US Pat. No. 9,542,098

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,538,064

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, LENS APPARATUS, AND CAMERA APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an operation member that operates and outputs a defocus amount for performing a defocus photography;
a lens portion including a magnification-varying lens unit that moves in an optical axis direction during zooming;
an image pickup element configured to move during zooming in the optical axis direction along a predetermined moving locus,
in a case where the defocus amount output from the operation member is zero; and

a controller configured to control movement of the image pickup element in the optical axis direction and having a memory
that stores the predetermined moving locus,

wherein the controller is configured to control the movement of the image pickup element to:
one side in the optical axis direction with respect to the predetermined moving locus in a case where the zoom position is
set within a range of a predetermined zoom position from a wide angle end and the defocus amount output from the operation
member is not zero; and

the other side in the optical axis direction with respect to the predetermined moving locus in a case where the zoom position
is set on a telephoto end side of the predetermined zoom position and the defocus amount output from the operation member
is not zero.

US Pat. No. 9,538,097

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING A PLURALITY OF IMAGE PICKUP UNITS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus that includes a first image pickup unit for obtaining a first image, and a second image pickup
unit for obtaining a second image when the first image is obtained, comprising:
a generation unit configured to generate first azimuth information by detecting a photographing direction of the first image
pickup unit, and generate second azimuth information by detecting a photographing direction of the second image pickup unit;
and

a recording unit configured to record the first azimuth information in association with the first image, and the second azimuth
information in association with the second image, in at least one recording medium,

wherein the second image pickup unit is configured to be capable of changing the photographing direction with respect to the
first image pickup unit, and

wherein the second image pickup unit is disposed in a display unit a direction of which can be changed with respect to the
image pickup apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,533,504

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD AND LIQUID DISCHARGE DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

X1?Z1/0.4

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

US Pat. No. 9,527,281

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:
a first recording element substrate and a second recording element substrate, each including:
a substrate portion having a plurality of longitudinally-shaped supply holes formed through the substrate and positioned parallel
with respect to other;

an ejection orifice member disposed on top of the substrate, including:
a plurality of bubble chambers formed in the ejection orifice member that are respectively disposed in a longitudinal row,
wherein a heat application portion that applies thermal energy to generate bubbles for ejecting liquid from the ejection orifice
is disposed inside of each of the bubble chambers; and

a plurality of ejection orifice rows respectively disposed in a longitudinal row above the plurality of bubble chambers; and
a plurality of sets of electroconductive protective films disposed in an upper part of the substrate portion so as to respectively
cover at least the plurality of heat application portions, the plurality of sets of electroconductive protective films being
electrically connected to each other in parallel; and

a plurality of electrode terminals disposed on each opposing end of the substrate portion; and
an electric wiring substrate including wiring for supplying electric power to the first recording element substrate and the
second recording element substrate,

wherein the plurality of sets of electroconductive protective films from the first recording element substrate and the second
recording element substrate are further electrically connected to each other in parallel through the electric wiring substrate
via at least one electrode terminal of each opposing end of each of the first recording element substrate and the second recording
element substrate, and

wherein when anodization of a portion of the electroconductive protective film in the liquid ejection head occurs due to a
defect, anodization is then also caused to occur with all remaining other portions of the electroconductive protective film,
thereby causing thermal characteristics of the plurality of sets of electroconductive protective films to be made uniform.

US Pat. No. 9,527,314

INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,530,692

METHOD OF FORMING THROUGH WIRING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,527,685

FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,525,792

IMAGE READING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE READING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image reading apparatus comprising:
a reading unit configured to read an image on a document to generate image data;
a document conveyance unit configured to convey the document to the reading unit;
a first identification unit configured to identify a size of the document before the document conveyance unit starts conveying
the document;

a reading control unit configured to control the reading unit to read the document, based on the size identified by the first
identification unit; and

a second identification unit configured to identify a size of the document after the document conveyance unit starts conveying
the document,

wherein the reading control unit is configured to perform control to, in a case where the size identified by the first identification
unit is smaller than the size identified by the second identification unit, cancel reading processing and, in a case where
the size identified by the first identification unit is greater than the size identified by the second identification unit,
continue the reading processing.

US Pat. No. 9,525,758

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR SELECTING DEVICE, AND PROGRAM THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing system for instructing a first device associated with a first user and any one of a plurality
of devices associated with a second user to execute a predetermined service, the information processing system comprising:
one or more processors and a memory storing instructions, that when executed by the one or more processors, causes the one
or more processors to

acquire, from the memory, an association intensity value between the first and second user, the association intensity value
indicative of a degree of intimacy between the first and second user and, for each of the plurality of devices associated
with the second user, a device attribute characterizing a type of association between the second user and each of the plurality
of devices; and

select from the plurality of devices associated with the second user, a target device for executing a service between the
first device of the first user and the target device of the second user, based on a type of predetermined service to be executed
and a determination that the acquired device attribute and the acquired association intensity value between the first and
second user meet a predetermined condition; and

instruct the first device associated with the first user to execute the predetermined service with the selected one of the
plurality of devices associated with the second user and enable connection of the first device of the first user with the
selected one of the plurality of devices associated with the second user and execute the predetermined service ensuring a
predetermined level of security associated with the connection and execution is met.

US Pat. No. 9,521,952

PHOTOACOUSTIC IMAGING APPARATUS, PHOTOACOUSTIC IMAGING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A subject information acquisition apparatus comprising:
an acoustic wave detector configured to receive a first acoustic wave generated in response to irradiation of a subject with
first light having a certain wavelength and convert the received first acoustic wave into a first electric signal and configured
to receive a second acoustic wave generated in response to irradiation of the subject with second light having the certain
wavelength whose irradiation condition and irradiation time point are different from that of the first light and convert the
received second acoustic wave into a second electric signal; and

a processor configured to acquire an optical absorption coefficient and an optical scattering coefficient of the subject by
using the first electric signal and the second electric signal, configured to acquire a light intensity distribution of the
first light in the subject based on the optical absorption coefficient and the optical scattering coefficient of the subject
acquired by using the first electric signal and the second electric signal, and configured to acquire information of the subject
related to an optical absorption coefficient distribution in the subject by using the first electrical signal and the light
intensity distribution of the first light in the subject,

wherein the irradiation condition is at least one of a direction of light irradiation, an illumination distribution on the
surface of the subject, and a position of light irradiation on the surface of the subject,

wherein the processor is configured to:
acquire a first initial sound pressure distribution in the subject by using the first electrical signal,
acquire a second initial sound pressure distribution in the subject by using the second electrical signal,
set temporary values of the optical absorption coefficient and the optical scattering coefficient of the subject,
acquire a first temporary light intensity distribution of the first light in the subject and a second temporary light intensity
distribution of the second light in the subject by using the temporary values,

acquire, as the optical absorption coefficient and the optical scattering coefficient of the subject, the temporary values
when it satisfies the following equation (1), by an inverse iteration method using a first initial sound pressure value P1 in the first initial sound pressure distribution at a specified position in the subject, a second initial sound pressure value
P2 in the second initial sound pressure distribution at the specified position, a first temporary light intensity value ?1 in the first temporary light intensity distribution of the first light at the specified position, and a second temporary light
intensity value ?2 in the second temporary light intensity distribution of the second light at the specified position, and


acquire the information of the subject by using the first initial sound pressure distribution and the light intensity distribution
of the first light.

US Pat. No. 9,517,907

SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,519,448

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,518,694

WORM MECHANISM AND UNIVERSAL HEAD APPARATUS USING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A worm mechanism provided with a worm shaft including a worm, bearings supporting the worm shaft at both sides so that
the worm shaft is rotatable, and a worm wheel that meshes with the worm, the worm mechanism comprising:
a first holding member that holds a drive source that drives the worm shaft and that holds the bearings; and
a first urging member configured to urge the first holding member in a first direction in which the worm meshes with the worm
wheel,

wherein the first holding member includes a holding portion configured to hold bearings that support the worm shaft at both
sides so that the worm shaft is rotatable, and

wherein the first holding member includes: a first surface holding the drive source; a second surface crossing perpendicularly
the first surface and holding the holding portion; and a third surface crossing perpendicularly the first surface and the
second surface, and being held by a second holding member.

US Pat. No. 9,513,583

FIXING DEVICE FOR SUPPRESSING REDUCED DURABILITY OF A FLEXIBLE ROTARY MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,505,133

ROBOT APPARATUS, ROBOT CONTROLLING METHOD, PROGRAM AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,509,943

LENS APPARATUS AND A CAMERA SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,501,007

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,503,587

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing device capable of executing a first wireless communication method and a second wireless communication
method having a communication range wider than that of the first wireless communication method, comprising:
a first communication unit configured to communicate with an apparatus by using the first wireless communication method; and
a second communication unit configured to communicate with an apparatus by using the second wireless communication method;
wherein, in a case where the first communication unit communicates with the apparatus and the second communication unit does
not find the same apparatus as the apparatus with which the first communication unit communicates, the second communication
unit transmits data to the apparatus by the second wireless communication method using information which is obtained by the
first communication unit and which is for a communication according to the second wireless communication method, and

wherein, in a case where the first communication unit communicates with an apparatus and the second communication unit finds
the same apparatus, the second communication unit transmits the data to the apparatus by the second wireless communication
method, without using the information.

US Pat. No. 9,503,590

IMAGING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGING APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus having a communication interface configured to communicate with an external device comprising:
a controller; and
a memory configured to store instructions which, when executed by the controller, cause the imaging apparatus to function
as:

selecting a photographing mode for execution from a first photographing mode and a second photographing mode, wherein a larger
memory capacity is necessary for data processing in the second photographing mode than a memory capacity necessary for data
processing in the first photographing mode; and

communicating with a first external device or a second external device through the communication interface, wherein,
when the first photographing mode is selected as the photographing mode for execution, a communication with both of the first
and second external devices is enabled, and,

when the second photographing mode is selected as the photographing mode for execution, a communication with the first external
device is enabled, while a communication with the second external device is disabled.

US Pat. No. 9,501,029

CONNECTION MECHANISM AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A connection mechanism comprising:
a connecting portion including a rotation arm rotatable about a rotation shaft at a first end of the rotation arm, an urging
unit configured to urge the rotation arm, and an engagement pin provided on a second end opposite to the first end of the
rotation arm; and

a connected portion having an engagement groove formed in a tapered shape to allow the engagement pin to enter therein and
contact therewith by the urging force of the urging unit,

wherein the connecting portion further includes a casing member configured to cover the rotation arm,
wherein the connected portion has a recessed portion allowing insertion of the casing member, and
wherein the engagement pin is configured to move along the engagement groove while the casing member is inserted into the
recess portion.

US Pat. No. 9,501,031

PACKAGED CARTRIDGE, PACKING MATERIAL AND CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,501,842

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD WITH COLOR CORRECTION OF OBSERVATION TARGET

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that adjusts a color of image data, comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a viewing angle of a first observation target and a viewing angle of a second observation
target; and

a color correction unit configured to perform correction of colors of image data representing the observation targets by using
the viewing angle of the first observation target and the viewing angle of the second observation target which are obtained
by the obtaining unit, wherein

the color correction unit performs the correction using correction parameters corresponding to the viewing angles, and
the color correction unit converts a colorimetric value obtained by measuring the color of the first observation target with
a measuring method using 2 degrees or 10 degrees as a measuring viewing angle, the measured colorimetric value being converted
by using

a first color correction parameter obtained from a correction parameter corresponding to the viewing angle for the measuring
method using 2 degrees or 10 degrees as a measuring viewing angle and a correction parameter corresponding to the viewing
angle of the first observation target,

a second color correction parameter obtained from the correction parameter corresponding to the viewing angle of the first
observation target and a correction parameter corresponding to the viewing angle of the second observation target, and

a third color correction parameter obtained from the correction parameter corresponding to the viewing angle of the second
observation target and the correction parameter corresponding to the viewing angle for the measuring method using 2 degrees
or 10 degrees as a measuring viewing angle.

US Pat. No. 9,502,460

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION ELEMENT AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,494,903

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH CLEANING MODE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,489,721

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,490,289

IMAGE SENSING DEVICE AND CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image sensing device comprising:
a plurality of photoelectric conversion portions;
a semiconductor substrate having a first surface for receiving incident light and a second surface on an opposite side to
the first surface, the plurality of photoelectric conversion portions being provided therein;

a first non-metal region arranged on a second surface side of the semiconductor substrate and arranged at a position at least
partially overlapping with the plurality of photoelectric conversion portions;

a second non-metal region arranged to face a side surface of the first non-metal region;
a reflection layer arranged on an opposite side of the first non-metal region to the semiconductor substrate; and
a wiring pattern on the second surface side of the semiconductor substrate, wherein the wiring pattern includes a portion
that is arranged at different height than the reflection layer from the second surface of the semiconductor substrate,

wherein a refractive index of the first non-metal region is higher than a refractive index of the second non-metal region,
and

wherein a bottom surface of the reflection layer faces an upper surface of the first non-metal region, and an area of the
upper surface of the first non-metal region is smaller than an area of the bottom surface of the reflection layer.

