US Pat. No. 9,154,043

POWER SOURCE DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,154,054

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,146,399

OBSERVATION OPTICAL SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,148,529

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,146,781

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,145,013

METHOD FOR PRINTING AND PRINTING SHEET USED FOR THE METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,141,076

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A CARTRIDGE HOLDING MEMBER LOCK

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,139,397

SHEET BINDING PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,140,991

ILLUMINATION OPTICAL SYSTEM, EXPOSURE APPARATUS, AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,134,672

RECORDING MEDIUM DETERMINATION APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,134,246

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,129,049

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,131,590

RADIATION GENERATING UNIT AND RADIOGRAPHY SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,131,593

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,131,090

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

wherein a processor is included in the apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,122,973

DATA TRANSMISSION APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING DATA TRANSMISSION APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for transmitting data to an external apparatus with which the information processing
apparatus is capable of performing wireless communication, the information processing apparatus comprising:
a displaying unit;
a first transmission unit configured to transmit to the external apparatus, when the displaying unit displays a specific screen,
a disable command for disabling a power saving mode in which a state of the external apparatus transits between an Awake state
and a Doze state in synchronization with a beacon of an access point; and

a second transmission unit configured to transmit, when a user inputs a transmission instruction of data after the first transmission
unit has transmitted the disable command to the external apparatus, the data to the external apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,116,110

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS AND OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,116,163

DISPLACEMENT MEASURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,116,444

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,117,264

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,117,277

DETERMINING A DEPTH MAP FROM IMAGES OF A SCENE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,118,885

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,117,103

IMAGE INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,113,028

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,103,650

OPTICAL TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGE GENERATION METHOD AND OPTICAL TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGE GENERATION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,102,137

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,093,350

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,092,719

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,091,985

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,094,598

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,094,629

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,091,799

LENS BARREL AND IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,095,003

HEATER AND IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,086,646

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT CORRECTS DEVELOPING BIAS VOLTAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,086,649

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,088,729

IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,086,660

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH MODIFIED TRANSFER BRUSH

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,088,743

SCANNING CIRCUIT FOR IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,086,667

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING CURRENT DETECTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,086,747

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,086,560

OPTICAL SYSTEM AND IMAGE PROJECTION APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,083,831

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,081,257

IMAGING APPARATUS AND LIGHTING CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,082,041

PATTERN IDENTIFYING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,082,067

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,083,879

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,081,531

SYSTEM, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,075,388

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,075,949

SUPPORTING DESIGN OF ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,076,235

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,074,929

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,075,330

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,076,266

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,075,553

PRINTING IN ACCORDANCE WITH SHEET SIZE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,077,824

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,077,825

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,075,338

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,075,827

IMAGE RETRIEVAL APPARATUS, IMAGE RETRIEVAL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,077,883

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,071,781

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND DEFECTIVE PIXEL DETECTION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,071,504

DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,071,773

PROJECTION SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

wherein the combining unit is implemented by the processor.

US Pat. No. 9,071,803

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,070,531

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,070,008

OBJECT RECOGNITION APPARATUS AND DICTIONARY DATA REGISTRATION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,067,440

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,063,514

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,065,754

CLIENT BASED CONGESTION CONTROL MECHANISM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,063,450

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PERFORMING EXPOSURE ON PHOTORECEPTOR DRUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,065,036

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. 9,057,819

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. 9,059,059

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. 9,048,152

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND FOCUS DETECTION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,045,680

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

R6 denotes a hydrogen atom or a cyano group.

US Pat. No. 9,049,404

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,049,361

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,049,365

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,046,793

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,046,859

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. 10,140,560

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. 10,139,548

OPTICAL APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical apparatus configured to introduce light from an object to an image pickup element, the optical apparatus comprising:a first retardation plate configured to provide a retardation of ?/2 between a polarization component in a slow axis direction and a polarization component in a fast axis direction;
a second retardation plate configured to change a retardation to be provided between a polarization component in a slow axis direction and a polarization component in a fast axis direction;
a third retardation plate configured to provide a retardation of ?/2 between a polarization component in a slow axis direction and a polarization component in a fast axis direction;
a polarizer configured to extract a polarization component to be introduced to the image pickup element; and
a setter configured to set the retardation of the second retardation plate,
wherein the first retardation plate, the second retardation plate, and the polarizer are arranged in this order from a side of the object to a side of the image pickup element,
wherein the slow axis direction or the fast axis direction of the second retardation plate tilts to the slow axis direction or the fast axis direction of the first retardation plate, and
wherein the setter sets the retardation of the second retardation plate according to the polarization component of the light from the object.

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. 10,142,541

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. 10,133,185

ILLUMINATION OPTICAL APPARATUS AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,133,753

DATA PROCESSING METHOD AND DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,133,042

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising, in order from an object side to an image side, a first lens unit having a positive refractive power, a second lens unit having a negative refractive power, a third lens unit having a positive refractive power, a fourth lens unit having a positive refractive power, and a fifth lens unit, whereinthe fifth lens unit does not move for zooming,
at least the second lens unit and the fourth lens unit move during zooming to change an interval between the third lens unit and the fourth lens unit and an interval between the fourth lens unit and the fifth lens unit such that an interval between the first lens unit and the second lens unit at a telephoto end is larger than that at a wide angle end and an interval between the second lens unit and the third lens unit at the telephoto end is smaller than that at the wide angle end,
the fifth lens unit includes, in order from the object side to the image side, a first lens subunit having a negative refractive power, a reflector that bends an optical path, and a second lens subunit having a positive refractive power, and
the zoom lens satisfies the following conditional expression:
0.40

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. 10,125,284

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. 10,126,856

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus configured to recognize an object operated using a pointer, the information processing apparatus comprising:a touch position acquisition unit configured to detect and acquire, using a touch sensor, a touch position in contact with the pointer on a target surface;
a leading end position identifying unit configured to identify, using a proximity sensor acquiring a sensed shape of the pointer, a surface position on the target surface in proximity to but not touching a leading end part of the pointer on the target surface, based on a target surface position having a closest proximity to the pointer or a predetermined shape portion of the sensed shape;
an input position identifying unit configured to identify the surface position identified by the leading end position identifying unit as an input position, based on the surface position being identified away from or coinciding with the touch position after the touch position is acquired by the touch position acquisition unit in a state during which a touch with the pointer on the target surface remains detected for a determined time; and
a recognition unit configured to recognize and select an object at the input position, based on the input position identified by the input position identifying unit, and
wherein each unit is implemented by one or more processors, circuitry or a combination thereof.

