US Pat. No. 9,329,280

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING RADIATION IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, RADIATION IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND RADIATION IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for controlling a radiation image pickup apparatus, the radiation image pickup apparatus including a pixel array
having a plurality of pixels arranged in a matrix, a drive circuit, and a detection unit, each of the pixels including a conversion
element and a switch element and converting radiation into an electric signal, the drive circuit controlling the switch element
between a conducting state and a non-conducting state, the detection unit outputting a signal varying with an intensity of
irradiation of the pixel array, the method comprising:
switching the radiation image pickup apparatus between a first mode and a second mode,
wherein in the first mode, a start threshold value used for detecting start of irradiation of the pixel array is calculated
on the basis of the signal output from the detection unit during a period of time during which irradiation is not applied
to the pixel array in which the switch elements of the plurality of pixels are sequentially set in the conducting state on
a row-by-row basis by the drive circuit and the signal output from the detection unit during a period of time during which
irradiation is applied to the pixel array in which the switch elements of the plurality of pixels are sequentially set in
the conducting state on a row-by-row basis by the drive circuit, and

wherein in the second mode, the switch elements of the plurality of pixels are set in the non-conducting state by the drive
circuit if a value of the signal output from the detection unit exceeds the start threshold value during a period of time
during which the switch elements of the pixels are sequentially set in the conducting state on a row-by-row basis by the drive
circuit after the first mode occurs.

US Pat. No. 9,329,557

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus comprising:
first and second rotatable members configured to form a nip portion therebetween for heating a toner image on a recording
material in an image heating operation;

a rubbing rotatable member configured to rub an outer surface of said first rotatable member;
a moving mechanism configured to move said rubbing rotatable member between a contacted position in which said rubbing rotatable
member is contacted to said first rotatable member and a spaced position in which said rubbing rotatable member is spaced
from said first rotatable member;

a jam controller configured to (i) interrupt the image heating operation with an occurrence of a jam in the nip portion and
(ii) restart the image heating operation after the jam is cleared; and

a rubbing controller configured to execute a rubbing operation with a movement of said rubbing rotatable member from the spaced
position to the contacted position by said moving mechanism when a predetermined number of recording materials each having
a predetermined width is passed through the nip portion without the occurrence of the jam after last rubbing operation is
executed,

wherein when the jam occurs after the last rubbing operation is executed, said rubbing controller prohibits the execution
of the rubbing operation until a predetermined number of recording materials is passed through the nip portion after the jam
is cleared.

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. 9,329,821

PRINTING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING PRINTING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR DISPLAYING PRINT JOB PROCESSING TIME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a storing unit configured to store a job;
a printing unit configured to print an image on a sheet;
a first determining unit configured to determine a preparation time of the printing unit to become a print-ready state for
a first job stored in the storing unit, based on a necessary fixing temperature of a fixing unit of the printing unit for
printing an image on a sheet to be used in a second job, the first job being to be processed in accordance with completion
of processing the second job;

a second determining unit configured to determine a print time for the printing unit to print an image on a sheet to be used
in the first job stored in the storing unit; and

a displaying unit configured to display time information including the preparation time determined by the first determining
unit and the print time determined by the second determining unit.

US Pat. No. 9,328,380

FLOW PASSAGE DEVICE AND TESTING SYSTEM USING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A flow passage device having a flow passage, wherein the flow passage device is able to heat a fluid in the flow passage,
and wherein a state of the fluid in the flow passage is observable using light, the flow passage device comprising:
an observation surface used for observing a state in the flow passage;
a first inner wall surface that is part of inner walls of the flow passage; and
a second inner wall surface that opposes the first inner wall surface and that is part of the inner walls of the flow passage,
wherein a heating resistor is provided in the second inner wall surface, wherein the heating resistor has a reflective surface
that reflects light, and

wherein the second inner wall surface is, aside from the heating resistor, provided with a reflective member that does not
produce heat, wherein the reflective member is provided adjacent to the heating resistor with a gap therebetween.

US Pat. No. 9,332,238

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,321,080

ELECTROMECHANICAL TRANSDUCER AND METHOD FOR DETECTING SENSITIVITY VARIATION OF ELECTROMECHANICAL TRANSDUCER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electromechanical transducer comprising:
a plurality of elements each including at least one cell, the cell including a first electrode and a second electrode with
a gap therebetween, the cell comprising a vibration membrane that has one of the first and second electrodes;

a voltage applying unit configured to apply an AC voltage to the first electrode of each of the elements; and
a sensitivity variation computing unit configured to compute a sensitivity variation for each of the elements using a signal
output from the second electrode of the element due to the application of the AC voltage,

wherein the voltage applying unit applies the AC voltage having a frequency that is different from a mechanical resonance
frequency of the vibration membrane, and further comprising a control unit configured to switch between a mode of the electromechanical
transducer in which the sensitivity variation is computed and a mode in which elastic waves are detected.

wherein the control unit includes an amplifier circuit configured to convert the electrical current into a voltage and a data
conversion unit configured to convert the voltage output from the amplifier circuit into a digital signal, and wherein the
control unit controls a frequency of the AC voltage applied by the voltage applying unit based on a difference in phase between
the AC voltage and the digital signal.

US Pat. No. 9,324,744

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,325,885

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. 9,316,947

DEVELOPING DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing device comprising:
a developer carrying member configured to carry developer;
a developer supplying roller rotatably supported, being in contact with the developer carrying member, and including a continuous
foam elastic layer configured to supply the developer to the developer carrying member; and

an agitator rotatable in the same direction as the developer supplying roller and configured to agitate and pass through at
least part of a predetermined region above the developer supplying roller in a gravity direction,

wherein a length of the predetermined region in the gravity direction is a length from an upper portion of the developer supplying
roller to a location corresponding to a radius of the developer supplying roller, and

wherein a region W where the elastic layer is elastically deformed from its natural state by coming into contact with the
developer carrying member is near a side of the agitator with respect to a line connecting a center of the developer supplying
roller and a center of the developer carrying member, and

wherein the agitator conveys the developer to a region U where the elastic layer is elastically deformed into its natural
state and the developer supplying roller sucks the developer.

US Pat. No. 9,313,693

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a first communication unit configured to perform proximity wireless communication in a tag mode in which information is written
from another communication apparatus in a reader/writer mode;

a second communication unit which is different from the first communication unit;
a storage unit configured to store, in a communication started by the first communication unit with the another communication
apparatus in a state where a power source of the communication apparatus is turned off, a communication parameter received
by the first communication unit operating in the tag mode from the another communication apparatus in a memory area wherein
the communication parameter includes at least one of a service set identification (SSID), a key and an authentication type
for performing communication using the second communication unit; and

a control unit configured to, in a state where the power source of the communication apparatus is turned on, control the second
communication unit to perform processing for communication connection based on the communication parameter stored by the storage
unit in the memory area.

US Pat. No. 9,313,234

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,311,963

RECORDING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A recording apparatus, comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain moving image data;
a recording unit configured to record first moving image data obtained by the obtaining unit on a first recording medium and
record second moving image data obtained by the obtaining unit on a second recording medium; and

a control unit configured to control the recording unit to, in accordance with an instruction to start recording the second
moving image data as the first moving image data is being recorded on the first recording medium, start recording of the second
moving image data on the second recording medium, and in accordance with an instruction to stop recording the second moving
image data as the first moving image data is being recorded on the first recording medium, stop recording of the second moving
image data on the second recording medium,

wherein the control unit controls the recording unit to record, on the first recording medium, additional information including
information about positions in the first moving image data that correspond to the instruction to start recording the second
moving image data and the instruction to stop recording the second moving image data, which are received during recording
the first moving image data.

US Pat. No. 9,311,709

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an image acquisition unit configured to acquire a three-dimensional image captured by imaging a subject using a first imaging
device and a two-dimensional image captured by imaging a surface of the subject using a second imaging device;

an information acquisition unit configured to acquire information representing a surface position of the subject from the
three-dimensional image;

a first generation unit configured to generate a projection image in a case where seeing the three-dimensional image from
a viewpoint of the second imaging device, based on the information representing the surface position; and

an alignment unit configured to align the three-dimensional image with the two-dimensional image with respect to the subject
using the projection image and the two-dimensional image.

US Pat. No. 9,310,705

COLOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

10. A color image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form misregistration detection patterns;
a transfer member on which the misregistration detection patterns are transferred;
a first detection unit and a second detection unit arranged to be juxtaposed in a direction perpendicular to a moving direction
of said transfer member; and

a control unit configured to control an image forming condition by said image forming unit based on a result of detecting
the misregistration detection patterns,

wherein the misregistration detection patterns include a linear first reference mark and a first detection mark to be detected
by said first detection unit, and a linear second reference mark and a second detection mark to be detected by said second
detection unit,

the linear first reference mark, the linear second reference mark, the first detection mark and the second detection mark
are formed with toner of the same color, and are marks for detecting misregistration in a main-scanning direction, and

said first detection unit detects the linear first reference mark and then detects the first detection mark subsequent to
the linear first reference mark, and said second detection unit detects the second detection mark and then detects the linear
second reference mark subsequent to the second detection mark.

US Pat. No. 9,307,902

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing device comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a tomographic image of a retina of an eye to be examined;
a generating unit configured to generate a new tomographic image, using the acquired tomographic image and a reverse image
in which at least one portion of the acquired tomographic image is reversed, so that the reverse image is located on a side
on which a retinal layer in the acquired tomographic image is in contact with an end of the acquired tomographic image; and

a detection unit configured to detect at least one retinal layer in the acquired tomographic image, and to detect, based on
continuity between the detected at least one retinal layer in the acquired tomographic image and at least one retinal layer
in the reverse image, the at least one retinal layer in the new generated tomographic image.

US Pat. No. 9,300,881

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT IS CAPABLE OF CUTTING OUT SPECIFIC AREA IN IMAGE, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that processes image data with which face frame information about a partial area in an image
is associated, comprising:
a trimming unit configured to cut out a selected area as a trimmed image from an image represented by the image data; and
a determination unit configured to determine that the face frame information updated according to the selected area cut out
by said trimming unit is not added to the trimmed image if a center part of the partial area represented by the face frame
information, an eye area of the partial area represented by the face frame information, or a nose area of the partial area
represented by the face frame information is not included in the trimmed image,

wherein said determination unit determines, if the center part of the partial area represented by the face frame information,
the eye area of the partial area represented by the face frame information, or the nose area of the partial area represented
by the face frame information is included in the trimmed image and a part of the partial area represented by the face frame
information is not included in the trimmed image, that the updated face frame information is added to the trimmed image.

US Pat. No. 9,300,884

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR AND CAMERA HAVING A PLURALITY OF PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERTERS UNDER A MICROLENS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image sensor including a semiconductor substrate having a first face and a second face opposite to the first
face, the solid-state image sensor comprising:
a plurality of pixel groups each including a plurality of pixels, each pixel having a photoelectric converter formed in the
semiconductor substrate and a wiring layer that configures a part of a circuit in the pixel, the photoelectric converter including
a region whose major carriers are the same as charges to be accumulated in the photoelectric converter as a signal; and

a plurality of microlenses that are located so that one microlens is arranged for each pixel group,
wherein each wiring layer is located at a side of the first face of the semiconductor substrate, and the plurality of microlenses
are located at a side of the second face of the semiconductor substrate,

wherein light-incidence faces of the regions of the photoelectric converters of each pixel group are arranged along the second
face such that the light-incidence faces are apart from each other in a direction along the second face,

wherein the photoelectric converter includes a semiconductor region of a first conductivity type, which is configured to accumulate
charges as a signal, and

a maximum value of an impurity concentration of a second conductivity type in a region between two nearest semiconductor regions,
of the semiconductor regions of the plurality of pixels that belong to a single pixel group, is smaller than a maximum value
of an impurity concentration of the second conductivity type in a region between two nearest semiconductor regions, of the
semiconductor regions of the plurality of pixels that belong to different pixel groups.

US Pat. No. 9,300,890

IMAGING AND RANGING DEVICES AND APPARATUS HAVING FIRST AND SECOND IMAGING AREAS WITH DISCRETE PIXEL ARRANGEMENTS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging device for receiving a light flux from an exit pupil of an optical system, comprising:
a first imaging area having a plurality of first pixels and a plurality of second pixels arranged therein; and
a second imaging area having a plurality of first pixels and a plurality of third pixels arranged therein, wherein
each of the first pixels being configured so as to receive a light flux from a first pupil area of the exit pupil and operate
for photoelectric conversion,

each of the second pixels being configured so as to receive a light flux from a second pupil area of the exit pupil and operate
for photoelectric conversion, the second pupil area including a part of the first pupil area and being decentered relative
to a center of gravity of the exit pupil to a first direction,

each of the third pixels being configured so as to receive a light flux from a third pupil area of the exit pupil and operate
for photoelectric conversion, the third pupil area including a part of the first pupil area and being decentered relative
to the center of gravity to a second direction opposite to the first direction,

the first imaging area being displaced to a direction corresponding to one of the first and second directions relative to
a position on the imaging device where an optical axis of the optical system passes,

the second imaging area being displaced to a direction corresponding to the other of the first and second directions relative
to the position,

the first imaging area only having the first and second pixels from among the first, second and third pixels arranged therein,
or having the first, second and third pixels with the number of the second pixels being not less than five times the number
of the third pixels arranged therein,

the second imaging area only having the first and third pixels from among the first, second and third pixels arranged therein,
or having the first, second and third pixels with the number of the third pixels being not less than five times the number
of the second pixels arranged therein, and

the first imaging area and the second imaging area being arranged at opposite sides of a first boundary line which passes
through a geometric center of the imaging device and runs on the imaging device perpendicularly relative to the first and
second directions so as to be interposed between the first and second imaging areas.

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. 9,291,922

METHOD FOR PRODUCING ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for producing an electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising: a support, an undercoat layer on the support,
and a photosensitive layer on the undercoat layer,
the method comprising the steps of:
(A) forming the undercoat layer on the support, and
(B) forming the photosensitive layer on the undercoat layer,
wherein the step (A) includes the following steps (i), (ii), (iii) and (iv):
(i) providing a composition containing a compound represented by the formula (1) and an organic solvent dissolving the compound:

where R1 to R10 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, a hydroxy group, an alkyl group, an alkoxy group, or an amino
group, with at least one of R1 to R10 being a hydroxy group;

(ii) purifying the composition by bringing the composition into contact with a basic adsorbent and adsorbing an impurity in
the composition to the basic adsorbent, to obtain a purified form of the composition;

(iii) preparing an undercoat-layer-forming coating liquid by dispersing metal oxide particles to the purified form of the
composition resulting from the step (ii); and

(iv) forming the undercoat layer by forming a coat of the undercoat-layer-forming coating liquid and drying the coat, and
wherein the basic adsorbent contains at least 15% by mass magnesium and has a volume average particle diameter of 10 ?m to
500 ?m, both inclusive.

US Pat. No. 9,294,744

IMAGE SENSOR AND IMAGE SENSING APPARATUS WITH PLURAL VERTICAL OUTPUT LINES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image sensor comprising:
a pixel array including a plurality of first photoelectric converters configured to generate first color voltage signals,
and a plurality of second photoelectric converters configured to generate second color voltage signals, wherein each of the
first photoelectric converters and each of the second photoelectric converters are arranged alternately in a column direction
along each column of the pixel array;

a first output line in the column direction and to which the first color voltage signals are output; and
a second output line in the column direction and to which the second color voltage signals are output,
wherein the pixel array is driven to perform in parallel:
a first operation to output the first color voltage signals which depend on charges of 2M or 2M+1 (M being a positive integer)
of the first photoelectric converters which are arranged in the column direction to the first output line at one time, and

a second operation to output the second color voltage signals which depend on charges of 2M or 2M+1 of the second photoelectric
converters which are arranged in the column direction to the second output line at one time.

