US Pat. No. 9,469,114

LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

17. A liquid ejection apparatus comprising:
an ejection port array in which ejection ports for ejecting a liquid toward a print medium are arranged;
a platen formed at position opposite to the ejection port and configured to support print medium;
a blowout port through which gas is blown out toward the print medium; and
an electrode disposed on the platen and configured to attract mist, that is generated in association with ejection of main
droplet through the ejection port, to print medium by supplying with power, wherein

a length of the blowout port is longer than a length of the ejection port array and is shorter than a length of electrode
in an ejection port array direction in which the ejection ports are arranged.

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. 9,466,113

POST-PROCESSED BOKEH RENDERING USING ASYMMETRIC RECURSIVE GAUSSIAN FILTERS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of blurring an image using a spatially variable blur, said method comprising the steps of:
for each pixel of a scan line of pixels in the image:
obtaining a measure representative of image depth at the pixel;
determining a blur kernel width for the pixel based on said measure representative of image depth at the pixel; and
where an increase in the determined blur kernel width with respect to a blur kernel width of a previous pixel in the scan
line is detected:

determining, from the determined blur kernel width, a tapered blur width adapted to provide an asymmetric filter response
for the pixel; and

applying the tapered blur width to a filter to output a blurred pixel value for the pixel by using a plurality of filter coefficients
determined based on blur width value of one or more previously blurred pixels.

US Pat. No. 9,467,622

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,461,822

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
one or more processors; and
one or more non-transitory 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:

setting a first encryption key as an encryption key to be used for encryption communication according to a specific protocol,
wherein the first encryption key is selected from a plurality of encryption keys stored on the image forming apparatus, the
plurality of encryption keys including a default key;

obtaining security setting information for limiting use of one or more encryption keys;
identifying a signature algorithm of the first encryption key and a length of a public key of the first encryption key;
determining whether the first encryption key has at least a predetermined encryption strength based on the security setting
information and at least one of the signature algorithm and the length of the public key; and

in response to determining that the first encryption key has not at least the predetermined encryption strength, setting the
default key as the encryption key to be used for encryption communication according to the specific protocol such that the
first encryption key is not set as the encryption key to be used for encryption communication according to the specific protocol.

US Pat. No. 9,452,606

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD WITH OPENINGS HAVING ASYMMETRIC PROFILE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

15. A liquid ejection head comprising:
a plurality of ejection members, each having an ejection port for ejecting liquid, a liquid chamber for storing liquid to
be supplied to the ejection port, and a heater for heating liquid; and

a support member supporting the plurality of ejection members and having a common flow channel for supplying liquid to the
plurality of ejection members, wherein

the common flow channel communicates with the liquid chambers by way of respective openings, and
an opening portion of each of the openings fronting the common flow channel has an upstream side with respect to a flow direction
of liquid flowing through the common flow channel, the upstream side having a profile asymmetric with regard to a plane passing
through the center of gravity of the opening portion, extending in the flow direction, and being orthogonal to a surface of
the opening portion.

US Pat. No. 9,452,621

INK JET PRINTING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ESTIMATING MOISTURE CONTENT OF PRINT SHEET

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a holding unit configured to hold a sheet by suction;
a printing unit configured to perform printing by applying ink to the sheet held by the holding unit;
a measuring unit configured to measure a thickness of the sheet to which ink has been applied, wherein the holding unit maintains
holding of the sheet while measuring is effected by the measuring unit; and

a determination unit configured to determine an operating condition in printing performed by the printing unit, based on the
measured thickness,

wherein the operating condition is at least a timing at which the suction applied to the sheet by the holding unit is released
in a case where a thickness change rate with respect to a thickness of the sheet before ink is applied, which decreases with
elapsed time after applying ink to the sheet, is less than a threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,456,092

IMAGE COMMUNICATING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus which is able to communicate with an external apparatus via an IP-network by a facsimile, the
communication apparatus comprising:
a redial unit configured to perform either a first redial process or a second redial process, wherein the first redial process
redials a maximum number of times which is predetermined to a user, and the second redial process redials once irrespective
of the maximum number of times which is predetermined to the user; and

a control unit configured to control the redial unit to perform the first redial process in a case where the communication
apparatus receives a SIP busy signal indicating that the external apparatus is in use or a voice packet indicating that the
external apparatus is in use, and to control the redial unit to perform the second redial process in a case where the communication
apparatus does not receive either the SIP busy signal or the voice packet and a time-out occurs.

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. 9,454,124

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an apparatus main body;
a movable member configured to move with respect to the apparatus main body in a state where the movable member supports an
image bearing member on which a latent image is to be formed and a developer bearing member that bears a developer for developing
the latent image, wherein the movable member is movable to an image forming position, located inside the apparatus main body,
at which the image bearing member and the developer bearing member are brought into an image formable state and to an attachment/detachment
position, located outside the apparatus main body, at which a cartridge including the developer bearing member is attachable/detachable
to/from the movable member;

an exposure device configured to expose the image bearing member to form the latent image by irradiating the image bearing
member with light having passed through a light transmission member; and

a cleaning member configured to clean the light transmission member according to a movement of the movable member between
the image forming position and the attachment/detachment position,

wherein the cleaning member is provided on the movable member and movable with respect to the movable member, so as to be
movable to a contact position at which the cleaning member makes contact with the light transmission member when the movable
member moves and a noncontact position at which the cleaning member does not make contact with the light transmission member
when the movable member moves.

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. 9,436,132

DEVELOPMENT DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A development device comprising:
a first developer bearing member configured to bear and convey a developer including magnetic particles and develop an electrostatic
latent image;

a second developer bearing member rotatable in a same direction as a rotation direction of the first developer bearing member
and configured to bear and convey the developer delivered from the first developer bearing member and develop the electrostatic
latent image developed by the first developer bearing member;

a development container configured to expose portions of the first developer bearing member and the second developer bearing
member in an opening portion and accommodate the developer;

a first magnetic field generation member configured to be disposed within the first developer bearing member and include a
plurality of magnetic poles including at least a first magnetic pole provided to face the second developer bearing member;

a second magnetic field generation member configured to be disposed within the second developer bearing member and include
a plurality of magnetic poles including a second magnetic pole and a third magnetic pole, the second magnetic pole being provided
to substantially face the first magnetic pole and being different in polarity from the first magnetic pole, the third magnetic
pole being same in polarity as the second magnetic pole and being disposed on an upstream side as compared with the second
magnetic pole as regards the rotation direction of the second developer bearing member;

a first magnet member provided in an end portion in an axis direction of the first developer bearing member and provided on
a side opposite to an image bearing member, of the first developer bearing member, the first magnet member being provided
on a downstream side as compared with the first magnetic pole as regards the rotation direction of the first developer bearing
member, the first magnet member being disposed along a peripheral surface of the first developer bearing member; and

a second magnet member provided in an end portion in an axis direction of the second developer bearing member and provided
on a side opposite to the image bearing member, of the second developer bearing member, the second magnet member being provided
on an upstream side as compared with the second magnetic pole as regards the rotation direction of the second developer bearing
member, the second magnet member being disposed along a peripheral surface of the second developer bearing member, the second
magnet member being disposed to face a zero Gauss zone, which becomes 50 Gauss or less in magnetic flux density, formed between
the second magnetic pole and the third magnetic pole,

wherein as regards the rotation direction of the second developer bearing member, an upstream end of the second magnet member
is disposed on an upstream side as compared with an upstream end of the zero Gauss zone, and a downstream end of the second
magnet member is disposed on a downstream side as compared with the upstream end of the zero Gauss zone and on an upstream
side as compared with a downstream end of the zero Gauss zone.

US Pat. No. 9,429,860

TONER PRODUCTION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner production method, comprising:
(i) a step of producing untreated toner particles, each of which comprises a binder resin and a colorant, the binder resin
containing a resin (A) capable of forming a crystalline structure; and

(ii) a pressure treatment step of obtaining treated toner particles by holding the untreated toner particles for 5 minutes
or more in a state in which pressure of 2.0 MPa or more is applied to the untreated toner particles under conditions of a
temperature T1 (° C.) defined by formula (1):

20?T1?Tp2  (1)

(wherein, Tp2 represents an onset temperature (° C.) of the maximum endothermic peak derived from the resin (A) on an endothermic
curve during a first temperature rise of the untreated toner particles as determined by differential scanning calorimetric
measurement), wherein

a peak temperature Tp1 of the maximum endothermic peak derived from the resin (A) on the endothermic curve during the first
temperature rise of the untreated toner particles as determined by differential scanning calorimetric measurement is from
at least 50° C. to not more than 90° C., and

wherein the untreated toner particles are obtained by any one of (I) to (VI):
(I) the untreated toner particles are obtained by performing,
a step of obtaining a resin composition by dissolving or dispersing the binder resin comprising the resin (A) and the colorant
in an organic solvent able to dissolve the binder resin;

a step of obtaining a dispersion by dispersing the resin composition in a dispersion medium comprising carbon dioxide at from
at least 1.0 MPa to not more than 20.0 Mpa;

a step of removing the organic solvent from the dispersion; and
a step of reducing a pressure to atmospheric pressure,
(II) the untreated toner particles are obtained by performing,
a step of obtaining a resin composition by dissolving or dispersing the binder resin comprising the resin (A) and the colorant
in an organic solvent able to dissolve the binder resin;

a step of obtaining a dispersion by dispersing the resin composition in an aqueous medium; and
a step of removing the organic solvent from the dispersion via the aqueous medium,
(III) the untreated toner particles are obtained by performing,
a step of obtaining a binder resin fine particle dispersion by dispersing the binder resin comprising the resin (A) in an
aqueous medium or an organic solvent that does not dissolve the binder resin;

a step of obtaining a colorant fine particle dispersion by dispersing the colorant in aqueous medium or an organic solvent
that does not dissolve the binder resin;

a step of forming aggregated particles by mixing the binder resin fine particle dispersion and the colorant fine particle
dispersion; and

a step of heating the aggregated particles at a temperature equal to or higher than a melting point or a glass transition
temperature of the binder resin to fuse the aggregated particles,

(IV) the untreated toner particles are obtained by performing,
a step of obtaining a polymerizable monomer composition by mixing a polymerizable monomer, the resin (A) and the colorant;
a step of forming liquid droplets of the polymerizable monomer composition by dispersing the polymerizable monomer composition
in an aqueous medium comprising a dispersion stabilizer; and

a step of polymerizing the polymerizable monomer comprised in liquid droplets of the polymerizable monomer composition,
(V) the untreated toner particles are obtained by performing,
a step of obtaining a polymerizable monomer composition by mixing a polymerizable monomer, a polymerizable monomer that is
a precursor of the resin (A), and the colorant;

a step of forming liquid droplets of the polymerizable monomer composition by dispersing the polymerizable monomer composition
in an aqueous medium comprising a dispersion stabilizer; and

a step of polymerizing the polymerizable monomer comprised in the polymerizable monomer composition, and
(VI) the untreated toner particles are obtained by performing,
a step of obtaining a kneaded product by melting and kneading the binder resin comprising the resin (A) and the colorant;
and

a step of pulverizing the kneaded product.

US Pat. No. 9,432,770

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,423,732

FIXING DEVICE HAVING FIXING NIP FORMED BY ELASTIC ROLLER AND A BACK-UP UNIT WITH CYLINDRICAL FILM AND FILM GUIDE INCLUDING A PLURALITY OF RIBS EXTENDING CIRCUMFERENTIALLY ALONG THE INNER PERIPHERY OF THE FILM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device comprising:
an elastic roller; and
a back-up unit cooperative with said elastic roller to form a fixing nip therebetween, said back-up unit including a cylindrical
film contacting said elastic roller, a film guide, extending inside said film in a generatrix direction of said film, configured
to guide said film, and an end portion guiding member provided at an end portion of said film guiding member, said end portion
guiding member including a guiding portion configured to guide an inner surface of an end portion of said film with respect
to the generatrix direction,

wherein a toner image is heat-fixed on a recording material while feeding a recording material carrying a toner image through
said nip,

wherein said film guide has a channel-like cross-section extending longitudinally along an inner periphery of said cylindrical
film and includes a plurality of ribs extending circumferentially along the inner periphery of said cylindrical film, said
ribs each including a curved surface convex toward an upstream side with respect to the feeding direction of the recording
material,

wherein upstream most portions of the convex surfaces of longitudinally middle ribs between longitudinally opposite end ribs
are retracted more toward a downstream side with respect to the feeding direction of the recording material than those of
the longitudinally opposite end ribs, and,

wherein the convex surfaces of the longitudinally middle ribs are less strongly curved than those of the longitudinally opposite
end ribs.

US Pat. No. 9,421,687

ROBOT CONTROL APPARATUS AND ROBOT CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A robot control method of a robot control apparatus for controlling a robot arm to be driven by transmitting a drive force
to each of multiple joints from each of drive sources corresponding thereto via a transmitting component so that the robot
arm follows a specified trajectory, the control being carried out based on an instruction value to be instructed to each of
the drive sources, the robot control method comprising:
storing, in a storage unit, constraint conditions including a constraint value of a jerk for each of the multiple joints;
calculating, by said robot control apparatus, the constraint conditions differently for each of multiple spaces into which
a movable range of the robot arm is divided, so that a load torque to be applied to the transmitting component falls within
an allowable range;

generating, by a calculating unit, the instruction value based on the specified trajectory of the robot arm by solving an
optimization problem that uses the constraint conditions stored in the storage unit as an inequality constraint;

sending the instruction value to a servo control unit configured to control the drive source in the robot arm; and
controlling the robot arm based on the instruction value.

US Pat. No. 9,425,021

X-RAY GENERATION APPARATUS AND X-RAY RADIOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An X-ray generation apparatus of transmission type comprising:
an electron emission source; and
a target generating an X-ray with collision of electrons emitted from the electron emission source against the target,
wherein the X-ray generation apparatus further comprises a secondary X-ray generation portion generating an X-ray with collision
of electrons reflected by the target against the secondary X-ray generation portion, and

the secondary X-ray generation portion and the target are arranged such that the X-ray generated with the direct collision
of the electrons against the target and the X-ray generated with the collision of the electrons reflected by the target against
the secondary X-ray generation portion are both radiated to an outside,

an electron passage surrounded by and formed in an electron passage forming member, and positioned on one side of the target
closer to the electron emission source,

wherein the electrons emitted from the electron emission source collide against the target after passing through the electron
passage,

wherein a cross-sectional area of the electron passage at least at an end thereof on a side closer to the target is larger
than a cross-sectional area of the electron passage on a side farther away from the target, and at least a part of an inner
wall surface of a region of the electron passage where the cross-sectional area thereof is increased serves as the secondary
X-ray generation portion, and

wherein an opening size (2R) of the electron passage at the end thereof on the side farther away from the target and a distance
(Z) from an end of the secondary X-ray generation portion on the side closer to the target to an end of the secondary X-ray
generation portion on the side farther away from the target satisfy a following relationship of:

2R?Z?20R.

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. 9,426,321

PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a processor and a memory configured to implement the functions of;
a first wireless communication portion; and
a second wireless communication portion, wherein
the first wireless communication portion executes first wireless communication by a first wireless communication method, and
the second wireless communication portion executes second wireless communication by a second wireless communication method
having a communication range broader than that of the first wireless communication method,

the processor causes a display device to display a predetermined screen for instructing printing in a case where the first
wireless communication portion is in a first state such that the first wireless communication portion can communicate with
a printer, and does not cause the display device to display the predetermined screen in a case where the first wireless communication
portion is in a second state such that the first wireless communication portion cannot communicate with the printer after
the first wireless communication portion established the first wireless communication with the printer,

the second wireless communication portion establishes the second wireless communication with the printer by the second wireless
communication method based on the first wireless communication, and

the processor transmits data to be printed by the printer, to the printer, using the second wireless communication established
by the second wireless communication portion, in accordance with an instruction by a user to the predetermined screen displayed
by the display device.

US Pat. No. 9,426,326

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a communicating portion configured to communicate with an external apparatus and being capable of executing a first process
of transmitting information related to an input screen to the external apparatus so as to cause a web browser of the external
apparatus to display the input screen prompting an input of information and a second process of receiving image information
from the external apparatus;

an image forming portion configured to form an image based on the image information;
a power supplying portion capable of being in a plurality of states including a first state in which the power supplying portion
supplies power to the image forming portion so as to enable the image forming portion to be able to form an image and supplies
power to the communicating portion so as to enable the communicating portion to be able to perform communication, a second
state in which the power supplying portion does not supply power to the image forming portion so as to cause the image forming
portion to be unable to form an image and supplies power to the communicating portion so as to enable the communicating portion
to be able to perform communication, and a third state in which the power supplying portion does not supply power to the image
forming portion so as to cause the image forming portion to be unable to form an image and does not supply power to the communicating
portion so as to cause the communicating portion to be unable to perform communication;

a first executing unit configured to execute a third process of shifting a state of the power supplying portion from the second
state to the first state, wherein the first executing unit does not execute the third process in a case where the communicating
portion executes the first process when the power supplying portion is in the second state, and executes the third process
in a case where the communicating portion executes the second process when the power supplying portion is in the second state;
and

a second executing unit configured to execute a fourth process of shifting a state of the power supplying portion from the
second state to the third state in a case where the power supplying portion remains in the second state for a predetermined
period of time, wherein the second executing unit does not execute the fourth process until a predetermined time passes since
the execution of the first process.

US Pat. No. 9,426,350

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor having focus detection pixels that photoelectrically convert each of a pair of light fluxes that pass through
different exit pupil areas of an imaging optical system and output a focus detection signal, and image forming pixels;

a calculation unit configured to calculate a first charge accumulation period for the image forming pixels, a second charge
accumulation period for the focus detection pixels, and a third charge accumulation period for a predetermined number of rows
that do not contain the focus detection pixels;

a control unit configured to read out the focus detection signal accumulated in the focus detection pixels and an image forming
signal accumulated in the image forming pixels;

a first focus control unit configured to perform phase difference focus control process based on the focus detection signal
read out after accumulated for the second charge accumulation period from the focus detection pixels; and

a second focus control unit configured to carry out a focus detection process based on a high-frequency component of an image
signal obtained from the image forming pixels in a row driven with the third charge accumulation period, while moving the
focus control mechanism,

wherein the control unit reads out the focus detection signal and the image forming signal, and sets a readout rate of the
focus detection signal to be lower than a readout rate of the image forming signal, and

wherein the control unit drives the predetermined number of rows with the third charge accumulation period while moving a
focus control mechanism.

