US Pat. No. 9,280,081

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT SUPPRESSES OCCURRENCE OF COLOR SHIFT IN IMAGES AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a first image bearing member and a second image bearing member, a surface of each of which is adapted to be charged;
an exposure unit provided for each of said first and second image bearing members and configured to form an electrostatic
latent image by exposing each associated one of said first and second image bearing members, the surface of which having been
charged;

a developing unit provided for each of said first and second image bearing members and configured to develop the electrostatic
latent image with color material;

an intermediate transfer member configured to be brought into contact with said first and second image bearing members, and
have the color material transferred thereon, with which the electrostatic latent image on each of said first and second image
bearing members has been developed by said developing unit;

a control unit configured to control timing for exposing said second image bearing member in dependence upon a first surface
distance from a position on said first image bearing member where exposure is started by said exposure unit to a position
where said first image bearing member is in contact with said intermediate transfer member, and a second surface distance
at a time when said first image bearing member is exposed by said exposure unit, extending from a position on said second
image bearing member, which is to be exposed by said exposure unit, to a position where said second image bearing member is
in contact with said intermediate transfer member;

a first calculation unit configured to calculate the first surface distance;
a second calculation unit configured to calculate the second surface distance;
a target value calculation unit configured to calculate a target value by adding the first surface distance calculated by
said first calculation unit to a distance between a position where said first image bearing member is in contact with said
intermediate transfer member and a position where said second image bearing member is in contact with said intermediate transfer
member, and further subtracting the second surface distance calculated by said second calculation unit from a result of said
adding; and

an intermediate transfer member rotary encoder configured to use a rotational shaft of a rotating member that drives said
intermediate transfer member, as an input shaft,

wherein said control unit controls said exposure unit to start to expose said second image bearing member at a time when a
distance over which a point on the surface of said first image bearing member has moved from the position where exposure is
started by said exposure unit, becomes equal to the target value calculated by said target value calculation unit,

wherein said target value calculation unit calculates a second target value, by subtracting the second surface distance calculated
by said second calculation unit from a distance from the position where said first image bearing member is in contact with
said intermediate transfer member to the position where said second image bearing member is in contact with said intermediate
transfer member, and

wherein said control unit controls said exposure unit to expose said second image bearing member at a time when the distance
over which a point the surface of said intermediate transfer member has moved, calculated using a pulse output from said intermediate
transfer member rotary encoder, becomes equal to the second target value calculated by said target value calculation unit.

US Pat. No. 9,272,561

PRINTING SYSTEM FOR INHIBITING Z-FOLDING AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,272,861

SHEET FEEDING UNIT AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,277,135

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,274,443

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,277,151

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,270,845

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,262,443

CLASSIFYING MATERIALS USING TEXTURE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,261,691

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. 9,254,660

PROCESS FOR PRODUCING A LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process for producing a liquid ejection head including a silicon substrate having a supply port to supply a liquid to
a flow path, and an ejection-orifice-forming member forming the flow path between the ejection-orifice-forming member and
the silicon substrate and having an ejection orifice to eject the liquid in the flow path, the process comprising:
forming an etching protection film so as to cover the ejection-orifice-forming member;
forming the supply port passing through the silicon substrate by anisotropic etching using an alkaline aqueous solution; and
removing the etching protection film,
wherein the etching protection film comprises an organic polymer material having a storage modulus at 80° C. of 1.0×106 Pa or higher.

US Pat. No. 9,256,835

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS ENABLING DISCRIMINATOR TO LEARN AND METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,256,616

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,258,471

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, INFORMATION DISTRIBUTING APPARATUS, INFORMATION TRANSMISSION METHOD, INFORMATION DISTRIBUTION METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus capable of being movable and storing an image file including image data from an image pickup
device, comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a current location of the image pickup apparatus;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a shooting location from the image file, wherein the shooting location corresponds
to a location where the image file was shot;

a calculation unit configured to calculate a distance from the shooting location of the image file to the current location
of the image pickup apparatus; and

a transmission control unit configured to control to transmit the image file to an external apparatus if the distance is larger
than a threshold value, and not to transmit the image file to the external apparatus if the distance is not larger than the
threshold value.

US Pat. No. 9,256,928

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM CAPABLE OF DETERMINING A REGION CORRESPONDING TO LOCAL LIGHT FROM AN IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
at least one processor that operates to control:
an input unit of the image processing apparatus configured to input image data;
a specification unit of the image processing apparatus configured to specify a characteristic of the image data input by the
input unit;

a first determination unit of the image processing apparatus configured to determine a threshold, being used for determining
a region corresponding to local light in the input image data, according to the characteristic of the image data specified
by the specification unit; and

a second determination unit of the image processing apparatus configured to determine a region corresponding to local light
in the image data input by the input unit based on the threshold determined by the first determination unit,

wherein the threshold includes a luminance threshold used for detecting of a local light candidate in the input image data,
wherein the at least one processor further operates to control the first determination unit to determine a luminance threshold
ThY, and

wherein the luminance threshold ThY is determined as follows by using a weight W and a value HLY which is a high-luminance
point where a cumulative frequency ratio of a histogram of a luminance component reaches a predetermined ratio:

ThY=HLY×W.

US Pat. No. 9,258,492

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM IN WHICH PROGRAM IS STORED FOR ACQUIRING AND PROCESSING IMAGES TAKEN AT DIFFERENT FOCUS POSITIONS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a lens driver configured to drive a lens to change a focus position;
an image acquisition unit configured to acquire a first image and a second image taken at a different focus position from
the first image;

an image size changer configured to change an image size of at least one of the first and second images, according to the
difference between a position of the lens where the first image is taken and a position of the lens where the second image
is taken;

a position shift amount calculator configured to calculate position shift amounts of the first and second images after the
image size is changed by the image size changer;

a determination unit configured to determine a main object area and a backdrop area in the first image by using the first
image and the second image that are positioned based on the position shift amounts; and

a blurring unit configured to perform a low-pass filter processing for an area determined as the backdrop area by the determination
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,256,174

ENDLESS BELT, IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS AND MOUNTING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,239,423

IMAGING DEVICE, IMAGING SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING IMAGING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging device comprising:
a substrate in which a plurality of light receiving portions is arranged;
an insulator arranged on the substrate;
a plurality of first members arranged on the substrate so that a projection of each of the plurality of first members onto
the substrate at least partially overlaps with any of the plurality of light receiving portions, each of the plurality of
first members being surrounded by the insulator;

a second member arranged on the insulator and the plurality of first members; and
a light shielding portion arranged in the second member.

US Pat. No. 9,235,168

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,235,910

GRAPHICS RENDERING AND EDITING APPARATUS AND METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A graphics editing apparatus, comprising:
a memory;
a processor coupled to the memory which executes the following:
drawing a straight line segment by designating a start point and an endpoint, edges of the straight line segment being at
the start point and the end point;

setting, based on an operation of a pointer, points on the straight line segment as a first fixed point and a second fixed
point to divide the straight line segment into three parts;

deforming the straight line segment by moving a control point which is on the straight line segment and is between the first
fixed point and the second fixed point, to a position pointed by the pointer in such a way that a part of the straight the
line segment which is between the first fixed point and the second fixed point is deformed to be a curved line by the moving
of the control point which is between the first fixed point and the second fixed point and the other parts of the straight
line segment which are not between the first fixed point and the second fixed point are not deformed by the moving of the
control point which is between the first fixed point and the second fixed point; and

inputting information about sharpness of the straight line segment after being deformed,
wherein the straight line segment is deformed so that a shape of the straight line segment deformed in response to the moving
of the control point is sharper when the information about the sharpness corresponds to sharpness which is a threshold value
or larger, compared to when the information of the sharpness corresponds to sharpness which is less than the threshold value.

US Pat. No. 9,235,156

LAYER THICKNESS REGULATING MEMBER FOR REGULATING LAYER THICKNESS OF DEVELOPER CARRIED ON DEVELOPER CARRYING MEMBER AND LAYER THICKNESS REGULATING MEMBER MANUFACTURING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A layer thickness regulating member comprising:
a base portion;
a layer thickness regulating portion, projected from a front side surface of the base portion, configured to regulate a layer
thickness of a developer; and

a reinforcing rib portion, projected in a rear side of the base portion, formed along a longitudinal direction of the layer
thickness regulating member,

wherein the layer thickness regulating portion and the reinforcing rib portion are integrally molded with the base portion,
wherein the layer thickness regulating portion is separated from a metal mold by pushing out a free end of the reinforcing
rib portion from a rear side of the base portion by a plurality of pushing-out members after being metal-molded, and

wherein a molding trace by the plurality of pushing-out members is formed on a surface of the free end of the reinforcing
rib portion.

US Pat. No. 9,235,161

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,235,165

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH ELECTROSTATIC CLEANING MEMBERS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an intermediary transfer belt;
a transfer member configured to transfer a toner image from said intermediary transfer belt onto a transfer material at a
transfer portion;

a power supply configured to apply a transfer voltage to said transfer member;
a first cleaning member configured to contact with a surface of said intermediary transfer belt at a first cleaning portion
to collect toner passed through the transfer portion, a first voltage having an identical polarity to a toner charge polarity
being applied to said first cleaning member;

a second cleaning member configured to contact with the surface of said intermediary transfer belt at a second cleaning portion
to collect the toner passed through the transfer portion, a second voltage having an opposite polarity to the toner charge
polarity being applied to said second cleaning member;

a first detecting member configured to detect a first current passing through said first cleaning member;
a second detecting member configured to detect a second current passing through said second cleaning member;
a memory configured to store information about detection results of said first detecting member and said second detecting
member; and

a control portion, capable of executing an adjusting mode, configured to detect the first current and the second current using
said first and second detecting members, respectively, and configured to adjust the transfer voltage on the basis of detection
results of said first and said second detecting members and the information from said memory stored in a previous adjusting
mode, the transfer voltage being adjusted to a lower voltage in a case of a first decrease amount being greater than a second
decrease amount, and the transfer voltage being adjusted to a higher voltage in a case of the second decrease amount being
greater than the first decrease amount, the first decrease amount being a value obtained by subtracting an absolute value
of the first current detected in the adjusting mode from an absolute value of the first current detected in the previous adjusting
mode, the second decrease amount being a value obtained by subtracting an absolute value of the second current detected in
the adjusting mode from an absolute value of the second current detected in the previous adjusting 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. 9,230,774

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,230,319

METHOD OF RECONSTRUCTING A BIOLOGICAL TISSUE IMAGE, AND METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ACQUIRING A BIOLOGICAL TISSUE IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of reconstructing an image of a sample through use of multiple measured spectra obtained by measuring respective
regions of the sample, the method comprising acquiring an image through utilization of an intensity distribution in the regions
of at least one peak in each of the measured spectra and a classifier,
wherein the acquiring of the image through the utilization of the intensity distribution in the regions of the at least one
peak and the classifier comprises acquiring the image through utilization of the classifier hierarchically for distribution
information on each peak.

US Pat. No. 9,224,381

AUDIO SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS AND AUDIO SIGNAL PROCESSING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,218,150

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a first installation unit configured to install a first printing related program corresponding to a plurality of types of
image forming apparatuses; and

a second installation unit configured to install a second printing related program along with the installation of the first
printing related program by the first installation unit, without fixing an output destination of the second printing related
program,

wherein the second printing related program is executed when output data corresponding to data received from the first printing
related program is transmitted to an output destination by using an object, wherein the output destination is set according
to a user's selection in the object, and wherein at least one processor functions as the units.

US Pat. No. 9,213,276

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming a toner image on a recording material, comprising:
an image forming portion configured to form the toner image on the recording material;
a fixing portion configured to fix the toner image on the recording material; and
a spacer,
wherein said fixing portion includes a cylindrical film, a contacting member contacting an inner surface of said film and
a roller, including a shaft portion and an elastic layer formed outside said shaft portion, forming a pressing portion together
with said contacting member via said film,

wherein an end surface of said film is positioned outside an end surface of said elastic layer of said roller with respect
to a generatrix direction of said film,

wherein said spacer occupies at least a part of an interspace between a virtual plane including the end surface of said film
and the end surface of said elastic layer, and

wherein said spacer does not contact an outer surface of said film.

US Pat. No. 9,214,578

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,212,088

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING OPTICAL MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,207,183

STIMULATED RAMAN SCATTERING MEASUREMENT APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,204,024

COMMUNICATION DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,204,089

DISPLAY APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,195,178

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,190,913

POWER SOURCE DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,158,403

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,150,012

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,146,399

OBSERVATION OPTICAL SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,146,781

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,143,130

INTEGRATED CIRCUIT AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An integrated circuit comprising:
a plurality of circuit blocks;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a request of a reset operation for at least one of the plurality of circuit blocks;
a determination unit configured to determine, based on constraining condition information indicating whether or not a reset
target circuit block can perform the reset operation simultaneously with another circuit block in which the reset operation
is underway, whether or not to instruct the reset target circuit block to perform the reset operation according to the request;
and

an instruction unit configured to instruct the reset target circuit block to start the reset operation according to the request
when the determination unit determines to instruct the reset target circuit block to perform the reset operation.

