US Pat. No. 9,208,379

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,201,621

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,204,009

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,197,765

MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, MANAGEMENT METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

4. A method of management executed by a management apparatus, the method comprising:
receiving file information about a file input into a folder;
generating print job information including the file information and transmitting the print job information to an image forming
apparatus that is associated with the folder in advance;

monitoring whether the image forming apparatus is in a printable state or not based on state information about the image forming
apparatus; and

changing, if the image forming apparatus is determined by the device monitoring unit not to be in the printable state, an
access authority of the folder to write not-permitted so that a file cannot be input into the folder and changing a name of
the folder into a name including error information indicating details of an error according to a device status of the image
forming apparatus, wherein if the image forming apparatus is determined by the device monitoring unit to be in the printable
state after the access authority of the folder has been changed to write not-permitted so that a file cannot be input into
the folder, the access authority of the folder is reset so that a file can be input into the folder and resetting the name
of the folder.

US Pat. No. 9,195,522

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING COMMUNICATION BETWEEN APPLICATIONS IN A WEB RUNTIME ENVIRONMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for controlling communication between a service provider application and one or more service requester applications
in a web runtime environment of a processing device, the web runtime environment, the one or more service requester applications,
and the service provider application being run by the processing device, the web runtime environment being run at a client
side, the method comprising the following steps run by the web runtime environment in the following order:
executing code of a service provider application thereby providing a data object of a given type;
after the executing step, obtaining a list of one or more service requester applications, each service requester application
being adapted to generate a service request and implementing an interface for receiving a data object in response to the generated
service request;

after the obtaining step, enabling the selection, among the obtained list, of one or more requester applications adapted to
receive data objects of the same type as the given type of the provided data object; and

communicating the provided data object to the selected one or more requester applications via its or their corresponding interface.

US Pat. No. 9,188,777

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS CAPABLE OF PREVENTING FOREIGN MATTERS FROM ADHERING TO OPTICAL MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus having an imaging device that converts an optical image of an object into an electrical signal,
the image pickup apparatus comprising:
an optical member disposed on an object side of the imaging device;
a light shield member having an opening formed into a shape corresponding to a shape of an effective pixel area of the imaging
device, the light shield member being disposed on an object-side face of the optical member;

an electrically conductive urging member disposed on an object side of the optical member and configured to urge the light
shield member toward the optical member;

an electrically conductive member configured to be in contact with the object face of the optical member; and
a reference potential member configured to provide electrical reference potential and configured to be electrically connected
to the electrically conductive urging member,

wherein part of the electrically conductive member is disposed on the light shield member and another part of the electrically
conductive member is in contact with the object-side face of the optical member, and

wherein the electrically conductive urging member urges the electrically conductive member to the object-side face of the
optical member so that the electrically conductive urging member is in contact with the electrically conductive member and
electrically conductive member is in contact with the object-side face of optical member.

US Pat. No. 9,190,602

PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, MULTILAYERED PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS, AND ULTRASONIC MOTOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A piezoelectric element comprising:
a piece of piezoelectric material; and
a plurality of electrodes disposed on both surfaces of the piezoelectric material,
wherein the piezoelectric material is including a perovskite-type metal oxide represented by general formula (1) below as
a main component;

a portion or the entire of the piezoelectric material is held by the plurality of electrodes; and
the piezoelectric material held by the electrodes has a first region having remanent polarization, wherein the
(Ba1-x-yCaxSny)?(Ti1-zZrz)O3 (where 0.020?x?0.200, 0.020?y?0.200, 0?z?0.050, and 0.986???1.100)  General formula (1)

US Pat. No. 9,190,913

POWER SOURCE DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power source device comprising:
a transformer;
a switching unit constructed to drive a primary side of the transformer;
a controller constructed to control a switching frequency for the switching unit and to control an output from a secondary
side of the transformer; and

a detector constructed to detect the switching frequency
wherein, based on a result detected by the detector, the controller controls to switch the switching frequency, so that the
output from the secondary side is a prescribed value, from a first frequency lower than a lower limit of an audible frequency
range to a second frequency higher than an upper limit of the audible frequency range, or from the second frequency to the
first frequency.

US Pat. No. 9,191,549

IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE READING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image reading apparatus comprising:
an original conveyance unit configured to convey an original so as to be introduced into between a moving document reading
glass and a reference member and so as to pass through a moving document reading position, the moving document reading glass
and the reference member being disposed to face each other at the moving document reading position;

a reading unit configured to read the original in a main scanning direction through the moving document reading glass when
the original passes through the moving document reading position;

a first abnormal pixel detection unit configured to detect a pixel having abrightness value less than a first abnormal pixel
detection threshold value among pixels located at a same main scanning direction position in a plurality of lines, the brightness
value being obtained by said reading unit reading the reference member through the moving document reading glass in a state
before the original passes through the moving document reading position, said first abnormal pixel detection unit being configured
to detect, in a case where the number of detected pixels is equal to or greater than a first abnormal pixel determination
threshold value, a main scanning direction position of the detected pixels as a first main scanning direction position;

a second abnormal pixel detection unit configured to detect a pixel having a brightness value less than a second abnormal
pixel detection threshold value, the second abnormal pixel detection threshold value being greater than the first abnormal
pixel detection threshold value, among pixels located at a same main scanning direction position in a plurality of lines,
the brightness value obtained by said reading unit reading a leading end portion of the original through the moving document
reading glass in a state that the original is being conveyed, said second abnormal pixel detection unit being configured to
detect, in a case where the number of detected pixels is equal to or greater than a second abnormal pixel determination threshold
value, a main scanning direction position of the detected pixels as a second main scanning direction position; and

a decision unit configured to decide the main scanning direction position detected both as the first main scanning direction
position and as the second main scanning direction position, as an abnormal main scanning position.

US Pat. No. 9,183,645

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FAST MANIPULATION OF GRAPHICAL OBJECTS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,176,692

JOB HISTORY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus configured to execute print processing based on print data received from an information processing
apparatus, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a determination unit configured to determine whether the print data received from the information processing apparatus includes
identification information indicating that a history of a job to be performed by the image forming apparatus is previously
recorded as a job history and transmitted to a job history management server;

a transmission unit configured to, in a case where the determination unit determines that the print data does not include
the identification information, transmit the print data to other image forming apparatus so that the other image forming apparatus
records as a job history a history of the job to be processed by the image forming apparatus and transmits the recorded job
history to the job history management server;

a receiving unit configured to receive from the other image forming apparatus information on whether the other image forming
apparatus has succeeded in transmitting to the job history management server a history corresponding to the transmitted print
data; and

a print execution unit configured to, in a case where the information received by the receiving unit is information that transmission
of the job history has succeeded, perform print processing based on the print data,

wherein, in a case where the information received by the receiving unit is information that transmission of the job history
has failed, the print processing based on the print data is canceled.

US Pat. No. 9,179,023

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus capable of executing reservation printing in which a print job is received and printing is performed
based on the print job after a print instruction of the print job is input, the printing apparatus comprising:
a receiving unit configured to receive a print job from an external device;
a printing unit configured to execute printing based on the print job received by the receiving unit;
a first determination unit configured to determine a protocol used to transfer the print job received by the receiving unit;
an instruction unit configured to input a print instruction of a print job after the receiving unit receives the print job;
and

a control unit configured, if a first print job received by the receiving unit is a print job that is not designated for the
reservation printing and the first determination unit determines that a protocol used to transfer the first print job is a
first protocol, to control the printing unit to execute printing based on the first print job after the instruction unit inputs
a print instruction of the first print job, and configured, if a second print job received by the receiving unit is a print
job that is not designated for the reservation printing and the first determination unit determines that a protocol used for
transfer the second print job is a second protocol, to control the printing unit to execute printing based on the second print
job without waiting for an input of a print instruction of the second print job from the instruction unit.

US Pat. No. 9,174,439

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:
a print element board including a base plate, an energy generating device configured to generate energy for ejecting liquid,
an electrode pad electrically connected to the energy generating device, and a bump formed on the electrode pad; and

an electric wiring board electrically connected to the bump of the print element board using an interconnecting wire,
wherein the bump has a first surface, a second surface and a third surface, the third surface is opposed to the base plate,
and the first surface and the second surface are provided on an opposite side of the third surface,

wherein a height of the second surface from a surface of the base plate is higher than that of the first surface,
wherein the first surface has a first protrusion formed therein and protruding from the bump toward the interconnecting wire,
and the bump is connected to the interconnecting wire in the second surface, and

wherein the height of the second surface from the surface of the base plate is higher than that of a to of the first protrusion
from the surface of the base plate.

US Pat. No. 9,170,171

METHOD AND DEVICE OF MEASURING WAVEFRONT ABERRATION, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING OPTICAL SYSTEM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A wavefront aberration measuring method comprising:
a measuring step of forming a plurality of spot images by causing light, which is emitted from a light source and is transmitted
through a test optical system, to be incident on a lenslet array, and measuring positions of the plurality of spot images
formed by the lenslet array; and

a calculating step of calculating optical paths from the positions of the plurality of spot images toward the light source
based on backward ray tracing, changing parameters of the test optical system so as to specify parameters when light rays
from the positions of the plurality of spot images converge at the light source, and calculating a wavefront aberration of
the test optical system corresponding to the parameters of the test optical system.

US Pat. No. 9,164,472

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an openable and closable member capable of opening and/or closing relative to the image forming apparatus; and
a regulating member configured to regulate a movement of a member for forming an image, the regulating member being removable
from a main body of the apparatus when the openable and closable member is in an open position,

wherein, when the openable and closable member goes from the open position to a closed position, the regulating member is
mounted to the main body of the apparatus in a second state that is changed from a first state;

when the openable and closable member goes from the closed position to the open position, the regulating member is restored
to the first state;

in the second state, when the openable and closable member goes from the open position to the closed position, an abutting
portion of the openable and closable member abuts on an abutting portion of the regulating member to regulate the openable
and closable member from closing; and

a direction of pressing caused when the abutting portion of the openable and closable member abuts on the abutting portion
of the regulating member is different from a direction in which the abutting portion of the regulating member moves when the
regulating member changes from the first state to the second state.

US Pat. No. 9,162,496

PRINTING METHOD AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing method comprising:
printing a plurality of images on a continuous sheet and forming a mark in a non-image area between adjacent two images; and
cutting the sheet on a basis of a detection of the mark,
wherein a length of the non-image area is set on a basis of image data in a rear end part of a precedent image of the two
images, and a position where a mark detecting operation in the non-image area is started, is determined on a basis of the
length of the non-image area.

US Pat. No. 9,167,173

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS CONFIGURED TO PERFORM A CYCLIC SHOOTING OPERATION AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image capturing unit configured to repeatedly perform cyclic shooting operation including shooting with a first exposure
condition and a second exposure condition different from the first exposure condition; and

a correction unit configured to detect a first flicker among frames shot with the first exposure condition by comparing the
temporally preceding and succeeding frames and perform flicker correction for a frame shot with the first exposure condition
based on the first flicker and to detect a second flicker among frames shot with the second exposure condition by comparing
the temporally preceding and succeeding frames and perform flicker correction for a frame shot with the second exposure condition
based on the second flicker.

US Pat. No. 9,157,796

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM HAVING PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS WITH SUBSTRATE INCLUDING FIRST AND SECOND CIRCUITS HAVING FIRST AND SECOND DRIVE FREQUENCIES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus comprising:
a first substrate including a first region containing a photoelectric conversion element and a source follower transistor
of a source follower circuit for reading a signal from the photoelectric conversion element, and a second region surrounding
the first region; and

a second substrate including a first circuit with a first drive frequency and a second circuit with a second drive frequency,
the second drive frequency being higher than the first drive frequency, and

wherein the first circuit overlaps the first region, and the second circuit overlaps the second region.

US Pat. No. 9,160,916

FOCUS ADJUSTMENT APPARATUS WITH A SIZE DETECTOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,156,641

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SHEETS FED FROM A DETACHABLE SHEET FEEDING UNIT USING DETECTED SHEET INTERVALS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming system comprising;
an image forming device configured to form an image on a sheet;
a sheet feeding device connected with the image forming device, and configured to feed a sheet to the image forming device;
a first sensor provided at the sheet feeding device and configured to detect a sheet fed to the image forming device at a
first position on a sheet conveyance path and output a signal regarding an existence or nonexistence of the sheet;

a second sensor provided at the image forming device and configured to detect a sheet fed from the sheet feeding device at
a second position which is downstream of the first position in a sheet conveyance direction and output a signal regarding
an existence or nonexistence of the sheet; and

a controller provided at the image forming device and configured to control operation of the image forming device based on
the signal outputted from the first sensor and the signal outputted from the second sensor,

wherein the sheet feeding device is further configured to feed a first sheet and a second sheet following the first sheet
to the image forming device such that there is an interval between a trailing edge of the first sheet and a leading edge of
the second sheet in the sheet conveyance direction, and

wherein the controller is further configured to continue the operation of the image forming device in a case where the controller
can not detect the interval based on the signal outputted from the first sensor and the controller can detect the interval
based on the signal outputted from the second sensor even though the first sheet and the second sheet pass the first position
and the second position while maintaining the interval.

US Pat. No. 9,157,726

OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,158,241

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a first image bearing member for bearing a toner image;
a second image bearing member for bearing a toner image;
a transfer belt having electroconductivity;
a first transfer member provided correspondingly to said first image bearing member via said transfer belt;
a second transfer member provided correspondingly to said second image bearing member via said transfer belt;
a high-voltage power source for applying a voltage to said first and second transfer members; and
a controller,
wherein after an image is continuously formed on a plurality of transfer materials by applying, to said first transfer member,
a voltage of a predetermined polarity from said high-voltage power source in a state in which said first transfer member contacts
said transfer belt and in which said second transfer member is spaced from said transfer belt, said controller executes an
adjusting operation in which a voltage of a polarity opposite to the predetermined polarity is applied from said high-voltage
power source to said first transfer member in a state in which said second transfer member is spaced from said transfer belt.