US Pat. No. 9,421,761

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for processing image data corresponding to an image to be recorded on a recording medium
to record an image on the recording medium by ejecting ink onto the recording medium in accordance with recording data while
causing a recording head and the recording medium to move with respect to each other in a cross direction crossing a predetermined
direction,
the recording head including N ejection opening arrays each having, arranged in the predetermined direction, a plurality of
ejection openings at least including a designated ejection opening, each of the plurality of ejection openings being configured
to eject ink of a predetermined color, the N ejection opening arrays being arranged side by side in the cross direction so
that N designated ejection openings respectively included in the N ejection opening arrays are capable of ejecting ink onto
identical positions on the recording medium in the predetermined direction,

the recording data defining ejection or non-ejection of ink onto each pixel area corresponding to a plurality of pixels on
the recording medium for each of the N ejection opening arrays, the image processing apparatus comprising:

a first obtaining unit configured to obtain dot recording data that defines dots to be recorded on the recording medium in
accordance with the image data;

a distribution unit configured to distribute the dot recording data obtained by the first obtaining unit to a first ejection
opening array group including M ejection opening arrays among the N ejection opening arrays, where M data;

a second obtaining unit configured to obtain information indicating whether or not each of the plurality of ejection openings
arranged in each of the N ejection opening arrays has a failure to eject ink;

a selection unit configured to select, in a case where the information obtained by the second obtaining unit indicates that
K designated ejection openings in a first ejection opening group including M designated ejection openings arranged in the
first ejection opening array group among the N designated ejection openings have a failure to eject ink, where K?M, K substitute
designated ejection openings from among (N?M) designated ejection openings other than the M designated ejection openings in
the first ejection opening group;

a complementary assignment unit configured to complementarily assign the distribution data distributed to the K designated
ejection openings in the first ejection opening group to the K substitute designated ejection openings selected by the selection
unit to generate complementary data; and

a generation unit configured to generate the recording data in accordance with the distribution data distributed by the distribution
unit and the complementary data complementarily assigned by the complementary assignment unit,

wherein the selection unit selects the K substitute designated ejection openings from among the (N?M) ejection openings so
that a distance between designated ejection openings at opposite ends of a second ejection opening group in the cross direction
is shortest, the second ejection opening group including (M?K) designated ejection openings, which are determined not to have
a failure to eject ink by the information obtained by the second obtaining unit, and the K substitute designated ejection
openings selected by the selection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,418,614

LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,417,361

OPTICAL ELEMENT, AND OPTICAL SYSTEM AND OPTICAL APPARATUS USING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical element comprising:
a substrate; and
an anti-reflection film on the substrate,
wherein the anti-reflection film comprises a low refractive index layer including a plurality of hollow fine particles and
a binder that binds the hollow fine particles to one another,

wherein the low refractive index layer consists of a first layer serving as an outermost layer, with a same physical thickness
as an average diameter of the hollow fine particles, and a second layer disposed adjacent to the first layer and between the
first layer and the substrate,

wherein each of the plurality of hollow fine particles in the first layer is partially embedded in the binder,
wherein a filling ratio of the binder to the first layer is lower than a filling ratio of the binder to the second layer,
wherein a filling ratio of the plurality of hollow fine particles to the first layer is lower than a filling ratio of the
plurality of hollow fine particles to the second layer,

wherein the refractive index in d-line of the first layer is 1.1 or more but not more than 1.25, and
wherein the refractive index in d-line of the second layer is 1.26 or more but not more than 1.35.

US Pat. No. 9,420,303

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DISPLACEMENT VECTOR COMPONENT TRANSFORMATION IN VIDEO CODING AND DECODING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for decoding values of a first and a second component of a vector representative of the position in an image of
a predictor block used to predict a current Coding Unit of the same image, wherein the method comprises:
decoding the value of a first component of said vector;
determining a range of allowed values for the second component of said vector as a function of the value of the first component;
decoding the value of the second component of said vector;
transforming the value of the second component of said vector in function of the determined range.

US Pat. No. 9,413,905

MOBILE TERMINAL CAPABLE OF INSTRUCTING TRANSMISSION OF FAX, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHODS OF CONTROLLING MOBILE TERMINAL AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A mobile terminal that is capable of communicating with an image processing apparatus which has a scanner for performing
scanning of an original and a fax unit for performing fax transmission of image data generated by the scanning of the original,
comprising:
a transmission destination-setting unit configured to set transmission destination information indicative of a transmission
destination for the fax transmission to be performed by the fax unit;

a scanning and transmission-setting unit configured to set scanning and transmission information concerning the scanning and
the fax transmission;

a request transmission unit configured to transmit a request for performing the fax transmission, to the image processing
apparatus;

an original setting instruction-displaying unit configured to display, on a display section, a message for prompting a user
to set an original for the scanning on the scanner when a response notifying that the fax unit is capable of performing the
fax transmission is received from the image processing apparatus to which the request has been transmitted by said request
transmission unit;

a reception unit configured to receive an instruction for starting the fax transmission from the user, when determining that
the original has been set on the scanner;

an instruction transmission unit configured to transmit, when said reception unit receives the instruction from the user,
an instruction for performing the scanning by the scanner and performing the fax transmission by the fax unit, together with
the transmission destination information set by said transmission destination-setting unit, and the scanning and transmission
information set by said scanning and transmission-setting unit, to the image processing apparatus;

an acquiring unit configured to acquire a progress status of the scanning and a progress status of the fax transmission from
the image processing apparatus after the instruction is transmitted by said instruction transmission unit; and

a status displaying unit configured to display, on the display section, the progress status of the scanning and the progress
status of the fax transmission acquired by said acquiring unit, and display a result of the fax transmission.

US Pat. No. 9,411,124

IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROLLING METHOD THEREFOR, AND LENS UNIT AND CONTROLLING METHOD THEREFOR, AND IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus that is mountable to a lens unit provided with an imaging optical system including a focus lens, the
imaging apparatus comprising:
an imaging sensor configured to generate an imaging signal by photo-electrically converting an object image;
a camera signal processing unit configured to generate an evaluation signal for focus adjustment using the imaging signal;
and

a camera control unit configured to generate drive information about a focus lens based on the evaluation signal and to transmit
the drive information to the mounted lens unit,

wherein, when micro vibration of the focus lens is performed, the camera control unit is configured to transmit to the lens
unit first information about a position of the focus lens to serve as a reference position for the micro vibration and second
information about an amount of movement of the focus lens indicated as a shift amount on an image plane with reference to
the position of the focus lens corresponding to the first information as the drive information,

wherein the second information indicates amplitude of the micro vibration on the image plane and a shift amount of the reference
position on the image plane from the position of the focus lens corresponding to the first information.

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. 9,412,777

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. 9,403,368

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. 9,407,793

COLOR CONVERSION USING LOOK-UP TABLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,405,370

ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic device comprising:
a detecting unit configured to detect a touch operation on an input device, wherein a touch operation is defined as a specific
series of changes of touch state of the input device;

a processing unit configured to perform processing that depends on the touch operation detected by the detecting unit;
a generating unit configured to notify the user of an available touch operation that is detectable by the detecting unit among
a plurality of touch operations that are detectable by the detecting unit, by generating stimulation that is perceivable by
the user who is touching the input device through a portion that is being touched; and

a control unit configured to control the generating unit so as to generate stimulation corresponding to the available touch
operation that is detectable by the detecting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,399,355

PRINTING METHOD, PRINTING APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of printing an image on a printing medium using a print head ejecting a first ink, a second ink having higher
lightness than the first ink, and a third ink having lower lightness than the second ink, the method comprising:
preliminarily ejecting the first ink in a predetermined area;
preliminarily ejecting the second ink in the predetermined area;
preliminarily ejecting the third ink in the predetermined area; and
ejecting ink in the predetermined area to form the image,
wherein preliminarily ejecting the first ink, the second ink and the third ink is performed to maintain an ink ejection state
of the print head without contributing to image formation,

wherein dots of the first ink and dots of the second ink formed in the predetermined area by the preliminary ejection are
printed to be superposed on each other, and

wherein the dots of the second ink and dots of the third ink formed in the predetermined area by the preliminary ejection
are printed not to be superposed on each other.

US Pat. No. 9,400,447

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
first and second photosensitive members configured to be rotatably driven;
first and second charging units configured to respectively charge the first and the second photosensitive members at respective
charging positions;

first and second developing members configured to cause toner to attach to the first and the second photosensitive members
at respective developing positions;

first and second transfer units configured to transfer toner images formed on the first and the second photosensitive members
onto a transfer target;

a first power source configured to supply charging voltage to the first charging unit;
a second power source configured to supply predetermined voltage to at least one of the second charging unit, the second developing
member, and the second transfer unit;

a separating mechanism configured to move the first developing member from a contact position where the first developing member
is in contact with the first photosensitive member at the developing position to a separation position where the first developing
member is separated from the first photosensitive member; and

a control unit configured to control the separating mechanism;
wherein the first and the second power sources are grounded via a common resistor component, and
wherein when the second power source in a state of supplying no voltage or supplying voltage lower than the predetermined
voltage at a first timing starts supplying the predetermined voltage while the first power source is supplying the charging
voltage, the control unit causes the separating mechanism to move the first developing member to the separation position before
a second timing at which an area of the first photosensitive member that is at the charging position at the first timing reaches
the developing position.

US Pat. No. 9,397,407

ANTENNA SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An antenna system comprising:
a cylindrical electromagnetic lens configured to guide at least one electromagnetic signal to an emerging area by means of
at least a variation in dielectric permittivity, thereby generating a beam output from the emerging area;

a dielectric member configured to receive the beam output from the emerging area and to focus the beam in an elevation plane
perpendicular to a planar face of the cylindrical electromagnetic lens,

wherein the cylindrical electromagnetic lens is received in a conductive mounting, and said mounting carries said dielectric
member.

US Pat. No. 9,398,194

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD PERFORMING DENSITY ADJUSTMENT ON IMAGE DATA BASED ON GENERATED DENSITY CHARACTERISTICS DATA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus capable of performing density adjustment on a plurality of density ranges, comprising:
an input unit configured to input an adjustment level of a density range independently on a plurality of density ranges based
on a user's instruction;

a determination unit configured to determine, in accordance with a combination of density ranges whose adjustment level have
been input by the input unit, points to be used for an interpolation out of points dividing the density ranges whose adjustment
level have been input by the input unit;

an adjustment unit configured to adjust an output density level at an intermediate points in density characteristics used
for the density adjustment based on the adjustment level input by the input unit;

a generation unit configured to generate the density characteristics by interpolating between the points determined by the
determining unit and the intermediate points whose output density level have been adjusted by the adjustment unit.

US Pat. No. 9,398,199

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS CAPABLE OF SHIFTING ELECTRICAL SIGNAL WHEN CENTER OF GRAVITY IS SHIFTED DUE TO AN ECLIPSE OF PUPIL AREA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capture apparatus comprising:
an image sensor;
a pupil division unit which divides a light beam entering an imaging optical system into each pixel on the image sensor;
an incident angle determination unit which determines an incident angle to each pixel on the image sensor based on a center
of gravity of a pupil area, in a presence of an eclipse, corresponding to each of the pixel on a two- dimensional pupil plane;

an image shift unit which shifts an electric signal obtained from the image sensor in a direction in which the center of gravity
is shifted by an eclipse on the two-dimensional pupil plane, based on the incident angle determined by the incident angle
determination unit and a position of a plane on which image generation is performed; and

an image generation unit which synthesizes electric signals obtained from the image shift unit.

US Pat. No. 9,388,000

SPACING MECHANISM FOR SPACING TWO MEMBERS, AND A FIXING DEVICE SHEET FEEDING-CONVEYING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCORPORATING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A spacing mechanism comprising:
a first member;
a second member urged toward said first member;
a rotation shaft rotatable by a driving force from a driving source;
an urged member supported by said second member;
an urging member for receiving the driving force from said rotation shaft to rotate, said urging member urging said urged
member, against an urging force, toward said first member to space said second member from said first member, in a state that
said rotation shaft is at a predetermined rotational phase;

a first gear that is rotatable integrally with said urging member;
a load receiving portion that is rotatable integrally with said first gear;
a second gear engaged with said first gear to be driven by said first gear; and
an elastic unit having one end portion fixed to a fixed portion of said second gear and another end portion configured to
contact said load receiving portion,

wherein, when said rotation shaft rotates from the predetermined rotational phase and said urged member is released from said
urging member, said elastic unit applies a load to said first gear in a direction opposite to a direction in which said first
gear rotates by receiving the driving force.

US Pat. No. 9,391,428

WAVEGUIDE ELEMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An element, comprising:
a waveguide for guiding an electromagnetic wave;
a resonance antenna for forming a standing electromagnetic field of the electromagnetic wave, the resonance antenna being
arranged at a part of the waveguide for radiating or receiving the electromagnetic wave; and

an impedance matching portion for matching an impedance of the waveguide with an impedance of the resonance antenna so as
to couple the waveguide to the resonance antenna,

wherein the waveguide includes:
a first conductor layer and a second conductor layer each having a negative dielectric constant real part for the electromagnetic
wave; and

a core layer arranged between the first conductor layer and the second conductor layer, and
wherein the core layer has a gain of the electromagnetic wave or a nonlinearity of carriers for the electromagnetic wave.

US Pat. No. 9,392,244

TRANSMITTING APPARATUS FOR TRANSMITTING IMAGE DATA WITH ID INFORMATION AND TIME CODE INFORMATION AND RECEIVING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A transmitting apparatus comprising:
a moving image data generating unit that generates moving image data including a plurality of image data;
a determination unit that determines first image data from the plurality of image data included in the moving image data to
satisfy a first condition, and determines second image data from the plurality of image data included in the moving image
data to satisfy a second condition;

an identification (ID) information generating unit that generates ID information indicating that the plurality of image data
included in the moving image data belongs to the moving image data;

a time code information generating unit that generates first time code information corresponding to the first image data and
second time code information corresponding to the second image data;

a first transmitting unit that transmits, to an external apparatus, the first image data with the ID information and the first
time code information, wherein the ID information indicates that the first image data included in the moving image data belongs
to the moving image data; and

a second transmitting unit that transmits, to the external apparatus, the second image data with the ID information and the
second time code information, wherein the ID information indicates that the second image data included in the moving image
data belongs to the moving image data,

wherein predetermined information is transmitted with the first image data or the second image data if the first image data
and the second image data are the same, and the predetermined information indicates that one of the first image data and the
second image data is used for recording or displaying, and

wherein the moving image data generating unit, the determination unit, the ID information generating unit, the time code information
generating unit, the first transmitting unit, and the second transmitting unit are implemented by a processor.

US Pat. No. 9,387,690

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR PERFORMING RADIATION REDUCING BACKGROUND EXPOSURE PROCESSING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that can perform image forming processing by forming a latent image on a charged photosensitive
member and causing toner particles to adhere to the latent image, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a light irradiation unit configured to emit light based on a light-emission signal corresponding to an image to be formed
and form a latent image by irradiating and scanning the charged photosensitive member with light; and

a signal generation unit configured to store information relating to a plurality of light-emission patterns having been set
beforehand in accordance with a plurality of density levels of toner particles to be supplied to the photosensitive member,
and configured to generate a plurality of light-emission signals based on the information relating to the plurality of light-emission
patterns,

wherein the signal generation unit is configured to generate the plurality of light-emission signals corresponding to a plurality
of pixels that constitutes the image based on information relating to the light-emission patterns,

wherein the signal generation unit is configured to store information relating to a toner non-adherent area oriented light-emission
pattern having been set beforehand according to a level that does not cause toner particles to adhere to the photosensitive
member, and generate a toner non-adherent area oriented light-emission signal based on information relating to the toner non-adherent
area oriented light-emission pattern,

wherein the toner non-adherent area oriented light-emission signal is at least one of the plurality of light-emission signals
generated based on information relating to the plurality of light-emission patterns, and

wherein while the light irradiation unit scans based on the toner non-adherent area oriented light-emission signal, when the
light irradiation unit scans a portion corresponding to two pixels adjacently disposed in a scanning direction, at least one
of (a) light-emission start timing of the light irradiation unit and (b) light-emission termination timing of the light irradiation
unit is differentiated between the two pixels.

US Pat. No. 9,389,498

3D-IMAGE PICKUP OPTICAL SYSTEM AND 3D-IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A 3D-image pickup optical system comprising:
a pair of optical systems each including a magnification-varying lens unit, an aperture stop, a first lens unit, and a first
reflective member in a sequential order from an object side toward an image side, the optical systems having optical axes
offset from each other;

a second lens unit that is fixed and receives object light fluxes from the pair of optical systems;
a second reflective member that guides the object light fluxes from the pair of optical systems to the second lens unit; and
a switching unit that is disposed in an object side of the second reflective member, and alternately guides the pair of the
object light fluxes respectively from the pair of optical systems to the second reflective member,

wherein:
?0.050
and
e=?(d/nd)

are satisfied, where d is one of a lens thickness or a lens interval in an optical axis direction, nd is a refractive index
for d-line of a medium filling one of the lens thickness or the lens interval, fw is a focal length of an entire system at
a wide angle end, fr2 is a focal length of the second lens unit, and e represents an air equivalent interval between the aperture stop and a surface
on the most object side of the second lens unit.

