US Pat. No. 9,269,395

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,269,163

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR COMPRESSING OR DECOMPRESSING LIGHT FIELD IMAGES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,261,691

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,264,580

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,254,660

PROCESS FOR PRODUCING A LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,256,835

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS ENABLING DISCRIMINATOR TO LEARN AND METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a processor and memory;
a preliminary learning unit configured to make a plurality of preliminary discriminators perform learning, each of the preliminary
discriminators includes cascade-connected weak discriminators with no branches and learns to discriminate a corresponding
one of combinations of variation ranges for a plurality of variation categories which do not depend on each other;

an evaluation unit configured to obtain discrimination results of the plurality of preliminary discriminators learned by the
preliminary learning unit, by inputting, samples classified according to the combinations of variation ranges for the plurality
of variation categories, to the preliminary discriminators so as to perform the discrimination processing on the samples using
respective preliminary discriminators and evaluate discrimination ability of the variation categories based on discrimination
results of the plurality of preliminary discriminators;

a determination unit configured to determine an order of discriminating the variation categories in a main discriminator according
to a descending order of the discrimination ability of the variation categories;

a main discriminator generation unit configured to generate a main discriminator which has a branch structure of multiple
layers by setting each of the multiple layers to discriminate a variation in respective one of the plurality of variation
categories, so that variations in the plurality of variation categories should be discriminated in the determined order of
discriminating the variation categories; and

a main learning unit configured to make the main discriminator perform learning.

US Pat. No. 9,258,471

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,256,928

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

ThY=HLY×W.

US Pat. No. 9,258,492

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,256,166

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,256,197

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING SPACE REGULATED DETACHABLE CARTRIDGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,239,423

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,235,910

GRAPHICS RENDERING AND EDITING APPARATUS AND METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,235,156

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,235,165

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH ELECTROSTATIC CLEANING MEMBERS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,229,371

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,229,384

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND SAFETY CIRCUIT MOUNTED ON THE SAME APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,230,210

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,230,319

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,223,521

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, RECORDING MEDIUM, AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,218,150

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,218,152

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,213,276

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming a toner image on a recording material, comprising:
an image forming portion configured to form the toner image on the recording material;
a fixing portion configured to fix the toner image on the recording material; and
a spacer,
wherein said fixing portion includes a cylindrical film, a contacting member contacting an inner surface of said film and
a roller, including a shaft portion and an elastic layer formed outside said shaft portion, forming a pressing portion together
with said contacting member via said film,

wherein an end surface of said film is positioned outside an end surface of said elastic layer of said roller with respect
to a generatrix direction of said film,

wherein said spacer occupies at least a part of an interspace between a virtual plane including the end surface of said film
and the end surface of said elastic layer, and

wherein said spacer does not contact an outer surface of said film.

US Pat. No. 9,214,578

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus comprising:
a photoelectric conversion region having a plurality of photoelectric conversion portions; and
a lens array provided above the photoelectric conversion region,
wherein the lens array includes a plurality of convex meniscus lenses,
wherein each of the convex meniscus lenses is provided between a first member and a second member, the first member having
a lower refractive index than one of the convex meniscus lenses and having a convex surface conforming to a concave surface
of the one of the convex meniscus lenses, the second member having a lower refractive index than the one of the convex meniscus
lenses and having a concave surface conforming to a convex surface of the one of the convex meniscus lenses,

wherein the first member is provided between the one of the convex meniscus lenses and one of the photoelectric conversion
portions, and

wherein a projected area of the convex surface of the one of the convex meniscus lenses is larger than a projected area of
the concave surface of the one of the convex meniscus lenses.

US Pat. No. 9,213,887

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,207,889

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,204,790

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,183,645

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FAST MANIPULATION OF GRAPHICAL OBJECTS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,160,916

FOCUS ADJUSTMENT APPARATUS WITH A SIZE DETECTOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,157,726

OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,159,287

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND IMAGE DISPLAY METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,160,872

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,147,169

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,146,503

DEVELOPER ACCOMMODATING UNIT, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,146,516

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,146,530

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A MOVABLE CONNECTOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,143,130

INTEGRATED CIRCUIT AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,142,183

DISPLAY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,143,059

VIBRATION WAVE MOTOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,132,630

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,134,437

RADIATION DETECTING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,128,351

SHUTTER APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,125,561

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,128,435

FIXING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,128,196

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,126,409

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,130,071

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

13. A solid-state image sensor comprising:
a first active region in a pixel region;
a second active region in a peripheral circuit region;
a third active region arranged between the pixel region and the peripheral circuit region;
a fourth active region arranged between the pixel region and the peripheral circuit region;
a first element isolation arranged between the first active region and the fourth active region;
a second element isolation arranged between the second active region and the third active region;
a third element isolation arranged between the third active region and the fourth active region;
a metal compound layer provided in the second active region and the third active region;
an interlayer insulating film that covers the first active region, the second active region and the third active region;
a first film arranged between the first active region and the interlayer insulating film;
a second film arranged between the second active region and the interlayer insulating film;
a first contact plug arranged on the first active region through the interlayer insulating film and the first film;
a second contact plug arranged on the second active region through interlayer insulating film and the second film, the second
contact plug contacting the metal compound layer in the second active region through the interlayer insulating film and the
second film; and

a third contact plug contacting the fourth active region through the interlayer insulating film and the first film,
wherein the second film extends such that a part of the second film overlaps with the first film.

US Pat. No. 9,122,428

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,115,055

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,114,607

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS AND DRIVING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,114,631

ADJUSTMENT METHOD OF PRINTING POSITIONS, PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINTING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,111,346

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,107,619

OPTICAL-IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,110,433

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,113,072

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,113,098

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,102,472

REPLACEMENT BELT UNIT AND BELT REPLACING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,104,124

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

MgSO4·0.5Mg(OH)2·3H2O  (A)

CaOSiO2  (B).

US Pat. No. 9,102,162

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,092,178

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,094,545

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,091,955

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,091,962

CARTRIDGE, DEVELOPING CARTRIDGE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,094,646

PRINTER FOR CREATING A PRINT PROFILE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,091,767

ELECTRONIC CASSETTE FOR RADIOGRAPHIC IMAGING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,091,768

SCINTILLATOR MATERIAL AND RADIATION DETECTOR USING SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,086,404

METHOD FOR TREATING LIVING SAMPLES AND ANALYZING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,086,670

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,088,488

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,085,141

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,085,163

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DISCHARGING SHIPPING INK

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,086,611

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,073,326

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,073,341

DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS AND DATA PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,073,085

ELECTROMECHANICAL TRANSDUCER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,075,776

DOCUMENT PROCESSING APPARATUS, DOCUMENT PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,077,914

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,068,111

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,069,299

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,065,953

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,066,052

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR FORMING A MEASUREMENT IMAGE ON A SHEET

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,066,008

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,063,686

DISTRIBUTING SETTING VALUES FROM A CLIENT DEVICE TO AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A distribution system comprising:
a distribution apparatus and an image processing apparatus configured to be connected to the distribution apparatus over a
network by using a first setting value,

wherein the image processing apparatus includes:
a first reception unit configured to receive import data from the distribution apparatus,
an analysis unit configured to analyze, from the received import data, a second setting value used to connect to the distribution
apparatus over the network, wherein the second setting value is a value different from the first setting value,

a second reception unit configured to receive, from the distribution apparatus, an inquiry to acquire a status of import processing
using the received import data,

a first notification unit configured to notify, as a response to the received inquiry, the distribution apparatus about the
second setting value analyzed by the analysis unit,

a reflection unit configured to perform the import processing by using the received import data and to reflect the analyzed
second setting value after the notification by the first notification unit, and

a second notification unit configured to notify, as a response to the received inquiry using the second setting value, the
distribution apparatus about the status of the import processing; and

wherein the distribution apparatus includes:
an inquiry unit configured to send, by using the first setting value, an inquiry to acquire a status of import processing
using the import data, after the import data is distributed to the image processing apparatus,

a third reception unit configured to receive, from the first notification unit, the second setting value analyzed by the analysis
unit,

a control unit configured to control, in response to the distribution apparatus not being able to connect to the image processing
apparatus by using the first setting value, the inquiry unit to issue the inquiry using the second setting value received
by the third reception unit, and

a fourth reception unit configured to receive, from the second notification unit, the status of the import processing.