US Pat. No. 9,159,287

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND IMAGE DISPLAY METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,160,872

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,150,012

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A control device for a printing apparatus provided with a print head in which a plurality of printing element arrays each
having a plurality of printing elements arranged therein are placed in parallel in a direction crossing an arrangement direction
of the plurality of printing elements, wherein the print head and a print medium opposite to the print head are relatively
moved in the direction crossing the arrangement direction of the plurality of printing elements to print an image on the print
medium by the print head, the control device comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire image data;
a distribution unit configured to assign each pixel in the image data to a printing element for outputting a pixel value of
the pixel according to distribution information indicating that each of the pixels forming the image data is associated with
one of the plurality of printing elements; and

a control unit configured to control printing of the image data by driving the plurality of printing elements by time-division
driving in which a different driving timing is set for each printing element according to assignment by the distribution unit,

wherein the control unit drives the plurality of printing elements such that the plurality of printing elements included in
each printing element array correspond to a plurality of different driving timings respectively and further the plurality
of printing element arrays have different orders of driving timings for the respective printing elements in the arrangement
direction of the plurality of printing elements, and

wherein the distribution information is set such that, with respect to a pixel group corresponding to the arrangement direction
of the plurality of printing elements, of the printing elements that can print a pixel included in the pixel group, a printing
element driven at a reference driving timing or a driving timing close to the reference driving timing is assigned to the
pixel.

US Pat. No. 9,147,169

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,146,399

OBSERVATION OPTICAL SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An observation optical system comprising:
a first optical element including a first curved reflection surface configured to guide first image light from a first image
display element to a pupil; and

a second optical element including a second curved reflection surface configured to guide second image light from a second
image display element to the pupil, and a bonding surface different from the second curved reflection surface,

wherein a part of the first curved reflection surface and the bonding surface of the second optical element are bonded together,
and

wherein the second curved reflection surface is configured to:
guide a part of the second image light to the pupil via the bonding surface, and
guide the other part of the second image light to the pupil not via the bonding surface and the first optical element.

US Pat. No. 9,146,700

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM HAVING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF CONTROLLING PRINT DATA OBTAINMENT TIMING, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing system comprising:
a server configured to store print data; and
an image forming apparatus configured to obtain the print data in parallel using a plurality of network sessions for said
server,

wherein said server comprises an attribute information generation unit configured to generate attribute information including
positional information on individual pages of the print data, and

wherein said image forming apparatus comprises:
an attribute information obtaining unit configured to obtain the attribute information from said server;
a determination unit configured to determine the number of network sessions based on a time period it took for the attribute
information obtaining unit to obtain the attribute information, a size of data on a page to be printed in print data to be
obtained from said server, and a restoration time period required to combine and restore the obtained data on the page to
be printed; and

a data obtaining unit configured to obtain the data on the page to be printed using network sessions corresponding in number
to the number of network sessions determined by the determination unit.

US Pat. No. 9,146,503

DEVELOPER ACCOMMODATING UNIT, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,146,516

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,146,530

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A MOVABLE CONNECTOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,141,076

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A CARTRIDGE HOLDING MEMBER LOCK

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that exposes a photosensitive member so as to form a latent image, and transfers a toner image
obtained through development of the latent image to form an image on a recording material, the image forming apparatus comprising:
an exposure device exposing the photosensitive member;
an exposure device support member supporting the exposure device;
a cartridge holding member holding a cartridge which includes the photosensitive member, the cartridge holding member being
allowed to be drawn out from a main body of the apparatus by moving the exposure device support member; and

a locking mechanism locking the cartridge holding member so as to prevent the cartridge holding member from being drawn out
from the main body of the apparatus, the locking mechanism having:

a locking member that is movable between a locking position at which the locking member is engaged with the cartridge holding
member and an unlocking position at which the locking member is disengaged from the cartridge holding member; and

an interlocking mechanism moving the locking member by movement of the exposure device support member, mechanism having an
urging in member urging the locking member so that the locking member is located at the locking position, and a pressing member
that is displaced along with the movement of the exposure device support member and presses the locking member against an
urging force of the urging member so as to move the locking member to the unlocking position.

US Pat. No. 9,142,006

DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS, DATA PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR STORING IMAGE DATA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A data processing apparatus that obtains a pixel value of a pixel contained in an input pixel region of image data, inputs
the pixel value to an image processor, obtains an image-processed pixel value from the image processor, and outputs the image-processed
pixel value as a pixel value of a pixel in an output pixel region, the data processing apparatus comprising:
a storage unit configured to temporarily store data of the input pixel region and data of the output pixel region; and
a setting unit configured to set a size of an input area in the storage unit that stores the data of the input pixel region
and a size of an output area in the storage unit that stores the data of the output pixel region based on a number of pixels
in the input pixel region and a number of pixels in the output pixel region.

US Pat. No. 9,132,630

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,135,536

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD GENERATING BINARY DATA SPECIFYING DOT ARRANGEMENT IN A UNIT AREA OF A PRINT MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for forming an image by printing dots on a print medium comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain first binary data that specifies printing or non-printing of dots in a unit area of
the print medium at a predetermined resolution;

a multiplying conversion unit configured to generate multivalued data indicating multivalued level corresponding to a number
of dots to be printed in each of the unit areas of lower resolution than the predetermined resolution, according to the number
of dots in the unit area of the print medium consisting of a predetermined number of pixels each having the first binary data
obtained by the obtaining unit; and

a binarization unit configured to generate second binary data specifying dot arrangement in the unit area of the print medium
at the predetermined resolution, according to the multivalued level of multivalued data generated by the multiplying conversion
unit for each of the unit area and a dot arrangement pattern specifying arrangement of dots on the print medium corresponding
to the multivalued level.

US Pat. No. 9,132,458

PROCESSING MACHINE SYSTEM AND METHOD OF POSITIONING PROCESSING MACHINES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of positioning at least three processing machines on a supporting structure including a plurality of beams spaced
apart from each other,
the at least three processing machines including a first processing machine, a second processing machine supported by at least
one of beams which support the first processing machine, and a third processing machine supported by beams different from
all the beams which support the first processing machine,

wherein a distance between the first processing machine and the second processing machine, at which an amount of vibration
transferred from the first processing machine to the second processing machine becomes smaller than a predetermined amount,
is determined, thereby positioning the first processing machine and the second processing machine with a distance not less
than the determined distance.

US Pat. No. 9,132,990

PRINTING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONVEYING PRINTING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for conveying a medium for reversal, the method performed by control of a drive source for a roller by a controller,
and comprising the steps of:
conveying the medium with the roller through a loop path for reversal;
detecting an overload of the drive source;
stopping rotation of the roller when the overload is detected;
determining whether a conveyance amount of the medium in the loop path reaches a threshold amount, the threshold amount being
set according to a length of the loop path; and

resuming rotation of the roller for reversal in a case where the conveyance amount reaches the threshold amount, and not resuming
rotation of the roller for reversal in a case where the conveyance amount does not reach the threshold amount.

US Pat. No. 9,131,140

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an editing unit configured to execute a trimming edit on an image recorded in a storage medium, wherein, in a case where date
information is embedded in the image on which the trimming edit has not been executed yet, classification information indicating
that the date information is embedded in the image is associated with the image; and

a control unit configured to invalidate the classification information in a case where there exists no region where the date
information is embedded in the image on which the trimming edit has been executed.

US Pat. No. 9,125,561

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,122,428

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,121,475

DRIVE TRANSMISSION APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A drive transmission apparatus, comprising:
a drive gear having a first drive gear and a second drive gear, the drive gear being driven by a drive source to rotate at
a constant velocity;

an output gear having a first output gear which has a toothless portion and is configured to mesh with the first drive gear,
and a second output gear which has a toothless portion and is configured to mesh with the second drive gear;

a preceding gear having a first preceding gear which has a toothless portion and is configured to mesh with the first drive
gear, and a second preceding gear which has a toothless portion and is configured to mesh with the second drive gear;

a preceding gear regulating portion configured to regulate rotation of the preceding gear;
an urging portion configured to urge the preceding gear to mesh with the drive gear; and
an interlocking portion configured to integrally rotate the output gear in association with the rotation of the preceding
gear so that the output gear meshes with the drive gear,

wherein the drive gear, the preceding gear, and the output gear are configured in a manner that:
the second preceding gear meshes with the second drive gear, as a result of regulation of the rotation of the preceding gear
by the preceding gear regulating portion being canceled and the urging portion urging the preceding gear to rotate, and the
second output gear meshes with the second drive gear, as a result of the interlocking portion rotating the output gear integrally
with the preceding gear, so that the output gear rotates at a first velocity; and

after the second output gear then terminates a meshing relationship with the second drive gear, the first output gear meshes
with the first drive gear so that the output gear rotates at a second velocity.

US Pat. No. 9,124,107

CHARGING SYSTEM AND CHARGER UTILIZING BATTERY VOLTAGE AND TEMPERATURE INFORMATION RECEIVED FROM A BATTERY DEVICE TO CONTROL CHARGING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A charger comprising:
a charging unit that charges a battery device including a battery;
a communication unit that receives first information indicating a temperature of the battery detected by the battery device
from the battery device;

a first detection unit that detects second information indicating a temperature of the battery;
a second detection unit that detects third information indicating a voltage between terminals for connecting the battery device;
and

a control unit that (a) controls, using a value obtained based on the first information and the second information, charging
of the battery device if the charger and the battery device are connected, and (b) controls, using a value obtained based
on the third information and fourth information indicating a voltage of the battery detected by the battery device, charging
of the battery device if the charger and the battery device are connected.

US Pat. No. 9,117,139

VIDEO PROCESSING APPARATUS AND VIDEO PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A video processing apparatus comprising:
a first determination unit that determines whether or not a distribution of luminance, which is obtained from luminance signals
of video captured by an image capturing unit, satisfies a predetermined condition;
a second determination unit that determines whether or not an object as a point light source is included in the video based
on an evaluation value obtained from luminance signals of the video; and
a night scene determination unit that determines that a scene captured by the image capturing unit is a night scene if said
first determination unit determines that the predetermined condition is satisfied and if said second determination unit determines
that the video includes the object as a point light source.

US Pat. No. 9,116,110

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS AND OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An object information obtaining apparatus, comprising:
a probe configured to receive an acoustic wave which is generated within an object irradiated with light and to output a time-series
signal; and

a processor configured to obtain object information at a voxel or a pixel, based on the signal,
wherein said processor corrects an intensity of the time-series signal derived from the voxel or the pixel, by performing
correction corresponding to a reflectance loss of the acoustic wave which is obtained according to an angle of the acoustic
wave entering said probe, and

wherein said processor obtains the object information at the voxel or the pixel based on the corrected intensity.

US Pat. No. 9,114,607

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS AND DRIVING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,114,624

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD, LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS, AND LIQUID FILLING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head, comprising:
a liquid discharge member including a plurality of discharge ports for discharging liquid, a plurality of energy generating
elements generating energy for discharging liquid from the plurality of discharge ports, and a surface having a first opening
and a second opening formed therein, the first and second openings communicating with the plurality of discharge ports; and

a liquid supply member for supplying liquid to the liquid discharge member including:
a first filter having a filter surface extending substantially parallel with a gravitational direction and along a disposed
direction in which the plurality of discharge ports are disposed;

a first containing chamber that contains the first filter;
a second filter having a filter surface having a smaller area than the area of the filter surface of the first filter;
a second containing chamber that contains the second filter;
a first flow path that connects the first opening and the first containing chamber; and
a second flow path that connects the second opening and the second containing chamber,
wherein the liquid supply member is joined to the surface of the liquid discharge member having the first and second openings
formed therein such that the first flow path has one end aligned with the first opening, and the second flow path has one
end aligned with the second opening,

wherein the first filter has a length in the disposed direction which is smaller than a length of the liquid discharge member
in the disposed direction, and

wherein the second filter, the first flow path, and the second flow path are disposed in an area between a first surface perpendicular
to the disposed direction and parallel to the gravitational direction and defined by one end of the first filter in the disposed
direction, and a second surface parallel to the first surface and defined by the other end of the first filter in the disposed
direction.

US Pat. No. 9,114,631

ADJUSTMENT METHOD OF PRINTING POSITIONS, PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINTING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,118,790

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, SYSTEM, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A system comprising a printing apparatus and an information processing apparatus,
wherein the printing apparatus comprises:
a first management unit configured to manage log information in which a history of a processing result of each job is recorded;
and

a second management unit configured to manage a color information list in which information pieces about a ratio of a color
area in each page of a job are stored up to a predetermined upper limit, and

the information processing apparatus comprises:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain information about a ratio of a color area in each page of a job input by the information
processing apparatus itself to the printing apparatus, from the printing apparatus before the information is overwritten in
the color information list; and

a storage unit configured to store information obtained by the obtaining unit together with job identification information,
wherein, in a case where information which is not recorded by another information processing apparatus is included in the
color information list of the printing apparatus regarding a copy job or a facsimile (FAX) job, the obtaining unit obtains
information about a ratio of a color area in each page of the copy job of the FAX job from the printing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,116,225

MEASURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A measuring apparatus comprising:
a probe having a plurality of elements each converting acoustic waves into an electric signal, said plurality of elements
being arranged at least in a first direction;

a moving mechanism for moving the probe in a second direction that crosses said first direction;
a first delay-and-sum circuit for performing delay and summing in said first direction using a plurality of the electric signals
obtained by said plurality of elements at individual positions along said second direction, so as to obtain a plurality of
first add signals corresponding to a plurality of target points in an object within a slice plane, the slice plane being a
plane parallel to said first direction and crossing said second direction;

a signal extraction circuit wherein the first add signals pass through a plurality of cascaded delay circuits, the signal
extraction circuit outputting in parallel a plurality of the first add signals corresponding to one of the target points,
wherein the output first add signals are obtained from successive slice planes, and wherein delay times of the cascaded delay
circuits are values corresponding to a scanning period for one slice plane;

a second delay-and-sum circuit for performing delay and summing using the output plurality of first add signals, so as to
obtain a second add signal; and

an image processing circuit for generating image data of inside the object by using a plurality of second add signals corresponding
to a plurality of individual target points.

