US Pat. No. 9,466,640

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a solid-state imaging apparatus, including a plurality of photoelectric conversion portions arranged
on a substrate, a plurality of microlenses formed to correspond to the plurality of photoelectric conversion portions, and
a plurality of color filters of a plurality of colors formed between the substrate and the plurality of microlenses,
the method comprising:
forming a structure including an insulating layer on the substrate, and forming an electrode on the structure;
forming a first film covering the electrode and the structure, the first film being insulative;
forming an opening in a projection of the first film, the projection being formed by a step between an upper face of the electrode
and an upper face of the structure out of the first film, such that a first portion which is part of the upper face of the
electrode is exposed;

forming a second film covering the first film and the first portion;
forming a protective film in the opening and a first color filter having one of the plurality of colors, simultaneously, by
processing the second film, the protective film covering the first portion and a side face defining the opening, and being
not formed on an upper face of the projection of the first film; and

forming a third film on the first film and the protective film by spin coating.

US Pat. No. 9,462,997

SUBJECT INFORMATION ACQUISITION APPARATUS AND SUBJECT INFORMATION ACQUISITION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a holding member configured to hold a subject;
a probe configured to receive an elastic wave from the subject through the holding member and output a signal;
a holding member deformation amount measuring unit configured to measure distribution information of amounts of deformation
of the holding member; and

a processing unit configured to:
obtain, based on the distribution information of the amounts of deformation of the holding member, information on a time period
during which an elastic wave propagates from a point of interest to the probe, and

obtain, based on the information on the time period and the signal, subject information in the point of interest.

US Pat. No. 9,459,584

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a process cartridge including a photosensitive member and a developing roller configured to develop a latent image formed
on the photosensitive member;

a mounting portion to and from which the process cartridge is attachable and detachable;
a separation mechanism configured to take a first position to separate the developing roller from the photosensitive member
and a second position to bring the developing roller into contact with the photosensitive member;

an allowance mechanism configured to allow the process cartridge with the developing roller kept in contact with the photosensitive
member to be mounted on the mounting portion when the separation mechanism is in the first position;

an exposure device configured to expose the photosensitive member with light; and
a control unit configured to determine whether the developing roller and the photosensitive member of the process cartridge
are in contact with each other and to control operations of the separation mechanism and the exposure device based on a result
of determination,

wherein the control unit, when determining that the developing roller and the photosensitive member are in contact with each
other when the separation mechanism is in the first position, performs an exposure operation to cause the exposure device
to expose the photosensitive member with light while keeping the separation mechanism in the first position during an initial
operation of the image forming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,453,985

MIRROR DRIVING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A mirror driving device comprising:
a drive source;
a lead screw configured to be driven by the drive source;
a mirror member configured to be movable between a mirror-down position and a mirror-up position;
a mirror driving member configured to rectilinearly move to drive the mirror member between the mirror-down position and the
mirror-up position; and

a restriction unit configured to switch between a restriction state that restricts a rectilinear movement of the mirror driving
member and a restriction release state that releases the restriction state,

wherein, in a case where the mirror member is in the mirror-up position or the mirror-down position, the restriction unit
switches between the restriction state and the restriction release state in response to driving of the lead screw without
allowing the mirror driving member to rectilinearly move, and

wherein the mirror driving member rectilinearly moves in response to driving of the lead screw after the restriction unit
switches from the restriction state to the restriction release state.

US Pat. No. 9,454,111

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS WITH CLEANING WEB CONFIGURED TO CLEAN COLLECTING ROLLER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus comprising:
a heat rotatable member configured to heat a toner image on a recording material;
a collecting roller configured to collect a toner deposited on said heat rotatable member while being rotated by said heat
rotatable member;

a bearing configured to rotatably support a longitudinal end portion of said collecting roller;
a holding member configured to hold said bearing;
a spring provided on said holding member and configured to act on said bearing by contacting said bearing;
a cleaning unit including a cleaning web configured to clean said collecting roller member; and
a moving mechanism configured to move said cleaning unit so as to be movable between a first position where said cleaning
web contacts said collecting roller and a second position where said cleaning web contacts said collecting roller at a contact
pressure lower than a contact pressure at the first position,

wherein said cleaning unit includes (i) a first pressing portion configured to press said collecting roller toward said heat
rotatable member by contacting said bearing when said cleaning unit is in the first position, and (ii) a second pressing portion
configured to press said collecting roller toward said heat rotatable member by contacting said spring without contacting
said bearing when said cleaning unit is in the second position.

US Pat. No. 9,451,392

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication device comprising:
a first communication unit configured to perform a wireless communication with another communication device through a first
communication scheme;

a second communication unit configured to perform a wireless communication with the another communication device through a
second communication scheme having a higher communication speed than the first communication scheme;

a transmission unit configured to transmit with the first communication unit a first request message for requesting connection
by the second communication scheme to the another communication device, which includes information indicating that a communication
processing to be requested to the another communication device is not determined, in a case where the first communication
unit establishes connection with the another communication device without determining communication processing to be requested
to the another communication device;

a reception unit configured to receive, after the transmission unit transmits the first request message, a first response
message including information indicating whether connection can be established by the second communication unit and information
indicating communication processing executable by the another communication device using the wireless communication through
the second communication scheme; and

a selection unit configured to select communication processing to be executed using the wireless communication through the
second communication scheme based on the information included in the first response message received by the reception unit
and information about the communication processing executable by the another communication device using the wireless communication
through the second communication scheme.

US Pat. No. 9,451,145

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS INCLUDING AN IMAGE SENSOR THAT HAS PIXELS FOR DETECTING A PHASE DIFFERENCE AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor that has pixels for capturing an image and pixels for detecting a phase difference;
wherein a phase difference is detected based on signals from the pixels for detecting a phase difference if an opening diameter
of an aperture is within a specific range, the specific range being calculated based on (1) an exit pupil position of a photographic
lens being mounted that varies depending on lens information, a type of the photographic lens, and a position of a focus detection
region, (2) an exit pupil diameter that varies depending on the opening diameter of the aperture, and (3) the position of
the focus detection region;

a control unit that, only in a first case, changes the opening diameter of the aperture to be equal to or less than a maximum
diameter of the specific range and performs detection of a phase difference, and only in a second case, changes the opening
diameter of the aperture to be equal to or larger than a minimum diameter of the specific range and performs the detection
of a phase difference,

wherein the first case is where contrast information based on signals from the pixels for capturing an image meets a predetermined
condition and the opening diameter of the aperture is larger than the maximum diameter, and the second case is where contrast
information based on signals from the pixels for capturing an image meets a predetermined condition and the opening diameter
of the aperture is less than the minimum diameter; and

a drive unit that performs focus driving of the photographic lens in accordance with a focus drive distance and a drive direction
decided based on a phase difference detected based on signals from the pixels for detecting a phase difference.

US Pat. No. 9,442,370

IMPRINTING METHOD, IMPRINTING APPARATUS, AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imprinting method for an imprinting apparatus, the imprinting method comprising:
supplying an imprint material on a substrate, wherein the substrate includes a shot area and a pattern in the shot area having
a substrate mark;

bringing a mold having a pattern area and a mold mark into contact with the imprint material;
curing the imprint material in a state in which the mold is in contact with the imprint material;
forming, on the substrate, a pattern to the imprint material and an inspection mark to the imprint material by increasing
a space between the substrate and the mold, and

obtaining a relative positional deviation between the pattern in the shot area and the pattern formed to the imprint material;
wherein, after the space between the imprint material and the mold has been increased to where the mold mark is positioned
out of a focal depth of an optical system, the relative positional deviation between the pattern in the shot area and the
pattern formed to the imprint material is obtained by detecting light from the inspection mark and light from the substrate
mark using the optical system.

US Pat. No. 9,442,401

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, AND IMIDE COMPOUND

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:
a support;
an undercoat layer formed on the support; and
a photosensitive layer formed on the undercoat layer;
wherein the undercoat layer comprises a polymerized product of a composition comprising an imide compound represented by the
following formula (1),


wherein
R1 to R4 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a cyano group, a nitro group, a halogen atom, a substituted or unsubstituted
alkyl group, or a substituted or unsubstituted aryl group,

R5 to R8 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, a nitro group, or a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group,

A1 represents a hydroxy group, a thiol group, an amino group, or a carboxy group,

R9 represents an unsubstituted or substituted alkylene group where the distance to A1 is 2 to 6 atoms, a group where the distance to A1 is 2 to 6 atoms, which is derived from substitution of CONH for one of the CH2's in the main chain of an unsubstituted or substituted alkylene group, or a group where the distance to A1 is 2 to 6 atoms, which is derived from substitution of NR11 for one of the CH2's in the main chain of an unsubstituted or substituted alkylene group, a substituent of the substituted alkylene group is
an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms,

R11 represents an alkyl group,

R10 represents a group represented by —R12-A2,

A2 represents a hydroxy group, a thiol group, an amino group, or a carboxy group,

R12 represents an unsubstituted or substituted alkylene group where the distance to A2 is 2 to 12 atoms, a group where the distance to A2 is 2 to 12 atoms, which is derived from substitution of an oxygen atom for one of the CH2's in the main chain of an unsubstituted or substituted alkylene group, a group where the distance to A2 is 2 to 12 atoms, which is derived from substitution of a sulfur atom for one of the CH2's in the main chain of an unsubstituted or substituted alkylene group, or a group where the distance to A2 is 2 to 12 atoms, which is derived from substitution of NR13 for one of the CH2's in the main chain of an unsubstituted or substituted alkylene group, a substituent of the substituted alkylene group is
an alkyl group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms, a phenyl group, a benzyl group, or an alkoxycarbonyl group, and

R13 represents a hydrogen atom, or an alkyl group.

