US Pat. No. 9,117,264

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,115,221

METHOD FOR PRODUCING POLYMER PARTICLES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for producing polymer particles, comprising:
a suspension step of suspending a first liquid mixture containing an oily olefin monomer and a radical polymerization initiator
in water, and subsequently adding an iodide ion and an iodine molecule to the water, to prepare a suspension in which an oil
droplet containing the oily olefin monomer and the radical polymerization initiator is dispersed in the water containing the
iodide ion and the iodine molecule;

a synthesis step of synthesizing an iodine compound by allowing a radical generated by cleavage of the radical polymerization
initiator to react with the iodine molecule in the oil droplet; and

a polymerization step of polymerizing the oily olefin monomer in the oil droplet.

US Pat. No. 9,118,853

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image pickup element;
an image pickup optical system configured to form an image of an object on the image pickup element using a beam from the
object;

a phase modulating element disposed on a pupil plane of the image pickup optical system, and configured to modulate a phase
state of the beam from the object;

a modulating element controller configured to control the phase modulation amount of the phase modulating element; and
an image pickup element controller configured to divide an effective area of the image pickup element into multiple areas,
and read information on each of the multiple divided areas sequentially,

wherein, when the image pickup element controller reads the information on the multiple divided areas of the image formed
on the image pickup element by area-by-area basis sequentially, the modulating element controller is configured to control
the phase modulating element in accordance with timing of reading of the information of the respective divided areas to reduce
a wavefront aberration in the divided area from which the information is to be read.

US Pat. No. 9,117,277

DETERMINING A DEPTH MAP FROM IMAGES OF A SCENE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,118,885

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,118,893

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS, DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus that displays a stereoscopic image to a viewer, comprising:
an input unit that inputs a first stereoscopic image and a second stereoscopic image to be displayed after the first stereoscopic
image, the first and second stereoscopic image including a subject;

a detection unit that detects a change amount of a projection between a partial image in a region of the first stereoscopic
image and a corresponding partial image in a corresponding region of the second stereoscopic image, the change amount being
a temporal difference between a first amount by which the subject looks projected forward in the first stereoscopic image
and a second amount by which the subject looks projected forward in the second stereoscopic image;

a determination unit that determines if the detected change amount is greater than or equal to a predetermined threshold;
a generation unit that generates a blurred image from the corresponding partial image in the corresponding region of the second
stereoscopic image if the detected change amount is greater than or equal to a predetermined threshold; and
a display control unit that controls a display apparatus to display a blurred image in the corresponding partial region of
the second stereoscopic image if the detected change amount is greater than or equal to a predetermined threshold and to display
the corresponding partial image which is not blurred by the generation unit if the detected change amount is less than the
predetermined threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,110,433

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member having a lubricant on a surface, which carries an electrostatic latent image;
a developing device configured to develop an electrostatic latent image on the image bearing member as a developer image;
a cleaning device that presses a cleaning blade on the image bearing member and removes a developer on the image bearing member
when the image bearing member rotates;

a detecting unit configured to detect information about whether or not the image bearing member is new; and
a control unit,
wherein the image bearing member is rotated in a first direction to form an image, and
wherein when the image is formed, the control unit performs, in accordance with the information, a first stop operation or
a second stop operation.

US Pat. No. 9,110,227

MOTOR DRIVE APPARATUS AND OPTICAL APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A motor drive apparatus comprising:
a driven member configured to be movable;
a stepping motor configured to drive the driven member;
a driver configured to produce a drive signal for driving the stepping motor whose signal value periodically changes and which
allows the stepping motor to be driven one step by one step;

a memory configured to store (a) data for setting a reference signal value as the signal value and (b) a target movement amount
of the driven member for each one-step drive of the stepping motor; and

a detector configured to detect an actual movement amount of the driven member for each one-step drive of the stepping motor,
wherein the driver is configured to produce a second drive signal which is different from a first drive signal having the
reference signal value, and

wherein a difference between the target movement amount and the actual movement amount when the stepping motor is driven according
to the second drive signal is smaller than a difference between the target movement amount and the actual movement amount
when the stepping motor is driven according to the first drive signal.

US Pat. No. 9,106,444

METHOD FOR TRANSMITTING OF A MULTI-CHANNEL DATA STREAM ON A MULTI-TRANSPORT TUNNEL, CORRESPONDING COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEANS AND TUNNEL END-POINTS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of transmitting a multi-channel data stream comprising frames comprising a plurality of channels, the transmitting
being done via a multitransport tunnel from a first tunnel end-point to a second tunnel end-point, said multi-transport tunnel
implementing a first carrier, and a second carrier wherein the first tunnel end-point performs steps, for a given frame of
said multichannel data stream, of:
receiving the multi-channel data stream input to the first tunnel end-point;
obtaining, from the second tunnel end-point, at least one piece of information on quantity of data of said multi-channel data
stream received by the second tunnel end-point;

obtaining at least one piece of information on congestion of the first carrier;
deciding, using the obtained at least one piece of information on the quantity of data and the obtained at least one piece
of information on congestion, which channels of the given frame of said multi-channel data stream are to be routed to the
first carrier of the multitransport tunnel and which channels of the given frame are to be routed to the second carrier of
the multi-transport tunnel;

routing the channels of the given frame of said multi-channel data stream decided by the deciding step to the first and second
carriers of the multi-transport tunnel;

supplying one piece of synchronization information with said plurality of channels; and
transmitting to the second tunnel end-point each of the plurality of channels of said given frame via the decided carrier
to which said channel has been routed, as well as its supplied piece of synchronization information, wherein said first carrier
supports a transport protocol with acknowledgement and said second carrier supports a transport protocol without acknowledgement.

US Pat. No. 9,103,650

OPTICAL TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGE GENERATION METHOD AND OPTICAL TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGE GENERATION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,092,719

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,091,955

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that exposes a photosensitive member using a plurality of light beams, the image forming apparatus
comprising:
a light source that includes a plurality of light emitting elements that each emit a light beam, the light source including
at least three light emitting elements;

a deflection unit configured to deflect the plurality of light beams emitted from the plurality of light emitting elements,
such that the plurality of light beams scan the photosensitive member;

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

a measurement unit configured to control the light source such that a first and second light beam are successively incident
on the detection unit, and to measure a time interval between detection signals that are output from the detection unit and
corresponds to the first and second light beams; and

a control unit configured to, according to the time interval measured by the measurement unit, control relative emission timings
for light beams from the plurality of light emitting elements that are based on image data,

wherein among the plurality of light emitting elements, two light emitting elements are set as light emitting elements that
are to emit the first and second light beams, the two light emitting elements outputting two light beams for which a ratio
between light powers of the two light beams detected by the detection unit falls within a predetermined range, and

wherein the image forming apparatus further comprises:
a storage unit configured to store information indicating the first and second light beams that are to be used at a time of
the measurement performed by the measurement unit and that are selected in advance based on light power measurement results
when the light beams emitted from the plurality of light emitting elements are incident on the detection unit; and

a setting unit configured to, in accordance with the information stored in the storage unit, set the two light emitting elements
that are to emit the first and second light beams.

US Pat. No. 9,091,985

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,092,002

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a first roller supported by a main body of the image forming apparatus;
a second roller configured to contact the first roller directly or via a belt member to form a nip portion nipping a recording
material;

a door member configured to be opened and closed with respect to the main body, an upper portion of the door member being
rotatable around a first rotation axis to outside the main body;

a transfer unit disposed in the door member in a state relatively movable with respect to the door member, configured to support
the second roller;

an urging member provided between the second roller and the transfer unit to urge the second roller toward the first roller
when the door member is closed;

a first positioning portion provided in the main body for determining a relative positional relationship between a lower portion
of the transfer unit and the main body in a state that the door member is closed;

a second rotation axis provided in the transfer unit, configured to engage with the first positioning portion to cause the
transfer unit to be rotatable around the second rotation axis in the course of closing the door member, and the second rotation
axis is located so that the second roller contacts the first roller directly or via the belt member during a rotation of the
transfer unit around the second rotation axis, in the course of closing the door member;

a lock lever provided in the main body to lock the door member to the main body in a closed state; and
a lock lever guide mechanism provided in the door member to move and guide the lock lever in a process of the closing movement
of the door member.

US Pat. No. 9,091,768

SCINTILLATOR MATERIAL AND RADIATION DETECTOR USING SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,088,729

IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,086,667

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING CURRENT DETECTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,087,264

INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS AND NOZZLE RECOVERY METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink jet recording apparatus comprising:
a recording head including a common liquid chamber, a plurality of nozzles configured to discharge ink supplied from the common
liquid chamber and a plurality of heaters disposed on each of the nozzles and configured to generate bubbles within each of
the nozzle;

a cap configured to cap the plurality of nozzles;
a suction pump configured to introduce negative pressure to an interior portion of the cap; and
a control unit configured to drive heaters corresponding to some of the plurality of nozzles when driving the suction pump.

US Pat. No. 9,086,537

LAMINATED DIFFRACTIVE OPTICAL ELEMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

9. A laminated diffractive optical element comprising:
a first layer having a diffraction grating surface with a grating height X and being formed of a first material;
a second layer stacked on the diffraction grating surface of the first layer and being formed of a second material,
wherein for at least one specific wavelength ?that satisfies 450 nm ???650 nm, the following conditions are satisfied:
2.0%?|T?, a?T?, b|

T?, MAX?T?, MIN?8.0%

1 ?m ?X?30 ?m,where
T?, a is an internal transmittance of the first material having thickness X in the first layer,

T?, b is an internal transmittance of the second material having thickness X in the second layer,

T?, Max is an internal transmittance of the element at a part where the transmittance reaches a maximum for a light beam with a wavelength
?, and

T?, MIN is an internal transmittance of the element at a part where the transmittance reaches a minimum for a light beam with a wavelength
?.

US Pat. No. 9,088,681

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM, POWER SUPPLY METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power supply apparatus comprising:
a wireless power supply unit configured to wirelessly supply power to an external device;
a specifying unit configured to specify efficiency of power supply to the external device; and
a determining unit configured to determine whether to stop the power supply to the external device based on the efficiency
of power supply specified by the specifying unit,

wherein, in a case where the determining unit determines to stop the power supply to the external device, the wireless power
supply unit stops the power supply to the external device.

US Pat. No. 9,081,692

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a saving unit configured to save, in a secondary storage device, data representing a storage state of a main memory of an
information processing device;

a recovery unit configured to transfer the data saved in the secondary storage device to the main memory in reactivation of
the information processing device to restore the storage state of the main memory; and

a deallocation unit configured to deallocate a cache allocated in the main memory before generating data to be saved by the
saving unit.

US Pat. No. 9,082,010

APPARATUS AND A METHOD FOR PROCESSING AN IMAGE OF PHOTORECEPTOR CELLS OF A FUNDUS OF AN EYE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for processing an image of photoreceptor cells of a fundus of an eye, the image processing
apparatus comprising:
at least one memory; and
at least one processor configured to control;
a conversion unit configured to convert the image of photoreceptor cells into an image indicating periodicity of the photoreceptor
cells; and

an acquisition unit configured to acquire intensity information from the image indicating the periodicity by using intensities
of pixels across a first direction of the image indicating the periodicity and intensities of pixels across a second direction
of the image indicating periodicity, the first direction and the second direction intersecting with each other.

US Pat. No. 9,083,882

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capture apparatus comprising:
a detection unit which detects a motion in a translational direction and a rotational direction of the apparatus;
a shake correction unit which mitigates image shake of a captured image due to the motion in the translational direction by
driving an optical member; and

a geometric deformation processing unit which corrects a distortion of the captured image due to a detected motion in the
rotational direction by applying a geometric deformation process to the captured image,

wherein the geometric deformation processing unit corrects the distortion in an output image area that is smaller than an
imaging area of the captured image by applying to the output image area the geometric deformation process using pixels of
a reference area of the captured image that is necessary to correct the distortion, and

wherein the shake correction unit drives the optical member based on an amount of drive corrected so that a center of a rectangular
area corresponding to the reference area comes closer to a center of the imaging area.

US Pat. No. 9,083,855

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
an estimation unit configured to estimate a state of a plurality of objects based on image data obtained by capturing the
plurality of object with an imaging unit;

a selection unit configured to select an object to be extracted from the plurality of objects based on first state information
that indicates the state of the plurality of objects estimated by the estimation unit; and

a generation unit configured to, based on second state information that indicates a state of an object other than the selected
object among the plurality of objects, generate restriction range information that indicates a range for restricting estimation
processing on a state of the other object,

wherein the estimation unit estimates the state of the other object based on the restriction range information.

US Pat. No. 9,075,628

ELECTRONIC SYSTEM AND COMMUNICATION CONTROL METHOD FOR TRANSMITTING AND RECEIVING DATA BY SERIAL COMMUNICATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic system, comprising:
a first device, a second device, and a third device that are connected in series via communication lines;
a first communication line for connecting the first device to the second device; and
a second communication line for connecting the second device to the third device,
wherein the first device includes
a first clock generator configured to generate a first internal clock,
a first down stream communication interface configured to communicate with the third device via the first communication line
and the second communication line based on the first internal clock, and

a first control unit configured to control the first clock generator to control the speed of the first internal clock,
wherein the second device includes
a second clock generator configured to generate a second internal clock,
a first upper stream communication interface configured to communicate with the first device via the first communication line
based on the second internal clock,

a second down stream communication interface configured to communicate with the third device via the second communication
line based on the second internal clock, and

a second control unit configured to control the second clock generator to control the speed of the second internal clock,
wherein the third device includes
a third clock generator configured to generate a third internal clock,
a second upper stream communication interface configured to communicate with the second device via the second communication
line based on the third internal clock, and

a third control unit configured to control the third clock generator to control the speed of the third internal clock,
wherein the first device is configured to:
transmit a first command for changing a communication speed to a first speed to the third device via the second device;
transmit, after the communication speed of the third device is changed, a second command for changing the communication speed
to the first speed to the second device; and

change, after the communication speed of the second device is changed, using the first control unit, the communication speed
of the first device to the first speed,

wherein the third control unit is configured to control the third clock generator based on the first command, and the second
control unit is configured to control the second clock generator based on the second command.

US Pat. No. 9,075,403

ESTIMATION APPARATUS FOR CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An estimation apparatus for estimating a control system including a controller and a controlled system, the apparatus comprising:
a first acquisition section configured to acquire a frequency characteristic of the controller;
a second acquisition section configured to acquire a gain characteristic and a phase characteristic of the controlled system;
a computation section configured to compute an open-loop transfer characteristic of the control system and a variation range
of the open-loop transfer characteristic from a variation range of a frequency characteristic of the controlled system and
the frequency characteristic of the controller, wherein the variation range of the frequency characteristic of the controlled
system is a region where a variation range of the gain characteristic and a variation range of the phase characteristic overlap
in a complex coordinate system; and

an estimation section configured to estimate stability of the control system from the open-loop transfer characteristic and
the variation range of the open-loop transfer characteristic,

wherein the estimation section comprises:
a converter configured to perform coordinate conversion of the variation range of the open-loop transfer characteristic into
the complex coordinate system;

a determiner configured to determine stability of the control system from the open-loop transfer characteristic and the variation
range of the open-loop transfer characteristic; and

an output section configured to output the variation range of the open-loop transfer characteristic having undergone the coordinate
conversion into the complex coordinate system and a determination result on the stability, and

wherein at least one of the first and second acquisition sections, the computation section, and the estimation section is
implemented using a processor.

