US Pat. No. 9,973,704

DISPLAY PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display processing apparatus for displaying, on a display device, an image in accordance with image data captured by an image capture apparatus, the display processing apparatus comprising:a storage device; and
a processor configured to execute computer executable instructions recorded on the storage device, the computer executable instructions including instructions, that when executed by the processor, cause the display processing apparatus to:
obtain data for an order of displaying a plurality of images captured by the image capture apparatus; and
perform, based on the data for the order, display processing for providing in a display region corresponding to an angle including first and second angles a first display element indicating the first angle for capturing a first one of the plurality of images, a second display element indicating the second angle for capturing a second one of the plurality of images to be displayed subsequent to the first one of the plurality of images, a third display element that indicates that the second one of the plurality of images is to be displayed subsequent to the first one of the plurality of images, and a fourth display element that indicates a time for changing from the first one of the plurality of images to the second one of the plurality of images.

US Pat. No. 9,950,885

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:an image forming portion configured to form an image on an envelope having a flap; and
a guide portion configured to guide the envelope which is conveyed through a sheet conveyance path in a sheet conveying direction, the guide portion including a rib projecting to the sheet conveyance path,
wherein the rib is positioned at an angle to the sheet conveying direction such that a first part of the rib is further outside in a width direction orthogonal to the sheet conveying direction than a second part of the rib which is located upstream of the first part of the rib in the sheet conveying direction,
wherein the rib includes an inclined surface provided on a side surface of the rib, the side surface being on an upstream side in the sheet conveying direction and on an outer side in the width direction, the inclined surface being inclined, in a section perpendicular to the width direction, to approach a ridge of the rib toward downstream in the sheet conveying direction, and
wherein the rib includes an inclined portion on its upstream end portion in the sheet conveying direction, the inclined portion being configured to extend from a base plane to an upstream end of the ridge of the rib and to incline toward downstream in the sheet conveying direction.

US Pat. No. 9,944,084

INK JET RECORDING METHOD AND INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink jet recording method using an ink jet recording apparatus including a plurality of aqueous inks that include a cyan ink, a magenta ink, and a yellow ink, a first ink storage portion that has an atmosphere communicating portion, a second ink storage portion, a recording head that ejects the aqueous inks by action of thermal energy, and a tube member that supplies the aqueous inks from the first ink storage portion to the second ink storage portion, the second ink storage portion being a housing formed of a thermoplastic resin and being bonded to the recording head without another member interposed therebetween, the tube member including a first tube, a second tube, and a third tube respectively corresponding to the respective aqueous inks, the second tube having a portion sandwiched between and joined to the first tube and the third tube, the method comprising ejecting the aqueous inks from the recording head to record an image on a recording medium,wherein a difference between a maximum value and a minimum value of water molar fractions (%) of the cyan ink, the magenta ink, and the yellow ink is 5.0% or less, and
wherein the tube corresponding to the magenta ink is the second tube.

US Pat. No. 9,927,728

METHOD FOR PRODUCING TONER PARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for producing a toner particle comprising a treatment step of treating a raw slurry containing an aqueous medium and colored particles each containing a binder resin and a colorant, whereinthe treatment step includes a step of condensing the raw slurry by using a decanter-type centrifugal separator so as to obtain a condensed slurry,
the decanter-type centrifugal separator includes
an external rotary cylinder and
a screw conveyor provided within the external rotary cylinder so as to be able to rotate relatively with the external rotary cylinder, and
the step of condensing the raw slurry is carried out under conditions below:
i) a centrifugal force is at least 500 G and less than 4000 G; and
ii) a temperature (Ts) is at least Tg?10° C. and not more than Tg+10° C. when the glass transition temperature of the colored particles is defined as Tg (° C.), and
wherein
when a ratio of the colored particles in the condensed slurry is defined as ratio B, the ratio B is at least 10% by mass and not more than 60% by mass.

US Pat. No. 9,927,730

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT EFFECTS REMOVAL OF RESIDUAL TONER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, which forms an image on a recording medium, comprising:an image bearing member;
a charging device coming into contact with the image bearing member at a charging portion to charge the image bearing member;
a developing device supplying developer to the image bearing member to form a developer image;
a transfer member transferring the developer image formed on the image bearing member onto a transfer target material at a transfer portion; and
a charge eliminating device irradiating a surface of the image bearing member with light from an exposure opening before the surface reaches the charging portion after passing through the transfer portion,
wherein a length of a developer bearing portion of the developing device is longer than a length of the transfer member in a rotation axis direction of the image bearing member, and
a width of the exposure opening of the charge eliminating device is shorter than the length of the transfer member in the rotation axis direction of the image bearing member.

US Pat. No. 9,928,616

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a memory for storing a computer program; and
a processor for executing the computer program to perform:
calculating a length of a first path included in first drawing data;
converting the first drawing data including the first path into second drawing data including a second path by correcting the first path into the second path, wherein a data amount of the second path becomes less than a data amount of the first path;
adding information corresponding to the calculated length of the first path to the second path included in the second drawing data; and
transmitting the second drawing data including the second path to which the information has been added,
wherein, when the second path included in the transmitted second drawing data is drawn, the added information is used to adjust a scale of the drawn second path so that a length of the drawn second path corresponds to the calculated length of the first path.

US Pat. No. 9,927,861

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS OPERABLE IN POWER SAVING MODE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a display unit;
a first processing unit which causes the display unit to display a screen;
a second processing unit which causes the display unit to display a first screen at least during startup of the first processing unit; and
a storage unit,
wherein the second processing unit stores, into the storage unit, coordinate data that indicates a coordinate of a position operated by a user on the first screen displayed by the display unit, and
wherein the first processing unit causes the display unit to display a predetermined screen based on the coordinate data stored in the storage unit.

US Pat. No. 9,923,012

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus, comprising:
a pixel array including a plurality of pixels arranged in a two-dimensional pattern, each of the pixels includes a conversion
unit configured to convert radiation or light into an electric charge, an amplification unit configured to amplify the electric
charge, a first holding unit configured to hold a first signal obtained by the amplification unit amplifying the electric
charge converted by the conversion unit having a first sensitivity, a second holding unit configured to hold a second signal
obtained by the amplification unit amplifying the electric charge converted by the conversion unit having a second sensitivity
different from the first sensitivity, and a third holding unit configured to hold an offset signal of the amplification unit;
and

a correction unit configured to correct the first signal using a second output signal output from the second holding unit
or a first output signal output from the first holding unit, and a third output signal output from the third holding unit.

US Pat. No. 9,916,316

APPARATUS, METHOD AND MEDIUM FOR CREATING FOLDER SHORTCUTS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A shortcut creating apparatus comprising:
a memory storing a program; and
a processor that executes the program to control the apparatus to:
select a second folder to be associated with a first folder;
determine which one instruction has been selected by a user, among a first instruction for creating a shortcut of the second
folder under the first folder, a second instruction for creating a shortcut of the first folder under the second folder, and
a third instruction for creating a shortcut of the second folder under the first folder and also creating a shortcut of the
first folder under the second folder;

create the shortcut of the second folder under the first folder if it is determined that the first instruction has been selected
as the one instruction without selecting the second and third instructions;

create the shortcut of the first folder under the second folder if it is determined that the second instruction has been selected
as the one instruction without selecting the first and third instructions; and

create the shortcut of the second folder under the first folder and also create the shortcut of the first folder under the
second folder if it is determined that the third instruction has been selected as the one instruction without selecting the
first and second instructions.

US Pat. No. 9,909,854

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a cross section image acquisition unit configured to acquire a cross section image generated by capturing an object with a
probe;

an information acquisition unit configured to acquire information on a position and orientation of the probe capturing the
object;

a three-dimensional image acquisition unit configured to acquire a three-dimensional image generated by capturing the object;
a correspondence cross section calculation unit configured to calculate a correspondence cross section of the cross section
image in the three-dimensional image based on the information on the position and orientation;

an error acquisition unit configured to acquire an error estimation value of measurement accuracy of the position and orientation
of the probe;

a range determination unit configured to determine a range based on the correspondence cross section and the error estimation
value;

a generation unit configured to generate a display image from the three-dimensional image based on the range; and
a display control unit configured to display the display image on a display screen.

US Pat. No. 9,905,011

APPARATUS, SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR PROCESSING INFORMATION AND PROGRAM FOR THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus including a processor and at least one memory storing computer-executable instructions
which, when executed by the processor, causes the apparatus to function as:
an input unit that inputs image data and information associated with the image data,
wherein the image data is image data for deriving distance information and the information associated with the image data
is information specifying a procedure for deriving distance information, and

wherein the input unit further inputs a parameter associated with the image data, the parameter being used when the derivation
unit derives distance information;

a selection unit that selects at least one from a plurality of procedures for deriving distance information on the basis of
the information specifying a procedure; and

a derivation unit that derives distance information from the image data using a procedure selected by the selection unit;
a determination unit that determines whether a procedure corresponding to the information specifying a procedure is present
or not;

a distance output unit that outputs the derived distance information in association with the image data; and
a processing unit that performs image processing on the image data based on the distance information derived by the derivation
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,903,544

LIGHT-EMITTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A light-emitting apparatus configured to emit light from a light-emitting surface, comprising:
a light source configured to emit first light that is ultraviolet light or near-ultraviolet light;
a conversion member configured to convert the first light to second light that is white light;
a first filter member configured to reflect the first light and transmit the second light; and
a second filter member configured to transmit the first light and reflect the second light, wherein
the light source, the conversion member, the first filter member, and the second filter member are provided in an order of
the light source, the second filter member, the conversion member, and the first filter member in a direction from the light
source toward the light-emitting surface.

US Pat. No. 9,874,947

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display control apparatus for controlling displaying of a display unit, the display control apparatus comprising:
an orientation detection unit configured to detect an orientation of the display control apparatus; and
a display control unit configured to, when an orientation change from a first orientation to a second orientation of the display
control apparatus is detected by the orientation detection unit,

perform display control based on the second orientation after the orientation change in a case where a speed of the orientation
change is higher than a predetermined speed, and

perform display control based on the first orientation even after the orientation change in a case where the speed of the
orientation change is lower than or equal to the predetermined speed.

US Pat. No. 9,868,633

PRODUCTION PROCESS FOR DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A production process for a device in which a first substrate and a second substrate are bonded to each other with bonding
surfaces thereof mutually bonded and which includes an electrode PAD on the first substrate, the production process comprising:
bonding the first substrate and the second substrate to each other such that a non-bonding region is formed by a recessed
shape portion recessed from at least one of the bonding surface of the first substrate and the bonding surface of the second
substrate, and the electrode PAD is arranged in the non-bonding region; and

removing, after the bonding of the first substrate and the second substrate, all parts of a portion of the second substrate
corresponding to the non-bonding region so as to expose the electrode PAD on the first substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,865,631

SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state image pickup apparatus comprising:
a semiconductor substrate including a plurality of pixels, each pixel including a photo detector and a readout portion;
a wire disposed on a first main surface of the semiconductor substrate; and
a plurality of microlenses disposed on a second main surface of the semiconductor substrate opposite to the first main surface,
wherein the photo detector includes a first photo detector unit and a second photo detector unit disposed deeper than the
first photo detector unit with respect to the second main surface,

wherein the first photo detector unit includes a first-conductive-type first semiconductor region,
wherein the readout portion includes a first-conductive-type second semiconductor region extending in a depth direction of
the semiconductor substrate from the first semiconductor region to the first main surface, and

wherein, in a planar view with respect to the second main surface, a part of the second semiconductor region is disposed between
two adjacent microlenses of the plurality of microlenses, and one of the two adjacent microlenses overlaps a part of the second
semiconductor region.

US Pat. No. 9,865,637

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF THE PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion device in which a pixel circuit including a first MOS transistor having a first gate electrode
and a second MOS transistor having a second gate electrode is arranged, the photoelectric conversion device comprising:
an insulator member covering the first gate electrode and the second gate electrode;
a first conductor member which is arranged through the insulator member, the first conductor member being in contact with
the first gate electrode; and

a second conductor member which is arranged through the insulator member, the second conductor member being in contact with
the second gate electrode,

wherein the first gate electrode includes a first portion located below the first conductor member, the second gate electrode
includes a second portion located below the second conductor member, and the second gate electrode includes a third portion
located below the insulator member, and

wherein the first conductor member is located above a channel region of the first MOS transistor, and
wherein the first portion, the second portion and the third portion contain an impurity and are of the same conductivity type,
and an impurity concentration of the second portion is higher than an impurity concentration of the first portion and an impurity
concentration of the third portion.

US Pat. No. 9,857,716

CURABLE LIQUID DEVELOPER AND IMAGE-FORMING METHOD USING CURABLE LIQUID DEVELOPER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A curable liquid developer comprising;
a curable insulating liquid;
a toner particle that contains a pigment and a resin; and
a cationic photoinitiator, wherein
the viscosity of the curable insulating liquid at 25° C. is 1 to 100 mPa·s,
A-B is not more than 1,000 mPa·s where A (mPa·s) is the viscosity of the curable liquid developer at 25° C. when the toner
particle concentration in the curable liquid developer is 50 mass %, and B (mPa·s) is the viscosity of the curable liquid
developer at 25° C. when the toner particle concentration in the curable liquid developer is 1 mass %,

the toner particle has a volume-average particle diameter of 0.1 to 2.5 ?m, and an average circularity of at least 0.946,
and

the cationic photoinitiator is represented by formula (1)

where R1 and R2 are bonded to each other to form a ring structure selected from the group consisting of a succinimide structure, a phthalimide
structure, a norbornenedicarboximide structure, a naphthalenedicarboximide structure, a cyclohexanedicarboximide structure,
and an epoxycyclohexenedicarboximide structure, each of which may be optionally substituted; x represents an integer from
1 to 8; and y represents an integer from 3 to 17.

US Pat. No. 9,854,122

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, DATA MANAGEMENT METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

18. A method for managing data executed by an image forming apparatus, the method comprising:
receiving, from a server apparatus, setting information for a user authenticated by an authentication unit;
displaying an operation screen based on the setting information for the user;
storing the setting information for the user in a storage unit; and
replacing, in a case where a storing state of setting information of the storage unit is a predetermined state, setting information
for a second user who logged into the image forming apparatus stored in the storage unit with setting information for a first
user which is received from the server apparatus after the setting information for the second user is received.

US Pat. No. 9,854,149

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF OBTAINING AN IMAGE FOCUSED ON A PLURALITY OF SUBJECTS AT DIFFERENT DISTANCES AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

6. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory including instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to:
obtain depth information according to subject distances of subjects in an image captured by an image capture unit;
select a plurality of subject distances based on peaks in a frequency distribution, depth information; and
control the image capture unit to, capture a plurality of images whose focus distances correspond to the plurality of selected
subject distances, respectively;

wherein the frequency distribution of the depth information is based on a range, image generated form a pair of captured images
constituting stereoscopic images, and

wherein the instructions further cause the processor to:
combine at least two of the plurality of images and generate a combined image having an expanded depth of field.

US Pat. No. 9,854,178

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS WITH FLICKER DETECTION AND HAVING PLURALITY OF UNIT PIXEL AREAS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image pickup device configured to have a plurality of unit pixel areas arranged in a two-dimensional matrix;
a setting unit configured to set electric charge accumulation periods for a plurality of first pixels and a plurality of second
pixels included in the plurality of unit pixel areas as a first accumulation period and a second accumulation period, respectively;
and

a mode selection unit configured to select a first mode in which an image signal for use in detecting flicker of light is
obtained, or a second mode in which an image signal for use in detecting an object brightness is obtained,

wherein when the mode selection unit selects the first mode, the setting unit sets the first accumulation period and the second
accumulation period such that a first barycentric position which is a barycentric position of the first accumulation period
for the plurality of first pixels included in the plurality of unit pixel areas and a second barycentric position which is
a barycentric position of the second accumulation period for the plurality of second pixels included in the plurality of unit
pixel areas correspond to each other,

wherein when the mode selection unit selects the second mode after the flicker of light is detected in the first mode, the
setting unit sets the first accumulation period and the second accumulation period based on light amount changing characteristics
of the flicker of light detected in the first mode,

wherein when the mode selection unit selects the second mode without the flicker of light being detected in the first mode,
the setting unit sets the first accumulation period and the second accumulation period independently of light amount changing
characteristics of the flicker of light,

wherein the first accumulation period and the second accumulation period at least partially overlap each other, and
wherein in the second mode, the first accumulation period is different in length of time from the second accumulation period.

US Pat. No. 9,851,648

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising a support and an undercoat layer formed on the support, wherein
the undercoat layer comprises a polymerization product of a composition comprising a compound that has a structure represented
by formula (1) and that has a polarizability per unit volume according to a density functional approach (B3LYP/6-31+G**),
of 0.533 to 0.594:


where R1 and R2 each independently represent a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group, a group derived by replacing at least one CH2 in a main chain of a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group with an oxygen atom, a group derived by replacing at least one
CH2 in a main chain of a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group with NR3, a group derived by replacing at least one C2H4 in a main chain of a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group with COO, or a substituted or unsubstituted aryl group; R3 represents a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group, with the proviso that R1 or R2 represents two or more functional groups selected from the group consisting of hydroxy group and carboxyl group, and R1 and R2 in combination have at least two hydroxyl groups.

US Pat. No. 9,851,683

STORAGE CONTAINER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A storage container that can be attached to or detached from an image forming apparatus including an apparatus main unit
and an open-close member that can open or close with respect to the apparatus main unit, the storage container comprising:
a storage portion configured to store toner;
an opening portion configured to move the toner between the storage portion and the apparatus main unit; and
a shutter configured to open or close the opening portion,
wherein the storage container can be attached to the open-close member in an opened state with respect to the apparatus main
unit, and

wherein the shutter opens the opening portion in synchronization with operation of attaching the storage container to the
open-close member, and closes the opening portion in synchronization with operation of detaching the storage container from
the open-close member.

US Pat. No. 9,851,685

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, DEVELOPING APPARATUS, AND COUPLING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus cartridge comprising:
a casing;
developer contained in the casing;
a developer roller having an axis L1, the developer roller being rotatably supported in the casing to permit rotation about the axis L1;

a coupling member having an axis L2, the coupling member including a first end portion operatively connected to the developer roller and a second end portion,
the second end portion including at least one projection that is open to the axis L2 and an outer surface that faces away from the first end portion, wherein for at least part of the outer surface, a maximum
distance from the axis L2 to the outer surface along a line perpendicular to the axis L2 decreases as the distance along the axis L2 from the first end portion increases; and

an urging member,
wherein the coupling member is movable between (i) a first position in which a tip of the at least one projection is a first
distance away from the developer roller as measured in the direction of the axis L1 and (ii) a second position in which the tip of the at least one projection is a second distance away from the developer roller
as measured in the direction of the axis L1, wherein the first distance is greater than the second distance, and

wherein the urging member is configured to urge the coupling member from the second position to the first position.

US Pat. No. 9,848,102

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:
at least one processer; and
a memory,
wherein the at least one processer executes instructions stored in the memory to thereby cause following units to function:
a display control unit configured to control display of a display unit;
a communication unit configured to start wireless communication with a printing apparatus according to a decrease in distance
between the display control apparatus and the printing apparatus; and

a display switching unit configured to perform a predetermined display related to printing in a case where the communication
unit starts communication with the printing apparatus while a content to be printed is displayed on the display unit, and

wherein the display control unit is configured to not perform the predetermined display in a case where the communication
unit starts communication with the printing apparatus while a content not to be printed is displayed on the display unit.