US Pat. No. 9,063,220

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,058,000

RECORDING MATERIAL DETERMINATION DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,060,087

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING A STORAGE LOCATION BASED ON THE AMOUNT OF ELECTRICITY STORED IN A SECONDARY BATTERY OF AN IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive a job;
a rechargeable secondary battery;
a detection unit configured to detect an amount of electricity stored in the secondary battery in response to the reception
of the job;

a determination unit configured to determine whether the detected amount of electricity exceeds a specified value; and
a selection unit configured to select a volatile memory as a storage destination of information to be stored when the job
is executed if it is determined that the stored electricity amount exceeds the specified value, and select a nonvolatile memory
as the storage destination of information to be stored when the job is executed if it is determined that the stored electricity
amount does not exceed the specified value.

US Pat. No. 9,060,194

VIDEO REPRODUCTION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A video reproduction apparatus comprising:
a reproduction unit configured to reproduce video data in a window;
an update unit configured to update a display content in the window if the window is scrolled; and
a storage unit configured to store a reproduction position of a first video data if at least a part of the first video data
disappears from the window as a result of the update;

a determining unit configured to determine whether a second video data is being reproduced in the window if the first video
data is going to be displayed in the window again as a result of the update, wherein the reproduction unit is capable of reproducing
the second video data in the window while the first video data is not displayed in the window,

wherein the reproduction unit starts reproducing the first video data from the stored reproduction position in response to
at least a part of the first video data appearing in the window again as a result of the update if a result of the determination
by the determining unit indicates that the second video data is not being reproduced in the window, and the reproduction unit
does not start reproducing the first video data in response to at least a part of the first video data appearing in the window
again as a result of the update if a result of the determination by the determining unit indicates that the second video data
is is being reproduced in the window.

US Pat. No. 9,053,996

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS WITH A PLURALITY OF PROCESSING PORTIONS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,053,997

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND CAMERA WITH DUMMY PATTERNS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image sensor including a pixel region and a peripheral circuit region, the sensor comprising:
a signal line arranged in the peripheral circuit to transmit a signal to a circuit arranged in the peripheral region;
a dielectric film arranged in the pixel region and the peripheral region, the signal line being arranged in the dielectric
film;

wiring lines arranged above the dielectric film, the wiring lines being arranged in the pixel region and the peripheral circuit
region;

dummy patterns arranged above the dielectric film, the dummy patterns being arranged in the peripheral circuit region; and
a planarizing layer arranged above the wiring lines and the dummy patterns, the planarizing layer being arranged in the pixel
region and the peripheral circuit region,

wherein the wiring lines in the peripheral circuit region include a plurality of electrically conductive patterns, and the
dummy patterns are arranged between the plurality of electrically conductive patterns, the dummy patterns being electrically
insulated from the wiring lines,

wherein the wiring lines and the dummy patterns constitute an uppermost wiring layer,
wherein a wiring layer including the signal line and arranged immediately below the uppermost wiring layer is arranged in
the dielectric film, and

wherein the dummy patterns are arranged above the signal lines so as to overlap the signal lines in a planar view.

US Pat. No. 9,055,172

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus capable of providing a plurality of services, comprising:
a display unit configured to display a service selection screen with which a user selects a desired service from among the
plurality of services;

a determination unit configured to determine whether or not the communication apparatus operates in a direct wireless mode
for executing a direct wireless communication between an external apparatus and the communication apparatus in which one of
the external apparatus and the communication apparatus serves as an access point; and

a control unit configured to control, if it is determined by the determination unit that the communication apparatus does
not operate in the direct wireless communication mode, the display unit so as to display the service selection screen such
that the user can select a desired service from among the plurality of services, and to control, if it is determined by the
determination unit that the communication apparatus operates in the direct wireless communication mode, the display unit so
as to display the selection screen such that the user cannot select a specific service from among the plurality of services.

US Pat. No. 9,055,173

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,050,806

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

R4O—(R3O)n—Z—Si—(OR2)q(Ri)p   (1)

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

CF3—(CF2)r—Z—Si—(OR2)q(R1)p   (2)

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,052,628

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING COLLECTING OPERATION FOR RESIDUAL TONER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,044,952

RECORDING APPARATUS AND RECORDING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,046,797

PROCESS FOR PRODUCING ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

5.0×107?y?5.0×109  (i)

1.0×102?y/x?1.0×106  (ii).

US Pat. No. 9,047,036

DISPLAY APPARATUS, PRINT CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display apparatus comprising:
a display unit configured to display a screen in which a first area, where a plurality of images are exchanged and then displayed,
and a second area, where plural preview images of images selected by a user from the plurality of images displayed on the
first area are displayed, are arranged; and

a print control unit configured to control a print unit to perform printing based on image data of a preview image selected
by a user from the plural preview images displayed on the second area.

US Pat. No. 9,049,442

MOVING IMAGE ENCODING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A moving image encoding apparatus that encodes each frame image constituting a moving image independently for each color
component, the moving image encoding apparatus comprising:
a provisional encoding unit that performs, by obtaining motion vectors in accordance with a plurality of mutually different
search ranges of image data of one color component, provisional encoding on a preset number of frame images at an initial
stage at a time when an encoding start instruction is given; and

a determination unit that determines, from the plurality of search ranges, the search range with the smallest error vector,
as a search range for a motion vector, of each color component in main encoding processing carried out following the provisional
encoding.

US Pat. No. 9,046,871

PROCESS CARTRIDGE, MAIN CARTRIDGE, SUB CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process cartridge used in an image forming apparatus, the process cartridge comprising:
a main cartridge having a process device acting on a photosensitive member and configured to be attachable and detachable
to and from an apparatus body of the image forming apparatus; and

a sub cartridge having a developer containing portion storing developer to be supplied to the main cartridge and configured
to be attachable and detachable to and from the main cartridge,

wherein the main cartridge includes:
a moving member configured to be capable of moving between a first position for preventing, by the moving member contacting
the apparatus body, the main cartridge from entering the inside of the apparatus body and a second position for allowing the
main cartridge to enter the inside of the apparatus body,

wherein the moving member is a grip portion to be held in the attachment and detachment of the main cartridge to and from
the apparatus body; and

a regulation member capable of moving between a regulation position for locking the moving member at the first position and
an allowable position for allowing the moving member to move from the first position to the second position, and

wherein the regulation member moves from the regulation position to the allowable position by attaching the sub cartridge
to the main cartridge.

US Pat. No. 9,046,617

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,244,563

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD FOR COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control method for an information processing apparatus that connects to and communicates with a communication apparatus by a first wireless communication method, and that connects to and communicates with an access point by a second wireless communication method that is able to realize faster communication than the first wireless communication method, the control method comprising:receiving, from the communication apparatus, a signal containing connection information for communicating with the communication apparatus by the first wireless communication method;
transmitting, to the communication apparatus, a request for starting communication by the first wireless communication method based on the signal;
establishing a connection between the information processing apparatus and the communication apparatus by the first wireless communication method;
receiving, from the communication apparatus by the first wireless communication method, information concerning one or more access points to which the communication apparatus is able to connect, after the connection between the information processing apparatus and the communication apparatus by the first wireless communication method is established;
displaying a list including the one or more access points on a display, based on the received information concerning the one or more access points;
accepting a selection of one access point from among the one or more access points included in the list; and
transmitting information concerning the selected access point to the communication apparatus by the first wireless communication method,
wherein, in a case where the information concerning the selected access point is received, the communication apparatus establishes a connection between the selected access point and the communication apparatus by the second wireless communication method.

