US Pat. No. 9,426,733

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory storing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the communication apparatus to function as:
a detection unit configured to detect a wireless network in which the communication apparatus can execute predetermined communication
parameter setting processing, wherein the setting processing is used for sharing a wireless parameter;

a determination unit configured, if a plurality of wireless networks are detected by the detection unit, to determine whether
the detected plurality of wireless networks are provided by a single apparatus based on a Basic Service Set Identifier (BSSID)
of each of the plurality of the wireless networks, wherein the BSSID is defined by the IEEE 802.11 series; and

a sharing unit configured:
1) to share, if the determination unit determines that the detected plurality of wireless networks are provided by a single
apparatus, a wireless parameter in one of the detected plurality of wireless networks between the communication apparatus
and the single apparatus, and

2) not to share, if the determination unit determines that the detected plurality of wireless networks are not provided by
a single apparatus, a wireless parameter in any of the detected plurality of wireless networks,

wherein the determination unit determines that the detected plurality of wireless networks are provided by a single apparatus
if a difference between a BSSID of a first wireless network and a BSSID of a second wireless network falls within a predetermined
range.

US Pat. No. 9,426,349

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,419,599

SEMICONDUCTOR INTEGRATED CIRCUIT, APPARATUS INCLUDING SEMICONDUCTOR INTEGRATED CIRCUIT, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING CLOCK SIGNAL IN SEMICONDUCTOR INTEGRATED CIRCUIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A semiconductor integrated circuit comprising:
a first generation unit configured to generate, in response to an output clock signal of a clock source, a fixed frequency
division clock signal having a fixed frequency;

a fixed frequency division state monitoring unit configured to monitor a frequency division state of the fixed frequency division
clock signal;

a second generation unit configured to generate, in response to the output clock signal of the clock source, a variable frequency
division clock signal having a variable frequency; and

a variable frequency division state monitoring unit configured to monitor a frequency division state of the variable frequency
division clock signal,

wherein in a case where the frequency of the variable frequency division clock signal is returned from a frequency obtained
by reducing a normal frequency to the normal frequency, when the variable frequency division state monitoring unit determines
that the variable frequency division clock signal becomes a high state in a next cycle, output of the variable frequency division
clock signal having the frequency returned to the normal frequency is stopped, and when the fixed frequency division state
monitoring unit determines, after the output is stopped, that the fixed frequency division clock signal becomes a high state
in a next cycle, the output of the variable frequency division clock signal having the frequency returned to the normal frequency
is resumed.

US Pat. No. 9,420,134

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A CONTROL UNIT TO CONTROL AND MOVE A READ UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form an image on a recording material;
a first conveyance path in which the recording material is conveyed to form the image on the recording material;
a second conveyance path in which the recording material is conveyed in order to convey the recording material to the first
conveyance path again, wherein a recording material and an original are to be conveyed selectively in the second conveyance
path;

a third conveyance path in which only the original is conveyed,
a read unit configured to read an original conveyed in the second conveyance path, at a first read position facing the second
conveyance path and to read the original conveyed in the third conveyance path, at a second read position facing the third
conveyance path; and

a control unit configured to switch the read position of the read unit either at the first read position or the second read
position based on a read condition of the read unit and an image forming condition of the image forming unit;

a reference member, wherein the control unit switches the read position to a third read position between the first read position
and the second read position, and performs a calibration operation of the original read unit based on a result of reading
the reference member by the original read unit at a third read position,

wherein in a case where the original read unit reads the first surface of the original at the first position and the second
surface of an original at the second position and the image forming unit forms an image on both surfaces of the recording
material, the control unit controls the read unit to rotationally move to the third read position during the recording material
passes along the second conveyance path, and performs the control for correcting the read unit based on the result of reading
the reference member by the original read unit.

US Pat. No. 9,417,548

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS IN WHICH CHARGING CURRENT CHANGES CORRESPONDING TO VOLTAGE RISE DURING TRANSFER VOLTAGE DETERMINATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a rotatable photosensitive member;
a charging member for electrically charging a surface of said photosensitive member;
a charging voltage source for applying a charging voltage which is only a DC voltage to said charging member;
an exposure device for exposing the charged surface of said photosensitive member to light to form an electrostatic image;
a developing device for visualizing the electrostatic image as a toner image by supplying a toner to said photosensitive member;
a transfer member for transferring the toner image from said photosensitive member onto a toner image receiving member at
a transfer portion;

a transfer voltage source for applying a transfer voltage to said transfer member;
a first detecting portion for detecting a voltage of said transfer voltage source when said transfer voltage source causes
a current to flow through said transfer member;

a second detecting portion for detecting a current flowing through said charging member when said charging voltage source
applies a voltage to said charging member; and

an executing portion for executing an operation in an obtaining mode and expecting an operation in a test mode in a listed
order before a transfer period in which the toner image is transferred at the transfer portion, said test mode including a
rising period and a detecting period, wherein

in the operation in the obtaining mode, an obtained charging current is obtained by detecting a current by said second detecting
portion during passing of a region of said photosensitive member through the charging portion after the region of said photosensitive
member passed through the charging portion and the transfer portion when a predetermined charging voltage is applied to said
charging member and a voltage before adjustment is applied to said transfer member,

a voltage applied to said transfer member in the transfer period being adjusted on the basis of a detection result of said
first detecting portion when said transfer voltage source causes a predetermined target transfer current to flow through said
transfer member in the detecting period, and

said executing portion gradually changes a value of the current caused to flow through said transfer member from zero to the
predetermined target transfer current in the rising period preceding to the detecting period and sets the current caused to
flow through said transfer member as the predetermined target transfer current in the detecting period and then gradually
changes the current caused to flow through said charging member from zero to the obtained charging current when a region of
said photosensitive member positioned at the transfer portion in the rising period subsequently passes through the charging
portion and sets the current caused to flow through said charging member when a region of said photosensitive member positioned
at the transfer portion in the detecting period subsequently passes through the charging portion as the obtained charging
current.

US Pat. No. 9,418,614

LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,417,591

PRINTING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING PRINTING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a printing unit configured to print an image on a sheet;
a receiving unit configured to receive a print job in which printing of a first page on a transparent sheet which is to be
used as a cover sheet and cannot be reversed, and printing of a second page on a non-transparent sheet which can be reversed
are designated; and

a control unit configured to,
(i) in a case where printing of the first page on a front side of the cover sheet is designated in the received print job,
perform a first control in which the second page is printed on a front surface on the non-transparent sheet after the first
page is printed on a front surface of the transparent sheet, and

(ii) in a case where printing of the first page on a back side of the cover sheet is designated in the received print job,
perform a second control in which the first page is printed on a front surface of the transparent sheet after the second page
is printed on a back surface of the non-transparent sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,417,606

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING CONTROL MEANS TO REDUCE AN AMOUNT OF THE WATER VAPOR PRODUCED IN A MAIN ASSEMBLY THEREOF OR DETECTING UNIT CONFIGURED TO DETECT A VALUE RELATING TO AN AMOUNT OF WATER VAPOR IN THE MAIN ASSEMBLY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a main assembly;
an image bearing member configured to carry a toner image;
a transfer member cooperative with said image bearing member to form a transfer portion to transfer a toner image onto a recording
material passing through said transfer portion;

a transferring voltage source configured to apply a voltage to said transfer member;
a heating unit configured to heat the recording material having a transferred toner image;
a detecting unit configured to detect a value relating to the amount of water vapor in said main assembly;
a fan configured to adjust a flow rate in said main assembly, and
a control unit configured to control a humidity decreasing operation for decreasing the amount of vapor produced in said main
assembly;

wherein when said control unit increases the rotational speed of said fan to effect the humidity decreasing operation on the
basis of the amount of change of the value detected by said detecting unit, the value corresponding to the amount of the vapor
produced by heating the recording material by said heating unit.

US Pat. No. 9,420,261

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor which includes a left-eye light-receiving element and a right-eye light-receiving element, and outputs a left-eye
captured image for left eye and a right-eye captured image for right eye upon receiving light beams having passed through
one imaging optical system; and

one or more processors configured to function as the following units:
a detection unit which is able to detect a difference, between the left-eye captured image and the right-eye captured image,
of each of subjects included in the left-eye captured image and the right-eye captured image;

a control unit which is able to control a focusing unit of the imaging optical system to focus on a given subject included
in the left-eye captured image and the right-eye captured image, based on the difference of the given subject between the
left-eye captured image and the right-eye captured image detected by the detection unit; and

a creation unit which is able to create an image for binocular stereopsis using the left-eye captured image and the right-eye
captured image,

wherein the creation unit creates the image for binocular stereopsis so that a difference, between the left-eye captured image
and the right-eye captured image, of a subject which is different from the given subject and is included in both the left-eye
captured image and the right-eye captured image has a predetermined value in the image for binocular stereopsis.

US Pat. No. 9,413,975

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image capturing unit configured to capture an image of an object;
a light metering unit configured to perform light metering on the object;
an exposure control value setting unit configured to set an exposure control value according to a first selecting operation
in which a user selects an exposure control value;

an exposure control value changing unit configured to change an exposure control value to be set by the exposure control value
setting unit by selecting an exposure control value included in an exposure control value control range based on a result
of the light metering by the light metering unit;

a control range setting unit configured to set the exposure control value control range according to a second selecting operation
in which a user selects at least one exposure control value; and

a control range changing unit configured, in a case that the exposure control value set according to the first selecting operation
is out of the exposure control value control range set according to the second selecting operation, to change the exposure
control value control range set by the control range setting unit into a range including the exposure control value set by
the exposure control value setting unit automatically without requiring a selecting operation in which a user selects an exposure
control value, wherein the exposure control value control range is changed by controlling only one of an upper limit value
of the exposure control value and a lower limit value of the exposure control value.

US Pat. No. 9,404,958

DIELECTRIC STRENGTH VOLTAGE TESTING METHOD FOR ELECTRONICS DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronics device comprising:
a hot line and a neutral line forming a pair of power supply lines connected to a commercial alternating-current power supply;
a first switch element configured to switch on and off the hot line;
a second switch element configured to switch on and off the neutral line;
a common mode inductor switchably connectable to the hot line and to the neutral line;
a first capacitor connected between one of a plurality of hot line sections of the hot line and one of a plurality of neutral
line sections of the neutral line, and configured to apply an alternating current for a dielectric strength voltage test from
the neutral line section located at the input side of the second switch element to the hot line section located at the output
side of the first switch element, even in a state where the first switch element is switched off, wherein the one of the plurality
of hot line sections is located at an output side of the first switch element as viewed from the commercial alternating-current
power supply, and the one of the plurality of neutral line sections is located at an input side of the second switch element
as viewed from the commercial alternating-current power supply; and

a second capacitor connected between one of the plurality of hot line sections located at the output side of the first switch
element as viewed from the commercial alternating-current power supply, and one of the plurality of neutral line sections
located at an output side of the second switch element as viewed from the commercial alternating-current power supply, and
configured to apply the alternating current for the dielectric strength voltage test from the hot line section located at
the output side of the first switch element to the neutral line section located at the output side of the second switch element,
even in a state where the second switch element is switched off;

wherein the first and second capacitors and the common mode inductor are each a part of a filter configured to filter line
noise from the commercial alternating-current power supply.

US Pat. No. 9,407,793

COLOR CONVERSION USING LOOK-UP TABLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,405,238

URGING ROLLER, CLEANING DEVICE AND IMAGE HEATING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An urging roller for urging a cleaning web to a rotatable member of an electrophotographic image forming apparatus, said
urging roller comprising:
a shaft;
an elastic layer provided on a peripheral surface of said shaft;
a wire wound on a peripheral surface of said elastic layer; and
a toner parting layer covering (a) a peripheral surface of said elastic layer and (b) said wire winding on the peripheral
surface of said elastic layer.

US Pat. No. 9,407,801

COMPOUND EYE IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A compound eye image pickup apparatus comprising:
a plurality of optical systems including a first optical system having a longest focal length and an optical system group
of a plurality of second optical systems having focal lengths different from the longest focal length; and

an image pickup element including a plurality of image pickup regions corresponding to the plurality of optical systems,
wherein a condition expression below is satisfied,
where p (mm) represents a pixel pitch of the image pickup element, S (mm2) represents an area of the image pickup element, PAVE represents an average value of the number of pixels of each image pickup region, PSUM represents a sum of the number of pixels of each image pickup region, Nt represents the number of the first optical systems among the plurality of optical systems, and var represents the number of
the different focal lengths.

US Pat. No. 9,407,808

IMAGING APPARATUS, EXTERNAL APPARATUS, IMAGING SYSTEM, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING EXTERNAL APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGING SYSTEM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an imaging unit configured to capture an object image;
a rotation unit configured to rotate the imaging unit in a predetermined direction;
a first transmission unit configured to transmit, to an external apparatus, acceleration information indicating whether an
acceleration at which the rotation unit rotates the imaging unit is able to be designated;

a receiving unit configured to receive, from the external apparatus, a control instruction which comprises information designating
an acceleration for controlling the rotation unit;

a control unit configured to control the rotation unit based on the control instruction received by the receiving unit; and
a second transmission unit configured to transmit, to the external apparatus, specification information associated with the
control instruction acceptable by the control unit.

US Pat. No. 9,405,249

HEAT-FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device for fixing an image on a recording material, comprising:
a rotatable member including an electroconductive layer;
a helical coil provided inside said rotatable member, said helical coil having a helical axis direction along a generatrix
direction of said rotatable member;

a magnetic member extending in a helically shaped portion formed by said coil, wherein said magnetic member does not form
a loop outside the electroconductive layer;

a frequency setting portion configured to set the frequency of an AC current caused to flow through said coil; and
a temperature detecting portion configured to detect the temperature of said rotatable member, said temperature detecting
portion including a first temperature detecting member configured to detect the temperature of said rotatable member at a
central portion with respect to the generatrix direction and a second temperature detecting member configured to detect the
temperature of said rotatable member at an end portion with respect to the generatrix direction,

wherein the electroconductive layer generates heat through electromagnetic induction heating by the magnetic flux resulting
from the AC current, and the image is fixed on the recording material by the heat of said rotatable member, and

wherein said frequency setting portion sets the frequency depending on a value of a difference between a detection temperature
of said first temperature detecting member and a detection temperature of said second temperature detecting member.