US Pat. No. 9,386,186

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD PERFORMING DETECTION OF INCLINATION OF ORIGINAL IN READ IMAGE IN ACCORDANCE WITH DIRECTION OF FIBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

6. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a storage medium configured to store program codes; and
one or more processors configured to execute the program codes stored in the storage medium,
wherein the one or more processors function as:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a read image acquired by a reading device reading an original;
a specifying unit configured to specify a region in which the luminance is higher than a predetermined luminance, which corresponds
to a frequency component equal to or greater than a predetermined frequency, and in which the flatness of a power spectrum
existent region is equal to or greater than a predetermined threshold value, from the read image acquired by the acquisition
unit, and to specify a direction of fiber in the specified region, and

a performing unit configured to perform predetermined processing on the read image based on the specified direction of the
fiber in the region specified by the specifying unit.

US Pat. No. 9,382,380

CHEMICAL SEALING FILM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A chemical sealing film containing an organic compound represented by the following general formula (1),

wherein, in the general formula (1), R is a linear alkylene group having carbon atoms of 5 or more and 10 or less, n is an
integer of 10 or more and 480 or less, and A is a hydroxyl group or a hydrogen atom; and

a thickness of the chemical sealing film is 10 ?m or more and 100 ?m or less.

US Pat. No. 9,383,453

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising:
a detector including a detection unit in which pixels having a conversion element that converts radiation into an electric
charge are arranged in a matrix shape, a drive circuit configured to drive the detection unit to output electric signals that
correspond to the electric charges from the pixels, and a read circuit configured to output the electric signals as image
data;

a radiation detection unit configured to detect an irradiation state of radiation at a plurality of positions in the detection
unit such that the irradiation state of radiation at least at a center region in the detection unit and at a peripheral region
in the detection unit that is separated from the center region is detected, the irradiation state of radiation being different
from the image data; and

a control unit configured to control operations of the drive circuit and the read circuit in accordance with a detection result
obtained by the radiation detection unit,

wherein the radiation detection unit is configured to have a plurality of sensitivities such that the sensitivity at the center
region in the detection unit is greater than the sensitivity at the peripheral region in the detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,386,592

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR MANAGING COMMUNICATIONS IN A WIRELESS NETWORK, METHOD FOR SETTING UP A SECOND COMMUNICATION, CORRESPONDING COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT AND STORAGE MEANS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for managing communications between devices in a wireless network having a shared bandwidth and for setting up
a first communication on a plurality of carriers between a first sender device and a receiver device,
wherein a manager device performs the steps of:
allocating a unique spectral signature to at least one second sender device, the allocated unique spectral signature being
formed by a set of at least one carrier among said plurality of carriers on which the first communication is set up;

obtaining, for each second sender device, a reception power level for a predetermined signal sent by said second sender device
on its respective allocated unique spectral signature;

estimating a rate of disturbance of said first communication by one or several of second communications to be established
simultaneously with said first communication as a function of the power level(s) obtained for the second sender device(s);

authorizing the second sender device(s), for which the estimated rate(s) of disturbance is or are below a predefined threshold,
to set up said second communication its respective allocated unique spectral signature for sending data simultaneously on
said first communication and said second communication; and

disallowing the second sender device(s), for which the estimated rate(s) of disturbance is or are equal to or above said predefined
threshold, to set up said second communication,

wherein each allocated unique spectral signature is separated from another allocated unique spectral signature by a frequency
distance greater than a first threshold in function of an acceptable frequency error tolerance in the network.

US Pat. No. 9,378,006

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,379,310

PIEZOELECTRIC MATERIAL, PIEZOELECTRIC DEVICE, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A piezoelectric material comprising:
a perovskite-type metal oxide represented by general formula (1)
(NaxBa1-y)(NbyTi1-y)O3  (1)

(where 0.80?x?0.95 and 0.85?y?0.95); and
an auxiliary component containing at least one selected from the group consisting of Si and B,
wherein a content of the auxiliary component on a metal basis is 0.001 parts by weight or more and 4.000 parts by weight or
less relative to 100 parts by weight of the perovskite-type metal oxide.

US Pat. No. 9,380,131

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION METHOD AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus configured to act as both a client and a server for different respective communication sessions
based on negotiated parameters, comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive a communication request from a communication partner, the communication request including
a proposed parameter to be used by the communication partner in a communication session between the communication apparatus
and the communication partner,

a determination unit configured to:
determine, for the proposed parameter included in the communication request, whether the communication apparatus supports
a first parameter which is used by the communication apparatus functioning as a server and is corresponding to the proposed
parameter used by the communication partner functioning as a client;

determine based on a determination that the communication apparatus supports the first parameter corresponding to the proposed
parameter used by the communication partner functioning as a client, that the communication apparatus is to function as a
server for the communication session; and

determine based on a determination that the communication apparatus does not support the first parameter corresponding to
the proposed parameter used by the communication partner functioning as a client, that the communication apparatus is to function
as a client for the communication session; and

a transmission unit configured to:
based on a determination that the communication apparatus is to function as the server for the communication session, transmit
to the communication partner, a response including the first parameter supported by the communication apparatus to accept
the proposed parameter; and

based on a determination that the communication apparatus is to function as the client for the communication session, transmit
to the communication partner a response including a new first parameter supported by the communication apparatus functioning
as a client to propose to use instead of the first parameter for the communication session, wherein the response does not
include all possible parameters of the communication apparatus for the communication session to prevent the communication
partner from knowing all of the possible parameters of the communication apparatus.

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. 9,372,429

CHARGING MEMBER, MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR CHARGING MEMBER, ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, AND PROCESS CARTRIDGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A charging member, comprising:
an electroconductive support; and
an elastic layer as a surface layer,
wherein: the elastic layer has at least one local maximum value in a distribution of Young's modulus at respective positions
in a depth direction thereof; and,

when,
of the local maximum value(s) of Young's modulus, a local maximum value of Young's modulus at a position Pmax closest to a
surface of the elastic layer in the depth direction is defined as “a” (MPa),

a depth of the position Pmax from the surface of the elastic layer is defined as “Tmax” (?m), and
a Young's modulus of the elastic layer at a position having a depth of 0.1 (?m) from the surface of the elastic layer is defined
as “b” (MPa),

“a”, “Tmax” and “b” satisfy the following expressions (1) to (3):
0.8 ?m?Tmax?2.5 ?m  (1)

0.6 MPa?b?1.2 MPa  (2)

(a?b)/b?0.40  (3).

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. 9,370,951

PRINTING CONTROL APPARATUS, PRINTING CONTROL METHOD, AND PRINTING CONTROL PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing control apparatus for printing an image on a type of recording medium of a plurality of types of recording mediums
set in any of a plurality of storage units, in which conveyance distances of a recording medium to a printing position are
different from each other, by conveying the recording medium to the printing position, the printing control apparatus comprising:
a first determination unit configured to determine a cumulative used amount for each type of recording medium;
a second determination unit configured to determine, if a recording medium set in any one of the plurality of the storage
units has run out, whether a cumulative used amount for a type of the recording medium which has run out is larger than a
cumulative used amount for a different type of recording medium among the plurality of types of recording mediums determined
by the first determination unit, based on the cumulative used amounts determined by the first determination unit; and

a control unit configured to guide an operator to set the type of recording medium which has run out, to a storage unit among
the plurality of storage units, so that a higher used type of recording medium among the plurality of types of recording mediums
is set in a storage unit having shorter conveyance distance of the recording medium to the printing position among the plurality
of the storage units based on a determination result by the second determination unit.

US Pat. No. 9,373,037

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

29. A processing method comprising:
receiving an image data group including a plurality of pieces of image data corresponding to a plurality of images respectively;
specifying an object included in each image based on a piece of image data in the image data group received by the receiving;
setting, for each object, correlation information specifying a correlation between objects specified by the specifying;
determining target object information specifying a target object;
determining information specifying a second object having a correlation with the target object, based on the determined target
object information and the correlation information set by the setting; and

extracting one or more of the plurality of the pieces of image data including the target object and one or more of the plurality
of the pieces of image data including the second object from the image data group based on the determined target object information
and the information specifying the second object.

US Pat. No. 9,373,064

INK JET PRINTING APPARATUS, INK JET PRINTING METHOD, AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that performs processing on multivalued image data corresponding to a unit region for printing
an image in the unit region including a plurality of image regions on a printing medium by ejecting ink to each of the plurality
of image regions on the printing medium in accordance with dot printing data corresponding to each of a plurality of times
of scan, which is a plurality of times of relative scan by an eject port column in which a plurality of eject ports for ejecting
ink is arrayed in a predetermined direction and the printing medium, and by conveying the printing medium between the plurality
of times of scan, the image processing apparatus comprising:
a first acquisition unit configured to acquire information on a density of an image that is printed in the pixel region from
multivalued image data corresponding to the unit region;

a second acquisition unit configured to acquire N (?3)-valued quantized data corresponding to the unit region based on the
multivalued image data;

a third acquisition unit configured to acquire a plurality of dot arrangement pattern groups including at least a first dot
arrangement pattern group including a plurality of first dot arrangement patterns in which an arrangement of dots is determined
so that the number and position of dots that are printed within the pixel region are different in accordance with a value
of the N-valued quantized data and a second dot arrangement pattern group including a plurality of second dot arrangement
patterns in which an arrangement of dots is determined so that the number and position of dots that are printed within the
pixel region are different in accordance with a value of the N-valued quantized data;

a setting unit configured to set one dot arrangement pattern group among the plurality of dot arrangement pattern groups acquired
by the third acquisition unit in accordance with the positions of the plurality of pixel regions within the unit region; and

a generation unit configured to generate the dot printing data based on the N-valued quantized data acquired by the second
acquisition unit and the dot arrangement pattern group set by the setting unit,

wherein the number of dots that are printed within the pixel region determined by the second dot arrangement pattern corresponding
to the N-valued quantized data having a predetermined value is smaller than the number of dots that are printed within the
pixel region determined by the first dot arrangement pattern corresponding to the N-valued quantized data having the predetermined
value, and

the setting unit sets the dot arrangement pattern group such that the number of the second dot arrangement pattern groups
determined for the plurality of pixel regions located at an end part of the eject port column in the predetermined direction
within the unit region in a case where the density of the image indicated by the information acquired by the first acquisition
unit is a first value is smaller than the number of the second dot arrangement pattern groups determined for the plurality
of pixel regions located at an end part of the eject port column in the predetermined direction within the unit region in
a case where the density of the image indicated by the information acquired by the first acquisition unit is a second value
lower than the first value.

US Pat. No. 9,367,266

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,361,449

PLATFORM INTEGRITY VERIFICATION SYSTEM AND INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A platform integrity verification system having an information processing device and an integrity verification computer
that are is communicably connected to each other, wherein
said information processing device comprises:
an acquisition unit configured to perform acquisition processing including acquiring a plurality of unique values from a plurality
of programs executed by said information processing device when said information processing device is shut down, each respective
unique value of the plurality of unique values acquired from a respective program of the plurality of programs, wherein said
information processing device is configured, after said acquisition unit finishes the acquisition processing, to report to
said integrity verification computer that said information processing device is shut down; and

a storage unit configured to store the plurality of unique values acquired by said acquisition unit in a storage device, and
said integrity verification computer comprises a comparison unit configured to retrieve each respective unique value of the
plurality of unique values stored in the storage device through communication with said information processing device and
to compare the respective unique value with a respective predetermined value held in advance for the respective program from
which the respective unique value was acquired by the acquisition unit.

US Pat. No. 9,360,779

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOCONDUCTOR, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic photoconductor comprising:
a support medium;
an undercoat layer formed immediately on the support medium; and
a photosensitive layer formed immediately on the undercoat layer
wherein the undercoat layer contains
a binding resin, and
composite particles,
the composite particles each containing
a core material particle and
tin oxide covering the core material particle and doped with aluminum, and
a doping amount of the aluminum based on the tin oxide is 1% by mass or more and 4% by mass or less.

US Pat. No. 9,352,926

SHEET STACKING APPARATUS, SHEET STORING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet stacking apparatus for stacking a sheet, the sheet stacking apparatus comprising:
a plurality of sheet stacking units that are lapped over one another in a first direction, wherein each of the plurality of
sheet stacking units includes a stacking member configured to stack a sheet thereon, a contact member configured to contact
an edge of a sheet stacked on the stacking member, wherein the contact member is movable in a second direction parallel to
a stacking surface of the stacking member and an engaged member is movable integrally with the contact member;

an engaging member configured to engage with any one of the plurality of engaged members;
a first moving unit configured to move the engaging member in the first direction;
a second moving unit configured to move the engaging member in the second direction; and
a control unit configured to control the first moving unit and the second moving unit, wherein, in a case where the control
unit selects a target sheet stacking unit from the plurality of sheet stacking units,

the control unit controls the first moving unit and causes the engaging member to move to a position corresponding to a target
engaged member, included in the target sheet stacking unit, in the first direction, and then

the control unit controls the second moving unit to cause the engaging member to engage with the target engaged member and
to cause a target contact member, included in the target sheet stacking unit, to move a sheet stacked on a target stacking
member, included in the target sheet stacking unit, in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 9,355,752

IRRADIATION FIELD-LIMITING APPARATUS, X-RAY-GENERATING UNIT INCLUDING THE IRRADIATION FIELD-LIMITING APPARATUS, AND X-RAY RADIOGRAPHY SYSTEM INCLUDING THE IRRADIATION FIELD-LIMITING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An irradiation field-limiting apparatus for limiting an irradiation field, the irradiation field-limiting apparatus comprising:
a pair of first limiting blades defining a width of an opening through which radiation is to pass;
a first opening width-adjusting mechanism including a first opening width-adjusting shaft operable to adjust the width of
the opening by moving the pair of first limiting blades toward or away from each other; and

a first opening center-adjusting mechanism including a first opening center-adjusting shaft operable to adjust a center position
of the opening by moving the pair of first limiting blades in a same direction,

wherein the first opening width-adjusting shaft and the first opening center-adjusting shaft are coaxially arranged.

US Pat. No. 9,354,487

IMAGE-PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image-pickup apparatus comprising:
an image-pickup element photoelectrically converting an object image;
a light-receiving sensor outputting a signal in accordance with a phase difference between a pair of object images; and
a controller performing first focus control of controlling drive of a focus adjusting member based on a sharpness signal representing
a contrast state of a video signal produced with the image-pickup element and second focus control of controlling drive of
the focus adjusting member based on the signal in accordance with the phase difference,

wherein the controller stops the second focus control or switches focus control from the second focus control to the first
focus control in response to a predetermined change found in the sharpness signal during the second focus control.

US Pat. No. 9,354,552

CARTRIDGE WITH FLEXIBLE CONTAINER FOR ACCOMMODATING DEVELOPER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge detachably mountable to a main assembly of an image forming apparatus, said cartridge comprising:
a frame;
a flexible container, provided with an opening at a side thereof and provided inside said frame, for accommodating developer;
and

a sealing member for sealing the opening,
wherein said flexible container includes a bottom point of a bottom portion being nearest to the opening,
wherein said bottom point is provided vertically above a lower end of the opening in a state in which said cartridge is mounted
in the main assembly, and

wherein a relative position of the opening with said frame is changed during operation.

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. 9,348,242

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:
a support;
a charge-generating layer; and
a charge-transporting layer,
the charge-generating layer and the charge-transporting layer being formed on the support,
wherein the charge-generating layer comprises:
a gallium phthalocyanine crystal in which N,N-dimethylformamide is contained;
an amine compound represented by the following formula (1) at 0.05 mass % or more and 20 mass % or less with respect to the
gallium phthalocyanine crystal; and

an arene compound at 0.3 mass % or more and 5 mass % or less with respect to the gallium phthalocyanine crystal, the arene
compound being at least one compound selected from the group consisting of a compound represented by the following formula
(2) and a compound represented by the following formula (3):


wherein R1 to R10 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, an aryloxycarbonyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted acyl
group, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted alkoxy group, a substituted or unsubstituted
aryloxy group, an amino group having a substituent, or a substituted or unsubstituted cyclic amino group, provided that at
least one of R1 to R10 represents an amino group substituted with a substituted or unsubstituted aryl group, an amino group substituted with a substituted
or unsubstituted alkyl group, or a substituted or unsubstituted cyclic amino group, and X1 represents a carbonyl group or a dicarbonyl group;


wherein n represents an integer selected from 4 to 8, and n units of Ar1 are identical to each other, and represent an aromatic hydrocarbon ring group that may have a substituent, a hetero ring group
that may have a substituent, or a group formed by a combination of multiple aromatic hydrocarbon ring groups or multiple hetero
ring groups; and


wherein four units of R11 are identical to each other, and represent a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group that may have a substituent, and four units of
Ar11 are identical to each other, and represent an aromatic hydrocarbon ring group that may have a substituent, a hetero ring group
that may have a substituent, or a group formed by a combination of multiple aromatic hydrocarbon ring groups or multiple hetero
ring groups.

US Pat. No. 9,348,270

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CONTROLLING LIGHT EXPOSURE BASED ON APPLIED BIAS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a rotating intermediate transfer member;
a first image forming unit and a second image forming unit lined up in the rotational direction of the intermediate transfer
member, wherein the second image forming unit is arranged downstream of the first image forming unit in the rotational direction
of the intermediate transfer member, and each of the first image forming unit and the second image forming unit includes a
rotating photosensitive member, a charging member configured to charge a surface of the photosensitive member, an exposure
member configured to expose the charged photosensitive member to form an electrostatic latent image, a developing member configured
to form, with toner, the electrostatic latent image formed on the surface of the photosensitive member, and a transfer member
configured to transfer a toner image formed on the surface of the photosensitive member onto the intermediate transfer member
at a transfer portion;

a first detection member arranged downstream of the first image forming unit and the second image forming unit in the rotational
direction of the intermediate transfer member to detect an adjusting toner image formed on the surface of the intermediate
transfer member;

a second detection member provided in the second image forming unit to detect an adjusting toner image formed on the surface
of the photosensitive member in the second image forming unit;

a bias application member configured to apply a transfer bias to the transfer member of the second image forming unit when
the toner image formed on the surface of the photosensitive member in the second image forming unit is transferred onto the
intermediate transfer member, and to apply a passing bias different from the transfer bias to the transfer member of the second
image forming unit when a first adjusting toner image formed in the first image forming unit and transferred onto the intermediate
transfer member and a second adjusting toner image formed on the surface of the photosensitive member in the second image
forming unit passes through the transfer portion of the second image forming unit; and

a control portion configured to control the exposure member in the second image forming unit to expose a region of the photosensitive
member passing through the transfer portion in a condition that the transfer bias is applied.