US Pat. No. 10,244,576

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus, comprising:at least one memory storing instructions; and
at least one processor that, upon execution of the instructions stored in the at least one memory, causes the communication apparatus to:
establish a communication session with another communication apparatus in a predetermined wireless channel;
determine a detection of a radar wave in the predetermined wireless channel;
transmit, in a case where the communication session is established, a predetermined signal for maintaining the communication session at a predetermined interval; and
transmit the predetermined signal even before the predetermined interval comes in response to the detection of the radar wave in the predetermined wireless channel being determined so as to maintain the communication session.

US Pat. No. 10,148,924

PROJECTION APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING PROJECTION APPARATUS, AND PROJECTION SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A first projection apparatus that together with a second projection apparatus are projection apparatuses of a multi-projection system with edge blending processing, the first projection apparatus comprising:a projection unit configured to project an image on a screen;
at least one processor; and
at least one memory storing at least one program which, when executed by the at least one processor, causes the first projection apparatus to:
(1) acquire an input image;
(2) set an image gain curve for an overlapping region of an input image, the image gain curve being used for overlapping, in the overlapping region, a first image projected by the first projection apparatus and a second image projected by the second projection apparatus; and
(3) control the projection unit to project an image based on the input image in which the image gain curve is applied to the overlapping region,
wherein the image gain curve is changed at an interval of a predetermined number of frames.

US Pat. No. 10,139,766

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a photosensitive member;
a charging member configured to electrically charge said photosensitive member;
a developing device configured to form a toner image by supplying toner to said photosensitive member;
a transfer member configured to transfer the toner image from said photosensitive member onto a toner image receiving member;
a cleaning member provided in contact with said photosensitive member and configured to remove the toner remaining on a surface of said photosensitive member after transfer; and
a controller configured to carry out a process for notifying information on a lifetime of said charging member on the basis of use amount information on a use amount of said charging member and contact pressure information on contact pressure applied by said cleaning member to said photosensitive member.

US Pat. No. 10,139,768

IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet processing apparatus, comprising:a supporting portion configured to support sheets on which an image is respectively formed;
a pair of tooth members configured to bite the sheets which are supported by the supporting portion to bind the sheets;
a cam configured to rotate around a rotation axis line to move at least one of the pair of tooth members with respect to another one of the pair of tooth members so that the sheets are bitten by the pair of tooth members;
a motor;
a transfer mechanism having a first gear and a second gear and configured to transfer rotation of the motor to the cam via the first and second gears so as to rotate the cam around the rotation axis line; and
a wall perpendicular to the rotation axis line,
wherein, when viewed in a direction parallel to the rotation axis line, at least a part of the first gear, at least a part of the second gear, and at least a part of the cam respectively overlap with the wall,
the pair of tooth members, the motor, and the cam are arranged so as to face one side of the wall, and
the first gear and the second gear are arranged so as to face another side of the wall opposite to the one side.

US Pat. No. 10,137,690

INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink jet recording apparatus comprising:an image forming unit configured to form an ink image by a first liquid and a coloring material on an ink receiving medium;
a liquid absorbing member including a porous body formed into a belt shape having a first surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface, wherein the first surface is configured to come into contact with the ink image and to absorb at least some of the first liquid from the ink image;
a compression member configured to come into contact with the second surface of the porous body in order to compress the second surface for extruding the first liquid from the first surface; and
a liquid collecting member configured to collect the first liquid extruded from the first surface by the compression member.

US Pat. No. 10,139,745

TONER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A toner, in which inorganic fine particles and charge control particles are present on the surfaces of toner base particles,wherein
an average circularity of the toner base particles is 0.93 or more,
the inorganic fine particles satisfy the following conditions i) and ii),
i) the number average particle diameter is 90 nm or more,
ii) the value produced by dividing the rate of change in the mass of the inorganic fine particles by the specific surface area of the inorganic fine particles is 0.05 (%·g/m2) or less, wherein the rate of change in the mass of the inorganic fine particles is calculated by a following formula:
(TGA2?TGA1)×100/TGA1in the formula,the mass of the inorganic fine particles, which are left to stand for 24 hours or more in an environment at a temperature of 23° C. and a relative humidity of 5%, is defined “TGA1”, andthe mass of the inorganic fine particles, which are further left to stand for 1 hour in an environment at a temperature of 30° C. and a relative humidity of 80%, is defined “TGA2”,the charge control particles are a polymer compound,
the polymer compound has at least a partial structure represented by General formula (1),

in General formula (1), R1 represents a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group, and * represents a bonding site for bonding to a structure represented by General formula (2),

in General formula (2), R2 to R5 represent independently a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group having a carbon number of 1 to 6, a halogen atom, a cyano group, a nitro group, or a partial structure represented by General formula (1), at least one of R2 to R5 is the partial structure represented by General formula (1),
the charge control particles have the charge attenuation factor of 10% or less, wherein the charge attenuation factor is evaluated by measuring a charge attenuation factor of the coating film on an electrically conductive substrate, the coating film is obtained by coating the polymer compound being dissolved into methyl ethyl ketone on the electrically conductive substrate,
the toner base particle coverage Hb, which is a coverage ratio of a surface of the toner base particle with the inorganic fine particles, is 10.0% to 50.0%,
the toner base particle coverage Hc, which is a coverage ratio of a surface of the toner base particle with the charge control particles, is 10.0% to 80.0%, and
a sum of Hb and Hc is 20.0% to 90.0%.

US Pat. No. 10,139,756

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming portion, including an image bearing member and a developing device configured to develop an electrostatic latent image, formed on said image bearing member, with a liquid developer containing toner and a liquid carrier, wherein said image forming portion is configured to form an image on a recording material;
a carrier storing container configured to store the carrier;
a mixer configured to mix the toner and the carrier to form the liquid developer to be supplied to said developing device, wherein the liquid developer has a predetermined toner ratio;
a first discharging portion provided on said carrier storing container and configured to discharge the carrier toward said mixer;
a collecting mechanism configured to collect the carrier from said image forming portion into said carrier storing container; and
a second discharging portion provided on said carrier storing container and configured to discharge the carrier toward a carrier collecting container configured to collect the carrier, wherein said carrier collecting container is detachably mountable to said carrier storing container.

US Pat. No. 10,136,009

IMAGE READING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image reading apparatus comprising:a document platen on which an original document is placed;
a sensor unit extending in a first direction and configured to read the original document while moving in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction;
a first driven pulley and a second driven pulley disposed apart from each other in the second direction;
a third driven pulley disposed between the first driven pulley and the second driven pulley in the second direction;
a drive pulley disposed in such a manner that a rotation center of the drive pulley is farther away from a rotation center of the first driven pulley than a rotation center of the third driven pulley in the first direction and that a distance between the rotation center of the drive pulley and the rotation center of the first driven pulley is greater than or equal to a distance between the rotation center of the third driven pulley and the rotation center of the first driven pulley in the second direction;
a belt to which the sensor unit is attached and that is wound around the first driven pulley, the drive pulley, the third driven pulley, and the second driven pulley in this order; and
a motor fixed to the apparatus and configured to drive the drive pulley,
wherein the belt is bent at positions where each of the first driven pulley, the second driven pulley, and the drive pulley contacts an inner surface of the belt and is bent at a position where the third driven pulley contacts an outer surface of the belt.

