US Pat. No. 9,876,960

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS THAT HAS TWO PHOTOMETRIC MEANS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image pickup device configured to perform photoelectric conversion of a subject image formed through a shooting optical
system of a lens barrel and output an electric signal;

a linear photometric sensor which is a different sensor from said image pickup device and is configured to measure an amount
of light;

at least one processor or circuit executing a program stored in a memory to perform operations of the following units:
a photometric measurement control unit configured to control a first photometric measurement operation based on a result of
charge accumulation of said image pickup device and a second photometric measurement operation based on a result of charge
accumulation of said photometric sensor; and

a judgment unit configured to judge whether there has been a shift from the first photometric measurement operation to the
second photometric measurement operation,

wherein, when said judgment unit judges that there has been no shift from the first photometric measurement operation to the
second photometric measurement operation, said photometric measurement control unit performs the first photometric measurement
operation for a plurality of times, and when said judgment unit judges that there has been a shift from the first photometric
measurement operation to the second photometric measurement operation, said photometric measurement control unit performs
the second photometric measurement operation for a smaller number of times than that of the first photometric measurement
operation according to a result of the first photometric measurement operation.

US Pat. No. 9,875,541

ENHANCED ALGORITHM FOR THE DETECTION OF EYE MOTION FROM FUNDUS IMAGES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of imaging a scanning area of a subject by scanning imaging light over periods of time on the scanning area of
the subject, the method comprising:
constructing a plurality of images based on detection of the imaging light from the scanning area of the subject, each image
among the plurality of images obtained during a different time period;

wherein the plurality of images includes at least: a reference image, a first image, and a second image;
wherein the first image is obtained during a first period of time, the second image is obtained during a second period of
time, the reference image is obtained during a third period of time that is prior to the first period of time and the second
period of time;

estimating a first relative change in position of the scanning area of the subject by comparing the reference image and the
first image;

estimating a second relative change in position of the scanning area of the subject by comparing the reference image and the
second image;

estimating a third relative change in position of the scanning area of the subject by comparing the first image and the second
image;

calculating a quality metric of estimation of the second relative change in position based on: the first relative change in
position; the second relative change in position; the third relative change in position; and

comparing the quality metric to a threshold,
in a first case wherein the quality metric is less than the threshold, adjusting position of the scanning area based on the
second relative change in position; and

in a second case wherein the quality metric is not less than the threshold, obtaining a new second image during a new second
period of time.

US Pat. No. 9,874,272

METHOD OF PRODUCING WAVE GEAR DEVICE AND WAVE GEAR DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A wave gear device comprising:
a cylindrical housing;
an annular circular spline that is attached to an inside of the housing and has internal teeth;
a flex spline that has a cylindrical barrel portion, which has external teeth, and an attachment portion, which inwardly extends
from an end of the barrel portion in a radial direction, and that is disposed inside the circular spline;

a wave generator that is disposed inside the flex spline, that deforms the flex spline in the radial direction to bring part
of the flex spline into engagement with part of the circular spline, and that moves an engagement position, where the internal
teeth of the circular spline are in engagement with the external teeth of the flex spline, in a circumferential direction;

an output member attached to the attachment portion;
a bearing that has an outer race, which is secured to the housing, and an inner race, which is secured to the output member,
and that supports the output member such that the output member is rotatable; and

a support member that supports the wave generator such that the wave generator is rotatable and that is secured to the housing,
wherein an outer circumferential surface of the circular spline has a first part and a second part,
wherein the second part of the outer circumferential surface of the circular spline and an outer circumferential surface of
the support member are spaced apart from an inner circumferential surface of the housing,

wherein the housing has a housing reference surface that is brought into engagement with the first part so as to position
the circular spline relative to the housing,

wherein the second part is not in contact with the housing reference surface, and
wherein the second part of the circular spline is spaced apart from the inner circumferential surface of the housing, and
wherein the outer circumferential surface of the circular spline that is in engagement with the housing reference surface
and the outer circumferential surface of the circular spline that is spaced apart from the inner circumferential surface of
the housing are on a same circumference.

US Pat. No. 9,873,575

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT DISPLAYS REMAINING AMOUNT OF SHEETS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus with a sheet feeding unit that has a first stacking unit and a second stacking unit, comprising:
a moving unit configured to, when sheets stacked in the first stacking unit have run out, move sheets stacked in the second
stacking unit to the first stacking unit;

a remaining amount detector configured to detect a remaining amount of sheets in the sheet feeding unit; and
a display unit configured to provide an indication corresponding to any level among a plurality of levels which represents
the remaining amount of sheets in the sheet feeding unit based on a detection result by said remaining amount detector,

wherein in a case where sheets are stacked in both of the first stacking unit and the second stacking unit, said display unit
provides an indication corresponding to a level representing a largest remaining amount of sheets among the plurality of levels
regardless of a remaining amount of sheets in the first stacking unit.

US Pat. No. 9,876,917

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image reading apparatus which is able to communicate with an external apparatus with a plurality of communication protocols,
comprising:
a user interface configured to set a document opening orientation used when receiving a reading instruction with a predetermined
communication protocol from an external apparatus;

a memory; and
a processor in communication with the memory, configured to:
store, in a storage unit, the set document opening orientation set by the user interface in association with the predetermined
communication protocol of the plurality of communication protocols

receive a reading instruction;
control a reading unit to read an image of a first side of a document and an image of a second side of the document based
on the received reading instruction; and

control the image of the second side of the document to be rotated according to the document opening orientation stored in
association with the predetermined communication protocol in a case where the reading instruction is received with the predetermined
communication protocol from the external apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,869,774

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS, DRIVING METHOD FOR THE SAME, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising a plurality of sensors and a driving unit configured to drive the plurality of
sensors, each of the plurality of sensors including a detection element configured to detect radiation, a sampling unit configured
to sample a signal from the detection element, and a reset unit configured to initialize the detection element,
wherein the driving unit performs:
a first reset operation of causing the reset units to initialize the detection elements;
a first sampling operation of causing the sampling units to sample a signal from the detection elements in accordance with
first radiation irradiation started after the first reset operation;

a first output operation of outputting the signals sampled in the first sampling operation;
a second reset operation of causing the reset units to initialize the detection elements after the first sampling operation;
a second sampling operation of causing the sampling units to sample a signal from the detection elements in accordance with
second irradiation started after the second reset operation following the first irradiation; and

a second output operation of outputting the signals sampled in the second sampling operation, and
wherein the driving unit is configured to operate in at least a mode in which the driving unit starts the first output operation
after completion of the second reset operation and before the second sampling operation.

US Pat. No. 9,871,072

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE, IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion device, comprising:
an insulator film disposed on a silicon layer having a photoelectric conversion region, the insulator film having a portion
overlapped with the photoelectric conversion region;

a silicon oxide film disposed on the insulator film, the silicon oxide film having a portion overlapped with the photoelectric
conversion region;

an electroconductive member disposed between the insulator film and the silicon oxide film; and
a silicon oxide layer disposed between the electroconductive member and the silicon oxide film, wherein
the portion overlapped with the photoelectric conversion region of the silicon oxide film is in contact with the portion overlapped
with the photoelectric conversion region of the insulator film, and

a hydrogen concentration of the silicon oxide film is greater than a hydrogen concentration of the silicon oxide layer.

US Pat. No. 9,866,776

IMAGE SENSOR, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, AND CELLULAR PHONE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image sensor comprising:
a pixel unit in which a plurality of first pixel columns and a plurality of second pixel columns are arranged, wherein a plurality
of pixels of a first color and a plurality of pixels of a second color are arranged in each first pixel column and a plurality
of pixels of the second color and a plurality of pixels of a third color are arranged in each second pixel column;

a plurality of first signal output lines each of which a pixel signal of each of the first pixel columns is output to from
the pixel unit;

a plurality of second signal output lines each of which a pixel signal of each of the second pixel columns is output to from
the pixel unit;

a reference signal generator which generates a first reference signal and a second reference signal which is different from
the first reference signal;

a plurality of first comparators each of which compares a signal level of a pixel signal output to each of the plurality of
first signal output lines with a signal level of the first reference signal;

a plurality of first counters each of which counts until the signal level of the pixel signal coincides with the signal level
of the first reference signal by the first comparator;

a plurality of second comparators each of which compares a signal level of a pixel signal output to each of the plurality
of second signal output lines with a signal level of the second reference signal; and

a plurality of second counters each of which counts until the signal level of the pixel signal coincides with the signal level
of the second reference signal by the second comparator,

wherein the reference signal generator provides the first reference signal to one of the first comparators that compares a
signal level of a pixel signal of one of the first pixel columns nearest to each other and simultaneously provides the second
reference signal to another of the first comparators that compares a signal level of a pixel signal of the other of the first
pixel columns in a case where the pixel signals of the first pixel columns are output to the first signal output lines, respectively,
and provides the first reference signal to one of the second comparators that compares a signal level of a pixel signal of
one of the second pixel columns nearest to each other and simultaneously provides the second reference signal to another of
the second comparators that compares a signal level of a pixel signal of the other of the second pixel columns in a case where
the pixel signals of the second pixel columns are output to the second signal output lines, respectively.

US Pat. No. 9,866,541

COMMUNICATION CONTROL APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus which communicates with another communication apparatus based on both of a first communication
protocol which supports an authentication function and a second communication protocol which does not support the authentication
function, the communication apparatus comprising:
an authentication unit configured to perform first authentication processing according to the first communication protocol
in order to establish a communication session with said another communication apparatus, and to perform second authentication
processing according to the first communication protocol after the establishment of the communication session with said another
communication apparatus in order to authenticate said another communication apparatus;

a communication unit configured to communicate with said another communication apparatus based on the first communication
protocol using the communication session established based on the first authentication processing and to communicate with
said another communication apparatus based on the second communication protocol different from the first communication protocol,
wherein the communication based on the first communication protocol and the communication based on the second communication
protocol are performed by the communication unit in parallel;

a first determination unit configured to determine whether the second authentication processing according to the first communication
protocol and performed after the establishment of the communication session with said another communication apparatus in order
to authenticate said another communication apparatus is succeeded;

a second determination unit configured to determine, after the establishment of the communication session with said another
communication apparatus, whether the communication unit receives from said another communication apparatus data according
to the second communication protocol at a timing according to a predetermined time interval; and

a controller configured to, according to both of a determination result by the first determination unit performed after the
establishment of the communication session with said another communication apparatus and a determination result by the second
determination unit performed after the establishment of the communication session with said another communication apparatus,
terminate the communication session established based on the first authentication processing according to the first communication
protocol with said another communication apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,862,191

LIQUID HOLDING CONTAINER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid holding container comprising:
an absorber configured to absorb liquid discharged from a recovery unit which performs a recovery process for an ejection
head, the absorber having a first surface and a concave part having a second surface lower than the first surface and receiving
liquid discharged from the recovery unit;

a housing configured to accommodate the absorber thereinside; and
a cover part which is attached to an opening part of the housing, the cover part having an upper surface provided at a predetermined
distance from the first surface and a cylindrical wall part formed on the upper surface and extending from an opening provided
at a position opposed to the concave part toward the concave part, an end of the cylindrical wall part being located between
the first surface and the second surface.

US Pat. No. 9,864,310

FIXING APPARATUS HAVING A STORAGE FUNCTION INCLUDING FIRST AND SECOND PARTS THAT SWITCH FROM A CONDUCTIVE STATE TO A NON-CONDUCTIVE STATE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A fixing apparatus comprising:
a fixing member configured to fix an image, formed on a recording material, onto the recording material;
a circuit board;
a first part and a second part mounted on the circuit board and connected in series;
a first line mounted on the circuit board and connected to one end of the first part;
a second line mounted on the circuit board and connected to another end of the first part and one end of the second part;
and

a third line mounted on the circuit board and connected to another end of the second part,
wherein each of the first part and the second part is capable of switching from a conductive state to a non-conductive state,
and information regarding characteristics of the fixing member corresponds to a switch state of the first part and the second
part, and

wherein the first line is supplied with a voltage from a power source, and the third line is connected to a ground.

US Pat. No. 9,864,106

SEMICONDUCTOR DBR, SEMICONDUCTOR LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE, SOLID-STATE LASER, PHOTOACOUSTIC APPARATUS, IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR DBR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A semiconductor distributed Bragg reflector (DBR) comprising:
a first multilayer structure including
a plurality of first semiconductor layers and
one or more second semiconductor layers each interposed between a corresponding pair of the plurality of first semiconductor
layers;

a second multilayer structure including
a plurality of third semiconductor layers and
one or more second semiconductor layers each interposed between a corresponding pair of the plurality of third semiconductor
layers; and

a protection layer interposed between the first multilayer structure and the second multilayer structure,
wherein,
the second semiconductor layer has a lower decomposition temperature than the first semiconductor layer,
the third semiconductor layer has a lower decomposition temperature than the second semiconductor layer,
the semiconductor DBR has a peak reflectance at a wavelength ?,
the plurality of first semiconductor layers, the one or more second semiconductor layers, and the plurality of third semiconductor
layers each have an optical thickness of n?/4, where n is an odd number of 1 or more,

the protection layer has an optical thickness of m?/2, where m is a natural number of 1 or more, and
a portion of the protection layer at which the protection layer is brought into contact with the second multilayer structure
includes a material having a higher decomposition temperature than the third semiconductor layer,

wherein a conductivity type of the first multilayer structure and a conductivity type of the second multilayer structure are
the same as each other.

US Pat. No. 9,857,215

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An object information acquiring apparatus comprising:
a detector including m-number, where m is an integer of 2 or more, of probes having a capacitance conversion element to which
a voltage is supplied from an electrical power source and a current/voltage conversion circuit which converts a current output
from the capacitance conversion element into a voltage;

a receiver processing electric signals from the probes; and
a connecting relay board respectively relaying power distribution lines between the electrical power source and the probes
and signal wirings between the receiver and the probes,

wherein the connecting relay board (a) receives input of signal wirings and power distribution lines from n-number, where
n is an integer of 2 or more and m?n, of probes among the m-number of probes, (b) connects the signal wirings from the n-number
of probes to the receiver, and (c) connects, to the electrical power source side, the power distribution lines of a number
that is fewer than the power distribution lines from the n-number of probes.

US Pat. No. 9,860,457

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image capturing unit configured to capture an object;
a display unit configured to display a video image captured by the capturing unit;
an extracting unit configured to extract an area of the video image that is within a display range displayed by the display
unit and is smaller than the display range;

a detecting unit configured to detect a change in a position or attitude of the apparatus; and
a display control unit configured to perform control so that an area of the video image that is within the display range displayed
by the display unit and is not extracted by the extracting unit is larger on a side in a direction in which the position or
attitude of the apparatus changes.

US Pat. No. 9,858,430

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a display unit configured to display an operation screen;
at least one processor; and
a computer-readable memory coupled to the at least one processor, the computer-readable memory storing instructions that,
when executed by the at least one processor, cause the at least one processor to:

acquire, based on an operation by a user, information for identifying the user;
display, in a case where the information for identifying the user is acquired by the at least one processor without a reception
of authentication information of the user, a user customized operation screen for selection of a plurality of image processing
functions which include at least a send function and a scan function on the display unit, wherein the operation screen is
customized for the user corresponding to the obtained information for identifying the user;

receive, after selection of one of the plurality of the image processing functions via the user customized operation screen,
authentication information of the user;

issue, in a case where the authentication information of the user is received via the user customized operation screen, a
request for authenticating the user to an authentication service; and

execute the image processing function elected by the user authenticated by the authentication service,
wherein the at least one processor uses the authentication information of the user to commonly execute the plurality of image
processing functions without requiring individual authentication information for each of the plurality of image processing
functions.

US Pat. No. 9,852,343

IMAGING APPARATUS, DISPLAY METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a storage unit configured to store object information about objects captured by a plurality of photographers in association
with map information as a frequency map;

an acquisition unit configured to acquire a plurality of images captured with an imaging apparatus and position information
indicating a position of the imaging apparatus;

a recognition unit configured to recognize each object included in the acquired plurality of images;
a specifying unit configured to specify, based on a recognition result obtained by the recognition unit and the objects captured
by a plurality of photographers, an object according to an image capturing trend of a photographer using the imaging apparatus;
and

a determination unit configured to determine, based on the acquired position information, information about the specified
object, and the frequency map, candidate object information to be provided to the imaging apparatus,

wherein the specifying unit specifies an object captured by a first number of photographers with higher priority than an object
by a second number of photographers among the plurality of photographers, the first number being smaller than the second number.

US Pat. No. 9,854,177

IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a plurality of imaging units each provided to acquire image data by capturing an image of a subject with line scan control;
and

a driving unit configured to drive at least one imaging unit as a driving target among the plurality of imaging units, in
predetermined driving modes,

wherein the imaging units have at least first and second imaging sensors, each imaging sensor including photoelectric converters
for converting light into an electrical signal arranged in rows and columns,

wherein the driving unit includes a selection unit that selects a region in the image sensor in a unit used for the line scan
control, for storing the image data corresponding to the selected region in a memory, as a first unit formed of one or more
rows of the imaging sensor, and

wherein the driving modes include a first driving mode in which the at least first and second imaging sensors in the imaging
unit serving as the driving target are sequentially switched, for each exposure or readout of the first unit selected by the
selection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,852,159

IMAGE RECOGNITION METHOD AND IMAGE RECOGNITION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a first obtaining unit configured to obtain a target image including a target object which belongs to at least one category
of a plurality of categories;

a second obtaining unit configured to obtain a plurality of partial target images from the obtained target image;
a holding unit configured to hold a dictionary in which, for each of a plurality of partial learning images each of which
is a part of a learning image for recognizing the target object, a category of the partial learning image and position information
of the partial learning image are registered, the category and the position information of the partial learning image being
classified based on a comparison result of pixel values obtained from a plurality of pixels in the partial learning image,
and the position information representing information on a relative position between the target object and the partial learning
image in the learning image;

an acquiring unit configured to acquire a plurality of pixel values, from each of the plurality of partial target images obtained
by the second obtaining unit, of positions corresponding to the positions where the plurality of pixel values are obtained
from each of the partial learning images;

a comparing unit configured to compare the plurality of pixel values acquired by the acquiring unit to each other;
a third obtaining unit configured to obtain from the dictionary, for each of the plurality of partial target images, a corresponding
category and position information of the partial learning image, based on a result of a comparison by the comparing unit;

a voting unit configured to vote, for each of the plurality of partial target images, the result obtained by the third obtaining
unit at a position indicated by the position information obtained by the third obtaining unit in a voting surface corresponding
to the obtained category of a plurality voting surfaces corresponding to the plurality of categories, and

a recognizing unit configured to recognize a category and a position of the target object included in the target image by
collecting a result of voting by the voting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,851,650

TONER AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING TONER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A toner, comprising:
a toner particle including a surface layer,
wherein,
the toner particle comprises a styrene acrylic resin and a block polymer,
the surface layer comprises an organosilicon polymer,
the organosilicon polymer has a partial structure represented by Formula (1) or (2) shown below,

in Formulae (1) and (2), L represents a methylene group, an ethylene group, or a phenylene group,
the block polymer has a polyester segment C and a vinyl polymer segment A,
a melting point (Tm) of the block polymer is 55° C. or more and 90° C. or less,
a ratio (C/A ratio) of the polyester segment C to the vinyl polymer segment A is 40/60 or more and 80/20 or less, and
the polyester segment C has a structural unit represented by Formula (3) shown below,

in Formula (3), m and n each independently represent an integer of 4 or more and 16 or less.

US Pat. No. 9,852,746

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for recording data by a shingled magnetic recording (SMR), the information processing
apparatus comprising:
a magnetic storage medium configured to have a storing zone for storing, with SMR, both of deletion target data and data other
than the deletion target data, and that has a vacant zone;

a copy unit configured to, in a case that a deletion of data stored in the storing zone in the magnetic storage medium is
instructed, copy the data other than deletion target data stored in the storing zone into the vacant zone in the magnetic
storage medium;

an overwriting unit configured to overwrite a track of the storing zone in which the deletion target data is stored with predetermined
data; and

a registration unit configured to register the track as an unused area,
wherein the copy unit, the overwriting unit, and the registration unit are implemented by at least one processor and a memory.

