US Pat. No. 9,501,029

CONNECTION MECHANISM AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A connection mechanism comprising:
a connecting portion including a rotation arm rotatable about a rotation shaft at a first end of the rotation arm, an urging
unit configured to urge the rotation arm, and an engagement pin provided on a second end opposite to the first end of the
rotation arm; and

a connected portion having an engagement groove formed in a tapered shape to allow the engagement pin to enter therein and
contact therewith by the urging force of the urging unit,

wherein the connecting portion further includes a casing member configured to cover the rotation arm,
wherein the connected portion has a recessed portion allowing insertion of the casing member, and
wherein the engagement pin is configured to move along the engagement groove while the casing member is inserted into the
recess portion.

US Pat. No. 9,503,601

PRINTING APPARATUS HAVING PLURALITY OF POWER STATES AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,494,880

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:
a support;
an undercoat layer formed on the support; and
a photosensitive layer formed on the undercoat layer,
wherein the undercoat layer comprises:
metal oxide particles whose surfaces have been treated with a silane coupling agent;
a binder resin; and
an organic acid metal salt being at least one selected from the group consisting of an organic acid bismuth salt, an organic
acid zinc salt, an organic acid nickel salt, and an organic acid copper salt.

US Pat. No. 9,494,889

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND DETECTION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A detection apparatus comprising:
an irradiation unit configured to irradiate an image carrier on which a detection image made of a developing material is formed
with light, said irradiation unit being capable of switching a size of a light-emitting region to emit the light to irradiate;

a light-receiving unit configured to receive reflected light of the light irradiated by said irradiation unit and output a
detection signal corresponding to a light-receiving amount of the reflected light including a specular-reflected light component;

a detection unit configured to detect one of position information and density information of the detection image based on
a signal corresponding to a difference between a value of the detection signal corresponding to the light-receiving amount
of the reflected light from a first position where the detection image is formed and the value of the detection signal corresponding
to the light-receiving amount of the reflected light from a second position different from the first position during a time
when the detection image formed on said image carrier passes through an irradiation region of said irradiation unit; and

a control unit configured to control to switch the size of the light-emitting region of said irradiation unit to detect one
of the position information and the density information of the detection image.

US Pat. No. 9,494,890

DEVELOPING CARTRIDGE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing cartridge comprising:
a flexible developer bag, provided with an opening and provided in a frame, for accommodating developer; and
an acting member contactable to said developer bag,
wherein said developer bag is fixed to said frame at its upper portion, and
wherein said developer bag is swingable in a direction of the opening by contact with said acting member.

US Pat. No. 9,496,175

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME AND CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

the boundary has a curved portion.

US Pat. No. 9,494,899

FIXING DEVICE AND HEATER USED IN FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,493,664

INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,491,329

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,488,518

BRIGHTNESS CALCULATING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR BRIGHTNESS CALCULATING APPARATUS, AND DISPLAY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A brightness calculating apparatus that calculates brightness at a calculation target position on an emission surface when
light is emitted from a plurality of light sources of a light source unit,
the brightness calculating apparatus comprising:
a storage unit configured to store a plurality of attenuation coefficients corresponding to the calculation target position,
for the plurality of light sources; and

a processor programmed to function as a device that comprises:
a setting unit configured to set a calculation target position on the emission surface;
a sectioning unit configured to section the plurality of light sources into a plurality of sectioned regions in accordance
with the calculation target position set by the setting unit; and

a calculating unit configured to calculate the brightness at the calculation target position when light is emitted from the
plurality of light sources by calculating, for each of the sectioned regions, the brightness at the calculation target position
due to one or more light sources in each of the sectioned regions and summing up calculation results of the respective sectioned
regions, wherein

the sectioning unit sections light sources inside of a predetermined range from the calculation target position into a plurality
of first sectioned regions respectively including a single light source, and sections light sources outside of the predetermined
range from the calculation target position into one or more second sectioned regions respectively including two or more light
sources,

for each of the plurality of first sectioned regions, the calculating unit calculates the brightness at the calculation target
position by using the attenuation coefficient of a single light source of each of the plurality of first sectioned regions
as an attenuation coefficient of each of the plurality of first sectioned regions, and

for each second sectioned region, the calculating unit calculates the brightness at the calculation target position by using
a representative value of attenuation coefficients of the two or more light sources of each second sectioned region as an
attenuation coefficient of each second sectioned region.

US Pat. No. 9,487,004

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head comprising:
a substrate having discharge energy generating elements that generate energy used for discharging liquid;
a flow path member configured to form a flow path for supplying the liquid, the flow path member being formed over the substrate;
an electric wiring member configured to transmit a signal for driving the discharge energy generating elements;
an electric connection configured to electrically connect the substrate to the electric wiring member; and
a blocking portion provided between a first sealant and a second sealant, to separate the first sealant and the second sealant,
wherein the liquid discharge head has the first sealant for sealing a lower region of the electric connection, a third sealant
for sealing an upper region of the electric connection, and the second sealant for sealing side faces where the electric connection
is not present, the side faces each being one of a plurality of side faces of the substrate;

an elastic modulus of the third sealant is greater than an elastic modulus of the first sealant, and an elastic modulus of
the second sealant is smaller than the elastic modulus of the first sealant;

the first sealant and the third sealant contain the same type of resin; and
the blocking portion is formed of a sealant of the same type as the third sealant.

US Pat. No. 9,489,881

SHADING CORRECTION CALCULATION APPARATUS AND SHADING CORRECTION VALUE CALCULATION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,489,162

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control system that monitors a calibration status of a printer, comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain information that identifies a common media type to be used in calibration by a printer
serving as a monitoring target, the printer being capable of using a plurality of media types, a result of calibration performed
using the common media type being applied to another media type;

a first determining unit configured to determine whether a calibration status of the printer satisfies a first condition in
accordance with a printing amount of the printer;

a second determining unit configured to determine whether a recording medium corresponding to the common media type is held
in the printer by using the information obtained by the obtaining unit; and

a control unit configured to cause the printer to perform calibration by causing the printer to perform printing on the recording
medium corresponding to the common media type in a case where the first determining unit determines that the calibration status
of the printer satisfies the first condition and the second determining unit determines that the recording medium corresponding
to the common media type is held in the printer.

US Pat. No. 9,488,938

HEATER AND IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,485,376

PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS, PRINT CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A copier comprising:
a setting unit configured to set a copy ratio;
a scanning unit configured to scan a document to obtain an image of the scanned document after a copy ratio has been set;
an extracting unit configured to extract, in a case where the image includes a code, information from the code;
a requiring unit configured to require, after the information has been extracted, a user to input a password in a case where
the extracted information indicates that a password is required;

a determining unit configured to determine whether a password input by the user according to the requirement is a correct
password based on the extracted information;

a printing unit; and
a controlling unit configured to control the printing unit not to print the image, whenever information is extracted from
the code and the set copy ratio is not 1, and

configured to control the printing unit to print the image, in a case where the input password is determined to be a correct
password and the set copy ratio is 1.

US Pat. No. 9,485,444

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE HAVING CONNECTION SECTIONS CONNECTING DIFFERENT NUMBERS OF OUTPUT NODES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion device having pixels arranged in two dimensions, each of the pixels having a photoelectric conversion
unit, the photoelectric conversion device comprising:
a first pixel group configured to have a plurality of pixels arranged in a predetermined direction and formed into a plurality
of first subgroups of output nodes, the output nodes in each of the plurality of first subgroups being connected together;

a second pixel group configured to have a plurality of pixels arranged in the predetermined direction and formed into a plurality
of second subgroups of output nodes, the output nodes in each of the plurality of second subgroups being connected together;

a first connection section configured to switch between electrical connection and electrical non-connection between the output
nodes in one of the first subgroups and the output nodes in another one of the first subgroups; and

a second connection section configured to switch between electrical connection and electrical non-connection between the output
nodes in one of the second subgroups and the output nodes in another one of the second subgroups,

wherein the number of output nodes in the plurality of first subgroups which are electrically connected to one another by
the first connection section is different from the number of output nodes in the plurality of second subgroups which are electrically
connected to one another by the second connection section, and

a period when the first connection section allows the electrical connection between the output nodes in one of the first subgroups
and the output nodes in another one of the first subgroups, and a period when the second connection section allows the electrical
connection between the output nodes in one of the second subgroups and the output nodes in another one of the second subgroups
overlap,

wherein the first pixel group and the second pixel group are provided in different columns.

US Pat. No. 9,480,395

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,477,199

COLLECTING TONER CONTAINER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS USING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,477,201

CARTRIDGE, MOUNTING METHOD FOR COUPLING MEMBER, AND DISASSEMBLING METHOD FOR COUPLING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a cartridge comprising:
a developing roller;
a coupling member for receiving a rotational force for rotating the developing roller;
a cylindrical member movably supporting one end portion of the coupling member inside of the cylindrical member, the cylindrical
member being configured to transmit the rotational force from the coupling member to the developing roller; and

a member including (i) a supporting portion configured to support the cylindrical member rotatably and (ii) a regulating portion
capable of regulating movement of the coupling member, wherein the supporting portion encompasses the regulating portion as
seen along a rotational axis of cylindrical member; and

a driving motor; and
a driving shaft engageable with the coupling member of the cartridge.

US Pat. No. 9,478,575

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,471,007

DEVELOPER SUPPLY CARTRIDGE SHUTTER OPENING PROJECTION THAT MOVES IN TWO DIRECTIONS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,471,008

DEVELOPER CONTAINER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer container attached to a developer storage body, the developer container comprising:
a container frame that includes a container storing chamber, in which developer is stored, and a container opening; and
a shutter that can move between a container opening position for opening the container opening and a container closing position
for closing the container opening, wherein the shutter includes:

a contacting portion that (i) appears in front of the container opening to be at a position where the contacting portion makes
close-contact with a sealing member provided at an edge of a storage body opening of the developer storage body when the shutter
is at the container opening position, and (ii) is separated from the sealing member to move into the container frame when
the shutter moves from the container opening position to the container closing position; and

a non-contacting portion that is provided on an upstream side of the contacting portion in a moving direction from the container
opening position to the container closing position and is positioned inside the container frame when the shutter is at the
container opening position, and that moves to a position where the non-contacting portion appears in front of the container
opening without making contact with the sealing member when the shutter moves from the container opening position to the container
closing position.

US Pat. No. 9,470,903

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an optical low-pass filter configured to separate one incident ray into multiple rays to form multiple point images; and
an image sensor configured to photoelectrically convert the multiple point images,
wherein the optical low-pass filter satisfies the following condition:
0.4<2×?/P<0.9where P represents a pixel pitch of the image sensor, and ? represents a standard deviation of a distribution of the multiple
point images, and
wherein the optical low-pass filter is configured to separate the one incident ray, when one of the separation directions
thereof is defined as 0°, in each of four directions of 0°, 45°±10°, 90°±10°, and 135°±10°.

US Pat. No. 9,465,341

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,465,353

PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge comprising:
a frame;
a developing roller rotatably supported by said frame;
a coupling member provided at one longitudinal end of said frame and configured to receive a driving force;
a gear provided at the one longitudinal end and configured to receive the driving force from said coupling member;
a covering member provided at the one longitudinal end and configured to cover said gear;
a movable member provided at the one longitudinal end and movable relative to said frame; and
an urging member urging said movable member,
wherein said movable member includes a projected portion capable of projecting beyond said covering member, and said movable
member is movable between a first position in which said projected portion projects beyond said covering member and a second
position in which said projected portion is closer to said frame than in the first position,

wherein said movable member is movable from the first position to the second position by an urging force of said urging member,
and

wherein, when said movable member is in the first position, said movable member is rotatable about an axis parallel with a
longitudinal direction of said frame.

US Pat. No. 9,467,682

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
an image acquiring unit configured to acquire an image of a measurement target object;
a first position and orientation acquiring unit configured to associate a first geometric feature of a three-dimensional model
with a first image feature corresponding to the first geometric feature within the image based on an approximate position
and orientation of the measurement target object and acquire a first position and orientation of the measurement target object
based on an association result; and

a second position and orientation acquiring unit configured to, based on the first position and orientation, associate a second
geometric feature of the three-dimensional model for determining an orientation component in a rotating direction around a
rotational center axis of the three-dimensional model with a second image feature corresponding to the second geometric feature,
and acquire a second position and orientation of the measurement target object by updating the first position and orientation
so that a distance between the second geometric feature and the second image feature that are associated with each other becomes
small.