US Pat. No. 10,127,481

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for generating recording data used for each of a plurality of relative scanning operations of a recording head in an intersecting direction that intersects with a predetermined direction with respect to a unit area on a recording medium, the recording head including an ejection opening column having a plurality of ejection openings for ejecting ink arranged in the predetermined direction, the recording data specifying ejection or non-ejection of the ink to each of a plurality of pixel areas in the unit area on a recording medium corresponding to a plurality of pixels of the recording data, the image processing apparatus comprising:one or more memories configured to store a dither pattern and a plurality of mask patterns corresponding to the plurality of relative scanning operations,
wherein each pixel area in the dither pattern has a respective threshold value for specifying ejection of ink to a corresponding pixel area on the recording medium,
wherein each pixel area in each of the plurality of mask patterns has respective information indicating permission or prohibition of ejection of ink to a corresponding pixel area on the recording medium,
wherein a number of pixel areas of the unit area corresponding to a conveyance amount between two sequential scanning operations is greater than a number of pixel areas in the dither pattern in the predetermined direction, the number of the pixel areas of the unit area corresponding to the conveyance amount being different from an integer multiple of the number of the pixel areas in the dither pattern in the predetermined direction, and
wherein the number of the pixel areas of the unit area corresponding to the conveyance amount is greater than a number of pixel areas in each of the plurality of mask patterns in the predetermined direction, the number of the pixel areas of the unit area corresponding to the conveyance amount being different from an integer multiple of the number of the pixel areas in the each of the plurality of mask patterns in the predetermined direction; and
one or more processors configured to execute the following steps of:
obtaining multi-value data corresponding to an image to be recorded in the unit area;
quantizing the multi-valued data by applying the dither pattern repeatedly in the predetermined direction to generate quantized data, wherein the quantizing the multi-valued data includes (i) generating a first area of the quantized data using a first part in the dither pattern without using a second part in the dither pattern, and (ii) generating a second area of the quantized data using the entire dither pattern, the second area of the quantized data being different from the first area of the quantized data; and
distributing the quantized data to the plurality of scanning operations by using the plurality of mask patterns to generate the recording data,
wherein each of the plurality of mask patterns is associated with the dither pattern, and
wherein the distributing the quantized data includes (i) applying, to the first area of the quantized data, a first part in each of the plurality of mask patterns without using a second part in the each of the plurality of mask patterns, and (ii) applying, to the second area of the quantized data, each of the plurality of mask patterns.

US Pat. No. 10,126,990

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,126,992

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:(a) a storage configured to store print data;
(b) a display device configured to display information; and
(c) at least one processor that executes a set of instructions to cause the image processing apparatus to perform operations comprising:
(i) receiving a predetermined user operation for printing;
(ii) specifying a user logging into the image processing apparatus;
(iii) in a case in which the predetermined user operation has been received and print data associated with the specified user has been stored in the storage, causing the display device to display a print screen for receiving a user instruction to the stored print data; and
(iv) in a case in which the predetermined user operation has been received and the print data associated with the specified user has not been stored in the storage and print data associated with different users from the specified user has been stored in the storage, causing the display device to display a confirmation screen,
wherein the confirmation screen is configured to include at least user information indicating users associated with the print data stored in the storage, and not to include information indicating a name of the print data stored in the storage.

US Pat. No. 10,129,572

METHOD, DEVICE, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM FOR ENCAPSULATING PARTITIONED TIMED MEDIA DATA USING A GENERIC SIGNALING FOR CODING DEPENDENCIES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of generating at least one media file based on partitioned timed media data of an encoded bit-stream in a server, the partitioned timed media data comprising timed samples, each timed sample comprising a plurality of subsamples, the method comprises:selecting at least one subsample from amongst the plurality of subsamples of one of the timed samples;
for each selected subsample, creating one partition track comprising the selected subsample and one corresponding subsample of each of the other timed samples;
creating at least one track reference box, each track reference box comprising at least one reference to one or more of the created partition tracks, the at least one reference representing a processing order relating to reconstruction of the encoded bit-stream, wherein the processing order is related to a partition track and defines an order of the selected subsamples within the timed sample of the encoded bit-stream; and
generating at least one media file based on the partition tracks.

US Pat. No. 10,123,698

OPHTHALMIC APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmic apparatus comprising:a generation unit configured to generate 3D blood vessel data indicating a blood vessel in a fundus based on a plurality of tomographic image data indicating cross sections of the fundus;
a boundary obtaining unit configured to obtain layer boundary data indicating at least one layer boundary based on 3D tomographic image data including the plurality of tomographic image data indicating the cross sections of the fundus, wherein the layer boundary data indicates at least one of a boundary between a Bruch membrane and a retinal pigment epithelium layer and a boundary between the Bruch membrane and a choroid layer; and
a determination unit configured to determine a blood vessel intersecting with the layer boundary by comparing the 3D blood vessel data with the layer boundary data.

US Pat. No. 10,127,394

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,124,615

PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,119,855

CAPACITANCE TYPE TRANSDUCER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A capacitance type transducer, comprising a plurality of cells each having a structure in which a vibrating film is supported so as to be vibrated,the vibrating film comprising:
a second electrode formed so that a gap is interposed between the second electrode and a first electrode; and
an insulating film formed on the second electrode,
wherein the second electrode and a conductor film on the insulating film are electrically connected to each other via a conductor in a through hole formed in the insulating film on the second electrode, and
wherein the through hole is located above the gap.

US Pat. No. 10,122,980

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,118,420

CONVEYANCE APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM STORING A PROGRAM FOR CONTROLLING AN INTERVAL BETWEEN A PRINT MEDIUM TO BE USED FOR SINGLE-SIDED PRINTING AND A PRINT MEDIUM TO BE USED FOR DOUBLE-SIDED PRINTING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A conveyance apparatus comprising:(A) a conveyance unit configured to convey, using a conveyance path, a print medium to an image forming component configured to form an image on the print medium;
(B) a supply unit configured to supply the print medium to the conveyance path;
(C) a re-conveyance unit configured to re-convey, to the image forming component, the print medium, on which the image is formed by the image forming component, to perform double-sided printing; and
(D) a control unit configured:
(a) to control, if a first print medium among supply target print media supplied by the supply unit is a print medium to be used for single-sided printing, and the print medium re-conveyed by the re-conveyance unit is located within a predetermined distance from a region where the first print medium is located on the conveyance path, the supply unit so that an interval between the region where the first print medium is located on the conveyance path and a region where a second print medium supplied to the conveyance path next to the first print medium is located on the conveyance path becomes a first interval; and
(b) to control, if the first print medium is a print medium to be used for single-sided printing and the print medium re-conveyed by the re-conveyance unit is not located within the predetermined distance from the region where the first print medium is located on the conveyance path, the supply unit so that the interval between the region where the first print medium is located on the conveyance path and the region where the second print medium is located on the conveyance path becomes a second interval shorter than the first interval.

US Pat. No. 10,109,040

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,110,763

SYSTEM, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND NETWORK CAMERA APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A system comprising:an image forming apparatus, and
a network camera that is attached to a position away from the image forming apparatus and able to communicate with the image forming apparatus via a network,
wherein the image forming apparatus comprises:
a detection unit configured to detect a user in a vicinity of the image forming apparatus and output a user detection signal based on a detection result; and
a first transmission unit configured to, based on the user detection signal, transmit an imaging request to the network camera via the network, and
wherein the network camera comprises:
a receiving unit configured to receive the imaging request transmitted from the image forming apparatus via the network;
an imaging unit configured to image and zooms in on the image forming apparatus and the vicinity of the image forming apparatus that has transmitted the imaging request based on the imaging request received by the receiving unit;
a second transmission unit configured to, via the network transmit user information that corresponds to the image imaged by the imaging unit to the image forming apparatus as a response to the imaging request,
wherein the image forming apparatus further comprises:
a performing unit configured to perform login processing using the user information transmitted from the network camera.

US Pat. No. 10,110,779

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,098,537

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
at least one memory storing instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the one or more processors to control:
a calculation unit to calculate similarity among partial areas each of which is a partial area of each of a plurality of tomographic images of a subject's eye obtained based on measurement light of an optical coherence tomography (OCT) controlled to scan a single position for a plurality of times, each of the partial areas having a predetermined width in a direction orthogonal to an A-scan direction in each of the plurality of tomographic images;
a selection unit to select a plurality of tomographic images corresponding to the partial areas the calculated similarity of which is higher than a predetermined value; and
a generation unit to generate an addition average image by adding and averaging the selected plurality of tomographic images for enhancement of image quality of a tomographic image in an eye portion of the subject's eye.