US Pat. No. 9,442,411

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a photosensitive member;
a light source configured to emit a light beam based on image data to form an electrostatic latent image on the photosensitive
member;

a deflecting unit configured to deflect the light beam so that the light beam scans the photosensitive member, the deflecting
unit comprising a rotary polygon mirror and a motor configured to rotate the rotary polygon mirror;

a housing provided with the photosensitive member, the light source, and the deflecting unit;
a temperature detecting unit configured to detect a temperature of the motor; and
a control unit configured to pre-rotate the rotary polygon mirror before a start signal for instructing a start of image formation
is generated, and configured to rotate, after the start signal is generated, the rotary polygon mirror at a rotation speed
which is higher than a rotation speed for pre-rotation of the rotary polygon mirror,

wherein the control unit sets a target value of the rotation speed for the pre-rotation of the rotary polygon mirror based
on a result of detection by the temperature detecting unit, and

wherein, when the temperature detected by the temperature detecting unit is a first temperature, the control unit sets the
target value to a first rotation speed, and, when the temperature detected by the temperature detecting unit is a second temperature
which is higher than the first temperature, the control unit sets the target value to a second rotation speed which is lower
than the first rotation speed.

US Pat. No. 9,442,418

DEVELOPING DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing device comprising:
a developing container for accommodating developer;
a developer carrying member, provided rotatably in said developing container, for carrying and feeding the developer; and
a plate-like elastic member, supported by said developing container, for regulating the developer carried on said developer
carrying member, wherein a free end portion of said elastic member in a free end side opposite from a side where a supporting
portion of said elastic member is supported by said developing container contacts said developer carrying member in a state
in which the free end portion is directed toward an upstream side of said developer carrying member with respect to a movement
direction of said developer carrying member,

wherein in a state in which said elastic member contacts said developer carrying member without being deformed, an angle formed
between a flat reference surface passing through a surface of said elastic member which is continuous to a contact portion
of said elastic member with said developer carrying member and which is downstream of the contact portion with respect to
the movement direction and a tangent plane of said developer carrying member at a contact position between said elastic member
and said developer carrying member is 10° or more and 45° or less, and

wherein said elastic member includes a first region including the contact portion and a second region which is provided continuously
from the first region toward the supporting portion and which is lower in rigidity than the first region, the second region
being provided downstream of the flat reference surface with respect to the movement direction.

US Pat. No. 9,442,681

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an instructing unit configured to instruct job execution;
a first determining unit configured to determine whether processing for performing the job execution is executable in the
image forming apparatus;

a transmitting unit configured to transmit to a server data for performing the job execution, in a case where the first determining
unit determines that the processing is not executable in the image forming apparatus;

a detecting unit configured to detect logout;
a second determining unit configured to determine whether a job exists in a job list; and
a deletion request unit configured to transmit to the server a deletion request of the data transmitted to the server, based
on a detection result of the logout of the detecting unit and a determination result of the second determining unit.

US Pat. No. 9,442,437

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CHANGING TARGET TEMPERATURE OF HEATING MEMBER OR INTERVAL BETWEEN PRECEDING AND SUBSEQUENT RECORDING MATERIAL IN ACCORDANCE WITH RATIO OF TONER IMAGE AREA IN PREDETERMINED REGION TO PREDETERMINED REGION AREA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that forms a toner image on a recording material, comprising:
an image forming unit that forms the toner image on the recording material;
a fixing unit that fixes the toner image on the recording material while conveying the recording material bearing the toner
image at a nip portion, the fixing unit including a heating member and a backup member forming the nip portion together with
the heating member;

a temperature detection portion that detects a temperature on the heating member;
a controller that controls power to be supplied to the heating member so that the temperature detected by the temperature
detection portion becomes a target temperature; and

an acquisition portion that acquires information related to a ratio of an area of the toner image in a predetermined region
to an area of the predetermined region, the predetermined region being located in a 2 to 6 mm range from an edge of the recording
material in a width direction of the recording material and having a predetermined length in a conveyance direction of the
recording material, wherein

the controller changes the target temperature in accordance with the ratio.

US Pat. No. 9,442,450

SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

11. A sheet conveying apparatus, comprising:
a first rotating body pair;
a second rotating body pair
a first cam member moving one of the first rotating body pair to another one;
a second cam member moving one of the second rotating body pair to another one;
a driving portion configured to rotate in a first direction and in a second direction opposite to the first direction and
turning the first and second cam members;

a first transmitting portion transmitting driving force of the driving portion to the first cam member in response to the
rotation, in the first direction, of the driving portion;

a second transmitting portion transmitting driving force of the driving portion to the second cam member in response to the
rotation, in the second direction, of the driving portion;

a first restricting portion restricting the first cam member from turning in a direction opposite to a turning direction turned
in response to the rotation, in the first direction, of the driving portion; and

a second restricting portion restricting the second cam member from turning in a direction opposite to a turning direction
turned in response to the rotation, in the second direction, of the driving portion.

US Pat. No. 9,442,451

ELECTROCONDUCTIVE MEMBER FOR ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHY, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electroconductive member for electrophotography, comprising, in this order:
an electroconductive support;
an electroconductive elastic layer; and
a surface layer comprising a binder resin with electroconductive fine particles dispersed in the binder resin, said electroconductive
fine particles having a number average particle diameter of 5.0 to 50.0 nm, wherein

at least part of the electroconductive fine particles are exposed from the surface layer,
the surface layer has, on a surface thereof, protruded portions derived from exposed portions of the electroconductive fine
particles,

the surface layer has a volume resistivity of 1.0×1010 to 1.0×1016 ?·cm, and

the surface layer has a universal hardness at a depth of 1 ?m from the surface thereof of 1.0 to 7.0 N/mm2.

US Pat. No. 9,444,783

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus for performing a filtering process that discards a received packet, comprising:
a storage unit that stores a filter table for specifying a packet for which the filtering process is to be performed, wherein
the filter table registers a pair of an IP address designated by a user and a MAC address associated with the IP address;

a discarding unit configured to discard a received packet in a case that an IP address of a transmission source of the received
packet is registered in the filter table or in a case that a MAC address of the transmission source of the received packet
is registered in the filter table; and

a changing unit configured to change an IP address, among a plurality of IP addresses registered in the filter table, corresponding
to the MAC address of the transmission source of the received packet into the IP address of the transmission source of the
received packet, in a case that the IP address of the transmission source of the received packet is not registered in the
filter table and the MAC address of the transmission source of the received is registered in the filter table,

wherein the discarding unit and the changing unit are implemented by a processor and a memory.

US Pat. No. 9,442,779

INFORMATION-PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION-PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

5. An information-processing method for transmitting information on an information-processing apparatus to a notification
destination specified by a request message, the method comprising:
receiving from an external apparatus the request message requesting transmission of the information on the information-processing
apparatus;

determining, in a case where the receiving receives the request message, whether the external apparatus exists on a network
in a specific range;

setting a valid period of the notification destination based on a result of determination by the determining; and
transmitting a response message including the valid period set by the setting to the external apparatus,
wherein, in a case where the external apparatus does not exist on the network in the specific range, setting the valid period
of the notification destination to a predetermined period,

wherein, in a case where the external apparatus exists on the network in the specific range, setting the valid period of the
notification destination to an indefinite period, and

wherein the receiving, the determining, the setting, and the transmitting are implemented at least in part by a CPU executing
at least one program recorded on a memory.

US Pat. No. 9,442,345

CAMERA HAVING A DISPLAY MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A camera comprising a display member arranged in a finder optical system,
wherein said display member is provided in a finder of said camera and is provided with a reflective prism group including
a plurality of reflective prisms and a frame line formed to surround said reflective prism group, and

wherein a shape forming said frame line is constituted by a convex portion, and a ridge line of said convex portion is in
a twisted position with respect to a direction of a ridge line of said reflective prism.

US Pat. No. 9,438,767

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. an image processing apparatus comprising:
a processor and a memory; a specifying unit configured to specify a character within an image;
a setting unit configured to determine a representative color for the specified character based on colors of pixels constituting
the specified character in the image;

a determination unit configured to determine whether the specified character is a reversed character; and
a correction unit configured to correct the representative color determined by the setting unit if the determination unit
determines that the specified character is a reversed character,

wherein the correction unit does not correct the representative color determined by the setting unit if the determination
unit determines that the specified character is not a reversed character,

wherein the processor and memory cooperate to function as the specifying unit, the setting unit, the determination unit and
the correction unit.

US Pat. No. 9,438,316

CONTROL APPARATUS, METHOD AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A system comprising:
a power supply apparatus configured to:
wirelessly supply power to a power receiving device only when the power receiving device is in a position within a first area
of the power supply apparatus, and

wirelessly communicate, via near-field communication (NFC), with the power receiving device when the power receiving device
is in a position within a second area of the apparatus, wherein the second area is wider than the first area; and

the power receiving device configured to:
wirelessly receive power supplied from the power supplying apparatus; and
via NFC, wirelessly communicate with the power supplying apparatus,
wherein the power supplying apparatus is further configured to:
wirelessly supply power to the power receiving device when the power receiving device is in a first state in which the position
of the device is within the first area and the second area,

determine whether the state has transited from the first state to a second state in which the position of the power receiving
device is within the second area but outside of the first area, based on wireless communication with the power receiving device
via the NFC, and

communicate information to the power receiving device after the power receiving device has transited from the first state
to the second state, wherein the information is based on the amount of power supplied by the power supplying apparatus in
the first state, and

wherein the power receiving device is further configured to:
serve as an initiator of NFC to commence wireless communication with the power supplying apparatus via the NFC, and
serve as a target in a passive mode of NFC to receive the information communicated by the power receiving device.

