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. 9,477,191

FIXING DEVICE WITH BACK-UP MEMBER AND NIP FORMING MEMBER INCLUDING A PROJECTING PORTION PROJECTING TOWARD THE BACK-UP MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device for fixing an image on a recording material, comprising:
a cylindrical film;
a nip forming member contacting an inner surface of said film; and
a back up member configured to form a nip in cooperation with said nip forming member via said film, the nip being a contact
region where said film and said back up member contact each other to feed the recording material, the nip being a portion
extending from an entrance where the recording material in an unnipped state enters the contact region to an exit where the
recording material comes out of the contact region,

wherein said nip forming member includes a projecting portion, at the exit, projecting toward said back up member, and wherein
at least a part of said projecting portion with respect to a recording material feeding direction is provided inside the nip
and contacts the inner surface of said film, and

wherein with respect to the recording material feeding direction, a width of a point of said projecting portion at an end
portion of said projecting portion in a longitudinal direction of the nip forming member is wider than that at a central portion
of said projecting portion in the longitudinal direction, at least a part of the end portion of said projecting portion provided
inside a feeding region of a maximum sized recording material usable in said fixing device.

US Pat. No. 9,479,725

LENS APPARATUS AND A CAMERA SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A lens apparatus detachably attachable to an image pickup apparatus, the lens apparatus comprising:
a variable magnification lens configured to move along an optical axis to change magnification;
a focus lens configured to move along the optical axis to perform focusing;
a position detection unit configured to detect a position of the focus lens;
a lens control unit configured to acquire normalized position information of the focus lens; and
a memory unit configured to store:
electronic cam data representing a position relation of the variable magnification lens and the focus lens corresponding to
a plurality of object distances; and

a normalized sensitivity of the focus lens calculated based on the normalized position information of the focus lens,
wherein a difference between sensitivities of the focus lens at predetermined object distances at a specific position of the
variable magnification lens is multiplied by a ratio of a difference between positions of the focus lens at predetermined
object distances at the specific position of the variable magnification lens and a difference between positions of the focus
lens at predetermined object distances at a telephoto end of the variable magnification lens to calculate the normalized sensitivity
of the focus lens in the electronic cam data.

US Pat. No. 9,471,260

PRINTING SYSTEM, PRINTING ASSISTANCE APPARATUS AND METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing system for producing printed material by executing, based on specification information defining at least one
processing steps, the processing step using at least one corresponding processing apparatus, the printing system comprising:
a storage unit that stores direction information indicating a reference placement direction of a sheet on the processing apparatus,
the sheet being to be processed by the processing apparatus and processing area information indicating a processing area to
be processed by the processing apparatus;

a determination unit that determines a placement direction of the sheet to be placed on the processing apparatus using the
reference placement direction indicated by the direction information for matching a processing area specified by the specification
information for matching a processing area specified by the specification information with the processing area to be processed
by the processing apparatus, the processing area being indicated by the processing area information; and

an output unit that outputs the placement direction determined by the determination unit.

US Pat. No. 9,471,006

DEVELOPER ACCOMMODATING UNIT, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing device comprising:
a developer carrying member for carrying developer;
a container, provided with an opening for permitting discharge of developer, for accommodating developer;
a sealing member for sealing the opening and for exposing the opening by unsealing;
a conveying member for conveying developer toward said developer carrying member; and
an unsealing member for moving said sealing member to expose the opening by rotation,
wherein said sealing member includes (i) a first sealing portion provided at an end side thereof to seal the opening, (ii)
a second sealing portion provided at the end side thereof to seal the opening and upstream of the first sealing portion with
respect to the rotation, (iii) a holding portion provided at another end side thereof to be held by said unsealing member,
and (iv) a connecting portion which is formed between said first and second sealing portions and said holding portion and
on which a developer passing portion permitting passing of developer is formed, and

wherein said sealing member is folded back so that said second sealing portion is unsealed before said first sealing portion,
and

wherein said conveying member is held by said unsealing member.

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. 9,471,266

PRINTING SYSTEM WITH PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINTING CONTROL APPARATUS FOR REGISTERING AND MANAGING SHEET HOLDING UNITS BASED ON SHEET ATTRIBUTES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing system including:
a printing apparatus having:
a plurality of sheet holding units, wherein the printing apparatus is able to print an image on a sheet conveyed from a sheet
holding unit from among the plurality of sheet holding units, and

a first sending unit configured to send, to a printing control apparatus, a size of a sheet designated in a job; and
the printing control apparatus, wherein the printing control apparatus includes:
a storing unit configured to store, in association with each of a first sheet holding unit and a second sheet holding unit
of the printing apparatus, a size of a sheet and attribute information of the sheet,

a first receiving unit configured to receive the size sent by the first sending unit,
a determining unit configured to determine, based on the size received by the first receiving unit, attribute information
of a sheet and a sheet holding unit from among the first sheet holding unit and the second sheet holding unit, wherein the
size received by the first receiving unit and the attribute information of the sheet is stored in association with the sheet
holding unit in the storing unit, and

a second sending unit configured to send, to the printing apparatus, the attribute information determined by the determining
unit and information indicating the sheet holding unit determined by the determining unit,

wherein the printing apparatus further includes:
a second receiving unit configured to receive the attribute information and the information indicating the sheet holding unit
determined by the determining unit sent by the second sending unit,

a notification unit configured to notify a user of the sheet holding unit indicated by the information received by the second
receiving unit,

a setting unit configured to set the attribute information received by the second receiving unit, as attribute information
of a sheet to be stored in the sheet holding unit indicated by the information received by the second receiving unit, and

a printing unit configured to print, based on the attribute information set by the setting unit, an image on a sheet conveyed
from the sheet holding unit indicated by the information received by the second receiving unit,

wherein at least one of the first sending unit, the first receiving unit, the determining unit, the second sending unit, the
second receiving unit, the notification unit, and the setting unit is implemented by a processor and a memory.

US Pat. No. 9,471,284

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a storage unit configured to store an application program to be executed by the processor, the application program including
(a) a first program layer with an instruction set to be interpreted and executed by the processor and (b) a second program
layer with an instruction set compiled in advance by an apparatus other than the processor,

wherein the processor performs:
(1) a first display step in which the first program layer displays, on a screen, a user interface for receiving an instruction
from a user;

(2) an acquisition step in which the second program layer acquires device information which includes at least one of a type
of an external device connected to the apparatus, a model of the external device, and a use purpose of the external device,
in accordance with an instruction from the user to the user interface;

(3) a transforming step in which the second program layer transforms a data format of the device information into a predetermined
format interpretable in the first program layer;

(4) a second display step in which the first program layer acquires the device information in the predetermined format from
the second program layer, and displays function information indicating functions usable by the external device, based on the
device information;

(5) a first image acquisition step in which, in response to receiving a first instruction via the user interface, the first
program layer makes a request to the second program layer to acquire image data, whereby, in response to the request, the
second program layer acquires image data stored in a predetermined storage medium as image data in a first data format;

(6) a conversion step in which the second program layer converts the image data in the first data format into image data in
the predetermined format;

(7) a second image acquisition step in which the first program layer acquires the image data in the predetermined format obtained
in the conversion step;

(8) a rendering step in which the first program layer renders the image data in the predetermined format acquired in the second
image acquisition step; and

(9) a transmitting step, in response to receiving a second instruction from the user via the user interface, in which the
first program layer makes a request to the second program layer to communicate with the external device, and the second program
layer, in response to the request, transmits processing target image data which is based on the image data acquired in the
first acquisition step to the external device.

US Pat. No. 9,471,031

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH SEPARATE SUPPORT MEMBERS FOR REMOVABLE CARTRIDGES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a plurality of image forming portions configured to form images of colors different from one another;
a first support member movable with respect to a main body of the image forming apparatus in a state in which the first support
member supports a plurality of cartridges; and

a second support member movable with respect to the main body independently of the first support member in a state in which
the second support member supports a cartridge different from the plurality of cartridges supported by the first support member,

wherein the plurality of cartridges supported by the first support member and the cartridge supported by the second support
member are used in the plurality of image forming portions different from one another, respectively,

each of the first support member and the second support member is movable between an inside position located inside of the
main body and an outside position located outside of the main body,

the second support member is located on a movement locus of the first support member when the second support member is located
in the inside position, and

each of the plurality of cartridges supported by the first support member and the cartridge supported by the second support
member is removably mountable in a state in which the first support member and the second support member are located in the
outside position.

US Pat. No. 9,470,557

ENCODER AND APPARATUS USING ENCODER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

a sensor movable relatively with respect to the scale and including a detection element array configured to detect the first
and second periodic patterns;

a periodic signal producer configured (a) to produce, by using output from the detection element array detecting the first
periodic pattern, a first periodic signal changing corresponding to the first period of the first periodic pattern and (b)
to produce, by using output from the detection element array detecting the second periodic pattern, a second periodic signal
changing corresponding to the second period of the second periodic pattern;

a correction signal producer configured to produce, by using the second periodic signal, a correction signal for reducing
in the first periodic signal a signal component changing corresponding to the second period of the second periodic pattern;
and

a position calculator configured to produce, by using the first periodic signal and the correction signal, information indicating
position.

US Pat. No. 9,469,114

LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

17. A liquid ejection apparatus comprising:
an ejection port array in which ejection ports for ejecting a liquid toward a print medium are arranged;
a platen formed at position opposite to the ejection port and configured to support print medium;
a blowout port through which gas is blown out toward the print medium; and
an electrode disposed on the platen and configured to attract mist, that is generated in association with ejection of main
droplet through the ejection port, to print medium by supplying with power, wherein

a length of the blowout port is longer than a length of the ejection port array and is shorter than a length of electrode
in an ejection port array direction in which the ejection ports are arranged.

US Pat. No. 9,466,640

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a solid-state imaging apparatus, including a plurality of photoelectric conversion portions arranged
on a substrate, a plurality of microlenses formed to correspond to the plurality of photoelectric conversion portions, and
a plurality of color filters of a plurality of colors formed between the substrate and the plurality of microlenses,
the method comprising:
forming a structure including an insulating layer on the substrate, and forming an electrode on the structure;
forming a first film covering the electrode and the structure, the first film being insulative;
forming an opening in a projection of the first film, the projection being formed by a step between an upper face of the electrode
and an upper face of the structure out of the first film, such that a first portion which is part of the upper face of the
electrode is exposed;

forming a second film covering the first film and the first portion;
forming a protective film in the opening and a first color filter having one of the plurality of colors, simultaneously, by
processing the second film, the protective film covering the first portion and a side face defining the opening, and being
not formed on an upper face of the projection of the first film; and

forming a third film on the first film and the protective film by spin coating.

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. 9,465,312

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ADJUSTMENT OF LIGHT AMOUNT DURING WEAK LIGHT EMISSION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member;
a charging unit configured to charge the photosensitive member;
a first light emitting unit and a second light emitting unit each configured to independently perform light emission of a
laser beam, wherein a latent image is formed on the charged photosensitive member by light emission of the first and the second
light emitting units, and an image is formed on a recording material by attaching toner to the latent image to visualize it;

a driving unit configured to cause the first and the second light emitting units to emit light by a driving current,
wherein the driving unit causes each of the first and the second light emitting units to emit light in a time following a
pulse duty with a light amount at a first light emission level for printing on an image portion in an image formable region
of the photosensitive member according to input of print data, and causes each of the first and the second light emitting
units to emit light with a light amount at a second light emission level of weak light emission on a non-image portion in
the image formable region of the photosensitive member, and wherein the driving unit causes the first light emitting unit
to emit light at the first light emission level by a driving current obtained by adding a first driving current to a second
driving current, causes the first light emitting unit to emit light at the second light emission level by the second driving
current, causes the second light emitting unit to emit light at the first light emission level by a driving current obtained
by adding a third driving current to a fourth driving current, and causes the second light emitting unit to emit light at
the second light emission level by the fourth driving current; and

an adjustment unit configured to adjust each of the first, the second, the third, and the fourth driving currents a plurality
of times in one job,

wherein the adjustment unit is configured to execute a first adjustment step for adjusting the first, the second, and the
third driving currents without adjusting the fourth driving current in one horizontal synchronization signal cycle, and a
second adjustment step for adjusting the first, the third, and the fourth driving currents without adjusting the second driving
current in the one horizontal synchronization signal cycle, and alternately executes the first adjustment step and the second
adjustment step in each horizontal synchronization signal cycle.

US Pat. No. 9,467,618

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND IMAGING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image sensor;
a focus evaluation value calculation unit configured to extract a specific frequency component from an image signal output
from the image sensor and calculate a focus evaluation value indicating contrast of the image signal;

a first focus adjustment unit configured to reciprocate a focusing lens by a unit movement amount smaller than a predetermined
value and perform a focus adjustment based on a change in the focus evaluation value;

a second focus adjustment unit configured to, after the focus adjustment by the first focus adjustment unit, move the focusing
lens in a direction which increases the focus evaluation value by a unit movement amount greater than or equal to the predetermined
value and perform a focus adjustment based on a change in the focus evaluation value;

a monitoring unit configured to monitor whether the focus evaluation value changes as much as or more than a predetermined
threshold in an in-focus position obtained by either one of the first focus adjustment unit and the second focus adjustment
unit; and

a control unit configured to, if the focus evaluation value changes as much as or more than the predetermined threshold and
a monitoring state caused by the monitoring unit transitions to a focus adjustment state, control the predetermined threshold
in monitoring performed in the in-focus position obtained by using the second focus adjustment unit so that the predetermined
threshold becomes greater than the predetermined threshold in a monitoring performed in the in-focus position obtained by
the first focus adjustment unit without using the second focus adjustment unit.

US Pat. No. 9,467,622

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS TO CORRECT DISTORTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for performing image processing for an image captured by an image capturing apparatus including
an image capturing unit configured to change, between lines, a timing to receive light of an object image formed by an imaging
optical system and accumulate charges, a shake detection unit configured to detect a shake, and an image stabilization unit
configured to optically correct an image blur caused by the shake based on an output of said shake detection unit, comprising:
a storage unit configured to store the image captured by the image capturing apparatus, information of the shake, and a position
of the image stabilization unit when capturing the image;

a distortion correction amount calculation unit configured to calculate, based on the information of the shake stored in said
storage unit, a distortion correction amount used to correct a rolling shutter distortion caused in the image by the shake
during charge accumulation period of said image capturing unit; and

a correction unit configured to correct the image stored in said storage unit based on the distortion correction amount,
wherein said distortion correction amount calculation unit calculates the distortion correction amount using, as a reference,
a position set based on the position of said image stabilization unit stored in said storage unit.

US Pat. No. 9,459,576

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus configured to operate in a first power state and a second power state in which power consumption
is smaller than power consumption in the first power state, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect a human;
a return unit configured to return the image forming apparatus from the second power state to the first power state;
an operation unit configured to receive a user operation; and
a power saving unit configured to shift the image forming apparatus from the first power state to the second power state based
on a lapse of a predetermined time without the operation unit receiving the user operation;

wherein, in a case where the operation unit does not receive the user operation in a time period between time when the return
unit returns the image forming apparatus from the second power state to the first power state and time when the detection
unit no longer detects a human, the power saving unit shifts the image forming apparatus from the first power state to the
second power state before the lapse of the predetermined time.

US Pat. No. 9,452,606

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD WITH OPENINGS HAVING ASYMMETRIC PROFILE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

15. A liquid ejection head comprising:
a plurality of ejection members, each having an ejection port for ejecting liquid, a liquid chamber for storing liquid to
be supplied to the ejection port, and a heater for heating liquid; and

a support member supporting the plurality of ejection members and having a common flow channel for supplying liquid to the
plurality of ejection members, wherein

the common flow channel communicates with the liquid chambers by way of respective openings, and
an opening portion of each of the openings fronting the common flow channel has an upstream side with respect to a flow direction
of liquid flowing through the common flow channel, the upstream side having a profile asymmetric with regard to a plane passing
through the center of gravity of the opening portion, extending in the flow direction, and being orthogonal to a surface of
the opening portion.

US Pat. No. 9,456,101

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive a shift instruction to shift a power state of the information processing apparatus
from a first power state to a second power state including a shut down state and a power saving state, the information processing
apparatus being configured to shift from the power saving state to the first power state using information which has been
stored in a storage unit during the power saving state; and

a control unit configured to shift the information processing apparatus to the power saving state in a case where a predetermined
application is not running when the reception unit receives the shift instruction, and to shut down the information processing
apparatus in a case where the predetermined application is running when the reception unit receives the shift instruction.