US Pat. No. 9,350,900

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND USER AUTHENTICATION METHOD FOR INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a first authenticator configured to authenticate a user of the information processing apparatus to use a function of the information
processing apparatus;

a processor configured to generate, in response to authentication of the user by the first authenticator succeeding, certification
information that includes a user identification (ID) and authentication method information to identify an authentication method
used by the first authenticator;

an application module configured to perform a process and to determine, in response to the user, authenticated by the first
authenticator, instructing the application module to perform the process, whether the authentication method information matches
an authentication method previously used by the application module;

a second authenticator configured to authenticate the user, authenticated by the first authenticator, to instruct the application
module; and

an image data storage unit configured to store image data,
wherein, in response to the application module determining that the authentication method information matches an authentication
method previously used by the application module, the second authenticator determines whether the user ID in the certification
information is registered in the second authenticator,

wherein, in response to the second authenticator determining that the user ID is registered in the second authenticator, the
second authenticator authenticates the user, authenticated by the first authenticator, to instruct the application module,
and

wherein the application module processes the image data stored in the image data storage unit by accessing the image data
storage unit based on an instruction from the user authenticated by the second authenticator.

US Pat. No. 9,348,118

OPTICAL SYSTEM AND OPTICAL APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical system comprising:
in order from an enlargement conjugate side to a reduction conjugate side, a front unit having a negative power, and a rear
unit having positive power, wherein an air gap between the front unit and the rear unit is largest in the optical system,

wherein the optical system satisfies the following conditions:
1.75
0.022
2.5<|fn1/F|<5.0,

where fn1 represents a focal length of at least one negative lens in the front unit, Ndn1 represents a refractive index of a material of the at least one negative lens, ?dn1 represents an Abbe number of the material of the at least one negative lens, ?gFn1 represents a partial dispersion ratio of the material of the at least one negative lens, and F represents a focal length of
the optical system, and

wherein the at least one negative lens is located between a distance of 0.2 Lf and a distance of 0.7 Lf from a lens surface
closest to the enlargement conjugate side toward the reduction conjugate side, where Lf represents a distance on the optical
axis from a lens surface closest to the enlargement conjugate side in the front unit to a lens surface closest to the enlargement
conjugate side in the rear unit.

US Pat. No. 9,344,152

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a communication unit configured to communicate in a card emulation mode defined by Near Field Communication (NFC), which is
a mode in which a memory of the communication apparatus is accessed by a second communication apparatus that is set in a reader/writer
mode defined by NFC;

a detection unit configured to detect an access from the second communication apparatus to the memory; and
a shift unit configured to shift an operation mode of the communication apparatus in a case where the communication apparatus
connects to the second communication apparatus via the communication unit and the detection unit has detected that information
has been written in the memory, and configured not to shift the operation mode of the communication apparatus in a case where
the communication apparatus connects to the second communication apparatus via the communication unit, the detection unit
has not detected that the information has been written in the memory, and the detection unit has detected that reading to
the memory has been performed.

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. 9,342,763

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an operation unit having a hardware key for accepting a user operation;
a light emitting device corresponding to the hardware key;
a display unit configured to display an operation screen based on content obtained from a web server;
a control unit configured to cause the light emitting device to emit light in a case when the content includes a description
for instructing operation to transmit data input via the operation screen to the web server; and

a transmission unit configured to transmit the data input via the operation screen to the web server when the hardware key
is operated by a user while the operation screen is being displayed based on the content including the description.

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. 9,344,587

IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

10. A control method for an information processing apparatus, comprising:
selecting an image processing apparatus via first wireless communication based on a first wireless communication standard;
acquiring information for communicating with the image processing apparatus via second wireless communication based on a second
wireless communication standard;

selecting an image processing apparatus from a list screen which displays a list of image processing apparatuses which can
communicate with the information processing apparatus;

displaying an icon indicating that scanning by the image processing apparatus is enabled, based on communication with the
image processing apparatus;

determining whether the image processing apparatus is selected via the first wireless communication; and
receiving image data, which is generated by scanning by the image processing apparatus selected via the first wireless communication,
from the image processing apparatus via the second wireless communication if it is determined that the image processing apparatus
is selected via the first wireless communication, and receiving image data, which is generated by scanning by the image processing
apparatus selected from the list screen, from the image processing apparatus via the second wireless communication if it is
determined that the image processing apparatus is not selected via the first wireless communication.

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. 9,334,139

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

7. A sheet processing apparatus configured to perform a binding processing to a sheet having an image formed thereon, the
sheet processing apparatus comprising:
a bundle forming unit configured to receive the sheet conveyed along a conveyance path to form a sheet bundle including a
plurality of received sheets;

a sheet processing unit configured to perform binding processing to the sheet bundle formed by the bundle forming unit;
a bundle shift unit configured to shift the sheet bundle formed by the bundle forming unit in a width direction orthogonal
to a direction of the conveyance path;

a control unit configured to control the bundle shift unit so as to discharge the sheet bundle to a first discharge position
or to a second discharge position which is different from the first discharge position in the width direction; and

a storage unit configured to store a copy number representing the number of copies of the sheet bundle as formed,
wherein the control unit controls the bundle shift unit such that
1) a sheet bundle which was bound by the sheet processing unit is discharged to the first discharge position, and
2) a sheet bundle which was not bound by the sheet processing unit since the number of the sheets in the sheet bundle is in
excess of an allowable number of the sheets for binding is discharged to the second discharge position,

wherein the sheet processing unit is configured to perform plural types of binding processing functions, wherein the allowable
number of sheets for at least one binding processing function differs from that of the other binding processing functions,

wherein, among the plural types of binding processing functions, the sheet processing unit is configured to perform a first
binding processing function and a second binding processing function, the first binding processing function having a first
allowable number of sheets for binding processing and the second binding processing function having a second allowable number
of sheets for binding processing, wherein the second allowable number is less than the first allowable number,

wherein, in a case where the second binding processing function is designated to be performed, when the number of sheets of
the sheet bundle exceeds the second allowable number of sheets, the bundle shift unit shifts the sheet bundle to the second
discharge position even if the number of sheets of the sheet bundle does not exceed the first allowable number of sheets,
and

wherein the control unit is configured to control to shift the discharge position to a third discharge position depending
on the copy number obtained from the storage unit, the third discharge position being different than the second discharge
position.

US Pat. No. 9,329,563

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,329,454

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,325,896

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS FOR PERFORMING FOCUS DETECTION IN WHICH AN INFLUENCE OF A FOCUS SHIFT CAUSED BY AN ABERRATION IS SUPPRESSED, LENS UNIT, AND METHODS OF CONTROLLING IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND LENS UNIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus on which a lens unit is to be removably mounted, the image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image pickup element including a plurality of pixels, each pixel including a plurality of photodiodes, the plurality of
photodiodes corresponding to a micro lens;

a first focus detection unit configured to perform a focus detection by a contrast detection method based on a signal output
from the image pickup element;

a second focus detection unit configured to perform a focus detection by a phase difference detection method based on a pair
of image signals output from the image pickup element; and

a control unit configured to perform a focus control based on an in-focus position detected by one of the first focus detection
unit and the second focus detection unit,

wherein the control unit is configured to receive, from the mounted lens unit, first information related to a displacement
of the in-focus position by the phase difference detection method caused by an aberration of an image pickup optical system
of the lens unit and determine whether to use the second focus detection unit for the focus control according to the first
information.

US Pat. No. 9,317,231

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing system comprising:
a printing apparatus;
a file server which stores a file; and
a job server,
wherein the printing apparatus includes
a token acquisition unit configured to acquire a token for indicating the printing apparatus and a connection port of the
printing apparatus from the job server, and

a print request transmitting unit configured to transmit, to the file server, a print request for the file stored by the file
server and the token acquired by the token acquisition unit,

wherein the file server includes
a print request receiving unit configured to receive, from the printing apparatus, the print request and the token which are
transmitted by the print request transmitting unit, and

a file transmitting unit configured to transmit, to the job server, the file corresponding to the print request which is received
by the print request receiving unit and the token which is received by the print request receiving unit,

wherein the job server includes
a file receiving unit configured to receive, from the file server, the file and the token which are transmitted by the file
transmitting unit,

a determining unit configured to determine whether the token is valid,
a converting unit configured to convert the file to print data which is able to be processed by the printing apparatus, and
a print data transmitting unit configured to transmit, to the printing apparatus, the print data converted by the converting
unit in a case where the determining unit determines that the token is valid,

wherein the printing apparatus further includes
a print data receiving unit configured to receive, from the job server, the print data via the connection port indicated by
the token, and

a print unit configured to perform printing based on the print data received by the print data receiving unit.

US Pat. No. 9,319,551

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS IN WHICH INITIALIZATION OPERATION IS PERFORMED BASED ON STORED DEGENERACY INFORMATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet;
a control unit configured to control operation of the image forming unit; and
a storage unit configured to store degeneracy information indicating that a function of the image forming unit is restricted
due to degeneracy control being performed,

wherein the control unit:
(A) stores the degeneracy information into the storage unit based on an error of the image forming unit,
(B) accesses the storage unit according to activating from a power saving state in which an electronic power supply to the
control unit is stopped,

(C) does not execute an initialization operation of the image forming unit in a case where the storage unit stores the degeneracy
information, and

(D) does execute the initialization operation of the image forming unit in a case where the storage unit does not store the
degeneracy information.

US Pat. No. 9,316,931

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND CONDENSED POLYCYCLIC AROMATIC COMPOUND

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:
a support; and
a photosensitive layer formed on the support,
wherein a surface layer of the electrophotographic photosensitive member comprises a polymerized product of a composition
comprising:

a hole transporting compound having a first reactive functional group; and
a compound having a second reactive functional group reactable with the first reactive functional group,
wherein
the hole transporting compound is selected from the group consisting of a compound represented by the following formula (I-8),
a compound represented by the following formula (I-9), a compound represented by the following formula (I-10), and a compound
represented by the following formula (I-11):


and wherein
the compound having the second reactive functional group is a guanamine compound.

US Pat. No. 9,313,469

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image pickup device with a plurality of pixels each of which includes at least two photoelectric conversion portions including
a first photoelectric conversion portion for receiving light having passed through a portion of an pupil area of an imaging
optical system and a second photoelectric conversion portion for receiving light having passed through a different portion
of the pupil area of the imaging optical system, and a color filter of a predetermined color;

a readout unit configured to read out, from said image pickup device, a first image signal obtained from said first photoelectric
conversion portion, and an added signal obtained by adding the first image signal obtained from said first photoelectric conversion
portion and a second image signal obtained from said second photoelectric conversion portion;

a subtraction unit configured to obtain a third image signal by subtracting the first image signal from the added signal;
a focus detection unit configured to detect a focus state of the imaging optical system based on the first image signal and
the third image signal; and

a determination unit configured to perform saturation determination for the first image signal or the third image signal,
wherein said determination unit performs saturation determination for a signal of each of color filters of red, green, and
blue with respect to the first image signal, and

wherein said determination unit performs saturation determination for a signal generated by adding the signals corresponding
to color filters of red, green, and blue with respect to the third image signal.

US Pat. No. 9,310,660

ORGANIC COMPOUND AND ELECTROCHROMIC ELEMENT INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An organic compound represented by Formula [1]:

wherein, A1 to A6 each independently represent a substituent selected from a hydrogen atom, alkyl groups having 1 to 20 carbon atoms, alkoxy
groups having 1 to 20 carbon atoms, and optionally substituted aryl groups, wherein a substituent of the optionally substituted
aryl group is selected from halogen atoms, alkyl groups having 1 to 4 carbon atoms, alkoxy groups having 1 to 4 carbon atoms,
aryl groups, aralkyl groups, substituted amino groups, and substituted silyl groups;

n is an integer of 1 to 4;
B's each independently represent a hydrogen atom or a substituent represented by Formula [2], provided that at least one of
four B's represents a substituent represented by Formula [2]:


wherein X? represents an anion, and R2 represents an optionally substituted alkyl group having 1 to 20 carbon atoms or an optionally substituted aryl group;

Y represents a structure represented by any one of Formulae [3] to [6], provided that when n represents a number of 2 or more,
Y's are each independently selected from Formulae [3] to [6]:


wherein R3 represents an alkylene group having 1 to 20 carbon atoms, and R4 to R9 are each independently selected from a hydrogen atom, halogen atoms, alkyl groups having 1 to 20 carbon atoms, alkoxy groups
having 1 to 20 carbon atoms, optionally substituted aryl groups, alkyl ester groups having 1 to 20 carbon atoms, optionally
substituted amino groups, and a cyano group.

US Pat. No. 9,311,469

AUTHORIZATION SERVER SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An authorization server system that manages authorization information configured to enable providing of a service without
requiring input of authentication information, comprising:
a memory storing instructions;
a processor executing said instructions to implement;
a management unit configured to manage authorization information;
a providing unit configured to provide a deletion screen that includes authorization information generated when an authorization
operation of a user is performed but not authorization information generated without performing the authorization operation
of the user, in accordance with reception of a request of the deletion screen configured to delete the authorization information
managed by the management unit; and

a deletion unit configured to delete the authorization information managed by the management unit, in accordance with reception
of a deletion instruction via the deletion screen,

wherein the authorization information generated when the authorization operation of the user is performed is information that,
when the authorization server system performs authentication processing based on user information, issues an authorization
code depending on execution of an authorization operation on an authorization confirmation screen provided to a user depending
on a success of the authentication processing, and performs verification of the authorization code when receiving a request
of authorization information, is issued depending on a success of the verification of the authorization code, and

wherein the authorization information generated without performing the authorization operation of the user is information
that, when the authorization server system performs authentication processing based on user information, issues an authentication
token depending on a success of the authentication processing without providing the authorization confirmation screen to the
user, and performs verification of the authentication token when receiving a request of authorization information, is issued
depending on a success of the verification of the authentication token.

US Pat. No. 9,310,704

PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printer having a full color print process and a monochrome print process, comprising:
a color and monochrome discrimination unit configured to, when processing print data of a plurality of pages including a page
having a color attribute and a page having a monochrome attribute, discriminate whether an attribute of a page included in
the plurality of pages is color or monochrome, and

a print process decision unit configured to decide either the full-color print process or the monochrome print process as
a print process for a target page to be printed,

wherein the print process decision unit decides the full-color print process as the print process for the target page discriminated
to be a color attribute by the color and monochrome discrimination unit,

wherein the print process decision unit decides the monochrome print process as the print process for the target page discriminated
to be a monochrome attribute by the color and monochrome discrimination unit when the color and monochrome discrimination
unit has not discriminated an attribute of subsequent page of the target page, and

wherein the print data of the plurality of pages including the page having the color attribute and the page having the monochrome
attribute is printed in an order according to the page numbers included in the print data.

US Pat. No. 9,310,742

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT UPDATES PROCESS CONDITION OF IMAGE FORMATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form an image according to a process condition;
a measurement unit configured to measure a measurement image formed by the image forming unit;
an update unit configured to cause the image forming unit to form a first measurement image, to cause the measurement unit
to measure the first measurement image, and to update the process condition based on a result of the measurement of the first
measurement image by the measurement unit;

a first determination unit configured to cause the image forming unit to form a plurality of second measurement images, to
cause the measurement unit to measure the plurality of second measurement images, and to determine the process condition based
on a result of the measurement of the plurality of second measurement images by the measurement unit, the plurality of second
measurement images being formed according to a plurality of test process conditions;

an obtaining unit configured to obtain environment information; and
a second determination unit configured to determine the plurality of test process conditions, based on the environment information
obtained by the obtaining unit and the process condition updated by the update unit,

wherein the image forming unit includes:
a photosensitive member;
a charging unit configured to charge the photosensitive member;
an exposure unit configured to expose the photosensitive member charged by the charging unit, to form an electrostatic latent
image; and

a developing unit configured to develop the electrostatic latent image to form the image,
wherein the process condition is the light intensity of light irradiating the photosensitive member by the exposure unit,
and

wherein the test process conditions are the light intensities of light irradiating the photosensitive member by the exposure
unit,

wherein the second determination unit is configured to determine a first range of the light intensity based on the environment
information obtained by the obtaining unit and, in the case where the light intensity updated by the update unit is higher
than an upper limit of the first range, the second determination unit determines a plurality of light intensities based on
a second range, each of the plurality of light intensities is included in the second range, and the upper limit of the second
range is higher than the upper limit of the first range.

US Pat. No. 9,313,366

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
a determining unit configured to determine a position separated by a predetermined distance from an edge of an object included
in image data, the position being outer side of the object;

a deforming unit configured to deform a shape of the object based on the determined position so that the determined position
becomes a new edge of the object; and

a processing unit configured to perform predetermined image processing for edge, based on the determined position, on the
new edge of the object after the deformation is performed by the deforming unit.

US Pat. No. 9,307,140

DISTANCE DETECTION APPARATUS, IMAGE SENSING APPARATUS, PROGRAM, RECORDING MEDIUM, AND DISTANCE DETECTION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A distance detection apparatus comprising:
a calculation unit configured to detect an object distance to an object based on a first signal formed by a luminous flux
that has passed through a first pupil area of an imaging optical system and a second signal formed by a luminous flux that
has passed through a second pupil area of the imaging optical system different from the first pupil area, which are generated
by using an image sensing unit including multiple pixels,

wherein the calculation unit performs:
a first process for calculating a defocus amount by a phase difference method based on a relative position change between
the first signal and the second signal, and

a second process for calculating the defocus amount by a depth-from-defocus method based on a difference of blur between the
first signal and the second signal.

