US Pat. No. 9,372,654

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,374,533

IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR TRACKING A SUBJECT BASED ON AN IMAGE SIGNAL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus which is capable of continuous shooting comprising:
an electric charge accumulation unit configured to accumulate electric charge in accordance with an incident light quantity;
an imaging unit which is different from the electric charge accumulation unit;
an optical path changing unit configured to switch an optical path of light entering via a photographing lens between a first
state in which the light is guided to the electric charge accumulation unit, and a second state in which the light is guided
to the imaging unit, wherein the optical path changing unit places the optical path in the second state when shooting is to
be performed by the imaging unit;

a tracking unit configured to perform tracking; and
an exposure control unit configured to perform exposure control,
wherein the optical path changing unit repeatedly switches the optical path between the first state and the second state in
continuous shooting,

wherein the electric charge accumulation unit performs a first accumulation and then performs a second accumulation after
the first accumulation from when the optical path is changed from the second state to the first state for a next shooting
in continuous shooting until the optical path is changed from the first state to the second state for the next shooting,

wherein the tracking unit performs the tracking for the next shooting based on an image signal obtained through the first
accumulation, and

wherein the exposure control unit computes exposure condition for the exposure control of the next shooting based on a third
luminance value, which is computed based on a first luminance value computed based on the image signal obtained through the
first accumulation and a second luminance value computed based on the image signal obtained through the second accumulation,

wherein when the shooting speed at the time of continuous shooting is higher than a predetermined value, an accumulation time
of the first accumulation is set to a time shorter than a flicker period.

US Pat. No. 9,367,220

IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a touch detection unit configured to detect a touch operation on a display unit;
a display control unit configured to control display in a same screen of the display unit:
(a) a scale;
(b) first indicators indicating a range of values settable as an exposure compensation setting, wherein the first indicators
are arranged in association with the scale; and

(c) second indicators indicating a range of values settable as a bracketing value in an autobracketing shooting, an indicator
indicating a reference value in the autobracketing shooting, and an indicator indicating the bracketing value, wherein the
second indicators are arranged in association with the scale and the first indicators; and

a setting unit configured to
set an exposure compensation value corresponding to an indicator of a touched position in a case where the touch detection
unit detects a touch corresponding to a first touch area including the first indicators in the display unit, and

in a case where the touch detection unit detects a touch to a second area which is wider than an area in which the second
indicators are displayed and which includes the area in which the second indicators are displayed, set the bracketing value
so as to widen a width between the indicator indicating the reference value and the indicator indicating the bracketing value
according to the touch operation which moves to a first direction while continuing to touch irrespective of where the touch
started in the second area, and set the bracketing value so as to narrow the width between the indicator indicating the reference
value and the indicator indicating the bracketing value according to the touch operation which moves to a second direction
which is opposite to the first direction while continuing to touch irrespective of where the touch started in the second area.

US Pat. No. 9,367,222

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that displays a numeric value input area having a plurality of digit positions, the
information processing apparatus comprising:
a determination unit configured to determine, based on a movement of a numeral in one of the plurality of digit positions
of the numeric value input area being instructed by the operation of the user, a movement direction of the movement of the
numeral and a movement amount of the movement of the numeral;

a movement unit configured to move the numeral and other numerals in the plurality of digit positions to other digit positions
of the plurality of digit positions in accordance with the movement direction and the movement amount determined by the determination
unit; and

an insertion unit configured to insert a predetermined numeral into a digit position whose numeral has been moved and became
undefined due to the moving by the numerals,

wherein the movement unit moves the numeral and the other numerals in all digit positions that exist in the movement direction
from the digit position instructed by the operation of the user to other digit positions of the plurality of digit positions
in accordance with the movement direction and the movement amount determined by the determination unit.

US Pat. No. 9,367,771

APPARATUS HANDLING CODES, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

10. A method comprising:
reading a document in a case where a user instructs to copy the document, the document including, as a code image, first user
information and second user information respectively identifying a first user and a second user who is different from the
first user;

decoding the code image in a document image of the read document to obtain the first and second user information;
selecting the first user information from among the first and second user information;
generating a different code image not including the second user information identifying a second user who has instructed to
make a copy after the first user, but including the selected first user information identifying a first user who has instructed
to make a copy before the second user and user information identifying the user who instructs to copy the document by encoding
the first user information and the user information identifying the user who instructs to copy the document; and

printing the generated code image.

US Pat. No. 9,366,767

RADIATION DETECTING APPARATUS AND RADIATION DETECTING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiation detecting apparatus, comprising:
a scintillator configured to convert a radiation into light; and
a photoelectric conversion panel comprising a photoelectric conversion section configured to convert the light from the scintillator
into an electrical signal,

wherein the photoelectric conversion panel further comprises a frame member disposed on an outer side of the photoelectric
conversion section along at least a portion of at least one side of the photoelectric conversion panel,

wherein the frame member comprises an inclined surface having a downward slope toward the photoelectric conversion section,
and

wherein the scintillator comprises:
a first scintillator having a non-columnar crystal structure formed by vapor deposition continuously on the inclined surface
of the frame member and a surface of the photoelectric conversion section; and

a second scintillator having a columnar crystal structure continuously formed by vapor deposition on the first scintillator.

US Pat. No. 9,367,034

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,366,791

DIFFRACTIVE OPTICAL ELEMENT AND MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A manufacturing method for a diffractive optical element, the manufacturing method comprising:
forming multiple grating portions including grating optical effective surfaces for transmitting the incident light and grating
wall surfaces for shielding the incident light continuously on a base substrate;

forming an Al layer on the grating wall surfaces and the grating optical effective surfaces such that the density and film
thickness of the Al layer formed on the grating wall surfaces are different from those of the Al layer formed on the grating
optical effective surfaces; and

performing oxidation treatment of the Al layer under a condition that an oxidation speed is faster in the Al layer formed
on the grating optical effective surfaces than in the Al layer formed on the grating wall surfaces, thereby converting the
Al layer formed on the grating optical effective surfaces into an Al2O3 layer,

wherein the oxidation treatment is performed to form an Al layer on the grating wall surfaces to have a film density of 2.0
g/cm3 or more and 2.7 g/cm3 or less, and a film thickness of 50 nm or more and 1 ?m or less, and to obtain the Al2O2 layer formed on the grating optical effective surfaces having a film density of 0.4 g/cm3 or more, and 1.0 g/cm3 or less, and a film thickness of 5 nm or more and 30 nm or less.

US Pat. No. 9,366,564

ACOUSTIC WAVE RECEIVING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An acoustic wave receiving apparatus comprising:
a resonator including a first mirror on which measurement light is incident, a second mirror which is arranged to face said
first mirror and on which acoustic waves from an object are incident, an acoustic wave reception layer interposed between
said first mirror and said second mirror, and a compensation layer; and

a detector for detecting a variation in an optical path length between said first mirror and said second mirror that occurs
in response to deformation of said acoustic wave reception layer caused by incidence of the acoustic waves,

wherein the variation in the optical path length due to a film thickness distribution of said acoustic wave reception layer
is compensated for by refraction in said compensation layer.

US Pat. No. 9,365,036

PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINTHEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,361,057

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD FOR EXECUTING IMAGE PROCESSING USING MULTIPLE IMAGE PROCESSING UNITS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a plurality of image processing units configured to execute image processing, wherein the plurality of image processing units
are connected in serial;

wherein each of the plurality of the image processing units has
a processing function for executing image processing on input data, whereby processed data is obtained,
a transfer function for transferring the input data to a next image processing unit without changing the input data and for
transferring the processed data to the next image processing unit;

and wherein a first image processing unit among the plurality of image processing units transfers first data as the input
data to a second image processing unit subsequent to the first image processing unit without changing the first data and transfers
second data as the processed data to the second image processing unit, if the first data is input to the first image processing
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,360,819

PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,363,394

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF SETTING INSERT, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A print setting apparatus having an operation unit with touch panel function, comprising:
a display unit configured to cause the operation unit to display a plurality of images and an object indicating an additional
sheet; and

a control unit configured to configure a first setting, in a case where the object is dragged to a position between a first
image and a second image, such that the additional sheet is inserted between a first sheet on which the first image is printed
and a second sheet on which the second image is printed, to configure a second setting, in a case where the object is dragged
to a position on one of the first image and the second image, such that the one of the first image and the second image is
printed on the additional sheet, and to cancel the first setting or the second setting, in a case where the object is dragged
from the position between the first image and the second image or from the position on one of the first image and the second
image,

wherein the control unit is further configured to configure a setting, in a case where the object is dragged to the position
between the first image and the second image, such that two additional sheets are displayed on the operation unit between
a first sheet on which the first image is printed and a second sheet on which the second image is printed when the plurality
of images are to be printed using double sided printing.

US Pat. No. 9,361,434

SHORTCUT MANAGEMENT UNIT AND METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:
one or more computer data storage devices storing a plurality of shortcuts, which identify a plurality of applications, and
information on a license for a first application of the plurality of applications; and

one or more computer processors coupled to the one or more computer data storage devices and configured by at least one program
stored in the one or more computer data storage devices at least to:

cause display, on an operation screen, of visual representations of the plurality of shortcuts stored in the one or more computer
data storage devices;

detect that the license for the first application is invalidated;
search the plurality of shortcuts in the one or more computer data storage devices to identify at least one shortcut of the
plurality of shortcuts that identifies the first application in response to the detection that the license for the first application
is invalidated, the identified one shortcut of the plurality of shortcuts identifying a second application in addition to
the first application;

determine whether the identified one shortcut of the plurality of shortcuts remains executable even though the license for
the first application is invalidated, the identified one shortcut remaining executable at least in a case where the license
for the first application is invalidated, but a license for the second application is not invalidated; and

in response to determining that the identified one shortcut does not remain executable, invalidate user accessibility to the
identified one shortcut and discontinue visual representation display of the identified one shortcut on the operation screen.

US Pat. No. 9,362,323

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image sensor comprising a semiconductor substrate including a plurality of photoelectric converters arrayed
to form an image sensing region of a rectangle having long sides and short sides, and a plurality of microlenses corresponding
to the plurality of photoelectric converters,
wherein first height differences between tops of a first group of microlenses, of the plurality of microlenses, which are
arranged in a first direction parallel to the long sides, and valleys between the first group of microlenses are larger than
second height differences between tops of a second group of microlenses, of the plurality of microlenses, which are arranged
in a second direction parallel to the short sides, and valleys between the second group of microlenses, and

wherein a first angle formed by a plane perpendicular to a normal of a surface of the semiconductor substrate and a tangent
in an outermost portion of a surface of each of the first group of microlenses in a section passing through centers of the
first group of microlenses and parallel to the normal is equal to or smaller than a second angle formed by the plane and a
tangent in an outermost portion of a surface of each of the second group of microlenses in a section passing through centers
of the second group of microlenses and parallel to the normal.

US Pat. No. 9,361,557

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR PERFORMING SCREEN PROCESSING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a screen processing unit which performs, using a threshold matrix, a screen processing for inputted image data;
a correction unit which calculates a correction amount related to a pixel of interest within the inputted image data in accordance
with a difference between a target value calculated based on pixel values of each pixels included in an area centered on the
pixel of interest within the inputted image data and an output state value calculated based on the pixel values of each pixels
included in a corresponding area centered on the pixel of interest within data obtained by said screen processing unit and
corrects a value of the pixel of interest obtained by the screen processing unit using the calculated correction amount so
that the output state value of pixel of interest comes close to the target value.

US Pat. No. 9,362,326

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus having a plurality of pixels, wherein each of the plurality of pixels comprises:
a photoelectric conversion unit including a charge accumulation region;
an output unit configured to output a signal based on a potential of a node electrically connected to the charge accumulation
region;

a connection unit configured to electrically connect a capacitance to the node; and
a first holding unit and a second holding unit;
wherein the first holding unit is configured to hold a first signal output based on the potential of the node before the capacitance
is connected thereto, and

wherein the second holding unit is configured to hold a second signal output based on the potential of the node after the
capacitance is connected thereto.

US Pat. No. 9,360,789

MEMBER FOR ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHY, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A member for electrophotography comprising:
a substrate,
an elastic layer on the substrate, and
a surface layer on the elastic layer, wherein,
the surface layer comprises a binder resin and first particles,
the surface of the surface layer has first convexes derived from the first particles,
the first particles resulting in the first convex have an average inter-particle surface distance of 50 nm or less,
the first particles have a number-average particle diameter of 200 nm or more and 1000 nm or less, and
the surface of the surface layer has a universal hardness of 1.0 N/mm2 or more and 7.0 N/mm2 or less.