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. 10,122,878

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. 10,120,321

POWER TRANSMISSION APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS COMPRISING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power transmission apparatus comprising:a first pulley rotationally driven by a driving unit;
a second pulley;
a belt extended around the first pulley and the second pulley; and
a supply unit configured to supply a voltage such that the first pulley and the belt are electrostatically attracted to each other and that the second pulley and the belt are electrostatically attracted to each other, wherein
the belt includes a conductor layer,
at least one pulley among the first pulley and the second pulley includes a first electrode to which a first voltage is applied and a second electrode that is insulated from the first electrode and to which a second voltage is applied,
an insulating layer or a dielectric layer is arranged between the conductor layer of the belt and the first electrode of the at least one pulley, and
another insulating layer or another dielectric layer is arranged between the conductor layer of the belt and the second electrode of the at least one pulley.

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. 10,115,691

MODULE, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A module, comprising:an electronic component having a first electrode;
a mounting board having a second electrode;
a solder-bump configured to connect the first electrode and the second electrode; and
a thermoplastic resin member configured to contact both the first electrode and the second electrode and cover the solder-bump, so as to form a space between the electronic component and the mounting board.

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. 10,102,622

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A processing apparatus comprising:an obtaining unit configured to obtain, from a three-dimensional medical image of a target object, (a) a three-dimensional surface contour of the target object and (b) a reference point on the three-dimensional surface contour;
a calculation unit configured to (a) calculate a geodesic distance along the three-dimensional surface contour between the reference point and an arbitrary position on the three-dimensional surface contour, and (b) calculate an azimuth at the arbitrary position on the three-dimensional surface contour with reference to the reference point; and
a normalization unit configured to generate normalization transformation information for transforming a three-dimensional shape of a region of interest of the target object to a predetermined reference shape based on the geodesic distance and the azimuth,
wherein the transformation of the three-dimensional shape is a volumetric deformable transformation.

US Pat. No. 10,101,689

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image bearing member configured to bear a toner image;
a transfer belt configured to transfer the toner image from the image bearing member to a recording material;
a first brush configured to charge toner on the transfer belt; and
a second brush configured to contact the transfer belt at a position on an upstream side of a contact portion between the first brush and the transfer belt in a moving direction of the transfer belt, and collect material dust moved from the recording material to the transfer belt,
wherein an amount of inroad of the second brush into the transfer belt is larger than the amount of inroad of the first brush into the transfer belt.

US Pat. No. 10,102,458

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR GENERATING INTERMEDIATE DATA AND PROCESSING THE INTERMEDIATE DATA, METHOD OF PROCESSING INTERMEDIATE DATA GENERATED FROM PRINT DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

6. A method of processing intermediate data generated from print data for a predetermined area by using one or more controllers having at least one processor that executes instructions stored in a memory, comprising:reserving a memory area as a reserved memory area;
receiving the intermediate data, line by line;
starting a first rendering process for the intermediate data, wherein the first rendering process performs storing the intermediate data into a predetermined memory area, and rendering the intermediate data stored for the predetermined area, block by block, to output the rendered block data;
during the first rendering process, checking data size of the intermediate data for at least one line;
when the checked data size does not meet a predetermined requirement, stopping the first rendering process to start a second rendering process for the intermediate data, wherein the second rendering process performs rendering the intermediate data, line by line, to store the rendered line data into the reserved memory area; and
output an image based on the rendered block data or the rendered line data,
wherein the second rendering process performs the rendering using a piece of the intermediate data stored in the predetermined memory area and a remaining piece of the received intermediate data not stored in the predetermined memory.

US Pat. No. 10,104,254

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus including at least a first power state and a second power state that is lower in electric power consumption than the first power state, the apparatus comprising:a human body detection sensor which includes a plurality of elements;
a power controller which shifts the image forming apparatus to the first power state from the second power state based on time that has elapsed in a state that output values that are not less than a predetermined value are output by a predetermined number of elements or more;
a user interface which receives a predetermined user operation relating to a setting of the human body detection sensor, and
a controller which changes a prescribed value to be compared with the time that has elapsed in the state that the output values that are not less than the predetermined value are output by the predetermined number of elements or more in accordance with the received user operation.