US Pat. No. 9,073,325

INK JET PRINTING APPARATUS HAVING LOW-NOISE COMPACT PUMP TUBE CAPABLE OF RAISING SUCTION PRESSURE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink jet printing apparatus comprising:
a cap for capping an ejection port surface of a print head for ejecting ink;
first and second pump tubes communicating with the cap;
a guide member including a guide surface for guiding the first and second pump tubes and a reference surface intersecting
with the guide surface;

a pump roller for pressing the first and second pump tubes;
a waste ink storage portion configured to store waste ink ejected from the first and second pump tubes; and
a first fixing member including a first coupling portion coupled to a cap-side end of the first pump tube and a second coupling
portion coupled to a waste ink storage portion-side end of the second pump tube,

wherein a distance from the reference surface to the first coupling portion and a distance from the reference surface to the
second coupling portion are different, and

wherein the first pump tube coupled to the first coupling portion and the second tube pump tube coupled to the second coupling
portion overlap each other with respect to a direction of the reference surface.

US Pat. No. 9,073,342

RECORDING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A recording apparatus for forming an image on a recording medium, comprising:
a recording head having a recording element row in which a plurality of recording elements are disposed for forming the image,
the recording element row being divided into a plurality of groups each including a plurality of consecutive recording elements;

a scanning unit configured to perform relative scanning between the recording medium and the recording head in a main scanning
direction which intersects with a direction in which the plurality of recording elements are disposed;

a driving unit configured to perform time-division driving of the plurality of recording elements so that the plurality of
recording elements are driven at different timings within each of the plurality of groups;

a memory unit configured to store a correct value used for correcting recording positions in the main scanning direction for
each of the plurality of groups corresponding to an amount of deviation of the recording position on the recording medium
in the main scanning direction among the plurality of recording elements of the recording element row;

a storing unit configured to store storing data used for printing by the recording head; and
a data generating unit configured to generate, from the storing data for a plurality of columns stored in the storing unit,
recording data for one column used for performing recording in the recording medium by the plurality of recording elements
within each of the plurality of groups, according to the correct value corresponding to information indicating the amount
of deviation of the recording position and a driving order of the time-division driving within each of the plurality of groups.

US Pat. No. 9,075,550

PRINTING APPARATUS, PRINTING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printer comprising:
a selection unit configured to, in accordance with an authentication user's operation and a non-authentication user's operation,
select a print job to which a job password is set, the authentication user having been authenticated when logging in to the
printer, the non-authentication user having skipped authentication when logging in to the printer, the job password being
used for starting a print process of the print job; and

a control unit configured to, in a case where the print job has been selected by the selection unit in accordance with the
authentication user's operation, control the printer to start the print process of the print job without requesting the authentication
user to input the job password,

wherein the control unit is configured to, in a case where the print job has been selected by the selection unit in accordance
with the non-authentication user's operation, request the non-authentication user to input the job password so as to start
the print process of the print job.

US Pat. No. 9,077,829

MANAGEMENT SYSTEM OF INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING COMMUNICATION OF INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus capable of communicating with an external apparatus, and executing a predetermined
function based on a setting value managed by the external apparatus, the information processing apparatus comprising:
a receiving unit configured to receive a use request of the predetermined function from a user;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire information indicating a changed content of the setting value from the external
apparatus when the external apparatus has changed the setting value; and

a control unit configured to, if the receiving unit has received a use request of a function corresponding to the information
in a state where the information processing apparatus has not been restarted after the acquisition unit has received the information,
display a screen for prompting a restart of the information processing apparatus,

wherein the control unit prohibits use of the function corresponding to the information if the restart of the information
processing apparatus is not permitted after displaying the screen.

US Pat. No. 9,075,358

IMAGE HEATING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating device comprising:
a belt configured to heat an image on a sheet in an image heating operation;
a light emitting portion disposed at one end of the belt in a widthwise direction of the belt and configured to emit light
from the one end of the belt to the other end of the belt such that the light passes near an outer peripheral surface of the
belt;

a light receiving portion disposed at the one end of the belt and configured to receive the light from the light emitting
portion;

a reflecting portion disposed at the other end of the belt and configured to reflect the light from the light emitting portion
to the light receiving portion; and

a control portion configured to control, according to an output of the light receiving portion by receiving the light from
the light emitting portion via the reflecting portion, whether to prohibit the image heating operation.

US Pat. No. 9,076,059

KEY-FRAME SELECTION FOR PARALLEL TRACKING AND MAPPING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of selecting a key image from a plurality of images to construct a coordinate system of an augmented reality system,
the method comprising:
determining a first image feature in a first one of the plurality of images corresponding to a marker, wherein the first image
feature is determined based on a first camera pose of a camera used to capture the first image at a first location;

determining a second image feature in a second one of the plurality of images captured by the camera at a second location,
wherein the second image feature is based on a second camera pose of the camera and the second image feature includes a visual
match to the first image feature;

determining a reconstructed position of the marker in a three dimensional (3D) space based on a position of the first image
feature in the first image, a position of the second image feature in the second image, the first camera pose, and the second
camera pose;

determining a reconstruction error based on the determined reconstructed position of the marker and a pre-determined position
of the marker in the 3D space; and

selecting at least one of the first image and second image as the key image for constructing the coordinate system of the
augmented reality system in an event that the determined reconstruction error satisfies a pre-determined criterion for constructing
the coordinate system.

US Pat. No. 9,069,350

PROCESSING APPARATUS WITH CONVEYER AND CONTROLLER TO OUTPUT REQUEST SIGNAL AND STOP INSTRUCTION SIGNAL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A processing apparatus including a processing unit which processes an object, the apparatus comprising:
a first conveyer configured to hold the object with a first hand included therein and to perform conveyance of the object
between the processing unit and a station arranged between an external apparatus, which is separate from the processing apparatus,
and the processing unit, the external apparatus including: (a) a second conveyer configured to hold the object with a second
hand included therein and to perform conveyance of the object to the station or from the station, and (b) a second controller
configured to control the conveyance by the second conveyer; and

a first controller configured to output a request signal and a stop instruction signal to the second controller,
wherein the request signal is a signal for requesting the external apparatus to perform the conveyance by the second conveyer,
and is output before the first hand reaches a first position, where a collision of the first hand or the object held by the
first hand with the second hand or the object held by the second hand can be avoided, from a second position where the collision
cannot be avoided, the processing apparatus comprising an interface via which a preset time is changeable, the first controller
outputting the request signal at the preset time before an estimated time for the first hand to reach the first position,
and

wherein the stop instruction signal is a signal which instructs the external apparatus to stop the second hand, the first
controller being configured to output the stop instruction signal, if it is determined, based on a state of the processing
apparatus after an output of the request signal, that the collision may occur because the first hand is at the second position.

US Pat. No. 9,070,529

RADIATION GENERATING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An X-ray radiation generating apparatus comprising:
an envelope which has a first window through which X-ray radiation is transmitted;
a radiation tube which is held in said envelope, and has, at a position facing said first window, a second window through
which the X-ray radiation is transmitted;

a shielding member which has a radiation passing hole which is in communication with said second window;
an insulating liquid which is filled between said envelope and said radiation tube; and
a solid insulating member which is arranged between said shielding member and an inner wall of said envelope, and is apart
from said shielding member, and has an opening at a position corresponding to said first window, wherein

a shortest length of a supposed straight line stretching from said shielding member to said first window through said opening
of said insulating member without intersecting said insulating member or stretching from said shielding member to said inner
wall of said envelope through said opening of said insulating member without intersecting said insulating member is longer
than a shortest length of a supposed straight line stretching from said shielding member to said first window and intersecting
said insulating member or stretching from said shielding member to said inner wall of said envelope and intersecting said
insulating member.

US Pat. No. 9,067,440

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,069,504

PRINTING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR INCREASING STORAGE AREA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus that prints print data based on print setting information, the apparatus comprising:
a storage unit configured to store the print setting information associated with a connection identifier (ID) in a storage
device based on a print setting request containing the connection ID and the print setting information, wherein the connection
ID is used for identifying a connection between the printing apparatus and a print request source, and wherein, in a case
where the connection ID was previously stored in the storage device, the print setting information of the print setting request
overwrites corresponding print setting information of the connection ID which was previously stored in the storage device;

a print control unit configured to acquire the print setting information from the storage device and perform control so that
the print data is printed based on the acquired print setting information if it is determined that the print setting information
associated with the connection ID is stored in the storage device, based on a print request containing the connection ID and
the print data; and

a deletion unit configured to cancel the print request if cancellation of the print request is requested from the print request
source, configured to terminate the connection between the printing apparatus and the print request source, and further configured
to delete the print setting information from the storage device if it is determined that the print setting information associated
with the connection ID is stored in the storage device based on a connection termination request containing the connection
ID identifying the connection between the printing apparatus and the print request source.

US Pat. No. 9,065,359

UNNECESSARY VIBRATION DETECTION APPARATUS AND DRIVING CONTROL APPARATUS OF VIBRATION TYPE ACTUATOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An unnecessary vibration detection apparatus of a vibration type actuator, comprising:
an AC voltage generation unit that generates a plurality of AC voltages having a driving frequency;
a vibration detection unit that outputs a vibration detection signal of the vibration type actuator; and
an unnecessary vibration detection unit that detects an unnecessary vibration component from the vibration detection signal,
wherein the unnecessary vibration detection unit is configured to generate a signal for cancelling the vibration component
of the driving frequency in the vibration detection signal by controlling amplitudes of a plurality of AC signals which are
used for generating the plurality of AC voltages, and to cancel the vibration component of the driving frequency in the vibration
detection signal to detect the unnecessary vibration component.

US Pat. No. 9,061,500

PRINTHEAD SUBSTRATE, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME, PRINTHEAD, AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printhead substrate comprising:
an electrothermal transducer;
a temperature detection element configured to detect a temperature of the electrothermal transducer; and
a pair of electrodes provided at two ends of the temperature detection element,
wherein the temperature detection element and the pair of electrodes are arranged on an insulating member on a substrate,
wherein the printhead substrate further comprises a member arranged on the insulating member in a position away from the pair
of electrodes, and made of the same material as the pair of electrodes, and

wherein an upper surface of a first portion of the insulating member between the pair of electrodes and the member is located
lower than an upper surface of a second portion of the insulating member which is in contact with the temperature detection
element.

US Pat. No. 9,066,052

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR FORMING A MEASUREMENT IMAGE ON A SHEET

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,063,395

CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A camera comprising:
a mirror holder arranged to hold a mirror and being rotatable between a mirror-up position and a mirror-down position;
a mirror box;
an adjusting member arranged to adjust the mirror-down position of the mirror holder with rotation of the adjusting member
relative to the mirror box;

a rotating member rotatably mounted to the adjusting member;
an urging member arranged to urge the rotating member in one direction; and
a limiting portion arranged to limit a rotatable range of the rotating member,
wherein the mirror holder includes a cam portion,
wherein the rotating member has a follower portion arranged to be able to follow the cam portion,
wherein in a case where the mirror holder is at the mirror-down position, the follower portion follows a first region of the
cam portion to urge the mirror holder toward the mirror-down position by an urging force of the urging member,

wherein in a case where the mirror holder is at the mirror-up position, the follower portion follows a second region of the
cam portion to urge the mirror holder toward the mirror-up position by the urging force of the urging member,

wherein in a case where the mirror holder is at the mirror-down position or the mirror-up position, the rotating member is
located at a position where rotation of the rotating member is not limited by the limiting portion, and

wherein in a case where the mirror holder is bounced near the mirror-down position or near the mirror-up position, the rotating
member is located at a position where the rotation of the rotating member is limited by the limiting portion.

US Pat. No. 9,066,008

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,065,754

CLIENT BASED CONGESTION CONTROL MECHANISM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,063,686

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,063,467

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH DUAL IMAGE FORMING SPEEDS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member;
a developer bearing body which is rotatably supported and bears and conveys developer to a developing position facing the
image bearing member to develop a latent image formed on the image bearing member;

a first chamber which supplies the developer to the developer bearing body;
a second chamber which connects with the first chamber at opposite end portions to form a circulating path for the developer,
with the second chamber facing the developer bearing body at its peripheral side at a position further upstream than the first
chamber in a rotational direction of the developer bearing body and collecting developer which is charged on the developer
bearing body before the developer is conveyed to a position facing the first chamber in a peripheral direction;

a first conveying member which conveys the developer in the first chamber;
a second conveying member which conveys the developer in the second chamber; and
a controlling portion which performs a first mode to drive the developer bearing body at a first speed and performs a second
mode to drive the developer bearing member at a second speed lower than the first speed, wherein in a case of performing the
second mode after performing the first mode, the controlling portion starts to drive the first conveying member at a first
predetermined speed and then shifts to a second predetermined speed lower than the first predetermined speed after changing
a driving speed of the developer bearing member from the first mode to the second mode.

US Pat. No. 9,065,036

VIBRATION-TYPE DRIVING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,055,891

OPTICAL TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGE PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control method of a photographing apparatus comprising the steps of:
acquiring first and second fundus images of an eye to be inspected at different times before or during OCT photographing;
extracting a plurality of characteristic images from the first fundus image acquired before or during OCT photographing;
searching, in the second fundus image acquired before or during OCT photographing, for a plurality of characteristic images
corresponding to the plurality of characteristic images extracted from the first fundus image;

determining whether there is a spatial variation between (a) a positional relation of the plurality of characteristic images
extracted from the first fundus image and (b) a positional relation of the plurality of characteristic images searched for
in the second fundus image before or during OCT photographing; and

executing an eye tracking operation with an OCT photographing section before or during OCT photographing on the basis of the
first and second fundus images acquired before or during OCT photographing in a case where the spatial variation satisfies
a predetermined condition.

US Pat. No. 9,057,975

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH MULTIPLE LIGHT SOURCES TIMING CONTROL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for starting image formation on the basis of a print command, comprising:
first and second light sources each for emitting light according to image data;
a rotatable polygonal mirror including a plurality of reflecting facets, wherein said rotatable polygonal mirror deflects
the light emitted from said first light source toward a first photosensitive member and deflects the light emitted from said
second light source toward a second photosensitive member;

a first signal output unit for outputting a first signal by receiving, in a predetermined position, the light emitted from
said first light source and deflected by said rotatable polygonal mirror; and

a second signal output unit for outputting a second signal at timing on the basis of the first signal and a correction value,
wherein the correction value is set for each reflecting facet of said rotatable polygonal mirror,

wherein said first light source emits the light according to the image data based on a time when the first signal is outputted
and said second light source emits the light according to the image data based on a time when the second signal is outputted
so that latent images are formed on the first and second photosensitive members, respectively,

wherein said second signal output unit starts the output of the second signal after a lapse of a predetermined period from
start of the output of the first signal by said first signal output unit after said image forming apparatus receives the print
command, and

wherein after said image forming apparatus receives the print command and before the output of the second signal is started,
said first light source starts light emission according to the image data.