US Pat. No. 9,465,149

DIFFRACTION ELEMENT AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING DIFFRACTION ELEMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,467,471

ENCRYPTED COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory including instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the apparatus to function as:
a first unit configured to execute encryption processing based on a first IPSec protocol using a first encryption algorithm;
a second unit configured to execute encryption processing based on the first IPSec protocol using a second encryption algorithm;
a third unit configured to execute authentication processing based on a second IPSec protocol using a first authentication
algorithm;

a fourth unit configured to execute authentication processing based on the second IPSec protocol using a second authentication
algorithm,

wherein a first area of the memory stores the larger one of (i) an increment of a size of an IP header when executing the
encryption processing by the first unit and (ii) an increment of the size of the IP header when executing the encryption processing
by the second unit, and does not store the other one;

wherein a second area of the memory stores the larger one of (a) an increment of the size of the IP header when executing
the authentication processing by the third unit and (b) an increment of the size of the IP header when executing the authentication
processing by the fourth unit, and does not store the other one;

a setting unit configured to:
set a size of data to be transmitted to another communication apparatus using a packet, based on the increased size stored
in the first area, when executing the encryption processing based on the first IPSec protocol, regardless of whether the encryption
processing is executed by the first unit or by the second unit; and

set a size of data to be transmitted to the other communication apparatus using a packet, based on the increased size stored
in the second area, when executing the authentication processing based on the second IPSec protocol, regardless of whether
the authentication processing is executed by the third unit or by the fourth unit; and

a transmission unit configured to transmit the packet including data which does not exceed the set size to the other communication
apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,465,224

IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE AND IMAGE DISPLAY METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image display device comprising:
a stereoscopic screen which displays a left-eye image and an right-eye image that reflect a parallax between left and right
eyes of a user;

a detection unit which detects an orientation of the stereoscopic screen; and
a display control unit which displays, on the stereoscopic screen, the left-eye image and the right-eye image in a predetermined
direction and in a predetermined arrangement for the left eye and the right eye, respectively, based on the orientation detected
by the detection unit,

wherein if the orientation detected by the detection unit is an upright direction, the display control unit causes the left-eye
image and the right-eye image to be displayed in the upright direction in a predetermined arrangement in which the left-eye
image and the right-eye image can be viewed by the left and right eyes respectively of the user, and if the detected orientation
is a direction opposite to the upright direction, the display control unit turns the left-eye image and the right-eye image
180 degrees from the upright direction, and causes the left-eye image and the right-eye image to be displayed in an arrangement
that is the inverse of the predetermined arrangement.

US Pat. No. 9,465,277

LENS HOOD AND LENS APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,467,581

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,465,279

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS WITH MOVABLE LOCKING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,460,297

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control method for controlling an information processing apparatus including a volatile storage unit and a nonvolatile
storage unit, the control method comprising:
in a case where a factor to shift the information processing apparatus to a state in which the volatile storage unit is in
an off state exists,

encrypting information stored in a specific region in the volatile storage unit,
storing the encrypted information in the nonvolatile storage unit, and
storing, in the nonvolatile storage unit in unencrypted form, information stored in a region other than the specific region
in the volatile storage unit, and;

in a case where, after the encrypted information is stored in the nonvolatile storage unit and the volatile storage unit shifts
to the off state, a factor to shift the information processing apparatus to a state in which power is supplied to the volatile
storage unit exists,

decrypting the information stored in the nonvolatile storage unit in encrypted form,
storing the decrypted information in the volatile storage unit, and
storing, in the volatile storage unit, the information stored in the nonvolatile storage unit in unencrypted form, without
decrypting the information stored in the nonvolatile storage unit in unencrypted form.

US Pat. No. 9,459,545

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, MANUFACTURING METHOD OF ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, AND A SOLID SOLUTION AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF A SOLID SOLUTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising a support and a photosensitive layer on the support;
the photosensitive layer comprising a solid solution of hydroxygallium phthalocyanine and a compound represented by the following
Formula (1) or Formula (1)?;

the solid solution having peaks at Bragg angles 2? of 7.4°±0.3° and 28.3°±0.3° in CuK? characteristic X-ray diffraction:

wherein M represents a metal atom which may have an axial ligand; X represents a carbon atom or a nitrogen atom; R1 to R12 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a substituted or unsubstituted aryl group, or a substituted or unsubstituted
a heterocyclic group, with the proviso that in the case of X being a nitrogen atom, the ring is closed and none of substituents
R1 to R4 exists.

US Pat. No. 9,459,552

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,456,119

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,450,037

LIGHT EMITTING DISPLAY APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display apparatus comprising:
a substrate;
a light emitting element, the light emitting element comprising an anode electrode, a cathode electrode and a layer including
a light emitting material;

a thin film transistor for driving the light emitting element, the thin film transistor comprising a gate electrode, a gate
insulating layer, a semiconductor layer which includes an oxide semiconductor, a source electrode, a drain electrode and a
first protecting layer provided to cover the semiconductor layer, the source electrode and the drain electrode;

a second protecting layer provided between the light emitting element and the thin film transistor; and
a light shielding film which is provided between the first protecting layer and the second protecting layer and which is provided
at a position overlapped the semiconductor layer when viewed from the light emitting element side,

wherein the light shielding film has a slit, and
wherein the source electrode of the thin film transistor is electrically connected to the anode electrode through a contact
hole.

US Pat. No. 9,451,147

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,451,216

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,442,389

EXPOSURE APPARATUS AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An exposure apparatus including a measurement area for measuring a substrate, and an exposure area, which differs from
the measurement area, for exposing the substrate via a projection optical system, and executing an exposure operation while
supplying an immersion liquid between the projection optical system and the substrate disposed in the exposure area, the exposure
apparatus comprising:
plural stages each configured to hold the substrate and to be movable, and
a controller configured to control the driving of the plural stages,
wherein the controller is configured to determine a receiving position for delivering the immersion liquid supplied onto one
stage of the plural stages to another stage based on a first processing position for the substrate held by the other stage,
which is acquired based on a formulaic recipe regarding a layout of a patterning area on the substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,443,176

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND PROGRAM FOR DETERMINING SUITABILITY OF PRINTING CONTENT DATA DISPLAYED ON A DISPLAY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
at least one processer; and
a memory,
wherein the at least one processor executes instructions stored in the memory to control:
a detection unit configured to detect approach or contact between an outputting apparatus and a display apparatus;
a first acquisition unit configured to acquire information about an output attribute of the outputting apparatus;
a display control unit configured to display on the display apparatus information about output by the outputting apparatus
based on the information about the output attribute of the outputting apparatus; and

a second acquisition unit configured to acquire attribute information about content data to be displayed on the display apparatus,
wherein the display control unit is configured to display on the display apparatus the information about output by the outputting
apparatus based on the information about the output attribute of the outputting apparatus acquired by the first acquisition
unit, and the attribute information about the content data acquired by the second acquisition unit.

US Pat. No. 9,442,416

IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE-FORMING METHOD, DEVELOPING APPARATUS, AND DEVELOPING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image-forming apparatus, comprising:
an electrostatic latent image bearing member;
a charging unit for charging a surface of the electrostatic latent image bearing member;
an image exposure unit for irradiating the charged surface of the electrostatic latent image bearing member with image exposure
light to form an electrostatic latent image on the surface of the electrostatic latent image bearing member;

a developing apparatus for developing the electrostatic latent image formed on the surface of the electrostatic latent image
bearing member to form a toner image on the surface of the electrostatic latent image bearing member;

a transferring unit for transferring the toner image formed on the surface of the electrostatic latent image bearing member
onto a transfer material through or without through an intermediate transfer member; and

a fixing unit for fixing the toner image transferred onto the transfer material onto the transfer material,
the image-forming apparatus being configured to recover transfer residual toner on the surface of the electrostatic latent
image bearing member after the transfer of the toner image with the developing apparatus,

wherein:
the developing apparatus includes
toner for developing the electrostatic latent image,
a toner carrier for carrying the toner, and
a regulating member for regulating a layer thickness of the toner carried by the toner carrier;
the toner carrier is placed to be brought into contact with the electrostatic latent image bearing member;
the toner carrier includes
a substrate,
an elastic layer, and
a surface layer containing a urethane resin;
the urethane resin has a partial structure derived from a reaction between
a compound represented by the following structural formula (1) and
a polyisocyanate;
the toner comprises magnetic toner containing
toner particles each containing a binder resin and a magnetic material, and
inorganic fine particles;
the toner has a weight average particle diameter (D4) of 9.5 ?m or more and 14.0 ?m or less; and
a porosity of the toner obtained from the following mathematical expression (1) is 50 or more and 56 or less:
Porosity=((true density?tap density)/true density)×100  Mathematical expression (1)

in the structural formula (1):
n represents an integer of 1 or more and 4 or less;
R3's each independently represent a group selected from the group consisting of the following (a) to (c):

(a) a hydroxyalkyl group having 2 or more and 8 or less carbon atoms,
(b) an aminoalkyl group having 2 or more and 8 or less carbon atoms, and
(c) a group represented by the following structural formula (2); and
R4 represents an alkylene group having 2 or more and 4 or less carbon atoms:


in the structural formula (2):
m is 2 or 3; and
R5 represents an alkylene group having 2 or more and 5 or less carbon atoms.

US Pat. No. 9,444,989

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM, SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

13. A signal processing apparatus comprising:
an image signal generator configured to generate a pair of image signals based on light beams passing through pupil regions
different from each other in an image pickup optical system;

a detector configured to detect a base line length of a focus detection portion and a pupil division direction based on position
information of a focus detection region and information relating to the image pickup optical system; and

a calculator configured to calculate a phase difference in the pupil division direction by using the pair of image signals,
wherein the calculator searches a location where a degree of coincidence of the pair of image signals is maximized along the
pupil division direction to calculate the phase difference.

US Pat. No. 9,445,019

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,444,521

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TRANSITIONING BETWEEN WIRELESS COMMUNICATION AND WIRELESS POWER TRANSFER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power transmission apparatus comprising:
a communication controller configured to communicate wirelessly with a power reception apparatus, during a period capable
of data transfer, a duration of power transmission to be performed during a period of no data transfer; and

a power transmission controller configured to, after the period capable of data transfer, transmit power wirelessly to the
power reception apparatus during the period of no data transfer in accordance with the duration communicated by the communication
controller.

US Pat. No. 9,433,394

RADIOGRAPHIC IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,438,786

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,438,168

OSCILLATOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An oscillator, comprising:
a resonator configured to resonate an electromagnetic wave in a resonant axis direction;
a capacitance unit; and
a conductor configured to electrically connect in parallel the resonator and the capacitance unit, wherein
the resonator includes a waveguide structure including a negative resistor, a first conductive layer, and a second conductive
layer, where the negative resistor has a gain to the electromagnetic wave, and is disposed between the first conductive layer
and the second conductive layer that are electrically connected serially to the negative resonator,

at a resonant frequency fLC generated by an inductance Ls which the conductor and the capacitance unit constitute, and an inner capacitance Cwg of the
resonator, a conductance including the inductance Ls, a resistance component Rs from the conductor and the capacitance unit,
and a capacitance C of the capacitance unit, is equal to or higher than an absolute value Gwg of negative conductance of the
negative resistor, and

at a series resonant frequency generated by the inductance Ls and the capacitance C, a conductance 1/Rs is equal to or higher
than the absolute value Gwg.

US Pat. No. 9,429,877

PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,428,355

PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,432,011

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,432,582

IMAGE SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS AND A CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND AN IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND A CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a first resizing portion configured to reduce size of image data output by an image pickup element;
a memory configured to store the image data reduced by the first resizing portion;
a first signal processor configured to receive the image data from the memory and to perform a first signal processing to
the image data received from the memory;

an external output portion configured to output the image data to which the first signal processor performs the first signal
processing;

a second resizing portion configured to receive the image data reduced by the first resizing portion and to reduce the size
of the image data reduced by the first resizing portion;

a second signal processor configured to perform second signal processing to the image data reduced by the second resizing
portion; and

a display configured to display an image according to the image data to which the second signal processor performs the second
signal processing,

wherein the image data received by the second resizing portion has not been stored in the memory.