US Pat. No. 9,306,150

PIEZOELECTRIC MATERIAL, PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a piezoelectric material, the method comprising:
preparing raw material that contains at least each of Ba, Ca, Ti, Zr, Mn, and Bi, the raw material being selected from among
Ba compound, Ca compound, Ti compound, Zr compound, Sn compound, Mn compound, Li compound, Bi compound, Si compound, and B
compound;

fabricating a compact from the raw material; and
sintering the compact at a temperature not lower than 1100° C. and not higher than 1550° C. to obtain a piezoelectric material,wherein the piezoelectric material includes:
a main component containing a perovskite-type metal oxide expressed by the following general formula (1);
a first subcomponent containing Mn;
a second subcomponent containing Li; and
a third subcomponent containing Bi,
wherein the content of Mn on a metal basis is not less than 0.04 parts by weight and is not greater than 0.36 parts by weight
when the metal oxide is 100 parts by weight, the content ? of Li on a metal basis is equal to or less than 0.0012 parts by
weight (including 0 parts by weight) when the metal oxide is 100 parts by weight, and content ? of Bi on a metal basis is
not less than 0.042 parts by weight and is not greater than 0.850 parts by weight when the metal oxide is 100 parts by weight

(Ba1-xCax)a(Ti1-y-zZrySnz)O3  (1)
(in the formula (1), 0.09?x?0.30, 0.025?y?0.085, 0?z?0.02, and 0.986?a?1.02).

US Pat. No. 9,291,881

IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an image sensor; and
a fixing member in which an opening is formed,
wherein the image sensor is positioned at the fixing member and adheres to and is fixed to the fixing member by pouring an
adhesive into the opening,

wherein the opening has a first opening part formed on a side not facing the image sensor and a second opening part formed
on a side facing the image sensor,

wherein the first opening part and the second opening part are arranged in a thickness direction of the fixing member,
wherein the first opening part has a first opening width on the side not facing the image sensor,
wherein the second opening part has a second opening width on the side facing the image sensor,
wherein the second opening part is formed such that the second opening width is uniform,
wherein the first opening part is formed such that the first opening width becomes gradually larger from the second opening
width toward the side not facing the image sensor, and

wherein in a case where the adhesive poured into the opening is cured, the cured adhesive reaches at least a part of the first
opening part.

US Pat. No. 9,285,749

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,285,850

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT VALIDATES ADDED HARDWARE, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus to which hardware is addable, comprising:
a first circuit board that is fixed within a main body of the information processing apparatus;
a second circuit board that includes one or more option slots for enabling to add hardware options, and is taken out from
the main body when an option is added to the information processing apparatus;

a first storage unit that is arranged on the first circuit board and stores state information which indicates a state of said
information processing apparatus;

a control unit that stores the state of said information processing apparatus in said first storage unit while a first power
supply supplies a power to said control unit; and

a second storage unit that is supplied with a power from a second power supply different from the first power supply when
the first power supply stops the power supply to said control unit, and stores detection information indicating that the second
circuit board is taken out from the main body or put in to the main body,

wherein when a power is supplied by said first power supply to said control unit, said control unit restores, by reloading
said state information stored in said first storage unit, said apparatus to the state of the information processing apparatus
before the power supply to said control unit is stopped in a case where said second storage unit does not store the detection
information indicating that the second circuit board is taken out from the main body or put in to the main body, and initializes
the hardware in a case where said second storage unit stores the detection information indicating that the second circuit
board is taken out from the main body or put in to the main body.

US Pat. No. 9,287,454

NITRIDE SEMICONDUCTOR LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE WITH A LAYER CONTAINING IN AND MG AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A light-emitting device comprising:
a layer containing In and Mg;
an active layer comprising a nitride semiconductor; and
a p-type layer,
wherein the layer containing In and Mg, the active layer and the p-type layer are arranged in order from a side of a substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,285,712

DEVELOPING DEVICE AND PROCESS CARTRIDGE FOR SUPPRESSING TONER LEAKAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing device to be used in an image forming apparatus, the developing device comprising:
a frame member;
a developing roller configured to develop a latent image formed on an image bearing member using developer;
a developer supply roller configured to supply the developer to the developing roller;
an end sealing member configured to prevent a leakage of the developer through a gap between the frame member and an end of
the developing roller in a longitudinal direction thereof;

a bush member having elasticity, the bush member being configured to prevent a leakage of the developer from gap between the
frame member and an end of the developer supply roller in a longitudinal direction thereof;

a first groove configured to fix the bush member; and
an abutment portion configured to regulate movement of the bush member in the longitudinal direction,
wherein the frame member includes a second groove formed in a wall portion that includes the abutment portion so as to be
adjacent to the first groove in the longitudinal direction, and the second groove is configured to engage with the end of
the developer supply roller.

US Pat. No. 9,281,340

MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS AND PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A manufacturing method for a photoelectric conversion apparatus in which a microlens is arranged for multiple electric
charge accumulation regions formed on a semiconductor substrate, the method comprising:
forming a first impurity region of a first conductive type on the semiconductor substrate;
after forming the first impurity region, forming a second impurity region of a second conductive type that is opposite the
first conductive type in a part of the first impurity region to isolate the first impurity region into multiple regions corresponding
to the multiple electric charge accumulation regions and

forming a third impurity region of the first conductive type that is isolated by an impurity region of the second conductive
type.

US Pat. No. 9,282,203

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus, comprising:
a modem configured to perform FAX communication;
a connection unit configured to connect a telephone apparatus;
a detection unit configured to detect a CNG signal after there is an incoming call, wherein the detection unit is not included
in the modem, and the detection unit is able to detect, while the modem is performing the FAX communication, the CNG signal
without stopping the FAX communication; and

a control unit configured to control, if the CNG signal is not detected by the detection unit while the modem is performing
the FAX communication, so that a call signal is supplied to the telephone apparatus, and to control, if the CNG signal is
detected by the detection unit while the modem is performing the FAX communication, so that a next FAX communication based
on the CNG signal is performed by the modem after completion of the FAX communication being performed by the modem.

US Pat. No. 9,272,546

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus comprising:
a tray storing a sheet and detachably mounted on an apparatus body;
a rotatable arm;
a roller, provided on the arm, configured to pick up the sheet on the tray;
a sensor, provided on the arm, configured to detect a physical property of a surface of the sheet; and
a determination unit configured to determine, based on detection by the sensor, at least any of a mounting state of the tray
on the apparatus body and at least one of states of the sheet on the tray selected from the group consisting of the presence
or absence of the sheet, a remaining amount of the sheet, a type of the sheet, front and back sides of the sheet, and a size
of the sheet stored on the tray.

US Pat. No. 9,275,461

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
an image acquisition unit configured to acquire an image including a target object;
a position and orientation unit configured to acquire a coarse position and orientation of the target object;
a holding unit configured to hold information of a plurality of models, each of which indicate a shape of the same target
object, wherein each of the plurality of models indicate the shape of the target object with different accuracies;

an associating unit configured to associate a geometrical feature of the target object in the acquired image with a geometrical
feature indicated by at least one of the plurality of models placed at the coarse position and orientation; and

an estimation unit configured to estimate a position and orientation of the target object based on the result of association.

US Pat. No. 9,274,981

FORMING APPARATUS AND PROCESSING METHOD TO REQUEST CONFIGURATION DATA FROM A MANAGEMENT APPARATUS IN PREDETERMINED TRANSITION STATE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a unit that requests, if one of a plurality of load conditions is satisfied by the image forming apparatus, a cluster of configuration
data from a management apparatus which manages configuration data of the image forming apparatus, the one of the plurality
of load conditions being satisfied if a trigger of a predetermined state transition is occurred on the image forming apparatus;

a network communication device that receives from the management apparatus a cluster of configuration data of a plurality
of clusters of configuration data managed by the management apparatus, the received cluster of configuration data being associated
with the predetermined state transition of which trigger is occurred; and

an overwrite unit that updates configuration data of the image forming apparatus with the cluster of configuration data received
by the network communication device, wherein the overwrite unit overwrites a corresponding cluster of configuration data of
a plurality of clusters of configuration data of the image forming apparatus by overwriting with the received cluster of the
configuration data, the overwritten configuration data being used as configuration data of the image forming apparatus to
execute the predetermined state transition of the image forming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,277,151

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,274,788

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for controlling an information processing apparatus that is capable of operating in a firmware update mode for
updating a firmware of the information processing apparatus and includes a volatile memory and a battery that supplies power
to the volatile memory, the method comprising:
displaying a selecting screen for selecting, by a user, one of a first update method and a second update method, the first
update method being a method in which an update firmware is acquired from a first external apparatus with which the information
processing apparatus cannot communicate when the information processing apparatus operates in the firmware update mode and
the firmware of the information processing apparatus is updated using the acquired update firmware and the second update method
being a method in which an update firmware is acquired from a second external apparatus with which the information processing
apparatus communicates when the information processing apparatus operates in the firmware update mode and the firmware of
the information processing apparatus is updated using the acquired update firmware;

acquiring the update firmware from the first external apparatus before the information processing apparatus transits to the
firmware update mode in a case where the first update method is selected via the selecting screen, wherein the acquired update
firmware is stored in the volatile memory; and

prohibiting an execution of the first update method and permitting an execution of the second update method in a case where
a remaining amount of the battery is at or below a threshold,

wherein the information processing apparatus connects to the first external apparatus via an internet and connects to the
second external apparatus via a universal serial bus (USB) cable.

US Pat. No. 9,271,009

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, which entropy-decodes an encoded stream obtained by encoding coefficients obtained by applying
orthogonal transform to an image for each macroblock, in which a variable-length code stream and a semi-fixed-length data
stream are alternately coupled in each of at least two blocks included in a target macroblock, comprising:
a read out unit that reads out the encoded stream in which a variable-length code stream of N-th block (N is an integer equal
to or larger than 1) in the target macroblock, a semi-fixed-length data stream of the N-th block in the target macroblock,
a variable-length code stream of (N+1)-th block in the target macroblock, and a semi-fixed-length code stream of the (N+1)-th
block in the target macroblock are arranged in this order;

a first decoding unit decodes each variable-length code stream included in the encoded stream;
a second decoding unit that decodes the semi-fixed-length data stream of the N-th block after the decoding of the variable-length
code stream of the N-th block by said first decoding unit;

a determination unit that determines, after the decoding of the variable-length code stream of the N-th block, a total data
length of the semi-fixed-length data stream of the N-th block following the variable-length code stream of the N-th block
using the number of significant coefficients obtained by the decoding of the variable-length code stream of the N-th block
by the first decoding unit and the number of bits of each semi-fixed-length data stream of the target macroblock; and

wherein said read out unit designates a position the total data length behind a start position of the semi-fixed-length data
stream of the N-th block as a start position of the variable-length code stream of the (N+1)-th block following the semi-fixed-length
data stream of the N-th block in the target macroblock, read out the variable-length code stream of the (N+1)-th block from
the designated position and controls said first decoding unit to start decoding of the variable-length code stream of the
(N+1)-th block,

wherein said first decoding unit decodes the variable-length code stream of the (N+1)-th block in parallel with decoding the
semi-fixed-length data stream of the N-th block by said second decoding unit, in a spatial mode of JPEG XR.

US Pat. No. 9,271,312

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

12. A processing method of a communication apparatus, comprising:
inputting an instruction for a start of a first setting process complying with a predetermined method for setting a wireless
communication parameter;

receiving, from another communication apparatus, a certain signal indicating that said another communication apparatus has
started a second setting process complying with the predetermined method for setting a wireless communication parameter; and

outputting identification information to be used in the first setting process if a start of the first setting process is instructed,
wherein, if the certain signal is received from said another communication apparatus before the identification information
is output, the communication apparatus does not execute the first setting process together with said another communication
apparatus, and

wherein, if the certain signal is received from said another communication apparatus, which does not send the certain signal
before the identification information is output, after the identification information is output, the communication apparatus
executes the first setting process together with said another communication apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,268,510

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,270,320

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A wireless communication apparatus, comprising:
a plurality of antennas which are arranged so as to be predetermined distances apart from each other within the wireless communication
apparatus;

a communication unit which perform communication using an antenna selected from the plurality of antennas;
a first switching unit which switches the antenna used for the communication to another antenna from the plurality of antennas,
if a first state in which a reflected power of a transmitted output power of the selected antenna is larger than a first predetermined
threshold value continues for equal to or more than a first predetermined time; and

a second switching unit which switches the antenna used for the communication to another antenna from the plurality of antennas,
if a second state in which a variation of a received power of the selected antenna is larger than a second predetermined threshold
value continues for equal to or more than a second predetermined time,

wherein the first predetermined time is shorter than the second predetermined time.

US Pat. No. 9,270,839

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS HAVING USER LOGIN FUNCTION, CONTROL METHOD THEREFORE, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A data transmitting apparatus that is shared by a plurality of users, comprising:
a storage unit configured to store a plurality of destination addresses, wherein an address book is comprised of at least
a part of the plurality of destination addresses stored in the storage unit, and wherein the plurality of destination addresses
include a destination address which is made public to a specific user, a destination address which is made public to a specific
group including a plurality of users and a destination address which is made public to any user;

a transmitting unit configured to transmit image data to at least one destination address selected from the plurality of destination
addresses stored in the storage unit; and

a display control unit configured to, when receiving an instruction to register a new address from a user who has logged in
to the data transmitting apparatus, (i) generate, if the user belongs to at least one group, a first registering screen with
which it is selectable to register the new address to be registered as the destination address which is made public to the
user, as the destination address which is made public to the group to which the user belong, or as the destination address
which is made public to the any user, and (ii) generate, if the user does not belong to any group, a second registering screen
with which it is selectable to register the new address to be registered as the destination address which is made public to
the user or as the destination address which is made public to the any user.

US Pat. No. 9,270,909

IMAGING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGING APPARATUS AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR DETERMINING A CORRECTION VALUE FOR AN OFFSET CORRECTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an imaging element in which a plurality of pixels are arranged on a two-dimensional surface, each line of pixels in the two-dimensional
surface having an optical black region which is light-shielded and a region other than the optical black region;

a derivation unit configured to derive, for the lines of pixels, a representative value based on pixel values in the optical
black region;

a first determination unit configured to determine, based on a first representative value derived with respect to a line in
a first region that includes one or more lines, a correction value for an offset correction for the line in the first region;
and

a second determination unit configured to determine, based on a second representative value derived with respect to a line
in a second region that includes one or more lines and a third representative value derived with respect to a line adjacent
to that line in the second region, a correction value for offset correction for that line in the second region.

US Pat. No. 9,270,913

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus comprising:
a plurality of pixels arranged in rows and columns, and each configured to generate a signal by photoelectric conversion;
a plurality of holding capacitors each arranged correspondingly to one of the columns of the plurality of pixels, and configured
to hold a signal based on the signal generated by the pixel;

a first output line corresponding to the plurality of pixels arranged in a first column;
a second output line corresponding to the plurality of pixels arranged in a second column which is adjacent the first column;
a first switch arranged between the holding capacitor and the first output line;
a second switch arranged between the holding capacitor and the second output line; and
a column selecting line configured to control the second switch, wherein
a wiring structure of a portion at which the column selecting line intersects with the first output line is different from
a wiring structure of a portion at which the column selecting line intersects with the second output line.

US Pat. No. 9,266,325

PRINT HEAD AND INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A print head comprising:
an energy generating element;
a chamber for accommodating liquid to which energy is applied from the energy generating element; and
an ejection opening arranged in a position facing the energy generating element for ejecting the liquid from the chamber to
outside, the energy being applied to the liquid in the chamber from the energy generating element to eject the liquid from
the ejection opening,

wherein the ejection opening includes at least one projection projecting in a projecting direction from an edge of the ejection
opening towards a central portion of the ejection opening, the ejection opening having a first region between a front end
of the projection and an inner wall of the ejection opening positioned at the shortest distance from the front end of the
projection, and second regions positioned at both sides of the projection and being different from the first region, and

wherein, when viewed from a direction of ejecting the liquid to the outside from the chamber, when a width of the projection
in a direction perpendicular to the projecting direction at a chamber-side opening face of the ejection opening is represented
as a1 and a maximum width of the projection in the direction perpendicular to the projecting direction is represented as a2, a relation of the formula a1

US Pat. No. 9,269,163

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR COMPRESSING OR DECOMPRESSING LIGHT FIELD IMAGES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method comprising:
obtaining a compressed plenoptic image generated by compressing an original plenoptic image;
obtaining a refocusing parameter;
generating a first refocused image from the original plenoptic image using the refocusing parameter and generating a second
refocused image from a decompressed plenoptic image using the refocusing parameter, the decompressed plenoptic image being
obtained from the compressed plenoptic image;

obtaining residual data corresponding to a difference between the first refocused image and the second refocused image; and
outputting data comprising the compressed plenoptic image, the residual data and the refocusing parameter.