US Pat. No. 9,438,837

IMAGE SENSOR AND IMAGE SENSING SYSTEM WITH REDUNDANT DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image sensor comprising:
a pixel unit in which a plurality of pixels are arranged in a matrix;
an A/D conversion circuit provided corresponding to each column of the matrix and configured to A/D-convert a pixel signal
output from the pixel unit and output digital data corresponding to the pixel signal, the A/D conversion circuit including
a comparator configured to compare the signal from the pixel with a reference signal;

a counter circuit configured to count a reference clock and generate a count signal;
a redundant data generation unit configured to generate redundant data for correcting the digital data by encoding the count
signal based on a generating rule of an error correction code; and

a memory configured to store the count signal as the digital signal and the redundant data in accordance with an output signal
from the comparator.

US Pat. No. 9,436,106

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREFOR, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS INCLUDING THE ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, AND PHTHALOCYANINE CRYSTAL AND METHOD PRODUCI

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member, comprising:
a support; and
a photosensitive layer formed on the support,
wherein the photosensitive layer includes a phthalocyanine crystal in which a compound represented by the following formula
(1) is contained:

in the formula (1), X represents a vinyl group or a propyl group.

US Pat. No. 9,436,132

DEVELOPMENT DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A development device comprising:
a first developer bearing member configured to bear and convey a developer including magnetic particles and develop an electrostatic
latent image;

a second developer bearing member rotatable in a same direction as a rotation direction of the first developer bearing member
and configured to bear and convey the developer delivered from the first developer bearing member and develop the electrostatic
latent image developed by the first developer bearing member;

a development container configured to expose portions of the first developer bearing member and the second developer bearing
member in an opening portion and accommodate the developer;

a first magnetic field generation member configured to be disposed within the first developer bearing member and include a
plurality of magnetic poles including at least a first magnetic pole provided to face the second developer bearing member;

a second magnetic field generation member configured to be disposed within the second developer bearing member and include
a plurality of magnetic poles including a second magnetic pole and a third magnetic pole, the second magnetic pole being provided
to substantially face the first magnetic pole and being different in polarity from the first magnetic pole, the third magnetic
pole being same in polarity as the second magnetic pole and being disposed on an upstream side as compared with the second
magnetic pole as regards the rotation direction of the second developer bearing member;

a first magnet member provided in an end portion in an axis direction of the first developer bearing member and provided on
a side opposite to an image bearing member, of the first developer bearing member, the first magnet member being provided
on a downstream side as compared with the first magnetic pole as regards the rotation direction of the first developer bearing
member, the first magnet member being disposed along a peripheral surface of the first developer bearing member; and

a second magnet member provided in an end portion in an axis direction of the second developer bearing member and provided
on a side opposite to the image bearing member, of the second developer bearing member, the second magnet member being provided
on an upstream side as compared with the second magnetic pole as regards the rotation direction of the second developer bearing
member, the second magnet member being disposed along a peripheral surface of the second developer bearing member, the second
magnet member being disposed to face a zero Gauss zone, which becomes 50 Gauss or less in magnetic flux density, formed between
the second magnetic pole and the third magnetic pole,

wherein as regards the rotation direction of the second developer bearing member, an upstream end of the second magnet member
is disposed on an upstream side as compared with an upstream end of the zero Gauss zone, and a downstream end of the second
magnet member is disposed on a downstream side as compared with the upstream end of the zero Gauss zone and on an upstream
side as compared with a downstream end of the zero Gauss zone.

US Pat. No. 9,430,837

POSITION AND ORIENTATION MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, POSITION AND ORIENTATION MEASUREMENT METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a range image including a target object;
a holding unit configured to hold sample points obtained from a three-dimensional shape model of the target object;
an association unit configured to associate pixels in the range image with the sample points except for a pixel which does
not store a distance value in the range image; and

a derivation unit configured to derive a position and orientation of the target object based on a result of an association
by the association unit.

US Pat. No. 9,427,866

GEAR MECHANISM, SPEED REDUCER, AND ROBOT ARM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A gear mechanism, comprising:
a first gear having an annular tooth surface comprising:
multiple tooth tip portions formed on a distal end side with respect to a predetermined height; and
multiple recessed portions formed on a tooth root side with respect to the predetermined height at positions between the multiple
tooth tip portions, respectively; and

a second gear having an annular tooth surface comprising:
multiple tooth tip portions formed on a distal end side with respect to the predetermined height; and
multiple recessed portions formed on a tooth root side with respect to the predetermined height at positions between the multiple
tooth tip portions, respectively,

the multiple tooth tip portions of the second gear and the multiple recessed portions of the second gear being respectively
larger in number than the multiple tooth tip portions of the first gear and the multiple recessed portions of the first gear,

wherein the first gear and the second gear are arranged under a state in which a rotation axis of the first gear and a rotation
axis of the second gear are inclined at a predetermined angle so as to set a deepest meshing position at which one of the
multiple tooth tip portions of one of the first gear and the second gear and corresponding one of the multiple recessed portions
of another of the first gear and the second gear mesh most deeply with each other, and a grazing position at which the one
of the multiple tooth tip portions of the one of the first gear and the second gear and corresponding one of the multiple
tooth tip portions of the another of the first gear and the second gear graze each other on an opposite side of the deepest
meshing position, and to form a first meshing region in which the one of the multiple tooth tip portions of the one of the
first gear and the second gear and the corresponding one of the multiple tooth tip portions of the another of the first gear
and the second gear are held in contact with each other on each of both sides of the grazing position, and a second meshing
region in which the one of the multiple tooth tip portions of the one of the first gear and the second gear and the corresponding
one of the multiple recessed portions of the another of the first gear and the second gear are held in contact with each other
on the deepest meshing position side with respect to the first meshing region,

wherein the multiple tooth tip portions of the first gear and the multiple tooth tip portions of the second gear are each
formed to be held in contact with each other at one point in the first meshing region, and

wherein the multiple recessed portions of the first gear and the multiple recessed portions of the second gear are each formed
to conform to a passing region extending along movement of one of the multiple mating tooth tip portions at the time of moving
in the second meshing region.

US Pat. No. 9,430,176

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus that performs, before forming an image on a sheet, pre-rotation processing including at least heating
of a fixing unit, the printing apparatus comprising:
a controller; and
a printer engine, wherein the printer engine comprises:
a receiving unit configured to receive a print instruction from the controller;
a determining unit configured to determine whether or not it is necessary to reduce a performing time of the pre-rotation
processing such that the performing time becomes shorter than a default time, based on information included in the received
print instruction; and

a processing unit configured to perform the pre-rotation processing for the default time in a case where the determining unit
determines that it is unnecessary to reduce the performing time of the pre-rotation processing such that the performing time
becomes shorter than the default time, and perform the pre-rotation processing for a time shorter than the default time in
a case where the determining unit determines that it is necessary to reduce the performing time of the pre-rotation processing
such that the performing time becomes shorter than the default time.

US Pat. No. 9,426,733

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,423,710

MAGNETIC TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A magnetic toner comprising
magnetic toner particles comprising a binder resin and a magnetic body, and
inorganic fine particles present on the surface of the magnetic toner particles,
wherein;
the inorganic fine particles present on the surface of the magnetic toner particles comprise metal oxide fine particles,
the metal oxide fine particles containing silica fine particles, and optionally containing titania fine particles and alumina
fine particles, and a content of the silica fine particles being at least 85 mass % with respect to a total mass of the silica
fine particles, the titania fine particles and the alumina fine particles,

wherein;
when a coverage ratio A (%) is a coverage ratio of the magnetic toner particles' surface by the inorganic fine particles and
a coverage ratio B (%) is a coverage ratio of the magnetic toner particles' surface by the inorganic fine particles that are
fixed on the magnetic toner particles' surface, the magnetic toner has:

i) a coverage ratio A of at least 45.0% and not more than 70.0% and a coefficient of variation on the coverage ratio A of
less than 10.0%,

ii) a ratio [coverage ratio B/coverage ratio A] of the coverage ratio B to the coverage ratio A of from at least 0.50 to not
more than 0.85, and

iii) a compression ratio obtained by the following formula (1) of from at least 38% to not more than 42%:
compression ratio (%) ={1?(bulk density/packed bulk density)}×100.  formula (1)

US Pat. No. 9,426,350

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor having focus detection pixels that photoelectrically convert each of a pair of light fluxes that pass through
different exit pupil areas of an imaging optical system and output a focus detection signal, and image forming pixels;

a calculation unit configured to calculate a first charge accumulation period for the image forming pixels, a second charge
accumulation period for the focus detection pixels, and a third charge accumulation period for a predetermined number of rows
that do not contain the focus detection pixels;

a control unit configured to read out the focus detection signal accumulated in the focus detection pixels and an image forming
signal accumulated in the image forming pixels;

a first focus control unit configured to perform phase difference focus control process based on the focus detection signal
read out after accumulated for the second charge accumulation period from the focus detection pixels; and

a second focus control unit configured to carry out a focus detection process based on a high-frequency component of an image
signal obtained from the image forming pixels in a row driven with the third charge accumulation period, while moving the
focus control mechanism,

wherein the control unit reads out the focus detection signal and the image forming signal, and sets a readout rate of the
focus detection signal to be lower than a readout rate of the image forming signal, and

wherein the control unit drives the predetermined number of rows with the third charge accumulation period while moving a
focus control mechanism.

US Pat. No. 9,420,120

APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD AND PROGRAM THEREOF, AND EXTERNAL APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
an image capturing section configured to capture an image of an object;
an overlaying section configured to overlay overlay information on the captured image; and
a transmitting section configured to transmit transparency information indicative of whether or not a transparency can be
set for each of a first portion and a second portion of the overlay information to an external apparatus through a network.