US Pat. No. 9,116,299

LENS APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lens apparatus comprising:
a zoom unit that changes a focal length;
a zoom position detector that detects a zoom position, the zoom position being the position of the zoom unit;
a focus unit that changes an in-focus distance;
a focus position detector that detects a focus position, the focus position being the position of the focus unit;
a focus driver that drives the focus unit;
a focus operation unit configured to direct an in-focus distance;
a memory unit in which a relationship between the zoom position and a position of the focus unit associated with the in-focus
distance is stored;

a focus controller that controls the focus driver, wherein
the focus controller performs the following operations respectively:
a first operation of deriving a plurality of provisional focus target positions based on a zoom position detected by the zoom
position detector, an in-focus distance directed by the focus operation unit and the relationship stored in the memory unit;
and

a second operation of deriving a focus target position by interpolation calculation based on the plurality of provisional
focus target positions that are derived, wherein

a frequency of the first operation is less than a frequency of the second operation.

US Pat. No. 9,117,621

RADIATION GENERATING TUBE, RADIATION GENERATING UNIT, AND RADIATION IMAGE TAKING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiation generating tube comprising:
a vacuum envelope having an insulating tube, a cathode bonded to one of openings of the insulating tube, and an anode bonded
to other one of the openings of the insulating tube;

an electron emission source connected to the cathode; and
a target connected to the anode,
wherein at least one of the cathode and the anode, and the insulating tube have a pair of bonded surfaces bonded via a conductive
bonding material disposed between the pair of bonded surfaces facing each other,

wherein the conductive bonding material is partly protruding from between the pair of bonded surfaces on the insulating tube
side and the pair of bonded surfaces on the electrode side to an outer peripheral surface or an inner peripheral surface of
the insulating tube, and

wherein a concave portion is formed on the outer peripheral surface or on the inner peripheral surface of the insulating tube
adjacent to one of the pair of bonded surfaces on the insulating tube side, and a distal end of the protruding conductive
bonding material is accommodated in the interior of the concave portion.

US Pat. No. 9,111,346

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,109,870

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an optical coupler configured to divide light from a light source into reference light and measurement light;
a first dichroic mirror arranged in a measurement optical path connecting said optical coupler and an object to be examined,
and configured to guide, by reflecting the measurement light, the measurement light to the object to be examined;

a reference dichroic mirror arranged in a reference optical path connecting said optical coupler and a reference object and
configured to guide, by reflecting the reference light, the reference light to the reference object; and

a light sensor configured to receive interference light between first return light from the object to be examined irradiated
by the measurement light and reference return light from the reference object irradiated by the reference light.

US Pat. No. 9,107,619

OPTICAL-IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,113,072

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,113,098

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,113,117

IMAGE-TAKING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image-taking apparatus comprising:
a gain control unit configured to control a gain for amplifying a signal from an image-pickup sensor;
an image data generation unit configured to generate image data representing a subject image captured by the image-pickup
sensor;

a switching unit configured to switch an output of the image data generated by the image data generation unit to either a
color output or a monochrome output;

a maximum gain setting unit configured to set a maximum value of the gain controlled by the gain control unit;
a switching evaluation value calculation unit configured to calculate a switching evaluation value based on an output from
the image data generation unit;

a determination unit configured to determine the switching of the output of the image data by the switching unit based on
a result of comparison between the switching evaluation value and a switching threshold value for switching the output of
the image data to either a color output or a monochrome output; and

a threshold value correction unit configured to correct the switching threshold value according to the maximum gain value
set by the maximum gain setting unit,

wherein the threshold value correction unit sets the switching threshold value with the maximum gain value set larger than
an initial value to be smaller than the switching threshold value with the maximum gain value set smaller than the initial
value, and

wherein the gain control unit, the image data generation unit, the switching unit, the determination unit, and the threshold
value correction unit are implemented, at least in part, by a processor and a memory in the image-taking apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,102,472

REPLACEMENT BELT UNIT AND BELT REPLACING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,105,540

SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE HAVING MAIN WAVEGUIDE WITH FIRST AND SECOND SUB WAVEGUIDES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state imaging device having multiple pixels, comprising:
an optical waveguide; and
first and second photoelectric conversion units, each adapted for converting light guided through the optical waveguide into
an electrical signal,

the optical waveguide including a main waveguide located on a light incident side, and first and second sub waveguides, each
sub waveguide being connected to the main waveguide and located on the photoelectric conversion unit side, each of the main
waveguide, the first sub waveguide and the second sub waveguide having a core member and a clad member, wherein

the main waveguide guides light which enters from a first direction and light which enters from a second direction; and
the first sub waveguide guides light which has entered from the first direction and has passed through the main waveguide
to the first photoelectric conversion unit and the second sub waveguide guides light which has entered from the second direction
and has passed through the main waveguide to the second photoelectric conversion unit.

US Pat. No. 9,104,124

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

MgSO4·0.5Mg(OH)2·3H2O  (A)

CaOSiO2  (B).

US Pat. No. 9,103,923

X-RAY IMAGING APPARATUS AND X-RAY IMAGING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An X-ray imaging apparatus for acquiring X-ray information of phase shift caused by a detection object, comprising:
a separating element configured to spatially separate X-rays generated by an X-ray generator unit;
a scintillator array including a first scintillator and a second scintillator, the separated X-rays separated by the separating
element being made incident on the scintillator array; and

a detector configured to detect an intensity of fluorescence emitted from the scintillator array,
wherein the detector includes a first pixel configured to detect an intensity of fluorescence emitted from the first scintillator
and a second pixel configured to detect an intensity of fluorescence emitted from the second scintillator, and

wherein the first scintillator is configured such that an intensity of fluorescence emitted from the first scintillator which
is detected by the first pixel varies in accordance with an incident position of the X-ray with respect to an X-direction,
and the second scintillator is configured such that an intensity of fluorescence emitted from the second scintillator which
is detected by the second pixel is constant in accordance with an incident position of the X-ray with respect to the X-direction.

US Pat. No. 9,102,173

PRINT PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A print processing apparatus that processes a print job printed on a paper stack, the paper stack including a plurality
of papers of multiple paper types placed in a tray, comprising:
a storing unit configured to store print data for a plurality of pages to be printed,
wherein the print data includes data representing each of a plurality of pages to be printed and paper type data indicating
a paper type of the multiple paper types to be used for printing each of the plurality of pages to be printed;

a setting unit configured to set second paper information,
wherein the second paper information indicates a paper stacking order of the paper stack,
wherein the paper stacking order represents the paper types and order of the papers in the paper stack;
a comparison unit configured to compare the type of paper to be used in printing a current page data, which is a portion of
print data representing a page to be printed of the plurality of pages to be printed and a paper type date of the page to
be printed, with the type of paper of a current paper of the paper stack;

a print control unit configured to control a printing unit to print the current page data on the current paper when the comparison
unit determines the type of paper of the current page data is the same as the type of paper of the current paper of the paper
stack; and a separation control unit, configured to control a separation unit to separate the current paper of the paper stack
from the paper stack when the comparison unit determines that the type of paper of the current page of print data is different
from the type of paper of the paper stack.

US Pat. No. 9,096,089

APPARATUS, METHOD, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

3. A method comprising the steps of:
determining a position of attachment of a code including voice information in an image; and
attaching a mark in a position based on the determined position of code attachment in the image, wherein
the mark indicates a position to be cut out from a sheet, on a side of which the image and the attached mark are to be printed
and

a cutout to be caused by cutting the position out indicates a position of code attachment.

US Pat. No. 9,092,431

DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT METHOD FOR DETERMINING WHETHER AT LEAST ONE MANAGED DOCUMENT WAS PRINTED AND UPDATING PRINT INFORMATION OF THE AT LEAST ONE MANAGED DOCUMENT BASED ON THE DETERMINATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A document management system comprising:
a document operation log recording unit configured to record, as an operation log of the document management system, a history
of operations for each document managed by the document management system, wherein the document operation log recording unit
cannot record an operation of printing executed by an external application out of a management of the document management
system, and wherein the external application is different from a client application of the document management system;

a print log collecting unit configured to collect, as a print log of a printing device, a history of printing executed by
the printing device;

a log comparison unit configured to compare the operation log recorded by the document operation log recording unit with the
print log collected by the print log collecting unit;

a document printing determination unit configured to determine, based on a result of comparison by the log comparison unit,
whether the external application executed an operation of printing for a document managed by the document management system;
and

a document print information updating unit configured to update, based on a result of determination by the document printing
determination unit, print information of each document managed by the document management system.

US Pat. No. 9,092,178

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,094,545

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,091,962

CARTRIDGE, DEVELOPING CARTRIDGE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,094,646

PRINTER FOR CREATING A PRINT PROFILE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,088,738

SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE AND METHOD OF DRIVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state image pickup device comprising an image pickup area, on a semiconductor substrate, which includes plural
columns of pixels, and plural column amplifier circuits each provided at each column of pixels or at every plural columns
of pixels, wherein:
the pixel outputs a signal,
each of the column amplifier circuits includes at least two amplifier circuit stages;
a preceding amplifier circuit has an inverting input node and an output node, and is configured to output a first amplified
signal from the output node, wherein the first amplified signal is a signal in which the signal output from the pixel is input
in the inverting input node, and amplified in a first gain selected from variable-gains having one or more values,

a subsequent amplifier circuit has a non-inverting input node, an inverting node and an output node, and is configured to
output a second amplified signal from the output node, wherein the second amplified signal is a signal in which the first
amplified signal output from the preceding amplifier circuit is input in the non-inverting input node of the subsequent amplifier
circuit, and amplified in a second gain selected from variable gains having one or more values; and

while the output node and the inverting input node of the preceding amplifier circuit are connected, a reference potential
is supplied to the non-inverting input node of the subsequent amplifier circuit, and the output node and the inverting input
node of the subsequent amplifier circuit are connected.

US Pat. No. 9,086,404

METHOD FOR TREATING LIVING SAMPLES AND ANALYZING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,086,670

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,087,206

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, SYSTEM, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR EXECUTING CONTROL OPERATION AND INDICATING COMPLETION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing system comprising a server apparatus and an information processing apparatus capable of communicating
with said server apparatus, including a display control unit that performs control to display an operation screen on a display
unit using screen information provided by said server apparatus, and an execution control unit that performs control to execute
a job for transmitting data according to an instruction from said server apparatus,
said server apparatus comprising:
a generation unit that generates, when an authentication using authentication information received from said display control
unit succeeds, a session identifier to be used for communication with said display control unit;

a first transmission unit that transmits the screen information and the session identifier generated by said generation unit
to said display control unit;

a second transmission unit that transmits, upon receiving from said display control unit an operation content on the operation
screen based on the screen information, an instruction for executing a job for transmitting data to an external apparatus
which is different from said server apparatus based on the operation content to said execution control unit;

a designation unit that designates, for said execution control unit, as a session identifier to be used for communication
from said execution control unit to said server apparatus, the session identifier generated by said generation unit; and

a reception unit that receives, from said execution control unit, completion information indicating completion of the job
executed according to the instruction,

said display control unit of said information processing apparatus comprising:
a displaying unit that displays the operation screen on the display unit using the screen information received from said server
apparatus; and

a third transmission unit that transmits, to said server apparatus, the operation content on the operation screen, and
said execution control unit of said information processing apparatus comprising:
an execution unit that executes, upon receiving the instruction from said server apparatus, the job according to the instruction;
and

a fourth transmission unit that transmits, upon completion of the job, to said server apparatus without intervening said display
control unit, completion information indicating completion of the job and the session identifier designated by said designation
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,085,163

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DISCHARGING SHIPPING INK

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,085,427

FEEDING DEVICE AND RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A feeding device comprising:
a drive source;
a feed roller configured to feed stacked sheets;
a first transmission unit configured to transmit driving force of the drive source to the feed roller;
a separating inclined surface configured to separate a sheet having been fed by the feed roller;
a separating member, having a surface for separating a sheet having been fed by the feed roller from the other sheets, configured
to be capable of setting a separating position where the surface of the separating member protrudes from the separating inclined
surface so as to be in contact with a sheet for separating the sheet from the other sheets and a retracting position where
the surface of the separating member does not protrude from the separating inclined surface such that the separating inclined
surface being in contact with a sheet to separate the sheet from the other sheets;

a moving unit configured to move the separating member to the separating position and the retracting position; and
a second transmission unit configured to transmit driving force of the drive source to the moving unit to work the moving
unit,

wherein the second transmission unit includes a first part and a second part which receive driving force from a third transmission
unit, transmits driving force received at the first part to the moving unit to move the separating member from the retracting
position to the separating position, and transmits driving force received at the second part to the moving unit to move the
separating member from the separating position to the retracting position, and wherein the second transmission unit does not
transmit driving force received at the first part when the separating member is at the separating position, and does not transmit
driving force received at the second part when the separating member is at the retracting position.