US Pat. No. 9,261,809

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus in which a plurality of light beams are deflected such that the plurality of light beams scan
a photosensitive member, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a light source including a plurality of light emitting elements that each emit a light beam;
a light power control unit configured to control a light power of light beam that are to be emitted from each of the plurality
of light emitting elements;

a detection unit, that is provided on a scanning path of the plurality of light beams have been deflected, configured to output
a detection signal indicating that a light beam has been detected due to the light beam being incident on the detection unit;

a measuring unit configured to control the light source such that first and second light beams emitted from first and second
light emitting elements among the plurality of light emitting elements are sequentially incident on the detection unit, and
to measure a time interval between detection signals that correspond to the first and second light beams and are output from
the detection unit; and

a timing control unit configured to control relative emission timings of light beams emitted from the plurality of light emitting
elements, according to the time interval measured by the measuring unit,

wherein the light power control unit is configured to control light powers of the first and second light beams that are to
be incident on the detection unit, so as to be a pre-determined light power,

the image forming apparatus further comprising:
a storage unit configured to store a reference value that is to be a reference for control performed by the timing control
unit, and timing values that are determined in association with the reference value and indicate respective emission timings
for the plurality of light emitting elements, and

a setting unit configured to set a target light power for the plurality of light beams at a time of scanning an image region
on the photosensitive member in which an electrostatic latent image is to be formed,

wherein the timing control unit is configured to control the relative emission timings for the plurality of light emitting
elements using a value obtained by correcting the timing values according to a difference between the time interval measured
by the measuring unit and the reference value,

the pre-determined light power is set to a light power that is equal to the target light power set by the setting unit,
the reference value and the timing values are generated in advance in correspondence with each of a plurality of levels that
can be set as the target light power by the setting unit, and are stored in the storage unit, and

the timing control unit is configured to use the reference value and the timing values corresponding to the target light power
set by the setting unit to control the relative emission timings for the plurality of light emitting elements.

US Pat. No. 9,261,839

IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM AND OPTION DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming system, comprising:
an image forming apparatus; and an option device connectable to the image forming apparatus,
wherein the image forming apparatus includes a communication unit that performs data communication with the option device
via a communication line,

wherein the option device includes a receiving unit that receives data transmitted from the image forming apparatus via the
communication line, a transmitting unit that transmits data to the image forming apparatus via the communication line, and
a setting unit that includes a setting port where a value is set in a state of being connected to the image forming apparatus,
and an input/output port, and

wherein the setting unit executes comparison between a value of first data received from the image forming apparatus and the
value set in the setting port, and transmits a response signal to the image forming apparatus according to a result of the
comparison, and the image forming apparatus transmits recognition data on the option device to the option device according
to the response signal, and the setting unit sets a value of a signal at the input/output port based on the recognition data.

US Pat. No. 9,262,111

PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS, PRINT CONTROL METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A print control apparatus, comprising:
a first specifying unit configured to specify a priority of an input print job;
a second specifying unit configured to specify a discharge method set for the input print job among a plurality of discharge
methods including a roll-sheet discharge method in which a print product is discharged as a roll sheet and a cut-sheet discharge
method in which a print product is discharged as a cut sheet;

a determination unit configured to determine an order of printing of the input print job in queued print jobs held in a queue,
in accordance with the priority of the input print job specified by the first specifying unit and the discharge method specified
by the second specifying unit; and

a print control unit configured to cause a print unit to execute printing based on the input print job on a continuous sheet
in accordance with the order of printing of the print job determined by the determination unit, whereby a print product based
on the input print job is discharged,

wherein at least one of the first specifying unit, the second specifying unit, the determination unit, and the print control
unit are implemented by at least one processor in the print control apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,264,698

LENTICULAR LENS, IMAGE GENERATION APPARATUS, AND IMAGE GENERATION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image generation apparatus comprising: at least one processor coupled to a memory; an acquisition unit configured to
acquire image data of an object image; an input unit configured to input brightness information with respect to the acquired
image; data and to input lens characteristics with respect to a lenticular lens; a first generation unit configured to adjust
brightness of the acquired image data with the input brightness information to generate brightness-adjusted image data; and
a second generation unit configured to generate luster reproduction image data by dividing the acquired image data into a
plurality of pieces of acquired image data, dividing the brightness-adjusted image data into a plurality of pieces of brightness-adjusted
image data, and arranging the plurality of pieces of acquired image data and the plurality of pieces of brightness-adjusted
image data such that a plurality of images differing in brightness, including a piece of acquired imaae data and a piece of
brightness-adjusted image data, are arranged within a lens width of each lens, wherein the at least one processor implements
the acquisition unit, the input unit, the first generation unit, and the second generation unit.
US Pat. No. 9,260,611

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A synthesis method for a self-dispersible pigment, the method comprising performing ring-opening addition of a lactone
ring of a lactone-based compound to an acidic group that is bonded to a surface of a pigment particle directly or via another
atomic group, to bond a functional group, including an ester group, to the surface of the pigment particle.

US Pat. No. 9,261,668

OPTICAL DEVICE PROVIDED WITH ZOOMING MECHANISM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical device comprising:
a holding member configured to hold an optical member and to be movable in an optical axis direction of the optical member;
a fixing member arranged on an outer diameter side of the holding member; and
an electrical unit connected to a flexible board and configured to be movable in the optical axis direction, in the same manner
as the holding member,

wherein at least a part of an extracting section, a convex section, and a concave section are formed in the fixing member
side by side in the optical axis direction,

the flexible board is extracted from the extracting section,
the convex section is located on an image surface side of the extracting section and formed to project to an inner diameter
side from the extracting section,

the concave section is located on an image surface side of the convex section and formed to be recessed to an outer diameter
side of the extracting section, and

while the optical device is shifting into an accommodated state, the flexible board is brought into contact with at least
a part of the convex section, and a first bending portion of the flexible board is made to project to an inner diameter side
thereof, and the second bending portion of the flexible board is accommodated in the concave section.

US Pat. No. 9,261,691

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a light source unit;
an illumination optical system configured to introduce a light from the light source unit onto a plane to be illuminated;
an image pickup optical system configured to form an image of an object placed on the plane to be illuminated;
an image pickup portion including a plurality of image pickup elements that take the image of the object via the image pickup
optical system; and

a light shielding member having a plurality of opening portions for allowing light to be entered into an effective light receiving
area of each of the plurality of image pickup elements to pass therethrough, the plurality of opening portions and the effective
light receiving areas of the plurality of image pickup elements being disposed in a one-to-one relation,

wherein the light shielding member is configured to block light to be entered into an area other than the effective light
receiving area of each of the plurality of image pickup elements in the image pickup portion.

US Pat. No. 9,258,884

SUPPRESSION OF CURRENT COMPONENT USING EBG STRUCTURE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A structure member mounted in a communication apparatus including a conductive housing incorporating a dielectric substrate
on which a high-frequency circuit is mounted, the structure member comprising:
a pass member which passes a harmonic current component of an operating frequency generated in said dielectric substrate when
the high-frequency circuit operates; and

a suppression member having an EBG structure which suppresses a predetermined current component of the operating frequency,
wherein the structure member is provided between said dielectric substrate and said conductive housing, and
said suppression member is disposed along a current path of said harmonic current component flowing in said pass member.

US Pat. No. 9,256,152

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD HAVING VIEWING-DENSITY PRIORITY AND COLOR MATERIAL SAVING MODES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire transmission information indicating transmittance of light of a printing medium
used in image formation;

a first setting unit configured to set a reduction ratio indicating maximum percentages of mounted amount of color materials
with respect to a maximum amount of mounted color materials used in the image formation based on the transmission information;

a second setting unit configured to set a fixing index indicating a fixing state of the color materials with respect to the
printing medium based on the transmission information; and

a third setting unit configured to allow a user to set a printing condition,
wherein the first setting unit and the second setting unit make the settings based on the transmission information and the
printing condition, and

wherein the printing condition comprises a viewing-density priority mode and a color material saving mode as printing modes,
the reduction ratio in the color material saving mode is set to be less than the reduction ratio in the viewing-density priority
mode, and the fixing index in the color material saving mode is set to be greater than the fixing index in the viewing-density
priority mode.

US Pat. No. 9,258,484

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus that corrects image shake by the driving of a correction member constituting an imaging optical
system, the image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image sensing device configured to receive an optical image focused by the imaging optical system so as to photoelectrically
convert the optical image into an image signal;

an attitude detecting unit configured to detect the attitude of the imaging optical system so as to output detection information;
a drive control unit configured to control the driving of the correction member by acquiring the detection information output
from the attitude detecting unit;

a calculating unit configured to decompose distortion of an image imaged by the image sensing device image into a first distortion
component which varies due to the driving of the correction member and a second distortion component which does not vary due
to the driving of the correction member so as to calculate a first correction value for the first distortion component and
a second correction value for the second distortion component; and

an image processing unit configured to acquire the image signal from the image sensing device and perform image distortion
correction by performing image geometric deformation processing using the first correction value and the second correction
value acquired from the calculating unit.

US Pat. No. 9,256,184

BELT CONVEYANCE APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING AN ENDLESS BELT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A belt conveyance apparatus comprising:
an endless belt configured to be rotationally movable;
a stretching member including a shaft and a contact portion configured to contact an inner circumferential surface of the
belt;

an adjustment device configured to adjust a lateral movement of the belt in a width direction perpendicularly intersecting
with a rotational direction of the belt; and

a bearing configured to directly support an edge of one end side of the shaft of the stretching member with respect to the
width direction,

wherein the adjustment device includes a rotating member rotating in contact with the inner circumferential surface of the
belt at the one end side of the shaft of the stretching member in the width direction, a rotating axis of the rotating member
being inclined with respect to the shaft of the stretching member, and

wherein, the rotating member is provided between the contact portion and the bearing with respect to the width direction,
wherein, in a case where the belt shifts to the one end side, the rotating member generates a force on the belt to shift the
belt away from the one end side,

wherein the rotating member has a cylindrical shape having a constant outer diameter, and
wherein an innermost outer diameter of the rotating member in the width direction is equal to or greater than an outer diameter
of an end of the stretching member in the width direction.

US Pat. No. 9,257,479

SOLID STATE IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing an active pixel sensor having a plurality of pixels, each of the pixels having a photodiode formed
by a part of a first semiconductor region of a first conductivity type and a second semiconductor region of a second conductivity
type, a fourth semiconductor region of the second conductivity type, and a transfer transistor for transferring a charge carrier
from the photodiode to the fourth semiconductor region, the method comprising the steps of:
preparing a substrate on which the first semiconductor region of the first conductivity type is formed, the substrate including
a first region where the second semiconductor region is to be formed, a second region where the fourth semiconductor region
is to be formed, and a third region, wherein the third region is provided between the first region and the second region;

forming a mask to form the second semiconductor region on the substrate, the mask covering at least the second region and
the third region and not covering at least the first region;

forming the second semiconductor region in the first region of the substrate using the mask;
forming a gate of the transfer transistor above the third region of the substrate after forming the second semiconductor region;
and

forming the fourth semiconductor region in the second region of the substrate after forming the gate of the transfer transistor,
wherein the gate of the transfer transistor overlaps the second semiconductor region in a planar view.

US Pat. No. 9,247,873

IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a planar image acquisition unit configured to acquire a planar image of a subject;
a splitting unit configured to split light generated by a light source into a measuring beam for a tomographic image of the
subject and a reference beam;

a tomographic image acquisition unit configured to acquire the tomographic image based on a combined beam obtained by combining
the reference beam and a return beam from the subject irradiated with the measuring beam for the tomographic image;

a branch unit configured to branch into an optical path of a measuring beam for the planar image and an optical path of the
measuring beam for the tomographic image, the branch unit being disposed closer to the subject than the splitting unit; and

a polarization adjustment member configured to adjust polarization states of the measuring beam for the planar image and the
measuring beam for the tomographic image, the polarization adjustment member being disposed closer to the subject than the
branch unit in a common optical path of the optical path of the measuring beam for the planar image and the optical path of
the measuring beam for the tomographic image.

US Pat. No. 9,253,341

EXECUTION INSTRUCTING APPARATUS, EXECUTION INSTRUCTING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An instructing apparatus which is communicable with at least one processing apparatus that executes a predetermined processing,
the instructing apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain, via the Internet from a server system which is neither an image processing apparatus
nor the instructing apparatus, information for performing communication with the image processing apparatus via a local area
network and without the Internet, wherein the information is stored in the server system by the image processing apparatus;

a determination unit configured to determine whether, of
a first instruction method where the instructing apparatus issues an instruction regarding the predetermined processing to
the image processing apparatus via the Internet and the server system, and

a second instruction method where the instructing apparatus issues the instruction to the image processing apparatus via the
local area network and without the Internet,

the instruction can be performed in accordance with the second instruction method, based on the information obtained by the
obtaining unit; and

an instruction unit configured to issue the instruction to the image processing apparatus so that
in a case where a determination is not made by the determination unit that the instruction can be performed in accordance
with the second instruction method the instruction is performed in accordance with the first instruction method, and

in a case where a determination is made by the determination unit that the instruction can be performed in accordance with
the second instruction method, the instruction is performed in accordance with the second instruction method.

US Pat. No. 9,253,390

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM FOR SETTING A COMBINATION PARAMETER FOR COMBINING A PLURALITY OF IMAGE DATA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing device comprising:
an image capturing unit configured to perform image capturing by forming an image of a subject with an optical system;
an operation unit configured to set an image capturing parameter including at least one of a focus position, an f-stop, and
a zoom magnification in performing the image capturing with the image capturing unit;

an acquiring unit configured to acquire, by using the image capturing parameter set by the operation unit, a plurality of
image data captured by the image capturing unit;

a setting unit configured to set, based on an input from a user operating the operation unit after the plurality of image
data are captured, a combination parameter used for combining the plurality of image data acquired by the acquiring unit;
and

a combining unit configured to combine the plurality of image data by using the combination parameter set by the setting unit
to generate combined image data.

US Pat. No. 9,250,576

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image carrier which carries toner images;
an endless intermediate transfer belt onto which the toner images are primary-transferred from the image carrier and which
is movable and has conductivity;

a secondary transfer member which comes into contact with an outer periphery of the endless intermediate transfer belt and
secondary-transfers the toner images from the endless intermediate transfer belt onto a recording material, the image forming
apparatus performing primary transfer by a current being passed from the secondary transfer member to the image carrier through
the endless intermediate transfer belt;

a transfer power supply which applies a voltage for transfer which has a polarity opposite to a normal charge polarity of
toner to the secondary transfer member;

a contact member which comes into contact with an inner periphery of the endless intermediate transfer belt; and
a voltage-maintaining element which is connected to the contact member, and maintains a potential of the contact member at
a same polarity as the polarity of the voltage for transfer by the current being passed, through the endless intermediate
transfer belt, from the secondary transfer member to which the voltage for transfer is applied by the transfer power supply,

wherein the endless intermediate transfer belt includes a surface layer and a conductive base layer, and a resistance of the
surface layer is higher than a resistance of the conductive base layer.

US Pat. No. 9,253,427

SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS CAPABLE OF REALIZING IMAGE PICKUP WITH WIDE DYNAMIC RANGE AND AT HIGH FRAME RATE, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image pickup apparatus, mounted on a camera, that has a pixel unit in which a plurality of pixels is arranged
in a two-dimensional matrix and obtains image data based on pixel signals output from the pixels according to amounts of light
incident on the pixels, the solid-state image pickup apparatus comprising:
the pixel unit having first pixels and second pixels, the first pixels and the second pixels being alternately arranged in
a row direction;

a first signal processing unit configured to, when reading out the pixel signals from the pixel unit, read out the pixel signals
from the first pixels as first pixel signals and perform analog-to-digital conversion of the first pixel signals to obtain
first digital signals;

a second signal processing unit configured to, when reading out the pixel signals from the pixel unit, read out the pixel
signals from the second pixels as second pixel signals and perform analog-to-digital conversion of the second pixel signals
to obtain second digital signals; and

an output unit configured to output the first digital signals and the second digital signals as image data,
wherein, in a non-recording operation state in which power to the camera is turned on and the camera does not perform recording,
at least one of said first signal processing unit and said second signal processing unit is selectively turned off.

US Pat. No. 9,247,092

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus which has a timer transmission function to execute a transmission job for transmitting image
data to another apparatus at a designated transmission time of day, comprising:
a setting unit configured to set a notification period of time based on electricity charge information;
a reservation unit configured to receive the designation of the transmission time of day, and store the designated transmission
time of day as reservation information in a storage unit; and

a notifying unit configured to perform notification to a user in a case where the designated transmission time of day is included
in the notification period of time.

US Pat. No. 9,239,537

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image carrier;
an image forming unit configured to form an image on the image carrier using a developing agent;
a detection unit configured to detect a light amount of reflected light from a measurement image formed on the image carrier
by the image forming unit, the detection unit includes an irradiation unit configured to irradiate the measurement image with
light, a first light receiving unit configured to receive specular light from the measurement image, and a second light receiving
unit configured to receive diffused light from the measurement image;

a controller configured to control an image forming condition based on a detection result by the detection unit; and
a determination unit configured to make the irradiation unit irradiate the image carrier using the light, make the first light
receiving unit receive specular light from the image carrier, make the second light receiving unit receive diffused light
from the image carrier, determine a first emission intensity based on a light amount of the specular light from the image
carrier, and determine a second emission intensity based on the determined first emission intensity, the light amount of the
specular light from the image carrier, and a light amount of the diffused light from the image carrier,

wherein the emission intensity of light with which the irradiation unit irradiates the measurement image is controlled based
on the second emission intensity determined by the determination unit.

US Pat. No. 9,239,567

DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONDENSATION REMOVAL METHOD AND PROGRAM THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a condensation removal unit configured to perform condensation removal absorbing condensation with toner in the image forming
apparatus;

an accepting unit configured to accept information from a user, the information indicating a degree of an amount of toner
to be used for the condensation removal; and

a setting unit configured to set the amount of toner to be used for the condensation removal according to the information
accepted from the user,

wherein the condensation removal unit performs the condensation removal by using the amount of toner set by the setting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,241,117

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a plurality of pixels each including a photoelectric conversion unit, an amplifying transistor configured to amplify a signal
based on an electric charge generated in the photoelectric conversion unit, a transfer transistor configured to transfer the
electric charge generated in the photoelectric conversion unit to an input node of the amplifying transistor, and a reset
transistor including a third node directly connected to the input node of the amplifying transistor and a fourth node electrically
connected to a reset voltage line, and

a switch transistor including a first node, a second node, and a control node, the first node directly connected to the input
node of the amplifying transistor, the second node directly connected to a common wiring;

wherein the common wiring electrically connects the input node of the amplifying transistor of a first pixel of the plurality
of pixels to the input node of the amplifying transistor of another pixel of the plurality of pixels, and

wherein at least two of the second nodes are directly connected to the common wiring.