US Pat. No. 9,841,299

POSITION DETERMINING DEVICE, POSITION DETERMINING METHOD, LITHOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING OBJECT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A position determining device comprising:
a first lighting unit configured to emit light to an edge portion of a substrate arranged on a stage having, as a mark, neither
an orientation flat nor a notch;

a second lighting unit configured to emit light to at least one mark on a surface of the substrate;
a light receiving unit disposed on a side of the surface of the substrate and configured to receive light that is emitted
from the first lighting unit and then passes through a region outside the substrate and to receive light that is emitted from
the second lighting unit and then reflected from the at least one mark; and

a determining unit configured to determine a position of the edge portion and a position of the at least one mark based on
a result of light reception by the light receiving unit, and then determine the position of the substrate with respect to
the stage based on the determined position of the edge portion and the determined position of the at least one mark.

US Pat. No. 9,838,611

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS FOR OBTAINING NORMAL IMAGE AND RANGE IMAGE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
a light emitting source that emits light toward a subject;
an image sensor in which a plurality of pixels are disposed in a matrix, each pixel including a photoelectric conversion element
that generates a charge in accordance with an amount of incident light, a first charge accumulation portion, a second charge
accumulation portion, a first switch that connects the photoelectric conversion element and the first charge accumulation
portion, and a second switch that connects the first charge accumulation portion and the second charge accumulation portion;

a driver that drives the image sensor to turn on the first and second switches substantially simultaneously after a predetermined
period has passed from the start of a charge accumulation period in the photoelectric conversion element before turning on
the light source, then turn off the second switch before turning off the light source and turn off the first switch after
turning off the light source; and

a calculator that calculates a distance to the subject based on a first signal corresponding to the charge accumulated in
the second charge accumulation portion and a second signal corresponding to a charge accumulated in the first charge accumulation
portion.

US Pat. No. 9,823,182

ELASTIC WAVE RECEIVING APPARATUS, ELASTIC WAVE RECEIVING METHOD, PHOTOACOUSTIC APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

13. An acoustic wave receiving method for an acoustic wave receiving apparatus including a supporting member, a scanning light
source and a scanning probe, comprising:
supporting a subject with the supporting member;
estimating a scanning load occurring between the scanning probe and the supporting member;
correcting a scanning instruction signal by using a physical value to correct for a scanning inaccuracy due to the scanning
load;

irradiating the subject with a pulsed light by using the scanning light source;
receiving a photoacoustic wave generated in the subject in response to the irradiation of the subject with the pulsed light
by using the scanning probe; and

moving the scanning probe and the scanning light source,
wherein the irradiating the subject with the pulsed light and the receiving the photoacoustic wave are performed simultaneously
during the moving the scanning probe by using the corrected instruction signal such that a common region of interest is irradiated
with pulsed light and the scanning probe receives the photoacoustic wave propagated from that common region.

US Pat. No. 9,826,021

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
at least one processor;
at least one communication interface; and
at least one operation interface;
wherein the at least one processor is configured to:
transmit, via the at least one communication interface, a first notification signal for providing notification of an existence
of the communication apparatus to a second apparatus using a first communication method;

receive, via the at least one communication interface, a second notification signal that has been transmitted from the second
apparatus for providing notification of an existence of the second apparatus;

select, via the at least one operation interface, a mode in which data stored in a memory of the communication apparatus is
transmitted to the external apparatus to which the connection has been established by the at least one processor, wherein
the selected mode is a Push mode or a Pull mode;

determine, on a basis of the mode selected by the at least one processor, whether to establish, by the at least one processor,
a connection to an external apparatus that has responded to the first notification signal transmitted by the at least one
processor or to establish, by the at least one processor, a connection to an external apparatus that has transmitted the second
notification signal received by the at least one processor; and

establish, via the at least one communication interface, the determined connection to the corresponding external apparatus
using a second communication method.

US Pat. No. 9,824,305

PRINTING CONTROL DEVICE, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

8. An image processing method including a rasterization process with a scanline method, the image processing method comprising:
generating a first plurality of objects from a printing job, the first plurality of objects including vertically sliced objects;
spooling a second plurality of objects;
determining whether or not one of the first plurality of objects is one of the vertically sliced objects to be combined with
one of the second plurality of objects;

rendering each of the vertically sliced objects and the one of the second plurality of objects in a vertical direction perpendicular
to a scanline direction in the scanline method, based on the determination, in order to form a plurality of combined objects;
and

rasterizing a page based on at least the plurality of combined objects with the scanline method,
wherein each of the vertically sliced objects has a height and a width, the height being greater than the width and the width
being a size along the scanline direction in the scanline method.

US Pat. No. 9,815,202

CONTROL METHOD FOR ROBOT APPARATUS, COMPUTER READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM, AND ROBOT APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A control method for a robot apparatus, the robot apparatus including a robot arm having an end effector located at an
end of the robot arm, the robot arm including a plurality of links coupled one to another by one or more joints, and a control
device, the joint including a motor, an input-side encoder, and an output-side encoder, the control method comprising:
driving, by the motor, the joint via a reduction gear;
detecting, by the input-side encoder, an angle of an input drive shaft of the reduction gear;
detecting, by the output-side encoder, an angle of an output drive shaft of the reduction gear; and
selecting, by the control device, the semi-closed control or the fully closed control to control the joint, the semi-closed
control being control in which an angle of an output drive shaft is controlled in accordance with an output of the input-side
encoder, the fully closed control being control in which an angle of the output drive shaft is controlled in accordance with
an output of the output-side encoder.

US Pat. No. 9,819,866

IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE, COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND CONTROLLING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing device capable of being attached to a communication apparatus for use, comprising:
a processor;
a wireless communication interface; and
an image sensor,
wherein the processor is configured to function as the following units:
a communication control unit configured to control wireless communication with the communication apparatus via the communication
interface; and

a transition unit configured to cause an operation state of the image capturing device to make a transition to any of a plurality
of operation states including a first state in which image capturing by the image capturing device and communication of data
by the wireless communication are possible and a second state in which power consumption is less than that of the first state,
wherein

in a case where, in the first state and in a state where the image capturing device is attached to the communication apparatus,
it is judged that a first operation is performed, the communication control unit performs control of maintaining the wireless
communication with the communication apparatus and the transition unit causes the operation state of the image capturing device
to make a transition to the second state, and

in a case where, in the first state and in a state where the image capturing device is not attached to the communication apparatus,
it is judged that the first operation is performed, the communication control unit does not perform control of maintaining
the wireless communication with the communication apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,815,275

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
a quantization unit configured to quantize multi-valued data corresponding to a first ink which is pigment ink to generate
first quantized data using a threshold value in a threshold value matrix in which multiple different threshold values corresponding
to respective pixels are arrayed for a predetermined pixel region including a plurality of pixel areas on a print medium,
and quantize multi-valued data corresponding to a second ink which is dye ink to generate a second quantized data using a
threshold value in a threshold value matrix in which multiple different threshold values corresponding to respective pixels
are arrayed for the predetermined pixel region; and

an outputting unit configured to output data, based on the first quantized data and the second quantized data, used for printing
by a printing unit which prints an image on the print medium by dots of the first ink and dots of the second ink,

wherein, in a case where the multi-valued data corresponding to the first ink indicates intermediate density and the multi-valued
data corresponding to the second ink indicates intermediate density, a first dot pattern in accordance with the first quantized
data for the predetermined pixel region has higher dispersibility than a second dot pattern in accordance with the second
quantized data for the predetermined pixel region, and a first dot in accordance with the first quantized data and a second
dot in accordance with the second quantized data correspond to mutually different positions in the predetermined pixel region.

US Pat. No. 9,817,354

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND SHEET ACCOMMODATION UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a main body of the image forming apparatus including an opening portion;
an image forming unit that forms an image on a sheet;
an accommodation portion that accommodates, inside the main body of the image forming apparatus, the sheet on which an image
has been formed with the image forming unit;

a stack portion that stacks the sheet discharged external to the main body of the image forming apparatus;
a sheet moving unit that moves the sheet accommodated in the accommodation portion; and
a control unit that controls switching between a first mode that moves, with the sheet moving unit, the sheet accommodated
in the accommodation portion and stops the sheet when a part of the sheet is exposed external to the main body of the image
forming apparatus from the opening portion, and a second mode that moves the sheet, with the sheet moving unit, accommodated
in the accommodation portion and discharges the sheet to the stack portion.

US Pat. No. 9,817,207

IMAGE PICKUP INFORMATION OUTPUT APPARATUS AND LENS APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information output apparatus, comprising:
a setting unit configured to set an object distance setting value;
a deriving unit configured to derive object distance information based on a position of a focus lens and a position of a zoom
lens;

a determination unit configured to determine whether or not the object distance setting value changed; and
an output unit configured to output the object distance information derived by the deriving unit based on a determination
made by the determination unit,

wherein the output unit updates the object distance information to be output when the determination unit determines the setting
value being changed, and does not update the object distance information to be output when the determination unit does not
determine the setting value being changed.

US Pat. No. 9,819,814

PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINTED-MATERIAL PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit that forms an image on a sheet to create printed material;
a stacking unit having a first tray group including a first plurality of trays and a second tray group including a second
plurality of trays for stacking the printed material created by the image forming unit,

wherein each of the first plurality of trays is a first type of tray having a first tray size and each of the second plurality
of trays is a second type of tray having a second tray size, the first tray size being a different size than the second tray
size, and

wherein the first type of tray is configured to receive a sheet having a first paper size and the second type of tray is configured
to receive a sheet having a second paper size, the first paper size being a different size than the second paper size;

a determining unit that determines,
an individual stack state for each one of trays comprising the first and second plurality of trays indicating whether each
one of the trays is able to receive a sheet to be output from the image forming unit having a corresponding paper-size; and

a collective stack state for each of the first and second tray group collectively derived from a determined individual stack
state for the each one of the trays comprising the first and second plurality of trays; and

a notifying unit that notifies a user of a determined collective stack state for each of the first and second tray group.

US Pat. No. 9,813,596

VIBRATION-TYPE ACTUATOR, INTERCHANGEABLE LENS, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND AUTOMATIC STAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A vibration-type actuator comprising:
a vibrator including an elastic body and an electromechanical transducer attached to a surface of the elastic body; and
a flexible printed circuit board having an electrode portion and attached to the electromechanical transducer,
wherein the elastic body has an attached portion to which the electromechanical transducer is attached and a protrusion having
a contact portion and a standing portion between the contact portion and the attached portion,

wherein there is a space surrounded by the contact portion, the standing portion, and the electromechanical transducer, and
wherein no end portion of the electrode portion of the flexible printed circuit board is overlapped with the space in a direction
perpendicular to the surface of the elastic body.

US Pat. No. 9,804,521

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS OPERABLE IN PLURAL SPEEDS AND HAVING SELECTIVE CONTROL OF SEPARATION BETWEEN IMAGE BEARING MEMBER AND BELT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member configured to bear a developer image;
a cleaning member that is disposed so as to contact with the image bearing member and is configured to clean a surface of
the image bearing member;

a belt member that is disposed so as to be able to contact with or separate from the image bearing member, and form a transfer
portion together with the image bearing member when contacting with the image bearing member;

contacting and separating means for setting a positional relationship between the belt member and the image bearing member
to be in a contacting state, where the belt member and the image bearing member contact with each other, or in a separating
state, where the belt member and the image bearing member are separate from each other; and

control means for controlling the contacting and separating means so as to switch between the contacting state and the separating
state,

wherein image formation is able to be executed in a first mode exhibiting a first peripheral speed of the image bearing member
and a second mode exhibiting a second peripheral speed of the image bearing member, which is different from the first peripheral
speed, the image formation is executed after driving of the image bearing member is started, and the driving of the image
bearing member is stopped after the image formation is ended, and

wherein during a period from the start of the driving of the image bearing member to the start of the image formation, or
during a period from the end of the image formation to the stop of the driving of the image bearing member, the control means
controls the contacting and separating means such that (i) in a case where the image formation is executed when in the first
mode, the contacting and separating means is in the separating state, and (ii) in a case where the image formation is executed
when in the second mode, the contacting and separating means is in the contacting state.

US Pat. No. 9,792,689

POSTURE ESTIMATING APPARATUS, POSTURE ESTIMATING METHOD AND STORING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A posture estimating apparatus comprising:
at least one processor and memory coupled to each other and configured to:
input a range image including a multi joint object;
derive at least one joint position candidate for each of a first joint position and a second joint position of the multi-joint
object, from the input range image;

store information including joint position permissible range information for a first joint and a second joint in a multi-joint
object model corresponding to the multi-joint object;

calculate joint position range information for each combination of at least one joint position candidate set to the first
joint position of the multi-joint object and at least one joint position candidate set to the second joint position of the
multi-joint object;

evaluate consistency for each combination by determining whether the calculated joint position range information for each
combination is within the joint position permissible range information of the first and second joint positions of the multi-object
model;

calculate an evaluation value based on likelihoods of the joint position candidates and the evaluated consistencies for all
combinations; and

estimate a posture of the multi joint object based on the calculated evaluation value.

US Pat. No. 9,746,905

SELECTIVELY SHIFTING TO A SECOND POWER MODE THAT CUTS POWER TO A MEMORY AND A FIRST POWER MODE THAT DO NOT CUT POWER TO THE MEMORY IN AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a printer device;
a controller having one or more processors and a memory, wherein the controller is configured to:
receive an instruction for shifting the printing apparatus to a first power state in which power is supplied to the memory
and power is not supplied to the one or more processors and the printer device;

determine, after receiving the instruction, whether to shift the printing apparatus to the first power state;
after a determination, in the determining, not to shift the printing apparatus to the first power state, anew determine whether
to shift the printing apparatus to the first power state;

shift the printing apparatus to the first power state, on a basis of a determination, which has been made in the anew determining,
to shift the printing apparatus to the first power state;

shift the printing apparatus to a second power state in which power is not supplied to the memory, the one or more processors
and the printer device, on a basis of a determination, which has been made in the anew determining, not to shift the printing
apparatus to the first power state.

US Pat. No. 9,749,481

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF TRANSMITTING IMAGE DATA, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a scanner configured to read an original;
a facsimile transmission interface configured to receive or transmit data; and
a processor connected to a memory and configured to execute instructions to provide:
a transmission unit configured to transmit image data to a destination via the facsimile transmission interface, wherein the
scanner and the transmission unit are configured to be operatable concurrently;

a first determination unit configured to determine whether a processing command that is received from a client apparatus is
a first command or a second command, wherein the first command is a scan command that requires the transmission unit to transmit
first image data obtained after reading the original with the scanner, and wherein the second command is an image command
that requires the transmission unit to transmit second image data received from the client apparatus;

a second determination unit configured to determine, in a case where the received processing command is the first command,
whether the scanner is in an occupied state;

a reply unit configured to reply, in a case where the first determination unit determines that the processing command is the
first command and the second determination unit determines that the scanner is in the occupied state, a notification signal
indicating that the scanner is occupied, to the client apparatus that transmitted the first command; and

a command processing unit configured to instruct the transmission unit to transmit the second image data, in a case where
the first determination unit determines that the processing command is the second command that requires the transmission unit
to transmit the received second image data,

wherein, in the case where the processing command is the second command, data transmission of the received second image data
is performed concurrently with an operation of the scanner even if the second determination unit determines that the scanner
is in an occupied state.

US Pat. No. 9,749,530

INTERCHANGEABLE LENS OPERABLE IN REDUCED POWER MODES, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An interchangeable lens detachably attachable to an image capturing apparatus, the interchangeable lens comprising:
an electronic display configured to display information; and
a lens controller configured to control an operation of the interchangeable lens,
wherein the lens controller is configured to be capable of setting an operation state of the interchangeable lens to (a) a
normal operation state in which the interchangeable lens communicates with the image capturing apparatus and displays the
information on the electronic display, (b) a first low power consumption state in which the interchangeable lens displays
the information on the electronic display with a power consumption of the interchangeable lens lower than that in the normal
operation state, and (c) a second low power consumption state in which the interchangeable lens does not display the information
on the electronic display and the power consumption of the interchangeable lens is lower than that in the first low power
consumption state; and

the lens controller is configured to selectively perform a first control and a second control in response to receipt of a
power lowering instruction from the image capturing apparatus for lowering the power consumption of the interchangeable lens,

wherein:
in the first control, the lens controller transfers the operation state from the normal operation state to the first low power
consumption state, and

in the second control, the lens controller transfers the operation state from the normal operation state to the second low
power consumption state, without transferring the operation state to the first low power consumption state.

US Pat. No. 9,749,534

DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR ESTIMATION OF MOTION BLUR FROM A SINGLE IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A device comprising:
one or more computer-readable media; and
one or more processors that are coupled to the one or more computer-readable media and that are configured to cause the device
to

obtain an image,
identify pixels in the image that have respective intensity values that equal or exceed a first intensity threshold in a first
color channel, wherein each pixel in the image has a respective intensity value in the first color channel and a respective
intensity value in a second color channel,

identify a trajectory based on the pixels in the image that have respective intensity values that equal or exceed the first
intensity threshold in the first color channel,

identify multiple instances of the trajectory in the image,
identify an instance of the trajectory that includes pixels that have both respective intensity values in the first color
channel that equal or exceed the first intensity threshold and respective intensity values in the second color channel that
do not equal or exceed a second intensity threshold, and

generate a blur kernel based on the intensity values in the second color channel of the pixels in the instance of the trajectory.

US Pat. No. 9,748,880

MOTOR CONTROL DEVICE AND MOTOR CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A motor control device that performs drive control of a motor comprising:
an obtaining unit that is configured to obtain a position detection signal by which the output periodically changes due to
a movement of a movable element of the motor; and

a control unit that is configured to supply a drive signal to the motor,
wherein, the control unit has a first mode for supplying a drive signal that is advanced by the amount of the advance angle
that has been set to a value other than 0 degree in advance to the motor, and a second mode for supplying a drive signal by
which the amount of the advance angle is controlled based on the position detection signal obtained by the obtaining unit
to the motor,

wherein, when the drive signal is supplied and a period of time from the motor stopping to the change of the position detection
signal obtained by the obtaining unit, the control unit supplies the drive signal to the motor in the first mode, and

wherein, after the position detection signal obtained by the obtaining unit changes, the control unit supplies drive signal
to the motor in the second mode.