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. 10,101,697

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a first image bearing member and a second image bearing member each configured to rotate while bearing a toner image;
a first charging member and a second charging member configured to respectively charge surfaces of the first image bearing member and the second image bearing member with only a DC voltage;
a first developing sleeve and a second developing sleeve each configured to rotate while bearing toner thereon;
a first developing bias power source configured to apply a developing bias to the first developing sleeve to develop a toner image on the first image bearing member;
a second developing bias power source configured to apply a developing bias to the second developing sleeve to develop a toner image on the second image bearing member;
an intermediate transfer belt configured as an endless belt and configured to come into contact with the first image bearing member and the second image bearing member on an outer peripheral surface thereof;
a first primary transfer member and a second primary transfer member disposed in a space enclosed by the intermediate transfer belt and configured to respectively transfer, by being subjected to a primary transfer bias applied thereto, toner images formed on the first image bearing member and the second image bearing member onto the intermediate transfer belt;
a secondary transfer member configured to form, with the outer peripheral surface of the intermediate transfer belt, a secondary transfer nip portion that nips a recording material, and transfer, by being applied with a secondary transfer bias, toner images transferred onto the intermediate transfer belt onto the recording material;
a pre-secondary transfer stretch roller disposed in a position downstream of the first primary transfer member and the second primary transfer member and upstream of the secondary transfer nip portion with respect to a rotation direction of the intermediate transfer belt, and configured to stretch the intermediate transfer belt by being in contact with an inner peripheral surface of the intermediate transfer belt;
a driving roller disposed downstream of the pre-secondary transfer stretch roller and configured to stretch the intermediate transfer belt and transmit a driving force to the intermediate transfer belt by being in contact with the inner peripheral surface of the intermediate transfer belt while rotating at a peripheral speed faster than peripheral speeds at which the first image bearing member and the second image bearing member rotate; and
an execution portion configured to, in a case of forming a toner image on the second image bearing member without forming a toner image on the first image bearing member and transferring the toner image formed on the second image bearing member onto the recording material via the intermediate transfer belt, execute a first monochromatic mode in which, with the first image bearing member and the second image bearing member in contact with the intermediate transfer belt, a DC charging bias is applied to the first charging member and the second charging member, rotation of the first developing sleeve is stopped, the second developing sleeve is caused to rotate, the first developing bias power source applies a predetermined developing bias to the first developing sleeve, the second developing bias power source applies a predetermined developing bias to the second developing sleeve, a bias smaller than the primary transfer bias applied to the first primary transfer member in a case where a toner image is formed on the first image bearing member is applied to the first primary transfer member, and the primary transfer bias applied to the second primary transfer member in a case where a toner image is formed on the second image bearing member is applied to the second primary transfer member.

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. 10,088,785

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. 10,086,613

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. 10,084,882

METHOD FOR PROCESSING REQUESTS AND SERVER DEVICE PROCESSING REQUESTS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of processing requests in a server device, comprising, at the server device, the steps of:receiving requests from a client device within one and the same connection established with the client device;
receiving, from the client device, a priority parameter value associated with at least one designated request of the received requests;
allocating resources of the server device for processing one or more target requests of the received requests based on the priority parameter value; and
processing simultaneously the target requests using the allocated resources;wherein, for each of the target requests,if the received priority parameter value belongs to a first subset of possible values for the priority parameter, the server device allocates, independently to other priority parameter values associated with other received requests for processing the target request, a predefined amount of resources that is specific to the received priority parameter value; and
if the received priority parameter value belongs to a second subset of possible values for the priority parameter, the server device allocates, for processing the target request, an amount of resources that depends on other priority parameter values associated with other received requests.

US Pat. No. 10,072,950

ENCODER AND METHOD OF OUTPUTTING MEASUREMENT VALUE OF POSITION OR ANGLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An encoder for outputting a measurement value of a position or angle of a scale in accordance with inputting of a command signal, the encoder comprising:a detector configured to detect the scale and output a detection signal; and
a processor configured to execute:
a generation task that generates data representing a position or angle of the scale from the output detection signal;
a correction task that calculates corrected data representing the position or angle of the scale from the output detection signal corresponding to a previous input command signal, at a time of inputting a current command signal, based on a velocity obtained from a change amount of the generated data and a delay time, which is a time from the detector detecting the scale in accordance with the previous command signal until receiving the current command signal; and
an outputting task that outputs the corrected data,
wherein the processor is configured to execute processings including the generation task and the correction task in parallel, for the data representing the position or angle of the scale for the output detection signal corresponding to the previous command signal at the time of inputting the current command signal.

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. 10,073,936

CALCULATION METHOD, GENERATION METHOD, PROGRAM, EXPOSURE METHOD, AND MASK FABRICATION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A computer-implemented method of generating data of a pattern of a mask used for a mask manufacturing method for manufacturing the mask, the method of generating the data comprising:a division step of dividing an effective light source formed on a pupil plane of a projection optical system of an exposure apparatus into a plurality of point sources;
a pupil function generation step of generating, for each of the plurality of point sources, a shifted pupil function by shifting a pupil function describing a pupil of the projection optical system by a shift amount in accordance with a position of each point source;
a defining step of defining a matrix by arranging each shifted pupil function generated in the pupil function generation step in each row or each column of the matrix;
a first calculation step of performing singular value decomposition of the matrix defined in the defining step, thereby calculating an eigenvalue and an eigenfunction;
a second calculation step of calculating a map representing, when elements of a target pattern are inserted on an object plane of the projection optical system, an influence the elements inflict on each other, based on a distribution of the light diffracted by the target pattern, and the eigenvalue and the eigenfunction calculated in the first calculation step; and
a data generation step of generating the data of the pattern of the mask based on the map calculated in the second calculation step,
wherein the mask manufacturing method comprises a step of manufacturing the mask by forming the pattern corresponding to the generated data on a substrate.

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. 10,063,795

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:a first image sensor in which a first pixel group whose sensitivity to visible light is higher than a sensitivity thereof to infrared light, and a second pixel group that has a sensitivity to infrared light and has a lower sensitivity to visible light than that of the first pixel group, are arranged on the same plane;
at least one processor; and
at least one non-transitory memory device having computer executable instructions stored thereon, which when executed by the at least one processor, causes the at least one processor to:
calculate a first evaluation value based on a pixel signal of the first pixel group without subtracting an infrared light component that is based on a pixel signal of the second pixel group from the pixel signal of the first pixel group;
calculate a second evaluation value by subtracting the infrared light component that is based on the pixel signal of the second pixel group from the pixel signal of the first pixel group or the first evaluation value;
perform a first processing based on the first evaluation value; and
perform a second processing that is different from the first processing based on the second evaluation value,
wherein the second processing includes at least one of processing for light source determination and processing for detecting a specific color.