US Pat. No. 10,103,182

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS AND IMAGE READING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus comprising:a semiconductor substrate configured to have one principle surface including recessed portions; and
insulation bodies configured to be disposed in the recessed portions,
wherein the semiconductor substrate includes photoelectric conversion elements each of which includes a first semiconductor region of a first conductivity type, a second semiconductor region of a second conductivity type which is opposite to the first conductivity type, and a third semiconductor region of the second conductivity type which has an impurity concentration higher than an impurity concentration of the second semiconductor region, and which has at least a portion disposed nearer to the principle surface relative to the second semiconductor region, the second semiconductor region having a polarity the same as a polarity of signal charge,
wherein:
the second semiconductor region is in contact with the first and third semiconductor regions,
the first and second semiconductor regions form a PN junction portion,
signal charge paths are disposed between the recessed portions in a cross section perpendicular to the principle surface,
the signal charge paths include, in a plan view of the principle surface,
a first signal charge path having a length in a first direction longer than a length in a second direction which is different from the first direction, and
a second signal charge path having a length in a third direction, which is different from the first direction, longer than a length in a fourth direction which is different from the third direction, and
at least one of the second and third semiconductor regions includes a region which is on a line parallel to the first direction and passing through the first signal charge path, and which is on a line parallel to the second direction and passing through the second signal charge path.

US Pat. No. 10,097,724

SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,097,755

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,097,806

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,089,519

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus configured to identify a region comprising a predetermined object located within an image, the image processing apparatus comprising:a processor; and
a memory including instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the imaging processing apparatus to:
read a partial image of a first image as a second image on each of a plurality of evaluation target regions set in a predetermined direction of the first image;
perform a correlation evaluation with the image of the predetermined object on the plurality of the second images in parallel;
determine an interval (VS) between the plurality of evaluation target regions based on a number (N) of correlation evaluations performed in parallel and a size (WV) of the plurality of evaluation target regions in the predetermined direction so that VS?WV/N; and
identify the region where the predetermined object is located within the first image based on a result of the correlation evaluation.

US Pat. No. 10,088,799

CARTRIDGE AND DRUM UNIT FOR ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,087,328

COMPOUND HAVING AZO SKELETON, PIGMENT DISPERSANT, PIGMENT COMPOSITION, PIGMENT DISPERSION, AND TONER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

9. A toner comprising a toner particle containing a binder resin and a colorant, wherein the colorant is the pigment composition according to claim 6.

US Pat. No. 10,091,449

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,089,745

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,074,029

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,075,597

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS HAVING FILE SERVER FUNCTION, AND CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a network interface configured to receive data from an external data source;
at least one controller having a processor that executes programs stored in a memory, or a circuitry having functions implemented therein,
the controller being configured to:
receive data through the network interface or data from an internal data source by using a loopback address and cause a storage to store the received data, and
send a storage destination of the stored data to a predetermined E-mail address in a case where the stored data has been received from the internal data source by using the lookback address,
wherein the storage destination of the stored data is not sent to the predetermined E-mail address in a case where the stored data has been received via the network interface from the external data source.

US Pat. No. 10,073,327

OPTICAL APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,073,341

ADHESION LAYER COMPOSITION, METHOD FOR FORMING FILM BY NANOIMPRINTING, METHODS FOR MANUFACTURING OPTICAL COMPONENT, CIRCUIT BOARD AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An adhesion layer composition for forming an adhesion layer between a substrate and a photocurable composition, the adhesion layer composition comprising:a compound (A) containing at least two binding functional groups including at least one functional group directly bound to a hydrocarbon or an aromatic hydrocarbon and capable of being bound to the substrate, and at least one functional group directly bound to a hydrocarbon or an aromatic hydrocarbon and capable of being bound to the photocurable composition; and
a solvent (B),
wherein the functional group capable of being bound to the substrate is at least one selected from the group consisting of hydroxy, carboxy, thiol, amino, epoxy, and (blocked) isocyanate, and the functional group capable of being bound to the photocurable composition is a hydrogen donating functional group, and
wherein the hydrogen donating functional group is thiol or alkylamino.

US Pat. No. 10,071,572

PRINTING APPARATUS AND PLATEN

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a printhead configured to eject ink;
a sheet conveying unit configured to convey a sheet in a first direction; and
a platen configured to support the sheet at a position opposite to the printhead,
wherein the platen comprises:
a first supporting portion configured to support the sheet;
a first ink groove configured to receive ink ejected from the printhead, the first ink groove extending in a second direction crossing the first direction and being disposed downstream of the first supporting portion in the first direction;
a second ink groove configured to receive ink ejected from the printhead, the second ink groove extending in the second direction and being disposed upstream of the first supporting portion in the first direction,
wherein the first supporting portion has contact portions contacting the sheet and a recess surrounded by the contact portions,
wherein the contact portions include an upstream contact portion disposed upstream in the first direction and extending in the second direction, a downstream contact portion disposed downstream of the upstream contact portion in the first direction and extending in the second direction, and side contact portions extending in the first direction and connecting the upstream contact portion and the downstream contact portion, and
wherein the recess is provided with a suction hole, and at least one of a first rib extending in the first direction from the upstream contact portion and being apart from the downstream contact portion, and a second rib extending in the first direction from the downstream contact portion and being apart from the upstream contact portion.

US Pat. No. 10,073,376

DEVELOPER SUPPLY CONTAINER AND DEVELOPER SUPPLYING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer supply container comprising:a developer accommodating chamber configured to accommodate developer;
a feeding portion configured and positioned to feed the developer in the developer accommodating chamber by rotation thereof;
a developer discharging chamber provided with a discharge opening configured to permit discharging of the developer fed by the feeding portion;
a gear portion configured and positioned to rotate the feeding portion;
a pump portion configured and positioned to act upon at least the developer discharging chamber, the pump portion having a volume that changes with reciprocation; and
a drive converting portion configured and positioned to convert a rotational force generated by rotation of the gear portion to a force for operating the pump portion, the drive converting portion including a magnet portion.

US Pat. No. 10,071,588

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,075,707

VIDEO ENCODING AND DECODING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,073,404

CURL CORRECTION DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,070,068

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capture apparatus comprising;an image sensor having a plurality of pixels, wherein each of the plurality of pixels has a plurality of photoelectric conversion units that respectively receives luminous fluxes that have passed through different regions on an exit pupil of an optical system,
a conversion circuit that converts signals output from the plurality of pixels into image data;
a reduction circuit that reduces a pair of image data respectively corresponding to the different regions of the exit pupil;
a generation circuit that generates distribution data representing distribution of defocus amount in the pair of reduced image data; and
a controller that controls the conversion circuit so as to output captured image data corresponding to the entirety of the exit pupil and pupil-divided image data corresponding to a part of the exit pupil, controls the generation circuit so as to output the distribution data, and causes the output data of the conversion circuit and the generation circuit to be recorded in the image capture apparatus or transmitted outside.

US Pat. No. 10,063,779

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a dividing unit configured to divide a frame of a moving image into a changing area in which there is an active object and a changeless area in which there is a stationary object; and
a generation unit configured to generate a still image by compositing an area corresponding to the changeless area in each of X frame(s) (where X is an integer of 1 or more) among a plurality of frames included in the moving image and an area corresponding to the changing area in each of Y frames (where Y is an integer greater than X) among the plurality of frames,
wherein the dividing unit includes:
a detection unit configured to detect motion vectors in each of a plurality of areas in each of the plurality of frames;
an identifying unit configured to identify, from among the detected motion vectors, camera shake motion vectors caused by a camera shake at a time of capturing the moving image;
a summation unit configured to, for each area, sum magnitude components of object motion vectors obtained by excluding the camera shake motion vectors from the detected motion vectors; and
a determining unit configured to determine an area in which a sum value obtained by the summation is greater than or equal to a first threshold value as the changing area, and determine an area in which the sum value is less than the first threshold value as the changeless area,
wherein the identifying unit is configured to decide a second threshold value based on a frequency distribution of magnitude components of the detected motion vectors, and identify, from among the detected motion vectors, motion vectors whose magnitude component is less than the second threshold value as the camera shake motion vectors.