US Pat. No. 9,772,584

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a toner image forming portion configured to form a toner image;
a movable endless belt on which the toner image is formed by said toner image forming portion and from which the toner image
is transferred onto a recording material at a transfer portion;

a plurality of rollers contacting an inner peripheral surface of said belt and including a first roller, an urging roller
and a second roller,

wherein said first roller is provided at the transfer portion,
said urging roller is provided at a position upstream of and adjacent to said first roller with respect to a movement direction
of said belt and urges said belt from the inner peripheral surface toward an outer peripheral surface of said belt, and

said second roller is provided at a position upstream of and adjacent to said urging roller and downstream of said toner image
forming portion with respect to the movement direction of said belt; and

a third roller provided at a position opposing said first roller through said belt,
wherein the following relationships are satisfied:
25 (mm)>X>(((R1+R2)2?(R1?R2)2)1/2?L1)+7 (mm),

3.5 (mm)?Y>0.5 (mm), and
L1>0 (mm),
wherein as seen in a rotational axis direction of said first roller,
X is a distance (mm) between Lb and Lc, where Lb is a rectilinear line passing through a rotation center of said third roller
and perpendicular to an outer common tangential line L between said first roller and said second roller on a side contacting
said belt, and Lc is a rectilinear line passing through a rotation center of said urging roller and perpendicular to the outer
common tangential line L,

R1 is a radius (mm) of said first roller,
R2 is a radius (mm) of said urging roller,
L1 is a distance (mm) between the rectilinear line Lb and a rectilinear line La passing through a rotation center of said
first roller and perpendicular to the outer common tangential line L with the proviso that L1 is a positive value when Lb
is positioned upstream of La with respect to the movement direction of said belt, and

Y is a distance (mm) between the outer common tangential line L and a tangential line Ld of said urging roller parallel to
the outer common tangential line L on a side contacting said belt.

US Pat. No. 9,741,086

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a first image processor configured to obtain a first divided image among divided images generated by dividing a single image,
and further configured to perform, based on the obtained first divided image, image processing for a processing target pixel
on a first part of the first divided image with use of values of pixels surrounding the processing target pixel; and

a second image processor configured to obtain a second divided image adjacent to the first divided image among the divided
images and obtain a partial image of the first divided image comprising pixels surrounding a pixel included in the second
divided image, and further configured to perform, based on the obtained second divided image and the obtained partial image
of the first divided image, the image processing for a processing target pixel on the second divided image and a processing
target pixel on a second part of the first divided image with use of values of respective pixels surrounding the processing
target pixels,

wherein a processed image based on the image processing by the first image processor and the image processing by the second
image processor is outputted, the processed image comprising an image obtained by the image processing on the first divided
image and an image obtained by the image processing on the second divided image.

US Pat. No. 9,741,981

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS HAVING LOCK MECHANISM FOR LOCKING BATTERY ACCOMMODATED IN BATTERY COMPARTMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:
a battery compartment member configured to have a battery compartment formed therein for removably accommodating a battery
or a coupler;

a battery lid configured to be capable of opening and closing an insertion opening of the battery compartment;
a pivot shaft configured to pivotally support said battery lid;
a lock member configured to be brought into engagement with the battery or the coupler accommodated in the battery compartment
to thereby lock the battery or the coupler;

an urging member configured to urge said battery lid in an opening direction, wherein said lock member is provided such that
said lock member is capable of moving along an axis of said pivot shaft between a first position for being brought into engagement
with the battery or the coupler and a second position for releasing the engagement, and wherein said urging member is disposed
coaxially with said pivot shaft and urges said lock member toward the first position;

a restriction unit configured to restrict the pivotal motion of said lock member about said pivot shaft when said lock member
is positioned in the first position, and permit the pivotal motion of said lock member about said pivot shaft when said lock
member is positioned in the second position, and

a pivotal motion-causing unit configured to cause said lock member to pivotally move about said pivot shaft, when said lock
member is moved from the first position to the second position,

wherein said lock member is provided such that said lock member is capable of moving along the axis of said pivot shaft in
a state where pivotal motion thereof about said pivot shaft is restricted, and

wherein when said battery lid is closed, said battery lid is brought into engagement with said lock member positioned in the
first position, to thereby restrict movement of said lock member to the second position.

US Pat. No. 9,730,667

CONTROL APPARATUS AND TOMOGRAPHY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A tomography apparatus comprising:
a filter configured to adjust distribution of a radiation dose;
a radiation detection unit configured to detect a radiation dose transmitted through the filter and through an object,
wherein the filter comprises:
a plate filter including plate-shaped materials; and
a slope filter having two materials each having a slope surface, and disposed, at a predetermined interval, symmetrically
with respect to a straight line connecting a focal point of a radiation source and the radiation detection unit, and

wherein the shape of the filter is obtained by combining the plate filter and the slope filter.

US Pat. No. 9,727,000

DETERMINING SURFACE POTENTIAL OF IMAGE BEARING MEMBER OF IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member;
a charging portion that charges the image bearing member;
an exposure portion that exposes a surface of the charged image bearing member;
a developing portion that forms a toner image on the image bearing member by supplying toner to an electrostatic latent image
formed on the surface of the image bearing member;

a voltage application member that applies a voltage to the image bearing member in response to a voltage applied to the voltage
application member;

a voltage application portion that applies the voltage to the voltage application member;
a current detection portion that detects a current value flowing through the image bearing member;
a potential detection portion that determines a surface potential of the image bearing member on the basis of an applied voltage
value of a detection voltage applied to the voltage application member by the voltage application portion and a detected current
value detected by the current detection portion in response to the applied voltage; and

a control unit that sets an image formation condition for performing image formation in order to form the toner image on the
image bearing member on the basis of the surface potential determined by the potential detection portion,

wherein, when the surface potential is to be determined by the potential detection portion, the voltage application portion
applies the detection voltage after applying, to the voltage application member, a voltage having an opposite polarity to
an image formation voltage that is applied to the voltage application member during image formation, and

wherein when determining the surface potential,
the potential detection portion:
sets, as an actually measured correction potential value, a potential that is determined by having the voltage application
portion apply a voltage to the voltage application member after the voltage application portion has applied the voltage having
the opposite polarity to the image formation voltage to the voltage application member and the charging portion has charged
the image bearing member using a predetermined charging bias in order to set the surface potential of the image bearing member
at a correction reference potential; and

sets a difference between the actually measured correction potential value and the correction reference potential as a correction
value.

US Pat. No. 9,726,767

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising:
a conversion element configured to generate an image signal corresponding to radiation
a detection element configured to detect radiation;
a detection signal line connected to the detection element; and
a processing unit,
wherein the processing unit performs calculation of a signal from the detection element, during a period in which exposure
of radiation is being performed, for at least one of detecting a start of irradiation of radiation and measuring amount of
irradiation, and

the calculation is performed based on a signal provided from the detection signal line, a capacitance of the conversion element,
a parasitic capacitance between the conversion element and the detection signal line, and a capacitance of the detection element.

US Pat. No. 9,727,381

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND RESOURCE MANAGEMENT METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
one or more processors; and
a memory coupled to the one or more processors and having stored thereon instructions, which, when executed by the one or
more processors, cause the image forming apparatus to:

acquire information that defines an identifier of an application belonging to an application set and a use resource amount
declared for the application set;

specify an application set to which an application belongs, based on an identifier of the application in response to a call
of a resource acquisition API from the application, and specify a use resource amount declared for the specified application
set from the information;

when a value obtained by adding a resource amount requested by the application to a total resource amount used by the application
set exceeds the specified use resource amount, not transfer a resource object to the application, and when the value does
not exceed the use resource amount declared, transfer the resource object to the application; and

determine that the application which calls the resource acquisition API belongs to the application set and the application
is a target of group management to which a resource is assigned from resources shared in the application set,

wherein when the application is not a target of the group management, a use resource amount declared for the application is
specified from the information,

wherein when the application is not a target of the group management and the application exceeds the specified use resource
amount as a result of adding the resource amount requested by the application to the total resource amount used by the application,
the resource object is not transferred to the application, and when the application does not exceed the use resource amount
declared, the resource object is transferred to the application, and

wherein the group management is started by adding the information that defines the identifier of the application belonging
to the application set and the use resource amount declared for the application set, and is stopped by deleting the information.

US Pat. No. 9,756,671

COMMUNICATING APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communicating apparatus comprising:
a reception unit configured to be able to receive a plurality types of commands for performing wireless communication;
a determination unit configured to determine, based on a receiving order of the plurality types of commands, an operating
mode of the communicating apparatus from a software AP (Access Point) mode, a WiFi Direct mode, and a WiFi Direct extended
mode; and

an operating unit configured to operate the communicating apparatus in the operating mode determined by the determination
unit,

wherein the determination unit determines the operating mode to be the software AP mode, in a case where the reception unit
receives a probe request for searching an apparatus and a wireless connection request in succession,

the determination unit determines the operating mode to be the WiFi Direct extended mode, in a case where the reception unit
receives a probe request for searching an apparatus and a confirmation request which includes an attribute information of
the WiFi Direct extended mode in succession, and

the determination unit determines the operating mode to be the WiFi Direct mode, in a case where the reception unit receives
a probe request for searching an apparatus and a confirmation request which does not include the attribute information of
the WiFi Direct extended mode in succession, and

wherein the confirmation request is transmitted to confirm information of a partner apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,753,413

BELT UNIT HAVING A RESTRICTING PORTION FOR A STEERING ROLLER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A belt unit detachably attached to a main body of an image forming apparatus, the belt unit comprising:
an endless belt configured to be movably supported by a plurality of support rollers;
a steering roller included in the plurality of support rollers, and configured to move a position of the belt in a width-wise
direction by being rotated about a steering axis line crossing a rotary axis direction of the steering roller, the steering
roller automatically being inclined, in a case where the position of the belt in the width-wise direction is shifted to one
side while the belt is moving, in a direction with which the position of the belt in the width-wise direction is moved back
to the other side;

a supporting member configured to support the steering roller in such a manner that the steering roller is rotatable about
the steering axis line;

a frame configured to support the supporting member; and
a restricting portion configured to enable the steering roller to have an inclination of a maximum possible amount for moving
the position of the belt in the width-wise direction in a case where the belt unit is attached to the main body and while
the belt unit is moving, and to restrict the steering roller from having a predetermined inclination amount which is more
than the maximum possible amount at least in a case where the belt unit is detached from the main body.

US Pat. No. 9,754,197

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, PRINT DATA GENERATION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a conversion module configured to convert GDI format drawing data that is generated based on print processing of a GDI application
into XPS format drawing data; and

a printer driver configured to generate print data compatible with a printing apparatus from input XPS format drawing data,
wherein

in a case where the input XPS format drawing data is XPS format drawing data converted by the conversion module from GDI format
drawing data and the XPS format drawing data includes a graphics drawing command specifying an object width of 0, the printer
driver changes the graphics drawing command into a graphics drawing command specifying drawing with the minimum object width
that can be represented by the printing apparatus and generates the print data based on the drawing data including the graphics
drawing command to which the change has been applied.

US Pat. No. 9,708,149

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS INCLUDING STACKING TRAY ON WHICH SHEETS ARE STACKED, AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

6. An image forming system comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet;
a conveying unit configured to convey a sheet having an image formed thereon by said image forming unit;
a stacking tray on which a sheet conveyed by said conveying unit is stacked;
a first sheet detector configured to detect a sheet on a sheet stacking surface of said stacking tray;
a second sheet detector configured to detect a sheet within a predetermined range downward from the uppermost surface of sheets
stacked on said stacking tray; and

a controller configured to cause said conveying unit to stop conveyance of a sheet in a case where said first sheet detector
detects no sheet, and said second sheet detector detects a sheet during a sheet discharge operation for discharging a plurality
of sheets onto said stacking tray.

US Pat. No. 9,703,216

TONER USING SMALL-PARTICLE SIZE MAGNETIC IRON OXIDE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A magnetic toner comprising:
a magnetic toner particle that contains:
a binder resin; and
a coated magnetic iron oxide particle, the coated magnetic iron oxide particle being coated with a silicon compound and an
aluminum compound, and having number-average particle diameter ranging from 0.05 ?m to 0.15 ?m, wherein

a relationship between the number-average particle diameter (?m) of the coated magnetic iron oxide particle and the specific
surface area (m2/g) of the coated magnetic iron oxide particle, satisfies Expression (1) below:

[number-average particle diameter(?m)]×[specific surface area(m2/g)]?1.00(?m·m2/g)  (1),

the proportion of the coated magnetic iron oxide particle having a particle diameter smaller than 0.05 ?m is not more than
10 number % with respect to the total coated magnetic iron oxide particles, and

the shape of the coated magnetic iron oxide particle is octahedral.

US Pat. No. 9,703,245

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM PERFORMING TONER AMOUNT ADJUSTMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that forms an image on a printing medium by an electrophotographic system in accordance with
input image data, the apparatus comprising:
a plurality of image forming units configured to form images in colors different from one another;
a processor; and
a memory storing data, the processor and the memory configured to function as:
a determination unit configured to determine whether or not a number of pixels in which an image defect is expected to occur
is equal to or greater than a predetermined number of pixels based on a pixel value of image data that is used for image formation
in a second image forming unit located upstream of a first image forming unit, with respect to a conveyance direction of the
printing medium, among the plurality of image forming units; and

a toner amount adjustment unit configured to make a toner amount adjustment for the image data that is used for image formation
in the second image forming unit in a case that the number of pixels in which the image defect is expected to occur is equal
to or greater than the predetermined number of pixels as a result of determination by the determination unit.

US Pat. No. 9,704,024

OBJECT DISCRIMINATING APPARATUS AND METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An object discriminating apparatus comprising:
one or more processors; and
a memory coupled to the one or more processors, the memory having stored thereon instructions which, when executed by the
one or more processors, cause the apparatus to:

obtain an input image including an object;
extract a feature from the input image;
calculate, by collating the feature extracted from the input image with a feature of a previously registered registration
image, similarity between the object included in the input image and an object included in the registration image;

acquire a magnitude of a variation of the input image and a magnitude of a variation of the registration image;
calculate a value of a difference between the magnitude of the variation of the input image and the magnitude of the variation
of the registration image;

select a conversion model corresponding to the value of the difference from a plurality of conversion models;
convert the calculated similarity using the selected conversion model; and
determine, on the basis of the converted similarity, whether or not the object included in the input image is identical with
the object included in the registration image.

US Pat. No. 9,659,220

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR UPDATING SCENE MODEL AND VIDEO SURVEILLANCE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for updating a scene model in a video which is composed of a plurality of visual elements, comprising:
a classifying step for classifying the visual elements in a scene into stationary visual elements and moving visual elements
according to their appearance change rates;

a border determining step for determining borders from the scene according to a spatial distribution information of the stationary
visual elements and the moving visual elements elements wherein the spatial distribution information is a sum of a first density
of the stationary visual elements at a side of a position and a second density of the moving visual elements at another side
of the position and the position as the border is determined based on the sum of the first density and the second density;
and

an updating step for updating the scene model according to the determined borders in said scene.

US Pat. No. 9,692,935

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND MEDIUM WITH ADJUSTMENT LEVEL SETTING AND CHARGING LEVEL SETTING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus which is connected to a printing apparatus via a network, comprising:
a user interface which receives instruction of printing processing; and
a control unit including one or more processors and a memory, the control unit being configured to control a display on a
user interface screen, wherein

the user interface screen includes at least a first area that allows an adjustment level setting in image density adjustment
processing for a target page of print data and a second area that allows a charging level setting in stepwise charging for
the target page,

the stepwise charging is charging in which a charging amount increases stepwise as a toner consumption amount based on the
adjustment level increases and the charging level includes a plurality of steps in accordance with the toner consumption amount,
and

in a case where one of the adjustment level setting and the charging level setting is changed on the user interface screen,
the control unit controls so that the other setting is determined in accordance with the changed setting.

US Pat. No. 9,691,150

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
one or more processors; and
at least one memory coupled to the one or more processors, the at least one memory having instructions stored thereon which,
when executed by the one or more processors cause the image processing apparatus to:

obtain a first image generated by imaging an object using a first imaging apparatus, a second image generated by imaging the
object using a second imaging apparatus, and a third image generated by imaging the object using a third imaging apparatus
whose position is associated with the second imaging apparatus, and

align at least one of the first image or the third image so that the first image and the third image are aligned and align,
based on an alignment result between the first image and the third image, at least one of the first image or the second image
so that the first image and the second image are aligned.

US Pat. No. 9,653,994

POWER SUPPLY CIRCUIT AND APPARATUS INCLUDING THE CIRCUIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A device, comprising:
a first voltage generation unit configured to generate and supply a first voltage being used to driving a load to a power
line supplying power to the load;

a second voltage generation unit configured to generate and supply a second voltage lower than the first voltage to the power
line;

an acquiring unit configured to acquire a voltage value based on a voltage of the power line;
a determination unit configured to perform a determination to determine whether an electronic state is in an error state based
on a voltage value acquired by the acquiring unit, and

a control unit configured to control the first voltage generation unit and the second voltage generation unit,
wherein the determination unit performs a first determination to determine whether the electronic state is in the error state
based on an amount of change of a first acquired voltage value acquired per determined time acquired by the acquiring unit
under a condition in which the control unit controls the second voltage generation unit to supply the second voltage and the
first voltage generation unit to stop supplying of the first voltage after starting supply of the first voltage with the first
voltage generation unit, at a timing when a driving operation of the load is stopped after driving the load, and

wherein the control unit causes the device to stop an operation in a case where the determination unit determines that the
electric state is an error in the first determination.

US Pat. No. 9,653,498

IMAGING DEVICE HAVING ELECTRODE OVERLYING PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION LAYER AND HAVING ELECTRICAL CONTACT TO ELECTRODE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging device comprising:
a semiconductor substrate;
a plurality of pixels, each of the plurality of pixels including a transistor arranged in a pixel region of the semiconductor
substrate and a photoelectric conversion element including a first electrode provided above the semiconductor substrate, a
second electrode provided above the first electrode and a photoelectric conversion layer provided between the first electrode
and the second electrode;

a conductive member included in an interconnection layer provided between the semiconductor substrate and the first electrode;
and

a contact portion provided in the pixel region, the contact portion connecting the second electrode and the conductive member.

US Pat. No. 9,684,260

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH CONTROL OF TRANSFER BIAS AND CHARGING BIAS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member;
a charging device supplied with a DC bias and configured to electrically charge said photosensitive member;
a developing device configured to develop, into a toner image, an electrostatic latent image formed on said photosensitive
member charged by said charging device;

an intermediary transfer member onto which the toner image is transferred from said photosensitive member;
a transfer roller configured to transfer the toner image from said photosensitive member onto said intermediary transfer member;
a transfer bias applying device configured to apply a bias to said transfer roller;
a current detecting sensor configured to detect a current flowing through said transfer roller; and
a controller configured to control a transfer bias applied to said transfer roller during image formation on the basis of
a transfer bias which is determined, correspondingly to a bias causing a predetermined target current to flow through said
transfer roller, on the basis of a predetermined test bias applied to said transfer roller during non-image formation and
a value of a current flowing through said transfer roller under application of the predetermined test bias,

wherein when the determined transfer bias exceeds a predetermined upper limit, said controller sets the transfer bias applied
to said transfer roller during the image formation at the upper limit, and

wherein in a same environmental condition,
in a first case that the transfer bias applied to said transfer roller during the image formation is set at a value less than
the predetermined upper limit, said controller executes an operation in a first mode in which an absolute value of a charging
bias applied to said charging device is set at a first bias, and

in a second case that the transfer bias applied to said transfer roller during the image formation is set at the predetermined
upper limit and that a current-voltage characteristic of said transfer roller is such that value of a current flowing through
said transfer roller under application of the upper limit transfer bias to said transfer roller is not more than the predetermined
target current, said controller executes an operation in a second mode in which the absolute value of the charging bias applied
to said charging device is set at a second bias larger than the first bias.