US Pat. No. 9,832,722

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that is connectable to an access point and communicates with a communication apparatus
via the access point, the information processing apparatus comprising:
a receiving unit configured to receive from a user an instruction for performing a setting relating to connection of the communication
apparatus;

a display unit configured to display a list of access points connectable by the communication apparatus, in a case where an
access point to which the information processing apparatus is connected when the instruction is received is not an access
point connectable by the communication apparatus, and not to display the list, in a case where an access point to which the
information processing apparatus is connected when the instruction is received is an access point connectable by the communication
apparatus; and

an execution unit configured to execute a process for establishing connection between an access point selected from the list
and the communication apparatus, in a case where the access point to which the information processing apparatus is connected
when the instruction is received is not an access point connectable by the communication apparatus, and to execute a process
for establishing connection between the access point to which the information processing apparatus is connected and the communication
apparatus, in a case where the access point to which the information processing apparatus is connected when the instruction
is received is an access point connectable by the communication apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,825,213

PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD, ULTRASONIC MOTOR, AND DUST REMOVING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A piezoelectric element comprising:
a pair of electrodes; and
a piezoelectric material,
wherein the piezoelectric material includes crystal grains containing barium titanate as a primary component,
wherein crystal grains among the crystal grains which are in contact with the electrodes have a linear crystal defect, and
wherein the crystal grains having the linear crystal defect include crystal grains having a grain diameter R of 2 ?m or more
in a direction perpendicular to the electrodes, a region in which the linear crystal defectexist at high density relative
to the other region having a thickness D in a direction perpendicular to the electrodes equal to or less than R.

US Pat. No. 9,824,306

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a plurality of detectors;
a signal output circuit which inputs, from each of the plurality of detectors coupled to the signal output circuit, a plurality
of input signals and outputs an output signal via a signal line in accordance with receiving at least one input signal of
the plurality of input signals;

a holding circuit which outputs an identification signal indicating the detector which has output the at least one input signal;
a first controller;
a second controller which communicates with the first controller via a command bus different from the signal line; and
a power supply unit which supplies first power supply and second power supply,
wherein the first controller performs, in accordance with receiving the output signal via the signal line, a sleep return
processing so that the power supply unit supplies second power supply to the first controller to which second power supply
has been stopped and supplies second power supply to the second controller to which second power supply has been stopped,

wherein, on a basis that second power supply is supplied to the second controller from the power supply unit, the second controller
checks the identification signal output from the holding circuit, and then transmits, to the first controller via the command
bus, information indicating the detector which has output the at least one input signal, and

wherein the first controller performs a process in accordance with the information transmitted from the second controller.

US Pat. No. 9,823,543

DRIVER OF VIBRATOR, METHOD OF DRIVING THE SAME, LENS DRIVER, VIBRATION DEVICE, AND IMAGING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A driver of a vibrator comprising:
a control section; and
an alternating current signal generation section configured to generate alternating current signals based on an output from
the control section, and to apply the alternating current signals to the vibrator, wherein,

the control section is configured:
to perform first setting of setting a frequency of the alternating current signals applied to the vibrator to a first frequency,
and setting at least one of a voltage ratio and a phase difference of the alternating current signals applied to the vibrator
such that an ellipse ratio of elliptical motion caused in a contact portion of the vibrator becomes a first ellipse ratio;

to perform, after the first setting, second setting of setting the frequency to a second frequency, and setting at least one
of the voltage ratio and the phase difference such that the ellipse ratio becomes the first ellipse ratio; and

to perform, after the second setting, third setting of setting the frequency of the alternating current signals applied to
the vibrator to the second frequency, and setting at least one of the voltage ratio and the phase difference such that the
ellipse ratio becomes a second ellipse ratio, wherein:

the vibrator and a driven body contacting the contact portion perform relative movement in a moving direction by the elliptical
motion,

the second frequency is smaller than the first frequency, and
the second ellipse ratio has a larger ratio of a component in the moving direction in the elliptical motion to a component
in a direction perpendicular to the moving direction in the elliptical motion than the first ellipse ratio.

US Pat. No. 9,818,176

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that performs image processing on image data, the apparatus comprising:
a first correction unit configured (i) to correct a pixel value of a target pixel in the image data based on a first similarity
determined by comparing pixels included in a first target pixel group including the target pixel with pixels included in a
first reference pixel group including a reference pixel, and (ii) to produce a first corrected pixel value of the target pixel;

a second correction unit configured (i) to correct the pixel value of the target pixel based on a second similarity determined
by comparing pixels included in a second target pixel group including the target pixel with pixels included in a second reference
pixel group including a reference pixel, and (ii) to produce a second corrected pixel value of the target pixel; and

an output unit configured to obtain corrected image data by using the first corrected pixel value from the first correction
unit and the second corrected pixel value of the second correction unit based on one of (i) the first similarity and (ii)
the second similarity, and to output the corrected image data,

wherein a number of pixels included in the first target pixel group and a number of pixels included in the second target pixel
group are different from each other,

wherein the number of pixels included in the first target pixel group and the number of pixels included in the first reference
pixel group are the same, and

wherein the number of pixels included in the second target pixel group and the number of pixels included in the second reference
pixel group are the same.

US Pat. No. 9,818,444

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for displaying a list of reduced content items associated with identifiers allowing
identification of original content items, the information processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire an identifier of original content being reproduced by an external video reproduction
device;

a display control unit configured to control reduced content associated with the acquired identifier, from among a plurality
of the reduced content items displayed in the list, to be displayed in a second display mode different from a first display
mode for other reduced content items;

an accepting unit configured to accept, in response to a user operation for the reduced content, an instruction to perform
a predetermined process on the original content related to the reduced content displayed in the second display mode; and

a transmission unit configured to transmit, to an external device, an identifier of the reduced content and the instruction
to perform the predetermined process on the original content associated with the identifier.

US Pat. No. 9,815,133

METHOD FOR PRODUCING A MODULE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for producing a module including a first member and a second member that are soldered to each other, the method
comprising:
an applying step of applying solder pastes to a first portion and a second portion of the first member;
a contacting step of bringing a first portion of the second member and the solder paste applied to the first portion of the
first member into contact with each other, and bringing a second portion of the second member and the solder paste applied
to the second portion of the first member into contact with other; and

a melting step of causing the solder paste brought into contact with the first portion of the second member and the solder
paste brought into contact with the second portion of the second member to melt,

wherein the first and second portions of one of the first member and the second member are located on a single land, and the
first and second portions of other of the first member and the second member are located on different lands,

wherein, in the applying step, the solder paste applied to the first portion of the first member and the solder paste applied
to the second portion of the first member are separated from each other, and

wherein, in the melting step, molten solder which is formed by melting the solder paste in contact with the first portion
of the second member and molten solder which is formed by melting the solder paste in contact with the second portion of the
second member are joined to each other.

US Pat. No. 9,801,007

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a first communication unit configured to receive data via a first communication from a recording area of an external apparatus
configured to record data in the recording area readable by another device via the first communication;

a second communication unit configured to connect with the external apparatus via a second communication different from the
first communication, a communication range of the second communication is longer than a communication range of the first communication;

a memory configured to store an application;
a control unit configured to control the second communication by executing the application;
wherein the control unit determines whether the data recorded in the recording area includes information for causing the communication
apparatus to execute the application; and

wherein the control unit provides notification that the data recorded in the recording area is to be rewritten to the information
for causing the communication apparatus to execute the application in a case where the data recorded in the recording area
does not include the information for causing the communication apparatus to execute the application, and does not provide
the notification in a case where the data includes the information for causing the communication apparatus to execute the
application.

US Pat. No. 9,749,018

POWER TRANSMISSION APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING POWER TRANSMISSION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power transmission apparatus comprising:
a power transmission unit that wirelessly transmits power to an electronic device;
an acquisition unit that acquires a value of a standing wave ratio relating to power to be transmitted to the electronic device,
when a predetermined condition is satisfied;

an update unit that updates a reference value with the acquired value of the standing wave ratio when the acquired value of
the standing wave ratio is smaller than the reference value; and

a detection unit that detects removal of the electronic device when a difference between the acquired value of the standing
wave ratio and the updated reference value is greater than a threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,747,023

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for recognizing a gesture, comprising:
a processor configured to:
acquire an image obtained by capturing a gesture input region in which a gesture input is made;
detect an object being used for the gesture input from the acquired image;
detect image coordinates of an intersection point at which the detected object crosses a determination region being provided
in the acquired image;

compute base image coordinates based on an image coordinates group detected from images obtained by capturing the gesture
input region;

determine, based on reference image coordinates and the base image coordinates, a gesture coordinate system being used for
recognizing a gesture made by the object;

transform a feature amount group of the object to a transformed feature amount group of the object in the gesture coordinate
system,

recognize a movement of the object across the images, as a gesture made by the object, based on the transformed feature amount
group in the gesture coordinate system;

estimate average image coordinates of the image coordinates group of the object; and
determine a single manipulation target object from a plurality of manipulation target objects arranged in the gesture input
region based on a line that connects the average image coordinates and the base image coordinates,

wherein the reference image coordinates are image coordinates corresponding to the determined manipulation target object.

US Pat. No. 9,744,732

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC ENDLESS BELT, METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A process for producing an electrophotographic endless belt comprising a base layer comprising a thermoplastic resin composition,
and an inner-surface layer, said process comprising the steps of:
(1) providing a test tube-shaped preform comprising a thermoplastic resin,
forming an energy curable film having a glass transition temperature on an inner surface of the test tube-shaped preform,
and then subjecting the test tube-shaped preform to blow molding to obtain a blow-molded bottle;
(2) irradiating the blow-molded bottle with energy rays to cure the energy curable film to form an inner-surface layer; and
(3) cutting out an endless belt from the blow-molded bottle having the inner-surface layer obtained in step (2).

US Pat. No. 9,749,091

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DATA COMMUNICATION IN A COMMUNICATION NETWORK

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for data communication in a communication network, the method comprising, at a transmitting node:
obtaining a plurality of frames including at least one first-type frame associated with an acknowledgment policy requiring
acknowledgment and at least one second-type frame associated with an acknowledgment policy requiring no acknowledgment;

aggregating the frames of the obtained plurality of frames into an aggregated frame including at least one leading frame of
second type and frames subsequent thereto, in an order depending on their associated acknowledgment policies;

sending the aggregated frame to a receiving node;
sending an acknowledgment request frame to the receiving node to request it to acknowledge receipt of only subsequent frames
of the aggregated frame.

US Pat. No. 9,744,740

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

14. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an image forming portion configured to form an image on a sheet; and
the sheet processing apparatus according to claim 13, configured to carry out a binding process on the sheet on which the image has been formed by the image forming portion.

US Pat. No. 9,746,826

PROCESS CARTRIDGE, ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE DRUM UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process cartridge comprising:
a casing including an opening and an arc-shaped protrusion on an external portion of the casing adjacent to the opening;
a photosensitive drum having an axis L1, the photosensitive drum being rotatably supported in the casing to permit rotation about the axis L1; and

a coupling member having an axis L2, the coupling member having (i) a first end portion connected to the photosensitive drum, (ii) a second end portion including
at least one projection that is open to the axis L2, and (iii) a connecting portion connecting the first end portion and the second end portion, wherein a maximum distance as
measured from the axis L2, in a direction perpendicular to the axis L2, of at least part of the connecting portion is shorter than a distance between the at least one projection and the axis L2, and wherein at least part of the second end portion extends beyond the opening in the direction of the axis L1,

wherein the coupling member is movable between (i) a first position in which a tip of the at least one projection is a first
distance away from the photosensitive drum as measured in the direction of the axis L1 and (ii) a second position in which the tip of the at least one projection is a second distance away from the photosensitive
drum as measured in the direction of the axis L1, with the first distance being greater than the second distance, and

wherein the arc-shaped protrusion extends only partway around the coupling member.

US Pat. No. 9,772,577

LIGHT SCANNING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A light scanning apparatus, comprising:
a light source configured to emit a light beam; and
a rotary polygon mirror configured to be driven to rotate and deflect the light beam emitted from the light source so that
the light beam scans a surface of a photosensitive member,

wherein the rotary polygon mirror is provided with four reflection surfaces, surrounding a rotation axis of the rotary polygon
mirror, deflecting the light beam,

wherein the four reflection surfaces as seen along a direction of the rotation axis of the rotary polygon mirror is formed
into a substantial square shape, and

wherein a difference between a pair of diametrically opposed interior angles of the substantial square shape defined by the
four reflection surfaces of the rotary polygon mirror is larger than 0.03°, and a difference between another pair of diametrically
opposed interior angles of the substantial square shape is 0.03° or less.

US Pat. No. 9,741,524

X-RAY GENERATING APPARATUS AND RADIOGRAPHY SYSTEM USING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An X-ray generating apparatus, comprising:
an X-ray generating tube comprising:
an anode comprising a transmissive target configured to generate an X-ray when irradiated with an electron beam, and an anode
member configured to hold the transmissive target;

a cathode comprising an electron emitting source configured to irradiate the transmissive target with an electron beam, and
a cathode member connected to the electron emitting source; and

an insulating tube having a pair of ends in a tube axis direction, one end of which is connected to the anode member and the
other end of which is connected to the cathode member; and

a conductive container, which is connected to the anode member and is configured to house the X-ray generating tube,
wherein the anode member comprises an outer anode member, which is configured to hold the transmissive target and is electrically
connected to the conductive container, and an inner anode member, which is interposed between the outer anode member and the
electron emitting source in the tube axial direction of the insulating tube and is joined to the insulating tube, and

wherein the inner anode member is connected to the outer anode member outside the insulating tube in a tube radial direction,
in a manner that allows for heat transfer.

US Pat. No. 9,772,586

IMAGE HEATING DEVICE FOR POSITIONING A HIGH THERMAL CONDUCTIVE MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating device comprising:
a cylindrical film;
a heater configured to contact an inner surface of the film;
a nip portion forming member contacting an outer surface of the film and forming a nip portion in cooperation with the heater
via the film;

a thermal conductive sheet contacting a surface of the heater opposite to a surface of the heater contacting the film; and
a holding member configured to hold the heater, the thermal conductive sheet being interposed between the holding member and
the heater,

wherein the recording material on which an image has been formed is heated by heat from the film while being nipped and conveyed
at the nip portion, and

wherein the holding member includes a first surface sandwiching the thermal conductive sheet with the heater and pressing
the thermal conductive sheet against the heater, and a second surface, facing the thermal conductive sheet, provided adjacent
to the first surface in a longitudinal direction of the heater, the second surface being recessed more than the first surface
in a direction away from the heater.

US Pat. No. 9,772,905

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus including a plurality of pieces of firmware, comprising:
a memory device configured to store the firmware including control firmware which controls an operation of the information
processing apparatus and an updating program which executes an update process to update the control firmware;

an activation unit configured to activate the information processing apparatus using the updating program;
an update unit configured to update the control firmware which is different from the updating program, wherein the updating
program is executed to control the activation unit to activate the information processing apparatus; and

a control unit configured to, if a failure occurs while the control firmware is being updated, cause the activation unit to
restart the information processing apparatus using the control firmware which is different from the updating program that
has controlled a previous activation, and cause the update unit to update the updating program which is different from the
control firmware controlling the restarting.

US Pat. No. 9,740,136

OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member;
a charger that charges the photosensitive member;
an optical scanning apparatus configured to scan the photosensitive member with a light beam output from a light source when
a driving current modulated based on image information is supplied to the light source;

a developer configured to develop an electrostatic latent image formed on the photosensitive member by scanning of the light
beam by the optical scanning apparatus to form an image on the photosensitive member, and

a control unit configured to control the optical scanning apparatus,
wherein the optical scanning apparatus comprises:
the light source configured to output the light beam having a light power dependent on a value of the driving current;
a detection unit configured to detect the light power of the light beam output from the light source;
a capacitor configured to hold a voltage;
a charging unit configured to charge the capacitor, and
a comparison unit configured to compare a voltage corresponding to the light power detected by the detection unit with a reference
voltage corresponding to the target light power,

wherein the control unit is configured to control the charging unit so that the capacitor is charged by the charging unit
and configured to control the value of the driving current,

wherein the control unit is configured to control the charging unit so that the capacitor is charged by the charging unit
in a state where the driving current is not supplied to the light source, to control the charging unit based on a detection
result of the detection unit so that the voltage held in the capacitor is controlled from the voltage of the capacitor charged
in the state where the driving current is not supplied to the light source, and to control the value of the driving current
based on the voltage held in the capacitor controlled by the control unit,

wherein the control unit is configured to control the value of the driving current such that the light power of the light
beam is controlled to a target light power, by changing the voltage of the capacitor based on a comparison result of the comparison
unit such that the voltage corresponding to the light power detected by the detection unit approaches the reference voltage,

wherein the charging unit comprises a switch configured to selectively apply one of the reference voltage and the voltage
corresponding to the detected light power to the capacitor, and a resistive element connected between the switch and the capacitor,

wherein the charging unit is configured to apply, in a turn-off state of the light source before the light beam scans the
photosensitive member, the reference voltage to the capacitor during a period after charging of the capacitor has started
until the capacitor is charged to a voltage corresponding to a predetermined amount of charges, and

wherein the period is determined depending on the reference voltage, a predetermined voltage to which the capacitor is charged
by the charging unit, and a time constant determined by a capacitance of the capacitor and a resistance value of the resistive
element.

US Pat. No. 9,743,012

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, SYSTEM, METHOD, AND MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus communicating with an external apparatus via a network, the image processing apparatus comprising:
a combining unit configured to combine a plurality of images captured under different exposure conditions;
an exposure setting unit configured to acquire an image under a set exposure condition;
a reception unit configured to receive a command for specifying an operation of the combining unit and the exposure setting
unit from the external apparatus;

a transmission unit configured to transmit a composite image obtained by the combining unit to the network;
a delaying unit configured to cause a transmission operation of the transmission unit to be delayed; and
a control unit configured to control a delay amount by the delaying unit based on an operation state of at least one of the
combining unit and the exposure setting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,733,604

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect an identification code that is issued when a maintenance event of the image forming
apparatus occurs and that indicates information of the maintenance event;

a storage unit configured to store the identification code detected by the detection unit;
a deletion unit configured to delete the identification code stored in the storage unit according to the maintenance event
being created;

a determination unit configured to determine whether a same identification code as the identification code detected by the
detection unit when the image forming apparatus is started up is stored in the storage unit; and

a display control unit configured to, in a case where the determination unit determines that the same identification code
is stored in the storage unit, display on a display unit an image showing an operation which is required for completing an
operation for clearing the occurred maintenance event and, in a case where the determination unit determines that the same
identification code is not stored in the storage unit, display on the display unit an image showing the operation for clearing
the occurred maintenance event.

US Pat. No. 9,736,479

IMAGE CODING APPARATUS, IMAGE CODING METHOD, IMAGE DECODING APPARATUS, IMAGE DECODING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image coding apparatus configured to code an image in units of slices each of which includes a plurality of blocks,
the image coding apparatus comprising:
a coding unit configured to code blocks included in a first row of a slice and
code blocks included in a second row, different from the first row, of the slice,
wherein, when coding a first quantization parameter in coding order of the first row, the coding unit uses a slice quantization
parameter that is provided to the slice as an initial value,

wherein, when coding a first quantization parameter in coding order of the second row, the coding unit uses the slice quantization
parameter that is provided to the slice as the initial value and that is used when coding the first quantization parameter
in coding order of the first row, and

wherein, when coding a second quantization parameter in coding order of the second row, the coding unit uses the first quantization
parameter in coding order of the second row.

US Pat. No. 9,769,369

IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus configured to make communication with an external apparatus through a network, the imaging apparatus
comprising:
an imaging optical system;
an imaging unit configured to capture an image of an object by the imaging optical system;
an optical filter;
an inserting and removing unit configured to insert and remove the optical filter into and from an optical path of the imaging
optical system;

a receiving unit configured to receive an adjustment command from the external apparatus through the network, the adjustment
command including individual adjustment values respectively for a case in which the optical filter is inserted into the optical
path and a case in which the optical filter is removed from the optical path;

an automatically determining unit configured to, based on one of the adjustment value of the case in which the optical filter
is inserted into the optical path and the adjustment value of the case in which the optical filter is removed from the optical
path, automatically determine the other adjustment value in the adjustment command received by the receiving unit; and

a control unit configured to control the inserting and removing unit based on the one adjustment value received by the receiving
unit and the other adjustment value determined by the automatically determining unit.

US Pat. No. 9,767,376

DRAWING APPARATUS, DRAWING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM FOR USE IN DISPLAYING A CHARACTER DEFINED IN A PREDETERMINED OUTLINE FONT FORMAT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A drawing apparatus for use in displaying a character defined in a predetermined outline font format, the drawing apparatus
comprising:
one or more processors; and
one or more memory devices including instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the one or more
processors to perform operations comprising:

before drawing the character, identifying a number of drawing commands required for the character based on outline data corresponding
to a shape of the character in the predetermined outline font format;

determining a level of an antialiasing process to be performed on the character based on the identified number of the drawing
commands; and

after the determining the level of the antialiasing process for the character, drawing the character by performing the antialiasing
process at the level determined for the character.