US Pat. No. 10,058,294

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,052,737

COMPONENT MANUFACTURING METHOD AND POLISHING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,057,459

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,055,176

CONTROL METHOD AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control method for controlling an information processing apparatus including a printer driver for creating a job based on a printing command received from an application, a spooler for managing a job queue that stores the job and a port monitor, wherein the printer driver includes a port monitor extension file for adding processing to be executed by the port monitor, and wherein the port monitor has a function of transmitting data corresponding to the job to a communication apparatus and a function of acquiring information about the job from the communication apparatus, the control method comprising:causing the port monitor to execute transmission processing of transmitting the data corresponding to the job to the communication apparatus;
causing the port monitor to execute end processing for ending control of the job by the port monitor by calling a predetermined function in accordance with the port monitor extension file, the end processing including processing of acquiring the information about the job from the communication apparatus, after completion of the transmission processing;
causing the port monitor to execute retry notification for a retry of the end processing to the spooler without completing the end processing in a case where ending of processing of the job by the communication apparatus is not identified on a basis of the information about the job acquired in the end processing; and
causing the port monitor to execute deletion notification for deleting the job from the job queue to the spooler with completing the end processing in a case where ending of processing of the job by the communication apparatus is identified on a basis of the information about the job acquired in the end processing;
wherein the spooler causes the port monitor to retry the end processing in a case where the retry notification is executed to the spooler, and the job is deleted from the job queue in a case where the deletion notification is executed to the spooler.

US Pat. No. 10,048,613

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, PRINTING CONTROL METHOD OF THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus including an image bearing member, a charging unit which uniformly charges the image bearing member in accordance with image data, an exposure unit which exposes the image bearing member, a developing unit which develops an electrostatic latent image formed on the image bearing member using a developing agent conveyed by a developing agent bearing member, and a printing unit which prints the developed image, the apparatus comprising a processor and a memory containing instructions that when executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform operations comprising:first correcting a pixel value of a pixel to be corrected included in the image data using a first correction method;
second correcting a pixel value of a pixel to be corrected included in the image data using a second correction method which is different from the first correction method;
determining the pixel to be corrected by the second correcting;
determining whether the pixel having the pixel value to be corrected by the second correcting has been corrected by the first correcting; and
performing control such that
when the pixel having the pixel value to be corrected by the second correcting has been corrected by the first correcting, the exposure unit performs exposure in accordance with image data corrected by the first correcting, and
when the pixel having the pixel value to be corrected by the second correcting has not been corrected by the first correcting, the second correcting corrects the pixel value and the exposure unit performs exposure in accordance with image data corrected by the second correcting.

US Pat. No. 10,049,439

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,043,697

SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,041,937

MACROPHAGE IDENTIFICATION AGENT, AND IDENTIFICATION METHOD, SORTING METHOD, EVALUATION METHOD, SCREENING METHOD AND KIT USING THE MACROPHAGE IDENTIFIER AGENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for identifying macrophage subtype M1 and macrophage subtype M2, wherein the subtype M1 and the subtype M2 are identified based on a spectral characteristic obtained with a dye compound having a molecular weight of 2000 or less added,wherein the dye compound is at least one compound represented by general formula (1):

wherein, in the general formula (1), R1 represents a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, an aralkyl group, an alkenyl group, or an aryl group; R2 to R5 each independently represents a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, an aryl group, a carboxyl group, a carboxylalkyl group, or an alkylcarbonyl group, wherein R2 and R4 may be bound to each other to form an aliphatic ring; R6 represents a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, an alkoxy group, or a halogen atom; R7 and R8 each independently represents a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, or an aryl group; R9 represents a dicyanomethylene group, a cyanocarboxymethylene group, or any one of general formulas (2) to (4); Y1 represents a carbon atom having aryl group, a cyclopentene ring, a cyclohexene ring or a carbon atom; and n represents 0 or 1,

wherein, in the general formula (2), R10 represents an alkyl group, a carboxylalkyl group, an alkoxycarbonylalkyl group, or an alkylcarbonyloxyalkyl group; R11 represents a sulfur atom, a 2-thioxothiazolidin-4-one group, a thiazoline-2,4-one group, or general formula (5); and “*” represents a binding site,

wherein, in the general formula (5), R12 represents an alkyl group, a carboxylalkyl group, an alkoxycarbonylalkyl group, or an alkylcarbonyloxyalkyl group; R13 and R14 each represent a hydrogen atom and may be bound to each other to form a benzene ring; Q1 represents an oxygen atom, a sulfur atom, a N-alkyl nitrogen atom, or —C(R15)(R16)—, wherein R15 and R16 each independently represent an alkyl group and may be bound to each other to form a ring; X1? represents an anionic group; and “*” represents a binding site,
wherein, in the general formula (3), R17 represents an alkyl group, a carboxylalkyl group, an alkoxycarbonylalkyl group, or an alkylcarbonyloxyalkyl group; R18 and R19 each represents a hydrogen atom and may be bound to each other to form a benzene ring; Q2 represents an oxygen atom, a sulfur atom, a N-alkyl nitrogen atom, or —C(R20)(R21)—, wherein R20 and R21 each independently represents an alkyl group and may be bound to each other to form a ring; X2? represents an anionic group; and “*” represents a binding site, and
wherein, in the general formula (4), R22 represents an alkyl group or an aryl group; R23 represents an alkyl group or a carboxyl group; and “*” represents a binding site.

US Pat. No. 10,036,940

LENS APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROJECTOR USING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,033,742

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,031,476

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,032,597

X-RAY GENERATING TUBE, X-RAY GENERATING APPARATUS, X-RAY IMAGING SYSTEM, AND ANODE USED THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A transmission X-ray generating tube, comprising an anode including: a target for generating an X-ray through irradiation of an electron beam from an electron emitting source; and a tubular anode member having an opening for holding the target,the tubular anode member including a first metal tube, and a second metal tube fixed to the first metal tube and having a coefficient of thermal expansion that is larger than a coefficient of thermal expansion of the first metal tube,
wherein a peripheral portion of the target is bonded to the tubular anode member via a bonding material arranged so as to extend over the first metal tube and the second metal tube.

US Pat. No. 10,033,884

IMAGING SYSTEM, IMAGING CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, IMAGING CONTROL APPARATUS, RADIATION DETECTOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging system for capturing an image by detecting radiation from a radiation generating apparatus and converting radiation into an electric signal, by a sensor, and transmitting image data of the image captured by the sensor to a controller, whereinthe controller displays, on a display unit, a message including the number of untransmitted images based on untransmitted image data which the sensor holds, based on whether the sensor already holds the captured image data at the time of connection of the sensor,
the sensor includes a storage unit comprising a semiconductor storage device configured to hold the image data of the captured image, and a transmission unit configured to transmit the image data held in the storage unit to the controller,
the controller includes a control unit configured to control whether to permit the use of the sensor, a reception unit configured to receive the image data transmitted by the transmission unit, and a generation unit configured to generate imaging data by adding imaging information to the received image data, and
the control unit controls whether to permit the use of the sensor, in accordance with the presence/absence of untransmitted image data in the storage unit, such that if the untransmitted image data exists in the storage unit, the control unit disables the use of the sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,029,021

POLYMER, CONTRAST AGENT FOR NUCLEAR MAGNETIC RESONANCE ANALYSIS OR MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING USING THE POLYMER, COMPOUND AND METHOD OF NUCLEAR MAGNETIC RESONANCE ANALYSIS AND METHOD OF MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING USING THE POLYMER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A straight-chain polymer having a main chain consisting of a repeating unit of formula (x1) and terminal end groups at ends thereof, the polymer having a degree of polymerization of 10 to 1000:
wherein a side chain of each of the repeating units is a structure of formula (y1):

wherein:
in the formula (x1), each of R1 to R3 independently represents a hydrogen atom, or a substituted or unsubstituted hydrocarbon group having one to four carbon atoms,
in the formula (x1), * (an asterisk) represents a bond to the formula (y1) directly or via a linker,
in the formula (y1), * (an asterisk) represents a bond to the formula (x1) directly or via a linker,
in the formula (y1), Z represents a monovalent atom or a monovalent atom group, and
a substituent of each of R1 to R3 is a functional group including at least one selected from the group consisting of a halogen atom, an oxygen atom, and a nitrogen atom.