US Pat. No. 9,088,321

DIFFERENTIAL TRANSMISSION CIRCUIT AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A differential transmission circuit for transmitting a differential signal including first and second signals of phases
opposite to each other from a transmitting circuit to a receiving circuit, comprising:
a differential signal line including a first signal line for transmitting the first signal and a second signal line for transmitting
the second signal, wherein

the first signal line comprises first signal and second signal wiring patterns, connected mutually through a first resistive
element, and

the second signal line comprises third and fourth signal wiring patterns, connected mutually through a fourth resistive element;
a power source line for supplying a source potential to the transmitting circuit and the receiving circuit;
a ground line for supplying a ground potential to the transmitting circuit and the receiving circuit; and
a first common mode choke coil including first and second coil units magnetically coupled to each other,
wherein
one end of a third resistive element is connected to a first node on the first signal wiring pattern,
one end of a second resistive element is connected to a second node on the second signal wiring pattern,
one end of a sixth resistive element is connected to a third node on the third signal wiring pattern,
one end of a fifth resistive element is connected to a fourth node on the fourth signal wiring pattern,
the other end of the third resistive element and the other end of the sixth resistive element are connected to the ground
line, and

the other end of the second resistive element and the fifth resistive element are connected to the power source line via the
first common mode choke coil.

US Pat. No. 9,086,747

INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, DISPLAY DEVICE, DISPLAY SYSTEM, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING DISPLAY DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

6. A display system comprising an information processing device, a first display device, and a second display device,
the information processing device comprising:
a connection unit configured to be connected to the first display device;
a generating unit configured to generate image data representing an image to be displayed on at least a part of the first
display device;

a transmitting unit configured to transmit, to the second display device through a network, the image data and pointer position
information indicating a position of a pointer for pointing an arbitrary position within the image;

a receiving unit configured to receive a moving instruction that instructs a display position of a predetermined object contained
in the image displayed on the first device to move by moving the pointer;

a generation control unit configured to control, in response to the moving instruction, the generating unit so that image
data representing an image containing the predetermined object at a post-movement position is generated; and

a transmission control unit configured to control the transmitting unit,
wherein when the receiving unit receives, as said moving instruction, a drag instruction for movement of the predetermined
object by the pointer, (i) the predetermined object displayed on the first display device moves in accordance with the moving
instruction, (ii) the transmission control unit controls the transmitting unit to stop transmission of the image data representing
the image containing the predetermined object, (iii) the transmission control unit controls the transmitting unit so that
the pointer position information indicating a post-movement position of the pointer and object position information indicating
a post-movement position of the predetermined object are transmitted to the second display device through the network, and
(iv) then, after the pointer position information and the object position information have been transmitted, the transmission
control unit controls the transmitting unit to restart the transmission of the image data representing the image containing
the predetermined object at the post-movement position, and

the second display device comprising:
an image data receiving unit configured to receive the image data transmitted from the information processing device through
the network;

a pointer position information receiving unit configured to receive, from the information processing device through the network,
the pointer position information indicating the position of the pointer for pointing the arbitrary position within the image
represented by the image data;

a display unit configured to perform display by superimposing a pointer image on the image represented by the image data at
the position indicated by the pointer position information;

an object position information receiving unit configured to receive, from the information processing device through the network,
the object position information indicating the post-movement position of the predetermined object contained within the image
represented by the image data; and

a display control unit configured to control the display unit so that the image is displayed while an auxiliary image indicating
the post-movement position of the predetermined object along with the pointer image being superimposed thereon, when the object
position information is received by the object position information receiving unit.

US Pat. No. 9,086,611

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,085,596

IRIDIUM COMPLEX AND ORGANIC LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE CONTAINING SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An iridium complex represented by formula (1):

wherein
R1 and R2 each independently represent an alkyl group; and

R3 to R7 each independently represent one selected from a hydrogen atom, a cyano group, alkyl groups, alkoxy groups, and substituted
amino groups.

US Pat. No. 9,082,213

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR COMBINING REAL OBJECT AND VIRTUAL OBJECT AND PROCESSING METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a real image including a real object;
a setting unit configured to set a virtual viewpoint, a virtual ray source, and a virtual screen in a virtual space;
an arrangement unit configured to arrange the virtual space, an approximate virtual object which approximates a shape of the
real object and a normal virtual object which does not correspond to any real objects, based on the set virtual viewpoint
and the obtained real image;

a generation unit configured to generate a ray from the virtual viewpoint to a ray source until the generated ray intersects
with any virtual objects in the virtual space and generate a new ray from an intersection point at which the generated ray
intersects with a virtual object if the generated ray intersects with the virtual object, in accordance with a ray tracing
method;

an intersection determination unit configured to determine whether an object type of a virtual object is an approximate virtual
object or a normal virtual object if the ray intersects with the virtual object, and to determine an intersection order of
object types for a plurality of virtual objects if the ray intersects with the plurality of virtual objects; and

a pixel value determination unit configured to determine a pixel value of each pixel on the virtual screen based on the generated
ray, a pixel value of a corresponding pixel position in the real image, and a result of determination by the intersection
determination unit,

wherein if the intersection determination unit determines that the generated ray intersects a normal virtual object and thereafter
the generated ray intersects an approximate virtual object, the pixel value determination unit determines a pixel value of
a pixel position at which the generated ray goes through the virtual screen based on a reflection or a refraction of the normal
virtual object and a shadow of the approximate virtual object which casts on the normal virtual object, and

wherein if the intersection determination unit determines that the generated ray intersects an approximate virtual object
and thereafter the generated ray intersects a normal virtual object, the pixel value determination unit determines a pixel
value of a pixel position at which the generated ray goes through the virtual screen based on a pixel value of a corresponding
pixel position in the real image in consideration of a shadow or a reflection of the normal virtual object.

US Pat. No. 9,079,421

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS WITH DOT IMPACT ACCURACY INFORMATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An inkjet printing apparatus having a printing unit provided with a first nozzle array and a second nozzle array in which
nozzles are arranged, the first nozzle array and the second nozzle array are arranged along a direction intersecting an arrangement
direction of the nozzles so that nozzles in an end part of the first nozzle array and nozzles in an end part of the second
nozzle array form an overlapping portion, the apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire information which indicates whether a registration adjustment between the first
nozzle array and the second nozzle array which form the overlapping portion was performed;

a determination unit configured to determine a distribution rate of print data corresponding to the overlapping portion for
each of the first nozzle array and the second nozzle array based on the information; and

a distribution unit configured to distribute the print data corresponding to the overlapping portion to the nozzles of the
overlapping portion, respectively, based on the determined distribution rate,

wherein the determination unit, if the information indicates that the registration adjustment has been performed, determines
the distribution rate so that the print data may be distributed to both end parts of the first and second nozzle arrays, and
if the information indicates that the registration adjustment has not been performed, determines the distribution rate so
that the print data may be distributed to one of the end parts of the first and second nozzle arrays.

US Pat. No. 9,081,323

DEVELOPING DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing device comprising:
a frame configured to store developer;
a developing roller arranged at an opening of the frame and configured to bear the developer and to form a developer image
on an image bearing member; and

a supply roller including a rotational shaft passing through a through-hole provided in the frame and configured to supply
the developer to the developing roller,

wherein the through-hole is formed so that the supply roller is insertable from an outside of the frame in an axial direction
of the supply roller, and has such a size that the supply roller is insertable without rubbing an inner edge of the through-hole.

US Pat. No. 9,076,064

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

21. An image processing method comprising:
using a processor to perform the steps of:
detecting feature points from an image included in a first image group;
calculating a local feature amount of each feature point using pixels adjacent to the feature point;
determining similarity between images based on local feature amounts of the detected feature points for each combination of
images included in the first image group;

separating an image, which is included in the first image group and corresponds to the combination having the similarity not
less than a first threshold, as an image of a second image group;

selecting a reference image from the second image group based on the similarity of images of the second image group;
detecting, for each feature point of the reference image, a number of images included in the second image group, each of which
has a feature point corresponding to the feature point of the reference image, as a number of corresponding images; and

estimating an object region based on a distribution of feature points, each of which has the number of corresponding images
exceeding a second threshold, in the reference image.

US Pat. No. 9,075,369

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD BASED ON VARIATION OF MOTOR ROTATION SPEED

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus including an image forming unit configured to execute image forming and a motor configured to
drive a rotation member included in the image forming unit for image forming, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a generation unit configured to generate information of variation that indicates a variation of rotation speed of the motor
corresponding to each of a plurality of rotational phases of the motor based on a signal that is output at least once during
one rotation of the motor; and

a control unit configured to cause the image forming unit to execute image forming including correction of a density based
on the information of variation,

wherein the generation unit obtains an average value of the variation of rotation speed of the motor and obtains a variation
of rotation speed of the motor corresponding to each of a plurality of rotational phases of the motor based on the average
value.

US Pat. No. 9,074,991

MEASURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A measuring apparatus comprising:
a plurality of laser sources for generating pulsed lights;
a control unit for controlling excitation start timing(s) of said laser sources by outputting an excitation start signal to
respective ones of said laser sources, and controlling oscillation start timing(s) of said laser sources by outputting an
oscillation start signal to ones of said laser sources after a predetermined time has elapsed from the output of the excitation
start signal, so as to generate pulsed lights from said laser light sources;

an acoustic wave receiving unit for receiving an acoustic wave generated in a subject by irradiation of the subject with the
pulsed lights; and

a signal processing unit for obtaining information of the subject, using a signal which is output from said acoustic wave
receiving unit, wherein

said plurality of laser sources include a first laser source and a second laser source of which preparation time from the
start of the excitation to the generation of the pulsed light is longer than that of said first laser source, and

said control unit sets timing of outputting the excitation start signal to said first laser source to follow timing of outputting
the excitation start signal to said second laser source according to a difference of the preparation time between said first
laser source and said second laser source.

US Pat. No. 9,076,098

PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus that prints printing data including an image, the apparatus comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive the printing data;
a division unit configured to divide the printing data received by the reception unit into page units, generate a plurality
of divided printing data and add object relation information indicating a relationship among a plurality of objects in the
plurality of divided printing data;

a plurality of rendering units configured to receive printing unit data and conduct an image correction process and a bitmap
data conversion process;

a rendering management unit configured to analyze the printing data and, on the basis of the analysis result, generate, from
the plurality of divided printing data, the printing unit data constituted by the divided printing data to be merged and processed,
determine at least one rendering unit to cause the printing unit data to be processed from the plurality of rendering units
in accordance with load conditions of the plurality of rendering units, and transmit the printing unit data to the determined
rendering unit;

a spool unit configured to receive and spool bitmap data from each of the plurality of rendering units;
a printer engine unit configured to print an image based on the bitmap data onto a print medium; and
a control unit configured to transmit the bitmap data spooled in the spool unit to the printer engine unit in an order to
be printed,

wherein each of the plurality of rendering units comprises:
a composition unit configured to generate combined printing data by combining the plurality of divided printing data that
includes an object indicated by the object relation information and execute the image correction process on the combined printing
data; and

a separation unit configured to separate the combined printing data after executing the image correction process, into a plurality
of divided printing data and execute the bitmap data conversion process on the plurality of divided printing data.

US Pat. No. 9,075,386

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH A CURL CORRECTING UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming portion which forms a toner image;
a transfer portion which transfers the toner image onto a sheet;
a fixing portion which includes a pressure roller and a heating member that forms a fixing nip to fix the toner image onto
the sheet by coming in press contact with the pressure roller;

a curl correcting unit which is provided on a downstream of the fixing portion in a sheet conveyance direction and includes
a first roller and a second roller that forms a correction nip to correct a curl of the sheet by coming in press contact with
the first roller;

a holding portion which movably holds the second roller;
a biasing member which applies a force to the holding portion in such a direction that the second roller comes in press contact
with the first roller;

a door which rotatably holds the first roller, is supported to be opened and closed, and separates the first roller from the
second roller by being opened; and

a retracting portion which causes the holding portion to be retracted to a position where the second roller deviates from
a movement path of the door against a biasing force of the biasing member according to a closing operation of the door.

US Pat. No. 9,073,310

PRINTHEAD SUBSTRATE, PRINTHEAD, AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing element substrate comprising:
a plurality of printing elements, which are arrayed in a predetermined direction, forming a plurality of groups;
a first generating unit configured to generate a threshold signal which is set for each of the plurality of groups and a ramp
signal, based on an externally received digital signal; and

second generating units, which are arranged in correspondence with the respective groups, configured to generate, based on
the ramp signal and the threshold signal, enable signals for setting a period during which the printing element is driven,

wherein the first generating unit includes a D/A converter, which is configured to convert a digital signal into an analog
signal, arranged between the plurality of printing elements and an outer edge of the substrate in the predetermined direction,
and

wherein the second generating units include a plurality of comparators which are arranged in correspondence with the respective
groups and along the predetermined direction.

US Pat. No. 9,077,842

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING ABERRATION CORRECTING FUNCTION AND ABERRATION CORRECTING METHOD FOR IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus, comprising:
a lens apparatus comprising an image taking optical system configured to guide a beam from an object to a camera apparatus,
the lens apparatus being attached to the camera apparatus detachably; and

a camera apparatus that separates the beam from the object into color beams of three colors and photoelectrically converts
the color beams into a first color image signal, a second color image signal and a third color image signal by corresponding
image pickup elements to display, on an image displaying unit, an image obtained by superimposing the first color image signal,
the second color image signal and the third color image signal,

wherein the lens apparatus further comprises:
a memory unit that stores, as correcting data including a parameter indicating a state of the image taking optical system,
a correcting amount in an image height direction with respect to an image height in each of the second color image signal
and the third color image signal, the correcting amount being obtained with the first color image signal being a reference,
in order to correct aberration caused by the image taking optical system; and

a lens controlling unit that extracts the correcting data corresponding to the state of the image taking optical system from
the memory unit,

wherein the camera apparatus comprises a camera controlling unit that moves the second color image signal and the third color
image signal in the image height direction to correct the second color image signal and the third color image signal based
on the correcting data, and displays, on the image displaying unit, an image obtained by superimposing the corrected second
color image signal and the corrected third color image signal,

wherein the image pickup apparatus further comprises a controlling unit configured to specify an arbitrary position of the
image displayed on the image displaying unit and to set the correcting amount of the correcting data at the specified arbitrary
position, and

wherein the lens controlling unit adjusts the correcting data based on the correcting amount of the correcting data at the
arbitrary position set by using the controlling unit, and the memory unit stores the adjusted correcting data.