US Pat. No. 9,761,788

PIEZOELECTRIC MATERIAL, PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A piezoelectric material comprising:
a main component containing a perovskite-type metal oxide represented by Formula 1, a first auxiliary component composed of
Mn, and a second auxiliary component composed of Bi or Bi and Li, wherein

the content of Mn is 0.040 parts by weight or more and 0.500 parts by weight or less based on 100 parts by weight of the metal
oxide on a metal basis; and the content of Bi is 0.042 parts by weight or more and 0.850 parts by weight or less and the content
of Li is 0.028 parts by weight or less (including 0 parts by weight) based on 100 parts by weight of the metal oxide on a
metal basis,

(Ba1-xCax)a(Ti1-yZry)O3 . . . (1), wherein, 0.030?x<0.090, 0.030?y?0.080, and 0.9860?a?1.0200.

US Pat. No. 9,726,981

EXPOSURE APPARATUS, EXPOSURE METHOD, AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An exposure apparatus for performing an exposure on each of a plurality of shot regions on a substrate in a predetermined
order, the apparatus comprising:
a projection optical system configured to project a pattern of an original on each of the plurality of shot regions;
an adjusting unit configured to adjust imaging characteristics of the projection optical system; and
a controller configured to divide the plurality of shot regions into groups based on data of a shift in the pattern of each
of the plurality of shot regions and an order of the exposure, determine a setting amount of the imaging characteristics for
each of the divided groups, and control the adjusting unit to set the imaging characteristics to the determined setting amount
for each group,

wherein the determined setting amount of a group is commonly used for a plurality of shot regions in the group when performing
an exposure on the plurality of shot regions in the group, and the determined setting amounts of the groups are different
from one another, and

wherein the controller performs the division such that the shot regions belonging to the same group have a sequential exposure
order and all values of the shift in the shot regions belonging to the same group fall within a predetermined range.

US Pat. No. 9,753,548

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image display apparatus that displays image data including a plurality of objects, the image display apparatus comprising:
a display unit configured to focus-display an object from among the plurality of objects;
an input unit configured to input annotation to the object; and
a change unit configured to change a display of the annotation depending on the focus-displayed object if an object different
from the object corresponding to the annotation that has been input by the input unit is focus-displayed,

wherein the change unit changes the display of the annotation by lowering the transmittance of the annotation corresponding
to the object being displayed and increasing the transmittance of the annotation corresponding to the object different from
the object being displayed.

US Pat. No. 9,754,409

METHOD, APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR TESSELLATING A PARAMETRIC PATCH

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A computer-implemented method of tessellating a parametric patch of an object to be rendered, said method comprising:
vectorising a boundary curve associated with the parametric patch according to a pre-determined flatness tolerance;
determining, using a processor, a tessellation point inside the parametric patch based on geometry of the parametric patch
and a tessellation step;

determining, using the processor, an interior curve associated with the determined tessellation point based on the geometry
of the parametric patch and the tessellation step;

determining, using the processor, a colour split point on the vectorised boundary curve, the colour split point being determined
based on the vectorised boundary curve and the determined interior curve; and

tessellating, using the processor, the parametric patch by joining the colour split point and the tessellation point, wherein
tessellation data corresponding to the parametric patch is stored in a processor-accessible memory to enable rendering of
the object.

US Pat. No. 9,753,410

DEVELOPING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT GENERATE PREVENTION BIAS FOR SUPPRESSING SCATTERING OF DEVELOPER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing device for developing an electrostatic latent image on an image carrier by using developer, comprising:
a developing bias output unit configured to output a developing bias generated by superimposing an AC bias on a DC bias;
a developing sleeve supplied with the developing bias output from the developing bias output unit;
a prevention bias generator unit configured to generate a prevention bias by holding a peak value of the developing bias of
the superimposed AC bias and DC bias, the prevention bias suppressing scattering of developer carried by the developing sleeve;
and

an electrode, disposed at a position opposing the developing sleeve, configured to output the prevention bias,
wherein the prevention bias generator unit includes:
a resistor supplied with the developing bias of the superimposed AC bias and DC bias;
a diode supplied with the developing bias of the superimposed AC bias and DC bias, a cathode of the diode being connected
to the resistor in series; and

a capacitor, with a terminal of the capacitor being connected to ground and another terminal of the capacitor being connected
to an anode of the diode, and

wherein the prevention bias generator unit outputs, as the prevention bias, a potential of the anode of the diode.

US Pat. No. 9,756,238

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS FOR PERFORMING AUTHENTICATION OF A PHOTOGRAPHER AND ORGANIZING IMAGE DATA FOR EACH PHOTOGRAPHER AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus, comprising:
a first image capturing unit configured to capture an image of a photographer;
a second image capturing unit configured to capture an image of a person other than the photographer;
a storage unit configured to store a first dictionary corresponding to a first photographer and a second dictionary corresponding
to a second photographer, wherein in the first dictionary and the second dictionary face feature information for authenticating
a plurality of persons included in a captured image by the second image capturing unit and name information corresponding
to an authenticated person are registered, and different name can be registered in each dictionary even if face feature information
of the same person are registered in the first dictionary and the second dictionary;

a recording unit configured to store image data generated by the second image capturing unit;
a processor; and
a memory configured to store at least one program executable by the processor, at least one program having instructions that,
when the program is executed by the processor, cause the processor to:

identify the photographer from the image captured by the first image capturing unit using facial recognition;
select a dictionary corresponding to the identified photographer;
authenticate one or more persons in the image captured by the second image capturing unit using the selected dictionary;
display a frame so as to surround a face of a person in a through image captured by the second image capturing unit by using
the face feature information of the plurality of persons stored in the selected dictionary, and

record, as attribute information for the image data, face feature information and name information corresponding to the authenticated
person that is included in the selected dictionary, in the recording unit.

US Pat. No. 9,723,172

FACSIMILE APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A facsimile apparatus which is able to perform IP facsimile communication and G3 facsimile communication, comprising:
a memory configured to store a setting whether to perform facsimile communication in an error correction mode or to perform
facsimile communication in a non-error correction mode; and

a controller unit configured to control to perform facsimile communication in the error correction mode not based on the setting
stored in the memory in the IP facsimile communication, and to control to perform facsimile communication in the error correction
mode based on the setting stored in the memory in the G3 facsimile communication.

US Pat. No. 9,715,049

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 a crystalline material comprising zinc
selenide (ZnSe) or zinc sulfide (ZnS) by machining,
wherein the grating grooves are formed to have a triangular cross-section shape, and
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) corresponds with a crystal orientation of the single crystalline zinc selenide (ZnSe) or the single
crystalline zinc sulfide (ZnS).

US Pat. No. 9,710,202

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING FIRST SHEET HOLDING UNIT FOR WHICH SHEET TYPE IS REGISTERED AND SECOND SHEET HOLDING UNIT FOR WHICH SHEET TYPE IS NOT REGISTERED, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
sheet holding units including a first sheet holding unit for which a sheet type is registered and a second sheet holding unit
for which a sheet type is not registered;

a selecting unit configured to select the second sheet holding unit as a sheet feeding source in accordance with a sheet type
designated by a print job being not registered in the sheet holding units;

a detecting unit configured to detect a sheet type of the sheet fed from the second sheet holding unit selected by the selecting
unit;

a determining unit configured to determine whether the sheet type designated by the print job matches the sheet type detected
by the detecting unit; and

a printing unit configured to print an image on a sheet fed from the second sheet holding unit selected by the selecting unit
in a case where the determining unit determines that the sheet type designated by the print job matches the sheet type detected
by the detecting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,703,257

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, DEVELOPING APPARATUS, AND COUPLING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a developing cartridge including:
a casing;
a developer roller having a longitudinal axis L1, the developer roller being rotatably supported in the casing to permit rotation about the axis L1; and

a coupling member having a longitudinal axis L2 and having (i) a rotational force transmitting portion for transmitting a rotational force to the developer roller, (ii)
a rotational force receiving portion, and (iii) a connecting portion that connects the rotational force receiving portion
to the rotational force transmitting portion,

wherein the coupling member is movable between (i) a first position in which the axis L2 of the coupling member is substantially parallel to and offset from the axis L1 of the developer roller so that the axis L2 does not pass through developer roller, (ii) a second position in which the axis L2 is inclined with respect to the position of the axis L2 when the coupling member is in the first position, (iii) and a third position in which the axis L2 is inclined with respect to the position of the axis L2 when the coupling member is in the first position and in a direction opposite to the direction the coupling member is inclined
when in the second position;

a driving motor;
a driving shaft engageable with the rotational force receiving portion of the coupling member of the developing cartridge;
and

a rotary member for carrying the developing cartridge,
wherein the coupling member engages with the driving shaft by moving from the second position to the first position and then
disengages from the driving shaft by moving from the first position to the third position while the rotary member carries
the developing cartridge.

US Pat. No. 9,700,205

OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmologic apparatus, comprising:
four optical systems of a first optical system, a second optical system, a third optical system, and a fourth optical system;
a first dichroic mirror, which is arranged eccentrically with respect to an optical axis of light from an eye to be inspected
to separate the first optical system;

a second dichroic mirror, to which the light from the eye to be inspected is guided through a positive lens, the second dichroic
mirror being arranged eccentrically with respect to the optical axis of the light from the eye to be inspected to separate
the third optical system; and

a third dichroic mirror, which is arranged eccentrically with respect to the optical axis of the light from the eye to be
inspected to separate the second optical system by reflection and to separate the fourth optical system by transmission,

wherein the positive lens is configured to cause light from a fundus of the eye to be inspected to enter the second dichroic
mirror as convergent light, and to cause the light from the fundus of the eye to be inspected to enter the third dichroic
mirror as divergent light, and

wherein an eccentric section of the second dichroic mirror and an eccentric section of the third dichroic mirror have a positional
relationship of being substantially perpendicular to each other and having substantially the same eccentric amount, to thereby
correct astigmatism.

US Pat. No. 9,658,546

TONER AND METHOD OF PRODUCING TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner, comprising:
a toner particle containing a binder resin and a colorant; and
a silica fine particle comprising a silica fine particle A having a number average particle diameter (D1) of primary particle
of 5 to 20 nm, and a silica fine particle B having a number average particle diameter (D1) of primary particle of 80 to 200
nm, wherein

the silica fine particle B has a half width of a peak of primary particle of 25 nm or less, in a weight-based particle size
distribution, and

an adhesion of the silica fine particle A is 0.5% by area or less relative to 100% by area of the total area of a polycarbonate
thin film when the toner is measured by an adhesive force-measuring method by using the polycarbonate thin film.

US Pat. No. 9,658,553

TONER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A toner comprising:
a binder resin; and
a colorant,
wherein the colorant is a coloring compound represented by Formula (1):

wherein
R1 and R2 each independently represent an alkyl group, an aryl group, or an amino group;

R3 and R4 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a cyano group, a carbamoyl group, a carboxylic acid ester group, or a carboxylic
acid amido group;

m and n each independently represent an integer of 0 to 4;
A1, A2, B1 when m is 1 to 4, and B2 when n is 1 to 4 each independently represent a carboxylic acid ester group, a sulfonic acid ester group, a carboxylic acid
amido group, or a sulfonic acid amido group; and

L represents a straight chain alkylene group having 1 to 12 carbon atoms, a branched alkylene group having 1 to 12 carbon
atoms, or a phenylene group.

US Pat. No. 9,658,559

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT FORMS IMAGE USING A PLURALITY OF LIGHT BEAMS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

8. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member;
a laser light source including a light-emitting portion which outputs a laser light by being supplied with an electrical current;
a deflection unit configured to deflect the laser light output from the light-emitting portion such that the laser light scans
on the photosensitive member;

a light reception unit located at a position where the light reception unit can receive the laser light output from the light-emitting
portion, and configured to output a signal according to a reception light amount; and

a drive unit configured to supply a bias current to the light-emitting portion and configured to supply a switching current
to the light-emitting portion to which the bias current has been supplied based on image data, wherein the drive unit is further
configured to form a feedback loop between the light-emitting portion and the light reception unit, is further configured
to perform a first light amount control, a second light amount control and a third light amount control for setting the electrical
current supplied to the light-emitting portion based on the signal input from the light reception unit via the feedback loop,
is further configured to set a value of the bias current which is included in the electrical current, based on a result of
the first light amount control and a result of the second light amount control, and to set a value of the switching current
which is included in the electrical current, by multiplying a correction coefficient with a current value obtained by subtracting
the value of the bias current from a result of the third light amount control, and is further configured to supply the switching
current at a time period between a first period during which the first light amount control, the second light amount control
and the third light amount control are performed and a second period during which the laser light scans on the photosensitive
member in the scanning period.

US Pat. No. 9,658,056

PROJECTION APPARATUS FOR MEASUREMENT SYSTEM BASED ON EXIT PUPIL POSITIONS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A projection apparatus to be used for a measurement system including the projection apparatus configured to project a projection
light onto an object, and an image capturing apparatus provided with an imaging optical system and configured to perform,
through the imaging optical system, image capturing of the object onto which the projection light is projected, the projection
apparatus comprising:
a projection optical system through which the projection light is projected onto the object,
wherein the projection optical system satisfies the following condition for the projection light:
|EXP0?EXP1|/BL?0.0015
where EXP0 represents an exit pupil position of the projection optical system, EXP1 represents an actual exit pupil position
of the projection optical system for a light ray of a maximum field angle in a measurable range for the object through the
imaging optical system, and BL represents a base length between the projection optical system and the imaging optical system.

US Pat. No. 9,658,591

CLEANING APPARATUS, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cleaning apparatus comprising:
a cleaning member that removes a developer on an image bearing member;
a container in which the developer removed by the cleaning member is contained; and
a sheet member that contacts the image bearing member,
wherein the cleaning member contacts the image bearing member on which a developer image is formed using developer with an
external additive added thereto, so as to remove the developer on the image bearing member, and

wherein a contact part of the sheet member that contacts the image bearing member is subjected to surface roughing so as to
reduce a force that peels the external additive attached to a surface of the image bearing member off from the surface of
the image bearing member.

US Pat. No. 9,658,592

PROCESS CARTRIDGE, ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE DRUM UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A drum unit usable in a process cartridge, the drum unit comprising:
a photosensitive drum having an axis L1;

a drum flange provided at an end of the photosensitive drum, a part of the drum flange being positioned within the photosensitive
drum; and

a coupling member having an axis L2 and including (i) a first end portion at least a part of which is positioned within the drum flange, and (ii) a second end
portion including (ii-i) a surface recessed in the second end portion and facing away from the first end portion and (ii-ii)
at least one projection projecting from a surface adjacent to the recessed surface, and (iii) a connecting portion connecting
the first end portion and the second end portion,

wherein the coupling member is movable between (i) a first position in which a tip of the at least one projection is a first
distance away from the photosensitive drum as measured in the direction of the axis L1 and (ii) a second position in which the tip of the at least one projection is a second distance away from the photosensitive
drum as measured in the direction of the axis L1, with the first distance being greater than the second distance, and

wherein a maximum distance as measured from the axis L2, in a direction perpendicular to the axis L2, of at least a part of the connecting portion is shorter than a distance between the at least one projection and the axis
L2.

US Pat. No. 9,661,172

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM WITH SEPARATE DEVICE DRIVER INSTALLATION AND APPLICATION REGISTRATION PROCESSING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus capable of operating an externally-connected device by using an application, the apparatus
comprising a memory and at least one processor serving as:
(i) a registration unit for registering an application corresponding to a type of device connected to the information processing
apparatus in association information between information related to a type of device and an application, as an application
for operating the device in the memory; and

(ii) an updating unit for updating, in the association information in the memory, the application for operating the device
already registered in the information processing apparatus,

wherein the updating unit can update the application irrespective of a device driver corresponding to the device.

US Pat. No. 9,692,957

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, EXTERNAL DEVICE, IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING EXTERNAL DEVICE, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus that communicates with an external device, the image capturing apparatus comprising:
at least one processor;
a field-of-view mechanical mechanism configured to change a field of view for capturing an image of a subject;
a receiving unit configured to receive, from the external device, a command for controlling the field-of-view mechanical mechanism;
a control unit configured to control, when the receiving unit receives a command to start to change a field of view using
the field-of-view mechanical mechanism, the field-of-view mechanical mechanism to start to change the field of view; and

an amount-of-change determination unit configured to determine an amount of change in the field of view using the field-of-view
mechanical mechanism,

wherein the control unit controls the field-of-view mechanical mechanism such that the amount of change in the field of view
determined by the amount-of-change determination unit becomes a predetermined amount or more, irrespective of whether the
receiving unit receives a command to stop changing the field of view using the field-of-view mechanical mechanism, and

wherein the receiving unit, the control unit, and the amount-of-change determination unit are each implemented by at least
one of the at least one processor.

US Pat. No. 9,658,679

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS USER AUTHENTICATION, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire authentication information for use in authentication of a user, the authentication
information being stored in an authentication medium;

a display unit configured to display information to the user;
a detection unit configured to detect the authentication medium which is held over the acquisition unit; and
a power control unit configured to control a supply of power to the acquisition unit and the detection unit,
wherein the power control unit controls the supply of power to supply power to the acquisition unit and causes the display
unit to display a message prompting the user to hold the authentication medium over the acquisition unit, when the detection
unit detects the authentication medium in a power saving state in which power is supplied to the detection unit and the supply
of power to the acquisition unit is shut off.

US Pat. No. 9,690,733

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a power control device that receives an instruction to turn on the information processing apparatus;
a processor that performs activation processes of the information processing apparatus in a case where the power control device
receives the instruction to turn on the information processing apparatus;

an operation device that receives operations by a user; and
an interface device that transmits, to the processor, information indicating whether the operation device received a predetermined
operation,

wherein the processor:
receives, not via the interface device, a signal indicating that the operating device receives an operation;
performs first activation processes, based on that the power control device has received the instruction to turn on the information
processing apparatus and the processor has received the signal; and

performs second activation processes, based on that the power control device has received the instruction to turn on the information
processing apparatus and the processor has not received the signal,

wherein, in the first activation processes, the processor initializes the interface device and activates, based on the information
transmitted from the initialized interface device, the information processing apparatus in a first mode or a second mode,
and

wherein, in the second activation processes, the processor activates the information processing apparatus in the first mode
without waiting for a transmission of the information from initialized interface device.

US Pat. No. 9,650,220

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus comprising:
a stacking member on which a sheet is stacked, wherein the stacking member moves according to an amount of sheets stacked
thereon;

a first optical sensor including a light-emitting unit and a light-receiving unit;
a detected member which can interrupt light in a light path of the first optical sensor, wherein the detected member moves
from a first position in which light in the light path of the first optical sensor is not interrupted, then once interrupts
light in the light path of the first optical sensor, and then moves to a second position in which light in the light path
of the first optical sensor is not interrupted in this order as an amount of sheets stacked on the stacking member decreases
according to movement of the stacking member;

a storage unit configured to store information regarding that the detected member is in the first position or information
regarding that the detected member is in the second position; and

a control unit configured to transmit information regarding an amount of sheets stacked on the stacking member based on information
stored in the storage unit, and to change the information stored in the storage unit based on a detection result of the first
optical sensor,

wherein, in a case where the detected member moves from the first position to the second position, information stored in the
storage unit is changed from information regarding that the detected member is in the first position to information regarding
that the detected member is in the second position, based on a detection result of the first optical sensor,

wherein, in a case where the detected member moves from the second position to the first position, information stored in the
storage unit is not changed from the information regarding that the detected member is in the second position to the information
regarding that the detected member is in the first position, and

wherein second information is information, regarding an amount of sheets stacked on the stacking member transmitted by the
control unit, of a case where information stored in the storage unit is information regarding that the detected member is
in the second position, first information is information, regarding an amount of sheets stacked on the stacking member transmitted
by the control unit, of a case where information stored in the storage unit is information regarding that the detected member
is in the first position, and the second information is information notifying that an amount of sheets stacked on the stacking
member is less than an amount of sheets stacked on the stacking member indicated by the first information.

US Pat. No. 9,686,429

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

8. A control method for a printing apparatus capable of conveying sheets to a sheet processing apparatus in which after the
sheets each having an image printed is switched back and is inverted, the sheets are folded to generate a book bound product,
the method comprising:
printing an image on a cover sheet to be attached to the book bound product; and
controlling so as to notify an error to a user in a case where printing an image on the an outer side of cover sheet is designated
and a sheet to be used as the cover sheet is not allowed to be inverted in the printing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,686,472

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus in which a plurality of imaging units, each having a lens with a different focal length and an
imaging element, are arranged in a form of a matrix, the image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image processing unit configured to perform an electronic zoom process for changing an electronic zoom magnification by
changing a cut-out area of an image relating to an image signal output from a selected imaging element and to perform a filtering
process for a pixel value of the image in the cut-out area; and

a control unit configured to perform zoom control by changing the selected imaging unit and performing the electronic zoom
process,

wherein the control unit changes the selected imaging unit upon a change of a zoom magnification and performs control for
suppressing a change in a resolution of the image by the filtering process performed by the image processing unit before and
after the change of the selected imaging unit upon the changing of the electronic zoom magnification by the image processing
unit, and

wherein the control unit calculates a filtering coefficient, for use in the filtering process, using a ratio of a number of
cut-out lines of the image to a number of lines that correspond to the changed resolution.