US Pat. No. 9,456,108

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a quantization unit configured to generate quantized data having smaller gradation levels than that of the pre-quantization
data by using a comparison threshold value with which pre-quantization data of a processing object pixel is compared;

a generating unit configured to include an error input section for inputting error data between the quantized data generated
by the quantization unit and the pre-quantization data and a memory storing a value corresponding to a difference between
the comparison threshold value and an original threshold value allocated in a threshold matrix that defines threshold values
according to an arrangement of pixels and to generate the value corresponding to the difference as an addition data that is
added to a value of an input image data of the processing object pixel, without using the error data input to the error input
section for adjusting the input image data of the processing object pixel; and

a processing unit configured to add the value of the addition data generated by the generating unit to the value of the input
image data of the processing object pixel to output input image data to which the value of the addition data is added.

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. 9,454,096

MAGNETIC TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

and wherein
the magnetic toner has a dielectric constant ??, at a frequency of 100 kHz and a temperature of 30° C., of at least 30.0 pF/m
and not more than 40.0 pF/m and has a dielectric loss tangent (tan ?) of not more than 9.0×10?3.

US Pat. No. 9,456,156

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor including image forming pixels that receive incident light passed through a photographing optical system and
detection pixels for divided-pupil, different from the image forming pixels, that receive incident light passed through the
photographing optical system;

a memory control unit configured to read out, from a memory, position information for the detection pixels stored in the memory;
and

a generation unit configured to perform:
a first generation of identifying positions of the detection pixels in the image sensor based on the position information
for the detection pixels and generating a pixel signal, for detection, corresponding to a defective detection pixel using
pixel signals of defect-free detection pixels, and

a second generation of identifying positions of the detection pixels in the image sensor based on the position information
for the detection pixels and generating a pixel signal, for image recording, corresponding to the defective detection pixel
using pixel signals of the image forming pixels.

US Pat. No. 9,454,121

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH POWER SAVING FUNCTIONS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a staple unit configured to staple a plurality of sheets that a user has inserted in a sheet insertion slot of the staple
unit;

a detection unit configured to detect a sheet inserted in the sheet insertion slot; and
a control unit configured to shift the image forming apparatus from a first power state to a second power state in which less
power is consumed than in the first power state based on a predetermined condition for shifting the image forming apparatus
from the first power state to the second power state being satisfied,

wherein the control unit does not shift the image forming apparatus from the first power state to the second power state in
a case where the detection unit is detecting the sheet inserted in the sheet insertion slot.

US Pat. No. 9,448,241

MASS SPECTROMETRY METHOD FOR A POLYPEPTIDE INCLUDING A CYSTEINE RESIDUE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A mass spectrometry method for a polypeptide including a cysteine residue, comprising:
cyanating the polypeptide with a cyanation agent;
treating the cyanated polypeptide with a base;
desorption ionizing the base-treated polypeptide using charged particles to analyze a mass of the desorption-ionized treated
polypeptide by using a secondary ion mass spectrometry method,

wherein the treating of the cyanated polypeptide with the base comprises adding a deliquescent material to the cyanated polypeptide
and further feeding water and the base using base vapor.

US Pat. No. 9,448,502

CHARGING MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A charging member comprising:
an electro-conductive substrate,
an electro-conductive elastic layer, and
an electro-conductive surface layer,
wherein, the elastic layer comprises:
a polymer having a unit derived from ethylene oxide, and
at least one particle selected from the group consisting of graphite particles and graphitized particles,
wherein,
a particle-exposing portion where one or both of the particles selected from the group consisting of the graphite particles
and the graphitized particles is exposed, is present on the surface of the elastic layer,

the surface of the elastic layer including the particle-exposing portions where one or both of the particles selected from
the group consisting of the graphite particles and the graphitized particles is exposed, is coated with the surface layer,

the surface layer
comprises:
a binder resin, and
resin particles dispersed in the binder resin, and
has a plurality of protrusions derived from the resin particles on the surface of the surface layer,and wherein,
when the resin particles in the surface layer are orthographically projected onto the surface of the elastic layer, areas
other than projected areas of the resin particles on the surface of the elastic layer overlap the particle-exposing portions
where one or both of the particles selected from the group consisting of the graphite particles and the graphitized particles
is exposed on the surface of the elastic layer.

US Pat. No. 9,448,513

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS EXECUTING A START-UP PROCESS OF A FIXING PORTION, WHEN A DETECTING PORTION DETECTS THE EXISTENCE OF AN OPERATOR BEFORE RECEIPT OF AN IMAGE FORMATION INSTRUCTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a recording material accommodating portion configured to accommodate a recording material;
an image forming portion configured to form a toner image on the recording material fed from said recording material accommodating
portion;

a fixing portion configured to heat-fix the toner image formed on the recording material by said image forming portion;
a storing portion configured to store information corresponding to a type of the recording material accommodated in said recording
material accommodating portion;

a detecting portion configured to detect that an operator exists in a predetermined zone in a neighborhood of said image forming
apparatus; and

an executing portion configured to execute a start-up process of said fixing portion, when said detecting portion detects
the existence of the operator before said image forming apparatus receives an image formation instruction, over a time depending
on the information stored in said storing portion.

US Pat. No. 9,451,392

COMMUNICATION DEVICE, CONTROLLING METHOD FOR COMMUNICATION DEVICE, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication device comprising:
a first communication unit configured to perform a wireless communication with another communication device through a first
communication scheme;

a second communication unit configured to perform a wireless communication with the another communication device through a
second communication scheme having a higher communication speed than the first communication scheme;

a transmission unit configured to transmit with the first communication unit a first request message for requesting connection
by the second communication scheme to the another communication device, which includes information indicating that a communication
processing to be requested to the another communication device is not determined, in a case where the first communication
unit establishes connection with the another communication device without determining communication processing to be requested
to the another communication device;

a reception unit configured to receive, after the transmission unit transmits the first request message, a first response
message including information indicating whether connection can be established by the second communication unit and information
indicating communication processing executable by the another communication device using the wireless communication through
the second communication scheme; and

a selection unit configured to select communication processing to be executed using the wireless communication through the
second communication scheme based on the information included in the first response message received by the reception unit
and information about the communication processing executable by the another communication device using the wireless communication
through the second communication scheme.

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. 9,449,376

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD FOR PERFORMING TONE CORRECTION OF AN OUTPUT IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising one or more processors that function as:
a region discrimination unit configured to discriminate object regions included in an image;
a first calculation unit configured to calculate representative luminance values of a plurality of object regions discriminated
by the region discrimination unit;

a second calculation unit configured to calculate luminance histograms of the plurality of object regions discriminated by
the region discrimination unit;

a determination unit configured to determine tone characteristics based on the representative luminance values of the plurality
of object regions calculated by the first calculation unit and the luminance histograms of the plurality of object regions
calculated by the second calculation unit; and

an image processing unit configured to perform tone correction processing based on the tone characteristics determined by
the determination unit, wherein the determination unit calculates a plurality of input/output characteristics based on the
respective representative luminance values of the plurality of object regions, and calculates input value ranges respectively
using the plurality of input/output characteristics based on the respective luminance histograms of the plurality of object
regions, and determines the tone characteristics by combining the plurality of calculated input/output characteristics, wherein
the determination unit calculates the input value ranges respectively using the plurality of input/output characteristics
based on a luminance value obtained when values added to a luminance histogram of a first object luminance side reach a predetermined
threshold, and determines the tone characteristics.

US Pat. No. 9,451,175

IMAGING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE PICKUP METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM STORING A PROGRAM THEREFOR FOR OBTAINING LIGHT FIELD INFORMATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus, comprising:
an image pickup element including a two-dimensional array of a plurality of photoelectric conversion elements, configured
to output an electric signal of an optical image of an object;

a focus adjustment unit configured to adjust a focus state of a photographing optical system for forming the optical image
of the object;

an image pickup control unit configured to obtain an electric signal from the image pickup element in a plurality of different
focus states necessary for obtaining light field information of the optical image of the object while changing the focus state
by the focus adjustment unit; and

a light ray determination unit configured to obtain incident position information and incident angle information, which are
the light field information of the optical image of the object, by using the electric signals in the plurality of different
focus states obtained by the image pickup control unit,

wherein the light ray determination unit determines a resolving power of the incident angle information, calculates the incident
position information based on the resolving power of the incident angle information, and generates a matrix for calculating
the incident angle information by inverse convolution from the calculated incident position information.

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. 9,450,012

SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

7. A solid-state imaging device comprising:
a plurality of pixels, the pixel including
a photoelectric conversion unit,
a floating diffusion region,
a transferring transistor including a transferring gate electrode configured to transfer signal charge generated at the photoelectric
conversion unit to the floating diffusion region,

an amplifying transistor configured to output a signal based on an amount of electric charge of the floating diffusion region,
and

a resetting transistor configured to reset a voltage of the floating diffusion region;
a signal processing circuit for processing a signal output from the plurality of pixels;
a first semiconductor substrate; and
a second semiconductor substrate,
wherein a first insulating film is provided on a first principal surface of the first semiconductor substrate,
wherein the first semiconductor substrate includes a pixel region;
wherein a plurality of photoelectric conversion units and a plurality of floating diffusion regions are arranged in the pixel
region;

wherein a first element isolation portion is provided in the pixel region, configured to electrically isolate at least a part
of the plurality of photoelectric conversion units and at least a part of the plurality of floating diffusion regions;

wherein a second insulating film is provided on the second semiconductor substrate;
wherein the second semiconductor substrate includes a circuit region;
wherein a plurality of transistors included in the signal processing circuit are arranged in the circuit region;
wherein a second element isolation portion is arranged in the circuit region, configured to electrically isolate at least
a part of the plurality of transistors;

wherein an interface of a region where the first element isolation portion is provided, between the first semiconductor substrate
and the first insulating film, is arranged at a first depth with respect to an interface of a region where the photoelectric
conversion unit is arranged, between the first semiconductor substrate and the first insulating film;

wherein an interface of a region where the second element isolation portion is provided, between the second semiconductor
substrate and the second insulating film, is arranged at a second depth with respect to an interface of a region where the
transistor included in the signal processing circuit is arranged, between the second semiconductor substrate and the second
insulating film; and

wherein the first depth is shallower than the second depth.

US Pat. No. 9,449,262

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus having a printing function and in which application is installable, the printing apparatus comprising:
a storage unit; and
a control unit configured to control the printing apparatus to operate in a first mode in a case that an error has occurred
in the storage unit and application is not installed in the printing apparatus, and to control the printing apparatus to operate
in a second mode in a case that an error has occurred in the storage unit and application is installed in the printing apparatus,

wherein the first mode is where the printing function is validated and use of the storage unit is limited and the second mode
is where the printing function is invalidated.

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. 9,442,437

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CHANGING TARGET TEMPERATURE OF HEATING MEMBER OR INTERVAL BETWEEN PRECEDING AND SUBSEQUENT RECORDING MATERIAL IN ACCORDANCE WITH RATIO OF TONER IMAGE AREA IN PREDETERMINED REGION TO PREDETERMINED REGION AREA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that forms a toner image on a recording material, comprising:
an image forming unit that forms the toner image on the recording material;
a fixing unit that fixes the toner image on the recording material while conveying the recording material bearing the toner
image at a nip portion, the fixing unit including a heating member and a backup member forming the nip portion together with
the heating member;

a temperature detection portion that detects a temperature on the heating member;
a controller that controls power to be supplied to the heating member so that the temperature detected by the temperature
detection portion becomes a target temperature; and

an acquisition portion that acquires information related to a ratio of an area of the toner image in a predetermined region
to an area of the predetermined region, the predetermined region being located in a 2 to 6 mm range from an edge of the recording
material in a width direction of the recording material and having a predetermined length in a conveyance direction of the
recording material, wherein

the controller changes the target temperature in accordance with the ratio.

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. 9,440,436

DATA GENERATION APPARATUS, INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS, AND DATA GENERATION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus for generating print data used to apply a plurality of inks, including a first ink and a second ink which
is different in color from the first ink and higher in color material density than the first ink, onto a pixel area on a recording
medium with a plurality of scans of a recording head, the apparatus comprising:
a recording head, and
a processor which executes steps of
generating first multi-valued data corresponding to the first ink and second multi-valued data corresponding to the second
ink,

generating first correction data corresponding to the first ink by correcting the first multi-valued data and second correction
data corresponding to the second ink by correcting the second multi-valued data,

generating first binary data corresponding to the first ink on the basis of the first correction data and the second binary
data corresponding to the second ink on the basis of the second correction data,

dividing the first binary data to generate a plurality of pieces of first print data, corresponding to the plurality of scans,
for applying the first ink in the plurality of scans by using a plurality of first mask patterns respectively, each of which
determines whether or not to permit each of pixels to be printed, and

dividing the second binary data to generate a plurality of pieces of second print data, corresponding to the plurality of
scans, for applying the second ink in the plurality of scans by using a plurality of second mask patterns respectively, each
of which determines whether or not to permit each of pixels to be printed, wherein

the processor executes the step of generating the first correction data and the second correction data such that a value of
the first correction data is smaller than a value of the second correction data, in a case where a value of the first multi-valued
data is substantially equal to a value of the second multi-valued data, and wherein

a numerical total number of pixels which are determined to be permitted to be printed in each of the plurality of first mask
patterns is larger than a numerical total number of pixels which are determined to be permitted to be printed in each of the
plurality of second mask patterns, and wherein

a number of pixels which are determined to be permitted to be printed by at least two of first mask patterns in the plurality
of first mask patterns is larger than a number of pixels which are determined to be permitted to be printed by at least two
of second mask patterns in the plurality of second mask patterns.

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. 9,438,789

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect touch operations;
a display control unit configured to effect control such that a portion of an image is displayed on a display unit rather
than an entire image;

a portion changing unit configured to change a displayed portion of the image when a portion of the image is being displayed,
in accordance with a predetermined touch operation including moving of a touch position having been performed from outside
of a predetermined region; and

a control unit configured to effect control such that, when a portion of the image is being displayed, the displayed image
is switched to a different image and a display portion of the different image is displayed on the display unit based on the
display portion of the image before switching, in accordance with the predetermined touch operation including moving of a
touch position having been performed from within the predetermined region.

US Pat. No. 9,438,837

IMAGE SENSOR AND IMAGE SENSING SYSTEM WITH REDUNDANT DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image sensor comprising:
a pixel unit in which a plurality of pixels are arranged in a matrix;
an A/D conversion circuit provided corresponding to each column of the matrix and configured to A/D-convert a pixel signal
output from the pixel unit and output digital data corresponding to the pixel signal, the A/D conversion circuit including
a comparator configured to compare the signal from the pixel with a reference signal;

a counter circuit configured to count a reference clock and generate a count signal;
a redundant data generation unit configured to generate redundant data for correcting the digital data by encoding the count
signal based on a generating rule of an error correction code; and

a memory configured to store the count signal as the digital signal and the redundant data in accordance with an output signal
from the comparator.

US Pat. No. 9,438,841

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state imaging apparatus comprising:
a pixel section in which a plurality of pixels are arranged in a matrix;
a column signal line configured to output a pixel signal from the pixel section;
a column amplifier circuit configured to output an amplified signal by inverting and amplifying the pixel signal;
a bypass circuit configured to bypass the column amplifier circuit;
a successive approximation analogue to digital (AD) converter;
a correlated double sampling (CDS) processing unit configured to calculate a difference between a reset level of the pixel
signal and an imaging signal; and

a control unit configured to change an operation mode of the successive approximation AD converter,
wherein the control unit is configured to:
in a first operation mode, to control the successive approximation AD converter to AD-convert the pixel signal from the column
signal line via the bypass circuit,

in a second operation mode, to control the successive approximation AD converter to AD-convert the amplified signal, and
to change differential processing of the CDS processing unit between the first operation mode and the second operation mode.

US Pat. No. 9,438,874

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT IS CAPABLE OF CORRECTING COLOR SHIFT, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus configured to correct color shift caused by chromatic difference of magnification in image
data determined based on an optical image incident through an optical system, comprising:
a storage unit configured to store first color shift amount data including color shift amount information of the image data
and accuracy information indicative of detection accuracy of the color shift;

an analysis unit configured to analyze the image data and thereby determine second color shift amount data including color
shift amount information of the image data and accuracy information indicative of detection accuracy of the color shift;

a correction unit configured to correct the color shift of the image data using color shift amount information selected from
the first color shift amount data and the second color shift amount data, based on the accuracy information included in the
first color shift amount data read out from the storage unit and the accuracy information included in the second color shift
amount data determined by the analysis unit; and

an update unit configured to update the first color shift amount data stored in the storage unit with a third color shift
amount data, which is the color shift amount information selected by said correction unit.