US Pat. No. 9,402,033

IMAGE SENSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,395,672

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING MULTIPLE PAPER FEEDING PATHS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a sheet stacking portion on which a sheet is stacked;
an image forming unit configured to form an image on the sheet;
a sheet feeding unit configured to feed the sheet stacked on the sheet stacking portion to the image forming unit;
a sheet discharging unit configured to discharge the sheet on which the image is formed by the image forming unit;
a discharged sheet stacking portion on which the sheet discharged by the sheet discharging unit is stacked;
a document stacking portion on which a document is stacked;
an image reading unit configured to read an image of the document;
a document feeding unit configured to feed the document stacked on the document stacking portion to the image reading unit;
a document discharge unit configured to discharge the document from which the image is read by the image reading unit;
a discharged document stacking portion onto which documents are discharged by the document discharge unit;
a drive unit including at least one drive source; and
a control unit configured to control the drive unit such that at least one of the document feeding unit and the document discharge
unit is driven in a state in which the image forming unit is not driven,

wherein a first conveying path through which the sheet fed by the sheet feeding unit and discharged by the sheet discharging
unit passes and a second conveying path through which the document fed by the document feeding unit and discharged by the
document discharging unit passes are connected together,

wherein the discharged sheet stacking portion, the document stacking portion and the discharged document stacking portion
are provided above the image forming unit in a vertical direction, and

wherein the discharged sheet stacking portion, the document stacking portion and the discharged document stacking portion
are overlapping when viewed in the vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 9,398,269

MEDICAL SUPPORT SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A medical support system in which a plurality of photography apparatuses and a portable-type apparatus including a display
unit are communicably connected to a server,
wherein the portable-type apparatus comprises:
a selection unit that selects one of the plurality of photography apparatuses;
a photographer ID input unit that inputs a photographer ID that is an ID of a photographer photographing a subject using the
selected photography apparatus; and

a first transmission unit that transmits the input photographer ID to the server,wherein the selected photography apparatus further comprises a second transmission unit that transmits image data of the subject
photographed by the selected photography apparatus to the server, and
the server comprises:
a receiving unit that receives the transmitted photographer ID and the transmitted image data; and
a recording unit that records the received photographer ID and the received image data in association with each other,
wherein, in a case where image data of the subject photographed by a different photography apparatus other than the selected
photography apparatus is received, the recording unit does not record the received image data of the subject photographed
by the different photography apparatus and the received photographer ID in association with each other.

US Pat. No. 9,398,282

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an estimation unit configured to estimate a color temperature of a capturing light environment of an image based on a specific
color in the image; and

a color conversion unit configured to perform color conversion for the image, by using a degree of chromatic adaptation corresponding
to the color temperature of the capturing light environment estimated by the estimation unit,

wherein the degree of chromatic adaptation is determined based on visual characteristic of human eye.

US Pat. No. 9,389,522

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:
a support member; and
a charge generating layer and a charge transport layer that are disposed over the support member;
wherein the charge transport layer contains:
(?) a charge transporting compound;
(?) a binding resin in a proportion in the range of 50% by mass to 200% by mass relative to the mass of the charge transporting
compound;

(?) a compound being at least one of xylene and toluene with a content in the range of 0.01% by mass to 2.00% by mass relative
to the total mass of the charge transport layer, and

(?) a cycloalkanone with a content in the range of 0.01% by mass to 1.20% by mass relative to the total mass of the charge
transport layer.

US Pat. No. 9,392,162

IMAGING APPARATUS AND ITS CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an imaging element with a first pixel for receiving light flux passing through a partial pupil area in a focusing optical
system and a second pixel for receiving the light flux passing through a pupil area that includes the partial pupil area;

a signal generating unit configured to generate a first signal based on a signal received by the first pixel and generate
a second signal based on a signal received by the second pixel; and

a controlling unit configured to control focus adjustment operation of the focusing optical system by using the first signal
and the second signal,

wherein the controlling unit calculates a contrast evaluation value determined based on a shift summation signal obtained
by performing shift processing for the first signal and the second signal and summing the shift-processed first signal and
the second signal for a plurality of shift amounts, and controls the focus adjustment operation by using a detection amount
determined based on the contrast evaluation value.

US Pat. No. 9,386,369

AUDIO SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An audio signal processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit that acquires an audio signal;
a noise processing unit that (a) performs a first process of reducing a noise relating to a driving unit from a first audio
signal acquired by the acquisition unit, and (b) performs a second process of replacing a third audio signal in a first period
of a second audio signal with a fourth audio signal so as to reduce the noise relating to the driving unit from the second
audio signal,

wherein the noise processing unit performs the second process after the first process is performed,
wherein the second audio signal is acquired based on the first process,
wherein the fourth audio signal is acquired based on at least one of an audio signal in a second period of the second audio
signal and an audio signal in a third period of the second audio signal,

wherein the second period is a period before the first period,
wherein the third period is a period after the first period, and
wherein the first period is a period including the noise relating to the driving unit.

US Pat. No. 9,380,046

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

6. A control method of controlling a communication apparatus with an HTTP server function, comprising:
a certificate storage step of storing a certificate in a certificate storage unit;
a first determination step of determining whether the certificate stored in the certificate storage unit is a CA-signed certificate
which is signed by a CA (Certificate Authority);

a second determination step of determining whether a user who accesses to the communication apparatus from an external apparatus
is an administrator; and

a control step of controlling, in a case where said first determination step determines that the certificate stored in said
certificate storage unit is not the CA-signed certificate and said second determination step determines that the user is not
the administrator, to limit a SSL (Secure Socket Layer) communication between the external apparatus and the communication
apparatus,

wherein a processor and a memory of the communication apparatus function to execute the certificate storage step, the first
determining step, the second determining step, and the controlling step.

US Pat. No. 9,378,006

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,377,848

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND RECORDING MEDIUM FOR PERFORMING DATA TRANSMISSION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a communication unit configured to communicate with an external device; and
a CPU configured to control process for transmitting via the communication unit one or more images recorded in a recording
medium to the external device,

wherein the CPU shifts a mode between an operation mode for receiving an instruction from the user to transmit one or more
images to the external device and a standby mode for receiving an instruction from the external device to transmit one or
more images to the external device,

wherein the CPU selects based on a user operation whether to permit transmitting one or more images to the external device
in the standby mode,

wherein the CPU determines a type of the external device, and
wherein, after the CPU determines that the type of the external device is a second type, the CPU receives the user operation
for selecting whether to permit transmitting one or more images to the external device whose type is the second type in the
standby mode and the CPU enables transmission of one or more images to the external device whose type is the second type via
the communication unit after the user operation for selecting whether to permit transmitting one or more images to the external
device whose type is the second type in the standby mode is received, and the CPU determines that the type of the external
device is a first type, the CPU enables transmission of one or more images to the external device whose type is the first
type via the communication unit in a mode associated with the first type without receiving an user operation for selecting
whether to permit transmitting one or more images to the external device whose type is the first type in the standby mode.

US Pat. No. 9,377,618

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,380,201

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capture apparatus comprising:
a memory;
a focus lens whose focus is adjustable and a focus control unit which controls a position of the focus lens,
a zoom control unit configured to change a zoom position by optical zooming using a zoom lens or electronic zooming;
a processor coupled to the memory which executes the following:
performing image capture using an image capture unit;
when a first instruction operation is performed by a user, storing, a current zoom position as a first zoom position in the
memory and changing the zoom position using the zoom control unit in a wide-angle direction;

when a second instruction operation is performed by the user, changing the zoom position, which has been changed in the wide-angle
direction, using the zoom control unit in a telephoto direction in accordance with the first zoom position which is stored,

wherein, subsequent to completion of the changing in the zoom position in the telephoto direction in accordance with the first
zoom position which is stored, the processor executes automatic image capture using the image capture unit;

wherein a movement range in a case where automatic image capture is performed in association with the second instruction operation
is reduced so as to be smaller than the movement range in a case where image capture is performed without performing the second
instruction operation, the movement range being a range in which the focus lens is able to be moved, and

wherein the focus control unit moves the focus lens and detects, using contrasts obtained at a plurality of positions, a position
at which the focus is achieved.

US Pat. No. 9,380,202

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,372,417

METHOD FOR PRODUCING ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,371,462

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,373,064

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,367,222

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that displays a numeric value input area having a plurality of digit positions, the
information processing apparatus comprising:
a determination unit configured to determine, based on a movement of a numeral in one of the plurality of digit positions
of the numeric value input area being instructed by the operation of the user, a movement direction of the movement of the
numeral and a movement amount of the movement of the numeral;

a movement unit configured to move the numeral and other numerals in the plurality of digit positions to other digit positions
of the plurality of digit positions in accordance with the movement direction and the movement amount determined by the determination
unit; and

an insertion unit configured to insert a predetermined numeral into a digit position whose numeral has been moved and became
undefined due to the moving by the numerals,

wherein the movement unit moves the numeral and the other numerals in all digit positions that exist in the movement direction
from the digit position instructed by the operation of the user to other digit positions of the plurality of digit positions
in accordance with the movement direction and the movement amount determined by the determination unit.

US Pat. No. 9,366,988

DEVELOPING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing device configured to develop an electrostatic image formed on an image bearing member by a developer containing
non-magnetic toner particles and magnetic carrier particles, comprising:
a developing member configured to develop the electrostatic image formed on the image bearing member at a developing position,
the developing member carrying developer from a supplying position for supplying developer to a collecting position for collecting
the magnetic carrier particles to carry the toner particles to the developing position from the collecting position; and

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

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

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

wherein the developing member contacts with the image bearing member at a developing portion, and the developing member and
the image bearing member rotate so as to have a relative velocity difference at the developing portion.

US Pat. No. 9,367,771

APPARATUS HANDLING CODES, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

10. A method comprising:
reading a document in a case where a user instructs to copy the document, the document including, as a code image, first user
information and second user information respectively identifying a first user and a second user who is different from the
first user;

decoding the code image in a document image of the read document to obtain the first and second user information;
selecting the first user information from among the first and second user information;
generating a different code image not including the second user information identifying a second user who has instructed to
make a copy after the first user, but including the selected first user information identifying a first user who has instructed
to make a copy before the second user and user information identifying the user who instructs to copy the document by encoding
the first user information and the user information identifying the user who instructs to copy the document; and

printing the generated code image.

US Pat. No. 9,367,266

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,369,610

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,370,130

CASING FOR ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A casing for containing electronic equipment producing electromagnetic radiation, said casing comprising:
a first electroconductive frame providing a first side surface of said casing, said first electroconductive frame including
a first bent portion, said first bent portion being bent so that an angle formed between said first bent portion and an unbent
portion of said first electroconductive frame is acute and that an edge of said first electroconductive frame is inside said
casing;

a second electroconductive frame providing a second side surface of said casing and connected with said first frame, said
second electroconductive frame including a second bent portion, said second bent portion being bent so that an angle formed
between said second bent portion and an unbent portion of said second electroconductive frame is acute and that an edge of
said second electroconductive frame is inside said casing, wherein said second bent portion is disposed opposite to said first
bent portion; and

an electroconductive elastic member interposed between said first bent portion and said second bent portion such that the
edge of said first electroconductive frame and the edge of said second electroconductive frame are not in direct contact with
said electroconductive elastic member.

US Pat. No. 9,368,668

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD, PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE, AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion device manufacturing method, comprising:
forming in a second portion of a semiconductor substrate, an isolating portion formed of an insulator, including a first region
and a second region, and defining an active region in a first portion of the semiconductor substrate;

forming,
a first semiconductor region of a first conductivity type, which is positioned in the active region, and constitutes a first
photoelectric conversion element,

a second semiconductor region of the first conductivity type, which is positioned in the active region, and constitutes a
second photoelectric conversion element,

a third semiconductor region of the first conductivity type, which is positioned in the active region,
a fourth semiconductor region of the first conductivity type, which is positioned in the active region,
a first gate electrode, on a region between the first semiconductor region and the third semiconductor region, the first gate
electrode extending so as to overlap the first region, and the first gate electrode configuring a first transfer transistor
conjointly with the first semiconductor region and the third semiconductor region, and

a second gate electrode, on a region between the second semiconductor region and the fourth semiconductor region, the second
gate electrode extending so as to overlap the first region, and the second gate electrode configuring a second transfer transistor
conjointly with the second semiconductor region and the fourth semiconductor region; and

forming a fifth semiconductor region at least beneath the second region of the isolating portion by performing ion implantation
using a first photoresist pattern covering the first region of the semiconductor substrate as a mask.

US Pat. No. 9,361,434

SHORTCUT MANAGEMENT UNIT AND METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:
one or more computer data storage devices storing a plurality of shortcuts, which identify a plurality of applications, and
information on a license for a first application of the plurality of applications; and

one or more computer processors coupled to the one or more computer data storage devices and configured by at least one program
stored in the one or more computer data storage devices at least to:

cause display, on an operation screen, of visual representations of the plurality of shortcuts stored in the one or more computer
data storage devices;

detect that the license for the first application is invalidated;
search the plurality of shortcuts in the one or more computer data storage devices to identify at least one shortcut of the
plurality of shortcuts that identifies the first application in response to the detection that the license for the first application
is invalidated, the identified one shortcut of the plurality of shortcuts identifying a second application in addition to
the first application;

determine whether the identified one shortcut of the plurality of shortcuts remains executable even though the license for
the first application is invalidated, the identified one shortcut remaining executable at least in a case where the license
for the first application is invalidated, but a license for the second application is not invalidated; and

in response to determining that the identified one shortcut does not remain executable, invalidate user accessibility to the
identified one shortcut and discontinue visual representation display of the identified one shortcut on the operation screen.

