US Pat. No. 9,465,571

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method, executed by at least one processor of an apparatus, comprising steps of:
storing a program including a first program layer with an instruction set to be interpreted and executed by the at least one
processor and a second program layer with an instruction set compiled in advance by a unit other than the at least one processor;

acquiring at least one of information about the apparatus and information about an external device connected to the apparatus;
and

controlling, based on at least one of the information about the apparatus and the information about the external device acquired
in the acquiring step, display contents of a display screen for using a function performed by the at least one processor by
executing the program, which are displayed in the first program layer of the program.

US Pat. No. 9,460,297

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,452,606

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD WITH OPENINGS HAVING ASYMMETRIC PROFILE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,456,191

REPRODUCTION APPARATUS AND REPRODUCTION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A reproduction apparatus which reproduces an editable moving image of a present version thereof comprising a sequence of
scenes, wherein structures of editable moving images of a plurality of past versions thereof, comprising a different sequence
of the scenes from the present version, are identified by edit history information recorded in a storage device, comprising:
an inputting unit configured to input identification information specifying the editable moving image of a specified past
version of the plurality of past versions and start information designating a reproduction start position of the specified
past version that is a start position measured from the beginning of the sequence of scenes of the specified past version;
and

an identifying unit configured
to identify one of the scenes that is included in a sequence of the scenes of the specified past version and includes the
reproduction start position of the specified past version, based on the edit history information,

to identify a position in the one of the scenes corresponding to the reproduction start position of the specified past version,
based on the edit history information, and

to identify a reproduction start position of the present version that is a position measured from the beginning of the sequence
of scenes of the present version, based on the one of the scenes that includes the reproduction start position of the specified
past version and the position in the one of the scenes corresponding to the reproduction start position of the specified past
version for reproducing the editable moving image of the present version from the reproduction start position of the present
version.

US Pat. No. 9,453,985

MIRROR DRIVING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A mirror driving device comprising:
a drive source;
a lead screw configured to be driven by the drive source;
a mirror member configured to be movable between a mirror-down position and a mirror-up position;
a mirror driving member configured to rectilinearly move to drive the mirror member between the mirror-down position and the
mirror-up position; and

a restriction unit configured to switch between a restriction state that restricts a rectilinear movement of the mirror driving
member and a restriction release state that releases the restriction state,

wherein, in a case where the mirror member is in the mirror-up position or the mirror-down position, the restriction unit
switches between the restriction state and the restriction release state in response to driving of the lead screw without
allowing the mirror driving member to rectilinearly move, and

wherein the mirror driving member rectilinearly moves in response to driving of the lead screw after the restriction unit
switches from the restriction state to the restriction release state.

US Pat. No. 9,456,103

IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR REMOVING FOREIGN MATTERS FROM A DOCUMENT SURFACE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image reading apparatus comprising:
a transparent member disposed at a document pass position;
an image reading unit configured to read an image of a passing document through the transparent member; and
a rotating cleaning unit configured to rotate to clean a document pass surface of the transparent member,
wherein the rotating cleaning unit comprises:
a main body rotatable centering on a rotational axis;
a first cleaning member supported by the main body, and configured to scrape foreign matters on the document pass surface
during rotation of the main body,

wherein the first cleaning member includes a base portion and a front-end portion, and
wherein, when the front end portion does not contact the document pass surface and before the front end portion contacts the
document pass surface, the front-end portion of the cleaning member is bent directionally from the base portion towards a
downstream side in the rotating direction of the main body; and

a second cleaning member supported by the main body, and configured to sweep foreign matters on the document pass surface
during rotation of the main body.

US Pat. No. 9,454,096

MAGNETIC TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,456,156

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,454,120

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a storage portion configured to store recording materials;
a first conveyance portion configured to convey a recording material;
a first detection unit provided on a downstream side of the first conveyance portion in a conveying direction of the recording
material and configured to detect a leading edge of the recording material;

a second conveyance portion provided on a downstream side of the first detection unit in the conveying direction and configured
to convey the recording material;

a second detection unit provided on a downstream side of the second conveyance portion in the conveying direction and configured
to detect the leading edge of the recording material;

a drive source driving the first conveyance portion and the second conveyance portion;
a control unit controlling the drive source based on a detecting result obtained by at least one of the first detection unit
and the second detection unit,

wherein a first recording material and a second recording material which is conveyed subsequently to the first recording material
are conveyed from the storage portion so that a distance between a trailing edge of the first recording material and a leading
edge of the second recording material in a conveyance path is a first predetermined distance longer than a distance between
the first detection unit and the second detection unit in the conveyance path,

in a case that the detecting result, which is obtained by detecting the leading edge of the second recording material with
the first detection unit after the trailing edge of the first recording material passes through the first detection unit,
indicates a state where the distance between the trailing edge of the first recording material and the leading edge of the
second recording material is longer than the first predetermined distance and the distance between the trailing edge of the
first recording material and the leading edge of the second recording material is shorter than a second predetermined distance
which is longer than the first predetermined distance, the control unit controls the drive source to change a conveyance speed
of the second recording material from a predetermined speed to a faster speed according to a timing when the second detection
unit detects the leading edge of the second recording material, and

in a case that the detecting result, which is obtained by detecting the leading edge of the second recording material with
the first detection unit after the trailing edge of the first recording material passes through the first detection unit,
indicates a state where the distance between the trailing edge of the first recording material and the leading edge of the
second recording material is longer than the second predetermined distance, the control unit controls the drive source to
change the conveyance speed of the second recording material from the predetermined speed to a faster speed according to the
timing when the first detection unit detects the leading edge of the second recording material.

US Pat. No. 9,448,241

MASS SPECTROMETRY METHOD FOR A POLYPEPTIDE INCLUDING A CYSTEINE RESIDUE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,448,502

CHARGING MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,449,376

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,449,262

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,448,495

RESIST PATTERN CALCULATION METHOD AND CALCULATION PROGRAM STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A non-transitory computer-readable medium storing a program for causing a computer to execute a calculation method of calculating
a resist pattern formed on a substrate by a resist-pattern forming method, the resist pattern being used for fabricating a
device, the calculation method including:
a first step of calculating a light intensity distribution of an optical image formed on the resist, based on a pattern of
a reticle and an exposure condition;

a second step of convoluting, using a first diffusion length representing diffusion in the resist, the light intensity distribution
calculated in the first step;

a third step of calculating a representative light intensity for each of a plurality of points within a plane of the resist,
that is representative of light intensities in a region which has a predetermined size and includes each of the plurality
of points, using the light intensity distribution calculated in the first step or the light intensity distribution convoluted
in the second step;

a fourth step of correcting the light intensity distribution convoluted in the second step by adding, to the light intensity
distribution convoluted in the second step, a correction function including a first function given by:


where J is the distribution of the representative light intensity, ak and ? are constants, and n is a natural number; and

a fifth step of calculating the resist pattern based on the light intensity distribution corrected in the fourth step, and
a slice level set in advance,

wherein the resist-pattern forming method comprises the steps of:
exposing the resist on a substrate to light via the pattern of the reticle and a projection optical system using the light
intensity distribution corrected in the fourth step; and

developing the exposed resist on the substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,443,891

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR AND IMAGING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image sensor comprising one or more ranging pixels, the one or more ranging pixels each including a microlens,
a plurality of photoelectric conversion units, and a plurality of waveguides disposed between the microlens and the plurality
of photoelectric conversion units so as to correspond to the plurality of photoelectric conversion units,
wherein, in at least one ranging pixel located in a peripheral region of the solid-state image sensor,
the microlens is so disposed that a center axis thereof is shifted relative to a center axis of the ranging pixel,
the plurality of photoelectric conversion units include a first photoelectric conversion unit and a second photoelectric conversion
unit,

the first photoelectric conversion unit is disposed on a side of the center axis of the ranging pixel that is in a direction
opposite to a direction obtained by projecting a shift direction of the microlens onto a straight line connecting a center
of the first photoelectric conversion unit and a center of the second photoelectric conversion unit,

the second photoelectric conversion unit is disposed on another side of the center axis of the ranging pixel that is in a
direction identical to the direction obtained by projecting the shift direction of the microlens onto the straight line, and

an area of the first photoelectric conversion unit on a light-incident side of the ranging pixel is greater than an area of
the second photoelectric conversion unit on the light-incident side.