US Pat. No. 9,348,241

EXPOSURE APPARATUS AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,348,242

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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


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


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


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

US Pat. No. 9,348,266

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS USING PRESS MEMBER TO PREVENT DEFLECTION OF BELT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an endless image carrying belt rotating while carrying a toner image on a surface thereof;
an inner roller provided on an inner circumferential side of the image carrying belt and being in contact with the image carrying
belt;

an outer roller, provided on a side opposite from the inner roller across the image carrying belt, forming a transfer nip
portion, with the inner roller, where a recording medium is nipped and conveyed;

a power supply applying voltage between the inner and outer rollers to transfer the toner image from the image carrying belt
to the recording medium conveyed through the transfer nip portion; and

a press member provided upstream, with respect to a rotation direction of the image carrying belt, of the inner roller, and
pressing the image carrying belt from the inner circumferential side of the image carrying belt at a position closer to the
outer roller side than a first imaginary line, which is orthogonal to a second imaginary line connecting a center of rotation
of the inner roller and a center of rotation of the outer roller, and passes through the transfer nip portion, the press member
being configured such that a length along a surface of the image carrying belt between a downstream end of a part of the press
member in contact with the image carrying belt and an upstream end of the transfer nip portion is shorter than a length of
a rear end margin formed out of an image forming area and formed on an upstream end area of a surface of the recording medium
with respect to a recording medium conveying direction.

US Pat. No. 9,348,277

FIXING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing apparatus configured to fix an image onto a recording material, the fixing apparatus comprising:
a rotational member having a cylindrical shape and configured to include a conductive layer;
a coil having a helical shape and configured to be disposed inside the rotational member, the coil having a helix axis extending
in a direction along a generatrix direction of the rotational member;

a resonance circuit including a resonance capacitor and configured to be formed together with the rotational member and the
coil;

a first converter configured to drive the resonance circuit;
a second converter configured to be used to control power to be supplied to the first converter;
a frequency setting unit configured to set a driving frequency of the first converter according to at least one of a size
of the recording material and a temperature at a sheet non-passing portion of the rotational member; and

a power control unit configured to control the second converter according to a temperature at a sheet passing portion of the
rotational member to control the power to be supplied to the first converter from the second converter,

wherein the conductive layer is caused to generate heat by electromagnetic induction, and the image formed on the recording
material is fixed onto the recording material with the heat of the rotational member.

US Pat. No. 9,348,331

ROBOT APPARATUS AND SPEED REDUCER STATE DIAGNOSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A robot apparatus comprising:
a multi joint robot comprising:
a joint including a motor;
a speed reducer connected to the motor;
input angle detecting means configured to detect an input rotational angle of a rotating shaft of the motor;
output angle detecting means configured to detect an output rotational angle of the speed reducer; and
a controller configured to compare a joint error calculated from an angle difference between the input rotational angle detected
by the input angle detecting means and the output rotational angle detected by the output angle detecting means with a preset
permissible joint error of the speed reducer, and determine that the speed reducer is damaged when the joint error is greater
than the permissible joint error, and determine that the speed reducer is normal when the joint error is not greater than
the permissible joint error.

US Pat. No. 9,350,958

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS AND CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state imaging apparatus including a plurality of pixels, and conversion units each configured to A/D-convert a
signal from each of said plurality of pixels,
each of said conversion units comprising
a comparison unit configured to receive a reference signal, and compare an analog signal from said pixel with the reference
signal,

a sampling unit configured to receive a first clock signal, and sample a signal level of the first clock signal based on an
output of said comparison unit,

a counter configured to receive the first clock signal, and count, based on the output of said comparison unit, a time until
a magnitude relationship between the analog signal and the reference signal is reversed, and

an output unit configured to output a digital signal corresponding to the analog signal based on a count result of said counter
and a sampling result of said sampling unit, and

said sampling unit comprising
a first latch unit configured to latch the output of said comparison unit in response to the first clock signal,
a second latch unit configured to latch the output of said comparison unit in response to a second clock signal having a phase
different from that of the first clock signal, and

a third latch unit configured to latch an output of said first latch unit in response to an output of said second latch unit.

US Pat. No. 9,344,903

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND WIRELESS COMMUNICATION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A wireless communication method in which a first wireless communication apparatus performs data communication with a second
wireless communication apparatus by using a plurality of transmission channels formed by spatial multiplexing, the method
comprising the steps of:
changing by the first wireless communication apparatus, which is communicating with the second wireless communication apparatus,
from communicating via a third wireless communication apparatus to directly communicating with the second wireless communication
apparatus without utilizing the third wireless communication apparatus; and

executing a calibration process of forming the plurality of transmission channels between the first wireless communication
apparatus and the second wireless communication apparatus in response to the changing to directly communicating,

wherein the calibration process includes calculating a weight of each reference signal to be multiplexed.

US Pat. No. 9,341,922

IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,339,183

ABERRATION CORRECTION METHOD, PHOTOGRAPHING METHOD AND PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An aberration correction apparatus for correcting an aberration of an eye to be inspected, the apparatus comprising:
an aberration correction unit configured to correct the aberration of the eye to be inspected; and
a memory unit configured to store information in which control information for controlling the aberration correction unit
is associated with an address of an area in the eye to be inspected where the control information is acquired,

wherein the aberration correction unit corrects the aberration of the eye to be inspected based on the information stored
within the memory unit.

US Pat. No. 9,342,009

IMAGE FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

28. A fixing device configured to fix an image on a recording material by heating the recording material where the image is
formed, comprising:
a cylindrical rotary member including an electroconductive layer;
a coil configured to form an alternating magnetic field which subjects the electroconductive layer to electromagnetic induction
heating, the coil including a spiral shaped portion which is disposed in the rotary member so that a spiral axis of the spiral
shaped portion extends along a generatrix direction of the rotary member; and

a core configured to induce magnetic force lines of the alternating magnetic field, the core being disposed in the spiral
shaped portion;

wherein relative permeability of the electroconductive layer and relative permeability of a member in a region between the
electroconductive layer and the core, in an area from one end to the other end of the maximum passage region of the image
on a recording material in the generatrix direction, are smaller than 1.1; and

wherein the fixing device satisfies a following relational expression (1) with a cross section perpendicular to the generatrix
direction throughout the area:

0.06×?c×Sc?Ss+Sa  (1)

where Ss represents a cross-sectional area of the electroconductive layer, Sa represents a cross-sectional area of a region
between the electroconductive layer and the core, Sc represents a cross-sectional area of the core, and ?c represents a relative
permeability of the core.

US Pat. No. 9,344,586

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,344,587

IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

10. A control method for an information processing apparatus, comprising:
selecting an image processing apparatus via first wireless communication based on a first wireless communication standard;
acquiring information for communicating with the image processing apparatus via second wireless communication based on a second
wireless communication standard;

selecting an image processing apparatus from a list screen which displays a list of image processing apparatuses which can
communicate with the information processing apparatus;

displaying an icon indicating that scanning by the image processing apparatus is enabled, based on communication with the
image processing apparatus;

determining whether the image processing apparatus is selected via the first wireless communication; and
receiving image data, which is generated by scanning by the image processing apparatus selected via the first wireless communication,
from the image processing apparatus via the second wireless communication if it is determined that the image processing apparatus
is selected via the first wireless communication, and receiving image data, which is generated by scanning by the image processing
apparatus selected from the list screen, from the image processing apparatus via the second wireless communication if it is
determined that the image processing apparatus is not selected via the first wireless communication.

US Pat. No. 9,342,033

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH DEVELOPER COLLECTING OPERATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus configured to form an image on a recording material, the image forming apparatus comprising:
first and second image forming stations, each including:
(1) an image bearing member;
(2) a charging device configured to charge the image bearing member;
(3) a transfer device configured to transfer a developer image from the image bearing member; and
(4) a cleaning device configured to remove developer adhering to the image bearing member;
an exposure device configured to expose each of the image bearing members with light to form a latent image on each of the
image bearing members;

a circulating member which is configured to pass between the image bearing members and the respective transfer devices and
circulate in the image forming apparatus;

a storage portion configured to store information relating to a usage amount of the image bearing member of the second image
forming station, the information including at least one of information relating to a film thickness of the image bearing member,
information relating to sensitivity of the image bearing member, and information relating to an exposure history of the image
bearing member; and

a control portion configured to execute a developer collecting operation of moving the developer adhering to the circulating
member to one of the first and the second image bearing members for collection of the developer by the corresponding cleaning
device,

wherein, when executing the developer collecting operation, the control portion is configured to form an electric field having
a same direction as a direction in image formation between the image bearing member and the transfer device of the first image
forming station, and form a reverse electric field having an opposite direction to the direction in image formation between
the image bearing member exposed by the exposure device and the transfer device of the second image forming station,

wherein the control portion controls, when forming the reverse electric field in the second image forming station, an amount
of exposure of the exposure device for exposing the image bearing member of the second image forming station based on the
information stored in the storage portion, and

wherein when the usage amount of the image bearing member of the second image forming station is a first value, the exposure
device forms the reverse electric field by exposing the image bearing member of the second image forming station with light
at a first amount of exposure, and when the usage amount of the image bearing member of the second image forming station is
a second value different from the first value, the exposure device forms the reverse electric field by exposing the image
bearing member of the second image forming station with light at a second amount of exposure different from the first amount
of exposure.

US Pat. No. 9,342,045

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING FIXING UNIT DETACHABLY MOUNTABLE TO A MAIN ASSEMBLY OF THE APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic image forming apparatus comprising:
a main assembly including an image forming portion configured to form a toner image on a sheet; and
a fixing unit, detachably mountable to said main assembly, configured to fix the toner image formed on the sheet by the image
forming portion,

wherein said main assembly includes (i) an advancing-and-retracting member capable of advancing and retracting linearly, (ii)
a regulating member configured to regulate an advancing direction and a retracting direction of said advancing-and-retracting
member so that the advancing and retracting directions are substantially perpendicular to a mounting direction of said fixing
unit and are linear directions, and (iii) an urging member configured to urge said advancing-and-retracting member in the
advancing direction, and

wherein said fixing unit includes an engaging member engageable with said advancing-and-retracting member, and
wherein the engaging member includes (i) a retracting portion configured to retract said advancing-and-retracting member against
an urging force of said urging member with a mounting operation of said fixing unit to said main assembly, and (ii) a permitting
portion configured to (a) permit advancing of said advancing-and-retracting member by the urging force and (b) receive a force
for moving said fixing unit in the mounting direction from said advancing-and-retracting member, with a further mounting operation
of said fixing unit to said main assembly.

US Pat. No. 9,340,008

IMAGE RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image recording method comprising:
applying a liquid composition to an intermediate transfer body;
recording an intermediate image by applying an ink by an inkjet method to the intermediate transfer body after the liquid
composition has been applied, and

transferring the intermediate image onto a recording medium while heating the intermediate image,
wherein the ink contains a coloring material and polymer fine particles each including a core constituted by a crystalline
polymer and a shell constituted by an amorphous polymer, and

in transferring the intermediate image, the intermediate image is heated to a temperature equal to or higher than a melting
point of the crystalline polymer constituting the core and equal to or higher than a glass transition point of the amorphous
polymer constituting the shell.

US Pat. No. 9,335,957

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a wireless communication unit configured to have a storage area for storing information and to perform short-range wireless
communication, wherein when a predetermined error does not occur in the communication apparatus, a reader/writer mode is set
as an operation mode of the wireless communication unit;

a detection unit configured to detect that the predetermined error occurs in the communication apparatus; and
a control unit configured to, when the detection unit detects that the predetermined error occurs in the communication apparatus,
store error information corresponding to the predetermined error in the storage area and change the operation mode of the
wireless communication unit from the reader/writer mode to a card emulation mode,

wherein the reader/writer mode is an operation mode for the wireless communication unit to read information from an external
apparatus, and the card emulation mode is an operation mode for allowing an external apparatus to read information stored
in the storage area.

US Pat. No. 9,335,730

PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process cartridge attachable/detachable to/from an apparatus main body of an electrophotographic image forming apparatus,
comprising:
a photosensitive unit having a photosensitive drum;
a development unit having a development roller for developing an electrostatic latent image formed on the photosensitive drum;
and

force giving members configured to give a force to the photosensitive unit and the development unit in a direction in which
the photosensitive drum and the development roller approach each other,

the process cartridge being configured such that the photosensitive unit and the development unit are coupled with each other
at both ends in a direction parallel to a rotational center axis line of the photosensitive drum,

wherein the photosensitive unit and the development unit are coupled with each other by a link member rotatably supported
on the photosensitive unit and rotatably supported also on the development unit at one end in the direction parallel to the
rotational center axis line,

wherein guide units are provided at one end of the photosensitive unit and at one end of the development unit, which are separated
from each other when an external force does not work on the process cartridge, and

wherein when the process cartridge is subjected to an impact in a direction in which the development roller approaches the
photosensitive drum, the guide units are brought into contact with each other while the development unit rotates relative
to the link member, and are configured to guide the development unit in a direction in which the development roller separates
from the photosensitive drum.