US Pat. No. 9,291,941

DEVELOPER CONVEYANCE APPARATUS AND PROCESS CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,289,126

SUBJECT INFORMATION OBTAINING APPARATUS, SUBJECT INFORMATION OBTAINING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A subject information obtaining apparatus, comprising:
a receiver configured to receive an acoustic wave generated from a subject by irradiation of light at a plurality of receiving
positions, and output actual signals;

a memory configured to store information on assumed signals for each of a plurality of predetermined positions within the
subject, each of the assumed signals being a signal that is assumed to be received by said receiver in a case in which acoustic
wave source exists at a predetermined position within the subject; and

an estimator configured to estimate an actual distribution of acoustic wave sources within the subject by an iteration method
based on the information stored in said memory and the actual signals,

wherein a coinciding portion of the information representing a first assumed signal for a first predetermined position within
the subject and the information representing a second assumed signal for a second predetermined position within the subject
is commonly stored in said memory as a common piece of information, in a case in which the first and second assumed signal
have symmetry, and

wherein said estimator is configured to
obtain an assumed distribution of assumed acoustic wave sources,
obtain assumed signals corresponding to the plurality of predetermined positions of respective assumed acoustic wave sources
in the assumed distribution from the information stored in said memory, and

obtain a distribution of acoustic wave sources, of which degree of coincidence between the assumed signals and the actual
signals is highest, as the actual distribution of the actual acoustic wave sources within the subject.

US Pat. No. 9,291,957

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH RECIPROCATING MECHANISM FOR CLEANING BLADE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member configured to bear a toner image;
a movable belt configured to feed a recording material onto which the toner image is to be transferred from said image bearing
member at a transfer portion;

a cleaning blade, in contact with an outer peripheral surface of said belt and extending in a width direction crossing a movement
direction of said belt, configured to remove toner deposited on said belt;

a reciprocating mechanism configured to reciprocate said cleaning blade in the width direction so that one end portion thereof
is moved in a range from a first position to a second position and another end portion thereof is moved in a range from a
third position to a fourth position, wherein in the first position, the one end portion is at an outermost position on one
end portion side of said cleaning blade, in the second position, the one end portion is at an innermost position on the one
end portion side, in the third position, the other end portion is at an innermost position on another end portion side of
said cleaning blade, and in the fourth position, the other end portion is at an outermost position on the other end portion
side; and

a brush, in contact with the outer peripheral surface of said belt and extending in the width direction, configured to remove
the toner deposited on said belt, wherein said brush is provided upstream of said cleaning blade and downstream of the transfer
portion with respect to the movement direction of said belt so that one end portion of said brush is disposed between the
first and second positions and the other end portion of said brush is disposed between the third and fourth positions.

US Pat. No. 9,294,633

COMMUNICATION CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication control apparatus comprising:
one or more processors;
a connector configured to connect a storage medium that has a memory function for reading and writing data, and a wireless
communication function for communicating with an external apparatus;

a control unit configured to supply a clock to the storage medium at a predetermined timing and control the wireless communication
function of the storage medium;

an obtaining unit configured to obtain, after the storage medium is supplied with the clock by the control unit, communication
protocol information on a communication protocol with which the wireless communication function is compatible from the storage
medium; and

a display unit configured to perform display according to the communication protocol information obtained by the obtaining
unit,

wherein the control unit stops supplying the clock to the storage medium after the communication protocol information has
been obtained by the obtaining unit,

wherein, when start of communication using the wireless communication function is instructed, the control unit restarts supplying
a clock to the storage medium, and activates the wireless communication function if the wireless communication function has
been deactivated, and

wherein the control unit, the obtaining unit, and the display unit are implemented using the one or more processors.

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.

US Pat. No. 9,294,668

RANGING APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, AND RANGING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A ranging apparatus for calculating a defocus amount on the basis of an image shift amount which is a relative position
shift amount of first picture image data based on a first light flux passing through a first pupil region of an imaging optical
system, and second picture image data based on a second light flux passing through a second pupil region of the imaging optical
system, the ranging apparatus comprising:
an output ratio data calculation unit configured to calculate a value of a ratio of an output value of a pixel of the first
picture image data and an output value of a pixel of the second picture image data at a corresponding pixel position at a
plurality of pixel positions, and to calculate output ratio data which are a set of the values of the ratio;

a correction function calculation unit configured to calculate a correction function approximating the output ratio data by
an N-order function, where N is an integer equal to or greater than 1, having a pixel position as a variable;

a correction unit configured to correct at least one of the first picture image data and the second picture image data on
the basis of the correction function; and

a ranging unit configured to calculate the defocus amount by using the picture image data corrected by the correction unit.

US Pat. No. 9,294,682

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,294,699

METHOD FOR DRIVING IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE, METHOD FOR CORRECTING DIGITAL SIGNAL, IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE, METHOD FOR DRIVING IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM, AND IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for driving an image pickup device, the image pickup device comprising:
a pixel configured to output a pixel signal, and
an analog-to-digital conversion unit configured to convert an analog signal into a digital signal, the analog-to-digital conversion
unit comprising:

a comparison unit configured to output a comparison result signal obtained by comparing an analog signal with a reference
signal whose potential changes with time, and

a counting unit configured to generate a count value by counting a clock signal,
the method comprising:
generating, a first digital signal having the count value generated by the counting unit as a result of counting the clock
signal during a period from when the counting unit starts counting the clock signal in response to a timing at which a potential
of a first reference signal (Vr1) starts changing at the counting unit by a first amount per unit time, to when a signal value
of the comparison result signal obtained by comparing a first test signal being the analog signal with the first reference
signal changes;

generating, a second digital signal having the count value generated by the counting unit as a result of counting the clock
signal during a period from when the counting unit starts counting the clock signal in response to a timing at which a potential
of a second reference signal (Vr2) starts changing at the counting unit by a second amount per unit time which is greater
than the first amount, to when a signal value of the comparison result signal obtained by comparing the first test signal
with the second reference signal changes; and

generating, a third digital signal having the count value generated by the counting unit as a result of counting the clock
signal during a period from when the counting unit starts counting the clock signal in response to a timing at which a potential
of at least one of the first reference signal and the second reference signal starts changing, to when a signal value of the
comparison result signal obtained by comparing a signal of the analog signal based on the pixel signal with at least one of
the first reference signal and the second reference signal changes, wherein

the third digital signal is corrected on the basis of the first digital signal and the second digital signal, so as to reduce
an offset which is included in the third digital signal, and arises from a difference between the timing at which the potential
of at least one of the first reference signal (Vr1) and the second reference signal (Vr2) starts changing with time, and the
timing at which the counting unit starts counting the clock signal.

US Pat. No. 9,285,739

PRINTING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus capable of performing duplex printing, comprising:
an assigning unit configured to assign original images of a plurality of pages to front and back surfaces of each of a plurality
of sheets, wherein assignment of the original images is performed, in both of a case of normal order output being instructed
and a case of reverse order output being instructed, in turn from a first page of the plurality of pages, and a blank page
is assigned when a number of consecutive pages of a same size is an odd number; and

a printing control unit configured to, when the normal order output is instructed, control to print the original images from
a sheet to which the assigning unit assigns an original image of the first page out of the plurality of pages, and when the
reverse order output is instructed, control to print the original images from a sheet to which the assigning unit assigns
an original image of a final page out of the plurality of pages,

wherein printing of the original images is performed based on a result of the assignment in which the original images are
assigned in turn from the first page of the plurality of pages, in both of the case of the normal order output being instructed
and the case of the reverse order output being instructed.

US Pat. No. 9,285,747

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,285,749

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WHICH RECEIVES AN INSTRUCTION TO TAKE OUT SHEETS STORED IN A STORAGE PORTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a main body formed with an opening;
a storage portion configured to store a sheet, on which an image is formed, inside the main body;
a conveyance unit configured to convey the sheet, on which the image is formed, to the storage portion;
a moving unit configured to move the sheet stored in the storage portion and stop the sheet in an exposed state in which a
part of the sheet is exposed outside the main body through the opening; and

a detection unit configured to detect the sheet in the exposed state,
wherein, in a case where the image forming apparatus receives a first instruction to convey a first number of sheets, which
is more than a storable number in the storage portion, to the storage portion, the conveyance unit conveys a second number
of sheets, which is equal to or less than the storable number in the storage portion, to the storage portion, and then in
a case where the image forming apparatus receives a second instruction to take out the sheets stored in the storage portion,
the moving unit moves the second number of sheets being stored in the storage portion, and stops the sheets in the exposed
state and then in response to the detection unit detecting that the second number of sheets in the exposed state is taken
out from the storage portion, even if the image forming apparatus doesn't receive any further instruction to convey sheets
or further instruction to take out sheets, the conveyance unit and the moving unit repeats an operation to convey rest of
the sheets other than the second number of sheets among the first number of sheets to the storage portion and to move the
rest of the sheets being stored in the storage portion and stop the rest of the sheets in the exposed state.

US Pat. No. 9,286,009

PRINTING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF PERFORMING DIRECT WIRELESS COMMUNICATION, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING PRINTING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a processor coupled to a memory;
a printing unit configured to perform printing processing;
a setting unit configured to set a permitted port number based on user's designation;
a determination unit configured to determine, in a case where the printing apparatus receives print data, whether a port number
used when the print data is received corresponds to the permitted port number set by the setting unit; and

a control unit configured to permit the printing unit to perform printing processing based on the print data in a case where
the determination unit determines that the port number used when the print data is received corresponds to the permitted port
number set by the setting unit, and to prohibit the printing unit to perform printing processing based on the print data in
a case where the determination unit determines that the port number used when the print data is received does not correspond
to the permitted port number set by the setting unit,

wherein the printing apparatus is able to perform a direct wireless communication with an external apparatus,
wherein, in a case where the printing apparatus receives print data via a wired LAN I/F, the control unit permits or prohibits
the printing unit to perform printing processing based on the print data, according to a result of the determination by the
determination unit,

wherein, in a case where the printing apparatus receives print data from the external apparatus via the direct wireless communication,
the control unit permits the printing unit to perform printing processing based on the print data regardless of a result of
the determination by the determination unit, and

wherein the setting unit, the determination unit, and the control unit are implemented by the processor.

US Pat. No. 9,283,719

OPTICAL COMPONENT AND METHOD OF MAKING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of making an optical component comprising:
inserting a core lens into a mold, wherein the core lens has a recessed portion, only one recessed portion of which forms
a space by being recessed into an outer periphery, and is recessed to reach an optically effective area; and

introducing a covering plastic into a space between the mold and a front surface of the core lens, a space between the mold
and a back surface of the core lens and the one recessed portion of the optically effective area by introducing the covering
plastic through the one recessed portion.

US Pat. No. 9,288,339

DATA GENERATION APPARATUS, DATA GENERATION METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM FOR ASSIGNING A THUMB INDEX FOR PAGES OF A BOOK

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A data generation apparatus for generating data to be used for bookbinding by bundling a plurality of paper sheets into
a book form, comprising:
a determination unit configured to determine based on a criterion defined in advance for a characteristic of the book whether
to assign a thumb index for each page of the book; and

a generation unit configured to generate, for a page to which said determination unit has determined to assign the thumb index,
data that arranges the thumb index to be printed at a fore edge of the page of the book,

wherein said determination unit determines to assign the thumb index when, as the characteristic of the book, the number of
pieces of classification information to which image data included in the book belong falls within a predetermined range defined
based on the number of pages of the book.

US Pat. No. 9,288,478

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,280,309

PRINT FUNCTION LIMITING METHOD AND PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for executing a printer driver that includes a printer driver extension unit, comprising:
a display unit configured to display a print setting window of the printer driver in response to receiving a print setting
request;

an acquiring unit, implemented by a processor, configured to acquire a print token by a server when receiving the print setting
request the print job has been issued by the application, the print token including limitation information;

a rewrite unit, implemented by a processor, configured to rewrite, if a user's desired setting for at least one item included
in the limitation information exceeds a limitation defined in the limitation information, a set value for the user's desired
setting the desired user value in all items that exceed the limitation such that the set value falls within the limitation
range;

a save unit, implemented by a memory device, configured to save the set values before the rewrite;
wherein the display unit is further configured to display a notification of the set values before and after the rewrite;
a control unit, implemented by a processor, configured to generate, based on restriction information for restricting a print
setting, a print job having a setting that is inhibited, after a print job has been issued by the printer driver by setting
via the print setting window of the print driver displayed by the first display unit; and

the display unit configured to display a print setting window of the printer driver extension unit different from the print
setting window of the printer driver displayed by the display unit,

wherein, after the print job having the setting that is inhibited has been read by the printer driver extension unit, the
display unit displays the print setting window of the printer driver extension unit such that the print setting is displayed
in an invalid state, and the invalid state is not changeable to the valid state.

US Pat. No. 9,272,561

PRINTING SYSTEM FOR INHIBITING Z-FOLDING AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet processing system including a device for performing a case binding process, a device for performing a saddle stitching
process, and a device for performing a Z-folding process, comprising:
a first setting unit configured to set the case binding process or the saddle stitching process for a plurality of sheets;
a second setting unit configured to set the Z-folding process for a part of the plurality of sheets; and
a control unit configured to permit a combination of a setting of the case binding process by the first setting unit and a
setting of the Z-folding process by the second setting unit, and to inhibit a combination of the setting of the saddle stitching
process by the first setting unit and the setting of the Z-folding process by the second setting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,272,861

SHEET FEEDING UNIT AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding unit comprising:
an apparatus body;
a sheet storage portion configured to be mounted and drawn out with respect to the apparatus body;
a rotary feeding member configured to move, in accordance with a mounting action of the sheet storage portion, from a waiting
position on which the rotary feeding member is apart from a sheet stored in the sheet storage portion to a feed position on
which the rotary feeding member is in abutment with an upper surface of the sheet stored in the sheet storage portion to feed
the sheet, and configured to move, in accordance with a drawing-out action, from the feed position to the waiting position;

a first retaining portion configured to retain the rotary feeding member at the waiting position in a case that the sheet
storage portion is drawn out from a mounting position;

a first releasing portion provided on the sheet storage portion and configured to release a retention of the rotary feeding
member at the waiting position by the first retaining portion in mid-course of mounting of the sheet storage portion in the
apparatus body;

a second retaining portion configured to retain the rotary feeding member in a case that the retention of the rotary feeding
member by the first retaining portion is released; and

a second releasing portion provided on the sheet storage portion and configured to release a retention of the rotary feeding
member at the waiting position by the second retaining portion in a case that the sheet storage portion is mounted at the
mounting position in the apparatus body.

US Pat. No. 9,277,135

IMAGE-PICKUP APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image-pickup apparatus comprising:
an image sensor configured to continuously capture an image at a predetermined cycle;
an accumulation time controller configured to control accumulation time of the image sensor;
an amplifier configured to amplify an image signal generated by the image sensor;
an object brightness calculator configured to calculate an object brightness based upon the image signal generated by the
image sensor;

an exposure condition calculator configured to calculate an exposure condition of the image sensor which is determined by
the accumulation time of the image sensor, an amplification amount and an aperture value of the image signal, based upon the
object brightness calculated by the object brightness calculator; and

an image generator configured to synthesize a plurality of images continuously captured with a plurality of exposure conditions
having different exposure values, to sequentially generate a synthesized image, and to generate a motion image including the
synthesized images,

wherein the exposure condition calculator calculates the accumulation time so that the accumulation time increases as the
object brightness increases, so as to follow a change of the object brightness,

wherein in a case that the accumulation time for the image to be captured reaches a settable upper limit value, the exposure
condition calculator maintains the accumulation time of the image which has reached the upper limit value and increases the
amplification amount so as to follow a change of the object brightness, wherein the settable upper limit value corresponds
to the predetermined cycle, and

wherein in a case that the accumulation time for the image to be captured has not reached a settable upper limit value, the
exposure condition calculator calculates the plurality of exposure conditions so as to follow the change of the object brightness
using the accumulation time until the accumulation time for the image reaches the upper limit value.