US Pat. No. 9,442,370

IMPRINTING METHOD, IMPRINTING APPARATUS, AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imprinting method for an imprinting apparatus, the imprinting method comprising:
supplying an imprint material on a substrate, wherein the substrate includes a shot area and a pattern in the shot area having
a substrate mark;

bringing a mold having a pattern area and a mold mark into contact with the imprint material;
curing the imprint material in a state in which the mold is in contact with the imprint material;
forming, on the substrate, a pattern to the imprint material and an inspection mark to the imprint material by increasing
a space between the substrate and the mold, and

obtaining a relative positional deviation between the pattern in the shot area and the pattern formed to the imprint material;
wherein, after the space between the imprint material and the mold has been increased to where the mold mark is positioned
out of a focal depth of an optical system, the relative positional deviation between the pattern in the shot area and the
pattern formed to the imprint material is obtained by detecting light from the inspection mark and light from the substrate
mark using the optical system.

US Pat. No. 9,441,128

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A production process for a self-dispersible pigment, the process comprising a step of bonding a functional group containing
a hydrophilic group to a particle surface of a pigment by causing at least one treatment agent selected from the group consisting
of a compound represented by the following general formula (1), a compound represented by the following general formula (2),
and a compound represented by the following general formula (3) to react with the particle surface of the pigment:
R1—N?N—R2  (1)
wherein R1 is (1) a cyano group or (2) an atomic group, the atomic group having (i) at least one group selected from the group consisting
of an ester group, an ether group, a thioether group, a ketone group, and a sulfonyl group, and (ii) a group having at least
one of an aliphatic group and an aromatic group, and the at least one group (i) is bonded to an azo group and the group (ii)
is bonded to the at least one group (i), such that the group (ii) is bonded through the at least one group (i) to the azo
group, and R2 is a group (a) having at least one of an aliphatic group and an aromatic group, and (b) being substituted with at least one
hydrophilic group selected from the group consisting of a carboxylic acid group, a sulfonic acid group, a phosphoric acid
group, and a phosphonic acid group;

wherein R3 is a cyano group or an atomic group having (i) at least one group selected from the group consisting of an ester group, an
ether group, a thioether group, a ketone group, and a sulfonyl group, and (ii) a group having at least one of an aliphatic
group and an aromatic group, and R4 is a group (a) having at least one of an aliphatic group and an aromatic group and (b) being substituted with at least one
hydrophilic group selected from the group consisting of a carboxylic acid group, a sulfonic acid group, a phosphoric acid
group, and a phosphonic acid group; and


wherein R5 is a group (a) having at least one of an aliphatic group and an aromatic group and (b) being substituted with at least one
hydrophilic group selected from the group consisting of a carboxylic acid group, a sulfonic acid group, a phosphoric acid
group, and a phosphonic acid group.

US Pat. No. 9,444,989

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,442,681

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an instructing unit configured to instruct job execution;
a first determining unit configured to determine whether processing for performing the job execution is executable in the
image forming apparatus;

a transmitting unit configured to transmit to a server data for performing the job execution, in a case where the first determining
unit determines that the processing is not executable in the image forming apparatus;

a detecting unit configured to detect logout;
a second determining unit configured to determine whether a job exists in a job list; and
a deletion request unit configured to transmit to the server a deletion request of the data transmitted to the server, based
on a detection result of the logout of the detecting unit and a determination result of the second determining unit.

US Pat. No. 9,442,437

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,442,450

SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

11. A sheet conveying apparatus, comprising:
a first rotating body pair;
a second rotating body pair
a first cam member moving one of the first rotating body pair to another one;
a second cam member moving one of the second rotating body pair to another one;
a driving portion configured to rotate in a first direction and in a second direction opposite to the first direction and
turning the first and second cam members;

a first transmitting portion transmitting driving force of the driving portion to the first cam member in response to the
rotation, in the first direction, of the driving portion;

a second transmitting portion transmitting driving force of the driving portion to the second cam member in response to the
rotation, in the second direction, of the driving portion;

a first restricting portion restricting the first cam member from turning in a direction opposite to a turning direction turned
in response to the rotation, in the first direction, of the driving portion; and

a second restricting portion restricting the second cam member from turning in a direction opposite to a turning direction
turned in response to the rotation, in the second direction, of the driving portion.

US Pat. No. 9,442,451

ELECTROCONDUCTIVE MEMBER FOR ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHY, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electroconductive member for electrophotography, comprising, in this order:
an electroconductive support;
an electroconductive elastic layer; and
a surface layer comprising a binder resin with electroconductive fine particles dispersed in the binder resin, said electroconductive
fine particles having a number average particle diameter of 5.0 to 50.0 nm, wherein

at least part of the electroconductive fine particles are exposed from the surface layer,
the surface layer has, on a surface thereof, protruded portions derived from exposed portions of the electroconductive fine
particles,

the surface layer has a volume resistivity of 1.0×1010 to 1.0×1016 ?·cm, and

the surface layer has a universal hardness at a depth of 1 ?m from the surface thereof of 1.0 to 7.0 N/mm2.

US Pat. No. 9,442,454

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING AN IMAGE BEARING MEMBER CHARGED WITH PREDETERMINED POLARITY AND POTENTIAL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member configured to bear a developer image;
a charging member configured to contact the image bearing member;
a transfer unit configured to transfer the developer image; and
a developing unit configured to supply developer having a predetermined polarity to the image bearing member to form a developer
image, and to collect developer remaining on the image bearing member after the developer image is transferred,

wherein, in a case where the charging member is new, a supply operation for supplying developer or lubricant is performed
prior to an image forming operation in such a manner that the developer or the lubricant having a polarity different from
the predetermined polarity adheres to a surface of the charging member,

wherein an absolute value of a potential difference (Vback) between the image bearing member and the developing unit in the
supplying operation is larger than that in the image forming operation.

US Pat. No. 9,442,457

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH REMOVABLE PROCESS UNITS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a moving member configured to be moved with respect to a main body of the image forming apparatus in a state in which the
moving member supports an image bearing member and a developer bearing member, the moving member being configured to move
between an inner position in which the moving member is located inside the main body and an outer position in which the moving
member is located outside the main body so that the developer bearing member is removable from the moving member;

a transfer device provided in the main body so as to be opposed to the image bearing member when the moving member is located
in the inner position, the transfer device being configured to transfer a developer image formed on the image bearing member;

a biasing member provided on the moving member, the biasing member including an elastic portion and being configured to bias
the image bearing member toward the transfer device in a state in which the moving member is located in the inner position;
and

a regulating member provided on the moving member and configured to regulate a biasing force of the biasing member by compressing
the elastic portion.

US Pat. No. 9,438,316

CONTROL APPARATUS, METHOD AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A system comprising:
a power supply apparatus configured to:
wirelessly supply power to a power receiving device only when the power receiving device is in a position within a first area
of the power supply apparatus, and

wirelessly communicate, via near-field communication (NFC), with the power receiving device when the power receiving device
is in a position within a second area of the apparatus, wherein the second area is wider than the first area; and

the power receiving device configured to:
wirelessly receive power supplied from the power supplying apparatus; and
via NFC, wirelessly communicate with the power supplying apparatus,
wherein the power supplying apparatus is further configured to:
wirelessly supply power to the power receiving device when the power receiving device is in a first state in which the position
of the device is within the first area and the second area,

determine whether the state has transited from the first state to a second state in which the position of the power receiving
device is within the second area but outside of the first area, based on wireless communication with the power receiving device
via the NFC, and

communicate information to the power receiving device after the power receiving device has transited from the first state
to the second state, wherein the information is based on the amount of power supplied by the power supplying apparatus in
the first state, and

wherein the power receiving device is further configured to:
serve as an initiator of NFC to commence wireless communication with the power supplying apparatus via the NFC, and
serve as a target in a passive mode of NFC to receive the information communicated by the power receiving device.

US Pat. No. 9,438,837

IMAGE SENSOR AND IMAGE SENSING SYSTEM WITH REDUNDANT DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,438,841

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,436,106

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,438,168

OSCILLATOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,436,149

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a plurality of first image bearing members;
a second bearing member, onto which an image formed on each of the first bearing members is transferred;
a driving roller configured to rotate the second bearing member;
a drive source;
a first gear which includes teeth which are configured of a resin material to transmit a driving force from the drive source;
a second gear which includes teeth which are configured of a metallic material to transmit the driving force from the first
gear to the driving roller by meshing with the first gear,

wherein the second gear is established so that a number of the teeth of the second gear is larger than a number of the teeth
of the first gear, and is equal to the integral multiple of a number of the teeth of the first gear,

wherein the first gear and the second gear transmit the power to the driving roller for driving the second bearing member,
and

wherein the first image bearing members are disposed at equal intervals L, and the interval L is an integer multiple of a
peripheral length of the driving roller.