US Pat. No. 9,073,326

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,073,341

DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS AND DATA PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,073,085

ELECTROMECHANICAL TRANSDUCER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,075,776

DOCUMENT PROCESSING APPARATUS, DOCUMENT PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,075,705

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF APPROPRIATELY PROVIDING NOTIFICATION OF STORAGE UNIT FAILURE PREDICTION, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
storage units configured to have a mirroring function and a self-diagnosis function;
a notification unit configured to notify an electronic device, which is determined in advance, of information on said storage
units;

an obtainment unit configured to obtain status information indicative of statuses of said storage units obtained by the self-diagnosis
function which said storage units have;

a prediction unit configured to, based on the status information obtained by said obtainment unit, predict whether said storage
units will fail; and

a control unit configured to control said notification unit such that, when said prediction unit predicts a failure of said
storage units, and the mirroring function is disabled, the electronic device is notified that replacement of said storage
units is necessary, and control said notification unit such that, when said prediction unit predicts a failure of said storage
units, and the mirroring function is enabled, the electronic device is not notified that replacement of said storage units
is necessary.

US Pat. No. 9,070,072

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF OBTAINING PRINT DATA FROM EXTERNAL APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive print data;
a registration unit configured to register information for identifying the print data;
a storage unit configured to store the print data; and
a control unit configured to, in a case where registration of the information by said registration unit has failed, cause
said storage unit to store the print data without setting a storage time limit to the print data and cause said registration
unit to retry the registration of the information,

wherein said control unit is configured to, in both cases where the registration has succeeded and where the registration
of the information is retried a predetermined number of times, set the storage time limit.

US Pat. No. 9,069,285

DETECTION DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A detection device for detecting a charge amount of toner on a developing material carrier, the device comprising:
an assembly including a quartz oscillator and a first electrode and a second electrode attached to the quartz oscillator;
a first capacitor connected in series to the assembly;
a first switch provided between the assembly and the first capacitor;
a second capacitor connected in parallel with the assembly;
a second switch connected in parallel with the assembly and connected in series to the second capacitor;
a controller configured to control the first switch and the second switch;
a first detection unit configured to detect a potential difference between both ends of the first capacitor; and
a second detection unit configured to detect an oscillation frequency of the quartz oscillator,
wherein in the case where the toner on the developing material carrier is caused to adhere to the first electrode, the controller
is configured to connect the assembly to the first capacitor using the first switch and connect the assembly to the second
capacitor using the second switch, and

wherein in the case where the second detection unit detects the oscillation frequency of the quartz oscillator, the controller
is configured to disconnect the assembly from the first capacitor using the first switch and disconnect the assembly from
the second capacitor using the second switch.

US Pat. No. 9,069,299

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,063,618

COORDINATE INPUT APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A coordinate input apparatus for calculating a position of an object positioned on an input area, comprising:
a first retroreflecting member and a plurality of first sensor units constructed to form a first side of two opposite sides
of the input area;

a second retroreflecting member and a plurality of second sensor units constructed to form a second side of two opposite sides
of the input area,

wherein the plurality of first and second sensor units emit, receive, and retroreflect light,
wherein each of the plurality of first and second sensor units comprises a light projecting unit constructed to emit light
at a first position toward the input area, a light receiving unit constructed to receive the light at a second position, and
a third retroreflecting member disposed between a first height and a second height from the input area,

wherein the first, second and third retroreflecting members are disposed so that the light receiving unit does not detect
the object positioned at a specific portion of the input area, and

wherein the first height is a height of the first position at which the light projecting unit emits the light, and the second
height is a height of the second position at which said light receiving unit receives the light; and

a calculation unit constructed to detect a direction of a position where the light emitted from one of said first sensor units
to said second retroreflecting member and said second sensor units is blocked based on a receiving result of the one of said
first sensor units when the light is blocked in an area formed by said second retroreflecting member, said second sensor units
and the one of said first sensor units,

to detect a direction of the position where the light emitted from one of said second sensor units to said first retroreflecting
member and said first sensor units is blocked based on a receiving result of the one of said second sensor units when the
light is blocked in an area formed by said first retroreflecting member, said first sensor units and the one of said second
sensor units,

to select two sensors from said first and second sensor units based on the position where the light is blocked, and
to calculate the position based on directions of the position where the light is blocked detected from the two sensor units
selected based on the position where the light is blocked.

US Pat. No. 9,066,023

IMAGE SENSING APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD OF THESE APPARATUSES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image sensing apparatus which is communicable with another image sensing apparatus, comprising:
a transmission unit configured to transmit an instruction signal, which instructs a start of exposure to said another image
sensing apparatus;

an acquisition unit configured to acquire delay time information of said another image sensing apparatus, indicative of delay
time from reception of the instruction signal transmitted by said transmission unit to the start of exposure of said another
image sensing apparatus; and

a control unit configured to control at least one of exposure-start timing of the image sensing apparatus itself and transmission
timing of the instruction signal, which is transmitted by said transmission unit, based on the delay time information acquired
by said acquisition unit,

wherein said acquisition unit acquires the delay time information by generating the delay time information based on a shooting
condition of said another image sensing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,063,450

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PERFORMING EXPOSURE ON PHOTORECEPTOR DRUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a determination unit configured to determine whether a density of each pixel in image data is equal to or less than a threshold;
and

an adding unit configured to add a predetermined density to a density of each pixel,
wherein,
in a case where a determination is made that a density of a pixel of interest is greater than the threshold, or in a case
where a pixel having a greater density than the threshold is present in a neighborhood of the pixel of interest at a predetermined
distance from the pixel of interest,

exposure with intensity corresponding to a density of the pixel of interest to which the predetermined density has not been
added is performed on a photoreceptor drum at a position corresponding to the pixel of interest,

otherwise,
exposure with intensity corresponding to a density of the pixel of interest to which the predetermined density has been added
is performed on the photoreceptor drum at the position corresponding to the pixel of interest.

US Pat. No. 9,063,220

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,063,491

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC FIXING MEMBER, FIXING APPARATUS AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic fixing member comprising:
a substrate;
an elastic layer; and
a releasing layer,
wherein thermal effusivity in a depth region from a surface of the releasing layer is 1.5 [kJ/(m2·K·sec0.5)] or more, the depth region corresponding to a thermal diffusion length when an alternating-current temperature wave having
a frequency of 10 Hz is applied to the surface of the releasing layer, and

wherein a surface micro rubber hardness is 85 degrees or less.

US Pat. No. 9,058,000

RECORDING MATERIAL DETERMINATION DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,059,566

SURFACE EMITTING LASER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A surface emitting laser comprising:
an off-orientation substrate;
a bottom reflection mirror formed on the off-orientation substrate;
an active layer formed on the bottom reflection mirror;
a current confinement layer formed on the active layer, the current confinement layer including an oxidized region and a non-oxidized
region;

a top reflection mirror formed on the current confinement layer;
a mesa structure having a cylindrical shape; and
a surface-relief structure formed on a light-emitting region of the top reflection mirror, the surface-relief structure has
a stepped structure including a low-reflectivity region and a high-reflectivity region,

wherein a central axis of the high-reflectivity region of the surface-relief structure is deviated from a central axis of
the cylindrical shape of the mesa structure so as to lower a lasing threshold current of the surface emitting laser.

US Pat. No. 9,058,539

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR QUANTIFYING GRAPHICS OR TEXT IN AN IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for selecting an image encoder, the method comprising:
generating a grayscale histogram of an image, wherein the grayscale histogram includes a respective number of pixels for a
plurality of histogram values;

determining a respective percentage of pixels in each of the histogram values based on the number of pixels for the respective
histogram value and a total number of pixels in the image;

comparing the percentages of pixels in the histogram values to a first threshold;
adding the percentages of pixels in the histogram values that exceed the first threshold to a total percentage;
comparing the total percentage to a second threshold; and
encoding the image with an encoder that is selected based on the second threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,058,555

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a holding unit configured to hold a job;
a reception unit configured to receive an executing instruction for executing the job held in the holding unit;
a determination unit configured to determine whether attribution information of a sheet to be used by the job held in the
holding unit is registered for a sheet storage unit;

a judgment unit configured to judge whether a sheet exists in a sheet storage unit to be used by the job; and
a notification unit configured to notify, before the reception unit receives the executing instruction, a result of the determination
by the determination unit and a result of the judgment by the judgment unit.

US Pat. No. 9,057,819

LIGHT-EMITTING ELEMENT DRIVING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF THE SAME, OPTICAL ENCODER, AND CAMERA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light-emitting element driving apparatus comprising:
a light-emitting element;
a driving unit including a control terminal and configured to drive the light-emitting element in accordance with a potential
of the control terminal; and

a controlling unit including a voltage holding unit,
wherein the controlling unit
controls the potential of the control terminal such that an emitted light amount approaches a target value, and causes the
voltage holding unit to hold a voltage corresponding to the potential of the control terminal, when the light-emitting element
is in an emitting state,

controls the potential of the control terminal to inactivate the driving unit, when setting the light-emitting element in
a non-emitting state, and

controls the potential of the control terminal by using the voltage held in the voltage holding unit, when setting the light-emitting
element in the emitting state from the non-emitting state.

US Pat. No. 9,057,646

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR MEASURING A COLOR OF A MEASUREMENT IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form a measurement image on a sheet;
a measurement unit, which includes a light-emitting unit configured to irradiate the measurement image with light and a receiving
unit configured to receive reflected light from the measurement image, configured to measure the measurement image formed
on the sheet to output a spectral reflectance, by irradiating the measurement image using the light-emitting unit and by receiving
the reflected light from the measurement unit using the receiving unit;

a white reference plate provided at a position facing to the measurement unit;
a movement unit configured to move the white reference plate;
a distance measuring unit configured to measure a distance from the measurement unit to the white reference plate; and
a correction unit configured to correct an amount of emitted light of the light-emitting unit according to the distance measured
by the distance measuring unit.

US Pat. No. 9,058,966

IONIZATION DEVICE, MASS SPECTROMETER INCLUDING IONIZATION DEVICE, IMAGE DISPLAY SYSTEM INCLUDING MASS SPECTROMETER, AND ANALYSIS METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ionization device comprising:
a holding portion configured to hold a sample;
a probe configured to arrange a liquid on a surface of the sample to form a liquid bridge between the probe and the sample;
an electrode configured to form, at the probe, a Taylor cone of a substance contained in the sample, and to release the ionized
substance from the Taylor cone;

a voltage applying unit configured to apply a voltage to the electrode; and
a light source configured to emit laser light, wherein the light source is arranged such that the laser light irradiates the
Taylor cone.

US Pat. No. 9,054,315

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING ORGANIC LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing an organic light-emitting device,
wherein a plurality of first pixels and a plurality of second pixels are provided respectively on a substrate including an
organic planarizing layer,

wherein the first pixel includes a first lower electrode, a first organic compound layer including at least a light-emitting
layer, and a first upper electrode,

wherein the second pixel includes a second lower electrode, a second organic compound layer including at least a light-emitting
layer, and a second upper electrode, and

wherein the first upper electrode and the second upper electrode are common electrodes that are common to all pixels provided
on the substrate, the method comprising:

a step of preparing the substrate provided with the organic planarizing layer;
a step of forming the lower electrodes wherein the first lower electrode and the second lower electrode are formed;
a step of forming the first organic compound layer in such a way as to cover the first lower electrode and the second lower
electrode;

a step of forming of a release layer wherein the release layer soluble in pure water is formed on the first organic compound
layer;

a step of forming a protection layer composed of an inorganic material, which is formed on the release layer;
a step of forming a resist layer wherein a film of a resist material is formed on the protection layer;
a step of processing the resist layer wherein the resist layer is patterned so as to leave the resist layer formed in a region
in which the first pixel is provided;

a step of removing the protection layer, the release layer, and the first organic compound layer in a region where the resist
layer is removed in the step of processing the resist layer, by the dry etching; and

a step of forming the second organic compound layer on the second lower electrode, and
the method further comprising:
a step of forming an etching resistant protection layer wherein the etching resistant protection layer is provided before
the step of forming the first organic compound layer so that the organic planarizing layer is covered with at least one of
the lower electrode and the etching resistant protection layer,

wherein an etching rate of the etching resistant protection layer is slower than that of the first organic compound layer
in the step of removing the first organic compound layer.

US Pat. No. 9,053,542

IMAGE RESAMPLING BY FREQUENCY UNWRAPPING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of determining at least one image value of a corresponding desired output position on an output grid of an output
image from an input image on an input grid, the method comprising:
(a) determining, in a localised region of the input image, an orientation of an edge passing through the output position;
(b) extending a frequency spectrum for the region of the input image;
(c) aligning a main frequency band of the edge in the extended frequency spectrum parallel to a first sampling axis of a grid
based on the orientation of the edge, wherein the grid is selected from the set of the input and output grids;

(d) filtering the aligned main frequency band along a second sampling axis of the grid, orthogonal to the first sampling axis,
the filter removing frequencies associated with replica bands and maintaining the main frequency band;

(e) determining the image value from the filtered edge at the desired output position; and
(f) storing the determined image value as part of the output image.