US Pat. No. 9,362,323

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image sensor comprising a semiconductor substrate including a plurality of photoelectric converters arrayed
to form an image sensing region of a rectangle having long sides and short sides, and a plurality of microlenses corresponding
to the plurality of photoelectric converters,
wherein first height differences between tops of a first group of microlenses, of the plurality of microlenses, which are
arranged in a first direction parallel to the long sides, and valleys between the first group of microlenses are larger than
second height differences between tops of a second group of microlenses, of the plurality of microlenses, which are arranged
in a second direction parallel to the short sides, and valleys between the second group of microlenses, and

wherein a first angle formed by a plane perpendicular to a normal of a surface of the semiconductor substrate and a tangent
in an outermost portion of a surface of each of the first group of microlenses in a section passing through centers of the
first group of microlenses and parallel to the normal is equal to or smaller than a second angle formed by the plane and a
tangent in an outermost portion of a surface of each of the second group of microlenses in a section passing through centers
of the second group of microlenses and parallel to the normal.

US Pat. No. 9,360,786

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR ADJUSTING WRITE START TIMING OF MULTICOLOR IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,362,326

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus having a plurality of pixels, wherein each of the plurality of pixels comprises:
a photoelectric conversion unit including a charge accumulation region;
an output unit configured to output a signal based on a potential of a node electrically connected to the charge accumulation
region;

a connection unit configured to electrically connect a capacitance to the node; and
a first holding unit and a second holding unit;
wherein the first holding unit is configured to hold a first signal output based on the potential of the node before the capacitance
is connected thereto, and

wherein the second holding unit is configured to hold a second signal output based on the potential of the node after the
capacitance is connected thereto.

US Pat. No. 9,348,246

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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


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

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


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

US Pat. No. 9,348,267

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,350,919

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus, comprising;
a zoom lens; and
a solid-state image pickup element configured to receive an image formed by the zoom lens,
the zoom lens comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:
a first lens unit having a negative refractive power;
an aperture stop; and
a second lens unit having a positive refractive power,
the first lens unit consisting of, in order from the object, side to the image side, a first lens sub-unit having a negative
refractive power, which consists of two negative lenses, and a second lens sub-unit having a positive refractive power,

the first lens unit and the second lens unit being configured to move along different loci during zooming,
wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
1.5 5.0 ?1.80 zoom lens at a telephoto end, fw represents a focal length of the zoom lens at the wide angle end with respect to a d-line
of a wavelength of 587.6 nm, ft represents a focal length of the zoom lens at the telephoto end with respect to the d-line
of the wavelength of 587.6 nm, fwr represents a focal length of the zoom lens at the wide angle end with respect to light
having a wavelength of 850 nm, ftr represents a focal length of the zoom lens at the telephoto end with respect to the light
of the wavelength of 850 nm, f1a represents a focal length of the first lens sub-unit with respect to the d-line of the wavelength of 587.6 nm, and P represents
a pixel pitch of the solid-state image pickup element.

US Pat. No. 9,350,935

MOVING IMAGE DATA RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A moving image data recording apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire moving image data;
a recorder configured to record, on a recording medium, moving image data; and
a controller configured to, in response to an input of a recording instruction, perform control to record, on the recording
medium, moving image data for a predetermined time length acquired by the acquisition unit before the input of the recording
instruction,

wherein, if the moving image data recording apparatus is rotated by a predetermined angle or larger before the input of the
recording instruction, the controller is configured to perform control not to record moving image data acquired before the
moving image data recording apparatus is rotated by the predetermined angle or larger out of the moving image data for the
predetermined time length, and to perform control to record moving image data acquired after the moving image data recording
apparatus is rotated by the predetermined angle or larger out of the moving image data for the predetermined time length.

US Pat. No. 9,350,272

DRIVING CIRCUIT FOR VIBRATION-TYPE ACTUATOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A driving circuit configured to drive a vibration member comprising an electro-mechanical energy conversion element, the
driving circuit comprising:
a transformer connected to the electro-mechanical energy conversion element and comprising:
a primary coil configured such that an alternating voltage is applied to the primary coil; and
a secondary coil connected to the electro-mechanical energy conversion element; and
an inductor connected to the primary coil in series,
wherein parameters of the driving circuit are set such that, when a frequency of a peak voltage applied to the electro-mechanical
energy conversion element is denoted by fe and a driving frequency of the vibration member is denoted by fd, a condition fe<1.5·fd
is satisfied.

US Pat. No. 9,344,903

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND WIRELESS COMMUNICATION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A wireless communication method in which a first wireless communication apparatus performs data communication with a second
wireless communication apparatus by using a plurality of transmission channels formed by spatial multiplexing, the method
comprising the steps of:
changing by the first wireless communication apparatus, which is communicating with the second wireless communication apparatus,
from communicating via a third wireless communication apparatus to directly communicating with the second wireless communication
apparatus without utilizing the third wireless communication apparatus; and

executing a calibration process of forming the plurality of transmission channels between the first wireless communication
apparatus and the second wireless communication apparatus in response to the changing to directly communicating,

wherein the calibration process includes calculating a weight of each reference signal to be multiplexed.

US Pat. No. 9,341,973

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,342,769

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,342,045

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING FIXING UNIT DETACHABLY MOUNTABLE TO A MAIN ASSEMBLY OF THE APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic image forming apparatus comprising:
a main assembly including an image forming portion configured to form a toner image on a sheet; and
a fixing unit, detachably mountable to said main assembly, configured to fix the toner image formed on the sheet by the image
forming portion,

wherein said main assembly includes (i) an advancing-and-retracting member capable of advancing and retracting linearly, (ii)
a regulating member configured to regulate an advancing direction and a retracting direction of said advancing-and-retracting
member so that the advancing and retracting directions are substantially perpendicular to a mounting direction of said fixing
unit and are linear directions, and (iii) an urging member configured to urge said advancing-and-retracting member in the
advancing direction, and

wherein said fixing unit includes an engaging member engageable with said advancing-and-retracting member, and
wherein the engaging member includes (i) a retracting portion configured to retract said advancing-and-retracting member against
an urging force of said urging member with a mounting operation of said fixing unit to said main assembly, and (ii) a permitting
portion configured to (a) permit advancing of said advancing-and-retracting member by the urging force and (b) receive a force
for moving said fixing unit in the mounting direction from said advancing-and-retracting member, with a further mounting operation
of said fixing unit to said main assembly.

US Pat. No. 9,340,008

IMAGE RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image recording method comprising:
applying a liquid composition to an intermediate transfer body;
recording an intermediate image by applying an ink by an inkjet method to the intermediate transfer body after the liquid
composition has been applied, and

transferring the intermediate image onto a recording medium while heating the intermediate image,
wherein the ink contains a coloring material and polymer fine particles each including a core constituted by a crystalline
polymer and a shell constituted by an amorphous polymer, and

in transferring the intermediate image, the intermediate image is heated to a temperature equal to or higher than a melting
point of the crystalline polymer constituting the core and equal to or higher than a glass transition point of the amorphous
polymer constituting the shell.

US Pat. No. 9,335,453

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A DIFFRACTION GRATING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,338,315

IMAGE COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR PERFORMING IMAGE COMMUNICATION AND VOICE COMMUNICATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image communication apparatus comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect an instruction for performing image communication while performing voice communication
with one external apparatus with which communication can be performed via a network;

a voice communication unit configured to perform the voice communication with the external apparatus;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire image communication information indicating an image communication capability of
the external apparatus;

a display unit configured to display, according to the instruction detected by the detection unit after the voice communication
unit starts the voice communication, an operation screen related to the image communication based on the image communication
information acquired by the acquisition unit, the operation screen including at least information indicating whether or not
the voice communication can be continued while the image communication is performed; and

a control unit configured to start the image communication in a case where a user input made via the operation screen displayed
by the display unit indicates that the voice communication is to be continued while the image communication is performed,
and terminate the voice communication and start the image communication in a case where the user input indicates that the
voice communication is not to be continued while the image communication is performed,

wherein at least one of the detection unit, the voice communication unit, the acquisition unit, or the control unit is implemented
by a processor and a memory.

US Pat. No. 9,338,336

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

the following condition is satisfied:

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

US Pat. No. 9,335,807

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR MANAGING POWER CONSUMPTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for calculating electric power consumption of an image forming apparatus, the information
processing apparatus comprising:
a memory; and
a processor in communication with the memory, the processor configured to execute the following steps:
storing start time power consumption indicating electric power consumption of a starting process which is performed when a
job of the image forming apparatus is started;

collecting, from the image forming apparatus, job history including job information of each of jobs which the image forming
apparatus has processed;

calculating the electric power consumption in a job processing state in a designated period by using the job history;
identifying a number of times the image forming apparatus has executed the starting process in the designated period based
on the job history;

correcting a value of the electric power consumption calculated by adding a value obtained by multiplying the start time power
consumption by the identified number of times to the electric power consumption of the image forming apparatus in the job
processing state; and

generating a display screen used for displaying a circular chart illustrating a ratio of the electric power consumption of
the one or a plurality of image forming apparatus in each state so that the circular chart is arranged in a position corresponding
to each icon on a map image where an icon indicating an installation position of the image forming apparatus is arranged and
a size of the circular chart corresponds to an amount of the electric power consumption of the image forming apparatus, and

wherein, if the icon or the circular chart is designated, generating a detailed display screen used for displaying more detailed
information of the electric power consumption of the image forming apparatus in each state corresponding to the designated
icon or the designated circular chart in addition to display information on the display screen.

US Pat. No. 9,338,377

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,338,419

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,335,643

PROCESS FOR PROCESSING SURFACE OF ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER AND PROCESS FOR PRODUCING ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A process for forming an uneven structure on a surface of a cylindrical electrophotographic photosensitive member containing
a resin layer, the process including the following steps of:
bringing a molding member having a surface structure corresponding to the uneven structure into pressure contact with the
electrophotographic photosensitive member at a contacting face formed between the molding member and the cylindrical electrophotographic
photosensitive member; and

transferring the surface structure corresponding to the uneven structure on the surface of the molding member to the surface
of the electrophotographic photosensitive member while rotating the electrophotographic photosensitive member,

wherein, with respect to a cross-sectional perspective perpendicular to an axis of rotation, defined by a center O, of the
electrophotographic photosensitive member, the following geometrical relationships occur:

(a) contacting face is represented by an arc AB defined between a point A and a point B positioned about a circumferential
surface of the cylindrical electrophotographic photosensitive member; and

(b) a radial direction of the pressure contact of the molding member with the arc AB is represented by a point C, which is
the point at which a radial line from the center O intersects arc AB which is circumferentially positioned between points
A and point B about the arc AB,

wherein the surface corresponding to the uneven structure on the surface of the molding member transfers to the surface of
the electrophotographic photosensitive member so that angle ?AOC and angle ?BOC satisfy the following formulas (1) and (2),
respectively:

0.5°??AOC?45°  (1), and
0.5°??BOC?45°  (2), and
wherein the molding member comprises:
a transfer layer having the surface structure made of metal on a surface thereof;
a metallic layer formed directly under the transfer layer; and
an elastic layer formed directly under the metallic layer.

US Pat. No. 9,330,304

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire an image obtained by capturing a space including a predetermined operation area
in a background;

a detection unit configured to detect an object being present on the operation area from the image acquired by the acquisition
unit, using an image representing the background of the space;

a recognition unit configured to recognize an instruction to the apparatus input by a user hand, based on a movement of an
object detected by the detection unit; and

an updating unit configured to update the image representing the background of the space to be used by the detection unit,
based on, an image in which an object detected by the detection unit and presumed not to be the user hand is captured in image
acquired by the acquisition unit.

US Pat. No. 9,329,812

SYSTEM, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE POWER SAVING STATE OF AN IMAGE OUTPUT APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A system comprising:
an image processing apparatus configured to generate a print image based on a print job received from an external apparatus;
and

an image output apparatus configured to print using the print image transmitted from the image processing apparatus,
the image processing apparatus comprising:
a determination unit configured to determine whether the image processing apparatus can communicate with the external apparatus;
and

a first transmission unit configured to, if the determination unit determines that the image processing apparatus cannot communicate
with the external apparatus, transmit to the image output apparatus an instruction to cause the image output apparatus to
transition to a power saving state,

the image output apparatus comprising:
a first reception unit configured to receive the instruction transmitted from the first transmission unit; and
a first control unit configured to, if the first reception unit has received the instruction, cause the image output apparatus
to transition to the power saving state.

US Pat. No. 9,329,563

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,329,454

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,326,681

NON-CONTACT TONOMETER, CONTROL METHOD OF THE SAME, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A non-contact tonometer comprising:
a piston;
a driving unit which is connected to the piston so as to drive the piston;
a fluid ejection unit configured to blow air pressurized by driving the piston, which is disposed in a cylinder, toward a
cornea of an eye to be inspected;

an intraocular pressure measuring unit configured to measure an intraocular pressure of the eye by optically detecting a deformed
state of the cornea; and

a stopper that restricts a displacement range of the piston,
wherein the restricted displacement range of the piston is changeable according to a measurement range of the intraocular
pressure.

US Pat. No. 9,324,744

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,318,519

IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a pixel including at least a first photoelectric conversion unit, a second photoelectric conversion unit, a floating diffusion
portion, a first transfer transistor configured to transfer an electric carrier generated at the first photoelectric conversion
unit to the floating diffusion portion, and a second transfer transistor configured to transfer an electric carrier generated
at the second photoelectric conversion unit to the floating diffusion portion;

a first conductive member electrically connected to a gate electrode of the first transfer transistor;
a second conductive member electrically connected to a gate electrode of the second transfer transistor; and
a control unit electrically connected to the first transfer transistor and the second transfer transistor via the first conductive
member and the second conductive member respectively;

wherein a distance of closest proximity between the first conductive member and the floating diffusion portion is longer than
a distance of closest proximity between the second conductive member and the floating diffusion portion; and

wherein the control unit is configured to perform:
a first control operation for setting from a state in which both of the first transfer transistor and the second transfer
transistor are off, a state where the first transistor is on while keeping the second transfer transistor off, and

a second control operation for setting a state in which both of the first transfer transistor and the second transfer transistor
are on while the electric carrier transferred by the first control operation is held at the floating diffusion portion.