US Pat. No. 9,274,443

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:
a laminated body,
a charge generating layer on the laminated body, and
a hole transporting layer on the charge generating layer, wherein
the laminated body comprises:
a conductive support,
a first intermediate layer on the conductive support, and comprising a binder resin and a metal oxide particle whose surface
has been treated with an organic compound, and

a second intermediate layer on the first intermediate layer, and comprising a cured product having electron transportability,
wherein

the laminated body satisfies the following expression (1):
R—nV/R—0V?0.80  (1)

where R_nV represents impedance of the laminated body measured by the steps of:
forming, on a surface of the second intermediate layer, a circular-shaped gold electrode having a thickness of approximately
300 nm and a diameter of approximately 12 mm by sputtering, and

applying, between the conductive support and the circular-shaped gold electrode, an alternating electric field having a voltage
of approximately 3.0×10?3 V/?m and a frequency of approximately 0.1 Hz while applying, from the conductive support to the circular-shaped gold electrode,
a direct electric field having a voltage approximately ?0.3 V?m, and

measuring the impedance,and,
R—0V represents impedance of the laminated body measured by the steps of:

forming, on a surface of the second intermediate layer, a circular-shaped gold electrode having a thickness of 300 nm and
a diameter of 12 mm by sputtering,

applying, between the conductive support and the circular-shaped gold electrode, an alternating electric field having a voltage
of approximately 3.0×10?3 V/?m and a frequency of 0.1 Hz while applying, from the conductive support to the circular-shaped gold electrode, a direct
electric field having a voltage approximately 0 V/?m.

US Pat. No. 9,277,151

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR WITH AN EFFECTIVE PIXEL AREA, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image sensor including an effective pixel area in which a plurality of pixels are two-dimensionally arranged,
each of the plurality of pixels comprising
a photoelectric conversion portion configured to generate charges by photoelectric conversion,
a charge holding portion configured to hold the charges generated by said photoelectric conversion portion,
a floating diffusion portion configured to convert the charges from said charge holding portion into a voltage,
a first transfer portion configured to transfer the charges of said photoelectric conversion portion to said charge holding
portion, and

a second transfer portion configured to transfer the charges of said charge holding portion to said floating diffusion portion,
wherein said floating diffusion portion of each of the plurality of pixels is arranged on the inner side of said charge holding
portion with respect to the center of the effective pixel area so that the floating diffusion portion is positioned closer
to the center of the effective pixel area than the charge holding portion.

US Pat. No. 9,268,510

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,268,264

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH LUBRICATION SUPPLY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a rotatable image bearing member;
a blade member which is in abutting contact with the image bearing member and removes a remaining toner remaining on the image
bearing member;

a rotary member which is rotatably provided in contact with the image bearing member on an upstream side with respect to the
blade member in a rotation direction of the image bearing member;

a lubricating member which is brought into abutting contact with the rotary member to supply a lubricant to the rotary member;
first drive means configured to drive the image bearing member;
second drive means configured to drive the rotary member; and
an execution portion configured to execute a mode of controlling the drive of the first drive means and the second drive means
so that the rotary member starts to rotate based on an image formation start signal, a contact portion of the rotary member,
which is in contact with the lubricating member when the rotary member is stopped, passes a contact position in which the
image bearing member and the rotary member come into contact with each other, and thereafter, the image bearing member starts
to rotate.

US Pat. No. 9,270,845

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,262,443

CLASSIFYING MATERIALS USING TEXTURE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,256,792

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an extraction unit configured to extract one or more character area images from an image;
a determination unit configured to determine a pair of character area images to be a combination target based on a degree
of similarity of an image feature in each character area image extracted by the extraction unit from different images; and

a combination unit configured to combine the determined pair of character area images to form a combined character area image,
wherein the combination unit is configured to compare a dynamic range of each overlapping area image and combine using the
overlapping area image having the larger dynamic range.

US Pat. No. 9,257,075

LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid crystal display apparatus comprising:
a backlight which consists of a first light source for emitting light of a first color, a second light source for emitting
light of a second color, and a third light source for emitting light of a third color;

a liquid crystal panel which is an assembly of pixels consisting of first subpixels for transmitting the light of the first
color therethrough, second subpixels for transmitting the light of the second color therethrough, and third subpixels for
transmitting the light of the third color therethrough;

a light source control unit which independently controls the light emission of the first light source, the second light source,
and the third light source; and

a liquid crystal control unit which controls transmittances of the first subpixels, the second subpixels, and the third subpixels
depending on image data, wherein:

the second light source, the first subpixel, and the third subpixel fulfill at least any condition of:
a first condition in which a light emission spectrum of the second light source further includes a fourth color as a color
between the second color and the first color and the light of the fourth color is further transmitted through the first subpixel;
and

a second condition in which a light emission spectrum of the second light source further includes a fifth color as a color
between the second color and the third color and the light of the fifth color is further transmitted through the third subpixel;
and

the light source control unit controls the light sources by dividing a display period of one frame into a plurality of subframe
periods including:

such a first subframe period that, by turning ON the first light source and the third light source, the light of the first
color is transmitted through the first subpixel and the light of the third color is transmitted through the third subpixel;

such a second subframe period that, by turning ON the second light source, the light of the second color is transmitted through
the second subpixel, the light of the fourth color is transmitted through the first subpixel if the first condition is fulfilled,
the light of the fifth color is transmitted through the third subpixel if the second condition is fulfilled, and the light
of the fourth color is transmitted through the first subpixel and the light of the fifth color is transmitted through the
third subpixel if both of the first condition and the second condition are both fulfilled; and

a color gamut area in which color reproduction is performed by the liquid crystal display apparatus is wider than a color
gamut defined by a triangle formed by the first color, the second color, and the third color.

US Pat. No. 9,256,835

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS ENABLING DISCRIMINATOR TO LEARN AND METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,256,616

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a storage configured to store feature information of a predetermined object;
a central processing unit (CPU) configured to execute a control program to:
detect feature information of an object from an image to be searched and determine a similarity to the feature information
of the predetermined object stored in the storage;

search a candidate image containing the predetermined object as a result of the determination by the CPU, and
control, based on attribute information associated with image-shooting condition of each image, the order of images which
are subjected to perform the determination processing by the CPU, from a plurality of images.

US Pat. No. 9,256,174

ENDLESS BELT, IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS AND MOUNTING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,235,168

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus comprising:
an endless belt configured to heat a toner image on a sheet in a nip, wherein an inner surface of said endless belt is coated
with a lubricant;

a driving rotatable member cooperative with said endless belt to form said nip and configured to feed said endless belt;
an urging member provided inside said endless belt and configured to urge said endless belt toward said driving rotatable
member;

a first regulating portion configured and positioned to regulate the position of said endless belt with respect to a longitudinal
direction thereof, said first regulating portion being configured to be abutted by one longitudinal end edge of said endless
belt;

a first heat sink provided on said first regulating portion and configured to cool said first regulating portion;
a second regulating portion configured and positioned to regulate the position of said endless belt with respect to the longitudinal
direction thereof, said second regulating portion being configured to be abutted by the other longitudinal end edge of said
endless belt; and

a second heat sink provided on said second regulating portion and configured to cool said second regulating portion.

US Pat. No. 9,234,966

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising:
a plurality of pixels each including a conversion element configured to convert radiation into charge and a switching element
configured to transfer an electrical signal based on the charge;

a plurality of driving lines respectively connected to different switching elements of said plurality of switching elements;
a driving circuit configured to apply conductive voltage to said plurality of driving lines to set said switching elements
in a conductive state;

bias lines for applying bias voltage to said conversion elements of said plurality of pixels to make said conversion elements
convert radiation into charge;

an acquisition unit configured to perform an acquisition process of an evaluation value based on a current flowing in one
bias line of said bias lines while said driving circuit is applying the conductive voltage to said plurality of driving lines;

a determination unit configured to perform a determination process of comparing the evaluation value with a comparison target
value to determine whether radiation is being irradiated onto said conversion elements;

a control unit configured to control said acquisition unit and said determination unit to perform the acquisition process
and the determination process a plurality of times; and

a storage unit configured to store the evaluation value used in the determination process,
wherein a comparison target value used in a given determination process is based on one or more evaluation values used in
one or more determination processes which are performed before the given determination process and in which it is determined
that radiation has not been irradiated.

US Pat. No. 9,235,161

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an apparatus body;
an image bearing member on which a latent image is formed;
a developing device provided detachably attachable to the apparatus body, configured to develop the latent image formed on
the image bearing member, the developing device includes a developer bearing member bearing a developer and conveying the
developer to a development position opposing the image bearing member and a receiving port for receiving the developer, wherein
a line linked between a center of the developer bearing member and a center of the image bearing member slants against a horizontal
plane in view from an axial direction of the image bearing member when the developing device is positioned at a set position
where the developing device is to be set;

a supply device configured to supply the developer to the developing device positioned at the set position through a supply
port provided in the supply device,

wherein the receiving port is arranged under the supply port and capable of receiving the toner dropped from the supply port
when the developing device is positioned at the set position; and

a movement mechanism configured to move the developing device between the set position and a separate position where the developing
device is away from the image bearing member,

wherein the movement mechanism moves the developing device from the set position to the separate position vertically so as
to separate the developing device from the supply device.

US Pat. No. 9,230,210

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,230,774

X-RAY GENERATING TUBE, X-RAY GENERATING APPARATUS AND X-RAY IMAGING SYSTEM USING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An X-ray generating tube comprising:
an insulating tube;
a cathode comprising an electron emitting source, the cathode covering one opening of the insulating tube so that a peripheral
edge portion thereof is joined to an end surface of the one opening;

an anode comprising a target, the anode covering the other opening of the insulating tube so that a peripheral edge portion
thereof is joined to an end surface of the other opening; and

a resistive film disposed on an outer periphery of the insulating tube, the resistive film having a smaller sheet resistance
value than a sheet resistance value of the insulating tube,

wherein the cathode and the anode are electrically connected to each other via the resistive film.

US Pat. No. 9,224,381

AUDIO SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS AND AUDIO SIGNAL PROCESSING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An audio signal processing apparatus comprising:
a drive unit;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a first audio signal corresponding to an ambient sound;
a control unit configured to have a CPU and to control an operation of the drive unit; and
a noise reduction unit configured to generate a second audio signal for substituting by using the first audio signal acquired
by the acquisition unit in at least one of a first period before a driving period during which the drive unit is operating
and a second period after the driving period and to substitute the second audio signal for the first audio signal acquired
by the acquisition unit in the driving period,

wherein the first period has a first predetermined time length and the second period has a second predetermined time length,
and the first period and the second period are determined in accordance with the driving period, and

wherein the control unit determines a time length of a limiting period for limiting an operation of the drive unit in accordance
with a time length of the first period and limits the operation of the drive unit for the limiting period elapsed since an
end of driving of the drive unit.

US Pat. No. 9,217,716

METHOD FOR TESTING CHARGE GENERATION LAYER AND PROCESS FOR MANUFACTURING ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTORECEPTORS ON LARGE SCALE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for inspecting a charge generation layer of an object including an aluminum-based cylindrical support member formed
by extrusion and drawing having a periphery free of cutting work, an undercoat layer disposed directly on the periphery of
the support member and having a transmittance of 1% or more for light having a wavelength in the visible region, and the charge
generation layer disposed directly on the undercoat layer and having absorption wavelengths, the method comprising:
testing the charge generation layer for a defect or a suspected defect by:
irradiating the charge generation layer with light, and
receiving reflected light from the charge generation layer with a light receiving device,
wherein the light has a wavelength within the range of the absorption wavelengths of the charge generation layer, and transmittance
to the undercoat layer of the light is 0.3% or less.

US Pat. No. 9,214,578

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,212,088

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING OPTICAL MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing an optical member provided with a porous glass layer on a base member, comprising the steps
of:
forming an intermediate layer containing at least one of silicon, potassium, and aluminum on the base member;
forming a phase-separable glass layer on the intermediate layer;
forming a phase-separated glass layer on the base member by heating the intermediate layer and the phase-separable glass layer
at a temperature higher than or equal to the glass transition temperature of the phase-separable glass layer; and

forming a porous glass layer on the base member by subjecting the phase-separated glass layer to an etching treatment,
wherein, in the forming of the phase-separated glass layer, component diffusion between the intermediate layer and the phase-separable
glass layer are induced by heating so that a porosity of the porous glass layer increases from a base member side toward a
side opposite to the base member side.

US Pat. No. 9,207,183

STIMULATED RAMAN SCATTERING MEASUREMENT APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A stimulated Raman scattering measurement apparatus comprising:
a first light generator configured to produce a first light;
a second light generator configured to produce a second light having a light frequency different from that of the first light;
an optical system configured to combine the first light with the second light to focus the combined first and second lights
to a sample; and

a detector configured to detect the first or second light intensity-modulated by stimulated Raman scattering caused by the
focusing of the combined first and second lights to the sample,

wherein the first light generator includes a light introducing optical system and a light dispersion element, the light introducing
optical system introducing light to the light dispersion element, and the light dispersion element being operable to separate
the light introduced thereto in different directions according to each light frequency,

wherein the first light generator is configured to drive at least one of the light dispersion element and an optical element
included in the light introducing optical system so as to change an incident angle of the light to the light dispersion element
to extract part of the separated light by the light dispersion element, thereby being configured to make a light frequency
of the first light variable,

wherein the second light generator is configured to produce a plurality of the second lights having mutually different light
frequencies, and

wherein the apparatus is configured to measure a Raman spectrum by causing stimulated Raman scattering for each of the plurality
of second lights by changing the light frequency of the first light.

US Pat. No. 9,204,024

COMMUNICATION DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication device, capable of connecting to an image pickup device, wherein the communications device transmits a
lighting instruction from the image pickup device to an external lighting device through a communication unit capable of performing
bidirectional communication, comprising:
a determining unit configured to determine whether or not the external lighting device is ready for lighting; and
a control unit configured to control the external lighting device and the connected image pickup device,
wherein the control unit prevents the external lighting device from transmitting information to the communication unit when
the external lighting device is ready for lighting, and

wherein the determining unit is implemented at least in part by a processor executing at least one program recorded on a non-transitory
memory device.

US Pat. No. 9,204,089

DISPLAY APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display apparatus comprising:
a display unit configured to display image information; and
a plurality of image pickup units configured to be capable of picking up an image of a user who observes image information
of the display unit, wherein the plurality of image pickup units is arranged on a rear surface of a display surface of the
display unit,

wherein the plurality of image pickup units is two-dimensionally arranged, and an array pitch in a vertical direction of the
image pickup units is wider than an array pitch in a horizontal direction.

US Pat. No. 9,195,917

DITHER PATTERN FORMING METHOD AND DITHER PATTERN

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

19. A non-transitory storage medium for storing a program for causing a computer to execute a dither pattern forming method
for forming a dither pattern constituted by thresholds which are prepared for N pixels (N is a natural number) constituting
a unit area and which are compared with the multi-valued gradation values of the N pixels to reduce gradation of the multi-valued
gradation values, comprising:
a step of preparing at least a first dither pattern and a second dither pattern, wherein the thresholds are not yet set to
some of pixels and the thresholds are already set to the other pixels for each of the first dither pattern and the second
dither pattern;

a first obtaining step of obtaining information indicating whether or not a threshold is already set to a reference pixel
and one or more pixels around the reference pixel for cases where each of the N pixels of the first dither pattern is set
as the reference pixel;

a first determining step of determining a pixel, for which the threshold has not set yet, in the second dither pattern for
setting a predetermined threshold is to be set based on the information obtained in the first obtaining step;

a first setting step of setting the predetermined threshold to the pixel determined in the first determining step in the second
dither pattern;

a second obtaining step of obtaining information indicating whether or not a threshold is already set to the reference pixel
and the pixels around the reference pixel for cases where each of the N pixels of the second dither pattern is the reference
pixel after completing the first determining step;

a second determining step of determining, a pixel in the first dither pattern to which the predetermined threshold is to be
set based on the information obtained in the second obtaining step;

a second setting step of setting the predetermined threshold to the pixel determined in the second determining step in the
first dither pattern; and

a step of incrementing the predetermined threshold and returning to the first obtaining step.