US Pat. No. 9,060,087

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,058,537

METHOD FOR ESTIMATING ATTRIBUTE OF OBJECT, APPARATUS THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

13. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a first obtaining unit configured to obtain an input image including a target object which belongs to any of a plurality of
categories;

a second obtaining unit configured to obtain a plurality of partial images configuring the input image;
an extraction unit configured to extract at least one feature amount from the plurality of partial images;
a holding unit configured to hold a dictionary in which a category of a partial learning image configuring a learning image
for recognizing the target object is registered;

a third obtaining unit configured to decide based on the at least one feature amount extracted by the extraction unit, which
category, from the dictionary, a category of the target object corresponds to each of the plurality of partial images;

a determining unit configured to determine whether the decision result obtained by the third obtaining unit, based on an appearance
frequency of the obtained category of the partial learning image; and

an identification unit configured to identify a category of the target object based on a result of determining the appropriateness
of the decision result obtained by the third obtaining unit.

US Pat. No. 9,060,194

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,059,059

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,053,997

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,055,172

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,055,224

OPTICAL APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING OPTICAL APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical apparatus having an imaging optical system, the optical apparatus comprising:
a first detection unit configured to detect angular rotational shake;
a second detection unit configured to detect translational shake in such a way that is distinct from the first detection unit;
a control unit configured to compute an image shake correction amount by producing a correction amount for the angular rotational
shake and a correction amount for the translational shake based on the output of the first detection unit and the output of
the second detection unit;

a driving unit configured to drive a shake correction unit in accordance with the image shake correction amount; and
a distance calculation unit configured to calculate a distance to a subject using positional information about a zoom lens
and a focus lens of the optical system,

wherein the degree of the suppression of the change of the distance to the subject using for computing the image shake correction
amount in the direction of decreasing the distance to the subject is larger than the degree of the suppression of the change
of the distance to the subject using for computing the image shake correction amount in the direction of increasing the distance
to the subject.

US Pat. No. 9,049,404

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,046,793

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,047,036

DISPLAY APPARATUS, PRINT CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,046,859

SHEET CONVEYANCE APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,046,355

MEASURING APPARATUS, MEASURING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,455,630

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS THAT COMMUNICATES WITH ANOTHER COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:a display device configured to display information;
a wireless LAN interface capable of being used in a wireless LAN communication; and
at least one controller configured to function as:
a unit configured to cause the display device to display a first screen thereon through which one communication mode can be selected from among a plurality of communication modes including a first communication mode and a second communication mode, the first communication mode being a communication mode in which the communication apparatus directly communicates with an external apparatus using the wireless LAN interface via no another apparatus, the second communication mode being a communication mode in which the communication apparatus communicates with the external apparatus using the wireless LAN interface via at least another apparatus providing an access point;
a unit configured to cause the display device to display a second screen thereon through which setting of a maximum data size indicating a unit which can be transmitted at once via the wireless LAN interface can be accepted; and
a unit configured to cause the communication apparatus to communicate with external apparatus in accordance with the maximum data size set through the second screen in a case where the second communication mode is selected and cause the communication apparatus to communicate with external apparatus in accordance with a maximum data size other than the maximum data size set through the second screen in a case where the first communication mode is selected.

US Pat. No. 10,405,362

COMMUNICATION DEVICE, COMMUNICATION DEVICE CONTROL METHOD, AND DISPLAY SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display device which can be connected to an external device via a network, the display device comprising:a hardware communication interface that communicates with the external device, and
a hardware display unit that displays an image based on image data received from the external device by the hardware communication interface,
wherein the hardware display unit displays:
(1) in a case where no connection has been established between the display device and another external device, a presentation image to inform a user that the display device can be connected to the external device by either a first connection method or a second connection method which is different from the first connection method;
(2) in a case where a connection has been established between the display device and another external device by the first connection method, a presentation image to inform the user that the display device can be connected to the external device by the first connection method but not by the second connection method; and
(3) in a case where a connection has been established between the display device and another external device by the second connection method, a presentation image to inform the user that the display device can be connected to the external device by the second connection method but not by the first connection method.

US Pat. No. 10,398,037

PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printed circuit board comprising:an electronic component provided with a plurality of first lands on a bottom surface thereof; and
a printed wiring board having a primary surface facing the bottom surface of the electronic component,
wherein the printed wiring board includes:
a solder resist arranged on the primary surface, the solder resist having a plurality of first apertures and at least one second aperture around at least one of the first apertures; and
a plurality of second lands arranged in the plurality of first apertures on the primary surface so as to face the plurality of first lands respectively,
wherein the plurality of first lands and the plurality of second lands are respectively bonded to each other by means of a solder,
wherein at least one metal member is provided in the at least one second aperture,
wherein a cured thermosetting resin surrounds the solder such that the resin is held in contact with the at least one metal member and bonds the bottom surface of the electronic component to the solder resist on the primary surface, and
wherein, in a plan view of the printed circuit board as seen from a side of the electronic component, a total area of the at least one metal member is not greater than a total area of the solder resist in a region of the primary surface corresponding to a projection area of the electronic component.

US Pat. No. 10,150,292

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD, MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREFOR, AND RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head comprising:a silicon substrate;
an insulating layer A formed on a first surface of the silicon substrate;
a protective layer A that includes metal oxide and is formed on the insulating layer A;
a structure that is formed on the protective layer A by direct contact with the protective layer A, includes organic resin, and forms a part of a flow path for liquid; and
an element that is formed on a second surface of the silicon substrate on a side opposite to the first surface, and is configured to generate energy used for discharging the liquid.

US Pat. No. 10,150,312

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

12. A control method comprising:grouping to divide a plurality of sheets each associated with a plurality of pages included in a processing target job into groups; and
controlling feeding of a sheet from a feeding unit onto a conveyance path and refeeding of a sheet which has been conveyed on the conveyance path onto the conveyance path,
wherein a group size that is not less than a maximum sheet size used in the processing target job is set in the grouping,
wherein, in a case when deciding a group of a sheet corresponding to a predetermined page for which a group has not been decided in the processing target job, in the grouping,
(i) if a sum of lengths in a conveyance direction of sheets including the sheet corresponding to the predetermined page and one or more sheets, which have not been fed onto the conveyance path and have been determined as a first group, corresponding to a page previous to the predetermined page is within the set group size, the group of the predetermined page is decided as the first group, and
(ii) if the sum of the lengths in the conveyance direction of sheets including the sheet corresponding to the predetermined page and the one or more sheets, which have not been fed onto the conveyance path and have been determined as the first group, corresponding to the page previous to the predetermined page is not within the set group size, the group of the predetermined page is decided as a second group different from the first group, and
the controlling controls feeding and refeeding for each group grouped in the grouping unit.

US Pat. No. 10,139,770

POWER SOURCE DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power source device, comprising:a transformer including a primary winding and a secondary winding;
a switching element configured to enable or disable a supply of electric power to the primary winding by a switching operation;
a controller configured to control the switching operation,
wherein said controller is capable of effecting (i) continuous control in which the switching operation is continued, and (ii) intermittent control in which a switching period in which the switching operation is performed and a rest period in which the switching operation is at rest are repeated,
a calculating portion configured to (i) operate for generating a signal for controlling an operation of said switching element in a state that electric power is supplied, and (ii) not have electric power in the rest period so as to reduce electric power consumption; and
a measuring portion configured to measure time in the rest period,
wherein when the time measured by said measuring portion reaches a predetermined time period in the rest period, said calculating portion resumes the operation of generating the signal for controlling the operation of said switching element.

US Pat. No. 10,139,771

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a plurality of image forming units including a first image forming unit and a second image forming unit;
a rotatable and endless intermediate transfer member configured to transfer an image formed by each of the plurality of image forming units; and
a conductive metal plate,
wherein the first image forming unit is arranged downstream of a transfer position, at which the image transferred onto the intermediate transfer member is transferred onto a recording material, with respect to a rotational direction of the intermediate transfer member, and is arranged most upstream among the plurality of image forming units with respect to the rotational direction, and the second image forming unit is arranged adjacent to the first image forming unit and is arranged downstream of the first image forming unit with respect to the rotational direction,
wherein the first image forming unit comprises:
a first image bearing member;
a first developing device having a first developing container which contains a first developer including a toner of first color and a carrier, the first developing device having a first developing rotary member configured to bear and convey the first developer to a position at which an electrostatic image formed on the first image bearing member is to be developed,
a first magnetic permeability sensor arranged on the first developing device and configured to detect magnetic permeability of the first developer so as to detect a toner density of the first developer, the first magnetic permeability sensor including a first base portion and a first detecting portion which is arranged on the first base portion along a rotation axis direction of the first developing rotary member to detect the magnetic permeability of the first developer; and
a first cleaning unit configured to remove residual toner from the first image bearing member, the first cleaning unit having a first cleaning blade configured to contact with the first image bearing member to remove the residual toner from the first image bearing member and a conductive first metal support plate configured to support the first cleaning blade,
wherein the second image forming unit comprises:
a second image bearing member;
a second developing device having a second developing container which contains a second developer including a toner of second color and a carrier, the second developing device having a second developing rotary member configured to bear and convey the second developer to a position at which an electrostatic image formed on the second image bearing member is to be developed, the second developing device arranged downstream of the first cleaning unit with respect to the rotational direction so as to be adjacent to the first cleaning unit;
a second magnetic permeability sensor arranged on the second developing device and configured to detect magnetic permeability of the second developer so as to detect a toner density of the second developer, the second magnetic permeability sensor including a second base portion and a second detecting portion which is arranged on the second base portion along a rotation axis direction of the second developing rotary member to detect the magnetic permeability of the second developer; and
a second cleaning unit configured to remove residual toner from the second image bearing member, the second cleaning unit having a second cleaning blade configured to contact with the second image bearing member to remove the residual toner from the second image bearing member and a conductive second metal support plate configured to support the second cleaning blade,
wherein, when viewed from a direction perpendicular to the rotation axis direction of the second developing rotary member, a shortest distance between the first metal support plate and the second detecting portion is equal to or less than 10 mm, and
wherein, when viewed from a direction perpendicular to the rotation axis direction of the first developing rotary member, the conductive metal plate overlaps the first detecting portion with respect to the rotation axis direction of the first developing rotary member and a shortest distance between the conductive metal plate and the first detecting portion is equal to or less than 10 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,140,069

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions to function as:
an obtaining unit that obtains first user information included in a received print job;
a determination unit that determines whether or not the first user information includes first character information that is not supported by a user authentication function;
a conversion unit that converts the first user information to second user information when the first character information that the determination unit has determined to be not supported by the user authentication function is changed to second character information supported by the user authentication function; and
a control unit that, if the second user information obtained by conversion performed by the conversion unit does not match user information managed by the user authentication function, registers the first user information and the second user information to the user authentication function in association with each other, and
if the second user information matches user information managed by the user authentication function, registers, to the user authentication function, the first user information and third user information that are information based on the first user information and are different from the second user information, in association with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,140,074

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A client apparatus comprising:a clock;
a storage device;
a memory storing instructions; and
a processor executing the instructions causing the client apparatus to:
receive, from an image processing apparatus, information about a status of use of the image processing apparatus;
acquire a first change history indicating a history of time change setting performed on the clock, which is recorded in the storage device by an operating system running on the client apparatus;
store, as a first file, time information including time indicated by the clock when the information about the status of use is received from the image processing apparatus, the acquired first change history, and the received information about the status of use into the storage device;
acquire, in a case where a determination is made that a timing at which to transmit the first file has been reached, a second change history indicating a history of time change setting performed on the clock;
generate the second file to be transmitted by further appending, to the first file, time information including time indicated by the clock when the determination is made, difference information obtained by using the first change history and the second change history; and
transmit the generated second file to a management server.

US Pat. No. 10,138,549

SCANNING OPTICAL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING REFLECTION MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a scanning optical apparatus including a deflection unit configured to deflect a light flux and scan a scanned surface in a main scanning direction, a condensing optical system configured to guide the light flux from the deflection unit to the scanned surface, and a reflection member configured to reflect the light flux from the deflection unit which is not incident on an effective image area of the scanned surface, and a light-receiving element configured to receive the light flux from the reflection member, the method comprising:cutting an optical substrate in a first direction to form a first optical member;
providing the first optical member with a light-chamfered portion which is parallel to the first direction;
applying a reflection coating to the first optical member to form a reflection surface;
cutting the first optical member on which the reflection coating is applied in a second direction to obtain the reflection member, the second direction being perpendicular to the first direction; and
arranging the reflection member such that the light flux from the deflection unit passes through the light-chamfered portion and a first end surface of the reflection member, the first end surface being parallel to the first direction and a sub-scanning direction,
wherein the sub-scanning direction is perpendicular to the main scanning direction,
wherein the first end surface has a higher degree of corrosion resistance than a second end surface of the reflection member, the second end surface being parallel to the second direction and the main scanning direction,
wherein the light-chamfered portion is provided between the reflection surface and the first end surface, and
wherein the reflection coating is applied to the light-chamfered portion.

US Pat. No. 10,139,338

ELECTROMECHANICAL TRANSDUCER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electromechanical transducer, comprising;a substrate; and
an element disposed on or over a surface of the substrate,
the element comprising a plurality of cells that are two-dimensionally arranged and electrically connected,
each of the plurality of cells comprising:
a first electrode; and
a vibrating film comprising a second electrode, the second electrode being opposed to the first electrode with a gap interposed therebetween,
wherein the first electrodes of the plurality of cells are electrically connected within the element,
wherein the second electrodes of the plurality of cells are electrically connected within the element, and
wherein the plurality of cells are arranged so that, when the cells are viewed from a direction normal to the surface of the substrate, center portions of the plurality of cells are connected by straight lines in all combinations, and one outermost straight line connecting the center portions of a first group of the plurality of cells and another outermost straight line connecting center portions of a second group of the plurality of cells are one of non-parallel with each other and different in length of parallel portions.

US Pat. No. 10,140,503

SUBJECT TRACKING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A subject tracking apparatus that tracks a subject included in images that are sequentially supplied, the apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory storing instructions which, when the instructions are executed by the one or more processors, cause the subject tracking apparatus to function as units comprising:
a first registering unit configured to register a partial area indicative of the subject in one image of the supplied images as a template;
a first matching unit configured to estimate a subject area by collating a partial area in a newly supplied image with the template registered by the first registering unit;
a second registering unit configured to generate a histogram based on pixel values of a partial area indicative of the subject in one image of the supplied images and register the generated histogram;
a second matching unit configured to estimate a subject area by collating a histogram based on pixel values of a partial area in a newly supplied image with the histogram registered by the second registering unit; and
a tracking area determination unit configured to determine a tracking area based on either of a first area that is the subject area estimated by the first matching unit or a second area that is the subject area estimated by the second matching unit,
wherein the partial area of which the second registering unit generates the histogram based on the pixel values is larger than the partial area registered as the template by the first registering unit.