US Pat. No. 9,436,106

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREFOR, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS INCLUDING THE ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, AND PHTHALOCYANINE CRYSTAL AND METHOD PRODUCI

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member, comprising:
a support; and
a photosensitive layer formed on the support,
wherein the photosensitive layer includes a phthalocyanine crystal in which a compound represented by the following formula
(1) is contained:

in the formula (1), X represents a vinyl group or a propyl group.

US Pat. No. 9,437,648

SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image pickup device comprising:
a plurality of pixels each including:
a photoelectric conversion section that generates an electric charge in accordance with incident light; and
a junction field-effect transistor that outputs an image signal in accordance with the electric charge generated by the photoelectric
conversion section,

wherein the solid-state image pickup device includes a first element isolation region using an insulator and a second element
isolation region using a pn junction, the first element isolation region and the second element isolation region being arranged
in a region in which the plurality of pixels are arranged, and

a channel of the junction field-effect transistor and the second element isolation region is arranged along a line that is
parallel to a channel direction of the junction field-effect transistor.

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. 9,436,142

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that controls fixing of developer to a printing medium by controlling a temperature of a heating
member of a fixing device, comprising:
a measurement unit configured to measure an actual temperature of the heating member;
a temperature control unit configured to control the temperature of the heating member;
a first obtaining unit configured to obtain, based on image data that includes a plurality of pages, an application amount
of the developer on a printing medium on which a page that is to be processed has been formed;

a second obtaining unit configured to obtain, based on the image data, a coverage ratio of the developer on a printing medium
on which a predetermined page has been formed;

a third obtaining unit configured to obtain setting temperatures of the heating member that respectively correspond to the
application amount and the coverage ratio; and

a control unit configured to control the temperature of the heating member by using the temperature control unit based on
the actual temperature that has been measured by the measurement unit and the setting temperatures of the heating member that
have been obtained by the third obtaining unit, thereby performing control to subject the printing medium on which the page
that is to be processed has been formed to fixing.

US Pat. No. 9,436,145

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING CORRECTION UNIT THAT CORRECTS TONE CORRECTION TABLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a forming unit configured to form an image on an image carrier;
a holding unit configured to hold a reference table and a tone correction table that convert a plurality of input image data
values into corresponding output image data values; and

a correcting unit configured to control the forming unit to form a first test pattern including a plurality of images having
different densities on the image carrier using the tone correction table, and correct the tone correction table by detecting
densities of the plurality of images,

wherein the correcting unit is further configured to correct the tone correction table by updating the tone correction table
using the detected densities of the plurality of images and then interpolating the updated tone correction table using the
reference table,

wherein the reference table is generated using a second test pattern including a plurality of images having different densities,
and a number of the images having different densities included in the second test pattern is greater than a number of the
images having different densities included in the first test pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,436,154

SHEET CONTAINING APPARATUS HAVING A CONTAINING PORTION WITH LOCK MECHANISM AND AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A CONTAINING PORTION WITH LOCK MECHANISM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet containing apparatus comprising:
a containing portion configured to contain a sheet on which an image is to be formed and configured to be slidably supported
by an apparatus main body;

a pair of guide rails provided in the apparatus main body and facing each other in an up-down direction, the guide rails being
configured to guide a slide movement of the containing portion;

a guide portion provided in the containing portion and guided by the pair of guide rails between the pair of guide rails;
an engaging portion provided at the guide portion, the engaging portion including a first projecting portion projecting upward
and a second projecting portion projecting downward;

a first stopper provided to project from one guide rail of the pair of guide rails toward the other guide rail of the pair
of guide rails, and configured to abut one of the first projecting portion and the second projecting portion to regulate removal
of the containing portion from the apparatus main body; and

a second stopper provided to project from the other guide rail toward the one guide rail, and configured to abut the other
of the first projecting portion and the second projecting portion to regulate removal of the containing portion from the apparatus
main body,

wherein the first stopper is movable from a position at which removal of the containing portion from the apparatus main body
is regulated where a distance between the first stopper and the second stopper is shorter than a thickness in the up-down
direction of the engaging portion to a position at which removal of the containing portion from the apparatus main body is
released where the distance between the first stopper and the second stopper is longer than the thickness of the engaging
portion.

US Pat. No. 9,436,413

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

18. An information processing method to be executed in an information processing apparatus including: (a) a processor, and
(b) a storage unit configured to store a program having a layered structure including (1) a first layer constituted by a script
instruction set which is translated to be able to execute the script instruction set by the processor when executing an application,
and (2) a second layer constituted by an instruction set which is translated in advance to be able to execute the instruction
set by the processor, the processor executing the application by cooperation between the first layer and the second layer,
the information processing method comprising:
an obtaining step of obtaining image data of a designated image, in the second layer;
a rasterizing step of rasterizing the image data obtained in the obtaining step, in the second layer;
a converting step of converting the rasterized image data into data of a data format interpretable by the first layer, in
the second layer; and

an instruction step of receiving the data from the second layer, and instructing predetermined processing based on the received
data, wherein the receiving and the instructing are performed in the first layer.

US Pat. No. 9,430,623

LICENSE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, LICENSE MANAGEMENT METHOD, AND CLIENT DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A license management system having a client device and a server system that manages a license of a software package including
a plurality of pieces of software that are executed on different devices,
the client device comprising:
a first memory storing program code; and
a first hardware processor that, upon execution of the program code stored in the first memory, performs the functions of
a transmission unit that transmits a request containing an identifier of a first piece of software included in the software
package to the server system;

a first reception unit that receives a response containing device identification information from the server system;
a first request unit that makes a request for date information regarding authentication of a second piece of software included
in the software package to a device corresponding to the device identification information, if the second piece of software
is already authenticated;

a second reception unit that receives a response containing the date information regarding authentication from the device
corresponding to the device identification information; and

a second request unit that makes a request to issue a license of the software package, the request containing the date information
regarding authentication, to the server system,

the server system comprising:
a second memory storing program code; and
a second hardware processor that, upon execution of the program code stored in the second memory, performs the functions of
a second transmission unit that, in the case of receiving the request containing the identifier of the first piece of software,
transmits device identification information regarding a device that executes the second piece of software to the client device;

a third reception unit that receives the request to issue a license for the software package;
a setting unit that sets a start date of a maintenance period of the software package, based on the date information regarding
authentication contained in the request to issue a license and a date of the request to issue a license; and

a response unit that makes a response with the license of the software package to the client device if a date when the software
package becomes usable is within the maintenance period starting from the start date,

wherein the setting unit further determines whether or not the first piece of software and the second piece of software are
subjects of simultaneous installation; sets, as the start date of the maintenance period of the software package, the earlier
one of a date of the date information regarding authentication of the second piece of software contained in the request to
issue a license and the date of the request to issue a license, if the first piece of software and the second piece of software
are not the subjects of simultaneous installation; and sets, as the start date of the maintenance period of the software package,
the later one of the date of the date information regarding authentication of the second piece of software contained in the
request to issue a license and the date of the request to issue a license, if the first piece of software and the second piece
of software are the subjects of simultaneous installation.

US Pat. No. 9,429,860

TONER PRODUCTION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner production method, comprising:
(i) a step of producing untreated toner particles, each of which comprises a binder resin and a colorant, the binder resin
containing a resin (A) capable of forming a crystalline structure; and

(ii) a pressure treatment step of obtaining treated toner particles by holding the untreated toner particles for 5 minutes
or more in a state in which pressure of 2.0 MPa or more is applied to the untreated toner particles under conditions of a
temperature T1 (° C.) defined by formula (1):

20?T1?Tp2  (1)

(wherein, Tp2 represents an onset temperature (° C.) of the maximum endothermic peak derived from the resin (A) on an endothermic
curve during a first temperature rise of the untreated toner particles as determined by differential scanning calorimetric
measurement), wherein

a peak temperature Tp1 of the maximum endothermic peak derived from the resin (A) on the endothermic curve during the first
temperature rise of the untreated toner particles as determined by differential scanning calorimetric measurement is from
at least 50° C. to not more than 90° C., and

wherein the untreated toner particles are obtained by any one of (I) to (VI):
(I) the untreated toner particles are obtained by performing,
a step of obtaining a resin composition by dissolving or dispersing the binder resin comprising the resin (A) and the colorant
in an organic solvent able to dissolve the binder resin;

a step of obtaining a dispersion by dispersing the resin composition in a dispersion medium comprising carbon dioxide at from
at least 1.0 MPa to not more than 20.0 Mpa;

a step of removing the organic solvent from the dispersion; and
a step of reducing a pressure to atmospheric pressure,
(II) the untreated toner particles are obtained by performing,
a step of obtaining a resin composition by dissolving or dispersing the binder resin comprising the resin (A) and the colorant
in an organic solvent able to dissolve the binder resin;

a step of obtaining a dispersion by dispersing the resin composition in an aqueous medium; and
a step of removing the organic solvent from the dispersion via the aqueous medium,
(III) the untreated toner particles are obtained by performing,
a step of obtaining a binder resin fine particle dispersion by dispersing the binder resin comprising the resin (A) in an
aqueous medium or an organic solvent that does not dissolve the binder resin;

a step of obtaining a colorant fine particle dispersion by dispersing the colorant in aqueous medium or an organic solvent
that does not dissolve the binder resin;

a step of forming aggregated particles by mixing the binder resin fine particle dispersion and the colorant fine particle
dispersion; and

a step of heating the aggregated particles at a temperature equal to or higher than a melting point or a glass transition
temperature of the binder resin to fuse the aggregated particles,

(IV) the untreated toner particles are obtained by performing,
a step of obtaining a polymerizable monomer composition by mixing a polymerizable monomer, the resin (A) and the colorant;
a step of forming liquid droplets of the polymerizable monomer composition by dispersing the polymerizable monomer composition
in an aqueous medium comprising a dispersion stabilizer; and

a step of polymerizing the polymerizable monomer comprised in liquid droplets of the polymerizable monomer composition,
(V) the untreated toner particles are obtained by performing,
a step of obtaining a polymerizable monomer composition by mixing a polymerizable monomer, a polymerizable monomer that is
a precursor of the resin (A), and the colorant;

a step of forming liquid droplets of the polymerizable monomer composition by dispersing the polymerizable monomer composition
in an aqueous medium comprising a dispersion stabilizer; and

a step of polymerizing the polymerizable monomer comprised in the polymerizable monomer composition, and
(VI) the untreated toner particles are obtained by performing,
a step of obtaining a kneaded product by melting and kneading the binder resin comprising the resin (A) and the colorant;
and

a step of pulverizing the kneaded product.

US Pat. No. 9,429,865

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image-bearing member;
a charging member configured to charge the image-bearing member by receiving a charge voltage in which a direct-current voltage
and an alternating-current voltage are superposed on each other;

a power source configured to apply a voltage to the charging member;
a toner-image forming unit configured to form a toner image on the image-bearing member charged by the charging member;
a detector configured to detect a current flowing through the charging member when the power source applies the charge voltage
to the charging member;

an extraction unit configured to extract, from the current detected by the detector when the charge voltage is applied to
the charging member, a current in a frequency band including a discharge current component;

an adjustment unit configured to adjust the alternating-current voltage based on the current extracted by the extraction unit;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire environmental information; and
a setting unit configured to set, based on the environmental information acquired by the acquisition unit, a frequency band
for extraction performed by the extraction unit.

US Pat. No. 9,429,873

DEVELOPER ACCOMMODATING CONTAINER, WITH TONER SEAL MEMBER, UNSEALING MEMBER, AND AUXILIARY UNSEALING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer container for accommodating developer, said developer container comprising:
a seal member for unsealably sealing an opening of said developer container;
an unsealing member, connected to an end portion of said seal member, for unsealing the opening; and
an auxiliary unsealing member for assisting unsealing by changing a pulling direction of said seal member by said unsealing
member,

wherein said auxiliary unsealing member includes a shaft portion or a projected portion,
wherein said shaft portion or said projected portion extends in a longitudinal direction of said developer container, and
wherein a feeding sheet is fixed on said unsealing member, and said seal member is fixed between said feeding sheet and said
unsealing member.

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. 9,429,886

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that forms a toner image on a recording medium, the image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form an unfixed toner image on a recording medium;
a fixing unit configured to heat the recording medium bearing the unfixed toner image and fix the unfixed toner image onto
the recording medium at a nip portion, the fixing unit including a heating member; and a pressurizing member that contacts
the heating member so as to form the nip portion therebetween;

a first blower configured to blow air to a non-sheet-passing area of a small-size recording medium on the heating member;
a second blower configured to blow air to a non-sheet-passing area of the small-size recording medium on the pressurizing
member;

an end portion temperature detector configured to detect a temperature of the non-sheet-passing area of the small-size recording
medium on the heating member; and

a controller configured to control a power supplied to the first blower and the second blower independently, the controller
controlling the power supplied to the first blower according to a detected temperature detected by the end portion temperature
detector,

wherein the controller is capable of executing a first cooling mode in which the first blower blows air and the second blower
does not blow air, and a second cooling mode in which both the first blower and the second blower blow air, the first cooling
mode starting at a timing when the detected temperature detected by the end portion temperature detector reaches a threshold
temperature, the first cooling mode being switched to the second cooling mode at a timing when the power supplied to the first
blower reaches a threshold power smaller than the maximum power which can be supplied to the first blower.

US Pat. No. 9,429,889

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus comprising:
a heater;
a supporting member configured to support said heater; and
a high heat conductive sheet sandwiched between said heater and said supporting member,
wherein a recording material on which an image is formed is heated by heat from said heater,
wherein said supporting member includes a bearing surface contacting said sheet and an opposing surface opposing a part of
said heater not opposing said sheet, the bearing surface and the opposing surface forming a stepped portion in which the opposing
surface is positioned closer to said heater than the bearing surface in a thickness direction of said heater,

wherein the thickness of said sheet under a non-pressure state is larger than the height of the stepped portion between the
bearing surface and the opposing surface, and

wherein in a state in which pressure is applied between said heater and said supporting member, said sheet is compressed between
said heater and the bearing surface of said supporting member such that said heater contacts the opposing surface of said
supporting member.

US Pat. No. 9,430,176

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus that performs, before forming an image on a sheet, pre-rotation processing including at least heating
of a fixing unit, the printing apparatus comprising:
a controller; and
a printer engine, wherein the printer engine comprises:
a receiving unit configured to receive a print instruction from the controller;
a determining unit configured to determine whether or not it is necessary to reduce a performing time of the pre-rotation
processing such that the performing time becomes shorter than a default time, based on information included in the received
print instruction; and

a processing unit configured to perform the pre-rotation processing for the default time in a case where the determining unit
determines that it is unnecessary to reduce the performing time of the pre-rotation processing such that the performing time
becomes shorter than the default time, and perform the pre-rotation processing for a time shorter than the default time in
a case where the determining unit determines that it is necessary to reduce the performing time of the pre-rotation processing
such that the performing time becomes shorter than the default time.

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. 9,432,530

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a receiver configured to receive a restart instruction of the image forming apparatus;
a memory device configured to store information relating to a remote control by an external apparatus in a case where the
restart instruction is received from the external apparatus, and not to store the information in a case where the restart
instruction is received from an operation unit provided in the image forming apparatus;

a restart device configured to restart the image forming apparatus in accordance with the restart instruction; and
a controller configured to control so as to not activate a remote application for remotely controlling the image forming apparatus
from the external apparatus in a case where the information is not stored in the memory device, and so as to activate the
remote application in a case where the information is stored in the memory device.

US Pat. No. 9,432,536

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a controller, which includes at least a processor, configured to:
execute reading processing for reading an image on an original document;
execute printing processing for printing an image on a printing material;
determine, when execution of the reading processing is instructed by a user while the print processing is being executed,
whether or not the printing processing which is being executed uses a conveyance path which is to be used for the reading
processing;

set, in accordance with an instruction from a user, which of the reading processing and the printing processing is preferentially
executed; and

if it is determined that the printing processing which is being executed does not use the conveyance path, control the reading
processing to be executed before completion of the printing processing which is being executed, and if it is determined that
the printing processing which is being executed uses the conveyance path and it is set to prioritize the printing processing,
control the reading processing to be executed after completion of the printing processing which is being executed.