US Pat. No. 9,436,413

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,430,623

LICENSE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, LICENSE MANAGEMENT METHOD, AND CLIENT DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,429,873

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,429,889

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,430,176

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,432,536

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,432,582

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,423,700

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,423,706

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

where,
R1 represents an alkyl group, and

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,423,710

MAGNETIC TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

i) a coverage ratio A of at least 45.0% and not more than 70.0% and a coefficient of variation on the coverage ratio A of
less than 10.0%,

ii) a ratio [coverage ratio B/coverage ratio A] of the coverage ratio B to the coverage ratio A of from at least 0.50 to not
more than 0.85, and

iii) a compression ratio obtained by the following formula (1) of from at least 38% to not more than 42%:
compression ratio (%) ={1?(bulk density/packed bulk density)}×100.  formula (1)

US Pat. No. 9,421,687

ROBOT CONTROL APPARATUS AND ROBOT CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,423,751

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING TONER DENSITY IN DEVELOPING UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a photosensitive member;
a latent image forming unit configured to form an electrostatic latent image on the photosensitive member;
a developing unit including a container in which a toner is stored, and configured to develop the electrostatic latent image
using the toner in the container;

a circulating unit configured to convey the toner in a predetermined direction in order to cause the toner to circulate in
the container;

a drive unit configured to drive the circulating unit;
a replenishment unit configured to replenish the developing unit with toner;
a detection unit configured to detect a density of the toner in the container;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire information related to a circulation period at which the circulating unit causes
the toner to circulate;

a determining unit configured to determine a correction condition based on the information acquired by the acquisition unit;
a correction unit configured to correct a detection result of the detection unit based on the correction condition determined
by the determining unit; and

a controller configured to control the replenishment unit based on the detection result corrected by the correction unit.

US Pat. No. 9,421,798

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,420,208

DRIVING METHOD FOR IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND DRIVING METHOD FOR IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A driving method for an image pickup apparatus that includes a plurality of pixels each including a photoelectric conversion
portion, the driving method comprising:
performing photoelectric conversion in each of the plurality of photoelectric conversion portions during period starting at
first time and ending at second time;

generating a plurality of first signals, each being a signal deriving from electric charge generated through the photoelectric
conversion in the photoelectric conversion portion, wherein at least two of the first signals are generated for each of the
plurality of pixels;

generating a plurality of second signals by adding or averaging the at least two of first signals generated for each of the
plurality of pixels to or with the first signals of respectively different pixels; and

performing adding or averaging processing in such a way as to equalize an alignment pitch of a plurality of photoelectric
conversion portions in a first direction with a signal centroid pitch of the plurality of second signals in the first direction.

US Pat. No. 9,420,223

IMAGE RECORDING DEVICE THAT RECORDS MOVING IMAGE, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image recording device comprising:
an image pickup device that accumulates charge to pick up an image of an object over different exposure levels, and outputs
the accumulated charge as a plurality of image signals;

an image synthesizer that synthesizes the plurality of image signals output from the image pickup device to obtain a synthesized
image;

a memory that stores the synthesized image at a predetermined frame rate; and
a controller that differentiates respective vertical periods according to the different exposure levels, and controls the
sum of the vertical periods to a time period defined by the predetermined frame rate,

wherein the controller changes the vertical periods according to luminance of the object.

US Pat. No. 9,415,588

INK-JET PRINTING APPARATUS AND INK-JET PRINTING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,415,602

INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An ink jet recording apparatus comprising
an ink tank for storing an ink containing a pigment,
a flow path member communicating with the ink tank and a recording head for ejecting the ink supplied from the ink tank through
the flow path member,

wherein the apparatus further comprises
a light detection unit which applies light to at least one of the ink in the ink tank and the ink in the flow path member
and detects the intensity of back-scattered light of the applied light, and

an image density correction unit which corrects the density of an image to be recorded on the basis of the intensity of the
back-scattered light which has been detected by the light detection unit, wherein

when an incident angle of the applied light is regarded as ? degrees, the back-scattered light is light received in a receiving
range of more than 0 degrees and less than 2? degrees with respect to an incident angle of the applied light.

US Pat. No. 9,415,603

IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing method for printing an image on a printing medium transported in a second direction, using a printing
head on which a first printing element array and a second printing element array, each including a plurality of printing elements
arrayed in a first direction which crosses to the second direction, are arrayed in the second direction,
the method comprising:
an obtaining step to obtain information regarding a position where color difference in the first direction has occurred in
each of a first test pattern printed using the first printing element array and not using the second printing element array,
and a second test pattern printed using both the first printing element array and second printing element array, the test
patterns having been printed on the printing medium or on a conveyance unit which transports the printing medium; and

a determining step to determine a printing element in the first printing element array corresponding to a position where color
difference has occurred to not have failed in printing, in a case where the obtained information indicates that color difference
has occurred in the second test pattern, and to determine a printing element in the first printing element array corresponding
to a position where color difference has occurred to have failed in printing, in a case where the obtained information indicates
that color difference has not occurred in the second test pattern at a same position in the first direction as a position
where the color difference has occurred in the first test pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,417,674

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS, POWER SUPPLY METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power supply apparatus having a wireless power supply function of wirelessly supplying power to an external apparatus
based on a first standard and a wireless communication function of performing wireless communication based on a second standard
different from the first standard, the power supply apparatus comprising:
a first receiving unit configured to receive, from an external apparatus, an authentication key corresponding to the wireless
communication function;

an authentication unit configured to perform, based on the authentication key, authentication processing corresponding to
the wireless communication function;

a registration unit configured to register identification information of the external apparatus in a management table in a
case where the authentication processing has ended successfully;

a second receiving unit configured to receive, from the external apparatus, identification information of the external apparatus
via communication corresponding to the wireless power supply function;

a determining unit configured to determine whether or not the identification information received by the second receiving
unit has been registered in the management table; and

a power supply unit configured to wirelessly supply power to the external apparatus in a case where the determining unit has
determined that the identification information received by the second receiving unit has been registered in the management
table, for which the power supply is allowed by the power-supply control unit,

wherein, in a case where the determining unit has determined that the identification information received by the second receiving
unit has not been registered in the management table, the power supply unit does not supply power to the external apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,417,719

INPUT DETECTION DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An input detection device comprising:
a movable portion configured to be rotatable by user's operation;
a first electrical conductor configured to rotate together with said movable portion and to change a position in accordance
with the rotation of said movable portion;

a substrate in which at least three detection electrodes capable of independently detecting a capacitance are sequentially
arranged in the rotatable direction of said movable portion in order to detect the position of said first electrical conductor,
where said at least three detection electrodes are arranged facing with said movable portion, such that, in a case where at
least one of said at least three detection electrodes faces said first electrical conductor, another detection electrode does
not face said first electrical conductor;

a detection unit configured to detect the capacitance for each of said at least three detection electrodes; and
a determination unit configured to, when the position of said first electrical conductor has changed in accordance with the
rotation of said movable portion, determine, based on the capacitance of each of said at least three detection electrodes
detected by said detection unit after the change, that said movable portion has moved in a direction from a first detection
electrode judged to have decreased the capacitance smaller than a first reference value for said first detection electrode
and smaller than a second reference value for the second detection electrode to a second detection electrode judged to have
increased the capacitance greater than the second reference value for said second detection electrode and greater than the
first reference value.

US Pat. No. 9,412,931

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

xBaTiO3-yCaTiO3-zCaZrO3; and  (1)

x?BaTiO3-y?CaTiO3-z?CaZrO3,  (2)

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,409,390

PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,414,033

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,411,262

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,411,287

TECHNIQUE FOR REDUCING POWER CONSUMED BY ELECTRIC EQUIPMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,406,159

PRINT-READY DOCUMENT EDITING USING INTERMEDIATE FORMAT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,407,972

DATA PROCESSOR, PROGRAM UPDATING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,405,999

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a display control unit configured to generate a preview image of an image file stored in a memory and provide a preview display
of a generated preview image on a display unit, using a resource for image processing; and

an execution unit, implemented with a processor in communication with a memory, configured to execute a print job received
from an external apparatus using the resource,

wherein, if the print job is received from the external apparatus during the preview display of the preview image generated
from the image file stored in the memory, the display control unit performs control to display an inquiry screen for inquiring
with a user whether to change, without using the resource, the preview display to a list display of a list of file names of
image files stored in the memory.

US Pat. No. 9,405,243

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS AND HEATER USED IN THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,405,251

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,406,600

PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD AND STACKED SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,398,225

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

10. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a zoom lens; and
an image sensor configured to receive an image formed by the zoom lens, wherein
the zoom lens comprises, in order from an object side to an image side,
a first lens unit having a positive refractive power, a second lens unit having a negative refractive power, a third lens
unit having a positive refractive power, a fourth lens unit having a negative refractive power, and a fifth lens unit having
a positive refractive power in this order,

wherein, during zooming, the lens units move to draw predetermined loci such that an interval between lens units varies, and
the first lens unit and the third lens unit move toward the object side at the telephoto end in comparison with a wide angle
end,

wherein the third lens unit includes at least two positive lenses formed of a material which satisfies the following conditional
expressions,

?gF3P?(?1.665×10?7·?d3P3+5.213×10?5·?d3P2?5.656×10?3·?d3P+0.737)>0

50.0 where ?gF3P is a partial dispersion ratio of a material and ?d3P is the Abbe number of the positive lens included in the third
lens unit, and
wherein the zoom lens satisfies the following conditional expressions
0.01
0.5<|f4/f3|<2.5

3.00 where fw is a focal length of the zoom lens at the wide angle end, ft is a focal length of the zoom lens at the telephoto
end, f3 is a focal length of the third lens unit, f4 is a focal length of the fourth lens unit, and M3 is an amount of movement
of the third lens unit at the time of zooming from the wide angle end to the telephoto end.