US Pat. No. 10,139,761

PHOTO INTERRUPTER UNIT, SHEET CONVEYANCE APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photo interrupter unit comprising:a photo interrupter including:
a light emitting portion configured to emit light;
a photo sensing portion configured to receive the light emitted from the light emitting portion;
a claw portion configured to be elastically deformable; and
a connector portion comprising a plurality of connector pins and arranged in alignment with the light emitting portion and the photo sensing portion in an alignment direction; and
a supporting portion configured to detachably support the photo interrupter, the supporting portion including:
a mounting surface on which the photo interrupter is mounted;
a hole portion into which the claw portion is inserted, and which is provided in the mounting surface; and
a projection projecting from the mounting surface and configured to regulate a position of the photo interrupter in a deforming direction in which the claw portion is elastically deformable in a state where the claw portion is inserted into the hole portion,
wherein the projection is arranged not to oppose the plurality of the connector pins in the alignment direction.

US Pat. No. 10,133,169

LIGHT SOURCE OPTICAL SYSTEM AND PROJECTION DISPLAY APPARATUS EMPLOYING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A light source optical system configured to guide a light flux from a light source to a wavelength conversion element, the light source optical system comprising:a first lens surface array including a plurality of first lens surfaces;
a second lens surface array including a plurality of second lens surfaces and configured to receive a light flux from the first lens surface array; and
a condense optical system having a positive power and configured to guide a light flux from the second lens surface array to the wavelength conversion element,
wherein the following expression is satisfied:

where the number of the second lens surfaces is defined as N, a focal length of each of the respective second lens surfaces is defined as fLA, and an area of each of the respective second lens surfaces is defined as SLA.

US Pat. No. 10,133,687

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND DATA PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:a first memory;
a second memory that allows higher-speed access than the first memory; and one or more computers that cause the communication apparatus to:
determine whether a communication protocol of transmission data is Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) or User Datagram Protocol (UDP);
use the first memory as a network buffer to packetize the transmission data, in a case where it is determined that the communication protocol of the transmission data is UDP;
use the second memory as a network buffer to packetize the transmission data, in a case where it is determined that the communication protocol of the transmission data is TCP,
wherein, even when it is determined that the communication protocol of the transmission data is TCP, in a case where an available network buffer capacity in the second memory is smaller than a predetermined amount, the first memory is used as a network buffer to packetize the transmission data; and
transmit a packet which comprises the transmission data to a network.

US Pat. No. 10,132,963

OPTICAL ELEMENT AND OPTICAL APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical element that includes an optical surface having a multilayer film,wherein the multilayer film comprises at least two stacks, each of the at least two stacks including a first film having a first refractive index for a light of a wavelength of ?i and a second film having a second refractive index for the light smaller than the first refractive index,
wherein outermost layers of each of the at least two stacks, which are a film disposed at a position closest to the optical surface in each of the at least two stacks and a film disposed at a position furthest away from the optical surface in each of the at least two stacks, are configured by the first film,
wherein a film configuration of each of the at least two stacks has symmetry along a stack direction such that each of the at least two stacks consists of the first film, the second film, and the first film from the position furthest away from the optical surface in each of the at least two stacks to the position closest to the optical surface in each of the at least two stacks, with the first films in each of the at least two stacks having equivalent physical thicknesses as each other, and
wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied such that each of the at least two stacks functions as one equivalent film having negative dispersion:

where ?H is a propagation angle of an incident light in the first film, ?M is a propagation angle of the incident light in the second film, nH is the first refractive index, nM is the second refractive index, dH is a physical thickness of the first film, and dM is a physical thickness of the second film.

US Pat. No. 10,126,190

CAPACITIVE FORCE SENSOR AND GRASPING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A capacitive force sensor for measuring based on contacting with an object, comprising:a plurality of cells each including a lower electrode, a movable member that includes an upper electrode and has flexibility, and a support arranged to movably support the movable member and to form a gap between the upper electrode and the lower electrode,
wherein the plural cells are grouped into elements each including at least the plural cells, and in a same element, the lower electrodes are electrically connected to each other and the upper electrodes are electrically connected to each other, and between different elements, at least ones of the upper electrodes and the lower electrodes are electrically separated from each other; and
wherein at least a part of the elements is covered at its surface with an elastic body having a smaller longitudinal elasticity modulus than that of the support, and
wherein the thickness of the elastic body is larger than a height of the gap.

US Pat. No. 10,125,284

AQUEOUS INK, INK CARTRIDGE, AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,129,431

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,124,615

PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a printing head that performs printing on a printing medium;
a moving member that moves reciprocally with the printing head on the moving member;
a conveying member that conveys the printing medium in a conveying direction which intersects a moving direction of the printing head;
an advancing and retracting module that is contained in a contained position in a non-printing period, and that is developed in a developed position in a printing period; and
a drive connection member that moves the advancing and retracting module between the contained position and the developed position with drive of the conveying member,
wherein the drive connection member includes a trigger arm that enters a moving area of the printing head when the moving member is driven a predetermined amount in a direction opposite to a direction in which the printing medium is conveyed during the printing period, and
wherein, in a state in which the moving member presses and moves the trigger arm that has entered the moving area of the printing head, the conveying member is connected to the advancing and retracting module such that a connected state in which transmission of the driving force is maintained.

US Pat. No. 10,128,969

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus that can communicate with an information processing apparatus by a wireless communication method, comprising:at least one processor executing stored instructions to cause the communication apparatus to
broadcast an advertising signal based on a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) standard;
receive a connection request transmitted from the information processing apparatus that has received the advertising signal, wherein in a case where a state change of the communication apparatus has occurred, a first advertising signal which includes information indicating an apparatus state is broadcasted; and
set a radio wave strength of the advertising signal to be broadcast, based on whether or not the advertising signal is the first advertising signal which includes information indicating the apparatus state,
wherein, in a case where the first advertising signal which includes information indicating the apparatus state is broadcasted and of which the radio wave strength is set to a first radio wave strength and where the connection request is not received even after a predetermined time has elapsed since broadcasting the first advertising signal which includes the information indicating the apparatus state, the radio wave strength of the first advertising signal is changed to a second radio wave strength that is higher than the first radio wave strength, and
in a case where a second advertising signal is broadcasted which does not include the information indicating the apparatus state and of which the radio wave strength is set to the first radio wave strength and where the connection request is not received even after the predetermined time has elapsed since broadcasting the second advertising signal which does not include the information indicating the apparatus state, the radio wave strength of the second advertising signal is not changed.

US Pat. No. 10,120,325

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image bearing member;
a charging unit configured to electrically charge said image bearing member;
a developing unit configured to deposit a developer on a surface of the charged image bearing member;
a transfer unit configured to transfer the developer from said image bearing member onto a recording material;
a collecting container configured to collect a residual developer remaining on the surface of said image bearing member without being transferred onto the recording material;
a developer feeding unit configured to feed, from said collecting container, the residual developer collected in said collecting container;
a driving unit configured to drive said developer feeding unit and at least one of said image bearing member, said developing unit and said transfer unit; and
a control unit configured to change a driving speed of said driving unit depending on a storing amount of the residual developer in said collecting container in a period from an end of formation of an image on a first recording material to a start of formation of the image on a second recording material subsequent to the first recording material.

US Pat. No. 10,120,331

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS FOR PRODUCING ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS AND PROCESS CARTRIDGE INCLUDING ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member, comprising:an electrically conductive support; and
a photosensitive layer on the support, wherein
a surface layer of the electrophotographic photosensitive member comprises a copolymer of a polymerizable functional group-containing charge transporting substance and a compound represented by formula (1):

where Ar is a substituted or unsubstituted aromatic hydrocarbon group and is an m-valent group obtained by eliminating m number of hydrogen atoms each bonded to a benzene ring of a compound represented by formula (2) other than from R1, R2 and R3;
Ln represents a divalent group represented by formula (3) or formula (4);
Fn represents a polymerizable functional group; and
m represents an integer of 1 to 4 and when m is equal to or larger than 2, m number of structures in parenthesis are the same or different:

where R1, R2 and R3 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or a substituted or unsubstituted phenyl group; and
substituents on Ar, R1, R2 and R3 are each an alkyl group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms or an alkoxy group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms:

where R4 represents an alkylene group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms and p represents 0 or 1; and
R5 represents an alkylene group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms and r represents an integer of 1 to 4.

US Pat. No. 10,122,948

SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP ELEMENT AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,118,420

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,114,318

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus that heats an image formed on a recording material, the image heating apparatus comprising:a heater including a first heat generating block, and a second heat generating block disposed adjacent to the first heat generating block in a longitudinal direction of the heater, the longitudinal direction being orthogonal to a conveying direction of the recording material; and
a power control portion that controls electrical power to be supplied to the first and second heat generating blocks, the power control portion being capable of controlling the electrical power to be supplied to the first and second heat generating blocks independently,
wherein, when the recording material passes the position of the heater, and in the longitudinal direction, when an entire range in which the second heat generating block is provided is a range in which the recording material passes and only a portion of a range in which the first heat generating block is provided is a range in which the recording material passes,
the power control portion controls the electrical power to be supplied to the first and second heat generating blocks so that electrical power Wd supplied to the first heat generating block is less than electrical power Wc supplied to the second heat generating block, and
wherein the power control portion controls the electrical power so that a ratio Wd/Wc of the electrical power Wd supplied to the first heat generating block to the electrical power Wc supplied to the second heat generating block decreases as a recording material passing range, in the range in which the first heat generating block is provided, decreases.

US Pat. No. 10,114,598

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, IN WHICH IMAGE FORMATION IS STOPPED IN ACCORDANCE WITH OBTAINED ERROR INFORMATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus capable of communicating with a server, the apparatus comprising:(A) an image forming device configured to form an image on a sheet based on print data;
(B) a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
(C) at least one processor that executes instructions out of the set of instructions:
(a) to obtain print data transmitted from the server;
(b) to cause the image forming device to start image formation based on the obtained print data;
(c) to notify the server of identification information of the print data after the start of the image formation;
(d) to receive error information from the server as a response to the notification in a case that the server determines that the identification information of the print data does not match identification information stored in the server; and
(e) to cause the image formation by the image forming device to stop in accordance with receiving the error information from the server.

US Pat. No. 10,105,949

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,110,372

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,108,105

DEVELOPING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing apparatus comprising:a developer container that accommodates a developer;
a developer carrying member that is rotatably supported by the developer container, and that carries the developer on a surface thereof;
a conveying member that is provided inside the developer container and that conveys the developer, the conveying member including a shaft portion and a conveying portion connected to the shaft portion; and
a restriction portion that restricts the developer carried on the developer carrying member, the restriction portion being disposed so as to oppose the developer carrying member in an area around the developer carrying member, the area corresponds to a side of the developer carrying member on which the surface of the developer carrying member moves gravitationally upwards during an image-forming period,
wherein the conveying member is configured to move during a non-image-forming period, and stops at a stop position during the image-forming period, and
wherein, when the conveying member stops at the stop position, a straight line, drawn from a base end of the conveying portion where the conveying portion connects to the shaft portion towards a tip of the conveying portion, intersects a surface of the developer carrying member opposing the inside of the developer container at a portion upstream in a rotation direction of the developer carrying member with respect to the restriction portion.

US Pat. No. 10,108,122

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CORRECTION METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a light source;
a photosensitive member, which is rotated in a first direction so that a latent image is formed on the photosensitive member with a light beam emitted from the light source in accordance with image data;
a deflecting unit configured to deflect the light beam emitted from the light source to move a light spot of the light beam radiated to the photosensitive member in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction;
a conversion unit configured to convert the image data into a plurality of bit data corresponding to a density on a pixel-by-pixel basis;
a specifying unit configured to specify a pixel size that is a number of divided pixels forming a pixel formed on the photosensitive member with the light beam, in accordance with a position of the pixel in the second direction; and
a correction unit configured to correct the plurality of bit data in accordance with the pixel size specified by the specifying unit,
wherein the specifying unit specifies pixel sizes of pixels after an arrangement of the pixels in the second direction in a pixel group is replaced for each pixel group, the pixel group being obtained by dividing, with respect to a predetermined number of pixels, pixels arranged in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,108,141

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND DEVELOPING CARTRIDGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording material, comprising:a process cartridge, including (i) an electrophotographic photosensitive drum, and (ii) process means actable on said electrophotographic photosensitive drum, for being detachably mountable to a main assembly of said electrophotographic image forming apparatus;
a developing cartridge, including a developer accommodating portion accommodating a developer for developing an electrostatic latent image formed on said electrophotographic photosensitive drum, for being detachably mountable to said main assembly;
a cartridge supporting member movable, while supporting at least a pair of said process cartridge and said developing cartridge, between an inside position in which said cartridge supporting member is located inside said main assembly and in which the pair of said process cartridge and said developing cartridge is located at an image forming position and an outside position in which said cartridge supporting member is located outside said main assembly and in which said process cartridge and said developing cartridge are mountable and demountable, and said developing cartridge is demountable without demounting said process cartridge when said cartridge supporting member is located at the outside position;
a first portion-to-be-pressed, provided on said process cartridge;
a main assembly side process cartridge urging member, provided in said main assembly, for pressing said first portion-to-be-pressed of said process cartridge in a state in which said cartridge supporting member is located at the inside position;
a second portion-to-be-pressed, provided on said developing cartridge; and
a main assembly side developing cartridge urging member, provided in said main assembly, for pressing said second portion-to-be-pressed of said developing cartridge in a state in which said cartridge supporting member is located at the inside position,
wherein said main assembly side process cartridge urging member and said main assembly side developing cartridge urging member are rotatable about a common rotational axis.

US Pat. No. 10,103,182

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS AND IMAGE READING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,101,683

TONER AND EXTERNAL ADDITIVE FOR TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner, comprising:a toner particle; and
an organic-inorganic composite fine particle on a surface of the toner particle, the organic-inorganic composite fine particle having a number average particle diameter of a primary particle of 30 nm to 500 nm and comprising:
a resin fine particle is a particle of a crystalline polyester; and
an inorganic fine particle which is embedded in the resin fine particle and part of which is exposed to a surface of the resin fine particle, wherein
the organic-inorganic composite fine particle satisfies relationships (i) and (ii):
(i) in viscoelasticity measurement of the organic-inorganic composite fine particle, a minimum of d(Log(G?T))/dT is less than ?0.10 in a range of from 60° C. to 150° C. when a loss elastic modulus thereof at a temperature T (° C.) is represented by G?T [dN/m2] and a change ratio of a common logarithm of the loss elastic modulus is represented by d(Log(G?T))/dT, and
(ii) in the viscoelasticity measurement of the organic-inorganic composite fine particle, G?180 is 1.0×104 to 1.0×107 dN/m2 when a loss elastic modulus thereof at a temperature of 180° C. is represented by G?180.

US Pat. No. 10,095,146

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,097,738

VIDEO ENCODING AND DECODING WITH IMPROVED ERROR RESILIENCE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of encoding a sequence of digital images into a bitstream, wherein at least one portion of an image in the sequence is encoded by motion compensation, the method comprising:generating a set of spatial motion information predictors for an image portion to be encoded, using at least one condition to determine that a spatial motion information predictor is not includable in the set, at least one said condition being a condition to exclude from the generated set of spatial motion information predictors a spatial motion information predictor that is a duplicate of another spatial motion information predictor;
generating a temporal motion information predictor, the generation of the temporal motion information predictor being carried out separately from the generation of the set of spatial motion information predictors so that the temporal motion information predictor is not subjected to the duplicate exclusion condition used for the spatial motion information predictors and may be a duplicate of a spatial motion information predictor in the generated set;
selecting a motion information predictor from among (i) the generated set of motion information predictors, (ii) the temporal motion information predictor, and (iii) a zero motion information predictor as a replacement for a non-includable spatial motion information predictor; and
encoding information identifying the selected motion information predictor.