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. 9,427,985

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a feeding roller configured to feed a printing sheet;
a conveyance roller configured to convey the printing sheet fed by the feeding roller;
a printing unit configured to perform printing on a first surface and a second surface of the printing sheet conveyed by the
conveyance roller;

a reverse conveyance guide configured to reverse the printing sheet having been printed on the first surface by the printing
unit and convey the printing sheet to the conveyance roller;

a conveyance control unit configured to control conveyance of printing sheets so that an overlap state, in which a trailing
edge of a preceding sheet as a printing sheet precedingly fed by the feeding roller and a leading edge of a succeeding sheet
as a printing sheet succeedingly fed by the feeding roller overlap each other, is formed between the feeding roller and the
conveyance roller, wherein when continuously performing printing on the first surface of the succeeding sheet after printing
on the first surface of the preceding sheet, the conveyance control unit forms the overlap state, and when continuously performing
printing on the first surface of the succeeding sheet after printing on the second surface of the preceding sheet, the conveyance
control unit does not form the overlap state; and

a determination unit configured to determine, in a case where the overlap state is formed, whether to convey the succeeding
sheet to a position facing the printing unit while keeping the overlap state or to convey the succeeding sheet to the position
after the overlap state has been cancelled.

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. 9,423,706

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:
an electrically conductive support; and
a photosensitive layer formed on the electrically conductive support, wherein a surface layer of the electrophotographic photosensitive
member comprises a polymerized product of a composition comprising a charge transporting compound with a polymerizable functional
group represented by formula (1),

where,
R1 represents an alkyl group, and

one of R21 and R22 represents an alkyl group and the other represents a hydrogen atom,

wherein
the charge transporting compound with the polymerizable functional group represented by formula (1) is at least one compound
selected from the group consisting of a compound represented by formula (3) and a compound represented by formula (4) below,

where,
Ar1, Ar2, and Ar4 each independently represent a monovalent group represented by formula (M1) below or a substituted or unsubstituted aryl group;
Ar3 represents a divalent group represented by formula (M2) below or a substituted or unsubstituted arylene group; at least one
of Ar1 to Ar4 represents a monovalent group represented by formula (M1) below or a divalent group represented by formula (M2) below; r is
0 or 1; and when none of Ar1, Ar2, and Ar4 is a monovalent group represented by formula (M1) below, r is 1 and Ar3 is a divalent group represented by formula (M2) below;

where,
Ar5, Ar6, Ar9, and Arl0each independently represent a monovalent group represented by formula (M1) below or a substituted or unsubstituted aryl group;
Ar7 and Ar 8 each independently represent a divalent group represented by formula (M2) below or a substituted or unsubstituted arylene
group; at least one of Ar5 to Ar10 is a monovalent group represented by formula (M1) below or a divalent group represented by formula (M2) below; P1 represents an oxygen atom, a cycloalkylidene group, a divalent group having two phenylene groups bonded through an oxygen
atom, or an ethylene group; s and t each independently represent 0 or 1; and when none of Ar5, Ar6, Ar9, and Arl0 is a monovalent group represented by formula (M1) below and Ar7 is not a divalent group represented by formula (M2) below, t is 1 and Ar8 is a divalent group represented by formula (M2) below;

where,
R1, R21, and R22 are the same as R1, R21, and R22 in formula (1), Ar11 represents a substituted or unsubstituted arylene group, and m represents an integer of 1 or more;

where,
R1, R21, and R22 are the same as R1, R21, and R22 in formula (1), Ar12 represents a substituted or unsubstituted trivalent aromatic hydrocarbon group, and n represents an integer of 1 or more.

US Pat. No. 9,423,708

METHOD FOR PRODUCING TONER PARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for producing a toner particle, comprising a step of adhering a resin particle to a surface of a toner base particle
in an aqueous medium, the toner base particle containing a binder resin and a colorant,
wherein the resin particle contains a resin A,
the resin A
(i) having an ionic functional group, and
(ii) satisfying the following relationship
6.0?pKa(A)?9.0

where the acid dissociation constant of the resin A is defined as pKa(A), and wherein
when a pH of the aqueous medium at the start of the step is defined as pH(W), the pKa(A) and the pH(W) satisfy a following
formula:

pH(W)?pKa(A)?2.0.

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. 9,424,496

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH IMAGE DEFORMATION CORRECTION USING USER INPUT LENGTH INFORMATION OF TEST IMAGE LINE DRAWING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image processing unit configured to perform image processing on image data based on a correction condition;
a light emitting unit configured to emit light for exposing a photosensitive member based on the image data on which the image
processing is performed;

a feeding cassette configured to feed a recording medium,
a transferring unit configured to transfer the image formed on the photosensitive member to the recording medium which is
fed from the feeding cassette;

a fixing unit configured to fix the image on the recording medium;
a control unit configured to cause the light emitting unit and the transferring unit to form a test image on the recording
medium, the test image having a first line drawing and a second line drawing, each of which extends in a first direction,
and the first line drawing and the second line drawing are provided at different positions in a second direction which is
perpendicular to the first direction, wherein the first direction corresponds to the conveying direction of the recording
medium;

a display configured to display a screen for allowing a user to input length information of the first line drawing and length
information of the second line drawing; and

a correction processing unit configured to set the correction condition based on the length information of the first line
drawing and the length information of the second line drawing, which are input by the user through the screen,

wherein the image processing unit is configured to perform the image processing on the image data using the correction condition
according to the position of the image data in the second direction.

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. 9,420,951

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmological apparatus comprising:
a first acquiring unit configured to acquire a first AO-SLO (Adaptive Optics Scanning Laser Ophthalmoscope) image of an eye
to be examined;

a second acquiring unit configured to acquire a second AO-SLO image of the eye to be examined, wherein the first AO-SLO image
and the second AO-SLO image are captured at different times and at a same fixation position, and a resolution of the first
AO-SLO image is the same as a resolution of the second AO-SLO image;

an aligning unit configured to align the first AO-SLO image and the second AO-SLO image;
a display control unit configured to cause a display unit to display the first AO-SLO image and the second AO-SLO image in
a superimposed manner based on an alignment result of the alignment unit; and

a region setting unit configured to set a region of interest based on a user selection to a displayed area where the first
AO-SLO image and the second AO-SLO image are superimposed,

wherein the display control unit causes the display unit to display information regarding time-dependent changes of a visual
cell based on a visual cell acquired from the region of interest in the first AO-SLO image and a visual cell acquired from
the region of interest in the second AO-SLO image.

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. 9,420,156

IMAGING CONTROL SYSTEM, CONTROL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus for changing a viewing angle of an imaging unit by controlling panning and tilting angles of the imaging
unit, the control apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a captured image captured by the imaging unit;
an angle control unit configured to control panning and tilting angles of the imaging unit; and
a display control unit configured to cause a display unit to display, on the captured image, at least one of panning direction
guides indicating that a viewing angle of the imaging unit changes along at least one of the panning direction guides by changing
panning angle of the imaging unit, at least one of the panning direction guides having different radiuses each other;

wherein the number of at least one of the panning direction guides displayed on the captured image is decreased by the display
control unit and each radius of at least one of the panning direction guides is reduced by the display control unit if the
viewing angle moves close to a panning rotation center to control of the panning angles.

US Pat. No. 9,418,624

IMAGE OUTPUT APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGE OUTPUT APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image output apparatus for outputting images to a display apparatus having a plurality of image processing units respectively
corresponding to a plurality of divided regions of a screen, comprising:
a selecting unit that selects images to be output to the display apparatus;
a setting unit that sets, according to a user operation, an arrangement of the selected images to be output to the display
apparatus; and

a control unit that determines whether the number of types of images arranged by the setting unit in one divided region is
greater than a maximum adjustable number, which is the number of types of images on which the image processing unit corresponding
to the divided region can perform image quality adjustment processing in parallel, and in a case where it is determined that
the number of types of images arranged in one divided region is greater than the maximum adjustable number of the image processing
unit corresponding to the divided region, changes at least one of a display size and a display position of the images to be
output to the display apparatus so that the number of types of images displayed in the divided region is not greater than
the maximum adjustable number, wherein

each of the plurality of image processing units performs image quality adjustment processing on each image to be displayed
in the divided region corresponding to the image processing unit among the plurality of divided regions,

the control unit compares the types of images arranged by the setting unit and a combination of types of images on which each
image processing unit can perform image quality adjustment processing in parallel, to determine whether the number of types
of images arranged by the setting unit is greater than the maximum adjustable number, and

the control unit gives a first notice in a case where the number of types of images arranged in one divided region is greater
than the maximum adjustable number of the image processing unit corresponding to the divided region, and gives a second notice
in a case where the number of types of images selected by the selecting unit is greater than a sum of the plurality of maximum
adjustable numbers respectively corresponding to the plurality of image processing units.

US Pat. No. 9,413,905

MOBILE TERMINAL CAPABLE OF INSTRUCTING TRANSMISSION OF FAX, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHODS OF CONTROLLING MOBILE TERMINAL AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A mobile terminal that is capable of communicating with an image processing apparatus which has a scanner for performing
scanning of an original and a fax unit for performing fax transmission of image data generated by the scanning of the original,
comprising:
a transmission destination-setting unit configured to set transmission destination information indicative of a transmission
destination for the fax transmission to be performed by the fax unit;

a scanning and transmission-setting unit configured to set scanning and transmission information concerning the scanning and
the fax transmission;

a request transmission unit configured to transmit a request for performing the fax transmission, to the image processing
apparatus;

an original setting instruction-displaying unit configured to display, on a display section, a message for prompting a user
to set an original for the scanning on the scanner when a response notifying that the fax unit is capable of performing the
fax transmission is received from the image processing apparatus to which the request has been transmitted by said request
transmission unit;

a reception unit configured to receive an instruction for starting the fax transmission from the user, when determining that
the original has been set on the scanner;

an instruction transmission unit configured to transmit, when said reception unit receives the instruction from the user,
an instruction for performing the scanning by the scanner and performing the fax transmission by the fax unit, together with
the transmission destination information set by said transmission destination-setting unit, and the scanning and transmission
information set by said scanning and transmission-setting unit, to the image processing apparatus;

an acquiring unit configured to acquire a progress status of the scanning and a progress status of the fax transmission from
the image processing apparatus after the instruction is transmitted by said instruction transmission unit; and

a status displaying unit configured to display, on the display section, the progress status of the scanning and the progress
status of the fax transmission acquired by said acquiring unit, and display a result of the fax transmission.

US Pat. No. 9,413,938

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
a lens unit;
a first ring-shaped operating member disposed around the lens unit;
a second ring-shaped operating member disposed around the lens unit;
a base member configured to hold the first ring-shaped operating member and the second ring-shaped operating member, wherein
the base member holds the first ring-shaped operating member such that the first ring-shaped operating member can move rectilinearly
in a direction perpendicular to an optical axis of the lens unit, and wherein the base member holds the second ring-shaped
operating member such that the second ring-shaped operating member can rotate about the optical axis of the lens unit;

a rotation detection unit configured to detect rotation of the second ring-shaped operating member; and
a restricting unit configured to restrict rectilinear movement of the first ring-shaped operating member, wherein when the
rotation of the second ring-shaped operating member is not detected by the rotation detection unit, the restricting unit permits
rectilinear movement of the first ring-shaped operating member, and when the rotation of the second ring-shaped operating
member is detected by the rotation detection unit, the restricting unit restricts the rectilinear movement of the first ring-shaped
operating member.

US Pat. No. 9,411,126

LENS BARREL HAVING RETRACTABLE LENS, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lens barrel comprising:
a lens;
a first holding member configured to hold said lens;
a second holding member configured to hold said first holding member and be movable in a direction of an optical axis in conjunction
with said first holding member;

a drive mechanism configured to move said first holding member between a shooting position on the optical axis and a retracted
position outside the optical axis; and

a first guide bar and a second guide bar configured to support said second holding member;
a third holding member configured to have said first guide bar and said second guide bar fixed thereto and be movable in the
direction of the optical axis; and

an urging member configured to urge said second holding member toward said third holding member,
wherein said drive mechanism retracts said first holding member from the shooting position to the retracted position while
holding said second holding member on the optical axis,

said first guide bar and said second guide bar guide said second holding member in the direction of the optical axis, and
at the time of shifting from a shooting state into a retracted state, said third holding member moves toward an image plane,
and said drive mechanism retracts said first holding member from the shooting position to the retracted position in a state
where said second holding member is urged toward said third holding member by said urging member.

US Pat. No. 9,413,946

IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising;
an image sensor configured to perform photoelectric conversion of an object image formed by an imaging optical system including
a focus lens;

a first luminance pixel extraction unit configured to extract first pixels having a luminance equal to or higher than a first
threshold value based on image signals output from the image sensor;

a second luminance pixel extraction unit configured to extract second pixels having a luminance equal to or lower than a second
threshold value, which is smaller than the first threshold value, based on the image signals output from the image sensor;

a range setting unit configured to set, as a focus adjustment range, a moving range of the focus lens in which a plurality
of numbers of the first pixels obtained while moving the focus lens is equal to or larger than a predetermined value; and

an in-focus position calculation unit configured to calculate an in-focus position by only using a plurality of numbers of
the second pixels obtained within the focus adjustment range,

wherein the in-focus position calculation unit determines, as the in-focus position, a position of the focus lens having the
highest number of second pixels among the plurality of numbers of second pixels obtained within the focus adjustment range.

US Pat. No. 9,412,931

PIEZOELECTRIC CERAMICS, PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, LIQUID EJECTION HEAD, ULTRASONIC MOTOR, AND DUST REMOVING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A piezoelectric ceramics, comprising a first crystal grain and a second crystal grain,
wherein the first crystal grain has an average equivalent circle diameter of 2 ?m to 30 ?m,
wherein the first crystal grain includes a perovskite-type metal oxide represented by general formula (1) as a main component,
and the second crystal grain includes a perovskite-type metal oxide represented by general formula (2) as a main component:

xBaTiO3-yCaTiO3-zCaZrO3; and  (1)

x?BaTiO3-y?CaTiO3-z?CaZrO3,  (2)

provided that x, y, z, x?, y?, and z? satisfy x+y+z=1, x?+y?+z?=1, 0?x??0.15, 0.85?y??1, 0?z??0.05, x>x?, 00,
and

wherein when the piezoelectric ceramics is polished, a ratio of an area of the first crystal grain in a polished surface of
the piezoelectric ceramics is larger than a ratio of an area of the second crystal grain in the polished surface.

US Pat. No. 9,413,964

IMAGING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR DRIVING IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING SYSTEM, AND DRIVING METHOD FOR IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a plurality of pixels arranged in a matrix, each pixel accumulating an electric charge based on an incident light quantity;
a plurality of signal lines each arranged correspondingly to each of columns of the plurality of pixels;
a row scanning circuit configured to select the plurality of pixels row by row for outputting signals from the plurality of
pixels to the plurality of signal lines; and

a first gain correcting circuit configured to correct the signals in the plurality of signal lines by applying a gain to the
signals, wherein when rows of a pixel region selected for reading out in a present frame is different from rows of a pixel
region selected for reading out in a previous frame so that a charge accumulation period of a first row of the plurality of
pixels is different from a charge accumulation period of a second row of the plurality of pixels, the first gain correcting
circuit corrects the signals to reduce a difference of a signal value due to the difference of the charge accumulation period
between the first row and the second row.

US Pat. No. 9,411,157

OPTICAL SCANNING DEVICE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical scanning apparatus comprising:
a light source;
a light deflector for deflecting a light beam emitted from said light source;
a mirror for reflecting the beam deflected by said light deflector toward a predetermined surface;
an optical box and a dosing member mounted to said optical box, wherein said mirror is accommodated in a space defined by
said optical box and said closing member,

a pressing member for pressing said mirror to a seating surface of said optical box and for regulating a movement of said
mirror in a direction of a normal line of a reflecting surface of said mirror, said pressing member pressing the surface of
the mirror opposite to the reflecting surface toward the seating surface;

and a regulating portion for regulating movement of said mirror in a direction which is parallel to the seating surface and
in which the mirror approaches the closing member, said regulating portion being a part of the optical box projecting toward
the mirror from a plane coincident with the seating surface;

wherein said mirror has a plurality of apex lines, and said pressing member and said regulating portion are disposed at positions
which are remoter from said closing member than the apex line that is closest to said closing member, with respect to a direction
perpendicular to a surface of the closing member.

