US Pat. No. 9,686,558

SCALABLE ENCODING AND DECODING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for scalable encoding of a digital image into a base layer and at least one enhancement layer comprising an up-sampling
step providing at least one part of an enhancement layer, based on a corresponding part of a lower layer having a lower level
than the considered enhancement layer, the area of said corresponding parts having a scale factor of 4p (p?1), the lower layer comprising at least one Largest Coding Unit divisible into Q Coding Units, said units being further
divisible into K lower Prediction Units,
wherein, for a Largest Coding Unit of said lower layer which is not divided into smaller Coding Units and which has lower
Prediction Units of different sizes, the corresponding part of said enhancement layer is divided into K subdivisions having
substantially equivalent proportions as the lower Prediction Units of different sizes.

US Pat. No. 9,684,271

CONTROLLING APPARATUS, IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming station configured to form a toner image on a recording material;
a rotatable heating member and a pressing rotatable member forming a nip for heating the toner image formed by said image
forming station;

a first rubbing rotatable member movable to and away from said rotatable heating member and configured to rub a surface of
said rotatable heating member;

a second rubbing rotatable member movable to and away from said pressing rotatable member and configured to rub a surface
of said pressing rotatable member;

a counter configured to count a number of image formations;
a first executing portion configured to execute, when the number of image formations reaches a first predetermined number
during the execution of a job for continuously forming the images on the recording materials, a rubbing treatment operation
of said first rubbing rotatable member by contacting said first rubbing rotatable member to said rotatable heating member
after waiting for completion of the job; and

a second executing portion configured to execute, when the number of image formations reaches a second predetermined number
during the execution of the job, a rubbing treatment operation of said second rubbing rotatable member by contacting said
second rubbing rotatable member to said pressing rotatable member concurrently with the execution of the job.

US Pat. No. 9,648,262

IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a pixel array including pixels arranged in a plurality of rows and columns;
a plurality of signal processing units each of which is provided correspondingly to a column of the pixel array; and
a drive signal transmitting unit which transmits a drive signal that drives the signal processing units,
wherein each of the signal processing units has an A/D converter, and a memory unit which holds a digital signal obtained
by the A/D converter;

the drive signal transmitting unit includes a first drive signal transmitting unit which transmits the drive signal to each
A/D converter of the signal processing units, and a second drive signal transmitting unit which transmits the drive signal
to each memory unit of the signal processing units;

the first drive signal transmitting unit includes a plurality of first sets, each set of which has a first buffer circuit
and a second buffer circuit;

the second drive signal transmitting unit includes a plurality of second sets, each set of which has a third buffer circuit
and a fourth buffer circuit;

an output terminal of the first buffer circuit of one first set of the plurality of first sets is connected to an input terminal
of the second buffer circuit of another first set, and an input terminal of the first buffer circuit of the another first
set;
an output terminal of the second buffer circuit of the one first set is connected to each A/D converter of a plurality of
signal processing units being part of the signal processing units;
an output terminal of the third buffer circuit of one second set of the plurality of second sets is connected to an input
terminal of the fourth buffer circuit of another second set, and an input terminal of the third buffer circuit of the another
second set; and

an output terminal of the fourth buffer circuit of the one second set is connected to each memory unit of a plurality of signal
processing units being part of the signal processing units.

US Pat. No. 9,646,397

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,665,361

SELECTIVE SOFTWARE DISTRIBUTION FOR AN INDUSTRIAL PLANT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for controlling a production system having a plurality of production lines, the method comprising:
storing, by each of a plurality of controllers that controls one of a plurality of pieces of production equipment in one of
the plurality of production lines, an action description relating to an action of production equipment to operate the production
equipment corresponding to said each controller, the action description including at least one of a robot language or a sequencer
program;

storing, by a controller management apparatus in each of the plurality of production lines, each controller management apparatus
managing the plurality of controllers in the one of the plurality of production lines, the action description stored by each
of the controllers;

acquiring, by the controller management apparatus, a new version of software relating to a specific command, transmitted externally;
selecting, by a version change determination unit in each controller management apparatus, a controller storing the specific
command based on the action descriptions stored by the controller management apparatus and whether the controller includes
a predetermined action description described in version information; and

transmitting the new version of software to the controller selected.

US Pat. No. 9,665,108

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,632,613

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS FOR REDUCING A NUMBER OF TOUCH TIMES IN A CASE WHERE A GUIDANCE IS NOT DISPLAYED AS COMPARED WITH A CASE WHERE THE GUIDANCE IS DISPLAYED

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:
a display control unit configured to control a display unit to display a plurality of options on a selection screen;
a touch operation reception unit configured to receive a touch operation performed to the display unit;
a switching unit configured to switch between ON-guidance for displaying a guidance of a selected option and OFF-guidance
for not displaying a guidance by receiving a selection for one of setting status to display the guidance and not to display
the guidance; and

a control unit configured to perform control, in a case of the ON-guidance, in response to a first touch of an unselected
option from the plurality of options displayed on the selection screen, to display, on the selection screen, a touched option
in a selected status and a guidance of the touched option in the selected status, without performing a determination operation,
and in response to a second touch of the first touched option in the selected status that is performed after the first touch,
to perform a determination operation of the touched option, and, in a case of the OFF-guidance, in response to a first touch
of the unselected option from the plurality of options, to perform a determination operation of the first touched option.

US Pat. No. 9,635,297

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR, AND CAMERA THAT MAY SUPPRESS ELECTRICAL INTERFERENCE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
a solid-state image sensor;
a support substrate configured to support the solid-state image sensor; and
a plurality of electrical conductors that are electrically connected to the solid-state image sensor, the plurality of electrical
conductors being attached to the support substrate and arranged in a direction along one side of the solid-state image sensor,
the plurality of electrical conductors including a first electrical conductor, a second electrical conductor, a third electrical
conductor, and a fourth electrical conductor,

wherein the solid-state image sensor is configured to receive a power supply voltage via the first electrical conductor, receive
a ground voltage via the second electrical conductor, and to output an analog signal via the third electrical conductor,

wherein the first electrical conductor, and the second electrical conductor are located on one side in the direction with
respect to the third electrical conductor, and the plurality of electrical conductors that do not include an electrical conductor
configured to supply a power supply voltage to the solid-state image sensor and that do not include an electrical conductor
configured to supply a ground voltage to the solid-state image sensor are located on the other side in the direction with
respect to the third electrical conductor,

wherein the fourth electrical conductor is located nearer to the first electrical conductor than the third electrical conductor
is, and

wherein the solid-state image sensor is configured such that a reference signal that is used in signal processing in the solid-state
image sensor is input via the fourth electrical conductor.

US Pat. No. 9,623,670

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus adapted to inspect an image, the image processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire image data obtained by reading the image;
a setting unit configured to set a division way for dividing the image data;
a processing unit configured to divide the image data in accordance with the division way set by the setting unit, and perform
a predetermined process on each of resulting division areas; and

an extracting unit configured to extract a unique portion caused by a device to print the image from image data resulting
from performing the predetermined process,
wherein:
the predetermined process includes
an averaging process on each of division areas obtained by dividing the image data in accordance with the division way set
by the setting unit,

a quantization process for quantizing values obtained by the averaging process, and
an addition process for adding values obtained by differentiating the division way of the image data in the averaging process
and performing the quantization process, and

the setting unit sets a first division way for the predetermined process for a first area that is associated with the device
in occurrence position of the unique portion and a second division way for a second area other than the first area.

US Pat. No. 9,606,472

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING LIGHT EMISSION LUMINANCE BASED ON SCANNING SPEED

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus including a photosensitive member irradiated based on image data by a light source configured
to emit laser light, and a deflector configured to deflect the laser light so that the laser light moves over a surface of
the photosensitive member in a main scanning direction, wherein a scanning speed at which the laser light moves over the surface
of the photosensitive member in the main scanning direction is not constant, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a pixel distance corrector configured to correct a pixel distance in the main scanning direction so that latent images corresponding
to each pixel of the image data are formed on the surface of the photosensitive member at substantially equal intervals in
the main scanning direction; and

a controller configured to control the light source emit laser light with a first light emission luminance with respect to
an image part of the photosensitive member, and a second light emission luminance which is lower than the first light emission
luminance, with respect to a non-image part of the photosensitive member,

wherein the controller is configured to correct light emission luminance so that the second light emission luminance decreases
as the scanning speed decreases.

US Pat. No. 9,609,201

FOCUS ADJUSTMENT APPARATUS, FOCUS ADJUSTMENT METHOD, PROGRAM AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

18. A focus adjustment method comprising:
obtaining a plurality of image signals generated by photoelectrically converting object light which passed through different
division areas of an exit pupil of an image pickup optical system;

detecting a defocus amount of the image pickup optical system on the basis of the plurality of obtained image signals;
setting a plurality of areas including a predetermined area to be used for a focus adjustment of the image pickup optical
system, as areas of the plurality of image signals to be used for detecting the defocus amount;

generating a focus adjustment signal for performing the focus adjustment of the image pickup optical system, on the basis
of the defocus amount detected in the predetermined area; and

determining whether or not a perspective conflict occurs in the predetermined area, according to the defocus amount detected
in each set area of at least more than two areas, wherein

in a case where it is determined that the perspective conflict occurs in the predetermined area, the area to be used for the
focus adjustment of the image pickup optical system is changed from the predetermined area to any of other set areas, according
to the defocus amount detected from each area.

US Pat. No. 9,609,229

LIGHT EMITTING APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A light emitting apparatus comprising:
a light source;
an information obtaining unit configured to obtain status information on a status change of said light source in a luminescence
time period of said light source;

a determination unit configured to determine color information on a light emitted from said light source in the luminescence
time period based on the status information obtained by said information obtaining unit; and

a storage unit configured to store a temperature change property of the color information on said light source,
wherein said determination unit calculates temperature information on said light source in the luminescence time period based
on the status information obtained by said information obtaining unit, and determines the color information based on the calculated
temperature information and the temperature change property of the color information stored in said storage unit.

US Pat. No. 9,609,297

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS PERFORMING EXPOSURE CONTROL AND EXPOSURE CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus performing exposure control comprising:
an imager that converts a subject image into an image signal and output the image signal;
a first evaluation value determination unit that determines a first evaluation value based on signals selected from R signals,
G signals, and B signals of the image signal;

a second evaluation value determination unit that determines a second evaluation value based on a luminance of the image signal;
and

an exposure control unit that calculates a control evaluation value for exposure control, using a weighted average of the
first evaluation value and the second evaluation value,

wherein the exposure control unit determines weights for the first evaluation value and the second evaluation value based
on a correction amount for correcting the image signal output from the imager, and

wherein the first evaluation value determination unit, the second evaluation value determination unit, and the exposure control
unit are performed by at least one processor or circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,602,691

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT DETERMINES CODE CORRESPONDING TO A DIGITAL WATERMARK EMBEDDED IN AN IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an input unit configured to input an image obtained by capturing, by an image capturing device, a print product in which a
digital watermark is embedded;

an obtaining unit configured to obtain information about a moving direction of the image capturing device with respect to
the print product in the image capturing of the print product; and

a determination unit configured to, based on the information obtained by said obtaining unit or frequency characteristics
in a partial area of the image input by said input unit, determine a code corresponding to the digital watermark embedded
in the partial area,

wherein, in a case where the partial area contains a frequency component higher than a predetermined frequency, said determination
unit determines a code based on the frequency component, and

in a case where the partial area does not contain a frequency component higher than the predetermined frequency, said determination
unit determines a code based on the information obtained by said obtaining unit.

US Pat. No. 9,599,919

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

(m represents an integer of 6 to 14),

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

(p represents an integer of 5 to 15).

US Pat. No. 9,599,952

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

16. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a main assembly provided with an opening;
a tray for placing thereon a cartridge for forming an image, wherein said tray is movable through the opening between an inside
position where the cartridge is inside said main assembly and an outside position where the cartridge is exposed to an outside
of said main assembly and is mountable and demountable, wherein a pulling-out direction is a direction in which said tray
is moved from inside of said main assembly to the outside position;

a door for opening and closing the opening; and
an accommodating member for accommodating a sheet on which an image is formed, said accommodating member comprising a first
member and a second member including a door supporting portion for supporting said door,

wherein said second member is movable relative to said first member between a first position and a second position downstream
of the first position with respect to the pulling-out direction, and

wherein when said second member is in the second position and said door opens the opening and said tray is in the inside position,
said second member supports said door.