US Pat. No. 10,095,962

Y-Z BANDING/LAYERING FOR COMPLEX PAGE RIP

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,095,450

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,095,291

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a first power supply unit;
a first device and a second device to which power is supplied from the first power supply unit;
a second power supply unit;
a third device to which power is supplied from each of the first power supply unit and the second power supply unit; and
a power controller which performs control to switch a power supply source for the third device from the first power supply unit to the second power supply unit, and then to cause power to be supplied from the first power supply unit to the second device.

US Pat. No. 10,097,116

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,096,117

VIDEO SEGMENTATION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,095,124

DETECTION APPARATUS, LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE, AND DETECTION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A detection apparatus which detects a position of a mark on a substrate, the apparatus comprising:a stage configured to be movable while holding the substrate;
an image capturing unit having an image sensor configured to capture an image of the mark; and
a processor configured to control a first image capturing and a second image capturing which cause the image capturing unit to capture images of the mark, the second image capturing being performed after the first image capturing, and determine the position of the mark based on an image obtained by the second image capturing,
wherein the processor controls the first image capturing such that an output value of the image sensor becomes a first target value which is smaller than a second target value to be used in the second image capturing, and determines an image capturing condition for controlling the second image capturing such that an output value of the image sensor becomes the second target value, based on an image capturing condition used in the first image capturing, and
wherein the processor starts the second image capturing at a timing when a vibration of the stage falls within an allowable range, and controls the first image capturing such that the image capturing condition for controlling the second image capturing is determined by the timing.

US Pat. No. 10,089,519

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,088,765

TONER AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising a toner particle including a resin component,wherein
the resin component includes an olefin resin and an olefin copolymer including a hydroxyl group,
the olefin resin has a monomer unit Y1 represented by a following formula (1),
the olefin copolymer including a hydroxyl group has a monomer unit Z1 represented by a following formula (2) and a monomer unit Z2 represented by a following formula (3),
a hydroxyl value of the olefin resin is not more than 10 mg KOH/g,
a hydroxyl value of the olefin copolymer including a hydroxyl group is at least 20 mg KOH/g and not more than 250 mg KOH/g, and
a content of the olefin resin in the resin component is more than 50 mass % with respect to a total mass of the resin component:
(where, R1 represents H or CH3, R2 represents H or CH3, and R3 represents H or CH3).

US Pat. No. 10,089,211

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,088,982

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,073,327

OPTICAL APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical apparatus that guides light from an object to an image pickup element, the optical apparatus comprising:a first retardation plate that gives a relative retardation of ?/2 (rad) between a polarization component in a slow axis direction and a polarization component in a fast axis direction;
a second retardation plate that includes a liquid crystal layer and that enables changing a relative retardation given between a polarization component in a slow axis direction and a polarization component in a fast axis direction; and
a polarizer that extracts a polarization component to be guided to the image pickup element;
wherein the first retardation plate, the second retardation plate, and the polarizer are disposed in order from an object side to an image pickup element side,
wherein the slow axis direction or the fast axis direction of the first retardation plate is almost parallel to a polarization direction of the polarization component extracted by the polarizer,
wherein the slow axis direction or the fast axis direction of the second retardation plate is inclined by almost 45 degrees with respect to the polarization direction of the polarization component extracted by the polarizer, and
wherein, when a design wavelength is ? (nm), a phase change amount, which is a difference between a maximum value and a minimum value of the relative retardations given by the second retardation plate, is in a range from 2?/5 to 3?/5 both inclusive.

US Pat. No. 10,073,339

IMPRINT APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus which performs an imprint process of molding an imprint material on a substrate with a mold, the apparatus comprising:a detector configured to detect a shearing force generated in a case where (A) the mold and the substrate are aligned with each other, with the imprint material on the substrate and the mold being in contact with each other in an XY plane direction, and where (B) the mold moves on the Z axis which is orthogonal to the XY plane to contact the imprint material; and
a controller configured to control the imprint process based on the detected shearing force.

US Pat. No. 10,073,397

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR UPDATING CONVERSION CONDITION CONVERTING MEASUREMENT RESULT OF MEASUREMENT UNIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet;
an intermediate transfer member to which a measuring image formed by the image forming unit is transferred;
a measurement unit configured to measure the measuring image on the intermediate transfer member;
a conversion unit configured to convert a measurement result of the measuring image on a basis of a conversion condition;
a determination unit configured to determine an image forming condition on a basis of the measurement result converted by the conversion unit; and
an update unit configured to control the image forming unit to form first measuring images, control the measurement unit to measure the first measuring images, control the conversion unit to convert the measurement results of the first measuring images, control the determination unit to determine a measuring image forming condition on a basis of the converted measurement results of the first measuring images, control the image forming unit to form second measuring images on the sheet on a basis of the measuring image forming condition, obtain measuring results of the second measuring images output from another measuring unit different from the measurement unit, and update the conversion condition on a basis of the measurement results of the second measuring images,
wherein a number of the second measuring images is lower than a number of the first measuring images.

US Pat. No. 10,059,131

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND PRINT APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,061,231

DEVELOPING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,061,549

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR ON-DEMAND PRINTING OF A COMPOSITE JOB

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor and at least one memory coupled to each other and cooperating to act as:
a display controlling unit configured to display a plurality of job objects as candidates for a to-be-outputted job in a first display area and display a plurality of device objects as candidates for an output destination device in a second display area, wherein the plurality of job objects includes at least a composite job object that represents a composite job that includes a print job and a post-processing job for forming a product, and wherein the plurality of device objects includes at least a logical device object that represents a logical device to which a printing apparatus and a post-processing apparatus are assigned;
a first selecting unit configured to select at least one job object from among the plurality of job objects displayed in the first display area;
a second selecting unit configured to select at least one device object from among the plurality of device objects displayed in the second display area; and
a transmitting unit configured to, in a case where the composite job object displayed in the first display area is selected by the first selecting unit and where the logical device object displayed in the second display area is selected by the second selecting unit, transmit the print job included in the composite job corresponding to the composite job object selected by the first selecting unit to the printing apparatus assigned to the logical device corresponding to the logical device object selected by the second selecting unit, and transmit the post-processing job included in the composite job corresponding to the composite job object selected by the first selecting unit to the post-processing apparatus assigned to the logical device corresponding to the logical device object selected by the second selecting unit.

US Pat. No. 10,055,174

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a memory configured to store instructions, and
a processor configured to execute the instructions to:
register, to a web service, a version of the web service supported by the information processing apparatus and identification information of the information processing apparatus, before an update of firmware of the information processing apparatus for communication with the web service;
perform the update of the firmware of the information processing apparatus for communication with the web service,
obtain a version of the web service supported by the information processing apparatus before the update as a first version;
obtain a version of the web service supported by the information processing apparatus after the update as a second version;
control a display unit to display information for allowing a user to confirm whether to delete registration of the version of the web service supported by the information processing apparatus before the update and the identification information, in a case where the first version and the second version differ from each other and it is determined that the version of the web service supported by the information processing apparatus before the update and the identification information are registered to the web service.

US Pat. No. 10,057,479

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SWITCHING TOUCH OPERATIONS BETWEEN STATES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising a memory and at least one processor which function as:a detection unit configured to detect a touch operation;
a setting unit configured to set a touch restriction mode for restricting acceptance of a touch operation, in accordance with a specific operation being performed; and
a control unit configured to perform:
(a) control so as to, in a state where the touch restriction mode is not set, change a setting of the apparatus in accordance with a touch operation being performed in a case where a first screen is displayed on a display unit, and execute a specific function in accordance with a touch operation being performed in a case where a second screen different from the first screen is displayed on the display unit; and
in a state where the touch restriction mode is set, (b) control so as to change a setting of the apparatus in accordance with a touch operation being performed in a case where the first screen is displayed on the display unit, and to not execute at least the specific function in accordance with a touch operation in a case where the second screen is displayed on the display unit,
wherein, if the second screen is displayed in a state where the touch restriction mode is set, the control unit is further configured to perform:
(c) control so as to not extend a time until an automatic power-off function is executed even if a touch operation is detected; or
(d) control so as to extend a time until the automatic power-off function is executed for a predetermined time in accordance with a touch operation being performed in a case where a remaining time until the automatic power-off function is executed is within a predefined time, and so as to not further extend the time until the automatic power-off function is executed even if a touch operation is performed after the extension is performed.

US Pat. No. 10,040,283

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD SUBSTRATE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A semiconductor device comprising:a first transistor that includes a first primary terminal, a second primary terminal, and a first control terminal;
a second transistor that includes a third primary terminal, a fourth primary terminal, and a second control terminal; and
a first resistive element,
wherein the first primary terminal and the third primary terminal are connected to a first voltage line,
the second primary terminal and one terminal of the first resistive element are connected to a second voltage line,
the first control terminal, the second control terminal, the fourth primary terminal, and the other terminal of the first resistive element are connected to each other so as to form one node,
a potential change in the third primary terminal is transmitted to the first control terminal via capacitive coupling between the third primary terminal and the one node,
a transmitted potential change at the first control terminal turns on the first transistor, and
the semiconductor device further comprises:
a capacitive element which includes a first terminal connected to the first voltage line and a second terminal;
a third transistor which includes a fifth primary terminal connected to the second terminal, a sixth primary terminal connected to the second voltage line, and a third control terminal; and
a driving unit formed by at least one transistor which includes a fourth transistor and configured to cause an insulation breakdown of the capacitive element by supplying a control signal to the third control terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,040,285

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND LIQUID EJECTION DEVICE, AND AGING TREATMENT METHOD AND INITIAL SETUP METHOD FOR A LIQUID EJECTION DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid ejection head, comprising:a flow path forming member including a resin layer having a flow path;
a substrate including a heat-generating resistance element for ejecting liquid and a protective layer having a portion for covering the heat-generating resistance element, a surface of the portion being exposed to the flow path; and
an intermediate layer formed between the resin layer and the protective layer in a direction perpendicular to a surface of the substrate having the heat-generating resistance element provided thereon, the intermediate layer comprising a silicon carbonitride material.

US Pat. No. 10,035,670

SHEET STORING APPARATUS, SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus comprising:a sheet feed portion configured to feed a sheet; and
a sheet storing apparatus configured to store the sheet to be fed by the sheet feed portion and comprising a sheet regulating portion regulating a position of the sheet by abutting with an edge of the sheet stored in the sheet storing apparatus, the sheet regulating portion comprising:
a body portion comprising a regulating surface facing the edge of the sheet to regulate the edge of the sheet;
a pressing member comprising a pressing portion capable of projecting out of the body portion and of pressing the sheet, and an upper portion formed integrally with an upper part of the pressing portion so as to project to a sheet side and regulating an upward move of the sheet stored in the sheet storing apparatus;
an urging member configured to urge the pressing member such that the pressing member projects out of the body portion so that the pressing portion presses the edge of the sheet; and
a holding portion configured to hold the pressing portion movably from a projecting position where the pressing portion projects out of the body portion to a retracting position where the upper portion enters within the body portion while inclining the pressing portion with respect to the regulating surface by resisting against the urging member when the upper portion is pressed from above.

US Pat. No. 10,036,967

LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, LITHOGRAPHY METHOD, AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,038,801

IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image reading apparatus comprising:a reading sensor configured to read an image of an original;
an original tray configured for placement of the original thereon;
a conveying portion configured to convey the original placed on the original tray to a reading position by the reading sensor;
a first size detector configured to detect a size of the original placed on the original tray before the conveying portion conveys the original from the original tray;
a second size detector configured to detect the size of the original being conveyed by the conveying portion;
an input portion configured to input reading size information by a user, wherein the reading size information relates to a reading size of the original to be read;
a display configured to display an information; and
a controller which has a processor configured to perform functions including:
a first function configured to determine a reading region based on a size of the original detected by the first size detector and a reading size information input by the input portion;
a second function configured to determine a original region based on a size of the original detected by the second size detector;
a third function configured to determine an overlap region amount between the reading region determined by the first function and the original region determined by the second function; and
a fourth function configured to control the display to display predetermined information based on the overlap region amount determined by the third function.

US Pat. No. 10,037,049

MANAGEMENT SYSTEM THAT PERFORMS PROCESSING FOR SYNCHRONIZING SETTING DATA, ALTERNATIVE MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, MANAGEMENT METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A management system comprising:a management server;
a client apparatus; and
a backup server,
wherein
the management server includes:
a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the set of instructions to:
store, in a first storage device, setting information of the client apparatus with a time on a clock of the management server,
the client apparatus includes:
a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the set of instructions to:
transmit, to the management server, an update request of setting information stored in the first storage device of the management server, in a case where setting information of the client apparatus is updated; and
the backup server includes:
a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the set of instructions to:
receive, from the management server, the setting information stored in the first storage device and the time on the clock of the management server stored in the first storage device;
store, in a second storage device of the backup server, backup data including the received setting information and the received time on the clock of the management server as an update time;
manage time difference information between time measured by the management server and time measured by the backup server;
update, in a case where the backup server works as an alternative management server, the setting information of the backup data, based on an update request received from the client apparatus; and
store, in the second storage device, in the case where the backup server works as the alternative management server, a time as the update time based on a time on a clock of the backup server and the time difference information.

US Pat. No. 10,031,438

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC MEMBER, DEVELOPING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic member comprising:a substrate; and
an outermost layer directly or indirectly disposed on the substrate,wherein,the outermost layer comprises a compound having at least a Si—O—Al bond, and
the compound has
a structural unit represented by Formula (1), and
a structural unit represented by Formula (2):
where R1 and R2 each independently represent one of Formulae (3) to (6):where R3 to R7, R10 to R14, R19, R20, R25 and R26 each independently represent hydrogen, an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms, a hydroxyl group, a carboxyl group, or an amino group; R8, R9, R15 to R18, R23, R24 and R29 to R32 each independently represent hydrogen or an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms; R21, R22, R27 and R28 each independently represent hydrogen, an alkoxyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms, or an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms; n, m, l, q, s and t each independently represent an integer of 1 or more and 8 or less; p and r each independently represent an integer of 4 or more and 12 or less; x and y each independently represent 0 or 1; and * and ** represent a position of bonding to a silicon atom and a position of bonding to an oxygen atom in Formula (1), respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,031,439

DEVELOPING DEVICE HAVING DEVELOPER REGULATING MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing device for use in an image forming apparatus, the developing device comprising:a frame that accommodates a developer;
a developer carrying member that is rotatably provided in an opening of the frame and carries and transports the developer;
a supply member that supplies the developer to the developer carrying member, the supply member being in contact with the developer carrying member and being provided rotatably so as to move in the same direction with respect to the rotating developer carrying member at a contact region thereof;
a regulating member that is blade-shaped, one end of the regulating member being fixed to the frame, and a distal end of the regulating member, which is a free end extending in a direction opposite to a rotation direction of the developer carrying member, being in contact with the developer carrying member;
a developing bias application portion for applying a developing bias to the developer carrying member; and
a supply bias application portion for applying a supply bias to the supply member,
the regulating member comprising,
an opposing portion that faces the developer carrying member, and
a protrusion that extends from the opposing portion and protrudes toward the developer carrying member;
wherein the opposing portion comprises an opposing surface that faces the developer carrying member at a distal end side of the protrusion, and
wherein,
when a potential difference between the supply bias and the developing bias, which is obtained by subtracting the developing bias from the supply bias, is denoted by ?(V),
a contact pressure of the regulating member with respect to the developer carrying member is denoted by X (gf/cm), and
a height of the protrusion from the opposing surface is denoted by H (mm) and a length of the opposing surface in the rotation direction of the developer carrying member is denoted by L (mm), when viewing a cross section perpendicular to a rotation axis of the developer carrying member,
0.05?H?0.1,
0.15?L?1.0, and
15?X?60 are established, and
at least the following relationship is satisfied:
???5*X?125.