US Pat. No. 9,413,975

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image capturing unit configured to capture an image of an object;
a light metering unit configured to perform light metering on the object;
an exposure control value setting unit configured to set an exposure control value according to a first selecting operation
in which a user selects an exposure control value;

an exposure control value changing unit configured to change an exposure control value to be set by the exposure control value
setting unit by selecting an exposure control value included in an exposure control value control range based on a result
of the light metering by the light metering unit;

a control range setting unit configured to set the exposure control value control range according to a second selecting operation
in which a user selects at least one exposure control value; and

a control range changing unit configured, in a case that the exposure control value set according to the first selecting operation
is out of the exposure control value control range set according to the second selecting operation, to change the exposure
control value control range set by the control range setting unit into a range including the exposure control value set by
the exposure control value setting unit automatically without requiring a selecting operation in which a user selects an exposure
control value, wherein the exposure control value control range is changed by controlling only one of an upper limit value
of the exposure control value and a lower limit value of the exposure control value.

US Pat. No. 9,413,995

RADIOGRAPHIC APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING RADIOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiographic apparatus, comprising:
a two-dimensional sensor in which a plurality of pixels is arranged in a two-dimensional matrix and each pixel has a TFT and
a conversion element;

a detection unit configured to detect that the radiographic apparatus has been irradiated with radiation on the basis of a
current that flows inside the radiographic apparatus and that changes in value in response to the radiographic apparatus being
irradiated with the radiation;

a scanning unit configured to select one row or a plurality of rows of the plurality of pixels, to provide a signal to a scanning
line connected to the selected plurality of pixels so as to turn on the TFTs of the selected plurality of pixels for a predetermined
period of time to carry out a scan, and to stop the scan in response to the detection unit detecting that the radiographic
apparatus has been irradiated with the radiation;

a radiographic image generation unit configured to turn off all of the TFTs of the plurality of pixels in response to the
detection unit detecting that the radiographic apparatus has been irradiated with the radiation so as to accumulate an electric
charge in the plurality of pixels, and then to turn on the TFTs of the selected plurality of pixels so as to read out the
electric charge to generate a radiographic image; and

a transmission unit configured to transmit defect correction information to be used to correct a defect in the radiographic
image and the radiographic image, the defect correction information being obtained on the basis of a position at which the
scan has stopped and a change in the current obtained when the detection unit has detected that the radiographic apparatus
has been irradiated with the radiation,

wherein the transmission unit starts transmission of the defect correction information prior to starting transmission of the
radiographic image.

US Pat. No. 9,409,390

PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus which mounts a printhead including a plurality of print elements arrayed in a predetermined pitch
in a predetermined direction, and prints an image on a print medium while relatively scanning the printhead, and discharging
ink from the printhead to the print medium, the apparatus comprising:
a time-divisional drive unit configured to time-divisionally drive the plurality of print elements in predetermined order
by dividing a time corresponding to a print resolution in a scanning direction of the printhead into a plurality of times
such that one print element of the plurality of print elements which is driven at one driving timing and another print element
of the plurality of print elements which is driven at a next driving timing are apart from each other for more than two print
element pitch, and setting the divided times as driving timings; and

a change unit configured to change, using the divided time as a unit, the driving timings for each of a plurality of groups,
which is formed from a predetermined number of adjacent print elements of the plurality of print elements in the time-divisional
driving.

US Pat. No. 9,411,212

ILLUMINATION APPARATUS WHICH IS ARRANGEABLE SO AS TO SURROUND AN IMAGE CAPTURING LENS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An illumination apparatus, which is arrangeable so as to surround an image capturing lens, the illumination apparatus comprising,
when, in a state where the illumination apparatus is arranged so as to surround the image capturing lens, a direction corresponding
to a radial direction of the image capturing lens is defined as a radial direction of the illumination apparatus, a direction
surrounding the image capturing lens is defined as a circumferential direction of the illumination apparatus, a direction
toward an object field to be captured through the image capturing lens is defined as a light projecting direction of the illumination
apparatus, and a direction along an optical axis of the image capturing lens is defined as a thickness direction of the illumination
apparatus:
a light source;
a light collector configured to direct light, which diverges from the light source, inward further than the light source in
the radial direction by using a reflective surface; and

a light guider provided inside further than the light source in the radial direction so as to extend in the circumferential
direction and configured to guide the light from the light source toward an area extending to a side away from the light source
in the circumferential direction and to cause the light from the light source to exit toward the light projecting direction,

wherein the light collector includes (a) two reflective surfaces each as the reflective surface on a light projecting direction
side further than the light source and on an opposite side thereto in the thickness direction and (b) a light exiting opening
between the two reflective surfaces,

wherein the light collector is configured so that, in a sectional plane along the thickness direction, a direction of a center
of an exit range of the light exiting through the light exiting opening tilts to the opposite side to the light projecting
direction side inward in the radial direction, and

wherein in the light collector, of the two reflective surfaces, at least part of one reflective surface provided on the opposite
side to the light projecting direction side has a shorter length from the light source in the radial direction than that of
the other reflective surface provided on the light projecting direction side.

US Pat. No. 9,409,168

MICROFLUIDIC DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A microfluidic device comprising:
a first component including a bump; and
a second component including a specimen inlet part, the specimen inlet part having:
an inlet port; and
an inlet channel for introducing a specimen into a flow channel, wherein the inlet channel has one of (i) a diameter which
continuously and gradually increases as the inlet channel approaches the flow channel, and (ii) a diameter which is constant
in the vicinity of the inlet port and then continuously and gradually increases as the inlet channel approaches the flow channel,
and

wherein the first component and the second component are bonded so that the specimen inlet part forms a hole shape fluidly
connected to the flow channel and the bump is disposed inside of the hole shape to reduce a volume of the hole shape without
decreasing the diameter of the inlet channel, such that a void surrounds the sides and the to of the bump such that the specimen
is configured to flow around the bump.

US Pat. No. 9,414,033

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain image data;
an input unit configured to input a parameter related to a deformation process for the obtained image data;
a processing unit configured to generate image data for projection by performing the deformation process to the obtained image
data based on the parameter input by the input unit; and

a control unit configured to determine whether an angle between the obtained image data and the image data for projection
is out of a predetermined range and to control said processing unit not to perform the deformation process if said control
unit determines that the angle between the obtained image data and the image data for projection is out of the predetermined
range.

US Pat. No. 9,414,035

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS PROVIDED WITH A FUNCTION OF COMBINING A PLURALITY OF CAPTURED IMAGES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor having pixels including color filters of a plurality of color components and configured to capture an image
and output image data of the captured image;

a white balance processing unit configured to perform white balance processing on the image data output from the image sensor;
a memory storing the image data subjected to the white balance processing;
a comparison unit configured to compare brightness of regions located at corresponding positions in first image data and second
image data, wherein the first image data and the second image data are read out from the memory;

a generation unit configured to output either the first image data or the second image data for each region according to a
comparison result made by the comparison unit, and to generate combined image data;

an image processing unit to perform image processing on the combined image data, and
a recording unit configured to record the combined image data subjected to the image processing, in a recording medium.
US Pat. No. 9,409,431

RECORDING MEDIUM AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording medium comprising in this order:
a substrate;
a first ink receiving layer comprising inorganic particles, polyvinyl alcohol and a boric acid compound; and
a resin layer containing a resin,
wherein the inorganic particles comprise 70% by mass or more of alumina hydrate relative to the total mass thereof,
wherein the ratio of the boric acid compound content in the recording medium to the polyvinyl alcohol content in the recording
medium is 30% by mass or more, and

wherein the resin of the resin layer comprises polyethylene.

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. 9,411,271

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS TO SET TARGET CURRENTS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member configured to bear a toner image thereon;
a movable intermediate transfer member configured to temporarily bear the toner image, wherein the toner image is transferred
from the image bearing member onto the intermediate transfer member in a transfer portion and then is transferred onto a recording
material;

a transfer member configured to electrostatically transfer the toner image formed on the image bearing member onto the intermediate
transfer member in the transfer portion;

a power supply configured to apply a voltage to the transfer member;
a detection member configured to detect a current flowing through the transfer member during the application of the voltage
to the transfer member;

an execution portion configured to execute a test mode during preparatory period before an image forming operation, wherein
the execution portion determines a target voltage in the test mode so that an output of the detection member becomes a target
current when the toner image to be transferred to the recording material passes through the transfer portion;

a setting portion configured to set the target current, based on the target voltage determined in the test mode,
(a) to a first current when an absolute value of the target voltage is smaller than or equal to a first voltage, wherein the
first current is a constant value regardless of the target voltage,

(b) to a second current when the absolute value of the target voltage is larger than or equal to a second voltage which is
larger than the first voltage, wherein the second current is a constant value regardless of the target voltage and an absolute
value of the second current is smaller than an absolute value of the first current,

(c) to a third current when an absolute value of the target voltage is larger than the first voltage and smaller than the
second voltage, wherein an absolute value of the third current is smaller than the absolute value of the first current and
larger than the absolute value of the second current, and wherein the third current is set so that, when an absolute value
of the target voltage is a first value, an absolute value of the third current is smaller than the absolute value of the third
current when the absolute value of the target voltage is smaller than the first value.

US Pat. No. 9,411,287

TECHNIQUE FOR REDUCING POWER CONSUMED BY ELECTRIC EQUIPMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. Electric equipment having a normal power supply mode and a power saving mode that consumes less power than the normal power
supply mode, the equipment comprising:
a first power supply line and a second power supply line connected to an AC power supply, to which AC current is input from
the AC power supply;

a line filter connected between the first power supply line and the second power supply line;
a discharge resistance connected in parallel to the line filter and configured to discharge a charge accumulated in the line
filter when the supply of the AC current is cut;

a first switch inserted in the first power supply line at a preceding stage of the line filter and the discharge resistance;
a second switch inserted in the second power supply line at a preceding stage of the line filter and the discharge resistance;
a third switch inserted in the second power supply line at a preceding stage of the line filter and the discharge resistance
and connected in parallel to the second switch;

a rectifying and smoothing circuit provided at a subsequent stage of the line filter and the discharge resistance and configured
to rectify the AC current and smoothes the AC current using a capacitor;

a DC voltage generating circuit, connected to the rectifying and smoothing circuit, configured to generate a DC voltage; and
a controller, operating under the DC voltage generated by the DC voltage generating circuit, configured to turn at least one
of the first switch and the second switch off when the electric equipment shifts to the power saving mode, and then charge
the capacitor by turning the third switch on every predetermined amount of time or before a both-end voltage at the capacitor
drops below a lower limit of operation voltage, wherein the lower limit of operation voltage is a lower limit of operation
voltage of the DC voltage generating circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,411,307

PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

the charging member comprises
an electro-conductive substrate and
an electroconductive resin layer formed on the electro-conductive substrate;
the electroconductive resin layer comprises
a binder,
a conductive fine particle, and
a bowl-shaped resin particle which has an opening; and
the surface of the charging member has
a concavity derived from the opening of the bowl-shaped resin particle, and
a protrusion derived from an edge of the opening of the bowl-shaped resin particle;
and wherein:
the electrophotographic photosensitive member comprises
a support and
a photosensitive layer formed on the support, and
a surface layer of the electrophotographic photosensitive member comprises the following resin (?), resin (?), and compound
(?):

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

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

wherein the resin (?) is a polycarbonate resin A having a repeating structural unit represented by the following formula (A):

wherein R21 to R24 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or a methyl group; X1 represents a single bond, a cyclohexylidene group, or a divalent group having a structure represented by the following formula
(C):


wherein R41 and R42 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a methyl group, or a phenyl group.

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. 9,406,159

PRINT-READY DOCUMENT EDITING USING INTERMEDIATE FORMAT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for modifying an intermediate representation of a document written in a page description language, the method
comprising:
rendering the document to produce the intermediate representation, the intermediate representation being a print preview representation
stored as intermediate graphics data in an intermediate graphics format;

detecting a modifying operation for modifying a graphics content of the print preview representation;
determining whether the print preview representation contains intermediate graphics data required to perform the modifying
operation based on a class of the modifying operation and a content of the print preview representation affected by the detected
modifying operation; and

where the print preview representation contains the intermediate graphics data required to perform the modifying operation,
modifying the print preview representation, and otherwise utilising the document written in the page description language
to perform the modifying operation to generate a modified print preview representation.

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. 9,405,206

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER AND METHOD OF PRODUCING THE ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, AND PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS EACH INCLUDING THE ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member, comprising:
a support;
a first intermediate layer on the support;
a second intermediate layer on the first intermediate layer; and
a photosensitive layer on the second intermediate layer,
wherein:
the first intermediate layer comprises metal oxide particles having a number-average primary particle diameter of 30 nm or
more and 450 nm or less; and

the second intermediate layer comprises a polymerized product of a composition comprising:
an electron transport substance having a polymerizable functional group represented by the following formula (1) or (2), and
having a molecular weight of 100 or more and 1,000 or less, and

a crosslinking agent having 3 to 6 groups reactive with the polymerizable functional group represented by the following formula
(1) or (2), and having a molecular weight of 200 or more and 1,300 or less:

-A  (1)
?B?1C-D  (2)
in the formulae (1) and (2):
at least one of A, B, C, and D represents a group having a polymerizable functional group, the polymerizable functional group
is at least one kind of group selected from the group consisting of a hydroxy group, a thiol group, an amino group, and a
carboxyl group, and l represents 0 or 1;

A represents a carboxyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group having 1 to 6 main-chain atoms, a group having 1
to 6 main-chain atoms derived by substituting one of carbon atoms in a main chain of the substituted or unsubstituted alkyl
group with an oxygen atom, a group having 1 to 6 main-chain atoms derived by substituting one of the carbon atoms in the main
chain of the substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group with a sulfur atom, or a group having 1 to 6 main-chain atoms derived
by substituting one of the carbon atoms in the main chain of the substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group with NR1, these groups each have the polymerizable functional group, R1 represents a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group, and a substituent of the substituted alkyl group is an alkyl group having 1
to 6 carbon atoms, a benzyl group, or a phenyl group;

B represents a substituted or unsubstituted alkylene group having 1 to 6 main-chain atoms, a group having 1 to 6 main-chain
atoms derived by substituting one of carbon atoms in a main chain of the substituted or unsubstituted alkylene group with
an oxygen atom, a group having 1 to 6 main-chain atoms derived by substituting one of the carbon atoms in the main chain of
the substituted or unsubstituted alkylene group with a sulfur atom, or a group having 1 to 6 main-chain atoms derived by substituting
one of the carbon atoms in the main chain of the substituted or unsubstituted alkylene group with NR2, these groups may each have the polymerizable functional group, R2 represents a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group, and a substituent of the substituted alkylene group is an alkyl group having
1 to 6 carbon atoms, a benzyl group, an alkoxycarbonyl group, or a phenyl group;

C represents a phenylene group, a phenylene group substituted with an alkyl group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms, a nitro-substituted
phenylene group, a halogen-substituted phenylene group, or an alkoxy group-substituted phenylene group, and these groups may
each have the polymerizable functional group; and

D represents a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms, or an alkyl group having 1 to 6 main-chain atoms
substituted with an alkyl group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms, and these groups may each have the polymerizable functional group.

US Pat. No. 9,404,958

DIELECTRIC STRENGTH VOLTAGE TESTING METHOD FOR ELECTRONICS DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronics device comprising:
a hot line and a neutral line forming a pair of power supply lines connected to a commercial alternating-current power supply;
a first switch element configured to switch on and off the hot line;
a second switch element configured to switch on and off the neutral line;
a common mode inductor switchably connectable to the hot line and to the neutral line;
a first capacitor connected between one of a plurality of hot line sections of the hot line and one of a plurality of neutral
line sections of the neutral line, and configured to apply an alternating current for a dielectric strength voltage test from
the neutral line section located at the input side of the second switch element to the hot line section located at the output
side of the first switch element, even in a state where the first switch element is switched off, wherein the one of the plurality
of hot line sections is located at an output side of the first switch element as viewed from the commercial alternating-current
power supply, and the one of the plurality of neutral line sections is located at an input side of the second switch element
as viewed from the commercial alternating-current power supply; and

a second capacitor connected between one of the plurality of hot line sections located at the output side of the first switch
element as viewed from the commercial alternating-current power supply, and one of the plurality of neutral line sections
located at an output side of the second switch element as viewed from the commercial alternating-current power supply, and
configured to apply the alternating current for the dielectric strength voltage test from the hot line section located at
the output side of the first switch element to the neutral line section located at the output side of the second switch element,
even in a state where the second switch element is switched off;

wherein the first and second capacitors and the common mode inductor are each a part of a filter configured to filter line
noise from the commercial alternating-current power supply.