US Pat. No. 9,316,983

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING FIRST DETECTION SENSOR AND SECOND DETECTION SENSOR FOR DETECTING DENSITY DETECTION PATTERN

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image carrier driven to rotate;
a formation unit configured to form a first detection pattern for density detection on the image carrier for each color used
in image formation, the first detection pattern including a chromatic color first detection pattern and an achromatic color
first detection pattern; and

a first sensor and a second sensor configured to detect the first detection pattern formed on the image carrier, the first
detection pattern moving in a movement direction of a surface of the image carrier as the image carrier rotates,

wherein the formation unit is further configured to form a second detection pattern for misregistration detection on the image
carrier,

the first sensor is further configured to detect the chromatic color first detection pattern and the second detection pattern,
the second sensor is further configured to detect the achromatic first detection pattern and the second detection pattern,
and

the first detection pattern and the second detection pattern are formed such that the second sensor detects the achromatic
color first detection pattern and the second detection pattern at the same time the first sensor detects the chromatic color
first detection pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,316,947

DEVELOPING DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,313,693

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,307,902

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,310,720

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an image bearing member; and
a developing device which develops an electrostatic latent image formed on the image bearing member into a toner image using
toner, the developing device accommodating two-component developer in which toner and carrier are mixed, the developing device
including a developer bearing member which has a developing sleeve and a magnet, the developing sleeve being rotatable in
the direction opposite to the rotational direction of the image bearing member at a portion opposing to the image bearing
member, the magnet being fixed and held in the developing sleeve, a plurality of grooves extending in the axial direction
being provided on a surface of the developing sleeve at a predetermined interval in the circumferential direction,

wherein an angle ? between a wall surface of each of the grooves at an upstream side in the rotational direction of the developing
sleeve and the direction perpendicular to the surface of the developing sleeve is greater than an angle ? of a magnetic brush
of the two-component developer formed at a closest portion between the image bearing member and the developer bearing member
on an outermost surface of the developing sleeve.

US Pat. No. 9,300,881

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,298,120

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member;
a charge portion for charging said photosensitive member, said charge portion being capable of mounting to or dismounting
from said image forming apparatus;

an applying portion for applying to said charge portion a charging bias voltage comprising a DC voltage and a superimposed
AC voltage;

a toner image forming portion for forming a toner image on said photosensitive member charged by said charge portion;
a transfer portion for transferring the toner image formed on said photosensitive member onto a recording material;
a fixing portion for fixing the transfer toner image on the recording material by heat and pressure;
a first casing accommodating therein said photosensitive member, said charge portion, said applying portion, said toner image
forming portion, said transfer portion and said fixing portion, said first casing being provided with an opening for permitting
the recording material to enter;

a second casing disposed at a lower position with respect to a vertical direction outside said first casing and accommodating
therein a recording material accommodating portion which accommodates the recording material;

a feeding portion for feeding the recording material into said first casing through said opening;
a first temperature detecting portion, provided in said first casing, for detecting a temperature inside said first casing;
a second temperature detecting portion, disposed in said second casing, for detecting a temperature inside said second casing;
a mounting detecting portion for detecting a mounting operation of said charge portion to said image forming apparatus; and
a setting portion for executing an operation in a first set mode for setting a peak-to-peak voltage of the AC voltage of the
charging bias voltage on the basis of a detection result of said first temperature detecting portion,

wherein when said mounting detecting portion detects the mounting operation, said setting portion executes an operation in
a second set mode for setting the peak-to-peak voltage of the AC voltage on the basis of a detection result of a lower one
of a temperature detected by said first temperature detecting portion and a temperature detected by said second temperature
detecting portion.

US Pat. No. 9,291,922

METHOD FOR PRODUCING ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,291,937

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT CALCULATES CORRECTION VALUE FOR GENERATING PSEUDO BD SIGNAL DURING PERIOD UNTIL POLYGON MIRROR REACHES STEADY ROTATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a first light source configured to emit a first laser beam and a second light source configured to emit a second laser beam;
a first image bearing member and a second image bearing member configured to bear a developer image;
a rotating polygon mirror configured to rotate and reflect the first laser beam and the second laser beam to scan the first
bearing member with the first laser beam and scan the second bearing member with the second laser beam, a mirror surface reflecting
the second laser beam is different from a mirror surface reflecting the first laser beam at the same time, a direction of
reflecting the second laser beam is different from a direction of reflecting the first laser beam at the same time;

a detection unit configured to detect the first laser beam reflected from each of the mirror surfaces by rotation of the rotating
polygon mirror, to output a signal;

a first generation unit configured to generate a first signal for determining a timing to form an electrostatic latent image
on the first image bearing member with the first laser beam based on timings at which the respective first laser beams, which
have been reflected from the mirror surfaces, are sequentially detected by the detection unit;

a second generation unit configured to generate a second signal for determining a timing to form an electrostatic latent image
on the second image bearing member with the second laser beam reflected from the mirror surface different from the mirror
surface reflecting the first laser beam based on the first signal and a correction value; and

a calculation unit configured to calculate the correction value based on the output of the detection unit,
wherein the calculation unit calculates the correction value based on the signal output from the detection unit in a period
of time that has passed until the rotating polygon mirror reaches steady rotation since it has started to be driven to rotate.

US Pat. No. 9,289,126

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,294,633

COMMUNICATION CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,294,664

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS THAT DISPLAYS A MENU CORRESPONDING TO AN OBJECT, IMAGE DISPLAY METHOD THAT DISPLAYS A MENU CORRESPONDING TO AN OBJECT, AND STORAGE MEDIUM THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image display apparatus comprising:
a recognition unit configured to recognize at least one object from an image;
a calculation unit configured to calculate a display priority of the recognized at least one object based on a set display
mode, a coordinate position of the center of the object with respect to the center of the image, and a coordinate position
of the center of the object with respect to a lower end of the image;

a determination unit configured to determine an object for which information is to be displayed out of the recognized at least
one object according to the calculated display priority; and

a display unit configured to display information of the object determined by the determination unit.

US Pat. No. 9,294,668

RANGING APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, AND RANGING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,294,699

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,294,701

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, METHOD FOR DRIVING IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR DRIVING IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a first pixel and a second pixel each having a photoelectric conversion unit that generates a signal carrier based on incident
light; and

an analog-to-digital conversion unit,
wherein the first pixel outputs a first photoelectric conversion signal based on the signal carrier,
and the second pixel outputs a second photoelectric conversion signal based on the signal carrier,
wherein the analog-to-digital conversion unit includes a first comparator that outputs a first comparison result signal having
a signal value obtained by comparing the first photoelectric conversion signal with a reference signal having a potential
varying in a time-dependent manner and a second comparator that outputs a second comparison result signal having a signal
value obtained by comparing the second photoelectric conversion signal with the reference signal, and

wherein based on the first comparison result signal and the second comparison result signal, the analog-to-digital conversion
unit generates a first digital signal and a second digital signal, the first digital signal is based on a difference between
the first photoelectric conversion signal and the second photoelectric conversion signal, and the second digital signal is
based on a sum of the first photoelectric conversion signal and the second photoelectric conversion signal,

wherein the analog-to-digital conversion unit further includes
first and second counters each generating a count signal having a signal value obtained by counting the number of clock pulses
and

a counter control unit,
wherein the counter control unit selects one of an increase and a decrease in the signal value of the count signal based on
an order in which each of the signal value of the first comparison result signal and the signal value of the second comparison
result signal varies,

wherein the counter control unit causes the first counter to count the number of clock pulses during a period of time during
which the signal value of the first comparison result signal differs from the signal value of the second comparison result
signal and causes the second counter to generate the count signal through first counting in which the number of clock pulses
is counted during a period of time during which the signal value of the first comparison result signal is the same as the
signal value of the second comparison result signal and second counting in which the number of clock pulses is counted during
a period of time during which the signal value of the first comparison result signal differs from the signal value of the
second comparison result signal so that counting of the number of clock pulses per unit time in the first counting is greater
than counting of the number of clock pulses per unit time in the second counting, and

wherein during a period of time during which the signal values of the first comparison result signal and the second comparison
result signal differ from the signal values obtained when comparison of the first photoelectric conversion signal and the
reference signal performed by the first comparator and comparison of the second photoelectric conversion signal and the reference
signal performed by the second comparator start, the counter control unit causes the first counter and the second counter
to stop counting the number of clock pulses, causes the first counter to generate the first digital signal, and causes the
second counter to generate the second digital signal.

US Pat. No. 9,285,745

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR OUTPUTTING A PRINT JOB INTO A PLURALITY OF TRAYS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a first plurality of discharging units, each of the first plurality of discharging units being configured to receive one or
more sheets on which an image is printed by a printing unit,

a first plurality of display units each provided for a different one of the first plurality of discharging units;
a specifying unit configured to specify a group of sheets from a plurality of groups in accordance with an instruction input
by a user; and

a control unit configured to control, in a case where one or more printed sheets belonging to a same group are discharged
to a second plurality of discharging units selected from the first plurality of discharging units, a second plurality of display
units provided for the second plurality of discharging units to which the one or more printed sheets are discharged among
the first plurality of display units,

wherein, in a case where the group is specified from the plurality of groups by the specifying unit, the control unit changes
a display state of a display unit provided for a discharging unit to which one or more printed sheets to be removed first
are discharged among the second plurality of discharging units to which one or more printed sheets belonging to the specified
group are discharged; and

wherein, in a case where the one or more printed sheets to be removed first are removed, the control unit changes a display
state of a display unit provided for a discharging unit to which one or more printed sheets to be removed next are discharged.

US Pat. No. 9,288,339

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,280,306

GENERATING IMAGE DATA IN ACCORDANCE WITH IDENTIFICATION INFORMATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A system which includes an information management apparatus, an information processing apparatus and an image generation
apparatus, wherein:
the information processing apparatus comprises a first transmission unit configured to transmit content;
the information management apparatus comprises
a first generation unit configured to generate identification information corresponding to the content, according to a request
by the information processing apparatus, and

a second transmission unit configured to transmit the identification information generated by the first generation unit to
the information processing apparatus;

the information processing apparatus further comprises a third transmission unit configured to transmit the identification
information received from the information management apparatus to the image generation apparatus; and

the image generation apparatus comprises
a fourth transmission unit configured to transmit the identification information received from the information processing
apparatus,

an obtaining unit configured to obtain content corresponding to the identification information, and
a second generation unit configured to generate image data for printing based on the content obtained by the obtaining unit.

US Pat. No. 9,280,081

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,282,203

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,272,561

PRINTING SYSTEM FOR INHIBITING Z-FOLDING AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,277,135

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,274,443

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,277,151

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,274,738

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM FOR SHORT DISTANCE WIRELESS COMMUNICATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

9. A method of controlling a printer capable of performing communication using each of a first communication method and a
second communication method having a communication range wider than that of the first communication method, comprising:
a reception step of receiving, from an external apparatus by the first communication method, both of first information used
to communicate with the external apparatus by the second communication method and second information used to access to a storage
location of processing target data, in response to establishment of communication with the external apparatus by the first
communication method; and

a step of acquiring the processing target data, by accessing to the storage location by the second communication method based
on the second information received by said reception step and

a step of transferring, by the second communication method based on the first information received in said reception step,
information about execution of printing of an image corresponding to the acquired processing target data, to the external
apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,269,911

ORGANIC LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An organic light-emitting device comprising:
an anode;
a cathode; and
an emission layer comprising an organic compound and interposed between the anode and the cathode,
wherein the organic light-emitting device contains a xanthone compound represented by general formula [1]:
where R1 to R8 are each independently selected from a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms, a substituted or unsubstituted
phenyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted naphthyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted phenanthryl group, a substituted
or unsubstituted fluorenyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted triphenylenyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted chrysenyl
group, a substituted or unsubstituted dibenzofuranyl group, and a substituted or unsubstituted dibenzothienyl group, provided
that at least one of the R1 to R8 are selected from the group consisting of the phenyl group, the naphthyl group, the phenanthryl group, the fluorenyl group,
the triphenylenyl group, the chrysenyl group, the dibenzofuranyl group, and the dibenzothienyl group.

US Pat. No. 9,263,972

VIBRATOR, VIBRATION TYPE DRIVING APPARATUS AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF VIBRATOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A vibrator comprising:
an electrical-mechanical energy converting element; and
an elastic body bonded to the electrical-mechanical energy converting element and comprising at least two contact parts,
wherein the at least two contact parts have convex shapes,
wherein shapes of surfaces of the at least two contact parts are part of spherical shapes, and
wherein rising directions of the at least two contact parts toward a member to be driven when the member is driven are different.

US Pat. No. 9,261,668

OPTICAL DEVICE PROVIDED WITH ZOOMING MECHANISM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,264,580

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS CONFIGURED FOR ACQUIRING USER INFORMATION USING NEAR FIELD WIRELESS COMMUNICATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

7. An information processing apparatus capable of performing near field wireless communication, comprising:
a display unit configured to display a screen;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire user information by using the near field wireless communication;
a specification unit configured to specify, in a case where the acquisition unit acquires the user information, a screen ID
of a screen being displayed by the display unit; and

a processing unit configured to execute, by using the user information, a process corresponding to the screen ID specified
by the specification unit, wherein

the processing unit is configured to set an address corresponding to the user information as a destination in response to
detecting no user operation after executing user authentication but receiving near field wireless communication device ID
information.