US Pat. No. 9,054,606

DRIVING DEVICE AND DRIVING CIRCUIT FOR A VIBRATION ACTUATOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A driving device for a vibration actuator, comprising an AC voltage applying section comprising a drive signal generating
section configured to variably control at least one of a frequency and an amplitude of an application voltage to be applied
to a vibration member of the vibration actuator,
the drive signal generating section comprising:
a variable period setting section configured to output a value of a PWM period, the value being set so that an average value
of PWM periods in one target period of the application voltage is one fraction of an integer number of the target period by
variably adjusting the PWM periods in an aperiodic manner;

a drive waveform information output section configured to output drive waveform information of the application voltage, the
drive waveform information being generated with use of fixed phase information for a sine wave; and

a variable period PWM signal generating section configured to generate a PWM signal having a variable period based on the
set value of the PWM period output from the variable period setting section and the drive waveform information output from
the drive waveform information output section,

wherein the drive signal generating section is a digital circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,055,674

PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printed circuit board comprising:
signal transmitting units that transmit signals;
signal receiving units that receive the signals; and
a plurality of signal lines that connect the signal transmitting units and the signal receiving units and that are arranged
in parallel to one another,

wherein a resistor element and a capacitor element are connected in series and mounted between any two signal lines that are
adjacent to each other in the plurality of signal lines, and

wherein, if a value of resistance of the resistor element is assumed to be Rp [?], a value of capacitance of the capacitor
element is assumed to be Cp [F], and rise time of the signals output from the signal transmitting units is assumed to be tr
[s], the value Rp of resistance and the value Cp of capacitance are set such that an expression (Cp×Rp)×0.9?tr/3?(Cp×Rp)×1.1
is satisfied.

US Pat. No. 9,054,012

RADIATION DETECTION APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a radiation detection apparatus, comprising:
forming, on a sensor substrate on which a pixel array is formed, a scintillator layer that covers the pixel array, a sealing
layer that covers a side face of the scintillator layer, and a protection layer that covers an upper face of the scintillator
layer and an upper face of the sealing layer; and

cutting the sensor substrate, the sealing layer, and the protection layer along a side of the pixel array such that a cut
surface of the sensor substrate, a cut surface of the sealing layer, and a cut surface of the protection layer are arranged
on the same plane.

US Pat. No. 9,052,628

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING COLLECTING OPERATION FOR RESIDUAL TONER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,050,840

PRINTING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CORRECTING PRINTING POSITION SHIFT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus, comprising:
printing unit including a plurality of nozzle arrays with a plurality of nozzles for ejecting ink arranged therein in a predetermined
direction, the plurality of nozzle arrays being arranged in a direction intersecting with the predetermined direction;

conveying unit configured to feed and convey print medium in a conveying direction intersecting with the predetermined direction;
print control unit configured to control the printing unit to use the plurality of nozzle arrays to print an image on the
print medium conveyed by the conveying unit, and to cut the print medium with an image printed thereon from the print medium
to output the cut print medium as one set;

correcting unit configured to determine, in printing an image on each of a plurality of sets of the same type of print medium,
a correction value for correcting printing position shift between the plurality of nozzle arrays based on an inspection pattern
printed on a preceding region of the print medium, and to correct the printing position between the plurality of nozzle arrays
in the subsequent region of the print medium by using the determined correction value,

wherein the correcting unit corrects, in printing on a leading end region of a set of print medium subsequent to the preceding
set of print medium, the printing position shift by using the correction value used in printing on the preceding set of print
medium.

US Pat. No. 9,052,670

COLOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A color image forming apparatus including photosensitive members, charging units configured to charge the photosensitive
members, light emission units configured to form an electrostatic latent image on the photosensitive member charged by being
irradiated with light, and developing units configured to visualize a toner image by applying toner to the electrostatic latent
image, corresponding to a plurality of colors, respectively, the color image forming apparatus comprising:
a plurality of storage units corresponded to the plurality of colors,
wherein information concerning a remaining service life of each of the plurality of photosensitive members corresponding to
the plurality of colors is stored in each of the plurality of storage units,

an acquisition unit configured to acquire information concerning a remaining service life of each of the plurality of photosensitive
members; and

a control unit configured to cause each of the plurality of the light emission units to execute normal light emission for
visualizing the toner image onto an area where the toner image is to be visualized on the charged photosensitive member, and
cause the plurality of light emission units to execute weak light emission onto a background area where the toner image is
not to be visualized on the charged photosensitive member, the control unit controls the plurality of light emission units
so that an exposure amount of the photosensitive members by executing the normal light emission is larger than an exposure
amount of the photosensitive members by executing the weak light emission,

wherein the control unit changes the amount of light for weak light emission by each of the plurality of the light emission
units based on information concerning the remaining service life of each of the photosensitive member acquired by the acquisition
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,049,313

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT CONTROLS IMAGE FORMATION CONDITION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image carrier,
an image forming unit configured to form, on the image carrier, a detection image that has one or more lines in a direction
different from a movement direction of a surface of the image carrier;

a light emitting unit configured to emit light toward the image carrier on which the detection image is formed;
a light receiving unit configured to receive reflection light of the light emitted by the light emitting unit, and output
a detection signal that corresponds to an amount of received reflection light including a specular reflection light component;

a detection unit configured to output, as an output signal, a signal that corresponds to a difference between a detection
signal value that corresponds to an amount of reflection light received from a first position at which the detection image
is formed and a detection signal value that corresponds to an amount of reflection light received from a second position different
from the first position; and

a control unit configured to control an image formation condition related to density of an image to be formed, based on a
peak value of the output signal of the detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,049,365

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor configured to photoelectrically convert an object image formed by an image taking optical system;
photoelectric conversion elements provided in one of the image sensor and a focus detection element separate from the image
sensor, and configured to respectively photoelectrically convert paired focus detecting images formed by light fluxes passing
through the image taking optical system to produce a first image signal corresponding to one of the paired focus detecting
images and a second image signal corresponding to the other one of the paired focus detecting images, the first and second
image signals having a phase difference therebetween corresponding to a defocus amount of the image taking optical system;

a filter processor configured to perform an image signal restoration process using a filter on the first image signal and
on the second image signal to provide restored first and second image signals; and

a focus detector configured to detect a focus state of the image taking optical system based on the phase difference between
the restored first and second image signals,

wherein the filter processor is configured to calculate a contrast direction in which the object image has contrast, by using
an output from the image sensor, and configured to change the filter depending on the contrast direction.

US Pat. No. 9,049,442

MOVING IMAGE ENCODING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,046,871

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,046,617

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,342,123

PRINTED BOARD AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printed board on which a circuit is mounted, comprising:an opening recessed from an edge surface of the printed board; and
a first conductive member connected to the printed board and bridged over the opening, the first conductive member having a contact portion that comes into contact with a second conductive member extending in a direction making an angle with regard to a surface perpendicular to the edge surface of the printed board,
wherein the contact portion is provided on a side of the edge surface of the printed board of the first conductive member.

US Pat. No. 10,251,206

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF COMMUNICATION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:at least one memory storing instructions; and
at least one processor that, upon execution of instructions stored in the at least one memory, causes the communication apparatus to:
accept one instruction from a user;
execute, in accordance with the one instruction, a first search and a second search, wherein the first search is for searching for a first other communication apparatus in a first wireless network in which the communication apparatus is , and wherein the second search is for searching, by a method different from the first search, for a second other communication apparatus that is directly connectable to the communication apparatus in a second wireless network different from the first wireless network;
discriminably display, on a display unit, information of the first other communication apparatus detected by the first search and information of the second other communication apparatus detected by the second search; and
receive a user input indicating one of the first other communication apparatus and the second other communication apparatus as a connection target; and
perform control to initiate a connection with the connection target indicated by the received user input,
wherein, in a case where the received user input indicates that
the second other communication apparatus detected by the second search is the connection target,
the communication apparatus displays on the display unit information indicating that the communication apparatus will leave the first wireless network and prompting the user for confirmation to proceed with the second other communication apparatus as the connection target, and
the communication apparatus leaves the first wireless network and proceeds to initiate the connection with the second other communication apparatus if confirmation to proceed is received from the user, and
in a case where the received user input indicates that the first other communication apparatus detected by the first search is the connection target, the communication apparatus proceeds to initiate the connection with the first other communication apparatus without displaying the information indicating that the communication apparatus will leave the first wireless network.

US Pat. No. 10,143,382

PHOTOACOUSTIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoacoustic apparatus comprising:a light irradiating unit configured to irradiate light onto a subject;
an acoustic wave transmission unit configured to transmit an acoustic wave to a specific area within the subject;
a photoacoustic wave reception unit configured to receive a photoacoustic wave generated by irradiation of the light to an area of the subject including the specific area and configured to output a photoacoustic signal;
an echo reception unit configured to receive, at a timing different from that of reception of the photoacoustic wave, an echo generated due to reflection of the acoustic wave transmitted from the acoustic wave transmission unit and configured to output an echo signal; and
a processing unit configured to acquire, based on the photoacoustic signal and the echo signal, optical property information in which a component corresponding to a reflected wave of the photoacoustic wave generated in the specific area is reduced.

US Pat. No. 10,146,062

OPTICAL ELEMENT AND OPTICAL APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical element comprising:a first metal structure layer and a second metal structure layer each constituted by multiple metal structures whose sizes are smaller than an incident wavelength as a wavelength of an incident light entering the optical element; and
a dielectric layer disposed between the first and second metal structure layers,
wherein, in each of the first and second metal structure layers, the multiple metal structures include metal structures whose shapes are mutually different, and
the following condition is satisfied:

where dz represents a distance between the first and second metal structure layers, ? represents the incident wavelength, n represents a refractive index of the dielectric layer for the incident wavelength, and N represents an integer equal to or larger than zero.

US Pat. No. 10,139,764

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a plurality of image forming units configured to form images, each having a different color;
an intermediate transfer member to which a pattern formed by the plurality of image forming units is transferred, the pattern being used for detecting color misregistration;
a sensor configured to measure reflected light from the pattern on the intermediate transfer member to output an output value in accordance with a measurement result;
a comparator configured to compare the output value output from the sensor with a threshold value; and
a controller configured:
to control the plurality of image forming units to form a plurality of patterns, each having a different color, on the intermediate transfer member,
to control the sensor to measure reflected light from the plurality of patterns,
to compare an output value corresponding to the plurality of patterns output from the sensor with the threshold value using the comparator,
to detect an amount of color misregistration, related to a relative position of a pattern having a reference color among the plurality of patterns and a color pattern having another color among the plurality of patterns based on a comparison result of the comparator, and
to correct an image forming position of the other color based on the amount of color misregistration,
wherein, in a case where a first output value from the sensor satisfies a predetermined condition, the controller sets a fixed value as the threshold value, the first output value corresponding to a measurement result of reflected light from another pattern which differs from each of the plurality of patterns, and
wherein, in a case where the first output value does not satisfy the predetermined condition, the controller sets the threshold value based on the first output value and a second output value from the sensor, the second output value corresponding to a measurement result of reflected light from the intermediate transfer member.

US Pat. No. 10,139,777

CARTRIDGE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process cartridge detachably mountable to a main assembly of an electrophotographic image forming apparatus, the main assembly including a main assembly side drive transmission member and a main assembly side urging member, the process cartridge comprising:(i) a rotatable photosensitive member;
(ii) a rotatable developing roller configured to develop a latent image formed on the photosensitive member, the developing roller being capable of contacting to and spacing from the photosensitive member;
(iii) an urging force receiving portion configured to receive, from the main assembly side urging member, an urging force for spacing the developing roller from the photosensitive member;
(iv) a cartridge side drive transmission member capable of the coupling with the main assembly side drive transmission member and configured to receive, from the main assembly side drive transmission member, a rotational force for rotating the developing roller; and
(v) a decoupling member capable of decoupling the cartridge side drive transmission member from the main assembly side drive transmission member with reception of the urging force by the urging force receiving portion.

US Pat. No. 10,139,587

LENS BARREL AND OPTICAL APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lens barrel comprising:a magnification-varying lens movable in an optical axis direction, in which an optical axis of the lens barrel extends, to perform variation of magnification;
a focusing lens movable in the optical axis direction to perform focusing;
a first rotatable member rotatable in a circumferential direction about the optical axis to move the focusing lens in the optical axis direction;
a first aperture stop unit including a first light-blocking member and a second rotatable member rotatable in the circumferential direction to move the first light-blocking member;
a third rotatable member to be rotated in the circumferential direction by receiving a rotation of the first rotatable member;
a first mechanism configured to, in the variation of magnification, convert a relative movement of the second and third rotatable members in the optical axis direction into a rotation of the second rotatable member in the circumferential direction; and
a second mechanism configured to, in the focusing, transmit the rotation of the first rotatable member to the third rotatable member to rotate the third rotatable member and transmit the rotation of the third rotatable member to the second rotatable member to rotate the second rotatable member.

US Pat. No. 10,142,541

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

12. An imaging apparatus comprising:an imaging element configured to generate an image; and
a CPU programmed to:
determine whether a feature amount in a partial region of the image satisfies a preset condition,
select a second image to be combined with a first image from a plurality of images generated by the imaging element based on the result of the determination,
detect a motion vector between the first image and the second image, and
perform a composition process on the aligned first image and second image based on the motion vector,
wherein, from the plurality of images, the CPU selects as the second image at least any one of an image having a partial region with the feature amount determined to satisfy the preset condition and an image corresponding to a partial region out of a plurality of partial regions set in the first image with the feature amount determined to satisfy the preset condition.