US Pat. No. 9,488,518

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,489,603

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM THAT DETERMINE WHETHER A WHITE CHARACTER EXISTS INSIDE A GRAPHICS OBJECT AND CONVERT DENSITY INFORMATION ACCORDINGLY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

6. An image processing method of performing recording material saving processing on image data, the method comprising the
steps of:
determining whether or not a white character exists inside a graphics object and whether or not the graphics object overlaps
with other objects, wherein a region inside the graphics object other than the white character is an inner region; and

in a case when the determining step determines that the white character exists inside the graphics object, (i) changing a
color of the white character in order to improve visibility of the white character, and (ii) converting the inner region by
decreasing the density of the inner region, and

in a case when the determining step determines that the graphics object overlaps other objects, performing one of (i) changing
a color of the inner region to be transparent and (ii) converting the inner region so as to decrease the density of the inner
region, based on an input specified by a user.

US Pat. No. 9,489,881

SHADING CORRECTION CALCULATION APPARATUS AND SHADING CORRECTION VALUE CALCULATION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A shading correction calculation apparatus configured to calculate a correction value by using a captured image acquired
from an image capturing apparatus that captures a display image displayed on a display surface by an image display apparatus,
the correction value being used for a shading correction to be performed by the image display apparatus, the shading correction
calculation apparatus comprising:
a first mapping calculator configured to calculate a first mapping relation by using a first captured image acquired from
the image capturing apparatus that captures a first display image displayed by the image display apparatus, the first mapping
relation representing a relation of mapping from an image capturing coordinate system of the image capturing apparatus to
a shading correction coordinate system of the image display apparatus;

a second mapping calculator configured to calculate a second mapping relation by detecting an object part of the first mapping
relation and removing the object part from the first mapping relation, the object part corresponding to an object located
between the display surface and the image capturing apparatus;

a gradation value calculator configured to calculate a first gradation value in the shading correction coordinate system by
performing a mapping transformation using the second mapping relation on a second captured image acquired from the image capturing
apparatus that captures a second display image displayed by the image display apparatus;

a first correction value calculator configured to calculate, from the first gradation value, a first correction value as the
correction value for a first part of the shading correction coordinate system; and

a second correction value calculator configured to calculate, through an interpolation process using the first correction
value, a second correction value as the correction value for a second part of the shading correction coordinate system, the
second part being a part where the first gradation value is unable to be calculated by the mapping transformation.

US Pat. No. 9,489,927

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,485,451

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS WITH AIR COOLING UNIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,477,164

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:
an electroconductive support, and
a photosensitive layer formed on the electroconductive support,
wherein a surface layer of the electrophotographic photosensitive member comprises a cured product of a composition comprising:
a hole transporting substance having at least one group selected from the group consisting of an acryloyloxy group and a methacryloyloxy
group, and

a siloxane-modified acrylic compound having a siloxane structure as a side chain on an acrylic backbone;
wherein a ratio of silicon atoms to all atoms excluding hydrogen atoms at an uppermost surface of the surface layer as measured
using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy is 8.0 atoms % or more and 12 atoms % or less, and

a ratio of silicon atoms to all atoms excluding hydrogen atoms at 0.1 ?m deep from the uppermost surface of the surface layer
as measured using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy is 0.9 atoms % or more and 1.4 atoms % or less.

US Pat. No. 9,471,008

DEVELOPER CONTAINER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer container attached to a developer storage body, the developer container comprising:
a container frame that includes a container storing chamber, in which developer is stored, and a container opening; and
a shutter that can move between a container opening position for opening the container opening and a container closing position
for closing the container opening, wherein the shutter includes:

a contacting portion that (i) appears in front of the container opening to be at a position where the contacting portion makes
close-contact with a sealing member provided at an edge of a storage body opening of the developer storage body when the shutter
is at the container opening position, and (ii) is separated from the sealing member to move into the container frame when
the shutter moves from the container opening position to the container closing position; and

a non-contacting portion that is provided on an upstream side of the contacting portion in a moving direction from the container
opening position to the container closing position and is positioned inside the container frame when the shutter is at the
container opening position, and that moves to a position where the non-contacting portion appears in front of the container
opening without making contact with the sealing member when the shutter moves from the container opening position to the container
closing position.

US Pat. No. 9,471,016

FIXING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing apparatus for fixing an image on a recording material, comprising:
a cylindrical film;
a heater configured to heat the film, the heater contacting an inner surface of the film, the heater including a substrate
and a heat generating resistor;

a heat transfer member configured to contact a surface of the heater opposite to a surface of the heater that contacts the
inner surface of the film, the heat transfer member having a thermal conductivity higher than that of the substrate; and

a support member configured to support the heater via the heat transfer member,
wherein the image is fixed on the recording material by using heat of the film,
wherein a heat capacity per unit length of a first portion of the heat transfer member that includes a region in which an
end of a standard-sized recording material in a width direction of the standard-sized recording material passes is larger
than that of a second portion of the heat transfer member which corresponds to a region in which a center of the standard-sized
recording material in the width direction passes,

wherein the first portion of the heat transfer member includes an engaging portion for engaging the heat transfer member with
the support member, and

wherein the heat transfer member is a plate, and the engaging portion is a bent portion formed by bending an end of the plate
in a short direction of the plate.

US Pat. No. 9,470,904

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,469,111

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,465,337

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form an image by forming a toner image on a photosensitive body and transferring the formed
toner image to a sheet;

a reception unit configured to receive an image formation request for forming an image; and
a control unit configured to, upon receipt of the image formation request by the reception unit, control execution of a second
preparatory operation that needs to be performed so that the image forming unit is capable of performing image formation and,
independently of the image formation request, control execution of a first preparatory operation for preparation for the image
forming unit before the second preparatory operation, the first preparatory operation and the second preparatory operation
being accompanied by driving of the photosensitive body,

wherein the control unit, when the image formation request is received by the reception unit before completion of the first
preparatory operation, determines whether the second preparatory operation is to be performed after the first preparatory
operation without stopping the driving of the photosensitive body or the second preparatory operation is to be performed after
the first preparatory operation by stopping the driving of the photosensitive body, in accordance with content of image formation
performed in response to the image formation request.

US Pat. No. 9,466,627

SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE, IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM USING SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state image pickup device comprising:
a first transfer transistor configured to transfer carriers stored at a first semiconductor region of a first conductive type
disposed in a semiconductor substrate to a second semiconductor region of the first conductive type disposed in the semiconductor
substrate;

a second transfer transistor configured to transfer the carriers held at the second semiconductor region to a third semiconductor
region of the first conductive type disposed in the semiconductor substrate;

an amplification transistor configured to output a signal based on a potential of the third semiconductor region;
a first insulating film disposed over the first transfer transistor and the second transfer transistor; and
a light shielding film configured to overlap an edge of a gate electrode of the first transfer resistor on a first semiconductor
region side and an edge of the gate electrode on a second semiconductor region side in planar view,

wherein the light shielding film has:
a first bottom surface located above an upper surface of the gate electrode and below an upper surface of the first insulating
film;

a second bottom surface located above the first semiconductor region and at a position closer to a surface of the semiconductor
substrate than the first bottom surface; and

a third bottom surface located above the second semiconductor region and at the position closer to the surface of the semiconductor
substrate than the first bottom surface.

US Pat. No. 9,465,352

DEVELOPER CONTAINER, DEVELOPING DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, METHOD FOR FORMING DEVELOPER CONTAINER, METHOD FOR FORMING DEVELOPING DEVICE, AND METHOD FOR FORMING PROCESS CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer container comprising:
a frame configured to store developer;
a conductive member provided on the frame; and
a conductive contact member formed of resin, a part of the conductive contact member being exposed from the frame and on an
outer side of the frame so as to establish conduction,

wherein the conductive contact member includes a protruding portion that is disposed at a portion to be in contact with the
conductive member and protrudes toward the conductive member, and

wherein the conductive member includes an engaging portion that is formed to fit with the protruding portion and configured
to engage with the protruding portion.

US Pat. No. 9,465,353

PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge comprising:
a frame;
a developing roller rotatably supported by said frame;
a coupling member provided at one longitudinal end of said frame and configured to receive a driving force;
a gear provided at the one longitudinal end and configured to receive the driving force from said coupling member;
a covering member provided at the one longitudinal end and configured to cover said gear;
a movable member provided at the one longitudinal end and movable relative to said frame; and
an urging member urging said movable member,
wherein said movable member includes a projected portion capable of projecting beyond said covering member, and said movable
member is movable between a first position in which said projected portion projects beyond said covering member and a second
position in which said projected portion is closer to said frame than in the first position,

wherein said movable member is movable from the first position to the second position by an urging force of said urging member,
and

wherein, when said movable member is in the first position, said movable member is rotatable about an axis parallel with a
longitudinal direction of said frame.

US Pat. No. 9,467,935

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,465,190

LENS BARREL AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,460,297

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,462,178

IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,462,191

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,456,191

REPRODUCTION APPARATUS AND REPRODUCTION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,453,924

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,453,985

MIRROR DRIVING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,456,091

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,456,126

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image pickup unit configured to receive an incident light beam from regions of a pupil of an optical system different from
each other to output a first image signal and a second image signal; and

a calculation unit configured to calculate an evaluation value while relatively shifting the first and second image signals
from pixels included in a predetermined range to calculate a defocus amount,

wherein the calculation unit is configured to change a size of the predetermined range so that a center of a visual field
range relative to a position of a target pixel does not vary depending on a shift amount between the first and second image
signals.

US Pat. No. 9,454,103

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing device configured to develop an electrostatic image formed on an image bearing member by using a developer
containing non-magnetic toner particles and magnetic carrier particles, comprising:
a developing member configured to develop the electrostatic image formed on the image bearing member at a developing position,
the developing member being disposed rotatably to contact with the image bearing member at the developing position and bearing
the developer from a supplied position where developer is supplied to a collected position where magnetic carrier particles
are collected and bearing toner particles from the collected position to the developing position; and

a carrier collecting member configured to collect the magnetic carrier particles from the developing member at the collected
position, the carrier collecting member having a magnet to form a magnetic field between the magnet and the developing member
for collecting the magnetic carrier particles from the developing member,

wherein an outer surface of the developing member includes a plurality of protrusion portions which extend along the outer
surface of the developing member in a direction intersecting the rotational direction of the developing member and are aligned
with a regular interval between adjacent protrusion portions,

wherein the regular interval is equal to or larger than a particle diameter of a toner particle having an average particle
diameter from among the particle diameters of the toner particles and smaller than a carrier particle diameter of a magnetic
carrier particle having an average particle diameter from among the particle diameters of the magnetic carrier particles,
and wherein the protrusion portions protrude from the outer surface of the developing member with a height that is smaller
than the average particle diameter of the toner particles, and

wherein each protrusion portion has a first face formed at one side in a circumferential direction of the developing member
of an apex of each protrusion portion and a second face formed at the other side in the circumferential direction of the developing
member of the apex of each protrusion portion, and an inclination angle of the first face is less than an inclination angle
of the second face, and

wherein in the circumferential direction of the developing member, when a downward direction of the first face is set to be
positive, a relative velocity of a surface velocity of the developing member to a surface velocity of the image bearing member
is set to be positive at the developing position.

US Pat. No. 9,454,109

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,454,111

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS WITH CLEANING WEB CONFIGURED TO CLEAN COLLECTING ROLLER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus comprising:
a heat rotatable member configured to heat a toner image on a recording material;
a collecting roller configured to collect a toner deposited on said heat rotatable member while being rotated by said heat
rotatable member;

a bearing configured to rotatably support a longitudinal end portion of said collecting roller;
a holding member configured to hold said bearing;
a spring provided on said holding member and configured to act on said bearing by contacting said bearing;
a cleaning unit including a cleaning web configured to clean said collecting roller member; and
a moving mechanism configured to move said cleaning unit so as to be movable between a first position where said cleaning
web contacts said collecting roller and a second position where said cleaning web contacts said collecting roller at a contact
pressure lower than a contact pressure at the first position,

wherein said cleaning unit includes (i) a first pressing portion configured to press said collecting roller toward said heat
rotatable member by contacting said bearing when said cleaning unit is in the first position, and (ii) a second pressing portion
configured to press said collecting roller toward said heat rotatable member by contacting said spring without contacting
said bearing when said cleaning unit is in the second position.

US Pat. No. 9,456,173

RECORDING APPARATUS AND RECORDING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A recording apparatus having a CPU and a memory, comprising:
a recording unit that records moving image data to a recording medium having a plurality of clusters; and
a control unit configured to select one of a first writing mode and a second writing mode, wherein in the first writing mode,
data is written into the recording medium in a first writing unit corresponding to a single cluster of the plurality of clusters,
and in the second writing mode data is written into the recording medium in a second writing unit corresponding to two or
more continuous clusters of the plurality of clusters, and the control unit further configured to control the recording unit
so as to write the moving image data to the recording medium in accordance with the selected writing mode; and

a mode setting unit configured to set one of a plurality of moving image recording modes including
(i) a normal moving image recording mode in which recording of moving image data is started in accordance with a recording
start instruction and is stopped in accordance with a recording stop instruction; and

(ii) an interval moving image recording mode in which a predetermined recording time worth of moving image data is repeatedly
recorded each time a predetermined interval period elapses;

wherein the control unit:
selects one of the first writing mode and the second writing mode in accordance with the moving image recording mode set by
the mode setting unit such that the first writing mode is selected in the interval moving image recording mode and the second
writing mode is selected in the normal moving image recording mode, and

controls the recording unit so as to record moving image data to the recording medium in accordance with the first writing
mode in the interval moving image recording mode and to record moving image data to the recording medium in accordance with
the second writing mode in the normal recording mode, and

wherein at least one of the recording unit, the control unit and the mode setting unit is implemented by the CPU using the
memory.