US Pat. No. 9,256,616

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,258,447

IMAGING FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus capable of receiving a raster image from an image processing controller which generates the
raster image, the image forming apparatus comprising:
memory; and
a processor, the processor configured to:
transmit device information of the image forming apparatus to an external device via the image processing controller;
determine whether the image processing controller is in a first power condition or in a second power condition which consumes
lower power than the first power condition; and

allow transmission of the device information to the external device via the image processing controller, in a case where it
is determined that the image processing controller is in the first power condition, and restrict transmission of the device
information to the external device via the image processing controller until the image processing controller returns to the
first power condition from the second power condition, in a case where it is determined that the image processing controller
is in the second power condition.

US Pat. No. 9,251,441

APPARATUS, METHOD AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a presenting unit configured to present, to a user and while images are being printed on one of two surfaces of a continuous
sheet in accordance with a prior two-sided job, a screen having a plurality of options for interrupt printing of an interrupt
job, an estimated length of a sheet material to be discarded for each option, and a sheet discharging method of the prior
two-sided job; and

a control unit configured to interrupt a prior two-sided job,
wherein, if one option of the plurality of options presented by the presenting unit is designated by the user, the control
unit interrupts the prior two-sided job in timing according to the designated option to execute the interrupt job.

US Pat. No. 9,247,868

OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmologic apparatus comprising:
an examination unit configured to examine an eye to be examined;
an operating member configured to be able to tilt in an optional direction;
a first driving unit configured to drive the examination unit;
a position control unit configured to control the first driving unit such that fine movement driving of the examination unit
is performed in a case where a tilt angle of the operating member is smaller than a first angle, and coarse movement driving
of the examination unit is performed in a case where the tilt angle of the operating member is equal to or greater than the
first angle;

a second driving unit configured to drive the operating member; and
an angle control unit configured to control the second driving unit such that the tilt angle of the operating member is automatically
changed to a second angle which is smaller than the first angle, in accordance with a change from the coarse movement to the
fine movement.

US Pat. No. 9,248,678

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for an image forming apparatus that forms an image on the same area in a print medium
by a plurality of printing scans with the same ink, the information processing apparatus comprising:
an input unit that receives inputs of image data and a target gloss level;
a storage unit that stores a plurality of pattern sets, each pattern set having a recording pattern corresponding to the printing
scan, including at least a first pattern set in which a thinning ratio of the recording pattern corresponding to the printing
scan becomes lower as the printing scans on the same area take place and a second pattern set in which a thinning ratio of
the recording pattern corresponding to the printing scan becomes higher as the printing scans on the same area take place;
and

a generation unit that generates a recording pattern for each of the printing scans to be formed on the recording medium using
the first pattern set for an area in which the target gloss level is low in the image represented by the image data and using
the second pattern set for an area in which the target gloss level is high in the image represented by the image data,

wherein a number of the printing scans to the same area of the first pattern set and a number of the printing scans to the
same area of the second pattern set are the same.

US Pat. No. 9,248,979

SHEET CONVEYANCE DEVICE FOR CONVEYING SHEET

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

9. A method of controlling a sheet conveyance device having a first conveyance roller pair with rollers that abut to nip a
sheet for conveyance on a conveyance path and that separate from one another, a laterally movable second conveyance roller
pair that is arranged downstream of the first conveyance roller pair in a conveyance direction of the sheet to flex the sheet
to correct skew of the sheet when the sheet abuts the second conveyance roller pair, and a position detection unit that includes
a plurality of light-emitting devices that emit light and a plurality of light-receiving devices that receive light, the method
comprising the steps of:
obtaining a size of the sheet in the conveyance direction;
conveying a sheet by the first conveyance roller pair such that the sheet arriving at the second conveyance roller pair is
flexed to correct skew of the sheet;

adjusting the light amount of the light emitting devices;
detecting the position of the side edge of the sheet in the lateral direction on the conveyance path between the first conveyance
roller pair and the second conveyance roller pair;

separating the rollers of the first conveyance roller pair; and
moving the second conveyance roller pair in accordance with the detected position of the side edge after adjustment of the
light amount of the light-emitting devices, wherein

if the obtained size of the sheet is smaller than a predetermined size, the light amount of the light-emitting devices is
adjusted before the first conveyance roller pair which nips the flexed sheet is separated, and

if the obtained size of the sheet is the predetermined size or larger, the light amount of the light-emitting devices is adjusted
after the first conveyance roller pair which nips the flexed sheet is separated.

US Pat. No. 9,247,163

RADIATION IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM, COMPUTER HAVING RESET OPERATION TO RESET ELECTRIC CHARGE OF PIXELS CAUSED BY DARK CURRENT, AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiation image pickup system comprising:
a plurality of pixels arranged in the form of an array and each configured to convert radiation to an electric charge and
output a pixel output value corresponding to the resultant electric charge;

a detection unit configured to detect a start of radiation exposure;
a drive control unit configured to, when the detection unit detects the start of radiation exposure, switch an operation on
the plurality of pixels from a reset operation to a charge accumulation operation;

a correction coefficient calculation unit configured to calculate a correction coefficient using pixel output values output
from the plurality of pixels; and

a correction unit configured to correct the pixel output values output from the plurality of pixels using the correction coefficient
calculated by the correction coefficient calculation unit, wherein

the drive control unit repeatedly performs the reset operation to reset an electric charge caused by a dark current of the
plurality of pixels until the detection unit detects the start of radiation exposure,

the reset operation is performed simultaneously for n rows that are not adjacent to each other where n is an integer equal
to or greater than 2, and

the correction coefficient calculation unit calculates the correction coefficient using pixel output values of pixels belonging
to a row subjected to the reset operation in a period from a time at which radiation exposure is started to a time at which
the detection unit detects the start of radiation exposure and pixel output values of pixels belonging to a row adjacent to
the row subjected to the reset operation.

US Pat. No. 9,239,977

PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS CAUSING A PRINT UNIT TO PRINT AN IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A print control apparatus comprising:
an acquiring unit configured to acquire a preset size of a print medium set in print settings for printing of data and one
or more candidates of a size of the print medium which has been set in a print unit;

a display control unit configured to display, on a display unit, a first screen in which one of a first instruction to execute
the printing and a second instruction to inhibit the printing can be selected, or a second screen in which the first instruction
cannot be selected and the second instruction can be selected,

wherein the first screen is displayed if the preset size and the one or more candidates acquired by the acquiring unit satisfy
a predetermined condition, and the second screen is displayed if the preset size and the one or more candidates do not satisfy
the predetermined condition; and

a print control unit configured to, if the first instruction is provided to the first screen displayed by the display control
unit, cause the print unit to print an image having a size corresponding to the preset size, on the print medium,

wherein if the second instruction is provided to the first screen or the second screen displayed by the display control unit,
the printing is not performed.

US Pat. No. 9,238,741

AQUEOUS INK, INK CARTRIDGE, AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An aqueous ink for ink jet, comprising a self-dispersible pigment in which a first functional group including a phosphonic
acid group and a second functional group including at least one of a carboxylic acid group and a sulfonic acid group are bonded
to a particle surface,
wherein a surface charge amount derived from the phosphonic acid group included in the first functional group is 0.3 micromoles/m2 or more,

a total surface charge amount derived from the carboxylic acid group and the sulfonic acid group included in the second functional
group is 1.0 micromoles/m2 or more, and

a total surface charge amount derived from anionic groups included in the first functional group and the second functional
group is 2.0 micromoles/m2 or more and 8.0 micromoles/m2 or less.

US Pat. No. 9,235,168

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,235,522

DATA SUPPLY DEVICE, CACHE DEVICE, DATA SUPPLY METHOD, AND CACHE METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A data supply device comprising:
an output unit;
a fetch unit including a storage region of a cache memory for storing data and configured to supply data stored in the storage
region to the output unit, wherein the storage region comprises a reception region and a transmission region; and

a prefetch unit configured to request, from an external memory device, cache miss data to be transmitted to the output unit
before the output unit requests external data and determined to be not stored in the storage region, wherein the prefetch
unit is configured to request the cache miss data from the external memory device based on a prefetch enable signal output
from the fetch unit and an available space of an intermediate queue between the prefetch unit and the fetch unit, the prefetch
enable signal indicating whether the prefetch unit is able to store the cache miss data the fetch unit requests from the external
memory device, in the reception region which is a portion of the storage region,

wherein the fetch unit is configured to store the external data received from the external memory device, in the reception
region, and to assign, as a portion of the transmission region, a portion of the reception region where the external data
corresponding to a request from the prefetch unit is already stored according to the request from the prefetch unit, when
the output unit requests the external data, and

wherein the output unit is configured to output data stored in the portion assigned as the portion of the transmission region
by the fetch unit.

US Pat. No. 9,235,523

DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A data processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire instructions for operation processing;
a cache memory configured to store some of data in a main memory and capable of data read/write at a higher speed than the
main memory;

a prefetch unit configured to perform control to readout data referenced for performing the operation processing according
to the instructions acquired by the acquisition unit from the main memory and to cause the cache memory to store the data
in a case where the data referenced for performing the operation processing according to the instructions acquired by the
acquisition unit and stored in the main memory is not stored in the cache memory, and to increment a count which is stored
in the cache memory and is related to a number of times the data stored in the cache memory is referenced for the operation
processing according to the instructions acquired by the acquisition unit in a case where the data referenced for performing
the operation processing according to the instructions acquired by the acquisition unit and stored in the main memory is stored
in the cache memory,

a fetch unit configured to, independently of controlling of the prefetch unit, readout from the main memory the data referenced
for the operation processing according to the instructions acquired by the acquisition unit, and according to the readout,
decrement the count value which is stored in the cache memory and is related to the number of times the data stored in the
cache memory is referenced for the operation processing according to the instructions acquired by the acquisition unit; and

a determination unit configured to determine whether the count value which is incremented by the prefetch unit and is decremented
by the fetch unit becomes zero,

wherein the prefetch unit is configured to replace the data in the cache memory and having a count value which is determined
to become zero by the determination unit with other data according to instructions acquired by the acquisition unit.

US Pat. No. 9,235,025

IMAGING OPTICAL SYSTEM AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging optical system 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;
an aperture stop; and
a third lens unit having a positive refractive power,
wherein the second lens unit moves toward the image side during focusing from a far object to a near object,
wherein the third lens unit includes, in order from the object side to the image side, two lenses having concave surfaces
that face each other with a largest air gap in the third lens unit provided therebetween, and a positive lens, and

wherein, when f is a focal length of the entire imaging optical system and f2 is a focal length of the second lens unit, the following conditional expression is satisfied:

0.70

US Pat. No. 9,233,536

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD, LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:
a recording element substrate provided with an element configured to generate energy used for ejecting liquid;
an electric wiring substrate including a bent portion, a connecting portion provided on one side of the bent portion and connected
with the recording element substrate, and an input portion provided on the other side of the bent portion and configured to
receive an input of a signal to be supplied to the recording element substrate; and

a housing including a first surface configured to support one side of the electric wiring substrate, a second surface configured
to support the other side of the electric wiring substrate, a depression provided on the second surface, and a inner member
separated from a bottom surface of the depression and extending into an opening of the depression, wherein

a part of the other side of the electric wiring substrate is disposed between the bottom surface of the depression and the
inner member.

US Pat. No. 9,235,910

GRAPHICS RENDERING AND EDITING APPARATUS AND METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,235,151

MAGNETIC TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A magnetic toner comprising:
magnetic toner particles comprising a binder resin and a magnetic body; and
inorganic fine particles present on the surface of the magnetic toner particles,
wherein;
the inorganic fine particles present on the surface of the magnetic toner particles comprise silica fine particles and at
least one of alumina fine particles and titania fine particles,

wherein;
when a coverage ratio A (%) is a coverage ratio of the magnetic toner particles' surface by the inorganic fine particles each
of which has a particle diameter of from at least 5 nm to not more than 50 nm and

a coverage ratio B (%) is a coverage ratio of the magnetic toner particles' surface by the inorganic fine particles each of
which has a particle diameter of from at least 5 nm to not more than 50 nm and is fixed to the magnetic toner particles' surface,

the magnetic toner has a coverage ratio A of at least 45.0% and not more than 70.0% and a ratio [coverage ratio B/coverage
ratio A] of the coverage ratio B to the coverage ratio A of at least 0.50 and not more than 0.85,

and wherein
at least one of the alumina fine particles and the titania fine particles each of which has a particle diameter of from at
least 100 nm to not more than 800 nm is present on the surface of magnetic toner particles at from at least 1 particle to
not more than 150 particles, as the total number of the alumina fine particles and the titania fine particles, per magnetic
toner particle.

US Pat. No. 9,232,194

IMAGING APPARATUS, DISPLAY METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR PRESENTING A CANDIDATE OBJECT INFORMATION TO A PHOTOGRAPHER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus, comprising:
an imaging unit;
a position detection unit configured to detect position information of the imaging apparatus;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire candidate object information indicating an object which a photographer may desire
to capture an image thereof within a search range of position information based on the position information detected by the
position detection unit;

a display unit configured to display a map on the basis of the position information detected by the position detection unit;
a presenting unit configured to present the candidate object information on the map displayed by the display unit to the photographer;
a recording unit configured to record image-capturing trend information indicating an image capturing trend of the imaging
unit; and

a determination unit configured to determine desired object information of an object which the photographer desires to capture
an image thereof based on the image-capturing trend information recorded by the recording unit,

wherein the object which the photographer desires is calculated to take into consideration a frequency at which the object
is captured by other photographers.

US Pat. No. 9,229,371

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer container comprising:
a developer accommodating chamber, provided with an opening, for accommodating a developer;
a sealing member bonded to said developer accommodating chamber so as to block the opening; and
a rotatable member, having a connecting surface where said sealing member is connected thereto, for peeling off said sealing
member from said developer accommodating chamber by rotation thereof,

wherein said connecting surface has a rectangular shape that has long sides with respect to a rotational axis direction of
said rotatable member and the long sides are twisted between ends of the rectangular shape in a rotational direction of said
rotatable member.