US Pat. No. 9,143,652

IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image reading apparatus comprising:
a reading unit configured to read an original document to generate image data;
a first file generation unit configured to generate a first file based on first image data, the first image data being generated
by reading a first original document using the reading unit;

a second file generation unit configured to generate a second file based on second image data, the second image data being
generated by reading a second original document using the reading unit;

an attaching unit configured to attach the second file to the first file, wherein the second file attached to the first file
is contained in the first file while maintaining a file format in which the second file has been prior to being attached to
the first file;

a transmitting unit configured to transmit data to a specified transmission destination; and
a specifying unit configured to specify whether or not to perform a process for changing a structure of the first file having
the second file attached thereto,

wherein the reading unit reads the second original document after reading the first original document, and
wherein when the specifying unit does not specify that the process for changing the structure of the first file be performed,
the transmitting unit transmits the first image data to the transmission destination before the reading unit reads the second
original document.

US Pat. No. 9,141,076

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A CARTRIDGE HOLDING MEMBER LOCK

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,142,183

DISPLAY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display management system comprising:
an operation display apparatus that performs image processing of an inputted image as necessary, and displays the processed
image on a display unit;

a master display apparatus that performs image processing of an inputted image as necessary, and displays the processed image
on a display unit; and

a management server, wherein
the management server has:
a selection unit that causes a user to select an image processing from a plurality of image processing executable by the master
display apparatus; and

an instruction unit that instructs the operation display apparatus to execute the image processing selected by the selection
unit in a case where this image processing can be executed by the operation display apparatus, and instructs the operation
display apparatus to execute image processing substitutable for the image processing selected by the selection unit in a case
where the image processing selected by the selection unit cannot be executed by the operation display apparatus;

the management server further has a storage unit that stores first function information representing the plurality of image
processing executable by the master display apparatus, second function information representing image processing executable
by the operation display apparatus, and substitution information representing substitutable image processing for each image
processing;

the selection unit causes the user to select an image processing from the plurality of image processing represented by the
first function information; and

the instruction unit
compares the image processing selected by the selection unit with the second function information and determines whether or
not the image processing selected by the selection unit can be executed by the operation display apparatus; and

determines the substitutable image processing by comparing the image processing selected by the selection unit, the second
function information, and the substitution information when the image processing selected by the selection unit is determined
to be unexecutable by the operation display apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,139,397

SHEET BINDING PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,134,437

RADIATION DETECTING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation detecting device, comprising:
a scintillator which emits light when irradiated with radiation; and
a photosensor array having light receiving elements for receiving the emitted light which are two-dimensionally arranged,
wherein said scintillator comprises:
a first plane and a second plane, said first plane and said second plane being not coplanar with each other;
a phase separation structure having multiple first phases and a second phase filling space on sides of said first phases;
and

an incident plane in which radiation enters, said incident plane being not parallel to said first plane and said second plane,
and

wherein
said first phase and said second phase each have a different refractive index from each other for the light emitted by said
scintillator,

said first phase comprises a first material and said second phase comprises a second material, and
said second phase is continuously present from a part of said first plane to a part of said second plane.

US Pat. No. 9,134,246

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,128,435

FIXING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device comprising:
a hollow fixing body configured to rotate and generate heat to heat an unfixed image carried by a sheet;
a pressing body configured to rotate in press contact with the fixing body and add a pressure to the sheet;
a pushing member configured to push the fixing body against the pressing body from an inner side of the fixing body and slide
on the inner side of the fixing body; and

a power supply unit configured to supply electric power for causing the fixing body to generate heat,
wherein the fixing body is formed by stacked layers including a first heating layer, a second heating layer, and an insulation
layer interposed between the first heating layer and the second heating layer,

wherein two electrodes of the power supply unit are configured to connect to the first heating layer and the second heating
layer at one end portion of the fixing body in a rotation axis direction,

wherein the first heating layer and the second heating layer are connected by an electrical conducting member arranged in
the fixing body at the other end portion of the fixing body in the rotation axis direction, and

wherein a current supplied from the power supply unit flows through one of two electrodes, the first heating layer, the electrical
conducting member, the second heating layer and the other of the two electrodes.

US Pat. No. 9,128,196

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising:
a plurality of conversion elements configured to convert radiation into an electric charge and arranged in a matrix;
a plurality of transistors connected between the plurality of conversion elements and a read out circuit;
a drive unit configured to supply, to a gate of the transistor, selectively, a conducting voltage setting the transistor at
a conducting state and a non-conducting voltage setting the transistor at a non-conducting state; and

a detecting unit configured to detect an irradiation of the radiation, wherein the drive unit performs:
a first operation of performing a reset operation at a plurality of times by supplying the conducting voltage to the gates
of the plurality of transistors, successively, one row by one row, at least;

a second operation of stopping the supplying of the conducting voltage in response to detecting the irradiation of the radiation
by the detecting unit and of performing an accumulating operation by supplying the non-conducting voltage to the gates of
the plurality of transistors; and

a third operation of performing, after the second operation, a read out operation by supplying the conducting voltage to the
gates of the plurality of transistors, successively, one row by one row, and,

during the first operation, a period between a time of supplying the conducting voltage to the gates of the transistor in
one row and a time of supplying the conducting voltage to the gates of the transistor in a next row is different from a period
between a time of supplying the conducting voltage to the gates of the transistor in the next row and a time of supplying
the conducting voltage to the gates of the transistor in a further next row.

US Pat. No. 9,126,409

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head comprising:
a plurality of first support members;
a second support member that is jointed to the first support members and is provided with openings;
a plurality of printing element substrates that are each positioned within the opening and are jointed on the first support
members to discharge liquid; and

an electrical wiring substrate that is jointed on the second support member and is provided with wiring for applying electrical
signals to each of printing elements of the plurality of printing element substrates, wherein

a linear expansion coefficient of the second support member is lower than a linear expansion coefficient of the electrical
wiring substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,130,071

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,116,110

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS AND OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,103,650

OPTICAL TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGE GENERATION METHOD AND OPTICAL TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGE GENERATION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,102,137

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,093,350

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,092,719

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,094,545

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,091,985

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,091,767

ELECTRONIC CASSETTE FOR RADIOGRAPHIC IMAGING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus for radiographic imaging comprising:
an imaging detection panel configured to convert incident radiation into an electric signal; and
a holding base configured to support said imaging detection panel,
wherein said holding base includes a carbon fiber layer and a metal layer, and said carbon fiber layer is configured to support
said imaging detection panel and said metal layer which is kept at a predetermined electric potential and stacked on said
carbon fiber layer.

US Pat. No. 9,091,768

SCINTILLATOR MATERIAL AND RADIATION DETECTOR USING SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A scintillator material comprising a composition having a general formula [Cs1-xAx]3Cu2 [I1-yBry]5 and M,
wherein:
the general formula satisfies conditions of 0?x?0.2 and 0?y ?0.6,
A is at least one element or an element group selected from Rb and K,
M is at least one element or an element group selected from In and Tl, and
an addition amount of M in moles is represented as larger than 0 mol % and 2 mol % or less with respect to a total sum of
elements consisting of Cs, A, and Cu.

US Pat. No. 9,086,649

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,086,667

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING CURRENT DETECTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,088,488

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing system, comprising:
a first information processing apparatus; and
a second information processing apparatus, wherein said first information processing apparatus and said second information
processing apparatus can communicate with each other via a network, said first information processing apparatus and said second
information processing apparatus are directly connected with each other by a predetermined cable, said predetermined cable
is separate from and independent of the network, said first information processing apparatus comprises

a first transmitting unit configured to transmit specific information on communication setting to said second information
processing apparatus via the predetermined cable, and

a second transmitting unit configured to transmit an IP address of said first information processing apparatus by a broadcast
packet via the network, and

said second information processing apparatus comprises
a first receiving unit configured to receive the specific information from said first information processing apparatus via
the predetermined cable,

a second receiving unit configured to receive the IP address transmitted from said first information processing apparatus
via the network, and

a performing unit configured to, in a case where the first receiving unit has received the specific information via the predetermined
cable and the second receiving unit has received the IP address via the network, perform the communication setting based on
the IP address received by the second receiving unit.

US Pat. No. 9,083,879

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,076,266

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,077,914

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF PRINTING IMAGE DATA HAVING M TONES UNDER INFRARED LIGHT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for outputting print image data to a printing unit which prints an image by applying a printing
material to a printing medium, comprising:
a color information holding unit which holds items of color information C1, C2, . . . , CN each indicating usage amounts of printing materials, used by the printing unit, of N types (N?3), a color difference
under visible light of which is not more than a pre-set threshold, and which have different infrared light ray absorption
rates;

a latent image input unit which inputs infrared light ray latent image data of M tones under infrared light (N?M?3); and
an output unit which decides one color information item Ci (1?i?N) held by said color information holding unit according to
a value of a pixel of interest of the input infrared light ray latent image data, and outputs, to the printing unit, the decided
color information item Ci as pixel values of print image data corresponding to the pixel of interest,

wherein, assuming that {Cp,1, Cp,2, . . . , Cp,q} (q is an integer not less than 2) is color information when a color difference under the visible light is not more than
a pre-set threshold, and that p is a value required to specify an infrared light ray absorption rate, said color information
holding unit holds items of color information {Cp1,1, Cp1,2, . . . , Cp1,q}, {Cp2,1, Cp2,2, . . . , Cp2,q}, . . . , {CpN,1, CpN,2, . . . , CpN,q} having different infrared light ray absorption rates p1 to pN, and

said output unit decides a value L required to specify an infrared light ray absorption rate according to a value of the pixel
of interest of the input infrared light ray latent image data, generates a random number value r falling within a range from
1 to q using a predetermined random number generating unit, and outputs color information CL,r specified by the decided values L and r to the printing unit as pixel values of print image data corresponding to the pixel
of interest.

US Pat. No. 9,065,953

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM, WITH MODE SHIFTING BASED ON DURATION REQUIRED FOR SHIFTING AND AMOUNT OF INFORMATION TO BE STORED

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a first volatile storage unit configured to store information for returning the image forming apparatus to a normal startup
state;

a second non-volatile storage unit configured to store the information for returning the image forming apparatus to the normal
startup state; and

a control unit configured to, when the image forming apparatus is shifted to a power-saving mode, shift the image forming
apparatus to a hibernation mode in a case where duration required for shifting the image forming apparatus to the hibernation
mode is within a predetermined time period and shift the image forming apparatus to a quick mode in a case where the duration
required for shifting the image forming apparatus to the hibernation mode is not within the predetermined time period, the
hibernation mode in which the control unit causes the second non-volatile storage unit to store therein the information for
returning the image forming apparatus to the normal startup state, the quick mode in which the control unit causes the first
volatile storage unit to store therein the information for returning the image forming apparatus to the normal startup state

wherein the control unit is configured to, when the image forming apparatus is shifted to the power-saving mode, shift the
image forming apparatus to the quick mode in a case where the information that is to be stored in the second non-volatile
storage unit is stored in memory blocks, a number of which exceeds a predetermined number in the first volatile storage unit.

US Pat. No. 9,066,052

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR FORMING A MEASUREMENT IMAGE ON A SHEET

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form a measurement image on a sheet;
a conveyance unit configured to convey the sheet;
a measurement unit configured to irradiate light on the measurement image and measure reflected light from the measurement
image;

a white reference plate provided to be movable to a first position opposite the measurement unit and to a second position
that is further away from the measurement unit than the first position;

a black member provided to be movable to a third position where the black member shields light that is irradiated on the white
reference plate from the measurement unit and to a fourth position that is retracted from the third position,

a guide unit provided at a position opposite the measurement unit and configured to be movable to a fifth position, where
the guide unit guides the sheet to a side of the measurement unit and to a sixth position, that is further away from the measurement
unit than the fifth position; and

a control unit configured to, in a state in which the white reference plate is at the second position, the black member is
at the third position, and the guide unit is at the fifth position, control the conveyance unit to convey the sheet between
the measurement unit and the black member, and control the measurement unit to measure the measurement image,

wherein the conveyance unit includes a first roller pair, provided upstream of the guide unit in a conveyance direction of
the sheet, and a second roller pair, provided downstream of the guide unit in the conveyance direction of the sheet, and

wherein while the guide unit is at the fifth position, a part of the sheet is closer to the measurement unit than a virtual
plane connecting a first nip portion of the first roller pair and a second nip portion of the second roller pair.