US Pat. No. 9,451,108

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that forms an image on a sheet comprising:
an apparatus main body;
an opening/closing portion that is opened or closed relative to the apparatus main body;
a first member configured to move as the opening/closing portion is opened or closed;
a second member including a second contact portion that contacts a first contact portion in the first member and interlocks
with the first member;

a sensor configured to generate a signal corresponding to a position of the second member; and
a recess portion that is provided in one of the first contact portion and the second contact portion and engages with another
portion of the first contact portion and the second contact portion,

wherein the recess portion has a surface inclined relative to a movement direction of the first contact portion.

US Pat. No. 9,451,145

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS INCLUDING AN IMAGE SENSOR THAT HAS PIXELS FOR DETECTING A PHASE DIFFERENCE AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor that has pixels for capturing an image and pixels for detecting a phase difference;
wherein a phase difference is detected based on signals from the pixels for detecting a phase difference if an opening diameter
of an aperture is within a specific range, the specific range being calculated based on (1) an exit pupil position of a photographic
lens being mounted that varies depending on lens information, a type of the photographic lens, and a position of a focus detection
region, (2) an exit pupil diameter that varies depending on the opening diameter of the aperture, and (3) the position of
the focus detection region;

a control unit that, only in a first case, changes the opening diameter of the aperture to be equal to or less than a maximum
diameter of the specific range and performs detection of a phase difference, and only in a second case, changes the opening
diameter of the aperture to be equal to or larger than a minimum diameter of the specific range and performs the detection
of a phase difference,

wherein the first case is where contrast information based on signals from the pixels for capturing an image meets a predetermined
condition and the opening diameter of the aperture is larger than the maximum diameter, and the second case is where contrast
information based on signals from the pixels for capturing an image meets a predetermined condition and the opening diameter
of the aperture is less than the minimum diameter; and

a drive unit that performs focus driving of the photographic lens in accordance with a focus drive distance and a drive direction
decided based on a phase difference detected based on signals from the pixels for detecting a phase difference.

US Pat. No. 9,451,150

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS COMPRISING FOCUS DETECTION, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
a focus detection unit configured to obtain an in-focus position for each of a plurality of preset focus detection areas,
the in-focus position indicating a position to which a focus lens is to be driven in order to achieve focus;

a setting unit configured to set an object area with respect to a captured image;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire, for each object area set by the setting unit, a representative in-focus position,
wherein the acquisition unit classifies the focus detection areas included in each object area into a plurality of groups
in such a manner that differences between the in-focus positions of the focus detection areas that belong to each group fall
within a first predetermined range, and obtains the representative in-focus position for each object area based on the in-focus
positions of the focus detection areas included in a group to which a largest number of the focus detection areas belong;

a determination unit configured to determine, if a plurality of object areas are set by the setting unit, a priority order
of the object areas based on representative in-focus positions respectively acquired for the object areas; and

a control unit configured to perform control so as to sequentially drive the focus lens to the representative in-focus positions
of the object areas in decreasing order of the priority order determined by the determination unit and perform shooting with
a plurality of different focus lens positions.

US Pat. No. 9,448,109

ANALOG-TO-DIGITAL CONVERSION CIRCUIT, IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An analog-to-digital conversion circuit comprising:
a plurality of comparators, each configured to output a comparing result signal indicating a result of comparing an analog
signal with a reference signal having a signal level changing with elapse of time;

a plurality of memories, each arranged correspondingly to one of the plurality of comparators;
a counter configured to generate a count signal having a plurality of bits in Gray code by counting a clock signal; and
a plurality of first signal wirings, each configured to transmit one of the plurality of bits of the count signal from the
counter to the plurality of memories, wherein

each of the plurality of memories holds the count signal according to a signal level change of the comparing result signal
of corresponding one of the plurality of comparators, to convert the analog signal to a digital signal, and wherein

each of the plurality of memories has a plurality of bit memories, each storing one bit of the plurality of bits,
the analog-to-digital conversion circuit further comprises a plurality of second signal wirings, each connecting between the
bit memories of the plurality of memories,

each of the plurality of second signal wirings is connected to one of the plurality of first signal wirings, and
the plurality of first signal wirings and/or the plurality of second signal wirings include a signal wiring transmitting a
signal of least significant bit in the count signal arranged between the other signal wirings each transmitting a signal of
a bit different from the least significant bit in the count signal.

US Pat. No. 9,446,595

INK JET PRINTING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An ink jet printing apparatus comprising:
a print head for performing a printing operation for printing an image on a print medium by ejecting ink;
a sub tank for containing ink to be supplied to the print head;
a main tank for containing ink to be supplied to the sub tank;
a decompression unit for performing decompression in the sub tank;
a control unit configured to perform a bubble removal process in which a bubble removal operation is performed a predetermined
number of times to move bubbles in the sub tank to the main tank, the bubble removal operation comprising performing and releasing
the decompression in the sub tank; and

a determination unit configured to determine whether to perform the printing operation before the bubble removal operation
is performed the predetermined number of times, or after the bubble removal operation is performed the predetermined number
of times, in a case where the ink jet printing apparatus receives a printing command during execution of the bubble removal
process.

US Pat. No. 9,448,707

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus having a display and an input device capable of detecting a plurality of designated
points designated on a screen of the display, the apparatus comprising:
a processor implementing the functions of an image enlargement/reduction unit, a character enlargement/reduction unit, a detection
unit and a control unit, wherein:

the image enlargement/reduction unit configured to perform enlargement or reduction of a whole image displayed on the display;
the character enlargement/reduction unit configured to perform, independently of the image enlargement/reduction unit, enlargement
or reduction of a character included in the whole image displayed on the display;

the detection unit configured to detect a plurality of coordinates of a plurality of designated points that a user designates
on the input device, a movement of the coordinates, and a change in a distance between two designated points accompanying
the movement; and

the control unit configured to determine, in response to a predetermined operation of a user designating at least two points
being detected by the detection unit, whether to perform enlargement or reduction of the whole image by the image enlargement/reduction
unit or to perform enlargement or reduction of the character included in the whole image by the character enlargement/reduction
unit, without performing enlargement or reduction of the whole image, based on satisfaction of a predetermined condition,
wherein the control unit controls the image enlargement/reduction unit to perform enlargement or reduction of the whole image
displayed on the display unit in a case where an operation of the user detected by the detection unit is the predetermined
operation and the predetermined condition is not satisfied, and the control unit controls the character enlargement/reduction
unit to perform enlargement or reduction of the character included in the whole image without performing enlargement or reduction
of the whole image, in a case where an operation of the user detected by the detection unit is the predetermined operation
and the predetermined condition is satisfied.

US Pat. No. 9,448,495

RESIST PATTERN CALCULATION METHOD AND CALCULATION PROGRAM STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

developing the exposed resist on the substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,443,891

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR AND IMAGING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,443,895

SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a first substrate having a first transistor and a photoelectric conversion element;
a second substrate having a second transistor; and
a wiring structure arranged between the first substrate and the second substrate,
wherein a drain region of the first transistor has a semiconductor region disposed in contact with an insulating film, and
a drain region of the second transistor has a metal compound layer.

US Pat. No. 9,445,436

METHOD, DEVICE, COMPUTER PROGRAM AND INFORMATION STORAGE MEANS FOR OPTIMISING ACCESS TO A WIRELESS MEDIUM IN A COMMUNICATION NETWORK

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for optimizing access to a wireless medium in a communication network accessible by a plurality of nodes, each
node implementing a back-off counting based on carrier sense multiple access with collision avoidance, the plurality of nodes
comprising a collaborative group of peer nodes further implementing a back-off allocation scheme based on each node maintaining
a list of expected back-off values of the other nodes of the collaborative group by generating a virtual local image of the
other peer nodes back-off time counters values by computing the back-off time of each of said peer nodes, the group further
comprising a receiving node and an emitting node, the method comprising the following steps implemented by the receiving node:
detecting a Medium access request from the emitting node;
time stamping of the Medium access request;
identifying the emitting node as an origin of the Medium access request;
determining an expiration time corresponding to an expected back-off value or back-off count of the identified emitting node
in the list of expected back-off values of the other nodes of the collaborative group maintained by the receiving node;

determining a slot drift parameter from the said time stamp of the Medium access request and from the determined expiration
time by:

computing the difference between a timestamp of the determined expiration time and the timestamp of the Medium access request
when the expiration of the back-off time of the emitting node precedes the detection of a Medium access request; or

computing the remaining time before expiration of the back-off time of the identified emitting node when the detection of
a Medium access request precedes the expiration of the back-off time;

and, applying a slot drift correction based on the slot drift parameter comprising:
correcting a back-off counter of the receiving node, and
correcting all the expected back-off values of the list maintained by the receiving node;
sensing if the wireless medium is free, and if the medium is sensed to be free:
waiting a Short Inter-Frame Space period;
sending a Clear To Send message.

US Pat. No. 9,442,370

IMPRINTING METHOD, IMPRINTING APPARATUS, AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,444,954

DISPLAYING SCANNED DATA IN DIFFERENT MODES DEPENDENT UPON SCANNED DATA INCLUDING BLANK PAGES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a scanning unit configured to scan in image data;
a determining unit configured to determine whether each of plural pieces of the image data contains specific information according
to a plurality of different determination criteria;

an output unit configured to output a plurality of determination results determined by the determining unit based on the plurality
of different determination criteria; and

a display control unit configured to display a preview image of the image data based on the plurality of determination results
output by the output unit,

wherein, in a case where all of the plurality of determination results output by the output unit indicate that the image data
does not contain the specific information, the display control unit displays the preview image of the image data in a first
display mode,

wherein, in a case where some of the plurality of determination results output by the output unit indicate that the image
data contains the specific information, the display control unit displays the preview image of the image data in a second
display mode that is different from the first display mode,

wherein, in a case where all of the plurality of determination results output by the output unit indicate that the image data
contains the specific information, the display control unit displays the preview image of the image data in a third display
mode that is different from the first and second display modes, and

wherein at least the determining unit, the output unit, and the display control unit, are implemented by a processor.

US Pat. No. 9,443,176

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
at least one processer; and
a memory,
wherein the at least one processor executes instructions stored in the memory to control:
a detection unit configured to detect approach or contact between an outputting apparatus and a display apparatus;
a first acquisition unit configured to acquire information about an output attribute of the outputting apparatus;
a display control unit configured to display on the display apparatus information about output by the outputting apparatus
based on the information about the output attribute of the outputting apparatus; and

a second acquisition unit configured to acquire attribute information about content data to be displayed on the display apparatus,
wherein the display control unit is configured to display on the display apparatus the information about output by the outputting
apparatus based on the information about the output attribute of the outputting apparatus acquired by the first acquisition
unit, and the attribute information about the content data acquired by the second acquisition unit.

US Pat. No. 9,442,418

DEVELOPING DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing device comprising:
a developing container for accommodating developer;
a developer carrying member, provided rotatably in said developing container, for carrying and feeding the developer; and
a plate-like elastic member, supported by said developing container, for regulating the developer carried on said developer
carrying member, wherein a free end portion of said elastic member in a free end side opposite from a side where a supporting
portion of said elastic member is supported by said developing container contacts said developer carrying member in a state
in which the free end portion is directed toward an upstream side of said developer carrying member with respect to a movement
direction of said developer carrying member,

wherein in a state in which said elastic member contacts said developer carrying member without being deformed, an angle formed
between a flat reference surface passing through a surface of said elastic member which is continuous to a contact portion
of said elastic member with said developer carrying member and which is downstream of the contact portion with respect to
the movement direction and a tangent plane of said developer carrying member at a contact position between said elastic member
and said developer carrying member is 10° or more and 45° or less, and

wherein said elastic member includes a first region including the contact portion and a second region which is provided continuously
from the first region toward the supporting portion and which is lower in rigidity than the first region, the second region
being provided downstream of the flat reference surface with respect to the movement direction.

US Pat. No. 9,442,425

DEVELOPING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing apparatus, comprising:
a developer bearing member which bears a developer including a toner and a magnetic carrier;
a developing container that includes a circulation path in which the developer circulates and contains the developer to be
supplied to the developer bearing member;

a conveying member which is rotatably installed in the circulation path, and conveys the developer in the circulation path;
and

an outlet which is formed on a side surface of the circulation path facing the conveying member, and is able to discharge
the developer;

wherein the conveying member includes a rotating shaft which is rotatable and a helical blade portion which is formed around
the rotating shaft,

wherein the conveying member has a first region including a region facing the outlet and a second region adjacent to the first
region at an upstream in a conveying direction of the conveying member, the helical blade portion is not formed in the first
region, a protruding portion protruding from the rotating shaft is formed in at least a part of the first region, and the
helical blade portion is formed in the second region, and wherein the length of the protruding portion about the shaft diameter
direction of the conveying member is shorter than the maximum outer diameter of the helical blade portion of the conveying
member, and the following formula is satisfied of L1?x?L2, (??1)×360×(x/p)??(x)?0, where x is a distance in a shaft line direction
of the rotating shaft based on an end point of the first region at an uppermost stream side in the conveying direction of
the conveying member,

L1 is a distance in the shaft line direction of the rotating shaft between the end point of the first region at the uppermost
stream side in the conveying direction of the conveying member and an end point of the protruding portion at an upstream side
in the conveying direction of the conveying member,

L2 is a distance in the shaft line direction of the rotating shaft between the end point of the first region at the upstream
side in the conveying direction of the conveying member and an end point of the protruding portion at a downstream side in
the conveying direction of the conveying member,

? is a value obtained by dividing an angular speed of the developer conveyed by the helical blade portion around the rotating
shaft of the conveying member at the end point of the second region at the downstream side by an angular speed of the conveying
member,

p is a pitch of the helical blade portion of the conveying member in the second region, and
?(x) is an angle that is formed by a first straight line and a second straight line when the rotation direction of the conveying
member is positive,

the first straight line passing an apex of the helical blade portion at the end point of the second region at the downstream
side and a rotational center of the rotating shaft of the conveying member,

the second straight line passing through a point that is at a region protruding from the rotating shaft by 0.8×B or more on
a developer conveying surface of the protruding portion in a cross section of a point of the distance x in the protruding
portion and the rotational center of the rotating shaft, wherein B indicates a distance obtained by subtracting a shaft diameter
from an apex of the protruding portion.