US Pat. No. 9,407,793

COLOR CONVERSION USING LOOK-UP TABLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus having a color conversion unit configured to perform color conversion using a look-up table
(LUT) for defining conversion from an input color to an output color, the apparatus comprising:
an input unit configured to input an image that is to be a target of color conversion;
an accepting unit configured to accept designation of a specific color; and
a generation unit configured to register an output value corresponding to the specific color at an unused grid point in the
LUT, and generate a specific color-associated LUT,

wherein the LUT is a three-dimensional LUT in which N grid points are arranged in each axial direction,
the generation unit secures M unused grid points in each axial direction by rearranging a conversion table such that a three-dimensional
space which exists within the LUT and in which (N-M) grid points are arranged in each axial direction shows an entire color
space shown by the LUT, and reducing the number of grid points to be used, and

if the specific color is used in an image input by the input unit, the color conversion unit performs color conversion using
the specific color-associated LUT generated by the generation unit.

US Pat. No. 9,405,238

URGING ROLLER, CLEANING DEVICE AND IMAGE HEATING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An urging roller for urging a cleaning web to a rotatable member of an electrophotographic image forming apparatus, said
urging roller comprising:
a shaft;
an elastic layer provided on a peripheral surface of said shaft;
a wire wound on a peripheral surface of said elastic layer; and
a toner parting layer covering (a) a peripheral surface of said elastic layer and (b) said wire winding on the peripheral
surface of said elastic layer.

US Pat. No. 9,407,801

COMPOUND EYE IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A compound eye image pickup apparatus comprising:
a plurality of optical systems including a first optical system having a longest focal length and an optical system group
of a plurality of second optical systems having focal lengths different from the longest focal length; and

an image pickup element including a plurality of image pickup regions corresponding to the plurality of optical systems,
wherein a condition expression below is satisfied,
where p (mm) represents a pixel pitch of the image pickup element, S (mm2) represents an area of the image pickup element, PAVE represents an average value of the number of pixels of each image pickup region, PSUM represents a sum of the number of pixels of each image pickup region, Nt represents the number of the first optical systems among the plurality of optical systems, and var represents the number of
the different focal lengths.

US Pat. No. 9,407,293

WYNER ZIV CODING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

8. An apparatus for performing distributed video turbo decoding of an input video frame, said apparatus comprising:
a memory for storing a program; and
a processor for executing the program, said program comprising:
code for forming an estimate of the input video frame according to received key frame data;
code for determining a reference pixel value, from the estimate of the input video frame, based upon a source pixel of the
input video frame;

code for determining a decoded pixel value based upon error correction information associated with the source pixel, the error
correction information being applied to the estimate of the input video frame to determine the decoded pixel;

code for determining that a bit of the decoded pixel value is not reliable if a log likelihood value of the bit, produced
by the determining of the decoded pixel value based upon error correction information, is oscillating when compared with a
previously produced log likelihood value of the bit;

code for determining that the decoded pixel value is not reliable if the determined bit of the decoded pixel value is not
reliable; and

code for defining a value of an output pixel depending upon a reliability of the decoded pixel value, wherein if the decoded
pixel value is reliable, the output pixel value is based upon the decoded pixel value, and if the decoded pixel value is not
reliable, the output pixel value is based upon the reference pixel value.

US Pat. No. 9,407,808

IMAGING APPARATUS, EXTERNAL APPARATUS, IMAGING SYSTEM, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING EXTERNAL APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGING SYSTEM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an imaging unit configured to capture an object image;
a rotation unit configured to rotate the imaging unit in a predetermined direction;
a first transmission unit configured to transmit, to an external apparatus, acceleration information indicating whether an
acceleration at which the rotation unit rotates the imaging unit is able to be designated;

a receiving unit configured to receive, from the external apparatus, a control instruction which comprises information designating
an acceleration for controlling the rotation unit;

a control unit configured to control the rotation unit based on the control instruction received by the receiving unit; and
a second transmission unit configured to transmit, to the external apparatus, specification information associated with the
control instruction acceptable by the control unit.

US Pat. No. 9,405,248

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS HAVING LUBRICANT BETWEEN FILM AND NIP FORMING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus comprising:
a cylindrical film;
a rotatable member contacting an outer surface of said film;
a nip forming member contacting an inner surface of said film and cooperating with said rotatable member to form a nip for
nipping a recording material carrying an image; and

an inner surface opposing member opposing an inner surface of an end portion of said film in a generatrix direction of said
film,

wherein said inner surface opposing member includes a film supporting surface,
wherein the inner surface of the end portion of said film slides on the film supporting surface,
wherein the film supporting surface is provided with a groove recessed relative to the film supporting surface and extending
in a rotational moving direction of said film,

wherein a lubricant is provided between said film and said nip forming member,
wherein said groove has an entrance which is provided immediately after a downstream side end portion of said nip forming
member with respect to the rotational moving direction,

wherein said groove has a wall,
wherein said wall has a surface in a plane intersecting the rotational axis of said film at the position downstream of the
entrance of said groove with respect to the rotational moving direction,

wherein said wall is configured to remove from said film the lubricant which is deposited on the inner surface of said film
and which moves with rotation of said film,

wherein said wall is disposed at the same position as said groove along the generatrix direction of said film, and
wherein said wall is provided in an area between a center portion of said nip and 180° away therefrom with respect to the
rotational moving direction.

US Pat. No. 9,405,249

HEAT-FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device for fixing an image on a recording material, comprising:
a rotatable member including an electroconductive layer;
a helical coil provided inside said rotatable member, said helical coil having a helical axis direction along a generatrix
direction of said rotatable member;

a magnetic member extending in a helically shaped portion formed by said coil, wherein said magnetic member does not form
a loop outside the electroconductive layer;

a frequency setting portion configured to set the frequency of an AC current caused to flow through said coil; and
a temperature detecting portion configured to detect the temperature of said rotatable member, said temperature detecting
portion including a first temperature detecting member configured to detect the temperature of said rotatable member at a
central portion with respect to the generatrix direction and a second temperature detecting member configured to detect the
temperature of said rotatable member at an end portion with respect to the generatrix direction,

wherein the electroconductive layer generates heat through electromagnetic induction heating by the magnetic flux resulting
from the AC current, and the image is fixed on the recording material by the heat of said rotatable member, and

wherein said frequency setting portion sets the frequency depending on a value of a difference between a detection temperature
of said first temperature detecting member and a detection temperature of said second temperature detecting member.

US Pat. No. 9,405,251

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH MOVING MECHANISM CONFIGURED TO MOVE AT LEAST ONE OF HEATING MEMBER AND PRESSING MEMBER BETWEEN FIRST, SECOND, AND THIRD RELATIVE POSITIONS THEREBETWEEN

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming portion configured to form a toner image on a sheet during an image forming process, said image forming portion
including a heating member and a pressing member configured to form a fixing nip for fixing the toner image formed on a sheet
therebetween;

a moving mechanism configured to move at least one of said heating member and said pressing member to change the relative
position therebetween, between a first relative position where said heating member and said pressing member are in contact
with each other, a second relative position where said heating member and said pressing member are spaced from each other
by a first distance, and a third relative position where said heating member and said pressing member are spaced from each
other by a second distance that is shorter than the first distance; and

a controller configured to interrupt the image forming process for plural sheets after a preceding sheet passes through the
fixing nip and before a subsequent sheet reaches the fixing nip, said controller also being configured to insert one of a
plurality of interrupting processes including a first interrupting process over a first predetermined period and a second
interrupting process over a second predetermined period that is shorter than the first predetermined period, while the image
forming process is interrupted,

wherein said moving mechanism places said heating member and said pressing member at the second relative position when the
first interrupting process is inserted, and places said heating member and said pressing member at the third relative position
when the second interrupting process is inserted.

US Pat. No. 9,406,600

PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD AND STACKED SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printed circuit board, comprising:
a semiconductor device comprising a semiconductor element and an interposer, the interposer having the semiconductor element
mounted on one surface thereof and having a plurality of conductive lands, which are exposed from an insulating member, formed
on another surface thereof; and

a printed wiring board having a plurality of conductive lands, which are exposed from an insulating member, formed on a surface
thereof which is opposed to the another surface of the interposer,

wherein the plurality of lands formed on one of the interposer and the printed wiring board comprise a first land group and
a second land group, the first land group having solder formed thereon, the solder being connected to the plurality of lands
formed on another surface of the interposer and the printed wiring board, the second land group having solder formed thereon,
the solder being in contact with the insulating member of the another surface of the interposer and the printed wiring board,

wherein the plurality of lands forming the second land group are only arranged in one of a center region of the another surface
of the interposer and a region opposed to the center region,

wherein the plurality of lands forming the first land group are only arranged around the second land group so as to surround
the second land group, and wherein

a distance D1 between the lands forming the first land group and the lands forming the second land group is larger than a distance D2 between the lands mutually forming the first land group.

US Pat. No. 9,405,850

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHODS THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing system comprising:
a first information processing apparatus and a second information processing apparatus, which are respectively configured
to display at least one of a screen based on screen data acquired from a Web server and a screen based on cache data of the
screen data acquired from the Web server; and

a cache management server,
wherein the first information processing apparatus comprises:
a request unit configured to request of the Web server screen data of a screen to be displayed on a display unit of the first
information processing apparatus;

a first storing unit configured to store the screen data acquired from the Web server as a response to the request by the
request unit in a first storage unit of the first information processing apparatus as cache data; and

a first transmission unit configured to transmit a user ID of a user and the cache data stored in the first storage unit to
the cache management server;

wherein the cache management server comprises:
a first receiving unit configured to receive the user ID and the cache data transmitted by the first transmission unit;
a second storing unit configured to store, in a second storage unit of the cache management server, the cache data received
by the first receiving unit in association with the user ID received by the first receiving unit;

a second receiving unit configured to receive, from the second information processing apparatus, a user ID, a request of cache
data, and a cache list indicating the cache data stored in a third storage unit of the second information processing apparatus;
and

a second transmission unit configured to transmit, in accordance with the request received by the second receiving unit, cache
data which is stored in association with the user ID received by the second receiving unit and is not indicated in the cache
list received by the second receiving unit to the second information processing apparatus from among cache data stored in
the second storage unit of the cache management server,

wherein at least one of the request unit, the first storing unit, and the first transmission unit is implemented by a processor
and a memory, and

wherein at least one of the first receiving unit, the second storing unit, the second receiving unit, and the second transmission
unit is implemented by a processor and a memory.

US Pat. No. 9,400,947

PRINTING CONTROL METHOD, PRINTING CONTROL APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method performed by at least one processor, the method comprising:
displaying concurrently, in a same window in a display device, a first display item indicating a first folding pattern for
folding a recording medium and a second display item indicating a second folding pattern for folding the recording medium;

causing, if the first display item is designated, a print device to print first data in a first page and second data in a
second page on one side of the recording medium, so that a top-bottom direction of the first page is opposite to a top-bottom
direction of the second page and that each of the first page and the second page is arranged such that the recording medium
is to be folded on a bottom end of each of the first page and the second page; and

causing, if the second display item is designated, the print device to print the first data in the first page and the second
data in the second page on the one side of the recording medium, so that the top-bottom direction of the first page is opposite
to the top-bottom direction of the second page and that each of the first page and the second page is arranged such that the
recording medium is to be folded on a top end of each of the first page and the second page.

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. 9,395,672

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING MULTIPLE PAPER FEEDING PATHS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a sheet stacking portion on which a sheet is stacked;
an image forming unit configured to form an image on the sheet;
a sheet feeding unit configured to feed the sheet stacked on the sheet stacking portion to the image forming unit;
a sheet discharging unit configured to discharge the sheet on which the image is formed by the image forming unit;
a discharged sheet stacking portion on which the sheet discharged by the sheet discharging unit is stacked;
a document stacking portion on which a document is stacked;
an image reading unit configured to read an image of the document;
a document feeding unit configured to feed the document stacked on the document stacking portion to the image reading unit;
a document discharge unit configured to discharge the document from which the image is read by the image reading unit;
a discharged document stacking portion onto which documents are discharged by the document discharge unit;
a drive unit including at least one drive source; and
a control unit configured to control the drive unit such that at least one of the document feeding unit and the document discharge
unit is driven in a state in which the image forming unit is not driven,

wherein a first conveying path through which the sheet fed by the sheet feeding unit and discharged by the sheet discharging
unit passes and a second conveying path through which the document fed by the document feeding unit and discharged by the
document discharging unit passes are connected together,

wherein the discharged sheet stacking portion, the document stacking portion and the discharged document stacking portion
are provided above the image forming unit in a vertical direction, and

wherein the discharged sheet stacking portion, the document stacking portion and the discharged document stacking portion
are overlapping when viewed in the vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 9,395,679

CARTRIDGE DETACHABLY MOUNTABLE TO MAIN ASSEMBLY OF ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, ASSEMBLING METHOD FOR DRIVE TRANSMITTING DEVICE FOR PHOTOSENSITIVE DRUM, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge, comprising:
(i) a casing;
(ii) a photosensitive drum rotatably supported in said casing;
(iii) a flange provided on an end of said photosensitive drum, said flange includes an accommodating portion at an inside
thereof and to which a rotational force to be transmitted to said photosensitive drum is transmitted;

(iv) a coupling member including,
(iv-i) a free end portion having a rotational force receiving portion configured to receive the rotational force,
(iv-ii) a connecting portion which is connected with said flange and at least a part of which is accommodated in said accommodating
portion so that a rotational axis of said coupling member is inclinable relative to a rotational axis of said flange,

(iv-iii) a through-hole penetrating said connecting portion; and
(v) a shaft capable of receiving the rotational force from said coupling member and penetrating said through-hole and supported
by said flange at opposite end portions thereof so that said coupling member is prevented from disengaging from said flange
while permitting said coupling member to incline with respect to said shaft.

US Pat. No. 9,398,269

MEDICAL SUPPORT SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A medical support system in which a plurality of photography apparatuses and a portable-type apparatus including a display
unit are communicably connected to a server,
wherein the portable-type apparatus comprises:
a selection unit that selects one of the plurality of photography apparatuses;
a photographer ID input unit that inputs a photographer ID that is an ID of a photographer photographing a subject using the
selected photography apparatus; and

a first transmission unit that transmits the input photographer ID to the server,wherein the selected photography apparatus further comprises a second transmission unit that transmits image data of the subject
photographed by the selected photography apparatus to the server, and
the server comprises:
a receiving unit that receives the transmitted photographer ID and the transmitted image data; and
a recording unit that records the received photographer ID and the received image data in association with each other,
wherein, in a case where image data of the subject photographed by a different photography apparatus other than the selected
photography apparatus is received, the recording unit does not record the received image data of the subject photographed
by the different photography apparatus and the received photographer ID in association with each other.

US Pat. No. 9,397,407

ANTENNA SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An antenna system comprising:
a cylindrical electromagnetic lens configured to guide at least one electromagnetic signal to an emerging area by means of
at least a variation in dielectric permittivity, thereby generating a beam output from the emerging area;

a dielectric member configured to receive the beam output from the emerging area and to focus the beam in an elevation plane
perpendicular to a planar face of the cylindrical electromagnetic lens,

wherein the cylindrical electromagnetic lens is received in a conductive mounting, and said mounting carries said dielectric
member.

US Pat. No. 9,395,655

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member configured to bear a toner image thereon;
a transfer member configured to form a transfer unit with the image bearing member;
a voltage supply device configured to transfer a toner image on the image bearing member electrostatically onto a transfer
material at the transfer unit by applying voltage to the transfer member;

a conductive conveyance member configured to have conductivity and make contact with the transfer material that is conveyed
toward the transfer unit;

a resistor in a sheet shape configured to ground the conductive conveyance member electrically;
a first contact member configured to form a current path between the resistor and the conductive conveyance member; and
a second contact member configured to form a current path between the resistor and an electrical ground portion,
wherein, a first contact portion between the resistor and the first contact member and a second contact portion between the
resistor and the second contact member are arranged so as not to overlap in a thickness direction of the resistor.

US Pat. No. 9,389,522

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:
a support member; and
a charge generating layer and a charge transport layer that are disposed over the support member;
wherein the charge transport layer contains:
(?) a charge transporting compound;
(?) a binding resin in a proportion in the range of 50% by mass to 200% by mass relative to the mass of the charge transporting
compound;

(?) a compound being at least one of xylene and toluene with a content in the range of 0.01% by mass to 2.00% by mass relative
to the total mass of the charge transport layer, and

(?) a cycloalkanone with a content in the range of 0.01% by mass to 1.20% by mass relative to the total mass of the charge
transport layer.