US Pat. No. 9,066,008

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:
a display control unit configured to display an image in a display region of a display unit in a first display mode for displaying
a whole of the image in a state where a processing area of a part of the image is identifiable, and in a second display mode
for displaying the processing area of the image zoomed according to the display region;

an operation unit configured to receive a predetermined changing operation for changing the processing area of the image;
and

a control unit configured to move, in the first display mode, the processing area by a first movement amount in response to
receiving the predetermined changing operation, and to move, in the second display mode, the processing area by a second movement
amount that is smaller than the first movement amount in response to receiving the predetermined changing operation.

US Pat. No. 9,065,754

CLIENT BASED CONGESTION CONTROL MECHANISM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,063,450

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PERFORMING EXPOSURE ON PHOTORECEPTOR DRUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,063,686

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,065,036

VIBRATION-TYPE DRIVING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,063,491

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC FIXING MEMBER, FIXING APPARATUS AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,060,087

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,057,819

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,060,194

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,059,059

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,053,997

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,055,172

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,055,173

ROTATABLE IMAGE READING APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS SHADING CORRECTION, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image reading apparatus comprising:
a reading unit configured to be rotatable for reading an original;
a control unit configured to cause said reading unit to read, by causing said reading unit to rotate after reading an image
of the original, a reference member for use in shading correction; and

a correction unit configured to perform the shading correction using a read result of the reference member,
wherein said control unit causes said reading unit to read the reference member, after said reading unit in a first orientation
reads an image on a first surface of the original and before said reading unit is rotated to a second orientation for reading
a second surface of the original.

US Pat. No. 9,048,152

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND FOCUS DETECTION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,045,680

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

R6 denotes a hydrogen atom or a cyano group.

US Pat. No. 9,049,404

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,049,365

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,046,793

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,047,036

DISPLAY APPARATUS, PRINT CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display apparatus comprising:
a display unit configured to display a screen in which a first area, where a plurality of images are exchanged and then displayed,
and a second area, where plural preview images of images selected by a user from the plurality of images displayed on the
first area are displayed, are arranged; and

a print control unit configured to control a print unit to perform printing based on image data of a preview image selected
by a user from the plural preview images displayed on the second area.

US Pat. No. 9,049,442

MOVING IMAGE ENCODING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,046,859

SHEET CONVEYANCE APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,046,355

MEASURING APPARATUS, MEASURING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,139,774

DEVELOPING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an apparatus main body to which a cartridge that has a first rotating member is detachably mountable;
a first pressing member configured to press a unit that has
a second rotating member that can come into contact with the first rotating member, and
a supporting member rotatably supporting the second rotating member; and
a second pressing member configured to press the supporting member,
wherein the first pressing member moves the second rotating member from a contact position where the second rotating member is in contact with the first rotating member to a separated position where the second rotating member is separated from the first rotating member, by moving while pressing the supporting member,
wherein the second pressing member is capable of moving between a mounting/detaching restriction position where mounting/detaching of the cartridge to the apparatus main body is restricted, and a mounting/detaching allowing position where mounting/detaching of the cartridge to the apparatus main body is allowed,
and wherein the second pressing member moves the unit to a position distanced from the first rotating member by moving from the mounting/detaching restriction position to the mounting/detaching allowing position while pressing the supporting member, so the cartridge is in an extractable state from the apparatus main body.

US Pat. No. 10,140,560

PRINTING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF PRINTING APPARATUS, AND A STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a feed tray on which a sheet is to be placed;
a printer configured to print an image on the sheet fed from the feed tray;
a memory device configured to store a sheet size and a sheet type, which are selected by a user and set to the feed tray, and to store information indicating whether setting a sheet size and/or a sheet type is omitted; and
a controller configured to receive a print job,
wherein a first print job designates the feed tray as a sheet supply source and designates a sheet size and a sheet type of a sheet to be printed,
wherein a second print job designates the feed tray as a sheet supply source but does not designate a sheet size and a sheet type of a sheet to be printed,
wherein, in a case where the first print job is received and a sheet size and a sheet type are set to the feed tray, the controller controls the printer to execute a printing operation according to the sheet size and the sheet type in the first print job if the sheet size and the sheet type in the first print job corresponds to the sheet size and the sheet type set to the feed tray,
wherein, in a case where the first print job is received and a sheet size is set to the feed tray but setting of a sheet type is omitted, the controller controls the printer to execute a printing operation according to the sheet size and the sheet type in the first print job if the sheet size in the first print job corresponds to the sheet size set to the feed tray,
wherein, in a case where the first print job is received and setting a sheet size and a sheet type is omitted, the controller controls the printer to execute a printing operation according to the sheet size and the sheet type in the first print job, and
wherein, in a case where the second print job is received, the controller controls the printer to execute a printing operation according to a sheet size and a sheet type for the feed tray even when the setting a sheet size and a sheet type is omitted.

US Pat. No. 10,138,083

SHEET DISCHARGING APPARATUS, SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet discharging apparatus comprising:an apparatus body;
a discharge member provided in the apparatus body and configured to discharge a sheet;
a movable tray movable with respect to the apparatus body and including a sheet supporting surface configured to support the sheet discharged by the discharge member;
a movable member provided in the movable tray and configured to move by being pressed by the sheet supported on the sheet supporting surface; and
a detecting portion provided in the apparatus body and configured to detect a presence of the sheet supported on the sheet supporting surface in response to a position of the movable member,
wherein the movable member includes an extension portion extending out of the movable tray toward the apparatus body,
the apparatus body is provided with an opening portion through which the extension portion extends into the apparatus body,
the opening portion is formed such that the extension portion is movable along a moving direction of the movable tray within the apparatus body, and
the detecting portion is configured to detect a position of the movable member by detecting the extension portion.

US Pat. No. 10,140,731

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that monochromatizes a gray pixel included in bitmap image data into a black pixel, the image processing apparatus comprising:at least one of a processor configured to implement instructions stored in a memory device or an integrated circuit that executes:
a detection task that determines whether or not a pixel of interest in the bitmap image data is a pixel constituting an edge, and detects a neighboring pixel whose color is different from that of the pixel of interest and that exists in the vicinity of the pixel of interest that has been determined to be the pixel constituting the edge; and
a determination task that determines an amount of processing to monochromatize the pixel of interest into black based on a distance from the detected neighboring pixel,
wherein the shorter the distance from the detected neighboring pixel, the higher the amount of processing to monochromatize the pixel of interest into black, and
wherein the amount of processing is an Under Color Removal (UCR) amount in terms of a percentage for monochromatizing the pixel of interest into black.

US Pat. No. 10,142,541

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,137,683

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD SUBSTRATE, LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD, AND RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head substrate comprising:a first heater row including a plurality of heaters arranged in a first direction in a plan view; and
a first transistor and a second transistor configured to supply current to a first heater of the plurality of heaters,
wherein the first heater and the first transistor are connected in series on an electric path between first wiring to which a first potential is supplied and second wiring to which a second potential different from the first potential is supplied,
wherein the first heater and the second transistor are connected in series on an electric path between the first wiring and the second wiring, and
wherein the first heater is arranged between the first transistor and the second transistor in a second direction crossing the first direction in the plan view.

US Pat. No. 10,139,747

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC ROLLER AND CHARGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,133,969

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM CONFIGURED TO FORM IMAGE LAYERS ON A FIRST RECORDING MEDIUM AND A SECOND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

10. A control method for an image forming apparatus to form one or a plurality of image layers on a plurality of recording media including a first recording medium on which a first number of image layers are formed and a second recording medium on which a second number of image layers are formed, wherein the second number is larger than the first number by two or more, the control method comprising:receiving a print job;
sequentially conveying recording media included in the plurality of recording media to a recording position used to form an image layer on a recording medium;
forming, each time a recording medium is conveyed to the recording position, one image layer on the recording medium conveyed to the recording position based on the print job;
re-conveying, to the recording position, a recording medium having one or a plurality of image layers formed on the re-conveyed recording medium; and
discharging, to a discharge destination in a sequence of discharging that is based on one or a plurality of print jobs each corresponding to the print job, a recording medium or media having an image layer or layers completely formed on the media,
wherein, regardless of the sequence of discharging, the second recording medium is conveyed to the recording position prior to the first recording medium, and
wherein, in a case where a number of remaining image layers to be formed on the second recording medium having one or more image layers already formed on the second recording medium and a number of remaining image layers to be formed on the first recording medium having no image layer yet formed on the first recording medium are equal to each other, the first recording medium is conveyed to the recording position.

US Pat. No. 10,133,201

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising a toner particle containing an amorphous resin, a colorant, a release agent, and a crystalline resin;the amorphous resin comprising an amorphous polyester resin A having a monomer unit derived from polyhydric alcohol and a monomer unit derived from polybasic carboxylic acid; and
the content, in the monomer unit derived from polybasic carboxylic acid, of a monomer unit derived from at least one compound selected from the group consisting of tribasic and higher basic carboxylic acids and derivatives thereof is 25.0 to 80.0 mol %, wherein
3.0×104 Pa??0.01?2.0 ×105 Pa,
2.0?[?0.69/?0.01],
2.5×105 Pa??0.01(A)?7.5×105 Pa, and
3.0?[?0.69 (A)/?0.01(A)]
when ?0.01 represents the extensional viscosity of the toner at a Hencky strain at 90° C. of 0.01, ?0.69 represents the extensional viscosity of the toner at a Hencky strain at 90° C. of 0.69, ?0.01(A)represents the extensional viscosity of amorphous polyester resin A at a Hencky strain at 90° C. of 0.01 and ?0.69(A) represents the extensional viscosity of amorphous polyester resin A at a Hencky strain at 90° C. of 0.69.

US Pat. No. 10,135,261

POWER TRANSMITTING APPARATUS, POWER RECEIVING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHODS THEREOF, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power transmitting apparatus that transmits power to a power receiving apparatus, the power transmitting apparatus comprising:a power transmission unit configured to execute first wireless power transmission intermittently using a first antenna, second wireless power transmission having a power transmission period longer than a power transmission period of the first wireless power transmission using the first antenna, and third wireless power transmission having a larger amount of power than an amount of power of the first wireless power transmission and an amount of power of the second wireless power transmission using the first antenna;
a detection unit configured to detect an impedance change; and
a communication unit configured to execute, using a second antenna different from the first antenna, communication with the power receiving apparatus to determine whether to execute the third wireless power transmission,
wherein the power transmission unit starts the second wireless power transmission in a case where the detection unit detects the impedance change while the first power transmission is executed, and the power transmission unit starts the third wireless power transmission in a case where it is determined that the third wireless power transmission is to be executed by the communication by the communication unit after the second wireless power transmission is started.

US Pat. No. 10,136,142

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,126,996

CONTROL APPARATUS, MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

17. A control method for a control apparatus configured to execute a job for producing a three-dimensional object, the control method comprising:acquiring a captured image of the object that is produced according to an execution of the job by the control apparatus, which is recorded by an imaging device; and
outputting the acquired captured image, attribute information indicating an attribute of the job, and data included in the job and indicating a target to be produced as history information of the job, from the control apparatus outward to accumulate in a data server,
wherein the output captured image including still images regarding plural timings during a time period from a start to an end of production carried out by the execution of the job.

US Pat. No. 10,129,572

METHOD, DEVICE, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM FOR ENCAPSULATING PARTITIONED TIMED MEDIA DATA USING A GENERIC SIGNALING FOR CODING DEPENDENCIES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of generating at least one media file based on partitioned timed media data of an encoded bit-stream in a server, the partitioned timed media data comprising timed samples, each timed sample comprising a plurality of subsamples, the method comprises:selecting at least one subsample from amongst the plurality of subsamples of one of the timed samples;
for each selected subsample, creating one partition track comprising the selected subsample and one corresponding subsample of each of the other timed samples;
creating at least one track reference box, each track reference box comprising at least one reference to one or more of the created partition tracks, the at least one reference representing a processing order relating to reconstruction of the encoded bit-stream, wherein the processing order is related to a partition track and defines an order of the selected subsamples within the timed sample of the encoded bit-stream; and
generating at least one media file based on the partition tracks.

US Pat. No. 10,123,698

OPHTHALMIC APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmic apparatus comprising:a generation unit configured to generate 3D blood vessel data indicating a blood vessel in a fundus based on a plurality of tomographic image data indicating cross sections of the fundus;
a boundary obtaining unit configured to obtain layer boundary data indicating at least one layer boundary based on 3D tomographic image data including the plurality of tomographic image data indicating the cross sections of the fundus, wherein the layer boundary data indicates at least one of a boundary between a Bruch membrane and a retinal pigment epithelium layer and a boundary between the Bruch membrane and a choroid layer; and
a determination unit configured to determine a blood vessel intersecting with the layer boundary by comparing the 3D blood vessel data with the layer boundary data.