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. 10,062,000

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a memory; and
a processor in communication with the memory, the processor being configured to perform operations comprising:
detecting a plurality of lines which are candidates for an edge of a rectangle that is included in an input image;
displaying, on a display, a rectangle constructed by the edge, which is determined as a side of the rectangle among the detected candidates for the edge; and
replacing according to a movement instruction for moving a position of a side selected from sides of the displayed rectangle, the position of the selected side with a position of an edge selected from the candidates for the edge,
wherein, a rectangle constructed to include the side of which the position is replaced with the position of the selected edge is displayed on the display.

US Pat. No. 10,055,555

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS USER AUTHENTICATION, AUTHENTICATION METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a processor connected to a memory, the processor and memory configured to:
accept, via a user selection screen which displays one or more items corresponding to user identifiers which are registered with the image processing apparatus, a selection of an item corresponding to a user identifier among the displayed one or more items corresponding to the user identifiers, without an input of user authentication information;
obtain an authority of a user corresponding to the user identifier corresponding to the selected item;
display, in a case where an obtained authority of the designated user is a first authority, a user authentication screen which allows a user to input the user authentication information and also allows the user to skip an input of the user authentication information;
allow, in a case where the obtained authority of the designated user is the first authority and an authentication information inputted via the user authentication screen is succeeded, the user to use a first function;
allow, in a case where the obtained authority of the designated user is the first authority and an input of the user authentication information via the user authentication screen is skipped, the user to use a second function personalized for the designated user and not allow the user to use the first function; and
allow, in a case where the obtained authority is a second authority, the user to use the second function personalized for the designated user, without displaying the user authentication screen for inputting the user authentication information,
wherein in a case where the obtained authority is the second authority, the user is not allowed to use the first function.

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. 10,049,613

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A self-emitting display apparatus, comprising:a self-emitting display panel having a plurality of display elements each of which includes an organic EL and a TFT (thin film transistor);
a first storage unit configured to store first correction data for reducing spatial brightness unevenness generated on a screen of a self-emitting display panel when an image based on image data of a first gradation value is displayed on the screen;
a second storage unit configured to store second correction data for reducing spatial brightness unevenness generated on the screen when an image based on image data of a second gradation value, which is lower than the first gradation value, is displayed on the screen; and
a correction unit configured to:
(i) determine a gradation value of input image data, which corresponds to each of the plurality of display elements, whether the gradation value belongs to a first gradation range or a second gradation range, the first gradation range being not less than the first gradation value and the second gradation range being not greater than the second gradation value,
(ii) correct gradation values, which belong to the first gradation range, of the input image data, in use of the first correction data, and
(iii) correct gradation values, which belong to the second gradation range, of the input image data, in use of the second correction data,
wherein:
the first gradation value is corresponding to a threshold voltage which is a turning point of change of V-I characteristics of the TFT that supply current to the organic EL element,
the first correction data is data related to a difference between emission brightness of each of plural display elements and an ideal value in a case where the image based on the image data of the first gradation value is displayed on the screen,
the second correction data is data related to a difference between emission brightness of each of plural display elements and an ideal value in a case where the image based on the image data of the second gradation value is displayed on the screen, and
by the corrections in the correction unit, spatial brightness unevenness generated on the screen when an image based on the input image data is displayed on the screen is reduced.

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. 10,038,804

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, having a power state including at least a first power state and a second power state in which less power is consumed than the first power state, the image forming apparatus comprising:a user interface which receives a user operation to shift the power state from the first power state to the second power state;
a human sensor which detects a human around the image forming apparatus;
a power controller which shifts the power state from the second power state to the first power state based on one or more signals output from the human sensor; and
a prohibit unit which prohibits a shift of the power state from the second power state to the first power state based on the human sensor during a predetermined period after the user interface receives the user operation.

US Pat. No. 10,031,442

REMANUFACTURING METHOD OF DEVELOPER ACCOMMODATING UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A remanufacturing method of a cartridge, the cartridge comprising a flexible container and detachably mountable to an image forming apparatus, the remanufacturing method comprising:filling a used flexible container with developer, the used flexible container being configured to accomodate developer and provided with a plurality of openings for discharging developer; and
attaching a sealing member to an outside surface of the used flexible container such that the sealing member covers the plurality of openings.

US Pat. No. 10,031,704

PRINTING SYSTEM PROCESSING DATA ACCORDING TO AUTHENTICATION INFORMATION, PRINTING APPARATUS AND PORTABLE TERMINAL CONSTITUTING THE SYSTEM, CONTROL METHODS THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAMS THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing system comprising:a printing apparatus; and
a portable terminal,
the printing apparatus comprising:
a near field communication (NFC) tag;
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 printing apparatus to:
acquire authentication information input via a card reader or via an operation unit of the printing apparatus;
execute user authentication based on the acquired authentication information;
write data that includes user information corresponding to the authentication information input via the card reader or via the operation unit into the NFC tag in a case where the user authentication based on the acquired authentication information succeeds;
output the data written in the NFC tag to the portable terminal via the NFC tag;
receive, from the portable terminal, print data including user identification information corresponding to the user information in the data output via the NFC tag; and
process the print data based on the user identification information included in the received print data; and
the portable terminal 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 portable terminal to:
read data written in the NFC tag from the NFC tag;
extract the user information from the read data;
generate print data using the extracted user information; and
transmit the generated print data to the printing apparatus.