US Pat. No. 9,338,355

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image capturing unit to capture images;
a motion vector detection unit to detect a motion vector between two images out of the images;
a shake calculation unit to calculate a shake amount of the image capturing apparatus during shooting of the two images based
on a shake detected by a shake detection unit and acquired in a period from an image capturing of a preceding frame out of
the two images to an image capturing of a succeeding frame out of the two images;

an image blurring conversion unit to convert the calculated shake amount into an image blurring amount of an image;
a correction amount calculation unit to calculate, by using at least one of the detected motion vector and the image blurring
amount, a correction amount; and

a correction unit to electronically correct image blurring of the image based on the correction amount.

US Pat. No. 9,338,375

IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,335,557

DIFFRACTIVE OPTICAL ELEMENT HAVING HIGH DIFFRACTION EFFICIENCY AT PLURAL WAVELENGTHS AND IMAGE-PICKUP OPTICAL SYSTEM USING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A diffractive optical element comprising:
a first member and a second member in contact with each other,
wherein the second member has a refractive index lower than a refractive index of the first member and has a dispersion higher
than that of the first member,

wherein the first member is made of a resin material and the second member is made of a glass material,
wherein the second member includes a plurality of diffractive grating portions each having a grating wall surface and a grating
surface that merge with each other,

wherein each of the diffractive grating portions is configured so that a grating height thereof increases as a distance increases
away from an optical axis,

wherein the diffractive optical element has a positive power, and
wherein the following expressions are met:
ngd ?gd?125?50ngd;
ngd?1.8;

?rd?125?50nrd; and

nrd?1.5,

where ngd and vgd are a refractive index and an Abbe number of the glass material at a d-line wavelength respectively, and
nrd and ?rd are a refractive index and an Abbe number of the resin material at the d-line wavelength.

US Pat. No. 9,329,534

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus comprising:
(i) first and second rotatable members configured to form a nip for heating a toner image on a recording material;
(ii) a rotatable rubbing member configured to rub an outer surface of said first rotatable member; and
(iii) a cleaning mechanism configured to clean said rotatable rubbing member, said cleaning mechanism including
(iii-i) an air compressor configured to generate compressed air,
(iii-ii) an air duct extended along a longitudinal direction of said rotatable rubbing member and connected to said air compressor,
(iii-iii) a plurality of air nozzles arranged on said air duct along the longitudinal direction discretely and configured
to permit discharge of the compressed air toward said rotatable rubbing member, and

(iii-iv) a reciprocating mechanism configured to reciprocate said air duct along the longitudinal direction.

US Pat. No. 9,329,535

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus comprising:
an endless belt configured to heat an image on a sheet, said endless belt having an inner surface on which a lubricant is
applied;

a rotating member configured to form a nip portion between said rotating member and said endless belt;
a pressing member configured to contact with said inner surface of said endless belt and press said rotating member through
said endless belt; and

a scraping member configured to contact with said rotating member at such a position that is outside from an end of an area
of said rotating member which comes into contact with a maximum width sheet introducible into the image heating apparatus
in the rotational axis direction of said rotating member, and to scrape off the lubricant transferred from said endless belt
to said rotating member.

US Pat. No. 9,330,304

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire an image obtained by capturing a space including a predetermined operation area
in a background;

a detection unit configured to detect an object being present on the operation area from the image acquired by the acquisition
unit, using an image representing the background of the space;

a recognition unit configured to recognize an instruction to the apparatus input by a user hand, based on a movement of an
object detected by the detection unit; and

an updating unit configured to update the image representing the background of the space to be used by the detection unit,
based on, an image in which an object detected by the detection unit and presumed not to be the user hand is captured in image
acquired by the acquisition unit.

US Pat. No. 9,329,561

LOW POWER CONSUMPTION ACCURATE POWER SUPPLY OVERVOLTAGE DETECTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power supply apparatus, comprising:
a transformer having a primary side and a secondary side insulated with each other;
a first line and a second line to which an AC voltage is input from an AC power supply;
a rectifying and smoothing unit that rectifies and smoothes the AC voltage input through the first line and the second line;
a shut-off unit provided between the first line and the rectifying and smoothing unit to shut off an input of the AC voltage;
a switching element that switches a current from the rectifying and smoothing unit to the primary side of the transformer;
a first overvoltage detection unit that when an input of an AC voltage higher than a first threshold value from the AC power
supply is detected, outputs a voltage corresponding to the AC voltage;

a second overvoltage detection unit that receives the voltage output from the first overvoltage detection unit, wherein when
it is detected that the voltage is higher than a second threshold value, the second overvoltage detection unit outputs an
overvoltage detection signal; and

a control unit that controls the shut-off unit to shut off the input of the AC voltage when the overvoltage detection signal
is detected.

US Pat. No. 9,329,058

ENCODER THAT DETECTS DISPLACEMENT OF AN OBJECT, AND LENS APPARATUS AND CAMERA HAVING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An encoder comprising:
a cylindrical body;
a detector configured to detect a displacement of the cylindrical body in a circumferential direction of the cylindrical body;
a scale attached to an inner surface of the cylindrical body, and including a first end portion, a second end portion opposite
to the first end portion, and a signal detection effective region used to detect the displacement by the detector, the signal
detection effective region being provided between the first and second end portions;

a first holder configured to apply an elastic force to the first end portion, from the first end portion, toward the second
end portion; and

a second holder configured to fix the second end portion to the cylindrical body so that the second end portion does not move
relative to the cylindrical body.

US Pat. No. 9,332,139

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for causing an image forming apparatus to perform printing, the image forming apparatus
performing calibration in order to correct an output color to a target color indicated by target information when receiving
the target information, the information processing apparatus comprising:
a storing unit configured to, when printing processing is executed for a print job which has not been executed by the image
forming apparatus, stores the target information in association with the print job;

a grouping unit configured, when printing processing is executed for the print jobs which has been executed by the image forming
apparatus, to read the print jobs stored by the storing unit and to make a group of the print jobs associated with target
information, wherein a color difference between target colors indicated by target information associated with a base print
job selected from the group and each print job in the group is smaller than or equal to a predetermined value, and

a transmitting unit configured to transmit the target information associated with the base print job to trigger the calibration
in the image forming apparatus and the group of the print jobs made by the grouping unit,

wherein after transmitting, to the image forming apparatus by the transmission unit, a print job which has not been executed
by the image forming apparatus, if there is the group associated with the target information with a color difference that
is smaller than or equal to the predetermined value from the target information associated with the print job which has not
been executed, the transmission unit transmits the group of the print job to the image forming apparatus together with the
print job which has not been executed.

US Pat. No. 9,332,180

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capture apparatus comprising:
an image capture unit that generates first image data using an image capture device;
an image processing unit that generates second image data from the first image data so that an image quality of the second
image data corresponds to a first image quality corresponding to a flat image quality;

an image quality adjusting unit that converts the second image data into third image data by adjusting the image quality of
the second image data to be a second image quality different from the first image quality, the second image quality depending
upon a post processing that is selected from multiple types of post processing by a user; and

an output unit that outputs the third image data from the image capture apparatus to an external apparatus instead of the
second image data when a predetermined condition is satisfied.

US Pat. No. 9,329,376

IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus that performs imaging of a specimen to acquire a digital image thereof, the imaging apparatus comprising:
an imaging optical system that forms an image of the specimen;
an imaging device that captures the image of the specimen through said imaging optical system;
a measuring unit that measures, for each of a plurality of regions on the specimen, an optical aberration or a physical quantity
causing the aberration before the imaging of the specimen is performed by said imaging device;

a plurality of optical elements configured to correct the aberration with different correction amounts, said plurality of
optical elements being configured such that each of said plurality of optical elements is insertable into and extractable
from an optical path of said imaging optical system; and

a control unit that selects an optical element from among said plurality of optical elements on the basis of a measurement
result provided by said measuring unit, and inserts the selected optical element into the optical path before the imaging
of the specimen is performed by said imaging device,

wherein said plurality of optical elements are different from an optical element that is a component of said imaging optical
system.

US Pat. No. 9,323,205

SHEET BINDING PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM AND BINDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet binding apparatus connected to an image forming apparatus for forming an image on a sheet comprising:
a binding section configured to bind a sheet bundle formed of a plurality of sheets;
a shifting section configured to move the binding section between a first position and a second position, the first position
being a position at which sheet conveyance from the image forming apparatus to the binding section is not hampered, and the
second position being a position at which the sheet conveyance from the image forming apparatus to the binding section is
not hampered and a sheet bundle which is manually provided is bindable; and

a control section configured to control the shifting section to cause, when the image forming apparatus is in a standby state
in which the image forming apparatus is not executing image formation but is waiting for input of a print job, the binding
section to stand by at the second position,

wherein, in a case where the binding section is at the second position and an instruction to start a print job in which no
binding processing is designated is input to the image forming apparatus, the control section causes the binding section to
remain in the second position.

US Pat. No. 9,324,257

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:
a display control unit that performs control so that multiple display items arranged in a matrix made up of multiple columns
and multiple rows are displayed in a display unit;

a changing unit that changes the matrix for arranging the multiple display items displayed by the display control unit from
a first matrix to a second matrix in which the number of columns, rows, or both columns and rows is different from the first
matrix; and

a control unit that, when a change is performed by the changing unit, decides a reference column and row in the second matrix
such that a displayed position, on the display unit, of the reference column and row corresponds to a displayed position,
on the display unit, of a column and row in which a focused-on display item in the first matrix is located, and controls the
display control unit to arrange the multiple display items in the second matrix so that the focused-on display item is located
in the reference column and row,

wherein a location in which the focused-on display item is located in the second matrix under the control by the control unit
differs depending on a location in which the focused-on display item is located in the first matrix.

US Pat. No. 9,320,423

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR DETECTING BOUNDARIES IN TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGE, METHOD FOR IMAGE PROCESSING, IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a memory; and
a processor that is in communication with the memory, the processor configured to control
a detection unit configured to detect a first layer boundary and a second layer boundary in a tomographic image of a subject's
eye;

a determination unit configured to determine whether an area between the first layer boundary and the second layer boundary
is a gap caused by a detachment of vitreous cortex or not; and

an identifying unit configured to identify the kind of the first layer boundary on the basis of the result of the determination,
wherein the first layer boundary is identified as an inner limiting membrane when it is determined that the area is not the
gap caused by the detachment of vitreous cortex and the first layer boundary is identified as a vitreous cortex when it is
determined that the area is the gap caused by the detachment of vitreous cortex.

US Pat. No. 9,321,262

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head comprising:
a recording element substrate comprising:
a semiconductor substrate having a pressure generating element configured to generate pressure for discharging liquid;
a flow path forming member forming a discharge port configured to discharge the liquid and a liquid flow path in communication
with the discharge port; and

a connection terminal disposed on a first surface of the semiconductor substrate and in a vicinity of an end portion of the
semiconductor substrate; and

an electric wiring substrate electrically connected to the connection terminal via a connection line;
a supporting substrate supporting a surface opposite to the first surface of the semiconductor substrate, and the electric
wiring substrate,

wherein the recording element substrate includes an insulating resin layer and an adhesiveness improving layer,
the insulating resin layer is disposed on a side of the first surface of the semiconductor substrate, closer to the end portion
than the connection terminal, and between the semiconductor substrate and the connection line, and

the adhesiveness improving layer is disposed between the insulating resin layer and the semiconductor substrate, and configured
to improve adhesiveness between the insulating resin layer and the semiconductor substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,321,273

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head comprising:
a liquid discharge member provided with a first supply channel and configured to discharge liquid;
a liquid supply member provided with a second supply channel for supplying the liquid to the first supply channel; and
a resilient member having a through hole for connecting the first supply channel and the second supply channel and provided
between the liquid discharge member and the liquid supply member in contact with the liquid discharge member and the liquid
supply member,

wherein the resilient member includes:
a first lip portion which is formed around the through hole on one surface of the resilient member, and contacts with the
liquid discharge member;

a second lip portion which is formed around the through hole on an opposite surface of the one surface, and contacts with
the liquid supply member; and

a beam portion configured to couple walls that define the through hole, and
wherein the first lip portion, the second lip portion and the beam portion of the resilient member have resiliency.