US Pat. No. 9,229,405

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a feeding unit configured to feed a sheet;
an image forming unit configured to form a measurement image on the sheet fed by the feeding unit;
a measuring unit configured to measure the measurement image formed on the sheet by the image forming unit; and
an adjustment unit configured to perform an adjustment operation on basis of a measurement result of the measurement image,
wherein the image forming unit forms the measurement image on a first side of the sheet and forms a setting aid image on a
second side that is different from the first side;

wherein the setting aid image is formed by avoiding a predetermined area of the second side, and the predetermined area corresponds
to a back of the measurement image formed on the first side, and

wherein the setting aid image shows information describing a direction of the sheet for setting in the feeding unit and information
for prompting to set the sheet with the second side up in the feeding unit.

US Pat. No. 9,232,105

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CONFIGURED FOR CONSUMABLE REPLACEMENT IN POWER SAVING MODE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising a plurality of devices driven by power and configured to be operated in:
1) a standby mode in which the image forming apparatus stands by a start of an image formation; or
2) a power saving mode in which power supply to a part of the plurality of devices is stopped so that the power consumption
of the image forming apparatus in the power saving mode is reduced compared with that of the image forming apparatus in the
standby mode, comprising:

a door which is opened when consumable material is replenished;
a detection unit configured to detect whether or not a replenishment of the consumable material is required;
a door opened/closed detection unit configured to detect the door opening or door closing when the image forming apparatus
is in either the standby mode or the power saving mode;

a first power supply for supplying power to the door opening/closing detection unit when the image forming apparatus is in
the power saving mode;

a display unit configured to display information;
a control unit configured to display a guide to replenish the consumable material on the display unit when the door opening
is detected by the door opening/closing detection unit in the power saving mode and it is detected by the detection unit that
the replenishment of the consumable material is required;

a second power supply for supplying power to the control unit; and
a power control unit, when the image forming apparatus is in the power saving mode, configured to stop power supply from the
second power supply to the control unit when the door opening is not detected by the door opening/closing detection unit,
and configured to allow power supply from the second power supply to the control unit when the door opening is detected by
the door opening/closing detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,230,319

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,221,023

LIQUID MIXING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid mixing apparatus comprising:
a flow channel that supplies a liquid therethrough;
a vortex-flow generating unit including a conductive member and an electrode, the vortex-flow generating unit generating a
vortex flow in the liquid in the flow channel by an electric field, wherein the conductive member is provided in the flow
channel, and the electrode applies the electric field to the conductive member;

a directional-flow generating unit that generates a flow of the liquid in a direction along the flow channel; and
a switching unit, which is connected to both the vortex-flow generating unit and the directional-flow generating unit, that
sends control signals to the vortex-flow generating unit and the directional-flow generating unit to alternately switch between
driving the flow in the flow channel using the vortex-flow generating unit and driving the flow in the flow channel using
the directional-flow generating unit,

wherein the switching unit is configured such that alternately switching between driving the flow using the vortex-flow generating
unit and driving the flow using the directional-flow generating unit is performed at a prescribed frequency.

US Pat. No. 9,224,381

AUDIO SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS AND AUDIO SIGNAL PROCESSING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,222,882

MEASUREMENT SYSTEM THAT ESTIMATES REFLECTION CHARACTERISTICS OF A TARGET OBJECT AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A measurement system comprising:
a display unit configured to display a moving image based on moving image data;
a capturing unit configured to capture an image of a measurement target object illuminated by the display unit;
a control unit configured to control the display unit and the capturing unit; and
an estimation unit configured to estimate reflection characteristics of the measurement target object from a plurality of
images captured by the capturing unit,

wherein the moving image data contains image data representing a line pattern having a plurality of lines arranged in parallel,
each line having a predetermined brightness, and

wherein the moving image data is for displaying the moving image representing movement of the plurality of lines in a direction
perpendicular to the lines.

US Pat. No. 9,223,146

OPTICAL APPARATUS AND IMAGE-PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical apparatus comprising:
a base member;
a holding member which holds a first optical member, and is arranged so as to be movable in a direction perpendicular to an
optical axis with respect to the base member;

a diaphragm base member which holds a diaphragm blade, and is arranged so as to be movable in a direction perpendicular to
the optical axis with respect to the base member;

a first driver which drives the holding member in the direction perpendicular to the optical axis;
a second driver which drives the diaphragm base member in the direction perpendicular to the optical axis;
a vibration detector which detects vibration of the optical apparatus; and
a controller which controls the first driver and the second driver in accordance with an output of the vibration detector,
wherein the controller drives the second driver in a direction which is the same as the driving direction of the first driver.

US Pat. No. 9,224,212

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus configured to detect a position deviation between a first image and a second image, the image
processing apparatus comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect a plurality of motion vectors between the first image and the second image for each
area;

a first memory configured to store respective pieces of information about the plurality of motion vectors as a first motion
vector group;

a reliability calculation unit configured to calculate a reliability with respect to the detection of the position deviation
for each of the pieces of information about the motion vectors to be read out of the first memory;

an extraction unit configured to extract the information about the motion vector of which reliability has been determined
to be higher than a predetermined threshold value;

a second memory configured to store the extracted information about the motion vector as a second motion vector group;
a selection unit configured to calculate a temporary position deviation parameter from the second motion vector group to be
read out of the second memory, and to select the motion vector representing a position deviation corresponding to a position
deviation represented by the temporary position deviation parameter as an acceptable motion vector group from the first motion
vector group; and

a parameter estimation unit configured to estimate the position deviation parameter representing the position deviation from
the acceptable motion vector group.

US Pat. No. 9,223,241

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form an image;
a measuring unit configured to measure the image;
a controlling unit configured to control an execution of a single color calibration and an execution of a multi-color calibration,
wherein:

the single color calibration being configured to correct a reproduction characteristic of the image, the correction being
performed according to a result of measurement performed by the measuring unit on a single color image formed by the image
forming unit with a recording material of a single color, and

the multi-color calibration being configured to correct the reproduction characteristic of the image, the correction being
performed according to a result of measurement performed by the measuring unit on a multi-color image made of a combination
of recording materials of a plurality of colors formed by the image forming unit;

an obtaining unit configured to obtain history information of the single color calibration executed by the controlling unit;
and

a deciding unit configured to decides in accordance with the history information of the single color calibration one of a
first color calibration case and a second color calibration case, and wherein the controlling unit executes in the first color
calibration case the multi-color calibration, and in the second color calibration case both of the single color and the multi-color
calibrations are executed.

US Pat. No. 9,225,877

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR PROCESSING IMAGES, AND PROGRAM FOR PERFORMING DENSITY ADJUSTMENTS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a preview image display unit configured to display a print preview image corresponding to an image to be printed;
a position selection unit configured to allow a selection made by a user to select a position subjected to density adjustment
on the print preview image displayed by the preview image display unit;

an acquisition unit configured to acquire color information of the position selected by the position selection unit;
a determination unit configured to determine, based on the color information acquired by the acquisition unit, second density
regions corresponding to respective densities of cyan, magenta, yellow, and black constituting a color of the selected position,
wherein each of the second density regions is one of density regions generated by dividing a first density region that is
a density adjustable range of the image processing apparatus, and each of the generated density regions has a different density
adjustable range; and

an adjustment screen display control unit configured to control to display an adjustment screen for adjusting the respective
densities within the determined second density regions.

US Pat. No. 9,218,649

IMAGE PROJECTION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a processor coupled to a memory;
a receiving unit configured to receive image data;
a specifying unit configured to specify a correction amount of the image data for keystone correction processing;
a controlling unit configured to control, based on the correction amount specified by the specifying unit, the keystone correction
processing on the image data, low-pass filter processing for reducing a predetermined high frequency component of the image
data, and edge enhancement processing on the image data, wherein the controlling unit determines a cutoff frequency for the
low-pass filter processing based on the correction amount specified by the specifying unit; and

an outputting unit configured to output processed image data which is processed based on the controlling by the controlling
unit,

wherein the edge enhancement processing includes edge extraction by using bandpass filter processing based on a parameter
determined by the controlling unit, wherein the parameter is determined based on the correction amount specified by the specifying
unit, and

wherein the receiving unit, the specifying unit, the controlling unit, and the outputting unit are implemented by the processor.

US Pat. No. 9,218,150

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,218,152

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus which detects an abnormal state of the image forming apparatus and notifies a user of the abnormal
state, comprising:
an image forming unit constructed to form an image;
a counter constructed to count a cumulative number of sheets on which an image is formed by the image forming unit;
a detection unit constructed to detect the abnormal state of the image forming apparatus;
a storage unit constructed to store history information including information about a type of the abnormal state and a cumulative
number of sheets at the timing of detecting the abnormal state in a case where said detection unit detects the abnormal state;

a notification unit constructed to perform a notification about the abnormal state; and
a control unit constructed,
in a case where a type of an abnormal state which has newly occurred is a first type, if a difference between a cumulative
number of sheets at the timing of detecting the abnormal state which has newly occurred and a cumulative number of sheets
at the previous timing of detecting the same abnormal state as the abnormal state which has newly occurred is larger than
a predetermined value, to make the notification unit notify information about removal for the abnormal state which has newly
occurred, and, if the difference is not larger than the predetermined value, to make the notification unit notify that a repair
request for the image forming apparatus is needed, and

in a case where a type of an abnormal state which has newly occurred is a second type, to make the notification unit notify,
regardless of the difference between a cumulative number of sheets at the timing of detecting the abnormal state which has
newly occurred and a cumulative number of sheets at the previous timing of detecting the same abnormal state as the abnormal
state which has newly occurred, that a repair request for the image forming apparatus is needed.

US Pat. No. 9,217,636

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,219,253

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING ORGANIC EL DISPLAY DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing an organic EL display device including a first organic EL element and a second organic EL element
on a substrate, wherein the first organic EL element includes a first organic compound layer between a first electrode and
a second electrode and the second organic EL element includes a second organic compound layer between a third electrode and
the second electrode, the method comprising:
forming the first organic compound layer over the substrate on which the first electrode and the third electrode are disposed;
selectively forming a release layer on the first organic compound layer on the first electrode;
removing the first organic compound layer that is not covered by the release layer;
forming the second organic compound layer by vapor deposition over the substrate on which the release layer, the first organic
compound layer, and the third electrode remain;

removing a portion of the second organic compound layer, wherein the portion of the second organic compound layer overlies
the release layer, by dissolving the release layer; and

forming the second electrode on the remaining first organic compound layer and the remaining second organic compound layer.

US Pat. No. 9,217,957

DEVELOPMENT DEVICE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A development device that develops an electrostatic image formed on an image bearing member with developer including a
toner and magnetic carrier, the development device comprising:
a developer container configured to be capable of storing developer, and include a first storage portion and a second storage
portion, which are arranged side by side across a partition wall, wherein a circulating path to circulate developer between
the first storage portion and the second storage portion is formed by the partition wall;

a conveyance member which is rotatably disposed in the first storage portion to convey developer in the first storage portion,
the conveyance member comprising a rotatable rotation shaft, a main spiral portion having a helical shape formed around the
rotation shaft to convey developer in the circulating path in a circulating direction, and a sub spiral portion having a reverse
helical shape of the main spiral portion formed around the rotation shaft at a downstream side of the main spiral portion
in the circulating direction;

a supply opening through which magnetic carrier is supplied;
a discharge opening for discharge of developer climbing over the sub spiral portion outside the first storage portion in accordance
with supplement of magnetic carrier from the supply opening, the discharge opening being formed at a position where the rotation
shaft penetrates a side wall of the first storage portion at a downstream side in the circulating direction; and

a magnet member configured to form a magnetic brush which contacts with the sub spiral portion above a rotation center of
the sub spiral portion.

US Pat. No. 9,219,864

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:
a first lens unit having a negative refractive power;
a second lens unit having a positive refractive power,
wherein an entirety of the second lens unit or a part of the second lens unit constitutes an image stabilizing lens unit configured
to move in a direction having a component perpendicular to an optical axis for image stabilization;

wherein the zoom lens being configured to change an interval between adjacent lens units during zooming; and
wherein an aperture stop arranged in the image side of the first lens unit,
wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
6.0
?3.0 where f1 represents a focal length of the first lens unit, fLs represents a focal length of the image stabilizing lens unit, fLr represents a focal length at a wide angle end of an optical system Lr arranged on the image side of the image stabilizing
lens unit, and fW represents a focal length of an entire system at the wide angle end.

US Pat. No. 9,213,267

DEVELOPING DEVICE FRAME UNIT, DEVELOPING DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF THE DEVELOPING DEVICE FRAME UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A frame unit to which a blade member contactable with a rotatable member is mountable, said frame unit comprising:
a frame including a seal forming portion;
a first sealing member provided at a longitudinal end portion of said frame and configured to prevent leakage of developer
between said frame and the rotatable member; and

a second sealing member contacting said first sealing member and configured to prevent leakage of the developer between the
blade member and said frame, said second sealing member being formed by injection molding in said seal forming portion before
the blade member is mounted to said frame.

US Pat. No. 9,215,356

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM TO COMBINE A COMPOSITE IMAGE OF NOISE SUPPRESSED IMAGES GENERATED FROM IMAGES EACH INCLUDING A DIRECT CURRENT COMPONENT AND AT LEAST ONE NOISE SUPPRESED IMAGE PROCES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
a first image generating unit configured to divide an input image into bands to generate a first image that includes a direct
current component and at least one second image that does not include the direct current component and includes a higher frequency
component than a frequency component included in the first image;

a second image generating unit configured to generate a plurality of third images from the first image, the third images each
including the direct current component and having a different resolution;

a noise suppressing unit configured to perform noise suppression processing on the at least one second image and the third
images;

a first combining unit configured to combine the plurality of third images generated by the second image generating unit and
subjected to the noise suppression processing; and

a second combining unit configured to combine a composite image from the first combining unit and the at least one second
image that has been subjected to the noise suppression processing.