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. 10,033,906

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS WITH IMPROVED QUANTIZATION, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that converts multi-valued data into multi-valued quantized data having fewer levels than the multi-valued data, comprising:one or more processor which executes the following steps of:
acquiring threshold values in a threshold value matrix having a designated pixel area corresponding to a plurality of pixels in an image, with different threshold values being set according to pixel position;
setting a provisional quantized value of the quantized data with respect to the multi-valued data, according to which gradation region from among a plurality of gradation regions includes a gradation indicated by the multi-valued data,
wherein each of the plurality of gradation regions corresponds to each region obtained by dividing a region of possible gradations that the multi-valued may take into two or more gradation regions;
deciding, based on a result of comparing comparative multi-valued data for the multi-valued data corresponding to the position of the gradation of the multi-valued data in the gradation region to the threshold value, whether to set the provisional quantized value, a value smaller than the provisional quantized value, or a value larger than the provisional quantized value as a quantized value of the quantized data with respect to the multi-valued data; and
outputting data used for printing by a printing unit of a printing apparatus configured to print an image onto a print medium, the data being obtained based on the quantized data,
wherein, the printing unit of the printing apparatus prints the image onto the print medium based on the output data,
wherein the one or more processor execute the step of deciding the quantized value so that in a case where the multi-valued data of each pixel in the pixel area is the same intermediate value, pixels having the value larger than provisional quantized value increase, pixels having the provisional quantized value do not change in number, and pixels having the value smaller than the provisional quantized value decrease in the designated pixel area as the value of the multi-valued data rises.

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. 10,033,919

FOCUS ADJUSTING APPARATUS, FOCUS ADJUSTING METHOD, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A focus adjusting apparatus, comprising:a tracking unit that detects a first area of a subject to be tracked, and reliability of a tracking position from an image signal output from an image sensor that captures a subject image formed on the image sensor by an optical system;
a focus detection unit that detects focus states of a plurality of focus detection areas based on the image signal that is output from the image sensor;
a determination unit that determines an in-focus area for which focus adjustment of the optical system is to be performed;
a prediction unit that predicts a focus state in next focus detection based on a history of focus states of the in-focus area detected by the focus detection unit; and
a selection unit that selects a second area from the plurality of focus detection areas,
wherein the determination unit determines the first area as the in-focus area in a case where a state in which the reliability is higher than a predetermined first threshold continues for a predetermined time period or longer, and determines the second area as the in-focus area in a case where the state does not continue for the predetermined time period.

US Pat. No. 10,022,980

RECORDING HEAD AND INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording head comprising:a plurality of discharge port array units each including at least one of a first discharge port array in which discharge ports having a first diameter as a discharge port diameter are arranged in a predetermined direction, a second discharge port array in which discharge ports having a second diameter smaller than the first diameter as a discharge port diameter are arranged in the predetermined direction, and a third discharge port array in which discharge ports having a third diameter smaller than the second diameter as a discharge port diameter are arranged in the predetermined direction, the plurality of discharge port array units including a first discharge port array unit configured to discharge ink of a first color, a second discharge port array unit configured to discharge ink of a second color, and a third discharge port array unit configured to discharge ink of a third color, the plurality of discharge port array units being juxtaposed in a crossing direction crossing the predetermined direction,
wherein the first discharge port array unit includes N first discharge port arrays and does not include the second or third discharge port array, where N is equal to 2 or more,
wherein the second discharge port array unit does not include N or more first discharge port arrays, includes the second discharge port array, and does not include the third discharge port array,
wherein the third discharge port array unit includes the third discharge port array, and
wherein the third discharge port array unit is not adjacent to the first discharge port array unit in the crossing direction, and the second discharge port array unit is adjacent to the first discharge port array unit in the crossing direction.

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. 10,025,217

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. 10,026,762

IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE HAVING AN ARRANGEMENT OF LINES THAT DOES NOT HINDER REALIZATION OF AN INCREASED READ RATE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup device comprising:a photoelectric converter;
an amplifier configured to output a pixel signal, which is based on signal charge accumulated in the photoelectric converter, to a first signal line and a second signal line different from the first signal line; and
a first wiring layer on which the first signal line, the second signal line, a first line different from the first signal line and the second signal line, and a second line different from the first signal line, the second signal line, and the first line are disposed in an identical direction,
wherein the first signal line is disposed between the first line and the second signal line in plan view and the second signal line is disposed between the first signal line and the second line in plan view,
wherein a distance between the first signal line and the second signal line is larger than a distance between the first signal line and the first line or larger than a distance between the second signal line and the second line,
wherein the distance between the first signal line and the second signal line is smaller than a width of the photoelectric converter, and
wherein the first signal line and the second signal line do not have any line therebetween.

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. 10,025,266

PROCESS CARTRIDGE INCLUDING A COUPLING MEMBER AND A SHEET THAT CONTACTS THE COUPLING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process cartridge comprising:a photosensitive drum;
a rotatable developing roller for developing an electrostatic latent image formed on the photosensitive drum;
a rotatable roller having a rotation shaft in a position deviated from an axis of the developing roller, the rotatable roller being configured for transmitting a driving force to the developing roller;
an Oldham coupling member disposed at an end portion of the shaft of the rotatable roller, the Oldham coupling including a drive receiving portion for receiving a driving force to be transmitted to the developing roller, wherein the drive receiving portion is movable relative to the rotatable roller in a direction crossing the shaft of the rotatable roller;
an urging member for urging the drive receiving portion in the direction crossing the shaft of the rotatable roller;
a supporting portion for rotatably supporting the drive receiving portion so as to be movable together with the drive receiving portion relative to the rotatable roller in the direction crossing the shaft of the rotatable roller;
an abutting portion for receiving the supporting portion urged by the urging member; and
an elastic sheet provided at an end of the developing roller,
wherein the elastic sheet is configured to rotate along with the developing roller and intermittently contact at least part of the Oldham coupling member by rotation of the elastic sheet.

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. 10,021,646

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING A COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:a first communication unit configured to perform a communication that conforms to Bluetooth Low Energy;
a second communication unit configured to perform a communication that conforms to any one of IEEE802.11 series;
a start unit configured to start a communication by the second communication unit with an another communication apparatus, in a case where a start instruction is received from the another communication apparatus by the first communication unit;
a control unit configured to control the first communication unit such that a connection that conforms to Bluetooth Low Energy with the another communication apparatus is maintained after a communication by the second communication unit with the another communication apparatus is started by the start unit so that the communication apparatus communicates with the another communication apparatus using the maintained connection by the first communication unit after the communication started by the start unit is completed.