US Pat. No. 10,139,747

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC ROLLER AND CHARGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic roller comprising:an electro-conductive shaft core that includes a metallic layer at a surface thereof; and
an elastic layer on the shaft core, wherein,
when kinetic friction coefficients of an outer peripheral surface of each end portion of the shaft core with respect to polyester resin are measured for one rotation of the shaft core,
an average value ?r of the kinetic friction coefficients is in a range of 0.05 to 0.50, and
when the outer peripheral surface of each end portion is divided into three equal ranges, which are defined as a region A1, a region A2, and a region A3, in a peripheral direction of the shaft core,
each of the regions has:
a location where the kinetic friction coefficients fall within a range of 1.5 ?r to 1.8 ?r, and
a location where the kinetic friction coefficients fall within a range of 0.2 ?r to 0.5 ?r.

US Pat. No. 10,136,142

IMAGE CODING DEVICE, IMAGE CODING METHOD, STORAGE MEDIUM, IMAGE DECODING DEVICE, IMAGE DECODING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image coding device that performs hierarchical coding on an images for a plurality of hierarchical layers, comprising:a coding unit configured to code at least one of a first image corresponding to a first hierarchical layer, a second image corresponding to a second hierarchical layer different from the first hierarchical layer, and a third image corresponding to a third hierarchical layer different from the first and second hierarchical layers; and
a determination unit configured to determine whether or not the third image includes an independent region, wherein the independent region is constrained so as not to refer to a region in the second image which is outside of a corresponding region corresponding to the independent region,
wherein the corresponding region in the second image is coded with reference to a corresponding region in the first image corresponding to the independent region and a region in the first image which is outside of the corresponding region, even if the determination unit determines that the third image includes the independent region.

US Pat. No. 10,131,806

AQUEOUS INK, INK CARTRIDGE, AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An aqueous ink for ink jet, the aqueous ink comprising:a pigment; and
a resin,
wherein the pigment is impregnated with a compound having a structure in which at least two structures each represented by General Formula (1) are bonded by a glycoside bond:

 wherein, in General Formula (1), each of R1 to R6 is independently a hydrogen atom, a methyl group, a phosphonic acid group, —(CH2)x—OH, —(OCH(CH3))y—COOH, —NH(COCH2)z—H, —OCOCH2CH(OCOCH2(OH)C11H22CH3)C10H20CH3, or —NHCOCH2CH(OC11H22CH3)C10H20CH3, and at least one of R1 and R2 is a hydroxy group, and each of x, y, and z is independently a number from 0 or more to 6 or less.

US Pat. No. 10,126,112

TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD WITH NOISE REDUCTION TECHNIQUE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:a light splitter that splits light emitted from a light source into reference light and measurement light;
a signal detector that acquires an interference signal from interference light resulting from interference of the reference light and return light generated by irradiating an object to be inspected with the measurement light, and that acquires a noise signal containing a noise component contained in the interference light; and
a signal processor configured to:
correct the intensity of one of the interference signal and the noise signal; and
remove the noise component contained in the interference signal using the interference signal and the noise signal one of which is corrected.

US Pat. No. 10,120,332

CARTRIDGE, ROTARY UNIT, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge attachable to an apparatus body of an image forming apparatus, comprising:a coupling member configured to receive a rotational force when the coupling member engages with a driving member provided on the apparatus body;
a transmitted member that includes an accommodating portion configured to accommodate the coupling member, a protruded portion integrally formed with an inner wall of the accommodating portion and protruding from the inner wall toward an inside of the accommodating portion, and is configured to receive the rotational force from the coupling member; and
a rotary member configured to rotate while carrying a developer when the rotational force received by the transmitted member is transmitted to the rotary member,
wherein the coupling member comprises
a free end portion having a rotational force receiving portion that can be brought into contact with the driving member to receive the rotational force,
a connected portion having a substantially spherical shape and connected to the transmitted member in such a manner that at least a part of the connected portion can be accommodated in the accommodating portion, and
a recessed portion provided at the connected portion so that the protruded portion can enter.

US Pat. No. 10,122,908

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, LENS APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lens apparatus detachable from an image pickup apparatus, the lens apparatus comprising a controller configured to communicate with the image pickup apparatus in synchronization with a synchronizing signal,wherein a communication between the lens apparatus and the image pickup apparatus is a packet communication having a plurality of blocks in a cycle of the synchronizing signal,
wherein the controller transmits information of predetermined time stored in the lens apparatus to the image pickup apparatus, and
wherein the information of the predetermined time indicates a period in which the lens apparatus prohibits the image pickup apparatus from starting a communication of a first block in a next cycle to a specific cycle, the period starting from a timing at which a communication of a last block in the specific cycle of the synchronizing signal starts or ends.

US Pat. No. 10,117,099

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more memories including instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the communication apparatus to:
transmit an authentication request signal to another communication apparatus in a case where the communication apparatus provides the another communication apparatus with a communication parameter to be used for connecting to a wireless network;
receive an error notification from the another communication apparatus in a case where the authentication request signal is transmitted by unicast and authentication processing based on the authentication request signal fails in the another communication apparatus,
wherein in a case where the authentication request signal is transmitted by broadcast or multicast, the communication apparatus does not receive an error notification from the another communication apparatus even in a case where the authentication processing based on the authentication request signal fails in the another communication apparatus; and
provide the another communication apparatus with the communication parameter in a case where a notification that the authentication processing based on the authentication request signal has succeeded in the another communication apparatus is received.

US Pat. No. 10,114,301

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTORECEPTOR, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photoreceptor abutting against at least one selected from a charging member for charging the electrophotographic photoreceptor and a developer carrying member for supplying a developer to the electrophotographic photoreceptor with an abutting member therebetween, whereinthe electrophotographic photoreceptor has a first portion and a second portion being different from the first portion along the longitudinal direction of the photoreceptor and abuts against the abutting member in the second portion;
the electrophotographic photoreceptor includes a support, a charge generating layer containing a charge generation material, and a surface layer in this order;
the electrophotographic photoreceptor includes, in the first portion, an undercoat layer containing a polymer of a composition containing an electron transport material and a crosslinking agent so as to be contiguous with the surface of the charge generating layer facing the support; and
the electrophotographic photoreceptor includes, in the second portion, at least one of:
(i) an intermediate layer disposed between and so as to be contiguous with the support and the charge generating layer; and
(ii) an intermediate layer disposed between and so as to be contiguous with the charge generating layer and the surface layer, wherein
the intermediate layers each have a Martens hardness of 500 N/mm2 or less.

US Pat. No. 10,116,865

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD FOR CALCULATING MOTION VECTOR BETWEEN IMAGES WITH DIFFERENT IN-FOCUS POSITIONS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic device having a function based on a motion vector, comprising:one or more processors;
a memory that stores a program, which is executable by the one or more processors and causes, when executed by the one or more processors, the one or more processors to function as:
a detection unit configured to detect a plurality of motion vectors between a first image and a second image based on a correlation between the first image and the second image;
a determination unit configured to determine a degree of reliability for each of the plurality of motion vectors based on a corresponding evaluation value regarding the correlation; and
a control unit configured to control the function based on a motion vector the degree of reliability of which is evaluated as being high, from among the plurality of motion vectors,
wherein the determination unit determines the degree of reliability for each of the plurality of motion of vectors further based on a corresponding difference in amount of bokeh between the first image and the second image, and
wherein the function includes at least one of an image stabilization function and a subject tracking function.

US Pat. No. 10,117,184

POWER SUPPLYING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF EXECUTING WIRELESS POWER SUPPLY TO POWER RECEIVING APPARATUS AND WIRELESS COMMUNICATION WITH THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power supplying apparatus comprising:a power supplying unit configured to contactlessly supply power to a power receiving apparatus;
a communication unit configured to wirelessly communicate with the power receiving apparatus; and
a control unit configured to control the supply of power by the power supplying unit and the communication by the communication unit such that the supply of power and the communication are exclusively executed,
wherein, in a case where the control unit performs control such that the communication is executed after the supply of power is executed, the control unit determines whether or not output power from the power supplying unit is less than or equal to a predetermined value;
wherein, in a case where it is determined by the control unit that the output power from the power supplying unit is not less than or equal to the predetermined value, the control unit disables the communication unit, and
wherein, in a case where it is determined by the control unit that the output power from the power supplying unit is less than or equal to the predetermined value, the control unit enables the communication unit.

US Pat. No. 10,109,040

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,108,379

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a wireless communicator that periodically transmits a beacon packet;
a memory that stores instructions; and
a processor that executes the instructions to:
in a case where network setting information is received by the wireless communicator from an external apparatus, set the network setting information for the information processing apparatus; and
control the information processing apparatus to connect to a server, in a case where setting of the network setting information for the information processing apparatus is completed,
wherein before the network setting information is set for the information processing apparatus, first status information indicating that the network setting information has not been set for the information processing apparatus is included in the beacon packet, and
after the setting of the network setting information is completed, second status information indicating that the network setting information has been set for the information processing apparatus is included in the beacon packet.

US Pat. No. 10,095,155

METHOD OF TRANSFERRING INFORMATION INDICATING REFLECTING SURFACE OF ROTATING POLYGONAL MIRROR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a light source;
a rotating polygonal mirror having a plurality of reflecting surfaces and configured to deflect light outputted from the light source while rotating;
a detection unit configured to output a first signal in accordance with detecting the light deflected by the rotating polygonal mirror;
a specification unit configured to specify a reference reflection surface out of the plurality of reflecting surfaces; and
a generation unit configured to, based on the first signal, generate a second signal which is a main scanning synchronization signal for controlling a write start in a main scanning direction, wherein the second signal is a signal having a first waveform that does not correspond to the reference reflection surface and a second waveform which is a waveform that does correspond to the reference reflection surface and is different to the first waveform,
wherein the generation unit changes, in accordance with the reference reflection surface, a duration from a trailing edge to a rising edge or a rising edge to a trailing edge of a pulse signal which is the second signal, or the generation unit changes, in accordance with the reference reflection surface, a number of pulses of a pulse signal which is the second signal.

US Pat. No. 10,097,755

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,095,563

METHOD, DEVICE, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM FOR IMPROVING ACCESS TO SERVICES IN A WEB RUNTIME ENVIRONMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for processing a service request by a web runtime environment in a processing device, the processing of the service request enabling a service provider to provide a service requested in the service request, the method comprising:selecting a specific interface based on the service request;
discovering the service provider and the web driver application associated with the service requested in the service request and implementing the selected specific interface;
loading the web driver application for execution by the web runtime environment for communicating with the service provider;
executing the web driver application associated with the service requested in the service request and implementing the selected specific interface;
interacting with the web driver application, via said specific interface, for providing the service by the service provider,
the selecting, executing, and interacting steps being carried out in the web runtime environment; and
wherein the step of discovering the service provider and the web driver application comprises receiving a service description, the service description comprising information relative to the location of the web driver application.

US Pat. No. 10,095,117

IMPRINT APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus that forms a pattern of an imprint material on a substrate using a mold, the imprint apparatus comprising:an imaging device configured to obtain an image of the imprint material of a contact region at which the mold is brought into contact with the imprint material; and
a control unit configured to change an angle of a pattern section of the mold with respect to a surface of the substrate, based on the image obtained by the imaging device during a releasing operation in which the mold is released from the imprint material,
wherein the control unit is further configured to change the angle based on a plane coordinate position of a centroid of the contact region and a plane coordinate position of the center of a pattern-forming region on the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,088,775

DEVELOPER SUPPLY CONTAINER AND DEVELOPER SUPPLYING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer supplying system including a developer supplying apparatus and a developer supply container detachably mountable to the developer supplying apparatus,wherein the developer supply container includes:
a developer accommodating portion configured to accommodate developer;
a developer discharging chamber provided with a discharge opening configured to discharge the developer fed from the developer accommodating portion;
a pump portion provided to act at least on the developer discharging chamber and having a volume changeable with expansion and contraction with reciprocation; and
an operating portion configured to operate the pump portion so as to change the volume of the pump, and
wherein the developer supplying apparatus includes:
a mounting portion configured to dismountably mount the developer supply container;
a developer receiving portion configured to receive the developer from the discharge opening;
a driving portion configured to apply the driving force to the operating portion;
a detecting portion configured to detect a portion-to-be-detected provided in the developer supply container; and
a controller configured to control a stopping operation of the driving portion on the basis of a detection signal of the detecting portion such that the pump portion stops at such a position that upon resumption of an operation of the pump portion the volume of the pump portion starts to increase.

US Pat. No. 10,091,432

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus configured to perform image capturing of an object, the apparatus comprising:at least one processor or at least one circuit for performing the functions of:
a controller configured to control an optical element, when a motion of the image capturing apparatus follows a motion of a main object, by using (a) first motion information obtained from a first detector to detect the motion of the image capturing apparatus and (b) second motion information obtained from a second detector to detect a motion of an image of the main object; and
a calculator configured to calculate prediction information on a velocity of the image of the main object during an exposure time for the image capturing of the main object, which includes a change of the velocity from that before the exposure time, by using the second motion information detected at different timings before the exposure time,
wherein the controller is configured to use the prediction information to control the optical element during the exposure time in a follow shot mode to acquire a captured image in which the main object is still within the captured image and a background flows, and
wherein the controller is configured not to use the prediction information to control the optical element during the exposure time in capturing mode that is not the follow shot mode.