US Pat. No. 9,423,700

LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, LITHOGRAPHY METHOD, LITHOGRAPHY SYSTEM, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lithography apparatus comprising:
a plurality of patterning devices each of which is configured to perform patterning for a substrate supplied from a preprocessing
apparatus, based on recipe information for the substrate; and

a controller configured to control the plurality of patterning devices such that a plurality of substrates respectively belonging
to a plurality of lots is subjected to parallel patternings thereof performed by the plurality of patterning devices based
on a plurality of recipe information respectively corresponding to the plurality of lots, and transmit information regarding
a schedule of the parallel patternings to the preprocessing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,423,714

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,421,687

ROBOT CONTROL APPARATUS AND ROBOT CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A robot control method of a robot control apparatus for controlling a robot arm to be driven by transmitting a drive force
to each of multiple joints from each of drive sources corresponding thereto via a transmitting component so that the robot
arm follows a specified trajectory, the control being carried out based on an instruction value to be instructed to each of
the drive sources, the robot control method comprising:
storing, in a storage unit, constraint conditions including a constraint value of a jerk for each of the multiple joints;
calculating, by said robot control apparatus, the constraint conditions differently for each of multiple spaces into which
a movable range of the robot arm is divided, so that a load torque to be applied to the transmitting component falls within
an allowable range;

generating, by a calculating unit, the instruction value based on the specified trajectory of the robot arm by solving an
optimization problem that uses the constraint conditions stored in the storage unit as an inequality constraint;

sending the instruction value to a servo control unit configured to control the drive source in the robot arm; and
controlling the robot arm based on the instruction value.

US Pat. No. 9,423,767

PACKING MEMBER AND CARTRIDGE PACKED IN THE PACKING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,426,338

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,426,382

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,426,391

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state imaging apparatus, comprising:
a pixel array comprising a plurality of pixels arranged in matrix; and
a mixing portion for mixing signals output from the plurality of pixels,
the pixel array further comprising:
a first pixel region having a first non-effective pixel row, a second non-effective pixel row, and a third non-effective pixel
row each comprising a non-effective pixel configured to output a signal that is independent of an amount of incident light;
and

a second pixel region having a plurality of effective pixel rows each comprising an aperture pixel configured to output a
signal that is dependent on an amount of incident light,

the mixing portion being configured to:
mix a signal output from the non-effective pixel in the first non-effective pixel row and a signal output from the non-effective
pixel in the second non-effective pixel row;

mix the signal output from the non-effective pixel in the first non-effective pixel row and a signal output from the non-effective
pixel in the third non-effective pixel row; and

mix signals together, which are output from the aperture pixels in the plurality of effective pixel rows included in the second
pixel region.

US Pat. No. 9,421,798

INK-JET RECORDING DEVICE AND INK-JET RECORDING CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink-jet recording device comprising:
a recording unit configured to record an image on a recording medium including a first discharge orifice row and a second
discharge orifice row formed by a plurality of discharge orifices for discharging ink arranged in a predetermined direction,
by discharging ink from discharge orifices of the first discharge orifice row and the second discharge orifice row with relative
scan between the recording unit and the recording medium in a scanning direction intersecting with the predetermined direction;
and

a pattern record controlling unit configured to have the recording unit record a first pattern relating to adjustment of a
relative recording position on a recording medium in the scanning direction between a discharge orifice in one part of the
first discharge orifice row and a discharge orifice in another part of the first discharge orifice row, using the one part
of the first discharge orifice row and the another part of the first discharge orifice row, a second pattern relating to adjustment
of a relative recording position on a recording medium in the scanning direction between a discharge orifice in one part of
the second discharge orifice row and a discharge orifice in another part of the second discharge orifice row, using the one
part of the second discharge orifice row and the another part of the second discharge orifice row, and a third pattern relating
to adjustment of a relative recording position on a recording medium between the discharge orifice in the one part of the
first discharge orifice row and the discharge orifice in the one part of the second discharge orifice row in the scanning
direction, using the one part of the first discharge orifice row and the one part of the second discharge orifice row, and
without using the another part of the first discharge orifice row and the another part of the second discharge orifice row.

US Pat. No. 9,423,857

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,420,119

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR INSPECTING SCANNING BEAM OF SCANNING OPTICAL SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,420,131

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING ELECTRICAL UNIT PROJECTING FROM TOP SURFACE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,417,548

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS IN WHICH CHARGING CURRENT CHANGES CORRESPONDING TO VOLTAGE RISE DURING TRANSFER VOLTAGE DETERMINATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a rotatable photosensitive member;
a charging member for electrically charging a surface of said photosensitive member;
a charging voltage source for applying a charging voltage which is only a DC voltage to said charging member;
an exposure device for exposing the charged surface of said photosensitive member to light to form an electrostatic image;
a developing device for visualizing the electrostatic image as a toner image by supplying a toner to said photosensitive member;
a transfer member for transferring the toner image from said photosensitive member onto a toner image receiving member at
a transfer portion;

a transfer voltage source for applying a transfer voltage to said transfer member;
a first detecting portion for detecting a voltage of said transfer voltage source when said transfer voltage source causes
a current to flow through said transfer member;

a second detecting portion for detecting a current flowing through said charging member when said charging voltage source
applies a voltage to said charging member; and

an executing portion for executing an operation in an obtaining mode and expecting an operation in a test mode in a listed
order before a transfer period in which the toner image is transferred at the transfer portion, said test mode including a
rising period and a detecting period, wherein

in the operation in the obtaining mode, an obtained charging current is obtained by detecting a current by said second detecting
portion during passing of a region of said photosensitive member through the charging portion after the region of said photosensitive
member passed through the charging portion and the transfer portion when a predetermined charging voltage is applied to said
charging member and a voltage before adjustment is applied to said transfer member,

a voltage applied to said transfer member in the transfer period being adjusted on the basis of a detection result of said
first detecting portion when said transfer voltage source causes a predetermined target transfer current to flow through said
transfer member in the detecting period, and

said executing portion gradually changes a value of the current caused to flow through said transfer member from zero to the
predetermined target transfer current in the rising period preceding to the detecting period and sets the current caused to
flow through said transfer member as the predetermined target transfer current in the detecting period and then gradually
changes the current caused to flow through said charging member from zero to the obtained charging current when a region of
said photosensitive member positioned at the transfer portion in the rising period subsequently passes through the charging
portion and sets the current caused to flow through said charging member when a region of said photosensitive member positioned
at the transfer portion in the detecting period subsequently passes through the charging portion as the obtained charging
current.

US Pat. No. 9,417,556

CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,417,570

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,417,606

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING CONTROL MEANS TO REDUCE AN AMOUNT OF THE WATER VAPOR PRODUCED IN A MAIN ASSEMBLY THEREOF OR DETECTING UNIT CONFIGURED TO DETECT A VALUE RELATING TO AN AMOUNT OF WATER VAPOR IN THE MAIN ASSEMBLY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a main assembly;
an image bearing member configured to carry a toner image;
a transfer member cooperative with said image bearing member to form a transfer portion to transfer a toner image onto a recording
material passing through said transfer portion;

a transferring voltage source configured to apply a voltage to said transfer member;
a heating unit configured to heat the recording material having a transferred toner image;
a detecting unit configured to detect a value relating to the amount of water vapor in said main assembly;
a fan configured to adjust a flow rate in said main assembly, and
a control unit configured to control a humidity decreasing operation for decreasing the amount of vapor produced in said main
assembly;

wherein when said control unit increases the rotational speed of said fan to effect the humidity decreasing operation on the
basis of the amount of change of the value detected by said detecting unit, the value corresponding to the amount of the vapor
produced by heating the recording material by said heating unit.

US Pat. No. 9,415,588

INK-JET PRINTING APPARATUS AND INK-JET PRINTING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink-jet printing apparatus to which a print head is mountable for printing an image by driving the print head, the print
head having at least a plurality of printing elements configured to generate power for discharging ink and a first detecting
element configured to detect a temperature, the ink-jet printing apparatus comprising:
a second detecting element provided within the ink-jet printing apparatus and configured to detect a temperature;
a first acquiring unit configured to acquire first information regarding a temperature detected by the first detecting element
at a first time point after the print head is mounted to the ink-jet printing apparatus and acquire second information regarding
a temperature detected by the first detecting element at a second time point after the first time point and before image printing
is started;

a second acquiring unit configured to acquire third information regarding a temperature detected by the second detecting element
before the image printing is started;

a third acquiring unit configured to acquire fourth information regarding a correction value for correcting the temperature
detected by the first detecting element after the second time point;

a correcting unit configured to correct the temperature detected by the first detecting element based on the correction value
described in the fourth information acquired by the third acquiring unit after the second time point; and

a control unit configured to control driving of the print head based on the temperature corrected by the correcting unit,
wherein the third acquiring unit (i) acquires the fourth information regarding the correction value based on the temperature
described in the second information acquired by the first acquiring unit and the temperature described in the third information
acquired by the second acquiring unit in a case where a temperature difference between the temperature described in the first
information and the temperature described in the second information acquired by the first acquiring unit is lower than a predetermined
threshold, and (ii) acquires the fourth information regarding the correction value without using the third information acquired
by the second acquiring unit in a case where the temperature difference between the temperature described in the first information
acquired by the first acquiring unit and the temperature described in the second information is higher than the predetermined
threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,411,262

DEVELOPER QUANTITY CONTROL BLADE HAVING BLADE MEMBER COMPOSED OF A THERMOPLASTIC ELASTOMER COMPOSITION AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developer quantity control blade, which controls a quantity of a developer to be conveyed from a developer container
by a developer bearing member, comprising:
a supporting member; and
a blade member,
wherein the blade member is composed of a thermoplastic elastomer composition comprising:
a block copolymer having a polyamide structure and a polyether structure, and
an ion conductive agent,
wherein, in the blade member, a quantity of an extraction component to be extracted with methyl isobutyl ketone as a solvent
is from 0.5% by mass to 2.4% by mass, and

wherein a quantity of a molecule having a molecular weight of 5000 or less in the extraction component is 70% by mass or more.

US Pat. No. 9,405,117

OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical scanning apparatus comprising:
first and second light source units including respective light sources;
a rotating polygon mirror that performs deflection scanning of laser beams emitted from the light sources of the first and
second light source units;

an optical box accommodating the rotating polygon mirror, the optical box includes;
a first abutting portion on which the first light source unit abuts configured to position first light source unit, and a
second abutting portion on which the second light source unit abuts configured to position the second light source unit,

wherein the first and second light source units are arranged next to each other in a rotation axis direction of the rotating
polygon mirror,

a first pressing member pressing the first light source unit toward the first abutting portion to fix the first light source
unit to the abutting portion, and

a second pressing member pressing the second light source unit toward the second abutting portion to fix the second light
source unit to the second abutting portion,

wherein the first and second abutting portions are formed on a single member,
wherein the single member is a part of the optical box and is molded integrally with the optical box;
wherein the single member is disposed between the first and second light source units in the rotation axis direction;
wherein the first and second abutting portions formed on the single member face away from each other in the rotation axis
direction, and

wherein a pressing direction by the first pressing member and a pressing direction by the second pressing member are faced
each other.

US Pat. No. 9,405,374

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS OPERABLE IN RESPONSE TO TOUCH OPERATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,407,972

DATA PROCESSOR, PROGRAM UPDATING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A broadcast receiving apparatus comprising:
a memory storing a software program for executing control of the broadcast receiving apparatus;
a receiver that receives a broadcast signal;
an acquiring unit that acquires notification information from the received broadcast signal regarding a new software program
for executing the control of the broadcast receiving apparatus in place of the stored software program; and

a controller that updates the stored software program to the new software program,
wherein the notification information includes information regarding a transmission start time and a transmission end time
of the new software program to the broadcast receiving apparatus,

wherein, in a case where a first condition, a second condition and a third condition are satisfied, the controller updates
the stored software program to the new software program,

wherein the first condition is a condition which satisfies that the broadcast receiving apparatus is in a standby state, the
second condition is a condition which satisfies that a receiving level of the broadcast signal is equal to or larger than
a predetermined value, and the third condition is a condition which satisfies that a transmission time of the new software
program to the broadcast receiving apparatus based on the notification information does not coexist with previously-reserved
recording of a broadcast program, and

wherein, in a case where at least one of the first condition, the second condition and the third condition is not satisfied,
the controller does not update the stored software program to the new software program.