US Pat. No. 9,420,125

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF THE INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus connected by a network to an image reading apparatus which reads image data, the information
processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a state of the image reading apparatus from the image reading apparatus via the
network;

a detection unit configured to determine, based on the state of the image reading apparatus acquired from the image reading
apparatus by the acquisition unit, whether or not a pre-stored image reading setting is currently applied to the image reading
apparatus, wherein the pre-stored image reading setting indicates a shared folder of the information processing apparatus
as a transmission destination; and

a control unit configured to automatically change a sharing condition of the shared folder of the information processing apparatus
to an open state when the detection unit determines that the pre-stored image reading setting is currently applied to the
image reading apparatus, and configured to automatically change the sharing condition of the shared folder of the information
processing apparatus to a private state when the detection unit determines that the pre-stored image reading setting is not
currently applied to the image reading apparatus,

wherein, when the control unit determines that the state of the image reading apparatus is in the middle of an image reading
setting or in the middle of image reading, the sharing condition of the shared folder of the information processing apparatus
remains in the open state.

US Pat. No. 9,417,561

DEVELOPING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing device comprising:
a developer-carrying member configured to carry a developer and to develop a latent image;
a first chamber configured to accommodate a developer to be supplied to the developer-carrying member, the first chamber including
a first opening, which is formed at a position facing a circumferential surface of the developer-carrying member and through
which a developer can be supplied to the developer-carrying member;

a second chamber arranged next to the first chamber, the second chamber including a second opening, which is formed at a position
facing the circumferential surface of the developer-carrying member and through which a developer carried by the developer-carrying
member can be collected;

a partitioning wall configured to separate the first chamber and the second chamber from each other;
a first communication portion that is formed at one side of the partitioning wall in an axial direction of the developer-carrying
member, and that allows communication between the first chamber and the second chamber;

a second communication portion that is formed at the other side of the partitioning wall in the axial direction of the developer-carrying
member, and that allows communication between the first chamber and the second chamber;

a first screw that is rotatably arranged in the first chamber and that conveys the developer in a first direction from the
first communication portion toward the second communication portion; and

a second screw that is rotatably arranged in the second chamber and that conveys the developer in a second direction which
is an opposite direction from the first direction,

wherein, in the axial direction of the developer-carrying member, a developer carrying area of the developer-carrying member
is superposed with the second communicating portion,

wherein the second screw has a first area that is superposed with both of the developer carrying area of the developer-carrying
member, and the second communication portion in the axial direction of the developer-carrying member, and a second area that
is positioned further downstream than the first area in the second direction and that is superposed with the developer carrying
area of the developer-carrying member, and

wherein a helical blade for conveying the developer is not formed in the first area of the second screw while at least one
a helical blade for conveying the developer in the second direction is formed in the second area of the second screw.

US Pat. No. 9,417,591

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,417,593

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CONFIGURED TO SWITCH BETWEEN SUPPLYING AND SHUTTING-OFF OF POWER TO A PORTION OF THE IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a first power supply unit configured to output first output power;
a first device to which the first output power is supplied from the first power supply unit;
a second power supply unit configured to output second output power;
a second device to which the second output power is supplied from the second power supply unit;
a detection unit configured to detect an overcurrent of the second power supply unit;
a power source control unit to which the first output power is supplied from the first power supply unit, and configured to
switch between supplying and shutting-off of the second output power to the second device; and

a control unit to which the first output power is supplied from the first power supply unit, and configured to control an
operation of the first device,

wherein, when the detection unit detects an overcurrent of the second output power, the power source control unit shuts off
the second output power from the second power supply unit to the second device, and the control unit executes finish processing
for the first device.

US Pat. No. 9,420,208

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A driving method for an image pickup apparatus that includes a plurality of pixels each including a photoelectric conversion
portion, the driving method comprising:
performing photoelectric conversion in each of the plurality of photoelectric conversion portions during period starting at
first time and ending at second time;

generating a plurality of first signals, each being a signal deriving from electric charge generated through the photoelectric
conversion in the photoelectric conversion portion, wherein at least two of the first signals are generated for each of the
plurality of pixels;

generating a plurality of second signals by adding or averaging the at least two of first signals generated for each of the
plurality of pixels to or with the first signals of respectively different pixels; and

performing adding or averaging processing in such a way as to equalize an alignment pitch of a plurality of photoelectric
conversion portions in a first direction with a signal centroid pitch of the plurality of second signals in the first direction.

US Pat. No. 9,420,223

IMAGE RECORDING DEVICE THAT RECORDS MOVING IMAGE, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image recording device comprising:
an image pickup device that accumulates charge to pick up an image of an object over different exposure levels, and outputs
the accumulated charge as a plurality of image signals;

an image synthesizer that synthesizes the plurality of image signals output from the image pickup device to obtain a synthesized
image;

a memory that stores the synthesized image at a predetermined frame rate; and
a controller that differentiates respective vertical periods according to the different exposure levels, and controls the
sum of the vertical periods to a time period defined by the predetermined frame rate,

wherein the controller changes the vertical periods according to luminance of the object.

US Pat. No. 9,417,674

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS, POWER SUPPLY METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power supply apparatus having a wireless power supply function of wirelessly supplying power to an external apparatus
based on a first standard and a wireless communication function of performing wireless communication based on a second standard
different from the first standard, the power supply apparatus comprising:
a first receiving unit configured to receive, from an external apparatus, an authentication key corresponding to the wireless
communication function;

an authentication unit configured to perform, based on the authentication key, authentication processing corresponding to
the wireless communication function;

a registration unit configured to register identification information of the external apparatus in a management table in a
case where the authentication processing has ended successfully;

a second receiving unit configured to receive, from the external apparatus, identification information of the external apparatus
via communication corresponding to the wireless power supply function;

a determining unit configured to determine whether or not the identification information received by the second receiving
unit has been registered in the management table; and

a power supply unit configured to wirelessly supply power to the external apparatus in a case where the determining unit has
determined that the identification information received by the second receiving unit has been registered in the management
table, for which the power supply is allowed by the power-supply control unit,

wherein, in a case where the determining unit has determined that the identification information received by the second receiving
unit has not been registered in the management table, the power supply unit does not supply power to the external apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,417,719

INPUT DETECTION DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An input detection device comprising:
a movable portion configured to be rotatable by user's operation;
a first electrical conductor configured to rotate together with said movable portion and to change a position in accordance
with the rotation of said movable portion;

a substrate in which at least three detection electrodes capable of independently detecting a capacitance are sequentially
arranged in the rotatable direction of said movable portion in order to detect the position of said first electrical conductor,
where said at least three detection electrodes are arranged facing with said movable portion, such that, in a case where at
least one of said at least three detection electrodes faces said first electrical conductor, another detection electrode does
not face said first electrical conductor;

a detection unit configured to detect the capacitance for each of said at least three detection electrodes; and
a determination unit configured to, when the position of said first electrical conductor has changed in accordance with the
rotation of said movable portion, determine, based on the capacitance of each of said at least three detection electrodes
detected by said detection unit after the change, that said movable portion has moved in a direction from a first detection
electrode judged to have decreased the capacitance smaller than a first reference value for said first detection electrode
and smaller than a second reference value for the second detection electrode to a second detection electrode judged to have
increased the capacitance greater than the second reference value for said second detection electrode and greater than the
first reference value.

US Pat. No. 9,412,931

PIEZOELECTRIC CERAMICS, PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, LIQUID EJECTION HEAD, ULTRASONIC MOTOR, AND DUST REMOVING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A piezoelectric ceramics, comprising a first crystal grain and a second crystal grain,
wherein the first crystal grain has an average equivalent circle diameter of 2 ?m to 30 ?m,
wherein the first crystal grain includes a perovskite-type metal oxide represented by general formula (1) as a main component,
and the second crystal grain includes a perovskite-type metal oxide represented by general formula (2) as a main component:

xBaTiO3-yCaTiO3-zCaZrO3; and  (1)

x?BaTiO3-y?CaTiO3-z?CaZrO3,  (2)

provided that x, y, z, x?, y?, and z? satisfy x+y+z=1, x?+y?+z?=1, 0?x??0.15, 0.85?y??1, 0?z??0.05, x>x?, 00,
and

wherein when the piezoelectric ceramics is polished, a ratio of an area of the first crystal grain in a polished surface of
the piezoelectric ceramics is larger than a ratio of an area of the second crystal grain in the polished surface.

US Pat. No. 9,411,252

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member, comprising:
a support having a metallic surface,
an undercoat layer directly on the metallic surface of the support, and
a photosensitive layer on the undercoat layer,
wherein,
the undercoat layer comprises:
metal oxide particles whose surface have been treated with a compound represented by the following formula (1), and
an urethane resin being obtained by polymerization of
an isocyanate compound and a polyvinyl acetal resin, and
a modulus of elastic deformation (we/wt) of a surface of the undercoat layer satisfies the following formula (X), the modulus
of elastic deformation being measured by a universal hardness test:

(value of we/wt of surface of undercoat layer measured under 23° C., 50% RH environment after keeping under same environment for 24 hours)?(value
of we/wt of surface of undercoat layer measured under 23° C., 50% RH environment after keeping under 50° C., 90% RH environment for
24 hours)  (X),


wherein, in the formula (1),
R1, R2, and R3 each independently represent an alkyl group having 1 to 3 carbon atoms,

R4 represents a divalent group represented by one of the following formulas (R4-1), (R4-2), and (R4-3), and

R5 represents a hydrogen atom, a phenyl group, or an alkyl group having 1 to 3 carbon atoms, and


wherein, in the formulas (R4-1), (R4-2), and (R4-3),
m is an integer number selected from 1 to 3, and
R6 and R7 each independently represent an alkylene group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms.

