the second information including at least a second address indicating a plurality of communication partners of the information processing apparatus, and second key information used for communication with the plurality of communication partners, and to obtain an input from a user to set a second order of priority of the second information to have higher priority than the first order of priority;
a control unit configured to, in a case where the registering unit registers the second information, and the second key information used for communication with the plurality of communication partners and the registering unit obtains the input from the user to set the second order of priority of the second information to have the higher priority than the first order of priority, perform a process by an at least one hardware processor to configure the first order of priority of the first information, which includes the first address indicating the single communication partner and the second order of priority of the second information, wherein the first order of priority is configured to have a higher priority than the second order of priority;
a selection unit configured to select information stored in the storage memory according to an order of priority included in the information, wherein in a case where an address of the single communication partner corresponds to both the first address and the second address, the selection unit selects the first information including a higher priority as information used for communication with the single communication partner; and
a communication interface circuit configured to communicate with the single communication partner based on the selected first information,
wherein the registering unit, the control unit and the selection unit are implemented by the hardware processor.

US Pat. No. 10,031,459

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR CORRECTING COLOR MISREGISTRATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a plurality of image forming units configured to form images, each having a different color;
an intermediate transfer member onto which the images formed by the plurality of image forming units are transferred;
a detection unit configured to detect a detection image formed on the intermediate transfer member, the detection image being used for detecting color misregistration; and
a controller configured to:
control the plurality of image forming units to form, on the intermediate transfer member, a pattern image including a plurality of detection images, each having a different color, and
control the detection unit to detect an amount of color misregistration associated with a relative position of a first detection image having a reference color among the plurality of detection images and a second detection image having another color among the plurality of detection images, and to determine an adjustment value for adjusting an image write start timing of the other color different from the reference color based on the amount of color misregistration detected by the detection unit,
wherein the pattern image includes the first detection image, the second detection image, and a predetermined detection image,
wherein the first detection image and the second detection image are superimposed on the predetermined detection image,
wherein the predetermined detection image has a color corresponding to a color of the second detection image, and
wherein a density of the predetermined detection image is lower than a density of the second detection image.

US Pat. No. 10,031,476

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING FIXING DEVICE AND BLOWER FOR THE FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that forms a toner image on a recording medium, the image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming unit configured to form the toner image on a recording medium;
a fixing unit configured to fix the toner image on the recording medium while conveying and heating the recording medium bearing the toner image at a fixing nip portion, the fixing unit including a heating member, and a pressurizing member forming the fixing nip portion with the heating member, a conveyance roller pair configured to convey the recording medium on which the toner image has been fixed at the fixing nip portion, and a cover covering the heating member and the conveyance roller pair;
a blower unit including a duct and a fan configured to blow air to a non-sheet-passing area of the heating member, the duct including a first opening through which airflow from the fan is directed to the non-sheet-passing area of the heating member and a second opening through which airflow from the fan discharges air surrounding the conveyance roller pair,
wherein the cover includes a third opening, and airflow from the fan is directed through the second opening of the duct and the third opening of the cover to discharge air surrounding the conveyance roller pair.

US Pat. No. 10,031,323

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;
a second lens unit having a negative refractive power;
a third lens unit having a positive refractive power;
a middle lens group including at least one lens unit having a negative refractive power; and
a final lens unit having a positive refractive power,
wherein an interval between lenses included in the same lens unit is fixed during zooming,
wherein an interval between adjacent lens units is changed during zooming,
wherein the third lens unit includes at least two positive lenses and at least one negative lens,
wherein the third lens unit includes an aperture stop arranged closest to the image side, and
wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
1.50<|f12t|/f3<2.20; and
0.28<|fn|/ft<0.59,where f12t represents a combined focal length of the first lens unit and the second lens unit at a telephoto end, fn represents a focal length of a lens unit (N) having a largest absolute value of the negative refractive power of the at least one lens unit forming the middle lens group, f3 represents a focal length of the third lens unit, and ft represents a focal length of the zoom lens at the telephoto end.