US Pat. No. 9,684,155

OPTICAL SYSTEM AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical system, comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:
a front unit (LF) having a negative refractive power;
an aperture stop; and
a rear unit (LR) having a positive refractive power,
wherein the front unit (LF) comprises a meniscus-shaped negative lens (g1) closest to the object side,

wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
3.0<|fg1/ fw|<6.1

1.9
where fw denotes a focal length of the entire optical system, fg1 denotes a focal length of the meniscus-shaped negative lens (g1), and R2 denotes a curvature radius of a lens surface on the image side of the meniscus-shaped negative lens (g1),

wherein the front unit (LF) comprises three negative lenses continuously arranged in order from the object side to the image
side, and

wherein each of the three negative lenses included in the front unit is a meniscus-shaped lens having a convex surface facing
the object side.

US Pat. No. 9,651,879

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, METHOD OF PRODUCING THE ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member, comprising:
a support;
a charge-generating layer on the support; and
a charge-transporting layer on the charge-generating layer, the charge-transporting layer being a surface layer of the electrophotographic
photosensitive member and comprising a matrix-domain structure comprising a domain and a matrix, wherein

the domain includes a resin A having a siloxane structure represented by the following formula (A-E) at an end thereof:

in the formula (A-E), an average of n51 in the formula (A-E) ranges from 10 to 60, said resin A comprising:

a structural unit represented by one of the following formulae (A-1) and (A-2); and a structural unit represented by the following
formula (B),

the matrix includes a charge-transporting substance and a polycarbonate resin D, polycarbonate resin D comprising a structural
unit represented by the following formula (D) and a structural unit represented by the following formula (E),

a content of the structural unit represented by one of the formulae (A-1) and (A-2) in the resin A is from 5% by mass to 25%
by mass based on a total mass of the resin A,

a content of the structural unit represented by the formula (B) in the resin A is from 25% by mass to 95% by mass based on
the total mass of the resin A,

a content of the structural unit represented by the formula (D) in the polycarbonate resin D is from 10% by mass to 60% by
mass based on a total mass of the polycarbonate resin D, and

a content of the structural unit represented by the formula (E) in the polycarbonate resin D is from 40% by mass to 90% by
mass based on the total mass of the polycarbonate resin D;


in the formula (A-1):
m11 represents 0 or 1;

when m11 represents 1, X11 represents an o-phenylene group, a m-phenylene group, a p-phenylene group, a bivalent group having two p-phenylene groups
bonded with a methylene group, or a bivalent group having two p-phenylene groups bonded with an oxygen atom;

Z11 and Z12 each independently represent an alkylene group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms;

R11 to R14 each independently represent an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms, or a phenyl group; and

n11 represents a number of repetitions of a structure within parentheses, and an average of n11 in the formula (A-1) ranges from 10 to 150;


in the formula (A-2):
m21 represents 0 or 1;

when m21 represents 1, X21 represents an o-phenylene group, a m-phenylene group, a p-phenylene group, a bivalent group having two p-phenylene groups
bonded with a methylene group, or a bivalent group having two p-phenylene groups bonded with an oxygen atom;

Z21 to Z23 each independently represent an alkylene group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms;

R16 to R27 each independently represent an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms, or a phenyl group; and

n21, n22, n23 each independently represent a number of repetitions of a structure within parentheses, an average of n21 and an average of n22 in the formula (A-2) each range from 1 to 10, and an average of n23 in the formula (A-2) ranges from 10 to 200;


in the formula (B):
m22 represents 0 or 1; and

when m22 represents 1, X22 represents an o-phenylene group, a m-phenylene group, a p-phenylene group, a bivalent group having two p-phenylene groups
bonded with a methylene group, or a bivalent group having two p-phenylene groups bonded with an oxygen atom;


in the formula (D):
Y41 represents an oxygen atom or a sulfur atom; and

R41 to R44 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or a methyl group;


in the formula (E):
Y51 represents a single bond, a methylene group, an ethylidene group, a propylidene group, a cyclohexylidene group, a phenylethylidene
group, or a phenylmethylene group; and,

R51 to R58 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or a methyl group, wherein

resin A does not comprise the structural unit represented by formula (D).

US Pat. No. 9,651,888

ELECTROCONDUCTIVE MEMBER WITH A SURFACE LAYER INCLUDING A POROUS BODY HAVING A CONTINUOUS OPEN PORE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A charging member for electrophotography comprising:
an electroconductive support bearing a surface layer comprising a porous body of a polymeric material, said porous body comprising
a three-dimensionally continuous skeleton and a three-dimensionally continuous open pore, wherein

a porosity of the porous body is 40 to 98%, and a specific surface area of the porous body is 0.5 to 100 ?m2/?m2,

the surface layer has a thickness of 1 ?m to 200 ?m, and has a volume resistivity of the surface layer is at least 1.0×1010 ?·cm, and

the charging member satisfies the following (1) and (2):
(1) a surface potential of the charging member is at least 10 V after an elapse of 10 seconds since a completion of a discharge
for charging of the surface of the charging member, the charging of the surface of the charging member being conducted with
a corona discharge unit which is disposed so that a grid portion of the corona discharge unit is apart from the surface of
the charging member by 1 mm, by applying a voltage of 8 kV to the corona discharge unit and discharging therefrom, and

(2) the charging member satisfies |Vd|?|Vin|?|Vth|, |Vin|>|Vth| and |Vd|?|Vin|?|Vth| when:
(a) a polyethylene terephthalate sheet having a first surface which is aluminum-deposited and a second surface which is not
aluminum is disposed so that the surface of the surface layer of the charging member is opposed to the second surface of the
polyethylene terephthalate sheet at a clearance of 8 ?m;

(b) a negative voltage Vin is applied to the support and the first surface of the polyethylene terephthalate is grounded;
(c) the charging member and the polyethylene terephthalate sheet are moved relatively at a speed of 10 mm/s without charging
the clearance therebetween, and a region of 20 mm square or more of the second surface of the polyethylene terephthalate sheet
is charged;

(d) a discharge starting voltage Vth of the charging member is determined by increasing the negative voltage Vin from 0V;
(e) a surface potential Vd of the second surface of the polyethylene terephthalate sheet is the average value obtained when
the applied negative voltage Vin is equal to Vth?300V three times; and

(f) a surface potential Vd of the second surface of the polyethylene terephthalate sheet is the average value obtained when
the applied negative voltage Vin is equal to Vth?600V three times.

US Pat. No. 9,684,169

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD FOR VIEWPOINT DETERMINATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising
a memory for storing a program, and
at least one processor for executing the program stored in the memory to execute the steps of:
acquiring a position of a head mounted display device;
setting one of a first mode and a second mode as an operation mode of the image processing apparatus;
generating an image of a virtual space containing a virtual object seen from a first viewpoint having a position and orientation
set by a user and outputting the generated image to a display device other than the head mounted display device, while the
first mode is set;

registering the position of the head mounted display device, the position being acquired immediately after the operation mode
of the image processing apparatus is switched from the first mode to the second mode;

determining a second viewpoint based on (i) the position of the head mounted display device that is acquired immediately after
the switching and is registered, (ii) a position of the first view point immediately before the switching, and (iii) a current
position of the head mounted display device that is acquired; and

generating an image of a virtual space seen from the second viewpoint that is determined, and outputting the generated image
of the virtual space to the head mounted display device, while the second mode is set.

US Pat. No. 9,686,807

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR SETTING COMMUNICATION PARAMETERS OF THE COMMUNICATION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
at least one processor; and
at least one memory storing code to be executed by the at least one processor, wherein the at least one processor executes
the code to function as:

a search unit to search a partner apparatus to communicate with a wireless communication being compliant with an IEEE 802.11
standard;

a transmission unit to transmit a first value stored in the communication apparatus to the partner apparatus searched by the
search unit;

a reception unit to receive a second value stored in the partner apparatus from the partner apparatus; and
a determination unit to compare the first value with the second value, and determine (i) that the communication apparatus
operates as an apparatus for providing a wireless parameter of the wireless communication being compliant with an IEEE 802.11
standard to the partner apparatus if the first value is greater than the second value, and determine (ii) that the communication
apparatus operates an apparatus for receiving the wireless parameter of the wireless communication being compliant with an
IEEE 802.11 standard from the partner apparatus if the first value is less than the second value,

wherein the search unit, the transmission unit and the reception unit communicate through a predetermined frequency channel,
wherein the communication apparatus communicates with the partner apparatus based on the wireless parameter through a frequency
channel that is selected by the communication apparatus operates as the apparatus for providing the wireless parameter to
the partner apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,683,970

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An object information acquiring apparatus comprising:
a probe that transmits and receives the acoustic wave;
a holding member disposed between the object and the probe to hold the object; and
an air bubble detection unit that generates an image parallel to a surface between the object and the holding member on the
basis of an intensity of the acoustic wave received by the probe and detects an air bubble present between the object and
the holding member on the basis of the image.

US Pat. No. 9,684,279

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH AN INSERTION PORT CONFIGURED FOR A PROCESS CARTRIDGE, USABLE WITH THE IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus in which a process cartridge is configured to be attachable to and detachable from an apparatus
main body, the process cartridge having a configuration in which a first frame that supports an image bearing member for bearing
a developer image and a second frame that supports a developer bearing member for supplying developer to the image bearing
member are supported rotatably and the image bearing member and the developer bearing member can be brought into contact with
each other and separated from each other, wherein the apparatus main body has:
an insertion port through which the process cartridge cannot pass when the image bearing member and the developer bearing
member are separated from each other and through which the process cartridge can pass when the image bearing member and the
developer bearing member are in contact with each other; and

a guide that guides one of the first frame and the second frame when the process cartridge is inserted into the insertion
port, and

the image forming apparatus has a separation mechanism that separates the image bearing member and the developer bearing member
from each other when the process cartridge is further inserted after the other of the first frame and the second frame has
passed through the insertion port.

US Pat. No. 9,652,687

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS DEVELOPMENT BY ADJUSTING SATURATION LEVEL OF EACH COLOR SIGNAL, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that acquires developed data by developing photographed data, comprising:
a saturation level calculation unit configured to calculate a respective saturation level of each of three color signals of
the photographed data;

a pixel information acquisition unit configured to acquire a respective signal value of each of the three color signals in
each pixel of the photographed data as pixel information;

a determination unit configured to compare the respective saturation levels of the three color signals with one another and
determine, as substituted color signals, (a) a color signal of the three color signals having the second highest saturation
level of the respective saturation levels of the three color signals, and (b) a color signal of the three color signals having
the third highest saturation level of the respective saturation levels of the three color signals;

a substitution processing unit configured to, in a case where the color signal having the second highest saturation level
reaches its respective saturation level and its respective signal value is smaller than the respective signal value of a color
signal of the three color signals having the highest saturation level of the saturation levels of the three color signals,
perform substitution of the respective signal value of the color signal having the highest saturation level for the respective
signal value of the color signal having the second highest saturation level, and perform substitution for the respective signal
value of the color signal having the third highest saturation level using the respective signal value of the color signal
having the highest saturation level and the respective signal value of the color signal having the second highest saturation
level; and

a development processing unit configured to perform predetermined processing on photographed data on which the substitutions
have been performed by said substitution processing unit to thereby generate the developed data.

US Pat. No. 9,648,250

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus capable of performing continuous photographing with a specified frame speed, comprising:
an image pickup device;
an exposure unit configured to perform exposure of said image pickup device in response to a photographing instruction;
a detection unit configured to detect peak timing of flicker;
a switching unit configured to switch between first exposure in which said exposure unit performs an exposure operation by
making the exposure operation synchronous with the peak timing of flicker detected by said detection unit and second exposure
in which said exposure unit performs an exposure operation without making the exposure operation synchronous with the peak
timing of flicker detected by said detection unit; and

a correction unit configured to correct a photographed image obtained by the second exposure,
wherein said switching unit switches between the first exposure and the second exposure, based on the peak timing of flicker
detected by said detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,648,231

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING PLURALITY OF IMAGE PICKUP UNITS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus having a first image pickup unit and a second image pickup unit, comprising:
a first detection unit configured to detect a subject from first image data obtained as a result of shooting by the first
image pickup unit;

a second detection unit configured to detect a subject from second image data obtained as a result of shooting by the second
image pickup unit; and

a control unit configured to provide control to, in response to said first detection unit detecting, from the first image
data, the subject detected by said second detection unit, carry out a shooting process in which a shooting operation is performed
using the first image pickup unit, and image data obtained by the shooting operation is recorded,

wherein in a case where self-timer shooting is selected, said second detection unit detects the subject from the second image
data taken by the second image pickup unit in response to receipt of a shooting instruction, and

wherein as a result of detection, in a case where the subject is detected by said second detection unit, said control unit
provides control to carry out the shooting process using the first image pickup unit in response to said first detection unit
detecting the subject detected by said second detection unit, and in a case where the subject is not detected by said second
detection unit, said control unit starts clocking and provides control to carry out the shooting process using the first image
pickup unit according to a predetermined time period elapsing since start of the clocking.

US Pat. No. 9,639,242

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus capable of executing a plurality of applications, the information processing apparatus
comprising:
a memory that stores a set of instructions;
at least one processor that executes the instructions to:
receive a registration request of an application button from each of the plurality of applications;
display, according to a reception of the registration request of an application button, the application button on a menu screen
for selecting one application from the plurality of applications;

generate a transition image for animation using an image of the application button displayed on the menu screen; and
perform control such that, according to selection of one application button on the menu screen, if a transition image using
an image of the selected application button has been generated, screen transition to a screen of an application corresponding
to the selected application button is performed after displaying an animation using the transition image, and if the transition
image using the image of the selected application button has not been generated, the screen transition to the screen of the
application corresponding to the selected application button is performed without displaying the animation.

US Pat. No. 9,636,919

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD AND LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS USING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a liquid storage chamber capable of holding a liquid;
a liquid communication pipe communicating with the liquid storage chamber and being configured to supply the liquid from a
liquid tank to the liquid storage chamber by connecting the liquid tank to the pipe to communicate with the liquid tank;

an electrode pair, each having an outside end portion located outside the liquid storage chamber and detecting a liquid level
of the liquid storage chamber; and

an electric contact portion connected to the outside end portion of each electrode of the electrode pair,
wherein when the apparatus is in use, the electric contact portion is located above the liquid communication pipe, and
wherein the electrode pair extends through a wall of the liquid storage chamber, with the outside end portions being outside
the liquid storage chamber and inside end portions located in the interior of the liquid storage chamber, and the inside end
portions are located below the liquid communication pipe.

US Pat. No. 9,639,790

RESOLUTION CONVERSION USING DITHER PROCESSING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a memory storing instructions; and
one or more processors which execute the instructions and cause the image processing apparatus to:
perform dither processing on image data having a first resolution M by using a dither threshold value matrix;
perform rotation processing on the image data that is generated by the dither processing unit and which has the first resolution
M; and

perform resolution conversion to convert the image data that is generated by the dither processing unit and which has the
first resolution M into image data having a second resolution N lower than the first resolution M by using a filter, wherein
the pixel of a growth center of the dither threshold value matrix and a center pixel in the processing using the filter coincide
with each other; and

derive coordinates of an arbitrary dither processing growth center point in the image on which the rotation processing has
been performed, wherein in the case where the phase of the arbitrary dither processing growth center point and the phase of
the center of the filter do not coincide with each other, the phase of the center of the filter is moved so as to coincide
with the phase of the arbitrary dither processing growth center point based on the derived coordinates, and the resolution
conversion is performed in accordance with the center of the filter after the phase thereof is moved so as to coincide with
the phase of the growth center point.

US Pat. No. 9,672,343

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus which includes a display unit and to which a user can log in, the information processing
apparatus comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect an operation for executing a predetermined job that requires user authentication:
an authentication unit configured to perform human body communication with a mobile terminal carried by a user who logs in
to perform authentication processing on the user who logs in, wherein the user authentication is only performed upon a detection
of a pre-designated operation, associated with the predetermined job, detected by the detection unit so as to prevent the
user authentication being performed each time an operation of the user is detected; and

a display control unit configured to display an operation input screen on the display unit, the operation input screen corresponding
to a user authenticated by the authentication unit.

US Pat. No. 9,674,424

IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an imaging device configured to accumulate electric charge in accordance with an incident light quantity;
a processor configured to detect a subject region; and
the processor configured to perform a subject tracking;
wherein the imaging device performs a first accumulation and a second accumulation after the first accumulation, before the
shooting,

wherein the processor performs the subject tracking for a subsequent shooting in a continuous shooting, based on an image
signal obtained through the first accumulation immediately before the subsequent shooting is performed in the continuous shooting,
and a detection result of the processor based on an image signal obtained through the second accumulation immediately before
a previous shooting is performed in the continuous shooting, without using a detection result of the processor based on an
image signal obtained through the second accumulation immediately before the subsequent shooting is performed in the continuous
shooting.

US Pat. No. 9,639,053

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CARTRIDGE GROUP

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a first photosensitive drum;
a second photosensitive drum;
a first drive input portion located at one end in a first axial direction of the first photosensitive drum;
a second drive input portion located at one end in a second axial direction of the second photosensitive drum;
a first supporting member including a first supporting portion and a second supporting portion that support a side of the
one end in the first axial direction of the first photosensitive drum in such a way as to allow the first photosensitive drum
to rotate; and

a second supporting member including a third supporting portion and a fourth supporting portion that support a side of the
one end in the second axial direction of the second photosensitive drum in such a way as to allow the second photosensitive
drum to rotate,

wherein, when a line connecting a midpoint of a line segment connecting the first supporting portion and the second supporting
portion and a rotational center of the first photosensitive drum as viewed from the first axial direction is referred to as
a first straight line, and a line connecting a midpoint of a line segment connecting the third supporting portion and the
fourth supporting portion and a rotational center of the second photosensitive drum as viewed from the second axial direction
is referred to as a second straight line, the first straight line as viewed from the first axial direction and the second
straight line as viewed from the second axial direction are not parallel to each other.

US Pat. No. 9,671,932

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising an image sensor, a memory and at least one processor which performs the functions
of a display control unit, a switching unit and a scene determination unit, wherein:
the display control unit is configured to control a display unit to display a selection screen for selecting one of a plurality
of operation modes including a plurality of image capturing modes, the selection screen including a plurality of icons as
options, which respectively represents the plurality of operation modes;

the switching unit is configured to switch an operation mode of the image capturing apparatus to one of the plurality of operation
modes, which corresponds to an icon selected in the selection screen; and

the scene determination unit is configured to determine one scene from a plurality of scenes based on characteristics of an
image captured by the image sensor,

wherein the display control unit, in a case where a specific icon among the plurality of icons in the selection screen is
elected when the selection screen is displayed, switches from displaying the selection screen to displaying an image display
screen of a specific operation mode corresponding to the specific icon,

wherein the image display screen of the specific operation mode includes scene determination icon,
wherein the scene determination icon is an icon, a display form of which is responsive to a determination result of the scene
determination unit,

wherein when an instruction to display the selection screen is detected when the image display screen of the, specific operation
node is being displayed, the display control unit displays, on the display screen, at a place where the scene determination
icon was being displayed, without displaying the selection screen, an icon a display form of which has been changed from a
display form of the scene determination icon to a display form of the specific icon previously selected on the selection screen,
and

wherein the selection screen is displayed after the display form of the scene determination icon is changed to the display
form of the specific icon on the selection screen.

US Pat. No. 9,672,450

IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image recording apparatus for printing an image on a recording medium by performing a scanning motion of a recording
head in which a plurality of recording devices are arrayed, and relatively conveying the recording medium in accordance with
the scanning motion in a direction intersecting a direction of the scanning motion, the apparatus comprising:
a generation unit configured to generate, based on image data to be printed, sequence information indicating a moving range
of each scanning motion of the recording head for each of a plurality of areas on the recording medium, whose positions in
the intersecting direction are different;

a plurality of processing units configured to parallelly execute processes of generating recording image data to be used for
driving the plurality of recording devices in the recording head;

a divided area determination unit configured to determine, based on the sequence information generated by the generation unit,
by dividing a recording area on the recording medium on which the recording head performs recording, divided areas respectively
corresponding to the plurality of processing units so that the plurality of processing units perform the processes corresponding
to the divided areas wherein the divided area determination unit determines the divided areas so that the area recorded by
one scanning motion is divided, along the direction of the scanning motion, into areas the number of which corresponds to
the number of processing units;

a distribution unit configured to cause each of the plurality of processing units to generate recording image data by distributing,
to the plurality of processing units, data corresponding to the divided areas determined by the divided area determination
unit in the image data to be printed; and

a recording unit configured to perform recording by controlling driving of the recording head based on the recording image
data obtained by the plurality of processing units.