US Pat. No. 10,031,704

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,031,450

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:an image forming unit including a plurality of image forming stations configured to respectively perform image formation of different colors, the image forming unit being configured to perform image formation on a recording sheet in any one of a first mode, in which image formation is performed through use of the plurality of image forming stations, and a second mode, in which image formation is performed through use of a predetermined image forming station among the plurality of image forming stations;
an operation unit configured to allow input of color mode information for setting whether the image forming unit is to perform image formation in the first mode or to perform image formation in the second mode; and
a controller configured to:
i) control the image forming unit to perform a preparation operation for image formation in accordance with the color mode information before image formation when detecting an operation from which a start instruction of image formation is predicted;
ii) set a restricted operation state in which the controller prohibits performing the image formation in the first mode and permits performing the image formation in the second mode when any one image forming station, except for the predetermined image forming station, among the plurality of image forming stations is incapable of performing image formation, and the predetermined image forming station is capable of performing image formation; and
iii) prevent the image forming unit from performing the preparation operation when the input color mode information sets to perform the image formation in the first mode, and the restricted operation state is set.

US Pat. No. 10,029,021

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,033,931

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD FOR PROCESSING STILL IMAGE DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a processor; and
a memory storing a program which, when executed by the processor, causes the image processing apparatus to:
(1) read out a first moving image data from a recording medium which stores (a) a second moving image data which is undeveloped and (b) the first moving image data, which is generated by developing the second moving image data;
(2) reproduce the first moving image data by displaying on a display means a display image obtained by performing a display processing on the first moving image data read out from the recording medium;
(3) specify a plurality of frame positions in the first moving image data by receiving a plurality of instructions of a user while the first moving image data is being reproduced;
(4) after the reproducing of the first moving image data, (a) read out a plurality of frames of the second moving image data which corresponds to a plurality of frames of the first moving image data based on the specified plurality of frame positions in the first moving image data, (b) generate a plurality of developed images by performing developing process on the read out plurality of frames of the second moving image data, and (c) display on the display means a plurality of display-developed images which corresponds to the plurality of developed images;
(5) generate a still image data by encoding a developed image which corresponds to a display-developed image selected by the user out of the plurality of display-developed images displayed on the display means; and
(6) record the generated still image data on the recording medium.

US Pat. No. 10,033,953

SOLID STATE IMAGING DEVICE AND IMAGING SYSTEM WHICH REDUCES NOISE CAUSED BY MAGNETIC FIELD FLUCTUATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid state imaging device comprising:a plurality of pixels arranged to form a plurality of columns and each configured to output a pixel signal;
a signal line provided correspondingly to each of the plurality of columns, the pixel signal being transmitted via the signal line;
a load transistor provided correspondingly to each of the plurality of columns and having a drain connected to the signal line;
a readout circuit provided correspondingly to each of the plurality of columns and configured to read out the pixel signal from the signal line; and
a control unit provided correspondingly to each of the plurality of columns and configured to control a current flowing in the load transistor in accordance with a potential of a control terminal of the control unit,
wherein, when a reference potential of one of the plurality of pixels in a column fluctuates relatively to a reference potential of the corresponding readout circuit of the column, the potential of the control terminal of the control unit of the column relative to a potential of a source of the corresponding load transistor of the column is changed in a same phase with a fluctuation of the reference potential of the one of the plurality of pixels.

US Pat. No. 10,027,848

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR APPLYING SPATIAL FILTERS TO IMAGES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for dividing an input image into a plurality of band area images so that each band area partially overlaps an adjacent band area, successively storing the respective band area images in a band memory, and performing image processing, the image processing apparatus comprising:at least one of:
one or more circuits; or
one or more processors and at least one memory, the at least one memory being coupled to the one or more processors and having stored thereon instructions executable by the one or more processors;
wherein at least one of the one or more circuits or the execution of the instructions cause the image processing apparatus to function as:
a storage unit configured to store filter coefficients having a two-dimensional reference area of M pixels in a first direction and N pixels in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction; and
a spatial filter unit configured to apply, to the band area image stored in the band memory, a spatial filter using the filter coefficients, wherein coefficients are set as the filter coefficients so as to refer to pixels for every K pixels in the second direction, and the spatial filter unit sequentially applies the spatial filter to the band area image K times so that sampling phases by the filter coefficients for the band area image are mutually different in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,025,061

FOCUS DETECTION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A focus detection apparatus, which performs focus detection by calculating a defocusing amount of an imaging optical system based on signals output from an imaging device, the focus detection apparatus comprising:at least one processor or one circuitry that
detects a phase difference based on the signals output from the imaging device,
acquires light quantity information of the imaging optical system, the light quantity information being determined according to a focus detection position in an imaging screen,
sets a conversion coefficient according to the light quantity information, an aperture value which is a shooting condition and an exit pupil distance, and
calculates the defocusing amount based on the phase difference and the conversion coefficient.

US Pat. No. 10,027,897

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,026,157

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a memory configured to store information on first optical characteristic data;
a data generator configured to generate previously unstored second optical characteristic data based on the first optical characteristic data related to a shot image and defocus characteristic data; and
a restoration processor configured to restore the shot image based on the second optical characteristic data,
wherein the data generator is configured to combine, for each position of the shot image, the first optical characteristic data with the defocus characteristic data to generate the second optical characteristic data,
wherein the first optical characteristic data are aberration data determined depending on an image pickup optical system and a shooting condition, and
wherein the defocus characteristic data are aberration data determined depending on a defocus amount.

US Pat. No. 10,025,162

FOCUS ADJUSTMENT DEVICE FOR CORRECTING AUTOFOCUS OF FOCUS LENS USING CAPTURED IMAGE SIGNAL TO BE RECORDED, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A focus adjustment device capable of executing autofocus by at least one of a phase-difference detection method and a contrast detection method, the device comprising:an obtaining unit configured to obtain a correction value by calculating an evaluation band of a focus detection signal used in executing the autofocus;
calculating an evaluation band of an image signal to be captured
calculating in-focus positions of an imaging optical system for the image signal and for the focus detection signal based on (i) information regarding spherical aberration, chromatic aberration, and astigmatism of the imaging optical system and (ii) setting information regarding the evaluation bands of the captured image signals and the focus detection signals, and
calculating a difference between the in-focus position for the captured image signal and the in-focus position for the focus detection signal as the correction value for correcting a result of the autofocus; and
a control unit configured to control a position of a focusing lens that the imaging optical system has, based on the result of the autofocus corrected using the correction value,
wherein information regarding positions of a focusing lens of the imaging optical system respectively correspond to different spatial frequencies is used as the information regarding spherical aberration, chromatic aberration, and astigmatism of the imaging optical system,
wherein the information regarding the positions of the focusing lens is represented by a function having a first parameter and a second parameter as its variables, and
wherein the calculating the in-focus positions comprises:
calculating intermediate information based on the information regarding the positions of the focusing lens and the first parameter; and
calculating the in-focus position for the captured image signal and the in-focus position for the focus detection signal based on the intermediate information and the second parameter.

US Pat. No. 10,028,306

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DATA COMMUNICATION IN A NETWORK

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A first communication device for a communication network, comprising:a plurality of data queues for serving data at different priorities;
a controller for computing back-off values associated with priority, each back-off value corresponding to a respective one of the plurality of data queues, the controller further for accessing the communication network using contention type access mechanism based on the computed back-off values;
a memory; and
at least one processor that is coupled to the memory and that is configured to cause the first communication device
to select a data queue based on a non-zero back-off value corresponding to the data queue, responsive to an obtaining by the first communication device of a transmission opportunity for transmitting data, from among transmission opportunities obtained by another communication device and granted to one or more communication devices belonging to the communication network; and
to transmit data from the selected data queue in the obtained transmission opportunity even though the back-off value corresponding to the selected data queue of the plurality of data queues is not zero.

US Pat. No. 10,025,261

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 supporting a first photosensitive drum, a second photosensitive drum, and a third photosensitive drum and 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 the first photosensitive drum, the second photosensitive drum, and the third photosensitive drum along an exposing direction in a plane perpendicular to a longitudinal direction of the cartridge;
wherein the plurality of cartridges includes a first cartridge, a second cartridge, and a third cartridge,
wherein the first cartridge comprises a first developing roller corresponding to the first photosensitive drum, the second cartridge comprises a second developing roller corresponding to the second photosensitive drum, and the third cartridge comprises a third developing roller corresponding to the third photosensitive drum,
wherein the first cartridge, the second cartridge, and the third cartridge are arranged in this order in a direction parallel to the extracting direction,
wherein when viewed along the longitudinal direction, a side surface of the first cartridge facing to the second cartridge is a surface inclining toward an orthogonal direction that is orthogonal to the extracting direction and the longitudinal direction of the cartridge and inclining toward the exposing direction, and
wherein, with respect to the extracting direction, a first distance between the first photosensitive drum and an upper end of the side surface of the first cartridge is greater than a second distance between the second photosensitive drum and an upper end of the second cartridge side.

US Pat. No. 10,018,909

IMPRINT APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,021,260

IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,021,646

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,011,011

INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing method using:a displaying apparatus that includes a virtual environment displaying unit of virtually displaying a state of a robot apparatus identified by a plurality of position data and orientation data identifying a position or an orientation of each part of the robot apparatus, and a parameter displaying unit numerically displaying the position data and the orientation data;
an input unit for editing content of the position data and the orientation data; and
a controlling apparatus that performs information processing of controlling display on the displaying apparatus according to an input through the input unit,
the method comprising:
first calculating, when an input of changing a part of the position data and the orientation data expressed in a first coordinate system are performed through the input unit, causing the controlling apparatus to change the part of the position data and the orientation data expressed in the first coordinate system according to content of the input, the changed part of the position data and the orientation data being converted into a second coordinate system;
second calculating that causes the controlling apparatus to perform position and orientation calculation that identifies the position or the orientation of each part of the robot apparatus, based on the part of the position data and the orientation data changed in the first calculating, and calculate new position data and new orientation data based on a result of the position and orientation calculation; and
display updating that causes the controlling apparatus to update content of virtual display on the virtual environment displaying unit and numeric value display on the parameter displaying unit of the displaying apparatus, based on the part of the position data and the orientation data expressed in the first coordinate system changed and converted into the second coordinate system in the first calculating, and the new position data and the new orientation data calculated in the second calculating.
US Pat. No. 10,012,919

TONER, DEVELOPING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising a toner particle containing a binder resin, a colorant, an amorphous polyester, and a crystalline polyester,the binder resin containing a vinyl resin,
the amorphous polyester having
a monomer unit derived from a linear aliphatic dicarboxylic acid having at least 6 and not more than 12 carbons, and
a monomer unit derived from a dialcohol,
the content of the monomer unit derived from the linear aliphatic dicarboxylic acid having at least 6 and not more than 12 carbons being at least 10 mol % and not more than 50 mol % with reference to the total monomer units derived from a carboxylic acid in the amorphous polyester, and
in a cross section of the toner particle observed with a transmission electron microscope,
the vinyl resin constituting a matrix and the amorphous polyester constituting domains, and
the crystalline polyester being present in the interior of the domains.

US Pat. No. 10,013,220

JOB PROCESSING SYSTEM, JOB PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF JOB PROCESSING APPARATUS, PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A image forming system comprising:an information processing apparatus;
a mobile information terminal; and
an image forming apparatus configured to receive, from the information processing apparatus, print data associated with user information and to receive, from the mobile information terminal, an instruction of specific print processing based on print data,
wherein the image forming apparatus includes an image forming device configured to form an image on a sheet, an operation device configured to receive an operation of an operator, a storage configured to store data, one or more processors, and memory storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the one or more processors to function as:
a storing unit configured to store, in the storage, the print data received from the information processing apparatus,
an outputting unit configured to output information of the print data for transmitting to the mobile information terminal,
an acquiring unit configured to acquire user identification information of the operator, and
an execution unit configured to execute print processing by causing the image forming device to form an image,
wherein the execution unit causes the image forming device to form an image based on the received print data associated with user information in a case where (i) the instruction of specific print processing received from the mobile information terminal is for the received print data associated with user information and, (ii) the received print data associated with user information corresponds to the user identification information of the operator acquired by the acquiring unit.

US Pat. No. 10,002,423

MEDICAL IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, MEDICAL IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND MEDICAL IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A medical image processing apparatus comprising:an image acquiring unit configured to acquire a plurality of medical images obtained by imaging an identical region of an object under different radiographing conditions;
a relation acquiring unit configured to acquire a correlation between a signal value and a radiographing condition at a pixel at a same position in the plurality of medical images;
a condition acquiring unit configured to acquire a virtual radiographing condition that is different from the radiographing conditions of the plurality of medical images;
a generating unit configured to generate a diagnosis image by acquiring a signal value of each pixel based on the correlation and the virtual radiographing condition;
a display condition acquiring unit configured to acquire a window width value and a window level value for displaying one medical image of an identical cross section of the object; and
a display control unit configured to cause a display unit to display the diagnosis image based on the window width value and window level value acquired by the display condition acquiring unit.

US Pat. No. 9,994,031

LIQUID CONTAINER AND RECORDING APPARATUS ON WHICH LIQUID CONTAINER IS MOUNTED

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink tank containing a liquid in a liquid containing portion, comprising:a first surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface,
wherein a supply port for supplying the liquid opens at the first surface, and the liquid containing portion has, on a bottom surface which is a lower surface in a gravity direction and connects the first surface to the second surface, a first inclined surface inclining downward in the gravity direction from the first surface side to the second surface side, a second inclined surface inclining upward in the gravity direction from the first surface side to the second surface side at a position closer to the second surface than to the first inclined surface, and a third inclined surface inclining upward in the gravity direction from the first surface side to the second surface side at a position closer to the second surface than to the second inclined surface,
wherein an angle to a horizon plane of the second inclined surface is different from an angle to horizon plane of the third inclined surface.