US Pat. No. 9,601,533

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state imaging apparatus comprising:
a photoelectric conversion portion disposed on a semiconductor substrate;
a structure including an insulating member disposed on the semiconductor substrate, and a wiring pattern being arranged in
the insulating member;

a film disposed on the structure and separated from the wiring pattern by part of the insulating member, the film being made
of at least one of SiC and SiCN;

a light-guide portion embedded in the film and the insulating member so as to guide light to the photoelectric conversion
portion; and

an insulating film disposed on an upper surface of the light-guide portion and an upper surface of the film, the insulating
film having a lower surface contacting the upper surface of the light-guide portion and the upper surface of the film.

US Pat. No. 9,594,981

IMAGE SEARCH APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image register apparatus comprising:
a first holding unit configured to hold, in association with each other, local feature amounts of an image and information
that specifies the image including the local feature amounts;

a second holding unit configured to hold, in association with each other, information that specifies a registered image whose
local feature amounts are held by said first holding unit and information that specifies a similar image similar to a partial
region of the registered image;

a searching unit configured to search registered images for an image partially similar to an input target image to be registered;
and

a register unit configured to, when a search result image obtained by the search of said searching unit includes the target
image to be registered, exclude the target image to be registered from a holding target of said first holding unit, and register,
in association with each other, information that specifies the search result image in said second holding unit and information
that specifies the target image to be registered.

US Pat. No. 9,592,683

SHEET SUPPLYING APPARATUS AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet supplying apparatus that draws a continuous sheet out of a sheet roll, comprising:
a pressing unit having at least one pressing roller which is movable according to an outer diameter of the sheet roll, wherein
the pressing roller rotates with respect to a first rotational axis and is brought into press-contact with an outer periphery
of the sheet roll from below, with respect to a direction of gravity; and

a lower guide member configured to move in association with the pressing unit so as to guide a lower surface of the sheet
that is drawn through the pressing unit;

wherein the pressing unit includes a mechanism configured to allow changes of a posture of the pressing roller with respect
to a second rotational axis which is perpendicular to the first rotational axis so as to follow the outer periphery of the
sheet roll.

US Pat. No. 9,593,250

AQUEOUS INK, INK CARTRIDGE AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An aqueous ink comprising a coloring material, wherein the coloring material is a self-dispersible pigment in which a functional
group comprising an anionic group and another atomic group are bonded to a particle surface of the pigment, and a standard
deviation of an introduced amount of the functional group is 0.0380 or less.

US Pat. No. 9,594,320

TONER AND METHOD OF PRODUCING THE TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,596,403

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,591,202

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD FOR GENERATING RECOMPOSED IMAGES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing method for processing image data generated by an image sensor having a plurality of pixels, each pixel
having a microlens and a plurality of photoelectric converters including a first photoelectric converter and a second photoelectric
converter, the method comprising:
receiving images of a plurality of frames from the image sensor; and
generating a recomposed image by adding a first signal obtained by the first photoelectric converter of the plurality of pixels
of the image sensor and a second signal obtained by the second photoelectric converter of the plurality of pixels in a state
that a position of the second signal is shifted with respect to a position of the first signal, a position of a focal plane
of the recomposed image being changed by changing a shift amount of the position of the second signal with respect to the
position of the first signal, the focal plane being a plane where light incident on the first photoelectric converter and
light incident on the second photoelectric converter are imaged;

wherein, in a case where the recomposed image is generated from an image of a first frame among images of the plurality of
frames received from the image sensor, the position of the focal plane of the recomposed image generated from the image of
the first frame is set in accordance with a position of a focal plane corresponding to an image of a second frame different
from the first frame among the plurality of frames.

US Pat. No. 9,587,131

IMAGE RECORDING METHOD, INK SET, AND METHOD FOR PREPARING INK SET

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image recording method, comprising:
a conveyance process for conveying a recording medium; and
an ink-applying process for applying a first ink and a second ink to the recording medium,
wherein the first ink and the second ink comprise a surfactant represented by Formula (1)
R1 (CR2R3)nCH2CH2(OCH2CH2)mOH  (1),

wherein, in the general formula (1), R1 denotes a fluorine atom or a hydrogen atom, R2 and R3 independently denote a fluorine atom or a hydrogen atom, and at least one of R2 and R3 denotes a fluorine atom, n is 1 or more and 30 or less, and m is 1 or more and 60 or less,

the amount of the surfactant represented by Formula (1) in the first ink is greater than the amount of the surfactant represented
by Formula (1) in the second ink, and

a liquid X prepared by removing the surfactant represented by Formula (1) from the first ink and a liquid Y prepared by removing
the surfactant represented by Formula (1) from the second ink satisfy the following condition:

wherein when performing recording on a recording medium having a water absorption rate coefficient Ka of 0.1 mL/m2·ms1/2 or more and 0.3 mL/m2·ms1/2 or less such that a liquid X recording area comes into contact with a liquid Y recording area, the liquid Y flows from the
liquid Y recording area into the liquid X recording area.

US Pat. No. 9,584,686

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CONTROLLING METHOD FOR THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a printer configured to form an image on a sheet;
a display configured to display an information;
a human sensor configured to detect a human; and
a controller configured to turn on the display without performing a preparation operation for putting the printer into a printable
state on a basis of a detection result of the human sensor and then to control to perform the preparation operation on a basis
of receiving a user instruction via a screen displayed on the display.

US Pat. No. 9,575,296

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,568,072

DRIVE TRANSMISSION DEVICE, PRINTING APPARATUS, POSITION ADJUSTING MECHANISM, AND FASTENING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

9. A belt drive transmission device comprising:
a belt configured to be rotatably supported by a plurality of rotating members; and
a holder that supports one of the rotating members, wherein a position of the holder is adjustable in an adjusting direction
and the holder is fastened with a fastening screw to a target member,

wherein the holder includes a hole through which the fastening screw is inserted, a protruding portion extending from the
hole in the adjusting direction, and a recessed portion formed beside the protruding portion, and

a partial part of the protruding portion is deformed, by being pressed by a bearing surface of the fastening screw that is
inserted through the hole and tightened, to provide an enlarged friction surface that contacts the bearing surface.

US Pat. No. 9,566,806

PRINTING APPARATUS AND METHOD IN WHICH ROTATION SPEED OF CONVEYANCE AND REVERSING ROLLERS IS CONTROLLED BASED ON AMOUNT OF DISCHARGED INK ON FIRST SURFACE OF PRINTING SHEET

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a printhead configured to print an image by discharging ink to a first surface of a printing sheet and a second surface of
the printing sheet;

a conveyance roller arranged upstream of the printhead in a conveyance direction of a printing sheet when executing a printing
operation, wherein the conveyance roller is configured to convey a printing sheet in the conveyance direction by rotating
in a first direction and to convey the printing sheet in a direction opposite to the conveyance direction by rotating in a
second direction opposite to the first direction;

a reversing path configured to reverse a printing sheet;
a reversing roller arranged in the reversing path, and configured to reverse the printing sheet conveyed by the conveyance
roller rotating in the second direction and convey the printing sheet to the conveyance roller; and

a control unit configured to control a rotation speed in the second direction of the conveyance roller and a rotation speed
of the reversing roller based on an ink discharge amount on the first surface of the printing sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,568,606

IMAGING APPARATUS FOR DISTANCE DETECTION USING HIGH AND LOW SENSITIVITY SENSORS WITH INVERTED POSITIONAL RELATIONS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an image sensor;
an imaging optical system for forming an image of an object on the image sensor; and
an image processing unit for processing signals from the image sensor,
wherein the image sensor comprises pixels for generating imaging signals, each of the pixels being either a first pixel or
a second pixel, wherein a plurality of each of the first and second pixels is provided,

wherein the first pixel and the second pixel are arranged within an area in which luminous fluxes from the same objects are
received,

wherein the first pixel includes a first pupil dividing unit, a first photoelectric conversion section, and a second photoelectric
conversion section,

wherein the first photoelectric conversion section has higher sensitivity than the second photoelectric conversion section,
wherein the first pupil dividing unit comprises a microlens or optical waveguides, and is so configured as to be able to (a)
guide light from a first area of a part of the exit pupil of the imaging optical system to the first photoelectric conversion
section and (b) guide light from a second area of a part of the exit pupil of the imaging optical system to the second photoelectric
conversion section,

wherein the second pixel includes a second pupil dividing unit, a third photoelectric conversion section, and a fourth photoelectric
conversion section,

wherein the third photoelectric conversion section has higher sensitivity than the fourth photoelectric conversion section,
wherein the second pupil dividing unit comprises a microlens or optical waveguides, and is so configured as to be able to
(a) guide light from a third area of a part of the exit pupil of the imaging optical system to the third photoelectric conversion
section and (b) guide light from a fourth area of a part of the exit pupil of the imaging optical system to the fourth photoelectric
conversion section,

wherein a positional relation between the higher sensitivity photoelectric conversion section and the lower sensitivity photoelectric
conversion section in the pixel is inverted in a pupil-dividing direction between the first pixel and the second pixel, and

wherein in the image processing unit, amounts of discrepancies between a first ranging image formed by the light from the
first area and a second ranging image formed by the light from the second area are obtained, and

wherein (i) in case where the luminous fluxes entering the first and second pixels are a smaller number, the first ranging
image is formed using signals from a plurality of the first photoelectric conversion sections, and the second ranging image
is formed using signals from a plurality of the third photoelectric conversion sections, and (ii) in case where the luminous
fluxes entering the first and second pixels are a larger number, the first ranging image is formed using signals from a plurality
of the second photoelectric conversion sections, and the second ranging image is formed using signals from a plurality of
the fourth photoelectric conversion sections.

US Pat. No. 9,571,718

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS FOR PROCESSING A PICKED-UP IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for processing a picked-up image which is output from an image pickup element having a microlens
array, a plurality of pixels of the image pickup element being assigned to one microlens of the microlens array, configured
to pick up an image, comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain the picked-up image which is output from the image pickup element;
a refocus processing unit configured to perform image processing on the obtained picked-up image based on ray directional
information of the obtained picked-up image as refocus processing so as to generate a reconstruction image whose focal length
is different from a focal length of the obtained picked-up image;

a defect pixel detection unit configured to detect a defect pixel from the obtained picked-up image; and
a control unit configured to control the refocus processing unit and the defect pixel detection unit in such a manner that
makes the defect pixel detection unit perform the detection of the defect pixel of the obtained picked-up image, and makes
the refocus processing unit perform the refocus processing after performing the detection of the defect pixel on the picked-up
image in which the detection of the defect pixel is performed.

US Pat. No. 9,565,376

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR AT LEAST ONE OF CORRECTING AND REDUCING AT LEAST ONE COMPONENT OF A COLOR BLUR OF AN IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a first obtaining unit configured to obtain, according to an image capturing condition of when a captured image is obtained
by forming an image on an image sensor via an imaging optical system, an image recovery filter for at least one of correcting
and reducing at least one component of a color blur of the captured image;

a second obtaining unit configured to obtain, in a case where at least one of correction and reduction of the at least one
component of the color blur of the captured image using the image recovery filter has been performed on the captured image,
characteristics of at least one of the at least one component and at least another component of the color blur remaining in
the captured image, wherein at least one of the characteristics of at least one of the at least one component and the at least
another component of the color blur remaining in the captured image is obtained by comparing a predetermined color blur threshold
value with a blur amount of at least one of the at least one component and the at least another component of the color blur
remaining in the captured image;

a first correction unit configured to perform at least one of the correction and the reduction of the at least one component
of the color blur of the captured image using the image recovery filter on the captured image; and

a second correction unit configured to perform, according to the characteristics of the color blur obtained by the second
obtaining unit, correction for at least one of correcting and reducing at least one of the at least one component and the
at least another component of the remaining color blur of the captured image on the captured image on which at least one of
the correction and the reduction of the at least one component of the color blur of the captured image using the image recovery
filter has been performed.

US Pat. No. 9,565,386

IMAGE DATA TRANSMITTING APPARATUS AND IMAGE DATA RECEIVING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A receiving apparatus comprising:
at least one processor coupled to a memory;
a first receiving unit that receives, from an external apparatus, first image data included in moving image data, first time
code information corresponding to the first image data, and identification (ID) information transmitted with the first image
data;

a second receiving unit that receives, from the external apparatus, second image data included in the moving image data, second
time code information corresponding to the second image data, and the ID information which also is transmitted with the second
image data; and

a control unit that (a) records the first image data on a recording medium without recording the second image data on the
recording medium if predetermined information and the first time code information are separately added to the first image
data and the predetermined information is not added to the second image data, and (b) records the second image data on the
recording medium without recording the first image data on the recording medium if the predetermined information and the second
time code information are separately added to the second image data and the predetermined information is not added to the
first image data,

wherein the predetermined information is added to the first image data or the second image data by the external apparatus
if the first image data and the second image data are the same,

wherein the predetermined information is added to image data which is a target to be recorded or displayed,
wherein the ID information indicates that a plurality of image data included in the moving image data belongs to the moving
image data, and

wherein the first receiving unit, the second receiving unit, and the control unit are implemented by the at least one processor.