US Pat. No. 9,321,274

LIQUID EJECTION CARTRIDGE AND LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid ejection cartridge comprising:
a liquid ejection section for ejecting liquid, the liquid ejection section having at least a recording element substrate that
ejects liquid; and

an electrical contact section positioned to be electrically connected to a terminal section of an apparatus main body, the
electrical contact section being formed by a plurality of printed substrates including first and second printed substrates
arranged on a same surface of the liquid ejection cartridge,

wherein the liquid ejection section ejects liquid according to driving signals supplied from the terminal section of the apparatus
main body and transmitted by the first printed substrate to the recording element substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,325,896

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS FOR PERFORMING FOCUS DETECTION IN WHICH AN INFLUENCE OF A FOCUS SHIFT CAUSED BY AN ABERRATION IS SUPPRESSED, LENS UNIT, AND METHODS OF CONTROLLING IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND LENS UNIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus on which a lens unit is to be removably mounted, the image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image pickup element including a plurality of pixels, each pixel including a plurality of photodiodes, the plurality of
photodiodes corresponding to a micro lens;

a first focus detection unit configured to perform a focus detection by a contrast detection method based on a signal output
from the image pickup element;

a second focus detection unit configured to perform a focus detection by a phase difference detection method based on a pair
of image signals output from the image pickup element; and

a control unit configured to perform a focus control based on an in-focus position detected by one of the first focus detection
unit and the second focus detection unit,

wherein the control unit is configured to receive, from the mounted lens unit, first information related to a displacement
of the in-focus position by the phase difference detection method caused by an aberration of an image pickup optical system
of the lens unit and determine whether to use the second focus detection unit for the focus control according to the first
information.

US Pat. No. 9,325,897

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS WITH AUTOMATIC FOCUS DETECTION AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capture apparatus comprising:
an image sensor that can acquire image signals to be used for focus detection based on a phase-difference detection; and
at least one processor configured to function as:
an addition unit configured to generate an added image signal by adding a plurality of image signals obtained in a plurality
of frames of a moving image captured at a predetermined frame rate;

a calculation unit configured to calculate a defocus amount of an imaging optical system based on the added image signal;
a correction unit configured to correct the defocus amount; and
a drive unit configured to adjust a focal point of the imaging optical system according to the corrected defocus amount,
wherein the correction unit corrects the defocus amount according to a difference between a focus state of the imaging optical
system that corresponds to an accumulation period of the plurality of image signals used to generate the added image signal
and a focus state of the imaging optical system when the drive unit adjusts the focal point, and

wherein the correction unit calculates the focus state of the imaging optical system that corresponds to the accumulation
period of the plurality of image signals used to generate the added image signal by weighting respective focus states of the
imaging optical system that correspond to respective accumulation periods of the image signals used to generate the added
image signal such that a weight applied to an image signal having a first sharpness is larger than a weight applied to an
image signal having a second sharpness being lower than the first sharpness.

US Pat. No. 9,318,519

IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a pixel including at least a first photoelectric conversion unit, a second photoelectric conversion unit, a floating diffusion
portion, a first transfer transistor configured to transfer an electric carrier generated at the first photoelectric conversion
unit to the floating diffusion portion, and a second transfer transistor configured to transfer an electric carrier generated
at the second photoelectric conversion unit to the floating diffusion portion;

a first conductive member electrically connected to a gate electrode of the first transfer transistor;
a second conductive member electrically connected to a gate electrode of the second transfer transistor; and
a control unit electrically connected to the first transfer transistor and the second transfer transistor via the first conductive
member and the second conductive member respectively;

wherein a distance of closest proximity between the first conductive member and the floating diffusion portion is longer than
a distance of closest proximity between the second conductive member and the floating diffusion portion; and

wherein the control unit is configured to perform:
a first control operation for setting from a state in which both of the first transfer transistor and the second transfer
transistor are off, a state where the first transistor is on while keeping the second transfer transistor off, and

a second control operation for setting a state in which both of the first transfer transistor and the second transfer transistor
are on while the electric carrier transferred by the first control operation is held at the floating diffusion portion.

US Pat. No. 9,316,983

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING FIRST DETECTION SENSOR AND SECOND DETECTION SENSOR FOR DETECTING DENSITY DETECTION PATTERN

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image carrier driven to rotate;
a formation unit configured to form a first detection pattern for density detection on the image carrier for each color used
in image formation, the first detection pattern including a chromatic color first detection pattern and an achromatic color
first detection pattern; and

a first sensor and a second sensor configured to detect the first detection pattern formed on the image carrier, the first
detection pattern moving in a movement direction of a surface of the image carrier as the image carrier rotates,

wherein the formation unit is further configured to form a second detection pattern for misregistration detection on the image
carrier,

the first sensor is further configured to detect the chromatic color first detection pattern and the second detection pattern,
the second sensor is further configured to detect the achromatic first detection pattern and the second detection pattern,
and

the first detection pattern and the second detection pattern are formed such that the second sensor detects the achromatic
color first detection pattern and the second detection pattern at the same time the first sensor detects the chromatic color
first detection pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,319,682

MOVING IMAGE ENCODING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A moving image encoding apparatus comprising
an encoding unit configured to encode moving image data in unit of a group of pictures including a predetermined number of
frames and generate an encoded stream;

a holding unit configured to hold the encoded stream generated by the encoding unit,
a write unit configured to write, in response to a recording start instruction, the encoded stream held by the holding unit
in a recording medium and to combine the written encoded stream with an encoded stream which has already been written in the
recording medium,

wherein the holding unit holds, while the writing unit stops writing the encoded stream in the recording medium, the encoded
stream of a predetermined number of the groups of pictures corresponding to a predetermined period, and the write unit starts
recording, in response to the recording start instruction, the encoded stream from the group of pictures the predetermined
numbers before the recording start instruction;

a calculation unit configured to calculate an expected occupation amount of a virtual buffer when a picture contained in the
encoded stream generated by the encoding unit is held for decoding processing; and

a code amount control unit configured to control a generated code amount in said encoding unit based on information of the
occupation amount,

wherein said calculation unit sets a plurality of virtual buffers, each of which starts from each of the predetermined number
of groups of pictures held in the holding unit and has an initial value equal to a virtual buffer occupation amount at an
end of the encoded stream which has been written in the recording medium, and updates the occupation amount of the virtual
buffer corresponding to each of the predetermined number of the groups of pictures based on a size of the picture contained
in the encoded stream, and

wherein the code amount control unit compares the generated code amount with a smallest occupation amount among the plurality
of occupation amounts, which is calculated by the calculation unit, corresponding to the same picture in each of the plurality
of virtual buffers starting from each of the predetermined number of the groups of pictures, and controls the generated code
amount not to exceed the smallest occupation amount.

US Pat. No. 9,313,406

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS HAVING TOUCH PANEL FUNCTION, DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:
a touch panel configured to detect at least a touch at one point on a display screen of a display unit; and
a processor configured to control displaying of the display unit so that:
when said touch panel detects a touch at one point, and thereafter does not detect touches at a plurality of points until
the touch at one point is no longer detected, a display object displayed on the display screen is scrolled after the touch
at one point leaves the display screen in response to the touch at one point leaving the display screen while moving on the
display screen regardless of whether the touch at one point satisfies a predetermined condition;

when said touch panel detects touches at a plurality of points, and thereafter detects a touch at only one point, the display
object is scrolled in response to moving of a touch position of the touch at one point while the touch at one point is continuously
detected regardless of whether the touch at one point satisfies the predetermined condition;

when said touch panel detects touches at a plurality of points, and thereafter detects a touch at only one point, and when
the touch at one point satisfies the predetermined condition, and thereafter, the touch at one point leaves the display screen
while moving on the display screen, the display object is scrolled after the touch at one point leaves the display screen;
and

when said touch panel detects touches at a plurality of points, and thereafter detects a touch at only one point, and when
the touch at one point leaves the display screen without satisfying the predetermined condition, the display object is not
scrolled after the touch at one point leaves the display screen.

US Pat. No. 9,313,416

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS GRADATION CORRECTION OF PHOTOGRAPHED IMAGE, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that obtains an output image by performing image processing on an input image, comprising:
a dividing unit configured to divide the input image into a plurality of object areas, including at least a first object area
and a second object area;

a determination unit configured to compare feature values indicative of features of the respective object areas to thereby
obtain a difference or a ratio between the feature values, and determine whether or not the difference or the ratio is within
a predetermined range between a first threshold value and a second threshold value smaller than the first threshold value;
and

an image processing unit configured, when it is determined by said determination unit that the difference or the ratio is
within the predetermined range, to perform gradation correction on each of the first and second object areas to thereby form
the output image.

US Pat. No. 9,309,076

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT ALIGNS SHEETS AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet processing apparatus comprising:
a first alignment member and a second alignment member, each movable in a sheet width direction orthogonal to a sheet conveying
direction, for aligning a sheet;

a moving unit configured to move each of said first alignment member and said second alignment member in the sheet width direction;
a detection unit configured to detect a skew amount and a skew direction of a sheet; and
a control unit configured to control said moving unit to position said first alignment member and said second alignment member
at respective predetermined standby positions before the sheet is received between said first alignment member and said second
alignment member, and move one of said first alignment member and said second alignment member in a direction toward the sheet
during conveyance of the sheet between said first alignment member and said second alignment member, based on the skew amount
and skew direction detected by said detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,310,720

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an image bearing member; and
a developing device which develops an electrostatic latent image formed on the image bearing member into a toner image using
toner, the developing device accommodating two-component developer in which toner and carrier are mixed, the developing device
including a developer bearing member which has a developing sleeve and a magnet, the developing sleeve being rotatable in
the direction opposite to the rotational direction of the image bearing member at a portion opposing to the image bearing
member, the magnet being fixed and held in the developing sleeve, a plurality of grooves extending in the axial direction
being provided on a surface of the developing sleeve at a predetermined interval in the circumferential direction,

wherein an angle ? between a wall surface of each of the grooves at an upstream side in the rotational direction of the developing
sleeve and the direction perpendicular to the surface of the developing sleeve is greater than an angle ? of a magnetic brush
of the two-component developer formed at a closest portion between the image bearing member and the developer bearing member
on an outermost surface of the developing sleeve.

US Pat. No. 9,299,177

APPARATUS, METHOD AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM USING LAYOUT SIMILARITY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a memory configured to store at least one program; and
a processor configured to execute the at least one program,
wherein the processor determines a similarity between a first layout and a second layout, based on a number of one or more
common images which are common between one or more first images laid out in a first template of the first layout and one or
more second images laid out in a second template of the second layout,

wherein the processor causes a display device to display the first layout and the second layout as two layouts that are successive
in a display order in a case where the determined similarity is not more than a predetermined similarity,

wherein the processor further determines a similarity between the first layout and a third layout, based on a number of one
or more common images which are common between the one or more first images and one or more third images laid out in a third
template of the third layout, and

wherein the processor causes the display device to display the first layout and the third layout as the two layouts that are
successive in the display order, in a case where the determined similarity between the first layout and the second layout
is more than is more than the predetermined similarity and the predetermined similarity between the first layout and the third
layout is not more than the predetermined similarity.

US Pat. No. 9,292,233

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus capable of executing near field wireless communication, comprising:
a display unit configured to display a screen;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain identification information regarding a device from a near field wireless communication
tag with use of the near field wireless communication;

a selection unit configured, in a case where the obtaining unit obtained the identification information, to select one of
first processing for connecting to the device indicated by the identification information and second processing for connecting
to the device indicated by the identification information and sending data to the device, based on a type of screen being
displayed by the display unit; and

a processing unit configured to execute the processing selected by the selection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,285,743

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member configured to carry and convey an image;
a first image forming unit configured to form a first image in a first color on the image bearing member;
a second image forming unit configured to form a second image in a second color different from the first color on the image
bearing member;

a measurement unit configured to detect positions of measurement images formed on the image bearing member by the first image
forming unit and the second image forming unit;

a correction unit configured to correct a position of the first image and a position of the second image based on the positions
detected by the measurement unit;

a detection unit configured to detect a temperature of the image forming apparatus; and
a determining unit configured to determine timing for causing the first image forming unit and the second image forming unit
to form the measurement images based on the temperature detected by the detection unit,

wherein the timing determined by the determining unit includes:
a first timing for the first image forming unit and the second image forming unit to form the measurement images prior to
the first image forming unit and the second image forming unit forming an image according to a print instruction, and

a second timing for the first image forming unit and the second image forming unit to form the measurement images after the
first image forming unit and the second image forming unit formed the image according to the print instruction.