US Pat. No. 9,405,243

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS AND HEATER USED IN THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus, comprising:
a plate-shaped heater;
a temperature detection member configured to detect a temperature of the heater; and
a thermally conductive anisotropic sheet provided on a surface of the heater where the temperature detection member is provided,
the sheet having a higher thermal conductivity in a plane direction of the sheet than that in a thickness direction of the
sheet,

wherein the sheet is not provided at a portion of the heater where the temperature detection member is provided, or the sheet
has a reduced thickness at a portion where the temperature detection member is provided compared to the thickness thereof
in a surrounding area of the portion.

US Pat. No. 9,402,020

FOCUS DETECTION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,401,006

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,395,594

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,393,827

RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,392,172

IMAGE BLUR CORRECTION APPARATUS AND OPTICAL APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image blur correction apparatus comprising:
a sensor configured to detect an angular velocity signal;
a controller configured to execute:
a shooting state determining task that determines a shooting state of one of a first shooting state or a second shooting state
based on the angular velocity signal;

an image blur correction task that performs an image blur correction using characteristics depending on a determination result
of the shooting state determining task;

a threshold task that determines a state of the angular velocity signal in relation to a first positive threshold value, a
second negative threshold value, a third negative threshold value, and a fourth positive threshold value;

a first shooting start state determining task that determines that the first shooting state has started:
when the threshold task determines, within a first predetermined period after the threshold task determines that the angular
velocity signal exceeds the first positive threshold value, that the angular velocity signal falls below the second negative
threshold value; and

a first shooting end state determining task that determines, while in the first shooting state, that the first shooting state
has ended:

when the threshold task determines that the angular velocity signal does not exceed the fourth positive threshold value for
an entire time during a second predetermined period after the threshold task determines that the angular velocity signal falls
below the third negative threshold value,

wherein the second predetermined period is longer than the first predetermined period.

US Pat. No. 9,392,202

SCANNING CIRCUIT, PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM FOR SPECIFYING A REGISTER WHERE SCANNING IS SKIPPED AMONG A PLURALITY OF REGISTERS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus comprising:
a pixel array in which a plurality of pixels are arranged in a matrix;
a first shift register including a plurality of registers connected in series and being operable to specify a register where
scanning is skipped among the plurality of registers;

a second shift register adapted to transmit skip information for specifying the register to be skipped;
a plurality of bypass units provided in correspondence with the plurality of registers connected in series; and
a plurality of inter-register switches, each connects an output node of one of the plurality of registers and an input node
of subsequent one of the plurality of registers,

wherein the second shift register controls the plurality of bypass units into an on state and an off state based on the skip
information, and the plurality of inter-register switches into an on state and an off state on the basis of the skip information
by providing signals having opposite phases to each other for the inter-register switch connected to the output node of one
of the plurality of registers and the bypass unit connected to the input node of the one of the plurality of registers.

US Pat. No. 9,389,392

IMAGING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE IMAGING APPARATUS, LENS UNIT, AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE LENS UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus on which a lens unit, having a photographic optical system including a focus lens and a storage unit
configured to previously store first information regarding a correction value, for each position of the focus lens, for correcting
a movement amount of an image forming position of an object image in response to changing an insertion state of an optical
filter with respect to reference position of the focus lens and capable of controlling driving of the focus lens based on
information on the movement amount of the image forming position of an object image received from the imaging apparatus and
the correction value obtained from the first information corresponding to the position of the focus lens, and wherein the
lens unit is detachably mountable, the imaging apparatus comprising:
an optical filter configured to be inserted or retracted on an optical path through the photographic optical system;
a detection unit configured to detect an insertion state of the optical filter;
a calculation unit configured to calculate the movement amount of the image forming position of the object image with respect
to the reference position of the focus lens corresponding to the insertion state of the optical filter detected by the detection
unit; and

a control unit configured to transmit, to the lens unit, information on the movement amount of the image forming position
of the object image with respect to the reference position of the focus lens calculated by the calculation unit and information
on the insertion state of the optical filter detected by the detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,389,914

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,390,480

DISPLAY APPARATUS WITH IMAGE-CAPTURING FUNCTION, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND IMAGE DISPLAY SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display apparatus with an image-capturing function, comprising:
an image-capturing unit;
an outputting unit configured to output an image signal of an image captured using the image-capturing unit to an external
apparatus;

an inputting unit configured to input a combined image generated by an image combining unit configured to combine an external
input image with an image captured using the image-capturing unit from the external apparatus;

a display unit;
a corrector configured to perform image-capture-distortion correction and display-distortion correction on an image signal
captured by the image-capturing unit;

a controller configured to control the corrector to perform the image capture-distortion correction if a correction mode of
the image capture-distortion is set, control the corrector to perform the display distortion correction if a correction mode
of the display distortion is set, and control the corrector to perform the image capture-distortion correction and the display
distortion correction at the same time if the correction mode of the image capture-distortion and the correction mode of the
display-distortion are set; and

a setting unit configured to set a type of distortion correction performed by the corrector and to determine whether or not
the image combining unit is to perform image combining via an interface,

wherein the controller performs the control according to the settings made by the setting unit,
wherein the corrector performs the image-capture-distortion correction using a first correction table that contains image-capture-distortion
correction data and performs the display-distortion correction using a second correction table that contains display-distortion
correction data, and

wherein when the image combining unit performs image combining to generate the combined image, the corrector performs image-capture
inverse distortion correction on the external input image by applying distortion equal to image-capture distortion caused
by the image-capturing unit, and the corrector performs image-capture-distortion correction and display-distortion correction
on the combined image.

US Pat. No. 9,382,624

FILM FORMATION METHOD USING OSCILLATORS FOR MEASUREMENT AND CALIBRATION DURING CALIBRATION STEP PERFORMED DURING FILM FORMATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A film formation method comprising:
a film formation step of moving, during deposition of a film, a film thickness sensor for monitoring and a film thickness
sensor for calibration while maintaining a relative position of the film thickness sensor for monitoring and the film thickness
sensor for calibration with respect to a position of an evaporation source to thereby form the film; and

a calibration step of calibrating a thickness of the film obtained by use of the film thickness sensor for monitoring by using
a calibration value calculated based on a thickness of the film obtained by use of the film thickness sensor for calibration,

wherein the calibration step is performed concurrently with the film formation step after movement of the evaporation source
is started from a waiting position.

US Pat. No. 9,383,696

FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device comprising:
first and second rotatable members configured to heat-fix, at a nip therebetween, a toner image formed on a sheet by using
a toner containing a parting agent;

a heating portion, provided opposed to an outer surface of said first rotatable member, configured to heat said first rotatable
member through electromagnetic induction heating;

a holding portion configured to hold said heating portion; and
a suppressing portion configured to suppress air flow in a space between said first rotatable member and said holding portion,
wherein said suppressing portion extends from said holding portion toward said first rotatable member and is provided so that
a free end portion thereof is in a position of 0.5 mm or more and 3.5 mm or less from the outer surface of said first rotatable
member.

US Pat. No. 9,375,938

INK CARTRIDGE AND INK JET PRINTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,375,955

PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a printhead that prints an image on a printing medium;
a first conveyance roller that is provided on an upstream side of said printhead along a conveyance direction of a printing
medium and conveys a printing medium;

a second conveyance roller that is provided on a downstream side of said printhead along the conveyance direction and conveys
a printing medium;

a conveyance control unit configured to perform a conveyance control for changing a conveyance state from a first conveyance
state in which the first conveyance roller conveys a printing medium and the second conveyance roller does not convey the
printing medium, to a second conveyance state in which the first conveyance roller and the second conveyance roller convey
the printing medium, and then to a third conveyance state in which the first conveyance roller does not convey the printing
medium and the second conveyance roller conveys the printing medium;

a calculating unit configured to calculate a load mutually acting on said first conveyance roller and said second conveyance
roller through the printing medium in the second conveyance state; and

a correcting unit configured to correct, a conveyance amount when the conveyance state is changed from the second conveyance
state to the third conveyance state based on a calculation result of the load.

US Pat. No. 9,380,201

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capture apparatus comprising:
a memory;
a focus lens whose focus is adjustable and a focus control unit which controls a position of the focus lens,
a zoom control unit configured to change a zoom position by optical zooming using a zoom lens or electronic zooming;
a processor coupled to the memory which executes the following:
performing image capture using an image capture unit;
when a first instruction operation is performed by a user, storing, a current zoom position as a first zoom position in the
memory and changing the zoom position using the zoom control unit in a wide-angle direction;

when a second instruction operation is performed by the user, changing the zoom position, which has been changed in the wide-angle
direction, using the zoom control unit in a telephoto direction in accordance with the first zoom position which is stored,

wherein, subsequent to completion of the changing in the zoom position in the telephoto direction in accordance with the first
zoom position which is stored, the processor executes automatic image capture using the image capture unit;

wherein a movement range in a case where automatic image capture is performed in association with the second instruction operation
is reduced so as to be smaller than the movement range in a case where image capture is performed without performing the second
instruction operation, the movement range being a range in which the focus lens is able to be moved, and

wherein the focus control unit moves the focus lens and detects, using contrasts obtained at a plurality of positions, a position
at which the focus is achieved.

US Pat. No. 9,372,416

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing an electrophotographic photosensitive member using a plasma CVD method, comprising the steps
of:
(i) placing a cylindrical base member in a reactor which can be evacuated, the reactor having an electrode therein, so as
to be spaced apart from the electrode;

(ii) introducing a raw material gas for deposited film formation into the reactor; and
(iii) applying an alternating voltage of a rectangular wave having a frequency of 3 kHz or more and 300 kHz or less between
the electrode and the cylindrical base member so that a potential at the cylindrical base member with respect to a potential
at the electrode becomes alternately positive and negative during one period of the rectangular wave, to decompose the raw
material gas, and forming a deposited film on the cylindrical base member,

wherein, when,
the potential difference between the electrode and the cylindrical base member whose potential with respect to the electrode
is the positive, is defined as a first potential difference, and

the potential difference between the electrode and the cylindrical base member whose potential with respect to the electrode
is the negative, is defined as a second potential difference,

one of the first potential difference and the second potential difference is a value (V1) less than the absolute value of a discharge maintaining voltage, and the other is a value (V2) greater than or equal to the absolute value of a discharge starting voltage, the discharge maintaining voltage being lower
than the discharge starting voltage, and

wherein, when the one period of the rectangular wave is defined as T, a period during which the absolute value of the potential
difference between the electrode and the cylindrical base member is the value (V2) is defined as t2, and a value obtained by dividing t2 by T (t2/T) is defined as duty ratio, the duty ratio is 20% or more and 80% or less.

US Pat. No. 9,372,417

METHOD FOR PRODUCING ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for producing an electrophotographic photosensitive member, comprising:
a step (i) of forming a conductive layer having a volume resistivity of not less than 1.0×108 ?·cm and not more than 5.0×1012 ?·cm on a support; and

a step (iii) of forming a photosensitive layer on the conductive layer,
wherein the step (i) comprises:
preparing a metallic oxide particle having a water content of not less than 1.0% by mass and not more than 2.0% by mass,
preparing a coating liquid for a conductive layer by mixing a solvent, a binder material, and the metallic oxide particle,
and

forming the conductive layer using the coating liquid for a conductive layer,
wherein a mass ratio (PB) of the metallic oxide particle (P) to the binder material (B) in the coating liquid for a conductive
layer is not less than 1.5/1.0 and not more than 3.5/1.0, and

wherein the metallic oxide particle is selected from the group consisting of:
a titanium oxide particle coated with tin oxide doped with phosphorus,
a titanium oxide particle coated with tin oxide doped with tungsten, and
a titanium oxide particle coated with tin oxide doped with fluorine.

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. 9,371,462

PRODUCTION PROCESS FOR SELF-DISPERSIBLE PIGMENT, SELF-DISPERSIBLE PIGMENT, INK, INK CARTRIDGE AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A production process for a self-dispersible pigment, the process comprising a step of bonding a group R1 in the following general formula (1) to a particle surface of a pigment by a radical addition reaction induced by removal
of a hydrogen atom from a compound represented by the general formula (1),
HN?N?R1   (1)

wherein R1 is a group (a) having at least one of an aliphatic group and an aromatic group, and (b) being substituted with at least one
hydrophilic group selected from the group consisting of a carboxylic acid group, a sulfonic acid group, a phosphoric acid
group, and a phosphonic acid group.