US Pat. No. 9,557,679

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,555,632

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,557,683

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH FORCED SUPPLY MODE FOR FORCEDLY SUPPLYING TONER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member;
a developing device configured to develop an electrostatic latent image, formed on said image bearing member, with a toner;
a supplying device configured to supply the toner to said developing device; and
a controller configured to control supply of the toner by said supplying device, wherein said controller is further configured
for executing an operation in a supply mode and an operation in a forced supply mode, wherein in the supply mode, during a
continuous image forming job for forming images on a plurality of recording materials continuously, said supplying device
supplies the toner to said developing device without interrupting the image forming job, and wherein in the forced supply
mode, during the continuous image forming job, when a toner amount in said developing device reaches a predetermined amount
irrespective of supply of the toner in the operation in the supply mode, said supplying device supplies the toner after interrupting
the image forming job,

wherein said controller sets a flag for executing the operation in the forced supply mode when the toner amount reaches the
predetermined amount during the continuous image forming job, and makes the following determination:

(i) in a case where a state in which the toner amount reaches the predetermined amount is eliminated when the images are formed
on a predetermined number of the recording materials after the flag is set, the flag is reset,

(ii) in a case where the state in which the toner amount reaches the predetermined amount is maintained when the images are
formed on the predetermined number of the recording materials after the flag is set, said controller executes the operation
in the forced supply mode, and

(iii) when the image forming job is ended before the images are formed on the predetermined number of the recording materials
after the flag is set, said supplying device supplies the toner after image formation is ended.

US Pat. No. 9,557,941

PRINTING APPARATUS FOR PERFORMING PRINTING BASED ON DATA INCLUDING A PLURALITY OF PAGES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a printing unit configured to perform printing based on printing data including a plurality of pages;
a first acquisition unit configured to acquire a page count per copy;
a second acquisition unit configured to acquire a margin size of respective pages of the page count in a first copy;
an extraction unit configured to extract data of a predetermined portion of a printing area from the respective pages of the
page count in the first copy;

a page determination unit configured to determine whether the data of the predetermined portion extracted by said extraction
unit are identical among the respective pages in the first copy; and

a printing determination unit configured to, when said page determination unit determines that the data of the predetermined
portion are identical among the respective pages, determine that printing of the printing data is not collation printing,
and when said page determination unit determines that the data of the predetermined portion are not identical among the respective
pages, determine that printing of the printing data is collation printing, and

a paper feeding control unit configured to, when feeding printing paper for printing of each of pages in a second and subsequent
copies after determination of said printing determination unit, control a paper feeding operation to convey preceding printing
paper and succeeding printing paper so as to make the preceding printing paper and the succeeding printing paper to partially
overlap each other based on the margin size acquired by said second acquisition unit,

wherein said acquisition unit, said second acquisition unit, said extraction unit, said page determination unit, said printing
determination unit and said paper feeding control unit are implemented by a processor of the printing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,557,699

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM FOR DETERMINING A REMAINING AMOUNT OF RECORDING MATERIAL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for performing image forming on a sheet using a recording material, comprising:
a sensor that detects a remaining amount of the recording material;
a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions of:
estimating a remaining amount of the recording material using a dot counter;
notifying a user of the estimated remaining amount; and
determining whether or not to notify a user of the remaining amount detected by the sensor based on a difference between the
remaining amount detected by the sensor and the estimated remaining amount,

wherein a notification of the remaining amount detected by the sensor is not issued under at least a condition that the difference
is equal to or more than a predetermined threshold value.

US Pat. No. 9,560,299

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising a plurality of pixels each including:
a photoelectric conversion unit;
a charge storage unit configured to store charges generated by the photoelectric conversion unit; and
an amplification unit configured to output a signal based on charges stored by the charge storage unit, the charge storage
unit including a first charge storage unit, a second charge storage unit, and a third charge storage unit,

wherein, in a first period from a first time to a second time, charges generated by the photoelectric conversion unit in each
of the plurality of pixels in the first period are transferred to the first charge storage unit and charges stored in the
second charge storage unit and the third charge storage unit in a period preceding the first period are transferred to an
input node of the amplification unit, and

wherein, in a second period from the second time to a third time, charges generated by the photoelectric conversion unit in
each of the plurality of pixels in the second period are transferred to the first charge storage unit and the third charge
storage unit for storage.

US Pat. No. 9,560,715

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,551,949

ELECTROCONDUCTIVE MEMBER FOR ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHY, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electroconductive member for electrophotography to be used while being brought into contact with a body to be contacted,
the electroconductive member comprising:
an electroconductive support; and
a layer of a network structural body on an outer peripheral surface thereof, the network structural body comprising non-electroconductive
fibers having an average fiber diameter of a top 10% of fiber diameters measured at arbitrary points of 0.2 to 15 ?m, wherein

when a surface of the electroconductive member is observed, at least a part of the network structural body exists in an arbitrary
square region having one side length of 200 ?m, and

when a Voronoi tessellation is performed with generating points, the generating points being the non-electroconductive fibers
exposed on a cross section in a thickness direction of the layer of the network structural body, areas of Voronoi polygons
resulting from the Voronoi tessellation being defined as S1 and cross-sectional areas in the cross section of the non-electroconductive
fibers as the generating points of the respective Voronoi polygons being defined as S2, when a ratio “S1/S2” is calculated
an arithmetic average kU10 of a top 10% of the ratios is 40 to 160.

US Pat. No. 9,551,960

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an image bearing member which bears a toner image;
an intermediate transfer member which is movable and to which a toner image is primarily transferred from the image bearing
member in a primary transfer portion;

a secondary transfer member to which a voltage of opposite polarity to a normal polarity of the toner is applied, and which
secondarily transfers the toner image from the intermediate transfer member to a transfer material, in a secondary transfer
portion;

a control unit; and
a cleaning unit which cleans toner on the intermediate transfer member, the cleaning unit including:
a cleaning member which contacts the intermediate transfer member and collects toner, and
a charging member which is disposed on a downstream side of the cleaning member in terms of a direction of movement of the
intermediate transfer member, and which charges the toner by receiving application of a voltage of the opposite polarity,

wherein the control unit:
applies a first voltage to the charging member while causing the intermediate transfer member to move at a first speed of
movement, when cleaning toner remaining on the intermediate transfer member due to not having been secondarily transferred
to the transfer material, by the cleaning unit, and

applies a second voltage having a greater absolute value than the first voltage, to the charging member, while causing the
intermediate transfer member to move at a second speed of movement that is slower than the first speed of movement, when cleaning
toner that has been primarily transferred to the intermediate transfer member, in a state where a voltage of the normal polarity
has been applied to the secondary transfer member, or a state where the secondary transfer member has been separated from
the intermediate transfer member, by the cleaning unit.

US Pat. No. 9,554,016

SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,552,956

RADIATION GENERATING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation generating apparatus comprising:
an envelope having a first window through which radiation is transmitted;
a radiation tube being held within the envelope, and having a target layer, a target supporting window supporting the target
layer, and a radiation shielding member having a protruding portion protruding from the target supporting window toward the
first window;

a thermally conductive member having a higher thermal conductivity than that of the radiation shielding member and connected
to the protruding portion of the radiation shielding member; and

an insulating fluid filling a space between the envelope and the radiation tube,
wherein the target supporting window is arranged in opposition to the first window, and wherein the radiation is transmitted
through the target supporting window, and

wherein the target supporting window is secured to the thermally conductive member, and wherein the thermally conductive member
is connected to the protruding portion of the radiation shielding member at a front side and a rear side with respect to the
second window in a tube axis direction.

US Pat. No. 9,541,653

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising:
a pixel array in which a plurality of pixels configured to detect radiation are arrayed to form a plurality of rows and a
plurality of columns;

a detection circuit configured to detect information representative of a radiation dose to the pixel array and output a detection
signal corresponding to the information; and

a control unit configured to perform radiation detection processing until radiation irradiation of the pixel array is detected
and to control the pixel array in accordance with the detection, wherein in the radiation detection processing, the control
unit integrates either the detection signal or a result of processing applied to the detection signal, in a plurality of integral
intervals which are different from each other, and detects the radiation irradiation of the pixel array based on comparison
between a threshold value and an integrated value obtained by the integration.

US Pat. No. 9,538,913

OPHTHALMIC SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmic system comprising:
an ophthalmic apparatus for capturing an image of an anterior eye portion of a subject's eye, a tomographic image of a fundus
of the subject's eye, and an image of the fundus of the subject's eye, the tomographic image being formed based on combined
light obtained by combining return light from the subject's eye to be inspected irradiated with measuring light and reference
light which is reflected by a reference mirror;

a display control unit configured to cause a display unit to simultaneously display the captured image of the anterior eye
portion, the captured tomographic image, the captured image of the fundus, and a pointer for indicating an arbitrary position
in the display unit;

a detection unit configured to detect a position of the pointer in the display unit; and
a control unit configured to receive an instruction from a mouse,
wherein in response to receiving an instruction indicating a rotation of a wheel of the mouse, the control unit adjusts a
physical working distance between the ophthalmic apparatus and the subject's eye, in a case that the detection unit detects
that the pointer is positioned within the captured image of the anterior eye portion;

wherein in response to receiving the instruction indicating the rotation of the wheel of the mouse, the control unit adjusts
a physical position of a lens within the ophthalmic apparatus relative to other optical components of the ophthalmic apparatus,
wherein the adjustment of the physical position of the lens is for focusing of the image of the fundus of the subject's eye,
in a case that the detection unit detects that the pointer is positioned within the captured image of the fundus of the subject's
eye;

wherein in response to receiving the instruction indicating the rotation of the wheel of the mouse, the control unit adjusts
a physical position of the reference mirror within the ophthalmic apparatus relative to other optical components of the ophthalmic
apparatus, wherein the adjustment of the physical position of the reference mirror is for adjusting a coherence gate, in a
case that the detection unit detects that the pointer is positioned within the captured tomographic image of the subject's
eye, and

wherein the mouse is operable by the user to control a position of the pointer in the display unit.

US Pat. No. 9,544,098

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,538,125

DISPLAY APPARATUS AND DRIVING METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,535,365

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that forms an image on a recording material, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a first helical gear; and
a second helical gear that is engaged with the first helical gear, the second helical gear having a first side and a second
side with respect to an axis direction of the second helical gear, the second helical gear including a rim that has an outer
circumference formed with a plurality of teeth, a boss that is a center of rotation of the rim, and a web through which the
rim and the boss of the second helical gear are connected to each other,

wherein the web is disposed so as to be shifted toward the first side, and the plurality of teeth of the second helical gear
is configured so that a region of each of the plurality of teeth at the second side of the second helical gear engages with
the first helical gear earlier than when another region of the tooth at the first side of the second helical gear engages
with the first helical gear.

US Pat. No. 9,529,304

DEVELOPER ACCOMMODATING UNIT, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer accommodating unit comprising:
a flexible container including a developer accommodating portion for accommodating developer and an opening for permitting
discharge of the developer;

a sealing member for sealing the opening by bonding to a bonding portion of said flexible container;
an unsealing member capable of peeling said sealing member off said flexible container to unseal the opening in an unsealing
direction crossing a longitudinal direction of said flexible container; and

a frame that (i) accommodates said flexible container, said sealing member, and said unsealing member and (ii) includes a
fixing portion for fixing said flexible container,

wherein said bonding portion includes (a) two long bonding portions extending in the longitudinal direction and (b) two short
bonding portions extending in the unsealing direction,

wherein said two long bonding portions include (a1) a first long bonding portion located upstream of the opening in the unsealing
direction and (a2) a second long bonding portion located downstream of the opening in the unsealing direction,

wherein said first long bonding portion, said short bonding portions, and said second long bonding portion are peeled off
in this order and in the unsealing direction when said sealing member is peeled off said flexible container to unseal the
opening,

wherein said flexible container is deformable to change a position of the opening relative to said frame when said sealing
member is peeled off said flexible container to unseal the opening,

wherein said flexible container includes a fixed portion, provided within a multi-layer sheet structure portion, for being
fixed to said fixing portion, and

wherein said multi-layer sheet structure portion includes an interlayer bonding portion that (i) bonds layers of said multi-layer
sheet structure portion and (ii) is provided between said fixed portion and said developer accommodating portion.