US Pat. No. 9,279,775

X-RAY IMAGING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An X-ray imaging apparatus for capturing an X-ray tomogram of an object, comprising:
a selection unit configured to select two X-ray focuses out of a plurality of X-ray focuses which project images on an X-ray
detector through a region of interest which is an imaging region of the object, the selected two X-ray focuses having an intersecting
angle of a predetermined value in the region of interest; and

a control unit configured to control the X-ray focuses existing between the selected two X-ray focuses to emit X-rays and
to control the X-ray detector to detect the emitted X-rays, for capturing an X-ray image,

wherein, after the two X-ray focuses are selected by the selection unit, the selection unit selects other two X-ray focuses
by decreasing the intersecting angle in the region of interest.

US Pat. No. 9,278,518

PRINTHEAD SUBSTRATE, PRINTHEAD, AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printhead substrate comprising:
a plurality of printing portions;
a plurality of ink supply ports;
wherein the plurality of printing portions are divided into a plurality of groups arrayed along a first direction, and
wherein the plurality of ink supply ports are arranged along the first direction so as to correspond to the plurality of groups
respectively; and

a plurality of first voltage wiring portions, provided in correspondence with the plurality of groups, each of which is configured
to supply a first voltage to a first terminal of each printing portion in the corresponding groups; and

a plurality of second voltage wiring portions, provided in correspondence with the plurality of groups, each of which is configured
to supply a second voltage to a second terminal of each printing portion in the corresponding group,

wherein each of the plurality of first voltage wiring portions includes:
a first wiring pattern configured to electrically connect the first terminals of the printing portions in the corresponding
group with each other, and

a second wiring pattern arranged between an ink supply port in the corresponding group and another ink supply port different
from the ink supply port in the corresponding group, and electrically connected to the first wiring pattern, and

wherein each of the plurality of second voltage wiring portions includes:
a third wiring pattern configured to electrically connect the second terminals of the printing portions in the corresponding
group with each other, and

a fourth wiring pattern arranged between the ink supply port in the corresponding group and another ink supply port different
from the ink supply port in the corresponding group, and electrically connected to the third wiring pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,282,634

PRINTED WIRING BOARD, PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD, AND PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printed circuit board comprising:
a semiconductor package;
a printed wiring board having the semiconductor package mounted on a first surface layer thereof,
the printed wiring board comprising:
a first conductor pattern formed in a region of the first surface layer on which the semiconductor package is to be mounted;
a second conductor pattern placed in a second surface layer on a side opposite to the first surface layer;
a first through hole piercing the first surface layer and the second surface layer; and
a second through hole piercing the first surface layer and the second surface layer; and
a solder member placed between the semiconductor package and the printed wiring board, for joining a conductive member provided
in the semiconductor package and the first conductor pattern together, wherein:

the first conductor pattern comprises:
a first plane-like conductive pattern; and
a first pad-like conductive pattern which is surrounded by the first plane-like conductive pattern and is placed with a gap
between the first pad-like conductive pattern and the first plane-like conductive pattern;

the second conductor pattern comprises:
a second plane-like conductive pattern; and
a second pad-like conductive pattern which is surrounded by the second plane-like conductive pattern and is placed with a
gap between the second pad-like conductive pattern and the second plane-like conductive pattern;

the first plane-like conductive pattern and the second pad-like conductive pattern are connected to each other via the first
through hole; and

the second plane-like conductive pattern and the first pad-like conductive pattern are connected to each other via the second
through hole.

US Pat. No. 9,278,543

INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inkjet recording apparatus comprising:
a first ink tank for storing ink;
a second ink tank for receiving ink supplied from the first tank;
a partitioning portion configured to partition the second ink tank to form a first chamber and a second chamber;
a first communication port provided in the second ink tank and configured to make the first chamber and the second chamber
communicate with each other;

a second communication port provided in the second ink tank and configured to make the first chamber and the second chamber
communicate with each other;

an ink inlet port provided in the first chamber and configured to allow ink to flow from the first ink tank to the second
ink tank, and

a sensing unit provided in the second chamber and configured to sense the amount of ink in the second ink tank,
wherein the ink inlet port is provided at a position such that when a height of the ink surface when a minimum volume of ink
is in the second ink tank under normal usage is a first height and a height of the ink inlet port is a second height, a volume
in the second ink tank above the second height does not become smaller than an amount of ink volume change in the second chamber
when the volume of the ink is changed from the first height to the second height, and

the second communication port is arranged above the second height.

US Pat. No. 9,280,081

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT SUPPRESSES OCCURRENCE OF COLOR SHIFT IN IMAGES AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a first image bearing member and a second image bearing member, a surface of each of which is adapted to be charged;
an exposure unit provided for each of said first and second image bearing members and configured to form an electrostatic
latent image by exposing each associated one of said first and second image bearing members, the surface of which having been
charged;

a developing unit provided for each of said first and second image bearing members and configured to develop the electrostatic
latent image with color material;

an intermediate transfer member configured to be brought into contact with said first and second image bearing members, and
have the color material transferred thereon, with which the electrostatic latent image on each of said first and second image
bearing members has been developed by said developing unit;

a control unit configured to control timing for exposing said second image bearing member in dependence upon a first surface
distance from a position on said first image bearing member where exposure is started by said exposure unit to a position
where said first image bearing member is in contact with said intermediate transfer member, and a second surface distance
at a time when said first image bearing member is exposed by said exposure unit, extending from a position on said second
image bearing member, which is to be exposed by said exposure unit, to a position where said second image bearing member is
in contact with said intermediate transfer member;

a first calculation unit configured to calculate the first surface distance;
a second calculation unit configured to calculate the second surface distance;
a target value calculation unit configured to calculate a target value by adding the first surface distance calculated by
said first calculation unit to a distance between a position where said first image bearing member is in contact with said
intermediate transfer member and a position where said second image bearing member is in contact with said intermediate transfer
member, and further subtracting the second surface distance calculated by said second calculation unit from a result of said
adding; and

an intermediate transfer member rotary encoder configured to use a rotational shaft of a rotating member that drives said
intermediate transfer member, as an input shaft,

wherein said control unit controls said exposure unit to start to expose said second image bearing member at a time when a
distance over which a point on the surface of said first image bearing member has moved from the position where exposure is
started by said exposure unit, becomes equal to the target value calculated by said target value calculation unit,

wherein said target value calculation unit calculates a second target value, by subtracting the second surface distance calculated
by said second calculation unit from a distance from the position where said first image bearing member is in contact with
said intermediate transfer member to the position where said second image bearing member is in contact with said intermediate
transfer member, and

wherein said control unit controls said exposure unit to expose said second image bearing member at a time when the distance
over which a point the surface of said intermediate transfer member has moved, calculated using a pulse output from said intermediate
transfer member rotary encoder, becomes equal to the second target value calculated by said target value calculation unit.

US Pat. No. 9,272,857

SHEET STACKING APPARATUS, SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet stacking apparatus for supporting stacked sheets within a sheet storage portion, the sheet stacking apparatus comprising:
a base member;
a sheet stacking portion on which sheets are stacked, the sheet stacking portion being supported by the base member such that
both end portions of the sheet stacking portion swing up and down about a swinging center;

a first biasing member biasing one end portion of the sheet stacking portion against the swinging center; and
a second biasing member biasing another end portion of the sheet stacking portion against the swinging center,
wherein both end portions of the sheet stacking portion are held at substantially the same level by the first and second biasing
members.

US Pat. No. 9,265,424

MAMMOGRAPHY APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A detection apparatus comprising:
a near infrared ray source;
an X-ray source;
a detection unit configured to detect near infrared rays emitted from said near infrared ray source and X-rays emitted from
said X-ray source, said detection unit having a light-receiving surface to receive the near infrared rays and X-rays;

a grid provided on a side of said light-receiving surface of said detection unit; and
a control unit configured to control said near infrared ray source, when irradiating the near infrared rays, to advance into
an opposite side of said light-receiving surface of said detection unit, and to control said grid to evacuate to an area which
does not intercept the near infrared rays irradiated to said light-receiving surface of said detection unit, and when irradiating
the X-rays, to control said grid to advance into an inside of said detection unit, and said near infrared ray source to evacuate
to an area which does not intercept the X-rays irradiated to the side of said light-receiving surface of said detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,270,839

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS HAVING USER LOGIN FUNCTION, CONTROL METHOD THEREFORE, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A data transmitting apparatus that is shared by a plurality of users, comprising:
a storage unit configured to store a plurality of destination addresses, wherein an address book is comprised of at least
a part of the plurality of destination addresses stored in the storage unit, and wherein the plurality of destination addresses
include a destination address which is made public to a specific user, a destination address which is made public to a specific
group including a plurality of users and a destination address which is made public to any user;

a transmitting unit configured to transmit image data to at least one destination address selected from the plurality of destination
addresses stored in the storage unit; and

a display control unit configured to, when receiving an instruction to register a new address from a user who has logged in
to the data transmitting apparatus, (i) generate, if the user belongs to at least one group, a first registering screen with
which it is selectable to register the new address to be registered as the destination address which is made public to the
user, as the destination address which is made public to the group to which the user belong, or as the destination address
which is made public to the any user, and (ii) generate, if the user does not belong to any group, a second registering screen
with which it is selectable to register the new address to be registered as the destination address which is made public to
the user or as the destination address which is made public to the any user.

US Pat. No. 9,269,557

IONIZATION DEVICE, MASS SPECTROMETER INCLUDING THE IONIZATION DEVICE, AND IMAGE GENERATION SYSTEM INCLUDING THE IONIZATION DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ionization device, comprising:
a laser light irradiation unit configured to irradiate at least a region of a surface of a sample with laser light to desorb
a particle contained on the surface of the sample;

a liquid holding unit having a distal end and a proximal end, the liquid holding unit being configured to hold a liquid on
an outer periphery of the distal end;

an extract electrode configured to extract an ionized ion; and
a voltage application unit configured to apply a voltage between the liquid and the extract electrode to cause the ion to
generate from the liquid held on the outer periphery of the distal end,

wherein the region and the distal end are disposed so as not to make contact with each other but to be in close proximity
to each other so that the liquid held on the outer periphery of the distal end collects the particle desorbed from the sample
as a result of being irradiated with the laser light,

wherein the particle is ionized using the liquid held on the outer periphery of the distal end, and
wherein the liquid holding unit has an elongated shape and flexibly vibrates relative to a longitudinal axis of the liquid
holding unit, and both the collection of the particle into the liquid and the ionization of the particle are performed at
the distal end of the liquid holding unit alternately within a range in which the distal end flexibly vibrates.

US Pat. No. 9,268,280

HEATING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A heating apparatus having first and second heat generation members, wherein the heating apparatus is capable of switching
its state between a first state in which the first and second heat generation members are connected in series and a second
state in which the first and second heat generation members are connected in parallel, comprising:
a driving control element configured to control a state of supplying an alternating voltage from a commercial power supply
to the first heat generation member and the second heat generation member;

a first detection part configured to detect whether or not a voltage of a positive half-wave of the alternating voltage exceeds
a first threshold value in a case where the alternating voltage is supplied to the first or second heat generation members;

a second detection part configured to detect whether or not a voltage of a negative half-wave of the alternating voltage exceeds
a second threshold value in the case where the alternating voltage is supplied to the first or second heat generation members;

a switching part configured to switch between a connecting state in which the alternating voltage is supplied to the driving
control element and a cut-off state in which the alternating voltage is not supplied to the driving control element; and

a control unit configured to control the switching part to make the driving control element be at the cut-off state in a case
where the alternating voltage exceeding the first threshold value or the second threshold value is detected by the first detection
part and the second detection part, based on a detection result of the first detection part or the second detection part.

US Pat. No. 9,270,843

INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for performing a communication via a network with a print control apparatus which activates
a second interface unit in response to reception of a first activation instruction through a first interface unit, said information
processing apparatus comprising:
a first instruction control unit configured to transmit, via the network, upon input of a print instruction via a printer
driver by a user, the first activation instruction to the print control apparatus for shifting the print control apparatus
from a first power status in which no print job can be received to a second power status in which a print job can be received
but cannot be processed;

a reception unit configured to receive, from the print control apparatus via the network, information indicating that the
print control apparatus has activated a communication function of the second interface in response to the first activation
instruction transmitted by said first instruction control unit; and

an output control unit configured to output, via the network without an instruction by the user, a print job to the print
control apparatus for shifting the print control apparatus from the second power status to a third power status in which the
print job can be processed and for controlling the print control apparatus to process the print job, after the reception unit
receives the information from the print control apparatus,

wherein power consumed in the second power status is larger than power in the first power status and power consumed in the
third power status is larger than power in the second power status.