US Pat. No. 9,397,407

ANTENNA SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,389,544

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a toner image forming portion configured to form a toner image on an image bearing member;
a rotatable endless first belt bearing the toner image transferred from the image bearing member;
a rotatable endless second belt bearing a recording medium;
a plurality of first stretch rollers including a first transfer roller, the plurality of first stretch rollers stretching
the first belt;

a plurality of second stretch rollers including a second transfer roller, the plurality of second stretch rollers stretching
the second belt, the first and second transfer rollers forming a transfer portion where the toner image is transferred to
the recording material, with the first belt and the second belt disposed between the first and second transfer rollers;

a contact-separation mechanism configured to change a state of the transfer portion between a contact state in which the first
and second belts contact each other and a separation state in which the first and second belts separate from each other; and

a controller rotating and stopping the first belt such that a rotational position of the first belt with respect to the first
stretch rollers is changed and rotating and stopping the second belt such that a rotational position of the second belt with
respect to the second stretch rollers is changed, based on a stop duration time of at least either the first belt or the second
belt, the controller rotating the first belt and the second belt for different amounts of time in the separation state and
overlapping a time from starting to stopping the rotation of the first belt and a time from starting to stopping the rotation
of the second belt.

US Pat. No. 9,392,172

IMAGE BLUR CORRECTION APPARATUS AND OPTICAL APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,389,914

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,392,250

IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising a memory and at least one processor which function as:
an imaging unit;
a reception unit configured to receive operation from a user;
an optical zoom unit configured, at a time of imaging by the imaging unit, to perform control such that in response to receiving
a first operation by the reception unit, the optical zoom unit drives a zoom lens used for imaging in the imaging unit to
a telephoto side to perform optical zoom, and in response to receiving a second operation by the reception unit, the optical
zoom unit drives the zoom lens to a wide angle side;

an output unit capable of outputting an image for three dimensional (3D) display to a display unit; and
a parallax-amount adjustment unit configured, in response to receiving the first operation or the second operation by the
reception unit while the output unit is outputting the image for the 3D display, to adjust an amount of parallax of the image
for the 3D display to be output from the output unit;

a selection unit configured to select a partial area of the image for the 3D display output from the output unit; and
a control unit configured, in response to receiving the first operation or the second operation by the reception unit when
the selection unit selects the partial area of the image for the 3D display, to perform control so that an electronic zoom
processing unit electronically zooms in the partial area selected by the selection unit and in response to receiving the first
operation or the second operation by the reception unit when the selection unit does not select the partial area of the image
for the 3D display, to perform control so that the parallax-amount adjustment unit adjusts the amount of parallax of the image
for displaying the 3D to be output from the output unit.

US Pat. No. 9,390,477

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,382,624

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,386,217

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,377,754

PROCESS CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,378,569

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a processor and a memory, cooperating to function as units comprising:
(a) a display control unit configured to perform display control based on minute data to display one or more first minute
items on a first screen and to display one or more second minute items being different from the one or more first minute items
on a second screen being different from the first screen;

(b) a detection unit configured to detect, from the one or more first minute items displayed on the first screen, a changed
minute item which has been changed;

(c) a specification unit configured to specify, from the one or more second minute items displayed on the second screen, a
corresponding minute item which corresponds to the changed minute item displayed on the first screen; and

(d) a changing unit configured to change the specified corresponding minute item specified by the specification unit from
the one or more second minute items on the second display screen,

wherein the detection unit is configured to detect two minute items which are connected with an arrow among the one or more
first minute items displayed on the first screen, and

wherein the changing unit is configured to connect with an arrow, among the one or more second minute items displayed on the
second screen, two minute items that correspond to the detected two minute items displayed on the first screen.

US Pat. No. 9,377,606

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens, comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:
a first lens unit having a negative refractive power;
a second lens unit having a positive refractive power;
a middle lens group including at least one lens unit; and
a final lens unit having a positive refractive power,
wherein the middle lens group comprises a focus lens unit that has a negative refractive power and moves toward the image
side during focusing from infinity to a short distance, intervals between adjacent lens units vary during at least one of
zooming and focusing, and

wherein conditional expressions:
3.5
?5.0
2.0 are satisfied where a focal length of the final lens unit is fimg, a focal length of the focus lens unit is ff, a focal length of an entire system at a wide angle end is fw, and a back focus at the wide angle end is BFw.

US Pat. No. 9,378,129

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,380,181

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING LAUNCH THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,372,416

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,372,445

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a movable endless intermediary transfer belt;
a plurality of supporting rollers, including a first supporting roller and a second supporting roller, configured to support
said intermediary transfer belt;

first to fourth photosensitive drums which are arranged along said intermediary transfer belt between the first supporting
roller and the second supporting roller in the order of said first photosensitive drum, said second photosensitive drum, said
third photosensitive drum and said fourth photosensitive drum from an upstream side toward a downstream side with respect
to a direction in which said intermediary transfer belt moves, and which contact said intermediary transfer belt, wherein
toner images transferred from said first, second, third and fourth photosensitive drums onto said intermediary transfer belt
at first, second, third and fourth primary-transfer portions, respectively, are transferred from said intermediary transfer
belt onto a recording material at a secondary-transfer portion, and wherein the first to fourth primary-transfer portions
are disposed in a phantom region demarcated by an assumed position of said intermediary transfer belt stretched by the first
supporting roller and the second supporting roller in a hypothetical case wherein said first to fourth photosensitive drums
are not provided;

a constant voltage element which is electrically connected between said intermediary transfer belt and a ground potential
and which maintains a predetermined voltage by passing of a current therethrough;

a voltage source configured to apply a voltage to a transfer member for transferring a toner image from said intermediary
transfer belt onto the recording material to pass a current through said constant-voltage element thereby to form a secondary-transfer
electric field at the secondary-transfer portion and a primary-transfer electric field at the first to fourth primary-transfer
portions; and

a depressing member, provided in contact with an inner peripheral surface of said intermediary transfer belt between the second
primary-transfer portion and the third primary-transfer portion, configured to depress said intermediary transfer belt from
the inner peripheral surface toward an outer peripheral surface of said intermediary transfer belt.

US Pat. No. 9,372,461

DETERMINATION APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING TYPE OF RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A determination apparatus comprising:
a transmission unit having two terminals having a polar character and configured to transmit an ultrasonic wave by a drive
signal being supplied to the two terminals;

a reception unit having two terminals having a polar character and configured to receive the ultrasonic wave transmitted from
the transmission unit and to output a reception signal from the two terminals in accordance with the received ultrasonic wave;
and

a change unit configured to change a determination scheme for determining a type of a recording medium, based on information
indicating a relation between a polar character of the transmission unit and a polar character of the reception unit, the
information having been acquired from the reception signal.

US Pat. No. 9,374,533

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,370,951

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,367,220

IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,367,011

RECORDING MATERIAL DETECTING APPARATUS AND AN IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording material detecting apparatus, comprising:
a first light source that emits first light;
a second light source that emits second light;
a light guiding unit that allows the first light and the second light to enter a surface of a recording material respectively
in two directions which are not parallel when viewed in a normal line direction of a surface of the recording material;

an imaging device that images an area where the first light is irradiated and an area where the second light is irradiated,
on the surface of the recording material; and

an output device that outputs information on a surface condition of the recording material based on an output of the imaging
device,

wherein the first light source and the second light source are arranged such that a power-supplied portion of the first light
source and a power-supplied portion of the second light source face each other.