US Pat. No. 9,641,758

IMAGE BLUR CORRECTION APPARATUS, LENS APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE BLUR CORRECTION APPARATUS, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image blur correction apparatus which uses a first optical correction unit and a second optical correction unit to optically
correct a blur in an image, wherein an image pickup optical system configured to vary a magnification of an image comprises
the first optical correction unit and the second optical correction unit, the image blur correction apparatus comprising:
at least one processor or circuit configured to perform the operations of the following units:
(a) a vibration detection unit configured to detect vibration information of the image blur correction apparatus to output
a vibration signal;

(b) a signal separation unit configured to separate the vibration signal into a first vibration signal and a second vibration
signal;

(c) a first sensitivity correction unit configured to correct an amplitude of the first vibration signal depending on an eccentricity
sensitivity of the first optical correction unit, the eccentricity sensitivity of the first optical correction unit varying
depending on a focal length;

(d) a second sensitivity correction unit configured to correct an amplitude of the second vibration signal depending on an
eccentricity sensitivity of the second optical correction unit, the eccentricity sensitivity of the second optical correction
unit varying depending on a focal length;

(e) a first integration unit configured to integrate an output signal from the first sensitivity correction unit; and
(f) a second integration unit configured to integrate an output signal from the second sensitivity correction unit,
(g) a first drive unit configured to drive the first optical correction unit based on the integrated signal from the first
integration unit; and

(h) a second drive unit configured to drive the second optical correction unit based on the integrated signal from the second
integration unit.

US Pat. No. 9,636,897

MANUFACTURING METHOD OF STRUCTURE AND MANUFACTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A manufacturing method of a structure comprising:
providing a first planar surface;
providing a first material layer on the first planar surface;
positioning a restricting member having a second planar surface relative to the first planar surface with the second planar
surface in contact with the first material layer such that a space is defined by the first material layer, the first planar
surface and the second planar surface of the restricting member;

injecting a support material into the space to form a support member, the support material being a material different from
the first material layer;

removing the restricting member from the first material layer to expose a third planar surface of the first material layer
and of the support member;

and providing a second material layer on the third planar surface.

US Pat. No. 9,665,515

BUS ARBITRATION APPARATUS PROVIDED TO A BUS CONNECTED TO A PLURALITY OF BUS MASTERS, BUS ARBITRATION METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A bus arbitration apparatus, which is provided to a bus connected to a plurality of bus masters, comprising:
a priority management unit configured to fix a priority of a specific bus master among the plurality of bus masters and to
periodically change priorities of the other bus masters in synchronization with a clock and irrespective of the bus right
request signal; and

an arbitration unit configured to determine, when a request signal for making a request for use of the bus is received from
the plurality of bus masters, a bus master to be permitted to use the bus from among the plurality of bus masters that have
transmitted the request signal based on the priorities managed by the priority management unit, and transmit a grant signal
for permitting the use of the bus to the determined bus master.

US Pat. No. 9,665,043

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS UTILIZING ADJUSTMENT TONER IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a movable image bearing member configured to carry toner images;
a toner image formation unit configured to form toner images on said image bearing member;
a rotatable roller configured to form a transfer portion for transferring the toner images from said image bearing member
onto transfer materials in contact with said image bearing member;

a controller configured to execute continuous image formation for continuously transferring the toner images onto transfer
materials supplied to said transfer portion, said controller causing said toner image formation unit to form an adjustment
toner image not to be transferred onto the transfer material in a region between adjacent transfer materials in the continuous
image formation, the region being on said image bearing member between transfer material regions on said image bearing member
which contact the transfer material in said transfer portion,

wherein said controller executes the continuous image formation selectively in a first mode in which a portion of said roller
contacting the adjustment toner image is contacted to the transfer material supplied to said transfer portion, after one full
rotation of said roller, immediately after the adjustment toner image, or in a second mode in which a portion of said roller
contacting the adjustment toner image is contacted to a portion of said image bearing member in the region between the transfer
materials where the adjustment toner image is formed after one full rotation of said roller.

US Pat. No. 9,667,901

IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a plurality of pixels arranged in a plurality of rows and in a plurality of columns;
a plurality of signal lines, to each of which a signal from a pixel is output;
a plurality of clip units, each having a first transistor, connected to a corresponding one of the plurality of signal lines,
and configured to clip a voltage of the each of the signal lines, the plurality of clip units being arranged in a direction
corresponding to the row;

a plurality of holding capacitors, each having a first electrode connected to a control electrode of a respective first transistor
of one of the clip units, and having a second electrode;

a shift unit configured to supply, to the second electrodes, a plurality of voltages having values different from each other
through a wiring; and

a voltage supplying unit configured to supply a first voltage through the wiring to at least one of the second electrodes,
wherein:

the wiring is connected electrically to each of the plurality of second electrodes,
the wiring includes an extended portion which extends in the direction corresponding to the row, from a region in which the
shift unit is arranged and along the plurality of clip units, and

the voltage supplying unit is connected to the wiring at the extended portion of the wiring.

US Pat. No. 9,666,621

SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging device comprising:
a first substrate;
a second substrate; and
a plurality of pixels, each including
a photoelectric conversion unit disposed in the first substrate; and
an analog-to-digital converter disposed in the second substrate and configured to convert an analog signal based on a charge
generated by the photoelectric conversion unit into a digital signal,

wherein a first light shielding member is disposed between the first substrate and the second substrate, the first light shielding
member being configured to reduce light transmitted through the photoelectric conversion unit to enter the analog-to-digital
converter.

US Pat. No. 9,632,613

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS FOR REDUCING A NUMBER OF TOUCH TIMES IN A CASE WHERE A GUIDANCE IS NOT DISPLAYED AS COMPARED WITH A CASE WHERE THE GUIDANCE IS DISPLAYED

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:
a display control unit configured to control a display unit to display a plurality of options on a selection screen;
a touch operation reception unit configured to receive a touch operation performed to the display unit;
a switching unit configured to switch between ON-guidance for displaying a guidance of a selected option and OFF-guidance
for not displaying a guidance by receiving a selection for one of setting status to display the guidance and not to display
the guidance; and

a control unit configured to perform control, in a case of the ON-guidance, in response to a first touch of an unselected
option from the plurality of options displayed on the selection screen, to display, on the selection screen, a touched option
in a selected status and a guidance of the touched option in the selected status, without performing a determination operation,
and in response to a second touch of the first touched option in the selected status that is performed after the first touch,
to perform a determination operation of the touched option, and, in a case of the OFF-guidance, in response to a first touch
of the unselected option from the plurality of options, to perform a determination operation of the first touched option.

US Pat. No. 9,635,280

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory including instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to:
(a) select, based on luminance information of an object, a plurality of shooting conditions, wherein the plurality of shooting
conditions contain information on an aperture value and a shutter speed;

(b) acquire a time for shooting a plurality of images based on a moving amount of a focus lens dependent on the aperture value,
the number of shootings of the plurality of the images, and the shutter speed in each of the plurality of shooting conditions;

(c) determine a shooting condition from among the plurality of shooting conditions based on the time for shooting the images
of each of the plurality of shooting conditions; and

(d) perform control so as to sequentially shoot the plurality of images having in-focus positions different from each other
while discretely moving the focus lens by each moving amount depending on the aperture value.

US Pat. No. 9,635,281

IMAGING APPARATUS METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGING APPARATUS AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
at least one processor;
a first imaging unit;
a second imaging unit;
a control unit configured to perform control to display on a display unit an image obtained by combining an image captured
by the second imaging unit with an image captured by the first imaging unit in such a manner that the image captured by the
second imaging unit is superimposed on the image captured by the first imaging unit; and

a mode setting unit configured to set a shooting mode from a plurality of imaging modes including a first shooting mode and
a second shooting mode,

wherein the control unit performs control so that a composition position at which the image captured by the second imaging
unit is combined with the image captured by the first imaging unit in the first shooting mode is different from the composition
position in the second shooting mode,

wherein a plurality of images having different aspect ratios is recorded from the image captured by the first imaging unit
in response to an imaging instruction in the first shooting mode, and

wherein at least one of the control unit and mode setting unit is implemented by the at least one processor.

US Pat. No. 9,635,292

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a processor;
a memory storing instructions executable by the processor, wherein the instructions, when executed by the processor, causes
the processor to function as:

an obtaining unit configured to obtain an image, wherein the image is obtained with an image sensor in which a plurality of
pixels, each of which corresponds to one of a plurality of colors, are arranged in a predetermined arrangement, and a plurality
of focus detection pixels are also arranged at consecutive positions for pixels corresponding to a particular color of the
plurality of colors in a predetermined pixel line;

a first setting unit configured to set a first area of the image, the first area including a position of a correction target
pixel in the predetermined pixel line, wherein the correction target pixel is a focus detection pixel;

a second setting unit configured to set a plurality of second areas of the image, the plurality of the second areas are respectively
set based on positions of a plurality of pixels existing in a first reference line, wherein the first reference line is different
from the predetermined pixel line and does not include a focus detection pixel;

a correlation computing unit configured to compute amounts of correlation between the respective second areas and the first
area; and

a correction unit configured to compute a correction value by using a value of a pixel in the first reference line, the pixel
being determined based on the amounts of correlation, and to correct a value of a pixel at the position of the correction
target pixel by using the correction value,

wherein the correlation computing unit computes the amounts of correlation while applying a larger weight to a correlation
in a portion that is closer to the correction target pixel.

US Pat. No. 9,635,297

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR, AND CAMERA THAT MAY SUPPRESS ELECTRICAL INTERFERENCE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
a solid-state image sensor;
a support substrate configured to support the solid-state image sensor; and
a plurality of electrical conductors that are electrically connected to the solid-state image sensor, the plurality of electrical
conductors being attached to the support substrate and arranged in a direction along one side of the solid-state image sensor,
the plurality of electrical conductors including a first electrical conductor, a second electrical conductor, a third electrical
conductor, and a fourth electrical conductor,

wherein the solid-state image sensor is configured to receive a power supply voltage via the first electrical conductor, receive
a ground voltage via the second electrical conductor, and to output an analog signal via the third electrical conductor,

wherein the first electrical conductor, and the second electrical conductor are located on one side in the direction with
respect to the third electrical conductor, and the plurality of electrical conductors that do not include an electrical conductor
configured to supply a power supply voltage to the solid-state image sensor and that do not include an electrical conductor
configured to supply a ground voltage to the solid-state image sensor are located on the other side in the direction with
respect to the third electrical conductor,

wherein the fourth electrical conductor is located nearer to the first electrical conductor than the third electrical conductor
is, and

wherein the solid-state image sensor is configured such that a reference signal that is used in signal processing in the solid-state
image sensor is input via the fourth electrical conductor.

US Pat. No. 9,626,219

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus capable of executing processing in a background,
comprising a control unit configured to, when processing is executed in accordance with a request from an application, control
execution of other processing in the background,

wherein the control unit
suppresses, in accordance with the request from the application, so that the other processing is not executed in the background,
and

releases the suppression when, in a case where a request for release of suppression is not instructed from the application,
a predetermined interval elapses from when the suppression started,

wherein the control unit, in a case where a preset event occurs, releases the suppression irrespective of the predetermined
interval, and

wherein in the request from the application a setting of whether or not the release of the suppression is possible in the
case where the event occurs in the predetermined interval is included.

US Pat. No. 9,623,661

PRINTING APPARATUS AND HEAD PROTECTION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a print head having a nozzle portion;
a cap unit configured to form a small capping space surrounding the nozzle portion;
a humidifying unit configured to provide humidified gas in a humidified space;
a first channel being connected between the humidified space and a first side of the capping space;
a second channel being connected between the humidified space and a second side of the capping space which is apart from the
first side;

a pump disposed in the first channel configured to generate a gas flow;
a valve disposed in the second channel configured to close the second channel; and
a control unit configured to control at least the pump and the valve such that, the valve closes and the pump operates in
order to make the humidified space to be a depressurized state or a pressurized state, then the valve opens while the capping
space is formed in order to release the depressurized state or the pressurized state, thereby the humidified gas in the humidified
space is distributed to the capping space in a short time through the first channel or the second channel to fill the capping
space with the humidified gas.

US Pat. No. 9,619,440

DOCUMENT CONVERSION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A document conversion apparatus comprising:
a memory; and
at least one processor that executes a computer program in the memory to control the document conversion apparatus to function
as units comprising:

an obtaining unit that obtains first document data described in a first file format, the first document data using first character
font information; and

a conversion unit that obtains second document data described in a second file format by converting the first document data,
the second file format being different from the first file format, wherein

the conversion unit converts the first document data into the second document data by replacing the first character font information
with second character font information that is different from the first character font information if it is determined that
the first character font information is not present in the document conversion apparatus,

the second document data obtained by the conversion unit further includes hint information which indicates the first character
font information being replaced with the second character font information if it is determined that the first character font
information is not present in the document conversion apparatus,

the second document data obtained by the conversion unit further includes a control program which is executed by a terminal
which displays the second document data,

the control program controls the terminal to display the second document data by replacing the second character font information
with the first character font information supported by the terminal when the terminal supports the first character font information
indicated by the hint information, and

the control program controls the terminal to display the second document data using the second character font information
when the terminal does not support the first character font information indicated by the hint information.

US Pat. No. 9,614,289

METAMATERIAL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A cell forming a metamaterial, comprising a patch conductor, a conductor layer which forms a ground layer or a power supply
layer, arranged in parallel with the patch conductor, and a connection conductor configured to electrically connect the patch
conductor and the conductor layer,
wherein the connection conductor forms a helical electrical path by a plurality of conductor lines and a plurality of vias
which connect the conductor lines to the patch conductor and the conductor layer, and wherein an electrical path is formed
so that current directions in the conductor lines on a same plane are a predetermined direction.

US Pat. No. 9,607,240

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, IMAGE CAPTURING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM FOR FOCUS BRACKETING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a first image, a second image, and a third image, the first image being an image captured
with focus set at a first distance, the second image being an image captured with focus set at a second distance different
from the first distance, the third image being an image captured using an f-number larger than an f-number used in capturing
of the first image and the second image;

an arranging unit configured to arrange at least a part of the first image and at least a part of the second image at a position
based on the third image, wherein the arranging unit shifts the first image and the second image such that a first subject
in the first image is superimposed with the first subject in the third image, the first subject being located at the first
distance, and such that a second subject in the second image is superimposed with the second subject in the third image, the
second subject being located at the second distance; and

a combining unit configured to generate a composite image having a deeper depth of field than the first image and the second
image by combining the first image and the second image that have been arranged by the arranging unit.

US Pat. No. 9,607,253

PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINT CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus that prints on a print medium by using a printhead including a plurality of print elements, comprising:
an input unit configured to input print data;
a first generation unit configured to generate a driving pulse to cause the plurality of print elements to perform a printing
operation;

a second generation unit configured to generate a print data signal based on the print data input by the input unit to cause
the printhead to print on the print medium;

a control unit configured to control a signal generation timing in one of the first generation unit and the second generation
unit so as to determine, based on a driving pulse width, a generation range of the print data signal so as not to overlap
with a leading edge and a trailing edge of the driving pulse or determine, based on the generation range of the print data
signal, the driving pulse width so that the leading edge and the trailing edge of the driving pulse do not overlap with the
generation range of the print data signal; and

a print unit configured to transfer the driving pulse generated by the first generation unit and the print data signal generated
by the second generation unit to the printhead and drive the printhead to print on the print medium.

US Pat. No. 9,604,488

PRINTING SYSTEM WITH CREASING CONTROL, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, CONTROL APPARATUS, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing system comprising:
a printer configured to print images on sheets including a case binding cover sheet and inner sheets;
a creaser arranged on a downstream side of the printer in sheet a conveyance direction and configured to crease a sheet on
which an image is printed by the printer;

a case-binder arranged on a downstream side of the creaser in the sheet conveyance direction is configured to glue the inner
sheets with the case binding cover sheet, wherein (1) the inner sheets, on which images are printed by the printer and which
are conveyed from the printer, are not creased by the creaser, and (2) the case binding cover sheet, on which an image is
printed by the printer and which is conveyed from the printer, is creased by the creaser; and

a controller configured to control the creaser to crease the case binding cover sheet at a first crease position corresponding
to a spine edge of the case binding cover sheet, and to crease the case binding cover sheet at a second crease position corresponding
to a hinge of the case binding cover sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,609,152

SYSTEM, USER INTERFACE DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD, SERVER, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing system comprising:
an information processing apparatus having a plurality of kinds of multifunction peripheral functions; and
a server, wherein
the server includes a processor coupled to a memory, the processor and the memory cooperating to function to:
provide, to the information processing apparatus, a first file for displaying a function selection screen including a plurality
of buttons including buttons corresponding to the plurality of kinds of multifunction peripheral functions and a button for
accepting a selection of a function, wherein the plurality of buttons are used when a user selects a function to be executed
and the plurality of buttons do not cause the function to be executed, and wherein the first file includes a script for instructing
the information processing apparatus to acquire and send, to the server, status information indicating a status of a device
of the information processing apparatus used by the function corresponding to a button selected by the user from the plurality
of buttons in accordance with the script,

receive button information indicating a kind of the button selected by the user and the status information sent from the information
processing apparatus,

determine whether the received status information indicates an error,
provide, to the information processing apparatus, a second file for displaying a setting screen based on the received button
information, in a case where it is determined that the received status information does not indicate the error, wherein the
setting screen includes a button for accepting a setting of the function and a button for executing the function, and

provide, to the information processing apparatus, a third file for displaying an error screen for indicating the error in
a case where it is determined that the received status information indicates the error, and

the information processing apparatus includes a processor coupled to a memory, the processor and the memory cooperating to
function to:

request the first file,
receive the first file from the server,
display the function selection screen including the plurality of buttons, wherein the plurality of buttons are used when the
user selects the function to be executed and the plurality of buttons do not cause the function to be executed, based on the
first file,

receive a selection of the button from the plurality of buttons,
acquire, in accordance with the script, the status information of the device of the information processing apparatus used
by the function corresponding to the selected button, wherein the status information is acquired before an instruction is
accepted by the button for executing the function via the setting screen,

send the acquired status information to the server in accordance with a user operation accepted via the function selection
screen, with the button information indicating a kind of the button selected by the user,

display, in a case where the second file is provided by the server as a response to the sending based on the user operation,
the setting screen based on the second file, wherein the setting screen is displayed before the instruction is accepted by
the button for executing the function via the setting screen, and

display, in a case where the third file is provided by the server as a response to the sending based on the user operation,
the error screen based on the third file, wherein the error screen is displayed before the instruction is accepted by the
button for executing the function via the setting screen.

US Pat. No. 9,607,107

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display method comprising:
receiving input of a keyword from a user;
displaying a first list and an index, the displayed first list being a list of contents included in a first subset of a set
of a plurality of contents, the displayed index being an index corresponding to a second subset of the set, wherein each of
the plurality of contents includes the keyword, and wherein the first subset and the second subset are different from each
other;

displaying a second list instead of the first list in response to a user clicking the index, the second list being a list
of contents included in the second subset corresponding to the clicked index; and

displaying, in response to the user hovering a cursor over the displayed index, attribute information of leading and last
contents among the contents included in the second subset corresponding to the hovered-over index while the first list of
the contents of the first subset remains displayed, wherein attribute information of contents other than the leading and last
contents among the contents included in the second subset corresponding to the hovered-over index are not displayed in response
to the user hovering the cursor over the displayed index.

US Pat. No. 9,609,188

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image pickup element converting an object image to an electric signal;
a magnetic shield member arranged in front of the image pickup element;
a fixing member to which the image pickup element and the magnetic shield member are attached; and
an elastic member arranged between the magnetic shield member and the image pickup element, and configured to press the image
pickup element so as to surround a circumference of a light receiving plane of the image pickup element and to press the magnetic
shield member toward the fixing member,

wherein the elastic member includes a first pressing part pressing the magnetic shield member,
wherein the elastic member further includes a second pressing part pressing the image pickup element,
wherein an end of the first pressing part and an end of the second pressing part are separated in an optical axis direction,
and

wherein a pressing force with which the end of the first pressing part presses the magnetic shield member from an image plane
side is larger than a pressing force with which the end of the second pressing part presses the image pickup element from
an object side.

US Pat. No. 9,608,150

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric converting apparatus comprising:
a first potential supplying unit to supply a first potential;
a second potential supplying unit to supply a second potential, the value of the second potential being independent of the
value of the first potential;

a first current output terminal;
a second current output terminal;
a first semiconductor layer of a first conductivity type, connected to said first current output terminals, and configured
to output a first signal obtained by photoelectric conversion;

a second semiconductor layer of a second conductivity type opposite to said first conductivity type from which a current signal
is not output, and configured to be supplied with a first potential from said first potential supplying unit and connected
to said first potential supplying unit;

a third semiconductor layer of said first conductivity type, connected to said second current output terminals, and configured
to output a second signal obtained by photoelectric conversion;

a fourth semiconductor layer of said second conductivity type from which a current signal is not output, and configured to
be supplied with a second potential from said second potential supplying unit and connected to said second potential supplying
unit;

wherein said first semiconductor layer, said second semiconductor layer, said third semiconductor layer and said fourth semiconductor
layer are arranged in sequence,

wherein said second semiconductor layer and said fourth semiconductor layer are electrically separated from each other, and
wherein the first potential to be supplied to said second semiconductor layer and the second potential to be supplied to said
fourth semiconductor layer are to be controlled independently from each other.