US Pat. No. 9,389,534

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording medium, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member;
a charging unit configured to charge the photosensitive member;
a developer bearing member configured to form a developer image on an image portion on a surface of the photosensitive member
by supplying a developer to the image portion; and

an exposure unit configured to expose the photosensitive member after the photosensitive member is charged by the charging
unit,

wherein the exposure unit exposes a non-image forming portion where the developer is not supplied on the surface of the photosensitive
member to a non-image forming light having a lower exposure amount than an image forming light for exposing the image portion,

wherein, when defining an area of the surface of the photosensitive member exposable with the non-image forming light by the
exposure unit as a weak light exposed area, in a longitudinal direction of the photosensitive member, the weak light exposed
area is wider than a charging area of the surface of the photosensitive member chargeable by the charging unit, and

wherein a first weak light exposed area which does not overlap with the charging area exists at one side of an end portion
of the weak light exposed area in the longitudinal direction of the photosensitive member, and a second weak light exposed
area which does not overlap with the charging area exists at an other side of an end portion in the longitudinal direction
of the photosensitive member.

US Pat. No. 9,388,010

PRINTING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

wherein if a start position of a printing operation of the succeeding sheet cannot be confirmed before the printing unit performs
a printing operation of a last row of the preceding sheet, the determination unit determines to convey the succeeding sheet
to the position facing the printing unit after the overlap state has been cancelled.

US Pat. No. 9,390,068

SIGNAL PROCESSING CIRCUIT AND ULTRASONIC DIAGNOSTIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A signal processing circuit that respectively transforms complex covariance matrices, which are consecutively inputted
at a predetermined period, into upper triangular matrices,
the signal processing circuit comprising:
a storage unit that stores at least N-number of complex covariance matrices;
a reading unit that reads matrix elements of the stored complex covariance matrices;
a CORDIC calculation circuit that implements a CORDIC algorithm by a pipelined circuit system; and
a QR decomposition unit that controls the reading unit and the CORDIC calculation circuit to calculate an upper triangular
matrix by iteratively using the CORDIC calculation circuit on a single complex covariance matrix and that calculates in parallel
a transformation of N-number of complex covariance matrices into upper triangular matrices in an interleaved format,

where the QR decomposition unit divides a calculation process, from inputting a single complex covariance matrix to outputting
an upper triangular matrix, into N-number of process steps, and calculates respectively different process steps of the N-number
of complex covariance matrices in parallel in an interleaved format.

US Pat. No. 9,389,814

SERVER APPARATUS, PRINTING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A print server apparatus, comprising:
a first receiving unit configured to receive print data from a portable device;
a first transmitting unit configured to transmit the print data to a printing device;
a second receiving unit configured to receive positional information of the portable device from the portable device;
a calculation unit configured to calculate a distance between the printing device and the portable device based on the positional
information;

a determination unit configured to determine whether the distance is less than a threshold value; and
a second transmitting unit configured to transmit a print notification to the printer based on a result of a determination
that the distance is less than the threshold value, the print notification indicating that printing of the print data is to
be started by the printing device.

US Pat. No. 9,391,102

IMAGING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging device comprising:
a plurality of pixels each including
a photoelectric converter including a p-n junction formed of a first semiconductor region and a second semiconductor region
and for accumulating signal carriers in the second semiconductor region,

an amplifying transistor configured to amplify a signal based on the signal carriers, and
a capacitance including a p-n junction formed of a third semiconductor region and a fourth semiconductor region, the third
semiconductor region having a conductivity type identical to a conductivity type of the first semiconductor region, the fourth
semiconductor region having a conductivity type opposite to the conductivity type of the third semiconductor region,

wherein each of the plurality of pixels changes a capacitance value of an input node of the amplifying transistor by switching
a connection state of the capacitance,

wherein a doping impurity concentration of an impurity of a conductivity type identical to the conductivity type of the third
semiconductor region at an interface of the p-n junction of the capacitance is higher than a doping impurity concentration
of an impurity of a conductivity type identical to the conductivity type of the first semiconductor region at an interface
of the p-n junction of the photoelectric converter,

wherein the amplifying transistor has a gate disposed on a principal surface of a semiconductor substrate,
wherein the first semiconductor region is disposed at a position deeper than a position of the second semiconductor region
with respect to the principal surface, and

wherein the third semiconductor region is disposed at a position deeper than a position of the fourth semiconductor region
with respect to the principal surface.

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. 9,389,914

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. 9,389,697

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus on which a predetermined optical member is mountable, the apparatus comprising:
an image capturing unit configured to capture an object image incident on a lens unit;
a detection unit configured to detect inclinations of the image capturing apparatus relative to a plurality of detection axes;
and

a display control unit configured to perform control to display information indicating the inclinations of the image capturing
apparatus on a display unit based on a detection result from the detection unit,

wherein the display control unit performs control to display information indicating an inclination of the image capturing
apparatus based on inclinations of different axes of the plurality of detection axes depending on a case in which the optical
member is not mounted and a case in which the optical member is mounted and performs control to display an inclination around
an optical axis of the lens unit as an inclination of the image capturing apparatus when the optical member is not mounted,
and display an inclination of the optical axis of the lens unit as an inclination of the image capturing apparatus when the
optical member is mounted.

US Pat. No. 9,390,477

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR IMAGE RESTORATION USING BLIND DECONVOLUTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising an image processor configured to:
obtain a first optical transfer function which is different depending on a shooting condition and on a position in an image;
generate a corrected image from the image using the first optical transfer function, the corrected image including a shift-invariant
region larger than a shift-invariant region of the image;

convert the first optical transfer function to a second optical transfer function corresponding to the corrected image; and
perform blind deconvolution processing using the corrected image and the second optical transfer function to generate a restored
image,

wherein the second optical transfer function has a shift-invariant characteristic compared with the first optical transfer
function.

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. 9,386,217

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

a determination unit configured to determine whether or not each line of the pixels of said image sensor is an addition line
that outputs an image signal suitable for detection of a correlation amount;

a calculation unit configured to, while shifting, with respect to each other, the pair of image signals output from the focus
detection pixels in each addition line by a predetermined amount, calculate a correlation amount between the pair of image
signals at each shift amount for each addition line, add a plurality of correlation amounts, that are calculated for each
of the addition lines, for each shift amount, and obtain a minimum added correlation amount that is a minimum value of the
plurality of added correlation amounts added for each shift amount;

a counting unit configured to count the number of addition lines added by the calculation unit;
a computing unit configured to obtain a defocus amount based on the minimum added correction amount; and
a focus control unit configured to drive a focus lens included in the imaging optical system based on the defocus amount when
an evaluation value obtained based on the minimum added correction amount and the number of addition lines counted by the
counting unit is higher than a predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 9,383,668

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising a toner particle containing a binder resin, wherein
the binder resin contains a block polymer and a styrene-acrylic resin;
the block polymer has a vinyl polymer segment and a crystalline polyester segment;
the polyester segment is a segment produced by condensation polymerization of the following (I), (II) and (III):
(I) a dicarboxylic acid having carboxyl groups at both terminals of a linear alkane having 2 to 16 carbon atoms;
(II) a diol having hydroxy groups at both terminals of a linear alkane having 2 to 16 carbon atoms; and
(III) an alkane compound having 3 to 24 carbon atoms, or an alkyl ester, lactone or acid anhydride compound derived from the
alkane compound;

the alkane compound is at least one compound selected from the group consisting of the following (a) to (f):
(a) a branch alkanedicarboxylic acid;
(b) a branch alkanediol;
(c) a branch alkane monohydroxy monocarboxylic acid;
(d) a linear alkanedicarboxylic acid at least one of carboxyl groups of which is linked to a moiety other than a terminal;
(e) a linear alkanediol at least one of hydroxy groups of which is linked to a moiety other than a terminal; and
(f) a linear alkane monohydroxy monocarboxylic acid at least one of carboxyl group and hydroxy group of which is linked to
a moiety other than a terminal;

the block polymer has a melting point (Tm) of 50° C. to 95° C.; and
the binder resin contains the block polymer at 2.0% by mass to 50.0% by mass.

US Pat. No. 9,377,978

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT IMPROVES EFFICIENCY OF POST PROCESSING, CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT IMPROVES EFFICIENCY OF POST PROCESSING, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR STORING INSTRUCTIONS FOR IMAGE PROCESSING AP

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
a storage unit configured to store a first print job and a second print job which is to be executed after the first print
job;

a sheet processing unit configured to cause a sheet processing apparatus to execute gluing processing of sheets after the
sheets are printed by execution of the first print job;

a power supply control unit configured to heat a heater for melting glue to be used in the gluing processing;
a determining unit configured to determine whether the second print job requires the gluing processing; and
a judgment unit configured to judge whether the second print job is a print job to be executed within a predetermined range
after the execution of the first print job,

wherein in a case where the determining unit determines that the second print job requires the gluing processing and the judgment
unit judges that the second print job is a print job to be executed within the predetermined range after the execution of
the first print job, the power supply control unit continues heating the heater during a period between the gluing processing
for the first print job and the gluing processing for the second print job to prevent glue melted by executing the gluing
processing for the first print job from becoming solidified.

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. 9,377,737

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMATION ON A SHEET

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form an image; and
a control unit configured to cause the image forming unit to form a mirror image of an image for a front cover on a transparent
sheet for the front cover and discharge the transparent sheet without reversing the transparent sheet, and cause the image
forming unit to form a mirror image of an image for a back cover on a different transparent sheet and discharge the different
transparent sheet by reversing the different transparent sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,380,046

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

6. A control method of controlling a communication apparatus with an HTTP server function, comprising:
a certificate storage step of storing a certificate in a certificate storage unit;
a first determination step of determining whether the certificate stored in the certificate storage unit is a CA-signed certificate
which is signed by a CA (Certificate Authority);

a second determination step of determining whether a user who accesses to the communication apparatus from an external apparatus
is an administrator; and

a control step of controlling, in a case where said first determination step determines that the certificate stored in said
certificate storage unit is not the CA-signed certificate and said second determination step determines that the user is not
the administrator, to limit a SSL (Secure Socket Layer) communication between the external apparatus and the communication
apparatus,

wherein a processor and a memory of the communication apparatus function to execute the certificate storage step, the first
determining step, the second determining step, and the controlling step.

US Pat. No. 9,378,006

APPARATUS HAVING CHECK UNIT TO CHECK PROGRESS STATUS OF SOFTWARE INSTALLATION OF APPARATUS IDENTIFIED BY IDENTIFICATION INFORMATION STORED IN EXTERNAL STORAGE, CONTROL METHOD FOR APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus having a processor and to which an external storage device is connectable, the apparatus comprising:
a setting unit configured to, after the external storage device is connected, perform software installation of the apparatus
based on setting data acquired from the external storage device;

a storage control unit configured to store, in the external storage device, progress information necessary for displaying
a screen used for checking a progress status of the software installation and identification information of the apparatus;

a display unit configured to display the progress status of the software installation of the apparatus identified by the identification
information stored in the external storage device, based on the progress information; and

a check unit configured to check the progress status of the software installation of the apparatus identified by the identification
information stored in the external storage device with respect to the apparatus via a network, wherein the display unit displays
the progress status of the software installation of the apparatus checked by the check unit, and wherein, if the check unit
is unable to check the progress status of the software installation of the apparatus identified by the identification information
stored in the external storage device with respect to the apparatus via the network, the display unit displays the progress
status of the software installation of the apparatus based on the progress information of the apparatus stored in the external
storage device.

US Pat. No. 9,377,754

PROCESS CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A unit mountable to a main assembly of an image forming apparatus, said unit comprising:
a rotatable photosensitive member;
a charging roller for contacting and electrically charging said photosensitive member, said charging roller including a shaft;
a spacer for spacing said charging roller from said photosensitive member, said spacer including an integral bearing portion
provided on said spacer for rotatably bearing said shaft;

a drive receiving portion provided on said spacer for receiving a driving force from the main assembly to rotate said spacer
about an axis of said shaft so as to shift from a first position for spacing said charging roller from said photosensitive
member to a second position for contacting said charging roller to said photosensitive member; and

an urging portion for urging said spacer at a contact portion of said spacer that includes a first contact region contacted
by said urging portion when said spacer is placed in the first position and a second contact region, which is different from
the first contact region, contacted by said urging portion when said spacer is placed in the second position,

wherein said contact portion has a shape such that a distance from the axis increases from said second contact region toward
said first contact region.

US Pat. No. 9,378,129

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR MEMORY MANAGEMENT AND DUMP PROCESSING BASED ON MEMORY USAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
an execution unit configured to execute an application;
a storage unit configured, when the execution unit executes the application, to store a maximum size indicating a maximum
memory size used by the application;

an accepting unit configured to accept a memory request from the application;
a comparing unit configured, when the accepting unit accepts the memory request, to compare a size of a used memory that is
currently used for execution of the application with the maximum size of a memory used by the application, which is stored
in the storage unit;

a control unit configured to perform overall control of the information processing apparatus;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire an occupancy indicating a ratio of processing for executing the application to operations
of the control unit; and

a memory management unit configured to execute dump processing for writing memory contents to an external storage device only
when the size of the used memory is larger than the maximum size and the occupancy acquired by the acquisition unit is larger
than a specified size.

US Pat. No. 9,380,181

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING LAUNCH THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus capable of being in a power saving mode, in which information is held in a memory and
the apparatus is able to be booted using the information held in the memory from the power saving mode, the apparatus comprising:
an interrupt generator configured to generate an interrupt at a set time;
at least one processor; and
at least one memory comprising computer code, the at least one memory and the computer code configured to, with the at least
one processor, cause the apparatus to:

inhibit the interrupt generator from generating the interrupt at the set time by clearing the set time of the interrupt generator
when the information processing apparatus is transitioned into the power saving mode;

set, in a case where an instruction to turn the power supply off is detected, a preparation flag for reboot during shutdown
processing; and

transition, in a case where the preparation flag is set, the information processing apparatus to the power saving mode after
the information processing apparatus is rebooted.

US Pat. No. 9,375,838

GRIP APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE GRIP APPARATUS, AND ROBOT MANIPULATOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A grip apparatus comprising:
a grip mechanism including a plurality of fingers;
a pressure sensitive conductive rubber that is provided to at least one of the plurality of fingers and configured to output
a detection signal corresponding to acting force;

and
a control unit configured to cause the plurality of fingers to perform an opening operation after performing a closing operation
and to perform a closing operation after the opening operation, and also configured to determine that the grip mechanism grips
a work in a case where a detection value based on the detection signal is higher than a threshold and determine that the grip
mechanism releases the work in a case where the detection value is lower than the threshold,

wherein the control unit samples the detection signal of the pressure sensitive conductive rubber before the fingers contact
the work and after the opening operation, and sets a value obtained by adding a predetermined value to the detection value
based on the sampled detection signal as the threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,377,705

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising:
a toner particle that contains a binder resin,
wherein;
the binder resin contains a styrene-acrylic resin and a crystalline resin,
the crystalline resin is a block polymer or a graft polymer which has a crystalline segment and an amorphous segment,
the mass ratio between the crystalline segment and the amorphous segment is from 30:70 to 90:10,
and wherein;
in a total heat flow of the binder resin obtained by measuring the binder resin with a temperature-modulated differential
scanning calorimeter,

a peak temperature of an endothermic peak is from at least 55.0° C. to not more than 90.0° C., and
the percentage of an endothermic quantity of the endothermic peak in a reversing heat flow with respect to an endothermic
quantity of the endothermic peak in the total heat flow is from at least 0.0% to not more than 35.0%.

US Pat. No. 9,372,660

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display controlling apparatus, comprising:
a capturing unit configured to capture an object which is being displayed on a display unit;
a transmission unit configured to transmit, to an image outputting apparatus, the object captured by the capturing unit;
a selection unit configured to select a transmission object to be transmitted to the image outputting apparatus from objects
that are display targets for the display unit;

a determination unit configured to determine whether the transmission object is an output target of the image outputting apparatus;
a storage unit configured to store an image of a region corresponding to the transmission object when rendering content of
the transmission object is updated; and

a control unit configured to control so that in a case where the determination unit determines that the transmission object
is an output target of the image outputting apparatus, the transmission object is displayed with preference over another object
displayed in the display unit, wherein

the capturing unit captures the transmission object after the control by the control unit and
the transmitting unit transmits, in a case where it is determined that the transmission object cannot be displayed with preference
over another object displayed on the display unit, an image stored in the storage unit.