US Pat. No. 9,212,088

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING OPTICAL MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,211,062

OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical coherence tomographic imaging apparatus comprising:
an image acquisition unit configured to acquire a plurality of images of a subject's eye at different times;
a tomographic image acquisition unit configured to acquire a plurality of tomographic images of the subject's eye based on
interference light obtained by interfering return light from the subject's eye irradiated with measuring light via a scanning
unit and reference light corresponding to the measuring light;

a movement amount acquisition unit configured to acquire the amount of subject's eye movement based on the plurality of images;
a determination unit configured to determine whether the amount of subject's eye movement before a scan by the scanning unit
exceeds a threshold value; and

a control unit configured to control, in a case the amount of subject's eye movement before the scan is equal to or smaller
than the threshold value, the scanning unit to perform scanning position correction between the scan and the next scan based
on the amount of movement.

US Pat. No. 9,213,170

LENS BARREL AND OPTICAL APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lens barrel comprising:
an image-pickup optical system configured to form an optical image of an object, the image-pickup optical system including
a main optical system and an extender optical system configured to change a focal length of the image-pickup optical system;

an extender barrel configured to hold the extender optical system;
a housing configured to house the extender barrel;
a rotator configured to:
hold the extender barrel to rotatably support the extender barrel in the housing;
insert the extender optical system into the main optical system; and
retreat the extender optical system from the main optical system; and
a retreat restraint having a first state used to restrain a retreating amount of the extender barrel by the rotator and a
second state used to make the retreating amount of the extender barrel larger than that in the first state,

wherein, when the retreat restraint is in the first state, the extender optical system is retreated to a position that is
not associated with formation of the optical image, but the extender barrel is undetachable from the rotator, and

wherein, when the retreat restraint is in the second state, the extender barrel is detachable from the rotator.

US Pat. No. 9,204,791

OCULAR OPTICAL SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmologic apparatus, comprising:
two scanning units configured to scan a measuring light in directions different from each other in a fundus of an eye to be
inspected, one of the two scanning units being disposed at a position that is optically conjugate to an anterior ocular segment
of the eye to be inspected; and

an optical unit configured to have a surface having different optical powers corresponding to scan directions of the two scanning
units so as to adjust optically a position of the other of the two scanning units to be optically conjugate to the anterior
ocular segment of the eye to be inspected,

wherein the other of the two scanning units is disposed at a position that, without the optical unit being present, would
not be optically conjugate to the anterior ocular segment, and

wherein the surface of the optical unit is disposed at a position that is optically conjugate to the fundus of the eye to
be inspected.

US Pat. No. 9,207,183

STIMULATED RAMAN SCATTERING MEASUREMENT APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,199,809

SHEET FEEDING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding device comprising:
a sheet storage unit configured to store sheets, wherein the sheet storage unit is configured to be attached to an apparatus
main body and to be drawn from the apparatus main body;

a stacking portion provided in the sheet storage unit, wherein sheets are stacked on the stacking portion;
a raising unit configured to raise the stacking portion, wherein the stacking portion is configured to be lowered in response
to the sheet storage unit being drawn from the apparatus main body;

a sheet detection unit configured to detect that an upper most sheet stacked on the stacking portion is positioned at a higher
position that is higher than a sheet detection position in a vertical direction;

an attachment detection unit configured to detect that the sheet storage unit is attached to an attachment position of the
apparatus main body; and

a control unit configured to determine whether an amount of sheets stacked on the stacking portion exceeds a predetermined
amount based on detection results of the sheet detection unit and the attachment detection unit,

wherein, according to the sheet storage unit being drawn out of the attachment position of the apparatus main body in an amount
exceeding a first amount, a state of the attachment detection unit changes from a first state in which the attachment of the
sheet storage unit is detected to a second state in which the attachment of the sheet storage unit is not detected,

wherein, according to the sheet storage unit being drawn out of the attachment position of the apparatus main body in an amount
exceeding a second amount, a state of the sheet detection unit changes from a third state in which the uppermost sheet is
detected to a fourth state in which the uppermost sheet is not detected,

wherein the first amount by which the sheet storage unit is drawn out from the apparatus main body relative to the attachment
position is smaller than the second amount by which the sheet storage unit is drawn out from the apparatus main body relative
to the attachment position,

wherein, in a case where the sheet storage unit is drawn out of the attachment position of the apparatus main body in an amount
exceeding the first amount and less than or equal to the second amount, the attachment detection unit is in the second state
in which the attachment of the sheet storage unit is not detected and the sheet detection unit is in the third state in which
the uppermost sheet is detected, and

wherein the control unit determines that the amount of sheets stacked on the stacking portion does not exceed the predetermined
amount in a case where the detection result of the sheet detection unit does not change from the third state to the fourth
state in a series of processes in which a detection result of the attachment detection unit changes from the first state to
the second state, and further to the first state.

US Pat. No. 9,204,024

COMMUNICATION DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,204,089

DISPLAY APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,195,918

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,195,212

COLOR ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING MOVABLE MAIN BODY ELECTRICAL CONTACTS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A color electrophotographic image forming apparatus to which a plurality of cartridges are detachably mounted to form a
color image on a recording medium, the color electrophotographic image forming apparatus comprising:
a cartridge supporting member movable between an inside position of a main body of the apparatus and an outside position of
the main body in a state of detachably supporting the plurality of cartridges having cartridge side electric contacts and
cartridge side positioned portions, the cartridge supporting member moving among (i) a first position where the plurality
of cartridges are located at an image forming position at which the plurality of cartridges form images at the inside position,
(ii) a second position where the plurality of cartridges are retracted from the first position at the inside position, and
(iii) a third position where the plurality of cartridges are pulled from the main body and are located at the outside position;
and

main body side electric contacts provided on the main body for the plurality of cartridges, respectively,
wherein the main body further includes an opening portion through which the cartridge supporting member is moved from the
second position to the third position, and an openable and closable member provided on the main body for opening and closing
the opening portion,

wherein, in association with a closing operation of closing the opening portion by the openable and closable member, the cartridge
supporting member is moved from the second position to the first position and the main body side electric contacts are connected
to the cartridge side electric contacts, and

wherein, in association with an opening operation of opening the opening portion by the openable and closable member, the
main body side electric contracts are retracted in a longitudinal direction of the cartridges and the cartridge supporting
member is moved from the first position to the second position.

US Pat. No. 9,190,030

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,185,242

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a communication unit configured to communicate with an image reading apparatus which reads a document;
a specifying unit configured to specify a format of a file to be generated from the document read by the image reading apparatus;
an operation unit configured to receive a reading-starting operation from a user;
a first reception unit configured to receive a transmission request for a reading instruction transmitted from the image reading
apparatus;

a first transmission unit configured to transmit a reading instruction for instructing the image reading apparatus to read
the document based on the reading-starting operation received from the user by the operation unit or the transmission request
received by the first reception unit;

a second reception unit configured to receive image data of the document read by the image reading apparatus based on the
reading instruction transmitted by the first transmission unit; and

a second transmission unit configured to, when the format specified by the specifying unit is a format of a single-page file,
transmit to the image reading apparatus a reading-ending instruction according to the second reception unit receiving image
data of one page, if the reading instruction is transmitted based on the reading-starting operation received by the operation
unit, and to transmit to the image reading apparatus an instruction for displaying a confirmation screen for confirming whether
to read a next document, according to the second reception unit receiving image data of one page, if the reading instruction
is transmitted based on the transmission request received by the first reception unit.

US Pat. No. 9,177,753

RADIATION GENERATING TUBE AND RADIATION GENERATING APPARATUS USING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,178,081

SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,172,206

FIBER LASER SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fiber laser system comprising:
a seed laser configured to generate a plurality of optical pulses;
a controller configured to receive the plurality of optical pulses emitted from the seed laser and control an amount of chirping
to be applied to each of the plurality of optical pulses to obtain chirped pulses; and

an optical waveguide, having a characteristic of anomalous dispersion, configured to receive the chirped pulses emitted from
the controller and cause soliton self-frequency shifts while the chirped pulses propagate in the optical waveguide so that
a center wavelength of a pulse output from the optical waveguide depends on the amount of chirping in each of the chirped
pulses,

wherein the center wavelength is a first value when the amount of chirping is a first amount, the center wavelength is a second
value when the amount of chirping is a second amount, the first amount is different from the second amount, and the first
value is different from the second value, and

wherein the optical waveguide has the characteristic of anomalous dispersion with respect to all wavelengths contained in
each of the chirped pulses.

US Pat. No. 9,171,177

INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD FOR EXECUTING A COMMAND INCLUDED IN AN INSTALLER AND A STORAGE MEDIUM STORING A PROGRAM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing method of an information processing apparatus, in which an administrator account and a user account
with more limited authorities in the information processing apparatus than the administrator account are registered, the information
processing apparatus having a first installer running under the administrator account and a second installer running under
the user account, the information processing method comprising:
launching the first installer by the second installer;
determining by the first installer whether the first installer is to perform a browser launch operation when an operation
to be performed in the first installer is the browser launch operation, and when it is determined that the first installer
is to perform the browser launch operation, performing the browser launch operation by the first installer,

wherein, when it is determined that the first installer is not to perform the browser launch operation, transferring a command
for performing the browser launch operation by the first installer to the second installer, and performing the browser launch
operation by the second installer in accordance with the command, and

wherein it is determined that the first installer is not to perform the browser launch operation when a predetermined browser
is used.

US Pat. No. 9,161,689

OPHTHALMOLOGIC PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmologic apparatus comprising:
a light projecting unit configured to project visible light to a subject's eye;
a detection unit configured to detect an amount of a change in pupil size for the subject's eye which is caused by the visible
light from the light projecting unit; and

a notification unit configured to notify an operator of the ophthalmologic apparatus that mydriasis of the subject's eye is
insufficient in a case where the detected amount of change is equal to or more than a threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,160,926

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS HAVING DISPLAY DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an image pickup unit configured to take an image;
a peep-type finder;
a display unit which is provided in a part other than inside the peep-type finder;
an output unit configured to resize the image, which is taken by said image pickup unit, into images with resolutions corresponding
to respective resolutions of three or more image output destinations including the display unit and output the images to the
three or more image output destinations at the same time;

a superimposition unit configured to individually superimpose shooting information in the resolutions corresponding to the
respective resolutions of the three or more image output destinations on the images output to the respective three or more
image output destinations;

a selection unit configured to select an image output destination, on which the shooting information is to be superimposed,
from among a plurality of image output destinations except the display unit among the three or more image output destinations;
and

a control unit configured to provide control such that said superimposition unit superimposes the shooting information on
the image output to the display unit and the image output to the image output destination selected by said selection unit,
said output unit outputs the same, and that said output unit outputs the image to an image output destination that has not
been selected by said selection unit without superimposing the shooting information on the image.

US Pat. No. 9,158,403

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,150,036

CONTROL METHOD FOR PRINTING AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus, comprising:
a specifying unit configured to specify an unsuitable area of a continuous sheet which is not suitable for an image printing;
a print control unit configured to cause an ink jet type printing unit to print images on a continuous sheet; and
a cutter control unit configured to cause a cutter unit to cut the continuous sheet on which the images are printed by the
printing unit, per a predetermined unit length,

wherein the cutter control unit controls so as to cause the cutter unit to cut, in a case where a printing inexecution area
on which printing is not executed due to an existence of the unsuitable area exceeds a predetermined length determined on
the basis of a non-dischargeable time of the printing unit, a printing inexecution area of the continuous sheet into a plurality
of sheet pieces.

US Pat. No. 9,152,895

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an input unit configured to input image data representing an image to be formed on a recording medium;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire information related to a degree of surface unevenness of the recording medium caused
by fibers of the recording medium; and

a correction unit configured to correct the image data based on the information related to the degree of surface unevenness
acquired by the acquisition unit,

wherein the acquisition unit is configured to acquire, as the information related to the degree of surface unevenness of the
recording medium, a frequency characteristic of surface unevenness to be obtained by performing frequency analysis on a change
in an intensity when light emitted to and reflected from the recording medium is received while the recording medium is conveyed,
and

wherein the correction unit is configured to thicken a fine line in the image data if an amplitude component in a frequency
band whose frequency characteristic of the surface unevenness is lower than a predetermined frequency is higher than a predetermined
value, and increase a density of a fine line in the image data if an amplitude component in a frequency band whose frequency
characteristic of the surface unevenness is higher than a predetermined frequency is higher than a predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 9,148,536

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:
a display control unit configured to cause a display device to display images stored in a memory unit so that a plurality
of images are assigned to each page;

a changing unit configured to change display from a page being displayed on the display device to another page; and
a pre-read unit configured to read images to be displayed in a plurality of pages other than the page being displayed from
the memory unit and store the read images in a temporary memory unit while the page is being displayed, wherein

said pre-read unit pre-reads images at intervals with respect to an order for assigning images to each page to be displayed
by reading, from the memory unit, a predetermined number of image(s), fewer than the number of images assigned to each page
to be displayed, for each of the plurality of pages other than the page being displayed, in ascending order of distance of
each page to the page that is being displayed.

US Pat. No. 9,148,539

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus capable of network communication with a multi-function peripheral, the apparatus comprising:
a determination unit configured to determine that the multi-function peripheral operates according to a first mode in which
user authentication is available and department authentication is not available or operates according to a second mode in
which both of the user authentication and department authentication are available; and

a transmission unit configured to transmit, in a case that said determination unit determines that the multi-function peripheral
operates according to the first mode, user authentication information to the multi-function peripheral, the user authentication
information being used to causing the multi-function peripheral to perform the user authentication before performing a job,
and transmit, in a case that said determination unit determines that the multi-function peripheral operates according to the
second mode, authentication information to the multi-function peripheral, the authentication information being used to causing
the multi-function peripheral to perform selection authentication before performing a job, the selection authentication being
one selected from the user authentication and department authentication by a user.