US Pat. No. 9,411,287

TECHNIQUE FOR REDUCING POWER CONSUMED BY ELECTRIC EQUIPMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. Electric equipment having a normal power supply mode and a power saving mode that consumes less power than the normal power
supply mode, the equipment comprising:
a first power supply line and a second power supply line connected to an AC power supply, to which AC current is input from
the AC power supply;

a line filter connected between the first power supply line and the second power supply line;
a discharge resistance connected in parallel to the line filter and configured to discharge a charge accumulated in the line
filter when the supply of the AC current is cut;

a first switch inserted in the first power supply line at a preceding stage of the line filter and the discharge resistance;
a second switch inserted in the second power supply line at a preceding stage of the line filter and the discharge resistance;
a third switch inserted in the second power supply line at a preceding stage of the line filter and the discharge resistance
and connected in parallel to the second switch;

a rectifying and smoothing circuit provided at a subsequent stage of the line filter and the discharge resistance and configured
to rectify the AC current and smoothes the AC current using a capacitor;

a DC voltage generating circuit, connected to the rectifying and smoothing circuit, configured to generate a DC voltage; and
a controller, operating under the DC voltage generated by the DC voltage generating circuit, configured to turn at least one
of the first switch and the second switch off when the electric equipment shifts to the power saving mode, and then charge
the capacitor by turning the third switch on every predetermined amount of time or before a both-end voltage at the capacitor
drops below a lower limit of operation voltage, wherein the lower limit of operation voltage is a lower limit of operation
voltage of the DC voltage generating circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,407,439

AUTHENTICATION SYSTEM AND AUTHENTICATION CODE CONVERTOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An authentication system, comprising:
a to-be-authenticated device configured to generate first authentication data;
an authentication code convertor configured to convert the first authentication data generated by the to-be-authenticated
device into a second authentication data; and

an authentication device configured to perform authentication of the to-be-authenticated device based on the second authentication
data converted by the authentication code convertor,

wherein the first authentication data includes a first authentication code and predetermined data included in the to-be-authenticated
device, the to-be-authenticated device being configured to calculate the first authentication code using challenge data output
from the authentication device in accordance with a common key encryption method using a common key,

wherein the second authentication data includes a second authentication code and the predetermined data included in the to-be-authenticated
device, the authentication code convertor being configured to connect the predetermined data and the challenge data as second
connection data, encrypt the second connection data as a second authentication code in accordance with a public key using
a private key, and output the second authentication data to the authentication device, and

wherein the authentication device is configured to decrypt the second authentication code of the second authentication data
using a public key, and to perform authentication of the to-be-authenticated device using a decrypted result.

US Pat. No. 9,406,159

PRINT-READY DOCUMENT EDITING USING INTERMEDIATE FORMAT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for modifying an intermediate representation of a document written in a page description language, the method
comprising:
rendering the document to produce the intermediate representation, the intermediate representation being a print preview representation
stored as intermediate graphics data in an intermediate graphics format;

detecting a modifying operation for modifying a graphics content of the print preview representation;
determining whether the print preview representation contains intermediate graphics data required to perform the modifying
operation based on a class of the modifying operation and a content of the print preview representation affected by the detected
modifying operation; and

where the print preview representation contains the intermediate graphics data required to perform the modifying operation,
modifying the print preview representation, and otherwise utilising the document written in the page description language
to perform the modifying operation to generate a modified print preview representation.

US Pat. No. 9,403,368

PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINTING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus for printing an image on a plurality of unit areas of a print medium by ejecting ink from a print
head having at least one nozzle array in which a plurality of nozzles for ejecting ink are arrayed in an array direction while
scanning the print medium with the print head at plural times in a scan direction crossing the array direction, each of the
plurality of unit areas having a length in the array direction corresponding to a length of the nozzle array in the array
direction, the printing apparatus comprising:
a wiping unit configured to wipe a surface of a nozzle member provided with the plurality of nozzles;
a first obtaining unit configured to obtain first information regarding a sum of ink ejection amounts for scans performed
between a scan immediately after the surface of the nozzle member is wiped by the wiping unit and a predetermined scan in
which ink is ejected onto a predetermined unit area which is one of the unit areas;

a selecting unit configured to select either a first print mode or a second print mode with respect to each of the plurality
of unit areas based on the first information obtained by the first obtaining unit, the first print mode being a print mode
for printing an image on the unit area by scanning a first number of times, the second print mode being a print mode for printing
an image on the unit area by scanning a second number of times while a number of ink ejections in each scan is restricted,
and the second number of times being greater than the first number of times; and

a controlling unit configured to control printing on each of the plurality of unit areas according to either the first print
mode or the second print mode selected by the selecting unit with respect to each of the plurality of unit areas,

wherein the selecting unit selects, as a print mode corresponding to the predetermined unit area, (i) the first print mode
in a case in which a value indicated by the first information obtained by the first obtaining unit is a first value, and (ii)
the second print mode in a case in which the value indicated by the first information obtained by the first obtaining unit
is a second value that is greater than the first value.

US Pat. No. 9,404,958

DIELECTRIC STRENGTH VOLTAGE TESTING METHOD FOR ELECTRONICS DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,405,238

URGING ROLLER, CLEANING DEVICE AND IMAGE HEATING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,407,801

COMPOUND EYE IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,407,808

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,395,672

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING MULTIPLE PAPER FEEDING PATHS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,398,269

MEDICAL SUPPORT SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,389,522

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,389,814

SERVER APPARATUS, PRINTING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A print server apparatus, comprising:
a first receiving unit configured to receive print data from a portable device;
a first transmitting unit configured to transmit the print data to a printing device;
a second receiving unit configured to receive positional information of the portable device from the portable device;
a calculation unit configured to calculate a distance between the printing device and the portable device based on the positional
information;

a determination unit configured to determine whether the distance is less than a threshold value; and
a second transmitting unit configured to transmit a print notification to the printer based on a result of a determination
that the distance is less than the threshold value, the print notification indicating that printing of the print data is to
be started by the printing device.

US Pat. No. 9,392,162

IMAGING APPARATUS AND ITS CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,392,250

IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising a memory and at least one processor which function as:
an imaging unit;
a reception unit configured to receive operation from a user;
an optical zoom unit configured, at a time of imaging by the imaging unit, to perform control such that in response to receiving
a first operation by the reception unit, the optical zoom unit drives a zoom lens used for imaging in the imaging unit to
a telephoto side to perform optical zoom, and in response to receiving a second operation by the reception unit, the optical
zoom unit drives the zoom lens to a wide angle side;

an output unit capable of outputting an image for three dimensional (3D) display to a display unit; and
a parallax-amount adjustment unit configured, in response to receiving the first operation or the second operation by the
reception unit while the output unit is outputting the image for the 3D display, to adjust an amount of parallax of the image
for the 3D display to be output from the output unit;

a selection unit configured to select a partial area of the image for the 3D display output from the output unit; and
a control unit configured, in response to receiving the first operation or the second operation by the reception unit when
the selection unit selects the partial area of the image for the 3D display, to perform control so that an electronic zoom
processing unit electronically zooms in the partial area selected by the selection unit and in response to receiving the first
operation or the second operation by the reception unit when the selection unit does not select the partial area of the image
for the 3D display, to perform control so that the parallax-amount adjustment unit adjusts the amount of parallax of the image
for displaying the 3D to be output from the output unit.

US Pat. No. 9,382,090

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT EJECTS PRINTED SHEETS FROM MULTIPLE TRAYS AT THE SAME TIME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an apparatus body in which an opening portion is formed;
an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet;
a plurality of sheet storage units, wherein each sheet storage unit is configured to store, inside the apparatus body, the
sheet with the image formed thereon by the image forming unit;

a sheet moving unit provided in each of the plurality of sheet storage units, and configured to move the sheet stored therein
and then stop the sheet in an exposed state where the sheet is partly exposed, from the opening portion, to an outside of
the apparatus body; and

a control unit configured to control each sheet moving unit,
wherein, in a case where a first sheet, stored in a first sheet storage unit among the plurality of sheet storage units, and
a second sheet, stored in a second sheet storage unit different from the first sheet storage unit among the plurality of sheet
storage units, are brought into contact with each other and then exposed from the opening portion to the outside of the apparatus
body in the exposed state, when a moving distance of the first sheet to bring the first sheet into the exposed state and a
moving distance of the second sheet to bring the second sheet into the exposed state are different from each other, the control
unit controls sheet moving units provided in the first sheet storage unit and the second sheet storage unit to change a movement
start timing of the first sheet relative to a movement start timing of the second sheet or to change a moving speed of the
first sheet relative to a moving speed of the second sheet, based on the moving distance of the first sheet and the moving
distance of the second sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,386,217

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor including a plurality of pixels that are two-dimensionally arranged and include focus detection pixels including
photoelectric conversion units configured for outputting a pair of image signals obtained by receiving a pair of light beams
that have passed through different exit pupil regions of an imaging optical system;

a determination unit configured to determine whether or not each line of the pixels of said image sensor is an addition line
that outputs an image signal suitable for detection of a correlation amount;

a calculation unit configured to, while shifting, with respect to each other, the pair of image signals output from the focus
detection pixels in each addition line by a predetermined amount, calculate a correlation amount between the pair of image
signals at each shift amount for each addition line, add a plurality of correlation amounts, that are calculated for each
of the addition lines, for each shift amount, and obtain a minimum added correlation amount that is a minimum value of the
plurality of added correlation amounts added for each shift amount;

a counting unit configured to count the number of addition lines added by the calculation unit;
a computing unit configured to obtain a defocus amount based on the minimum added correction amount; and
a focus control unit configured to drive a focus lens included in the imaging optical system based on the defocus amount when
an evaluation value obtained based on the minimum added correction amount and the number of addition lines counted by the
counting unit is higher than a predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 9,386,369

AUDIO SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,377,618

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,372,648

IMAGE FORMING DEVICE CAPABLE OF EXCHANGING PRINT DATA WITH ANOTHER IMAGE FORMING DEVICE, AND CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming system comprising:
a first image forming device;
a second image forming device; and
a third image forming device,
wherein said first image forming device is configured to:
store data transmitted from an external device;
register, in said first image forming device, a print attribute of the data and address information of the data as bibliographic
information and transmit, to said second image forming device, a registration request for registering the bibliographic information;

in a case where a user logs in to said first image forming device, obtain the bibliographic information registered in said
first image forming device;

display a list of the bibliographic information;
obtain the data, which is stored in said first image forming device, based on the address information included in the bibliographic
information selected by the user from the list; and

print the data obtained from said first image forming device,
said second image forming device is configured to register the same bibliographic information registered in said first image
forming device in accordance with the registration request from said first image forming device, and

said third image forming device is configured to:
in a case where the user logs in to the third image forming device, obtain the bibliographic information, which is registered
in said second image forming device, from said second image forming device;

display a list of the bibliographic information obtained from said second image forming device;
determine said first image forming device to be a device from which to obtain the data, based on the address information included
in the bibliographic information selected by the user from the list displayed;

obtain the data from said first image forming device; and
print the data obtained from said first image forming device.