US Pat. No. 9,268,556

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING FIRMWARE, METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a printing unit;
a main controller configured to control the image forming apparatus and execute a module for the main controller included
in firmware of the image forming apparatus, wherein the main controller includes a processor;

a print engine controller configured to control the printing unit and disposed in the printing unit, wherein the print engine
controller is configured to execute a module for the print engine controller included in the firmware of the image forming
apparatus;

a plurality of storage devices, wherein one of the plurality of storage devices is disposed in the main controller, and another
of the plurality of storage devices is disposed in the print engine controller;

a first acquisition unit configured to identify a module requiring an update and acquire a corresponding update module from
a supply source of modules constituting the firmware of the image forming apparatus;

a second acquisition unit configured to acquire module information based on the update module;
an identification unit configured to identify a storage device from the plurality of storage devices as an installation destination
where the update module acquired by said first acquisition unit is to be installed, based on the module information acquired
by said second acquisition unit;

a calculation unit configured to calculate update processing information representing an update processing time period required
to install the update module acquired by said first acquisition unit in the storage device identified by said identification
unit and a number of reboots involved in an update process, wherein the calculation unit is configured to calculate the update
processing information based on which of the plurality of storage devices was identified by said identification unit; and

an output unit configured to output, before said output unit receives an instruction to start the update process, the update
processing time period required to install the acquired update module based on the update processing information calculated
by said calculation unit;

wherein said calculation unit is configured to calculate the update processing time period by adding (1) a time period of
a number of stages required to install the acquired update module, the calculation unit configured to calculate the time period
of the number of stages in accordance with a file size of the update module, and (2) a reboot time period required according
to the number of reboots involved in the update process.

US Pat. No. 9,270,909

IMAGING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGING APPARATUS AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR DETERMINING A CORRECTION VALUE FOR AN OFFSET CORRECTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an imaging element in which a plurality of pixels are arranged on a two-dimensional surface, each line of pixels in the two-dimensional
surface having an optical black region which is light-shielded and a region other than the optical black region;

a derivation unit configured to derive, for the lines of pixels, a representative value based on pixel values in the optical
black region;

a first determination unit configured to determine, based on a first representative value derived with respect to a line in
a first region that includes one or more lines, a correction value for an offset correction for the line in the first region;
and

a second determination unit configured to determine, based on a second representative value derived with respect to a line
in a second region that includes one or more lines and a third representative value derived with respect to a line adjacent
to that line in the second region, a correction value for offset correction for that line in the second region.

US Pat. No. 9,269,395

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display control apparatus for performing display control in order to display an image on a display apparatus, the display
control apparatus comprising:
an input unit configured to input image group data composed of a plurality of images to be sequentially played;
an acquiring unit configured to acquire information of a display size of a specific object included in each of the images;
and

a determining unit configured to determine a play speed at which each of the plurality of images is sequentially played in
accordance with the display size of the specific object included in each of the images,

wherein said determining unit is configured to determine the play speed so that the smaller the display size of the specific
object is, the slower the play speed is.

US Pat. No. 9,269,163

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR COMPRESSING OR DECOMPRESSING LIGHT FIELD IMAGES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method comprising:
obtaining a compressed plenoptic image generated by compressing an original plenoptic image;
obtaining a refocusing parameter;
generating a first refocused image from the original plenoptic image using the refocusing parameter and generating a second
refocused image from a decompressed plenoptic image using the refocusing parameter, the decompressed plenoptic image being
obtained from the compressed plenoptic image;

obtaining residual data corresponding to a difference between the first refocused image and the second refocused image; and
outputting data comprising the compressed plenoptic image, the residual data and the refocusing parameter.

US Pat. No. 9,261,691

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a light source unit;
an illumination optical system configured to introduce a light from the light source unit onto a plane to be illuminated;
an image pickup optical system configured to form an image of an object placed on the plane to be illuminated;
an image pickup portion including a plurality of image pickup elements that take the image of the object via the image pickup
optical system; and

a light shielding member having a plurality of opening portions for allowing light to be entered into an effective light receiving
area of each of the plurality of image pickup elements to pass therethrough, the plurality of opening portions and the effective
light receiving areas of the plurality of image pickup elements being disposed in a one-to-one relation,

wherein the light shielding member is configured to block light to be entered into an area other than the effective light
receiving area of each of the plurality of image pickup elements in the image pickup portion.

US Pat. No. 9,264,580

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS CONFIGURED FOR ACQUIRING USER INFORMATION USING NEAR FIELD WIRELESS COMMUNICATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

7. An information processing apparatus capable of performing near field wireless communication, comprising:
a display unit configured to display a screen;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire user information by using the near field wireless communication;
a specification unit configured to specify, in a case where the acquisition unit acquires the user information, a screen ID
of a screen being displayed by the display unit; and

a processing unit configured to execute, by using the user information, a process corresponding to the screen ID specified
by the specification unit, wherein

the processing unit is configured to set an address corresponding to the user information as a destination in response to
detecting no user operation after executing user authentication but receiving near field wireless communication device ID
information.

US Pat. No. 9,254,660

PROCESS FOR PRODUCING A LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process for producing a liquid ejection head including a silicon substrate having a supply port to supply a liquid to
a flow path, and an ejection-orifice-forming member forming the flow path between the ejection-orifice-forming member and
the silicon substrate and having an ejection orifice to eject the liquid in the flow path, the process comprising:
forming an etching protection film so as to cover the ejection-orifice-forming member;
forming the supply port passing through the silicon substrate by anisotropic etching using an alkaline aqueous solution; and
removing the etching protection film,
wherein the etching protection film comprises an organic polymer material having a storage modulus at 80° C. of 1.0×106 Pa or higher.

US Pat. No. 9,258,471

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, INFORMATION DISTRIBUTING APPARATUS, INFORMATION TRANSMISSION METHOD, INFORMATION DISTRIBUTION METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus capable of being movable and storing an image file including image data from an image pickup
device, comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a current location of the image pickup apparatus;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a shooting location from the image file, wherein the shooting location corresponds
to a location where the image file was shot;

a calculation unit configured to calculate a distance from the shooting location of the image file to the current location
of the image pickup apparatus; and

a transmission control unit configured to control to transmit the image file to an external apparatus if the distance is larger
than a threshold value, and not to transmit the image file to the external apparatus if the distance is not larger than the
threshold value.

US Pat. No. 9,256,928

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM CAPABLE OF DETERMINING A REGION CORRESPONDING TO LOCAL LIGHT FROM AN IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
at least one processor that operates to control:
an input unit of the image processing apparatus configured to input image data;
a specification unit of the image processing apparatus configured to specify a characteristic of the image data input by the
input unit;

a first determination unit of the image processing apparatus configured to determine a threshold, being used for determining
a region corresponding to local light in the input image data, according to the characteristic of the image data specified
by the specification unit; and

a second determination unit of the image processing apparatus configured to determine a region corresponding to local light
in the image data input by the input unit based on the threshold determined by the first determination unit,

wherein the threshold includes a luminance threshold used for detecting of a local light candidate in the input image data,
wherein the at least one processor further operates to control the first determination unit to determine a luminance threshold
ThY, and

wherein the luminance threshold ThY is determined as follows by using a weight W and a value HLY which is a high-luminance
point where a cumulative frequency ratio of a histogram of a luminance component reaches a predetermined ratio:

ThY=HLY×W.

US Pat. No. 9,258,492

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM IN WHICH PROGRAM IS STORED FOR ACQUIRING AND PROCESSING IMAGES TAKEN AT DIFFERENT FOCUS POSITIONS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a lens driver configured to drive a lens to change a focus position;
an image acquisition unit configured to acquire a first image and a second image taken at a different focus position from
the first image;

an image size changer configured to change an image size of at least one of the first and second images, according to the
difference between a position of the lens where the first image is taken and a position of the lens where the second image
is taken;

a position shift amount calculator configured to calculate position shift amounts of the first and second images after the
image size is changed by the image size changer;

a determination unit configured to determine a main object area and a backdrop area in the first image by using the first
image and the second image that are positioned based on the position shift amounts; and

a blurring unit configured to perform a low-pass filter processing for an area determined as the backdrop area by the determination
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,256,166

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member configured to bear a toner image;
an intermediary transfer member configured to carry the toner image transferred from the image bearing member at a primary-transfer
position;

a transfer member, provided contactable to an outer peripheral surface of the intermediary transfer member, configured to
transfer the toner image from the intermediary transfer member onto a recording material at a secondary-transfer position;

a constant-voltage element, electrically connected between the intermediary transfer member and a ground potential, configured
to maintain a predetermined voltage by passing of a current therethrough;

a power source to form, by applying a voltage to the transfer member to pass the current through the constant-voltage element,
both of a secondary-transfer electric field at the secondary-transfer position and a primary-transfer electric field at the
primary-transfer position;

a detecting portion configured to detect the current passing through the transfer member;
an executing portion configured to execute a test mode in which when no recording material exists at the secondary-transfer
position, a test voltage is applied to the transfer member by the power source to detect the current by the detecting portion;
and

a controller configured to control, on the basis of the current detected by the detecting portion in the test mode, a voltage
to be applied to the transfer member by the power source when the recording material exists at the secondary-transfer position,
wherein

the controller controls the test voltage applied by the power source so that the constant-voltage element maintains the predetermined
voltage in a period of the test mode.

US Pat. No. 9,256,197

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING SPACE REGULATED DETACHABLE CARTRIDGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording material, said apparatus comprising:
(i) a cartridge detachably mountable to a main assembly of said electrophotographic image forming apparatus, said cartridge
including an electrophotographic photosensitive member, a frame, a portion-to-be-guided provided on said frame, a portion-to-be-regulated
provided on said frame, and a force receiving portion provided on said frame;

(ii) a belt member;
(iii) a supporting member dismountably supporting said cartridge and movable between an inside position inside said main assembly
and an outside position outside said main assembly and in which said cartridge is mountable and dismountable;

(iv) a contacting and spacing member movably provided on said supporting member, said contacting and spacing member being
movable between a first position to urge said force receiving portion to space said electrophotographic photosensitive member
from said belt member and a second position retracted from the first position to permit contact of said electrophotographic
photosensitive member to said belt member;

(v) a positioning portion configured to engage with said portion-to-be-guided to position said cartridge when said supporting
member is in the inside position; and

(vi) a regulating portion provided on said supporting member to engage with said portion-to-be-regulated to position said
cartridge relative to said supporting member when said supporting member moves between the inside position and the outside
position,

wherein when said contacting and spacing member is in the first position, said portion-to-be-guided is spaced from said positioning
portion, and said portion-to-be-regulated is engaged with said regulating portion, and wherein when said contacting and spacing
member is in the second position, said portion-to-be-guided is engaged with said positioning portion, and said portion-to-be-regulated
is spaced from said regulating portion.

US Pat. No. 9,239,423

IMAGING DEVICE, IMAGING SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING IMAGING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging device comprising:
a substrate in which a plurality of light receiving portions is arranged;
an insulator arranged on the substrate;
a plurality of first members arranged on the substrate so that a projection of each of the plurality of first members onto
the substrate at least partially overlaps with any of the plurality of light receiving portions, each of the plurality of
first members being surrounded by the insulator;

a second member arranged on the insulator and the plurality of first members; and
a light shielding portion arranged in the second member.

US Pat. No. 9,235,910

GRAPHICS RENDERING AND EDITING APPARATUS AND METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A graphics editing apparatus, comprising:
a memory;
a processor coupled to the memory which executes the following:
drawing a straight line segment by designating a start point and an endpoint, edges of the straight line segment being at
the start point and the end point;

setting, based on an operation of a pointer, points on the straight line segment as a first fixed point and a second fixed
point to divide the straight line segment into three parts;

deforming the straight line segment by moving a control point which is on the straight line segment and is between the first
fixed point and the second fixed point, to a position pointed by the pointer in such a way that a part of the straight the
line segment which is between the first fixed point and the second fixed point is deformed to be a curved line by the moving
of the control point which is between the first fixed point and the second fixed point and the other parts of the straight
line segment which are not between the first fixed point and the second fixed point are not deformed by the moving of the
control point which is between the first fixed point and the second fixed point; and

inputting information about sharpness of the straight line segment after being deformed,
wherein the straight line segment is deformed so that a shape of the straight line segment deformed in response to the moving
of the control point is sharper when the information about the sharpness corresponds to sharpness which is a threshold value
or larger, compared to when the information of the sharpness corresponds to sharpness which is less than the threshold value.