US Pat. No. 9,148,557

FOCUS ADJUSTMENT APPARATUS AND METHOD, AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A focus adjustment apparatus comprising:
a detection unit that detects a subject/subjects having a predetermined characteristic from an image obtained while shooting
a moving picture;

an automatic focusing unit configured to perform focus control by automatically moving a focus lens on the basis of the image;
a manual focusing unit configured to move the focus lens on the basis of an operation of a shooter on a focus operation unit
for manipulating a position of the focus lens; and

a setting unit configured to set a first AF mode or a second AF mode,
wherein, in the first AF mode,
in a state in which the subject/subjects are detected by the detection unit, the automatic focusing unit is selected and the
automatic focusing unit performs focus control by setting an AF area corresponding to the detected subject/subjects and moving
the focus lens on the basis of an image within the AF area, and

in a state in which the subject/subjects are not detected by the detection unit, the manual focusing unit is selected and
the manual focusing unit does not move the focus lens without any operation on the focus operation unit,

and wherein, in the second AF mode,
in a state in which a subject/subjects are detected by the detection unit, the automatic focusing unit is selected and the
automatic focusing unit performs focus control by setting an AF area corresponding to the detected subject/subjects and moving
the focus lens on the basis of an image within the AF area, and

in a state in which a subject/subjects are not detected by the detection unit, the automatic focusing unit is selected and
the automatic focusing unit performs focus control by setting an AF area in the image and moving the focus lens on the basis
of an image within the AF area.

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. 9,141,334

INFORMATION PROCESSING FOR OUTPUTTING VOICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a display unit configured to display a page designated by a page designation instruction of pages included in an electronic
book;

a voice output unit configured to, in a case of inputting a voice output instruction, sequentially output voices corresponding
to respective characters in a target page being a page displayed by said display unit at an input timing of the voice output
instruction, in accordance with an arrangement order of the characters;

a control unit configured to determine a start character from which said voice output unit starts a voice output operation
based on characters in the target page, and to control said voice output unit to sequentially output voices corresponding
to characters, which include the start character and subsequent characters in accordance with the arrangement order; and

a timer unit configured to measure a display continuous time of a page designated by an input page designation instruction
on said display unit every time the page designation instruction is input,

wherein when a page whose display continuous time is measured by said timer unit and is not less than a predetermined time,
is the target page for which said voice output unit has output voices lastly, said control unit sets, as a last character,
a character for which said voice output unit output a voice at an input timing of a first page designation instruction after
said voice output unit starts to output voices for the target page, and controls said voice output unit to sequentially output
voices, in accordance with the arrangement order, corresponding to respective characters which include a character located
in the vicinity of a next character of the last character and subsequent characters in the arrangement order.

US Pat. No. 9,142,183

DISPLAY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,134,673

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE INFORMATION GENERATION METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an image forming section configured to form a no-margin image on a transfer material based on image data by:
forming, on an image bearing member, a toner image having an edge area with an inside width which is inward relative to edges
of the transfer material and an outside width which is outward relative to the edges of the transfer material,

transferring the toner image formed on the image bearing member to the transfer material, and
fixing the toner image onto the transfer material by heating the toner image transferred onto the transfer material; and
a processing section configured to perform toner amount increment processing for further increasing toner amount of the toner
image formed in the edge area to be more than toner amount of the toner image formed in the edge area based on the image data
when the no-margin image is formed,

wherein the image forming section is further configured to form the portion of the toner image within the edge area in accordance
with the toner amount increment processing by the processing section.

US Pat. No. 9,134,437

RADIATION DETECTING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,134,246

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,129,182

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that can recognize an operation based on a gesture of a recognition target, comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire an image, having a predetermined space, as an imaging range;
a detection unit configured to detect, based on a background image indicating a background of the predetermined space and
the image acquired by the acquisition unit, a moving member present on the background area;

an updating unit configured to, in a case where the moving member detected by the detection unit includes an object other
than the recognition target, identify a partial area where the moving member is present and which is regarded as a partial
area where the recognition target is not present on the background, among a plurality of partial areas obtained by dividing
the background of the predetermined space, and further configured to partially update the background image with an imaged
portion of the identified partial area among images acquired by the acquisition unit; and

a recognition unit configured to identify the recognition target from at least a part of the moving member which the detection
unit has detected based on a comparison of the background image updated by the updating unit with an image to be newly acquired
by the acquisition unit, and further configured to recognize the operation based on a gesture of the recognition target.

US Pat. No. 9,131,080

IMAGE READING DEVICE AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD UTILIZING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image reading apparatus which is connectable to a network, the image reading apparatus comprising:
a reading unit configured to read an original image;
a generating unit configured to generate image data corresponding to the original image read by the reading unit;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain external device information via the network;
a displaying unit configured to display, based on the external device information obtained by the obtaining unit, a list of
a plurality of external devices which are accessible;

a first selecting unit configured to select, in accordance with a first user instruction, an external device from among the
plurality of external devices displayed by the displaying unit;

a second selecting unit configured to select, in accordance with a second user instruction,a directory in which the image data generated by the generating unit is to be stored, from among at least one directory managed
by the external device selected by the first selecting unit; and
a transmission unit configured to transmit the image data generated by the generating unit to the external device selected
by the first selecting unit so that the image data generated by the generating unit is stored in the directory selected by
the second selecting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,123,760

PROCESSING APPARATUS AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A processing apparatus configured to process a substrate, the apparatus comprising:
a movable stage which includes a chuck configured to hold the substrate and an elevating device configured to be risen relative
to the chuck to hold the substrate;

a movable hand configured to convey the substrate in a moving direction from the movable stage at a transfer position; and
a controller configured to control operations of the movable stage and the movable hand,
wherein the movable hand includes an L-shaped holder, for holding the substrate, with a first portion elongated along the
moving direction and a second portion elongated along a direction other than the moving direction,

wherein the controller is configured to control the operations such that the movable hand reaches the transfer position before
the movable stage reaches the transfer position, and

wherein the movable stage moves, with the elevating device risen to an elevation that the L-shaped holder does not interfere
with the movable stage and the substrate held by the movable stage, to or from the transfer position, the risen elevating
device moving obliquely relative to the moving direction across an open region between the first portion and the second portion
of the movable hand positioned at the transfer position.

US Pat. No. 9,119,562

IMAGING CONTROL APPARATUS, OPHTHALMIC IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging control apparatus capable of causing a first imaging unit to capture a fundus image of a subject's eye and causing
a second imaging unit to capture a tomographic image of the subject's eye, the imaging control apparatus comprising:
a display control unit configured to display a first fundus image on a display unit, the first fundus image being captured
by the first imaging unit in a first area on a fundus of the subject's eye;

an extraction unit configured to extract one or more feature points from the first fundus image;
an area determination unit configured to determine a second area on the fundus of the subject's eye, the second area including
the one or more feature points and being smaller than the first area;

a control unit configured to cause the first imaging unit to capture a second fundus image of the subject's eye in the second
area;

a detection unit configured to detect a positional deviation of the fundus of the subject's eye by comparing the first fundus
image and the second fundus image; and

a correction unit configured to correct an image capturing position of the second imaging unit for capturing the tomographic
image based on the detected positional deviation.

US Pat. No. 9,114,611

PRINTING APPARATUS AND INK DISCHARGE STATE DETERMINATION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a printhead including a heater configured to generate heat energy for discharging ink, and a temperature sensor configured
to detect a temperature;

a driving unit configured to drive the heater;
a control unit configured to control to drive the heater by said driving unit by applying a first voltage for discharging
ink, and drive the heater by applying a second voltage insufficient to discharge the ink after the application of the first
voltage;

a first comparison unit configured to compare with a predetermined first threshold, a difference between a first temperature
detected by the temperature sensor at a first time before applying the second voltage and a second temperature detected by
the temperature sensor at a second time after applying the second voltage, or a ratio value of the first temperature and the
second temperature; and

a determination unit configured to determine that discharge failure has occurred when the difference between the second temperature
and the first temperature or the ratio value is larger than the predetermined first threshold, and determine that discharge
is normal when the difference between the second temperature and the first temperature or the ratio value is not larger than
the predetermined first threshold.

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. 9,116,456

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising a plurality of image forming units configured to form a developer image, wherein
each of the plurality of image forming units includes:
an image bearing member on which a latent image is able to be formed;
a charging device configured to charge the image bearing member;
a developing device configured to develop the latent image into a developer image; and
a transfer device configured to transfer the developer image from the image bearing member to a transfer member,
wherein in a predetermined image forming unit A and image forming unit B among the plurality of image forming units, transfer
voltages are applied to the respective transfer devices from a common transfer power supply and charging voltages are applied
to the respective charging devices from different charging power supplies,

wherein the image forming apparatus further comprises:
an exposure device configured to expose the image bearing members charged by the charging devices to form the latent images
on the image bearing members; and

a control unit configured to, in either one or both of the image forming units A and B, adjust an amount of exposure by which
the image bearing member is exposed and the charging voltage based on information about the image bearing members of the image
forming units A and B, and

wherein the control unit is configured to make the charging voltage and the amount of exposure in the image forming unit A
different from the charging voltage and the amount of exposure in the image forming unit B, and

wherein the image forming unit B includes a plurality of image forming units B, and
wherein with a potential of an area of the image bearing member exposed by the exposure device as an exposed portion potential,
the control unit is configured to control the amount of exposure in the image forming unit A based on the exposed portion
potentials of the respective image bearing members included in the plurality of image forming units B.

US Pat. No. 9,118,791

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus which is communicably connected to an external image forming apparatus using a LAN
(Local Area Network) and which performs an image process in cooperation with the external image forming apparatus, comprising:
a receiving unit configured to receive data from an external device through a network;
a power supply switch configured to become either an on state or an off state in accordance with an operation by a user;
a power control unit configured to, in a case where the receiving unit receives the data from the external device or in a
case where the power supply switch becomes the on state in accordance with the operation by the user, return a power state
of the information processing apparatus from a power saving state; and

a transmitting unit configured to transmit, to the image forming apparatus via the LAN, a start instruction for starting the
image forming apparatus so as to return a power state of the image forming apparatus from a power saving state,

wherein
(1) in the case where the receiving unit receives the data from the external device, the power control unit returns the power
state of the information processing apparatus from the power saving state, and the transmitting unit transmits the start instruction
to the image forming apparatus via the LAN so as to return the power state of the image forming apparatus from the power saving
state, and

(2) in the case where the power supply switch becomes the on state in accordance with the operation by the user, the power
control unit returns the power state of the information processing apparatus from the power saving state, but the transmitting
unit does not transmit the start instruction to the image forming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,116,471

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a rotatable photosensitive member;
an exposure unit exposing the photosensitive member, which has been charged, so as to form a latent image;
a developing unit developing the latent image formed on the photosensitive drum so as to form a toner image;
a movable intermediate transfer member;
a primary transfer roller primarily transferring the toner image, which is formed on the photosensitive member, from the photosensitive
member onto the intermediate transfer member in a primary transfer portion in which the intermediate transfer member is brought
into abutment against the photosensitive member;

a secondary transfer unit having a secondary transfer roller that secondarily transfers the toner image, which is primarily
transferred onto the intermediate transfer member, onto a recording material in a secondary transfer portion in which the
secondary transfer roller is brought into abutment against the intermediate transfer member, the secondary transfer unit capable
of being brought into abutment against and separated from the intermediate transfer member, and capable of being removed from
and mounted on an apparatus body while being separated from the intermediate transfer member;

a moving mechanism moving the secondary transfer unit to an abutment position, a separation position and an intermediate position
under a state in which the secondary transfer unit is mounted on the apparatus body, wherein the secondary transfer unit is
brought into abutment against the intermediate transfer member in the abutment position, the secondary transfer unit is capable
of being removed from and mounted on the apparatus body in the separation position, the secondary transfer unit is separated
from the intermediate transfer member in the separation position, and the intermediate position is between the separation
position and the abutment position; and

a control unit configured to control the moving mechanism so as to cause the secondary transfer unit to move from the intermediate
position to the abutment position at a first moving speed in a case where the secondary transfer unit is to be brought into
abutment against the intermediate transfer member during at least one of an exposure period and a primary transfer period,
and to cause the secondary transfer unit to move from the separation position to the abutment position at a second moving
speed higher than the first moving speed in a case where the secondary transfer unit is to be brought into abutment against
the intermediate transfer member during a period other than the exposure period and the primary transfer period.

US Pat. No. 9,116,482

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

3. An image heating apparatus comprising:
a heat source;
a heating member heated by the heat source; and
a conveying member forming a nip portion conveying a recording medium by being in contact with the heating member;
the heating member having a multi-layered structure of n layers in total assigned by layer numbers sequentially from one on
the heat source side to the surface in contact with the recording medium, and

the heating member satisfying the following equation:
?{square root over (?nt)}?dn where ?n[m2/s] is thermal diffusivity of the j?th (j=1 to n) layer, dn[m] is a thickness of the n?th layer, and t[s] is the recording medium stay time at the nip portion,
wherein the thermal permeability bn of the n?th layer is greater than the thermal permeability bn?1 of the 1?n?th layer,

where, ?j[W/(m·K)] is the thermal conductivity of a j?th (j=1 to n) layer,

?Cj[J/(m3·K)] is the heat capacity of the j?th (j=1 to n) layer, bj[J/(m2·K·s0.5)](=?{square root over (?j?Cj)}) is the thermal permeability of the j?th (j=1 to n) layer, and

dj[m]is a thickness of the j?th (j=1 to n) layer.

US Pat. No. 9,118,837

IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an imaging element that converts an optical image to an electric signal;
an optical member that is disposed in front of the imaging element;
a holding member that holds the imaging element and the optical member; and an elastic sealing member that is positioned between
the optical member and the imaging element, and seals a space between the optical member and the imaging element,

wherein the holding member has a plurality of holding portions which holds the optical member, and a wall portion formed between
the plurality of holding portions,

wherein the optical member is held by the plurality of holding portions, so that a gap between an outer peripheral edge portion
of the optical member and an outer wall portion is provided,

wherein the elastic sealing member has a position restricting portion, and wherein the sealing member is arranged so that
the position restricting portion is inserted into the gap.

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.