US Pat. No. 10,091,200

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, POLICY MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, SECURITY POLICY MANAGEMENT METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing system comprising:at least one processor devices:
a storage unit configured to store a policy setting item for setting a security policy for one or more ports when the ports are used via which communication data is input to or output from an external apparatus;
an installation unit configured to install an application, wherein the application contains an application configuration file that includes at least descriptive information to enable an information processing apparatus to generate application specific port control information;
an obtaining unit of a policy management entity configured to obtain, in accordance with an installation of the application, the application specific port control information corresponding to a security policy relating to a specific port based on the application configuration file, wherein the specific port is specific to the application; and
a setting unit of the policy management entity configured to set and edit setting information, after the installation of the application to the information processing apparatus, a configuration of a first port setting in accordance with the application specific port control information obtained by the obtaining unit to an existing configuration of a second port setting relating to a port which has been used by other functions and is to be used by the application at least in the information processing apparatus, wherein the policy management entity registers the information processing apparatus to which the setting information is to be distributed, and
a display unit configured to
display, before the installation of the application, the existing configuration of the second port setting relating to a port which has been used by the other functions in the information processing apparatus, but not display the configuration of the first port setting in accordance with the application specific port control information obtained by the obtaining unit, and
display, after the installation of the application to the information processing apparatus, both the configuration of the first port setting in accordance with the application specific port control information obtained by the obtaining unit and the existing configuration of the second port setting relating to a port which has been used by the other functions of the information processing apparatus,
wherein the configurations of the first port setting and the second port setting which are displayed on the display unit can be configured and edited by a user and the setting unit of the policy management entity can be subsequently notified with the configured and edited application specific port control information to generate the setting information for performing control to open/close a port in the information processing apparatus and further distribute the generated setting information to the registered information processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,084,882

METHOD FOR PROCESSING REQUESTS AND SERVER DEVICE PROCESSING REQUESTS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of processing requests in a server device, comprising, at the server device, the steps of:receiving requests from a client device within one and the same connection established with the client device;
receiving, from the client device, a priority parameter value associated with at least one designated request of the received requests;
allocating resources of the server device for processing one or more target requests of the received requests based on the priority parameter value; and
processing simultaneously the target requests using the allocated resources;wherein, for each of the target requests,if the received priority parameter value belongs to a first subset of possible values for the priority parameter, the server device allocates, independently to other priority parameter values associated with other received requests for processing the target request, a predefined amount of resources that is specific to the received priority parameter value; and
if the received priority parameter value belongs to a second subset of possible values for the priority parameter, the server device allocates, for processing the target request, an amount of resources that depends on other priority parameter values associated with other received requests.

US Pat. No. 10,074,029

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,075,609

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF FOR REDUCING TRANSITION TIME FROM A POWER-SAVE MODE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a storage device;
a controller; and
a storage controller which communicates with the storage device and the controller, wherein
the controller transmits a first communication start request to the storage controller,
the storage controller receives the first communication start request from the controller and transmits a second communication start request to the storage device,
the storage device receives the second communication start request from the storage controller, starts activation processing of the storage device based on the second communication start request, and transmits a first completion notice to the storage controller based on completion of the activation processing,
the storage controller receives the first completion notice from the storage device and transmits a second completion notice to the controller based on the first completion notice from the storage device, and
the controller receives the second completion notice from the storage controller and then transmits a first information acquisition request to the storage controller,
and wherein,
the storage controller transmits a third completion notice to the controller without waiting for the first completion notice from the storage device, based on the first communication start request from the controller,
the controller receives the third completion notice from the storage controller and then transmits a second information acquisition request to the storage controller before receipt of the second completion notice, and
the storage controller receives the second information acquisition request from the controller and transmits information, receipt in advance from the storage device, corresponding to the second information acquisition request as a response to the second information acquisition request to the controller without waiting for the first completion notice from the storage device.

US Pat. No. 10,071,567

INK JET RECORDING METHOD AND INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink jet recording method comprising:an image forming step of applying, to an ink receiving medium, (i) an ink containing an aqueous liquid medium and a coloring material, and (ii) a reaction liquid that increases a viscosity of the ink, to form a first image containing an aqueous liquid component and the coloring material; and
a liquid absorbing step of bringing a first face of a porous body of a liquid absorbing member into contact with the first image to allow the porous body to absorb at least a part of the aqueous liquid component from the first image,
wherein the ink contains at least two or more types of particles different in average particle diameter,
wherein the particles different in average particle diameter include first particles and second particles, and
wherein the particles satisfy expressions (1) and (2):
D1/D2?0.5  (1)
0.2?M1/M2  (2)
where D1 is an average particle diameter of the first particles, M1 is a content of the first particles in the ink, D2 is an average particle diameter of the second particles, and M2 is a content of the second particles in the ink.

US Pat. No. 10,071,572

PRINTING APPARATUS AND PLATEN

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,075,707

VIDEO ENCODING AND DECODING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,062,000

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a memory; and
a processor in communication with the memory, the processor being configured to perform operations comprising:
detecting a plurality of lines which are candidates for an edge of a rectangle that is included in an input image;
displaying, on a display, a rectangle constructed by the edge, which is determined as a side of the rectangle among the detected candidates for the edge; and
replacing according to a movement instruction for moving a position of a side selected from sides of the displayed rectangle, the position of the selected side with a position of an edge selected from the candidates for the edge,
wherein, a rectangle constructed to include the side of which the position is replaced with the position of the selected edge is displayed on the display.

US Pat. No. 10,061,042

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising:a housing including a transmission plate with an incident surface of radiation;
an imaging panel stored in the housing and including an effective region for detecting radiation incident through the incident surface;
a buffer member arranged between the incident surface and the imaging panel; and
an electrically conductive member fixed to the buffer member, wherein
an edge of the electrically conductive member surrounds an edge of the effective region in a planar view with respect to the incident surface, and
the transmission plate and the buffer member are stacked.

US Pat. No. 10,055,555

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS USER AUTHENTICATION, AUTHENTICATION METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a processor connected to a memory, the processor and memory configured to:
accept, via a user selection screen which displays one or more items corresponding to user identifiers which are registered with the image processing apparatus, a selection of an item corresponding to a user identifier among the displayed one or more items corresponding to the user identifiers, without an input of user authentication information;
obtain an authority of a user corresponding to the user identifier corresponding to the selected item;
display, in a case where an obtained authority of the designated user is a first authority, a user authentication screen which allows a user to input the user authentication information and also allows the user to skip an input of the user authentication information;
allow, in a case where the obtained authority of the designated user is the first authority and an authentication information inputted via the user authentication screen is succeeded, the user to use a first function;
allow, in a case where the obtained authority of the designated user is the first authority and an input of the user authentication information via the user authentication screen is skipped, the user to use a second function personalized for the designated user and not allow the user to use the first function; and
allow, in a case where the obtained authority is a second authority, the user to use the second function personalized for the designated user, without displaying the user authentication screen for inputting the user authentication information,
wherein in a case where the obtained authority is the second authority, the user is not allowed to use the first function.

US Pat. No. 10,057,435

TRANSMISSION APPARATUS, RECEPTION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

17. A control method for controlling a transmission apparatus, comprising:generating, by the transmission apparatus, e-mail data, the e-mail data including information for requesting to transmit a transmittal confirmation result regarding the e-mail data, wherein the information is either first information for requesting to transmit, via a mail server, a transmittal confirmation result regarding the e-mail data, or second information for requesting to transmit, not via the mail server, the transmittal confirmation result;
transmitting, by the transmission apparatus, the e-mail data; and
receiving, by the transmission apparatus and in correspondence to whether the first information was transmitted or the second information was transmitted, the transmittal confirmation result which is transmitted not via the mail server by the reception apparatus or the transmittal confirmation result which is transmitted via the mail server by the reception apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,057,456

COMMUNICATION DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication device communicating with a terminal device comprising:a first holding unit which is configured to hold a disk-like first recording medium capable of storing information,
a second holding unit which is configured to hold a second recording medium which is different from the first recording medium, and
at least one processor, wherein the at least one processor performs operations comprising:
registering information indicating the second recording medium held by the second holding unit;
receiving a request for information indicating a recording medium which is usable by the communication device from the terminal device; and
transmitting information indicating the first recording medium and information indicating a recording medium corresponding to the registered information to the terminal device when the request is received,
wherein print setting information corresponding to the first recording medium, is displayed in the terminal device so as to be selectable by a user when the information indicating the first recording medium is transmitted to the terminal device, and
print setting information corresponding to a recording medium corresponding to the registered information is displayed in the terminal device so as to be selectable by the user when the information indicating the recording medium corresponding to the registered information is transmitted to the terminal device.

US Pat. No. 10,055,176

CONTROL METHOD AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,045,045

MOTION VECTOR CODING APPARATUS, METHOD AND PROGRAM FOR CODING MOTION VECTOR, MOTION VECTOR DECODING APPARATUS, AND METHOD AND PROGRAM FOR DECODING MOTION VECTOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An encoding apparatus for encoding a predicted motion vector in a hierarchical coding process using a plurality of layers, the encoding apparatus comprising:an obtainer configured to obtain, for prediction of a motion vector for a target block in a current picture on one of the plurality of layers, at least one of
(i) a first motion vector for a block, at a position corresponding to a position of the target block to be encoded, in a previous picture of the one of the plurality of layers before the current picture including the target block,
(ii) a second motion vector for a block, at a position corresponding to the position of the target block to be encoded, in a corresponding picture on another layer of the plurality of layers, and
(iii) a third motion vector for one of neighboring blocks of the target block to be encoded in the current picture on the one of the plurality of layers;
a generator configured to generate a candidate group of motion vectors used for prediction of a motion vector for the target block in the current picture on the one of the plurality of layers, the candidate group having the second motion vector and the third motion vector excluding the first motion vector if the second motion vector is in the candidate group, and the candidate group having the first motion vector and the third motion vector if the second motion vector is not in the candidate group;
a determiner configured to determine the predicted motion vector from the motion vectors in the generated candidate group for the target block; and
an encoder configured to encode information about the determined predicted motion vector for the target block in the current picture on the one of the plurality of layers.

US Pat. No. 10,043,697

SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,036,940

LENS APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROJECTOR USING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,033,742

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,031,442

REMANUFACTURING METHOD OF DEVELOPER ACCOMMODATING UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A remanufacturing method of a cartridge, the cartridge comprising a flexible container and detachably mountable to an image forming apparatus, the remanufacturing method comprising:filling a used flexible container with developer, the used flexible container being configured to accomodate developer and provided with a plurality of openings for discharging developer; and
attaching a sealing member to an outside surface of the used flexible container such that the sealing member covers the plurality of openings.

US Pat. No. 10,031,476

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,032,597

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,033,884

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,026,183

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,028,017

INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing device configured to communicate with an external device, said information processing device comprising:at least one processor; and
a communication interface configured to communicate with the external device via a communication network,
wherein the at least one processor is configured to function as:
an accepting unit configured to accept an instruction to set a buffer size of a receiving buffer which forms part of the information processing device, wherein the receiving buffer receives segment data which is a piece of content data including at least one of video and audio, the segment data being generated at the external device and transmitted from the external device via the communication interface and the communication network;
a determining unit configured to determine, among a plurality of pieces of segment data to be acquired, the segment data to be acquired based on an available capacity of the receiving buffer of the buffer size set by the setting instruction, the determining unit determining to skip acquiring at least one piece of the segment data if the available capacity of the receiving buffer meets a predetermined condition;
an acquiring unit configured to acquire the segment data to be acquired from the external device via the communication interface; and
a storing unit configured to store the segment data acquired by the acquiring unit in the receiving buffer,
wherein the acquiring unit repeatedly acquires the segment data via the communication interface, and the segment data stored in the receiving buffer is sequentially reproduced as streaming data.

US Pat. No. 10,023,411

SHEET CONVEYANCE APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,025,270

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an exhaust duct provided on a back surface side of the image forming apparatus, including a first air duct and a second air duct through which air inside the apparatus is exhausted toward outside the apparatus in an exhaust direction, the first air duct and the second air duct being partitioned by a partition member;
a filter case provided in a drawable manner in a drawing direction perpendicular to the exhaust direction to one of side surface sides in a right and left direction or to an upper surface side in an up and down direction of the image forming apparatus, when viewing the image forming apparatus from a front surface side to the back surface side of the image forming apparatus; and
a first filter and a second filter provided in the first air duct and the second air duct, respectively, configured to remove a fine particle included in the air, the first filter being provided in a more downstream side than the second filter in the drawing direction, the first filter and the second filter being housed in a manner that the filters are able to be taken out from the filter case, the first filter partially superimposing the partition member and the second filter not superimposing the partition member when viewing the image forming apparatus from the drawing direction.

US Pat. No. 10,020,158

TRANSMITTING-TYPE TARGET AND X-RAY GENERATION TUBE PROVIDED WITH TRANSMITTING-TYPE TARGET

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A transmitting-type X-ray target comprising:a target layer; and
a transmissive substrate configured to support the target layer,
wherein the transmissive substrate includes a first surface and a second surface facing each other and is formed of polycrystalline diamond,
wherein the first surface includes polycrystalline diamond having a first average crystal grain diameter which is smaller than a second average crystal grain diameter of polycrystalline diamond included in the second surface, and
wherein the target layer is supported by the first surface which includes the polycrystalline diamond having the first average crystal grain diameter, such that a grain diameter of the polycrystalline diamond increases from the first surface towards the second surface.

US Pat. No. 10,018,948

FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device for fixing an unfixed image formed on a recording medium, onto the recording medium while conveying the recording medium at a fixing nip portion, the fixing device comprising:a cylindrical film;
a back-up member in contact with an inner surface of the film;
a roller configured to be in contact with an outer surface of the film and to form the fixing nip portion with the back-up member via the film;
a metal bearing configured to rotatably hold a shaft of the roller; and
an insulating portion provided between an end surface of the film and the metal bearing,
wherein a width of the insulation portion is larger than a width of the metal bearing in an axial direction of the roller, and
wherein the end surface of the film is positioned inside an area where the insulating portion is provided in the axial direction of the roller.

US Pat. No. 10,021,326

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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