US Pat. No. 9,684,277

PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE-FORMING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A process cartridge detachably mountable to a main body of an electrophotographic apparatus, comprising:
an electrophotographic photosensitive member, the electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising a support, a charge
generating layer and a charge transporting layer in this order, the charge transporting layer being adjacent to the charge
generating layer and being an outermost surface layer of the electrophotographic photosensitive member;

a charging device configured to contact the electrophotographic photosensitive member to charge the electrophotographic photosensitive
member; and

a developing device configured to supply a toner onto the electrophotographic photosensitive member to form a toner image,
wherein

the charge transporting layer contains at least one kind of resin selected from the group consisting of a polyarylate resin
and a polycarbonate resin, and containing in a structure thereof a polysiloxane structure represented by formula (1)


in which R11 to R14 each independently represent an alkyl group, a fluoroalkyl group, or a phenyl group, Z represents a hydrogen atom, a halogen
atom, an alkyl group, or an aryl group, and n represents 10 to 200,

the toner comprising a toner particle and an organic-inorganic composite fine particle present on a surface of the toner particle,
the organic-inorganic composite fine particle comprising an inorganic fine particle and a resin particle, and

the inorganic fine particle is present so that a protrusion derived from a particle shape of the inorganic fine particle is
formed on a surface of the resin particle.

US Pat. No. 9,646,397

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus which composes a plurality of images captured while changing an exposure amount, comprising:
a CPU implementing the functions of a displacement detection unit, a correction unit, a moving object region detection unit,
a moving object region composition unit, an image composition unit and a moving object processing unit, wherein:

the displacement detection unit is configured to detect a displacement amount between the plurality of images;
the correction unit is configured to correct a displacement between the images based on the displacement amount detected by
the displacement detection unit;

the moving object region detection unit is configured to detect a moving object region from the plurality of images for which
the displacement has been corrected;

the moving object region composition unit is configured to compose a detection result of an underexposed image and a correctly
exposed image with a detection result of the underexposed image and an overexposed image;

the image composition unit j configured to compose the plurality of images for which the displacement has been corrected to
generate a composite image; and

the moving object processing unit is configured to replace a region corresponding to the moving object region of the composite
image with an image obtained by performing weighted addition of the plurality of images.

US Pat. No. 9,639,759

VIDEO PROCESSING APPARATUS AND VIDEO PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory for storing instructions to be executed by the processor,
wherein when the instructions stored in the memory are executed by the processor, the processor functions as:
a detection unit configured to perform detection processing for detecting an object on a plurality of image frames;
a tracking unit configured to track the detected object;
a specifying unit configured to perform specifying processing for specifying classification of the detected object based on
image data of the detected object;

a determining unit configured to determine, an order of performing the specifying processing for a plurality of tracking objects
in a target image frame following the plurality of image frames such that the specifying processing for one or more tracking
objects whose classification is already specified a predetermined times by the specifying unit in the plurality of image frames
is performed later than one or more tracking objects whose classification is not specified the predetermined times by the
specifying unit in the plurality of image frames; and

a control unit configured to control the specifying unit to perform the specifying processing on the target image frame according
to the order determined by the determining unit.

US Pat. No. 9,672,063

SCHEDULING, INTERPRETING AND RASTERISING TASKS IN A MULTI-THREADED RASTER IMAGE PROCESSOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of rasterising a document using a plurality of threads, the method comprising:
interpreting objects of the document by performing interpreting tasks;
establishing a plurality of rasterising tasks associated with the performed interpreting tasks, each performed interpreting
task establishing a plurality of rasterising tasks;

estimating an amount of parallelisable work available to be performed using the plurality of threads, the amount of parallelisable
work being estimated using the established plurality of rasterising tasks and an expected number of interpreting tasks to
be performed, wherein the parallelizable work comprises one or more of the rasterizing tasks from the established plurality
of rasterizing tasks together with one or more of the interpreting tasks to be performed;

selecting, based on the estimated amount of parallelisable work, one of:
(i) an interpreting task to interpret objects of the document, and
(ii) a rasterising task from the established plurality of rasterising tasks; and
executing the selected task using at least one thread to rasterize the document.

US Pat. No. 9,639,784

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus having a multi-connection communication function for transmitting and receiving data blocks by using
a plurality of connections, the printing apparatus comprising:
a reading unit configured to read a document to generate image data;
a measurement unit configured to measure a communication environment between the printing apparatus and an external apparatus;
a determination unit configured to determine whether to use the multi-connection communication function based on the communication
environment measured by the measurement unit; and

a communication unit configured to transmit the image data generated by the reading unit to the external apparatus by using
the multi-connection communication function in a case where the determination unit determines to use the multi-connection
communication function, and to transmit the image data generated by the reading unit to the external apparatus without using
the multi-connection communication function in a case where the determination unit determines not to use the multi-connection
communication function,

wherein the document reading by the reading unit and the measurement of the communication environment by the measurement unit
are performed in parallel, and

in a case where the document reading by the reading unit is completed before the measurement of the communication environment
by the measurement unit is completed, the communication unit transmit the image data generated by the reading unit to the
external apparatus by using the multi-connection communication function prior to completing the measurement of the communication
environment.

US Pat. No. 9,670,026

READING APPARATUS AND RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A reading apparatus comprising:
a feeding tray on which a plurality of documents are stacked;
a feeding roller configured to feed a document stacked on the feeding tray;
a feeding pressure plate rotatably and swingable supported with a position on a downstream side of the feeding tray in a document
conveyance direction as a rotation center of the feeding pressure plate, and configured to pinch the plurality of documents
with the feeding roller;

an urging unit configured to urge the feeding pressure plate so as to cause the feeding pressure plate to move toward the
feeding roller when the number of the documents decreases;

a reading unit configured to read an image on a document fed by the feeding roller;
a discharge roller provided rotatably to the feeding pressure plate and discharges the document on which image read by the
reading unit to underneath the feeding pressure plate;

a driving source configured to drive the discharge roller; and
a rotating member provided coaxially with the rotation center of the feeding pressure plate and configured to transmit a driving
force from the driving source to the discharge roller.

US Pat. No. 9,672,603

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, DISPLAY APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD FOR DISPLAY APPARATUS FOR GENERATING AND DISPLAYING A COMBINED IMAGE OF A HIGH-DYNAMIC-RANGE IMAGE AND A LOW-DYNAMIC-RANGE IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing method comprising:
generating a combined image in which a second image is combined on a first image; and
outputting the combined image, wherein
when generating a combined image in which a second image with a narrower dynamic range than the first image is combined on
the first image, a combined image in which brightness of at least one region among a region of the second image and a region
of a periphery thereof is limited to a first threshold or lower is generated.

US Pat. No. 9,641,711

PRINTING SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing system comprising:
a printer for printing an image on a sheet;
a folder for folding the sheet on which the printer has printed the image into two or more pieces; and
a display for displaying at least one type of a sheet which the folder can fold distinctively from at least one type of a
sheet which the folder cannot fold.

US Pat. No. 9,641,720

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS SEARCHING OPERATION/JOB LOG INFORMATION BASED ON SELECTION OF DISPLAYED JOB/OPERATION LOG INFORMATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus including a display unit and a storage, comprising:
a memory; and
a processor in communication with the memory, wherein the processor controls to execute:
a first storage, configured to store, for each operation in an image processing apparatus, operation log information which
associates an operation ID of the operation, a document ID of document data to be subjected to the operation, and information
on an operator in the storage, wherein the operation log information is history information indicative of each input by the
operator via an operation unit of the image processing apparatus;

a second storage, configured to store, for each job executed in the image processing apparatus, job log information which
associates a job ID of the job, a document ID associated with the job, and information on an operator in the storage, wherein
the job log information is history information different from the operation log information and about each image forming process
to document data by the image processing apparatus, and wherein the job log information does not include the operation log
information;

a controller configured to control the display unit to display a first list window of the operation log information stored
in the first storage and a second list window of the job log information stored in the second storage;

a first selection unit, configured to allow a user to select operation log information via the first list window;
a second selection unit, configured to allow the user to select job log information via the second list window; and
a search unit, configured to search, when job log information is selected by the second selection unit, the first storage
for operation log information which matches at least either of the document ID and the information on the operator that are
contained in the selected job log information,

wherein the controller controls, when the job log information is selected by the second selection unit, the display unit to
display the operation log information found by the search unit,

wherein the search unit further searches, when operation log information is selected by the first selection unit, the second
storage for job log information which matches at least either of the document ID and the information on the operator that
are contained in the selected operation log information, and

wherein the controller further controls, when the operation log information is selected by the first selection unit, the display
unit to display the job log information found by the search unit.

US Pat. No. 9,669,630

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing liquid ejection heads, comprising the steps of:
forming ejection port members on a substrate, the ejection port members each having a liquid channel and an ejection port
for ejecting liquid through the liquid channel, the liquid channel communicating with the substrate;

forming supply ports passing through the substrate to supply liquid to the channels;
forming a separation groove in the substrate to separate the substrate for each liquid ejection head,
wherein the step of forming the ejection port members includes the step of hardening a material constituting the ejection
port members by heat treatment; and

the step of forming the separation groove is performed before the step of hardening; and
forming a supporting member on the substrate, the supporting member having high thermal conductivity to uniformly dissipate
heat,

wherein, the supply ports and the separation groove are formed to pass through the substrate and not to pass through the supporting
member.

US Pat. No. 9,672,452

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus configured to form an electrostatic image on a photosensitive member to be rotated, to develop
the electrostatic image using toner, and to transfer the developed toner image onto a recording medium to form an image on
the recording medium, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a scanner unit configured to form the electrostatic image on the photosensitive member by performing a number of scans with
a light beam in a main-scanning direction intersecting with a sub-scanning direction, which is perpendicular to a rotating
axis of the photosensitive member, and based on a plurality of line data which includes a plurality of pixel data of pixels
arranged in the main scanning direction; and

a processor configured to generate the plurality of line data based on an input image data and to correct the plurality of
line data based on a magnification data which represents an amount of magnification correction, wherein the processor is further
configured:

to generate a random number value,
to obtain, based on the magnification data, 1) a number of a line data of the plurality of line data to be added for magnification
correction for enlarging magnification of the line data in the sub-scanning direction, or 2) a number of a line data of the plurality of line data to be deleted for magnification correction for reducing magnification
of the line data in the sub-scanning direction,

to divide the plurality of line data generated based on the input image data into a plurality of groups including the plurality
of line data based on the number of the line data to be added or deleted,

to determine a range of the random number value based on the magnification data for specifying a position for inserting or
deleting a pixel for each divided group, and

to perform image processing for inserting a pixel into the line data at the specified position specified by the random number
value within the determined range so that at least one line data is added to the plurality of line data in each of the plurality
of groups, or for deleting a pixel from the line data at the specified position specified by the random number value within
the determined range so that at least one line data is deleted from the plurality of line data in each of the plurality of
groups, so that each of the plurality of groups is enlarged or reduced, respectively.

US Pat. No. 9,641,473

DATA COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, DATA COMMUNICATION APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a scanner unit configured to scan an image;
a setting unit configured to set a Post Office Protocol (POP) account issued to the image processing apparatus by a POP server,
wherein after issuing the POP account to the image processing apparatus, the POP server assigns a mailbox for incoming email
to the image processing apparatus;

a sending unit configured to send an e-mail, to which the image scanned by the scanner unit is attached, to a destination
in accordance with Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP);

an authentication unit configured to perform POP authentication using the POP account before sending the e-mail in accordance
with the SMTP;

a reception unit configured to receive a delete instruction from a user; and
a deletion request unit configured to request, based on the reception of the delete instruction, the POP server to delete
e-mails stored in the mailbox assigned to the image processing apparatus, the mailbox being included in the POP server and
corresponding to the POP account, without receiving the e-mails stored in the mailbox from the POP server,

wherein the image processing apparatus has an e-mail transmitting function but does not have an e-mail receiving function.

US Pat. No. 9,671,751

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, DEVELOPING APPARATUS, AND COUPLING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus cartridge comprising:
a casing;
a developer roller having an axis L1, the developer roller being rotatably supported in the casing to permit rotation about the axis L1; and

a coupling member having an axis L2 and including (i) a first end portion operatively connected with the developer roller, (ii) a second end portion having an
outermost surface, (iii) an axle portion connecting the first end portion and the second end portion to each other, and (iv)
at least one projection extending from the second end portion,

wherein, for at least part of the outermost surface of the second end portion, a maximum distance from the axis L2 to the outermost surface along a line perpendicular to the axis L2 increases as the distance along the axis L2 from the axle portion increases, and

wherein the coupling member is movable between (i) a first position in which a tip of the at least one projection is a first
distance away from the developer roller as measured in the direction of the axis L1 and (ii) a second position in which the tip of the at least one projection is a second distance away from the developer roller
as measured in the direction of the axis L1, with the first distance being greater than the second distance.

US Pat. No. 9,662,138

PUNCTURE CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A puncture control system for controlling an organ puncture system having a puncture needle, a detector for obtaining information
on a position of the puncture needle, and a target position obtaining unit for obtaining information on the target position,
the puncture control system comprising:
a trajectory error compensation unit that outputs a signal for compensating for a displacement of the puncture needle from
a target trajectory, based on the information on the position of the puncture needle obtained by the detector;

a displacement compensation unit whose initial control parameters are determined so as to correspond to a model representing
characteristics of the organ, the displacement compensation unit outputting a displacement compensation signal for minimizing
the displacement of the target position; and

an adder that outputs a signal obtained by adding the signal output by the trajectory error compensation unit and the displacement
compensation signal,

wherein a control force and a control torque of the puncture needle is determined based on the signal output from the adder,
and

wherein control parameters of each of the trajectory error compensation unit and the displacement compensation unit are revised
based on the state of the organ obtained by the target position obtaining unit.

US Pat. No. 9,665,026

TONER AND TWO-COMPONENT DEVELOPER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming method comprising a step of developing with a developer containing a toner, the toner comprising:
toner particles each of which contains a binder resin, a wax, and a coloring agent;
negatively chargeable silica fine particles A on surfaces of the toner particles, the silica fine particles A having a number-average
particle diameter (D1) of 60 to 300 nm, and an amount of the silica fine particles A is 2.0 parts by mass or more and 10.0
parts by mass or less when an amount of the toner particles is set to 100 parts by mass,

positively chargeable strontium titanate fine particles B adhering to the silica fine particles A electrostatically, the strontium
titanate fine particles B have a fixing rate of 0.10 to 0.60, and an amount of the strontium titanate fine particles B is
0.2 part by mass or more and 1.0 part by mass or less when an amount of the toner particles is set to 100 parts by mass, wherein

Y/X is 0.75 or more, where a coverage rate of the surfaces of the toner particles with the silica fine particles A is X (%),
X being 20 to 95%, and a coverage rate with the silica fine particles A fixed to the surfaces of the toner particles is Y
(%),

the step of developing includes a step of peeling the silica fine particles A and the strontium titanate fine particles B
to increase a charge quantity of the toner.

US Pat. No. 9,665,108

VIBRATION REDUCTION APPARATUS, LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A vibration reduction apparatus which reduces a vibration of a target object supported on a base, the apparatus comprising:
a first object supported by a first elastic member on the base;
a second object supported by a second elastic member on the first object;
a detection unit including a sensor having a first electrode provided on the first object and a second electrode provided
on the second object, and a processor configured to obtain a distance between the first electrode and the second electrode
using the sensor;

a first driving unit arranged between the base and the first object, and configured to drive the first object;
a first control unit configured to control the first driving unit so as to make the distance between the first electrode and
the second electrode constant based on a detection result by the detection unit;

a second driving unit arranged between the base and the target object, and configured to drive the target object; and
a second control unit configured to control the second driving unit so as to make a distance between the target object and
the second object constant,

wherein the second electrode and the processor are electrically connected to each other via the second elastic member.

US Pat. No. 9,632,481

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a first cartridge including a first photosensitive drum on which a latent image is formed and a first developing member to
supply toner to the latent image formed on the first photosensitive drum;

a second cartridge including a second photosensitive drum on which a latent image is formed and a second developing member
to supply toner to the latent image formed on the first photosensitive drum;

a cooling device configured to supply air;
a duct configured to introduce the air supplied from the cooling device to the first cartridge and the second cartridge, the
duct including a first opening whose position corresponds to a position of the first cartridge and a second opening whose
position corresponds to a position of the second cartridge;

wherein the first cartridge includes a movable first shielding member that is configured to shield the first opening, and
the second cartridge includes a movable second shielding member that is configured to shield the second opening,

a first contacting/separating unit movable to separate the first developing member from the first photosensitive drum and
to separate the second developing member from the second photosensitive drum, and

wherein a shielding amount in which the first shielding member shields the first opening in an axis direction along an axis
of the first photosensitive drum is less than a shielding amount in which the second shielding member shields the second opening
in the axis direction.

US Pat. No. 9,635,150

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A wireless communication apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a wireless communication interface,
wherein the processor is configured to function as following units:
a selection unit configured to select at least one function out of a plurality of functions of the wireless communication
apparatus;

a search unit configured to search for an external apparatus using the wireless communication interface;
a first identification unit configured to identify a service provided by the external apparatus, wherein the service is configured
to be used only after the wireless communication apparatus establishes communications with the external apparatus using the
wireless communication interface and a wireless network;

an acquisition unit configured to acquire functional information about a function of the external apparatus using the wireless
communication interface;

a determination unit configured to determine whether the external apparatus has a function paired with the at least one function,
wherein the determination unit determines that the function of the external apparatus is paired with the at least one function
if, based on the functional information acquired by the acquisition unit, the function of the external apparatus uses a service
in common with a service used by the at least one function and the function of the external apparatus is different from the
at least one function, and

wherein the determination unit executes the determination before the wireless communication apparatus establishes communications
with the external apparatus using the wireless communication interface and the wireless network; and

a control unit configured to perform control not to establish communications with the external apparatus using the wireless
communication interface and the wireless network if the determination unit determines that the external apparatus does not
have a function paired with the at least one function.

US Pat. No. 9,632,697

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus having a screen that accepts multi-touch instructions, the information processing apparatus
comprising:
a CPU; and
a memory storing a program that, when executed by the CPU, controls the information processing apparatus to:
displaying a document including an object on the screen;
perform a move operation when an instruction for a drop operation of the object is accepted at a second coordinate position
after an instruction for a drag operation of the object at a first coordinate position, the move operation moving the object
displayed on the screen from the first coordinate position to the second coordinate position; and

perform a change operation when a change instruction is accepted on the screen for a page change, the change operation changing
a page displayed on the screen,

wherein, in the move operation, during execution of the drag operation to drag the object from a first page, when a change
instruction is accepted to change a page displayed as a background of the dragged object on the screen from the first page
to a second page, and then when an instruction is accepted for the drop operation to drop the object onto the second coordinate
position on the second page after the change of the background page displayed on the screen to the second page, then the move
operation and the change operation are performed so that the object is moved from the first coordinate position on the first
page to the second coordinate position on the second page, and

wherein instructions for the drag operation and the change operation are made by different instruction members on the same
screen.