US Pat. No. 9,609,206

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for using virtual illumination to perform lighting processing on image data displayed on
a display screen, the image processing apparatus comprising:
a memory for storing data; and
at least one processor coupled to the memory, the at least one processor operating to:
identify an object in the image data;
acquire position information indicating a position of the object in a three-dimensional space;
set, based on the position information of the object, a movable range in the three-dimensional space in which a position of
the virtual illumination can be set;

acquire a specified position input by a user on the display screen;
determine the position of the virtual illumination based on the movable range and the specified position; and
perform lighting processing on the object in the image data based on the position of the virtual illumination determined by
the at least one processor.

US Pat. No. 9,609,229

LIGHT EMITTING APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A light emitting apparatus comprising:
a light source;
an information obtaining unit configured to obtain status information on a status change of said light source in a luminescence
time period of said light source;

a determination unit configured to determine color information on a light emitted from said light source in the luminescence
time period based on the status information obtained by said information obtaining unit; and

a storage unit configured to store a temperature change property of the color information on said light source,
wherein said determination unit calculates temperature information on said light source in the luminescence time period based
on the status information obtained by said information obtaining unit, and determines the color information based on the calculated
temperature information and the temperature change property of the color information stored in said storage unit.

US Pat. No. 9,607,164

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus having an auto-complete function using an LDAP protocol, the apparatus comprising:
an input unit configured to input character information;
a verifying unit configured to verify a certificate of an LDAP server; and
an obtaining unit configured to obtain, from the LDAP server by the LDAP protocol after the certificate of the LDAP server
has been verified by the verifying unit, address information including the character information input by the input unit.

US Pat. No. 9,609,256

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state image sensor comprising:
a plurality of pixels each of which includes a plurality of photoelectric conversion portions and outputs a first signal and
a second signal; and

an AD converter which converts an analog signal output from each of the plurality of pixels into a digital signal, wherein
the AD converter includes a reference signal generator which generates a reference signal whose electric potential varies
with a predetermined slope as a time elapses, and a comparator which compares the reference signal and the analog signal output
from each of the plurality of pixels,

wherein AD conversion of the second signal is controlled in accordance with an AD conversion result of the first signal by
the AD converter and a value according to the reference signal at a timing at which the output of the comparator has varied
when AD-converting the first signal is set to an initial value of the reference signal input to the comparator when AD-converting
the second signal, and

wherein the first signal is based on first charges generated by at least one of the photoelectric conversion portions of each
pixel, and the second signal is based on the first charges and second charges generated by at least one of the remaining photoelectric
conversion portions of the each pixel.

US Pat. No. 9,609,297

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS PERFORMING EXPOSURE CONTROL AND EXPOSURE CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus performing exposure control comprising:
an imager that converts a subject image into an image signal and output the image signal;
a first evaluation value determination unit that determines a first evaluation value based on signals selected from R signals,
G signals, and B signals of the image signal;

a second evaluation value determination unit that determines a second evaluation value based on a luminance of the image signal;
and

an exposure control unit that calculates a control evaluation value for exposure control, using a weighted average of the
first evaluation value and the second evaluation value,

wherein the exposure control unit determines weights for the first evaluation value and the second evaluation value based
on a correction amount for correcting the image signal output from the imager, and

wherein the first evaluation value determination unit, the second evaluation value determination unit, and the exposure control
unit are performed by at least one processor or circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,599,879

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH SEMI-TRANSPARENT MIRROR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a semi-transparent mirror;
a holding member that holds said semi-transparent mirror and is rotatably supported by a mirror box so as to move said semi-transparent
mirror between a mirror-down position in which said semi-transparent mirror enters into a photographing light path and a mirror-up
position in which said semi-transparent mirror is retracted from the photographing light path;

a drive unit configured to rotate said holding member between the mirror-down position and the mirror-up position;
a shading member that is supported on an object-side end of said holding member via a rotation shaft so as to rotate between
a closed position that is close to said holding member and an opened position that is apart from said holding member;

an urging member that is arranged between said holding member and said shading member and that energizes said shading member
in a direction to open said shading member to said holding member so as to arrange said shading member at the opened position
when said holding member is in the mirror-down position; and an engagement portion that is provided in the mirror box and
that engages with said shading member in a vicinity of the rotation shaft when said holding member rotates from the mirror-down
position to the mirror-up position so as to rotate said shading member toward the closed position against an urging force
of said urging member, and so as to arrange said shading member in the closed position when said holding member reaches the
mirror-up position.

US Pat. No. 9,599,932

DEVELOPER CONTAINER WITH SEALING MEMBER HAVING A PLURALITY OF HOLES AND ROTATABLE MEMBER HAVING A PLURALITY OF PROJECTIONS CONTACTABLE WITH THE SEALING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer container comprising:
an accommodating chamber, provided with an opening, for accommodating developer;
a rotatable member rotatably supported inside said accommodating chamber, said rotatable member including a shaft portion
and a plurality of projections extending from said shaft portion in a direction away from said shaft portion, said plurality
of projections ensuring a peripheral length of said rotatable member; and

a seal member for unsealably sealing said opening, said sealing member including a sealing portion for sealing said opening,
a connecting portion connected with said rotatable member, and an interconnecting portion having a plurality of holes between
said sealing portion and said connecting portion,

wherein at least said plurality of holes and at least said plurality of projections are provided in a non-overlapping positional
relationship with respect to a direction along said shaft portion.

US Pat. No. 9,599,952

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

16. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a main assembly provided with an opening;
a tray for placing thereon a cartridge for forming an image, wherein said tray is movable through the opening between an inside
position where the cartridge is inside said main assembly and an outside position where the cartridge is exposed to an outside
of said main assembly and is mountable and demountable, wherein a pulling-out direction is a direction in which said tray
is moved from inside of said main assembly to the outside position;

a door for opening and closing the opening; and
an accommodating member for accommodating a sheet on which an image is formed, said accommodating member comprising a first
member and a second member including a door supporting portion for supporting said door,

wherein said second member is movable relative to said first member between a first position and a second position downstream
of the first position with respect to the pulling-out direction, and

wherein when said second member is in the second position and said door opens the opening and said tray is in the inside position,
said second member supports said door.

US Pat. No. 9,599,957

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus which forms images on a recording medium, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a supporting member including attaching portions to which a plurality of cartridges are attached and configured to support
the plurality of cartridges and to be movable between an inside position which is inside an apparatus main body of the image
forming apparatus and an outside position which is outside of the apparatus main body, in which the plurality of cartridges
are supported arrayed in an extracting direction of extracting the supporting member from the inside position to the outside
position, with the plurality of cartridges being detachably attachable at the outside position;

an exposure device exposing a plurality of photosensitive drums each included in corresponding one of the plurality of cartridges,
wherein the cartridges are so arranged such that the exposure device exposing the photosensitive drums along an exposing direction
perpendicular to a moving direction of the cartridges;

wherein the plurality of cartridges includes a first cartridge, a second cartridge, and a third cartridge;
wherein a width of the first cartridge supported by the supporting member is wider than a width of the second cartridge and
a width of the third cartridge supported by the supporting member, in an orthogonal direction orthogonal to the extracting
direction and to a longitudinal direction of the cartridges, and

wherein when the first cartridge, the second cartridge, and the third cartridge, being attached to the attaching portions
and arranged in this order from a downstream side toward an upstream side of the extracting direction are viewed from the
exposing direction, the amount of overlapping between the first cartridge and the second cartridge is greater than the amount
of overlapping between the second cartridge and the third cartridge.

US Pat. No. 9,599,960

DIGITAL HOLOGRAPHY THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGING APPARATUS AND DIGITAL HOLOGRAPHY THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an image sensor;
an optical system configured to divide a light from a light source, by a dividing element, into an object beam and a reference
beam and configured to cause, through a combining element, the object beam via an object and the reference beam from a reference
beam path to interfere with each other to form interference fringes on the image sensor;

a phase distribution modulator; and
a processor,
wherein the processor is configured to perform:
multiple imaging processes to perform imaging of the interference fringes with different incident angles of the object beam
to the object;

a first process to acquire a transmitted wavefront for each of the incident angles, from each of the multiple interference
fringes acquired by the multiple imaging processes; and

a second process to calculate a three-dimensional refractive index distribution, from the transmitted wavefronts for the respective
incident angles, and

wherein the phase distribution modulator is configured to change a phase distribution of the reference beam for at least one
of the multiple imaging processes.

US Pat. No. 9,594,981

IMAGE SEARCH APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image register apparatus comprising:
a first holding unit configured to hold, in association with each other, local feature amounts of an image and information
that specifies the image including the local feature amounts;

a second holding unit configured to hold, in association with each other, information that specifies a registered image whose
local feature amounts are held by said first holding unit and information that specifies a similar image similar to a partial
region of the registered image;

a searching unit configured to search registered images for an image partially similar to an input target image to be registered;
and

a register unit configured to, when a search result image obtained by the search of said searching unit includes the target
image to be registered, exclude the target image to be registered from a holding target of said first holding unit, and register,
in association with each other, information that specifies the search result image in said second holding unit and information
that specifies the target image to be registered.

US Pat. No. 9,592,683

SHEET SUPPLYING APPARATUS AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet supplying apparatus that draws a continuous sheet out of a sheet roll, comprising:
a pressing unit having at least one pressing roller which is movable according to an outer diameter of the sheet roll, wherein
the pressing roller rotates with respect to a first rotational axis and is brought into press-contact with an outer periphery
of the sheet roll from below, with respect to a direction of gravity; and

a lower guide member configured to move in association with the pressing unit so as to guide a lower surface of the sheet
that is drawn through the pressing unit;

wherein the pressing unit includes a mechanism configured to allow changes of a posture of the pressing roller with respect
to a second rotational axis which is perpendicular to the first rotational axis so as to follow the outer periphery of the
sheet roll.

US Pat. No. 9,593,243

COMPOUND, PIGMENT DISPERSING AGENT, PIGMENT COMPOSITION, PIGMENT DISPERSION AND TONER CONTAINING SAID COMPOUND

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A compound in which a partial structure represented by formula (1) is bound to a polymer having a monomer unit represented
by formula (2):

wherein:
Ar represents an aryl group,
Ar, R1 and R2 satisfy at least one of conditions (i) and (ii):

(i) Ar has a linking group that composes a bonding moiety with the polymer obtained by bonding to a carbon atom in the aryl
group; and

(ii) R1 or R2 is a linking group that composes a bonding moiety with the polymer,

in a case R1 and R2 are not linking groups, R1 and R2 each independently represents a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, a phenyl group, or an aralkyl group, and

X represents O, NH, or S; and

wherein R3 represents a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group, and R4 represents a phenyl group, a carboxyl group, a carboxylic acid ester group, or a carboxylic acid amide group.

US Pat. No. 9,593,250

AQUEOUS INK, INK CARTRIDGE AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An aqueous ink comprising a coloring material, wherein the coloring material is a self-dispersible pigment in which a functional
group comprising an anionic group and another atomic group are bonded to a particle surface of the pigment, and a standard
deviation of an introduced amount of the functional group is 0.0380 or less.

US Pat. No. 9,595,559

IMAGING DEVICE AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging device comprising a plurality of pixel units including a first pixel unit and a second pixel unit, each of the
first and second pixel units comprising:
a first photoelectric conversion region;
a second photoelectric conversion region;
a first transfer MOS transistor including a first transfer gate electrode and configured to transfer a charge generated by
the first photoelectric conversion region;

a second transfer MOS transistor including a second transfer gate electrode and configured to transfer a charge generated
by the second photoelectric conversion region,

an amplification MOS transistor configured to output a signal based on the charge generated by the first photoelectric conversion
region and/or a signal based on the charge generated by the second photoelectric conversion region, and

a selection MOS transistor connected to the amplification MOS transistor, wherein
the amplification MOS transistor of the second pixel unit and the selection MOS transistor of the second pixel unit are provided
in an active region,

at least a part of the active region is provided between the first and second photoelectric conversion regions of the first
pixel unit, and

the selection MOS transistor of the second pixel unit is provided between the first and second photoelectric conversion regions
of the first pixel unit.

US Pat. No. 9,594,312

PROCESSING APPARATUS, PROCESSING METHOD, AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A processing apparatus that performs processing to a substrate, the processing apparatus comprising:
a chuck disposed on a stage and that holds the substrate;
an attracting unit that attracts the substrate and moves the substrate from the chuck; and
a control unit configured to stop or decrease attraction of the attracting unit based on information about a through hole
of the substrate in a case where the substrate is moved from the chuck by the attracting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,596,377

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for reading a document to generate image data using a scanner, the image processing apparatus
comprising:
a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor configured to execute the instructions, the instructions comprising instructions for:
receiving, from an information processing apparatus communicable via a network, a transmission job for transmitting image
data to a specified destination;

determining whether the received transmission job is a transmission job that contains image data and does not contain an instruction
for causing the scanner to read a document or not;

storing the received transmission job into a storage in a case where it is determined that the received transmission job is
not a transmission job that contains image data and does not contain an instruction for causing the scanner to read a document;

executing the received transmission job in a case where it is determined that the received transmission job is a transmission
job that contains image data and does not contain an instruction for causing the scanner to read a document;

displaying a list of jobs stored into the storage according to a user instruction;
displaying a confirmation screen related to a setting of a transmission job selected from the list of jobs; and
executing the transmission job in accordance with execution of the selected transmission job instructed via the confirmation
screen.

US Pat. No. 9,596,121

SERVER APPARATUS COMMUNICATING WITH A CLIENT APPARATUS VIA THE INTERNET, SYSTEM, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A server apparatus that communicates with a client apparatus via the Internet, the server apparatus comprising:
a memory, and
a processor in communication with the memory, the processor configured to control:
a first communication unit configured to support a network communication in HTTP;
a second communication unit configured to support a network communication in a specific communication mode in which instruction
from the server apparatus is possible without a request from the client apparatus, wherein the specific communication mode
is a protocol different from the HTTP;

a receiving unit configured to receive a query from the client apparatus via the first communication unit;
a transmitting unit configured to transmit, via the first communication unit, as a reply to the received query, first condition
information including information of a condition triggering performance of an initial communication in order to switch to
the specific communication mode, wherein the first condition information includes, as the information of the condition, information
about a trigger event detected by the client apparatus; and

an instructing unit configured to switch to the specific communication mode by performing the initial communication with the
client apparatus according to the first condition information, and configured to transmit, via the second communication unit,
an instruction to the client apparatus in the specific communication mode.

US Pat. No. 9,587,131

IMAGE RECORDING METHOD, INK SET, AND METHOD FOR PREPARING INK SET

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image recording method, comprising:
a conveyance process for conveying a recording medium; and
an ink-applying process for applying a first ink and a second ink to the recording medium,
wherein the first ink and the second ink comprise a surfactant represented by Formula (1)
R1 (CR2R3)nCH2CH2(OCH2CH2)mOH  (1),

wherein, in the general formula (1), R1 denotes a fluorine atom or a hydrogen atom, R2 and R3 independently denote a fluorine atom or a hydrogen atom, and at least one of R2 and R3 denotes a fluorine atom, n is 1 or more and 30 or less, and m is 1 or more and 60 or less,

the amount of the surfactant represented by Formula (1) in the first ink is greater than the amount of the surfactant represented
by Formula (1) in the second ink, and

a liquid X prepared by removing the surfactant represented by Formula (1) from the first ink and a liquid Y prepared by removing
the surfactant represented by Formula (1) from the second ink satisfy the following condition:

wherein when performing recording on a recording medium having a water absorption rate coefficient Ka of 0.1 mL/m2·ms1/2 or more and 0.3 mL/m2·ms1/2 or less such that a liquid X recording area comes into contact with a liquid Y recording area, the liquid Y flows from the
liquid Y recording area into the liquid X recording area.

US Pat. No. 9,588,711

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A system that includes a communication apparatus which includes a first close proximity wireless communication circuit
which makes a communication based on Near Field Communication (NFC) and an output apparatus which includes a second close
proximity wireless communication circuit which makes a communication based on the NFC,
wherein the communication apparatus further comprises a processor for controlling a saving unit configured to save, in a non-volatile
memory that is comprised in the first close proximity wireless communication circuit and thereby capable of being accessed
when a battery comprised in the communication apparatus is dead or empty, backup data obtained from a function that does not
utilize the NFC, wherein the backup data is managed in the communication apparatus and is specified as a backup target, and
save first user authentication information,

wherein the output apparatus further comprises a processor for controlling a controlling unit, an input unit, a receiving
unit and an information output unit,

wherein the controlling unit controls the second close proximity wireless communication circuit to transition from a target
of the NFC to an initiator of the NFC in response to activation of a backup output function,

wherein the input unit accepts an input of second user authentication information from a user,
wherein the receiving unit receives, via the second close proximity wireless communication circuit, the backup data and the
first user authentication information saved in the non-volatile memory by the saving unit, in a case where the communication
apparatus is in a state in which the battery comprised in the communication apparatus is dead or empty and the first close
proximity wireless communication circuit is a target of the NFC; and

wherein the information output unit outputs information based on the backup data received by the receiving unit under a condition
where the first user authentication information received by the receiving unit matches the second user authentication information
accepted as the input by the inputting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,588,473

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus which performs printing on a sheet by using a recording material and is capable of discretely
detecting a remaining amount of the recording material by a remaining amount sensor, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions of:
predicting a remaining amount of a recording material based on a dot count;
determining whether a type of a cartridge storing the recording material is a first type or a second type; and
displaying at least the remaining amount of the recording material predicted based on at least the dot count, if it is determined
that the type of the cartridge is the first type,

wherein the remaining amount of the recording material based on the dot count is not displayed and a remaining amount of the
recording material based on a detection by the remaining amount sensor is displayed, if it is determined that the type of
the cartridge is the second type.

US Pat. No. 9,575,546

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS SELECTIVELY ENABLING OR DISABLING PACKETS DISCARDING FEATURE BY ITS NETWORK INTERFACE CARD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus operable in a power saving mode, the printing apparatus comprising:
at least one memory storing computer executable instructions; and
at least one processor configured to execute the computer executable instructions to implement:
a receiving unit configured to receive a packet sent from an external apparatus;
a setting unit configured to set, based on a user instruction, either one of a first setting in which a response pattern indicating
a pattern of a packet to which the printing apparatus responds while maintaining the power saving mode, a discard pattern
indicating a pattern of a packet to be discarded by the printing apparatus, and a shift pattern indicating a pattern of a
packet for which the printing apparatus is shifted from the power saving mode to the normal power mode are used for determining
processing to be performed for the packet received by the receiving unit when the printing apparatus operates in the power
saving mode, and a second setting in which the response pattern and the shift pattern are used but the discard pattern is
not used for determining processing to be performed for the packet received by the receiving unit when the printing apparatus
operates in the power saving mode; and

a determining unit configured to determine processing to be performed for the packet received by the receiving unit based
on the response pattern, the discard pattern, and the shift pattern in a case where the printing apparatus operates in the
power saving mode and the setting unit sets the first setting, and to determine processing to be performed for the packet
received by the receiving unit based on the response pattern and the shift pattern in a case where the printing apparatus
operates in the power saving mode and the setting unit sets the second setting,

wherein in the case where the printing apparatus operates in the power saving mode, the setting unit sets the first setting,
and the packet received by the receiving unit does not match any of the response pattern, the discard pattern, and the shift
pattern, the at least one processor discards the packet received by the receiving unit, and

wherein in the case where the printing apparatus operates in the power saving mode, the setting unit sets the second setting,
and the packet received by the receiving unit does not match any of the response pattern and the shift pattern, the at least
one processor discards the packet received by the receiving unit.

US Pat. No. 9,571,547

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR GENERATING MEDIA FRAGMENT REQUESTS FOR REQUESTING FRAGMENTS OF AN ENCODED MEDIA STREAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of requesting fragments of an encoded media stream stored on a server device, the method being implemented by
a client device storing a structure representative of fragments of the media stream previously received and stored on the
client device, the structure comprising first and second types of addressing information associated with fragments already
received, and the method comprising:
receiving a user request for a first media fragment having a first portion overlapping with at least one of the already received
fragments; and

forming a media fragment request to obtain media data corresponding to a new fragment of the media stream, the media fragment
request specifying at least one piece of addressing information of the first type and at least one addressing information
of the second type, wherein the first type of addressing information is spatial or temporal information and wherein the second
type of addressing information is byte position information within the media stream;

wherein the new fragment corresponds to a second portion of the first media fragment that is contiguous with the first portion
and does not overlap with the already received fragments, the second portion being specified by the at least one piece of
addressing information of the first type and the at least one piece of addressing information of the second type.