US Pat. No. 10,125,284

AQUEOUS INK, INK CARTRIDGE, AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

wherein, in General Formula (1), each of R1 to R6 is independently a hydrogen atom, a methyl group, a phosphonic acid group, —(CH2)x—OH, —(OCH(CH3))y—COOH, —NH(COCH2)z—H, —OCOCH2CH(OCOCH2(OH)C11H22CH3)C10H20CH3, or —NHCOCH2CH(OC11H22CH3)C10H20CH3, and at least one of R1 and R2 is a hydroxy group, and each of x, y, and z is independently a number from 0 or more to 6 or less, and
wherein the compound has a weight-average molecular weight of 20,000 or more to 2,200,000 or less.

US Pat. No. 10,129,431

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM FOR COMMUNICATING WITH AN EXTERNAL DEVICE USING A FIRST AND SECOND COMMUNICATION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus capable of communicating with an external device by using a first communication method and capable of communicating with the external device by using a second communication method that is different from the first communication process, the communication apparatus comprising:at least one processor configured to:
start an operation for communication of the communication apparatus as a slave apparatus using the first communication method;
communicate communication information for performing communication based on the second communication method with the external device using the first communication method after the operation for the communication of the communication apparatus as the slave apparatus using the first communication method starts; and;
execute an establishment process for establishing connection of the communication apparatus using the second communication method after the communication information is communicated with the external device using the first communication method,
wherein in a state where the connection is established by the communication apparatus using the second communication method as a result of execution of the establishment process, the operation for the communication of the communication apparatus as the slave apparatus using the first communication method is not executed by the communication apparatus, and
in a state where no connection using the second communication method is established by the communication apparatus as a result of disconnection of the connection established by the communication apparatus using the second communication method, the operation for the communication is executed, based on the disconnection, by the communication apparatus as the slave apparatus using the first communication method.

US Pat. No. 10,126,112

TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD WITH NOISE REDUCTION TECHNIQUE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,127,436

APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An album displaying method performed by a processor by executing a program stored in a memory, the album displaying method comprising:analyzing faces included in a plurality of images;
causing a display apparatus to display (a) a first face image corresponding to a first face of a first person and (b) a second face image corresponding to a second face of a second person, based on analysis results of the faces included in the plurality of images;
inputting a predetermined instruction by a user to the first face image displayed by the display apparatus;
selecting images of the first person and an image of the second person such that the images of the first person are selected with priority over images of the second person, based on the predetermined instruction input by the user; and
causing the display apparatus to display an album in which the selected images are laid out on a template.

US Pat. No. 10,126,925

IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGE DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:a storage unit configured to store a plurality of imaging methods;
a memory storing a program; and
one or more processors which, by executing the program, function as:
a display control unit configured to display a plurality of imaging buttons each corresponding to the plurality of imaging methods on a screen, and to display an image obtained by imaging on the screen, the imaging buttons being lined up in an imaging method list;
a selection unit configured to select one of the displayed plurality of buttons; and
an imaging unit configured to perform imaging by an imaging method corresponding to the selected button read from the storage unit, wherein
the plurality of buttons include a first button that indicates that imaging by a first imaging method is in a ready state; a second button that indicates that an image obtained by imaging by a second imaging method is being displayed on the screen; a third button that indicates that imaging by a third imaging method is completed, and an image obtained by imaging by the third imaging method is not displayed on the screen; and a fourth button that indicates that imaging by a fourth imaging method has commenced but is not completed,
the display control unit displays the first button, the second button, and the third button on the screen in different display format, and displays the fourth button in the same display format as the third button, and
when an imaging method is completed, a focus of the imaging button corresponding to the imaging method automatically transitions to a next button of the imaging button in the imaging method list and the imaging apparatus transitions to an imaging ready state.

US Pat. No. 10,122,878

PRINTING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF COUNTING THE NUMBER OF TIMES OF PRINTING, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING PRINTING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

6. A printing method comprising:receiving a print job by a network I/F;
printing based on the received print job by a printer;
identifying a protocol of the received print job; and
counting a number of times of printing separately for each protocol that is a subject of a print counting,
incrementing, in a case where the identified protocol is an IPP and a format of image data is a first type, a number of times of printing for the IPP and a number of times of printing for a first function by 1; and
incrementing, in a case where the identified protocol is the IPP and the format of the image data is a second type, the number of times of printing for the IPP and a number of times of printing for a second function by 1,
wherein when the identified protocol is the IPP, the printing apparatus distinguishes between the first type and the second type of the format of the image data in order to count a number of times of printing for the first type and a number of times of printing of the second type.

US Pat. No. 10,122,908

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, LENS APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,122,948

SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP ELEMENT AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image pickup element, comprising:a pixel portion in which a plurality of pixels are arranged; and
at least one processor, included in the solid-state image pickup element, programmed to function as:
an image signal combining part which combines a first image signal read from the pixel portion at a first timing, and a second image signal read from the pixel portion at a second timing, which is different from the first timing, to generate a third image signal;
a signal level analysis part which analyzes a signal level of the first image signal;
a memory which stores the first image signal; and
a controller which controls the signal, level of the first image signal and a signal level of the second image signal to be different from each other based on a result of the analysis of the first image signal by the signal level analysis part,
wherein the image signal combining part generates the third image signal by combining the second image signal read from the pixel portion with the first image signal stored in the memory, and
wherein the third image signal has a ratio between a minimum expressible luminance and a maximum expressible luminance that is larger than that of the first image signal and that of the second image signal.

US Pat. No. 10,118,420

CONVEYANCE APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM STORING A PROGRAM FOR CONTROLLING AN INTERVAL BETWEEN A PRINT MEDIUM TO BE USED FOR SINGLE-SIDED PRINTING AND A PRINT MEDIUM TO BE USED FOR DOUBLE-SIDED PRINTING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A conveyance apparatus comprising:(A) a conveyance unit configured to convey, using a conveyance path, a print medium to an image forming component configured to form an image on the print medium;
(B) a supply unit configured to supply the print medium to the conveyance path;
(C) a re-conveyance unit configured to re-convey, to the image forming component, the print medium, on which the image is formed by the image forming component, to perform double-sided printing; and
(D) a control unit configured:
(a) to control, if a first print medium among supply target print media supplied by the supply unit is a print medium to be used for single-sided printing, and the print medium re-conveyed by the re-conveyance unit is located within a predetermined distance from a region where the first print medium is located on the conveyance path, the supply unit so that an interval between the region where the first print medium is located on the conveyance path and a region where a second print medium supplied to the conveyance path next to the first print medium is located on the conveyance path becomes a first interval; and
(b) to control, if the first print medium is a print medium to be used for single-sided printing and the print medium re-conveyed by the re-conveyance unit is not located within the predetermined distance from the region where the first print medium is located on the conveyance path, the supply unit so that the interval between the region where the first print medium is located on the conveyance path and the region where the second print medium is located on the conveyance path becomes a second interval shorter than the first interval.

US Pat. No. 10,116,320

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS AND IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus comprising:a pixel configured to output a pixel signal;
and
an analog-to-digital (AD) converter configured to perform AD conversion by comparing a ramp signal with the pixel signal, wherein
the photoelectric conversion apparatus has a first operation mode where an imaging sensitivity level is a first sensitivity level and a second operation mode where the imaging sensitivity level is a second sensitivity level different from the first sensitivity level,
in the first operation mode, the AD converter performs, in a case where the pixel signal is in a first signal level, AD conversion on the pixel signal using a first ramp signal having a first slope, and
the AD converter performs, in a case where the pixel signal is in a second signal level having an amplitude greater than an amplitude of the first signal level, AD conversion on the pixel signal using a second ramp signal having a second slope greater than the first slope,
in the second operation mode,
the AD converter performs, in a case where the pixel signal is in a third signal level, AD conversion on the pixel signal using a third ramp signal having a third slope, and
the AD converter performs, in a case where the pixel signal is in a fourth signal level having an amplitude greater than an amplitude of the third signal level, AD conversion on the pixel signal using a fourth ramp signal having a fourth slope greater than the third slope, and
the fourth slope differs from the first slope and the second slope.

US Pat. No. 10,105,949

RECORDING ELEMENT SUBSTRATE, LIQUID EJECTION HEAD, AND LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording element substrate comprising:a substrate;
a plurality of energy generating elements arranged on the substrate to form an element row;
a plurality of supply ports, supplying liquid to the energy generating elements, arranged along the element row to form a supply port row;
a plurality of supply paths extending, in the thickness direction of the substrate, from the plurality of supply ports,
a plurality of beam portions disposed between adjacent supply paths in the direction of the supply port row,
a first conductor layer configured to form a power supply conductor and
a second conductor layer configured to form a ground conductor stacked along the thickness direction of the substrate;
a first electrode pad connected to the first conductor layer; and
a second electrode pad connected to the second conductor layer,
wherein the first conductor layer includes a first conductor layer common portion, and a plurality of first conductor layer beam portions that extend through the plurality of beam portions, such that the first conductor layer common portion and the first conductor layer beam portions are contiguous;
wherein the second conductor layer includes a second conductor layer common portion, and a plurality of second conductor layer beam portions that extend through the plurality of beam portions, such that the second conductor layer common portion and the second conductor layer beam portions are contiguous;
wherein the first conductor layer common portion electrically connects the first electrode pad to the element row,
wherein the second conductor layer common portion electrically connects the second electrode pad to the element row, and
wherein, in at least one of the plurality of beam portions, one of the plurality of first conductor layer beam portions occupies a conductor layer and one of the plurality of second conductor layer beam portions occupies another conductor layer.

US Pat. No. 10,110,372

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A multi-function device comprising:a network interface;
a printer;
a memory that stores instructions;
a processor that executes the instructions to cause the multi-function device to:
receive, via the network interface, data including (i) email data which was encrypted by using a key, (ii) the key, which has been encrypted by using a public key of the multi-function device, and (iii) a public key certificate of the public key of the multi-function device;
decrypt the encrypted key by using a private key corresponding to the public key of the multi-function device;
decrypt the received email data by using the decrypted key;
create image data from text data indicating the decrypted email data and the public key certificate of the public key of the multi-function device; and
control the printer to print, in one print process, the created image data representing the decrypted email data and the public key certificate of the public key of the multi-function device,
wherein, in a case where the data received via the network interface further includes a second public key certificate of an other apparatus to which the data was sent, control is performed so that the second public key certificate of the other apparatus is not printed by the printer.

US Pat. No. 10,103,182

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS AND IMAGE READING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus comprising:a semiconductor substrate configured to have one principle surface including recessed portions; and
insulation bodies configured to be disposed in the recessed portions,
wherein the semiconductor substrate includes photoelectric conversion elements each of which includes a first semiconductor region of a first conductivity type, a second semiconductor region of a second conductivity type which is opposite to the first conductivity type, and a third semiconductor region of the second conductivity type which has an impurity concentration higher than an impurity concentration of the second semiconductor region, and which has at least a portion disposed nearer to the principle surface relative to the second semiconductor region, the second semiconductor region having a polarity the same as a polarity of signal charge,
wherein:
the second semiconductor region is in contact with the first and third semiconductor regions,
the first and second semiconductor regions form a PN junction portion,
signal charge paths are disposed between the recessed portions in a cross section perpendicular to the principle surface,
the signal charge paths include, in a plan view of the principle surface,
a first signal charge path having a length in a first direction longer than a length in a second direction which is different from the first direction, and
a second signal charge path having a length in a third direction, which is different from the first direction, longer than a length in a fourth direction which is different from the third direction, and
at least one of the second and third semiconductor regions includes a region which is on a line parallel to the first direction and passing through the first signal charge path, and which is on a line parallel to the second direction and passing through the second signal charge path.

US Pat. No. 10,104,257

PRINTING APPARATUS HAVING FUNCTION OF HOLDING PRINT JOB

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a printer unit configured to print an image;
a receiving unit configured to receive a print job from an external device;
a setting unit configured to set a hold setting for holding the print job received by the receiving unit;
a holding unit configured to hold the print job received by the receiving unit based on the hold setting;
a user interface configured to receive, from a user, an execution instruction for the print job held in the holding unit, wherein, in accordance with the execution instruction, the printer unit prints an image based on the print job; and
a power control unit configured to shift the printing apparatus to a first power mode from a second power mode when the receiving unit receives the print job, wherein the power control unit does not shift the printing apparatus to the first power mode from the second power mode when the receiving unit receives the print job in a case where the hold setting is set by the setting unit.

US Pat. No. 10,095,146

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image formation apparatus for forming an image by using an electrostatic latent image formed on an image bearing member, the image formation apparatus comprising:the image bearing member on which the electrostatic latent image is formed;
a developing agent bearing member configured to carry a developing agent used to develop the electrostatic latent image formed on the image bearing member;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain information about a rotation speed of the image bearing member and a rotation speed of the developing agent bearing member; and
a determination unit configured to determine a color conversion table according to the information about the rotation speed of the image bearing member and the rotation speed of the developing agent bearing member, the information being obtained with the obtaining unit, the color conversion table being used to transfer and record input image data.