US Pat. No. 9,372,434

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH LUBRICATED DEVELOPER CARRYING MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, which is configured to form an image with use of developer, the image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member configured to bear an image of the developer;
a developer carrying member configured to carry the developer so as to supply the developer to the image bearing member; and
a developer supplying member configured to supply the developer to the developer carrying member,
wherein at least a part of a surface of the developer carrying member is coated with lubricant,
wherein the lubricant is to be charged to the same polarity as the developer,
wherein an absolute value of a charge amount per unit mass of the lubricant is larger than an absolute value of a charge amount
per unit mass of the developer, and

wherein the image forming apparatus is configured to execute a first sequence of applying a potential difference between the
developer supplying member and the developer carrying member before image formation to form an electric field to suppress
movement of the charged lubricant from the developer carrying member to the developer supply member.

US Pat. No. 9,374,531

IMAGE SHAKE CORRECTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR SAME, LENS BARREL, OPTICAL APPARATUS, AND IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image shake correcting apparatus comprising:
(a) a shake detecting unit configured to detect shake and to produce a shake detection signal;
(b) a calculating unit configured to calculate an image shake correction amount by acquiring the shake detection signal output
from the shake detecting unit; and

(c) a shake correcting unit configured to correct an image shake in accordance with the image shake correction amount calculated
by the calculating unit,

wherein the calculating unit comprises:
(i) an offset removing unit configured to remove an offset component from the shake detection signal using a high-pass filter;
and

(ii) a reference value calculating unit configured to calculate an offset reference value by acquiring the shake detection
signal,

wherein the calculating unit causes the offset removing unit to remove an offset component from the shake detection signal
to thereby calculate the image shake correction amount from a start of an operation of the shake detecting unit until the
reference value calculating unit calculates the offset reference value regarding the shake detection signal, and the calculating
unit calculates the image shake correction amount from a signal obtained by subtracting the offset reference value from the
shake detection signal after the reference value calculating unit calculates the offset reference value, and

wherein the image shake correction amount from the signal obtained by subtracting the offset reference value from the shake
detection signal does not pass by the high-pass filter.

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. 9,367,220

IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,367,222

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,366,988

DEVELOPING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing device configured to develop an electrostatic image formed on an image bearing member by a developer containing
non-magnetic toner particles and magnetic carrier particles, comprising:
a developing member configured to develop the electrostatic image formed on the image bearing member at a developing position,
the developing member carrying developer from a supplying position for supplying developer to a collecting position for collecting
the magnetic carrier particles to carry the toner particles to the developing position from the collecting position; and

a carrier recovering member configured to recover the magnetic carrier particles from the developing member at the collecting
position, the carrier recovering member having a magnet to form a magnetic field between the magnet and the developing member
for collecting the magnetic carrier particles from the developing member;

wherein an outer surface of the developing member includes a plurality of protrusion portions which extend along the outer
surface of the developing member in a direction intersecting a toner particle carrying direction of the developing member
and are aligned with a regular interval between adjacent protrusion portions,

wherein the regular interval is equal to or larger than a particle diameter of a toner particle having an average particle
diameter from among the particle diameters of the toner particles and smaller than a carrier particle diameter of a magnetic
carrier particle having an average particle diameter from among the particle diameters of the magnetic carrier particles,
and wherein the protrusion portions protrude from the outer surface of the developing member with a height that is smaller
than the average particle diameter of the toner particles, and

wherein the developing member contacts with the image bearing member at a developing portion, and the developing member and
the image bearing member rotate so as to have a relative velocity difference at the developing portion.

US Pat. No. 9,367,771

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

printing the generated code image.

US Pat. No. 9,367,528

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DOCUMENT CODING AND METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DOCUMENT DECODING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of encoding one structured document comprising a plurality of events, the method comprising:
obtaining and storing events of the structured document in a buffer memory; and while storing the events in the buffer memory:
obtaining at least one primary piece of structural information representing a structure of a group of events from the events
of said one structured document stored so far in the buffer memory; and

creating at least one derived piece of structural information, formed by addition of redundancy information to the primary
piece of structural information, representing a group of events of said one structured document stored so far in the buffer
memory; and

encoding events of said one structured document stored in the buffer memory using the obtained at least one primary piece
of structural information or the created at least one derived piece of structural information;

wherein the encoding step is executed when, following the storing of the events, the occupancy of the buffer memory reaches
a predetermined threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,366,767

RADIATION DETECTING APPARATUS AND RADIATION DETECTING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,367,034

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,366,791

DIFFRACTIVE OPTICAL ELEMENT AND MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,366,564

ACOUSTIC WAVE RECEIVING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,365,036

PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINTHEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,368,668

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD, PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE, AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion device manufacturing method, comprising:
forming in a second portion of a semiconductor substrate, an isolating portion formed of an insulator, including a first region
and a second region, and defining an active region in a first portion of the semiconductor substrate;

forming,
a first semiconductor region of a first conductivity type, which is positioned in the active region, and constitutes a first
photoelectric conversion element,

a second semiconductor region of the first conductivity type, which is positioned in the active region, and constitutes a
second photoelectric conversion element,

a third semiconductor region of the first conductivity type, which is positioned in the active region,
a fourth semiconductor region of the first conductivity type, which is positioned in the active region,
a first gate electrode, on a region between the first semiconductor region and the third semiconductor region, the first gate
electrode extending so as to overlap the first region, and the first gate electrode configuring a first transfer transistor
conjointly with the first semiconductor region and the third semiconductor region, and

a second gate electrode, on a region between the second semiconductor region and the fourth semiconductor region, the second
gate electrode extending so as to overlap the first region, and the second gate electrode configuring a second transfer transistor
conjointly with the second semiconductor region and the fourth semiconductor region; and

forming a fifth semiconductor region at least beneath the second region of the isolating portion by performing ion implantation
using a first photoresist pattern covering the first region of the semiconductor substrate as a mask.

US Pat. No. 9,369,489

MANAGEMENT DEVICE, MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A management device that is communicable with a holding device and a plurality of service providing devices for providing
services using resources to the holding device and manages access rights to the resources relating to the service providing
devices, the management device comprising a memory and a processor in communication with the memory, the processor configured
to control:
a managing unit configured to manage trust relationship information between the plurality of service providing devices and
trust relationship information between the holding device and the service providing devices;

a creating unit configured to create a subordinate customer tenant, which subordinates to a customer tenant, to the holding
device; and

a setting unit configured to set a transfer of access rights for the subordinate customer tenant of the holding device held
by a first service providing device to a second service providing device,

wherein the setting unit determines that the second service providing device trusts the first service providing device in
accordance with a transmission of an entrustment acceptance from the second service providing device to the first service
providing device, and manages first trust relationship information as a mutual trust relationship is established,

wherein the setting unit determines that the holding device trusts the first service providing device in accordance with a
transmission of access permitting information from the holding device, which has the created subordinate customer tenant,
to the first service providing device according to an access permitting instruction provided by a customer of the subordinate
customer tenant, and manages second trust relationship information as a mutual trust relationship is established,

wherein the setting unit determines that the holding device trusts the second service providing device in accordance with
a transmission of transfer acceptance information from the holding device, which has the created subordinate customer tenant,
to the first service providing device according to a transfer acceptance instruction provided by the first service providing
device, and manages third trust relationship information as a mutual trust relationship is established, and

wherein, if the setting unit determines, based on the first, second and third trust relationship information, that the trust
relationship between the first and second service providing devices and the trust relationship between the holding device
and the first and second service providing devices exists, the setting unit sets the transfer of the access rights.

US Pat. No. 9,359,511

COATING SOLUTION FOR PRODUCING OPTICAL FILM, METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE COATING SOLUTION, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING OPTICAL COMPONENT, AND IMAGING OPTICAL SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for producing a coating solution for producing an optical film comprising:
mixing a dried magnesium compound represented by (CF3—X—COO)2Mg (wherein X represents a single bond, —CH2— or —CF2—) and a compound represented by the general formula (1) below, thereby coordinating the compound represented by the general
formula (1) below to Mg of the magnesium compound represented by (CF3—X—COO)2Mg, and

adding a solvent to the resultant mixture;
wherein R1 and R2 each represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, or an alkoxy group, and R3 represents —O— or —CH2—.

US Pat. No. 9,360,298

SURFACE EMITTING LASER AND OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY MEASURING APPARATUS USING THE SURFACE EMITTING LASER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A surface emitting laser operable to change a wavelength of emitted light, the surface emitting laser comprising:
a first reflecting mirror;
a second reflecting mirror, wherein a cavity is formed between the first reflecting mirror and the second mirror along the
optical axis of the surface emitting laser;

an active layer formed within the cavity;
a region formed within the cavity; and
a movable part situated within the region, the movable part having a refractive index different from a refractive index of
the region;

wherein the wavelength of emitted light is changeable by changing the position of the movable part along the direction of
the optical axis in the region; and

wherein a cavity length formed between the first reflecting mirror and second reflecting mirror is ten wavelengths or less,
one wavelength being a center wavelength of a wavelength range of light which the surface emitting laser can emit.

US Pat. No. 9,363,394

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,361,674

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
at least one processor and at least one memory coupled to each other,
wherein the at least one processor operates to:
acquire an input image;
identify a distance from a reference point in the input image to a processing target pixel in the input image;
perform deformation processing on an image based on the distance; and
perform sharpening processing on an image while changing a strength of the sharpening processing,
wherein the strength of the sharpening processing is changed based on a resizing ratio of the deformation processing of the
processing target pixel.

US Pat. No. 9,361,434

SHORTCUT MANAGEMENT UNIT AND METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,359,159

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus comprising:
a stacking portion;
a feeding portion configured to feed a sheet stacked in the stacking portion;
a moving amount detecting portion provided downstream of the feeding portion and configured to detect a moving amount of the
sheet in a feeding direction in which the feeding portion feeds the sheet; and

a control portion configured to,
in a case where the moving amount, detected by the moving amount detecting portion while the feeding portion feeds a first
sheet stacked in the stacking portion, is within a range corresponding to a length of the sheet in the feeding direction,
control the feeding portion to start feeding a second sheet stacked in the stacking portion at a timing when a first time
has passed since the feeding portion has started feeding the first sheet, and

in a case where the moving amount is outside the range and is shorter than the length of the sheet in the feeding direction,
control the feeding portion to start feeding the second sheet at a timing when a second time longer than the first time has
passed since the feeding portion has started feeding the first sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,360,789

MEMBER FOR ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHY, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,351,650

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an image obtaining unit configured to obtain an image of an eye area;
an information obtaining unit configured to obtain information regarding a plurality of vascular branches that include a plurality
of vascular bifurcations in the obtained image;

a determining unit configured to determine a measurement target from the plurality of vascular branches based on the obtained
information; and

a measuring unit configured to measure the size of a blood cell aggregate in the determined measurement target.

US Pat. No. 9,348,242

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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


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


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


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

US Pat. No. 9,348,266

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS USING PRESS MEMBER TO PREVENT DEFLECTION OF BELT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,348,270

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CONTROLLING LIGHT EXPOSURE BASED ON APPLIED BIAS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a rotating intermediate transfer member;
a first image forming unit and a second image forming unit lined up in the rotational direction of the intermediate transfer
member, wherein the second image forming unit is arranged downstream of the first image forming unit in the rotational direction
of the intermediate transfer member, and each of the first image forming unit and the second image forming unit includes a
rotating photosensitive member, a charging member configured to charge a surface of the photosensitive member, an exposure
member configured to expose the charged photosensitive member to form an electrostatic latent image, a developing member configured
to form, with toner, the electrostatic latent image formed on the surface of the photosensitive member, and a transfer member
configured to transfer a toner image formed on the surface of the photosensitive member onto the intermediate transfer member
at a transfer portion;

a first detection member arranged downstream of the first image forming unit and the second image forming unit in the rotational
direction of the intermediate transfer member to detect an adjusting toner image formed on the surface of the intermediate
transfer member;

a second detection member provided in the second image forming unit to detect an adjusting toner image formed on the surface
of the photosensitive member in the second image forming unit;

a bias application member configured to apply a transfer bias to the transfer member of the second image forming unit when
the toner image formed on the surface of the photosensitive member in the second image forming unit is transferred onto the
intermediate transfer member, and to apply a passing bias different from the transfer bias to the transfer member of the second
image forming unit when a first adjusting toner image formed in the first image forming unit and transferred onto the intermediate
transfer member and a second adjusting toner image formed on the surface of the photosensitive member in the second image
forming unit passes through the transfer portion of the second image forming unit; and

a control portion configured to control the exposure member in the second image forming unit to expose a region of the photosensitive
member passing through the transfer portion in a condition that the transfer bias is applied.

US Pat. No. 9,348,289

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS TO CONTROL RECORDING MATERIAL FEEDING BASED ON WHEN AN IMAGE IS FORMED ON AN IMAGE BEARING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit configured to start forming an image on an image bearing member according to a reference signal;
a transfer unit configured to transfer the image, which is formed on the image bearing member by the image forming unit, onto
a recording material at a transfer portion;

a feeding unit configured to feed the recording material;
a detection unit configured to detect a size of the recording material; and
a control unit configured to output the reference signal at a time interval corresponding to a predetermined size recording
material and control the feeding unit to feed the recording material at a timing of when a predetermined time has elapsed
since the image forming unit started forming the image on the image bearing member,

wherein, in a case where the size of the recording material detected by the detection unit is smaller than the predetermined
size, the control unit refrains from changing the time interval to output the reference signal and controls the feeding unit
to feed the recording material at a timing of when a time, that is shorter than the predetermined time, has elapsed since
the image forming unit started forming the image on the image bearing member.

US Pat. No. 9,350,919

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus, comprising;
a zoom lens; and
a solid-state image pickup element configured to receive an image formed by the zoom lens,
the zoom lens comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:
a first lens unit having a negative refractive power;
an aperture stop; and
a second lens unit having a positive refractive power,
the first lens unit consisting of, in order from the object, side to the image side, a first lens sub-unit having a negative
refractive power, which consists of two negative lenses, and a second lens sub-unit having a positive refractive power,

the first lens unit and the second lens unit being configured to move along different loci during zooming,
wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
1.5 5.0 ?1.80 zoom lens at a telephoto end, fw represents a focal length of the zoom lens at the wide angle end with respect to a d-line
of a wavelength of 587.6 nm, ft represents a focal length of the zoom lens at the telephoto end with respect to the d-line
of the wavelength of 587.6 nm, fwr represents a focal length of the zoom lens at the wide angle end with respect to light
having a wavelength of 850 nm, ftr represents a focal length of the zoom lens at the telephoto end with respect to the light
of the wavelength of 850 nm, f1a represents a focal length of the first lens sub-unit with respect to the d-line of the wavelength of 587.6 nm, and P represents
a pixel pitch of the solid-state image pickup element.

US Pat. No. 9,350,935

MOVING IMAGE DATA RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A moving image data recording apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire moving image data;
a recorder configured to record, on a recording medium, moving image data; and
a controller configured to, in response to an input of a recording instruction, perform control to record, on the recording
medium, moving image data for a predetermined time length acquired by the acquisition unit before the input of the recording
instruction,

wherein, if the moving image data recording apparatus is rotated by a predetermined angle or larger before the input of the
recording instruction, the controller is configured to perform control not to record moving image data acquired before the
moving image data recording apparatus is rotated by the predetermined angle or larger out of the moving image data for the
predetermined time length, and to perform control to record moving image data acquired after the moving image data recording
apparatus is rotated by the predetermined angle or larger out of the moving image data for the predetermined time length.

US Pat. No. 9,346,646

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an apparatus main body having an opening portion;
an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet;
a storage portion configured to store, inside the apparatus main body, the sheet on which the image has been formed;
a moving unit configured to move the sheet stored in the storage portion to protrude the sheet outside of the apparatus main
body through the opening portion;

a stack portion configured to stack the sheet on which the image has been formed, and having been conveyed outside of the
apparatus main body without passing through the storage portion;

a conveyance unit configured to convey the sheet on which the image has been formed to either the storage portion or the stack
portion;

a receiving unit configured to receive an instruction from outside; and
a control unit configured to cause the conveyance unit to convey the sheet on which the image has been formed to the storage
portion in a case where the sheet is storable in the storage portion, and configured to shift to a standby state in which
the receiving unit waits for a discharge instruction to discharge the sheet outside of the apparatus main body in a case where
the sheet is not storable in the storage portion, and to cause the conveyance unit to convey the sheet on which the image
has been formed to the stack portion when the receiving unit receives the discharge instruction during the standby state.

US Pat. No. 9,344,903

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND WIRELESS COMMUNICATION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,341,922

IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,339,183

ABERRATION CORRECTION METHOD, PHOTOGRAPHING METHOD AND PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,344,586

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,344,587

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,342,033

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH DEVELOPER COLLECTING OPERATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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