US Pat. No. 9,635,265

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

11. An image processing apparatus comprising:
at least one processor or circuit programmed to perform the functions of the following units:
a motion detection unit configured to detect motion of an object based on an output from an image pickup element;
a first calculation unit configured to calculate, based on an output from the motion detection unit, a move amount of the
object;

a second calculation unit configured to calculate, based on an output from a shake detection unit which detects a panning
amount of an image pickup apparatus which is panned, a move amount of the image pickup apparatus;

a control unit configured to perform control, based on a difference between information of the panning amount and information
of the move amount of the object, so as to correct the difference by moving an optical element in a direction different from
an optical axis direction; and

a determination unit configured to determine, based on the difference, whether to perform panning shot through use of the
optical element to correct the difference,

wherein the determination unit determines that when the difference is not greater than a first threshold, the panning shot
succeeds and performs the panning shot through the use of the optical element to correct the difference,

wherein the determination unit determines that when the difference is greater than the first threshold, the panning shot fails
and does not perform the panning shot through the use of the optical element to correct the difference.

US Pat. No. 9,625,688

OPTICAL SYSTEM AND IMAGING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical system having a focal length shorter than a back focus, comprising:
a first lens unit with positive or negative refractive power,
a second lens unit with positive refractive power in order an object side to an image side;
wherein the first lens unit is not moved during focusing and the second lens unit moves during focusing,
the second lens unit includes an image stabilizing lens unit moving in a direction including a component perpendicular to
an optical axis to move an imaging position, the image stabilizing lens unit is arranged at a position adjacent to an aperture
diaphragm on an image side, and a cemented lens obtained by cementing a positive lens and a negative lens, the cemented lens
being arranged on an object side of the aperture diaphragm,

where a focal length of the optical system is set to f, a focal length of the image stabilizing lens unit is set to fis, a
focal length of the cemented lens is set to fc, a distance on the optical axis from the aperture diaphragm to a lens surface
on the object side of the image stabilizing lens unit is set to Dis, and a distance from a lens surface on a side closest
to an object side of the optical system to a lens surface on a side closest to an image side of the optical system on the
optical axis with the optical system is focused on an infinite-distance object is set to DL, conditional expressions

0.00
0.3
0.3

US Pat. No. 9,618,873

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a main body;
a moving member movable with respect to the main body in a state of supporting an image forming portion comprising an image
bearing member, the moving member movable between an inside position located inside of the main body and an outside position
located outside of the main body, and in which at least a part of the image forming portion is removably mountable on the
moving member as a cartridge;

an exposure device configured to perform light exposure for forming an electrostatic latent image on the image bearing member
through an exposure opening provided in the moving member;

a shielding member provided on the moving member and configured to shield the exposure opening; and
a holding mechanism configured to hold the shielding member in a shielding position corresponding to the exposure opening
while the moving member is moved between the inside position and the outside position, and to hold the shielding member in
a non-shielding position in which the exposure opening is opened when the moving member is located in the inside position.

US Pat. No. 9,612,783

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF SEARCHING FOR PERIPHERAL DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
one or more processors; and
a memory storing instructions which, when executed by the processor, cause the information processing apparatus to function
as:

an obtaining unit that obtains information on a peripheral device by short distance wireless communication;
a first determination unit that determines whether the obtained information contains a network address of the peripheral device;
a second determination unit that determines whether or not the obtained information contains identification information of
the peripheral device in a case where the first determination unit determines that the obtained information does not contain
the network address of the peripheral device; and

a search unit that searches for peripheral devices on a network and identifies, from among the peripheral devices, a peripheral
device to which the same identification information as the obtained information contains has been set in a case where the
second determination unit determines that the obtained information contains identification information and an instruction
to search for a peripheral device is made.

US Pat. No. 9,606,462

TONER AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising a toner particle containing a binder resin, a colorant and a releasing agent, and an external additive
containing (i) an organic-inorganic composite fine particle having a number average particle diameter (D1) of 50-500 nm and
a shape factor SF-2 of 103-120 as measured at a magnification of 200,000, and (ii) an inorganic fine particle A having a BET
specific surface area of 50-400 m2/g, wherein
the organic-inorganic composite fine particle:
(1) comprises a resin particle and an inorganic fine particle B which is embedded in the resin particle, and has a surface
with a convex portion derived from the inorganic fine particle B;

(2) has a proportion Y (parts by mass) of a particle firmly fixed to the toner particle of 0.45 to 3.00 parts by mass with
respect to 100 parts by mass of the toner particle; and

(3) X-Y?0.30 when a content proportion of the organic-inorganic composite fine particle is X parts by mass with respect to
100 parts by mass of the toner particle;

the organic-inorganic composite fine particle has a unit diffusion index of 0.75 or more on the toner particle surface when
unit diffusion index=(organic-inorganic composite fine particle coverage ratio on toner particle surface obtained from measurement)/(organic-inorganic
composite fine particle coverage ratio on toner particle surface for ideal diffusion of organic-inorganic composite fine particle).

US Pat. No. 9,606,466

TONER AND TWO-COMPONENT DEVELOPER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising a toner particle comprising:
a binder resin comprising a resin having a polyester unit having a capped carboxy group as a terminal group, the capped carboxyl
group being a carboxy group capped with an aliphatic monoalcohol having 50-80 carbon atoms; and

a charge control agent comprising the compound represented by Formula [1]:

wherein A1, A2 and A3 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a nitro group, or a halogen atom; B1 represents a hydrogen atom or alkyl group; M represents an iron atom, a chromium atom or an aluminum atom; and X+ represents a hydrogen ion, an alkali metal ion, an ammonium ion or an alkylammonium ion, or mixed ions of two or more of
these ions.

US Pat. No. 9,609,355

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS TO WHICH MOVING VECTOR SEARCH TECHNIQUE IS APPLICABLE, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
at least one processor which executes a program stored in a memory, wherein the at least one processor functions as a motion
vector search unit and a control unit, and wherein

the motion vector search unit is configured to search for a motion vector of a reference image later input with respect to
a standard image input previously; and

the control unit is configured to change, based on position-posture change information about an image pickup apparatus and
image stabilization control information, at least one of a search range and a search position of a motion vector searched
by said motion vector search unit.

US Pat. No. 9,607,163

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus capable of communicating with a network device, the information processing apparatus
comprising:
an acceptance unit configured to accept an edit of a file including a plurality of setting items;
a determination unit configured to determine whether or not the information processing apparatus supports a version corresponding
to the plurality of setting items included in the file, in response to the acceptance of the edit by the acceptance unit;
and

a display control unit configured to: in a case where the determination unit determines that the information processing apparatus
supports the version corresponding to the plurality of setting items included in the file, display an edit screen of the file
on a display unit of the information processing apparatus; and in a case where the determination unit determines that the
information processing apparatus does not support the version corresponding to the plurality of setting items included in
the file, display the edit screen of the file on the display unit of the information processing apparatus, using edit screen
data for a display process by a network device that supports the version.

US Pat. No. 9,607,439

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information-processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a line-of-sight direction of an observer who observes a first three-dimensional
virtual object having a first cross section, arranged in a virtual space and having at least one cross section;

an image generation unit configured to generate, based on the line-of-sight direction of the observer and a first normal vector
of the first cross section, a second three-dimensional virtual object having a second cross section, wherein a second normal
vector which is a normal vector of the second cross section is different from the first normal vector;

an output unit configured to output an image of the second three-dimensional virtual object generated by said image generation
unit; and

an operation unit configured to accept an indication from the observer to move the second cross section,
wherein said image generation unit is operable to generate the second three-dimensional virtual object in a state in which
the second cross section is moved by a predetermined distance in a direction of the normal vector of the second cross section
based on an operation by said operation unit,

said operation unit is configured to accept an indication of a first direction, an indication of a second direction opposite
to the first direction, an indication of a third direction perpendicular to the first direction, and an indication of a fourth
direction opposite to the third direction, and

in a case in which an angle ? formed by the line-of-sight direction and a normal direction of the second cross section falls
within a first angle range, said image generation unit is operable to generate the second three-dimensional virtual object
in the state in which the second cross section is moved in a first moving direction based on the indication of the first direction
in said operation unit and to generate the second three-dimensional virtual object in the state in which the second cross
section is moved in a second moving direction opposite to the first moving direction based on the indication of the second
direction in said operation unit,

in a case in which the angle ? falls within a second angle range different from the first angle range, said image generation
unit is operable to generate the second three-dimensional virtual object in the state in which the second cross section is
moved in the second moving direction based on the indication of the first direction in said operation unit and to generate
the second three-dimensional virtual object in the state in which the second cross section is moved in the first moving direction
based on the indication of the second direction in said operation unit,

in a case in which the angle ? falls within a third angle range different from the first angle range and the second angle
range, and a sign of a value of an outer product of a vector of the line-of-sight direction and the normal vector of the second
cross-section is positive, said image generation unit is operable to generate the second three-dimensional virtual object
in the state in which the second cross section is moved in a third moving direction based on the indication of the third direction
in said operation unit and to generate the second three-dimensional virtual object in the state in which the second cross
section is moved in a fourth moving direction opposite to the third moving direction based on the indication of the fourth
direction in said operation unit, and

in a case in which the angle ? falls within the third angle range and the sign of the value of the outer product of the vector
of the line-of-sight direction and the normal vector of the second cross-section is negative, said image generation unit is
operable to generate the second three-dimensional virtual object in the state in which the second cross section is moved in
the fourth moving direction based on the indication of the third direction in said operation unit and to generate the second
three-dimensional virtual object in the state in which the second cross section is moved in the third moving direction based
on the indication of the fourth direction in said operation unit.

US Pat. No. 9,606,425

IMAGING OPTICAL SYSTEM, OPTICAL APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROJECTION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging optical system that images an image on one conjugate surface of an enlargement side conjugate surface and a
reduction side conjugate surface onto the other conjugate surface, the imaging optical system comprising:
in order from the reduction side conjugate surface to the enlargement side conjugate surface,
a refractive optical system; and
a reflective optical system,
wherein the refractive optical system forms an intermediate real image at an intermediate imaging position inside the refractive
optical system,

wherein the reflective optical system includes a convex mirror disposed closest to the enlargement side conjugate surface,
and

wherein the following conditional expression is satisfied:
0.01?|fL/fM|?0.50

where fL is a focal length of the refractive optical system, and fM is a focal length of the reflective optical system.

US Pat. No. 9,602,682

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, SYSTEM, AND METHODS OF CONTROLLING THESE, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
at least one memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes instructions, of the set of instructions, to:
establish a connection with an information processing apparatus that remotely maintains the image processing apparatus;
receive, from the connected information processing apparatus, a transition instruction of a screen; and
display a first screen on an operation unit according to the received transition instruction to the first screen,
wherein a display of a second screen on the operation unit according to the received transition instruction to the second
screen is restricted,

wherein, in accordance with the transition instruction to the second screen, the second screen is displayed on a display of
the information processing apparatus, and

wherein, in a case where the transition instruction to the second screen is received and a predetermined operation is input
through the operation unit, the second screen is displayed on the operation unit.

US Pat. No. 9,602,692

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS WHICH SUPPORTS MULTIPLE SESSIONS INCLUDING DEEMED VOICE FACSIMILE TRANSMISSION, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus capable of simultaneously performing a plurality of sessions at least including a voice call
and facsimile communication using deemed voice, comprising:
a telephone control unit configured to control an analog telephone;
a plurality of modems configured to control the facsimile communication using deemed voice;
a plurality of pulse code modulation units configured to input and output encoded voice data;
a plurality of selectors configured to connect any of the telephone control unit and one of the plurality of modems to any
of the plurality of pulse code modulation units; and

a control unit configured to control the plurality of selectors according to requested processing to connect any of the telephone
control unit and the plurality of modems to any of the plurality of pulse code modulation units, thereby performing the processing,
wherein

the plurality of modems include a first modem and a second modem,
the plurality of pulse code modulation units include a first pulse code modulation unit and a second pulse code modulation
unit, and

the control unit includes a determination unit configured to determine whether or not each of the first and second pulse code
modulation units is being used, when it is detected that a handset or a slave telephone provided in the image processing apparatus
is in an off-hook state, wherein the control unit

controls the plurality of selectors to connect the telephone control unit to the first pulse code modulation unit, in a case
where the determination unit determines that the first pulse code modulation unit is not used, and

controls the plurality of selectors to disconnect the telephone control unit from the first pulse code modulation unit and
to connect the first modem to the first pulse code modulation unit, thereby starting the facsimile communication using deemed
voice, in a case where it is detected that a predetermined button is pressed during a call.

US Pat. No. 9,599,919

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner having a toner particle comprising a binder resin, said binder resin comprising a styrene acrylic resin and a linear
block polymer, wherein
the block polymer has a polyester segment and a vinyl polymer segment,
the melting point (Tm) of the block polymer is 55° C. to 90° C.,
the polyester segment has at least two structures selected from structures represented by the following formulas (1) to (3),
or a structure represented by the following formula (3),

the solubility parameter (SP) value of the polyester segment is 9.40 to 9.85, and
the weight-average molecular weight (Mw) of the vinyl polymer segment is 4000 to 15000:

(m represents an integer of 6 to 14),

(n represents an integer of 6 to 16), and

(p represents an integer of 5 to 15).

US Pat. No. 9,597,875

PRINTING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING PRINTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a print head configured to perform a printing operation for printing an image on a sheet;
a drive source configured to rotate in a first direction and a second direction, the second direction being opposite to the
first direction;

a discharge roller configured to discharge the sheet printed by the print head when the drive source rotates in the first
direction;

a discharge tray configured to be opened and closed with respect to the printing apparatus, the discharge tray being opened
in a case where a rotation amount of the drive source in the first direction is equal to or larger than a predetermined rotation
amount;

a recovery unit configured to be driven by rotation of the drive source in the first direction so as to perform a recovery
operation for recovering the print head, the recovery unit being moveable, during the recovery operation, to a first position
for allowing performance of the printing operation and a second position for not allowing performance of the printing operation;
and

a control unit configured to rotate the drive source in the second direction so as to inhibit the drive source from rotating
a rotation amount in the first direction that is equal to or larger than the predetermined rotation amount during the recovery
operation;

wherein, in a case where the recovery unit is in the first position, the control unit determines whether a particular job
has been received, and in a case where the recovery unit is in the second position, the control unit does not determine whether
a particular job has been received,

wherein, in a case where the control unit determines that the particular job has been received, the control unit suspends
the recovery operation and executes the particular job.

US Pat. No. 9,599,171

ONE-WAY CLUTCH AND SHEET FEEDING ROLLER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A one-way clutch comprising:
an inner ring provided with a non-circular inserting opening for permitting insertion of a non-circular portion of a rotation
shaft and rotatable integrally with the rotation shaft by being engaged with the rotation shaft;

an outer ring engaged with an outer peripheral surface of said inner ring and rotatable in one direction relative to said
inner ring and non-rotatable in a direction opposite to said one direction; and

an elastic metal plate member, provided at one end portion of said inner ring with respect to a rotational axis of said inner
ring and engaged with said inner ring, for limiting movement of said inner ring relative to said outer ring in the rotational
axis direction of said inner ring,

wherein said elastic metal plate member includes a leaf spring portion, and
wherein said leaf spring portion is inserted into the non-circular inserting opening, and when the rotation shaft is mounted,
said leaf spring portion is positioned in a gap formed between said inner ring and the rotation shaft with respect to a rotational
direction of the rotation shaft to absorb play between said inner ring and the rotation shaft.

US Pat. No. 9,597,893

ELEMENT SUBSTRATE AND LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An element substrate comprising:
a plurality of electrothermal transducers arranged in a predetermined direction; and
a plurality of driver transistors respectively corresponding to the plurality of electrothermal transducers and configured
to drive the plurality of electrothermal transducers,

wherein each of the plurality of driver transistors is divided into a plurality of portions by dividing a diffusion layer
of a drain electrode of the transistor into a plurality of diffusion layer portions of the drain electrode in a direction
intersecting the predetermined direction,

the plurality of divided portions are connected and the plurality of divided diffusion layer portions are connected to form
one driver transistor, and connected to the corresponding electrothermal transducer, and

wherein the element substrate has a side which is diagonally extended with respect to the predetermined direction, and the
plurality of divided portions are arranged stepwise along the side.

US Pat. No. 9,599,947

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus that prints an image using a printing material, the printing apparatus comprising:
a receiving unit configured to receive print data;
a selecting unit configured to select a printing mode from among a plurality of printing modes according to a user setting;
a rendering unit configured to generate raster data based on the print data;
a printing unit configured to print the image based on the raster data using the printing material according to the selected
printing mode;

an acquiring unit configured to acquire a dot count value of the raster data; and
a calculating unit configured to calculate, based on the acquired dot count value and the selected printing mode, an estimation
value of consumption amount of the printing material consumed in the printing,

wherein, in at least one of the plurality of printing modes, the raster data can include at least a first dot and a second
dot of which pulse width is narrower than a pulse width of the first dot,

the widest pulse width of a dot that the raster data can include differs based on the selected printing mode, and
one or more predefined correction coefficients used for calculating the estimation value differs according to a width of a
dot in the raster data.

US Pat. No. 9,600,020

SPREAD SPECTRUM CLOCK GENERATION CIRCUIT, CLOCK TRANSFER CIRCUIT, INTEGRATED CIRCUIT, AND IMAGE READING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A spread spectrum clock generation circuit comprising:
a generation unit that has a terminal to receive a reference clock and that generates a spread spectrum clock based on the
reference clock;

a monitoring unit configured to monitor a difference between the number of pulses of a reference clock input to the generation
unit after a reference time and the number of pulses of a spread spectrum clock output from the generation unit after the
reference time, the monitoring unit including

a first cyclic shift register driven by the reference clock,
a second cyclic shift register driven by the spread spectrum clock,
a set/reset flip-flop circuit group, an internal state of which is determined in accordance with an output from the first
cyclic shift register and an output from the second cyclic shift register, and

an acquisition unit that is electrically connected to the set/reset flip-flop circuit group to acquire the difference based
on an output from the set/reset flip-flop circuit group; and

a controller configured to control a frequency of a spread spectrum clock to be generated by the generation unit so as to
make the difference fall within the number of stages of each of the first and second cyclic shift registers,

wherein a frequency of the reference clock is constant over time.

US Pat. No. 9,596,336

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS CONNECTABLE TO EXTERNAL APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus connectable to an external apparatus via first communication unit and second communication unit
different from the first communication unit, comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain device information about the external apparatus from the external apparatus via the
first communication unit;

a connection unit configured to perform connection processing to the external apparatus via the second communication unit
based on the device information; and

a control unit configured to determine an internal state of the communication apparatus and to control a connection to the
external apparatus via the second communication unit in accordance with a determination result,

wherein the control unit changes a determination timing in accordance with a type of the external apparatus determined based
on the device information obtained via the first communication unit, the determination timing is a timing at which the control
unit determines the internal state of the communication apparatus,

wherein the determination timing when the type of the external apparatus is not a handheld device is earlier than the determination
timing when the type of the external apparatus is a handheld device.

US Pat. No. 9,594,314

EXPOSURE APPARATUS, ALIGNMENT METHOD, AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An exposure apparatus configured to expose a pattern on a substrate, the apparatus comprising:
a first detector configured to detect a shape of the substrate;
a first alignment unit configured to conduct a first alignment of the substrate based on a detection result of the first detector;
a second detector configured to detect a mark formed on the substrate that was aligned by the first alignment unit;
a second alignment unit configured to conduct a second alignment of the substrate that was aligned by the first alignment
unit based on a detection result of the second detector; and

a controller,
wherein, in a case where the first alignment of the substrate under a first condition cannot be conducted normally, the controller
is configured to control the first alignment unit so that the first alignment of the substrate under a second condition is
conducted,

wherein the first alignment of the substrate under the first condition enables the second detector to detect the mark in a
first view and the first alignment of the substrate under the second condition enables the second detector to detect the mark
in a second view which is wider than the first view,

wherein, in a case where the first alignment of the substrate was conducted under the first condition, the controller is configured
to control the second alignment unit so that the second alignment of the substrate is conducted based on a detection result
of the second detector which detects the mark in the first view,

and wherein, in a case where the first alignment of the substrate was conducted under the second condition, the controller
is configured to control the second alignment unit so that the second alignment of the substrate is conducted based on a detection
result of the second detector which detects the mark in the second view.