US Pat. No. 9,195,918

LIGHT SCANNING DEVICE CAPABLE OF EXECUTING AUTOMATIC LIGHT AMOUNT CONTROL AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light scanning device that forms an electrostatic latent image on a photosensitive member by deflecting laser light emitted
from a laser emitting device such that the laser light scans on the photosensitive member in a predetermined direction, comprising:
a light receiving unit disposed on a scanning line of the laser light, for receiving the laser light;
a temperature detecting unit configured to detect a temperature of the laser emitting device or an inside of the light scanning
device;

a storage unit configured to store data indicative of a relationship between the temperature, drive current to be supplied
to the laser emitting device, and a light amount of the laser light; and

a current control unit configured to control the drive current to be supplied to the laser emitting device based on the temperature
detected by said temperature detecting unit and the data stored in said storage unit, such that an output level of an output
from said light receiving unit responsive to receipt of the laser light at the start of scanning of the laser light is not
lower than a predetermined output level at which timing of emission of the laser light can be controlled, and is not higher
than an output level corresponding to a maximum allowable amount of the laser light to be emitted by the laser emitting device,

wherein the data stored in said storage unit comprises a plurality of data items each indicative of a relationship between
the drive current to be supplied to the laser emitting device and the light amount, the plurality of data items being associated
with a plurality of temperature values, respectively,

wherein said current control unit selects, from the plurality of data items, a data item associated with a temperature value
closest to a value of the temperature detected by said temperature detecting unit, and controls the drive current to be supplied
to the laser emitting device based on the value of the temperature detected by said temperature detecting unit and the selected
data item,

wherein said current control unit controls the light amount to a target light amount, and in controlling the light amount
to the target light amount, said current control unit determines values of the drive currents in association with a plurality
of different values of the target light amount, respectively, and starts drive current control with a lower one of the plurality
of different values of the target light amount, and

wherein when the light amount control is started with the lower value of the target light amount, if the output level of the
output from said light receiving unit responsive to receipt of the laser light is lower than the predetermined output level,
said current control unit performs the light amount control using a higher one of the plurality of different values of the
target light amount than the lower value of the target light amount.

US Pat. No. 9,195,178

ROTARY ENDLESS BELT UNIT FOR USE IN AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A belt unit comprising:
a rotary endless belt;
a tension roller extending the endless belt and applying a tension force to the endless belt;
at least one extension roller extending the endless belt with the tension roller;
a first bearing portion supporting a first end of the tension roller such that the first end is movable in a tension direction
and is detachably mounted to be able to release the tension force by the first end coming off from the first bearing portion;

a second bearing portion supporting a second end of the tension roller to be movable in the tension direction;
a first urging portion urging the first end of the tension roller and generating the tension force;
a second urging portion urging the second end of the tension roller and generating the tension force;
a first frame portion integrally supporting the first bearing portion, the first urging portion, and the extension roller;
and

a second frame portion integrally supporting the second bearing portion, the second urging portion, and the tension roller
and detachably mounted on the first frame portion.

US Pat. No. 9,190,030

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a CPU coupled to a memory and programmed to provide:
an operation inputter configured to receive an instruction to switch a screen displayed by a display device between a screen
in a first display format, in which a plurality of contents are displayed in day-unit groups in accordance with attribute
information indicating a date, which is attached to each of the contents, wherein boundaries of the day-unit groups are identifiably
displayed, and a screen in a second display format, in which the plurality of contents are displayed in a list and where the
plurality of contents are arranged in a display order according to the attribute information wherein the boundaries of the
day-unit groups presented in the first display format are not displayed; and

a display output device configured to present, in a case where the operation inputter receives an instruction to switch the
screen in the first display format to the screen in the second display format, the list of the plurality of contents such
that a content in the list belonging to a group of interest designated by a user among the day-unit groups displayed in the
first display format before execution of the switch, is displayed to be distinguishable from other content in the list, wherein
a number of contents displayed to be distinguishable from the other content is determined based on a total number of contents
belonging to the group of interest.

US Pat. No. 9,190,913

POWER SOURCE DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,176,692

JOB HISTORY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,177,753

RADIATION GENERATING TUBE AND RADIATION GENERATING APPARATUS USING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An x-ray radiation generating tube, comprising:
a cathode connected to an electron emitting member including an electron emitting portion;
an anode which includes a target that generates a ray when irradiated with electrons emitted from the electron emitting portion;
and

an insulating tube disposed between the cathode and the anode to surround the electron emitting member,
wherein:
the insulating tube includes an electrical potential defining disposed at an intermediate portion of the insulating tube between
the cathode and the anode in a longitudinal axis direction, the electrical potential defining member being electrically connected
to an electrical potential defining unit, and the potential of the electrical potential defining member being controlled to
be higher than the potential of the cathode and lower than the potential of the anode;

a boundary of the electrical potential defining member and the insulating tube does not face a portion of the anode exposed
to the inside of the radiation generating tube;

the electrical potential defining member does not include a corner which faces the portion of the anode exposed to the inside
of the radiation generating tube; and

a portion of the electrical potential defining member exposed to the inside of the radiation generating tube is recessed within
the insulating tube.

US Pat. No. 9,178,081

SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state image pickup apparatus in which a first semiconductor substrate comprising silicon and a second semiconductor
substrate comprising silicon are placed upon each other, the first semiconductor substrate being where a photoelectric conversion
element and a gate electrode of a transfer transistor for transferring an electric charge from the photoelectric conversion
element are disposed, the second semiconductor substrate being where a peripheral circuit portion for reading out a signal
based on the electric charge generated at the photoelectric conversion element is disposed,
wherein the second semiconductor substrate is provided with a layer of silicide, and
wherein the first semiconductor substrate is not provided with a layer of silicide.

US Pat. No. 9,163,940

POSITION/ORIENTATION MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, MEASUREMENT PROCESSING METHOD THEREOF, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
an input unit configured to input a two-dimensional image of a measurement object captured by an image capturing apparatus;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain distance data of the measurement object measured by a distance sensor;
a detection unit configured to detect an image feature of the measurement object from the two-dimensional image;
an estimation unit configured to estimate a shape of the measurement object;
a mode selecting unit configured to select, based on an estimation result of said estimation unit, a usage mode from a first
mode in which the measurement is performed using the image feature and the distance data and a second mode in which the measurement
is performed using only one of the image feature and the distance data; and

a measurement unit configured to measure a position/orientation of the measurement object in accordance with the usage mode
selected by said mode selecting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,167,128

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus to which a telephone line can be connected, the apparatus comprising:
a first determination unit configured to determine, based on a change amount of a line direct-current voltage from the telephone
line per time period, whether the line direct-current voltage is stable during a stop period for which, after supplying of
the call signal from the telephone line, supply of the call signal from the telephone line is being stopped;

a second determination unit configured to determine whether a value of the line direct-current voltage from the telephone
line is equal to or lower than a first threshold; and

a third determination unit configured to, if the first determination unit determines that the line direct-current voltage
is stable and if the second determination unit determines that the line direct-current voltage is the first threshold or lower,
determine that the telephone line has been captured.

US Pat. No. 9,158,403

ELECTRONIC DEVICE INCLUDING TOUCH PANEL AND CONTROL METHOD OF ELECTRONIC DEVICE INCLUDING TOUCH PANEL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic device comprising:
a touch panel having a plurality of electrodes;
a measurement unit configured to measure capacitances respectively caused by the plurality of electrodes; and
a first determination unit configured to determine that the user operation is performed on the touch panel, in a case where
a difference between a measured value measured by the measurement unit and a reference value is larger than a threshold;

a second determination unit configured to determine that the user operation is an improper operation, in a case where said
first determination unit determines that the user operation is performed on the touch panel and a number of electrodes, in
which the difference between each measured value by said measurement unit and the reference value is larger than a threshold,
is larger than a predetermined number of electrodes; and

a control unit configured to, in a case where said second determination unit determines that the user operations is the improper
operation and a state in which the difference is larger than the threshold continues for a predetermined time period, set
the reference value so that the difference between the measured value by said measurement unit and a set reference value is
not larger than the threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,158,238

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS USING STRETCH MEMBER AND CONTACT MEMBER TO MAINTAIN POTENTIAL WITH CURRENT FLOWING FROM CURRENT SUPPLY MEMBER TO INTERMEDIATE TRANSFER BELT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a plurality of image carriers each carrying a toner image;
a movable and electrically conductive intermediate transfer belt to which toner images are primarily transferred from the
plurality of image carriers;

a plurality of stretch members that stretch the intermediate transfer belt;
a current supply member that contacts the intermediate transfer belt and supplies current to the intermediate transfer belt;
a contact member disposed between the stretch members in such a way as to contact a primary transfer surface side of the intermediate
transfer belt to which the toner images are transferred from the plurality of image carriers; and

a voltage maintenance element that is connected to the contact member and at least one of the stretch members,
wherein the stretch member to which the voltage maintenance element is connected and the contact member maintain a predetermined
potential or more with the current flowing from the current supply member to the intermediate transfer belt.

US Pat. No. 9,154,043

POWER SOURCE DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power source device that outputs a DC voltage, comprising:
a transformer including a primary winding and a secondary winding;
a switching unit connected to the secondary winding wire, configured to rectify a pulse voltage generated in the secondary
winding;

a first voltage-current conversion unit connected to an input side of the pulse voltage with respect to the switching unit,
configured to convert a voltage at an input side of the pulse voltage into a current;

a first current-voltage conversion unit configured to convert the current converted by the first voltage-current conversion
unit into a voltage;

a second voltage-current conversion unit connected to an output side of the pulse voltage with respect to the switching unit,
configured to convert a voltage at an output side of the pulse voltage into a current;

a second current-voltage conversion unit configured to convert the current converted by the second voltage-current conversion
unit into a voltage;

a comparison unit configured to compare a first voltage from the first current-voltage conversion unit and a second voltage
from the second current-voltage conversion unit and turn off the switching unit according to the comparison result; and

a control unit connected to the first voltage-current conversion unit, configured to turn on the switching unit.

US Pat. No. 9,154,054

VIBRATING BODY FOR VIBRATION WAVE DRIVE DEVICE AND METHOD OF PRODUCING VIBRATING BODY FOR VIBRATION WAVE DRIVE DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A vibrating body for a vibration wave drive device using a vibrator in which an electromechanical energy conversion element
is joined to the vibrating body, the vibrating body comprising a plurality of protruding portions,
wherein each of the plurality of protruding portions comprises a side surface which defines a slit between the side surface
and a side surface of an adjacent one of the plurality of protruding portions, and

wherein an edge line of a top surface of each of the plurality of protruding portions comprises a portion which curves and
projects toward the side surface of the adjacent one of the plurality of protruding portions.

US Pat. No. 9,146,399

OBSERVATION OPTICAL SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,148,529

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, WEB SERVER, CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus including a Web browser with which an operation screen provided from a Web server is
displayed, the information processing apparatus comprising:
an interface configured to communicate with the Web server and to transmit a first request to the Web server according to
an instruction input via the operation screen displayed by the Web browser; and

a processor configured to (a) receive, via the interface, response data to the first request from the Web server, execute
an image processing according to a script included in the received response data, and (b) transmit, via the interface, a second
request to the Web server in accordance with an event which can occur during an execution of the image processing,

wherein the response data from the Web server includes (a) one URL for a plurality of events which can occur during an execution
of the image processing and (b) time information with which the Web browser executes timeout, and

wherein the processor is configured to, in response to an occurrence of an event having occurred before the Web browser executes
timeout and in response to a timeout event related to the time information, transmit the second request by using the one URL
to which an ID for identifying the script is added as a query character string.

US Pat. No. 9,146,781

WEB SERVICE SYSTEM, SERVER MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, AND WEB SERVICE PROVIDING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A Web service system comprising:
an image forming apparatus; and
a server management apparatus that manages a plurality of virtual device servers for providing a Web service corresponding
to processing requested by the image forming apparatus, the server management apparatus including a processor and a memory
including instructions which, when executed by the processor, causes the server management apparatus to:

acquire location information about a virtual device server and resource information about a resource of the virtual device
server from the plurality of virtual device servers and to manage the acquired information as server information;

receive a processing request from the image forming apparatus;
acquire physical location information indicating the physical location of the image forming apparatus;
acquire relative location information about the relative location of the image forming apparatus indicating a distance between
the image forming apparatus and a virtual device server on a network;

determine whether or not a virtual device server for providing a Web service can be selected among the plurality of virtual
device servers using the physical location information indicating the physical location of the image forming apparatus; and

select a virtual device server from the plurality of virtual device servers for providing a Web service corresponding to the
processing request on the basis of the managed server information, a processing request, the physical location information
about the image forming apparatus, the relative location information about the image forming apparatus, and the result of
the determination to thereby assign the selected virtual device server to the image forming apparatus,

wherein, when it is determined that the virtual device server can be selected, a virtual device server arranged at a location
closest to the physical location of the image forming apparatus is selected among the plurality of virtual device servers
as a virtual device server for providing a Web service corresponding to the processing request on the basis of the physical
location information and the location information of the plurality of virtual device servers, and

wherein, when it is determined that the virtual device server cannot be selected, a virtual device server arranged at a location
closest to the physical location of the image forming apparatus is selected among the plurality of virtual device servers
as a virtual device server for providing a Web service corresponding to the processing request on the basis of the physical
location information and the location information of the plurality of virtual device servers, or selects a virtual device
server for providing a Web service corresponding to the processing request among the plurality of virtual device servers on
the basis of the relative location information.

US Pat. No. 9,145,013

METHOD FOR PRINTING AND PRINTING SHEET USED FOR THE METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus for printing a plurality of images with a print head on a continuous sheet, the apparatus comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect a unique portion unsuitable for image printing that exists on the continuous sheet;
and

a print control unit configured to cause the print head, if the unique portion is detected in a first face or a second face
of the continuous sheet, to print an image such that the image is prevented from being printed on the unique portion on a
face that has the unique portion of the continuous sheet and to print a maintenance pattern for maintenance of the print head
at a region corresponding to a print-prevented region including the unique portion on a back face of the face that has the
unique portion of the continuous sheet,

wherein if the unique portion is detected in the first face or the second face of the continuous sheet in double-sided printing,
the print head does not print a maintenance pattern for a maintenance of the print head at a region corresponding to the print-prevented
region including the unique portion on the face that has the unique portion of the continuous sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,141,076

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A CARTRIDGE HOLDING MEMBER LOCK

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,139,397

SHEET BINDING PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

9. An image forming system comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet;
a sheet insertion port through which a sheet bundle formed of a plurality of sheets is inserted;
a binding unit configured to bind the sheet bundle inserted through the sheet insertion port;
a detection unit configured to detect, at a predetermined detection time interval, an existence or non-existence of the sheet
bundle in the sheet insertion port; and

a control unit configured to stop, in a case where the non-existence of the sheet bundle is detected by the detection unit
after the detection of the existence of the sheet bundle by the detection unit and before the binding of the sheet bundle
by the binding unit, the operation of the binding unit without completing the binding process performed by the binding unit.

US Pat. No. 9,140,991

ILLUMINATION OPTICAL SYSTEM, EXPOSURE APPARATUS, AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An illumination optical system comprising:
a stop configured to define an illumination range of a surface to be illuminated;
an imaging optical system configured to form an image of an aperture of the stop onto the surface to be illuminated;
a calculation unit configured to calculate an offset amount between a size of the aperture and a target illumination range
of the surface to be illuminated using data on the target illumination range of the surface to be illuminated; and

an adjusting unit configured to adjust the size of the aperture based on the calculated offset amount,
wherein the offset amount differs according to a size of the target illumination range of the surface to be illuminated.