US Pat. No. 9,998,691

PIXEL, A SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE, AND AN IMAGING APPARATUS HAVING BARRIER REGION BETWEEN PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION PORTIONS IN PARALLEL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A pixel comprising:a first photoelectric conversion region and a second photoelectric conversion region that have different sensitivities from each other and are arrayed in parallel in a first direction;
a first barrier region that is sandwiched between the first photoelectric conversion region and the second photoelectric conversion region,
wherein the first photoelectric conversion region includes:
a first photoelectric conversion portion and a second photoelectric conversion portion arrayed in parallel in a second direction that intersects the first direction, and
a second barrier region sandwiched between the first photoelectric conversion portion and the second photoelectric conversion portion,
and wherein a magnitude of electrical separation of the first barrier region is larger than a magnitude of electrical separation of the second barrier region; and
a microlens at the light entry side of the first photoelectric conversion region and the second photoelectric conversion region,
wherein the microlens has a refractive index distribution that is asymmetrical as to a plane perpendicular to the first direction and includes the optical axis of the microlens.

US Pat. No. 9,998,822

SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A signal processing apparatus comprising:at least one hardware processor; and
a memory which stores instructions executable by the at least one hardware processor to cause the signal processing apparatus to perform at least;
extracting components for a plurality of different frequency bands from an audio signal acquired by a plurality of audio acquisition units;
forming, for each of the plurality of different frequency bands, at least one directional beam for generating a directional sound signal corresponding to a target direction, wherein a first directional beam and a second directional beam having different directivities respectively are formed for a frequency band among the plurality of different frequency bands, so that the target direction is included in an overlapping range where the first directional beam and the second directional beam overlap; and
generating the directional sound signal corresponding to the target direction by processing, based on the at least one directional beam formed for each of the plurality of different frequency bands in the forming, each of the components for the plurality of different frequency bands extracted from the audio signal in the extracting.

US Pat. No. 9,984,291

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR MEASURING A POSITION AND AN ORIENTATION OF AN OBJECT BY USING A MODEL INDICATING A SHAPE OF THE OBJECT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more memory devices, the one or more memory devices storing a partial model representing a shape of a part of a whole shape of a target object and a whole model representing the whole shape of the target object, the one or more memory devices storing executable instructions, which when executed by the one or more processors, cause the information processing apparatus to:
derive an approximate position and an approximate orientation of the target object and derive a position and an orientation each having higher accuracy using the approximate position and the approximate orientation, based on measured three-dimensional information of a target object stored in a container and the partial model and the whole model of the target object stored in the one or more memory devices; and
based on the derived position and the orientation and the whole model of the target object stored in the one or more memory devices, determine whether the target object and the container will come into contact with each other when a robot hand moves the target object.

US Pat. No. 9,960,366

ORGANIC LIGHT EMITTING ELEMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An organic light emitting element, comprising:an anode;
a cathode; and
an organic compound layer disposed between the anode and the cathode,
wherein:
the organic compound layer comprises an organic functional layer; and
the organic functional layer comprises an organic compound represented by the following general formula [1]:
in the general formula [1], X1 and X2 each represent an aryl group, and the aryl group may further have a halogen atom or an alkyl group, and R1, R2, R3, R4, R5, R6, R7, R8, R9, R10, R11, R12, R13, R14, R15, and R16 each represent a hydrogen atom or a substituent selected from a halogen atom, an alkyl group, and an aryl group, and when any one of R1 to R16 represents an aryl group, the aryl group may further have a halogen atom or an alkyl group that may have a halogen atom.

US Pat. No. 9,948,808

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS HAVING CIRCUIT CONFIGURATION DATA INSTALLED BASED ON IDENTIFIER CORRESPONDENCE, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus having a programmable logic device requiring at least two pieces of circuit configuration data for circuit configuration, the information processing apparatus comprising:a storage which stores a first identifier indicating first circuit configuration data set in the programmable logic device; and
a controller which, in a case where the first identifier corresponds to a second identifier indicating second circuit configuration data, installs the second circuit configuration data, and, in a case where the first identifier does not correspond to the second identifier, does not install the second circuit configuration data and notifies a user of a predetermined message.

US Pat. No. 9,933,681

DRIVER FOR ELECTROCHROMIC ELEMENT, METHOD FOR DRIVING ELECTROCHROMIC ELEMENT, OPTICAL FILTER, IMAGING DEVICE, LENS UNIT, AND WINDOW COMPONENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A driver for an electrochromic element, the driver configured to adjust transmittance of the electrochromic element, the electrochromic element having a pair of electrodes and an electrochromic layer, which includes at least one organic electrochromic material and which is positioned between the electrodes, the driver comprising:an adjusting controller, wherein:
the adjusting controller, after applying a voltage V1,
applies a voltage V2, the voltage V2 being higher than the voltage V1 and not lower than an oxidation voltage if the voltage V1 is equal to or lower than a back reduction voltage, or the voltage V2 being lower than the voltage V1 and not higher than the back reduction voltage if the voltage V1 is equal to or higher than the oxidation voltage, and
the adjusting controller is configured to adjust the transmittance of the electrochromic element with use of a pulse width of the voltage V2,
wherein the voltage V1 is equal to or higher than the oxidation voltage, and
wherein the adjusting controller adjusts the pulse width of the voltage V2 by controlling a ratio of a duration T1 to a total duration T1+T2 the duration T1being the duration for which back reduction of the organic electrochromic material proceeds and the duration T2 being the duration for which the back reduction stops.

US Pat. No. 9,932,194

SHEET DISCHARGE APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet discharge apparatus comprising:a discharging portion configured to discharge a sheet;
a sheet stacking portion, configured to be moved up and down, on which the sheet discharged by the discharging portion is stacked;
a moving unit configured to move the sheet stacking portion;
a control portion configured to control the moving unit such that a height position of an uppermost sheet stacked on the sheet stacking portion becomes a first height position; and
a sheet detection portion configured to detect that the height position of the uppermost sheet is lower than a second height position lower than the first height position,
wherein the control portion sets a sheet discharge speed of the discharging portion to a first sheet discharge speed in a case where the uppermost sheet is at the first height position, and
wherein the control portion sets the sheet discharge speed to a second sheet discharge speed faster than the first sheet discharge speed in a case where the sheet detection portion detects that the height position of the uppermost sheet is lower than the second height position.

US Pat. No. 9,933,743

RECORDING MATERIAL PROCESSING APPARATUS INCLUDING ALIGNMENT UNIT FOR ALIGNING RECORDING MATERIALS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording material processing apparatus comprising:a conveyance unit configured to convey a recording material;
an alignment unit including a first alignment member and a second alignment member, the first alignment member and the second alignment member being configured to support the recording material conveyed by the conveyance unit, wherein at least the first alignment member approaches the second alignment member to align the supported recording material in a direction perpendicular to a conveyance direction of the recording material;
a stacking unit on which the recording material is stacked, wherein the supported recording material is discharged to the stacking unit when at least the first alignment member separates from the second alignment member; and
a control unit configured to perform control of discharging the recording material to the stacking unit by switching between a first control not to align the recording material by the alignment unit and a second control to align the recording material by the alignment unit,
wherein, in a case where the control unit performs the first control after performing the second control, the control unit is further configured not to discharge the recording material supported by the alignment unit to the stacking unit at the end of the second control, and
wherein, in a case where the control unit does not perform the first control after performing the second control, the control unit is further configured to discharge the recording material supported by the alignment unit to the stacking unit at the end of the second control.

US Pat. No. 9,930,245

FOCUS CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An focus control apparatus comprising:a focus detection unit that detects a defocus value;
a control unit that controls focus position adjustment using the defocus value;
a first acquisition unit that acquires reliability of the defocus value;
a storage unit that stores a plurality of images captured by an image sensor at a plurality of focus positions including an in-focus position based on the defocus value detected by the focus detection unit, and the defocus value detected for each of the plurality of images by the focus detection unit in association with each of the plurality of images; and
a second acquisition unit that, in a case where the reliability of the defocus value corresponding to a selected image from among the plurality of images is lower than a first threshold, acquires a first correction value to be used for correcting the focus position adjustment based on the defocus values of a plurality of unselected images among the plurality of images,
wherein the control unit adjusts the focus position using the first correction value in a case where the reliability of the defocus value corresponding to the selected image is lower than the first threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,927,728

METHOD FOR PRODUCING TONER PARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,927,730

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT EFFECTS REMOVAL OF RESIDUAL TONER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,927,733

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH REDUCED POSTTRANSFER LATENT IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a rotatable photosensitive member including a photosensitive layer;
a charging member provided in contact with or in proximity with said photosensitive member and configured to be supplied with a DC voltage to charge a surface of said photosensitive member;
developing means configured to develop an electrostatic image formed on said photosensitive member into a toner image, after charging of said photosensitive member by said charging means;
a transfer member configured to transfer the toner image from said photosensitive member onto a toner image receiving member;
an application device configured to apply to said transfer member a transfer voltage for transferring the image from said photosensitive member onto the toner image receiving member;
a light projecting portion configured to project light to said photosensitive member before the charging by said charging means and after the image transfer by said transfer means; and
a controller configured to control a light quantity of the light projected to said photosensitive member by said light projecting portion, on the basis of information relating to the transfer voltage and information relating to a film thickness of said photosensitive layer,
wherein under a condition that the film thickness is the same, the light quantity controlled by said controller is smaller when the transfer voltage is a second value than when it is a first value, wherein a difference of the second value from a charged potential of said photosensitive member is smaller than that of the first value.

US Pat. No. 9,927,735

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT DIVIDES ONE PIXEL INTO PLURALITY OF PIXEL PIECES AND PERFORMS EXPOSURE ON PIXEL PIECE-BY-PIXEL PIECE BASIS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a photosensitive member;
an exposure unit configured to divide one pixel into a plurality of pixel pieces and perform exposure on a pixel piece-by-pixel piece basis, to form an electrostatic latent image on the photosensitive member;
a determination unit configured to determine, based on image data, an isolated pixel surrounded by blank pixels in the electrostatic latent image;
a selection unit configured to select a correction target pixel from the blank pixels surrounding the isolated pixel; and
a correction unit configured to correct the image data so as to expose a pixel piece of the correction target pixel.

US Pat. No. 9,930,319

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:an obtainment unit that obtains a plurality of images obtained by shooting a subject at different positions, at each of a plurality of timings;
a first detection unit that detects a phase difference between the images obtained at the same timing;
a second detection unit that detects a phase difference between the images obtained at the same position but at different timings; and
a generating unit that generates an output image by synthesizing at least some of the images obtained by the obtainment unit so that at least one of the phase differences between the some of the images, which are detected by the first detection unit and the second detection unit, is reduced,
wherein in the case of a setting for generating an image corresponding to a long-exposure shooting, the generating unit adjusts an exposure amount and a depth of field of the output image by controlling shot positions and obtained timings of images used for the synthesis.

US Pat. No. 9,929,303

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a solid-state image sensor, comprising:forming a first insulating member and an electrically conductive member above a semiconductor substrate including a first region in which a plurality of photoelectric conversion units are arranged and a second region in which a circuit configured to process signals from the plurality of photoelectric conversion units is arranged, wherein the first insulating member covers the first region and the second region, the electrically conductive member is arranged above at least the second region, and a connecting portion of an upper surface of the electrically conductive member, which is used to connect a plug, is covered with part of the first insulating member;
forming a plurality of first openings corresponding to the plurality of photoelectric conversion units in the first insulating member;
forming a second insulating member above the first region and the second region after the forming the plurality of first openings, wherein the second insulating member covers the first insulating member, and a portion of the second insulating member formed in the first opening functions as a waveguide;
partially removing the second insulating member such that the part of the first insulating member covering the connecting portion is exposed;
forming a third insulating member that covers the first insulating member and the second insulating member above the first region and the second region after the partially removing the second insulating member;
partially removing the third insulating member formed above the first region such that the second insulating member is exposed;
forming a second opening to expose the connecting portion of the electrically conductive member in the first insulating member and the third insulating member after the partially removing the third insulating member; and
forming the plug in the second opening.

US Pat. No. 9,929,307

LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE, LIGHT SOURCE SYSTEM INCLUDING THE LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE, AND OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY INCLUDING THE LIGHT SOURCE SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A light emitting device comprising:an upper electrode layer, a lower electrode layer, and an active layer provided between the upper electrode layer and the lower electrode layer;
the active layer has a plurality of quantum-confined structures including:
a first quantum-confined structure that has a ground level having an energy level E0 and a high-order level having an energy level E1; and
a second quantum-confined structure different from the first quantum-confined structure, the second quantum-confined structure has a ground level having an energy level E2 which is higher than the energy level E0,
wherein the energy level E1 and the energy level E2 are substantially matched, and
wherein at least one of the upper electrode layer and the lower electrode layer is divided into a plurality of electrodes.

US Pat. No. 9,928,616

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,921,514

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR REMOVING ADHERED MATTER FROM A CHARGING UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus configured to carry out an image forming operation of forming an image on a recording material,
the image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member configured to be rotatable;
a charging member configured to charge the image bearing member;
a voltage application device configured to apply a voltage to the charging member;
an image exposure device configured to form an electrostatic latent image on the image bearing member charged by the charging
member;

a developing device configured to supply developer to the electrostatic latent image formed on the image bearing member by
the image exposure device so as to develop the electrostatic latent image into a toner image;

a transfer member configured to transfer the toner image formed on the image bearing member by the developing device onto
a transfer body;

a detection unit configured to detect operation information of the image forming apparatus; and
a controller configured to cause the voltage application device to apply an AC voltage to the charging member during a non-image-forming
operation of the image forming apparatus,

an environment detection unit configured to detect use environment information of the image forming apparatus,
wherein the controller is configured to control a duration for which the AC voltage is applied on the basis of the operation
information detected by the detection unit, and

wherein the controller controls whether the AC voltage is to be applied to the charging member by the voltage application
device on the basis of the use environment information detected by the environment detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,921,516

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet;
a sensor comprising:
a light emitting element;
a diffraction grating configured to disperse light that is reflected by a measurement image on the sheet;
a plurality of light receiving elements configured to receive the reflected light dispersed by the diffraction grating; and
a generation unit configured to generate information related to an intensity of the light reflected by the measurement image,
based on results of light reception by the plurality of light receiving elements; and

a controller configured to control the image forming unit to form a first measurement image on a first sheet, to control the
sensor to obtain first information corresponding to the first measurement image, to control the image forming unit to form
a second measurement image on a second sheet, to control the sensor to obtain second information corresponding to the second
measurement image, to execute first correction processing based on the first information, and to execute second correction
processing based on the second information,

wherein the controller controls the light emitting element to emit light before the first sheet arrives at the sensor, controls
the sensor to turn off the light emitting element after measuring the first measurement image on the first sheet, and controls
the light emitting element to emit light before the second sheet arrives at the sensor, and

wherein a light emission time of the light emitting element prior to the arrival of the second sheet at the sensor is shorter
than a light emission time of the light emitting element prior to the arrival of the first sheet at the sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,918,631

ADAPTIVE OPTICAL APPARATUS AND OPHTHALMIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An adaptive optical apparatus comprising:
a wavefront detection unit configured to detect a wavefront aberration;
a wavefront correction unit configured to correct the wavefront aberration;
a first scanning unit, arranged to be optically substantially conjugate to said wavefront correction unit, configured to scan
measurement light from a light source on an object in a first direction;

a second scanning unit, arranged to be optically substantially conjugate to said wavefront correction unit, configured to
scan light on the object in a second direction; and

an optical element commonly arranged (a) in a first optical path between said wavefront correction unit and said first scanning
unit, (b) in a second optical path between said first scanning unit and said second scanning unit, and (c) in a third optical
path between said wavefront detection unit and said wavefront correction unit, the first optical path, the second optical
path, and the third optical path being different from each other,

wherein said wavefront correction unit reflects light from the light source, and the light reflected by said wavefront correction
unit irradiates said first scanning unit via a first region of said optical element,

wherein the light reflected by said first scanning unit irradiates said second scanning unit via a second region of said optical
element, and

wherein said wavefront correction unit reflects light reflected by the object, and the light reflected by said wavefront correction
unit irradiates said wavefront detection unit via a third region of said optical element.