US Pat. No. 9,594,060

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUISITION APPARATUS, OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUISITION METHOD AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An object information acquisition apparatus, comprising:
a plurality of acoustic wave detecting elements configured to detect an photoacoustic wave generated when an object is irradiated
with light and output time-series detection signals;

a member disposed outside the object; and
a signal processing unit configured to acquire optical property information inside the object by performing an iterative reconstruction
method in accordance with the time-series detection signals and a matrix which represents reflection of the photoacoustic
wave deriving from the member.

US Pat. No. 9,594,320

TONER AND METHOD OF PRODUCING THE TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner, comprising a toner particle comprising a core particle containing a binder resin and a colorant;
the toner particle having a protrusion on a surface thereof, the protrusion containing an olefin-based polymer having a cyclic
olefin structure containing a copolymer obtained from an acyclic C2-12 olefin and a cyclic C3-17 olefin, wherein

an average radius of curvature of the protrusion Rs (?m) is 0.004Rc to 0.100Rc ?m and an average of a surface coverage 100×S1/S
is 5 to 90%, when

an average particle diameter of the core particle is defined as Rc (?m),
a projected area of the toner particle is defined as S, and
a projected area of the protrusion is defined as S1,
Rs (?m), Rc (?m), S and S1 being calculated from a planar projected image of an image of the toner particle photographed with
a scanning electron microscope.

US Pat. No. 9,596,403

DISTANCE DETECTING DEVICE, IMAGING APPARATUS, DISTANCE DETECTING METHOD AND PARALLAX-AMOUNT DETECTING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A distance detecting device comprising:
a processor; and
a memory containing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform operations comprising:
correcting at least one of first and second signals corresponding to first and second luminous fluxes passing through first
and second pupil regions, respectively, of an exit pupil in an imaging optical system by using one of a band pass filter having
a lower number of cells in a first direction than a number of cells in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction,
and a phase correction filter having a higher number of cells in the first direction than the number of cells in the second
direction; and

calculating a distance to a target of imaging based on the corrected at least one of the first and second signals.

US Pat. No. 9,586,780

PRINTING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

a determination unit configured to determine whether to convey the succeeding sheet to a position facing the printing unit
while keeping the overlap state or to convey the succeeding sheet to the position after cancelling the overlap state.

US Pat. No. 9,591,200

IMAGING APPARATUS AND ACCESSORY, AND METHOD AND SYSTEM OF THE SAME, AND MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

22. A control method of an imaging apparatus including a first terminal and a second terminal, to which an accessory is detachably
attached, said accessory including an optical member, the control method comprising:
a signal generation step of generating a vertical synchronizing signal and outputting the vertical synchronizing signal;
an imaging step of accumulating charges for generating an imaging signal in synchronization with the vertical synchronizing
signal;

a sending step of sending a clock signal to the accessory via the first terminal; and
a data communication step of communicating data with the accessory via the second terminal based on the clock signal,
wherein the data communication step is configured to communicate cyclically with the accessory via the second terminal, predetermined
bytes of data on predetermined items including data relating to driving control of the optical member, in synchronization
with the vertical synchronizing signal, and control driving of the optical member based on timing at which a signal level
of the first terminal is changed in association with sending the clock signal corresponding to the vertical synchronizing
signal.

US Pat. No. 9,588,474

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a sheet stacking portion on which a sheet is stacked;
a feed portion feeding the sheet stacked on the sheet stacking portion;
a transfer portion transferring a toner image onto the sheet fed by the feed portion by a transfer bias applied to the transfer
portion;

a first conductive member electrically connected with a grounding portion;
a second conductive member provided contactably with the first conductive member and configured to electrically connect with
the sheet stacking portion;

a switching portion bringing the first conductive member into contact with the second conductive member and separating the
first conductive member from the second conductive member, switching the sheet stacking portion into a grounded condition
in response to contacting the first conductive member with the second conductive member, and switching the sheet stacking
portion into an insulated condition in response to separating the first conductive member from the second conductive member;
and

a control portion controlling the switching portion such that the sheet stacking portion is switched from the grounded condition
to the insulated condition every time one stacked sheet is fed.

US Pat. No. 9,579,888

RECORDING ELEMENT SUBSTRATE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A substrate, comprising:
a first and a second element arrays in each of which a plurality of elements is arrayed along a first direction of the substrate;
a first and a second pad arrays in which a plurality of pads is arrayed along respective two opposite sides extending along
a second direction of the substrate;

a reception circuit configured to receive low voltage differential signals for driving the elements;
a data generation circuit configured to generate data corresponding to the first and the second element arrays, respectively
based on received data;

a signal generation circuit configured to generate a period signal for determining a drive period of the elements based on
the generated data;

a confirmation circuit configured to confirm erroneous reception or transmission of data during a transfer; and
an output circuit configured to output information related to the substrate,
wherein the signal generation circuit, the reception circuit, and the data generation circuit are disposed in a first region
between the first and second element arrays and the first pad array, and

wherein the output circuit is disposed in a second region between the first and second element arrays and the second pad array.

US Pat. No. 9,582,241

CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus for controlling a display apparatus having a backlight of which emission brightness is controlled for
each of a plurality of blocks of a screen, and a display panel which displays an image on the screen by transmitting light
from the backlight, wherein each of the plurality of blocks corresponds to a plurality of pixels being backlit with light
of a common brightness, the control apparatus comprising:
a control unit that sets, in a case of displaying a first image, a plurality of first blocks, and sets, in a case of displaying
a second image formed by enlarging the first image, according to an enlargement ratio of the second image relative to the
first image, a plurality of second blocks of which a size is larger than a size of the first blocks, wherein an enlargement
ratio of a second block relative to a first block is an enlargement ratio that is substantially equal to the enlargement ratio
of the second image relative to the first image, and wherein in a case of displaying the first image, a size of each of the
plurality of first blocks corresponds to a minimum controllable size for the backlight, and in a case of displaying the second
image, the size of each of the plurality of second blocks is greater than the size of each of the plurality of first blocks
by a factor of the enlargement ratio of the second block relative to the first block, and wherein

in a case of displaying the first image, the backlight emits, for each of the plurality of first blocks, light with brightness
according to brightness of each portion of the first image to be displayed in each first block, and

in a case of displaying the second image, the backlight emits, for each of the plurality of second blocks, light with brightness
according to brightness of that portion of the first image which was previously displayed in each first block whose position
in the first image corresponds to position of each second block in the second image.

US Pat. No. 9,575,439

TRANSFER MEMBER FOR ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHY AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A transfer member for electrophotography comprising a surface layer having a surface for carrying toner, the surface layer
containing a graft type copolymer comprising a polymer having a structure represented by formula (1) as a main chain, and
a group containing a structure represented by formula (2) bonded to the main chain as a side chain and
a group containing a structure represented by formula (3) bonded to the main chain as a side chain; and
the surface of the surface layer has a matrix phase formed by a group containing a structure represented by formula (2), and
a domain phase formed by a group containing a structure represented by formula (3), wherein
in the copolymer the mass ratio of the group containing the structure represented by formula (2) to the main chain is 5 to
40 mass %, and the mass ratio of the group containing the structure represented by formula (3) to the main chain is 10 to
25 mass %:


wherein R1 represents a hydrogen atom or a methyl group; R2 represents a hydrogen atom or a hydrocarbon group having 1 to 10 carbon atoms; and n0 represents an integer of 2 or more,


wherein R3, R4, R5, R6, R7, R8 and R9 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or a hydrocarbon group having 1 to 10 carbon atoms; and m represents an integer
of 2 or more,


wherein X represents a fluorine atom or trifluorocarbon; p and q each independently represent an integer of 0 or more; and
“p+q” represents an integer of 2 or more.

US Pat. No. 9,575,296

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens, comprising, in sequential order from an object side to an image side:
a first lens unit having a negative refractive power; and
a second lens unit having a positive refractive power, the first lens unit and the second lens unit moving along respective
loci different from each other during zooming,

wherein the first lens unit includes a cemented lens G1b including a positive lens and a negative lens cemented to each other, and having a positive refractive power as a whole,

wherein the second lens unit includes a positive lens satisfying conditional expressions,
85.0
?0.25
?Ct=(nC?nt)(nF?nC),
where nC, nt and nF are refractive indices of a lens material for a C-line, a t-line and an F-line, respectively, and ?d is
an Abbe number for a d-line, and
wherein conditional expressions,
0.016<1/?dp?1/?dn<0.060, and

1.3 are satisfied where ?dp is an Abbe number of a material of the positive lens included in the cemented lens G1b, ?dn is an Abbe number of a material of the negative lens included in the cemented lens G1b, hw is an incident height of marginal rays of an on-axis light flux passing through the positive lens included in the second
lens unit at a wide angle end, and fw is a focal length of an entire system at the wide angle end.

US Pat. No. 9,568,729

OPTICAL APPARATUS, PROJECTION OPTICAL SYSTEM, EXPOSURE APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical apparatus for deforming a reflecting surface of a mirror, comprising:
a base plate;
a plurality of first actuators each having a first terminal connected to a surface opposite to the reflecting surface of the
mirror and a second terminal connected to the base plate, and configured to apply a force to the surface opposite to the reflecting
surface by deforming so as to change a distance between the first terminal and the second terminal;

a plurality of second actuators each having rigidity lower than that of the first actuators, arranged between the mirror and
the base plate, and configured to apply a force to the surface opposite to the reflecting surface;

a sensor configured to detect information indicating a driving status of each of the plurality of first actuators; and
a control unit configured to control, based on an output of the sensor, driving of each of the plurality of first actuators
and driving of each of the plurality of second actuators so that a shape of the reflecting surface is changed to a target
shape.

US Pat. No. 9,568,860

DEVELOPER CONTAINER, DEVELOPMENT DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

19. A developer container comprising:
a frame member configured to store developer and having a first side and a second side that is a backside of the first side
of the frame member; and

a conductive member including resin, wherein the conductive member is configured to detect a developer amount by using capacitance,
wherein a conductive resin first portion of the conductive member is provided along the first side of the frame member to
be in contact with the developer and a conductive resin second portion of the conductive member is provided along the second
side of the frame member,

wherein a conductive resin joint portion of the conductive member is provided to connect the first portion and the second
portion to each other through the frame member, and

wherein the resin in the first portion, the second portion and the joint portion is the same resin.

US Pat. No. 9,565,384

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising:
a sensor; and
a control unit configured to control the sensor,
wherein the sensor includes:
a conversion element configured to convert radiation into a signal;
a first reset unit configured to supply a voltage to reset the conversion element;
a holding unit configured to hold a voltage according to a signal from the conversion element;
a second reset unit configured to reset the holding unit;
a first sampling unit configured to sample a signal according to a voltage held by the holding unit; and
a second sampling unit configured to sample a signal according to a voltage held by the holding unit, and
wherein the control unit is configured to control the sensor to alternate a first operation and a second operation, the first
operation being that the first sampling unit samples a first signal according to a voltage held by the holding unit and changed
according to an amount of radiation converted by the conversion element after the holding unit holds a voltage according to
the voltage supplied by the first reset unit to reset the conversion element, and the second operation being that the first
reset unit resets the conversion element after the second sampling unit samples a second signal according to a voltage of
the holding unit being reset in a period in which the second reset unit is resetting the holding unit.

US Pat. No. 9,563,103

IMAGE STABILIZATION APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE STABILIZATION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image stabilization apparatus comprising:
a first optical correction unit;
a second optical correction unit that is arranged at a position different from the first optical correction unit in an optical
axis direction;

a control unit configured to execute a first control mode in which a shake is optically corrected by moving the first optical
correction unit in a direction that is different from an optical axis based on a shake correction signal calculated from output
from a shake detection unit, and in which the second optical correction unit is moved in a direction different from the optical
axis using position information of the first optical correction unit after being moved, and a second control mode in which
a shake is optically corrected by moving, based on the shake correction signal, the first optical correction unit and the
second optical correction unit in a direction that is different from the optical axis, the second optical correction unit
being moved without using position information of the first optical correction unit after being moved; and

an obtaining unit configured to obtain an image shooting condition;
wherein in accordance with the image shooting condition, the control unit switches between the first control mode and the
second control mode.

US Pat. No. 9,557,167

THREE-DIMENSIONAL-SHAPE MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, THREE-DIMENSIONAL-SHAPE MEASUREMENT METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A three-dimensional-shape measurement apparatus comprising:
one or more processors; and
one or more memories coupled to the one or more processors and having instructions stored thereon which, when executed by
the one or more processors, cause the three-dimensional-shape measurement apparatus to:

acquire first captured images of a space onto which a first pattern formed from a bright portion and a dark portion has been
projected;

acquire second captured images of the space onto which has been projected a second pattern formed from a bright portion and
a dark portion and having a boundary position between the bright portion and the dark portion that is different from a boundary
position between the bright portion and the dark portion of the first pattern;

select, for each of at least one predetermined region of the first captured images or the second captured images, based on
a luminance value in the first captured images and a luminance value in the second captured images, one of the first captured
images and the second captured images containing the at least one predetermined region as a selection image to be used for
three-dimensional-shape measurement; and

perform three-dimensional-shape measurement of an object included in the space based on the selection image,
wherein the first captured images include a first non-inverted image as a captured image of the space onto which the first
pattern has been projected and a first inverted image as a captured image of the space onto which a first reversed pattern
obtained by inverting the bright portion and the dark portion of the first pattern has been projected, and

wherein the second captured images include a second non-inverted image as a captured image of the space onto which the second
pattern has been projected and a second inverted image as a captured image of the space onto which a second reversed pattern
obtained by inverting the bright portion and the dark portion of the second pattern has been projected.

US Pat. No. 9,557,679

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS EMPLOYING OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS THAT SCANS USING MULTIPLE BEAMS OF LIGHT EMITTED FROM MULTIPLE LIGHT SOURCES DRIVEN BY MULTIPLE DRIVING ICS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member;
an optical scanning apparatus including:
a semiconductor laser having a plurality of light sources each configured to emit laser beams for forming an electrostatic
latent image on the photosensitive member, the plurality of light sources including at least first, second, third and fourth
light sources, all included in the semiconductor laser,

a first driving IC configured to drive the first light source and the second light source by supplying driving current thereto,
a second driving IC configured to drive the third light source and the fourth light source by supplying driving current thereto,
and

a deflecting unit configured to deflect a plurality of the laser beams so that the laser beams emitted from the plurality
of light sources scan the photosensitive member;

a signal generation unit configured to generate driving signals for the driving currents for driving the plurality of light
sources, the driving signals being generated based on image data; and

a developing unit configured to develop the electrostatic latent image formed on the photosensitive member using toner,
wherein the light beam emitted from the third light source scans an area, on the photosensitive member, which the light beam
emitted from the first light source has scanned and the light beam emitted from the fourth light source scans an area, on
the photosensitive member, which the light beam emitted from the second light source has scanned,

wherein the signal generation unit is further configured to generate a first driving signal for driving the first light source
and a third driving signal for driving the third light source based on same image data corresponding to the first light source
and the third light source, and to generate a second driving signal for driving the second light source and a fourth driving
signal for driving the fourth light source based on same image data corresponding to the second light source and the fourth
light source,

wherein the first driving IC is further configured to supply a current to the first light source based on the first driving
signal and supply a current to the second light source based on the second driving signal, and

wherein the second driving IC is further configured to supply a current to the third light source based on the third driving
signal and supply a current to the fourth light source based on the fourth driving signal.

US Pat. No. 9,555,632

METHOD OF PROCESSING A SILICON SUBSTRATE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A SUBSTRATE FOR A LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of processing a silicon substrate, comprising forming a supply path in a silicon substrate having a first surface
and a second surface on an opposite side of the first surface, the supply path penetrating the silicon substrate and including
a beam configured to connect opposed sides of the supply path to each other,
the method further comprising:
a non-through hole forming step of partitioning, for each beam, a region of the second surface in which the supply path is
to be formed, into a first region that corresponds to a forming position of the beam, a second region that is adjacent to
the first region on both sides of the first region, and a third region that is none of the first region and the second region,
and forming a plurality of non-through holes, which are prevented from penetrating the silicon substrate, in the second region
and the third region with a predetermined depth from the second surface; and

an etching step of subjecting the silicon substrate having the plurality of non-through holes formed therein, to anisotropic
etching from the second surface, to thereby form the supply path and the beam in the supply path,

the non-through hole forming step comprising causing at least one of an interval or a depth of each of the plurality of non-through
holes to differ in the second region and the third region.

US Pat. No. 9,557,730

DRIVING APPARATUS AND ARTICLE PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A driving apparatus for driving an object, the apparatus comprising:
a driving device configured to displace the object;
a detector configured to detect a displacement amount of the object by the driving device; and
a controller configured to control the driving device based on an output of the detector,
wherein the controller is configured to obtain a thrust characteristic of the driving device with respect to the displacement
amount and to set a reference position with respect to the displacement amount detected by the detector based on the obtained
thrust characteristic.

US Pat. No. 9,554,700

OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical coherence tomographic imaging apparatus comprising:
an image acquisition unit configured to acquire a plurality of images of a subject's eye at different times;
a tomographic image acquisition unit configured to acquire a plurality of tomographic images of the subject's eye using interference
light obtained by causing light reflected from the subject's eye irradiated with measurement light through a scanning unit
which scans the subject's eye at repeated intervals, to interfere with reference light corresponding to the measurement light;

a movement amount acquisition unit configured to acquire an amount of rotation of the subject's eye using the plurality of
images; and

a control unit configured to control the scanning unit to perform, using the acquired amount of rotation, scanning position
correction in at least one interval between the end of one scan by the scanning unit and the start of a next scan by the scanning
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,560,715

LIGHT SOURCE APPARATUS AND DISPLAY APPARATUS HAVING A PLURALITY OF REFLECTION UNIT EACH WITH A SUBSTANTIALLY N-SIDED PYRAMID SHAPE AND A DETECTION UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A light source apparatus comprising:
a substrate;
a light emission unit that is provided on the substrate;
a plurality of reflection units configured to reflect light from the light emission unit; and
a first detection unit that is provided on the substrate and detects the light from the light emission unit, wherein
each of the reflection units has a substantially n-sided pyramid shape (n is an integer not less than 3) and is provided such
that a bottom surface thereof is in parallel with the substrate, and

the first detection unit is provided between a vertex of an n-sided polygon corresponding to the bottom surface of one of
two of the reflection units adjacent to each other and a vertex of an n-sided polygon corresponding to the bottom surface
of the other of two of the reflection units adjacent to each other.