US Pat. No. 9,568,835

EXPOSURE APPARATUS WITH IRRADIATION DEVICE FOR IRRADIATING OPTICAL ELEMENT WITH PULSED LIGHT HAVING INFRARED WAVELENGTH, AND CORRESPONDING EXPOSURE METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An exposure apparatus for exposing a shot region on a substrate to first pulsed light, the apparatus comprising:
a reticle stage configured to hold a reticle;
a substrate stage configured to hold the substrate;
an optical element configured to guide the first pulsed light to the substrate;
an irradiation device configured to irradiate the optical element with second pulsed light having an infrared wavelength;
and

a controller configured to control the irradiation device such that the irradiation device irradiates the optical element
with the second pulsed light in a period between successive two of the first pulsed light in a period of exposing the shot
region to the first pulsed light plural times,

wherein the optical element is configured to guide the first pulsed light from the reticle to the substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,570,632

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE OPTICAL APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing an optical apparatus, comprising:
arranging a photo device above a substrate with an adhesive located between the photo device and the substrate;
forming a bonding member that bonds the substrate and the photo device by curing the adhesive after the arranging of the photo
device;

arranging, above the photo device, a transparent plate and a sealant, the sealant covering the photo device and being located
between the transparent plate and the substrate in contact with the transparent plate and the substrate; and

forming a sealing member by curing the sealant after the arranging of the transparent plate and the sealant,
wherein an elastic modulus of the bonding member is 1 GPa or less, and
wherein the forming of the sealing member includes a first ultraviolet irradiation to the sealant and a second ultraviolet
irradiation to the sealant after the first ultraviolet irradiation, and the second ultraviolet irradiation is stronger than
the first ultraviolet irradiation.

US Pat. No. 9,568,878

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND FEEDING DEVICE THAT DETECT SHEETS WITH A SENSOR THAT IS CHOSEN ACCORDING TO SHEET SPACING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A feeding device comprising:
an accommodation unit that accommodates recording materials;
a feeding unit that feeds a second recording material accommodated in the accommodation unit to a conveying path, after feeding
a first recording material accommodated in the accommodation unit to the conveying path, with an interval being provided between
a trailing edge of the first recording material and a leading edge of the second recording material;

a first detecting unit that detects a recording material fed by the feeding unit at a first position in the conveying path;
a second detecting unit that detects a recording material fed by the feeding unit at a second position that is downstream
from the first position in a conveying direction of the recording material; and

a control unit that controls the feeding unit,
wherein, in a case where the interval is a first length, the control unit controls the feeding unit to feed the second recording
material based on a timing in which the first detecting unit detects the first recording material, and

wherein, in a case where the interval is a second length which is longer than the first length, the control unit controls
the feeding unit to feed the second recording material based on a timing in which the second detecting unit detects the first
recording material.

US Pat. No. 9,569,153

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH WIRELESS COMMUNICATION FUNCTION, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a processor connected to a memory, the processor and memory configured to:
cause a user to log on the image forming apparatus by performing a user authentication process;
carry out a wireless communication;
display wireless connection information for carrying out the wireless communication between an external device and the image
forming apparatus; and

generate new wireless connection information in response to the user logging off the image forming apparatus,
wherein new wireless connection information is not generated during a period from when the user has logged on the image forming
apparatus to when the user logs off the image forming apparatus, and

wherein the new wireless connection information is generated independent of the completion of a wireless print job.

US Pat. No. 9,571,729

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
an image pickup unit configured to capture an image of an object;
a reception unit configured to receive superimposition information from an external apparatus through a network;
a determination unit configured to determine whether the received superimposition information is larger than a first amount
determined based on the image captured by the image pickup unit;

an output unit configured to output part of the received superimposition information when the superimposition information
is larger than the first amount and output the received superimposition information when the superimposition information is
not larger than the first amount;

a superimposition unit configured to superimpose the superimposition information output from the output unit on the captured
image; and

a delivery unit configured to deliver the captured image on which the superimposition information is superimposed to the external
apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,571,746

IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM THAT DETECT FOCUS BY IRRADIATING AUXILIARY LIGHT, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, LIGHT EMISSION DEVICE, AND FOCUS DETECTION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus capable of mounting a light emission device with which a first light emitting section of which
an irradiation direction can be changed with respect to a body of the light emission device and a second light emitting section
of which an irradiation direction is fixed to the body are provided, the image pickup apparatus comprising:
a focus detection unit;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain information about the irradiation direction of the first light emitting section; and
a control unit configured to control one of the first light emitting section and the second light emitting section on the
basis of the information about the irradiation direction obtained by said obtaining unit as a light emitting section for irradiating
with auxiliary light at the time when said focus detection unit performs focus detection.

US Pat. No. 9,571,747

ILLUMINATION APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, AND CAMERA SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An illumination apparatus attachable to an imaging apparatus, the illumination apparatus comprising:
a light emitting unit;
a movable unit, including the light emitting unit, configured to be rotatable relative to a main body unit;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain first distance information about a distance to a target in a shooting direction of
the imaging apparatus to which the illumination apparatus is attached, and second distance information about a distance to
a target in a direction different from the shooting direction;

a determination unit configured to determine, based on the first distance information and the second distance information,
a lighting direction of the light emitting unit; and

a control unit configured to control a position of the movable unit to match a lighting direction of the light emitting unit
with the lighting direction determined by the determination unit,

wherein the obtaining unit obtains, in a case where a self-timer mode is set in the imaging apparatus to which the illumination
apparatus is attached, the first distance information after a lapse of a predetermined time following obtainment of the second
distance information.

US Pat. No. 9,569,703

DATA TRANSFER APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A data transfer apparatus for transferring data to an image processor configured to perform a predetermined image process,
using a buffer assigned to a storage device, the apparatus comprising:
an input circuitry configured to perform a reading process to read data of an area, which is divided from image data, from
the buffer storing the image data to be processed by the predetermined image process, and to perform a transmitting process
to transmit the read data of the area to the image processor; and

an output circuitry configured to perform a reception process to receive data generated in the predetermined image process
from the image processor, to set a parameter for a writing process based on an area size obtained by using position information
of a pixel, and to perform the writing process to write data generated from the received data to the buffer, the received
data of the area including the position information,

wherein the output circuitry comprises a first transfer circuitry configured to perform data transfer using direct memory
access (DMA) between the output circuitry and the buffer, and

wherein the output circuitry, in place of a CPU, is configured to set the parameter.

US Pat. No. 9,571,756

APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus for communicating with an external apparatus through a network, the apparatus comprising:
an image capture unit configured to capture an image of a subject;
a superimposing unit configured to superimpose a superimposed image upon the captured image, the superimposed image including
a character and a background;

a storage unit configured to store capability information in a memory, the capability information being associated with color
information, which indicates a color relating to the superimposed image;

a transmission unit configured to transmit the capability information in accordance to requirement for the capability information
from the external apparatus;

a reception unit configured to receive color information which is related to the capability information transmitted by the
transmit unit;

a determination unit configured to determine whether the color information received by the reception unit includes a color
of a background color; and

a setting unit configured to set an outline color of the superimposed character based on the received color information, in
case that the determination unit determines the color information includes the color of a background color.

US Pat. No. 9,571,769

SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE AND METHOD OF DRIVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state image pickup device comprises an image pickup area, on a semiconductor substrate, which includes plural columns
of pixels, and plural column amplifier circuits each provided at each column of pixels or at every plural columns of pixels,
wherein:
each of the column amplifier circuits includes at least two amplifier circuit stages;
a preceding amplifier circuit is a variable-gain amplifier circuit and the switchable gains include plural one or more gains;
a subsequent amplifier circuit is capable of amplifying, at one or more gains, the signal amplified at one or more gains in
the preceding amplifier circuit;

a first switch is disposed on an electric path between an output node of the preceding amplifier circuit and an input node
of the subsequent amplifier circuit;

capacitance for phase compensation is disposed at the output node of the preceding amplifier circuit via a second switch;
and

a path on which reference potential is supplied to the input node via a third switch is disposed between the first switch
and the input node.

US Pat. No. 9,563,606

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image display apparatus comprising:
a displaying unit configured to display a page image including a plurality of objects on a screen;
a determining unit configured to determine an amount of movement of the end of an object to be displayed, of the plurality
of objects, from the end of the screen by detecting an operation on the screen; and

a setting unit configured to set the end position of the object based on the determined amount of movement when the object
to be displayed is larger than the screen,

wherein (a) when the determined amount of movement of the end of the object from the end of the screen to the inside of the
screen is more than a predetermined amount, the setting unit sets the display position of the object such that the opposite
end of the object from the end of the object which has moved to the inside of the screen in a movement direction is displayed
at a position of the end of the screen opposite the end of the screen in the movement direction, and (b) when the determined
amount of movement is less than a predetermined amount, the setting unit sets the display position of the object such that
the end of the object which has moved to the inside of the screen is displayed at the position of the end of the screen.

US Pat. No. 9,565,323

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus configured to execute a plurality of applications, the image processing apparatus comprising:
an operation unit;
a display unit;
a scanner configured to read an image on an original as image data;
a printer configured to perform printing based on the image data; and
a sending unit configured to send the image data outside the image processing apparatus,
wherein the plurality of applications include a copy application configured to cause the printer to perform printing based
on the image data, a send application configured to cause the sending unit to send the image data, and a portal application
including a function of accessing and reproducing setting information related to processing executed by the copy application
and setting information related to processing executed by the send application,

wherein each of the copy application and the send application is configured to:
cause the display unit to display a setting screen via which respective setting information is settable by a user, the respective
setting information related to processing executed by the application concerned,

send, to the portal application, a respective registration request including a respective application ID for identifying the
application concerned based on reception of a user's instruction for registering the respective setting information set via
the setting screen by the operation unit, and

store the registration-instructed respective setting information in association with a respective access ID for accessing
the registration-instructed respective setting information,

wherein the portal application is configured to:
store, for each of the copy application and the send application, the respective application ID, included in the respective
registration request sent from the respective application, and the respective access ID in association with a respective item
of button information,

cause the display unit to display the stored respective items of button information in a user selectable form, and
send the respective access ID stored in association with the respective item of button information selected by a user from
among the respective items of button information displayed by the display unit, to one of the copy application or the send
application identified by the respective application ID stored in association with the selected item of button information,
and

wherein the one of the copy application or the send application is configured to cause the display unit to display the setting
screen on which is reflected the respective setting information stored in association with the respective access ID sent from
the portal application.

US Pat. No. 9,563,039

LENS APPARATUS AND OPTICAL APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lens apparatus comprising:
a first operating member rotatable around an optical axis of an optical element so as to move the optical element in an optical-axis
direction;

a first elastic member configured to press the first operating member;
a second elastic member configured to press the first operating member;
a second operating member rotatable around the optical axis and movable in the optical-axis direction; and
a first interposition provided between the first operating member and the second operating member,
wherein when the second operating member is moved in the optical-axis direction, the first interposition is moved in the optical-axis
direction without rotating around the optical axis and presses the first elastic member and the second elastic member.

US Pat. No. 9,564,837

VIBRATION WAVE ACTUATOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A vibration wave actuator comprising:
a vibrator including at least an electro-mechanical energy conversion element and an elastic body to which the electro-mechanical
energy conversion element is joined, the elastic body including a contact portion;

a driven element that is in pressure contact with the contact portion of the vibrator, the driven element including a magnetic
substance; and

a magnet,
wherein the magnet, the vibrator and the driven element are arranged consecutively in the order as listed, and
wherein the elastic body comprises a paramagnetic substance metal material.

US Pat. No. 9,565,360

IMAGE DATA RECORDING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF RECORDING STILL AND MOVING IMAGES SIMULTANEOUSLY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image data recording apparatus comprising:
a moving image acquisition unit configured to acquire moving image data;
a still image acquisition unit configured to acquire still image data;
a reception unit configured to receive a still image recording instruction from a user; and
a control unit configured to perform control so as to record, in a recording medium, still image data acquired by the still
image acquisition unit, and moving image data acquired by the moving image acquisition unit, in response to the still image
recording instruction,

wherein the control unit is configured to perform control so as to, in response to the still image recording instruction,
in a case where a moving image file that satisfies a predetermined condition is already recorded in the recording medium,
additively record the moving image data in the moving image file that satisfies the predetermined condition, and in a case
where the moving image file that satisfies the predetermined condition is not recorded in the recording medium, create a moving
image file and record the moving image data in the created moving image file.

US Pat. No. 9,563,823

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MANAGING AN OBJECT EXTRACTED FROM IMAGE DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

13. A method comprising:
managing a plurality of object feature amounts in a dictionary by classifying the plurality of object feature amounts into
feature amount groups, each feature amount group having similar object feature amounts, wherein each object feature amount
is extracted from a corresponding object image from among a plurality of images;

causing a display unit to display object images, which are classified into a plurality of object groups, by the object group
on a display screen, wherein the object images are displayed grouped into object groups;

receiving a user's change instruction for changing an object group to which an object image belongs, the user's change instruction
being a moving operation of the object image from a first object group to a second object group on the display screen; and

correcting, if the user's change instruction is received in the receiving, in the dictionary, an object feature amount of
a feature amount group which corresponds to the moved image before and/or after the user's change instruction is received,

wherein
the plurality of object feature amounts are managed by associating feature amount groups corresponding to a same type of objects,
the display unit is caused to display object images, wherein the object images corresponding to the associated feature amount
groups are displayed grouped into one object group based on the dictionary, and

if a type of an object is associated with two or more feature amount groups, the two or more feature amount groups are not
combined.

US Pat. No. 9,558,695

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image display apparatus comprising:
a light-emitting unit configured to emit light;
a display unit configured to display an image by transmitting the light from the light-emitting unit on the basis of an input
image data; and

a control unit configured to set, according to a drive frequency for the display unit, a lighting period of the light-emitting
unit and an extinction period of the light-emitting unit for each frame of the input image data; wherein

the number of lighting periods set by the control unit within one frame in a case where the drive frequency is a first frequency
is more than the number of lighting periods set by the control unit within one frame in a case where the drive frequency is
a second frequency which is higher than the first frequency.

US Pat. No. 9,560,236

IMAGE READING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image reading apparatus having a front surface reading unit configured to read a front surface of a document and a back
surface reading unit configured to read a back surface of the document, the image reading apparatus comprising:
a memory;
a processor coupled to the memory which executes the following:
obtaining image data of the front surface of the document by using the front surface reading unit and image data of the back
surface of the document by using the back surface reading unit;

determining whether a start position of the obtained image data of the back surface is at a position corresponding to an integer
multiple of a coding block;

generating, as adjustment processing, an area between an end edge position of the image data of the front surface and a start
position of the image data of the back surface in such a manner that a start position of the image data of the back surface
is at a position corresponding to an integer multiple of a coding block, if it is determined that a start position of the
image data of the back surface is not at a position corresponding to an integer multiple of a coding block;

encoding front-and-back combined image data that is based on the image data of the front surface, the area and the image data
of the back surface; and

transmitting the encoded front-and-back combined image data, first information indicating an area of the image data of the
front surface in the front-and-back combined image data, and second information indicating an area of the image data of the
back surface in the front-and-back combined image data,

wherein the first information includes front surface position information indicating an end edge position of the image data
of the front surface that is a start position of the back surface prior to the adjustment processing, and

wherein the front surface position information included in the first information indicates a position which is not corresponding
to the integer multiple of the coding block.

US Pat. No. 9,557,941

PRINTING APPARATUS FOR PERFORMING PRINTING BASED ON DATA INCLUDING A PLURALITY OF PAGES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a printing unit configured to perform printing based on printing data including a plurality of pages;
a first acquisition unit configured to acquire a page count per copy;
a second acquisition unit configured to acquire a margin size of respective pages of the page count in a first copy;
an extraction unit configured to extract data of a predetermined portion of a printing area from the respective pages of the
page count in the first copy;

a page determination unit configured to determine whether the data of the predetermined portion extracted by said extraction
unit are identical among the respective pages in the first copy; and

a printing determination unit configured to, when said page determination unit determines that the data of the predetermined
portion are identical among the respective pages, determine that printing of the printing data is not collation printing,
and when said page determination unit determines that the data of the predetermined portion are not identical among the respective
pages, determine that printing of the printing data is collation printing, and

a paper feeding control unit configured to, when feeding printing paper for printing of each of pages in a second and subsequent
copies after determination of said printing determination unit, control a paper feeding operation to convey preceding printing
paper and succeeding printing paper so as to make the preceding printing paper and the succeeding printing paper to partially
overlap each other based on the margin size acquired by said second acquisition unit,

wherein said acquisition unit, said second acquisition unit, said extraction unit, said page determination unit, said printing
determination unit and said paper feeding control unit are implemented by a processor of the printing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,557,948

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR ACTIVATING A PRINTER DRIVER UPON COMPLETION OF USER AUTHENTICATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus capable of communicating with a print server system including print service which generates
a print job using content data and a print setting and which transmits the generated print job to a printer through a network,
the information processing apparatus comprising:
a memory;
a processor coupled to the memory which executes the following:
receiving a permission screen used to determine whether transfer of a user's authority for using the print service to a printer
driver is permitted from an authentication server system operating in cooperation with the print server system and displays
the received permission screen,

wherein a display unit displays the permission screen before the printer driver is distributed from the print service, and
wherein authority information is issued from the print service in response to the transfer of the user's authority having
been permitted by a user via the received permission screen;

receiving an install set generated by the print server in response to a printer having been selected in a printer list, the
install set being for a printer driver of the selected printer and the printer driver including a driver set, actual data,
a setup tool and the authority information, and configured to install the printer driver of the selected printer, using the
install set;

activating the printer driver, which provides a print setting screen and which transmits content data stored in a memory of
the information processing apparatus and a print setting input using the print setting screen to the print service through
a network; and

transmitting the authority information representing that user's authority for using the print service is transferred to the
printer driver when the user issues an instruction for printing to be performed through the printer driver after the printer
driver is activated and transmit the content data and the print setting through the network.

US Pat. No. 9,557,699

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM FOR DETERMINING A REMAINING AMOUNT OF RECORDING MATERIAL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for performing image forming on a sheet using a recording material, comprising:
a sensor that detects a remaining amount of the recording material;
a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions of:
estimating a remaining amount of the recording material using a dot counter;
notifying a user of the estimated remaining amount; and
determining whether or not to notify a user of the remaining amount detected by the sensor based on a difference between the
remaining amount detected by the sensor and the estimated remaining amount,

wherein a notification of the remaining amount detected by the sensor is not issued under at least a condition that the difference
is equal to or more than a predetermined threshold value.

US Pat. No. 9,555,653

INSPECTION APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD AND LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inspection apparatus for inspecting a liquid discharge head including an energy generation element configured to generate
energy for discharging liquid, a wiring layer for supplying an electrical signal to the energy generation element, the wiring
layer including a first wiring connected to one end of the energy generation element and a second wiring connected to the
other end of the energy generation element, a first conductive protection film extending from the first wiring to the second
wiring, and a second protection film having an electrical insulating property and provided between the wiring layer and the
first protection film, comprising:
a detection circuit configured to detect a potential of the first protection film when the electrical signal is supplied to
the energy generation element; and

a determination circuit configured to determine a driving state of the energy generation element from information about the
potential detected by the detection circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,557,451

DIFFUSING PLATE HAVING MICROLENS ARRAY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A diffusing plate comprising:
a microlens array in which a plurality of rows of microlenses are arranged adjacent to each other,
wherein the microlenses have such a shape that a curvature of a sectional shape including a center line going through a center
of each microlens, which is a vertex and shows a highest position of the microlens, varies depending on a direction of the
center line, and

wherein, in the microlens array, the direction of a center line of each microlens where the curvature of the sectional shape
is largest is different from a direction parallel to the row and different from a direction perpendicular to the row.

US Pat. No. 9,560,289

IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR RECORDING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an image capturing unit configured to capture a moving image;
an image processing unit configured to apply an effect to the moving image captured by the image capturing unit; and
a control unit configured to perform control to record the moving image captured by the image capturing unit into a recording
medium,

wherein the image processing unit applies an effect to a moving image corresponding to a partial period of a normal moving
image to be recorded into the recording medium with no effect being applied, and

wherein the control unit connects the normal moving image and an effect moving image created by applying the effect to the
moving image corresponding to the partial period of the normal moving image, to record the normal moving image and the effect
moving image into the recording medium as a continuous moving image.