US Pat. No. 10,027,849

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,026,183

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,024,653

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:one or more memories that store a set of instructions; and
one or more processors that execute the instructions to:
acquire a captured image of a measurement target object on which a projection pattern is projected, the projection pattern being formed by arranging a plurality of line sets at intervals longer than a predetermined value, each of the plurality of line sets having lines arranged at intervals shorter than the predetermined value;
detect the lines in the projection pattern from the image;
determine the line sets from detected lines;
identify to which one of the lines in the projection pattern a detected line corresponds, based on a result;
calculate a distance from a predetermined reference coordinate to a position on a plane of the measurement target object on which a detected line is projected, based on a position in the image of the detected line and a position in the projection pattern of an identified line; and
calculate a plane direction of a plane of the measurement target object on which a line set is projected, based on a distance calculated at a first point on a first line among the detected lines, a distance calculated at a second point on the first line, and a distance calculated at a third point on a second line belonging to a same line set to which the first line belongs to.

US Pat. No. 10,023,411

SHEET CONVEYANCE APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,022,961

INK JET PRINTING APPARATUS AND INK JET PRINTING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink jet printing apparatus that performs printing by discharging ink, comprising:a printing head including at least
a board,
a first printing element array, in which a plurality of printing elements configured to generate thermal energy to discharge ink from nozzles is arrayed in a predetermined direction, disposed on the board,
a second printing element array, in which the plurality of printing elements is arrayed in the predetermined direction, disposed on the board and
a plurality of detecting elements, for detecting temperature, disposed at different positions from each other in the board;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire information pieces relating to temperatures detected by detecting elements out of the plurality of detecting elements; and
a control unit configured to effect a plurality of types of temperature control based on the information pieces acquired by the acquiring unit,
wherein only a first detecting element out of the plurality of detecting elements is disposed at a position corresponding to centers of the first and the second printing element arrays in the predetermined direction and between the first printing element array and the second printing element array in an intersecting direction which intersects the predetermined direction, and
wherein the control unit (i) effects a first temperature control for adjusting an ink discharging amount by the first printing element array based on information pieces detected by a first combination of detecting elements including at least the first detecting element, and (ii) effects a second temperature control for adjusting an ink discharging amount by the second printing element array based on information pieces detected by a second combination of detecting elements including at least the first detecting element, the second combination being partly different from the first combination.

US Pat. No. 10,027,833

IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image reading apparatus comprising:a case comprising a transparent portion and a portion defining an opening;
a reading unit comprising a photodetector disposed in the case and configured to read an image information on a sheet by photoelectric-converting a light through the transparent portion, and a support member configured to support the photodetector, the support member comprising a projecting portion configured to project outward from the case through the opening; and
an elastic portion provided to fill the opening together with the support member,
wherein the projecting portion is movable in the opening while deforming the elastic portion, and
the photodetector supported by the support member moves within the case in a case where the projecting portion moves in an outside of the case.

US Pat. No. 10,018,909

IMPRINT APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus which forms a pattern of an imprint material on a substrate using a mold having a pattern surface on which a pattern is formed, the apparatus comprising:an obtaining unit configured to specify the mold to be used to form the pattern of the imprint material on the substrate among a plurality of molds having the same pattern and to obtain thickness information of the specified mold;
a calculation unit configured to calculate a force to be applied to a surface of the specified mold such that the pattern surface is deformed to a convex surface, based on the thickness information of the specified mold obtained by the obtaining unit; and
a deforming unit configured to deform the pattern surface of the specified mold by applying the force calculated by the calculation unit from an outside of the specified mold to the surface such that the pattern surface forms the convex surface that bulges toward the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,021,261

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming device configured to form an image on a recording material;
a detector configured to detect presence of a human body in a predetermined region;
a controller configured to control as to whether to execute an adjustment process operation for the image forming device, depending on whether the detector detects the presence of the human body at an end of an image forming process; and
an instruction receiver configured to receive an instruction for a start of an image forming process,
wherein, in a case where the detector does not detect the presence of the human body at the end of the image forming process, the controller executes the adjustment process operation for the image forming device,
wherein, in a case where the detector detects the presence of the human body at the end of the image forming process and the instruction receiver receives the instruction within a predetermined period of time after the end of the image forming process, the controller starts the image forming process corresponding to the received instruction before the execution of the adjustment process operation, and
wherein, in a case where the detector detects the presence of the human body at the end of the image forming process and the predetermined period of time has elapsed without receiving the instruction by the instruction receiver after the end of the image forming process, the controller executes the adjustment process operation for the image forming device.

US Pat. No. 10,021,321

IMAGING DEVICE AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging device comprising:a plurality of pixels each including a first photoelectric conversion unit on which a first part of pupil-divided incident light is incident; a second photoelectric conversion unit on which a second part of the pupil-divided incident light is incident; a first holding unit that holds charges transferred from the first photoelectric conversion unit and the second photoelectric conversion unit; and an amplifier unit that outputs a signal based on an amount of the charges held by the first holding unit, wherein
each of the plurality of pixels is configured to output a first signal based on an amount of charges generated by the first photoelectric conversion unit during a first exposure time, a second signal based on an amount of charges generated by the first photoelectric conversion unit and the second photoelectric conversion unit during the first exposure time, a third signal based on an amount of charges generated by the first photoelectric conversion unit during a second exposure time, which is shorter than the first exposure time, and a fourth signal based on an amount of charges generated by the first photoelectric conversion unit and the second photoelectric conversion unit during the second exposure time, and
in a certain one of frames, the first and second signals are output before the third and fourth signals, and in another one of the frames, the first and second signals are output after the third and fourth signals.

US Pat. No. 10,021,326

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR INCLUDING PIXELS FOR DETECTING FOCUS USING A DIFFERENCE IN INTENSITY BETWEEN LIGHTS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state image sensor comprising a pixel area in which a plurality of pixels are disposed in a two dimensional form, the image sensor comprising:a first pixel for detecting focus, the first pixel comprising a plurality of photoelectric conversion units disposed in a first direction;
a second pixel disposed adjacent to the first pixel along the first direction;
a third pixel disposed adjacent to the first pixel along a second direction perpendicular to the first direction;
a first light reflecting member disposed between the first pixel and the third pixel and extending in the first direction; and
a second light reflecting member disposed between the first pixel and the second pixel and extending in the second direction,
wherein the first light reflecting member has a longer axis in the first direction and a shorter axis in the second direction,
wherein the second light reflecting member has a longer axis in the second direction and a shorter axis in the first direction, and
wherein a width of the first light reflecting member in a direction of the shorter axis of the first light reflecting member is larger than a width of the second light reflecting member in a direction of the shorter axis of the second light reflecting member.

US Pat. No. 10,012,496

MULTISPECTRAL BINARY CODED PROJECTION USING MULTIPLE PROJECTORS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of measuring a depth map for an object, comprising:positioning multiple projectors at respectively multiple angular positions relative to the object, wherein each of the projectors comprises color channels whose colors differ from that of others of the multiple projectors;
positioning an image capture device relative to the multiple projectors, wherein the image capture device comprises a multispectral capture device having a capture sensitivity spectral range that includes the spectral range of the totality of colors of the multiple projectors;
projecting a first combined color pattern onto the object using the multiple projectors, wherein each projector projects a color striped pattern whose resolution differs from that of others of the projectors, and wherein the resolution of the color striped pattern is related to the angular position of the projector and is characterized by a minimum stripe width such that a small minimum stripe width corresponds to a high resolution pattern and a large minimum stripe width corresponds to a low resolution pattern;
capturing an image of the object with the first combined color pattern using the image capture device; and
recovering the depth map of the object by calculations using the captured image.