US Pat. No. 9,370,951

PRINTING CONTROL APPARATUS, PRINTING CONTROL METHOD, AND PRINTING CONTROL PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing control apparatus for printing an image on a type of recording medium of a plurality of types of recording mediums
set in any of a plurality of storage units, in which conveyance distances of a recording medium to a printing position are
different from each other, by conveying the recording medium to the printing position, the printing control apparatus comprising:
a first determination unit configured to determine a cumulative used amount for each type of recording medium;
a second determination unit configured to determine, if a recording medium set in any one of the plurality of the storage
units has run out, whether a cumulative used amount for a type of the recording medium which has run out is larger than a
cumulative used amount for a different type of recording medium among the plurality of types of recording mediums determined
by the first determination unit, based on the cumulative used amounts determined by the first determination unit; and

a control unit configured to guide an operator to set the type of recording medium which has run out, to a storage unit among
the plurality of storage units, so that a higher used type of recording medium among the plurality of types of recording mediums
is set in a storage unit having shorter conveyance distance of the recording medium to the printing position among the plurality
of the storage units based on a determination result by the second determination unit.

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. 9,361,580

MEDICAL DIAGNOSIS SUPPORT APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A medical diagnosis support apparatus which provides information for supporting medical diagnosis, the apparatus comprising:
at least one CPU and a memory operatively coupled to function as:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire medical information associated with a diagnosis target as input information;
an inference unit configured to infer a diagnosis name of the diagnosis target as an inference result based on the acquired
input information, wherein the diagnosis name exhibits a highest inference probability;

a calculation unit configured to calculate an influence rate of the acquired input information with respect to each inference;
and

a creation unit configured to create a report sentence based on the calculated influence rate,
wherein the creation unit is configured to select terms from the input information,
wherein the creation unit is configured to
select a first set of terms from the input information, each of the first set of terms having an influence rate equal to or
less than a first threshold concerning negative influences, and select a second set of terms from the input information, each
of the second set of terms having an influence rate equal to or more than a second threshold concerning positive influences,

select a first predetermined number of terms, from the first set of terms, to be applied to the report sentence in descending
or ascending order of negative influence rate on the inference result, and select a second predetermined number of terms,
from the second set of terms, to be applied to the report sentence in descending or ascending order of positive influence
rate on the inference result, and

determine an order of writing of the selected first and second predetermined number of terms based on the descending or ascending
order of the negative influence rate and the descending or ascending order of the positive influence rate, and change a modification
structure of the selected first and second predetermined number of terms based on whether terms written in the report sentence
have a positive influence rate on the inference result or a negative influence rate on the inference result.

US Pat. No. 9,354,557

INTERMEDIATE TRANSFER MEMBER AND IMAGE RECORDING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An intermediate transfer member for use in an image recording method comprising the steps of applying a reaction liquid
to the intermediate transfer member, applying an ink to the intermediate transfer member so as to overlap with at least a
part of a region to which the reaction liquid has been applied, thereby forming an intermediate image, and transferring the
intermediate image to a recording medium,
wherein the intermediate transfer member has a surface such that 1.2?S2/S1?10, where S1 is a projection surface area in a
direction perpendicular to the surface of the intermediate transfer member, S2 is an actual surface area of the intermediate
transfer member, and S2/S1 is an average of a surface area per unit area of the surface of the intermediate transfer member,
and

wherein the surface of the intermediate transfer member has a plurality of protruded structures having an average height of
0.05 ?m to 1.00 ?m.

US Pat. No. 9,357,139

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, DISPLAY APPARATUS AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS WITH GENERATION OF COMPOSITE IMAGE BY ADDING MULTIPLIED EDGE COMPONENTS OUTPUTTED FROM FIRST MULTIPLIER AND MULTIPLIED LOW FREQUENCY COMPONENTS OUTPUTTED

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a first low pass filter configured to extract first low frequency components from a first image;
a subtracter configured to extract edge components by subtracting the first low frequency components from the first image;
a second low pass filter configured to extract second low frequency components from a second image;
a first multiplier configured to multiply the edge components by a first coefficient;
a second multiplier configured to multiply the second low frequency components by a second coefficient; and
an adder configured to add the multiplied edge components outputted from the first multiplier and the multiplied second low
frequency components outputted from the second multiplier to generate a composite image,

wherein the first image and the second image are captured with different exposures.

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. 9,348,246

DEVELOPING APPARATUS, DEVELOPING METHOD, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing apparatus for developing an electrostatic latent image formed on a surface of an electrostatic latent image
bearing member to form a toner image on the surface of the electrostatic latent image bearing member, wherein
the developing apparatus comprises
a toner for developing the electrostatic latent image,
a toner carrying member for carrying the toner, and
a regulating member for regulating a layer thickness of the toner carried by the toner carrying member,
the toner is a magnetic toner comprising
a toner particle containing a binder resin and a magnetic member,
a first fine silica particle having a number average primary particle diameter (D1) of 5 nm or more and 20 nm or less, and
a second fine silica particle having a number average primary particle diameter (D1) of 40 nm or more and 200 nm or less,
the second fine silica particle is a fine silica particle produced by a sol-gel method,
the toner has a total energy of 270 mJ/(g/ml) or more and 355 mJ/(g/ml) or less,
the toner carrying member has a substrate, an elastic layer and a surface layer comprising a urethane resin, and
the urethane resin has a partial structure derived from a reaction of a compound represented by the following structural formula
(1) with a polyisocyanate:


wherein
n denotes an integer of 1 or more and 4 or less,
each R3 independently represents any selected from the group consisting of the following (a) to (c):

(a) a hydroxyalkyl group having 2 or more and 8 or less carbon atoms;
(b) an aminoalkyl group having 2 or more and 8 or less carbon atoms; and
(c) a group represented by the following structural formula (2), and
R4 represents an alkylene group having 2 or more and 4 or less carbon atoms:


wherein
m denotes an integer of 2 or more and 3 or less, and
R5 represents an alkylene group having 2 or more and 5 or less carbon atoms.

US Pat. No. 9,348,264

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

wherein said first sealing member includes:
(i) a seal portion contacting said cleaning blade, and
(ii) a seat portion to which at least a part of said second sealing member is mounted such that said second sealing member
and said seat portion are overlapped with each other in a direction in which said first sealing member and said cleaning blade
are arranged.

US Pat. No. 9,350,882

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,340,318

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,340,379

FEEDING DEVICE AND RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A feeding device comprising:
a loading unit having a loading surface for loading a recording medium;
a feeding portion capable of feeding the recording medium loaded on the loading surface, the feeding portion including,
a shaft member that has a rotation axis disposed essentially parallel to the loading surface and that is rotatable about the
rotation axis,

a first roller arranged on one end side of the shaft member, and
a second roller arranged on the other end side of the shaft member; and
a holding member including a supporting surface to swingably support the shaft member at a position between the first roller
and the second roller such that when the first roller moves away from the loading surface, the second roller moves toward
the loading surface by using the supporting surface as a fulcrum,

wherein, the loading surface is configured to include a hole formed at a position opposite to the second roller, and allow
at least a part of the second roller to enter into the hole.

US Pat. No. 9,341,964

PROCESS FOR PRODUCING ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,342,769

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD FOR CORRECTING A LINE IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain image data;
a first determination unit configured to determine whether a pixel included in the image data belongs to a line;
a second determination unit configured to determine whether a density of the pixel included in the image data is less than
a predetermined density; and

a correction unit configured to perform correction to increase the density of the pixel on a basis of results of the first
determination and the second determination, and to perform correction to increase a density of a pixel adjacent to the pixel
on the basis of the results of the first determination and the second determination.

US Pat. No. 9,342,015

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,344,586

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. 9,342,033

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. 9,335,697

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING IMAGE BEARING MEMBER LIFE ESTIMATION UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,332,906

OPHTHALMOLOGIC IMAGING APPARATUS AND OPHTHALMOLOGIC IMAGING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmologic imaging apparatus that captures an image of a subject's eye, the apparatus comprising:
a focusing unit configured to focus a first return light returned from the subject's eye that is illuminated by an observation
light of a first wavelength, onto an imaging unit;

a moving unit configured to move the focusing unit along an optical path;
an optical member that is insertable into and removable from the optical path; and
a control unit configured to control, when an image of the subject's eye is captured by the imaging unit using a second return
light returned from the subject's eye that is illuminated by photographing light of a second wavelength that is different
from the first wavelength, the moving unit based on an optical path length difference between a wavelength of the first return
light and a wavelength of the second return light, wherein the optical path length difference is caused by inserting the optical
member into or removing the optical member from the optical path.

US Pat. No. 9,338,322

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,338,343

IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,338,355

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. 9,329,535

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. 9,332,115

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a first transmission unit configured to perform a first transmission processing for wirelessly transmitting at least a call;
a second transmission unit configured to perform a second transmission processing for executing a wireless transmission from
an external apparatus to said communication apparatus, the second transmission processing being different from the first transmission
processing;

a limiting unit configured to, in a case where a distance between the communication apparatus and the external apparatus is
within a range in which the second transmission processing by the second transmission unit can be performed and an execution
condition of the second transmission processing satisfies a predetermined condition limit a notification for reception of
an incoming call by the first transmission unit and not to, in a case where the distance between the communication apparatus
and the external apparatus is within the range and an execution condition of the second transmission processing does not satisfy
the predetermined condition, limit the notification for reception of the incoming call by the first transmission unit; and

a display unit configured to, in a case where a user did not respond to an incoming call during execution of limitation by
said limiting unit, perform a display for notifying that there was the incoming call.

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. 9,326,747

MOBILE RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND MOBILE RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A mobile radiation imaging apparatus comprising:
a radiation generation unit configured to generate radiation;
a cart;
a supporting member formed on the cart and including an arm which holds the radiation generation unit and is extendable in
a horizontal direction;

a detection unit configured to detect arrangement of the radiation generation unit at a storage position;
a control unit configured to limit a motion of the supporting member according to a detection result by the detection unit;
and

a monitor provided on an upper face side of the cart,
wherein, when arrangement of the radiation generation unit at the storage position is detected by the detection unit, the
control unit limits an extension motion of the arm in the horizontal direction while simultaneously allowing an upward motion
of the arm in a vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 9,332,136

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus being able to transmit data in accordance with a plurality of transmission protocols, comprising:
a registering unit configured to register folder information corresponding to a transmission protocol which is available by
a user specified based on user information, in association with the user information;

a reception unit configured to receive user information;
an operation key configured to set, as a transmission destination of data, the folder information which has been registered
in association with the user information received by the reception unit,

a transmission unit configured to transmit data to a folder indicated based on the folder information set by the operation
key; and

a control unit configured to perform control not to allow the registering unit to register, in accordance with the user information,
folder information corresponding to a transmission protocol which is not available by the user specified based on the user
information.

US Pat. No. 9,331,119

DETECTION APPARATUS HAVING INTERLAYER INSULATING LAYER COMPOSED OF ORGANIC MATERIAL AND COVERING LAYER COMPOSED OF INORGANIC MATERIAL, DETECTION SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING DETECTION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for producing a detection apparatus, the detection apparatus including a pixel-array region where a plurality
of pixels is disposed on a substrate and a pixel-array outside region disposed outside the pixel-array region on the substrate,
each of the plurality of pixels including a conversion elements including an electrode electrically connected to a corresponding
one of a plurality of switching elements, an impurity semiconductor layer disposed on the electrode, and a semiconductor layer
disposed on the impurity semiconductor layer, the method comprising:
a first step of forming a plurality of electrodes in the pixel-array region on a surface of an interlayer insulating layer
formed so as to cover the plurality of switching elements, and forming a covering layer on a surface of the interlayer insulating
layer in the pixel-array outside region, the covering layer being composed of an inorganic material; and

a second step of forming the impurity semiconductor layer on the electrodes so that an end of the impurity semiconductor layer
of a pixel located at an edge of the pixel-array region among the plurality of pixels is laid on the covering layer.

US Pat. No. 9,332,174

FOCUS DETECTION APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD OF FOCUS DETECTION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photo-electrical conversion apparatus comprising:
a sensor including a photodiode for photo-electrically converting an object image and an overflow drain portion connected
to the photodiode, wherein a saturated voltage of the photodiode corresponds to a gate OFF voltage of the overflow drain portion;
and

a control unit configured to control the overflow drain portion so as to switch the saturated voltage of the photodiode based
on luminance information.