US Pat. No. 9,531,904

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a first acquisition unit configured to acquire a data size of a facsimile transmission job;
a second acquisition unit configured to acquire a buffer size of an image processing apparatus;
a determination unit configured to determine whether the data size of the facsimile transmission job is smaller than or equal
to the buffer size of the image processing apparatus;

an adjustment unit configured to adjust the data size of the facsimile transmission job so that the data size exceeds the
buffer size of the image processing apparatus if the determination unit determines that the data size of the facsimile transmission
job is smaller than or equal to the buffer size of the image processing apparatus; and

a transmission unit configured to transmit the facsimile transmission job to the image processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,531,956

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS THAT ADJUSTS PIXEL GRADATION VALUES USING A LOWER LIMIT VALUE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image display apparatus capable of being connected to an image capturing apparatus, the image display apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory storing a program which, when executed by the processor, causes the image display apparatus to execute:
acquiring, from the image capturing apparatus connected to the image display apparatus, captured image data generated by the
image capturing apparatus and operation information regarding a user operation related to an image processing performed on
the image display apparatus;

generating processed image data by carrying out image processing corresponding to the operation information acquired in the
acquiring; and

displaying an image based on the processed image data on a screen, wherein
the operation information includes lower limit information representing a lower limit value of gradation values designated
by a user, and

the image processing corresponding to the operation information includes first image processing in which a gradation value
of each pixel is converted so that the lower limit value of the gradation values of the processed image data coincides with
the lower limit value represented by the lower limit information.

US Pat. No. 9,521,234

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:
a voice communication unit configured to perform a voice communication with a counterpart device which comprises a voice communication
function;

a voice recognition unit configured to perform voice recognition processing of a first voice and a second voice, the first
voice is the voice which is transmitted to the counterpart device by a voice communication through the voice communication
unit, and the second voice is the voice which is input from the counterpart device;

a search unit configured to search one or more applications according to a recognition result of the voice recognition unit;
a display control unit configured to display one or more objects for starting the one or more applications found by the search
on a predetermined display section; and

a determination unit configured to determine which of the first voice and the second voice should be given priority according
to a state of the voice communication by the voice communication unit,

wherein the display control unit is further configured to display the one or more objects on the display section in an order
which is based on the determination by the determination unit.

US Pat. No. 9,517,653

INFORMATION PROCESSING FOR EXECUTING PRE-PRESS AND PRESS PROCESSES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,519,256

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a measurement unit configured to measure a density of an image that an image forming unit forms;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire an image processing parameter serving as a correction value used to correct the
density of the image measured by the measurement unit;

a generation unit configured to generate a cleaning patch image using the image processing parameter acquired by the acquisition
unit; and

a cleaning patch image forming unit configured to form the cleaning patch image generated by the generation unit on an image
bearing member,

wherein the cleaning patch image is formed during an interval after a first image is formed by the image forming unit on the
image bearing member but before a second image having a printing instruction issued subsequent to a printing instruction issued
for the first image is formed by the image forming unit on the image bearing member, and

wherein if a result of measurement obtained by the measurement unit measuring the density of the image indicates an error,
the generation unit interrupts generation of the cleaning patch image.

US Pat. No. 9,521,333

IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus including an imaging device configured to obtain a plurality of photographed images of different photographing
conditions, the imaging apparatus comprising:
at least one processor; and
at least one memory containing a program that causes the at least one processor to perform a process comprising:
setting photographing conditions of the imaging device;
instructing photographing by the imaging device; and
notifying photographing conditions set by the setting before instructing the photographing,
wherein only a photographing condition of a longest exposure time from among a plurality of photographing conditions for obtaining
the plurality of photographed images is notified before instructing the photographing.

US Pat. No. 9,519,371

DISPLAY DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,517,625

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head comprising:
a substrate;
a flow-path-forming member comprising a plurality of flow paths and discharge ports formed therein, wherein the discharge
ports are in communication with the plurality of flow paths on the substrate; and

a filling material filled in a space between the plurality of flow paths, the filling material having a top surface position
higher than a top surface of the flow-path-forming member, and a bottom surface position lower than the top surface of the
flow-path-forming member in a case where liquid is discharge from the discharge ports in an upward direction.

US Pat. No. 9,514,572

MIXED REALITY SPACE IMAGE PROVIDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,513,860

DISPLAY APPARATUS, PRINT CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display system comprising:
a display unit configured to display a screen including a first display region in which a plurality of images are displayed
one by one and a second display region in which a plurality of preview images, of a plurality of images selected by a user
from among the plurality of images which have been displayed in the first display region, are arranged; and

a print control unit configured to control a printing unit to perform printing based on image data corresponding to at least
one image selected by a user from among the plurality of preview images arranged in the second display region.

US Pat. No. 9,516,185

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS ENABLING COOPERATION WITH A NETWORK SERVICE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus in which a relay function operates to cooperate with a service provided on a network,
the information processing apparatus comprising:
a memory storing one or more sets of instructions; and
a processor in communication with the memory, the processor, when executing the one or more sets of instructions, controls
a management unit configured to manage a plurality of applications installed on the information processing apparatus, the
plurality of applications including applications categorized into a first application capable of using the service provided
on the network;

a checking unit configured to check, with the management unit, a second application different from the applications categorized
into the first application and installed to use the service provided on the network, wherein the second application is used
for enabling the applications categorized into the first application to use the service provided on the network; and

a control unit configured to control, according to a result of checking by the checking unit, registration processing by the
relay function for registering function information used to cooperate with the service provided on the network or invocation
processing by the relay function for invoking the service provided on the network using the registered function information,

wherein the control unit is configured to stop, if the result of checking indicates that the second application has not been
installed, the registration processing or the invocation processing by the relay function.

US Pat. No. 9,516,240

IMAGING APPARATUS, CLIENT DEVICE, IMAGING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF CLIENT DEVICE, AND CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus connected to a client device via a network, the imaging apparatus comprising:
an infrared cut filter configured to cut infrared light;
a toggling unit configured to toggle a state of the infrared cut filter between on and off;
a reception unit configured to receive, from the client device via the network, automatic adjustment information relating
to the state of the infrared cut filter, along with an imaging setting command for the imaging apparatus to automatically
control the state of the infrared cut filter;

a control unit configured to automatically control the toggling unit based on the imaging setting command received by the
reception unit; and

a transmission unit configured to transmit setting information relating to the automatic adjustment information to the client
device via the network,

wherein the setting information transmitted by the transmission unit indicates whether automatic adjustment information used
by the control unit can be set in each of a case where the state of the infrared cut filter is turned on to enable the infrared
cut filter or a case where the state of the infrared cut filter is turned off to disable the infrared cut filter.

US Pat. No. 9,516,289

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,508,171

PATH TRACING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of rendering at least one graphical object comprising a plurality of sub parts described with a page description
language format, said method comprising the steps of:
converting the at least one graphical object described with the page description language format into a set of edges associated
with a common color attribute, the set of edges comprising at least a first edge pair and a second edge pair;

detecting an edge of the second edge pair which is in an extended vertical line of a current edge from a first edge pair converted
in the converting step, wherein the first edge pair and the second edge pair are vertically separated by a scanline gap precluding
the second edge pair from continuing towards the first edge pair;

joining the detected edge and the current edge to make a new edge pair passing through the scanline gap, the new edge pair
having an empty fill portion in the scanline gap between the detected edge and the current edge; and

processing the new edge pair to render the at least one graphical object.

US Pat. No. 9,505,581

POST-PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM INCLUDING THE POST-PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

8. A post-processing apparatus connected to an image forming apparatus, the post-processing apparatus comprising:
a post-processing unit configured to perform predetermined post-processing on a sheet;
a control unit configured to switch between a first control mode and a second control mode, the first control mode being a
mode for allowing the predetermined post-processing on a sheet which is conveyed from the image forming apparatus, and the
second control mode being a mode for allowing the predetermined post-processing on a sheet which is manually inserted into
the post-processing apparatus; and

a detection unit configured to detect the sheet which is manually inserted,
wherein the control unit is further configured to change, when in the second control mode, a standby time from completion
of a latest post-processing until a start of next post-processing, in accordance with a detection result of the detection
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,506,870

FLOW-CHANNEL DEVICE FOR DETECTING LIGHT EMISSION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A flow-channel device having a flow channel which is structured by bonding of at least a first substrate and a second substrate,
wherein the first substrate has a first groove, which constitutes the flow channel, and a second groove, which does not constitute
the flow channel,

wherein the first substrate and the second substrate are each made from an inorganic material,
wherein the second groove is filled with an adhesive that bonds the first substrate and the second substrate,
wherein the adhesive contains an organic material,
wherein the second groove has a light-shielding film provided on an inner wall thereof, and
wherein the first groove is next to, but is isolated from, the second groove.

US Pat. No. 9,501,007

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming a toner image on a recording material, comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form the toner image on the recording material;
a fixing unit configured to fix the toner image on the recording material while heating and conveying the recording material
bearing the toner image at a nip portion, the fixing unit including a heating rotation member and a roller forming the nip
portion with the heating rotation member; and

a voltage applying unit configured to apply a voltage to produce a potential difference between a surface of the heating rotation
member and a surface of the roller in such a manner that electrostatic force in a direction in which the toner of the toner
image is held on the recording material occurs,

wherein a plurality of print modes different in conveyance speed of the recording material at the nip portion are carried
out, and wherein

the voltage applying unit applies a voltage to produce the potential difference smaller in a first print mode than the potential
difference in a second print mode in which the conveyance speed is lower than the conveyance speed of the first print mode.

US Pat. No. 9,498,119

ADAPTIVE OPTICS SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD OF THE SAME, TESTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF THE SAME, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF THE SAME, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An adaptive optics system comprising:
an irradiation unit adapted to irradiate an object with measurement light via a spatial light modulator;
a detection unit adapted to detect a wavefront of return light from the object by a microlens array in which a plurality of
microlenses are arranged;

an acquisition unit adapted to acquire, based on the wavefront detected by said detection unit, correction data for correcting
the wavefront by phase wrapping in said spatial light modulator; and

a control unit adapted to perform control such that a wavefront discontinuous part formed by the phase wrapping determined
by the correction data is held at not less than a predetermined distance from a center of each of said microlenses in said
microlens array.

US Pat. No. 9,494,915

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CARTRIDGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a main assembly;
a supporting member movable, in a state in which said supporting member detachably supports a cartridge, between a first position
where said supporting member is positioned inside said main assembly and the cartridge is positioned at an image formable
position and a second position retracted from the first position by being moved relative to said main assembly;

a supporting portion, provided on said supporting member, for supporting the cartridge by contacting with a supported portion
provided on the cartridge when said supporting member is in the second position;

a suppressing portion, provided on said supporting member, for suppressing rotation of the cartridge about the supported portion
by engaging with a suppressed portion provided on the cartridge when said supporting member is in the second position,

wherein when said supporting member is at the first position and the cartridge is positioned at the image formable position,
said supporting portion is spaced from the supported portion and said suppressing portion is spaced from the suppressed portion.

US Pat. No. 9,493,014

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING THREE-POSITION SUPPORT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a photosensitive member;
a light scanning apparatus including:
a deflector configured to deflect a light beam so that the light beam scans a surface of the photosensitive member; and
an optical box configured to contain the deflector, the optical box being inserted through an insertion portion formed in
a side wall of a main body of the image forming apparatus so that the light scanning apparatus is mounted to the main body
of the image forming apparatus;

a supporting unit including a first supporting portion, a second supporting portion, and a third supporting portion, the supporting
unit being configured to support the optical box, the first supporting portion and the second supporting portion being configured
to support, in a direction intersecting an inserting direction of inserting the optical box into the main body of the image
forming apparatus, the optical box in a vicinity of a side wall of the optical box on a downstream side in the inserting direction,
the third supporting portion being configured to support the optical box in a vicinity of a side wall of the optical box on
an upstream side in the inserting direction, the third supporting portion being positioned between the first supporting portion
and the second supporting portion in the direction intersecting the inserting direction;

a first connecting portion configured to connect the optical box supported by the supporting unit and the main body of the
image forming apparatus in the vicinity of the side wall of the optical box on the upstream side in the inserting direction
and on one side of the third supporting portion in the direction intersecting the inserting direction of the optical box;
and

a second connecting portion configured to connect the optical box supported by the supporting unit and the main body of the
image forming apparatus in the vicinity of the side wall of the optical box on the upstream side in the inserting direction
and on at least another side of the third supporting portion in the direction intersecting the inserting direction of the
optical box.