US Pat. No. 9,918,632

OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmologic apparatus comprising:
a light scanning unit that scans measuring light on an eye to be examined;
an acquisition unit that acquires a light receiving signal from a light receiving unit that receives light reflected from
the eye to be examined;

an instruction unit that instructs a drive position of the light scanning unit;
a position detection unit that detects a current position of the light scanning unit; and
a measurement unit that measures a drive time delay from the moment the instruction unit issues an instruction to the moment
the current position reaches the instructed drive position,

wherein the acquisition unit starts acquiring the light receiving signal at timing based on the drive time delay.

US Pat. No. 9,921,454

IMAGING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF GENERATING AN IMAGE WITH A WEIGHT OF A SIGNAL CORRESPONDING TO EACH TYPE OF SPECTRAL SENSITIVITY CHARACTERISTICS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus, comprising:
a secondary imaging optical system configured to form a secondary image of object light that has had a primary image formed;
an image sensor having two or more types of spectral sensitivity characteristics and configured to output a signal of an object
image that is the secondary image formed by the secondary imaging optical system; and

a signal processor configured to calculate a resolution of the signal corresponding to each of the spectral sensitivity characteristics
on the basis of an output signal of the image sensor when a member in the vicinity of a primary imaging plane serves as an
object, and generate an image with a weight of a signal corresponding to each type of the spectral sensitivity characteristics
output by the image sensor being varied on the basis of the resolution of the signal corresponding to each of the spectral
sensitivity characteristics,

wherein the signal processor increases the weight of a signal as the resolution of the signal corresponding to the spectral
sensitivity characteristics is higher.

US Pat. No. 9,913,580

APPARATUS, METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY MEDIUM FOR OPTICAL STABILIZATION AND DIGITAL IMAGE REGISTRATION IN SCANNING LIGHT OPHTHALMOSCOPY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of obtaining an AO (Adaptive Optics) image of an area of a subject, the method comprising:
providing light from a light source;
a fast scanning step of scanning the light in a first direction by a first scanner to produce a first scanning line of light;
a slow scanning step of scanning the first scanning line of light in a second direction by a second scanner, wherein the second
direction is substantially orthogonal to the first direction to produce a first scanning area, wherein a scanning rate of
the slow scanning step is lower than a scanning rate of the fast scanning step;

an image constructing step of constructing an image with light from the first scanning area of the subject;
a position detecting step of detecting a relative change in a position of the first scanning area on the subject by analyzing
the image constructed in the image constructing step;

a tracking step of tracking the first scanning area by controlling the second scanner according to the detected relative change
in the position of the first scanning area; and

an AO image constructing step of constructing the AO image by adjusting a position of the image using the detected relative
change in the position of the first scanning area.

US Pat. No. 9,916,316

APPARATUS, METHOD AND MEDIUM FOR CREATING FOLDER SHORTCUTS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A shortcut creating apparatus comprising:
a memory storing a program; and
a processor that executes the program to control the apparatus to:
select a second folder to be associated with a first folder;
determine which one instruction has been selected by a user, among a first instruction for creating a shortcut of the second
folder under the first folder, a second instruction for creating a shortcut of the first folder under the second folder, and
a third instruction for creating a shortcut of the second folder under the first folder and also creating a shortcut of the
first folder under the second folder;

create the shortcut of the second folder under the first folder if it is determined that the first instruction has been selected
as the one instruction without selecting the second and third instructions;

create the shortcut of the first folder under the second folder if it is determined that the second instruction has been selected
as the one instruction without selecting the first and third instructions; and

create the shortcut of the second folder under the first folder and also create the shortcut of the first folder under the
second folder if it is determined that the third instruction has been selected as the one instruction without selecting the
first and second instructions.

US Pat. No. 9,914,308

LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS AND LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid ejection apparatus comprising:
a liquid storage container that stores liquid;
a circulation mechanism that circulates liquid in a circulation path;
a liquid ejection head fluidly-connected to the liquid storage container, the liquid ejection head having a plurality of ejection
openings, wherein

the liquid ejection head includes at least a pair of common passages and a plurality of individual passages that connect one
of the pair of common passages to the other one of the pair of common passages and communicate with the plurality of ejection
openings, respectively, and

at least a pair of pressure adjustment mechanisms whose pressures are set to different control pressures is connected to respective
upstream sides or downstream sides of the pair of common passages.

US Pat. No. 9,910,863

COMMUNICATION DEVICE FOR SEARCHING FOR PREDETERMINED EXTERNAL DEVICE FROM NETWORK, COMMUNICATION DEVICE CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication device that participates in a network, the communication device comprising:
a memory for storing data and a computer program; and
a processor coupled to the memory for executing the computer program, the computer program comprising instructions for:
storing an image on a recording medium;
searching for a predetermined external device from the network after participating in the network;
transmitting an image stored on the recording medium to the predetermined external device via the network;
determining a number of times of participation in the network,
wherein a time period for searching for the predetermined external device in the network is changed according to a determination
result; and

a first mode and a second mode, wherein in the first mode the image is transmitted to another predetermined external device
via the network in a case that the predetermined external device is not found, wherein in the second mode a search for the
predetermined external device is terminated without communicating with the another predetermined external device in the case
that the predetermined external device is not found, and wherein the time period for searching for the predetermined external
device in the second mode is longer than the time period for searching for the predetermined external device in the first
mode.

US Pat. No. 9,891,546

ULTRAVIOLET-CURABLE LIQUID DEVELOPER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An ultraviolet-curable liquid developer comprising;
a toner particle containing a binder resin and a colorant;
a cationically polymerizable liquid monomer which does not dissolve the binder resin in the toner particle; and
a photoinitiator, wherein
the cationically polymerizable liquid monomer contains a vinyl ether compound,
a molar average SP value of the cationically polymerizable liquid monomer is not more than 9.0,
a molar average number of functional groups for the cationically polymerizable liquid monomer is at least 1.8, and
the photoinitiator contains a compound represented by formula (1), a content of the compound represented by formula (1) being
0.01 to 5.00 mass parts per 100 mass parts of the cationically polymerizable liquid monomer,


wherein, R1 and R2 are bonded to each other to form a ring structure selected from the group consisting of a succinimide structure, a phthalimide
structure, a norbornenedicarboximide structure, a naphthalenedicarboximide structure, a cyclohexanedicarboximide structure,
and an epoxycyclohexenedicarboximide structure; x is an integer that of 1 to 8; and y is an integer of 3 to 17.

US Pat. No. 9,880,673

MULTI-TOUCH INPUT INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus configured to recognize a multi-touch operation, the information processing apparatus
comprising:
an input information acquisition unit configured to repetitively acquire, in a situation where two touched points are detected
on a touch detection area, a position of each of the two touched points sequentially one by one;

a holding unit configured to hold, each time a latest position of one of the two touched points has been newly acquired by
the input information acquisition unit a position of the one of the two touched points having been updated with a latest position
in a memory;

a determination unit configured to determine whether all positions of the two touched points held in the memory are updated
with latest positions each time a position of one of the two touched points is acquired by the input information acquisition
unit; and

a distance acquisition unit configured to acquire an amount of distance between positions of the two touched points based
on the positions of the two touched points being held in the memory in a case where the determination unit determines that
all positions of the two touched points held in the memory are updated with the latest positions;

a decision unit configured to decide a type of input to the information processing apparatus using the amount of distance
between positions of the two touched points acquired by the distance acquisition unit, the type of input being one of a first
operation where the amount of distance between the positions of the two touched points is changed, and a second operation
where the two touched points are moved in a same direction and the amount of distance between the positions of the two touched
points is unchanged;

a display control unit configured to cause a display unit to display one of a plurality of images stored in a predetermined
order,

wherein the display control unit causes the display unit to enlarge or reduce the displayed image, in response to a decision
by the decision unit that input by the two touched points is the first operation and selects, from within the plurality of
images stored in the predetermined order, an image at a position within the predetermined order that is not adjacent to the
displayed image, and cause the display unit to display the selected image in response to a decision by the decision unit that
input by the two touched points is the second operation, and

wherein the holding unit, the input information acquisition unit, the determination unit, the distance acquisition unit, the
decision unit and the display control unit are implemented by at least one processor in the information processing apparatus.

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. 9,862,091

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for grip position and orientation comprising:
one or more processors; and
a memory storing a program which, when executed by the one or more processors, causes the one or more processors to function
as:

a first acquisition unit configured to acquire a taught relative position and orientation between an object that has a shape
of rotational symmetry with respect to at least one axis and a gripper as the gripper is gripping the object;

a second acquisition unit configured to acquire a reference orientation of the gripper, which is designated in advance;
a recognition unit configured to recognize an imaged position and orientation of the object from an image including the object;
a derivation unit configured to derive a first candidate orientation of the gripper in which the gripper can grip the recognized
object, based on the recognized imaged position and orientation of the object and the taught relative position and orientation;

a comparison unit configured to compare the first candidate orientation of the gripper and the reference orientation; and
a decision unit configured to decide, based on a result of the comparison by the comparison unit, a final grip position and
orientation in which the gripper grips the object,

wherein the object is rotationally symmetric when rotated about the axis by 360/N degrees (N is an integer not less than 2),
wherein the derivation unit obtains rotation orientations by rotating the recognized orientation of the object about the axis
by each 360/N degrees, and obtains, using the taught relative position and orientation, for each of the obtained rotation
orientations, the first candidate orientation of the gripper to grip the object having the rotation orientation, and

wherein the decision unit decides, as the final grip orientation, an orientation closest to the reference orientation out
of the obtained first candidate orientations of the gripper.

US Pat. No. 9,864,263

OPTICAL UNIT, OPTICAL APPARATUS USING THE SAME, LIGHT SOURCE APPARATUS, AND PROJECTION DISPLAY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical unit comprising:
a plurality of reflective surfaces configured to reflect light fluxes from a plurality of light sources and to guide the light
fluxes to a lens unit,

wherein the reflective surfaces are configured such that the light fluxes reflected on the reflective surfaces are a plurality
of convergent light fluxes and such that a distance between each of the convergent light fluxes decreases with distance travelled
from the reflective surfaces,

each of the reflective surfaces is each of a plurality of concave mirrors,
each of the concave mirrors is a part of a different one of a plurality of concave surfaces and each of the concave surfaces
has a different shape from each other,

the concave mirrors include a first concave mirror and a second concave mirror, the second concave mirror being provided at
a position from the lens unit that is further from the lens unit than the first concave mirror, and

a focal length of the second concave mirror is longer than a focal length of the first concave mirror.

US Pat. No. 9,862,559

SHEET DETECTION DEVICE, SHEET CONVEYANCE DEVICE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet detection device configured to detect a sheet conveyed through a sheet conveyance path, the sheet detection device
comprising:
an output device configured to output a detection signal that varies by switching the output device between a light-interrupted
state where an optical path is interrupted and a light-transmitted state where the optical path is not interrupted;

an abutment member including an abutment surface for abutting a front end of the conveyed sheet;
a holding member including a first positioning portion and configured to hold the abutment member; and
a detection unit configured to detect presence or absence of the sheet based on the detection signal output from the output
device,

wherein the holding member includes a first flag portion capable of switching the optical path between the light-interrupted
state and the light-transmitted state,

wherein the abutment member includes a second flag portion capable of switching the optical path between the light-interrupted
state and the light-transmitted state,

wherein the abutment member is movable to an abutment position at which the abutment surface abuts on the front end of the
sheet, and is positioned relative to the first positioning portion, and also movable to a retracted position at which the
abutment surface does not abut on the front end of the sheet,

wherein the holding member is movable to a positioned first position and a second position retracted from the first position,
wherein, in a standby state where the abutment member is located at the abutment position and the holding member is located
at the first position, the abutment surface is pushed by the front end of the sheet whereby, in a state where the abutment
member is positioned by the first positioning portion, the holding member moves in a direction away from the first position,
and

wherein the holding member moves in the direction away from the first position and thereby causes the front end of the sheet
to separate from the abutment surface, whereby, in a state where the abutment member is pushed by a surface of the sheet and
thereby moves to the retracted position, the holding member moves from the second position to the first position and, based
on the detection signal output from the output device by the first flag portion and the second flag portion moving relative
to the optical path with movements of the abutment member and the holding member, the detection unit detects the presence
or absence of the sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,864,869

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS CONFIGURED TO CONTROL ACCESS TO CONTENT, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR AND SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

2. A control method for a server apparatus communicable with a communication apparatus which sends a content to the server
apparatus and an external apparatus, which distributes a content transferred from the server apparatus to a third-party terminal
via a network, comprising:
receiving a content from the communication apparatus;
transferring the content to the external apparatus;
acquiring a content disclosure range set by the communication apparatus;
acquiring a content disclosure range which has been set in the external apparatus from the external apparatus;
comparing the content disclosure range set by the communication apparatus with the content disclosure range which has been
set in the external apparatus, when the server apparatus transfers a content acquired from the communication apparatus to
the external apparatus; and

selectively executing notification to the communication apparatus based on a result of the comparison,
wherein in the executing the notification, if the result of the comparison indicates that the content disclosure range set
by the communication apparatus is different from the content disclosure range which has been set in the external apparatus,
the notification is executed.

US Pat. No. 9,857,716

CURABLE LIQUID DEVELOPER AND IMAGE-FORMING METHOD USING CURABLE LIQUID DEVELOPER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A curable liquid developer comprising;
a curable insulating liquid;
a toner particle that contains a pigment and a resin; and
a cationic photoinitiator, wherein
the viscosity of the curable insulating liquid at 25° C. is 1 to 100 mPa·s,
A-B is not more than 1,000 mPa·s where A (mPa·s) is the viscosity of the curable liquid developer at 25° C. when the toner
particle concentration in the curable liquid developer is 50 mass %, and B (mPa·s) is the viscosity of the curable liquid
developer at 25° C. when the toner particle concentration in the curable liquid developer is 1 mass %,

the toner particle has a volume-average particle diameter of 0.1 to 2.5 ?m, and an average circularity of at least 0.946,
and

the cationic photoinitiator is represented by formula (1)

where R1 and R2 are bonded to each other to form a ring structure selected from the group consisting of a succinimide structure, a phthalimide
structure, a norbornenedicarboximide structure, a naphthalenedicarboximide structure, a cyclohexanedicarboximide structure,
and an epoxycyclohexenedicarboximide structure, each of which may be optionally substituted; x represents an integer from
1 to 8; and y represents an integer from 3 to 17.