US Pat. No. 9,329,489

EXPOSURE METHOD, EXPOSURE APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An exposure method of illuminating a mask, on which a pattern is formed, using an illumination optical system, and projecting
an image of a pattern of the illuminated mask onto a substrate through a projection optical system, the method comprising:
a calculation step of calculating a correction amount of a correction unit which corrects imaging characteristics of the projection
optical system based on an amount of change in an environment condition in the projection optical system and a coefficient
defining a relationship between the amount of change in the environment condition and the correction amount of the correction
unit, wherein the coefficient is a quadratic function of a numerical aperture of the illumination optical system and a numerical
aperture of the projection optical system; and

a correction step of making the correction unit operate in accordance with the correction amount calculated in the calculation
step,

wherein the calculation step includes:
a coefficient value calculating step of calculating a value of the coefficient by substituting values of the numerical aperture
of the illumination optical system and the numerical aperture of the projection optical system into the quadratic function;
and

a correction amount calculation step of calculating the correction amount of the correction unit using the amount of change
in the environment condition and the calculated value of the coefficient.

US Pat. No. 9,326,674

OPTICAL TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical tomographic imaging apparatus configured to obtain a tomographic image of an object based on light into which
return light from the object irradiated with measurement light and reference light corresponding to the measurement light
are combined, the optical tomographic imaging apparatus comprising:
a scanning unit configured to scan the measurement light in the object;
a measurement light optical path length changing unit configured to change an optical path length of the measurement light;
a selection unit configured to select an imaging region of the object;
an instruction unit configured to input an instruction on a size of an imaging range of the tomographic image according to
the selected imaging region; and

a control unit configured to control the measurement light optical path length changing unit and the scanning unit according
to the instruction.

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. 9,325,896

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. 9,317,226

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR ALLOWING A USER TO SELECT A REGION OF A WEB PAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
an insertion unit configured to insert a region selection object into a structured document corresponding to a web page, wherein
the region selection object corresponds to a region selection image for selecting a region on the web page, and the region
selection image is superposed on the web page based on the structured document into which the region selection object has
been inserted by the insertion unit;

a determination unit configured to determine the region selected by the region selection image in the web page, according
to an instruction from a user; and

an output unit configured to cause an outputting apparatus to output an image corresponding to the region determined by the
determination unit, in accordance with a size of an output area for outputting the image.

US Pat. No. 9,315,460

ORGANIC COMPOUND, LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE, AND IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An acenaphtho[1,2-k]benzo[e]acephenanthrene derivative represented by general formula (1):

wherein R1 to R16 are each independently selected from a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group, a substituted
or unsubstituted alkoxy group, a substituted or unsubstituted amino group, a substituted or unsubstituted aryl group, and
a substituted or unsubstituted heterocyclic group; and

at least one of R1 to R8 and R10 to R15 is selected from a halogen atom, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted alkoxy group,
a substituted or unsubstituted amino group, a substituted or unsubstituted aryl group, and a substituted or unsubstituted
heterocyclic group.

US Pat. No. 9,317,772

METHOD FOR IMPROVING TRACKING USING DYNAMIC BACKGROUND COMPENSATION WITH CENTROID COMPENSATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for tracking an object across a number of image frames, the method comprising:
identifying a region containing the object in a first image frame to be stored as an exemplar view of the object;
creating an appearance model based on the region in the first image frame and a background region in a second image frame;
determining at least one of a location and size of a predicted region for tracking the object in the second image frame using
the appearance model; and

correcting at least one of the determined location and size of the predicted region in the second image frame in accordance
with at least one of the location and size of the region in the first image frame corresponding to the exemplar view of the
object.

US Pat. No. 9,315,018

PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a carriage that performs reciprocating movement, mounted with a print head that ejects ink;
a rectifying member, extending from the carriage in a movement direction of the carriage, that rectifies air flowing under
the print head when the carriage moves, wherein the rectifying member can be toggled between a rectifying state and a retracted
state, wherein the rectifying member is provided on both sides of the carriage with respect to the movement direction, and
the rectifying member is a planar member rotatably supported on the carriage freely; and

a mechanism that keeps the rectifying member in the retracted state while the carriage moves, and the rectifying member is
toggled by a movement of the carriage,

wherein, when the carriage approaches an end, the rectifying member in the rectifying state rotates while the rectifying member
abuts a stationary part of the apparatus and is toggled to the retracted state, and wherein the mechanism includes a magnet
catch, and the rectifying member toggled to the retracted state is held by a magnetic force.

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. 9,313,426

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE AND IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion device comprising:
a pixel array including a plurality of pixels arranged in a matrix; and
a plurality of signal processing units, each associated with a respective one of columns of the pixel array and including
an A/D conversion unit configured to convert a signal generated based on at least one of the plurality of pixels into a digital
signal,

wherein the photoelectric conversion device further comprises:
plurality of signal processing groups each including a plural ones of signal processing units out of the plurality of signal
processing units, each signal processing group associated with a respective block output unit configured to receive outputs
of only the signal processing units belonging to the same signal processing group; and

a driving signal transmission unit configured to transmit a driving signal for driving a plurality of the block output units,
and

wherein the driving signal transmission unit supplies, to one of the block output units and another of the block output units,
the driving signal at respective different timings,

wherein the driving signal transmission unit includes a first buffer circuit group including a plurality of buffer circuits
connected in series with each other,

wherein each of the plurality of buffer circuits is associated with a respective one of the plurality of signal processing
groups, and

wherein an output of each of the plurality of buffer circuits is given to the block output unit associated with the signal
processing group associated with the buffer circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,307,140

DISTANCE DETECTION APPARATUS, IMAGE SENSING APPARATUS, PROGRAM, RECORDING MEDIUM, AND DISTANCE DETECTION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A distance detection apparatus comprising:
a calculation unit configured to detect an object distance to an object based on a first signal formed by a luminous flux
that has passed through a first pupil area of an imaging optical system and a second signal formed by a luminous flux that
has passed through a second pupil area of the imaging optical system different from the first pupil area, which are generated
by using an image sensing unit including multiple pixels,

wherein the calculation unit performs:
a first process for calculating a defocus amount by a phase difference method based on a relative position change between
the first signal and the second signal, and

a second process for calculating the defocus amount by a depth-from-defocus method based on a difference of blur between the
first signal and the second signal.

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. 9,289,988

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:
a substrate provided with an energy-generating element for generating energy utilized for ejecting a liquid; and
a nozzle plate provided with an ejection orifice from which the liquid is ejected as a droplet and an opening from which a
static-removable gas for electrically neutralizing the droplet is jetted, the nozzle plate being joined to the substrate,

wherein the static-removable gas is mixed with a gas capable of inhibiting oxidation of the droplet.

US Pat. No. 9,285,739

PRINTING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus capable of performing duplex printing, comprising:
an assigning unit configured to assign original images of a plurality of pages to front and back surfaces of each of a plurality
of sheets, wherein assignment of the original images is performed, in both of a case of normal order output being instructed
and a case of reverse order output being instructed, in turn from a first page of the plurality of pages, and a blank page
is assigned when a number of consecutive pages of a same size is an odd number; and

a printing control unit configured to, when the normal order output is instructed, control to print the original images from
a sheet to which the assigning unit assigns an original image of the first page out of the plurality of pages, and when the
reverse order output is instructed, control to print the original images from a sheet to which the assigning unit assigns
an original image of a final page out of the plurality of pages,

wherein printing of the original images is performed based on a result of the assignment in which the original images are
assigned in turn from the first page of the plurality of pages, in both of the case of the normal order output being instructed
and the case of the reverse order output being instructed.

US Pat. No. 9,285,747

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive print data;
a printing unit configured to perform print processing based on the print data; and
a determination unit configured to determine a consumption amount of toner used to perform the print processing,
wherein the determination unit selects, based on a type of the print data, any of first processing for determining the consumption
amount of toner based on a dot count and second processing for determining the consumption amount of toner based on a number
of print pages.

US Pat. No. 9,288,478

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS THAT DETERMINES SHOOTING COMPOSITION, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus that has an image pickup device for converting an optical image to an electric signal, the image
pickup device including a plurality of unit pixels, each of which has a plurality of photoelectric conversion elements, comprising:
a determination unit configured to determine a posture of the image pickup apparatus;
a selecting unit configured to select pairs of the photoelectric conversion elements in each unit pixel according to a result
of determination by said determination unit; and

a generation unit configured to generate a plurality of image signals for displaying images from electric signals output from
the selected pairs of the photoelectric conversion elements in each unit pixel.

US Pat. No. 9,279,703

ENCODER AND APPARATUS WITH THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An encoder comprising:
a scale provided with a periodic pattern;
a sensor relatively movable with respect to the scale and configured to read the periodic pattern to output analog signals
each having a changing period corresponding to the periodic pattern and having mutually different phases;

an A/D converter configured to perform time-division analog-to-digital conversion on the analog signals output from the sensor
to produce digital signals;

a phase detector configured to detect a phase from the digital signals;
a corrector configured to calculate:
a correction value using:
(a) a relative movement speed of the scale and the sensor,
(b) a difference between times at which the analog signals output from the sensor are subjected to the time-division analog-to-digital
conversion, and

(c) the phase detected by the phase detector; and
a corrected phase from the correction value and the detected phase; and
a position detector configured to calculate a position in a direction in which the scale and the sensor are relativity moved
using the corrected phase.

US Pat. No. 9,280,309

PRINT FUNCTION LIMITING METHOD AND PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for executing a printer driver that includes a printer driver extension unit, comprising:
a display unit configured to display a print setting window of the printer driver in response to receiving a print setting
request;

an acquiring unit, implemented by a processor, configured to acquire a print token by a server when receiving the print setting
request the print job has been issued by the application, the print token including limitation information;

a rewrite unit, implemented by a processor, configured to rewrite, if a user's desired setting for at least one item included
in the limitation information exceeds a limitation defined in the limitation information, a set value for the user's desired
setting the desired user value in all items that exceed the limitation such that the set value falls within the limitation
range;

a save unit, implemented by a memory device, configured to save the set values before the rewrite;
wherein the display unit is further configured to display a notification of the set values before and after the rewrite;
a control unit, implemented by a processor, configured to generate, based on restriction information for restricting a print
setting, a print job having a setting that is inhibited, after a print job has been issued by the printer driver by setting
via the print setting window of the print driver displayed by the first display unit; and

the display unit configured to display a print setting window of the printer driver extension unit different from the print
setting window of the printer driver displayed by the display unit,

wherein, after the print job having the setting that is inhibited has been read by the printer driver extension unit, the
display unit displays the print setting window of the printer driver extension unit such that the print setting is displayed
in an invalid state, and the invalid state is not changeable to the valid state.

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. 9,272,561

PRINTING SYSTEM FOR INHIBITING Z-FOLDING AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet processing system including a device for performing a case binding process, a device for performing a saddle stitching
process, and a device for performing a Z-folding process, comprising:
a first setting unit configured to set the case binding process or the saddle stitching process for a plurality of sheets;
a second setting unit configured to set the Z-folding process for a part of the plurality of sheets; and
a control unit configured to permit a combination of a setting of the case binding process by the first setting unit and a
setting of the Z-folding process by the second setting unit, and to inhibit a combination of the setting of the saddle stitching
process by the first setting unit and the setting of the Z-folding process by the second setting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,277,115

FOCUS ADJUSTMENT APPARATUS, FOCUS ADJUSTMENT METHOD AND PROGRAM, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a focus adjustment unit configured to perform a focus adjustment by moving a focus lens on the basis of an image pickup signal
obtained by an image pickup unit;

a read-out unit configured to parallelly read out the image pickup signal obtained in a period set according to a timing signal
for setting a first exposure period and the image pickup signal obtained in a period set according to a timing signal for
setting a second exposure period from the image pickup unit by shifting the timing signal for setting the first exposure period
and the timing signal for setting the second exposure period from each other in phase;

an evaluation unit configured to obtain a focus evaluation value from the image pickup signal which is obtained in the exposure
period set according to the timing signal; and

a position determination unit configured to determine a position of the focus lens corresponding to the obtained focus evaluation
value on the basis of a position of the focus lens at the time when the image pickup signal is read out according to the timing
signal for setting the first exposure period and a position of the focus lens at the time when the image pickup signal is
read out according to the timing signal for setting the second exposure period.