US Pat. No. 9,241,394

RADIATION IMAGING CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiation imaging control apparatus configured to control a radiation imaging operation using a radiation generation
apparatus in which a radiation generation condition is adjustable by a manual operation, the radiation imaging control apparatus
comprising:
a setting unit configured to set the radiation generation condition for the radiation imaging operation;
a transmission unit configured to transmit the radiation generation condition to the radiation generation apparatus; and
a transmission control unit configured to limit transmission of the radiation generation condition by the transmission unit
in a case where a radiation imaging operation belonging to the same group as that of the radiation imaging operation is performed.

US Pat. No. 9,239,972

RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus configured to perform processing to form an image on a recording medium by using a recording head including
a plurality of recording element arrays for one color component, each recording element array including a plurality of recording
elements arranged therein, the apparatus comprising:
a first acquiring unit configured to acquire multilevel data;
a second acquiring unit configured to acquire position information of a conversion target pixel of the multilevel data acquired
by the first acquiring unit;

a third acquiring unit configured to acquire a set of pattern information pieces corresponding to the conversion target pixel
of the multilevel data acquired by the first acquiring unit based on the position information acquired by the second acquiring
unit, wherein the set of pattern information pieces specifies a plurality of pieces of dot data that have each been assigned
to a respective one of a plurality of recording element arrays different from each other for recording on the same position
by the plurality of recording element arrays for one color component; and

a processing unit configured to convert the multilevel data into a plurality of pieces of dot data that have been assigned
to each of the plurality of recording element arrays for each pixel, based on the pattern information pieces acquired by the
third acquiring unit.

US Pat. No. 9,235,786

PRINTING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a plurality of sheet feeding units; and
a computer comprising:
a setting unit configured to set paper type information for each of the plurality of sheet feeding units;
a storage unit configured to store a print job transmitted from an external apparatus, the print job including designation
of one of the plurality of sheet feeding units as a paper feed source;

an instruction unit configured to receive, from a user, an instruction to start an execution of the print job stored in the
storage unit after the storage unit stores the print job;

a first obtaining unit configured to obtain first paper type information that was set, when the print job was stored in the
storage unit, for a sheet feeding unit designated by the print job instructed to start the execution by the instruction unit;

a second obtaining unit configured to obtain second paper type information set for the sheet feeding unit designated by the
print job instructed to execute by the instruction unit when the instruction is received; and

an alert unit configured to alert the user that the paper type information for the sheet feeding unit designated by the print
job has been changed after the print job is stored, if the first paper type information and the second paper type information
do not match.

US Pat. No. 9,235,819

PRINTING SYSTEM, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus configured to communicate with a client apparatus and an image forming apparatus, the
information processing apparatus comprising:
a receiving unit configured to receive status information from an image forming apparatus;
a sending unit configured to send AR diagnostic information that includes AR guidance to a client apparatus, wherein the AR
guidance includes instructions that describe how to operate the image forming apparatus to perform a diagnostic operation,
wherein the AR information superimposes the AR guidance on an image captured by a client apparatus, and wherein the diagnostic
operation is the printing of a sheet by the image forming apparatus;

an obtaining unit configured to obtain diagnostic information that was generated by the image forming apparatus when the image
forming apparatus performed the diagnostic operation, wherein the diagnostic information includes an indication of an error
that occurred in the image forming apparatus, and wherein the diagnostic information includes an image of at least part of
the sheet that was printed by the image forming apparatus;

a determining unit configured to determine an error based on the diagnostic information that was generated by the image forming
apparatus when the image forming apparatus performed the diagnostic operation, wherein the determining unit is configured
to determine the error by determining whether the image of the at least part of the sheet indicates that an edge of the at
least part of the sheet is colored by a specific color; and

a transfer unit configured to transfer additional AR information that includes additional AR guidance based on the determined
error, wherein the additional AR guidance presents instructions for a user to clean a fuser in the image processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,232,164

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR, CAMERA, AND METHOD OF DRIVING SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image sensor comprising a pixel unit, a readout portion configured to read out signals from the pixel unit
via a column signal line, and a holding portion configured to capture the signals read out by the readout portion, the pixel
unit including a first photoelectric converter configured to generate first charges, a second photoelectric converter configured
to generate second charges, an amplifier including an input portion and provided commonly for the first photoelectric converter
and the second photoelectric converter to output signals to the column signal line, a first transfer transistor configured
to transfer the first charges to the input portion, and a second transfer transistor configured to transfer the second charges
to the input portion, wherein
the signals which are read out by the readout portion includes a first optical signal which is read out in a state in which
the first charges are transferred from the first photoelectric converter to the input portion by the first transfer transistor,
and a second optical signal which is read out, after the readout of the first optical signal, in a state in which the second
charges are transferred, by the second transfer transistor, from the second photoelectric converter to the input portion which
holds the first charges having been transferred from the first photoelectric converter, and

letting T1 be a time from a start of readout of the first optical signal by the readout portion to an end of capturing of the first
optical signal by the holding portion, and T2 be a time from a start of readout of the second optical signal by the readout portion to an end of capturing of the second
optical signal by the holding portion, T1

US Pat. No. 9,229,353

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an endless belt rotatingly conveying toner images transferred thereon;
a first image carrier rotatably supported in a state in contact with the endless belt;
a second image carrier rotatably supported in a state in contact with the endless belt, in parallel with the first image carrier
and downstream of the first image carrier in a rotational direction of the endless belt;

a first exposure portion exposing the charged first image carrier and forming a latent image thereon;
a second exposure portion exposing the charged second image carrier and forming a latent image thereon;
a first developing portion developing the latent image formed on the first image carrier as one of the toner images at a first
developing position by applying a developing bias;

a second developing portion developing the latent image formed on the second image carrier as one of toner images at a second
developing position by applying a developing bias;

a transfer portion transferring the toner image transferred from the first image carrier to the endless belt at a first transfer
position and the toner image transferred from the second image carrier to the endless belt at a second transfer position collectively
to a recording medium conveyed thereto; and

a control portion selectively executing, corresponding to a predetermined condition, a first or second test mode correcting
at least one of exposure timings of the first exposure portion and the second exposure portion after transferring test toner
images respectively from the first and second image carriers to the endless belt,

the control portion starting the exposure of the first exposure portion after a position of the second image carrier, having
been located at a second developing position when the developing bias is started to be applied to the second developing portion,
arrives at the second transfer position in forming the test toner images in the first test mode, and

the control portion starting the exposure of the first exposure portion before the position of the second image carrier, having
been located at the second developing position when the developing bias is started to be applied to the second developing
portion, arrives at the second transfer position in forming the test toner image in the second test mode.

US Pat. No. 9,230,210

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,231,009

IMAGE SENSOR AND IMAGING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image sensor in which a plurality of pixels are two-dimensionally arranged, comprising:
a micro lens provided on a light-receiving side of each of the plurality of pixels; and
a plurality of photoelectric conversion units provided in each of the plurality of pixels, and for receiving light collected
by the micro lens,

wherein the plurality of photoelectric conversion units are disposed such that central points thereof are eccentric relative
to a central point of a single light-receiving surface combining light-receiving surfaces of the plurality of photoelectric
conversion units,

a focal position of the micro lens is positioned further on the micro lens side than the light-receiving surfaces of the plurality
of photoelectric conversion units, and

a distance from the focal position of the micro lens to the light-receiving surfaces of the plurality of photoelectric conversion
units is greater than 0 and less than nF?, where n is a refractive index at the focal position of the micro lens, F is an
aperture value of the micro lens, and ? is a diffraction limit of the micro lens.

US Pat. No. 9,223,232

METHOD FOR PRODUCING ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for producing an electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising a support, an undercoat layer formed on
the support, and a photosensitive layer formed on the undercoat layer, the method comprising:
preparing a coating liquid for an undercoat layer containing:
zinc oxide particles;
a polyol;
a blocked isocyanate compound whose isocyanate group is blocked with a structure represented by the following formula (1);
and

a solvent mixture;
forming a coat of the coating liquid for an undercoat layer, and
drying and curing the coat to form the undercoat layer,
wherein, in the formula (1)
X represents a single bond or an oxygen atom,
R1 and R2 each independently represent an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms, and
wherein the solvent mixture comprises:
a monohydric alcohol in an amount of 1 chemical equivalent or more based on the structure represented by the formula (1),
and 90% by mass or less based on the total mass of the solvent mixture; and

a ketonic solvent and/or a cyclic ether solvent in an amount of 7% by mass or more based on the total mass of the solvent
mixture.

US Pat. No. 9,223,252

DEVELOPING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A magnet roller comprising:
a plurality of magnet pieces disposed along a circumferential direction of said magnet roller;
wherein said magnet pieces include one or more first magnet pieces having a first magnetic polarity at a surface opposing
an inner surface of said magnet roller, and one or more second magnet pieces having a second magnetic polarity, which is opposite
of the first magnetic polarity, at a surface opposing the inner surface of said magnet roller,

wherein in a longitudinally central portion of said magnet roller, a ratio of a total sum of volumes occupied by said one
or more first magnet pieces per unit length is larger than a ratio of a total sum of volumes occupied by said one or more
second magnet pieces per unit length, and wherein the ratio of the total sum of the volumes occupied by said one or more first
magnet pieces per unit length in a longitudinally end portion is smaller than that in the longitudinally central portion.

US Pat. No. 9,223,263

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH A FIXING DEVICE HAVING REGULATING MEMBER TO REGULATE AN EDGE OR END OF A SHEET WHEN ENTERING A BACK SIDE OF A GUIDE MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming portion which forms a toner image;
a transfer portion which transfers the toner image onto a sheet; and
a fixing device which fixes the transferred toner image on the sheet,
wherein the fixing device includes:
a first rotary body;
a second rotary body which is pressed against the first rotary body;
a guide member which is disposed upstream of a nip portion between the first rotary body and the second rotary body to guide
the sheet to the nip portion between the first and second rotary bodies and extends in a sheet conveying direction;

a manual member which is manually operated to move the sheet nipped by the nip portion toward the guide member; and
a regulating member which is provided on a downstream side of the guide member in the sheet conveying direction and on a back
side of a guide face of the guide member, which guides the sheet to the nip portion, and regulates an edge of the sheet by
holding the edge in place when the sheet being moved by the manual member enters the back side of the guide member,

wherein by operating the manual member, a central portion of the sheet is moved toward the guide face in a case that the edge
of the sheet is regulated by the regulating member.

US Pat. No. 9,223,524

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus which utilizes a print setting application, the information apparatus comprising:
an extraction unit configured to extract a character from an input character string;
a generation unit configured to generate a print ticket with the extracted character as an option of a plurality of features;
a printer driver unit configured to generate print data from the generated print ticket and from a rendering command from
an application;

a reading unit configured to read a file including information about a plurality of characters for selecting characters in
an area where options for print setting are described,

wherein a user is allowed to specify a character string using the print setting application instead of using of a user interface
from the printer driver.

US Pat. No. 9,223,282

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an image bearing member which bears an electrostatic latent image;
a rear side plate disposed at a rear side of a main body of the image forming apparatus with respect to the image bearing
member; and

a driving unit mounted on the rear side plate, the driving unit driving a first driven member and a second driven member of
the image forming apparatus,

wherein the driving unit includes:
a first frame attached to the rear side plate, the first frame being opposed to the rear side plate;
a second frame attached to the first frame, the second frame being opposed to the first frame;
a first driving source mounted on the first frame, the first driving source driving the first driven member;
a second driving source mounted on the second frame, the second driving source driving the second driven member;
a first gear train, disposed between the first frame and the second frame, for transmitting a driving force of the first driving
source to the first driven member; and

a second gear train, disposed between the first frame and the second frame, for transmitting a driving force of the second
driving source to the second driven member.

US Pat. No. 9,217,636

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND A COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a projection unit configured to project a projection pattern onto an object, the projection pattern including at least two
line patterns in a first direction and including a reference line pattern in a second direction being different from the first
direction, to be used for distinguishing each of the line patterns among the at least two line patterns,

wherein the reference line pattern has intersections with the at least two line patterns, wherein the intersections divide
the reference line pattern into segments, and wherein a width of at least one of the segments of the reference line pattern
is different from widths of other segments;

an image capturing unit configured to capture an image including the object onto which the projection pattern is projected;
an extraction unit configured to extract the projection pattern included in the captured image;
a reference line pattern detection unit configured to detect the reference line pattern from the extracted projection pattern
based on widths of the segments of the extracted projection pattern;

a line pattern corresponding unit configured to establish correspondence between line patterns projected by the projection
unit and line patterns captured by the image capturing unit based on the width of the at least one of the segments of the
detected reference line pattern that is different from the widths of the other segments; and

an obtaining unit configured to obtain a position of a target based on a result of the correspondence established by the line
pattern corresponding unit.

US Pat. No. 9,217,987

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an apparatus body;
a unit stored in the apparatus body, the unit being movable in a moving direction;
a lock mechanism provided in the unit and configured to lock the unit in a state in which the unit is stored in the apparatus
body;

a display portion provided on an upper surface of the apparatus body on one end side in an orthogonal direction orthogonal
to the moving direction; and

an operating portion provided on an upper surface of the unit on the one end side of the orthogonal direction and operated
in unlocking the lock mechanism.

US Pat. No. 9,219,926

IMAGE ENCODING APPARATUS, IMAGE ENCODING METHOD AND PROGRAM, IMAGE DECODING APPARATUS, IMAGE DECODING METHOD AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image encoding apparatus comprising:
a division unit configured to divide an image to generate a first block group including one or more blocks and a second block
group adjacent to the first block group;

a first encoding unit configured to encode the first block group in units of block;
a second encoding unit configured to encode the second block group in units of block; and
a storage unit configured to store, if a block to be encoded in the first block group is at a predetermined position, first
statistical information after the first encoding unit encodes the block to be encoded at the predetermined position,

wherein the storage unit, if the first block group does not include a block at the predetermined position, stores second statistical
information after the first encoding unit encodes a block in the first block group at a position different from the predetermined
position, and

wherein the second encoding unit encodes based on the first statistical information or the second statistical information.

US Pat. No. 9,215,292

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, DATA DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM, METHOD OF CONTROLLING INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus which is connected to a plurality of information processing terminals via a network,
comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire data that is repeatedly generated at and uploaded from at least one of the plurality
of information processing terminals;

a detection unit configured to detect connection status information of the plurality of information processing terminals and
a generation condition for data in the information processing terminals, wherein the generation condition indicates a parameter
used in generating data to be uploaded to the information processing apparatus by the information processing terminal;

a derivation unit configured to derive a predicted data amount predicted to be uploaded in a unit time to the information
processing apparatus and a processable data amount that the information processing apparatus is capable of processing in a
unit time based on at least one of the connection status information or the generation condition; and

a request unit configured to make a request to at least one information processing terminal, in a case where the predicted
data amount exceeds the processable data amount, to change the generation condition for data in the at least one information
processing terminal in order to lower a data amount.

US Pat. No. 9,213,250

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising
toner particles, each of which contains a binder resin and a colorant, and
silica fine particles, wherein the toner has an average circularity of at least 0.950,
the toner has a static friction coefficient, with respect to a polycarbonate resin substrate, of at least 0.100 and not more
than 0.200,

a coverage ratio Xl of the toner surface by the silica fine particles, as determined by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (ESCA),
is at least 50.0 area % and not more than 75.0 area %, and

when a theoretical coverage ratio of the toner by the silica fine particles is X2, the diffusion index defined in Formula
1 below satisfies Formula 2 below:

Diffusion index=X1/X2  Formula 1:

Diffusion index??0.0042×X1+0.62  Formula 2.

US Pat. No. 9,204,790

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR FUNDUS IMAGE, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD FOR FUNDUS IMAGE, AND PROGRAM MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for performing image processing on a fundus image of a subject's eye, the image processing
apparatus comprising:
a selection unit configured to select first color tone conversion processing having a first fixed correction value or second
color tone conversion processing having a second fixed correction value, wherein a ratio of a red component to a blue component
of the second fixed correction value is lower than a ratio of a red component to a blue component of the first fixed correction
value, and a ratio of a red component to a green component of the second fixed correction value is lower than a ratio of a
red component to a green component of the first fixed correction value; and

a color tone conversion unit configured to convert a color tone of the fundus image by the first color tone conversion processing
with the first fixed correction value or the second color tone conversion processing with the second fixed correction value
selected by the selection unit,

wherein the first color tone conversion processing is for a first eye belonging to a first group and the second color tone
conversion processing is for a second eye belonging to a second group, and

wherein a melanin pigment amount of the second group is smaller than a melanin pigment amount of the first eye.

US Pat. No. 9,207,557

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member;
a rotatable charging member for electrically charging said photosensitive member by electric discharge;
a bias applying device for applying a charging bias, to said rotatable charging member, in the form of a DC voltage biased
with an AC voltage;

a current detector for detecting an AC current passing between said rotatable charging member and said photosensitive member
when an AC voltage is applied to said rotatable charging member by said bias applying device;

a temperature and humidity detector for detecting a temperature and a humidity in said image forming apparatus; and
a setting device for setting a peak-to-peak voltage of the AC voltage in the charging bias on the basis of a plurality of
AC currents, detected by said current detector, passing between said rotatable charging member and said photosensitive member
when a plurality of AC voltages including a peak-to-peak voltage which is less than twice a discharge start voltage and a
peak-to-peak voltage which is equal to or more than twice the discharge start voltage, depending on an output of said temperature
and humidity detector, are applied to said rotatable charging member,

wherein when an AC current detected by said current detector under application of a predetermined AC voltage to said rotatable
charging member is within a predetermined range corresponding to an output of said temperature and humidity detector, said
setting device sets the peak-to-peak voltage of the AC voltage in the charging bias on the basis of the plurality of AC currents,
and when an AC current detected by said current detector under application of the predetermined AC voltage to said rotatable
charging member is out of the predetermined range, said setting device sets the peak-to-peak voltage of the AC voltage in
the charging bias on the basis of the AC current which is out of the predetermined range.