US Pat. No. 9,487,035

PRINTING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a conveying unit configured to convey a continuous sheet in a conveyance direction;
a printing unit configured to print an image on the continuous sheet;
a cutting unit configured to cut the continuous sheet at a location of a leading edge side and a trailing edge side of the
image printed on the continuous sheet; and

a control unit configured to, when an image whose length in the conveyance direction is less than a predetermined length is
printed, perform control of adding a margin portion on the trailing edge side of the image such that a length from a cutting
position on the leading edge side of the image to a cutting position on the trailing edge side becomes more than the predetermined
length,

wherein in a case in which a marginless image is to be printed, if the margin portion is added on the trailing edge side of
an image before the marginless image, the control unit performs control of printing the marginless image next to the margin
portion, and if the margin portion is not added on the trailing edge side of the image before the marginless image, the control
unit performs control of providing a margin portion of more than the predetermined length before the marginless image.

US Pat. No. 9,489,927

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,489,714

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

2. An information processing method, comprising:
obtaining information regarding sizes of display screens of a plurality of display terminals that displays reflow format document
data, the document data including a font with a set font size;

determining a main terminal from among the plurality of display terminals based on the sizes of the display screens of the
plurality of display terminals;

determining a reference unit, which is used for dividing the document data into a plurality of pages, based on the size of
the display screen of the main terminal and a reference character size of the main terminal;

determining a unit of display, which is used for dividing the document data into a plurality of pages, for each of the plurality
of display terminals, wherein an integral multiple of the determined reference unit is determined as a unit of display for
a display terminal which has a size of display screens larger than the size of the display screen of the main terminal, and
wherein an integral submultiple of the determined reference unit is determined as a unit of display for a display terminal
which has a size of display screens smaller than the size of the display screen of the main terminal;

generating style information for each of the plurality of display terminals based on the unit of display determined for each
of the plurality of display terminals; and

transmitting the document data and the style information generated for each of the display terminals to each of the display
terminals.

US Pat. No. 9,485,451

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS WITH AIR COOLING UNIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,482,993

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING CONTAINERS FOR TONERS INCLUDING WAX

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming a toner image on a recording material, comprising:
an image forming portion for forming the toner image, formed with toners of a plurality of colors, on an intermediary transfer
member;

a transfer member for forming a transfer nip in contact and cooperation with the intermediary transfer member, said transfer
member transferring the toner image from the intermediary transfer member onto the recording material while feeding the recording
material in the transfer nip;

a fixing portion for fixing the toner image on the recording material by heating the recording material on which the toner
image is transferred while feeding the recording material in a fixing nip, said fixing portion including a heating member
and a pressing member for forming the fixing nip in cooperation with the heating member; and

a cleaning member for cleaning a surface of the intermediary transfer member in contact with the intermediary transfer member,
said cleaning member being provided between said image forming portion and the transfer nip with respect to a movement direction
of the intermediary transfer member,

wherein toner particles of each of the toners contain a binder resin and a wax which is contained in an amount of 3 weight
parts or more per 100 weight parts of the binder resin,

wherein said image forming apparatus at least includes a first toner container containing a first formulation toner in which
the wax is only a hydrocarbon wax or a mixture of the hydrocarbon wax and a wax other than the hydrocarbon wax which is contained
in a larger amount than the wax and includes a second toner container containing a second formulation toner in which the wax
is only an ester wax or a mixture of the ester wax and a wax other than the ester wax which is contained in a larger amount
than the wax,

wherein said image forming apparatus is capable of executing an image forming operation for forming the toner image on the
intermediary transfer member at said image forming portion to form the toner image on the recording material, and is capable
of executing an operation in a toner supplying mode for supplying the toner or the toners to the intermediary transfer member
at said image forming portion to dispose the toner or the toners between said cleaning member and the intermediary transfer
member at predetermined timing when the image forming operation is not performed, and

wherein said image forming apparatus is capable of executing the operation in the toner supplying mode in which only the first
formulation toner is used or a mixture of the first formulation toner and the second formulation toner is used so that the
first formulation toner is used in a larger amount than the second formulation toner.

US Pat. No. 9,479,688

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capture apparatus comprising:
an image sensor that includes a plurality of first pixel portions and a plurality of second pixel portions wherein each of
the first pixel portions and the second pixel portions has a photoelectric conversion portion and an opening through which
light is incident on the photoelectric conversion portion, and wherein the opening of the first pixel portion is larger than
the opening of the second pixel portion; and

a CPU comprising a first signal processing unit that;
if a second pixel portion is determined as a first type defective pixel portion under a photographing condition, corrects
an output signal from the second pixel portion and performs a correction processing on output signals from first pixel portions
that are adjacent or neighboring to the second pixel portion, using the corrected output signal from the second pixel portion;
and

if the second pixel portion is determined as a second type defective pixel portion under the photographing condition, does
not perform the correction processing on output signals from the first pixel portions that are adjacent or neighboring to
the second pixel portion.

US Pat. No. 9,470,993

MAGNETIC TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A magnetic toner comprising a magnetic toner particle containing a binder resin and a magnetic member, and an inorganic
fine particle “a” and an organic-inorganic composite fine particle, wherein
the magnetic toner has
(i) a true specific gravity of 1.40 g/cm3 or more and 1.70 g/cm3 or less, and

(ii) a saturation magnetization at a magnetic field of 796 kA/m of 10 Am2/kg or more and 20 Am2/kg or less,

the inorganic fine particle “a” is a metal oxide having a volume resistivity of 1.0×103 ?·cm or more and 1.0×108 ?·cm or less, and

the organic-inorganic composite fine particle comprises
a resin particle, and
an inorganic fine particle “b” embedded in the resin particle, and
the organic-inorganic composite fine particle has a true specific gravity of 1.50 g/cm3 or more and 1.75 g/cm3 or less.

US Pat. No. 9,471,260

PRINTING SYSTEM, PRINTING ASSISTANCE APPARATUS AND METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,470,904

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens, comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:
a first lens unit having a positive refractive power;
a second lens unit having a negative refractive power;
a third lens unit having a positive refractive power;
a fourth lens unit having a positive or negative refractive power;
an aperture stop arranged one of between the second lens unit and the third lens unit, within the third lens unit, and between
the third lens unit and the fourth lens unit,

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,469,111

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:
a plurality of ejection members that have an ejection port for ejecting liquid and a plurality of liquid chambers for supplying
liquid to the ejection ports;

a base substrate carrying the plurality of ejection members arranged thereon, the base substrate being provided with a common
flow channel for supplying liquid to the plurality of liquid chambers; and

a plurality of branch ports allowing the common flow channel to communicate with the plurality of liquid chambers, wherein
an opening portion, fronting the common flow channel, of each of the branch ports is provided with a notch portion at an upstream
side thereof as viewed in the flow direction of liquid flowing through the common flow channel.

US Pat. No. 9,468,375

IMAGING METHOD AND IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging method for taking an image of an object to be inspected from reflected light obtained by irradiating the object
to be inspected with measuring light, in which an aberration generated in the object to be inspected, when the image is taken,
is corrected by an aberration correction unit, the imaging method comprising the repeatedly performed steps of:
measuring an amount of the aberration generated in the object to be inspected;
comparing (a) a prior aberration amount, measured by measuring an amount of the aberration, with (b) a subsequent aberration
amount that is subsequent in time sequence;

storing, in a storage unit, (a) a control state of the aberration correction unit at a time of measuring the amount of the
aberration, in association with (b) a corresponding amount of the aberration; and

correcting the aberration by controlling the aberration correction unit in accordance with the measured amount of the aberration,
wherein the storing is performed when the subsequent aberration amount is equal to or smaller than the prior aberration amount,
and

wherein the aberration corresponding to the subsequent aberration amount is corrected by the aberration correction unit in
the control state stored in the storage unit when the subsequent aberration amount is larger than the prior aberration amount.

US Pat. No. 9,463,621

ELEMENT SUBSTRATE AND LIQUID DISCHARGING HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An element substrate comprising:
a discharge port from which liquid is discharged;
an energy generating element configured to generate energy for discharging the liquid from the discharge port;
an action chamber in which the energy generating element is provided;
a heating element having a shape with a longitudinal axis, including at least two heating surfaces exposed to the liquid,
and configured to heat the liquid to an extent such as not to discharge the liquid;

a first support portion configured to connect one end portion of the heating element and a wall of the action chamber;
a second support portion configured to support the other end portion of the heating element and the wall of the action chamber;
and

a third support portion configured to connect a portion between the one end portion and the other end portion and the wall
of the action chamber,

wherein a first through hole is formed by the heating element, the first support portion, the third support portion and the
wall of the action chamber, and a second through hole is formed by the heating element, the second support portion, the third
support portion and the wall of the action chamber.

US Pat. No. 9,465,190

LENS BARREL AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lens barrel comprising:
a movable cam ring including a protrusion;
a first lens holder holding a first lens unit and configured to follow a first cam groove formed on the cam ring; and
a second lens holder holding a second lens unit,
wherein:
the first lens holder is provided with an opening into which the protrusion of the cam ring is insertable,
the protrusion of the cam ring is provided with a second cam groove that the second lens holder follows,
the first lens holder is regulated to move straight by a straight movement regulator provided to the second lens holder,
the cam ring is provided with a recess disposed at a phase different from a phase of the protrusion when viewed in an optical
axis direction, and

the straight movement regulator is inserted in the recess of the cam ring when the lens barrel is in a retracted state.

US Pat. No. 9,467,594

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS THAT SPECIFIES NETWORK, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus, to which a telephone is configured to be hooked up, configured to communicate with a plurality
of networks, comprising:
a dial tone output unit configured to output, when the telephone is hooked up, a dial tone to the telephone in accordance
with dial tone setting information, the dial tone being set based on whether or not a connection to one or more of the plurality
of networks is available;

a detection unit configured to detect, when the dial tone is output to the telephone by the dial tone output unit, content
input by the telephone;

a storage unit configured to store registration information used for identifying each network of the plurality of networks;
and

an identification unit configured to identify a particular network for communication and an associated communication destination
based on the detected content, in accordance with the registration information,

wherein the content detected by the detection unit is a particular dial number,
wherein the registration information includes different dial numbers associated with each network of the plurality of networks,
and

wherein the identification unit is configured to identify, as the particular network for communication, a network which is
associated with the particular dial number in the registration information.

US Pat. No. 9,465,571

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,467,622

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,465,318

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,462,191

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,456,191

REPRODUCTION APPARATUS AND REPRODUCTION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,452,608

INK, INK CARTRIDGE AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink comprising:
a polyurethane polymer that has units respectively derived from a polyisocyanate, a polyether polyol having no acid group,
and a diol having an acid group, and has an acid value of from 40 mg KOH/g to 140 mg KOH/g, the polyurethane polymer having
a non-crosslinked structure;

a carbon black; and
at least one antioxidant selected from the group consisting of a compound represented by the following general formula (1),
a compound represented by the following general formula (2) and a compound represented by the following general formula (3):

wherein R1 is an alkyl group having 1 to 20 carbon atoms;
wherein R2 is a methylene group or an ethylene group; and
wherein R3 is an alkyl group having 1 to 16 carbon atoms.

US Pat. No. 9,456,103

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,456,118

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD FOR GENERATING AUXILIARY INFORMATION FOR CAPTURED IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain image data captured by an image sensor from which a reconstruction image can be generated
by performing refocus processing on the image data;

an image processing unit configured to generate a first reconstruction image from the image data at a focal plane at which
a subject is detected; and

a display unit configured to display the first reconstruction image and a second reconstruction image generated from the image
data at a focal plane together,

wherein the first and second reconstruction images include the subject, and
wherein the image processing unit determines a plurality of focal planes for which a plurality of the first reconstruction
images is to be generated, based on focal position information for respective positions in a screen of the image data output
from the image sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,454,096

MAGNETIC TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,454,109

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CONTROLLING TRANSFER CONDITIONS BASED ON RESISTANCE OF TRANSFER MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member;
a toner image forming unit for forming a toner image on said image bearing member;
an intermediary transfer belt for carrying the toner image transferred from said image bearing member;
a transfer member for transferring the toner image from said image bearing member onto said intermediary transfer belt at
a transfer portion;

a transfer voltage source for generating a voltage applied to said transfer member;
an obtaining portion for obtaining information on an electric resistance of said intermediary transfer belt;
a detecting member for optically detecting a test toner image formed on said image bearing member and transferred on said
intermediary transfer belt; and

an executing portion for executing, on the basis of a detection result of the test toner image by said detecting member, an
adjusting operation for adjusting an image forming condition of said toner image forming unit,

a controller configured to control, on the basis of the information obtained by said obtaining portion, a transfer condition
at the time when the test toner image formed on said image bearing member is transferred onto said intermediary transfer belt,
said controller controlling the voltage applied to said transfer member so as to provide a predetermined target current flowing
through said transfer member, and

a changing portion for changing the target current on the basis of the information obtained by said obtaining portion.