US Pat. No. 10,015,827

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:one or more computers for causing the apparatus to:
determine whether the communication apparatus is to operate as a transmission apparatus that transmits service data to another communication apparatus via a wireless connection, or operate as both the transmission apparatus and a reception apparatus that receives service data from said another communication apparatus via the wireless connection; and
select, based on a result of the determination, whether to disconnect the wireless connection with said another communication apparatus in response to completion of transmission of the service data or to disconnect the wireless connection with said another communication apparatus in response to a user operation,
wherein, in a case where it is determined that the communication apparatus is to operate as the transmission apparatus, the communication apparatus selects to disconnect the wireless connection with said another communication apparatus in response to completion of transmission of the service data, and in a case where it is determined that the communication apparatus is to operate as both the transmission apparatus and the reception apparatus, the communication apparatus selects to disconnect the wireless connection with said another communication apparatus in response to the user operation.

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. 10,012,821

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, REAR ATTACHMENT LENS, AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A rear attachment lens which obtains a focal length larger than a focal length of an interchangeable lens by being mounted to an image side of the interchangeable lens, the rear attachment lens comprising, in order from an object side to the image side:a negative lens portion;
an intermediate lens portion; and
a positive lens portion,
wherein the intermediate lens portion comprises a positive lens and a negative lens, and
wherein conditional expressions
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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. 10,015,431

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD INCLUDING CONTROL WHETHER OR NOT TO PERMIT A READOUT REQUEST

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a writing unit configured to write image data to a memory, wherein a plurality of first blocks are included in one frame of image data written by the writing unit to the memory;
a reading unit configured to output a readout request for image data written by the writing unit to the memory and reads out the image data from the memory in response to the readout request being permitted, wherein, while image data of one frame is being written to the memory by the writing unit, the reading unit outputs a readout request for the image data of one frame written in the memory, and wherein a plurality of second blocks each having a different size from each of the first blocks are included in one frame of image data read out by the reading unit from the memory;
a first acquisition unit configured to, in response to writing of a pixel at a predetermined position of the plurality of first blocks included in the one frame of image data being performed to the memory by the writing unit, acquire write coordinates corresponding to the position of the pixel up to which the writing is completed;
a second acquisition unit configured to acquire readout coordinates corresponding to a position of the second block where readout is to be performed of the plurality of second blocks included in the image data written in the memory; and
a controller configured to control whether or not to permit the readout request from the reading unit based on a positional relationship between the write coordinates acquired by the first acquisition unit and the readout coordinates acquired by the second acquisition unit, wherein the controller performs control so as not to permit the readout request from the reading unit if the positional relationship between the write coordinates and the readout coordinates does not satisfy a predetermined condition.

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. 10,013,727

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, which is communicably connected to a database, for creating a report concerning an interpretation result on a medical image, the information processing apparatus comprising:a processor; and
a memory storing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the information processing apparatus to:
receive a medical image obtained by imaging an object by using a medical imaging apparatus from the database;
receive region information found in the received medical image;
input at least one first character relating to the medical image;
determine a first text candidate and a second text candidate from a plurality of text candidates in a candidate table, based on the at least one first character, wherein the first text candidate describes a first region, and the second text candidate describes a second region, wherein a character length of the first text candidate and a character length of the second text candidate are longer than a character length of the at least one first character;
determine an interpretation status for the first region and the second region, wherein the interpretation status does not include information representing whether or not the first text candidate and the second text candidate were selected, and wherein the interpretation status indicates whether the medical image has been interpreted;
detect an abnormality in the medical image by performing image processing on the medical image;
determine, based on the determined interpretation status and the detected abnormality, a priority level for the first text candidate and the second text candidate, wherein if the first region has already been interpreted and the second region has not yet been interpreted, a priority level for the first text candidate is determined to be higher than a priority level for the second text candidate, wherein if an abnormality has been detected in the first region and the abnormality has not been detected in the second region, a priority level for the first text candidate is determined to be higher than a priority level for the second text candidate; and
visually present, based on the determined priority levels for the first text candidate and the second text candidate, the first text candidate and the second text candidate in this order.

US Pat. No. 10,003,761

IMAGING DEVICE HAVING MULTIPLE ANALOG-DIGITAL CONVERSION CIRCUITS THAT PERFORM MULTIPLE AD CONVERSIONS FOR A SINGULAR ONE OF A PIXEL SIGNAL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging device comprising:a plurality of pixels arranged to form a plurality of columns and each configured to output a pixel signal by a photoelectric conversion in accordance with an incident light;
analog-to-digital conversion circuits (AD conversion circuits) provided correspondingly to the plurality of columns and each configured to perform analog-to-digital conversions (AD conversions) for the pixel signal; and
first memories provided correspondingly to the plurality of columns and second memories provided correspondingly to the plurality of columns,
wherein each of the AD conversion circuits performs multiple AD conversions including a first AD conversion and a second AD conversion for a singular one of the pixel signal,
wherein each of the first memories has a bit width of N+1 bits, where N is a natural number, and holds the least significant bit to an N+1th bit of a first digital value obtained by the first AD conversion, and
wherein each of the second memories has a bit width of M bits, where M is a natural number greater than N+1, and holds the least significant bit to an Mth bit of a second digital value obtained by the second AD conversion.