US Pat. No. 9,134,672

RECORDING MEDIUM DETERMINATION APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording medium determination apparatus that determines a type of a recording medium by using an ultrasonic wave, comprising:
a transmission unit configured to transmit an ultrasonic wave;
a reception unit configured to receive the ultrasonic wave transmitted from the transmission unit and via the recording medium
and output a first signal having a peak value at each prescribed period according to the ultrasonic wave being received;

a conversion unit configured to convert the first signal into a second signal by holding a peak value of the first signal
and output the second signal; and

a determination unit configured to determine the type of the recording medium by using a value of the second signal output
by the conversion unit.

US Pat. No. 9,134,246

LIGHT SOURCE ADJUSTMENT UNIT, OPTICAL MEASUREMENT DEVICE, SUBJECT INFORMATION OBTAINING SYSTEM, AND WAVELENGTH ADJUSTMENT PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical measurement device, comprising:
a light source unit including a first laser light source and a second laser light source, the first laser light source being
configured to emit a laser beam having a first wavelength, the second laser light source being configured to emit a laser
beam having a second wavelength;

a measurement wave number setting unit; and
a light source adjustment unit configured to adjust at least one of the first wavelength and the second wavelength such that
a difference between or a sum of a first wave number corresponding to the first wavelength and a second wave number corresponding
to the second wavelength matches a measurement wave number set through the measurement wave number setting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,129,049

MEDICAL IMAGING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging information processing apparatus comprising:
a communication circuit for communicating with an intra-hospital information system and an imaging unit; and
a processor, wherein
the communication circuit is configured to receive inspection request information from an intra-hospital information system;
the processor is configured to cause a display unit to display:
the received inspection request information,
a first icon for receiving an operational input for starting an inspection with the imaging unit, corresponding to the received
inspection request information, to acquire a medical image and

a second icon for receiving an operational input for ending an inspection;
the processor is configured to determine a transmission suspension time in a case where the medical image is to be transmitted
to an external image server;

the communication circuit is configured to transmit the medical image to an external image server according to elapse of the
transmission suspension time after the inspection is ended in accordance with the operational input to the second icon, and

the processor is configured to cause, in accordance with an operational input, the display unit to display the medical image,
transmission of which is suspended, and display inspection information corresponding to the medical image including image
processing parameters for the medical image, before the determined transmission suspension time elapses and after the inspection
is ended.

US Pat. No. 9,131,590

RADIATION GENERATING UNIT AND RADIOGRAPHY SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiation generating unit comprising:
a radiation tube configured to include a vacuum chamber having a cathode and an anode at both ends of an insulating tubular
member;

an insulating outer casing tube in which the radiation tube is arranged with a gap from a surrounding; and
a driving unit configured to control an operation of the radiation tube, wherein
the radiation tube, the insulating outer casing tube, and the driving unit are arranged inside a storage container, and
wherein an extra space inside the storage container is filled with an insulating liquid, and
wherein a wall configured to partition the gap allows a flow of the insulating liquid between a cathode side and an anode
side of the vacuum chamber and forms a flow path configured not to linearly continue to the cathode side and the anode side
of the vacuum chamber.

US Pat. No. 9,131,593

RADIATION IMAGING CONTROL APPARATUS, RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiation imaging control apparatus comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive information corresponding to a radiation order for radiation imaging;
a transmission unit configured to transmit information indicating a first state of a radiation order, in which corresponding
radiation imaging is started but not finished, and to transmit information indicating a second state of the radiation order,
in which corresponding radiation imaging is finished; and

a control unit configured to limit a transmission of information indicating the first state of the radiation order, in a case
where an instruction is issued for re-starting radiation imaging corresponding to the radiation order after the information
indicating the second state of the radiation order has been transmitted.

US Pat. No. 9,131,090

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a mirroring unit that performs mirroring for synchronizing storage contents of a first storage unit and a second storage unit;
a control unit that displays on a display unit, if one storage unit, among the first storage unit and the second storage unit,
for which the mirroring is performed, is not attached, a screen for accepting an instruction that the apparatus is activated
using information stored in another storage unit attached when accepting the instruction;

a registration unit that (i) does not register the one storage unit as a failed storage unit before accepting the instruction
via the screen, and (ii) registers the one storage unit as the failed storage unit after accepting the instruction via the
screen,

an acquisition unit that acquires an identifier from each of the first storage unit and the second storage unit when an activation
of the apparatus has been instructed; and

a comparison unit that compares an identifier acquired by said acquisition unit with an identifier held in advance in said
apparatus,

wherein said control unit displays on the display unit, if a comparison result of said comparison unit indicates that there
is one matching identifier, the screen for accepting the instruction that the apparatus is activated using the information
stored in the other storage unit which the matching identifier is matched,

wherein a processor is included in the apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,130,071

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,116,110

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS AND OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,116,163

DISPLACEMENT MEASURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A velocity detection apparatus comprising:
a first light detector including a first emitter that illuminates optically identifiable marks disposed on a moving body,
and a first light receiver that detects light from the optically identifiable marks;

a second light detector including a second emitter that illuminates the optically identifiable marks and a second light receiver
that detects light from the optically identifiable marks, wherein the second light detector is arranged at a predetermined
interval from the first light detector in a moving direction of the moving body;

a reference signal generating unit that generates a reference signal having a predetermined frequency;
a time-sharing light emitting unit that allows the first emitter and the second emitter to emit light in a time-sharing manner
in synchronism with the reference signal using an energization control unit that controls energization states of the first
emitter and the second emitter;

a sampling unit that samples outputs of the first light detector and the second light detector in synchronism with the reference
signal;

an identical point detecting unit that detects a first time at which the first light detector detects a first mark among the
optically identifiable marks, and a second time different from the first time at which the second light detector detects the
first mark through interpolating computation using the outputs of the first light detector and the second light detector sampled
by the sampling unit; and

a velocity calculating unit that calculates a moving velocity of the moving body using the first time and the second time
detected by the identical point detecting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,116,444

METHOD OF CALCULATING AMOUNT OF FLUCTUATION OF IMAGING CHARACTERISTIC OF PROJECTION OPTICAL SYSTEM, EXPOSURE APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF FABRICATING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An exposure apparatus, comprising:
an illumination optical system that illuminates a mask using light from a light source;
a projection optical system that projects an image of a pattern of the mask onto a substrate;
a storage unit that stores an exposure coefficient for a first wavelength band of exposure light and an exposure coefficient
for a second wavelength band of the exposure light, the second wavelength band being different from the first wavelength band,
the substrate being exposed to the exposure light, each exposure coefficient being defined as an amount of fluctuation of
an imaging characteristic of the projection optical system per unit of exposure energy; and

a calculation unit that calculates the amount of fluctuation of the imaging characteristic of the projection optical system,
wherein the storage unit stores the exposure coefficients for the first and second wavelength bands, the exposure coefficient
for the first wavelength band is calculated using data of the amount of fluctuation of the imaging characteristic of the projection
optical system in a case where the exposure light is light of the first wavelength band, and the exposure coefficient for
the second wavelength band is calculated using the exposure coefficient for the first wavelength band, and

wherein the calculation unit calculates the amount of fluctuation of the imaging characteristic of the projection optical
system using the exposure coefficient for the second wavelength band in a case where the substrate is exposed to exposure
light of the second wavelength band.

US Pat. No. 9,117,264

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a generation unit configured to generate an image by performing weighted average processing on an image in a predetermined
direction;

a decomposition unit configured to decompose an image into a plurality of frequency component images, wherein the decomposition
unit performs frequency decomposition on the image that has undergone weighted average processing;

a reduction unit configured to reduce linear noise included in the frequency component images;
a reconstruction unit configured to reconstruct the frequency component images in which the linear noise was reduced; and
a second generation unit configured to generate an image, based on the image that underwent weighted average processing and
the reconstructed image, by subtracting a linear noise image from the input image.

US Pat. No. 9,117,277

DETERMINING A DEPTH MAP FROM IMAGES OF A SCENE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of determining a depth measurement of a scene, the method comprising:
capturing at least two images of the scene with different camera parameters;
selecting corresponding image patches in each scene;
calculating a plurality of complex responses for each image patch using a plurality of different quadrature filters , each
said complex response having a magnitude and a phase,

assigning, for each quadrature filter, a weighting to the complex responses in the corresponding image patches, said weighting
being determined by a relationship of the phases of the complex responses; and

determining the depth measurement of the scene from a combination of the weighted complex responses.

US Pat. No. 9,118,885

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a processing unit configured to process first content data having a first format, and generate second content data, wherein
the process by the processing unit includes a process of converting format of the first content data, and the second contents
data has a second format;

a notification unit configured to notify existence of a content data in a recording medium of the apparatus to an external
apparatus according to a request from the external apparatus,

wherein, when the content data in the recording medium includes the first content data, the notify unit notifies existence
of the second content data corresponding to the first content data even when the first content data is not processed, and

wherein the notification unit notifies existence of a plurality of content data having the second format, each of which corresponds
to the first content data and is processed under different conditions respectively; and

a transmission unit configured to, when the external apparatus requests at least one of the plurality of content data having
the second format, transmit the second content data processed under a condition according to the request to the external apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,117,103

IMAGE INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image information processing apparatus that performs three-dimensional measurement of an object using a captured image
obtained by projecting onto the object a projection pattern obtained by assigning, to each code in a projection code string
in which a plurality of types of codes are two-dimensionally arranged, a symbol that differs from one type of code to another,
the apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain an imaging pattern by extracting symbols from the captured image;
a converting unit configured to convert each symbol in the imaging pattern obtained by the obtaining unit into a corresponding
code to obtain an imaging code string;

a generating unit configured to generate an information code string by obtaining a predetermined number of codes from the
imaging code string according to a sampling pattern in which sampling positions of the predetermined number of codes and a
sequence of the codes are defined and arranging the obtained codes; and

a measuring unit configured to perform three-dimensional measurement of the object by determining correspondence between the
information code string and the projection code string based on the information code string and the sampling pattern,

wherein if it is not possible to obtain the predetermined number of codes from the imaging code string using the sampling
pattern, the generating unit selects another sampling pattern to generate the information code string.

US Pat. No. 9,113,028

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF LOOP PLAYBACK OF VIDEO, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus capable of playing a video comprising:
a shift unit configured to shift a playback position of the video to a desired position according to an operation by a user;
a determination unit configured to determine whether or not a playback position after being shifted by said shift unit is
a position shifted backward from the playback position before being shifted;

a display control unit configured to control to display an operation button, in a case where said determination unit determines
that the shifted playback position is the position shifted backward from the playback position before being shifted, while
controlling not to display the operation button in a case where said determination unit determines that the shifted playback
position is not the position shifted backward from the playback position before being shifted, wherein the operation button
is a button for instructing a loop playback of a predetermined loop playback section; and

a loop playback unit configured to execute, when the operation button is depressed, the loop playback of the predetermined
loop playback section.

US Pat. No. 9,103,650

OPTICAL TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGE GENERATION METHOD AND OPTICAL TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGE GENERATION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical tomographic image generation method of generating at least one two-dimensional tomographic image of an eye based
on a plurality of intensity signals of a plurality of lines of a combined light of (a) a return light from the eye to which
a measurement light has been applied and (b) a reference light that corresponds to the measurement light, the optical tomographic
image generation method comprising the steps of:
acquiring the plurality of intensity signals using a scanning unit which is arranged so as to move a measurement light that
is applied to a retina of the eye through a cornea of the eye on the retina in a direction crossing an optical axis of an
optical path of the measurement light;

performing Fourier transformations on the plurality of intensity signals;
averaging, in a state of complex numbers, the plurality of intensity signals after performing Fourier transformations on the
plurality of intensity signals;

converting the averaged plurality of intensity signals into real number data; and
generating the at least one two-dimensional tomographic image of the eye based on the real number data,
wherein the plurality of intensity signals are acquired after a coherence gate is adjusted to move toward the retina of the
eye within a predetermined time when acquiring one two-dimensional tomographic image of the eye, and

wherein the predetermined time is acquired based on at least (a) a scanning speed of the measurement light scanning the retina
by using the scanning unit and (b) a lateral resolution of the measurement light scanning the retina by using the scanning
unit used for acquiring the plurality of intensity signals.

US Pat. No. 9,102,137

TRANSFER IMAGE FORMING METHOD, TRANSFER IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND INTERMEDIATE TRANSFER MEMBER TO BE USED THEREIN

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A transfer image forming apparatus, comprising:
an ink applying unit for applying ink to an intermediate transfer member to form an intermediate image;
a heating unit for irradiating the intermediate transfer member with at least infrared light to heat the intermediate image;
and

a transferring unit for pressing a recording medium against the intermediate transfer member having formed thereon the intermediate
image to transfer the intermediate image onto the recording medium,

wherein the intermediate transfer member includes a substrate, and at least a third layer, a second layer, a metal layer,
and a first layer as a surface layer provided in the listed order on the substrate, and

wherein a heat conductivity of the second layer is smaller than a heat conductivity of the first layer and a heat conductivity
of the third layer.

US Pat. No. 9,093,350

MEMBER FOR SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE HAVING FIRST AND SECOND WIRING STRUCTURES WITH A CONCAVE PORTION BETWEEN FIRST AND SECOND SUBSTRATES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a solid state image pickup device, comprising the steps of:
providing a first member including a first substrate and a first wiring structure disposed on the first substrate, the first
substrate being provided with at least one of a transistor and a photoelectric converter;

providing a second member including a second substrate and a second wiring structure disposed on the second substrate, the
second substrate being provided with a transistor; and

bonding the first member and the second member so that the first wiring structure and the second wiring structure are disposed
between the first substrate and the second substrate,

wherein before the step of bonding, at least one of a face of the first member which is to face the second member and a face
of the second member which is to face the first member has a concave portion, and at least a part of the concave portion is
formed by a conductive material.

US Pat. No. 9,092,719

COLOR IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND PROGRAM FOR EXECUTING IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

20. A color image processing apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form a color image using recording materials of a plurality of colors;
an image processing unit configured to implement a plurality of image processing methods that achieve a plurality of types
of pseudo-halftone representations;

a color measurement unit configured to perform color measurement of the color image formed by the image forming unit;
a control unit configured to control execution of multi-color calibration in which the color measurement unit performs color
measurement of a pattern image including multi-color patch images formed by the image forming unit using recording materials
of a plurality of colors and in which data for correcting a reproduction characteristic of a multi-color image formed by the
image forming unit is generated using a result of the color measurement;

an acquisition unit configured to acquire a use rate of an image processing method used for formation of an image by the image
forming unit among the plurality of image processing methods implemented by the image processing unit; and

a construction unit configured to construct the pattern image so that the number of patch images included in a multi-color
pattern image formed by using an image processing method for which the use rate acquired by the acquisition unit is determined
to be low is smaller than the number of patch images included in a multi-color pattern image formed by using an image processing
method for which the use rate acquired by the acquisition unit is determined to be high, wherein

the control unit executes the multi-color calibration using a result of measurement of the pattern image constructed by the
construction unit.