US Pat. No. 10,013,068

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS INCLUDING A MIRROR CONFIGURED TO REFLECT AN IMAGE AND A PROJECTOR AND AN IMAGE CAPTURING UNIT ARRANGED BELOW THE MIRROR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a projector configured to project an image;
a projection mirror configured to reflect an image projected by the projector towards a projection surface;
an image capturing unit configured to capture an image of a subject placed on the projection surface;
an image capturing mirror configured to be arranged in an image capturing optical path from the subject to the image capturing unit in order to capture an image of the subject placed on the projection surface using the image capturing unit; and
a frame configured to support a side surface of the projector such that the lower portion of the projector is distanced from other parts of the information processing apparatus,
wherein the projector and the image capturing unit are arranged below the projection mirror and the image capturing mirror, and
wherein the projector and the image capturing unit are provided at opposite sides of the frame to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,001,697

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS, ACCESSORY, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THEM, AND IMAGE CAPTURE SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capture apparatus comprising:a receiving unit configured to receive information regarding a first accessory attached to the image capture apparatus and a second accessory attached to the first accessory, from the first accessory;
a setting unit configured to set an update target accessory whose control software is to be updated, out of the first accessory and the second accessory, based on the information received by the receiving unit; and
a transmitting unit configured to transmit update data that is to be applied to the update target accessory that has been set by the setting unit, to the first accessory,
wherein the setting unit sets the first accessory as the update target accessory if the information received by the receiving unit indicates that an update of control software of the first accessory is in an interrupted state, regardless of whether or not an update of control software of the second accessory is in an interrupted state.

US Pat. No. 9,995,603

POSITION DETECTOR, AND LENS APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE POSITION DETECTOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A position detector, comprising:a scale comprising a pattern array formed cyclically, the scale being provided to one of a first member and a second member movable relative to each other;
a detector comprising a plurality of detection elements configured to output signals corresponding to the pattern array, the detector being provided to the other of the first member and the second member;
a generator configured to selectively generate a first signal obtained by a first combination of the output signals and a second signal obtained by a second combination, different from the first combination, of the output signals, wherein
the generator is configured to cause, by the first combination, the first signal to have an amplitude that changes with a first range, the amplitude corresponding to a position of one of the scale and the detector relative to the other; and
the generator is configured to cause, by the second combination, the second signal to have, in absence of an abnormality in the detector, an amplitude that does not change or changes with a second range smaller than the first range irrespective of the position of the one of the scale and the detector relative to the other, the second combination subtracting one of the output signals from another, different from the one in phase by 2n?, of the output signals.

US Pat. No. 9,998,624

IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE READING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image reading apparatus, comprising:a conveying part configured to convey a document placed on a document tray;
a first scanner configured to read a first image on a first surface of the conveyed document, a scanning direction of the first scanner being a first scanning direction;
a second scanner configured to read a second image on a second surface of the conveyed document, a scanning direction of the second scanner being a second scanning direction;
a storage part configured to store a first correction condition corresponding to an inclination of the first scanning direction with respect to a direction orthogonal to a conveying direction in which the document is conveyed, and a second correction condition corresponding to an inclination of the second scanning direction with respect to the direction orthogonal to the conveying direction;
a correction part configured to correct the first image based on the first correction condition, and to correct the second image based on the second correction condition;
a detection part configured to detect a first inclination amount of the first image with respect to the direction orthogonal to the conveying direction, in which the document is conveyed, based on first image data of the first image output from the first scanner, and to detect a second inclination amount of the second image with respect to the direction orthogonal to the conveying direction, in which the document is conveyed, based on second image data of the second image output from the second scanner; and
an update part configured to update, when the first scanner has been replaced, the first correction condition based on the second correction condition, the first inclination amount, and the second inclination amount, and to update, when the second scanner has been replaced, the second correction condition based on the first correction condition, the first inclination amount, and the second inclination amount.

US Pat. No. 9,985,060

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS DRIVING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising a plurality of pixels, each of the plurality of pixels including:a photoelectric conversion unit;
a first holding unit configured to hold a charge generated by the photoelectric conversion unit, at a location different from location of the photoelectric conversion unit;
a second holding unit configured to hold a charge held by the first holding unit at a location different from locations of both of the first holding unit and the photoelectric conversion unit;
an amplifying unit including an input node connected to a third holding unit and configured to output a signal based on a charge transferred to the input node from the second holding unit, the input node being a different node from the second holding unit,
a first transfer unit connected between the photoelectric conversion unit and the first holding unit and configured to transfer a charge from the photoelectric conversion unit to the first holding unit;
a second transfer unit connected between the first holding unit and the second holding unit and configured to transfer a charge from the first holding unit to the second holding unit;
a third transfer unit connected between the second holding unit and the third holding unit and configured to transfer a charge from the second holding unit to the third holding unit;
a first discharge unit configured to discharge a charge of the first holding unit,
wherein the first discharge unit includes a charge draining node which is a node different from the input node; and
wherein the first discharge unit is configured to discharges a charge held by the first holding unit to the charge draining node.

US Pat. No. 9,983,525

FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device for fixing an image on a recording material, said fixing device comprising:a cylindrical rotatable member including an electroconductive layer and having at least one slit at an end portion with respect to a generatrix direction of said rotatable member;
a coil, provided inside said rotatable member, said coil including a helically-shaped portion having a helical axis along the generatrix direction of said rotatable member and forming an alternating magnetic field for causing the electroconductive layer to generate heat through electromagnetic induction heating; and
a magnetic core provided inside the helically-shaped portion, wherein said magnetic core does not form a loop outside the electroconductive layer,
wherein 70% or more of magnetic lines of force coming out of one end of said magnetic core and passing through an outside of the electroconductive layer return to another end of said magnetic core, and
wherein the image is fixed on the recording material by the heat generated through the electroconductive layer of said rotatable member.

US Pat. No. 9,983,837

SYSTEM AND METHOD OF UPDATING SETTING INFORMATION IN AN INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

9. An information processing system in which an information processing apparatus is connected to an image forming apparatus, the information processing system comprising:at least one memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions to:
receive from the image forming apparatus:
setting information used for the image forming apparatus to operate; and
configuration information indicating a function of the image forming apparatus;
hold, in a holding unit, a database including the received setting information and the received configuration information;
perform control in a manner that the setting information and the configuration information held in the holding unit are stored as backup information in a storage unit; and
perform control in a manner that, in a case where restoration using the backup information stored in the storage unit is instructed, a copy of the configuration information included in the database is held in the information processing apparatus before the backup information is restored, the backup information including the setting information and the configuration information is restored in the holding unit, and, at least part of the configuration information of the restored backup information in the holding unit is updated with the held copy of the configuration information, wherein the setting information of the restored backup information in the holding unit is not updated with the held copy.

US Pat. No. 9,983,514

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:an image forming unit configured to form an image;
a first transfer member, onto which the image formed by the image forming unit is transferred, configured to convey the image;
a second transfer member configured to form a transfer nip portion for transferring the image formed on the first transfer member onto a sheet;
a speed controller configured to control a conveyance speed of the first transfer member and a rotational speed of the second transfer member;
a measurement unit configured to measure a measurement image transferred onto the first transfer member; and
a controller configured to:
control the image forming unit to form the measurement image;
control the measurement unit to measure the measurement image; and
determine an adjustment condition for adjusting a length of an image that is to be transferred on the first transfer member in a conveyance direction of the first transfer member, based on a measurement result of the measurement unit,
wherein the speed controller controls the rotational speed of the second transfer member based on information relating to the sheet,
wherein, in a case where the rotational speed of the second transfer member is changed while the conveyance speed of the from a first transfer member is maintained at a predetermined conveyance speed, the controller controls whether or not to control the image forming unit to form the measurement image based on the rotational speed of the second transfer member.