US Pat. No. 9,560,299

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising a plurality of pixels each including:
a photoelectric conversion unit;
a charge storage unit configured to store charges generated by the photoelectric conversion unit; and
an amplification unit configured to output a signal based on charges stored by the charge storage unit, the charge storage
unit including a first charge storage unit, a second charge storage unit, and a third charge storage unit,

wherein, in a first period from a first time to a second time, charges generated by the photoelectric conversion unit in each
of the plurality of pixels in the first period are transferred to the first charge storage unit and charges stored in the
second charge storage unit and the third charge storage unit in a period preceding the first period are transferred to an
input node of the amplification unit, and

wherein, in a second period from the second time to a third time, charges generated by the photoelectric conversion unit in
each of the plurality of pixels in the second period are transferred to the first charge storage unit and the third charge
storage unit for storage.

US Pat. No. 9,558,594

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a sensed image of a physical space on which at least one index is laid out, the sensed
image being sensed by a sensing unit;

a detection unit configured to detect at least one index in the sensed image;
a generation unit configured to generate a virtual object to be displayed within a display region within the sensed image
based on at least one index which is detected by the detection unit in a non-display region which is inside the sensed image
and is outside the display region;

an extraction unit configured to extract, as a display image, the display region from the sensed image;
a composition unit configured to generate a composite image by compositing the display image extracted by the extraction unit
and the virtual object generated by the generation unit, wherein the composite image does not include an index detected in
the non-display region; and

an output unit configured to output the composite image.

US Pat. No. 9,559,136

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD, AND PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A semiconductor device manufacturing method comprising:
forming an insulating film on a first conductive member, the insulating film including a first insulating layer, a second
insulating layer, and a third insulating layer, the second insulating layer being made of a material different from a material
of the first insulating layer and a material of the third insulating layer, the second insulating layer being positioned between
the first insulating layer and the third insulating layer so that the second insulating layer provides a first interface between
the first insulating layer and the second insulating layer and provides a second interface between the second insulating layer
and the third insulating layer;

forming a hole reaching the first insulating layer over the first conductive member by etching the third insulating layer
and the second insulating layer using a first mask;

forming a trench reaching the second insulating layer and in communication with the hole by etching the third insulating layer
using a second mask after the first mask is removed;

forming an opening exposing the first conductive member to the hole by etching the first insulating layer after the hole and
the trench are formed; and

forming a second conductive member connected to the first conductive member by embedding a conductive material in the opening,
the hole, and the trench,

wherein when forming the hole, a protection layer is positioned between the first mask and the third insulating layer, and
when forming the trench, the protection layer is positioned between the second mask and the third insulating layer, and

wherein the trench is formed via an etching condition such that an etching rate with respect to the second insulating layer
is less than an etching rate with respect to the third insulating layer.

US Pat. No. 9,557,628

ACTUATOR DRIVING DEVICE FOR EXECUTING POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE ENERGIZATION METHOD UNDER PULSE WIDTH MODULATION CONTROL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An actuator driving device, comprising:
a first output terminal and a second output terminal configured to energize a driving coil of an actuator;
an output circuit configured to apply a driving voltage to each of the first output terminal and the second output terminal;
and

a setting circuit configured to set and output a first duty ratio, a second duty ratio, and a delay time to the output circuit
for controlling an amount of current through the driving coil,

wherein the first duty ratio is set for a first output circuit to apply a first driving voltage and the second duty ratio
is set for a second output circuit to apply a second driving voltage,

wherein the delay time is a difference time between an apply timing of the first driving voltage and an apply timing of the
second driving voltage, and

wherein the setting circuit determines a length of the short-circuit period by the amount of current to be flowed through
the driving coil.

US Pat. No. 9,560,232

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR CONFIGURING A RECONFIGURABLE DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus including a reconfigurable device, the image processing apparatus comprising:
a first storage configured to store a plurality of configuration data items for configuring a circuit for realizing a predetermined
function in the reconfigurable device, wherein each of the plurality of configuration data items is for arranging and wiring
the circuit for realizing the predetermined function at a location in the reconfigurable device different to each other;

an accumulating circuitry configured to obtain and accumulate operation information based on an operation time for the circuit
for realizing the predetermined function, each time a job that uses the circuit for realizing the predetermined function is
executed; and

a reconfiguration circuitry configured to, when an accumulated value accumulated by the accumulating circuitry is greater
than a threshold, control so as to configure the circuit for realizing the predetermined function in the reconfigurable device,
by using, from the plurality of configuration data items corresponding to the circuit for realizing the predetermined function
and stored in the first storage, another configuration data item other than a configuration data item that corresponds to
the circuit configured in the reconfigurable device.

US Pat. No. 9,560,233

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT IS CAPABLE OF CONTROLLING SCANNER AND THAT WHEN AN APPLICATION IS ACTIVATED TRANSMITS DEVICE INFORMATION INDICATING A DEVICE CONNECTED TO THE APPARATUS TO THE APPLICATION, AND CONTROL METHOD FO

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus capable of communicating with a reading apparatus, the information processing apparatus
comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive an activation instruction generated based on an event issued by the reading apparatus
in accordance with an instruction of a reading operation input in the reading apparatus,

wherein a scanner driver corresponding to the reading apparatus receives the event including a reading setting;
a list acquiring unit configured to acquire a list from the scanner driver if the activation instruction is received,
wherein a reading apparatus included in the list connects to the information processing apparatus and corresponds to the scanner
driver;

a selection unit configured to select a reading apparatus from the list;
an acquiring unit configured to acquire the reading setting of the selected reading apparatus from the scanner driver;
a first acquisition unit configured to acquire an occurrence time of the event;
a second acquisition unit configured to acquire an activation time when an application is activated by the activation instruction;
a time determination unit configured to determine whether a time difference between the occurrence time acquired by the first
acquisition unit and the activation time acquired by the second acquisition unit is within a predetermined time;

a determination unit configured to determine that the selected reading apparatus corresponds to the reading apparatus which
has generated the event when the time determination unit determines that the time difference is within the predetermined time;
and

an instruction unit configured, if it is determined that the selected reading apparatus corresponds to the reading apparatus
which has generated the event, to cause the reading apparatus to execute the reading according to the acquired reading setting,

wherein the reception unit, the list acquiring unit, the selection unit, the acquiring unit, the first acquisition unit, the
second acquisition unit, the time determination unit, the determination unit and the instruction unit are executed by a processor.

US Pat. No. 9,551,949

ELECTROCONDUCTIVE MEMBER FOR ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHY, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electroconductive member for electrophotography to be used while being brought into contact with a body to be contacted,
the electroconductive member comprising:
an electroconductive support; and
a layer of a network structural body on an outer peripheral surface thereof, the network structural body comprising non-electroconductive
fibers having an average fiber diameter of a top 10% of fiber diameters measured at arbitrary points of 0.2 to 15 ?m, wherein

when a surface of the electroconductive member is observed, at least a part of the network structural body exists in an arbitrary
square region having one side length of 200 ?m, and

when a Voronoi tessellation is performed with generating points, the generating points being the non-electroconductive fibers
exposed on a cross section in a thickness direction of the layer of the network structural body, areas of Voronoi polygons
resulting from the Voronoi tessellation being defined as S1 and cross-sectional areas in the cross section of the non-electroconductive
fibers as the generating points of the respective Voronoi polygons being defined as S2, when a ratio “S1/S2” is calculated
an arithmetic average kU10 of a top 10% of the ratios is 40 to 160.

US Pat. No. 9,551,950

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording material, said image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member;
a charging member for charging said image bearing member by applying a voltage thereto while contacting said image bearing
member;

an AC voltage generating unit for generating and applying an AC voltage to said charging member;
a state detecting unit for detecting a state of said image forming apparatus including an ambient condition under which said
image forming apparatus is used;

a storing unit for storing the ambient condition detected by said state detecting unit;
a discharge current detecting unit for detecting a discharge current between said charging member and said image bearing member;
a discharge current control unit for controlling said AC voltage generating unit on the basis of a result of detection of
said discharge current detecting unit; and

a discriminating unit for discriminating whether to calibrate said discharge current detecting unit to reduce the influence
of a change of the state of said image forming apparatus on detection of the discharge current by said discharge current detecting
unit before formation of the image, in accordance with a result of detection of said state detecting unit,

wherein said discriminating unit stores a plurality of groups of ambient condition data,
wherein said discriminating unit indicates that the calibration is necessary when said discriminating unit discriminates that
the ambient condition currently detected by said state detecting unit falls in a group which is different from a group in
which the ambient condition previously detected by said state detecting unit falls, and said discriminating unit indicates
that the calculation is unnecessary when said discriminating unit discriminates that the ambient condition currently detected
by said state detecting unit falls in a group which is the same as the group in which the ambient condition previously detected
by said state detecting unit falls,

wherein said AC voltage generating unit applies the AC voltage to said charging member in calibration of said discharge current
detecting unit, and

wherein said discharge current control unit effects the calibration using the AC voltage applied to said charging member and
a differential value of the AC voltage, when said discriminating unit indicates that the calibration is necessary.

US Pat. No. 9,551,960

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an image bearing member which bears a toner image;
an intermediate transfer member which is movable and to which a toner image is primarily transferred from the image bearing
member in a primary transfer portion;

a secondary transfer member to which a voltage of opposite polarity to a normal polarity of the toner is applied, and which
secondarily transfers the toner image from the intermediate transfer member to a transfer material, in a secondary transfer
portion;

a control unit; and
a cleaning unit which cleans toner on the intermediate transfer member, the cleaning unit including:
a cleaning member which contacts the intermediate transfer member and collects toner, and
a charging member which is disposed on a downstream side of the cleaning member in terms of a direction of movement of the
intermediate transfer member, and which charges the toner by receiving application of a voltage of the opposite polarity,

wherein the control unit:
applies a first voltage to the charging member while causing the intermediate transfer member to move at a first speed of
movement, when cleaning toner remaining on the intermediate transfer member due to not having been secondarily transferred
to the transfer material, by the cleaning unit, and

applies a second voltage having a greater absolute value than the first voltage, to the charging member, while causing the
intermediate transfer member to move at a second speed of movement that is slower than the first speed of movement, when cleaning
toner that has been primarily transferred to the intermediate transfer member, in a state where a voltage of the normal polarity
has been applied to the secondary transfer member, or a state where the secondary transfer member has been separated from
the intermediate transfer member, by the cleaning unit.

US Pat. No. 9,554,019

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing method of processing read image data obtained by reading an image on an original by using a line image
sensor and scanning with RGB light sources switching sequentially, the method comprising:
specifying a reading setting for obtaining the read image data; and
correcting, by using at least one correction unit for correcting one chromatic color pixel to one achromatic color pixel,
a plurality of chromatic color pixels which are included in the read image data obtained by reading the image on the original
by the line image sensor in accordance with the specified reading setting and which exist between a white pixel and a black
pixel in a scanning direction of the line image sensor to a plurality of achromatic color pixels,

wherein correcting the chromatic color pixels is performed by using a plurality of correcting units in accordance with a number
of the chromatic color pixels which are to be corrected.

US Pat. No. 9,552,538

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT DISPLAYS A REMAINING AMOUNT OF RECORDING MATERIAL, AND CONTROL METHOD FOR DISPLAYING A REMAINING AMOUNT OF RECORDING MATERIAL IN AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for performing image formation using a recording material, the image forming apparatus comprising:
one or more processors; and
memory storing computer executable instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the one or more processors
to:

acquire a first remaining amount of the recording material—which is specified by a remaining-amount sensor;
calculate a consumed amount of the recording material based on a dot count, and calculate a second remaining amount of the
recording material based on the calculated consumed amount; and

display, on a displaying unit, a remaining amount of the recording material based on the calculated second remaining amount,
wherein the displaying unit displays information for prompting a user to change a cartridge which contains the recording material
in a case where the acquired first remaining amount is equal to or less than a predetermined remaining amount indicating the
run-out of the recording material, and

wherein the displaying unit does not display the information for prompting a user to change the cartridge, even if the second
remaining amount calculated based on the dot count is equal to or is less than the predetermined remaining amount, until the
acquired first remaining amount specified by the remaining-amount sensor becomes equal to or less than the predetermined remaining
amount.

US Pat. No. 9,551,855

LENS BARREL AND OPTICAL APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lens barrel comprising:
a base barrel fixed in an optical axis direction and in a circumferential direction about an optical axis;
a movable barrel movable with respect to the base barrel in the optical axis direction, the movable barrel including a first
hole portion and a plurality of second hole portions,

a rotatable barrel rotatable with respect to the base barrel and the movable barrel in the circumferential direction; and
a plurality of first guide members,
wherein:
the base barrel includes a plurality of straight guide portions extending in the optical axis direction to guide the movable
barrel in the optical axis direction,

the rotatable barrel includes a plurality of cam portions to move the movable barrel in the optical axis direction with rotation
of the rotatable barrel,

the first guide members engage with the cam portions and the straight guide portions,
the cam portions, the straight guide portions and the first guide members are respectively provided at multiple phases which
are three or more phases in the circumferential direction,

a guide member out of the first guide members provided at a first phase of the multiple phases engages with the first hole
portion,

each of other guide members out of the first guide members provided at two or more second phases of the multiple phases different
from the first phase engages each of the second hole portions, and

a width of each of the second hole portions in the circumferential direction is larger than a width of the first hole portion
in the circumferential direction in view of a direction perpendicular to the optical axis.

US Pat. No. 9,552,641

ESTIMATION OF SHIFT AND SMALL IMAGE DISTORTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of measuring the displacement between a reference region of a reference image and a sample region of a sample
image, the method comprising:
spatially varying the reference region using a one-dimensional filter, wherein a length and direction of the filter is a function
of position in the reference region; and

measuring a displacement between the reference region and the sample region by comparing the spatially varied reference region
and the sample region,

wherein the one-dimensional filter comprises complex kernel values.

US Pat. No. 9,552,185

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS WHICH STORES A SETTING STATE TO BE ACQUIRED BY A CLIENT APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising at least one processor configured to receive a job sent from a client apparatus,
wherein at least on processor stores information in a first storage portion and a second storage portion, the first storage
portion holding information to be acquired, when the job is received, by the client apparatus which has sent the received
job and the second storage portion holding information which (i) is not to be acquired, when the job is received, by the client
apparatus which has sent the received job and (ii) is to be acquired, only when a printing apparatus connected to the information
processing apparatus is registered by the client apparatus, by the client apparatus which has registered the printing apparatus,

wherein at least one processor stores, in the first storage portion and the second storage portion, information relating to
an action mode set based on a setting job for setting an action mode of the printing apparatus, the setting job being received
from the client apparatus,

wherein, when a setting acquisition job is received from another client apparatus different from the client apparatus after
the setting job is received from the client apparatus, information held in the first storage portion and relating to the action
mode set based on the setting job received from the client apparatus is acquired by the another client apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,552,956

RADIATION GENERATING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation generating apparatus comprising:
an envelope having a first window through which radiation is transmitted;
a radiation tube being held within the envelope, and having a target layer, a target supporting window supporting the target
layer, and a radiation shielding member having a protruding portion protruding from the target supporting window toward the
first window;

a thermally conductive member having a higher thermal conductivity than that of the radiation shielding member and connected
to the protruding portion of the radiation shielding member; and

an insulating fluid filling a space between the envelope and the radiation tube,
wherein the target supporting window is arranged in opposition to the first window, and wherein the radiation is transmitted
through the target supporting window, and

wherein the target supporting window is secured to the thermally conductive member, and wherein the thermally conductive member
is connected to the protruding portion of the radiation shielding member at a front side and a rear side with respect to the
second window in a tube axis direction.

US Pat. No. 9,542,129

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus that is able to convey a sheet from at least one of a plurality of sheet storage units and print an
image on the sheet, comprising:
a holding unit configured to hold one or more print jobs;
a judgment unit configured to judge whether or not a sheet exists in the at least one sheet storage unit to be used by a print
job of one or more print jobs held in the holding unit;

a notification unit configured to notify, based on the judgment by the judgment unit, that a sheet to be used by the print
job does not exist;

a selection instruction receiving unit configured to receive, from a user, a selection instruction for selecting at least
one print job from among the print jobs held in the holding unit;

an executing instruction receiving unit configured to receive, from a user, an executing instruction for the at least one
print job selected by the selection instruction; and

an executing unit configured to execute the at least one print job selected by the selection instruction according to the
executing instruction received by the executing instruction receiving unit,

wherein the notification unit is able to notify that a sheet to be used by the selected at least one print job does not exist
before the executing instruction receiving unit receives the executing instruction for the selected at least one print job.

US Pat. No. 9,539,831

PRINTING APPARATUS, CONVEYANCE APPARATUS, AND CONVEYANCE CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A conveyance apparatus for pulling out, in a conveyance direction, a sheet wound into a roll around a roll shaft and conveying
the pulled out sheet by a conveyance roller, comprising:
a conveyance motor configured to rotate the conveyance roller;
a first control unit configured to control said conveyance motor such that a rotation velocity of the conveyance roller in
the conveyance direction increases in an acceleration region of the conveyance roller, becomes constant in a steady region
of the conveyance roller, and decreases in a deceleration region of the conveyance roller;

a feed motor configured to rotate, about the roll shaft, a rolled portion that is a portion of the sheet wound into the roll;
and

a second control unit configured to control driving of said feed motor,
wherein a single conveyance in intermittent conveyance of the pulled out sheet includes the acceleration region, the steady
region and the deceleration region, and

said second control unit is further configured to control said feed motor so as to:
rotate the rolled portion by a predetermined torque, in the conveyance direction in the steady region,
rotate the rolled portion by a torque obtained by adding, to the predetermined torque, a torque in the conveyance direction
necessary for accelerating rotation of the rolled portion in the acceleration region,

rotate the rolled portion by a torque obtained by adding, to the predetermined torque, a torque in the conveyance direction
necessary for decelerating rotation of the rolled portion in the deceleration region, and

apply a back tension to the sheet between the rolled portion and the conveyance roller in a state where said first control
unit does not execute driving of said conveyance motor for conveyance by the conveyance roller after a first conveyance in
the intermittent conveyance and before a second conveyance following the first conveyance.

US Pat. No. 9,544,529

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHODS FOR THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that has a communication unit for communicating with an image capturing apparatus and
plays video data captured by the image capturing apparatus by sequentially acquiring segments, which are each a portion of
the video data, said apparatus comprising:
a list requesting unit that sends, to the image capturing apparatus via the communication unit, a request for a segment list,
where the segment list includes segment information indicating at least one segment which the image capturing apparatus has
not yet sent to the information processing apparatus among segments of video data that is being captured by the image capturing
apparatus;

a list acquisition unit that acquires, from the image capturing apparatus, the segment list requested by the segment list
requesting unit;

a first determination unit that determines a latest segment, as a live image to be played, among the segments indicated in
the segment list acquired by the list acquisition unit;

a first segment requesting unit that sends a request for the segment determined by the first determination unit to the image
capturing apparatus via the communication unit;

a first segment acquisition unit that acquires the segment requested by the first segment requesting unit; and
a playing unit that plays, as the live image, the segment acquired by the first segment acquisition unit;
wherein the list requesting unit sends a request for a latest segment list to the image capturing apparatus, whenever the
segment is acquired by the first segment acquisition unit.

US Pat. No. 9,544,530

IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS AND METHOD, AND IMAGE PLAYBACK APPARATUS AND METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image recording apparatus comprising:
an imaging unit;
a particular operation member;
a setting unit configured to set one of a plurality of operation modes including a first recording mode and a second recording
mode, wherein at least one function associated with operating the particular operation member is changed when the operation
mode is changed by the setting unit between the first and second recording modes; and

a control unit configured to control so as to start or to stop, in a case where the first recording mode is set, in accordance
with an operation on the particular operation member, a recording to a recording medium of a moving image captured by the
imaging unit, and to control so as to record, in a case where the second recording mode is set, in accordance with an operation
on the particular operation member, while continuing recording to the recording medium of a moving image captured by the imaging
unit, information indicating a start of a scene which is a portion of the moving image being recorded, or information indicating
an end of a scene which is a portion of the moving image being recorded, and

wherein the particular operation member is a single operation key that a user is able to operate with a finger of a hand holding
the image recording apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,541,746

OPTICAL SYSTEM AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical system comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:
a front lens unit having a positive refractive power;
an aperture stop; and
a rear lens unit having a positive refractive power,
wherein the front lens unit includes an FB lens system having a negative refractive power, and an FA lens system having a
negative refractive power located on the object side relative to the FB lens system, the FB lens system and the FA lens system
being configured to move toward the image side and the object side, respectively, when shifting a focus from an object at
a long distance to an object at a short distance, or

the front lens unit includes an FB lens system having a negative refractive power, and an FA lens system having a positive
refractive power located on the object side relative to the FB lens system, both the FB lens system and the FA lens system
being configured to move toward the image side, respectively, when shifting a focus from an object at a long distance to an
object at a short distance, and

wherein the following conditional expression is satisfied:
0.70<|fFB/f|<3.00

where fFB represents a focal length of the FB lens system, and
f represents a focal length of the entire optical system.