US Pat. No. 9,442,681

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,442,427

DEVELOPING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing device comprising:
a developer carrying member for carrying a developer containing a toner and a carrier;
a first chamber in which the developer to be supplied to said developer carrying member is to be fed;
a second chamber, communicating with end portions of said first chamber, for forming a circulation path for circulating the
developer between said first chamber and said second chamber;

a feeding member, provided rotatably in said second chamber, including a normal feeding portion for feeding the developer
in the circulation path from one end portion to the other end portion of said second-chamber, and a reverse feeding portion,
provided rotatably downstream of the normal feeding portion with respect to a feeding direction of the normal feeding portion,
for feeding the developer from an outside of the circulation path toward an inside of the circulation path;

a discharging portion, provided upstream of the reverse feeding portion of said second chamber with respect to a feeding direction
of the reverse feeding portion, for discharging an excessive developer in said second chamber; and

an opposing portion provided in said second chamber so as to oppose a peripheral surface of the reverse feeding portion at
an overlapping position overlapping with the reverse feeding portion with respect to a rotational axis direction of said feeding
member,

wherein said opposing portion includes a projected portion for forming a predetermined clearance with the reverse feeding
portion by being projected from a side surface of said second chamber in a horizontal direction, said projected portion being
disposed higher than a rotation center of the reverse feeding portion and lower than a top of the reverse feeding portion
as seen in the rotational axis direction of said feeding member and which is more remote from said first chamber than a rotation
center of said feeding member.

US Pat. No. 9,445,002

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a plurality of image signals, which are captured from different viewpoints;
a setting unit configured to set a focal plane in association with a reconstructed image to be generated from the plurality
of image signals obtained by the obtaining unit;

a generation unit configured to generate the reconstructed image focused at the focal plane set by the setting unit by adding
pixel values of the image signal, wherein the pixel values correspond to respective pixels of the image to be reconstructed
at the focal plane; and

an output unit configured to generate and output a concatenated image including, as frames, a plurality of reconstructed images
generated by the generation unit in association with a plurality of different focal planes.

US Pat. No. 9,442,440

FIXING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device for fixing an image on a recording material, said fixing device comprising:
a rotatable member having an electroconductive layer;
a helical coil having a helical shaped portion which is provided inside said rotatable member so that a helix axis of said
coil extends in a generatrix direction of said rotatable member;

a magnetic member provided inside said helical shaped portion, said magnetic member not forming a loop outside said rotatable
member; and

a controller configured to control electric power supplied to said coil,
wherein said electroconductive layer generates heat by electromagnetic induction caused by magnetic flux produced by an alternating
current through said coil to fix the image on the recording material by the heat from said rotatable member, and

wherein said controller sets an upper limit of the electric power in such a manner that the higher the temperature of said
magnetic member, the smaller the upper limit of the electric power.

US Pat. No. 9,445,005

OPTICAL DEVICE CAPABLE OF SELECTING FOCUS DETECTION POINT, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical device that has a plurality of focus detection points in a predetermined imaging area, and performs focus detection
at a focus detection point which is selected from the plurality of focus detection points, comprising:
a first detection unit configured to detect a predetermined area from an object image in the predetermined imaging area;
a second detection unit configured to detect a position of a line of sight of a user in the predetermined imaging area;
a mode selection unit configured to select a photographing mode from a plurality of photographing modes;
a priority determination unit configured to determine priorities of said first detection unit and said second detection unit
according to the photographing mode selected by said mode selection unit; and

a focus detection point determination unit configured to determine a focus detection point at which the focus detection is
to be performed, according to the priorities determined by said priority determination unit,

wherein the priority determination unit is configured to determine the priorities of said first detection unit and said second
detection unit according to the photographing mode selected by said mode selection unit such that said first detection unit
has a higher priority than said second detection unit in a first photographing mode and said second detection unit has a higher
priority than said first detection unit in a second photographing mode different from said first photographing mode.

US Pat. No. 9,442,451

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,442,457

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH REMOVABLE PROCESS UNITS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,444,783

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus for performing a filtering process that discards a received packet, comprising:
a storage unit that stores a filter table for specifying a packet for which the filtering process is to be performed, wherein
the filter table registers a pair of an IP address designated by a user and a MAC address associated with the IP address;

a discarding unit configured to discard a received packet in a case that an IP address of a transmission source of the received
packet is registered in the filter table or in a case that a MAC address of the transmission source of the received packet
is registered in the filter table; and

a changing unit configured to change an IP address, among a plurality of IP addresses registered in the filter table, corresponding
to the MAC address of the transmission source of the received packet into the IP address of the transmission source of the
received packet, in a case that the IP address of the transmission source of the received packet is not registered in the
filter table and the MAC address of the transmission source of the received is registered in the filter table,

wherein the discarding unit and the changing unit are implemented by a processor and a memory.

US Pat. No. 9,442,779

INFORMATION-PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION-PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

5. An information-processing method for transmitting information on an information-processing apparatus to a notification
destination specified by a request message, the method comprising:
receiving from an external apparatus the request message requesting transmission of the information on the information-processing
apparatus;

determining, in a case where the receiving receives the request message, whether the external apparatus exists on a network
in a specific range;

setting a valid period of the notification destination based on a result of determination by the determining; and
transmitting a response message including the valid period set by the setting to the external apparatus,
wherein, in a case where the external apparatus does not exist on the network in the specific range, setting the valid period
of the notification destination to a predetermined period,

wherein, in a case where the external apparatus exists on the network in the specific range, setting the valid period of the
notification destination to an indefinite period, and

wherein the receiving, the determining, the setting, and the transmitting are implemented at least in part by a CPU executing
at least one program recorded on a memory.

US Pat. No. 9,438,767

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. an image processing apparatus comprising:
a processor and a memory; a specifying unit configured to specify a character within an image;
a setting unit configured to determine a representative color for the specified character based on colors of pixels constituting
the specified character in the image;

a determination unit configured to determine whether the specified character is a reversed character; and
a correction unit configured to correct the representative color determined by the setting unit if the determination unit
determines that the specified character is a reversed character,

wherein the correction unit does not correct the representative color determined by the setting unit if the determination
unit determines that the specified character is not a reversed character,

wherein the processor and memory cooperate to function as the specifying unit, the setting unit, the determination unit and
the correction unit.

US Pat. No. 9,438,316

CONTROL APPARATUS, METHOD AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,430,837

POSITION AND ORIENTATION MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, POSITION AND ORIENTATION MEASUREMENT METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a range image including a target object;
a holding unit configured to hold sample points obtained from a three-dimensional shape model of the target object;
an association unit configured to associate pixels in the range image with the sample points except for a pixel which does
not store a distance value in the range image; and

a derivation unit configured to derive a position and orientation of the target object based on a result of an association
by the association unit.

US Pat. No. 9,423,992

MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

13. A method for controlling a management system for receiving data to be collected from an agent operating on a network device,
the method comprising:
issuing second agent information for use of when first agent information cannot be acquired from an agent management service;
receiving a data transfer reservation request including identification information of an agent;
requesting, from the agent management service, the first agent information corresponding to the identification information
included in the reservation request; and

exporting, in a case where the first agent information is acquired from the agent management service, data received from the
network device together with the acquired first agent information to an area where the data and the first agent information
can be referenced by an external system,

wherein in the exporting, in a case where the first agent information cannot be acquired from the agent management service,
data received from the agent is exported as incomplete information together with the second agent information issued in the
issuing to an area where the data and the second agent information can be referenced by the external system.

US Pat. No. 9,423,737

FIXING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing apparatus that fixes a toner image on a recording material while conveying the recording material bearing the
toner image at a nip portion, the fixing apparatus comprising:
a cylindrical belt including a heat generating layer that generates heat by being energized; and
a contact for supplying power to the heat generating layer, the contact being in contact with one of an outer surface and
an inner surface of an end of the belt in a generatrix direction of the belt,

wherein a conductive layer is provided, along a rotating direction of the belt, on a surface of the heat generating layer
opposite to a surface of the heat generating layer at which the contact is present in a thickness direction of the belt, and

wherein a whole of a contact portion where the contact contacts the belt overlaps with the conductive layer in both the generatrix
direction of the belt and a rotating direction of the belt.

US Pat. No. 9,423,758

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power supply apparatus constructed to output a voltage obtained by superposing an alternate current voltage with a direct
current voltage, comprising:
one transformer whose primary side and secondary side are insulated;
a first driving unit connected to the primary side of the transformer and constructed to drive the primary side of the transformer
so as to output the alternate current voltage from the secondary side of the transformer;

a direct current voltage generation unit having a plurality of a capacitor and a diode and is connected to the secondary side
of the transformer and constructed to amplify a voltage output from the secondary side of the transformer and to output the
amplified voltage as a direct current voltage;

a voltage detection unit connected to the direct current voltage generation unit and constructed to detect the direct current
voltage output from the direct current voltage generation unit; and

a second driving unit connected to the detection unit and the direct current voltage generation unit and constructed to control
the direct current voltage output from the direct current voltage generation unit according to a detection result of the voltage
detection unit and a target voltage.

US Pat. No. 9,426,327

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF CONTROLLING FILE TRANSMISSION, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a storage device; and
a processor configured to execute computer executable instructions recorded on the storage device, the computer executable
instructions including instructions, that when executed by the processor, cause the image forming apparatus to:

establish a communication with an external apparatus using a call control protocol and first destination information of the
external apparatus;

obtain, during the established communication with the external apparatus, second destination information of the external apparatus
from the external apparatus, the second destination information being different from the first destination information; and

display an operation key which enables data transmission to the obtained second destination information of the external apparatus
without manual input of the second destination information by a user.

US Pat. No. 9,426,349

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,421,798

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,415,588

INK-JET PRINTING APPARATUS AND INK-JET PRINTING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,415,602

INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,412,151

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a photographed data input unit configured to acquire a plurality of images photographed from at least two different viewing
positions;

an input unit configured to input a refocus parameter representing a distance from a camera to a virtual focal plane;
a distance estimation unit configured to generate a depth map for the acquired images indicating distances between photographed
objects corresponding to pixels and a camera;

a focus map generation unit configured to generate a focus map indicating an in-focus area to be sharply focused and an out-of-focus
area to be blurred, by calculating areas including the in-focus area and the out-of-focus area from the depth map according
to the refocus parameters;

an in-focus area image processing unit configured to generate a synthesized image by performing a resolution enhancement process
on the in-focus area and synthesizing a group of images including at least the photographed images;

an out-of-focus area image processing unit configured to generate a synthesized image by performing an operation, different
from the resolution enhancement process performed by the in-focus area image processing unit, on the out-of-focus area and
synthesizing a group of images including at least the photographed images, wherein the out-of-focus area image processing
unit further comprises:

an image reduction unit configured to reduce resolution of images in the out-of-focus area; and
an image interpolation unit to generate interpolated images by interpolating between the reduced images through interpolation
between the viewing positions,

wherein the out-of-focus area image processing unit generates a synthesized image of the out-of-focus area by synthesizing
the reduced images and the interpolated images,

wherein the out-of-focus area image processing unit generates a synthesized image at a resolution lower than that of the photographed
images in the out-of-focus area using the image reduction unit, and

wherein the out-of-focus area imaging processing unit further includes an image enlargement unit configured to transform the
synthesized image to the one with an output resolution; and

an image blending unit configured to generate a refocused image by blending the synthesized image of the in-focus area and
the synthesized image of the out-of-focus area according to the focus map.

US Pat. No. 9,413,943

INFORMATION REGISTRATION SYSTEM, INFORMATION REGISTRATION METHOD, REGISTRATION APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for registering, in an image pickup apparatus, optical correction data for use in correcting
image degradation due to an optical characteristic of an exchangeable lens, comprising:
a communication unit configured to communicate with the image pickup apparatus; and
a controller configured to request, via the communication unit, the image pickup apparatus to transmit lens identification
information regarding an exchangeable lens attached to the image pickup apparatus and lens identification information regarding
an exchangeable lens whose optical correction data has been registered in the image pickup apparatus,

wherein the controller displays, on a display unit, a list of name information of exchangeable lenses and indication information
based on the lens identification information regarding the exchangeable lenses received from the image pickup apparatus, the
list including name information of exchangeable lenses corresponding to stored optical correction data, and

wherein the controller transmits among the stored optical correction data, optical correction data of an exchangeable lens
corresponding to name information selected by a user from the displayed list in response to the display of the list in order
to update storage content of the image pickup apparatus, the controller transmitting the optical correction data of an exchangeable
lens to the image pickup apparatus via the communication unit.