US Pat. No. 9,366,767

RADIATION DETECTING APPARATUS AND RADIATION DETECTING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,366,525

MARK POSITION DETECTOR, IMPRINT APPARATUS, AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A detector for detecting a position of a mark, comprising:
an image sensor;
a first illuminator which emits illumination light for illuminating a mark;
a second illuminator which emits illumination light for illuminating a pattern;
a scope which illuminates the mark with the illumination light emitted from the first illuminator, projects the pattern illuminated
by the second illuminator onto the mark, and projects, onto an image sensing surface of the image sensor, the illuminated
mark and the pattern projected onto the mark; and

a processor which calculates a position of the mark with respect to one of a position of the pattern and a position already
known from the position of the pattern, based on a moiré pattern formed on the image sensing surface by the mark and the pattern,
wherein the illumination light from the first illuminator does not illuminate the pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,365,060

APPARATUS FOR MOTOR CONTROL OF AN APPARATUS WITH A MOTOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a carriage;
an encoder configured to output a signal according to a movement of the carriage;
a movement mechanism configured to reciprocate the carriage, wherein the movement mechanism includes a motor, a motor pulley
connected to the motor, a driven pulley, and a belt stretched between the motor pulley and the driven pulley, and having two
belt sections configured to move between the motor pulley and the driven pulley in opposite directions to each other, along
with rotation of the motor pulley, the carriage being supported on either of the two belt sections,

wherein the carriage moves from a first side near the driven pulley toward a second side near the motor pulley as a first
directional movement and the carriage moves from the second side toward the first side as a second directional movement, and
wherein an elongation of the belt in the first directional movement is different from that in the second directional movement;

a signal generation unit configured to generate a first control signal, according to a drive instruction and position information
based on the signal output from the encoder, and to generate a second control signal having a period used for compensating
cogging torque ripples of the motor; and

a driving unit configured to drive the motor using the first control signal and the second control signal,
wherein, the signal generation unit sets a first value of the period of the second control signal for a maximum constant speed
in the first directional movement, and a second value of the period of the second control signal for a maximum constant speed
in the second directional movement, respectively, and the first value and the second value are different according to the
elongations of the belt.

US Pat. No. 9,359,511

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,361,057

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,361,580

MEDICAL DIAGNOSIS SUPPORT APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,363,443

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A processing control apparatus that controls mask processing for images sensed by an image sensing unit with variable image
sensing positions, and outputs at a first interval the images to which the mask processing is performed, the apparatus comprising:
a storage unit configured to store a mask setting;
a control unit configured to control the image sensing unit and to produce exposure time information that represents a progression
of exposure by the image sensing unit;

an obtaining unit configured to obtain image sensing positions of the image sensing unit at a second interval that is shorter
than the first interval; and

a determination unit configured to determine whether or not the exposure by the image sensing unit has finished based on the
exposure information, to determine a position on an image to which the mask processing is performed based on (i) the oldest
image sensing position of the image sensing unit among the image sensing positions obtained by the obtaining unit in a predetermined
period and (ii) the mask setting, and to control the mask processing to the determined position on the image on condition
that the exposure by the image sensing unit has finished.

US Pat. No. 9,359,159

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,360,788

ROLLER MEMBER, ROLLER SUPPORTING MECHANISM, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A roller member used in an image forming apparatus comprising: a metallic shaft,
the metallic shaft including:
a cylindrical portion formed by bending a metallic plate so that one end portion and an other end portion of the metallic
plate oppose each other; and

a projecting portion projecting from an end surface of the cylindrical portion outward in an axial direction of the metallic
shaft,

wherein
the projecting portion includes:
an end surface located at an end of the projecting portion in the axial direction; and
an inclined surface configured to connect the end surface of the projecting portion and the end surface of the cylindrical
portion,

wherein
the inclined surface is inclined with respect to the axial direction of the metallic shaft by extending outward from the end
surface of the projecting portion in a circumference direction of the cylindrical portion.

US Pat. No. 9,361,557

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR PERFORMING SCREEN PROCESSING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,355,752

IRRADIATION FIELD-LIMITING APPARATUS, X-RAY-GENERATING UNIT INCLUDING THE IRRADIATION FIELD-LIMITING APPARATUS, AND X-RAY RADIOGRAPHY SYSTEM INCLUDING THE IRRADIATION FIELD-LIMITING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An irradiation field-limiting apparatus for limiting an irradiation field, the irradiation field-limiting apparatus comprising:
a pair of first limiting blades defining a width of an opening through which radiation is to pass;
a first opening width-adjusting mechanism including a first opening width-adjusting shaft operable to adjust the width of
the opening by moving the pair of first limiting blades toward or away from each other; and

a first opening center-adjusting mechanism including a first opening center-adjusting shaft operable to adjust a center position
of the opening by moving the pair of first limiting blades in a same direction,

wherein the first opening width-adjusting shaft and the first opening center-adjusting shaft are coaxially arranged.

US Pat. No. 9,354,557

INTERMEDIATE TRANSFER MEMBER AND IMAGE RECORDING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,348,266

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS USING PRESS MEMBER TO PREVENT DEFLECTION OF BELT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,350,889

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF REDUCING POWER CONSUMPTION, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that communicates with a Web server, comprising:
a reading unit configured to read an image;
a printing unit configured to print the image;
a power supply unit configured to supply power to at least one of the reading unit and the printing unit;
a core unit configured to send a request for data to the Web server and to receive the data from the Web server, the data
including a response header and a web application to be displayed, wherein the response header specifies whether the web application
uses the reading unit or the printing unit;

an operating unit configured to display an operating screen based on the data received from the Web server; and
a control unit configured to, based on whether the response header specifies that the web application uses the reading unit
or the printing unit, provide control as to whether or not to cause the power supply unit to supply power to the reading unit
or the printing unit, respectively.

US Pat. No. 9,348,331

ROBOT APPARATUS AND SPEED REDUCER STATE DIAGNOSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,346,646

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,340,050

INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink jet recording apparatus, which is configured to form an image corresponding to image data by applying ink droplets
on a recording medium, the ink jet recording apparatus comprising:
a print head configured to apply ink droplets on the recording medium;
a recording condition changing unit configured to change a recording condition to be used upon formation of the image using
the ink jet recording apparatus;

an evaluation image input unit configured to input evaluation image data representing an evaluation image as the image data
in order to form the evaluation image on the recording medium, the evaluation image being an image comprising at least two
successive adjacent dots;

an evaluation image forming control unit configured to cause the print head to form the evaluation image on the print medium
based on the evaluation image data input by the evaluation image input unit and according to the recording condition changed
by the recording condition changing unit;

a reading unit configured to read the evaluation image formed on the recording medium; and
a recording condition determining unit configured to determine a recording condition upon formation of the image on the recording
medium according to a degree of a change in lightness with a period equivalent to a recording dot resolution of the adjacent
dots in the read image of the successive adjacent dots based on a reading result by the reading unit.

US Pat. No. 9,339,183

ABERRATION CORRECTION METHOD, PHOTOGRAPHING METHOD AND PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,342,009

IMAGE FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

0.06×?c×Sc?Ss+Sa  (1)

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

US Pat. No. 9,342,033

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH DEVELOPER COLLECTING OPERATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,335,957

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,335,730

PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,335,557

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

?rd?125?50nrd; and

nrd?1.5,

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

US Pat. No. 9,334,139

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

7. A sheet processing apparatus configured to perform a binding processing to a sheet having an image formed thereon, the
sheet processing apparatus comprising:
a bundle forming unit configured to receive the sheet conveyed along a conveyance path to form a sheet bundle including a
plurality of received sheets;

a sheet processing unit configured to perform binding processing to the sheet bundle formed by the bundle forming unit;
a bundle shift unit configured to shift the sheet bundle formed by the bundle forming unit in a width direction orthogonal
to a direction of the conveyance path;

a control unit configured to control the bundle shift unit so as to discharge the sheet bundle to a first discharge position
or to a second discharge position which is different from the first discharge position in the width direction; and

a storage unit configured to store a copy number representing the number of copies of the sheet bundle as formed,
wherein the control unit controls the bundle shift unit such that
1) a sheet bundle which was bound by the sheet processing unit is discharged to the first discharge position, and
2) a sheet bundle which was not bound by the sheet processing unit since the number of the sheets in the sheet bundle is in
excess of an allowable number of the sheets for binding is discharged to the second discharge position,

wherein the sheet processing unit is configured to perform plural types of binding processing functions, wherein the allowable
number of sheets for at least one binding processing function differs from that of the other binding processing functions,

wherein, among the plural types of binding processing functions, the sheet processing unit is configured to perform a first
binding processing function and a second binding processing function, the first binding processing function having a first
allowable number of sheets for binding processing and the second binding processing function having a second allowable number
of sheets for binding processing, wherein the second allowable number is less than the first allowable number,

wherein, in a case where the second binding processing function is designated to be performed, when the number of sheets of
the sheet bundle exceeds the second allowable number of sheets, the bundle shift unit shifts the sheet bundle to the second
discharge position even if the number of sheets of the sheet bundle does not exceed the first allowable number of sheets,
and

wherein the control unit is configured to control to shift the discharge position to a third discharge position depending
on the copy number obtained from the storage unit, the third discharge position being different than the second discharge
position.