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. 9,998,621

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus having at least a first power state and a second power state, power being supplied to a device of the information processing apparatus in the first power state, power supply to the device being stopped in the second power state, comprising:a sensor which detects a human around the information processing apparatus;
a user interface which receives a user operation to shift the information processing apparatus from the first power state to the second power state or to shift the information processing apparatus from the second power state to the first power state; and
a power controller which shifts the information processing apparatus from the second power state to the first power state based on a detection of a human by the sensor, and shifts the information processing apparatus, from the first power state to the second power state or from the second power state to the first power state, based on the user operation received by the user interface,
wherein the power controller disables a shift of a power state of the information processing apparatus based on the user interface during a predetermined period after the detection of the human by the sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,998,631

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR PROCESSING INFORMATION, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for image processing, the method comprising:obtaining an input image including a shade component by capturing a document;
estimating a shade component image, the shade component image representing the shade component of the input image, the shade component depending on an image capture environment in which the document has been captured;
calculating at least one difference value between a pixel value of a target pixel in the input image and a pixel value in the shade component image at coordinates identical to those of the target pixel; and
correcting the pixel value of the target pixel in the input image based on the pixel value in the shade component image and a correction rate to remove a shade component in the target pixel, the correction rate depending on the difference value associated with the target pixel in the input image, wherein as the difference value increases, the correction rate decreases.

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. 9,983,510

DEVELOPING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING DEVELOPER CARRYING AND STIRRING CONTROL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing device comprising:a developing container configured to accommodate a developer including toner and magnetic particles;
a developer carrying member rotatably provided opposed to an opening of said developing container;
a stirring member configured to stir the developer in said developing container to supply the developer to said developer carrying member;
a first driving motor configured to drive said developer carrying member;
a second driving motor configured to drive said stirring member; and
a controller configured to control drive of said first driving motor and said second driving motor,
wherein said controller effects control so that when a stop signal of said first driving motor and a stop signal of said second driving motor are outputted, at least in a period from output of either earlier one of the stop signal of said first driving motor and the stop signal of said second driving motor to rotational speeds of both of said developer carrying member and said stirring member becoming ½ of rotational speeds before the stop signal of said first driving motor and the stop signal of said second driving motor are outputted, the following formula is satisfied:
0.7 where said ?(E) is ?a(E)/?s(E), wherein ?s(E) (rpm) is a rotational speed of said developer carrying member and ?a(E) (rpm) is a rotational speed of said stirring member, and
where said ? is ?a/?s, wherein ?s (rpm) is a rotational speed of said developer carrying member in the steady state during the image formation and ?a (rpm) is a rotational speed of said stirring member in the steady state during the image formation.

US Pat. No. 9,969,163

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head comprising:a discharge unit that discharges a liquid as a result of electric energy being supplied to the discharge unit;
a first wiring member that is joined to the discharge unit and that includes a plurality of first joining terminals each capable of transmitting the electric energy to the discharge unit; and
a second wiring member that is electrically joined to the first wiring member and that includes a plurality of second joining terminals; and
wherein at least three of the plurality of first joining terminals are inspection terminals that are short-circuited, and the second joining terminals are connected to contact terminals to each of which an external signal can be input,
wherein a joint state of the first joining terminals and the second joining terminals is inspected by measuring a resistance between each two terminals among the at least three inspection terminals and comparing the resistance each with a predetermined value.

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. 9,936,118

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURE SYSTEM, CONTROL METHODS FOR THE SAME, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capture apparatus capable of communicating with an external apparatus via a network, the image capture apparatus comprising:a motorized position changer, which changes an image capture position of an image capturing unit that captures an image of an object;
a controller, which generates, in response to a request received from the external apparatus, a response including a first field in which an operation state of the position changer is described; and
a communicator, which sends the response to the external apparatus,
wherein, in a case where the position changer is in an initialization procedure or has an error, the response generated by the controller specifies that the position changer is in the initialization procedure or has an error, using a combination of descriptions in multiple fields including the first field.

US Pat. No. 9,927,701

DETECTION APPARATUS, IMPRINT APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A detection apparatus for detecting a plurality of marks formed on a shot region of a substrate to which a pattern of a mold is to be transferred, the apparatus comprising:a plurality of detection units, each of the plurality of detection units including a mirror and a scope configured to detect light from a mark via the mirror,
wherein the substrate includes, as the shot region, a deficient shot region which is arranged in a peripheral portion of the substrate and to which a portion of the pattern of the mold is to be transferred, the deficient shot region including a chip region in which marks are arranged with a spacing narrower than a width of the scope,
wherein the plurality of detection units include a first detection unit, a second detection unit, and a third detection unit which are configured to be able to respectively detect light from the marks arranged in the chip region by bringing the mirrors close to each other, and
wherein in a surface direction parallel to a surface on which the plurality of marks are arranged, a direction of an optical axis between the mirror and the scope in the first detection unit, a direction of an optical axis between the mirror and the scope in the second detection unit and a direction of an optical axis between the mirror and the scope in the third detection unit are different from each other.

US Pat. No. 9,926,450

COMPOUND HAVING AZO SKELETON STRUCTURE, PIGMENT-DISPERSING AGENT, PIGMENT COMPOSITION, PIGMENT DISPERSION, AND TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A compound containing a polymer having a monomer unit represented by the following formula (4), and having a moiety represented by the following formula (1),
wherein in the formula (1),
R1 represents an alkyl group or a phenyl group,
Ar1 represents an aryl group,
Ar1 and R2 to R6 satisfy at least one of requirements (i) and (ii) described below,
(i) Ar1 has a linking group which is bound to a carbon atom in the aryl group, and constitutes a bonding moiety with the polymer,
(ii) at least one of R2 to R6 has a linking group constituting a bonding moiety with the polymer,
when none of R2 to R6 has a linking group, R2 to R6 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, an alkyl group, an alkoxy group, a hydroxy group, a cyano group, a trifluoromethyl group, a carboxy group, a CONHR7 group, a COOR8 group, an NHCOR9 group, an OCOR10 group, or an NHR11 group,
R7 to R11 each independently represent a group represented by the following formula (2) or (3), and
wherein Ar1 and R2 to R6 satisfy at least one of requirements (iii) and (iv) described below,
(iii) Ar1 has a substituent selected from a CONHR7 group, a COOR8 group, a NHCOR9 group, an OCOR10 group, and an NHR11 group,
(iv) at least one of R2 to R6 represents a CONHR7 group, a COOR8 group, an NHCOR9 group, an OCOR10 group, and an NHR11 group,