US Pat. No. 9,408,577

MULTIRADIATION GENERATION APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM UTILIZING DUAL-PURPOSE RADIATION SOURCES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A multiradiation generation apparatus comprising:
a plurality of radiation sources arranged in a row,
wherein at least one of the plurality of radiation sources is a dual-purpose radiation source and the remaining plurality
of radiation sources are single-purpose radiation sources,

wherein the dual-purpose radiation source is used for both tomosynthesis imaging and non-tomosynthesis imaging, and the single-purpose
radiation sources are used only for tomosynthesis imaging

wherein each of the plurality of radiation sources includes an electron source configured to emit electrons and a target unit
configured to generate radiation upon receiving electrons emitted from the electron source,

wherein each of the plurality of radiation sources further includes a shield arranged around the corresponding target unit,
wherein the shield has a passage hole and an emission hole, and
wherein the passage hole or the emission hole of the shield of the dual-purpose radiation source has a smaller diameter at
a place where the passage hole or the emission hole is in contact with the target unit than that of each of the passage holes
or the emission holes of the shields of the single-purpose radiation sources.

US Pat. No. 9,414,029

VIDEO CONTROL APPARATUS AND VIDEO CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A video control apparatus comprising:
a video presenting unit configured to present a video to a viewer;
a brain activity measuring unit configured to measure a brain activity of the viewer to acquire an activity pattern based
on the brain activity of the viewer during viewing of the video by the viewer;

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

estimating a motion vector which comprises a direction and a speed of visual motion in the video perceived by the viewer,
wherein the estimating the motion vector comprises performing pattern recognition processing based on the acquired activity
pattern; and

controlling a video to be displayed by the video presenting unit based on the estimated motion vector.

US Pat. No. 9,412,777

IMAGE SENSOR AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS FOR SATISFACTORY PUPIL DIVISION BY A FOCUS DETECTION PIXEL IN WHICH A LIGHT GUIDE IS FORMED

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising an image sensor including a plurality of image forming pixels which detect an object
image formed by an imaging optical system and generate a captured image, and a lens which is arranged for the plurality of
image forming pixels and converges incident light to the image forming pixels,
wherein each of the image forming pixels includes a plurality of divided photo-electric conversion units,
the plurality of photo-electric conversion units have a function of photo-electrically converting a plurality of images having
passed through different exit pupils of the imaging optical system, and outputting focus detection signals for performing
focus adjustment by a phase-difference detection method,

each of the image forming pixels includes a first light guide and a second light guide between the lens and the plurality
of divided photo-electric conversion units,

the first light guide is arranged on a side of the lens, and the second light guide is arranged on a side of the photo-electric
conversion unit,

a division count of the second light guide is larger than the division count of the first light guide, and
a distance between a convergence position of the lens and upper ends of the second light guides is set to be equal to or larger
than a one-side focal depth of the lens so that light which passed through the lens enters at the upper ends of the second
light guides while the light is spreading.

US Pat. No. 9,412,785

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a solid-state imaging apparatus, comprising a plurality of photoelectric conversion portions
arranged on a substrate, a plurality of microlenses provided in correspondence with the plurality of photoelectric conversion
portions, and a plurality of color filters provided between the plurality of photoelectric conversion portions and the plurality
of microlenses,
the method comprising:
forming an electrode on a structure provided on the substrate, the structure including a wiring pattern and an interlayer
insulation film;

forming a first film having insulating properties, the first film covering the electrode and the structure;
forming an opening in a portion of the first film inside an outer edge of a convex portion formed by steps between an upper
face of the electrode and an upper face of the structure so as to expose a first portion as a portion of the upper face of
the electrode;

forming a second film covering the first film and the first portion;
patterning the second film to form a first color filter and a protective film simultaneously, the first color filter being
one of the plurality of color filters, and the protective film covering the first portion, the convex portion, and a periphery
of the convex portion; and

forming a third film on the first film and the protective film by spin coating.

US Pat. No. 9,403,368

PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINTING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus for printing an image on a plurality of unit areas of a print medium by ejecting ink from a print
head having at least one nozzle array in which a plurality of nozzles for ejecting ink are arrayed in an array direction while
scanning the print medium with the print head at plural times in a scan direction crossing the array direction, each of the
plurality of unit areas having a length in the array direction corresponding to a length of the nozzle array in the array
direction, the printing apparatus comprising:
a wiping unit configured to wipe a surface of a nozzle member provided with the plurality of nozzles;
a first obtaining unit configured to obtain first information regarding a sum of ink ejection amounts for scans performed
between a scan immediately after the surface of the nozzle member is wiped by the wiping unit and a predetermined scan in
which ink is ejected onto a predetermined unit area which is one of the unit areas;

a selecting unit configured to select either a first print mode or a second print mode with respect to each of the plurality
of unit areas based on the first information obtained by the first obtaining unit, the first print mode being a print mode
for printing an image on the unit area by scanning a first number of times, the second print mode being a print mode for printing
an image on the unit area by scanning a second number of times while a number of ink ejections in each scan is restricted,
and the second number of times being greater than the first number of times; and

a controlling unit configured to control printing on each of the plurality of unit areas according to either the first print
mode or the second print mode selected by the selecting unit with respect to each of the plurality of unit areas,

wherein the selecting unit selects, as a print mode corresponding to the predetermined unit area, (i) the first print mode
in a case in which a value indicated by the first information obtained by the first obtaining unit is a first value, and (ii)
the second print mode in a case in which the value indicated by the first information obtained by the first obtaining unit
is a second value that is greater than the first value.

US Pat. No. 9,405,999

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,405,234

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an image carrying member that carries a toner image;
a transfer belt that is endless and movable while being in contact with the image carrying member; and
a transfer device that transfers a toner image from the image carrying member to the transfer belt, the transfer device including
a fiber member including a plurality of conductive fiber threads and a holding member that holds the fiber member, the fiber
member coming into contact with an inner peripheral surface of the transfer belt while being held by a holding surface of
the holding member,

wherein the holding member includes a rotation shaft and is rotatable around the rotation shaft,
wherein the rotation shaft is located inward of the inner peripheral surface of the transfer belt and upstream from the fiber
member in the movement direction of the transfer belt, and

wherein the holding surface is inclined with respect to an opposing portion of the inner peripheral surface of the transfer
belt in such a manner that a distance between the holding surface and the opposing portion of the inner peripheral surface
of the transfer belt increases from a downstream side to an upstream side in the movement direction of the transfer belt in
a contact state, in which the image carrying member and the transfer belt are in contact with each other and the transfer
belt and the transfer device are in contact with each other.

US Pat. No. 9,405,243

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS AND HEATER USED IN THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,402,033

IMAGE SENSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,398,225

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,398,236

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
a plurality of pixels arranged to form a plurality of rows;
a readout circuit configured to read out signals from pixels of a selected row of the plurality of rows; and
a signal processing unit configured to process signals read out by the readout circuit,
wherein the apparatus has (a) a first mode in which a charge accumulation is controlled by an electronic shutter, and (b)
a second mode in which the charge accumulation is controlled by a mechanical shutter, and

wherein in the second mode, the signal processing unit corrects the signals read out from the pixels of the selected row of
the plurality of rows based on differences between signals read out by the readout circuit from pixels of a first row of the
plurality of rows and signals read out by the readout circuit from pixels of a second row of the plurality of rows.

US Pat. No. 9,389,544

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,382,090

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT EJECTS PRINTED SHEETS FROM MULTIPLE TRAYS AT THE SAME TIME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an apparatus body in which an opening portion is formed;
an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet;
a plurality of sheet storage units, wherein each sheet storage unit is configured to store, inside the apparatus body, the
sheet with the image formed thereon by the image forming unit;

a sheet moving unit provided in each of the plurality of sheet storage units, and configured to move the sheet stored therein
and then stop the sheet in an exposed state where the sheet is partly exposed, from the opening portion, to an outside of
the apparatus body; and

a control unit configured to control each sheet moving unit,
wherein, in a case where a first sheet, stored in a first sheet storage unit among the plurality of sheet storage units, and
a second sheet, stored in a second sheet storage unit different from the first sheet storage unit among the plurality of sheet
storage units, are brought into contact with each other and then exposed from the opening portion to the outside of the apparatus
body in the exposed state, when a moving distance of the first sheet to bring the first sheet into the exposed state and a
moving distance of the second sheet to bring the second sheet into the exposed state are different from each other, the control
unit controls sheet moving units provided in the first sheet storage unit and the second sheet storage unit to change a movement
start timing of the first sheet relative to a movement start timing of the second sheet or to change a moving speed of the
first sheet relative to a moving speed of the second sheet, based on the moving distance of the first sheet and the moving
distance of the second sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,378,569

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,377,618

ELECTROSTATIC COMB ACTUATOR, DEFORMABLE MIRROR USING THE ELECTROSTATIC COMB ACTUATOR, ADAPTIVE OPTICS SYSTEM USING THE DEFORMABLE MIRROR, AND SCANNING LASER OPHTHALMOSCOPE USING THE ADAPTIVE OPTICS SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An actuator comprising:
a support portion;
a movable portion;
an elastic body supporting the movable portion;
a movable comb electrode supported by the movable portion;
a fixed comb electrode supported by the support portion; and
a first wiring applying potential to the movable comb electrode,
wherein the movable portion comprises a first conductive layer, a second conductive layer, and an insulating layer arranged
between the first conductive layer and the second conductive layer,

wherein a first contact hole portion is formed in the insulating layer of the movable portion, and
wherein the first wiring is electrically connected to the movable comb electrode via the first contact hole portion and the
first conductive layer of the movable portion.

US Pat. No. 9,380,202

FOCUS DETECTION APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM, FOCUS DETECTION METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A focus detection apparatus which performs focus detection using an image pickup element including a plurality of first
pixels and a plurality of second pixels, each pair of the first and second pixels sharing one microlens, the focus detection
apparatus comprising:
a processor which:
calculates comparison data between pixel data obtained from the plurality of first pixels and pixel data obtained from the
plurality of second pixels in a plurality of ranges of image data obtained from the image pickup element;

detects a saturated pixel having a level of at least a predetermined value in each of the plurality of ranges; and
performs addition processing of the comparison data calculated in each of the plurality of ranges, based on a result of detecting
the saturated pixel; and

a lens drive controller which performs drive control of a lens apparatus based on the addition processed comparison data output
from the processor,

wherein the processor performs the addition processing using comparison data obtained from the plurality of ranges in which
a number of the saturated pixels is less than a predetermined number.

US Pat. No. 9,378,441

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a memory; and
at least one processor in communication with the memory, the processor configured to control:
a first execution unit configured to execute shutdown processing for turning off the information processing apparatus at a
predetermined time;

a second execution unit configured to execute restart processing for turning off and restarting the information processing
apparatus when an event requiring restart of the information processing apparatus has occurred; and

a control unit configured to, even if the event requiring restart of the information processing apparatus has occurred and
if a remaining time before the first execution unit executes the shutdown processing at the predetermined time is shorter
than a threshold, control the second execution unit not to execute the restart processing and control the first execution
unit to execute the shutdown processing at the predetermined time.

US Pat. No. 9,378,213

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,377,708

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising:
toner particles, each of which comprises a binder resin, a colorant, an ester wax and a hydrocarbon wax; and
inorganic fine particles,
wherein:
the ester wax comprises an ester compound having a structure represented by the following formula (1) or (2):
R1—CO—O—(CH2)x—O—OC—R2;  Formula (1):

or
R3—O—OC—(CH2)x—CO—O—R4  Formula (2):

wherein R1 to R4 are an alkyl group; and x is an integer of 8 to 10;

the ester wax comprises, in a composition distribution, an ester compound having a highest abundance rate in an amount of
40% by mass or higher and 80% by mass or lower with respect to a total amount of the ester wax;

when measuring the ester wax and the hydrocarbon wax solely with differential scanning calorimetry, each of the waxes has
an endothermic peak respectively, the endothermic peak of the ester wax having a peak top temperature of 65° C. to 80° C.,
and

when measuring the toner with differential scanning calorimetry, the toner has only one endothermic peak derived from the
waxes, the only one endothermic peak having a peak top temperature Tt (° C.),

wherein:
when measuring the ester wax and the hydrocarbon wax solely with differential scanning calorimetry, among a peak top temperature
of the endothermic peak of the ester wax and a peak top temperature of the endothermic peak of the hydrocarbon wax, the lower
temperature is defined as Tw (° C.),

Tt (° C.) and Tw (° C.) satisfy the following relationship:
3.0?(Tw?Tt)?8.0.

US Pat. No. 9,377,716

UNIT AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,372,654

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,372,416

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,372,417

METHOD FOR PRODUCING ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for producing an electrophotographic photosensitive member, comprising:
a step (i) of forming a conductive layer having a volume resistivity of not less than 1.0×108 ?·cm and not more than 5.0×1012 ?·cm on a support; and

a step (iii) of forming a photosensitive layer on the conductive layer,
wherein the step (i) comprises:
preparing a metallic oxide particle having a water content of not less than 1.0% by mass and not more than 2.0% by mass,
preparing a coating liquid for a conductive layer by mixing a solvent, a binder material, and the metallic oxide particle,
and

forming the conductive layer using the coating liquid for a conductive layer,
wherein a mass ratio (PB) of the metallic oxide particle (P) to the binder material (B) in the coating liquid for a conductive
layer is not less than 1.5/1.0 and not more than 3.5/1.0, and

wherein the metallic oxide particle is selected from the group consisting of:
a titanium oxide particle coated with tin oxide doped with phosphorus,
a titanium oxide particle coated with tin oxide doped with tungsten, and
a titanium oxide particle coated with tin oxide doped with fluorine.