US Pat. No. 9,558,429

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a controller having a processor and a memory, configured:
to receive a print job that includes instructions for at least:
printing a first page of image data on a front side of a first sheet,
printing nothing on a back side of the first sheet,
printing a second page of the image data on a front side of a second sheet,
printing a third page of the image data on a back side of the second sheet, and
specify a type of sheets that are to be used for both the first sheet and the second sheet;
in a first case wherein the type of sheets is specified as tabbed sheets, the controller causes a print unit to print image
data in the following order:

firstly printing the first page of image data on the front side of the first sheet, the first sheet being not passed through
a double sided conveyance path;

secondly printing the second page of the image data on the front side of the second sheet, the second sheet being passed through
the double sided conveyance path, and

thirdly printing the third page of the image data on the back side of the second sheet,
in a second case wherein the type of sheets is specified as non tabbed sheets, the controller causes the print unit to print
image data in the following order:

firstly printing the second page of the image data on the front side of the second sheet, the second sheet being passed through
the double sided conveyance path;

secondly printing the first page of image data on the front side of the first sheet, the first sheet being not passed through
a double sided conveyance path; and

thirdly printing the third page of the image data on the back side of the second sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,554,016

SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

8. A method for controlling a system including an image forming apparatus that forms an image on paper and an image capturing
apparatus that captures a person existing around the image forming apparatus, the method comprising:
receiving a job;
generating a list of a plurality of users who have input a received job;
transmitting the list to the image capturing apparatus;
capturing a person existing around the image forming apparatus;
determining, from among feature information about a plurality of users stored in a database, feature information to be compared
with feature information about the captured person based on the list;

comparing the determined feature information with the feature information about the person captured;
notifying the image forming apparatus of a comparison result; and
transmitting status information about the job received to the image capturing apparatus, and
changing an image capturing mode based on the status information transmitted.

US Pat. No. 9,551,972

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a transfer portion transferring a toner image onto a sheet;
a fixing portion fixing, by using heat, the toner image which has been transferred by the transfer portion onto the sheet;
a discharge path guiding, to a discharge port, the sheet on which the toner image has been fixed by the fixing portion;
a branch path branched from the discharge path;
a rotator pair provided on the branch path and conveying the sheet; and
a control portion configured to start to rotate the rotator pair at a predetermined timing after starting an operation of
consecutively discharging the sheets to the discharge port through the discharge path without passing through the branch path.

US Pat. No. 9,554,033

FOCUS DETECTION APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A focus detection apparatus comprising:
a line sensor including a photoelectric conversion element configured to receive light from an object and an integrating capacitor
configured to integrate charges generated in the photoelectric conversion element;

a storage unit configured to store information concerning a defective pixel of said line sensor;
a first comparison unit configured to compare a signal from the defective pixel with a predetermined threshold;
a switching unit configured to switch between a first accumulation mode of transferring charges generated in the photoelectric
conversion element to the corresponding integrating capacitor during a charge accumulation period of the photoelectric conversion
element and a second accumulation mode of accumulating, in a pixel, charges generated in the photoelectric conversion element
during the charge accumulation period without transferring the charges to the integrating capacitor until an end of the charge
accumulation period, transferring the charges to the integrating capacitor after the end of the charge accumulation period,
and integrating the charges in the integrating capacitor; and

a control unit configured to control said switching unit so as to set said line sensor in the first accumulation mode if said
first comparison unit determines that a signal from the defective pixel is not more than the predetermined threshold and set
said line sensor in the second accumulation mode if said first comparison unit determines that a signal from the defective
pixel is larger than the threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,552,792

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM FOR CONTROLLING THE DISPLAY OF IMAGE DATA ON A DISPLAY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
at least one processor coupled to a memory, wherein the at least one processor controls:
an acquisition unit that acquires a plurality of pieces of image data;
a display control unit that causes a display to display a first screen that is for displaying selection objects each corresponding
to a different one of a plurality of image groups that are generated by classifying the plurality of pieces of image data
based on image information related to each of the plurality of pieces of image data, and a second screen that is for displaying
a plurality of images based on the plurality of pieces of image data acquired by the acquisition unit; and

a detection unit that detects selection of a selection object from the selection objects displayed on the first screen,
wherein the display control unit causes the display to display the second screen in a case where the detection unit detects
the selection of the selection object from the selection objects displayed on the first screen

wherein in a case where the second screen is displayed by the display, the display control unit causes the display to display
newly, on the second screen, a first plurality of images based on at least more than one piece of image data included in an
image group corresponding to the selection object selected on the first screen and a second plurality of images, including
at least one image that is not displayed on the first screen, based on at least more than one piece of image data included
in an image group corresponding to a selection object that is different from the selection object selected on the first screen,
and

wherein the first plurality of images displayed on the second screen are displayed in a manner distinguishable from the second
plurality of images displayed on the second screen.

US Pat. No. 9,541,852

TONER AND TWO-COMPONENT DEVELOPER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A toner comprising toner particles made of a resin containing:
an amorphous polyester resin;
a releasing agent;
an additive and
a coloring agent,
wherein:
the additive comprises a resin having a polyester portion and a crystalline acrylic portion that are chemically bound to each
other,

the crystalline acrylic portion has a partial structure expressed by the following chemical formula:

R represents a hydrocarbon group having a carbon number of 18 to 30, and X represents hydrogen or a methyl group, and
95% by mole or more of all structural units of the crystalline acrylic portion are structural units derived from only one
of acrylic and methacrylic esters.

US Pat. No. 9,539,813

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head comprising:
a substrate having a plurality of energy-generating elements which generates energy used to discharge a liquid, and a supply
port which is a through-hole for supplying the liquid to the energy-generating elements and which extends along an arrangement
direction of the plurality of the energy-generating elements; and

a discharge port forming member having a plurality of discharge ports for discharging the liquid and a pair of beam-shaped
projections which are parallel to each other, which project toward the substrate, and which are formed along the arrangement
direction at positions opposing to the supply port,

wherein an interval of the pair of beam-shaped projections is larger than a length of the pair of beam-shaped projections
in a direction orthogonal to the arrangement direction of the pair of beam-shaped projections.

US Pat. No. 9,544,098

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus configured to connect to a management server managing a set value used among a plurality
of information processing apparatuses, the information processing apparatus comprising:
a processor connected to a storage device, the processor configured to:
acquire a set value from the management server;
change the acquired set value;
transmit information indicating a content of the change in the set value to the management server; and
retry transmission of the information when the transmission of the information fails,
wherein the processor is configured to determine, according to a classification of the set value corresponding to the information,
whether to temporarily restrict performing retrying of the transmission of the information or to perform retrying of the transmission
of the information.

US Pat. No. 9,542,078

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect a network; and
a display control unit configured to cause a display unit to display information,
wherein, in a case where information about a provider providing a network is not obtained from the network detected by the
detection unit, the display control unit is configured to cause the display unit to display identification information about
the network and,

wherein, in a case where information about a provider providing the network is obtained from the network, the display control
unit is configured to cause the display unit to display information about the provider instead of causing identification information
about the network to be displayed.

US Pat. No. 9,542,098

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:
one or more processors; and
one or more computer-readable media storing one or more programs, the one or more programs comprising instructions that, when
executed by the one or more processors, cause the one or more processors to perform operations comprising:

reading audio data and allocation data for playing the audio data in synchronism with images, a displaying timing of images
in synchronism with the audio data and categories of the images being associated with each other in the allocation data;

selecting, by a user operation, images to be allocated, for each of the categories included in the allocation data;
receiving an instruction to change a displaying timing of an image from a first displaying timing to a second displaying timing;
determining a displaying order of the images, wherein the determining the displaying order comprises rearranging an order
for displaying the images based on the instruction in a case where the second displaying timing is associated with a category
to which the image is allocated, and wherein the determining the displaying order comprises rejecting the instruction to change
the displaying timing of the image in a case where the second displaying timing is not associated with the category to which
the image is allocated; and

performing control so that the audio data are played and images allocated to the categories are displayed at a displaying
timing associated with the categories in the allocation data, to thereby display the images sequentially in the displaying
order in synchronism with the audio data.

US Pat. No. 9,538,082

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image stabilization apparatus comprising at least one hardware processor or circuit configured to perform the operations
of the following units:
a rotational shake calculation unit configured to calculate a rotational shake amount based on an output of a rotational shake
detection unit;

a translational shake calculation unit configured to calculate a translational shake amount using a subtraction result value
acquired by subtracting the rotational shake amount output by said rotational shake calculation unit from shake amount including
a rotational shake amount and a translational shake amount output by a motion vector detector;

a component calculation unit configured to calculate a first translation component and a perspective component using the rotational
shake amount calculated by the rotational shake calculation unit and calculate a second translation component using the translational
shake amount calculated using the subtraction result value; and

a correction amount calculation unit configured to calculate, based on the first translation component, the perspective component
and the second translation component, a correction amount for correcting image blurring of an image.

US Pat. No. 9,533,504

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD AND LIQUID DISCHARGE DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head that discharges a liquid while in motion, the liquid discharge head comprising:
a liquid chamber that temporarily stores the liquid; and
two electrode pins that are inserted in the liquid chamber from an upper portion of the liquid chamber, wherein
the two electrode pins are used to detect a remaining amount of liquid inside the liquid chamber on a basis of a communication
state between the two electrode pins, and wherein the two electrode pins are disposed at opposite sides of a bisector line
that bisects an upper surface of the liquid chamber in a moving direction of the liquid discharge head and that is perpendicular
to the moving direction, one electrode pin at each side of the bisector line, and

X1?Z1/0.4

is satisfied, where X1 is an interval between the two electrode pins and Z1 is a difference in projection lengths of the two electrode pins in the liquid chamber.

US Pat. No. 9,538,125

DISPLAY APPARATUS AND DRIVING METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:
an input unit configured to input images:
a determining unit configured to determine whether the input images are obtained by performing a 2-3 pull down processing
on cinema images;

an obtaining unit configured to obtain images having a higher frame rate than the input images based on predetermined processing
on the input images;

a specifying unit configured to specify, from among a first plurality of images obtained by the obtaining unit based on a
first cinema image, (a) a first image used to generate a first low-frequency component image and (b) a second image used to
generate a first high-frequency component image, and to specify, from among a second plurality of images obtained by the obtaining
unit based on a second cinema image which is next to the first cinema image, (a) a third image used to generate a second low-frequency
component image and (b) a fourth image used to generate a second high-frequency component image, in a case where the determining
unit has determined that the input images are obtained by performing the 2-3 pull down processing on the cinema images, wherein
a number of the first plurality of images and a number of the second plurality of images are different from each other;

a first generation unit configured to generate the first low-frequency component image using the first image specified by
the specifying unit and to generate the second low-frequency component image using the third image specified by the specifying
unit;

a second generation unit configured to generate the first high-frequency component image using the second image specified
by the specifying unit and to generate the second high-frequency component image using the fourth image specified by the specifying
unit; and

a display control unit configured to control a display unit to display a plurality of images including the first and second
low-frequency component images generated by the first generation unit and the first and second high-frequency component images
generated by the second generation unit.

US Pat. No. 9,536,099

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF SETTING SECURITY THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a central processing unit configured to function as:
a setting unit that selects a security-related setting based upon a command from a user to change a security-related setting;
a determination unit that determines at least one network port to be closed, based on the security-related setting selected
by the setting unit;

a recording unit that starts monitoring of the at least one network port to be closed in response to the command from the
user to change a security-related setting, while the security-related setting selected by the setting unit is not applied
and the network port to be closed remains open, so as to record information concerning an external device that has accessed
the network port to be closed; and

a notification unit that provides notification of the information recorded by said recording unit,
wherein said setting unit determines whether to apply the security-related setting selected by the setting unit, and
said setting unit applies, after said notification unit provides notification of the information recorded by the recording
unit, the security-related setting selected by the setting unit so as to close the network port to be closed in response to
the determination to apply the security-related setting selected by the setting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,535,642

MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

5. An information processing method executed by an image forming apparatus having a scan function and configured to provide
a plurality of functions, the information processing method comprising:
issuing a first inquiry, if a request for transmitting a function list of functions provided by the image forming apparatus
is received from a management apparatus configured to manage the image forming apparatus, about an operation status of a function
provided by a function provision apparatus on an Internet, wherein the function provided by the function provision apparatus
is a part of the functions provided by the image forming apparatus and a function for a conversion process of data read by
the scan function of the image forming apparatus;

generating, if a reply to the first inquiry is received from the function provision apparatus via the Internet, a function
list based on both information about the function which the function provision apparatus can provide to the image forming
apparatus according to information about the scan function provided by the image forming apparatus without the function provision
apparatus; and

transmitting the generated function list to the management apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,527,314

INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink jet recording method comprising:
a step of forming a first liquid composition aggregated layer by applying a first liquid composition containing a resin to
a recording medium by using an ink jet recording head;

a step of forming a second liquid composition aggregated layer by applying a second liquid composition containing a resin
to the recording medium by using an ink jet recording head;

a first fixation step of performing heating and pressurization of the recording medium on which the first liquid composition
aggregated layer and the second liquid composition aggregated layer are formed by using a first fixing unit; and

a second fixation step,
wherein the second fixation step comprises performing heating and pressurization of the recording medium subjected to the
first fixation step by using a second fixing unit followed by cooling the recording medium to separate the recording medium
from the second fixing unit, and

wherein
MFT1>MFT2,  (1-1)
and
T1>MFT1?T2>MFT2?T3  (1-2)
are satisfied,
where MFT1 is a minimum film forming temperature of the first liquid composition aggregated layer, MFT2 is a minimum film
forming temperature of the second liquid composition aggregated layer, T1 is a temperature of the first liquid composition
aggregated layer and the second liquid composition aggregated layer upon the heating and pressurization in the first fixation
step, T2 is a temperature of the first liquid composition aggregated layer and the second liquid composition aggregated layer
upon the heating and pressurization in the second fixation step, and T3 is a temperature of the first liquid composition aggregated
layer and the second liquid composition aggregated layer upon the separation in the second fixation step.

US Pat. No. 9,530,692

METHOD OF FORMING THROUGH WIRING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of forming a through wiring in a substrate using electrolytic plating, the method comprising, in stated order,
steps (1)-(6):
(1) forming a first insulating film on a first surface and a second surface of the substrate, the first surface and the second
surface being located at opposite sides of the substrate from each other;

(2) forming a through hole to pass through the first insulating film formed on a first surface side and the substrate so that
at least a part of the first insulating film formed on the second surface remains;

(3) forming a second insulating film on an inner wall of the through hole, the second insulating film being formed from a
material different from a material of the first insulating film;

(4) forming a conductive film on the first insulating film formed on the second surface;
(5) forming an opening in the first insulating film by processing the first insulating film formed on the second surface from
the first surface side so that the conductive film is exposed at a terminus of the through hole on a second surface side;
and

(6) filling an inner portion of the through hole with a conductive material by electrolytic plating using the conductive film
exposed at the terminus of the through hole as a seed layer.

US Pat. No. 9,527,685

FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A feeding apparatus for feeding a sheet, the feeding apparatus comprising:
a stacking member configured to stack a sheet;
a feed roller configured to feed the sheet stacked on the stacking member, wherein the feed roller is movable in a vertical
direction;

a contact member including a sheet contact portion configured to make contact with the sheet stacked on the stacking member,
wherein the contact member is movable in a vertical direction; and

a lifting unit configured to lift up the stacking member, wherein the lifting unit is configured to stop lifting up of the
stacking member as the sheet contact portion is pressed to lift up by the sheet stacked on the stacking member,

wherein the feed roller is pressed to move upward by the sheet stacked on the stacking member while the lifting unit lifts
up the stacking member, and

wherein at least a part of the sheet contact portion is arranged downstream of the feed roller in a feeding direction of the
sheet by the feed roller, and between one end and the other end of the feed roller in a width direction intersecting with
the feeding direction of the sheet by the feed roller.

US Pat. No. 9,525,209

METHOD, APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR CONTACTLESS POWER SUPPLY AND POWER CONTROL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power supply apparatus comprising:
an antenna unit that is used to wirelessly supply power to a power receiving apparatus;
a matching unit coupled to the antenna unit; and
a control unit that (a) determines whether a value of quality factor is larger than a predetermined value or not before a
process of transmitting a predetermined command to the power receiving apparatus via the antenna unit is performed and after
the antenna unit wirelessly supplies the power to the power receiving apparatus, (b) changes the value of quality factor to
be less than the predetermined value by controlling the matching unit before the process of transmitting the predetermined
command to the power receiving apparatus via the antenna unit is performed and after the antenna unit wirelessly supplies
the power to the power receiving apparatus, when the value of quality factor is larger than the predetermined value, (c) performs
the process of transmitting the predetermined command to the power receiving apparatus via the antenna unit without changing
the value of quality factor to be less than the predetermined value by controlling the matching unit, when the value of quality
factor is not larger than the predetermined value, and (d) after receiving a response from the power receiving apparatus,
increases the quality factor to a value larger than the predetermined value wherein the quality factor is increased regardless
of whether a response is received once a predetermined time period has elapsed.

US Pat. No. 9,517,907

SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveying apparatus comprising:
a first rotator pair conveying a sheet;
a second rotator pair provided downstream, in a sheet conveying direction, of the first rotator pair;
a moving member including an abutment portion against which a front end of the sheet conveyed by the first rotator pair abuts,
and being movable from a projection state in which the abutment portion projects into a sheet conveying path upstream, in
the sheet conveying direction, of a nip portion of the second rotator pair to a passage state in which the sheet is permitted
to pass through the moving member as the abutment portion is pressed by the sheet conveyed by the first rotator pair; and

a guide member provided upstream in the sheet conveying direction of the nip portion of the second rotator pair and movable
to a first position where the guide member awaits the sheet conveyed from the first rotator pair and guides the front end
of the sheet toward the moving member in the projection state and to a second position away from the moving member more than
the first position, the guide member configured to move from the first position to the second position by being pushed by
the sheet which is nipped by the first and second rotator pairs, and to return from the second position to the first position
after the sheet comes out of the first rotator pair and before the sheet comes out of the second rotator pair,

wherein the moving member is a rotator configured to rotate in one direction by being pressed by the sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,517,653

INFORMATION PROCESSING FOR EXECUTING PRE-PRESS AND PRESS PROCESSES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:
a storage which stores document data comprising a plurality of pages;
a processor, configured to
display a designation window for receiving a designation of nesting imposition which nests a page of a first finished size
in a page of a second finished size larger than the first finished size;

receive the designation of nesting imposition via the designation window;
perform the nesting imposition to create imposition data using the plurality of pages so that, in the imposition data, a plurality
of laid-out pages each of which has the first finished size is included in an imposed page of the second finished size, wherein
the laid-out page is imposed so as to include an offcut region;

generate print data using the imposition data created by the nesting imposition; and
transmit the generated print data to a printer,
wherein printed material printed based on the print data is cut based on the second finished size, and then cut based on the
first finished size.