US Pat. No. 9,274,738

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM FOR SHORT DISTANCE WIRELESS COMMUNICATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

9. A method of controlling a printer capable of performing communication using each of a first communication method and a
second communication method having a communication range wider than that of the first communication method, comprising:
a reception step of receiving, from an external apparatus by the first communication method, both of first information used
to communicate with the external apparatus by the second communication method and second information used to access to a storage
location of processing target data, in response to establishment of communication with the external apparatus by the first
communication method; and

a step of acquiring the processing target data, by accessing to the storage location by the second communication method based
on the second information received by said reception step and

a step of transferring, by the second communication method based on the first information received in said reception step,
information about execution of printing of an image corresponding to the acquired processing target data, to the external
apparatus.

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. 9,270,845

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus capable of connecting with a device, the information processing apparatus comprising:
a management unit configured to manage the device; and
a network utility configured to monitor a status of the device,
wherein the management unit displays a management screen according to control data,
the management unit confirms whether a storage function of the device is available,
the management unit displays a launching object for which first information of a TWAIN driver for USB connection is set in
the management screen, according to the control data, in a case where it is confirmed that the storage function of the device
is available,

a scan application is launched in a state where the TWAIN driver for USB connection is selected, in a case where the launching
object for which the first information is set is selected,

the network utility monitors the status of the device, in a case where it is not confirmed that the storage function of the
device is available,

the management unit displays a launching object, for which second information of a TWAIN driver for network connection is
set, in the management screen, according to the control data, in a case where the device is determined to be online by the
network utility, and

a scan application is launched in a state where the TWAIN driver for network connection is selected, in a case where the launching
object for which the second information is set is selected.

US Pat. No. 9,270,888

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

6. A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium storing a program for causing a computer to execute a control method
of an image processing apparatus, the method comprising the steps of:
generating recording image data from image data input by an image input unit, based on a first gamma characteristic;
generating display image data from the image data based on a second gamma characteristic, a latitude of which is narrower
than the first gamma characteristic,

wherein the display image data includes a portion in which tones of the recording image data are not reproduced due to the
second gamma characteristic is narrower than the first gamma characteristic; and

superimposing display data for indicating that tones cannot be expressed on a portion in which tones of the recording image
data cannot be reproduced and in which tones cannot be expressed even in the recording image data in the display image data.


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. 9,267,878

ACOUSTIC SIGNAL RECEIVING APPARATUS AND PHOTO-ACOUSTIC TOMOGRAPHY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An acoustic signal receiving apparatus comprising:
a Fabry-Perot sensor including a Fabry-Perot interferometer configured to convert an acoustic wave generated from a measurement
object to a light intensity signal;

a first light source configured to emit light having a first wavelength, wherein the first wavelength is settable;
a second light source configured to emit light having a second wavelength different from the first wavelength, wherein the
second wavelength is settable;

a detector configured to convert the light intensities of reflected rays of light obtained by irradiation of the Fabry-Perot
sensor with rays of light from the first light source and the second light source into electric signals independently by the
first wavelength and the second wavelength; and

a processor configured to acquire a difference between an electric signal corresponding to the first wavelength and an electric
signal corresponding to the second wavelength,

wherein the first wavelength and the second wavelength are set so that differential values of reflectivity spectrum of the
Fabry-Perot sensor are different at the first wavelength and the second wavelength.

US Pat. No. 9,262,443

CLASSIFYING MATERIALS USING TEXTURE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of classifying an unknown material using texture, comprising:
accessing a database of predetermined images each of a known material and each captured at a magnification factor that is
relatively high;

receiving a query image of the unknown material captured at a second magnification factor that is relatively lower than the
magnification factors of the predetermined images;

dynamically generating a collection of images of the known materials at the second magnification factor;
matching the received query image against the dynamically generated collection of images; and
classifying the unknown material in correspondence to a match between the received image and the dynamically generated collection
of images.

US Pat. No. 9,257,075

LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid crystal display apparatus comprising:
a backlight which consists of a first light source for emitting light of a first color, a second light source for emitting
light of a second color, and a third light source for emitting light of a third color;

a liquid crystal panel which is an assembly of pixels consisting of first subpixels for transmitting the light of the first
color therethrough, second subpixels for transmitting the light of the second color therethrough, and third subpixels for
transmitting the light of the third color therethrough;

a light source control unit which independently controls the light emission of the first light source, the second light source,
and the third light source; and

a liquid crystal control unit which controls transmittances of the first subpixels, the second subpixels, and the third subpixels
depending on image data, wherein:

the second light source, the first subpixel, and the third subpixel fulfill at least any condition of:
a first condition in which a light emission spectrum of the second light source further includes a fourth color as a color
between the second color and the first color and the light of the fourth color is further transmitted through the first subpixel;
and

a second condition in which a light emission spectrum of the second light source further includes a fifth color as a color
between the second color and the third color and the light of the fifth color is further transmitted through the third subpixel;
and

the light source control unit controls the light sources by dividing a display period of one frame into a plurality of subframe
periods including:

such a first subframe period that, by turning ON the first light source and the third light source, the light of the first
color is transmitted through the first subpixel and the light of the third color is transmitted through the third subpixel;

such a second subframe period that, by turning ON the second light source, the light of the second color is transmitted through
the second subpixel, the light of the fourth color is transmitted through the first subpixel if the first condition is fulfilled,
the light of the fifth color is transmitted through the third subpixel if the second condition is fulfilled, and the light
of the fourth color is transmitted through the first subpixel and the light of the fifth color is transmitted through the
third subpixel if both of the first condition and the second condition are both fulfilled; and

a color gamut area in which color reproduction is performed by the liquid crystal display apparatus is wider than a color
gamut defined by a triangle formed by the first color, the second color, and the third color.

US Pat. No. 9,256,616

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a storage configured to store feature information of a predetermined object;
a central processing unit (CPU) configured to execute a control program to:
detect feature information of an object from an image to be searched and determine a similarity to the feature information
of the predetermined object stored in the storage;

search a candidate image containing the predetermined object as a result of the determination by the CPU, and
control, based on attribute information associated with image-shooting condition of each image, the order of images which
are subjected to perform the determination processing by the CPU, from a plurality of images.

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. 9,258,499

SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM, AND DRIVING METHOD OF THE SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS FOR CONVERTING ANALOG SIGNAL INTO DIGITAL SIGNAL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a pixel array in which a plurality of pixels for outputting an analog signal are arranged in a matrix;
a plurality of vertical output lines each of which is connected to corresponding ones of the plurality of pixels in a same
column of the pixel array, and each configured to transfer the analog signal;

a plurality of A/D conversion units, which are individually connected to the plurality of vertical output lines, configured
to convert the analog signal transferred from corresponding one of the plurality of vertical output lines into a digital signal;

a plurality of first constant current supply units each configured to supply a first constant current to corresponding one
of the plurality of vertical output lines;

a reference signal supply line; and
a second constant current supply unit configured to supply a second constant current to the reference signal supply line,
wherein each of the plurality of A/D conversion units includes,
an integration unit, including an input capacitor, the integration unit being configured to obtain a reference voltage by
integrating the second constant current supplied from the reference signal supply line,

a comparison unit configured to compare the reference voltage with the analog signal and output a comparison signal, and
a digital signal storage unit configured to store a digital signal corresponding to the comparison signal.

US Pat. No. 9,256,174

ENDLESS BELT, IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS AND MOUNTING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An endless belt detachably mountable to an image heating apparatus, comprising:
a lubricant applied along a longitudinal direction of said endless belt onto a part of an inner surface of said endless belt
with respect to a circumferential direction; and

an indicating portion configured to indicate a mounting phase of said endless belt to an operator, wherein said indicating
potion is provided on an outer surface of said endless belt so as to have a positional relationship with an applied region
of the lubricant with respect to the circumferential direction.

US Pat. No. 9,256,194

DEVELOPER SUPPLY CONTAINER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer container detachably mountable to a developer replenishing apparatus, comprising:
a cylindrical accommodation member configured to accommodate a developer;
a coupling portion, provided at one end portion side of said accommodation member, configured to engage with a main assembly
coupling portion provided on the developer replenishing apparatus and to receive a rotational force from the developer replenishing
apparatus;

an opening configured to permit discharge of the developer from said accommodation member;
a feeding portion configured to feed the developer to said opening by rotating said accommodation member by the rotational
force received by said coupling portion;

a contact portion configured to contact an urging portion provided in the developer replenishing apparatus, said contact portion
receiving a push-off force from the developer replenishing apparatus in a direction opposite to an inserting direction in
which said developer container is inserted into the developer replenishing apparatus; and

an engaging portion provided upstream of said contact portion with respect to the inserting direction, said engaging portion
being engageable with an opening and closing portion provided in the developer replenishing apparatus to receive a force from
the opening and closing portion in the inserting direction and against the push-off force in a closing operation of the opening
and closing portion to engage said coupling portion with the main assembly coupling portion when said developer container
is inserted into the developer replenishing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,250,215

ULTRASONIC WAVE DETECTION APPARATUS, RECORDING MATERIAL DETERMINATION APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

9. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form an image on a recording material;
a transmission unit configured to transmit ultrasonic waves at a first frequency and ultrasonic waves at a second frequency
that is higher than the first frequency;

a reception unit configured to receive the ultrasonic waves at the first frequency transmitted by the transmission unit and
output a first signal including a first plurality of peak values corresponding to the ultrasonic waves at the first frequency
being received, and receive the ultrasonic waves at the second frequency transmitted by the transmission unit and output a
second signal including a second plurality of peak values corresponding to the ultrasonic waves at the second frequency being
received; and

a control unit configured to calculate a first time interval from when the transmission unit transmits the ultrasonic waves
at the first frequency to when a predetermined peak value in the first plurality of peak values is obtained, and a second
time interval from when the transmission unit transmits the ultrasonic waves at the second frequency to when a peak value
in the second plurality of peak values is lastly obtained during the first time interval,

wherein the control unit detects a position of the predetermined peak value in the order of the first plurality of peak values
based on a time difference between the first time interval and the second time interval, and

wherein the control unit controls image forming conditions of the image forming unit based on the predetermined peak value
that is obtained in a state where the recording material exists between the transmission unit and the reception unit.

US Pat. No. 9,253,341

EXECUTION INSTRUCTING APPARATUS, EXECUTION INSTRUCTING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An instructing apparatus which is communicable with at least one processing apparatus that executes a predetermined processing,
the instructing apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain, via the Internet from a server system which is neither an image processing apparatus
nor the instructing apparatus, information for performing communication with the image processing apparatus via a local area
network and without the Internet, wherein the information is stored in the server system by the image processing apparatus;

a determination unit configured to determine whether, of
a first instruction method where the instructing apparatus issues an instruction regarding the predetermined processing to
the image processing apparatus via the Internet and the server system, and

a second instruction method where the instructing apparatus issues the instruction to the image processing apparatus via the
local area network and without the Internet,

the instruction can be performed in accordance with the second instruction method, based on the information obtained by the
obtaining unit; and

an instruction unit configured to issue the instruction to the image processing apparatus so that
in a case where a determination is not made by the determination unit that the instruction can be performed in accordance
with the second instruction method the instruction is performed in accordance with the first instruction method, and

in a case where a determination is made by the determination unit that the instruction can be performed in accordance with
the second instruction method, the instruction is performed in accordance with the second instruction method.

US Pat. No. 9,251,575

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an image region dividing portion configured to divide a shot image into a plurality of image regions so that an amount of
change of an image quality in each of the plurality of image regions is within a predetermined range when the shot image is
blurred using a blur kernel depending on an object distance and an angle of view of the shot image;

a blur kernel generating portion configured to generate a plurality of blur kernels for the respective image regions divided
by the image region dividing portion; and

an image processing calculating portion configured to generate a blur-added image by performing a convolution calculation
for the shot image using the blur kernels generated by the blur kernel generating portion.