US Pat. No. 10,027,849

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING USER GROUP MANAGEMENT FUNCTION AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a storage device that stores
a first group database configured to register first group IDs indicating first groups, each of the first group IDs being related to the number of sheets printed by the image forming apparatus,
a second group database configured to register second group IDs indicating second groups, each of the second group IDs being related to an address book,
a user database configured to register user IDs indicating users, each of the user IDs having one of the first group IDs and one of the second group IDs;
a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the set of instructions to:
register, in the second group database, in an ON state of the first group database and the second group database coordination mode, a new second group ID which corresponds to a new first group ID registered by an administrator in the first group database;
set, in a case where a user logs into the image forming apparatus, a value of an item representing the second group ID to which the user belongs, to a value corresponding to the first group ID to which the user belongs; and
control a display to display, based on the second group database, an address book corresponding to a second group to which the user belongs in accordance with a request to display the address book by the user,
wherein, in an OFF state of the first group database and the second group database coordination mode, an addition or a deletion of a record in the first group database is not reflected on the second group database, and
wherein, the at least one processor executes the set of instructions to:
in an ON state of the first group database and the second group database coordination mode, in a case where one of the first group IDs is deleted in the first group database, delete, in the second group database, one of the second group IDs corresponding to the deleted one of the first group IDs, in response to the one of the first group IDs being deleted.

US Pat. No. 10,026,183

METHOD, SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING DISTANCE TO AN OBJECT IN A SCENE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

11. A non-transitory computer readable medium having a computer program stored thereon for determining at least two motion values of an object moving axially in a scene, said program comprising:code for capturing a first and second image of the object in the scene with an image capture device, wherein said object is axially displaced in the scene between the captured images with respect to a sensor plane of the image capture device;
code for determining a variation in blur between said first and second captured images;
code for determining a scale change of the object between said first and second captured images; and
code for determining, using the determined scale change and variation in blur, at least two motion values of the object in the scene, wherein said motion values identify the depths of the object in the first and second captured images and axial motion of the object in the scene.

US Pat. No. 10,023,411

SHEET CONVEYANCE APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet conveyance apparatus conveying a sheet, the sheet conveyance apparatus comprising:a conveyance roller;
a first rotary member configured to be rotated by a rotation of the conveyance roller, and form a first nip portion, together with the conveyance roller, in which the sheet is conveyed in a first conveyance direction, a rotation axis of the first rotary member being inclined with respect to a rotation axis of the conveyance roller such that when viewed in a rotation axis direction of the conveyance roller, a rotation center of a first longitudinal end of the first rotary member is arranged in the first conveyance direction at a position different from a position at which a rotation center of a second longitudinal end of the first rotary member is arranged, and a first virtual line passing through the rotation center of the first longitudinal end of the first rotary member and the rotation center of the second longitudinal end of the first rotary member extends in a direction along the first conveyance direction; and
a second rotary member configured to be rotated by a rotation of the conveyance roller, and form a second nip portion, together with the conveyance roller, in which the sheet is conveyed in a second conveyance direction, the second rotary member being provided downstream of the first rotary member in a rotation direction of the conveyance roller, a rotation axis of the second rotary member being inclined with respect to the rotation axis of the conveyance roller such that when viewed in the rotation axis direction of the conveyance roller, a rotation center of a third longitudinal end of the second rotary member is arranged, in the second conveyance direction, at a position different from a position at which a rotation center of a fourth longitudinal end of the second rotary member is arranged, and a second virtual line passing through the rotation center of the third longitudinal end of the second rotary member and the rotation center of the fourth longitudinal end of the second rotary member extends in a direction along the second conveyance direction,
wherein one sheet is conveyed simultaneously by both the first nip portion and the second nip portion.

US Pat. No. 10,025,266

PROCESS CARTRIDGE INCLUDING A COUPLING MEMBER AND A SHEET THAT CONTACTS THE COUPLING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process cartridge comprising:a photosensitive drum;
a rotatable developing roller for developing an electrostatic latent image formed on the photosensitive drum;
a rotatable roller having a rotation shaft in a position deviated from an axis of the developing roller, the rotatable roller being configured for transmitting a driving force to the developing roller;
an Oldham coupling member disposed at an end portion of the shaft of the rotatable roller, the Oldham coupling including a drive receiving portion for receiving a driving force to be transmitted to the developing roller, wherein the drive receiving portion is movable relative to the rotatable roller in a direction crossing the shaft of the rotatable roller;
an urging member for urging the drive receiving portion in the direction crossing the shaft of the rotatable roller;
a supporting portion for rotatably supporting the drive receiving portion so as to be movable together with the drive receiving portion relative to the rotatable roller in the direction crossing the shaft of the rotatable roller;
an abutting portion for receiving the supporting portion urged by the urging member; and
an elastic sheet provided at an end of the developing roller,
wherein the elastic sheet is configured to rotate along with the developing roller and intermittently contact at least part of the Oldham coupling member by rotation of the elastic sheet.