US Pat. No. 9,091,985

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming a color image, comprising:
a first photosensitive member and a second photosensitive member;
a first motor and a second motor configured to rotate the first photosensitive member and the second photosensitive member,
respectively;

a detection section configured to detect rotation phases of the first photosensitive member and the second photosensitive
member;

a stop processing section configured to control the first motor and the second motor to stop the first photosensitive member
and the second photosensitive member such that the rotation phase of the first photosensitive member and the rotation phase
of the second photosensitive member have predetermined relations based on the detected rotation phases of the first photosensitive
member and the second photosensitive member, after the end of image formation;

a control section configured to drive the first motor and the second motor at predetermined time intervals without an image
formation instruction to rotate the first photosensitive member and the second photosensitive member, respectively, after
the stop processing by the stop processing section until a next image formation;

a calculation unit configured to calculate a cumulative value of first rotation amounts of the first photosensitive member
and a cumulative value of second rotation amounts of the second photosensitive member after the stop processing by the stop
processing section; and

a startup control section configured to control the first motor and the second motor to perform a startup process of the first
photosensitive member and a startup process of the second photosensitive member based on a difference between the cumulative
value of the first rotation amounts and the cumulative value of the second rotation amounts,

wherein the startup control section delays the startup process of the first motor from the startup process of the second motor
by a time period based on the difference between the cumulative value of the first rotation amounts and the cumulative value
of the second rotation amounts when the cumulative value of the first rotation amounts is greater than the cumulative value
of the second rotation amounts, and delays the startup process of the second motor from the startup process of the first motor
by a time period based on the difference between the cumulative value of the first rotation amounts and the cumulative value
of the second rotation amounts when the cumulative value of the second rotation amounts is greater than the cumulative value
of the first rotation amounts for the next image formation.

US Pat. No. 9,094,598

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND FOCUSING METHOD WITH FIRST AND SECOND IMAGE PICKUPS ON PRIMARY AND SECONDARY IMAGING PLANES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a first image pickup element that includes a plurality of image pickup pixels each configured to generate an image of an object
by performing a photoelectric conversion for light from an image pickup lens, wherein the first image pickup element is configured
to be located on a secondary imaging plane;

a second image pickup element that includes a plurality of image pickup pixels each configured to generate an image of an
object by performing a photoelectric conversion for light from an image pickup lens, wherein the second image pickup element
is configured to be located on a primary imaging plane, wherein the second pickup element is configured to be able to output
signal for recording image;

a first detector configured to detect a defocus amount related to a phase difference between two images of the object from
the first image pickup element;

a second detector configured to detect a defocus amount based on a phase difference for two images of the object recorded
from the second image pickup element; and

a controller configured to provide focusing based on a defocus amount obtained from a detection result of the first detector,
and set a correcting value used to correct a defocus amount obtained from a detection result of the first detector so that
a difference can be reduced between the defocus amount obtained from the detection result of the first detector and a defocus
amount obtained from the detection result of the second detector, wherein the correcting value is acquired from information
according to the defocus amount detected by the second detector by using signal for recording image.

US Pat. No. 9,094,629

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a pixel configured to generate a signal by photoelectric conversion;
a comparator configured to compare the signal based on the pixel with a reference signal varied with time;
a counter configured to perform counting until the comparator outputs a signal indicating that a relationship in magnitude
between the signal based on the pixel and the reference signal is reversed; and

a control unit,
wherein the comparator includes a first amplifier that receives the reference signal at a first input portion and the signal
based on the pixel at a second input portion to compare the signal based on the pixel with the reference signal, and

wherein the control unit sets a bandwidth of the comparator to a first bandwidth when the reference signal varies with time
at a first rate of change and sets the bandwidth of the comparator to a second bandwidth broader than the first bandwidth
when the reference signal varies with time at a second rate of change smaller than the first rate of change.

US Pat. No. 9,091,799

LENS BARREL AND IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A lens barrel comprising:
a drive unit;
a lead screw that is provided on an axis of the drive unit and is rotatably driven by the drive unit;
a rotation member that is provided at a root section of the lead screw on the drive unit side and rotates integrally with
the lead screw;

a detecting unit configured to detect rotation of the rotation member;
a linear motion member that is screwed to the lead screw and advances or retracts in the direction of the optical axis of
an imaging optical system in accordance with the rotation drive of the lead screw; and

a lens holding frame that holds a lens which is part of the imaging optical system and advances or retracts in the direction
of the optical axis by engaging with the linear motion member,

wherein in a case where the lens holding frame is retracted toward a drive unit side, the rotation member and the lens holding
frame or the lens are overlapped with each other as viewed from the direction orthogonal to the optical axis.

US Pat. No. 9,095,003

HEATER AND IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A heater comprising:
an elongate substrate;
a first conductor provided on the substrate along a longitudinal direction of the substrate;
a second conductor provided on the substrate along the longitudinal direction of the substrate at a position different from
a position of the first conductor in a lateral direction of the substrate; and

a plurality of heat generating resistors connected in parallel between the first conductor and the second conductor, and configured
to generate heat by electrical power supplied through the first and second conductors,

wherein a temperature coefficient of resistance of the plurality of heat generating resistors is negative,
wherein each of the plurality of heat generating resistors overlaps an adjacent heat generating resistor in the longitudinal
direction of the substrate,

wherein each of the first conductor and the second conductor includes:
a first side parallel with the longitudinal direction of the substrate,
a second side including triangular shaped regions,
wherein the second side of the first conductor and the second side of the second conductor are opposed to each other, and
wherein each of the plurality of heat generating resistors is connected at one of the triangular shaped regions in the second
side of the first conductor and at one of the triangular shaped regions in the second side of the second conductor.

US Pat. No. 9,086,646

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT CORRECTS DEVELOPING BIAS VOLTAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive drum configured to be driven for rotation;
a developing roller configured to carry toner for developing an electrostatic latent image formed on said photosensitive drum,
said developing roller being disposed in a manner opposed to said photosensitive drum and driven for rotation; and

a memory and a processor, wherein the memory and processor are configured to:
apply a developing bias voltage for forming a developing electric field between said photosensitive drum and said developing
roller, to said developing roller, formation of the developing electric field causing the electrostatic latent image to be
developed with toner carried by said developing roller;

detect a current value corresponding to an electrostatic capacitance between said photosensitive drum and said developing
roller;

detect a rotation phase of said photosensitive drum;
perform operation for sampling a current value detected by said current value detection unit at a fixed time interval, in
synchronism with a detected rotation phase, a plurality of times while changing detection start timing, and store a current
value sampled each of the plurality of times, into a storage section;

interpolate current sampled values at each of the plurality of times of sampling to thereby calculate interpolated current
values over one rotation of said photosensitive drum, for each time;

calculate an average value of interpolated current values at each same phase of the calculated interpolated current values
over one rotation of said photosensitive drum, for each time;

create a correction table for correcting the developing bias voltage to be applied, using the calculated average value; and
control the developing bias voltage based on the created correction table.

US Pat. No. 9,086,649

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus configured to form an image using a recording material stored in a storage unit, the image forming
apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to, when the storage unit is mounted in the image forming apparatus, acquire first information
for calculating a remaining amount of the recording material in the storage unit and second information indicating that the
remaining amount of the recording material in the storage unit is less than a predetermined value;

a calculation unit configured to calculate the remaining amount of the recording material in the storage unit based on the
first information; and

a setting unit configured to, in a case where the value calculated by the calculation unit is less than the predetermined
value and the acquisition unit has not acquired the second information, set the predetermined value or a value a predetermined
amount greater than the predetermined value as an initial value of the remaining amount of the recording material in the storage
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,088,729

IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of controlling an imaging apparatus that images an imaging target region by dividing the imaging target region
into a plurality of divided regions and generates a merged image of a larger region than the divided regions by merging the
obtained images in the respective divided regions, the method comprising the steps of:
acquiring a first image and a second image in each of the plurality of divided regions;
generating a correction parameter from a relative position deviation amount between the second images of adjacent divided
regions using the second images; and

generating the merged image by correcting the first images of the adjacent divided regions using the correction parameter
and merging the corrected first images,

wherein the second image is an image in which a depth of field or a focusing position, or both, are different from those of
the first image.

US Pat. No. 9,086,660

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH MODIFIED TRANSFER BRUSH

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member adapted to bear a toner image;
a transfer belt that is movable; and
a transfer device adapted to transfer the toner image from the image bearing member to the transfer belt, the transfer device
positioned on the opposite side of the transfer belt from the image bearing member, the transfer device including a brush
member having a plurality of conductive filaments arranged to contact the transfer belt and a holding portion,

wherein each of a plurality of filament bundles is formed as a bundle of conductive filaments which are a part of the plurality
of conductive filaments, the plurality of filament bundles being arranged on the holding portion, and

wherein in each line along a moving direction of the transfer belt among lines of the plurality of filament bundles, a filament
bundle located on a most upstream side of the brush member with respect to the moving direction is partially cut off.

US Pat. No. 9,088,743

SCANNING CIRCUIT FOR IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state image pickup device comprising:
a plurality of pixels each including a photoelectric conversion unit, a floating diffusion region, a transfer switch for transferring
an electric charge from the photoelectric conversion unit to the floating diffusion region, and an amplification transistor
whose gate is electrically connected to the floating diffusion region; and

a scanning circuit for supplying a drive pulse to a control node of the transfer switch,
wherein the transfer switch is turned off by holding for a predetermined period a first level of the drive pulse supplied
from the scanning circuit to the control node of the transfer switch,

wherein the transfer switch is turned on by holding for a predetermined period a second level of the drive pulse supplied
from the scanning circuit to the control node of the transfer switch, and

wherein a first period for changing from the second level of the drive pulse to the first level of the drive pulse is longer
than a second period for changing from the first level of the drive pulse to the second level of the drive pulse.

US Pat. No. 9,086,667

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING CURRENT DETECTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording material, comprising:
a cartridge, detachably mountable to a main assembly of the image forming apparatus, including a memory and an image forming
process member actable on an image bearing member in an image forming process; and

current detecting means, provided in the main assembly, for detecting a value of current passing through the image forming
process member,

wherein the current detecting means detects the value of the current passing through the image forming process member when
a voltage is applied to the image forming process member, and the memory stores information for discriminating whether or
not the image forming process member is recyclable on the basis of the detected value of the current.

US Pat. No. 9,086,747

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,086,560

OPTICAL SYSTEM AND IMAGE PROJECTION APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical system comprising, in order from an enlargement side to a reduction side:
a front lens unit having negative refractive power;
a stop; and
a rear lens unit having positive refractive power,
wherein the front lens unit includes a combination lens in which a negative lens and a positive lens are adjacently arranged
in order from the enlargement side to the reduction side, and

wherein, when a focal length of the negative lens is fN, an Abbe number and relative partial dispersion of a material of the negative lens are ?N and ?N, respectively, an Abbe number and relative partial dispersion of a material of the positive lens are ?P and ?P, respectively, and a focal length of the entire optical system is fW, following conditions are satisfied:

?20
0.01<[?N?(?0.01618?N+0.6415)]?[?P?(?0.01618?P+0.6415)]<0.20.

US Pat. No. 9,083,831

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming portion for forming an image on a recording material;
an image reading portion for reading an original image, wherein said image reading portion is movable between a first open
position where said image reading portion opens access to said image forming portion and a first closed position where said
image reading portion closes access to said image forming portion;

an openable member movable between a second open position where said openable member opens access to an inside of said image
forming portion and a second closed position where said openable member closes access to the inside of said image forming
portion; and

a supporting member for supporting said openable member,
wherein when said image reading portion is located at the first open position, said openable member is supportable at the
second open position,

wherein when said image reading portion is moved toward the first closed position from a state in which said openable member
is supported at the second open position by said supporting member, closing of said openable member from a predetermined position,
which is between the second open position and the second closed position and which is closer to the second closed position
than the second open position, is limited by said supporting member, and

wherein when said image reading portion is moved toward the first closed position from a state in which the closing of said
openable member from the predetermined position is limited by said supporting member, limitation of said openable member by
said supporting member is eliminated.

US Pat. No. 9,081,257

IMAGING APPARATUS AND LIGHTING CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire information related to a luminance of a subject;
a main flash quantity determination unit configured to determine a main flash quantity of a flash apparatus based on information
related to the luminance of the subject, which is acquired by the acquisition unit in a state where the flash apparatus is
pre-flashing;

an exposure determination unit configured to determine an exposure control value used when the flash apparatus pre-flashes,
based on information related to the luminance of the subject, which is acquired by the acquisition unit in a state where the
flash apparatus does not flash; and

a pre-flash quantity determination unit configured to determine a pre-flash quantity of the flash apparatus based on the exposure
control value determined by the exposure determination unit, before the flash apparatus pre-flashes.

US Pat. No. 9,082,041

PATTERN IDENTIFYING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A pattern identifying apparatus in which a plurality of processing target regions are arranged in a reticular pattern at
a predetermined interval S1, S2, . . . , SN in each dimensional direction of input data in N dimensions, and that identifies a predetermined pattern from each processing
target region, the apparatus comprising:
an input device that inputs data in the N dimensions;
a processor;
a plurality of memories whose number is a product of numbers that are assigned to respective dimensions to hold input data
obtained by the input device;

a memory access controller that writes the input data in the plurality of memories in accordance with a predetermined rule
and reads, in parallel, data at the same position in each of the processing target regions relative to a reference point,
which is provided in each of the processing target region;

wherein a feature amount is calculated using a plurality of sets of data that are read in parallel by the memory access controller;
and

wherein a predetermined pattern is identified using the feature amount calculated,
wherein at least one pair of the interval determined for each dimensional direction and a corresponding number of the memories
is in a coprime relationship.

US Pat. No. 9,082,067

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a selection section configured to select one of a first sample print and a second sample print; and
an output section configured to output a reference image and a first plurality of images arranged in a first layout to an
image outputting device in a case where the first sample print is selected, and to output the reference image and a second
plurality of images arranged in a second layout to the image outputting device in a case where the second sample print is
selected,

wherein the first layout is a layout where the reference image is arranged at nearly a center of the layout and the first
plurality of images are arranged around the reference image,

wherein the second layout is a layout where the reference image is arranged at nearly a corner of the layout and the second
plurality of images are arranged to a periphery of the reference image, and

wherein each of the first plurality of images is generated using color processing parameters which are determined based on
color processing parameters for the reference image, and in a case where a first color processing parameter contained in the
determined color processing parameters is not included in a predetermined range, the first color processing parameter is set
to fall within the predetermined range, and a second color processing parameter which is different from the first color processing
parameter and which is contained in the determined color processing parameters is changed according to the setting of the
first color processing parameter.

US Pat. No. 9,083,879

FOCUS DETECTION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A focus detection apparatus which includes an image pickup element having a plurality of focus-detecting pixels for respectively
receiving light from an object which passes through different exit pupil areas of a photographing lens and forming a pair
of image signals of the object, comprising:
an image restoration filter calculation unit configured to calculate image restoration filters by performing a center-of-gravity
adjustment of a pair of image restoration filters for restoring a first pair of image signals on the basis of a second pair
of image signals different from the first pair of image signals and an image shift amount which is calculated from a pair
of image signals of the object which are formed by the plurality of focus-detecting pixels;

an image restoration processing unit configured to restore the first pair of image signals by using the pair of image restoration
filters calculated by the image restoration filter calculation unit, thereby generating a pair of restored image signals;
and

a focus detection unit configured to detect a defocus amount of the photographing lens by using the pair of restored image
signals generated by the image restoration processing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,081,531

SYSTEM, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A system including a server and an image forming apparatus, wherein the server comprises:
a storage unit configured to, for each user, store data corresponding to a document printable by the user in a storage device;
a provision unit configured to, according to an instruction from a first user, provide a list of the data corresponding to
a document printable by the first user stored in the storage unit;

an addition unit configured to add data selected from the list provided by the provision unit to the storage device as data
corresponding to a document printable by a second user; and

a transmission unit configured to, if the list has been provided to the image forming apparatus by the provision unit, transmit
to the image forming apparatus print data corresponding to the data selected from the list in response to a request from the
image forming apparatus, and

wherein the image forming apparatus comprises:
a first receiving unit configured to issue a request to the server and then to receive from the server a list of data corresponding
to a document printable by a user using the image forming apparatus;

a second receiving unit configured to issue a request to the server and then to receive from the server print data corresponding
to data selected from the list received by the first receiving unit;

a printing unit configured to print the print data received by the second receiving unit; and
an added data notification unit configured to issue a notification related to a printing of the data added by the addition
unit via a display unit of the image forming apparatus during a usage of the image forming apparatus by the second user,

wherein contents of the notification include a message from the first user to the second user and a deadline until which the
added data is able to be printed.