US Pat. No. 9,250,570

DEVELOPING DEVICE HAVING AN OVERFLOW DISCHARGING PORTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing device comprising:
a developer carrying member including a carrying region of a developer containing a toner and a carrier;
first and second feeding paths, provided along said developer carrying member, for forming a circulating path of the developer
by establishing communication through a first opening and a second opening at end portions;

a first screw member, including a screw blade, for supplying the developer to said developer carrying member while feeding
the developer delivered from said second feeding path through the first opening by being rotated in said first feeding path;

a second screw member, including a screw blade, for feeding the developer delivered from said first feeding path through the
second opening and the developer collected from the carrying region by being rotated in said second feeding path; and

a discharging portion capable of discharging a part of the developer in said first feeding path through a discharge opening,
provided in a first region between the carrying region and the second opening in said first feeding path, by causing the part
of the developer to overflow said first feeding path,

wherein said first screw member in the first region has no screw blade or has the screw blade smaller in diameter than those
in a second region upstream of the first region and a third region downstream of the first region with respect to a developer
feeding direction, and

wherein when a ratio of a developer feeding speed in the first region to a developer feeding speed in the second region is
?, a screw blade pitch of said first screw member in the second region is p1, a screw blade pitch of said first screw member
in the third region is p1?, a rotational speed of said first screw member is ?1, a maximum of a cross-sectional area of a
flow path lower than a lower end of the discharge opening in an axially vertical cross section including the discharge opening
of said first feeding path is R?, and an opening area of the second opening is S?, the following relationship is satisfied:

R??p1/p1??S??R?p1/p1?.

US Pat. No. 9,251,389

COMMUNICATION TERMINAL, COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM, AND COMMUNICATION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication terminal, comprising: a first communication unit that communicates wirelessly in a passive mode in which
the first communication unit communicates by receiving power from an external apparatus, or an active mode in which the first
communication unit communicates by providing power; a second communication unit that communicates wirelessly as a control
apparatus or as a controlled apparatus; determining the mode of the first communication unit connecting to an other communication
apparatus; and activating the second communication unit as either the control apparatus or the controlled apparatus in a case
where the first communication unit operated in the passive mode connected with the other communication apparatus, and activates
the second communication unit as either the control apparatus or the controlled apparatus in a case where the first communication
unit operated in the active mode connected with the other communication apparatus so that the second communication unit is
activated differently from an activated one in the case where the first communication unit operated in the passive mode connected
with the other communication apparatus, wherein the second communication unit starts a communication with the other communication
apparatus operated as the controlled apparatus in a case where the the second communication unit is activated as the control
apparatus, and starts a communication with the other communication apparatus operated as the control apparatus in a case where
the the second communication unit is activated as the controlled apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,247,122

FOCUS ADJUSTMENT APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A focus adjustment apparatus configured to display an in-focus state in a display region in accordance with control of
a focus lens position, the focus adjustment apparatus comprising:
a signal generation unit configured to output a pair of image signals from a focus detection region, the image signals being
generated by photoelectrically converting light having passed through an imaging optical system; and

a control unit configured to detect a defocus amount based on the pair of image signals output from a first focus detection
region having a plurality of corresponding display regions, and to control a position of the focus lens based on the defocus
amount corresponding to the first focus detection region,

wherein the control unit detects a defocus amount corresponding to each of second focus detection regions which are arranged
in a different detection from the first focus detection region, and determines at least one display region to indicate an
in-focus state from among the display regions corresponding to the first focus detection region, in accordance with the control
of the focus lens position, based on the defocus amount corresponding to each of the second focus detection regions.

US Pat. No. 9,247,155

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ROBUST SCENE MODELLING IN AN IMAGE SEQUENCE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of storing a scene model used for foreground/background separation of a scene captured in an image sequence by
a camera, said method comprising the steps of:
creating a background image based on the scene model;
determining whether a change in the scene is greater than a pre-determined foreground threshold;
matching an input image captured by the camera and the background image, when the change in the scene satisfies the pre-determined
foreground threshold, to determine a similarity score and comparing the determined similarity score to a pre-determined similarity
threshold; and

updating the scene model when the similarity score is greater than the pre-determined similarity threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,245,357

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
one or more processors; and
memory,
wherein the one or more processors are configured to:
perform character recognition of a character region where characters exist in a digital image to generate character code;
extract a placement region where the characters are placed from the digital image;
detect a region of the digital image where a feature change in the digital image is small;
determine an expansion direction in which the placement region is to be expanded, based on a position of the detected region
on a periphery of the placement region; and

expand the placement region in the determined expansion direction, and place data obtained from the character code in the
expanded placement region.

US Pat. No. 9,240,057

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising a processor which functions as:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a first object, a second object, and an instruction for overlaying the second object
on the first object;

a determining unit configured to determine whether or not the obtained first and second objects are to be blended when the
obtained instruction is performed; and

a transmitting unit configured to transmit the obtained first object to a printer, to generate, on the basis of the obtained
instruction, a bitmap from the obtained first and second objects, and to transmit the generated bitmap to the printer, if
the determination result indicates that the obtained first and second objects are to be blended,

wherein the transmitting unit is further configured to transmit the obtained first object and the obtained second object to
the printer respectively, without transmitting the bitmap, if the determination result indicates that the obtained first and
second objects are not to be blended.

US Pat. No. 9,239,128

IMAGE FORMING APAPRATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a movable member including an operating unit for operating the image forming apparatus, and a rotation shaft; and
a holding unit configured to hold the movable member,
wherein the movable member is capable of moving between a first position and a second position by using the rotation shaft
to rotate with respect to the holding unit, and the movable member is held in a predetermined position when one of the movable
member and the holding unit is pressed, in a longitudinal direction of the rotation shaft, against the other of the movable
member and the holding unit,

wherein a direction in which the operating unit is pressed in order to operate the image forming apparatus is a direction
in which the movable member is pressed when a position of the movable member is changed from the first position to the second
position, and

wherein the holding unit holds the movable member so that a requisite force for changing the position of the movable member
from the first position to the second position is larger than a requisite force for changing the position of the movable member
from the second position to the first position.

US Pat. No. 9,235,174

FIXING MEMBER MANUFACTURING METHOD AND FIXING MEMBER MANUFACTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing member manufacturing method comprising:
a first step of fitting a resin tube around an elastic material; and
a second step of squeezing an excessive adhesive from between the elastic material and the resin tube,
wherein said second step comprises:
a step of fitting, around the resin tube in a longitudinal end side, a ring member having an inner diameter larger than an
outer diameter of the resin tube fitted around the elastic material;

a step of elastically contracting the ring member by air pressure; and
a step of moving the ring member from the longitudinal end side toward another longitudinal end side of the resin tube while
bringing an inner peripheral surface of the ring member, which is contracted by the air pressure, into contact with an outer
peripheral surface of the resin tube.

US Pat. No. 9,235,787

UPDATING A PRINT JOB TICKET USING A PRINT CONFIGURATION FILE AND A DIFFERENCE FILE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising a computer, which, when operated, functions as:
an acquiring unit configured to acquire content data, a print configuration file which can define a print configuration, and
a difference file which has a plurality of hierarchies and in which information for changing the print configuration can be
described, from a folder, the print configuration file being able to have a job level, a document level in a low-level hierarchy
of the job level, and a page level in a low-level hierarchy of the document level;

a determining unit configured to determine whether or not the document level exists in the print configuration file;
a correcting unit configured to correct the print configuration file based on the difference file; and
a processing unit configured to perform a print process based on the content data and the print configuration file,
wherein, in response to the determining unit determining that the document level does not exist in the print configuration
file, the correcting unit adds the document level to the print configuration file and adds the print configuration in the
page level of the document level based on the difference file.

US Pat. No. 9,234,271

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising:
a sensor panel including a plurality of sensors arranged on a substrate and configured to detect light; and
a scintillator placed over the sensor panel,
wherein the scintillator has a concentric characteristics distribution having a center outside an outer edge of the scintillator.

US Pat. No. 9,235,160

DEVELOPER REMAINDER AMOUNT DETECTION SYSTEM AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A detecting system for detecting an amount of developer remainder in a developer container, said detecting system comprising:
first, second and third electrode members provided in said developer container;
a first electrostatic capacity detector for detecting a first electrostatic capacity between said first electrode member and
said third electrode member;

a second electrostatic capacity detector for detecting a second electrostatic capacity between said second electrode member
and said third electrode member; and

a control section configured to determine the amount of the developer remainder based on the second electrostatic capacity
and a corrected first electrostatic capacity, with the first corrected electrostatic capacity obtained by compensating the
first electrostatic capacity for effect of the second electrostatic capacity, wherein

if the control section determines that an amount of the developer corresponding to the corrected first electrostatic capacity
is greater than a preset amount, the control section determines the amount of the developer remainder on the basis of the
second electrostatic capacity, and

if the control section determines that an amount of the developer corresponding to the corrected first electrostatic capacity
is not greater than the preset amount, the control section determines the amount of the developer remainder on the basis of
the corrected first electrostatic capacity; and

wherein said third electrode member is also a developer carrying member for carrying the developer to supply it to the electrostatic
latent image.

US Pat. No. 9,232,194

IMAGING APPARATUS, DISPLAY METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR PRESENTING A CANDIDATE OBJECT INFORMATION TO A PHOTOGRAPHER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus, comprising:
an imaging unit;
a position detection unit configured to detect position information of the imaging apparatus;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire candidate object information indicating an object which a photographer may desire
to capture an image thereof within a search range of position information based on the position information detected by the
position detection unit;

a display unit configured to display a map on the basis of the position information detected by the position detection unit;
a presenting unit configured to present the candidate object information on the map displayed by the display unit to the photographer;
a recording unit configured to record image-capturing trend information indicating an image capturing trend of the imaging
unit; and

a determination unit configured to determine desired object information of an object which the photographer desires to capture
an image thereof based on the image-capturing trend information recorded by the recording unit,

wherein the object which the photographer desires is calculated to take into consideration a frequency at which the object
is captured by other photographers.

US Pat. No. 9,228,857

POSITION DETECTION APPARATUS HAVING A DETERMINING UNIT TO DETERMINE THE RELIABILITY OF CALCULATED POSITION OF A MOVABLE MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A position, detection, apparatus which detects a position of a movable member relative to a fixed member, the position
detection apparatus comprising:
a signal detector configured to detect a plurality of periodic signals which respectively indicate predetermined values concerning
a position of the movable member relative to the fixed member and change at different periods in accordance with a change
in the position;

a signal processing unit configured to generate a plurality of displacement signals based on the plurality of periodic signals
detected by the signal detector and sequentially output the plurality of generated displacement signals while switching the
signals at a predetermined period;

a position calculating unit configured to calculate a position of the movable member relative to the fixed member based on
the plurality of displacement signals; and

a reliability determining unit configured to determine that reliability of the position calculated by the position calculating
unit is low if a displacement amount of the movable member in the predetermined period is larger than a predetermined threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,229,395

METAL SUBSTRATE, FIXING MEMBER, AND HEAT-FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An endless belt-shaped metal substrate, comprising
an austenitic stainless alloy containing copper and unavoidable impurities, wherein
the austenitic stainless alloy
has a martensite ratio of less than 20%, and includes
an austenitic phase as a matrix, and
a Cu-rich phase dispersed in the matrix,
the Cu-rich phase extending in a direction perpendicular to a circumferential direction of the endless belt-shaped metal substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,227,892

ORGANIC COMPOUND AND ORGANIC LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An organic compound represented by general formula 1:

wherein R1 to R6 are each independently selected from a hydrogen atom, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group, and a substituted or unsubstituted
aryl group.

US Pat. No. 9,230,210

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR OBTAINING A KNOWLEDGE ITEM BASED ON RELATION INFORMATION AND AN ATTRIBUTE OF THE RELATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:
a reception unit constructed to receive a first knowledge item and a second knowledge item, the second knowledge item being
supplementary information of the first knowledge item;

a storage unit constructed to store a knowledge database which has a plurality of knowledge items and a plurality of relation
information items, the relation information items having attributes of relations between the knowledge items;

a first query generation unit constructed to generate a first query for searching a relation information item in the knowledge
database, wherein the relation information item has a first attribute of a relation between the first knowledge item and the
second knowledge item in the knowledge database;

a relation acquisition unit constructed to search the knowledge database for the relation information item using the first
query generated by the first query generation unit;

a second query generation unit constructed to generate a second query for searching a third knowledge item in the knowledge
database, wherein an attribute of a relation between the second knowledge item and the third knowledge item is the same as
the first attribute of the relation between the first knowledge item and the second knowledge item in the knowledge database,
and the second knowledge item is supplementary information of the third knowledge item;

a knowledge acquisition unit constructed to search the knowledge database for the third knowledge item using the second query
generated by the second query generation unit; and

an output unit constructed to output the third knowledge item searched by the knowledge acquisition unit.