wherein in the formula (2),
R12 represents a COR14 group or an SO2R15 group,
R14 and R15 each independently represent an OR16 group or an NR17R18 group,
R16 represents a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, a phenyl group, an aralkyl group, or a cation that forms a salt with a carboxylate anion or a sulfonate anion,
R17 and R18 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, a phenyl group, or an aralkyl group, and
n represents an integer of 1 to 11,

wherein in the formula (3),
R13 represents a COR14 group or an SO2R15 group,
R14 and R15 each independently represent an OR16 group or an NR17R18 group,
R16 represents a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, a phenyl group, an aralkyl group, or a cation that forms a salt with a carboxylate anion or a sulfonate anion, and
R17 and R18 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, a phenyl group, or an aralkyl group,

wherein in the formula (4),
R19 represents a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group, and
R20 represents a phenyl group, a carboxy group, a carboxylate group, or a carboxamide group.

US Pat. No. 9,924,106

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM WITH INCREASED SATURATION CHARGE QUANTITY OF PIXELS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a plurality of pixels, each pixel including a photoelectric conversion unit configured to generate charge in response to incident
light and to accumulate the charge, a holding unit configured to hold the charge, an amplification unit configured to output
a signal based on the charge, a first transfer switch configured to transfer the charge from the photoelectric conversion
unit to the holding unit, and a second transfer switch configured to transfer the charge from the holding unit to the amplification
unit; and

an output line to which the plurality of pixels are connected,
wherein
at a first time point, the photoelectric conversion units of the plurality of pixels start accumulation of charge,
the first transfer switch of at least one of the plurality of pixels is kept off from the first time point to a second time
point and the photoelectric conversion unit of the at least one of the plurality of pixels accumulates charge generated in
a first period from the first time point to the second time point,

in the first period, the second transfer switches of the plurality of pixels are turned on and the amplification units of
the plurality of pixels output the signals to the output line in turns,

at the second time point the first transfer switch of the at least one of the plurality of pixels is controlled from off to
on,

in a second period from the second time point to a third time point, the holding units of the plurality of pixels hold charge
generated by the photoelectric conversion units in the first period and the photoelectric conversion units of the plurality
of pixels accumulate charge generated by the photoelectric conversion units in the second period, and

at the third time point, the first transfer switches of the plurality of pixels transfer the charge generated by the photoelectric
conversion units in the second period into the holding unit so that the holding units of the plurality of pixels hold the
charge generated in the first period and the charge generated in the second period.

US Pat. No. 9,902,163

LIQUID EJECTING HEAD AND LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejecting head comprising:
a plurality of terminals for being electrically connected with a contact point provided in a liquid ejecting apparatus; and
a liquid ejecting element substrate having a liquid ejecting element formed for ejecting a liquid in response to a control
signal transmitted from the liquid ejecting apparatus,

wherein
the plurality of terminals includes signal terminals and ground terminals for control, for controlling the liquid ejecting
element,

the plurality of terminals are arranged such that a plurality of terminal rows, in which a plurality of terminals is arrayed
in a first direction, is arranged in a second direction that is perpendicular to the first direction, and

the ground terminals are arranged at both ends of one terminal row that is positioned closest to the liquid ejecting element
substrate among the plurality of terminal rows in the second direction and the signal terminals are arranged between the ground
terminals.

US Pat. No. 9,888,460

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
at least one processor;
a wireless communication interface;
wherein the at least one processor is configured to function as the following units:
a specifying unit configured to, before joining a wireless network, specify an external device that will be a content data
transmitting source;

a first receiving unit configured to, before joining a wireless network, receive related information relating to content data
to be transmitted from the external device specified by the specifying unit via the wireless communication interface;

a determination unit configured to, before joining a wireless network, determine whether to receive the content data to be
transmitted based on the related information received by the first receiving unit;

a network joining unit configured to make the communication apparatus join a wireless network via the wireless communication
interface when the determination unit determines to receive the content data to be transmitted; and

a second receiving unit configured to receive the content data to be transmitted from the external device specified by the
specifying unit via the wireless communication interface after the communication apparatus has joined the wireless network
via the network joining unit,

wherein the wireless communication interface is a single common interface used for reception of the related information by
the first receiving unit and reception of the content data by the second receiving unit.

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.

US Pat. No. 9,878,475

TRANSFER MOLDING METHOD, MOLD, AND MOLDED ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A molding method for molding a thermosetting resin, the method comprising:
a first mold clamping step, wherein an upper mold and a lower mold are clamped with an intermediate mold placed therebetween
to form a first chamber, a first cavity and a first runner for primary molding between the upper mold and the intermediate
mold, and a second cavity and a second runner for primary molding between the lower mold and the intermediate mold;

a primary molding step, wherein a first molding material is transferred into the first cavity from the first chamber, through
the first runner for primary molding, to form a first segment part, and the first molding material is transferred into a second
cavity formed by fitting the lower mold to the intermediate mold, through the second runner for primary molding, to form a
second segment part;

a second mold clamping step, wherein the intermediate mold placed between the upper mold and the lower mold is retracted,
and the upper mold and the lower mold are clamped, so as to form a second chamber serving as a portion of the first chamber,
a third cavity surrounded by at least a portion of the first segment part and a portion of the second segment part, and a
runner for secondary molding which is in communication with the third cavity; and

a secondary molding step, wherein a second molding material is transferred into the third cavity from the second chamber through
the runner for secondary molding to bond the first segment part and the second segment part.