US Pat. No. 9,372,446

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member configured to carry a toner image;
a charging member configured to charge said photosensitive member to a first polarity;
an intermediary transfer belt configured to carry the toner image transferred from said photosensitive member at a primary
transfer position;

a transfer member provided so as to be contactable to an outer peripheral surface of said intermediary transfer belt and configured
to transfer the toner image from said intermediary transfer belt onto a recording material at a secondary-transfer position;

a constant voltage element electrically connected between said intermediary transfer belt and a ground potential and configured
to maintain a predetermined voltage when a current flows therethrough;

a switching portion for selectively providing a first state in which said intermediary transfer belt is grounded through said
constant voltage element and a second state in which said intermediary transfer belt is grounded not through said constant
voltage element;

a voltage source configured to apply a current to said constant voltage element by applying a voltage of a second polarity
opposite the first polarity to said transfer member to form a secondary-transfer electric field in the secondary-transfer
position and a primary transfer electric field in the primary transfer position; and

a controller configured to execute an adjusting operation for applying at least the voltage of the second polarity to said
transfer member from said voltage source when neither the primary-transfer nor the secondary-transfer is carried out, wherein
said controller provides the second state using said switching portion in a non-image formation period in which the voltage
of the second polarity is applied to said transfer member.

US Pat. No. 9,374,533

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,371,462

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A production process for a self-dispersible pigment, the process comprising a step of bonding a group R1 in the following general formula (1) to a particle surface of a pigment by a radical addition reaction induced by removal
of a hydrogen atom from a compound represented by the general formula (1),
HN?N?R1   (1)

wherein R1 is a group (a) having at least one of an aliphatic group and an aromatic group, and (b) being substituted with at least one
hydrophilic group selected from the group consisting of a carboxylic acid group, a sulfonic acid group, a phosphoric acid
group, and a phosphonic acid group.

US Pat. No. 9,366,984

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT FORMS COLOR IMAGE BY SUPERIMPOSING PLURALITY OF IMAGES IN DIFFERENT COLORS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that is capable of forming an image at a plurality of image forming speeds, the image forming
apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit that has a first image forming part configured to form a first image of a first color and a second image
forming part configured to form a second image of a second color different from the first color, the image forming unit configured
to form the image using the first image forming part and the second image forming part;

a sheet container configured to contain a sheet;
an image bearing member configured to bear the first image and the second image, and to convey the first image and the second
image;

a transfer unit configured to transfer the first and second images borne by the image bearing member to the sheet;
a controller configured to control the image forming unit to form a measurement pattern including a first measurement image
formed by the first image forming part and a second measurement image formed by the second image forming part;

a measurement unit configured to measure the measurement pattern formed on the image bearing member;
a determination unit configured to determine first information related to a relative position of the first measurement image
and the second measurement image in a conveyance direction of the image bearing member based on a first measurement result
of a first measurement pattern, by the measurement unit, formed by the image forming unit at a first image forming speed,
and to determine second information related to a relative position of the first measurement image and the second measurement
image in the conveyance direction of the image bearing member based on a second measurement result of a second measurement
pattern, by the measurement unit, formed by the image forming unit at a second image forming speed different from the first
image forming speed;

a generating unit configured to generate correlation data based on the first information and the second information determined
by the determination unit; and

a correction unit configured to, in a case where the image forming unit forms the image at the first image forming speed,
correct a relative position of the first image and the second image in the conveyance direction based on the first information
determined by the determination unit, and to, in a case where the image forming unit forms the image at the second image forming
speed, correct a relative position of the first image and the second image in the conveyance direction based on the first
information determined by the determination unit and correlation data generated by the generating unit,

wherein the controller is configured to execute a first image forming process, in which the image forming unit forms the measurement
pattern at the first image forming speed in a case where a first condition is satisfied, and to execute a second image forming
process, in which the image forming unit forms the measurement pattern at both the first image forming speed and the second
image forming speed in a case where a second condition is satisfied while the sheet container contains a sheet corresponding
to the second image forming speed, and

wherein the second image forming process is not executed if the second condition is satisfied while the sheet container does
not contain a sheet corresponding to the second image forming speed.

US Pat. No. 9,365,733

INK JET INK AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink jet ink, comprising:
water; and
a pigment dispersed by a polymer dispersant,
wherein the pigment has a secondary amino group,
wherein the polymer dispersant includes (i) a unit derived from an acryloylmorpholine and (ii) a unit derived from an acidic
monomer, and

wherein a content of the unit derived from the acryloylmorpholine is 0.1 times or more and 4.0 times or less as high as a
content of the unit derived from the acidic monomer in terms of mass ratio.

US Pat. No. 9,366,525

MARK POSITION DETECTOR, IMPRINT APPARATUS, AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,369,610

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
a first determination unit configured to determine whether or not a pixel of interest in an input image is a pixel configuring
an edge;

a second determination unit configured to determine whether or not the pixel of interest in the input image is a pixel configuring
a semi-transparent object; and

a first image processing unit configured to perform first image processing for enhancing edge reproducibility for the pixel
of interest if it is determined that the pixel of interest is a pixel configuring an edge and is not a pixel configuring a
semi-transparent object, and configured to inhibit execution of the first image processing for the pixel of interest if it
is determined that the pixel of interest is a pixel configuring an edge and is a pixel configuring a semi-transparent object.

US Pat. No. 9,365,037

LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge apparatus comprising:
a plurality of pressure chambers which are formed by a plurality of partitions, each formed of a piezoelectric material;
a plurality of electrode pairs, each of which is arranged on both sides of each partition and shear-deforms each partition;
and

a nozzle member which is arranged on a side of a first end of each pressure chamber and on which nozzles connected to each
pressure chamber have been formed,

wherein each pressure chamber is formed such that a relatively shorter one of a height and a width of the pressure chamber
at the first end becomes long as it approaches, from the first end, a second end on the opposite side.

US Pat. No. 9,366,587

OPTICAL FORCE SENSOR AND APPARATUS USING OPTICAL FORCE SENSOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical force sensor comprising:
a base member;
a displaceable member, the displaceable member and the base member being mutually separated in a first direction;
an elastic member disposed between the base member and the displaceable member; and
a displacement detector configured to optically detect a displacement of the displaceable member with respect to the base
member, the displacement being caused by an external force,

wherein the displacement detector includes:
a light source provided to one member of the base member and the displaceable member;
a reflective surface provided to another member of the base member and the displaceable member;
a light-transmissive member disposed between the light source and the reflective surface and having a gap with the reflective
surface; and

a first light-receiving element provided to the one member, and
wherein the displacement detector is configured:
(a) to cause a first light flux and a second light flux to form interference fringes on the first light-receiving element,
the first light flux exiting from the light source and being internally reflected at a gap-side surface of the light-transmissive
member, the second light flux exiting from the light source, being transmitted through the light-transmissive member, being
reflected by the reflective surface and being again transmitted through the light-transmissive member; and

(b) to output an output signal based on a variation of a first signal output from the first light-receiving element configured
to detect an intensity distribution of the interference fringes, the variation being caused by a displacement of the displaceable
member in the first direction.

US Pat. No. 9,368,711

PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, MULTILAYERED PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD, LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS, ULTRASONIC MOTOR, OPTICAL APPARATUS, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A piezoelectric element comprising:
a first electrode;
a second electrode; and
a piezoelectric material including:
crystal grains of a perovskite-type metal oxide represented by general formula (1) as a main component
(Ba1-xCax)a(Ti1-yZry)O3(where 1.00?a?1.01,0.02?x?0.30,0.020?y?0.095, and y?x)  (1),

 and
a manganese component incorporated in the piezoelectric material,
wherein a manganese content of relative to 100 parts by weight of the perovskite-type metal oxide is 0.02 parts by weight
or more and 0.40 parts by weight or less on a metal basis,

wherein an auxiliary component content other than the content of the manganese component relative to 100 parts by weight of
the perovskite-type metal oxide is less than 2.1 parts by weight on an oxide basis,

wherein the crystal grains have an average circular equivalent diameter of more than 0.8 ?m and less than 182.0 ?m, and
wherein the piezoelectric material has a relative density of more than 89.0% and 100% or less.

US Pat. No. 9,361,057

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,361,133

MANAGEMENT SCREEN FOR IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus configured to display a management screen, which is provided by an operating system
and is used for managing a connected peripheral device, the operating system providing a first type of language for the management
screen, wherein the displaying of the management screen is based on control information described with respect to functions
that are provided by a device driver for the peripheral device and a specific application providing a process for the peripheral
device and can be instructed from the management screen, the information processing apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a registration unit configured to register in a registry a second type of language displayed on a screen provided by the specific
application that runs on the processor,

wherein the registration unit, as the specific application, is configured to register in the registry the second type of language
when the specific application is activated,

wherein the management screen includes a first portion for instructing to activate a setting screen of the device driver and
a second portion for instructing to activate the specific application, and

wherein, if a condition indicates that the first type of language provided for the management screen is different than the
second type of language registered in the registry, a display including a message about the second type of language used by
the specific application is performed on the second portion of the management screen based on the control information in which
the message is described in association with the condition.

US Pat. No. 9,363,443

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,361,472

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

3. A non-transitory storage medium storing a computer program having instructions thereon that when executed by at least one
processor of an information processing apparatus, instruct the at least one processor to perform a control method comprising:
restoring encrypted data stored in a second storage device, wherein the second storage device is a flash disk or an external
storage connected to an universal serial bus (USB) connected to the-information processing apparatus comprising the at least
one processor, a memory connected to the at least one processor, a first storage device, wherein the first storage device
is a hard disk drive (HDD), a storage controller device configured to connect to the at least one processor, and an encryption/decryption
processing device comprising an encryption board configured to encrypt data to be written in the first storage device and
decrypt encrypted data read from the first storage device and further wherein the encryption processing device is disposed
between the storage controller device and the first storage device;

instructing the encryption/decryption processing device connected to the storage controller device to restore a first encrypted
data stored in the second storage device to the first storage device to perform the steps of:

reading by the storage controller the first encrypted data from the second storage devise;
encrypting the first encrypted data by the encryption/decryption processing device;
storing by the storage controller a double encrypted data in the first storage device;
decrypting the double encrypted data stored in the first storage device twice by the encryption/decryption processing device
and reading the twice-decrypted data into the memory connected to the processor, and

encrypting the twice-decrypted data in the memory by the encryption/decryption processing device and storing a second encrypted
data comprising the encrypted the twice-decrypted data in the first storage device.

US Pat. No. 9,361,235

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that controls fetching and prefetching with respect to a cache storage apparatus for
data in a memory, comprising:
a cache storage apparatus having, as an entry for managing data that is a cache target, an entry including a tag bit for managing
an address in the memory of the data, the data, and a reference count for managing a number of times that the data is referenced;

a determination unit configured to determine, based on a reference address, whether or not it is possible to read in data
from an entry corresponding to the cache storage apparatus; and

a control unit configured to control at least one of a prefetch and a fetch based on a result of the determination by the
determination unit, wherein

the control unit,
in a case where a result of the determination by the determination unit is that it is possible to read in the data from the
entry,

increases, in a case where the reference address is for a prefetch, a value of the reference count of the entry,
decreases, in a case where the reference address is for a fetch, the value of the reference count of the entry, and
in a case where a result of the determination by the determination unit is that it is not possible to read in the data from
the entry,

prohibits, in a case where the reference address is for a prefetch, a replacement of prefetched data in the entry until the
value of the reference count of the entry becomes zero.

US Pat. No. 9,362,782

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:
a communication unit that performs wireless communication;
a load unit;
a power receiving unit that wirelessly receives power from a power supply apparatus; and
a control unit that controls to limit a supply of power to the load unit if the communication unit transmits data to the power
supply apparatus,

wherein, if a predetermined power is received from the power supply apparatus, the control unit controls not to supply the
power received from the power supply apparatus to the communication unit.

US Pat. No. 9,360,786

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR ADJUSTING WRITE START TIMING OF MULTICOLOR IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a plurality of image forming units configured to form images each having a different color;
a transfer unit configured to perform primary transfer, to a transfer member, of images respectively generated by the plurality
of image forming units;

a detection unit configured to detect a color pattern formed on the transfer member, the color pattern being used for detecting
color misregistration;

a first determination unit configured to control the plurality of image forming units to form, on the transfer member, a plurality
of color patterns, each having a different color, control the detection unit to detect the amount of color misregistration,
related to a relative position of a color pattern having a first reference color among the plurality of color patterns and
a color pattern having another color among the plurality of color patterns, and determine a first offset value for adjusting
an image write start timing of the other color different from the first reference color based on the amount of color misregistration
detected by the detection unit;

a measuring unit configured to measure the inclination of the transfer member; and
a second determination unit configured to determine, based on the inclination measured by the measuring unit, a second offset
value for adjusting the image write start timing of another color different from a second reference color,

wherein the first reference color for the first determination unit is different from the second reference color for the second
determination unit,

wherein the other color different from the first reference color includes the second reference color, and
wherein the other color different from the second reference color includes the first reference color.