US Pat. No. 9,075,388

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording material, wherein a cartridge is detachably mountable to
said image forming apparatus, said image forming apparatus comprising:
a first movable member movable between a projection position in which said first movable member is in an insertion path of
a contact portion provided on said cartridge when said cartridge is mounted to a main assembly of said image forming apparatus,
and a retracted position in which said first movable member is retracted from the insertion path, wherein said first movable
member moves from the projection position to the retracted position by being contacted by the contact portion; and

a second movable member movable between an open position for permitting said cartridge toward downstream with respect to an
inserting direction in which said cartridge is mounted to said main assembly and a blocking position for preventing said cartridge
from moving toward the downstream by contacting said contact portion, said second movable member being interrelated with said
first movable member so that when said first movable member is in the projection position, said second movable member takes
the open position, and when said first movable member is in the retracted position, said second movable member takes the blocking
position,

wherein in the process of mounting said cartridge to said main assembly, said contact portion passes said first movable member
in the inserting direction, and said first movable member moves from the retracted position to the projection position, and
then said second movable member moves from the blocking position to the open position, and said contact portion passes said
second movable member in the inserting direction.

US Pat. No. 9,075,949

SUPPORTING DESIGN OF ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus for supporting design of an electronic equipment, comprising:
an acquisition section configured to acquire design information including layout information of a print circuit board associated
with the electronic equipment, and component information;

an extractor configured to extract, based on the design information, signal lines respectively and electrically connected
to pins of a connector, wherein the connector is used to electrically connect plural electronic equipment to each other through
a cable; and

a detector configured to detect a signal line from the extracted signal lines, as a victim wiring, wherein the detected signal
line crosses a signal line other than the extracted signal lines in a case where it is viewed from a laminating direction
of layers of the print circuit board,

wherein the extractor further extracts signal lines before and after passage of a noise reduction component, and in a case
where a first signal line after passing through the noise reduction component connected to a pin of the connector crosses
a second signal line before passing through the noise reduction component, the detector detects the first signal line as the
victim wiring, and

wherein at least one of the acquisition section, the extractor, or the detector is implemented at least in part by hardware
components of the apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,076,235

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus which generates, from first image data having a first resolution, second image data having
a second resolution lower than the first resolution, comprising a processor configured to implement:
a determination unit configured to determine a pixel of interest in the first image data based on a ratio of the first resolution
and the second resolution;

a selection unit configured to select one of a plurality of filters in accordance with a position of the pixel of interest
in the first image data that has been determined by the determination unit; and

a generation unit configured to generate second image data having the second resolution by performing filter processing for
a region including the pixel of interest by using the filter selected by the selection unit,

wherein the ratio of the first resolution and the second resolution is not an integral multiple, and the filter selected by
the selection unit is defined by filter coefficients regarding each of the pixel of interest and a pixel other than the pixel
of interest included in the region in accordance with the ratio of the first resolution and the second resolution.

US Pat. No. 9,074,929

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS HAVING A LIGHT GUIDE UNIT REFRACTING INCIDENT LIGHT FROM A SCREEN TO A SENSOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image display apparatus, comprising:
a display panel configured to display an image on a screen; and
a photometric unit configured to measure light incident from the screen,
wherein the photometric unit includes:
a sensor configured to measure the incident light; and
a light guide unit configured to guide the incident light to the sensor by refracting the incident light.

US Pat. No. 9,075,330

COLOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING FUNCTION OF OBTAINING COLOR INFORMATION OF PATCH

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus including a fixing unit configured to heat and fix an unfixed toner image on a printing material,
comprising:
a colorimetry unit configured to obtain color information of toner patches of a plurality of colors, by irradiating the toner
patches of the plurality of colors fixed on the printing material with light and dispersing light reflected by the toner patches,
and

wherein the toner patches of the plurality of colors include a first toner patch and a second toner patch,
color information of the first toner patch and the second toner patch vary when a temperature variation occurs,
an amount of variation in the color information of the first toner patch is larger than that of the second toner patch, and
the first toner patch is fixed by the fixing unit before the second toner patch is fixed by the fixing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,076,266

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for generating image data representing at least one object in a virtual three-dimensional
space using a ray-tracing method, the apparatus comprising:
a first determiner configured to determine whether or not light to be traced strikes an object;
a second determiner configured to determine, in a case where it is determined that the light strikes the object, a distance
between the object and a view point in the virtual three-dimensional space so as to determine whether light or a plurality
of entities of spectral light are to be used as a target for tracing by the ray-tracing method; and

a third determiner configured to determine a pixel value of image data representing the object by tracing the target for tracing,
determined by the second determiner, from the view point to a light source in the virtual three-dimensional space,

wherein the second determiner determines the plurality of entities of spectral light as the target for tracing between the
object and the view point, in a case where the distance is less than a first distance, (a) the target for tracing comprises
a ray of one of a plurality of channels based on visual perception properties in a first case where the distance is less than
the first distance and not less than a second distance, (b) the target for tracing comprises a ray of a single wavelength
in a second case where the distance is less than the second distance, and (c) the second determiner determines the light as
the target for tracing between the object and the view point, in a third case where the distance is not less than the first
distance,

wherein the third determiner calculates an attenuation factor of light in a path of the tracing in the third case, calculates
a spectral attenuation factor in a path of the tracing in the second case, calculates a channel attenuation factor in a path
of the tracing in the first case, and determines a pixel value of image data representing the object using those attenuation
factors, and

wherein the first to third determiners are implemented using a processor.

US Pat. No. 9,075,553

PRINTING IN ACCORDANCE WITH SHEET SIZE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method comprising:
inputting a sheet size of a sheet;
executing, in a case where the input sheet size is not within a maximum page size which can be set in a page setting of an
application, a setting to the page setting, the setting being for setting a page size which corresponds to an aspect ratio
of the input sheet size and is within the maximum page size; and

executing a process so that data corresponding to an object arranged in the page of the page size set by the setting is scaled
to a size corresponding to the input sheet size,

wherein an information processing device performs the inputting, the executing of the setting, and the executing of the process,
by executing a plug-in program for extending functionality of the application.

US Pat. No. 9,077,824

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a reading unit configured to read an image on an original and generate image data based on the read image;
a generating unit configured to generate an e-mail in which the image data generated by the reading unit is included;
a transmitting unit configured to transmit the e-mail in which the image data has been included;
a converting unit configured to convert the image data generated by the reading unit into image data following an internet
FAX standard; and

a control unit configured to control the generating unit to generate the e-mail in which the image data generated by the reading
unit but not converted by the converting unit is included when a first transmission mode is selected, and to generate the
e-mail in which the image data generated by the reading unit and converted by the converting unit is included when a second
transmission mode is selected,

wherein the transmitting unit transmits the e-mail in which the image data not converted by the converting unit is included
when the first transmission mode is selected, and transmits the e-mail in which the image data converted by the converting
unit is included when the second transmission mode is selected.

US Pat. No. 9,077,825

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM COMPRISING A SERVER APPARATUS AND AN INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS CONSTRUCTING AN OPERATION SCREEN, CONTROL METHOD AND PROGRAM THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image reading system comprising:
(A) a server apparatus including:
(a) an instruction unit that instructs an image reading apparatus to read an original, the instruction causing the image reading
apparatus (1) to generate image data, and (2) to store the image data in the image reading apparatus;

(b) a reception unit that receives a response to the instruction from the image reading apparatus, without receiving the image
data;

(c) a generation unit that generates, in a case where the response received by the reception unit includes a URL corresponding
to image data stored in the image reading apparatus, screen information for displaying a preview screen of the image data
stored in the image reading apparatus, in which the URL received by said reception unit is included, and generates, in a case
where the response received by the reception unit does not include the URL, screen information corresponding to the response
received by the reception unit; and

(d) a screen information transmission unit that transmits the screen information generated by said generation unit to the
image reading apparatus, and

(B) the image reading apparatus including:
(i) a reading unit that reads the original and generates the image data based on the instruction by said instruction unit;
(ii) a storing unit that stores the image data generated by said reading unit;
(iii) a response transmission unit that transmits, to the server apparatus, the response, without transmitting the image data;
and

(iv) a display control unit that (a) in a case where the screen information received from the server includes the URL, obtains
the image data stored in the storing unit based on the URL included in the received screen information, combines the screen
information with the obtained image data into the preview screen, and displays the preview screen including an image of the
original read by the reading unit, and (b) in a case where the screen information received from the server does not include
the URL, displays a screen in accordance with the received screen information.

US Pat. No. 9,075,338

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member;
a light illumination unit which includes a light emitting element and a rotating polygonal mirror including a plurality of
mirror surfaces as scanning surfaces and is configured to reflect light emitted from the light emitting element from the scanning
surfaces such that the photosensitive member which is charged is illuminated;

a development unit configured to form a toner image by attaching toner to a latent image formed on the photosensitive member
illuminated by the light illumination unit; and

a control unit configured to cause the light illumination unit to perform normal exposure of a first exposure amount such
that the toner is attached to an imaging portion to which the toner is to be attached on the photosensitive member and cause
the light illumination unit to perform weak exposure of a second exposure amount smaller than the first exposure amount such
that the toner is not attached to a non-image portion to which the toner is not to be attached on the photosensitive member,

wherein the light illumination unit performs the normal exposure by causing the light emitting element to emit light according
to a pulse corresponding to image data and performs the weak exposure by causing the light emitting element to emit light
according to a pulse with a narrower width than the pulse corresponding to the image data,

wherein the control unit is capable of executing a first mode for forming a toner image on the photosensitive member that
rotates at a first speed and a second mode for forming a toner image on the photosensitive member that rotates at a second
speed slower than the first speed, and

wherein, in the first mode, the control unit causes the light illumination unit to perform a weak exposure by serially using
adjacent scanning surfaces of the rotating polygonal mirror, and

wherein, in the second mode, the control unit causes the light illumination unit to perform a weak exposure during one rotation
of the rotating polygonal mirror by only using a part of the plurality of scanning surfaces of the rotating polygonal mirror.

US Pat. No. 9,075,827

IMAGE RETRIEVAL APPARATUS, IMAGE RETRIEVAL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image retrieval apparatus comprising:
a designation unit configured to designate a query area of an image based on a user's designation operation;
a determination unit configured to determine whether the query area designated by the designation unit and an area where a
local feature amount is difficult to be extracted overlap each other; and

a retrieval unit configured to retrieve, when the determination unit determines that the query area designated by the designation
unit and the area where the local feature amount is difficult to be extracted do not overlap each other, image feature data
with which a local feature amount and the image are associated and which is stored in a storage device based on a local feature
amount extracted from the query area.

US Pat. No. 9,077,883

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS WITH VIBRATION DETECTION, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus having an operation member comprising at least one of a physical switch, a lever, and
a button, the information processing apparatus comprising:
a vibration detector configured to detect vibration of the information processing apparatus;
a member operation detector configured to detect an operation of the operation member; and
a processor configured to execute, after a delay period after the vibration detector has detected the vibration has expired
and operation of the operation member during said delay period has not been detected, a function assigned to the detected
vibration, and to execute, if the operation of the operation member is detected by the member operation detector within said
delay period, a function corresponding to the operation of the operation member without executing the function assigned to
the detected vibration.

US Pat. No. 9,071,781

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND DEFECTIVE PIXEL DETECTION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor including a plurality of pixels each having a microlens and a plurality of photoelectric conversion units
that share the microlens;

a first defective pixel detection unit configured to detect a defective photoelectric conversion unit from among the plurality
of photoelectric conversion units; and

a second defective pixel detection unit configured to detect a defective pixel from among the plurality of pixels,
wherein the first defective pixel detection method in which each of the plurality of photoelectric conversion units is sequentially
taken as a subject for detection, and whether or not the photoelectric conversion unit of the subject for detection has a
defect is determined,

wherein in the first defective pixel detection method, the first defective pixel detection unit compares an output signal
that is output from the photoelectric conversion unit of the subject for detection with first signals, and

wherein the first signals are output from photoelectric conversion units included in pixels peripheral to the pixel including
the photoelectric conversion unit of the subject for detection, each position of each of the photoelectric conversion units
included in the peripheral pixels corresponding to a position of the photoelectric conversion unit of the subject for detection
with respect to the microlens,

wherein the second defective pixel detection unit determines defective pixels using a second defective pixel detection method
in which each of the plurality of pixels is sequentially taken as a subject for detection and whether or not the pixel of
the subject for detection has a defect is determined, and

wherein in the second defective pixel detection method, the second defective pixel detection unit compares a sum of output
signals from the plurality of photoelectric conversion units included in the pixel of the subject for detection with a sum
of output signals from the plurality of photoelectric conversion units included in pixels peripheral to the pixel of the subject
for detection.

US Pat. No. 9,071,504

DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A data processing apparatus comprising:
a plurality of modules each configured to execute data processing based on input data;
a control unit configured to output a control signal at a timing for transferring the input data; and
a plurality of routers, each having a plurality of input ports and a plurality of output ports, a plurality of demultiplexers,
and a storage unit configured to store correspondence information indicative of a corresponding relationship among identification
information of the input ports, a value of a control signal of an input timing to the input ports, identification information
of the output ports, and a value of a control signal of an output timing to the output ports, said plurality of demultiplexers
being configured to relay data transmission among said plurality of modules,

wherein each of said plurality of demultiplexers associates one of said plurality of input ports with one of said plurality
of output ports based on correspondence information corresponding to the control signal delivered at the input timing to one
of the input ports of a router of said plurality of routers from said control unit,

wherein the control signal is delivered to said router from said control unit separately from data to be transferred by said
router, and

wherein said router outputs input data to the associated output port in a case where the value of the control signal output
by said control unit is the value of the control signal of the output timing to the output port represented in the correspondence
information.

US Pat. No. 9,071,773

PROJECTION SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A projection apparatus, comprising:
a processor coupled to a memory;
a combining unit that generates a first combined image which includes a first image and a second image different from the
first image;

a communicator configured to transmit the second image to another projection apparatus, wherein the another projection apparatus
is configured to project a second combined image including the second image;

a controller configured to control the communicator to transmit, to the another projection apparatus, information relating
to a position where the second image is combined with the first image; and

a projector configured to project the first combined image in a mode in which the first combined image and the second combined
image are projected to be combined with each other on a screen,

wherein the combining unit is implemented by the processor.

US Pat. No. 9,071,803

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an estimator configured to estimate an amount of a color blur of each of multiple color components included in a color image;
a processor configured to perform a color blur reduction process to reduce, from the color image, the color blur of each color
component by using the estimated amount of the color blur thereof; and

a decider configured to acquire a hue formed by the color blurs of the color components and to decide, depending on the hue,
an order of the color components on which the color blur reduction processes are performed.

US Pat. No. 9,070,531

X-RAY GENERATOR TUBE HAVING IMPROVED COOLING CONTAINER AND X-RAY IMAGING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An X-ray generator comprising:
an X-ray tube including a cylindrical body with two end faces;
an electron source in the cylindrical body between the two end faces;
a target arranged at an end face of the cylindrical body so as to face the electron source, the target generating X-rays by
irradiation with electrons emitted from the electron source;

a container in which the X-ray tube is arranged;
insulating liquid filled between the X-ray tube and the container; and
a holding member holding the cylindrical body in the container, the holding member forming a channel for the insulating liquid
around the X-ray tube,

wherein a direction in which the electron source and the target face each other is parallel to a cylindrical axis of the cylindrical
body, and

wherein a distance, which is measured parallel to the cylindrical axis, between the holding member and the outer surface of
the X-ray tube at the end face where the target is arranged is twice or more as large as a minimum width of the channel.