US Pat. No. 10,095,962

Y-Z BANDING/LAYERING FOR COMPLEX PAGE RIP

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for managing memory use in a graphics processing system, the method comprising:receiving a plurality of objects to be reproduced on an output medium, the output medium being divided into a plurality of bands;
storing data for objects intersecting a band in a corresponding band memory, wherein the band memory comprises objects falling within said band and references to shared objects, each of the shared objects intersecting more than one band;
storing the shared objects in a plurality of shared memory arenas, each shared memory arena being associated with a band counter corresponding to the number of bands referencing said shared memory arena, wherein each band is associated with a global memory metric determined based on shared memory arenas storing shared objects referenced in the corresponding band memory and band counters corresponding to said shared memory arenas, wherein the shared objects stored in the plurality of shared memory arenas are not divided at a band boundary;
determining, using the associated global memory metric, a priority for rasterizing each band;
selecting a band for rasterizing based on the determined priority;
rasterizing the selected band using data from the corresponding band memory and plural identified shared memory arenas storing shared objects referenced in said band memory; and
in response to rasterizing the selected band, decrementing band counters for the identified shared memory arenas thereby to allow release of the shared memory arenas.

US Pat. No. 10,095,450

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR SELECTING ONE OF COMMUNICATION DEVICE CAPABLE OF COMMUNICATING IN FIRST COMMUNICATION METHOD AND COMMUNICATION DEVICE CAPABLE OF COMMUNICATING IN SECOND COMMUNICATION METHOD, CONTROL METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE INFORMAT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus capable of communicating with a communication device, the information processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor; and
memory storing instructions that, when executed by the at least one processor, cause the information processing apparatus to operate as:
a first search unit configured to search for one or more communication devices that are connected to an access point to which the information processing apparatus is connected and are capable of communicating in a first communication method;
a second search unit configured to search for one or more communication devices that are not connected to the information processing apparatus and are capable of communicating in a second communication method different from the first communication method;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire capability information for identifying a communication device corresponding to a predetermined application that the information processing apparatus has, from the one or more communication devices found by the first search unit and the one or more communication devices found by the second search unit;
a display unit configured to display, on a display, a first area that shows information regarding the one or more communication devices found by the first search unit and a second area that shows information regarding the one or more communication devices found by the second search unit; and
an acceptance unit configured to accept, from a user via the first area or the second area, a selection operation for selecting any one of the one or more communication devices found by the first search unit and the one or more communication devices found by the second search unit,
wherein the acquisition unit acquires, before the acceptance of the selection operation, the capability information from the one or more communication devices found by the first search unit,
wherein the acquisition unit acquires, after the acceptance of the selection operation, the capability information from the communication device found by the second search unit and selected by performing the selection operation,
wherein the acquisition unit does not acquire the capability information from one or more communication devices found by the second search unit and not selected by performing the selection operation, and
wherein, in the first area, information regarding one or more communication devices identified as a communication device corresponding to the predetermined application based on the capability information acquired from the one or more communication devices found by the first search unit is shown among the one or more communication devices found by the first search unit, and information regarding one or more communication devices not identified as a communication device corresponding to the predetermined application based on the capability information acquired from the one or more communication devices found by the first search unit is not shown among the one or more communication devices found by the first search unit.

US Pat. No. 10,097,116

MOTOR CONTROL APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING MOTOR BASED ON COUNTER-ELECTROMOTIVE VOLTAGE GENERATED IN WINDING OF MOTOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A motor control apparatus comprising:a counter-electromotive voltage determiner configured to determine a counter-electromotive voltage that is generated in a winding of a motor;
a position determiner configured to determine a rotational position of a rotor of the motor based on the counter-electromotive voltage determined by the counter-electromotive determiner;
a velocity determiner configured to determine a first velocity, which is a rotational velocity of the rotor, based on a change amount of the rotational position in a predetermined period;
a controller configured to (i) calculate an average value of a plurality of first velocities determined by the velocity determiner in a state where the motor is controlled so that the rotor rotates with a predetermined velocity, (ii) calculate a difference value between the average value and one of the plurality of first velocities, and (iii) control a driving current flowing in the winding of the motor based on both the difference value and the first velocity determined by the velocity determiner;
a memory configured to store the difference value calculated by the controller; and
a corrector configured to obtain a second velocity by correcting the first velocity based on the difference value stored in the memory,
wherein the controller performs feedback control in which the driving current is controlled so that a deviation between an instructed velocity indicating a target velocity of the rotor of the motor and the second velocity is reduced.

US Pat. No. 10,096,117

VIDEO SEGMENTATION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for classifying a visual element as either foreground or background in a video frame, the method comprising the steps of:computing a blob boundary characteristic for a blob obtained from the video frame which is captured by a camera module including a processor and a memory storing a computer executable software program for directing the processor to compute the blob boundary characteristic, wherein said blob comprises at least one visual element corresponding to a scene model which comprises a plurality of modes, and said visual element is labelled foreground based on at least a match mode boundary characteristic in the scene model; and
updating the scene model based on at least the computed blob boundary characteristic and the match mode boundary characteristic.

US Pat. No. 10,089,519

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus configured to identify a region comprising a predetermined object located within an image, the image processing apparatus comprising:a processor; and
a memory including instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the imaging processing apparatus to:
read a partial image of a first image as a second image on each of a plurality of evaluation target regions set in a predetermined direction of the first image;
perform a correlation evaluation with the image of the predetermined object on the plurality of the second images in parallel;
determine an interval (VS) between the plurality of evaluation target regions based on a number (N) of correlation evaluations performed in parallel and a size (WV) of the plurality of evaluation target regions in the predetermined direction so that VS?WV/N; and
identify the region where the predetermined object is located within the first image based on a result of the correlation evaluation.

US Pat. No. 10,088,785

IMAGE HEATING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating device comprising:a tubular film;
a unit arranged inside the tubular film and elongated in a longitudinal direction of the film,
the unit including:
a heater having a plate-like shape and a first surface in contact with an inner surface of the film and elongated in the longitudinal direction, the heater including a substrate and a heat generating member provided on the substrate;
a supporting member supporting the heater; and
a highly thermal conductive member having a thermal conductivity higher than that of the substrate of the heater at least in a planar direction of the highly thermal conductive member and including, in a part of the highly thermal conductive member in the longitudinal direction, a protruding portion protruding from a side surface of the heater orthogonal to the longitudinal direction, the highly thermal conductive member being arranged between the heater and the supporting member and being in contact with a second surface of the heater opposite to the first surface of the heater,
wherein a recording material on which an image has been formed is heated by heat of the heater via the film, and
wherein the unit is configured so that the protruding portion is visible from a gap between the supporting member and the heater when the unit is viewed in a direction orthogonal to the first surface of the heater.

US Pat. No. 10,088,794

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND PROCESS CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a rotatable image bearing member;
a charging member configured to charge the image bearing member to make a surface potential of the image bearing member;
a developing member configured to develop an electrostatic latent image formed on a surface of the image bearing member and collect a developer adhered to the image bearing member;
an electricity removal member disposed downstream of the charging member and upstream of the developing member in a rotating direction of the image bearing member and arranged in contact with the image bearing member; and
an applying member configured to apply a direct-current (DC) bias to the electricity removal member in an image-forming period,
wherein the DC bias has a polarity identical to a charging polarity of the image bearing member and has an absolute value lower than that of the surface potential of the image bearing member.

US Pat. No. 10,086,613

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD AND APPARATUS INCLUDING PLURAL RECORDING ELEMENT SUBSTRATES SUPPORTED BY PLURAL SUPPORT MEMBERS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head comprising:a first recording element substrate, a second recording element substrate, and a third recording element substrate successively arranged in a longer direction of the liquid discharge head, the first, second, and third recording element substrates each including a discharge port configured to discharge a liquid and an energy-generating element configured to generate energy used for discharging the liquid;
a first support member supporting an end part of the first recording element substrate on a side of the second recording element substrate and an end part of the second recording element substrate on a side of the first recording element substrate; and
a second support member supporting an end part of the second recording element substrate on a side of the third recording element substrate and an end part of the third recording element substrate on a side of the second recording element substrate; and
wherein the first support member includes a first opening fluidly communicating with the first recording element substrate and a second opening fluidly communicating with the second recording element substrate, and the second support member includes a third opening fluidly communicating with the second recording element substrate and a fourth opening fluidly communicating with the third recording element substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,089,211

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT EXECUTES PROCESSING BY USING A BYTECODE, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that includes a plurality of applications that execute processing by using a bytecode that is included in a class file, the apparatus comprising at least a processor and at least a memory coupled to the at least the processor and having stored thereon instructions, when executed by the at least the processor, and cooperating to act as:an insertion unit configured to insert a bytecode into a class file corresponding to an application;
wherein, when the application is installed into the information processing apparatus, a first bytecode for generating a management table corresponding to the application is inserted into the class file by the insertion unit, the first bytecode is executed, and, by execution of the first bytecode, the management table corresponding to the application is generated,
wherein, when the application is executed by the information processing apparatus, the insertion unit inserts, into the class file, a second bytecode for tallying, based on the management table corresponding to the application, information about a resource used by an object generated by the application, and a third bytecode for performing control to the object generated during the execution of the second bytecode so as not to execute the second bytecode,
wherein, when a new object generated by the application is not the object generated during the execution of the second bytecode, the second bytecode is executed, and
wherein, when the new object generated by the application is the object generated during the execution of the second bytecode, the third bytecode is executed.

US Pat. No. 10,088,982

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus including a processor configured to execute an operating system (OS) providing a first user interface (UI) environment appropriate for a touch panel and a second UI environment different from the first UI environment, and a control program for controlling an image forming apparatus, wherein, as a function of the control program, a pop-up display of a dialog in the second UI environment is performed according to execution of request using a specific function of the control program which cannot be designated on a setting screen of the control program generated by the OS for the first UI environment, the information processing apparatus comprising:a memory storing instructions; and
a processor which is capable of executing the instructions causing the information processing apparatus to:
in the first UI environment, display a toast prompting a user to change display from the first UI environment to the second UI environment for a predetermined period of time, as a function of the OS, according to the pop-up display of the dialog in the second UI environment; and
set a display time of the toast,
wherein, if a request for the image forming apparatus is performed using the control program in the first UI environment after the specific function in the second UI environment is enabled, a pop-up display of a dialog in the first UI environment is not performed in response to the request, but the pop-up display of the dialog in the second UI environment is performed in response to the request,
wherein, until necessary input is performed to the dialog in the second UI environment, the request for the image forming apparatus on the control program is stopped,
wherein, if the toast displayed based on the set display time in the first UI environment is tapped by the user, a display of the information processing apparatus is changed by the OS from the first UI environment to the second UI environment in which the control program has been performing the pop-up display of the dialog, and
wherein data generated by the control program based on the request for the image forming apparatus is transmitted to the image forming apparatus in response to the necessary input having been performed to the dialog in the second UI environment after the display of the information processing apparatus is changed to the second UI environment.