US Pat. No. 9,360,788

ROLLER MEMBER, ROLLER SUPPORTING MECHANISM, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,354,557

INTERMEDIATE TRANSFER MEMBER AND IMAGE RECORDING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,349,771

MICROLENS FORMING METHOD AND SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for forming a plurality of microlenses arrayed in a matrix, the method comprising:
a first step of forming, on a first member, a second member made of a material different from the first member;
a second step of shaping an upper surface of the second member into a concavo-convex shape including a plurality of convex
portions and a plurality of concave portions, by performing exposure processing using a grayscale mask, and then developing
the second member; and

a third step of forming the plurality of microlenses, corresponding to the plurality of convex portions, from at least the
first member by etching the shaped second member and the first member,

wherein in the third step, the etching of the second member and the etching of the first member are performed under a condition
that an etching rate of the first member is higher than an etching rate of the second member, a portion of the first member
under a concave portion of the second member is exposed during the etching of the second member, and the exposed portion of
the first member is removed in the etching of the first member,

wherein the plurality of convex portions include:
a first convex portion;
a second convex portion that is adjacent to the first convex portion via a concave portion; and
a third convex portion that is adjacent to the first convex portion via a concave portion and has an apex at a position farther
from the first convex portion than the second convex portion, and

wherein in the second step, the portion of the first member exposed in the
third step is covered by a portion out of the concave portion of the second member located between the first convex portion
and the second convex portion.

US Pat. No. 9,350,796

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR RECEIVING MULTIMEDIA DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of receiving, at a communication device, a multimedia data stream composed of a sequence of multimedia data segments
from a plurality of data sources, each multimedia data segment having an execution time slot relative to an execution time
slot of an initial multimedia data segment of the sequence the method comprising the steps of:
receiving a first multimedia segment of the sequence of multimedia segments from the respective data source, and
executing the first multimedia segment on the communication device;
wherein during execution of the first multimedia segment, for at least one subsequent multimedia data segment of the sequence,
the method further comprises the steps of:

requesting the data source of the subsequent multimedia data segment to transmit a portion of the subsequent multimedia data
segment;

determining the transmission capability between the communication device and the data source, based on the transmitted portion
of the subsequent multimedia data segment,

determining a time to start downloading the subsequent multimedia data segment, based on the execution time slot of the subsequent
multimedia data segment relative to the current time slot and the transmission capability between the data source of the subsequent
multimedia data segment and the communication device; and

downloading, at the determined time, the subsequent multimedia data segment for execution during the execution time slot.

US Pat. No. 9,348,246

DEVELOPING APPARATUS, DEVELOPING METHOD, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing apparatus for developing an electrostatic latent image formed on a surface of an electrostatic latent image
bearing member to form a toner image on the surface of the electrostatic latent image bearing member, wherein
the developing apparatus comprises
a toner for developing the electrostatic latent image,
a toner carrying member for carrying the toner, and
a regulating member for regulating a layer thickness of the toner carried by the toner carrying member,
the toner is a magnetic toner comprising
a toner particle containing a binder resin and a magnetic member,
a first fine silica particle having a number average primary particle diameter (D1) of 5 nm or more and 20 nm or less, and
a second fine silica particle having a number average primary particle diameter (D1) of 40 nm or more and 200 nm or less,
the second fine silica particle is a fine silica particle produced by a sol-gel method,
the toner has a total energy of 270 mJ/(g/ml) or more and 355 mJ/(g/ml) or less,
the toner carrying member has a substrate, an elastic layer and a surface layer comprising a urethane resin, and
the urethane resin has a partial structure derived from a reaction of a compound represented by the following structural formula
(1) with a polyisocyanate:


wherein
n denotes an integer of 1 or more and 4 or less,
each R3 independently represents any selected from the group consisting of the following (a) to (c):

(a) a hydroxyalkyl group having 2 or more and 8 or less carbon atoms;
(b) an aminoalkyl group having 2 or more and 8 or less carbon atoms; and
(c) a group represented by the following structural formula (2), and
R4 represents an alkylene group having 2 or more and 4 or less carbon atoms:


wherein
m denotes an integer of 2 or more and 3 or less, and
R5 represents an alkylene group having 2 or more and 5 or less carbon atoms.

US Pat. No. 9,348,267

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a movable intermediary transfer member;
an image forming unit configured to form a toner image on said intermediary transfer member;
a transfer member, to which a first transfer voltage and a second transfer voltage can be applied, configured to transfer
the toner image from said intermediary transfer member onto a recording material passing through a transfer portion formed
between said transfer member and said intermediary transfer member;

a cleaning member, to which a first cleaning voltage and a second cleaning voltage can be applied, configured to remove toner
on said intermediary transfer member passing through a cleaning portion formed between said cleaning member and said intermediary
transfer member;

an executing portion capable of executing an operation in a lowering mode, in which the transfer voltage applied to the transfer
member is changed from the first transfer voltage to the second transfer voltage lower in absolute value than the first transfer
voltage, at a timing when a position of the recording material spaced from an upstream end portion of the recording material
by a predetermined distance toward a downstream side with respect to a recording material feeding direction passes through
the transfer portion; and

a setting portion configured to set a first cleaning voltage and a second cleaning voltage such that an absolute value of
the second cleaning voltage is higher than an absolute value of the first cleaning voltage,

wherein in a case that the recording material passes through the transfer portion in the lowering mode, the first cleaning
voltage is applied to said cleaning member when a region of said intermediary transfer member, which passed through the transfer
portion when the first transfer voltage was applied to said transfer member during passing of the recording material through
the transfer portion, passes through the cleaning portion, and the second cleaning voltage is applied to said cleaning member
when a region of said intermediary transfer member, which passed through the transfer portion when the second transfer voltage
was applied to said transfer member during passing of the recording material through the transfer portion, passes through
the cleaning portion.

US Pat. No. 9,347,853

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

forming a spot image with light from transmitting through at least one lenslet included in the lenslet array;
blocking light from being transmitted through at least one other lenslet included in the lenslet array;
measuring a position of the spot image;
calculating optical paths from positions of a plurality of spot images toward the light source;
specifying parameters of the test optical system when light rays from the positions of the plurality of spot images converge
at the light source; and

calculating a wavefront aberration of the test optical system corresponding to the parameters of the test optical system.

US Pat. No. 9,348,110

LENS BARREL AND IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A lens barrel comprising:
a lens holding unit configured to hold a lens; and
a cam cylinder comprising, on an inner circumference of the cam cylinder, a cam groove for engaging with the lens holding
unit, wherein rotation of the cam groove causes the lens holding unit to move in an optical axis direction,

wherein a projection is provided at the end of the cam cylinder on an imaging side,
wherein a first gear for transmitting a power for rotating the cam cylinder is provided on an outer circumferential surface
of the projection, and

wherein the cam groove is provided on an inner circumferential surface of the projection.

US Pat. No. 9,349,161

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD WITH EDGE ENHANCEMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a processing unit including at least a processor and configured to perform, in an edge portion including a pixel with a first
luminance and a pixel with a second luminance higher than the first luminance in an image, edge enhancement processing for
the pixel with the second luminance by an amount of enhancement smaller than that of the pixel with the first luminance; and

an output unit configured to output the image having undergone the edge enhancement processing by said processing unit,
wherein said processing unit performs the edge enhancement processing for a pixel, of the image, with a saturation lower than
a predetermined threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,348,150

CORRECTING OPTICAL DEVICE AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A correcting optical device comprising:
a fixed member configured to rotatably support a rotary member in a first plane that is perpendicular to an optical axis of
a correcting lens;

a movable member where the correcting lens is supported so as to be movable with respect to the fixed member in the plane
in a second plane parallel to the first plane; and

a driving unit that is disposed between the movable member and the rotary member and between the movable member and the fixed
member,

wherein the driving unit drives the movable member with respect to the fixed member in a direction in the second plane, and
wherein the driving unit drives the rotary member to rotate around the optical axis of the correcting lens,
so that the driving unit causes a restricting member to engage an engaging portion to restrict the translational movement
of the movable member, and

so that the driving unit causes the restricting member to disengage the engaging portion, to cause the movable member to be
in a state capable of the translational movement, the restricting member being provided at the rotary member, and the engaging
portion being provided at the movable member.

US Pat. No. 9,342,189

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD FOR OBTAINING THREE-DIMENSIONAL COORDINATE POSITION OF AN OBJECT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for recognizing a touch operation on a target surface by an operation object being
irradiated with light from a light source, comprising:
a non-transitory memory device;
a processor;
a position specification unit configured to specify a designation position designated by the operation object based on a captured
image that is captured by a capturing unit and reflects distance information between the capturing unit and the operation
object;

a direction specification unit configured to specify, based on the captured image, a direction of the operation object with
respect to the capturing unit or the light source; and

a determination unit configured to (i) correct, based on the specified direction of the operation object and a correction
parameter which is used for converting to a reference intensity value of the operation object having a reference direction
and which has been obtained in advance based on past captured images of the operation object which have been captured for
different directions of the operation object, an intensity value of a portion corresponding to the designation position out
of the captured image so as to be the reference intensity value, wherein the intensity value depends on the specified direction
of the operation object with respect to the capturing unit or the light source, and (ii) determine, based on the corrected
intensity value, that a distance between the operation object and the target surface is smaller than a threshold,

wherein the position specification unit, the direction specification unit, and the determination unit are implemented at least
in part by the processor executing at least one program recorded on the non-transitory memory device.

US Pat. No. 9,341,973

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,342,769

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD FOR CORRECTING A LINE IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain image data;
a first determination unit configured to determine whether a pixel included in the image data belongs to a line;
a second determination unit configured to determine whether a density of the pixel included in the image data is less than
a predetermined density; and

a correction unit configured to perform correction to increase the density of the pixel on a basis of results of the first
determination and the second determination, and to perform correction to increase a density of a pixel adjacent to the pixel
on the basis of the results of the first determination and the second determination.

US Pat. No. 9,342,290

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INSTALLATION METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:
A processor;
a starting unit configured to start installation of a driver customized as to a function setting value that can be set in
a function setting screen;

a creation unit configured to create a customized driver including a catalog file in which a has value is written corresponding
to the driver on which the customization has not yet been performed; and

an installation unit configured to compare a hash value of a setting file of the driver on which the customization has not
yet been performed included in the customized driver with the has value in the catalog file, and if the hash values match
with each other, to install driver on which the customization has not yet been performed and to replace a setting filed of
the installed driver with the setting file of the driver on which the customization has been performed included in the customized
driver;

wherein the starting unit, creation unit, and the installation unit are implemented at least in part by the processor executing
at least one program;

wherein the function setting value that can be set through the driver is determined based on a setting file of the driver,
and wherein the installation unit modifies the driver by replacing a setting file of the installed driver with a setting file
created through the customization.

US Pat. No. 9,345,126

SEMICONDUCTOR PACKAGE AND PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A semiconductor package comprising:
an interposer; and
a semiconductor element mounted on the interposer, wherein
the interposer comprises a plurality of conductor layers comprising:
a first conductor layer having:
a first conductor pattern which is electrically connected to one terminal out of a power terminal and a ground terminal of
the semiconductor element;

a second conductor pattern which is arranged while being separated from the first conductor pattern; and
a third conductor pattern which is formed so as to have a wiring width thinner than that of the second conductor pattern,
and connects the first conductor pattern with the second conductor pattern; and

a second conductor layer, which is adjacent to the first conductor layer through a first dielectric, having:
a fourth conductor pattern which faces the second conductor pattern through the first dielectric and is electrically connected
to the other terminal out of the power terminal and the ground terminal of the semiconductor element.

US Pat. No. 9,340,009

PRINTING APPARATUS AND PROCESSING METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus that includes a plurality of nozzle arrays each of which has a plurality of nozzles each discharging
ink and being arrayed in a predetermined direction, and that prints on a printing medium by discharging ink from the respective
nozzles of the plurality of nozzle arrays while moving the plurality of nozzle arrays and the printing medium relatively in
an intersecting direction which intersects the predetermined direction, the apparatus comprising:
a control unit configured to control forming, on the printing medium by the plurality of nozzle arrays, of a plurality of
patterns corresponding to the plurality of nozzle arrays respectively while moving the plurality of nozzle arrays and the
printing medium relatively in the intersecting direction, such that the plurality of patterns formed on the printing medium
are arrayed in the predetermined direction; and

a determination unit configured to determine a shift amount of a relative printing position between the plurality of nozzle
arrays in the intersecting direction, based on a reading result obtained by causing a reading unit to read the plurality of
patterns while conveying the printing medium in the intersecting direction, the reading unit including a sensor which has
a plurality of reading elements arranged in the predetermined direction such that a reading region that is read by the plurality
of reading elements includes a forming region of the plurality of patterns in the predetermined direction,

wherein the control unit controls forming of the plurality of patterns such that a first pattern and a second pattern among
the plurality of patterns is formed by a first nozzle array among the plurality of nozzle arrays, and

the determination unit determines the shift amount using a distance, in an image obtained from the reading result, between
a pattern formed by a nozzle array which is different from the first nozzle array and a straight line which passes through
the first pattern and the second pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,335,453

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A DIFFRACTION GRATING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a blazed diffraction grating, the method comprising
forming the blazed diffraction grating by forming a plurality of grating grooves on a machined surface of a workpiece made
of single crystalline gallium phosphide (GaP) or single crystalline gallium arsenide (GaAs) by machining,

wherein the grating grooves are formed to have a triangular cross-section shape,
wherein the grating grooves are formed so that a surface of a short side of the triangular cross-section shape comprises a
(110) plane, where (110) describes a crystal orientation of the single crystalline gallium phosphide (GaP) or the single crystalline
gallium arsenide (GaAs), and

wherein a surface roughness of the surface of the short side of the triangular cross-section shape is 10 nm or less.