US Pat. No. 9,329,534

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,332,115

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,329,058

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,332,136

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,332,139

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,329,376

IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,332,238

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a specifying unit configured to specify center coordinates of an input image;
an acquiring unit configured to acquire a difference between center coordinates of a deformed image which is obtained by performing
deformation processing for the input image based on a deforming parameter and the center coordinates of the input image specified
by the specifying unit;

a shifting unit configured to shift the center coordinates of the deformed image so as to reduce the difference acquired by
the acquiring unit, wherein a shift amount of the center coordinates of the deformed image by the shifting unit is larger
in a case where the difference acquired by the acquiring unit is a first value in comparison with a case where the difference
acquired by the acquiring unit is a second value less than the first value; and

a plurality of processing units including a first processing unit and a second processing unit, wherein the first processing
unit is configured to generate a first region of the deformed image having the center coordinates shifted by the shifting
unit based on the input image and the deforming parameter, and the second processing unit is configured to generate a second
region of the deformed image having the center coordinates shifted by the shifting unit based on the input image and the deforming
parameter.

US Pat. No. 9,329,498

EXPOSURE APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An exposure apparatus which exposes a substrate, comprising:
a substrate stage configured to be movable while holding the substrate;
a measurement unit configured to measure a height of the substrate by irradiating the substrate with light and detecting the
light reflected by the substrate; and

a control unit configured to control the measurement unit,
wherein the control unit obtains a velocity profile of the substrate stage and decides, based on the velocity profile, a plurality
of timings to perform measurement by the measurement unit to equally space a plurality of measurement portions on the substrate
measured by the measurement unit in a state in which an acceleration of the substrate stage is nonzero.

US Pat. No. 9,326,688

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An object information acquiring apparatus comprising:
a light source;
a holding plate configured to hold an object, said holding plate being transparent to light from said light source;
a supporting unit configured to support said holding plate;
a probe configured to receive, via said holding plate, an acoustic wave generated from the object on which light is irradiated
from said light source; and

a light reflecting member provided between said supporting unit and said holding plate, wherein said light reflecting member
is in contact with both said supporting unit and said holding plate.

US Pat. No. 9,330,025

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, MEMORY CONTROL APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A memory control apparatus configured to issue a plurality of memory commands in a memory access unit based on a transfer
instruction, the memory control apparatus comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive a transfer instruction;
a plurality of output units configured to each hold at least one transfer instruction and an output status based on the transfer
instruction, and, based on the transfer instruction, each output a plurality of memory access requests in a memory access
unit; and

a command generation unit configured to, based on the plurality of memory access requests, issue a memory command to a memory
device,

wherein the command generation unit is configured to issue a second memory command that is received by the reception unit
after a first transfer instruction and is based on a memory access request related to a second transfer instruction held by
a second output unit so as to allow the second memory command to cut in on a plurality of memory commands based on a plurality
of memory access requests related to the first transfer instruction held by a first output unit,

wherein the first output unit comprises a plurality of status buffers and is configured to, in a case where the memory access
request for the second transfer instruction having a high priority is completed, based on a processing status held by a status
buffer corresponding to the first transfer instruction having a low priority, resume to output a memory access requirement
based on the first transfer instruction, and

wherein the plurality of status buffers is provided only for the first transfer instruction having the low priority.

US Pat. No. 9,323,168

YELLOW TONER AND PROCESS FOR PRODUCING THE YELLOW TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A yellow toner comprising toner particles which contain at least a binder resin, a wax and a colorant,
wherein the colorant comprises C. I. pigment yellow 185 and a compound represented by the general formula (1):

wherein,
A represents —CON(R4)R5, R4 represents a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group, and R5 represents an alkyl group,

R1 represents an alkyl group, an aryl group, or an amino group,

R3 represents an alkyl group,

R2 represents

a hydrogen atom, a cyano group, a carboxylic acid group, a carboxylate ester group, a carboxylic acid amide group, or a carbamoyl
group, and

the content of the compound represented by the general formula (1) with respect to 100 parts by mass of the C.I. pigment yellow
185 is 10 to 100 parts by mass.

US Pat. No. 9,324,744

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR HAVING A TRENCH AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image sensor comprising:
a semiconductor layer;
a multilayer wiring layer arranged on a side of a first face of the semiconductor layer, the multilayer wiring layer including
two insulating layers and an electrically conductive layer provided between the two insulating layers; and

an electrically conductive member which is arranged in the opening and in contact with the electrically conductive layer,
wherein the semiconductor layer and the multilayer wiring layer include a wall portion including a first side face and a second
side face, the first side face of the wall portion defines the opening which extends from a second face of the semiconductor
layer to the electrically conductive layer in the multilayer wiring layer, the second face of the semiconductor layer being
opposite to the first face of the semiconductor layer, and the second side face of the wall portion defines a trench which
surrounds the opening and extends from the second face of the semiconductor layer into the multilayer wiring layer, the trench
having a depth that is not less than a depth of the opening.

US Pat. No. 9,321,262

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,325,885

IMAGE STABILIZATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image stabilization apparatus mounted on an image capturing apparatus, comprising:
a correction member capable of changing a position of an image on an image sensing plane by moving in a direction different
from an optical axis;

a position detection unit configured to detect a position of said correction member;
a control unit configured to control a pixel shifting driving of said correction member by a first waveform of a sinusoid
which has an amplitude larger than a pixel pitch of an image sensor; and

an exposure control unit configured to control exposure of the image sensor,
wherein, after setting pixel shifting driving conditions, said control unit adds the first waveform to a second waveform of
a sinusoid which is used to perform an image stabilization driving of said correction member when a predetermined position
shift amount has been detected, and

wherein said exposure control unit performs the exposure when the position of said correction member detected by said position
detection unit moves by the pixel pitch.

US Pat. No. 9,321,273

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,325,896

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,325,897

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,316,582

INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION ACQUIRING METHOD OF ACQUIRING INFORMATION OF SAMPLE BY USING TERAHERTZ WAVE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information acquiring apparatus that acquires information of a sample, comprising:
an irradiation unit configured to irradiate an irradiation position of the sample with a terahertz wave through a transmission
member being in contact with the sample;

a detection unit configured to detect a terahertz wave reflected by the transmission member and a terahertz wave reflected
by the sample;

a waveform acquiring unit configured to acquire a time waveform of the terahertz wave reflected by the transmission member
and a time waveform of the terahertz wave reflected by the sample, by using detection results of the detection unit; and

an information acquiring unit configured to acquire the information of the sample by using the time waveform of the terahertz
wave reflected by the transmission member, the time waveform of the terahertz wave reflected by the sample, and information
relating to a thickness of the transmission member at the irradiation position.

US Pat. No. 9,319,682

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,313,406

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,309,076

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT ALIGNS SHEETS AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,310,665

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, LENS UNIT AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR WHEREIN FOCUS DRIVING PREDICTION IS CALCULATED AND SENT FROM LENS UNIT TO CAMERA CONTROLLER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus to which a lens unit provided with an image taking optical system including a focus lens is detachably
mountable, the apparatus comprising:
an image sensor operable to perform charge accumulation and generate an image signal; and
a controller configured to control communication with a mounted lens unit and to generate a drive instruction to drive the
focus lens of the mounted lens unit on a basis of a focus signal generated by using the image signal, said focus signal indicating
a focus state of the image taking optical system,

wherein a reciprocating operation of the focus lens is performed for determining an in-focus direction before a peak-climbing
operation, to drive the focus lens in a direction in which the focus signal is increased, or determining an in-focus state
after the peak-climbing operation,

wherein when the reciprocating operation of the focus lens is performed, the controller is configured to send information
relating to a predetermined timing and the drive instruction to the lens unit, and receive, from the lens unit, a first signal
indicating whether the focus lens is able to be moved by a movement amount based on the drive instruction to satisfy the predetermined
timing,

wherein the controller is further configured to:
(a) if the first signal indicates that the focus lens is able to be moved by the movement amount based on the drive instruction
to satisfy the predetermined timing, generate the new drive instruction by using a focus signal generated based on charge
accumulated in a first time period, and

(b) if the first signal indicates that the focus lens is not able to be moved by the movement amount based on the drive instruction,
generate the new drive instruction by using a focus signal generated based on charge accumulated in a second time period after
the first time period, and

wherein the predetermined timing is timing relating to starting of the charge accumulation for generating the focus signal.

US Pat. No. 9,313,234

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication device comprising:
a memory configured to store a program; and
a processor that is in communication with the memory, the processor configured to control:
a connection unit configured to perform a connection process with another communication device;
a lock unit configured to lock, before the connection unit executes the connection process with the another communication
device, a plurality of ports used in communication;

an acquisition unit configured to acquire, before the connection unit executes the connection process with the another communication
device, information indicating whether the another communication device is conforming to a predetermined service; and

an unlock unit configured to
unlock one or more of the locked plurality of ports when the acquired information indicates that the another communication
device is conforming to the predetermined service, wherein the one or more of the locked plurality of ports is used in the
predetermined service, and

unlock all of the locked plurality of ports locked by the lock unit when the acquired information indicates that the another
communication device is not conforming to the predetermined service.