US Pat. No. 10,071,567

INK JET RECORDING METHOD AND INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,059,131

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND PRINT APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A print apparatus comprising:a holder configured to hold a rolled sheet that is a continuous sheet wound into a roll;
a print head configured to print on the rolled sheet supplied from the holder;
a driving unit configured to rotate the rolled sheet held by the holder and supply the rolled sheet to the print head;
a rotator configured to contact with an outer periphery of the rolled sheet held by the holder and to rotate in conjunction with the rolled sheet; and
a moving unit configured to move the rotator between a first position where the rotator is in contact with the outer periphery of the rolled sheet and a second position where the rotator is separate from the outer periphery of the rolled sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,061,231

DEVELOPING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing device mountable to an image forming apparatus, comprising:a developing container configured to accommodate a developer;
a rotatable member including a first screw portion configured to feed a developer in a first direction in said developing container and a second screw portion, provided coaxially with said first screw portion and downstream of said first screw portion with respect to the first direction, configured to feed the developer in a second direction opposite to the first direction;
a first feeding path configured to accommodate said first screw portion of said rotatable member and configured to feed the developer;
a second feeding path, provided in communication with said first feeding path at a position downstream of said second screw portion with respect to the first direction, wherein a position of a bottom of said second feeding path is closer to a rotation shaft of said rotatable member than a position of a bottom of said first feeding path is, and a cross sectional area of said second feeding path perpendicular to a rotational axis of said rotatable member is smaller than a cross sectional area of said first feeding path perpendicular to the rotational axis of said rotatable member; and
a discharging opening provided in said second feeding path and configured to permit discharge of the developer,
wherein in a state in which said developing device is mounted to the image forming apparatus, in a cross section of said second feeding path perpendicular to the rotational axis of said rotatable member, said second feeding path includes a region having a shape such that an upper portion above a horizontal line passing through a center of rotation of said rotatable member with respect to a vertical direction is a semicircular shape and a cross-sectional area of a lower portion below the horizontal line with respect to the vertical direction is smaller than a cross-sectional area of the upper portion with respect to the vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 10,061,042

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,057,435

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,055,176

CONTROL METHOD AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,045,045

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,041,937

MACROPHAGE IDENTIFICATION AGENT, AND IDENTIFICATION METHOD, SORTING METHOD, EVALUATION METHOD, SCREENING METHOD AND KIT USING THE MACROPHAGE IDENTIFIER AGENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for identifying macrophage subtype M1 and macrophage subtype M2, wherein the subtype M1 and the subtype M2 are identified based on a spectral characteristic obtained with a dye compound having a molecular weight of 2000 or less added,wherein the dye compound is at least one compound represented by general formula (1):

wherein, in the general formula (1), R1 represents a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, an aralkyl group, an alkenyl group, or an aryl group; R2 to R5 each independently represents a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, an aryl group, a carboxyl group, a carboxylalkyl group, or an alkylcarbonyl group, wherein R2 and R4 may be bound to each other to form an aliphatic ring; R6 represents a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, an alkoxy group, or a halogen atom; R7 and R8 each independently represents a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, or an aryl group; R9 represents a dicyanomethylene group, a cyanocarboxymethylene group, or any one of general formulas (2) to (4); Y1 represents a carbon atom having aryl group, a cyclopentene ring, a cyclohexene ring or a carbon atom; and n represents 0 or 1,

wherein, in the general formula (2), R10 represents an alkyl group, a carboxylalkyl group, an alkoxycarbonylalkyl group, or an alkylcarbonyloxyalkyl group; R11 represents a sulfur atom, a 2-thioxothiazolidin-4-one group, a thiazoline-2,4-one group, or general formula (5); and “*” represents a binding site,

wherein, in the general formula (5), R12 represents an alkyl group, a carboxylalkyl group, an alkoxycarbonylalkyl group, or an alkylcarbonyloxyalkyl group; R13 and R14 each represent a hydrogen atom and may be bound to each other to form a benzene ring; Q1 represents an oxygen atom, a sulfur atom, a N-alkyl nitrogen atom, or —C(R15)(R16)—, wherein R15 and R16 each independently represent an alkyl group and may be bound to each other to form a ring; X1? represents an anionic group; and “*” represents a binding site,
wherein, in the general formula (3), R17 represents an alkyl group, a carboxylalkyl group, an alkoxycarbonylalkyl group, or an alkylcarbonyloxyalkyl group; R18 and R19 each represents a hydrogen atom and may be bound to each other to form a benzene ring; Q2 represents an oxygen atom, a sulfur atom, a N-alkyl nitrogen atom, or —C(R20)(R21)—, wherein R20 and R21 each independently represents an alkyl group and may be bound to each other to form a ring; X2? represents an anionic group; and “*” represents a binding site, and
wherein, in the general formula (4), R22 represents an alkyl group or an aryl group; R23 represents an alkyl group or a carboxyl group; and “*” represents a binding site.

US Pat. No. 10,037,734

DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display apparatus comprising:a light unit;
a display panel to transmit light from the light unit;
a processor to determine whether a present display mode is a normal projection mode in which an image is displayed in a first direction and the display panel is scanned from top to bottom, or a hanging projection mode in which the image is displayed by reversing the left, right, top, and bottom of the image in the normal projection mode and the display panel is scanned from bottom to top; and
a driving unit to drive the display panel according to a scanning signal synchronized with display timing of an image,
wherein the processor determines timing of lighting by the light unit so as to light an area after a transmittance of the area of a plurality of areas reaches a predetermined transmittance for each of the plurality of areas of the display panel, and according to the present display mode, control the light unit to light an area selected among the plurality of areas of the display panel and not to light the areas other than the selected area, and
wherein, in the normal projection mode, the processor controls the light unit to light the plurality of areas from an upper area of the plurality of areas after the scanning signal, and in the hanging projection mode, the processor controls the light unit to light the plurality of areas from a lower area of the plurality of areas after the scanning signal.

US Pat. No. 10,036,967

LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, LITHOGRAPHY METHOD, AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

6. A lithography method of forming a pattern on a substrate held by a movable stage including a bar mirror, the method comprising:measuring a position of a surface of the bar mirror to determine a position of the stage about one of an X-axis or a Y-axis of an XYZ-coordinate system by causing light to be incident on the surface of the bar mirror on the stage;
measuring a first position of a first mark;
calculating an amount of a rotation shift of the substrate about a first axis of an other one of the one of the X-axis or the Y-axis of the XYZ-coordinate system with respect to the stage based on the first position of the first mark;
estimating a second position of a second mark in a direction of a second axis, corresponding to a Z-axis of the XYZ-coordinate system, perpendicular to the first axis and an optical axis of the light based on the calculated amount of the rotation shift of the substrate;
moving the stage in the direction of the second axis based on the second position without rotating the stage about the first axis;
measuring a third position of the second mark in a direction of one of the X-axis or the Y-axis after moving the stage; and
forming the pattern by moving the stage based on the measured third position.

US Pat. No. 10,032,597

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,033,884

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,029,021

POLYMER, CONTRAST AGENT FOR NUCLEAR MAGNETIC RESONANCE ANALYSIS OR MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING USING THE POLYMER, COMPOUND AND METHOD OF NUCLEAR MAGNETIC RESONANCE ANALYSIS AND METHOD OF MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING USING THE POLYMER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A straight-chain polymer having a main chain consisting of a repeating unit of formula (x1) and terminal end groups at ends thereof, the polymer having a degree of polymerization of 10 to 1000:
wherein a side chain of each of the repeating units is a structure of formula (y1):

wherein:
in the formula (x1), each of R1 to R3 independently represents a hydrogen atom, or a substituted or unsubstituted hydrocarbon group having one to four carbon atoms,
in the formula (x1), * (an asterisk) represents a bond to the formula (y1) directly or via a linker,
in the formula (y1), * (an asterisk) represents a bond to the formula (x1) directly or via a linker,
in the formula (y1), Z represents a monovalent atom or a monovalent atom group, and
a substituent of each of R1 to R3 is a functional group including at least one selected from the group consisting of a halogen atom, an oxygen atom, and a nitrogen atom.

US Pat. No. 10,033,889

OPERATION UNIT AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:an image forming device that forms an image on a recording medium;
a reading device disposed over the image forming device and that reads an image on an original;
a discharging tray disposed over the image forming device and below the reading device, and on which a recording medium, on which the image is formed by the image forming device, is stacked, the discharging tray arranged such that the recording medium stacked on the discharging tray is able to be taken out from a front side of the image forming apparatus; and
an operation device capable of transmitting and/or receiving radio waves to/from a communication device by a near field communication when the communication device is brought in close proximity to the operation device, the operation device disposed on a front side of the reading device in a direction heading from a back surface to a front surface of the image forming apparatus such that the operation device neighbors the reading device, and at least a part of the operation device overlaps with the discharging tray in a direction orthogonal to the direction heading from the back surface to the front surface of the image forming apparatus,
the operation device comprising:
a display panel configured to display an information of the image forming apparatus and receive an input operation from a user to change the information displayed on the display panel according to the input operation to the display panel; and
a target surface to which the communication device is brought into close proximity, and which is provided between a lower end of the display panel and a lower end of the operation device when viewing the operation device in a direction perpendicular to the display panel.

US Pat. No. 10,033,908

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS WITH REMOVAL OF UNDER-COLOR BACKGROUND IMAGE, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a conversion unit configured to convert a signal value of an input image obtained by reading an original, wherein for an achromatic color at least closer to white than a predetermined signal value and having a lower luminance than luminance of an under-color level, the conversion unit converts such an achromatic color in the signal value of the input image into a color closer to white than the under-color level, and wherein for a chromatic color closer to white than the predetermined signal value and having a lower luminance than the luminance of the under-color level, the conversion unit converts such a chromatic color in the signal value of the input image into a chromatic color having a lower luminance than the luminance of the under-color level; and
an under-color removal unit configured to remove, in an image having a signal value converted by the conversion unit, an under-color of the image by converting a signal value having a higher luminance than a luminance of the under-color level into white, for printing of the under-color-removed image.

US Pat. No. 10,027,897

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that adjusts brightness of a processed image for which a contrast correction for removing a scattered light component has been performed, the apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory including stored thereon instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the image processing apparatus to:
calculate an average of luminance in an input image;
derive reference intensity of the scattered light from the input image;
calculate an average of transmittance in one or a plurality of pixel positions having luminance corresponding to the average of luminance in the input image;
estimate an average of the luminance of the processed image based on the average of the luminance in the input image, the average of the transmittance, and the reference intensity of scattered light;
calculate an exposure correction parameter based on the average of the luminance in the input image and the average of the luminance of the processed image; and
perform an exposure correction for the processed image by using the exposure correction parameter.

US Pat. No. 10,024,653

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:one or more memories that store a set of instructions; and
one or more processors that execute the instructions to:
acquire a captured image of a measurement target object on which a projection pattern is projected, the projection pattern being formed by arranging a plurality of line sets at intervals longer than a predetermined value, each of the plurality of line sets having lines arranged at intervals shorter than the predetermined value;
detect the lines in the projection pattern from the image;
determine the line sets from detected lines;
identify to which one of the lines in the projection pattern a detected line corresponds, based on a result;
calculate a distance from a predetermined reference coordinate to a position on a plane of the measurement target object on which a detected line is projected, based on a position in the image of the detected line and a position in the projection pattern of an identified line; and
calculate a plane direction of a plane of the measurement target object on which a line set is projected, based on a distance calculated at a first point on a first line among the detected lines, a distance calculated at a second point on the first line, and a distance calculated at a third point on a second line belonging to a same line set to which the first line belongs to.

US Pat. No. 10,025,217

CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge including an image bearing member and a rotatable charging roller for charging the image bearing member and capable of moving the charging roller from a first position to a second position closer to the image bearing member than the first position, the cartridge comprising:a first maintaining member and a second maintaining member, disposed on respective end portions of the charging roller in an axial direction of the charging roller, the first and second maintaining members being configured to maintain a position of the charging roller at the first position by contacting with the respective end portions of the image bearing member; and
a first moving portion and a second moving portion, disposed on respective end portions of the image bearing member in an axial direction of the image bearing member, the first and second moving portions being configured to rotate about a rotational axis of the image bearing member and contact with and move the first maintaining member and the second maintaining member, respectively, according to a rotation of the image bearing member so as to move the charging roller from the first position to the second position,
wherein a contacting portion of the first maintaining member contacting with the first moving portion and a contacting portion of the second maintaining member contacting with the second moving portion are disposed on same positions with respect to a circumferential direction centering on an axis line of the image bearing member when the charging member is at first position and viewed from the axial direction of the image bearing member, and
wherein, in a case where the image bearing member is rotated in a state in which the charging roller is in the first position, the first moving portion abuts on the first maintaining member, and then the second moving portion abuts on the second maintaining member.

US Pat. No. 10,025,263

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH CLEANING SHEET REMAINING AMOUNT DETECTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming portion for forming a toner image on a recording material;
a heating portion for heating the toner image formed on the recording material by said image forming portion;
a cartridge including a cleaning sheet for cleaning said heating portion, a roller about which said cleaning sheet is wound, and a roller for winding up said cleaning sheet;
a locking portion for locking said cartridge;
a detecting portion for detecting a remaining amount of said cleaning sheet;
a prohibiting portion for prohibiting an image forming operation depending on an output of said detecting portion; and
an acting portion for acting on said detecting portion so as to prohibit the image forming operation when said locking portion is in an unlocked state.