US Pat. No. 9,201,621

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,204,009

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,204,012

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH DENSITY DATA CORRECTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a rotation member that is used for image formation;
a detection unit that irradiates a detection target with light and detects reflected light from the detection target;
a first obtaining unit that obtains background data at a first number of measurement positions, including a given number of
measurement positions on the rotation members, based on a detection result of the detection unit by detecting reflected light
from the rotation member, which is the detection target;

a second obtaining unit that obtains density data of a toner image at a second number of measurement positions lower in number
than the first number of measurement positions, based on a detection result by the detection unit by detecting reflected light
from the toner image for adjusting an image density of an image formed on the rotation member;

a calculating unit that
normalizes the density data in an obtaining result by the second obtaining unit based on first background data of the second
number of measurement positions corresponding to a reference position of the measurement positions on the rotation member,
which is assumed when a circumference of the rotation member is not changed from a reference circumference from among an obtaining
result by the first obtaining unit, and calculates first correction density data, and

normalizes the density data in an obtaining result by the second obtaining unit based on a predetermined number of second
background data in the second number of measurement positions, each of which have been respectively shifted by a different
number from the measurement positions of the first background data, from among the obtaining result by the first obtaining
unit, and calculates a predetermined number of second correction density data; and

a determination unit that determines that the correction density data has a smaller variation between a plurality of density
values respectively included therein from among the first correction data and the predetermined number of second correction
data,

wherein corrected density data is obtained in accordance with the determination by the determination unit.

US Pat. No. 9,201,225

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 negative refractive power;
a second lens unit having a positive refractive power; and
an aperture stop disposed between the first lens unit and the second lens unit, the aperture stop moving along a locus different
from loci of the first lens unit and the second lens unit during zooming,

an interval between any lens units adjacent to each other being changed during zooming,
the second lens unit including at least one positive lens and at least one negative lens, and
wherein the following conditional expression is satisfied:
0.40 where Dsw represents a distance on an optical axis from a lens surface closest to the object side in the zoom lens to the
aperture stop at a wide angle end, and D2w represents a distance on the optical axis from the lens surface closest to the
object side in the zoom lens to a lens surface closest to the object side in the second lens unit at the wide angle end.

US Pat. No. 9,193,163

LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge apparatus comprising:
a first substrate and a second substrate;
a plurality of partitions, constituted by a piezoelectric material, which form a plurality of individual liquid chambers extending
in a longitudinal direction;

a nozzle member which is arranged on a side of a first end of the individual liquid chambers, and on which nozzles connected
to corresponding ones of the individual liquid chambers are formed;

a common liquid chamber forming member which is arranged on a side of a second end opposite to the first end of the individual
liquid chambers, and forms a common liquid chamber connected to the plurality of individual liquid chambers; and

a plurality of pairs of electrodes, each of which is arranged on both side faces of corresponding ones of the partitions,
such that the each partition is divided into a movable region to which an electric field for shear-deforming the partition
at a portion on the side of the nozzle is applied and an immovable region to which the electric field is not applied at a
portion on the side of the common liquid chamber,

wherein each individual liquid chamber is formed such that a cross-sectional area of a cross-section along a face perpendicular
to the longitudinal direction at the second end is wider than a cross-sectional area of a cross-section along the face perpendicular
to the longitudinal direction at a first boundary point closest to the first end on a boundary between the movable region
and the immovable region.

US Pat. No. 9,195,522

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,189,657

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that is connected to an external apparatus via a network comprising:
a display;
an operating section;
a network interface; and
a control section, coupled to the display, the operating section, and the network interface, comprising one or more computer
processors and one or more program memories storing program code executable by the one or more computer processors to cause
the one or more computer processors to:

determine whether an instruction for displaying an operation screen containing security information is received via the operating
section or via the network interface;

upon the determination that the instruction for displaying the operation screen containing the security information is received
via the network interface: transmit to the external apparatus screen data that is processed for displaying the operation screen
containing the security information, and while at the same time, prevent the operation screen containing the security information
from being displayed by the display at the information processing apparatus;

upon the determination that the instruction for displaying the operation screen containing the security information is received
via the operating section: display, by the display, the operation screen containing the security information, and while at
the same time, prevent the screen data for displaying the operation screen containing the security information from being
transmitted to the external apparatus;

upon the determination that the instruction for displaying the operation screen containing the security information is received
via the network interface, display, by the display, a dummy screen; and

upon the determination that the instruction for displaying the operation screen containing the security information is received
via the operating section, transmit to the external apparatus image data for displaying a dummy screen, by the external apparatus,
which does not contain the security information.

US Pat. No. 9,191,550

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PERFORMING GRADATION CORRECTION IN AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a sheet storage unit configured to store sheets;
a transfer unit configured to transfer a toner image, based on image data, onto a sheet from the sheet storage unit;
a fixing unit configured to fix the toner image onto the sheet;
a conveying unit configured to convey sheets, from the sheet storage unit, through the fixing unit;
an outputting unit configured to output the sheet with the image formed thereupon as a first chart;
a creating unit configured to create a conversion table for gradation correction using a value obtained by reading the output
first chart; and

a stabilization control unit configured to perform, in response to instructions from a user to create the conversion table
for gradation correction, stabilization control to stabilize the fixing temperature of the fixing unit by performing control
to cause the conveying unit to convey a number of sheets through the fixing unit,

wherein the stabilization control unit controls to output the number of sheets predetermined by the user to stabilize the
fixing unit,

the outputting unit outputs the first chart after the output of the predetermined number of sheets, and
the stabilization control unit is arranged to perform control of the transfer unit such that an image, determined in advance,
is formed on each of the predetermined number of sheets to form a second chart.

US Pat. No. 9,183,798

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS THAT INCREASES WHITE PIXEL DISPLAY LUMINANCE DURING IMAGE CAPTURE MODE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus, comprising:
an image capture unit;
a reading unit configured to read an image recorded in a recording medium; and
a control unit configured to control displaying an image on a display unit including a red pixel, a green pixel, a blue pixel,
and a white pixel,

wherein the image capturing apparatus includes at least an image capturing mode for displaying an image obtained by the image
capture unit on the display unit and a reproduction mode for displaying an image read by the reading unit on the display unit,
and

wherein the control unit controls to increase luminance of the white pixel of the display unit in a case where the image capturing
apparatus is in the image capturing mode as compared with a case where the image capturing apparatus is in the reproduction
mode.

US Pat. No. 9,183,404

IMAGE SENDING APPARATUS AND AUTHENTICATION METHOD IN IMAGE SENDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image sending apparatus comprising:
one or more memory devices storing instructions for execution by one or more processors; and
the one or more processors, operable when executing the instructions to:
receive a password;
perform processing for first authentication using the password to allow a user to set a sending method from among a plurality
of different sending methods for sending image data;

store the password in response to a result of the first authentication being an authentication success result;
set a sending method for sending the image data to a destination based on a user instruction;
determine, based on setting information associated with the set sending method for sending the image data to the destination,
whether to use the stored password as a password for second authentication required to send the image data to the destination;
and

perform processing for the second authentication, wherein, in response to determining to use the stored password as the password
for the second authentication, the processing for the second authentication is performed with use of the stored password,
and, in response to determining not to use the stored password as the password for the second authentication, the processing
for the second authentication is performed without use of the stored password.

US Pat. No. 9,176,410

TONER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A toner comprising toner particles,wherein:
each of the toner particles has a core-shell structure constituted of a core and a shell phase,
the core contains a binder resin, a colorant, and a wax, and
the shell phase contains a resin A, and wherein:
the resin A is a comb polymer having a main chain portion (X), a side chain portion (Y), and a side chain portion (Z),
(i) the main chain portion (X) being a vinyl polymer,
(ii) the side chain portion (Y) having an aliphatic polyester structure, wherein an ester group concentration of a polyester
segment is 6.5 mmol/g or less, and

(iii) the side chain portion (Z) having an organic polysiloxane structure in which an average number of Si—O bond repeating
units of a siloxane segment is 2 or more and 100 or less.

US Pat. No. 9,176,414

CHARGING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

20. A charging device for electrically charging a photosensitive member, comprising:
a charging member for electrically charging the photosensitive member by being supplied with a voltage; and
a supporting member for supporting said charging member so as to press-contact to the photosensitive member,
wherein said charging member comprises:
an electroconductive support;
an elastic base layer supported by said electroconductive support; and
an elastic surface layer, provided on a surface of said elastic base layer, being harder than said elastic base layer;
wherein said elastic surface layer is provided with projected portions and recessed portions, and wherein the projected portions
are elastically deformable in contact with the photosensitive member, leaving gaps between the recessed portions of said elastic
surface layer and the photosensitive member,

wherein when a potential difference between a surface of said charging member and a surface of the photosensitive member is
V (V), an urging force for urging said charging member toward the photosensitive member is P (N), a height of the projected
portions before deformation is L (m), the sum of contact areas where the projected portions contact the photosensitive member
is S (m2), and Young's modulus when said elastic base layer and said elastic surface layer are deformed is E (MPa), these
parameters satisfy the following relationship:

((V?312)/6.2)×10?6(m)>L(1?P/ES)>7.7×10?6(m).

US Pat. No. 9,174,436

PRINTING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF PROCESSING PRINTING DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a driving unit configured to drive a printhead including a plurality of nozzles formed into an array in a predetermined direction
such that each nozzle of the printhead forms a dot on a printing medium, while scanning the printhead in a first direction
intersecting the predetermined direction with respect to the printing medium,

wherein the plurality of nozzles are arranged such that nozzles for printing dots of the same color form two or more nozzle
arrays adjacent to each other in the first direction;

a memory configured to store printing data;
a data processing unit configured to perform
a first operation for developing printing data column by column on the memory, and
a second operation for assigning the printing data on the memory to each nozzle array; and
a controlling unit configured to control the driving unit to print dots on the printing medium by using the nozzles of each
nozzle array, based on the assigned printing data, wherein

the data processing unit further performs, after the first operation and before the second operation,
an operation for specifying, in a case where printing is performed by assigning, to each nozzle array, the printing data of
each column developed on the memory in the first operation, a portion of the printing data, which corresponds to a dot whose
printing position is deviated from a region corresponding to the column of the printing data due to a tilt of the two or more
nozzle arrays with respect to a direction perpendicular to the first direction, based on the tilt of the two or more nozzle
arrays, and

an operation for changing, on the memory, the printing data developed on the memory, such that the specified portion is shifted
by a column corresponding to the tilt of the two or more nozzle arrays.

US Pat. No. 9,174,448

INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. Ink jet recording apparatus comprising:
a recording unit including a recording head having a surface provided with an ejection opening therein;
an aqueous ink that is ejected from the ejection opening to record an image on a recording medium;
a protection unit including a covering member that covers the surface having the ejection opening; and
a recovery unit separate from the covering member, having no member that scrapes the ink deposited on the ink receiving member
or sucks the ink from the ejection opening, the recovery unit including an ink receiving member that receives waste ink directly
from the ejection opening without interposing any other member, the waste ink being a portion of the ink discharged according
to preliminary ejection data;

wherein the aqueous ink containing a self-dispersible pigment in which a functional group containing at least one anionic
group of a carboxyl group and a sulfonate group is bonded to the particle surface thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,177,922

ELECTRIC DEVICE, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND RADIATION INSPECTION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electric device, comprising:
a conductive guard ring formed on a substrate along an outer periphery of the substrate;
an electrode formed inside the guard ring on the substrate; and
a connecting portion, which is formed above the electrode, for connecting an external apparatus and the electrode,
wherein the connecting portion includes a conductive member for electrically connecting the external apparatus and the electrode,
and an insulating member formed on a lower surface of the conductive member, and

the insulating member exposes a portion of the conductive member, which is positioned immediately above the electrode, and
an end of the insulating member is positioned inside the guard ring in planar view such that the conductive member and the
guard ring do not contact each other.

US Pat. No. 9,170,760

DEVICE, METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM FOR OUTPUTTING IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A system comprising:
a setting unit configured to set a size of an output area to which an image corresponding to a region in a drawing is output
according to a user instruction;

an output control unit configured to cause an output apparatus to output the image corresponding to the region in the drawing
to the output area;

wherein the output control unit is configured to cause the output apparatus to output a first image including a content and
corresponding to the region in the drawing to the output area of a first size set by the setting unit, and in a case where
the setting unit sets the size at a second size larger than the first size, the output control unit causes the output apparatus
to output a second image in which the region is not changed from that of the first image and a detail of the content is added.

US Pat. No. 9,170,763

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus in which an operating system (OS) is executed that provides a first user interface
(UI) environment and a second UI environment different from the first UI environment, the information processing apparatus
comprising:
a first obtaining unit configured to obtain identification information of a peripheral device connected to a communication
network, from the peripheral device; and

a second obtaining unit configured to obtain a device control application for controlling the peripheral device, from a service
that manages applications operable in the first UI environment, using the identification information of the peripheral device
if the identification information of the peripheral device has been obtained by the first obtaining unit when the first UI
environment is provided by the OS and, wherein the obtained device control application is different from the OS and a device
driver,

wherein each application operating on the OS is created depending on any one of the first UI environment and the second UI
environment, and switching between the first UI environment and the second UI environment can be performed according to control
by the OS,

wherein at least one processor functions as at least one of the units,
wherein the second obtaining unit, when a device control application corresponding to the identification information is not
obtained, obtains a device driver corresponding to the identification information by searching an area to be searched for
a device driver,

wherein the second obtaining unit, if the identification information of the peripheral device has been obtained by the first
obtaining unit when the second UI environment is provided by the OS, obtains a device driver corresponding to the identification
information by searching an area to be searched for a device driver,

wherein the first UI environment is more suitable for an operation on a touchscreen than the second UI environment, and wherein
the second UI environment is provided to maintain compatibility with an OS having a version earlier than that of the OS.

US Pat. No. 9,168,742

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:
a substrate including
a first supply port row which supplies liquid and in which a plurality of supply ports made up of penetrated holes are arranged,
a first energy generating element row in which a plurality of energy generating elements that generate energy used to eject
liquid supplied from the first supply port row are arranged,

a second supply port row which supplies liquid and in which a plurality of supply ports made up of penetrated holes are arranged,
a second energy generating element row in which a plurality of energy generating elements that generates energy used to eject
liquid supplied from the second supply port row are arranged,

a first wiring layer configured to drive the energy generating elements,
a second wiring layer configured to drive the energy generating elements,
a through hole configured to electrically connect the first wiring layer and the second wiring layer, and
a wiring for connecting the energy generating elements in the first energy generating element row and the through hole, wherein
the wiring is provided between the supply ports in the first supply port row,

wherein the first energy generating element row, the first supply port row, the second supply port row, and the second energy
generating element row are arranged in this order and the through hole is arranged between the first supply port row and the
second supply port row.

US Pat. No. 9,171,385

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF DETERMINING COLOR AMOUNT, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a determination unit configured to determine whether a color amount of an input image is in a first segment, a second segment,
or a third segment;

a control unit configured to cause a display screen to display a segment determined by the determination unit; and
an image processing unit configured to monochromate at least one of a plurality of color objects included in the input image
so that the color amount of the input image is in a changed segment if an instruction to change a displayed segment is received
from a user.

US Pat. No. 9,164,416

CONDUCTIVE MEMBER, ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A conductive member which is used for electrophotography, the conductive member comprising:
a conductive shaft core;
a conductive elastic layer on the conductive shaft core; and
a conductive surface layer on the conductive elastic layer, wherein:
the conductive elastic layer contains silicone rubber, and a basic carbon black dispersed in the silicone rubber, and
the conductive surface layer contains a urethane resin having a carboxyl group in its molecule and an acidic carbon black
dispersed in the urethane resin.

US Pat. No. 9,164,417

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH DEVELOPER BEARING MEMBER VELOCITY CONTROL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member configured to carry an electrostatic latent image;
a developer bearing member configured to carry a two-component developer including a toner and a carrier, and develop the
electrostatic latent image on the image bearing member into a toner image; and

a controller configured to selectively perform a first mode in which the developer bearing member rotates at a first peripheral
speed during an operation of developing an electrostatic image and a second mode in which the developer bearing member rotates
at a second peripheral speed lower than the first peripheral speed during an operation of developing an electrostatic image,

wherein in a case that the controller performs the second mode from a status that the image bearing member is stopped, the
controller sets a peripheral speed of the developer bearing member to a third peripheral speed which is greater than the second
peripheral speed before performing the second mode.

US Pat. No. 9,164,433

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a belt unit, including,
a belt member,
a steering unit, and
a tilting shaft,
the belt member configured to be moved in a moving direction and bear toner images,
the steering unit, configured to be tilted in a belt unit for moving a position of the belt member with respect to a width
direction crossing the moving direction, including, a steering roller, a cleaning blade, a supporting member, and a first
abutted portion,

the steering roller configured to rotatably stretch the belt member and to be tilted,
the cleaning blade, configured to abut the surface of the belt member at a position facing the steering roller across the
belt member for removing toner, the cleaning blade being applied a frictional force caused by moving of the belt member in
the moving direction,

the supporting member configured to support the steering roller and the cleaning blade in a body,
the first abutted portion disposed at an outer surface of the steering unit,
the tilting shaft configured to rotatably support the steering unit, a direction of the tilting shaft being perpendicular
to a direction of an axis of the steering roller, and

a second abutted portion, disposed at a position facing the first abutted portion, configured to receive an applied force
to the first abutted portion caused by the frictional force during moving of the belt member in the moving direction.

US Pat. No. 9,161,690

OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmologic apparatus comprising:
an acquiring unit that acquires a plurality of images of an eye to be inspected;
a determination unit that determines, using a processor, an image among the plurality of acquired images that is less affected
by movement, during the image acquiring, of the eye to be inspected;

a selection unit that selects an image which is a part of the image determined by the determination unit; and
a detecting unit that detects movement of the eye to be inspected using the selected image.