US Pat. No. 9,235,156

LAYER THICKNESS REGULATING MEMBER FOR REGULATING LAYER THICKNESS OF DEVELOPER CARRIED ON DEVELOPER CARRYING MEMBER AND LAYER THICKNESS REGULATING MEMBER MANUFACTURING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A layer thickness regulating member comprising:
a base portion;
a layer thickness regulating portion, projected from a front side surface of the base portion, configured to regulate a layer
thickness of a developer; and

a reinforcing rib portion, projected in a rear side of the base portion, formed along a longitudinal direction of the layer
thickness regulating member,

wherein the layer thickness regulating portion and the reinforcing rib portion are integrally molded with the base portion,
wherein the layer thickness regulating portion is separated from a metal mold by pushing out a free end of the reinforcing
rib portion from a rear side of the base portion by a plurality of pushing-out members after being metal-molded, and

wherein a molding trace by the plurality of pushing-out members is formed on a surface of the free end of the reinforcing
rib portion.

US Pat. No. 9,235,165

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH ELECTROSTATIC CLEANING MEMBERS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an intermediary transfer belt;
a transfer member configured to transfer a toner image from said intermediary transfer belt onto a transfer material at a
transfer portion;

a power supply configured to apply a transfer voltage to said transfer member;
a first cleaning member configured to contact with a surface of said intermediary transfer belt at a first cleaning portion
to collect toner passed through the transfer portion, a first voltage having an identical polarity to a toner charge polarity
being applied to said first cleaning member;

a second cleaning member configured to contact with the surface of said intermediary transfer belt at a second cleaning portion
to collect the toner passed through the transfer portion, a second voltage having an opposite polarity to the toner charge
polarity being applied to said second cleaning member;

a first detecting member configured to detect a first current passing through said first cleaning member;
a second detecting member configured to detect a second current passing through said second cleaning member;
a memory configured to store information about detection results of said first detecting member and said second detecting
member; and

a control portion, capable of executing an adjusting mode, configured to detect the first current and the second current using
said first and second detecting members, respectively, and configured to adjust the transfer voltage on the basis of detection
results of said first and said second detecting members and the information from said memory stored in a previous adjusting
mode, the transfer voltage being adjusted to a lower voltage in a case of a first decrease amount being greater than a second
decrease amount, and the transfer voltage being adjusted to a higher voltage in a case of the second decrease amount being
greater than the first decrease amount, the first decrease amount being a value obtained by subtracting an absolute value
of the first current detected in the adjusting mode from an absolute value of the first current detected in the previous adjusting
mode, the second decrease amount being a value obtained by subtracting an absolute value of the second current detected in
the adjusting mode from an absolute value of the second current detected in the previous adjusting mode.

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. 9,230,319

METHOD OF RECONSTRUCTING A BIOLOGICAL TISSUE IMAGE, AND METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ACQUIRING A BIOLOGICAL TISSUE IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of reconstructing an image of a sample through use of multiple measured spectra obtained by measuring respective
regions of the sample, the method comprising acquiring an image through utilization of an intensity distribution in the regions
of at least one peak in each of the measured spectra and a classifier,
wherein the acquiring of the image through the utilization of the intensity distribution in the regions of the at least one
peak and the classifier comprises acquiring the image through utilization of the classifier hierarchically for distribution
information on each peak.

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. 9,218,150

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a first installation unit configured to install a first printing related program corresponding to a plurality of types of
image forming apparatuses; and

a second installation unit configured to install a second printing related program along with the installation of the first
printing related program by the first installation unit, without fixing an output destination of the second printing related
program,

wherein the second printing related program is executed when output data corresponding to data received from the first printing
related program is transmitted to an output destination by using an object, wherein the output destination is set according
to a user's selection in the object, and wherein at least one processor functions as the units.

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. 9,213,887

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. 9,191,549

IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE READING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image reading apparatus comprising:
an original conveyance unit configured to convey an original so as to be introduced into between a moving document reading
glass and a reference member and so as to pass through a moving document reading position, the moving document reading glass
and the reference member being disposed to face each other at the moving document reading position;

a reading unit configured to read the original in a main scanning direction through the moving document reading glass when
the original passes through the moving document reading position;

a first abnormal pixel detection unit configured to detect a pixel having abrightness value less than a first abnormal pixel
detection threshold value among pixels located at a same main scanning direction position in a plurality of lines, the brightness
value being obtained by said reading unit reading the reference member through the moving document reading glass in a state
before the original passes through the moving document reading position, said first abnormal pixel detection unit being configured
to detect, in a case where the number of detected pixels is equal to or greater than a first abnormal pixel determination
threshold value, a main scanning direction position of the detected pixels as a first main scanning direction position;

a second abnormal pixel detection unit configured to detect a pixel having a brightness value less than a second abnormal
pixel detection threshold value, the second abnormal pixel detection threshold value being greater than the first abnormal
pixel detection threshold value, among pixels located at a same main scanning direction position in a plurality of lines,
the brightness value obtained by said reading unit reading a leading end portion of the original through the moving document
reading glass in a state that the original is being conveyed, said second abnormal pixel detection unit being configured to
detect, in a case where the number of detected pixels is equal to or greater than a second abnormal pixel determination threshold
value, a main scanning direction position of the detected pixels as a second main scanning direction position; and

a decision unit configured to decide the main scanning direction position detected both as the first main scanning direction
position and as the second main scanning direction position, as an abnormal main scanning position.

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. 9,160,916

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. 9,146,503

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. 9,143,130

INTEGRATED CIRCUIT AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An integrated circuit comprising:
a plurality of circuit blocks;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a request of a reset operation for at least one of the plurality of circuit blocks;
a determination unit configured to determine, based on constraining condition information indicating whether or not a reset
target circuit block can perform the reset operation simultaneously with another circuit block in which the reset operation
is underway, whether or not to instruct the reset target circuit block to perform the reset operation according to the request;
and

an instruction unit configured to instruct the reset target circuit block to start the reset operation according to the request
when the determination unit determines to instruct the reset target circuit block to perform the reset operation.

US Pat. No. 9,142,183

DISPLAY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display management system comprising:
an operation display apparatus that performs image processing of an inputted image as necessary, and displays the processed
image on a display unit;

a master display apparatus that performs image processing of an inputted image as necessary, and displays the processed image
on a display unit; and

a management server, wherein
the management server has:
a selection unit that causes a user to select an image processing from a plurality of image processing executable by the master
display apparatus; and

an instruction unit that instructs the operation display apparatus to execute the image processing selected by the selection
unit in a case where this image processing can be executed by the operation display apparatus, and instructs the operation
display apparatus to execute image processing substitutable for the image processing selected by the selection unit in a case
where the image processing selected by the selection unit cannot be executed by the operation display apparatus;

the management server further has a storage unit that stores first function information representing the plurality of image
processing executable by the master display apparatus, second function information representing image processing executable
by the operation display apparatus, and substitution information representing substitutable image processing for each image
processing;

the selection unit causes the user to select an image processing from the plurality of image processing represented by the
first function information; and

the instruction unit
compares the image processing selected by the selection unit with the second function information and determines whether or
not the image processing selected by the selection unit can be executed by the operation display apparatus; and

determines the substitutable image processing by comparing the image processing selected by the selection unit, the second
function information, and the substitution information when the image processing selected by the selection unit is determined
to be unexecutable by the operation display apparatus.

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. 9,134,437

RADIATION DETECTING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation detecting device, comprising:
a scintillator which emits light when irradiated with radiation; and
a photosensor array having light receiving elements for receiving the emitted light which are two-dimensionally arranged,
wherein said scintillator comprises:
a first plane and a second plane, said first plane and said second plane being not coplanar with each other;
a phase separation structure having multiple first phases and a second phase filling space on sides of said first phases;
and

an incident plane in which radiation enters, said incident plane being not parallel to said first plane and said second plane,
and

wherein
said first phase and said second phase each have a different refractive index from each other for the light emitted by said
scintillator,

said first phase comprises a first material and said second phase comprises a second material, and
said second phase is continuously present from a part of said first plane to a part of said second plane.

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. 9,128,351

SHUTTER APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a mirror;
a mirror driving member configured to drive the mirror between a mirror up position and a mirror down position;
a first urging member configured to urge the mirror driving member;
a blade member configured to open and close an exposure opening;
a blade driving member configured to drive the blade member;
a second urging member configured to urge the blade driving member; and
a charge member configured to drive the mirror driving member against an urging force of the first urging member so as to
charge the first urging member and to drive the blade driving member against an urging force of the second urging member so
as to charge the second urging member,

wherein the charge member includes a mirror charge cam portion which abuts the mirror driving member and a shutter charge
cam portion which abuts the blade driving member,

wherein when the charge member rotates in a first direction in a case where the mirror driving member abuts the mirror charge
cam portion, the charge member charges the first urging member and the second urging member, and

wherein when the charge member rotates in the first direction in a case where the mirror driving member does not abut the
mirror charge cam portion, the charge member charges the second urging member without charging the first urging member.

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. 9,128,435

FIXING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device comprising:
a hollow fixing body configured to rotate and generate heat to heat an unfixed image carried by a sheet;
a pressing body configured to rotate in press contact with the fixing body and add a pressure to the sheet;
a pushing member configured to push the fixing body against the pressing body from an inner side of the fixing body and slide
on the inner side of the fixing body; and

a power supply unit configured to supply electric power for causing the fixing body to generate heat,
wherein the fixing body is formed by stacked layers including a first heating layer, a second heating layer, and an insulation
layer interposed between the first heating layer and the second heating layer,

wherein two electrodes of the power supply unit are configured to connect to the first heating layer and the second heating
layer at one end portion of the fixing body in a rotation axis direction,

wherein the first heating layer and the second heating layer are connected by an electrical conducting member arranged in
the fixing body at the other end portion of the fixing body in the rotation axis direction, and

wherein a current supplied from the power supply unit flows through one of two electrodes, the first heating layer, the electrical
conducting member, the second heating layer and the other of the two electrodes.

US Pat. No. 9,128,196

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising:
a plurality of conversion elements configured to convert radiation into an electric charge and arranged in a matrix;
a plurality of transistors connected between the plurality of conversion elements and a read out circuit;
a drive unit configured to supply, to a gate of the transistor, selectively, a conducting voltage setting the transistor at
a conducting state and a non-conducting voltage setting the transistor at a non-conducting state; and

a detecting unit configured to detect an irradiation of the radiation, wherein the drive unit performs:
a first operation of performing a reset operation at a plurality of times by supplying the conducting voltage to the gates
of the plurality of transistors, successively, one row by one row, at least;

a second operation of stopping the supplying of the conducting voltage in response to detecting the irradiation of the radiation
by the detecting unit and of performing an accumulating operation by supplying the non-conducting voltage to the gates of
the plurality of transistors; and

a third operation of performing, after the second operation, a read out operation by supplying the conducting voltage to the
gates of the plurality of transistors, successively, one row by one row, and,

during the first operation, a period between a time of supplying the conducting voltage to the gates of the transistor in
one row and a time of supplying the conducting voltage to the gates of the transistor in a next row is different from a period
between a time of supplying the conducting voltage to the gates of the transistor in the next row and a time of supplying
the conducting voltage to the gates of the transistor in a further next row.

US Pat. No. 9,126,409

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head comprising:
a plurality of first support members;
a second support member that is jointed to the first support members and is provided with openings;
a plurality of printing element substrates that are each positioned within the opening and are jointed on the first support
members to discharge liquid; and

an electrical wiring substrate that is jointed on the second support member and is provided with wiring for applying electrical
signals to each of printing elements of the plurality of printing element substrates, wherein

a linear expansion coefficient of the second support member is lower than a linear expansion coefficient of the electrical
wiring substrate.

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. 9,115,055

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. 9,114,631

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. 9,111,346

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. 9,104,018

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. 9,094,545

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing system that includes an image processing apparatus an information processing apparatus, comprising:
the information processing apparatus comprising:
a registering unit configured to register a first set of scan setting items in association with a first scan setting identifier,
and register a second set of scan setting items in association with a second setting identifier;

a first reception unit configured to receive the first scan setting identifier or the second scan setting identifier transmitted
from the image processing apparatus; and

a first transmission unit configured to transmit, when the first reception unit receives the first scan setting identifier,
a scan start instruction including the first set of scan setting items registered in association with the first scan setting
identifier to the image processing apparatus, and transmit, when the first reception unit receives the second scan setting
identifier, a scan start instruction including the second set of scan setting items registered in association with the second
scan setting identifier to the image processing apparatus, and

the image processing apparatus comprising:
a display control unit configured to display the first scan setting identifier and the second scan setting identifier;
a second transmission unit configured to transmit, when the first scan setting identifier displayed by said display control
unit is selected, the first scan setting identifier to the information processing apparatus, and transmit, when the second
scan setting identifier displayed by said display control unit is selected, the second scan setting identifier to the information
processing apparatus;

a second reception unit configured to receive the scan start instruction transmitted from the information processing apparatus
by the first transmitting unit in response to the transmission of the first scan setting identifier or the second scan setting
identifier;

a scanning unit configured to scan an image on an original in accordance with the first set of scan setting items or the second
set of scan setting items included in the scan start instruction received by said second reception unit; and

a third transmission unit configured to transmit image data scanned from the original by the scanning unit to the information
processing apparatus.