US Pat. No. 10,020,158

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,018,909

IMPRINT APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus which forms a pattern of an imprint material on a substrate using a mold having a pattern surface on which a pattern is formed, the apparatus comprising:an obtaining unit configured to specify the mold to be used to form the pattern of the imprint material on the substrate among a plurality of molds having the same pattern and to obtain thickness information of the specified mold;
a calculation unit configured to calculate a force to be applied to a surface of the specified mold such that the pattern surface is deformed to a convex surface, based on the thickness information of the specified mold obtained by the obtaining unit; and
a deforming unit configured to deform the pattern surface of the specified mold by applying the force calculated by the calculation unit from an outside of the specified mold to the surface such that the pattern surface forms the convex surface that bulges toward the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,021,260

IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image reading apparatus comprising:a light emitting device configured to irradiate a sheet with light to read an image on the sheet while moving in an image reading direction;
a motor configured to move the light emitting device;
a guide member configured to guide the move of the light emitting device in the image reading direction while being in sliding-contact with the light emitting device, a part of the guide member in sliding-contact with the light emitting device being formed of synthetic resin; and
a controller configured to control the motor such that the light emitting device moves in the image reading direction in case that the light emitting device irradiates the sheet with light to read the image and the light emitting device which has reached a turn position moves in a direction opposite to the image reading direction,
wherein the light emitting device is capable of irradiating a first size sheet and a second size sheet with light to read the image, a length of the second size sheet being longer than the first size sheet in the image reading direction,
wherein the controller is configured to execute a control of changing the turn position among a plurality of positions including a first position and a second position downstream in the image reading direction of the first position in case that the light emitting device irradiates the first size sheet with light to read the image thereof, and
wherein the controller is configured to execute a control of turning the light emitting device at a position downstream in the image reading direction of the first position in case that the light emitting device irradiates the second size sheet with light to read the image thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,013,791

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for generating an image of a scene, the image processing apparatus comprising:a first calculation unit configured to calculate, for each pixel of an image of a scene, based on light source characteristics and object information in the scene, spectral radiance data by performing ray tracing from a viewpoint;
a determination unit configured to determine, during performing of the ray tracing, whether contents to be confirmed by a user by a preview indicate a shape of an object;
a generation unit configured to, in a case that the determination unit determines that the contents to be confirmed by the user by the preview indicate the shape of the object, (1) acquire, before completion of the calculation by the first calculation unit, the spectral radiance data that the first calculation unit calculates and temporarily saves before completion of the calculation by the first calculation unit, and (2) generate preview data of the image of the scene by performing a wavelength-based collection of the acquired spectral radiance data that the first calculation unit calculates and temporarily saves before completion of the calculation by the first calculation unit;
a display control unit configured to display, on a display unit, a preview image represented by the generated preview data; and
a second calculation unit configured to acquire all pieces of the spectral radiance data after the completion of the calculation by the first calculation unit, and to calculate color signal values of pixels of the image of the scene based on the acquired all pieces of the spectral radiance data to generate the image of the scene,
wherein the preview image represented by the generated preview data is different from the image of the scene generated by the second calculation unit, and
wherein at least one of the first calculation unit, the determination unit, the generation unit, the display control unit, or the second calculation unit is implemented using a processor.

US Pat. No. 10,015,341

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a power supply switch;
a controller configured to perform suspend process for causing the image forming apparatus to transition into a suspend state, in a case where the power supply switch is turned off by an operation of a user; a device to which a power supply is stopped forcibly in a case where the power supply switch is turned off by the operation of the user; and
a device controller configured to notify the controller of an error that occurred, due to the stop of the power supply to the device forcibly, on the device,
wherein the controller is configured to determine whether to interrupt the suspend process to perform shutdown process in a case where the error is notified of by the device controller in the suspend process,
wherein the controller is configured to, in a case where the controller determines not to interrupt the suspend process to perform the shutdown process, continue to perform the suspend process to cause the image forming apparatus to transition into the suspend state while holding information relating the error,
wherein the controller is configured to, in a case where (i) the power supply switch is turned on by the operation of the user while the image forming apparatus is in the suspend state and (ii) the image forming apparatus holds the information relating to the error which is already notified of by the device controller, control the image forming apparatus to resume from the suspend state and then perform a predetermined process based on the information relating the error, and
wherein the controller is configured to, in a case where the controller determines to interrupt the suspend process to perform the shutdown process, interrupt the suspend process to perform the shutdown process.

US Pat. No. 10,015,395

COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION METHOD AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus, comprising:an acquisition unit configured to acquire a playlist including a plurality of URLs for requesting image data corresponding to each of a plurality of divided regions of an image;
a specifying unit configured to specify a region of interest in the image;
a determination unit configured to determine a mode used for communication of image data from a plurality of modes including a first mode for communicating image data of one or more divided regions corresponding to the region of interest specified by the specifying unit, and a second mode for communicating, in addition to the image data of the one or more divided regions corresponding to the region of interest, image data of one or more divided regions corresponding to a region other than the region of interest; and
a communication unit configured to communicate with another communication apparatus,
wherein the communication unit requests, to said another communication apparatus:
the image data of the one or more divided regions corresponding to the region of interest based on one or more URLs that are corresponding to the region of interest and are included in the playlist, in a case where the determination unit has determined that the first mode is used for communication of the image data, and
both of (a) the image data of the one or more divided regions corresponding to the region of interest based on the one or more URLs that are corresponding to the region of interest and are included in the playlist and (b) the image data of the one or more divided regions corresponding to the region other than the region of interest based on one or more URLs that are corresponding to the region other than the region of interest and are included in the playlist, in a case where the determination unit has determined that the second mode is used for communication of the image data.

US Pat. No. 10,015,160

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus which is able to communicate with an LDAP server, the image processing apparatus comprising,a reading unit that scans a document;
a memory that stores instructions;
and a processor that executes the instructions to cause the image processing apparatus to:
accept character information from a user;
verify a certificate of the LDAP server;
request, by using the accepted character information, address information to the LDAP server whose certificate is verified;
receive, from the LDAP server, address information including one or more addresses that begins-with match with the accepted character information; and
send image data of the document scanned by the reading unit using the received address information.

US Pat. No. 10,013,395

APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM THAT DETERMINE A LAYOUT IMAGE FROM A GENERATED PLURALITY OF LAYOUT IMAGES BY EVALUATING SELECTED TARGET IMAGES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

2. A method performed by a processor by executing a program stored in a memory, the method comprising:selecting randomly N images, from a plurality of images that are stored in a storage device;
for each of the selected N images, determining randomly a layout area, among N layout areas in a template, in which one image is laid out in one layout area, wherein the random selection of the N images from the plurality of images and the random determining of the layout areas are executed multiple times, whereby a plurality of pages in which the selected N images are laid out in the N layout areas, are generated by the random selecting and the random determining executed multiple times;
evaluating the plurality of pages, based on information relating to an omitted portion of a face included in each of the N images, wherein the omitted portion of the face is a portion out of the layout area;
determining a page from the plurality of pages, based on an evaluation for each of the plurality of pages; and
outputting the determined page.
US Pat. No. 10,011,135

RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording medium, comprising:a substrate; and
an ink-receiving layer as a top layer,
wherein the ink-receiving layer contains inorganic particles,
wherein the inorganic particles contain cationized colloidal silica, alumina hydrate, and fumed alumina,
wherein a content of the cationized colloidal silica is 5% or more by mass and 25% or less by mass based on a content of the inorganic particles, and
wherein a mass ratio of the alumina hydrate to the fumed alumina (alumina hydrate content:fumed alumina content) is from 95:5 to 55:45.

US Pat. No. 10,012,930

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING CONTROLLED DRIVING FORCE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner supply unit for use in an image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording material with toner, said toner supply unit comprising:a main body including a mounting portion for mounting a toner bottle;
a driving device supplying a driving force;
a controller to control the driving force;
a toner bottle containing toner, dismountably mounted to said mounting portion and including a discharging portion for discharging the toner contained therein, said toner bottle being rotatable by a driving force supplied from said driving device;
a movable shutter member provided on said toner bottle and movable between a closing position for closing said discharging portion and an opening position for opening said discharging portion;
a bottle gear provided on said toner bottle and configured to receive the driving force in a state that said toner bottle is mounted to said mounting portion;
a moving mechanism provided in said main body and configured to move said shutter member from the closing position to the opening position with rotation of said bottle gear in the state that said toner bottle is mounted to said mounting portion; and
a discharging mechanism provided on said toner bottle and configured to discharge a predetermined amount of toner from said discharging portion with the rotation of said bottle gear, in the state that said toner bottle is mounted to said mounting portion,
wherein said controller controls said driving device, in which the driving force supplied to said bottle gear at a time when said discharging mechanism first discharges the predetermined amount of the toner from said discharging portion after said shutter member moves from the closing position to the opening position is smaller than the driving force supplied to said bottle gear during moving of said shutter member from the closing position to the opening position.

US Pat. No. 9,996,908

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR ESTIMATING BLUR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a memory configured to store instructions; and
a processor connected to the memory and configured to execute the instructions to:
acquire a blurred image;
acquire a blur estimation area corresponding to at least a part of the blurred image;
generate an estimated blur based on the acquired blur estimation area by performing iterative calculation processing that repeats correction processing and estimation processing, the correction processing correcting a blur included in information relating to a signal in the blur estimation area to generate information relating to a correction signal, and the estimation processing estimating a blur based on the information relating to the signal and the information relating to the correction signal;
generate, as the information relating to the correction signal, information relating to a plurality of correction signals using a plurality of calculation expressions different from each other in at least one correction processing during the iterative calculation processing; and
correct at least a part of the blurred image based on the estimated blur.

US Pat. No. 9,996,146

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a first USB interface which is able to connect a first electronic device;
a second USB interface which is able to connect a second electronic device;
a power supply part which supplies electric power to the first electronic device connected to the first USB interface and the second electronic device connected to the second USB interface;
a first power line where a voltage drop element is arranged and which is for supplying electric power to the second electronic device connected to the second USB interface;
a second power line where a switch element is arranged and which is for supplying electric power to the second electronic device connected to the second USB interface; and
a voltage compensating circuit configured, in accordance with supplying electric power to the first electronic device connected to the first USB interface, to output a signal to increase a voltage output from the power supply part and to output a signal to switch the switch from on to off,
wherein when the first electronic device is not connected to the first USB interface, the power supply part supplies power to the second electronic device through the second power line, and when the first electronic device is connected to the first USB interface, the power supply part supplies power to the second electronic device through the first power supply line based on a current detection.

US Pat. No. 9,996,026

DEVELOPING APPARATUS HAVING A LARGE CAPACITY TONER STORAGE CHAMBER, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing apparatus used in an image forming apparatus, the developing apparatus comprising:a frame forming a storage chamber in which a developer is stored, the developer has a first angle of repose of the developer in a case the developer stored in the storage chamber has been used in an image forming operation for a predetermined number of times, and a second angle of repose of the developer in a case the developer stored in the storage chamber has never been used in the image forming operation, the second angle of repose is smaller than the first angle of repose; and
a developer carrying member that is disposed below the storage chamber, the developer carrying member having a surface for carrying the developer,
wherein an upper region of the storage chamber of the frame is larger in a horizontal direction than a lower region of the storage chamber of the frame, and
wherein the frame includes:
a lower guide surface that guides the developer to the developer carrying member and is inclined at a first angle equal to or greater than a degree of the first angle of repose of the developer but less than 90 degrees, relative to a horizontal plane in an inner wall of the lower region; and
an upper guide surface that is coupled to the lower guide surface, guides the developer to the lower region, and is inclined at a second angle equal to or greater than a degree of the second angle of repose of the developer but less than the first angle, relative to the horizontal plane in an inner wall of the upper region.

US Pat. No. 9,998,624

IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE READING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image reading apparatus, comprising:a conveying part configured to convey a document placed on a document tray;
a first scanner configured to read a first image on a first surface of the conveyed document, a scanning direction of the first scanner being a first scanning direction;
a second scanner configured to read a second image on a second surface of the conveyed document, a scanning direction of the second scanner being a second scanning direction;
a storage part configured to store a first correction condition corresponding to an inclination of the first scanning direction with respect to a direction orthogonal to a conveying direction in which the document is conveyed, and a second correction condition corresponding to an inclination of the second scanning direction with respect to the direction orthogonal to the conveying direction;
a correction part configured to correct the first image based on the first correction condition, and to correct the second image based on the second correction condition;
a detection part configured to detect a first inclination amount of the first image with respect to the direction orthogonal to the conveying direction, in which the document is conveyed, based on first image data of the first image output from the first scanner, and to detect a second inclination amount of the second image with respect to the direction orthogonal to the conveying direction, in which the document is conveyed, based on second image data of the second image output from the second scanner; and
an update part configured to update, when the first scanner has been replaced, the first correction condition based on the second correction condition, the first inclination amount, and the second inclination amount, and to update, when the second scanner has been replaced, the second correction condition based on the first correction condition, the first inclination amount, and the second inclination amount.

US Pat. No. 9,985,399

ACCESSORY SHOE DEVICE TO WHICH ACCESSORY IS ATTACHED, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND ACCESSORY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An accessory shoe device comprising:an engagement member configured to have an accessory attached thereto;
a signal terminal connector having a plurality of contacts arranged in a lateral direction intersecting an attaching direction of the accessory;
a pair of first engagement portions formed in the engagement member in a manner spaced from each other by a first width in the lateral direction of the engagement member; and
a pair of second engagement portions formed in the engagement member in a manner spaced from each other by a second width which is larger than the first width,
wherein the signal terminal connector is disposed at a location forward of the first engagement portions in the attaching direction of the accessory,
wherein a length of the signal terminal connector in the lateral direction is larger than the first width and smaller than the second width, and
wherein the second engagement portions are formed rearward of the first engagement portions in the attaching direction of the accessory.