US Pat. No. 9,372,439

DEVELOPING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

a toner supplying member configured to transport the toner particles and configured to supply the toner particles to the developing
member at a toner supplying portion; and

a carrier recovering member configured to recover the magnetic carrier particles from the toner supplying member, the carrier
recovering member being disposed to face the toner supplying member at an upstream position of the toner supplying member
in a rotary direction of the toner supplying member and having a magnet to form a magnetic field between the magnet and the
toner supplying member for collecting the magnetic carrier particles borne by the toner supplying member,

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

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

wherein the toner supplying member is disposed to contact the developing member at the toner supplying portion, and the toner
supplying member and the developing member are movable so as to have a relative velocity difference in the toner supplying
portion.

US Pat. No. 9,372,445

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a movable endless intermediary transfer belt;
a plurality of supporting rollers, including a first supporting roller and a second supporting roller, configured to support
said intermediary transfer belt;

first to fourth photosensitive drums which are arranged along said intermediary transfer belt between the first supporting
roller and the second supporting roller in the order of said first photosensitive drum, said second photosensitive drum, said
third photosensitive drum and said fourth photosensitive drum from an upstream side toward a downstream side with respect
to a direction in which said intermediary transfer belt moves, and which contact said intermediary transfer belt, wherein
toner images transferred from said first, second, third and fourth photosensitive drums onto said intermediary transfer belt
at first, second, third and fourth primary-transfer portions, respectively, are transferred from said intermediary transfer
belt onto a recording material at a secondary-transfer portion, and wherein the first to fourth primary-transfer portions
are disposed in a phantom region demarcated by an assumed position of said intermediary transfer belt stretched by the first
supporting roller and the second supporting roller in a hypothetical case wherein said first to fourth photosensitive drums
are not provided;

a constant voltage element which is electrically connected between said intermediary transfer belt and a ground potential
and which maintains a predetermined voltage by passing of a current therethrough;

a voltage source configured to apply a voltage to a transfer member for transferring a toner image from said intermediary
transfer belt onto the recording material to pass a current through said constant-voltage element thereby to form a secondary-transfer
electric field at the secondary-transfer portion and a primary-transfer electric field at the first to fourth primary-transfer
portions; and

a depressing member, provided in contact with an inner peripheral surface of said intermediary transfer belt between the second
primary-transfer portion and the third primary-transfer portion, configured to depress said intermediary transfer belt from
the inner peripheral surface toward an outer peripheral surface of said intermediary transfer belt.

US Pat. No. 9,373,478

RADIATION GENERATING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An X-ray generating apparatus comprising:
a transmission-type X-ray tube including
an envelope having an aperture,
an electron source arranged in said envelope,
a transmitting-type target having a target layer for generating X-ray responsive to irradiation with an electron emitted from
said electron source and an inner window supporting said target layer; and

a tubular shield member arranged at said aperture and holding said transmitting-type target inside thereof so as to shield
a part of the X-ray emitted from said transmitting-type target,

a container storing said transmission-type X-ray tube inside thereof and having an outer window through which the X-ray emitted
from said transmission-type X-ray tube transmits, and

an electrical insulating liquid filling a space between said container and said transmission-type X-ray tube,
wherein said tubular shield member has a protruding portion which protrudes outside said envelope beyond said aperture so
as to contact said electrical insulating liquid, and

wherein a separating member is connected to said protruding portion so as to form a thermal insulating portion between said
inner window and said electrical insulating liquid and permit said electrical insulating liquid to flow across an inter-window
region between said separating member and said outer window.

US Pat. No. 9,373,064

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,367,222

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,367,011

RECORDING MATERIAL DETECTING APPARATUS AND AN IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording material detecting apparatus, comprising:
a first light source that emits first light;
a second light source that emits second light;
a light guiding unit that allows the first light and the second light to enter a surface of a recording material respectively
in two directions which are not parallel when viewed in a normal line direction of a surface of the recording material;

an imaging device that images an area where the first light is irradiated and an area where the second light is irradiated,
on the surface of the recording material; and

an output device that outputs information on a surface condition of the recording material based on an output of the imaging
device,

wherein the first light source and the second light source are arranged such that a power-supplied portion of the first light
source and a power-supplied portion of the second light source face each other.

US Pat. No. 9,366,525

MARK POSITION DETECTOR, IMPRINT APPARATUS, AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A detector for detecting a position of a mark, comprising:
an image sensor;
a first illuminator which emits illumination light for illuminating a mark;
a second illuminator which emits illumination light for illuminating a pattern;
a scope which illuminates the mark with the illumination light emitted from the first illuminator, projects the pattern illuminated
by the second illuminator onto the mark, and projects, onto an image sensing surface of the image sensor, the illuminated
mark and the pattern projected onto the mark; and

a processor which calculates a position of the mark with respect to one of a position of the pattern and a position already
known from the position of the pattern, based on a moiré pattern formed on the image sensing surface by the mark and the pattern,
wherein the illumination light from the first illuminator does not illuminate the pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,370,130

CASING FOR ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,366,587

OPTICAL FORCE SENSOR AND APPARATUS USING OPTICAL FORCE SENSOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical force sensor comprising:
a base member;
a displaceable member, the displaceable member and the base member being mutually separated in a first direction;
an elastic member disposed between the base member and the displaceable member; and
a displacement detector configured to optically detect a displacement of the displaceable member with respect to the base
member, the displacement being caused by an external force,

wherein the displacement detector includes:
a light source provided to one member of the base member and the displaceable member;
a reflective surface provided to another member of the base member and the displaceable member;
a light-transmissive member disposed between the light source and the reflective surface and having a gap with the reflective
surface; and

a first light-receiving element provided to the one member, and
wherein the displacement detector is configured:
(a) to cause a first light flux and a second light flux to form interference fringes on the first light-receiving element,
the first light flux exiting from the light source and being internally reflected at a gap-side surface of the light-transmissive
member, the second light flux exiting from the light source, being transmitted through the light-transmissive member, being
reflected by the reflective surface and being again transmitted through the light-transmissive member; and

(b) to output an output signal based on a variation of a first signal output from the first light-receiving element configured
to detect an intensity distribution of the interference fringes, the variation being caused by a displacement of the displaceable
member in the first direction.

US Pat. No. 9,368,668

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,361,133

MANAGEMENT SCREEN FOR IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus configured to display a management screen, which is provided by an operating system
and is used for managing a connected peripheral device, the operating system providing a first type of language for the management
screen, wherein the displaying of the management screen is based on control information described with respect to functions
that are provided by a device driver for the peripheral device and a specific application providing a process for the peripheral
device and can be instructed from the management screen, the information processing apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a registration unit configured to register in a registry a second type of language displayed on a screen provided by the specific
application that runs on the processor,

wherein the registration unit, as the specific application, is configured to register in the registry the second type of language
when the specific application is activated,

wherein the management screen includes a first portion for instructing to activate a setting screen of the device driver and
a second portion for instructing to activate the specific application, and

wherein, if a condition indicates that the first type of language provided for the management screen is different than the
second type of language registered in the registry, a display including a message about the second type of language used by
the specific application is performed on the second portion of the management screen based on the control information in which
the message is described in association with the condition.

US Pat. No. 9,361,434

SHORTCUT MANAGEMENT UNIT AND METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,360,786

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR ADJUSTING WRITE START TIMING OF MULTICOLOR IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,348,266

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS USING PRESS MEMBER TO PREVENT DEFLECTION OF BELT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an endless image carrying belt rotating while carrying a toner image on a surface thereof;
an inner roller provided on an inner circumferential side of the image carrying belt and being in contact with the image carrying
belt;

an outer roller, provided on a side opposite from the inner roller across the image carrying belt, forming a transfer nip
portion, with the inner roller, where a recording medium is nipped and conveyed;

a power supply applying voltage between the inner and outer rollers to transfer the toner image from the image carrying belt
to the recording medium conveyed through the transfer nip portion; and

a press member provided upstream, with respect to a rotation direction of the image carrying belt, of the inner roller, and
pressing the image carrying belt from the inner circumferential side of the image carrying belt at a position closer to the
outer roller side than a first imaginary line, which is orthogonal to a second imaginary line connecting a center of rotation
of the inner roller and a center of rotation of the outer roller, and passes through the transfer nip portion, the press member
being configured such that a length along a surface of the image carrying belt between a downstream end of a part of the press
member in contact with the image carrying belt and an upstream end of the transfer nip portion is shorter than a length of
a rear end margin formed out of an image forming area and formed on an upstream end area of a surface of the recording medium
with respect to a recording medium conveying direction.