US Pat. No. 9,070,008

OBJECT RECOGNITION APPARATUS AND DICTIONARY DATA REGISTRATION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An object recognition apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory including instructions which, when executed by the processor, cause the object recognition apparatus to:
store dictionary data in which a plurality of pieces of feature information obtained from a plurality of images of one object
are put into groups based on similarities thereof and registered in association with the object;

detect an object from an image and, from an image of the object, extract feature information to be newly registered;
when the detected object is registered in the dictionary data, select a group corresponding to the detected object based on
a similarity between the extracted feature information and feature information belonging to each group of the detected object;

when the detected object is not registered in the dictionary data, add a new dictionary data and register the extracted feature
information;

when the detected object is registered in the dictionary data and the corresponding group has been selected, register the
extracted feature information in the corresponding group of the dictionary data; and

when the detected object is registered in the dictionary data and the corresponding group has not been selected, add a new
group to the detected object in the dictionary data and register the extracted feature information.

US Pat. No. 9,067,440

INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, PRINTING APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM FOR SUPRESSING LIGHT SCATTERING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

6. An information processing apparatus for generating print data to a printing apparatus which forms an image on a printing
medium with a plurality of types of printing materials, the apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire light scattering characteristic information representing a light scattering characteristic
of each of the plurality of types of printing materials;

a conversion unit configured to convert input color data indicated by input image data into printing material data corresponding
to the plurality of types of printing materials; and

a generation unit configured to generate print data for forming an image on the printing medium by superposing the plurality
of types of printing materials in at least some pixels of an output image in an order complying with intensities of the acquired
light scattering characteristics of the plurality of types of printing materials on the basis of the printing material data.

US Pat. No. 9,063,514

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a plurality of cartridges, each of which comprises a photosensitive member having a surface on which a latent image is formed
and a developing unit including a developing member for supplying a toner to the latent image formed on the surface of the
photosensitive member, wherein the plurality of cartridges includes a first cartridge and a second cartridge which is arranged
closer to a fixing device than the first cartridge;

the fixing device for fixing, on a recording material, a transferred toner image by heating the recording material;
a cooling device for cooling the plurality of cartridges by flowing air through a plurality of openings, each of which is
provided to be opposed to each of the plurality of cartridges; and

a plurality of shielding members, each of which shields a corresponding one of the plurality of openings,
wherein in each of the plurality of cartridges, the developing unit is movable between a first position at which the developing
member supplies a toner to the photosensitive member and a second position at which the developing member is at a position
farther than the first position from the photosensitive member,

wherein each of the plurality of shielding members changes positions in association with a position of the developing unit
of a corresponding one of the plurality of cartridges, and

wherein as viewed in a longitudinal direction of the first cartridge, a first area in which the shielding member does not
cover in an opening corresponding to the first cartridge among the plurality of openings in a case where the developing unit
of the first cartridge is at the second position is smaller than the first area in a case where the developing unit of the
first cartridge is at the first position, and as viewed in a longitudinal direction of the second cartridge, a second area
in which the shielding member does not cover in an opening corresponding to the second cartridge among the plurality of openings
in a case where the developing unit of the second cartridge is at the second position is smaller than the second area in a
case where the developing unit of the second cartridge is at the first position, and

wherein in a case where the developing units of the first and second cartridges are at the second position, as viewed in a
longitudinal direction of the plurality of the cartridges, the second area in which the second cartridge does not cover in
the opening corresponding to the second cartridge is larger than the first area in which the shielding member does not cover
in the opening corresponding to the first cartridge.

US Pat. No. 9,065,754

CLIENT BASED CONGESTION CONTROL MECHANISM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of notifying control information to a congestion control mechanism in charge of controlling data segments sending
rate of a server towards a client, the method comprising:
receiving data segments into a reception buffer at the client;
detecting loss events from the received data segments, a loss event corresponding to one or more lost data segments; and
notifying the congestion control mechanism with a number of notified loss events that is different from a number of detected
loss events and is dependent on the number of detected loss events and a measure of criticality related to the reception of
the data segments by the clients.

US Pat. No. 9,063,450

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PERFORMING EXPOSURE ON PHOTORECEPTOR DRUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,063,686

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,065,036

VIBRATION-TYPE DRIVING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A vibration-type driving apparatus comprising:
a vibrating body including an electro-mechanical energy conversion element and an elastic body to which the electro-mechanical
energy conversion element is joined; and

a flexible printed board connected to the electro-mechanical energy conversion element,
wherein the flexible printed board includes a first region bonded to at least the location of an antinode portion of vibration
of the vibrating body and a second region that is adjacent to the first region and that is not bonded to the electro-mechanical
energy conversion element; and

at least a part of a boundary between the first region and the second region is located at a node portion of the vibration
of the vibrating body.

US Pat. No. 9,063,491

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC FIXING MEMBER, FIXING APPARATUS AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,060,087

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,057,819

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,060,194

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,059,059

SOLID STATE IMAGE SENSOR HAVING A FIRST OPTICAL WAVEGUIDE WITH ONE CONTIGUOUS CORE AND A SECOND OPTICAL WAVEGUIDE WITH PLURAL CORES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid state image sensor having a plurality of ranging pixels, each of the ranging pixels including:
a plurality of photoelectric conversion sections for converting light into an electric signal; and
an optical waveguide including a core region and a clad region arranged at a light-receiving side of the photoelectric conversion
section, wherein

the optical waveguide has at least two optical waveguides including a first optical waveguide and a second optical waveguide,
the second optical waveguide being arranged closer to the photoelectric conversion sections than the first optical waveguide,

the first optical waveguide has a single contiguous core region, and
the second optical waveguide has a plurality of core regions, each core region of the second optical waveguide transmitting
light from the single contiguous core region of the first optical waveguide to one of the photoelectric conversion sections
of the plurality of photoelectric sections.

US Pat. No. 9,053,997

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,055,172

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,048,152

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND FOCUS DETECTION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image sensor configured to include plural pixels to photoelectrically convert paired object images, the pixels being two-dimensionally
arranged;

a signal producing part configured to produce paired image signals corresponding to the paired object images; and
a calculating part configured to calculate a defocus amount,
wherein the calculating part is configured to shift the paired image signals relatively in a first direction,
configured to produce a plurality of first correlation data showing change of a correlation value of the paired image signals
according to their relative shift amount in the first direction, the plurality of first correlation data corresponding to
a plurality of areas in the image sensor,

configured to combine the plurality of first correlation data in a second direction different from the first direction for
producing second correlation data, and

configured to calculate the defocus amount from the second correlation data.

US Pat. No. 9,045,680

IRIDIUM COMPLEX, ORGANIC LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE, AND IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An iridium complex having the following general formula (1):

wherein H denotes a hydrogen atom, N denotes a nitrogen atom, Ir denotes an iridium atom,
R1 and R2 denote an alkyl group,

R3, R4, and R5 are independently selected from a hydrogen atom and alkyl groups, and

R6 denotes a hydrogen atom or a cyano group.

US Pat. No. 9,049,404

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD THAT PERFORM MULTIPLE IMAGE PROCESSES, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING A PROGRAM THEREOF, FOR DECOMPRESSING A COMPRESSED IMAGE ACCORDING TO FIRST AND SECOND INFORMATION INDICATING IMAGE PROCESSING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a plurality of image processing units that perform different kinds of image processing;
a storing unit configured to store a table indicating suitable resolutions respectively corresponding to the different kinds
of image processing;

a generating unit configured to add, to a block of image data, first information indicating a present resolution thereof and
second information indicating at least one kind of image processing to be performed by the plurality of image processing units
on the block of image data to generate a data packet;

a compressing unit configured to compress the block of image data in the data packet, wherein each of the different kinds
of image processing performed by the plurality of image processing units is different from image processing performed by the
compressing unit;

a calculating unit configured to calculate, based on the table, a maximum resolution among suitable resolutions of the at
least one kind of image processing indicated by the second information; and

a decompressing unit configured to decompress the compressed block of image data into the maximum resolution calculated by
the calculating unit,

wherein when the calculated maximum resolution is equal to the present resolution indicated by the first information, the
decompressing unit does not decompress the compressed block of image data.

US Pat. No. 9,049,361

ILLUMINATION DEVICE CAPABLE OF HAVING OPTICAL ACCESSORY ATTACHED FORWARD OF LIGHT EMISSION SECTION THEREOF, IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM, FILM HOLDER, LIGHT EMISSION CONTROL DEVICE, AND LIGHT EMISSION CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An illumination device that is capable of having an optical accessory attached forward of a light emission section thereof,
for changing color characteristics of light transmitted through the optical accessory, and is removably mounted on an image
pickup apparatus, comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire information on characteristics of the optical accessory attached forward of the
light emission section; and

a transmission unit configured to transmit the information on characteristics acquired by said acquisition unit to the image
pickup apparatus on which the illumination device is mounted,

wherein said acquisition unit acquires information on an amount of light reduced by the optical accessory when the light emission
section is caused to emit light, as the information on the characteristics.

US Pat. No. 9,049,365

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,046,793

LIGHT TRANSMISSIVE MOLD AND APPARATUS FOR IMPRINTING A PATTERN ONTO A MATERIAL APPLIED ON A SEMICONDUCTOR WORKPIECE AND RELATED METHODS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light transmissive mold used for imprinting a pattern onto a material applied on a semiconductor workpiece, the mold
being formed from a substrate of a material, the mold comprising:
a first outer surface comprising a patterned region and a non-patterned region, the non-patterned region having a surface
at a first level, the patterned region having a pattern to be imprinted onto the material, the pattern including a concave
portion and a convex portion, the convex portion being disposed at the first level of the non-patterned region;

a second outer surface located on the mold opposite from the first outer surface in a thickness direction of the mold;
a stepped portion being disposed inwardly from the first outer surface towards the second outer surface in the thickness direction
of the mold, such that the stepped portion is disposed at a second level that is different than that of the non-patterned
region with respect to the thickness direction of the mold; and

a third outer surface provided on the stepped portion, the third outer surface having an alignment structure provided for
alignment between the mold and the workpiece, the alignment structure (a) being made of the same material as that of the substrate
of the mold, and (b) having a surface that is disposed at a third level that is different than that of each of (i) the stepped
portion with respect to the thickness direction, and (ii) the convex portion of the pattern of the patterned region of the
first outer surface with respect to the thickness direction, with a distance from the surface of the alignment structure to
the convex portion of the pattern of the patterned region of the first outer surface that is not less than 2 ?m and not greater
than 3 mm, such that the alignment structure does not contact the applied material through the imprinting.

US Pat. No. 9,046,797

PROCESS FOR PRODUCING ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

5.0×107?y?5.0×109  (i)

1.0×102?y/x?1.0×106  (ii).

US Pat. No. 9,046,859

SHEET CONVEYANCE APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A curl correction apparatus comprising:
an elastic roller;
a counter roller configured to face the elastic roller, wherein a sheet passes through a nip portion between the elastic roller
and the counter roller;

a supporting member having a first portion engaging with one of a shaft of the elastic roller and a shaft of the counter roller
and a second portion engaging with other of the shaft of the elastic roller and the shaft of the counter roller, the supporting
member supporting the elastic roller and the counter roller so the counter roller penetrates the elastic roller to form the
nip portion at a first position; and

a moving portion configured to move the supporting member from the first position to a second position where the second portion
disengages with the other of the shaft of the elastic roller and the shaft of the counter roller,

wherein, in a case where the supporting member is located at the second position by the moving portion, the nip portion between
the elastic roller and the counter roller can be opened.

US Pat. No. 9,046,355

MEASURING APPARATUS, MEASURING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A measuring apparatus comprising:
a projection control unit configured to cause a projection unit to project, onto an object, a first pattern having a light
portion and a dark portion, a second pattern having a light portion and a dark portion in which at least one of a width of
the light portion and a width of the dark portion is smaller than the first pattern and a boundary position between the light
portion and the dark portion of the second pattern is common to the first pattern, and a third pattern having a light portion
and a dark portion in which the light portion and the dark portion of the second pattern are reversed;

an acquisition unit configured to acquire a first captured image of the object onto which the first pattern is projected,
a second captured image of the object onto which the second pattern is projected, and a third captured image of the object
onto which the third pattern is projected; and

a calculation unit configured to derive the boundary position between the light portion and the dark portion included in the
first captured image based on the second and the third captured images to measure a position of the object.

US Pat. No. 10,397,963

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:at least one memory storing instructions; and
at least one processor executing the instructions stored in the memory;
wherein the instructions are executed to:
perform communication with a communication apparatus by a first communication method;
perform communication with the communication apparatus by a second communication method different from the first communication method;
obtain, from the communication apparatus, first information relating to a network connection in the communication apparatus using the first communication method; and
hold the obtained first information in the at least one memory, wherein
in a case where the information processing apparatus cannot communicate with the communication apparatus by the first communication method using the first information that is held in the at least one memory, obtain, from the communication apparatus and via communication using the second communication method, second information relating to the network connection in the communication apparatus using the first communication method; and
in a case where the obtained second information is different from the first information that is held in the at least one memory, transmit, to the communication apparatus and via communication using the second communication method, the first information.

US Pat. No. 10,244,563

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,244,576

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,139,766

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,139,768

IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,141,879

MOTOR CONTROL APPARATUS, SHEET CONVEYANCE APPARATUS, DOCUMENT FEEDING APPARATUS, DOCUMENT READING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A motor control apparatus to control a motor based on an instructed phase indicating a target phase of a rotor of the motor, the motor control apparatus comprising:a detector configured to detect a driving current flowing through a winding of the motor;
a phase determiner configured to determine a rotation phase of the rotor based on the driving current detected by the detector;
a converter configured to convert a current value in a stationary coordinate system which is detected by the detector into a current value in a rotational coordinate system based on the rotation phase determined by the phase determiner; and
a controller including a first control mode for controlling the driving current in a manner that a magnitude of the driving current detected by the detector becomes a target value set in a manner that a phase deviation between the instructed phase indicating the target phase of the rotor of the motor and the rotation phase determined by the phase determiner is decreased, and a second control mode for controlling the driving current based on a current having a previously determined magnitude,
wherein, in a case where the control mode for controlling the driving current is switched from the second control mode to the first control mode, the target value in the first control mode is set based on a value of a torque current component of the driving current detected by the detector during execution of the second control mode, and
wherein the torque current component corresponds to a current component represented by the rotational coordinate system of the driving current converted by the converter.

US Pat. No. 10,142,541

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,137,690

INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,139,745

TONER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,133,185

ILLUMINATION OPTICAL APPARATUS AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An illumination optical apparatus for illuminating a mask with light from a light source, the apparatus comprising:an optical integrator configured to reflect the light incident from an incident end plane in an inner surface a plurality of times;
an image forming optical system configured to form an image of an emission end plane of the optical integrator on the mask, an illumination area of the mask corresponding to a position of the emission end plane of the optical integrator; and
a tilting unit configured to tilt the optical integrator with a center position of the emission end plane of the optical integrator designated as a rotation center,
wherein telecentricity of light incident on the mask changes according to the tilt of the optical integrator.

US Pat. No. 10,136,009

IMAGE READING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,133,753

DATA PROCESSING METHOD AND DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing method of determining a class to which each of a plurality of pixels in an input image belongs, the method comprising:selecting a plurality of pixels from the input image as a plurality of representative data items of the input image;
setting a search range for each pixel in the input image based on a position of that pixel;
calculating a distance between each pixel in the input image and each of the plurality of representative data items in the search range set for that pixel, using a L1 distance and a L? distance, respectively;
selecting a result of calculating the distance for each pixel in the input image from a result using the L1 distance and a result using the L? distance based on localization of magnitudes of differences in components of color vectors between input data; and
allocating each pixel in the input image to a class to which a representative data item, from which a shortest distance has been obtained out of results selected in the selecting of the result of calculating, belongs.