US Pat. No. 9,448,241

MASS SPECTROMETRY METHOD FOR A POLYPEPTIDE INCLUDING A CYSTEINE RESIDUE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,448,524

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a first photosensitive drum;
a second photosensitive drum;
a first drive portion which transmits a first drive force to the first photosensitive drum, the first drive portion having
a first transmission gear rotated by the first drive force, a first idler gear rotated in mesh with the first transmission
gear, and a first drive gear meshing with the first idler gear to transmit the first drive force to the first photosensitive
drum;

a second drive portion which transmits a second drive force to the second photosensitive drum, the second drive portion having
a second transmission gear rotated by the second drive force, a second idler gear rotated in mesh with the second transmission
gear, and a second drive gear meshing with the idler gear to transmit the second drive force to the second photosensitive
drum;

a first phase detection flag provided on the first transmission gear;
a second phase detection flag provided on the second transmission gear;
a first sensor cooperating with the first phase detection flag to detect a phase of the first transmission gear; and
a second sensor cooperating with the second phase detection flag to detect a phase of the second transmission gear,
wherein the first transmission gear and the second transmission gear have the same shape, the first idler gear and the second
idler gear have the same shape, and the first drive gear and the second drive gear have the same shape,

wherein a rotational speed fluctuation phase of the first transmission gear and a rotational speed fluctuation phase of the
second transmission gear match with each other,

wherein the first photosensitive drum is exposed to form a latent image and the latent image is formed into a first toner
image through visualization with toner, the second photosensitive drum is exposed to form a latent image and the latent image
is formed into a second toner image through visualization with toner, and the first toner image and the second toner image
are transferred respectively from the first photosensitive drum and the second photosensitive drum onto a moving transfer
member and superimposed to form an image,

wherein the first photosensitive drum transfers the first toner image onto the transfer member at a first position, and the
second photosensitive drum transfers the second toner image onto the transfer member at a second position that is downstream
from the first position in a transfer member moving direction,

wherein a time period from when the first photosensitive drum is exposed to form the latent image to when the first toner
image is transferred onto the transfer member at the first position is substantially equal to a time period from when the
second photosensitive drum is exposed to form the latent image to when the second toner image is transferred onto the transfer
member at the second position,

wherein the first drive portion and the second drive portion are arranged in a manner that a time period in which the transfer
member moves from the first position to the second position is substantially equal to an integral multiple of a drive cycle
of each of the first and second idler gears,

wherein the first idler gear has a first phase alignment mark and the second idler gear has a second phase alignment mark,
wherein, when a first meshing angle is an angle from the first phase alignment mark to a meshing position between the first
idler gear and the first drive gear in a rotation direction of the first idler gear with respect to a rotation center of the
first idler gear, and when a second meshing angle is an angle from the second phase alignment mark to a meshing position between
the second idler gear and the second drive gear in a rotation direction of the second idler gear with respect to a rotation
center of the second idler gear, the first meshing angle and the second meshing angle are substantially equal to each other,
and a rotational phase of the first idler gear and a rotational phase of the second idler gear substantially match with each
other, and

wherein the first and second idler gears are respectively matched in phase by the first and second phase alignment marks so
that the first and second idler gears are in the same phase with respect to the first and second transmission gears.

US Pat. No. 9,451,392

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,449,376

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,450,444

CHARGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power transmission apparatus comprising:
a communication unit that communicates with an external device to receive information that is used to determine whether the
external device is a chargeable device;

a power transmission unit that performs a first process that includes a process for transmitting power wirelessly to the external
device;

a control unit that (a) performs a second process that includes a process for detecting a foreign object while the first process
is performed, and (b) performs a third process after a foreign object is detected in the second process, wherein the third
process includes a process for reducing power transmitted wirelessly from the power transmission unit; and

a temperature detection unit that detects a temperature, wherein, if a temperature detected by the temperature detection unit
when the third process is performed is equal to or more than a predetermined temperature, the control unit performs a fourth
process that includes a process for reducing power transmitted wirelessly from the power transmission unit.

US Pat. No. 9,441,128

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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


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

US Pat. No. 9,442,454

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,442,457

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH REMOVABLE PROCESS UNITS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,442,458

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a mounting portion where an image forming unit, detachably mountable to said image forming apparatus, for forming an image
is mounted;

an inserting opening for permitting insertion of said image forming unit into said mounting portion;
a cover portion for opening and closing said inserting opening;
a locking portion capable of being elastically displaced between a locking position where said image forming unit is locked
at an image formable mounting position and a releasing position where locking is released; and

a limiting mechanism for limiting movement of said locking portion by moving to a first position where the movement of said
locking portion to the releasing position is prevented when said cover portion is closed and by moving to a second position
where the movement of said locking portion to the releasing position is permitted when said cover portion is opened.

US Pat. No. 9,434,174

INK TANK AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink tank that is capable of being mounted on a mount portion, the ink tank comprising:
a tank side contact that is capable of being connected to a mount portion side contact provided on the mount portion; and
a notifying portion controlled by a controller that is capable of performing a notification operation, wherein when the ink
tank is mounted on the mount portion, the notifying portion performs the notification operation after a delay time, the delay
time being set in accordance with a mounting speed of the ink tank that has elapsed from when the tank side contact has been
connected to the mount portion side contact.

US Pat. No. 9,438,807

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING TOUCH PANEL, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a touch panel configured to allow input of drawing information;
a display unit configured to display a taken image and superimpose the drawing information, which is input through said touch
panel, on the taken image;

a rotating unit configured to rotate said display unit between a reverse display state and a normal display state; and
a flipping unit configured to flip the drawing information displayed on said display unit in response to switching a state
of said display unit between the reverse display state and the normal display state by said rotating unit,

wherein said flipping unit carries out one of a first flipping process in which the drawing information is vertically flipped
or a second flipping process in which the drawing information is vertically flipped and also horizontally flipped according
to a type of the drawing information.

US Pat. No. 9,438,841

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,438,874

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,437,684

METHOD OF PRODUCING MICROSTRUCTURE OF NITRIDE SEMICONDUCTOR AND PHOTONIC CRYSTAL PREPARED ACCORDING TO THE METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A structure comprising a substrate and a semiconductor layer including a nitride semiconductor,
wherein a hole is formed in the semiconductor layer,
wherein the hole comprises a first portion having a substantial prism shape formed of a plurality of faces substantially perpendicular
to an in-plane direction of the substrate and a second portion adjacently connected to the first portion and having a pyramid
or truncated pyramid shape formed of a plurality of faces being not perpendicular to the in-plane direction of the substrate
and inclined with respect to the in-plane direction of the substrate, and

wherein a crystallographic face of the nitride semiconductor is formed on at least a part of the plurality of faces constituting
the first portion of the hole and at least a part of the plurality of faces constituting the second portion of the hole.

US Pat. No. 9,436,149

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,430,623

LICENSE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, LICENSE MANAGEMENT METHOD, AND CLIENT DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,429,889

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,432,770

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR LOCALIZING SOUND SOURCES PLACED WITHIN A SOUND ENVIRONMENT COMPRISING AMBIENT NOISE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for localizing one or more sound sources of interest placed within a sound environment comprising ambient noise
by estimating the directions of arrival (?, ?) of said one or more sound sources of interest, comprising the steps of:
obtaining, using an array of at least two microphones, environment audio signals corresponding to said one or more sources
of interest and to the ambient noise emanating from said sound environment;

calculating, using the environment audio signals, environment steered response powers (SRP (t, f, ?, ?) corresponding each
to the power of said sound environment under particular reference conditions;

obtaining, using said array of at least two microphones, noise audio signals corresponding to the ambient noise emanating
from said sound environment under particular reference conditions;

calculating, using said noise audio signals, noise steered response powers (SRPn (t, f, ?, ?) corresponding each to the power of said ambient noise for one orientation of the plurality of orientations; and

estimating the direction of arrival of said sound source of interest by identifying, among said one or more orientations,
a set of orientations using said source steered response power and said noise steered response power.

US Pat. No. 9,432,536

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,423,708

METHOD FOR PRODUCING TONER PARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,423,751

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING TONER DENSITY IN DEVELOPING UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,426,349

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND DISPLAY DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a generation unit which generates at least a first parallactic image, a second parallactic image, and a third parallactic
image, wherein the first parallactic image, the second parallactic image, and the third parallactic image each corresponds
to each image formed by light passing through different pupil areas; and

an output unit which repeatedly outputs the first parallactic image, the second parallactic image, and the third parallactic
image in order, wherein the parallax between the first parallactic image and the second parallactic image is smaller than
the parallax between the first parallactic image and the third parallactic image.

US Pat. No. 9,415,960

PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINTING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a first conveying unit configured to convey a sheet through a first conveying path;
a first print unit configured to print an image on the sheet in the first conveying path;
a second conveying unit configured to convey the sheet through the second conveying path;
a second print unit configured to print an image on the sheet in the second conveying path; and
a guide unit configured to guide the sheet conveyed through the first conveying path to the second conveying path through
a third conveying path with a changeable length.

US Pat. No. 9,418,614

LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display apparatus comprising:
a liquid crystal device;
a gradation signal generation unit configured to generate a gradation signal which includes a first level and a second level
higher than the first level and subsequent to the first level;

a voltage generation unit configured to generate a first pixel voltage to be supplied to one or more pixel electrodes corresponding
to the first level, and a second pixel voltage to be supplied to one or more pixel electrodes corresponding to the second
level; and

a control unit configured to (a) determine whether or not a total number of pixels corresponding to the first level included
in a row of an image is larger than a first predetermined number or a second predetermined number larger than the first predetermined
number, (b) use a first delay amount to prolong a period of time between a timing of generating the first pixel voltage and
a timing of generating the second pixel voltage if the total number of pixels corresponding to the first level included in
the row of the image is larger than the first predetermined number and smaller than the second predetermined number, and (c)
use a second delay amount larger than the first delay amount to prolong a period of time between a timing of generating the
first pixel voltage and a timing of generating the second pixel voltage if the total number of pixels corresponding to the
first level included in the row of the image is larger than the second predetermined number.

US Pat. No. 9,417,605

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND PROCESS CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge attachable to and detachable from a main body of an image forming apparatus, the cartridge comprising:
a process unit configured to perform image formation;
a frame configured to support the process unit; and
a conductive member injection-molded integrally with the frame using a conductive resin, configured to be in contact with
a main body electrode portion provided in the main body of the image forming apparatus, and to be electrically connected with
the process unit,

wherein an electrode portion of the conductive member is configured to be connected with the main body electrode portion,
and include a plurality of protruded portions, and

wherein the main body electrode portion includes a flat surface facing the electrode portion, and the flat surface is larger
than the protruded portion, and a distance between the plurality of protruded portions.

US Pat. No. 9,415,602

INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,413,975

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,409,390

PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,414,033

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,412,778

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE, SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR, METHODS OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND CAMERA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a semiconductor device, the method comprising:
forming a silicon compound layer containing nitrogen on a substrate where a silicide layer and an element isolating portion
have been formed;

forming an opening in the silicon compound layer so that the opening is arranged over only the element isolating portion;
and

forming an interlayer insulating film which covers the silicon compound layer and the opening,
wherein the interlayer insulating film contacts the element isolating portion.