US Pat. No. 9,348,267

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,350,884

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING A DISPLAY MENU DEPENDENT UPON A WRITE INHIBIT STATE OF A RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A control apparatus capable of being connected to a predetermined recording apparatus, which has a recording medium configured
to record a control file and executes processing in accordance with a command that is written to the control file, the control
apparatus comprising:
a display control unit configured to display, on a display unit, a control menu for accepting a control instruction to the
predetermined recording apparatus by a user operation;

a writing control unit configured to control to write a command corresponding to the control instruction accepted using the
control menu to the control file in the recording medium; and

a first determination unit configured to determine whether or not a data-writing inhibit state is set by a hardware switch
of the recording apparatus after detecting connection to the predetermined recording apparatus and recognizing the predetermined
recording apparatus, wherein the data-writing inhibit state is a state for inhibiting data from being written to the recording
medium,

wherein if it is determined by the first determination unit that the data-writing inhibit state is set, the display control
unit controls the display unit so as to make a user recognize that the user cannot control the predetermined recording apparatus
using the control menu.

US Pat. No. 9,348,331

ROBOT APPARATUS AND SPEED REDUCER STATE DIAGNOSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A robot apparatus comprising:
a multi joint robot comprising:
a joint including a motor;
a speed reducer connected to the motor;
input angle detecting means configured to detect an input rotational angle of a rotating shaft of the motor;
output angle detecting means configured to detect an output rotational angle of the speed reducer; and
a controller configured to compare a joint error calculated from an angle difference between the input rotational angle detected
by the input angle detecting means and the output rotational angle detected by the output angle detecting means with a preset
permissible joint error of the speed reducer, and determine that the speed reducer is damaged when the joint error is greater
than the permissible joint error, and determine that the speed reducer is normal when the joint error is not greater than
the permissible joint error.

US Pat. No. 9,350,919

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,346,646

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an apparatus main body having an opening portion;
an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet;
a storage portion configured to store, inside the apparatus main body, the sheet on which the image has been formed;
a moving unit configured to move the sheet stored in the storage portion to protrude the sheet outside of the apparatus main
body through the opening portion;

a stack portion configured to stack the sheet on which the image has been formed, and having been conveyed outside of the
apparatus main body without passing through the storage portion;

a conveyance unit configured to convey the sheet on which the image has been formed to either the storage portion or the stack
portion;

a receiving unit configured to receive an instruction from outside; and
a control unit configured to cause the conveyance unit to convey the sheet on which the image has been formed to the storage
portion in a case where the sheet is storable in the storage portion, and configured to shift to a standby state in which
the receiving unit waits for a discharge instruction to discharge the sheet outside of the apparatus main body in a case where
the sheet is not storable in the storage portion, and to cause the conveyance unit to convey the sheet on which the image
has been formed to the stack portion when the receiving unit receives the discharge instruction during the standby state.

US Pat. No. 9,340,050

INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink jet recording apparatus, which is configured to form an image corresponding to image data by applying ink droplets
on a recording medium, the ink jet recording apparatus comprising:
a print head configured to apply ink droplets on the recording medium;
a recording condition changing unit configured to change a recording condition to be used upon formation of the image using
the ink jet recording apparatus;

an evaluation image input unit configured to input evaluation image data representing an evaluation image as the image data
in order to form the evaluation image on the recording medium, the evaluation image being an image comprising at least two
successive adjacent dots;

an evaluation image forming control unit configured to cause the print head to form the evaluation image on the print medium
based on the evaluation image data input by the evaluation image input unit and according to the recording condition changed
by the recording condition changing unit;

a reading unit configured to read the evaluation image formed on the recording medium; and
a recording condition determining unit configured to determine a recording condition upon formation of the image on the recording
medium according to a degree of a change in lightness with a period equivalent to a recording dot resolution of the adjacent
dots in the read image of the successive adjacent dots based on a reading result by the reading unit.

US Pat. No. 9,335,730

PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process cartridge attachable/detachable to/from an apparatus main body of an electrophotographic image forming apparatus,
comprising:
a photosensitive unit having a photosensitive drum;
a development unit having a development roller for developing an electrostatic latent image formed on the photosensitive drum;
and

force giving members configured to give a force to the photosensitive unit and the development unit in a direction in which
the photosensitive drum and the development roller approach each other,

the process cartridge being configured such that the photosensitive unit and the development unit are coupled with each other
at both ends in a direction parallel to a rotational center axis line of the photosensitive drum,

wherein the photosensitive unit and the development unit are coupled with each other by a link member rotatably supported
on the photosensitive unit and rotatably supported also on the development unit at one end in the direction parallel to the
rotational center axis line,

wherein guide units are provided at one end of the photosensitive unit and at one end of the development unit, which are separated
from each other when an external force does not work on the process cartridge, and

wherein when the process cartridge is subjected to an impact in a direction in which the development roller approaches the
photosensitive drum, the guide units are brought into contact with each other while the development unit rotates relative
to the link member, and are configured to guide the development unit in a direction in which the development roller separates
from the photosensitive drum.

US Pat. No. 9,338,336

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

the following condition is satisfied:

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

US Pat. No. 9,335,557

DIFFRACTIVE OPTICAL ELEMENT HAVING HIGH DIFFRACTION EFFICIENCY AT PLURAL WAVELENGTHS AND IMAGE-PICKUP OPTICAL SYSTEM USING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A diffractive optical element comprising:
a first member and a second member in contact with each other,
wherein the second member has a refractive index lower than a refractive index of the first member and has a dispersion higher
than that of the first member,

wherein the first member is made of a resin material and the second member is made of a glass material,
wherein the second member includes a plurality of diffractive grating portions each having a grating wall surface and a grating
surface that merge with each other,

wherein each of the diffractive grating portions is configured so that a grating height thereof increases as a distance increases
away from an optical axis,

wherein the diffractive optical element has a positive power, and
wherein the following expressions are met:
ngd ?gd?125?50ngd;
ngd?1.8;

?rd?125?50nrd; and

nrd?1.5,

where ngd and vgd are a refractive index and an Abbe number of the glass material at a d-line wavelength respectively, and
nrd and ?rd are a refractive index and an Abbe number of the resin material at the d-line wavelength.

US Pat. No. 9,335,643

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,329,563

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,329,376

IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus that performs imaging of a specimen to acquire a digital image thereof, the imaging apparatus comprising:
an imaging optical system that forms an image of the specimen;
an imaging device that captures the image of the specimen through said imaging optical system;
a measuring unit that measures, for each of a plurality of regions on the specimen, an optical aberration or a physical quantity
causing the aberration before the imaging of the specimen is performed by said imaging device;

a plurality of optical elements configured to correct the aberration with different correction amounts, said plurality of
optical elements being configured such that each of said plurality of optical elements is insertable into and extractable
from an optical path of said imaging optical system; and

a control unit that selects an optical element from among said plurality of optical elements on the basis of a measurement
result provided by said measuring unit, and inserts the selected optical element into the optical path before the imaging
of the specimen is performed by said imaging device,

wherein said plurality of optical elements are different from an optical element that is a component of said imaging optical
system.

US Pat. No. 9,332,238

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a specifying unit configured to specify center coordinates of an input image;
an acquiring unit configured to acquire a difference between center coordinates of a deformed image which is obtained by performing
deformation processing for the input image based on a deforming parameter and the center coordinates of the input image specified
by the specifying unit;

a shifting unit configured to shift the center coordinates of the deformed image so as to reduce the difference acquired by
the acquiring unit, wherein a shift amount of the center coordinates of the deformed image by the shifting unit is larger
in a case where the difference acquired by the acquiring unit is a first value in comparison with a case where the difference
acquired by the acquiring unit is a second value less than the first value; and

a plurality of processing units including a first processing unit and a second processing unit, wherein the first processing
unit is configured to generate a first region of the deformed image having the center coordinates shifted by the shifting
unit based on the input image and the deforming parameter, and the second processing unit is configured to generate a second
region of the deformed image having the center coordinates shifted by the shifting unit based on the input image and the deforming
parameter.

US Pat. No. 9,326,681

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,329,498

EXPOSURE APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An exposure apparatus which exposes a substrate, comprising:
a substrate stage configured to be movable while holding the substrate;
a measurement unit configured to measure a height of the substrate by irradiating the substrate with light and detecting the
light reflected by the substrate; and

a control unit configured to control the measurement unit,
wherein the control unit obtains a velocity profile of the substrate stage and decides, based on the velocity profile, a plurality
of timings to perform measurement by the measurement unit to equally space a plurality of measurement portions on the substrate
measured by the measurement unit in a state in which an acceleration of the substrate stage is nonzero.

US Pat. No. 9,330,025

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, MEMORY CONTROL APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A memory control apparatus configured to issue a plurality of memory commands in a memory access unit based on a transfer
instruction, the memory control apparatus comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive a transfer instruction;
a plurality of output units configured to each hold at least one transfer instruction and an output status based on the transfer
instruction, and, based on the transfer instruction, each output a plurality of memory access requests in a memory access
unit; and

a command generation unit configured to, based on the plurality of memory access requests, issue a memory command to a memory
device,

wherein the command generation unit is configured to issue a second memory command that is received by the reception unit
after a first transfer instruction and is based on a memory access request related to a second transfer instruction held by
a second output unit so as to allow the second memory command to cut in on a plurality of memory commands based on a plurality
of memory access requests related to the first transfer instruction held by a first output unit,

wherein the first output unit comprises a plurality of status buffers and is configured to, in a case where the memory access
request for the second transfer instruction having a high priority is completed, based on a processing status held by a status
buffer corresponding to the first transfer instruction having a low priority, resume to output a memory access requirement
based on the first transfer instruction, and

wherein the plurality of status buffers is provided only for the first transfer instruction having the low priority.