US Pat. No. 9,302,801

DEVELOPER ACCOMMODATING UNIT, MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer accommodating unit comprising:
a developer bag in which developer is incorporated,
wherein said developer bag includes:
a filling port for filling the developer;
a filling region where the developer is filled;
a non-filling region, provided outside said filling region, where the developer is not filled, and
a folded portion formed by folding said filling region and said non-filling region,
wherein said folded portion includes a welding portion, and
wherein said welding portion is in said non-filling region.

US Pat. No. 9,291,941

DEVELOPER CONVEYANCE APPARATUS AND PROCESS CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer conveyance apparatus for use in an image forming apparatus, the developer conveyance apparatus comprising:
a developer storage portion configured to store developer;
a developer conveyance portion arranged inside the developer storage portion and configured to convey the developer through
rotation;

a drive input portion configured to input a drive force to the developer conveyance portion; and
a clutch configured to transmit the drive force from the drive input portion to the developer conveyance portion, the clutch
stopping or decelerating a rotation of the developer conveyance portion when a requisite torque for rotating the developer
conveyance portion exceeds a predetermined magnitude,

wherein the clutch is arranged inside the developer storage portion and includes at least one clutch side conveyance portion
which, when receiving the drive force from the drive input portion, conveys the developer in a developer conveyance direction
in which the developer conveyance portion conveys the developer,

wherein the clutch includes:
a moving member movable along a rotation axis of the developer conveyance portion to a drive transmission position where a
drive force is transmitted to the developer conveyance portion to rotate the developer conveyance portion and to a non-transmission
position where the rotation of the developer conveyance portion is stopped or decelerated; and

an urging member configured to urge the moving member to the drive transmission position, and
wherein the moving member is provided with the clutch side conveyance portion, and is configured to convey the developer in
the developer conveyance direction through rotation.

US Pat. No. 9,291,974

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS EXECUTING A PLURALITY OF TYPES OF MISREGISTRATION CORRECTION CONTROL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form developer images of a plurality of colors on an image carrier; and
a control unit configured to execute a first correction control and a second correction control that has a higher correction
precision than the first correction control in order to correct misregistration between the developer images formed by the
image forming unit,

wherein the control unit is further configured to determine a correction error of the first correction control when executing
the first correction control, to determine a cumulative correction error, which is a cumulative value of the correction error
of the first correction control, and to execute the second correction control when the cumulative correction error of the
first correction control exceeds a first threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,294,682

INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM FOR LIGHT SOURCE ESTIMATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing device comprising:
an image capturing condition data acquiring unit configured to acquire image capturing condition data at the time of capturing
an image of a subject;

a shape data acquiring unit configured to acquire shape data which represents shape of the subject;
a determining unit configured to determine an initial value at the time of estimating the light source based on the image
capturing condition data; and

a light source data deriving unit configured to derive light source data, which represents a state of a light source of an
image represented by the data of the captured image, based on the image capturing condition data,

wherein the light source data deriving unit performs rendering using shape data acquired by said shape data acquiring unit,
and derives light source data suitable to the captured image based on an error between an image obtained by the rendering
and the captured image.

US Pat. No. 9,285,747

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,288,478

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,282,634

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,268,510

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONNECTION CONTROL METHOD FOR SEARCHING FOR A PRINTER HAVING A PREDETERMINED FUNCTION IDENTIFIED BY IDENTIFICATION INFORMATION INCLUDED IN A BEACON SIGNAL AND SENDING A PRINT REQUEST DIRECTLY T

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:
a scanning unit configured to scan a beacon signal sent from each of a plurality of access points operating in accordance
with a wireless LAN defined by IEEE 802.11 series standard;

a first determination unit configured to determine whether a printer having a predetermined function exists in a wireless
network identified by identification information included in the beacon signal transmitted by one of the plurality of access
points;

a second determination unit configured to determine, if the first determination unit determined that no printer having the
predetermined function exists, whether a printer having the predetermined function exists in a wireless network identified
by identification information included in the beacon signal transmitted by another one of the plurality of access points;

a transmission unit configured to transmit a print request to the printer having the predetermined function based on the determination
result by the first determination unit or the second determination unit,

wherein the plurality of access points include a printer which is operating as an access point, and the transmission unit
directly transmits, if the printer having the predetermined function is the printer which is operating as an access point,
the print request to the printer which is operating as an access point without going through an external access point.

US Pat. No. 9,268,280

HEATING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,270,845

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,268,556

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,270,909

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,269,395

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,267,878

ACOUSTIC SIGNAL RECEIVING APPARATUS AND PHOTO-ACOUSTIC TOMOGRAPHY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,269,163

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. 9,262,443

CLASSIFYING MATERIALS USING TEXTURE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,261,691

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. 9,254,659

LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS AND LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection apparatus comprising:
a liquid ejection head including,
a plurality of two-dimensionally arranged pressure chambers, and
a plurality of ejection ports each corresponding to the plurality of pressure chambers,
wherein the liquid ejecting apparatus is configured to record on a recording material with a liquid ejected from the ejection
ports while the liquid ejection head and the recording material are moving relatively,

wherein, on a surface on which the ejection ports are arranged, if a direction of relative movement of the recording material
is defined as an x direction, a direction perpendicular to the relative movement is defined as a y direction, a pitch of pixels
to be recorded in the y direction is denoted by d, and m and n are different odd numbers of 3 or greater,
the plurality of ejection ports are arranged in a manner such that md and nd are repeated alternately as the distance between
the ejection ports adjoining in the y direction, and such that a plurality of ejection port arrays extending substantially
linearly in an oblique direction with respect to the x direction and the y direction on an xy plane are formed, the ejection
port arrays are constituted by (m+n)/2 ejection ports, and positions of the ejection ports adjoining in the ejection port
array are displaced by 2d.

US Pat. No. 9,258,437

PRINTING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM FOR CONTROLLING PRINTING OF DATA STORED IN A PRINT SERVER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing system comprising an image forming apparatus and an information processing apparatus,
the information processing apparatus including:
a generation unit configured to generate a series of print jobs of a format corresponding to the image forming apparatus from
data corresponding to a single print job in accordance with a request from the image forming apparatus;

an addition unit configured to add, to the series of print jobs, a termination job indicating a termination of the series
of print jobs; and

an output unit configured to output the series of print jobs including the termination job to the image forming apparatus
sequentially, and

the image forming apparatus including:
a receiving unit configured to receive the series of print jobs from the information processing apparatus sequentially;
a printing unit configured to perform print processing of a print job; and
an accepting unit configured to accept a cancel instruction for the single print job,
wherein when the accepting unit accepts the cancel instruction for the single print job while receiving the series of print
jobs corresponding to the single print job, the receiving unit deletes the whole series of print jobs until the termination
job is added to the series of print jobs generated from the data corresponding to the single print job is received and cancels
the print processing by the printing unit.

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. 9,258,499

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,256,174

ENDLESS BELT, IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS AND MOUNTING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,256,197

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. 9,253,341

EXECUTION INSTRUCTING APPARATUS, EXECUTION INSTRUCTING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,251,575

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,250,570

DEVELOPING DEVICE HAVING AN OVERFLOW DISCHARGING PORTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,250,607

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CARTRIDGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

17. An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording material, comprising:
a cartridge provided with a first portion-to-be-regulated and a second portion-to-be-regulated;
a supporting member, carrying said cartridge, movable in directions crossing with a longitudinal direction of said cartridge,
between an inside position in which said supporting member is inside a main assembly of said image forming apparatus and an
outside position in which said supporting member is outside said main assembly and in which said cartridge is detachably mountable
to said main assembly, said supporting member being provided with a first regulating portion capable of being contacted by
said first portion-to-be-regulated to limit movement of said cartridge in one longitudinal direction and a second regulating
portion capable of being contacted by said second portion-to-be-regulated to limit movement of said cartridge in the other
longitudinal direction;

a third regulating portion for being contacted by said supporting member to limit movement of said supporting member in the
one longitudinal direction; and

a fourth regulating portion for being contacted by said supporting member to limit movement of said supporting member in the
other longitudinal direction,

wherein said first regulating portion and said second regulating portion are disposed at one end portion of said supporting
member and outside an image forming region with respect to the longitudinal direction, and said third regulating portion and
said fourth regulating portion are disposed at one end portion of said main assembly and outside the image forming region
with respect to the longitudinal direction.