US Pat. No. 9,411,260

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING DEVELOPING BIAS AND SUPPLY BIAS APPLICATION UNITS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus forming an image on a recording material, comprising:
a developer bearing member, located in a developing chamber, that bears developer and develops an electrostatic latent image
formed on an image bearing member;

a developing bias application unit that applies a developing bias to the developer bearing member;
a developer supply member that makes contact with the developer bearing member in a contact region and supplies the developer
to the developer bearing member in the developing chamber;

a developer accommodating chamber which is located below the developing chamber and has a developer conveying member for conveying
the developer to the developing chamber; and

a supply bias application unit that applies a supply bias to the developer supply member,
wherein the developer bearing member and the developer supply member move in the same direction in the contact region,
wherein during an image formation period from a start of image formation until an end of image formation in an image forming
operation for forming an image on one recording material,

the developing bias application unit applies a developing bias to the developer bearing member and the supply bias application
unit applies a supply bias to the developer supply member so that, at the start of image formation, an absolute value of the
developing bias is greater than an absolute value of the supply bias, and in a center or latter half of the image formation
period, the developing bias and the supply bias have equal potential, and then the absolute value of the developing bias becomes
smaller than the absolute value of the supply bias, until the end of image formation.

US Pat. No. 9,405,999

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,407,793

COLOR CONVERSION USING LOOK-UP TABLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,407,293

WYNER ZIV CODING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,405,251

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,400,413

LIGHTING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lighting device comprising:
a light emission unit;
a heat dissipating member to which heat generated by said light emission unit is transferred;
a first housing that contains said light emission unit and said heat dissipating member;
a first cover that is used for at least part of an exterior of said first housing, said first cover having at least one first
opening formed therein; and

a second housing that can turn with respect to said first housing, said second housing containing a second light emission
unit,

wherein the at least one first opening is formed in a surface, opposed to said second housing, of said first cover.

US Pat. No. 9,402,033

IMAGE SENSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image sensing apparatus configured to carry out image sensing and acquiring image data of an image, comprising:
a detection unit configured to perform an object detection process based on the acquired image data;
a determination unit configured to determine an exposure control value, and
an exposure control unit configured to perform an exposure control based on the exposure control value determined by the determination
unit,

wherein, in a case that a state in which at least one object area has been detected as a result of the object detection process
by the detection unit is changed to a state in which no object area is detected as a result of the object detection process
performed by the detection unit, the determination unit determines whether or not to change the exposure control value used
when at least one object area has been detected as a result of the object detection process by the detection unit to another
exposure control value based on whether or not an elapsed time of the state in which no object area is detected has exceeded
a threshold, and

wherein a length of time used as the threshold is longer than an interval between the image data acquisition.

US Pat. No. 9,398,225

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,398,282

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an estimation unit configured to estimate a color temperature of a capturing light environment of an image based on a specific
color in the image; and

a color conversion unit configured to perform color conversion for the image, by using a degree of chromatic adaptation corresponding
to the color temperature of the capturing light environment estimated by the estimation unit,

wherein the degree of chromatic adaptation is determined based on visual characteristic of human eye.

US Pat. No. 9,393,781

LIQUID-DISCHARGING HEAD AND METHOD OF PRODUCING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid-discharging head comprising:
a substrate;
a flow passage wall-forming layer bonded to the substrate so as to form a flow passage for liquid between the substrate and
the flow passage wall-forming layer, the flow passage communicating with a discharge port configured to discharge the liquid;

an element configured to generate energy used for discharging the liquid from the discharge port and provided on the flow
passage wall-forming layer;

a metal layer provided with the discharge port so as to correspond to the element; and
a projecting portion made of a metal and extending from the metal layer through the flow passage wall-forming layer and projecting
in the direction of the substrate, wherein the projecting portion and a wall forming the discharge port are provided in different
positions from each other, and the flow passage wall-forming layer is provided between the projecting portion and the wall
forming the discharge port.

US Pat. No. 9,389,544

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,388,010

PRINTING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,391,102

IMAGING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,390,477

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,386,177

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND ORIGINAL READING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising: a processor and a memory;
a storing unit configured to store image data;
a writing unit configured to write image data in the storing unit;
a reading unit configured to read the image data stored in the storing unit;
a refresh processing unit configured to perform refresh processing at a predetermined frequency to hold the image data stored
in the storing unit; and

a control unit configured to control the writing unit to, after the image data is read from the storing unit, overwrite dummy
data on the image data read from the storing unit and control a frequency of the refresh processing,

wherein a first frequency of the refresh processing, when overwriting the dummy data on the image data read from the storing
unit, is less than a second frequency of the refresh processing, when the image data read is stored in the storing unit,

wherein the processor and the memory cooperate to function as the writing unit, the reading unit, the refresh processing unit
and the control unit.

US Pat. No. 9,383,668

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,378,006

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,378,213

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising a processor and a memory which stores a file management application program,
wherein the processor executes the file management program to function as:
an inquiry unit configured to inquire, if data dragged from a mail application is dropped to the file management application
program, of an operating system whether the dragged data is a file object, a text character string indicating a file path
or a text character string indicating a folder;

an addition unit configured to add, if the dragged data is a file object as a result of the inquiry made by the inquiry unit,
the dragged file object to the file management application program;

a file object acquisition unit configured to acquire, if the dragged data is a text character string indicating a file path
as a result of the inquiry made by the inquiry unit, a file object corresponding to the file path indicated by the dragged
text character string, wherein the addition unit adds the file object acquired by the file object acquisition unit to the
file management application program if the dragged data is the text character string indicating the file path; and

an intra-folder file object acquisition unit configured to acquire, if the dragged data is a text character string indicating
a folder as a result of the inquiry made by the inquiry unit, all file objects included in the folder indicated by the dragged
text character string, wherein the addition unit adds the all file objects acquired by the intra-folder file object acquisition
unit to the file management application program if the dragged data is the text character string indicating the folder.

US Pat. No. 9,377,716

UNIT AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A unit for use with an image forming apparatus, said unit comprising:
a frame;
a developer accommodating portion, constituted by said frame, for accommodating developer;
a first end portion seal member for preventing, at a longitudinal end portion of a rotatable member, the developer from leaking
out from between said frame and said rotatable member; and

a second end portion seal member for preventing the developer from leaking out from among said first end portion seal member,
said second end portion seal member, and said frame, wherein said second end portion seal member is formed by injecting, on
said frame, a resin material having an elastic modulus smaller than an elastic modulus of said frame so as to enter said first
end portion seal member to be integrated with said first end portion seal member,

wherein said second end portion seal member is projected from said frame and inclined with respect to the longitudinal direction.

US Pat. No. 9,372,648

IMAGE FORMING DEVICE CAPABLE OF EXCHANGING PRINT DATA WITH ANOTHER IMAGE FORMING DEVICE, AND CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming system comprising:
a first image forming device;
a second image forming device; and
a third image forming device,
wherein said first image forming device is configured to:
store data transmitted from an external device;
register, in said first image forming device, a print attribute of the data and address information of the data as bibliographic
information and transmit, to said second image forming device, a registration request for registering the bibliographic information;

in a case where a user logs in to said first image forming device, obtain the bibliographic information registered in said
first image forming device;

display a list of the bibliographic information;
obtain the data, which is stored in said first image forming device, based on the address information included in the bibliographic
information selected by the user from the list; and

print the data obtained from said first image forming device,
said second image forming device is configured to register the same bibliographic information registered in said first image
forming device in accordance with the registration request from said first image forming device, and

said third image forming device is configured to:
in a case where the user logs in to the third image forming device, obtain the bibliographic information, which is registered
in said second image forming device, from said second image forming device;

display a list of the bibliographic information obtained from said second image forming device;
determine said first image forming device to be a device from which to obtain the data, based on the address information included
in the bibliographic information selected by the user from the list displayed;

obtain the data from said first image forming device; and
print the data obtained from said first image forming device.

US Pat. No. 9,372,654

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

8. A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium storing a program for causing a computer to execute a method of controlling
an information processing apparatus that stores a processing flow defining a first series of processes, wherein the method
comprises:
identifying a first setting which cannot be executed by an image processing apparatus as a destination to which the processing
flow is to be transmitted, out of settings contained in the first series of processes defined by the processing flow, based
on device information of the image processing apparatus;

determining an alternate setting which can be executed by the image processing apparatus, for the first setting identified
by said identifying;

configuring an alternate processing flow, which includes both of the first setting and the alternate setting, wherein the
alternate processing flow enables the image processing apparatus to do selective execution of either of the first setting
and the alternate setting; and

transmitting the alternate processing flow, including both of the first setting and the alternate setting, to the image processing
apparatus,

wherein the image processing apparatus executes the alternate setting included in the alternate processing flow if the image
processing apparatus cannot execute the first setting, and

wherein the image processing apparatus executes the first setting included in the alternate processing flow if the image processing
apparatus can execute the first setting.

US Pat. No. 9,373,478

RADIATION GENERATING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An X-ray generating apparatus comprising:
a transmission-type X-ray tube including
an envelope having an aperture,
an electron source arranged in said envelope,
a transmitting-type target having a target layer for generating X-ray responsive to irradiation with an electron emitted from
said electron source and an inner window supporting said target layer; and

a tubular shield member arranged at said aperture and holding said transmitting-type target inside thereof so as to shield
a part of the X-ray emitted from said transmitting-type target,

a container storing said transmission-type X-ray tube inside thereof and having an outer window through which the X-ray emitted
from said transmission-type X-ray tube transmits, and

an electrical insulating liquid filling a space between said container and said transmission-type X-ray tube,
wherein said tubular shield member has a protruding portion which protrudes outside said envelope beyond said aperture so
as to contact said electrical insulating liquid, and

wherein a separating member is connected to said protruding portion so as to form a thermal insulating portion between said
inner window and said electrical insulating liquid and permit said electrical insulating liquid to flow across an inter-window
region between said separating member and said outer window.

US Pat. No. 9,372,461

DETERMINATION APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING TYPE OF RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,367,220

IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,367,266

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

5. A control method comprising:
selecting a printer corresponding to a printer address as an output destination; generating a first print queue under a first
user authority if there is no print queue having a port address that corresponds to the printer address of the selected printer
by operating a user interface of a virtual printer driver for issuing a printer search instruction and a printer driver installation
instruction,

wherein generating the first print queue sets access right information for the first print queue as a special access right
to a second user authority different from the first user authority, the access right information determining whether to permit
or refuse an operation for the first print queue, and

wherein a printer list program displays a list of print queues including a second print queue which is a print queue of the
virtual printer driver but excluding the first print queue if the special access right is set to the first print queue; and

changing execution authority from the first user authority to the second user authority if a printing instruction to perform
printing is received.

US Pat. No. 9,366,767

RADIATION DETECTING APPARATUS AND RADIATION DETECTING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,365,060

APPARATUS FOR MOTOR CONTROL OF AN APPARATUS WITH A MOTOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,361,050

MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND MANAGEMENT METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A management system that collects operation information of a network device, the system comprising a memory and a processor
in communication with the memory, the processor configured to control:
a management unit configured to manage a condition and a period for distributing a setting value to the network device;
a reception unit configured to receive the operation information of the network device;
a determination unit configured to determine whether or not the operation information of the network device meets the condition;
a decision unit configured to decide the setting value to be applied to the network device when the operation information
meets the condition; and

a response unit configured to return the decided setting value to the network device when the acquisition of the setting value
is requested from the network device via a network within the period,

wherein the response unit does not return the decided setting value to the network device when the acquisition of the setting
value is requested outside of the period, and

wherein the decision unit decides, as the setting value to be applied to the network device, a setting value in relation to
the detection of a delayed jam sensor when a consumption degree of a feeding roller satisfies the condition or a setting value
in relation to writing coordinates on a paper during printing when a consumption degree of a photoreceptor unit satisfies
the condition.