US Pat. No. 9,338,322

IMAGE READING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING AN ILLUMINATING UNIT AND AN ALIGNING PORTION FOR POSITIONING AN ORIGINAL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image reading device comprising:
a platen on which an original is to be placed;
an illuminating unit configured to illuminate the original;
a linear sensor extending in a first direction and configured to receive light from the original;
an optical unit configured to guide the light from the original to the linear sensor; and
an aligning portion configured to determine a position of the original in the first direction,
wherein the illuminating unit includes
a light-guiding member extending in the first direction,
wherein the light-guiding member includes an optical surface provided with a plurality of prisms that are arranged in the
first direction; and

a light source provided only at one end of the light-guiding member in the first direction,
wherein, in the first direction, a distance between a center axis of the optical surface and the light source is shorter than
a distance between an optical axis defined by the optical unit and the light source,

wherein the illuminating unit illuminates the original only from the one end side in the first direction, and
wherein the aligning portion is provided on a side opposite to the light source in the first direction.

US Pat. No. 9,338,336

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

the following condition is satisfied:

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

US Pat. No. 9,336,556

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain pattern information of a color filter array and algorithm information of color interpolation
processing used in photography of input image data;

a generation unit configured to generate comparative image data by performing re-demosaicing on the input image data based
on the pattern information and the algorithm information; and

a detection unit configured to compare the comparative image data with the input image data to detect alteration of the input
image data.

US Pat. No. 9,335,812

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a first power-off unit configured to turn off the information processing apparatus when a first time has elapsed without receiving
user operation, and

a second power-off unit configured to turn off the information processing apparatus at a specified time,
wherein the first power-off unit is configured to turn off the information processing apparatus before the first time elapses
if the information processing apparatus has been started before an offset time has elapsed after the second power-off unit
has turned off the information processing apparatus at the specified time.

US Pat. No. 9,338,377

SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE HAVING A LEVEL SHIFT UNIT AND SIGNAL PROCESSING UNIT WHERE A VOLTAGE RANGE SUPPLIED TO THE LEVEL SHIFT UNIT IS WIDER THAN A VOLTAGE RANGE SUPPLIED TO THE SIGNAL PROCESSING UNIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state image pickup device comprising:
a pixel array including a plurality of pixels, each of the plurality of pixels including a photoelectric conversion unit and
a transfer transistor configured to transfer charge generated in the photoelectric conversion unit;

a plurality of common output lines configured to receive signals generated in the plurality of pixels included in the pixel
array;

a transfer scanning unit configured to sequentially drive the plurality of transfer transistors;
a signal processing unit configured to process the signals generated in the plurality of pixels; and
a level shift unit, arranged at an electrical path between the transfer scanning unit and the transfer transistor, configured
to receive a pulse from the transfer scanning unit and increase an amplitude of the pulse and supply a gate of the transfer
transistor with the pulse having the increased amplitude,

wherein the pixel array and the level shift unit are arranged on a first semiconductor substrate, whereas the plurality of
common output lines, the signal processing unit, and the transfer scanning unit are arranged on a second semiconductor substrate,
and

wherein a voltage range supplied to the level shift unit is wider than a voltage range supplied to the signal processing unit,
wherein a gate insulating film of a transistor arranged on the level shift unit is thicker than a gate insulating film of
a transistor arranged on the signal processing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,338,419

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,329,280

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. 9,329,821

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. 9,332,151

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,328,380

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. 9,329,523

DEVELOPING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing apparatus, comprising:
a developer carrying member provided in a rotatable manner and configured to carry a developer including a toner and a carrier
to develop an electrostatic latent image;

a magnet fixedly disposed inside the developer carrying member and configured to cause the developer carrying member to carry
the developer on a surface of the developer carrying member, the magnet including a first magnetic pole and a second magnetic
pole disposed downstream of the first magnetic pole in a rotation direction of the developer carrying member and having the
same polarity as a polarity of the first magnetic pole to form a repulsive magnetic field between the first magnetic pole
and the second magnetic pole;

a developing chamber disposed opposite to the developer carrying member and configured to supply the developer to the developer
carrying member;

a collection chamber configured to form a circulation route for circulating the developer with the developing chamber and
configured to collect the developer from the developer carrying member;

a first screw disposed in a rotatable manner in the developing chamber and configured to convey the developer in the developing
chamber;

a second screw disposed in a rotatable manner in the collection chamber and configured to convey the developer in the collection
chamber in a direction opposite to the first screw;

a third screw disposed in a rotatable manner in the collection chamber and configured to convey the developer in the collection
chamber in a direction opposite to the second screw; and

a protrusion provided on a bottom surface of the collection chamber between the second screw and the third screw, with a top
of the protrusion being lower than a rotation center of the third screw,

wherein the second screw and the third screw are disposed opposite to each other without a partition wall therebetween, and
the developer is free to move directly from the third screw to the second screw, and

wherein a first position is a position of a local maximal peak of a component, in a normal direction of the developer carrying
member, of a magnetic flux density, on the surface of the developer carrying member, of the first magnetic pole,

a second position is a position of a local minimal peak of the component, in the normal direction of the developer carrying
member, of the magnetic flux density, on the surface of the developer carrying member, of the magnet, the position of the
local minimal peak being located immediately downstream of the first position in the rotation direction of the developer carrying
member, and

the rotation center of the third screw is disposed in a projection area on which an area of the surface of the developer carrying
member downstream of the first position in the rotation direction of the developer carrying member and upstream of the second
position in the rotation direction of the developer carrying member is projected downward in a gravity direction in a cross
section orthogonal to a rotation axis of the third screw.

US Pat. No. 9,323,085

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image display apparatus comprising:
a display panel;
a holding member holding four sides of the display panel; and
cushioning members disposed between the display panel and the holding member such that a pressing force depending on an amount
of deformation is applied to the display panel, wherein

a pressing force acting on the display panel through the cushioning member for a lower side among the four sides of the display
panel is higher than a pressing force acting on the display panel through at least one of the cushioning members for the other
sides of the display panel.

US Pat. No. 9,321,293

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet processing apparatus, comprising:
a sheet supporting portion on which sheets are supported;
a sheet binding unit having a first member including a first concave-convex surface and a second member including a second
concave-convex surface engaging with the first concave-convex surface, the sheet binding unit performing a binding process
in which a plurality of dents for binding a sheet bundle is formed in the sheet bundle through a movement of at least one
of the first and second members toward the other one of the first and second members from a separating state in which the
first and second members are separated to bite the sheet bundle; and

a positioning mechanism configured to be able to set a relative position between the sheet binding unit and the sheet bundle
supported on the sheet supporting portion such that the first and second concave-convex surfaces face an edge of the sheet
bundle in the separating state in which the first and second members are separated,

wherein the first and second concave-convex surfaces bite the sheet bundle so as to intersect with the edge of the sheet bundle
in performing the binding process.

US Pat. No. 9,319,376

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that holds network information of a target device corresponding to a data transmission
target, the information processing apparatus comprising:
at least one processor and at least one memory coupled to each other and operating to:
transmit or attempt to transmit data to the target device by using the network information;
transmit an inquiry notification by way of broadcast in a case where communication with the target device is not established;
display, in a case where a response to the inquiry notification is received from a device having same device identification
information as the target device, a device selection screen including content or contents of the response; and

modify a Media Access Control (MAC) address included in the held network information to a MAC address of a device selected
via the device selection screen.

US Pat. No. 9,315,919

SCINTILLATOR PLATE AND RADIATION DETECTOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A scintillator plate comprising a crystalline body formed of a compound having a crystal structure of a Cs3Cu2I5 crystal and a substrate, wherein an orientation of the crystalline body is an a-axis group orientation with respect to a direction
perpendicular to the substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,309,076

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT ALIGNS SHEETS AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,313,260

DATA COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A data communication system including a first communication apparatus as a reception side for receiving data, a second
communication apparatus as a transmission source for transmitting data, and a server,
wherein the first communication apparatus comprises a first processor and a first memory configured to store at least one
first program executable by the first processor, the at least one first program comprising program code that, when executed
by the first processor, implements the steps of:

acquiring a first name of a reception folder associated with a reception ID for specifying the first communication apparatus,
by requesting for the server, wherein the first name is named by a user of the second communication apparatus;

notifying the second communication apparatus of the acquired first name of reception folder;
storing the first name of reception folder notified to the second communication apparatus in association with a second name
of the second communication apparatus, wherein the second name is named by a user of the first communication apparatus;

requesting for the server a list of data in the reception folder associated with the reception ID;
obtaining the list of data in the reception folder associated with the reception ID from the server;
displaying the second name of the second communication apparatus associated with the first name of reception folder corresponding
to the list of data; and

requesting, for the server, acquisition data in the reception folder based on the list of data, and
wherein the second communication apparatus comprises a second processor and a second memory configured to store at least one
second program executable by the second processor, the at least one second program comprising program code that, when executed
by the second processor, implements the steps of:

requesting for the server to register data in the reception folder corresponding to the notified first; and
transmitting the data to the server,
wherein the server transmits the list of data in the reception folder associated with the reception Ill to the first communication
apparatus in response to the request in the requesting for the list, and transmits the data acquired from the reception folder
to the first communication apparatus in response to the request in the requesting data.

US Pat. No. 9,310,713

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer container comprising:
a storage chamber that stores developer;
a conveying member provided in the storage chamber and configured to convey the developer;
a transmitting member configured to transmit a signal for detecting an amount of developer; and
a first projecting portion provided on an inner sidewall of the storage chamber, the first projecting portion projecting toward
a side of a conveying-member shaft of the conveying member when seen in a longitudinal direction of the storage chamber and
being different from the transmitting member,

wherein the transmitting member includes a second projecting portion projecting from the inner sidewall of the storage chamber
toward a side of the conveying-member shaft of the conveying member when seen in the longitudinal direction of the storage
chamber, and

wherein the conveying member is deformed elastically by coming into contact with one of the first projecting portion and the
second projecting portion while being in contact with the other projecting portion by which the conveying member has already
been elastically deformed, or the conveying member is deformed elastically by simultaneously coming into contact with the
first projecting portion and the second projecting portion.

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. 9,295,438

MOVABLE X-RAY GENERATION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A movable X-ray generation apparatus comprising:
an X-ray tube configured to perform irradiation with X-rays;
an arm configured to support the X-ray tube, the arm including an extending mechanism for extending the arm to move the X-ray
tube in a horizontal direction;

a column configured to support the arm;
a cart unit configured to support the column and move the arm,
wherein the X-ray tube is configured to be moved into and out of an accommodation configuration;
a monitor, including a screen;
a monitor support arm, mounted on an upper portion of the cart unit, configured to support the monitor, wherein the monitor
support arm is located at a position where the X-ray tube does not interfere with the monitor in a state in which the X-ray
tube is in the accommodation configuration, unless the arm is extended by the extending mechanism;

a first member configured to support the monitor to be pivotable about a first rotation axis; and
a second member configured to support the first member to be pivotable about a second rotation axis different from the first
rotation axis,

wherein at least one of the first rotation axis and the second rotation axis is perpendicular to a moving surface on which
the cart unit moves, and

wherein the X-ray tube is between the column and the monitor when in the accommodation state.

US Pat. No. 9,300,820

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a launching unit configured to, in a case where a launching button on a device management screen associated with a predetermined
device is pressed, designate identification information of the predetermined device as an argument of an application and launch
the application, wherein the device management screen is displayed based on a file for device management control and the file
for device management control is installed in response to an installation of a printer driver;

a setting unit configured to, in a case where the application has been launched by the launching unit, set the predetermined
device associated with the device management screen as a default device of the application; and

a display unit configured to display a selection screen of the application for selecting a device such that the default device
is selected on the screen.

US Pat. No. 9,291,903

FORMING METHOD AND SUBSTRATE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of forming a detection mark from a line pattern formed on a substrate, comprising:
a first step of deciding a first region for forming the detection mark on the substrate, and a second region which surrounds
the first region and in which formation of the detection mark is forbidden; and

a second step of projecting, onto the substrate by a projection optical system, patterns including a first cut pattern for
partially cutting the line pattern in the first region to form a plurality of mark elements, and a removal pattern for removing
the line pattern in the second region, and forming the detection mark including the plurality of mark elements.

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. 9,289,126

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. 9,291,973

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR PERFORMING COLOR REGISTRATION CONTROL BASED ON DETECTION RESULT OF PATCH IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a plurality of image forming units configured to form images using an electrophotographic technique;
an image carrier onto which images formed by the plurality of image forming units are transferred;
a sensor configured to irradiate the image carrier with light, and detect reflected light;
a detection unit configured to detect, among output values of the sensor corresponding to one patch image, an output value
of the sensor corresponding to a density varied edge area of the one patch image on the image carrier, the one patch image
being formed on the image carrier by one of the image forming units, the density varied edge area being an area where densities
of the one patch image are varied due to an edge density variation phenomenon;

a setting unit configured to set a correction condition based on the output value corresponding to the density varied edge
area of the one patch image;

a determination unit configured to correct the output values of the sensor corresponding to the one patch image based on the
correction condition, and determine a position of the patch image based on the corrected output values; and

a color registration control unit configured to perform color registration control based on the determined position of the
patch image.