US Pat. No. 9,519,448

PRINTING SYSTEM, PRINTING APPARATUS, PRINTING CONTROL APPARATUS, SHEET MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, PRINTING CONTROL APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD, AND RELATED STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

wherein the printing control apparatus includes:
a designating unit configured to designate attribute information of a sheet,
a selecting unit configured to select sheet holding units from the plurality of sheet holding units,
an accepting unit configured to accept an instruction for storing the attribute information of the sheet designated by the
designating unit in a state where the sheet holding units have been selected by the selecting unit, and

a storage configured to store, based on the instruction accepted by the accepting unit, sheet size information of the sheet
and the attribute information of the sheet in association with each of the sheet holding units selected by the selecting unit,

wherein the printing apparatus includes:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain the sheet size information of a sheet stored in the sheet holding unit, and
a first sending unit configured to send, to the printing control apparatus, the sheet size information obtained by the obtaining
unit,

wherein the printing control apparatus further includes:
a first receiving unit configured to receive the sheet size information sent by the first sending unit,
a determining unit configured to determine, based on the sheet size information received by the first receiving unit, the
attribute information of the sheet stored in association with the sheet holding unit by the storage, wherein the sheet size
information of the sheet stored in association with the sheet holding unit by the storage corresponds to the sheet size information
received by the first receiving unit, and

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

wherein the printing apparatus further includes:
a second receiving unit configured to receive the attribute information sent by the second sending unit,
a setting unit configured to set the attribute information received by the second receiving unit, as attribute information
of a sheet stored in the sheet holding unit, and

a printer configured to print, based on the attribute information set by the setting unit, an image on the sheet conveyed
from the sheet holding unit,

wherein the designating unit, the selecting unit, the accepting unit, the first receiving unit, the determining unit, and
the second sending unit are implemented by a processor and a memory, and

wherein the obtaining unit, the first sending unit, the second receiving unit, and the setting unit are implemented by a processor
and a memory.

US Pat. No. 9,519,371

DISPLAY DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display device wherein a touch operation can be carried out from both sides thereof including a front face and a back
face, the display device comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect a touch operation on the front face and a touch operation on the back face; and
a control unit configured to perform display control of graphics data for touch operation,
wherein the control unit performs display control to enlarge or reduce an object displayed on a screen when the touch operation
on the front face and the touch operation on the back face are carried out in the same region and the touch operation on one
of the front face and the back face is a sliding touch operation with multiple fingers, and

wherein the control unit performs display control to cause the object displayed on the screen to rotate around a virtual axis
of rotation parallel to the screen when a sliding touch operation with a finger on the front face and a sliding touch operation
with a finger on the back face have been carried out in directions opposite to each other in the same region.

US Pat. No. 9,514,572

MIXED REALITY SPACE IMAGE PROVIDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus communicable with a plurality of client devices, the apparatus comprising:
a storing unit configured to store a three-dimensional model and information that identifies a target position of a predetermined
part of a user;

a receiving unit configured to receive a request from at least one of a plurality of client devices and receive a measured
position of the predetermined part of the user from a measuring unit that is configured to measure the position of the predetermined
part of the user and that is included in the at least one of the plurality of client devices;

a calculation unit configured to, in a case where the measured position of the predetermined part of the user is not the target
position and is within a predetermined range of the target position, generate a representation of a movement of the three-dimensional
model that corresponds to the target position and store the representation of the movement of the three-dimensional model
that corresponds to the target position in a storage device;

an obtaining unit configured to, in a case where the measured position of the predetermined part of the user is the target
position after the calculation unit has stored the representation of the movement of the three-dimensional model that corresponds
to the target position, obtain the stored representation of the movement of the three-dimensional model that corresponds to
the target position; and

a transmission unit configured to transmit the obtained representation of the movement of the three-dimensional model that
corresponds to the target position to the at least one of the plurality of client devices for synthesis processing to be performed
by a synthesizing unit included in the at least one of the plurality of client devices.

US Pat. No. 9,513,583

FIXING DEVICE FOR SUPPRESSING REDUCED DURABILITY OF A FLEXIBLE ROTARY MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device that fixes an image formed on a recording material to the recording material, the fixing device comprising:
a flexible cylindrical rotary member that rotates while contacting the recording material on which the image has been formed;
a roller that forms a fixing nip portion that nips and conveys the recording material together with the rotary member;
an inner-surface opposing portion that opposes an inner surface of the rotary member at an end portion of the rotary member
in a generatrix direction,

an end-surface opposing portion that opposes an end surface of the rotary member, wherein the inner-surface opposing portion
and the end-surface opposing portion are an integrated part, and form a movable member;

a holding member that movably holds the movable member; and
an urging member that is provided between the holding member and the movable member, the urging member urging the movable
member so as to push back the rotary member with respect to the lateral shift of the rotary member,

wherein, when the rotary member is laterally shifted and pushes the end-surface opposing portion, the inner-surface opposing
portion moves upstream in a recording material conveying direction at the fixing nip portion by a force for pushing the end-surface
opposing portion by the rotary member.

US Pat. No. 9,513,587

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM INCLUDING A DETECTION UNIT THAT DETECTS INFORMATION ABOUT A USED AMOUNT OF UNIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus to which a unit that is used for image formation is detachably attached,
the image forming apparatus comprising;
an image forming unit configured to form an image using the unit;
a controller configured to control an operation of the image forming unit;
a detection unit configured to detect information about a used amount of the unit
an output unit configured to output information indicating that the unit is required to be replaced, when the information
about the used amount reaches a first threshold, and

a setting unit configured to, in a case where the unit is used after the information about the used amount reaches the first
threshold and is replaced by a new unit, change the first threshold to a second threshold based on information about a used
amount of the unit when the unit has been replaced by the new unit, the second threshold is larger than the first threshold,

wherein image quality of an image formed on a recording material when the information about the used amount reaches the first
threshold is different from image quality of an image formed on a recording material when the information about the used amount
reaches the second threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,516,236

IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND DEVICE SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing method for performing image processing on a captured image by using a control device, an image processing
device, and an imaging device that are capable of communication with each other, the method comprising:
acquiring a main captured image by capturing, by using the imaging device, an image of an object by using a predetermined
main imaging parameter, and performing, by using the image processing device, main image processing on the main captured image;

transmitting, to the control device, a result of the main image processing performed on the main captured image;
acquiring a sub-captured image by capturing, by using the imaging device, an image of the object by using a sub-imaging parameter,
and performing, by using the image processing device, sub-image processing on the sub-captured image; and

comparing the result of the main image processing performed on the main captured image with a result of the sub-image processing
performed on the sub-captured image and, if the result of the sub-image processing falls within a predetermined processing
result criteria range, performing updating by setting the sub-imaging parameter as a new main imaging parameter, and if the
result of the sub-image processing does not fall within the predetermined processing result criteria range, refraining from
updating.

US Pat. No. 9,516,289

VIDEO IMAGE PROJECTION APPARATUS, VIDEO IMAGE PROJECTION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a detecting unit configured to detect an object from an input image;
an identification unit configured to identify a non-object area on which the image projection unit is not caused to project
the object; and

a transformation unit configured to, in a case where the identification unit identifies a plurality of non-object areas, transform
the input image so that the image projection unit does not project the object on any one of the plurality of non-object areas
and that the object is not divided by any one of the plurality of non-object areas.

US Pat. No. 9,505,133

ROBOT APPARATUS, ROBOT CONTROLLING METHOD, PROGRAM AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A robot apparatus comprising:
a robot having a robot arm of multi-joint and an end effector attached to an end of the robot arm; and
a control unit configured to control an operation of the robot, wherein
the robot arm has a joint driving unit configured to drive the joint,
the joint driving unit has a rotating motor, a speed reducer transmitting a rotation of the rotating motor in a variable speed,
an input angle detecting unit detecting a rotation angle of a rotation axis of the rotating motor or an input axis of the
speed reducer, and an output angle detecting unit detecting a rotation angle of an output axis of the speed reducer, and

the control unit controls the operation of the robot, to set to an output based control mode such that an angle of the joint
is feed-back controlled based on an angle detection value of the output angle detecting unit when the end effector is to be
aligned with a working start position at which the robot starts a predetermined working, and to change to an input based control
mode such that the angle of the joint is feed-back controlled based on an angle detection value of the input angle detecting
unit when the operation of the robot is controlled to perform the predetermined working.

US Pat. No. 9,509,943

LENS APPARATUS AND A CAMERA SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,501,031

PACKAGED CARTRIDGE, PACKING MATERIAL AND CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A packaged cartridge detachably mountable to an image forming apparatus, said packaged cartridge comprising:
(i) a cartridge;
(ii) a frame portion including a recessed portion for accommodating said cartridge; and
(iii) a cap portion movable, in a state in which said cartridge is accommodated in said recessed portion, relative to said
frame portion so as to cover said cartridge,

wherein said frame portion and said cap portion are rotatably connected by a hinge portion, and
wherein a gap is provided between said cartridge and a portion of an inner surface of said frame portion such that when said
frame portion is moved relative to said cap portion so as to expose said cartridge, said cartridge interferes with said portion
of said inner surface of said frame portion.

US Pat. No. 9,501,845

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD FOR CONVERTING SHAPE AND COLOR DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain shape data including data which indicates vertexes of each of a plurality of polygons
representing a stereoscopic object and color data indicating a color of each of the polygons;

a converting unit configured to convert the shape data and the color data into shape data and color data in a data format
including an area which stores the shape data and an unused area which does not store the shape data, and to change a size
of the unused area corresponding to the plurality of polygons according to a type of stereoscopic object forming apparatus
for forming the stereoscopic object, wherein color data on one of the plurality of polygons is stored in the unused areas
corresponding to a plurality of polygons; and

an outputting unit configured to output the converted shape data and color data.

US Pat. No. 9,502,460

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION ELEMENT AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a photoelectric conversion element, the method comprising:
preparing a member including a photoelectric conversion portion;
forming a layer containing an organic material and particles dispersed in the organic material on the member; and
exposing the particles on a surface of the layer by dry etching so as to form a roughness of the surface of the layer.

US Pat. No. 9,494,903

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH CLEANING MODE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming device configured to form a toner image on a sheet;
a fixing device configured to fix the toner image formed on the sheet by said image forming device at a nip;
an executing portion configured to execute an operation in a cleaning mode for cleaning said fixing device by forming a predetermined
toner image on a sheet using said image forming device and then by introducing the sheet into the nip; and

a notifying device for notifying an operator that a maximum-width sheet usable in said image forming device is to be used
in the operation in the cleaning mode.

US Pat. No. 9,489,721

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a processor coupled to a memory;
a selection unit configured to select at least a pixel that is different from a pixel of interest in an image based on a similarity
between a pixel value of the pixel different from the pixel of interest and a pixel value of the pixel of interest;

a pixel number setting unit configured to set a number of pixels to be selected by the selection unit;
a determination unit configured to determine, from a pixel selected by the selection unit and based on whether a number of
pixels selected by the selection unit has reached the number of pixels set by the pixel number setting unit, at least a pixel
to be used in predetermined processing that uses at least a pixel value of a pixel different from the pixel of interest; and

a processing unit configured to perform the predetermined processing on the pixel of interest,
wherein the processing unit performs the predetermined processing on the pixel of interest using a pixel value of the pixel
determined by the determination unit, and

wherein at least one of the selection unit, the pixel number setting unit, the determination unit, and the processing unit
are implemented by the processor.

US Pat. No. 9,488,518

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,489,927

INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING DIRECTION OF DISPLAY IMAGE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing device for controlling direction of a display image to display on a display section, comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to periodically acquire information indicating a posture of the information processing device;
a first display change unit configured to rotate the display image in a case where the posture of the information processing
device indicated by the information acquired by the acquisition unit is changed;

a rotation cancel determination unit configured to determine, using information which is acquired by the acquisition unit
after start of the rotation of the display image performed by the first display change unit, whether or not to cancel the
rotation of the image by the first display change unit; and

a second display change unit configured to rotate the display image backward, in a case where it is determined to cancel the
rotation of the display image by the rotation cancel determination unit, to change the direction of the display image back
to the direction of the display image before the rotation by the first display change unit.

US Pat. No. 9,488,945

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD FOR REDUCING TONER BEARING AMOUNT, AND STORAGE MEDIUM THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a first generating unit configured to generate a reference pattern;
a second generating unit configured to generate, based on image data, a correction pattern for thinning out dots at a region
from halftone density to high density;

a converting unit configured to convert the image data based on the reference pattern generated by the first generating unit
and the correction pattern generated by the second generating unit;

a photoreceptor;
a charging unit configured to charge the photoreceptor;
an exposure unit configured to expose the charged photoreceptor based on the image data converted by the converting unit,
to form an electrostatic latent image; and

a developing unit configured to develop the electrostatic latent image.

US Pat. No. 9,485,451

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS WITH AIR COOLING UNIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image pickup unit having an image sensing device;
a circuit board with a plurality of circuit elements mounted thereon;
an air cooling fan unit having an air inlet port and an air outlet port that is disposed perpendicular to the air inlet port;
a heat sink having a plurality of fins that extend in a direction substantially perpendicular to an optical axis; and
a heat radiation plate,
wherein the image pickup unit, the air cooling fan unit, the heat sink, the circuit board, and the heat radiation plate are
disposed along the optical axis,

wherein the air cooling fan unit is sandwiched between the image pickup unit and the heat sink,
wherein the heat sink is sandwiched between the air cooling fan unit and the circuit board,
wherein the heat radiation plate is disposed on an opposite side of the image pickup unit with respect to the circuit board
and spaced from the circuit board,

wherein the air inlet port is disposed on a side of the air cooling fan unit facing the heat sink, and
wherein the air outlet port is disposed on a side of the air cooling fan unit.

US Pat. No. 9,471,260

PRINTING SYSTEM, PRINTING ASSISTANCE APPARATUS AND METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,471,006

DEVELOPER ACCOMMODATING UNIT, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

wherein said conveying member is held by said unsealing member.

US Pat. No. 9,471,007

DEVELOPER SUPPLY CARTRIDGE SHUTTER OPENING PROJECTION THAT MOVES IN TWO DIRECTIONS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,471,266

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,471,031

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH SEPARATE SUPPORT MEMBERS FOR REMOVABLE CARTRIDGES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,470,557

ENCODER AND APPARATUS USING ENCODER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,470,904

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS 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 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 positive or negative refractive power;
an aperture stop arranged one of between the second lens unit and the third lens unit, within the third lens unit, and between
the third lens unit and the fourth lens unit,

the zoom lens being configured such that, during zooming from a wide angle end to a telephoto end, an interval between the
first lens unit and the second lens unit is widened, an interval between the second lens unit and the third lens unit is narrowed,
and an interval between the third lens unit and the fourth lens unit is changed; and

a plurality of image stabilizing units configured to be moved in a direction in which the direction has a component in a direction
perpendicular to an optical axis during image blur correction,

wherein at least one of the plurality of image stabilizing units comprises a shift image stabilizing unit configured to be
moved in the direction perpendicular to the optical axis to carry out the image blur correction,

wherein at least one of the plurality of image stabilizing units comprises a tilt image stabilizing unit configured to be
rotated with one of a point on the optical axis and a point near the optical axis as a rotation center to carry out the image
blur correction, and

wherein the tilt image stabilizing unit is located closer to the object side than the aperture stop, and the shift image stabilizing
unit is located closer to the image side than the tilt image stabilizing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,467,935

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a connection unit configured to connect to an external apparatus via a wireless network, wherein the connection of the connection
unit is processing on a first communication layer;

a utilizing unit configured to utilize a service provided by the external apparatus after connecting to the wireless network,
wherein the service is utilized on a second communication layer that is higher than the first communication layer after the
connection on the first communication layer is performed;

a search unit configured to search for the external apparatus providing at least one service, prior to connecting to the wireless
network on the first communication layer;

a determination unit configured to determine a service provided by the external apparatus searched for by the search unit;
and

a transmission unit configured to transmit a request for utilizing the service of the external apparatus on the second communication
layer to the searched external apparatus, prior to connecting to the wireless network on the first communication layer,

wherein, if it is determined that an external apparatus to be communicated with provides a standard service and an extended
service is provided, the transmission unit transmits a request to the external apparatus for utilizing the extended service,

wherein, if it is determined that an external apparatus to be communicated with provides the standard service but not the
extended service, the transmission unit transmits a request to the external apparatus for utilizing the standard service,
and

wherein, when the request for utilizing the extended service or the standard service is accepted, the connection unit connects
to the wireless network and then the utilizing unit configured to utilize the accepted service.

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. 9,462,178

IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising a focus detection apparatus configured to split a light flux having passed through an exit
pupil of an imaging optical system into a plurality of light fluxes corresponding to different regions of the exit pupil and
form a plurality of optical images with the plurality of light fluxes by using optical members, perform photoelectric conversion
on each of the plurality of optical images, and then perform focus detection of the imaging optical system, wherein the focus
detection apparatus comprises:
a viewing field mask configured to determine contours of the plurality of optical images;
a sensor including a plurality of pairs of focus detection regions in each of which the plurality of optical images is detected,
wherein in the focus detection regions, there is a plurality of photoelectric conversion portions in line;

a memory configured to store, as adjustment values, a plurality of pieces of data indicating positions of the photoelectric
conversion portion corresponding to effective ranges in the plurality of pairs of focus detection regions, in a plurality
of storage areas in such a way that each of the plurality of pieces of data is stored in a corresponding one of the plurality
of storage areas; and

a controller configured to control focus adjustment by detecting a focusing state of the imaging optical system from signals
detected by the sensor in the effective ranges of the plurality of pairs of focus detection regions based on the adjustment
values obtained from the memory.

US Pat. No. 9,462,191

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

16. A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium that stores a program configured to cause a computer to execute a process,
the process comprising:
acquiring an image signal;
performing enhancement processing on the image signal to generate a first image and a second image;
detecting a brightness of the image signal;
generating a synthetic image with the first image used in a region having a first brightness and the second image used in
a region having a second brightness lower than the first brightness; and

recording the synthetic image,
wherein the enhancement processing is performed such that the second image is more enhanced than the first image, and
wherein:
an image signal corresponding to the second image is recorded in a case where a brightness detected by the detecting step
is a third brightness, and

an image signal corresponding to the synthetic image is recorded in a case where a brightness detected by the detecting step
is a fourth brightness lower than the third brightness.

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. 9,453,924

RADIATION CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ACQUIRING CORRECTION DATA FOR AN IMAGING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiation control apparatus comprising:
a determination unit configured to determine dose values of radiation generated by a radiation generation unit and irradiated
onto a radiation detector which acquires radiation images, the dose values corresponding to measured input-output characteristics
of the radiation detector; and

an acquisition unit configured to acquire correction data for the measured input-output characteristics of the radiation detector,
the correction data based on the images acquired from the radiation detector exposed to the radiation at the determined dose
values,

wherein the determination unit determines the dose values to acquire the correction data such that an interval of doses of
radiation irradiated onto the radiation detector is smaller as an increase amount of a pixel value is smaller in a range where
the pixels of the radiation detector start to be saturated.

US Pat. No. 9,456,091

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR PERFORMING OPERATIONS ON IMAGE DATA STORED IN AN EXTERNAL STORAGE DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing device connectable to an external storage device on a network, comprising:
a retrieve request transmitting unit configured to transmit a retrieve request, the retrieve request including as retrieval
conditions an identifier associated with the image capturing device, to the external storage device for acquiring first image
data related to the identifier stored in the external storage device;

a receiving unit configured to receive, from the external storage device, acquisition path information for acquiring the first
image data related to the identifier as a response to the retrieve request;

a first memory configured to store second image data;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire, using the acquisition path information received by the receiving unit, the first
image data related to the identifier from the external storage device; and

a display control unit configured to display the first image data acquired by the acquisition unit and the second image data
stored in the first memory on a display unit,

wherein at least one of the retrieve request transmitting unit, the receiving unit, the acquisition unit, or the display control
unit is implemented by a processor and at least one of the first memory or a second memory.