US Pat. No. 9,361,051

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT TRANSMITS AND RECEIVES MAINTENANCE WORK DATA TO AND FROM INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that connects to a call center terminal related to maintenance work on the image forming apparatus,
comprising:
a restart unit configured to restart the image forming apparatus when receiving a remote restart instruction from an operator
of the call center terminal or a local restart instruction from a user of the image forming apparatus;

a receiving unit configured to receive, from the call center terminal, reconnecting information required for reconnection
to the call center terminal in a case where the image forming apparatus is restarted, wherein the reconnecting information
includes at least identification information of the call center terminal;

a storage unit configured to store the reconnecting information received by said receiving unit;
a first determining unit configured to determine whether the image forming apparatus is restarted according to the remote
restart instruction or the image forming apparatus is restarted according to the local restart instruction; and

a reconnection unit configured to
in a case where it is determined by the first determining unit that the image forming apparatus is restarted according to
the remote restart instruction, automatically reconnect to the call center terminal based on the identification information
stored by the storage unit, and

in a case where it is determined by the first determining unit that the image forming apparatus is restarted according to
the local restart instruction, reconnect to the call center terminal subject to the user logging in the image forming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,360,788

ROLLER MEMBER, ROLLER SUPPORTING MECHANISM, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,361,557

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR PERFORMING SCREEN PROCESSING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,341,973

MAGNETIC CARRIER, TWO-COMPONENT DEVELOPER, DEVELOPER FOR REPLENISHMENT, AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A magnetic carrier comprising:
resin-filled magnetic core particles including porous magnetic particles and resin held in the pores of the porous magnetic
particles; and

a resin coating layer formed on the surface of each of the resin-filled magnetic core particles, wherein(i) the surface roughness Ra of the porous magnetic particles is in the range of 0.180 ?m to 0.250 ?m,(ii) within the pore size ranging from 0.1 ?m to 3.0 ?m in the pore size distribution of the porous magnetic particles, the
peak pore size in which the differential pore volume is maximum is in the range of 0.40 ?m to 1.00 ?m,(iii) the amount of the resin held in the pores is in the range of 3.0 parts by mass to 5.5 parts by mass relative to 100
parts by mass of the porous magnetic particles,(iv) the amount of resin used for forming the resin coating layer is in the range of 1.0 part by mass to 3.0 parts by mass
relative to 100 parts by mass of the porous magnetic particles, and(v) the surface roughness Ra of the magnetic carrier is in the range of 0.160 ?m to 0.220 ?m.

US Pat. No. 9,339,970

IMPRINT APPARATUS, AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imprint apparatus which forms a resin pattern on a substrate by curing the resin in a state where the resin on the substrate
is in contact with a patterned portion of a mold, comprising:
a gas supply unit which supplies gas to a space between the mold and the substrate;
a measuring unit which is configured so that measuring light transits the space or a space that communicates with the space,
and which measures a prescribed distance between two objects using the measuring light; and

a controller which obtains information concerning the prescribed distance, and which outputs a signal representing a state
of concentration of the gas in the space based on the information and a measurement result of the measuring unit in a state
where the gas is supplied from the gas supply unit.

US Pat. No. 9,335,957

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,338,336

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an imaging optical system to conjugate an object plane with an image side conjugate plane;
an image sensor including a plurality of pixels and to photoelectrically convert light rays from the imaging optical system;
and

an optical element array including a plurality of optical element cells each of which conjugates the image side conjugate
plane with the image sensor, mutually different ones of the optical element cells causing light rays from a same point on
the object plane to enter mutually different pixels depending on positions on a pupil plane of the imaging optical system
through which the light rays pass,

wherein:
an arrangement pitch of the optical element cells in the optical element array is 25 times or less of an arrangement pitch
of the pixels in the image sensor; and

the following condition is satisfied:

where ?1 represents a distance from an object side principal plane of the optical element array to the image side conjugate plane,
?2 represents a distance from an image side principal plane of the optical element array to the image sensor, ? represents the
arrangement pitch of the pixels, and ?LA represents the arrangement pitch of the optical element cells.

US Pat. No. 9,335,807

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR MANAGING POWER CONSUMPTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for calculating electric power consumption of an image forming apparatus, the information
processing apparatus comprising:
a memory; and
a processor in communication with the memory, the processor configured to execute the following steps:
storing start time power consumption indicating electric power consumption of a starting process which is performed when a
job of the image forming apparatus is started;

collecting, from the image forming apparatus, job history including job information of each of jobs which the image forming
apparatus has processed;

calculating the electric power consumption in a job processing state in a designated period by using the job history;
identifying a number of times the image forming apparatus has executed the starting process in the designated period based
on the job history;

correcting a value of the electric power consumption calculated by adding a value obtained by multiplying the start time power
consumption by the identified number of times to the electric power consumption of the image forming apparatus in the job
processing state; and

generating a display screen used for displaying a circular chart illustrating a ratio of the electric power consumption of
the one or a plurality of image forming apparatus in each state so that the circular chart is arranged in a position corresponding
to each icon on a map image where an icon indicating an installation position of the image forming apparatus is arranged and
a size of the circular chart corresponds to an amount of the electric power consumption of the image forming apparatus, and

wherein, if the icon or the circular chart is designated, generating a detailed display screen used for displaying more detailed
information of the electric power consumption of the image forming apparatus in each state corresponding to the designated
icon or the designated circular chart in addition to display information on the display screen.

US Pat. No. 9,338,375

IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an image forming optical system;
an image sensor including a plurality of pixels;
an image fiber including a plurality of optical fibers that guides light from the image forming optical system to the image
sensor; and

a processing unit that applies processing for compensating for illumination unevenness of the image sensor caused by the image
fiber, wherein

at least some of light propagating inside a first one of the optical fibers and at least some of light propagating inside
a second one of the optical fibers are guided to one of the pixels.

US Pat. No. 9,338,419

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a pixel extraction unit that extracts, from an input image, pixels having an achromatic color that are included in a predetermined
extraction range in a predetermined color space;

a component extraction unit that extracts specular reflection components included in the input image; and
an obtainment unit that obtains white balance gains used for the input image based on both a result of a pixel extraction
by the pixel extraction unit and a result of a component extraction by the component extraction unit.

US Pat. No. 9,329,534

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,329,563

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR REMOVING A DEVELOPER FROM A MEMEBER TO BE CLEANED

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cleaning member for removing a developer from a surface of a member to be cleaned, the cleaning member comprising:
a blade member configured to come into contact with the member to be cleaned in a direction counter to a moving direction
of the member to be cleaned; and

a flexible plate-like supporting member configured to support the blade member, the supporting member including one end portion,
in which the blade member is provided, an other end portion, which has a fixed portion fixed to a frame member, and a bent
portion, which is configured to extend in a direction parallel to a longitudinal direction of the blade member and which is
located between the one end portion and the other end portion and located outwardly away from the surface of the member to
be cleaned with respect to a line segment connecting the fixed portion and a contact portion, in which the blade member comes
into contact with the member to be cleaned,

wherein the fixed portion is arranged downstream of the moving direction of the member to be cleaned relative to the contact
portion, and

wherein the fixed portion has a folded-back shape that allows a part of the frame member to be nipped.

US Pat. No. 9,329,058

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,332,139

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,327,528

PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a printing unit configured to perform a printing operation of printing an image on a printing medium;
a conveying unit arranged upstream of said printing unit in a conveyance direction of a printing medium, and configured to
convey a printing medium;

a driving source configured to drive said conveying unit, said conveying unit conveying a printing medium in the conveyance
direction when said driving source rotates in a first direction, and said conveying unit conveying a printing medium in a
direction opposite to the conveyance direction when said driving source rotates in a second direction;

a feeding unit arranged upstream of said conveying unit in the conveyance direction and configured to perform a feeding operation
for a printing medium by transmission of a driving of said driving source, the driving of said driving source not transmitted
to said feeding unit when said driving source rotates in the first direction, and the driving of said driving source transmitted
to said feeding unit when said driving source rotates in the second direction;

a discharging unit arranged downstream of said printing unit in the conveyance direction and configured to perform a discharging
operation for a printing medium by transmission of the driving of said driving source, the driving of said driving source
being transmitted to said discharging unit when said driving source rotates in the first direction, and the driving of said
driving source not transmitted to said discharging unit when said driving source rotates in the second direction; and

a control unit configured to perform a control in which:
after the printing operation for a first printing medium is completed, the first printing medium is conveyed by a conveyance
amount by the driving source rotating in the first direction, the conveyance amount being calculated based on a printing start
position on a second printing medium which is subsequent to the first printing medium, and

after the first printing medium is conveyed by the conveyance amount, the feeding operation for the second printing medium
is started by changing a rotation direction of said driving source from the first direction to the second direction before
the discharging operation for the first printing medium is completed.

US Pat. No. 9,332,151

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
(A) a reconstruction circuit for which reconstruction based on construction data is possible, and configured to perform image
processing in accordance with constructed function blocks;

(B) a first storage unit configured to store the construction data, the first storage unit having a reading speed;
(C) a second storage unit configured to store the construction data and having a faster reading speed than that of the first
storage unit;

(D) a control unit configured, when the image processing apparatus transitions to a power saving state, to write the construction
data, which is stored in the first storage unit, in the second storage unit and configured, when the image processing apparatus
returns from the power saving state, to read the construction data stored in the second storage unit and to reconstruct the
reconstruction circuit based on the read construction data.

US Pat. No. 9,329,454

FOCAL-PLANE SHUTTER, IMAGE-PICKUP APPARATUS, AND IMAGE-PICKUP SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A focal-plane shutter comprising:
at least one blade group;
a shutter base member including a first surface on which the blade group is arranged and a second surface, which is a back
side of the first surface;

a blade driving member configured to drive the blade group between a standby position and a travelling completed position;
and

a braking member arranged on the first surface,
wherein the blade driving member is rotatably arranged on the second surface of the shutter base member and includes a protruding
portion arranged on the first surface through the shutter base member, and

wherein in a case where the blade group is driven from the standby position to the travelling completed position, the braking
member abuts the protruding portion arranged on the first surface.

US Pat. No. 9,323,168

YELLOW TONER AND PROCESS FOR PRODUCING THE YELLOW TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

R3 represents an alkyl group,

R2 represents

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,324,257

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:
a display control unit that performs control so that multiple display items arranged in a matrix made up of multiple columns
and multiple rows are displayed in a display unit;

a changing unit that changes the matrix for arranging the multiple display items displayed by the display control unit from
a first matrix to a second matrix in which the number of columns, rows, or both columns and rows is different from the first
matrix; and

a control unit that, when a change is performed by the changing unit, decides a reference column and row in the second matrix
such that a displayed position, on the display unit, of the reference column and row corresponds to a displayed position,
on the display unit, of a column and row in which a focused-on display item in the first matrix is located, and controls the
display control unit to arrange the multiple display items in the second matrix so that the focused-on display item is located
in the reference column and row,

wherein a location in which the focused-on display item is located in the second matrix under the control by the control unit
differs depending on a location in which the focused-on display item is located in the first matrix.

US Pat. No. 9,325,885

IMAGE STABILIZATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,316,582

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,309,076

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT ALIGNS SHEETS AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,298,120

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member;
a charge portion for charging said photosensitive member, said charge portion being capable of mounting to or dismounting
from said image forming apparatus;

an applying portion for applying to said charge portion a charging bias voltage comprising a DC voltage and a superimposed
AC voltage;

a toner image forming portion for forming a toner image on said photosensitive member charged by said charge portion;
a transfer portion for transferring the toner image formed on said photosensitive member onto a recording material;
a fixing portion for fixing the transfer toner image on the recording material by heat and pressure;
a first casing accommodating therein said photosensitive member, said charge portion, said applying portion, said toner image
forming portion, said transfer portion and said fixing portion, said first casing being provided with an opening for permitting
the recording material to enter;

a second casing disposed at a lower position with respect to a vertical direction outside said first casing and accommodating
therein a recording material accommodating portion which accommodates the recording material;

a feeding portion for feeding the recording material into said first casing through said opening;
a first temperature detecting portion, provided in said first casing, for detecting a temperature inside said first casing;
a second temperature detecting portion, disposed in said second casing, for detecting a temperature inside said second casing;
a mounting detecting portion for detecting a mounting operation of said charge portion to said image forming apparatus; and
a setting portion for executing an operation in a first set mode for setting a peak-to-peak voltage of the AC voltage of the
charging bias voltage on the basis of a detection result of said first temperature detecting portion,

wherein when said mounting detecting portion detects the mounting operation, said setting portion executes an operation in
a second set mode for setting the peak-to-peak voltage of the AC voltage on the basis of a detection result of a lower one
of a temperature detected by said first temperature detecting portion and a temperature detected by said second temperature
detecting portion.

US Pat. No. 9,294,664

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS THAT DISPLAYS A MENU CORRESPONDING TO AN OBJECT, IMAGE DISPLAY METHOD THAT DISPLAYS A MENU CORRESPONDING TO AN OBJECT, AND STORAGE MEDIUM THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image display apparatus comprising:
a recognition unit configured to recognize at least one object from an image;
a calculation unit configured to calculate a display priority of the recognized at least one object based on a set display
mode, a coordinate position of the center of the object with respect to the center of the image, and a coordinate position
of the center of the object with respect to a lower end of the image;

a determination unit configured to determine an object for which information is to be displayed out of the recognized at least
one object according to the calculated display priority; and

a display unit configured to display information of the object determined by the determination unit.