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. 9,094,646

PRINTER FOR CREATING A PRINT PROFILE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printer including a print unit comprising:
a receiving unit that receives, from an external apparatus, image data that is to be printed by the print unit on a print
media set to the printer;

a setting unit that sets a profile creation mode for creating profile data that is used for color conversion processing performed
on image data that is to be printed by the print unit on the print media set to the printer, wherein, in the profile creation
mode, the print unit prints a test image that is used for creating the profile data on the print media set to the printer,
the printed test image is measured and then a measured result is transmitted to outside of the printer; and

a restriction unit that restricts (a) a replacement of the print media set to the printer with another print media and/or
(b) a printing process of the printer except for a process for creating the profile data while printing the test image by
the print unit, measuring the printed test image, and then transmitting a measured result to outside of the printer, if the
profile creation mode is set by the setting unit,

wherein the test image data is generated by the profile creation software, and
wherein the restriction unit restricts, if the profile creation mode is set by the setting unit, a printing process of image
data which is not image data that has been transmitted from the profile creation software.

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. 9,091,767

ELECTRONIC CASSETTE FOR RADIOGRAPHIC IMAGING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus for radiographic imaging comprising:
an imaging detection panel configured to convert incident radiation into an electric signal; and
a holding base configured to support said imaging detection panel,
wherein said holding base includes a carbon fiber layer and a metal layer, and said carbon fiber layer is configured to support
said imaging detection panel and said metal layer which is kept at a predetermined electric potential and stacked on said
carbon fiber layer.

US Pat. No. 9,091,768

SCINTILLATOR MATERIAL AND RADIATION DETECTOR USING SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A scintillator material comprising a composition having a general formula [Cs1-xAx]3Cu2 [I1-yBry]5 and M,
wherein:
the general formula satisfies conditions of 0?x?0.2 and 0?y ?0.6,
A is at least one element or an element group selected from Rb and K,
M is at least one element or an element group selected from In and Tl, and
an addition amount of M in moles is represented as larger than 0 mol % and 2 mol % or less with respect to a total sum of
elements consisting of Cs, A, and Cu.

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. 9,086,670

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a rotatable image bearing member;
a charging unit configured to charge a surface of the image bearing member;
an electrostatic latent image forming unit configured to perform exposure of a charged surface of the image bearing member
to form an electrostatic latent image on the image bearing member;

a developing unit configured to develop the electrostatic latent image into a visible image by using a developer bearing member;
and

a cleaning unit disposed in contact with the image bearing member, and configured to clean the developer remaining on the
surface of the image bearing member,

wherein the image forming apparatus has first and second image formation execution modes, wherein the first mode is performed
by contacting the image bearing member and the developer bearing member and the second mode is performed by not contacting
the image bearing member and the developer bearing member, and

wherein the image forming apparatus uses a variable threshold, for notifying the life of the image bearing member, the variable
threshold being based on (i) life thresholds of the image bearing member for the first and second modes and (ii) a usage rate
of the first and second modes.

US Pat. No. 9,088,488

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing system, comprising:
a first information processing apparatus; and
a second information processing apparatus, wherein said first information processing apparatus and said second information
processing apparatus can communicate with each other via a network, said first information processing apparatus and said second
information processing apparatus are directly connected with each other by a predetermined cable, said predetermined cable
is separate from and independent of the network, said first information processing apparatus comprises

a first transmitting unit configured to transmit specific information on communication setting to said second information
processing apparatus via the predetermined cable, and

a second transmitting unit configured to transmit an IP address of said first information processing apparatus by a broadcast
packet via the network, and

said second information processing apparatus comprises
a first receiving unit configured to receive the specific information from said first information processing apparatus via
the predetermined cable,

a second receiving unit configured to receive the IP address transmitted from said first information processing apparatus
via the network, and

a performing unit configured to, in a case where the first receiving unit has received the specific information via the predetermined
cable and the second receiving unit has received the IP address via the network, perform the communication setting based on
the IP address received by the second receiving unit.

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. 9,085,141

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:
a flow path forming member comprising an ejection opening for ejecting liquid;
a substrate attached to the flow path forming member; and
a support member for supporting the substrate, the flow path forming member being provided on a first surface of the substrate,
and the support member being provided on a second surface of the substrate opposite to the first surface;

wherein a groove extends adjacent the second surface and is formed on a side surface of the substrate which connects the first
surface and the second surface.

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. 9,086,611

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. 9,081,323

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. 9,073,326

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. 9,073,085

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. 9,077,914

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF PRINTING IMAGE DATA HAVING M TONES UNDER INFRARED LIGHT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for outputting print image data to a printing unit which prints an image by applying a printing
material to a printing medium, comprising:
a color information holding unit which holds items of color information C1, C2, . . . , CN each indicating usage amounts of printing materials, used by the printing unit, of N types (N?3), a color difference
under visible light of which is not more than a pre-set threshold, and which have different infrared light ray absorption
rates;

a latent image input unit which inputs infrared light ray latent image data of M tones under infrared light (N?M?3); and
an output unit which decides one color information item Ci (1?i?N) held by said color information holding unit according to
a value of a pixel of interest of the input infrared light ray latent image data, and outputs, to the printing unit, the decided
color information item Ci as pixel values of print image data corresponding to the pixel of interest,

wherein, assuming that {Cp,1, Cp,2, . . . , Cp,q} (q is an integer not less than 2) is color information when a color difference under the visible light is not more than
a pre-set threshold, and that p is a value required to specify an infrared light ray absorption rate, said color information
holding unit holds items of color information {Cp1,1, Cp1,2, . . . , Cp1,q}, {Cp2,1, Cp2,2, . . . , Cp2,q}, . . . , {CpN,1, CpN,2, . . . , CpN,q} having different infrared light ray absorption rates p1 to pN, and

said output unit decides a value L required to specify an infrared light ray absorption rate according to a value of the pixel
of interest of the input infrared light ray latent image data, generates a random number value r falling within a range from
1 to q using a predetermined random number generating unit, and outputs color information CL,r specified by the decided values L and r to the printing unit as pixel values of print image data corresponding to the pixel
of interest.

US Pat. No. 9,068,111

SCINTILLATOR HAVING A PHASE SEPARATION STRUCTURE AND RADIATION DETECTOR USING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A scintillator, comprising:
a first crystal phase including multiple columnar crystals; and
a second crystal phase covering a side of each of the multiple columnar crystals,
wherein the scintillator has a first surface and a second surface, which are not located on the same plane,
wherein the first surface and the second surface each have a portion to which the second crystal phase is exposed,
wherein the first crystal phase comprises a perovskite type oxide material including at least one element selected from the
group consisting of Lu and Gd, and a rare earth element as an emission center,

wherein the first crystal phase emits light by radiation excitation, and
wherein the second crystal phase comprises alumina or a garnet type oxide material including A and B, where A is at least
one element selected from the group consisting of Lu and Gd, and B is at least one element selected from the group consisting
of Al, Sc, and Y.

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. 9,065,953

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM, WITH MODE SHIFTING BASED ON DURATION REQUIRED FOR SHIFTING AND AMOUNT OF INFORMATION TO BE STORED

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a first volatile storage unit configured to store information for returning the image forming apparatus to a normal startup
state;

a second non-volatile storage unit configured to store the information for returning the image forming apparatus to the normal
startup state; and

a control unit configured to, when the image forming apparatus is shifted to a power-saving mode, shift the image forming
apparatus to a hibernation mode in a case where duration required for shifting the image forming apparatus to the hibernation
mode is within a predetermined time period and shift the image forming apparatus to a quick mode in a case where the duration
required for shifting the image forming apparatus to the hibernation mode is not within the predetermined time period, the
hibernation mode in which the control unit causes the second non-volatile storage unit to store therein the information for
returning the image forming apparatus to the normal startup state, the quick mode in which the control unit causes the first
volatile storage unit to store therein the information for returning the image forming apparatus to the normal startup state

wherein the control unit is configured to, when the image forming apparatus is shifted to the power-saving mode, shift the
image forming apparatus to the quick mode in a case where the information that is to be stored in the second non-volatile
storage unit is stored in memory blocks, a number of which exceeds a predetermined number in the first volatile storage unit.

US Pat. No. 9,066,052

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR FORMING A MEASUREMENT IMAGE ON A SHEET

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form a measurement image on a sheet;
a conveyance unit configured to convey the sheet;
a measurement unit configured to irradiate light on the measurement image and measure reflected light from the measurement
image;

a white reference plate provided to be movable to a first position opposite the measurement unit and to a second position
that is further away from the measurement unit than the first position;

a black member provided to be movable to a third position where the black member shields light that is irradiated on the white
reference plate from the measurement unit and to a fourth position that is retracted from the third position,

a guide unit provided at a position opposite the measurement unit and configured to be movable to a fifth position, where
the guide unit guides the sheet to a side of the measurement unit and to a sixth position, that is further away from the measurement
unit than the fifth position; and

a control unit configured to, in a state in which the white reference plate is at the second position, the black member is
at the third position, and the guide unit is at the fifth position, control the conveyance unit to convey the sheet between
the measurement unit and the black member, and control the measurement unit to measure the measurement image,

wherein the conveyance unit includes a first roller pair, provided upstream of the guide unit in a conveyance direction of
the sheet, and a second roller pair, provided downstream of the guide unit in the conveyance direction of the sheet, and

wherein while the guide unit is at the fifth position, a part of the sheet is closer to the measurement unit than a virtual
plane connecting a first nip portion of the first roller pair and a second nip portion of the second roller pair.

US Pat. No. 9,066,008

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:
a display control unit configured to display an image in a display region of a display unit in a first display mode for displaying
a whole of the image in a state where a processing area of a part of the image is identifiable, and in a second display mode
for displaying the processing area of the image zoomed according to the display region;

an operation unit configured to receive a predetermined changing operation for changing the processing area of the image;
and

a control unit configured to move, in the first display mode, the processing area by a first movement amount in response to
receiving the predetermined changing operation, and to move, in the second display mode, the processing area by a second movement
amount that is smaller than the first movement amount in response to receiving the predetermined changing operation.

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. 9,058,000

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. 9,058,539

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. 9,053,542

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. 9,053,996

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS WITH A PLURALITY OF PROCESSING PORTIONS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state imaging apparatus comprising: a pixel array in which a plurality of pixel units are arranged to form a plurality
of rows and a plurality of columns, and a plurality of processing portions each corresponding to each of the plurality of
columns of the pixel array,
the plurality of pixel units comprising a first pixel unit which includes a photoelectric conversion element, and a transistor
which outputs, to a first column signal line, a signal corresponding to charges generated in the photoelectric conversion
element, and

the plurality of processing portions comprising a first processing portion which includes a first front-side capacitor configured
to hold a first signal provided through the first column signal line and having a noise component, a first back-side capacitor
arranged behind the first front-side capacitor, a second front-side capacitor configured to hold a second signal provided
through the first column signal line and having the noise component and a signal component corresponding to an amount of light
incident on a corresponding pixel unit, a second back-side capacitor arranged behind the second front-side capacitor, a first
transfer portion configured to transfer the first signal from the first front-side capacitor to the first back-side capacitor,
and a second transfer portion configured to transfer the second signal from the second front-side capacitor to the second
back-side capacitor,

wherein, in a physical layout of the apparatus, a position of the first transfer portion in a direction parallel to the first
column signal line and a position of the second transfer portion in the direction parallel to the first column signal line
are different from each other.

US Pat. No. 9,055,173

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image reading apparatus comprising:
a reading unit configured to be rotatable for reading an original;
a control unit configured to cause said reading unit to read, by causing said reading unit to rotate after reading an image
of the original, a reference member for use in shading correction; and

a correction unit configured to perform the shading correction using a read result of the reference member,
wherein said control unit causes said reading unit to read the reference member, after said reading unit in a first orientation
reads an image on a first surface of the original and before said reading unit is rotated to a second orientation for reading
a second surface of the original.