US Pat. No. 9,983,514

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:an image forming unit configured to form an image;
a first transfer member, onto which the image formed by the image forming unit is transferred, configured to convey the image;
a second transfer member configured to form a transfer nip portion for transferring the image formed on the first transfer member onto a sheet;
a speed controller configured to control a conveyance speed of the first transfer member and a rotational speed of the second transfer member;
a measurement unit configured to measure a measurement image transferred onto the first transfer member; and
a controller configured to:
control the image forming unit to form the measurement image;
control the measurement unit to measure the measurement image; and
determine an adjustment condition for adjusting a length of an image that is to be transferred on the first transfer member in a conveyance direction of the first transfer member, based on a measurement result of the measurement unit,
wherein the speed controller controls the rotational speed of the second transfer member based on information relating to the sheet,
wherein, in a case where the rotational speed of the second transfer member is changed while the conveyance speed of the from a first transfer member is maintained at a predetermined conveyance speed, the controller controls whether or not to control the image forming unit to form the measurement image based on the rotational speed of the second transfer member.

US Pat. No. 9,972,122

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR RENDERING AN OBJECT IN A VIRTUAL VIEW

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A computer-implemented method of rendering an object in a virtual view, the method comprising:determining a variation of an occlusion measure of the object over time, the occlusion measure being an evaluation of an occlusion of the virtual view by the object, the variation of the occlusion measure determined based on a trajectory of the object;
determining a transition effect for the object based on the variation of the occlusion measure, the transition effect being a visual effect; and
applying the determined transition effect to render the object, the determined transition effect being applied according to a position of the object as the object moves along the trajectory.

US Pat. No. 9,973,704

DISPLAY PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display processing apparatus for displaying, on a display device, an image in accordance with image data captured by an image capture apparatus, the display processing apparatus comprising:a storage device; and
a processor configured to execute computer executable instructions recorded on the storage device, the computer executable instructions including instructions, that when executed by the processor, cause the display processing apparatus to:
obtain data for an order of displaying a plurality of images captured by the image capture apparatus; and
perform, based on the data for the order, display processing for providing in a display region corresponding to an angle including first and second angles a first display element indicating the first angle for capturing a first one of the plurality of images, a second display element indicating the second angle for capturing a second one of the plurality of images to be displayed subsequent to the first one of the plurality of images, a third display element that indicates that the second one of the plurality of images is to be displayed subsequent to the first one of the plurality of images, and a fourth display element that indicates a time for changing from the first one of the plurality of images to the second one of the plurality of images.

US Pat. No. 9,955,135

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM WHEREIN A RAW IMAGE TO BE SUBJECTED TO SPECIAL PROCESSING IS PREFERENTIALLY SUBJECTED TO DEVELOPMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:one or more processors or circuits which function as
an imaging unit;
a recording unit configured to record, in a recording medium, RAW image data generated by the imaging unit without development processing;
a first development unit configured to subject the RAW image data recorded in the recording medium to the development processing, to generate a first developed image;
a determining unit configured to determine an operation mode of the imaging apparatus; and
a setting unit configured to set a priority in an order of the developments of a plurality of RAW images recorded in the recording medium, according to kinds of the operation modes of the imaging apparatus determined by the determining unit, such that, when the plurality of RAW images recorded in the recording medium include a RAW image to be subjected to a special processing of print out or of transferring to an external apparatus, the RAW image to be subjected to the special processing is preferentially subjected to the development.

US Pat. No. 9,953,734

MICROSTRUCTURE MANUFACTURING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

8. An X-ray Talbot interferometer comprising:a diffraction grating for diffracting X-ray emitted from an X-ray source;
an absorption grating for absorbing a part of the X-ray diffracted by the diffraction grating, the absorption grating comprising,
an Si substrate with a plurality of recessed portions formed thereon, an insulating film provided on a sidewall of the recessed portions, and a metal filled in each of the plurality of recessed portions to be in contact with the insulating film,
the insulating film being not disposed on at least a part of a bottom of the recessed portion, the metal being in contact with an Si surface of the Si substrate on the at least part; and
a detector for detecting the X-ray which has passed through the absorption grating,
wherein a thickness of the insulating film is within a range of 5 nm to 5000 nm.

US Pat. No. 9,942,930

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus capable of transmitting data to an external device, comprising:at least one processor;
a communication interface configured to communicate with the external device,
at least one memory storing a program that, when executed by the at least one processor, causes the communication apparatus to perform a process, the process comprising:
transmitting, via the communication interface, to the external device using a predetermined protocol, first information as transmission data-related information relating to data to be transmitted to the external device, before joining a wireless network using the predetermined protocol, wherein the transmission data-related information is used by the external device to determine whether a transmission connection can be provided;
receiving, via the communication interface, a response from the external device using the predetermined protocol, after the transmission data-related information has been transmitted, the response indicating that the transmission connection can be provided;
after the response has been received joining a wireless network via the communication interface using the predetermined protocol; and
after joining the wireless network, establishing a transmission connection with the external device for transmitting data to the external device using the predetermined protocol,
wherein the first information is transmitted to the external device as the transmission data-related information, before the data to be transmitted to the external device is determined.

US Pat. No. 9,936,535

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR COMMUNICATION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:an inquiry unit configured to inquire, in a case where the communication apparatus receives, from a user, an instruction to establish wireless connection with a printing apparatus operating in a direct wireless communication mode, with the printing apparatus whether a number of terminals in the wireless connection with the printing apparatus has reached a maximum number, through Bluetooth® Low Energy communication;
a first instruction unit configured to instruct, in a case where it is determined, based on a result of the inquiry, that the number of terminals in the wireless connection with the printing apparatus has reached the maximum number, the printing apparatus to stop operating in the direct wireless communication mode, through the Bluetooth® Low Energy communication; and
a second instruction unit configured to instruct, after the instruction by the first instruction unit, the printing apparatus to start operating in the direct wireless communication mode, through the Bluetooth® Low Energy communication.

US Pat. No. 9,927,728

METHOD FOR PRODUCING TONER PARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for producing a toner particle comprising a treatment step of treating a raw slurry containing an aqueous medium and colored particles each containing a binder resin and a colorant, whereinthe treatment step includes a step of condensing the raw slurry by using a decanter-type centrifugal separator so as to obtain a condensed slurry,
the decanter-type centrifugal separator includes
an external rotary cylinder and
a screw conveyor provided within the external rotary cylinder so as to be able to rotate relatively with the external rotary cylinder, and
the step of condensing the raw slurry is carried out under conditions below:
i) a centrifugal force is at least 500 G and less than 4000 G; and
ii) a temperature (Ts) is at least Tg?10° C. and not more than Tg+10° C. when the glass transition temperature of the colored particles is defined as Tg (° C.), and
wherein
when a ratio of the colored particles in the condensed slurry is defined as ratio B, the ratio B is at least 10% by mass and not more than 60% by mass.

US Pat. No. 9,927,730

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT EFFECTS REMOVAL OF RESIDUAL TONER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, which forms an image on a recording medium, comprising:an image bearing member;
a charging device coming into contact with the image bearing member at a charging portion to charge the image bearing member;
a developing device supplying developer to the image bearing member to form a developer image;
a transfer member transferring the developer image formed on the image bearing member onto a transfer target material at a transfer portion; and
a charge eliminating device irradiating a surface of the image bearing member with light from an exposure opening before the surface reaches the charging portion after passing through the transfer portion,
wherein a length of a developer bearing portion of the developing device is longer than a length of the transfer member in a rotation axis direction of the image bearing member, and
a width of the exposure opening of the charge eliminating device is shorter than the length of the transfer member in the rotation axis direction of the image bearing member.

US Pat. No. 9,928,616

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a memory for storing a computer program; and
a processor for executing the computer program to perform:
calculating a length of a first path included in first drawing data;
converting the first drawing data including the first path into second drawing data including a second path by correcting the first path into the second path, wherein a data amount of the second path becomes less than a data amount of the first path;
adding information corresponding to the calculated length of the first path to the second path included in the second drawing data; and
transmitting the second drawing data including the second path to which the information has been added,
wherein, when the second path included in the transmitted second drawing data is drawn, the added information is used to adjust a scale of the drawn second path so that a length of the drawn second path corresponds to the calculated length of the first path.

US Pat. No. 9,930,214

CORRECTION METHOD FOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A correction method for an image forming apparatus, wherein the image forming apparatus comprises:a light source including a plurality of light emitting points;
a photosensitive member configured to rotate in a first direction so that a latent image is formed on the photosensitive member with light beams emitted from the light source; and
a deflecting unit configured to deflect the light beams emitted from the light source to move light spots of the light beams radiated to the photosensitive member in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction to form scanning lines,
the correction method comprising:
a correction step of correcting sparseness and denseness of density in the first direction caused by deviation of the scanning lines in the first direction, by moving a predetermined pixel in the first direction in accordance with the deviation of the scanning lines and causing a pixel value of the predetermined pixel to be output in accordance with a movement of the predetermined pixel,
wherein the correction step comprises:
a storing step of storing, in a storage unit, information on positional deviation of the scanning lines in the first direction;
a conversion step of converting positions of pixels of an input image by performing coordinate transformation based on the information stored in the storage unit so that an interval between the scanning lines on the photosensitive member becomes a predetermined interval; and
a filtering step of determining pixel values of pixels of an output image by subjecting pixel values of the pixels of the input image to a convolution operation based on the positions of the pixels of the input image after the coordinate transformation.

US Pat. No. 9,892,173

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, PROCESSING METHOD THEREOF, AND RECORDING MEDIUM FOR SEARCHING IN A SEARCH FOLDER SET WITH A SEARCH CONDITION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising one or more processors configured to function as:
a search engine configured to search for a file contained in a search folder, wherein one or a plurality of search conditions
are set in the search folder, and wherein at least one of the one or the plurality of search conditions specifies whether
or not searching for text described in the file is functioning;

a confirmation unit configured to confirm a status of the search engine;
a display unit configured to display, when the confirmation unit confirms that the search engine does not function for the
at least one of the one or the plurality of search conditions set in the search folder, information indicating a malfunction;
and

a communication unit configured to communicate with another apparatus having a search function,
wherein (i) when the confirmation unit confirms that the search engine does not function for the at least one of the one or
the plurality of search conditions set in a first search folder, upon making a list display of folders including the first
search folder and folders other than the first search folder, the display unit displays, together with the list display of
folders, information indicating that the search engine does not function for the at least one of the one or the plurality
of search conditions set in the first search folder on an icon of the first search folder, and (ii) when the confirmation
unit confirms that the search engine functions for all search conditions set in a second search folder, the display unit does
not display information indicating a malfunction on an icon of the second search folder, and

wherein the confirmation unit confirms a status of a search engine of the another apparatus using the communication unit when
the one or the plurality of search conditions set in the search folder include a condition indicating that the search is to
be conducted using a search function of the another apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,885,988

SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming portion configured to form a toner image on a sheet;
a fixing portion configured to fix the toner image, formed on the sheet by the image forming portion, to the sheet;
a sheet discharge portion, comprising a discharge roller, configured to discharge the sheet, on which the toner image has
been formed, to an outside of the apparatus;

a reverse portion, comprising a reverse roller, configured to convey the sheet on which the toner image have been fixed on
a first surface thereof by the fixing portion to the image forming portion again to form a toner image on a second surface
opposite to the first surface thereof while the reverse roller rotating in a reverse rotating direction after rotating in
a forward rotating direction;

a drive source;
a drive unit comprising a first drive train through which a driving force from the drive source is transmitted to the discharge
roller, and a second drive train through which a driving force from the drive source is transmitted to the reverse roller;
and

a switching mechanism, provided on the second drive train, configured to switch a rotating direction of the reverse roller
between the forward rotating direction and the reverse rotating direction with the discharge roller rotating in one direction,

wherein the switching mechanism comprises:
a first planetary gear unit comprising:
a first internal gear to which the drive force is transmitted from the drive source;
a first sun gear;
a first planetary gear engaging with the first internal gear and the first sun gear, and configured to rotate around the first
sun gear; and

a first planetary carrier supporting the first planetary gear rotatably, transmitting the drive force to the reverse roller,
and configured to rotate around a rotating axis of the first sun gear together with the first planetary gear;

a second planetary gear unit comprising:
a second internal gear to which the drive force is transmitted from the drive source and which rotates in the same direction
as that of the first internal gear;

a second sun gear;
a second planetary gear engaging with the second internal gear and the second sun gear, and configured to rotate around the
second sun gear; and

a second planetary carrier supporting the second planetary gear rotatably, engaging with the first planetary carrier, and
configured to rotate around a rotating axis of the second sun gear together with the second planetary gear; and

a stop unit which selectively stops the first sun gear and the second sun gear, and
wherein in a case where the first sun gear is stopped by the stop unit, the first planetary carrier rotates in a first rotating
direction so that the reverse roller rotates in the forward rotating direction, and in a case where the second sun gear is
stopped by the stop unit, the first planetary carrier rotates in a second rotating direction opposite to the first rotating
direction so that the reverse roller rotates in the reverse rotating direction.