US Pat. No. 9,239,235

THREE-DIMENSIONAL MEASURING APPARATUS, THREE-DIMENSIONAL MEASURING METHOD, AND THREE-DIMENSIONAL MEASURING PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A three-dimensional measuring apparatus comprising:
a projector configured to project slit light onto a work; a first camera configured to capture an image of the work projected
by the slit light;

a second camera configured to capture an image of the work projected by the slit light from a position different from that
of the first camera; and

a control apparatus configured to store a three-dimensional plane equation of a light-section plane of the slit light, identify
a correspondence among a bright line generated on a first image captured by the first camera by projecting the slit light,
a bright line generated on a second image captured by the second camera by projecting the slit light, and the three-dimensional
plane equation of the light-section plane, and perform three-dimensional measuring of the work by a principle of triangulation
by using a correspondence relationship among any of the bright line on the first image, the bright line on the second image,
and the light-section plane,

wherein the control apparatus temporarily identifies a correspondence between the bright line on the first image and the light-section
plane, temporarily projects the bright line on the first image onto the light-section plane in a three-dimensional virtual
space, and thereafter projects the bright line onto the second image captured by the second camera through the light-section
plane, and identifies a correspondence among the light-section plane and the bright lines on the images of the first and the
second cameras on the basis of a level of similarity between the bright line on the first image which is projected onto the
second image and the bright line on the second image.

US Pat. No. 9,235,786

PRINTING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a plurality of sheet feeding units; and
a computer comprising:
a setting unit configured to set paper type information for each of the plurality of sheet feeding units;
a storage unit configured to store a print job transmitted from an external apparatus, the print job including designation
of one of the plurality of sheet feeding units as a paper feed source;

an instruction unit configured to receive, from a user, an instruction to start an execution of the print job stored in the
storage unit after the storage unit stores the print job;

a first obtaining unit configured to obtain first paper type information that was set, when the print job was stored in the
storage unit, for a sheet feeding unit designated by the print job instructed to start the execution by the instruction unit;

a second obtaining unit configured to obtain second paper type information set for the sheet feeding unit designated by the
print job instructed to execute by the instruction unit when the instruction is received; and

an alert unit configured to alert the user that the paper type information for the sheet feeding unit designated by the print
job has been changed after the print job is stored, if the first paper type information and the second paper type information
do not match.

US Pat. No. 9,228,857

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,229,384

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. 9,229,395

METAL SUBSTRATE, FIXING MEMBER, AND HEAT-FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,230,210

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. 9,227,398

PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINTING CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a printhead comprising an element array including a plurality of printing elements, which are arranged in a predetermined
direction, which discharge ink, wherein the element array is partitioned into a plurality of groups each including a plurality
of continuously arrayed printing elements which are driven in different timings in order;

a scan unit configured to scan said printhead in a direction intersecting the predetermined direction on a single print area
on a print medium;

an acquisition unit configured to acquire first print data used for printing in a first scan by the scan unit and second print
data used for printing in a second scan by the scan unit, wherein the first print data and the second print data are used
to be printed on the single print area on the print medium;

a setting unit configured to set drive sequences of the plurality of printing elements in the first scan and the second scan
such that: (1) a driving order of printing elements included in a group used for printing in a first position of the single
print area in the predetermined direction based on the first print data and a driving order of printing elements included
in a group used for printing in the first position based on the second print data are different from each other, and (2) a
a driving order of printing elements included in a group used for printing in a second position, different from the first
position, of the single print area in the predetermined direction based on the first print data and a driving order of printing
elements included in a group used for printing in the second position based on the second print data are the same; and

a drive unit configured to drive the plurality of printing elements in each group based on the drive sequences for the first
scan and the second scan.

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. 9,213,723

IMAGE DISTRIBUTION APPARATUS AND IMAGE DISTRIBUTION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,213,251

MAGNETIC TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,213,278

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form an unfixed toner image on a recording material;
a fixing unit configured to heat and fix the unfixed toner image onto the recording material, the fixing unit including a
heater;

a necessary integral power calculation unit configured to calculate a necessary integral power required for the fixing unit
to reach a predetermined fixable temperature;

a suppliable integral power calculation unit configured to calculate a suppliable integral power being supplied to the heater
in a time elapsing until the recording material reaches the fixing unit;

a power source condition detection unit configured to detect a power source condition of a power source for supplying power
to the heater; and

a controller configured to control a timing to start conveyance of the recording material by comparing the necessary integral
power and the suppliable integral power, wherein the suppliable integral power calculation unit calculates the suppliable
integral power according to a resistance value of the heater, the power source condition, and the time elapsing until the
recording material reaches the fixing unit.

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. 9,207,889

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. 9,207,442

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:
a lens unit Lp having the highest positive refractive power among all lens units included in the zoom lens, a lens unit Ln
having negative refractive power, and a lens unit Lp2 having positive refractive power,

wherein a distance between every adjacent lens units varying during zooming,
wherein in a first region in which focusing from an infinite distance to a predetermined finite distance and zooming are able
to be performed, two or more lens units are moved during zooming, and at least one lens unit is moved during focusing, and

wherein in a second region in which macro driving is performed from a telephoto end to a macro end at which focusing is able
to be performed on an object distance shorter than the predetermined finite distance, two or more lens units are moved during
macro driving so that the lens unit Lp is located closer to the object side than at a wide-angle end, a distance between the
lens unit Lp and the lens unit Ln is larger at the macro end than at the wide-angle end, and a distance between the lens unit
Ln and the lens unit Lp2 is smaller at the macro end than at the wide-angle end.

US Pat. No. 9,207,585

ENDLESS BELT, BELT DRIVING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An endless belt comprising:
an endless belt body;
a plurality of first tapes each wound around and applied onto said belt body on an outer peripheral surface of each of end
portions of said belt body with respect to a widthwise direction crossing a circumferential direction of said belt body, wherein
each of said first tapes has a length, from a first end to a second end with respect to the circumferential direction, shorter
than a length of a full circumference of said endless belt, and said first tapes are superposedly applied onto said belt body
so that positions of first edges of said first tapes and positions of second edges of said first tapes are different from
each other, respectively, and wherein a recessed portion is formed in a region between the first edges and the second edges;
and

a second tape having a length longer than the length of a full circumference of said endless belt and wound around said first
tapes so as to extend along the recessed portion, wherein a winding end edge of said second tape overlaps a winding start
edge of said second tape.

US Pat. No. 9,208,379

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,201,621

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that receives data from a service providing apparatus that provides a web service in
response to a print instruction issued by a user who utilizes the web service, and that provides an image forming apparatus
via a network with a job for printing that is generated based on the received data, the information processing apparatus comprising:
management means for managing a first printer object that has a correspondence relationship with the image forming apparatus,
and a second printer object that does not have a correspondence relationship with the image forming apparatus;

display means for displaying a selection screen in order to select a printer selection item indicating the first printer object,
and a printer selection item indicting the second printer object; and

transmission means for holding the job without transmitting the job to a specific image forming apparatus when the second
printer object is selected and a print instruction is issued, and transmitting, to the image forming apparatus, the job held
by the second printer object in response to an access from the image forming apparatus to the first printer object,

wherein, the display means further displays a printer selection item for selecting normal printing or temporarily stored printing
when the selection item indicating the first printer object is selected,

wherein, when the normal printing is selected, the transmission means transmits notification information to the image forming
apparatus for providing notification that the job has been generated so as to cause the image forming apparatus that has the
correspondence relationship with the first printer object to transmit an acquisition request for the job, and transmits the
job to the image forming apparatus upon receipt, from the image forming apparatus, of the acquisition request for the job
of a first mode, and

wherein, when the temporarily stored printing is selected, the transmission means transmits the job to an image forming apparatus
operated by the user upon receipt, from the image forming apparatus operated by the user, of an acquisition request for the
job of a second mode without transmitting the notification information.

US Pat. No. 9,204,009

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
an acquiring unit configured to acquire, by reading with a reading apparatus, a read image of a sheet, wherein print information
to be printed is added in a partial region of the sheet by a user, and setting information for identifying a setting related
to printing of the print information is included in the sheet, and predetermined information for specifying an inclination
and/or an orientation of the sheet is included in the sheet;

a cutting unit configured to cut out a rectangle partial image from the read image, the rectangle partial image corresponding
to the partial region of the sheet and including the print information added by the user;

a rotating unit configured to rotate the rectangle partial image cut out by the cutting unit according to the inclination
and/or the orientation specified by the predetermined information included in the read image;

an extracting unit configured to extract the print information added by the user from the rectangle partial image rotated
by the rotating unit;

an estimating unit configured to estimate a region where rotation is not performed corresponding to the setting information
in the read image according to a position of the predetermined information included in the read image without performing a
rotation for the setting information in the read image; and

a print control unit configured to cause a printing apparatus to print the print information on a sheet, on the basis of the
setting information corresponding to the region estimated by the estimation unit performed by the setting unit.