US Pat. No. 9,321,080

ELECTROMECHANICAL TRANSDUCER AND METHOD FOR DETECTING SENSITIVITY VARIATION OF ELECTROMECHANICAL TRANSDUCER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electromechanical transducer comprising:
a plurality of elements each including at least one cell, the cell including a first electrode and a second electrode with
a gap therebetween, the cell comprising a vibration membrane that has one of the first and second electrodes;

a voltage applying unit configured to apply an AC voltage to the first electrode of each of the elements; and
a sensitivity variation computing unit configured to compute a sensitivity variation for each of the elements using a signal
output from the second electrode of the element due to the application of the AC voltage,

wherein the voltage applying unit applies the AC voltage having a frequency that is different from a mechanical resonance
frequency of the vibration membrane, and further comprising a control unit configured to switch between a mode of the electromechanical
transducer in which the sensitivity variation is computed and a mode in which elastic waves are detected.

wherein the control unit includes an amplifier circuit configured to convert the electrical current into a voltage and a data
conversion unit configured to convert the voltage output from the amplifier circuit into a digital signal, and wherein the
control unit controls a frequency of the AC voltage applied by the voltage applying unit based on a difference in phase between
the AC voltage and the digital signal.

US Pat. No. 9,324,744

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,325,897

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS WITH AUTOMATIC FOCUS DETECTION AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capture apparatus comprising:
an image sensor that can acquire image signals to be used for focus detection based on a phase-difference detection; and
at least one processor configured to function as:
an addition unit configured to generate an added image signal by adding a plurality of image signals obtained in a plurality
of frames of a moving image captured at a predetermined frame rate;

a calculation unit configured to calculate a defocus amount of an imaging optical system based on the added image signal;
a correction unit configured to correct the defocus amount; and
a drive unit configured to adjust a focal point of the imaging optical system according to the corrected defocus amount,
wherein the correction unit corrects the defocus amount according to a difference between a focus state of the imaging optical
system that corresponds to an accumulation period of the plurality of image signals used to generate the added image signal
and a focus state of the imaging optical system when the drive unit adjusts the focal point, and

wherein the correction unit calculates the focus state of the imaging optical system that corresponds to the accumulation
period of the plurality of image signals used to generate the added image signal by weighting respective focus states of the
imaging optical system that correspond to respective accumulation periods of the image signals used to generate the added
image signal such that a weight applied to an image signal having a first sharpness is larger than a weight applied to an
image signal having a second sharpness being lower than the first sharpness.

US Pat. No. 9,318,519

IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,313,693

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,313,234

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication device comprising:
a memory configured to store a program; and
a processor that is in communication with the memory, the processor configured to control:
a connection unit configured to perform a connection process with another communication device;
a lock unit configured to lock, before the connection unit executes the connection process with the another communication
device, a plurality of ports used in communication;

an acquisition unit configured to acquire, before the connection unit executes the connection process with the another communication
device, information indicating whether the another communication device is conforming to a predetermined service; and

an unlock unit configured to
unlock one or more of the locked plurality of ports when the acquired information indicates that the another communication
device is conforming to the predetermined service, wherein the one or more of the locked plurality of ports is used in the
predetermined service, and

unlock all of the locked plurality of ports locked by the lock unit when the acquired information indicates that the another
communication device is not conforming to the predetermined service.

US Pat. No. 9,307,902

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,298,120

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,295,438

MOVABLE X-RAY GENERATION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A movable X-ray generation apparatus comprising:
an X-ray tube configured to perform irradiation with X-rays;
an arm configured to support the X-ray tube, the arm including an extending mechanism for extending the arm to move the X-ray
tube in a horizontal direction;

a column configured to support the arm;
a cart unit configured to support the column and move the arm,
wherein the X-ray tube is configured to be moved into and out of an accommodation configuration;
a monitor, including a screen;
a monitor support arm, mounted on an upper portion of the cart unit, configured to support the monitor, wherein the monitor
support arm is located at a position where the X-ray tube does not interfere with the monitor in a state in which the X-ray
tube is in the accommodation configuration, unless the arm is extended by the extending mechanism;

a first member configured to support the monitor to be pivotable about a first rotation axis; and
a second member configured to support the first member to be pivotable about a second rotation axis different from the first
rotation axis,

wherein at least one of the first rotation axis and the second rotation axis is perpendicular to a moving surface on which
the cart unit moves, and

wherein the X-ray tube is between the column and the monitor when in the accommodation state.

US Pat. No. 9,289,126

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,291,974

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS EXECUTING A PLURALITY OF TYPES OF MISREGISTRATION CORRECTION CONTROL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form developer images of a plurality of colors on an image carrier; and
a control unit configured to execute a first correction control and a second correction control that has a higher correction
precision than the first correction control in order to correct misregistration between the developer images formed by the
image forming unit,

wherein the control unit is further configured to determine a correction error of the first correction control when executing
the first correction control, to determine a cumulative correction error, which is a cumulative value of the correction error
of the first correction control, and to execute the second correction control when the cumulative correction error of the
first correction control exceeds a first threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,294,664

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,294,668

RANGING APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, AND RANGING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,294,699

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,285,745

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,288,339

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,286,078

DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS HAVING A PARALLEL PROCESSING CIRCUIT INCLUDING A PLURALITY OF PROCESSING MODULES, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A control apparatus for controlling a data processing apparatus configured to cause a plurality of modules, which is communicably
connected to one another, to perform pipeline processing on a packet storing data in a predetermined order, the control apparatus
comprising:
an estimation unit configured to identify a target module in a later stage of the pipeline processing among the plurality
of modules in an order opposite to the predetermined order, and estimate a processing time for processing data of the target
module; and

a setting unit configured to set an output interval of a module positioned in a stage preceding the target module in the predetermined
order based on the estimated processing time for processing data of the target module,

wherein the setting unit is configured to set output intervals of all modules used for the pipeline processing in the order
opposite to the predetermined order.

US Pat. No. 9,280,306

GENERATING IMAGE DATA IN ACCORDANCE WITH IDENTIFICATION INFORMATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,280,081

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,274,443

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,274,474

FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device for fixing an unfixed toner image on a recording material while conveying and heating the recording material
bearing the unfixed toner image at a nip portion, the fixing device comprising:
a rotary member configured to contact the unfixed toner image;
a pressure member configured to form the nip portion by contacting the rotary member; and
a cover configured to cover the rotary member with a space between the rotary member and the cover, the cover including an
upstream cover portion disposed upstream of the nip portion in a conveyance direction of the recording material at the nip
portion,

wherein in a cross section of the fixing device, the cross section being orthogonal to a generatrix direction of the rotary
member, the following formulas are satisfied:

S/W?0.7×H, su?H/2; and ka?5 (mm), where H represents the shortest distance between the nip portion and a farthest surface
portion of the rotary member farthest away from the nip portion, W represents the maximum width of the rotary member in the
conveyance direction, and S represents an area of the space between the rotary member and the cover in a range of the maximum
width W, su represents the shortest distance between the upstream cover portion and a virtual line obtained by extending the
nip portion in the upstream direction upstream of the nip portion in the conveyance direction, and ka represents the shortest
distance between the upstream cover portion and a surface portion of the rotary member farthest upstream from the nip portion
in the conveyance direction.

US Pat. No. 9,274,481

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member on which an electrostatic latent image is formed;
a developing device that develops the electrostatic latent image formed on the image bearing member by using developer;
a temperature detecting portion that detects information regarding the temperature of the developer in the developing device;
a density detecting portion that detects a density of a control image formed on the image bearing member;
a controller that controls the amount of the developer supplied to the developing device based on the detection result of
the density of the control image and a target value; and

a change portion that changes an electric potential difference between an electric potential of the electrostatic latent image
of the control image and a DC bias applied to the developing device or the target value so as to suppress a variation in the
amount of charged developer in the developing device, based on the detection result acquired by the temperature detecting
portion,

wherein a first period during which only a DC bias is applied and a second period during which an AC bias is applied are alternated
in the developing device, and the controller decreases the first period in a case where the temperature of the developer rises
based on the detection result acquired by the temperature detecting portion.

US Pat. No. 9,271,695

APPARATUS FOR MAMMOGRAPHY WITH ACOUSTIC MATCHING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A subject information acquisition apparatus comprising:
a pair of holding plates adapted to hold and sandwich a subject;
an acoustic matching member provided on one of said holding plates and having a flexible bag and an acoustic matching agent
stored in the flexible bag; and

a probe adapted to be positioned to receive acoustic waves from the subject, said probe being located in opposition to said
acoustic matching member with said one of the pair of holding plates between said probe and said acoustic matching member,

wherein said flexible bag has a first portion facing the other of the pair of holding plates adapted to contact the subject
and a second portion detachably secured to said one of the pair of holding plates, the second portion having higher rigidity
than the first portion,

wherein both said first portion and said second portion are located on an acoustic wave propagation path such that acoustic
waves are adapted to be propagated from the subject to said probe through said first portion, said acoustic matching agent
and said second portion in that order, and

wherein said first portion and said second portion are made of the same material, and said second portion has a thickness
greater than that of said first portion to provide said higher rigidity.

US Pat. No. 9,274,254

OPTICAL ELEMENT ARRAY, PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical element array comprising:
a plurality of optical elements including at least a first optical element and a second optical element located on a same
plane,

wherein the first optical element is located at a center of an array region, which is a region on the same plane in which
the optical elements are arranged,

the second optical element is further from the center of the array region than the first optical element,
an orthogonal projection of the first optical element on the plane includes a first end and a second end located closer to
the second optical element than the first end and located on a first straight line that passes through the first end and the
center of the array region,

an orthogonal projection of a vertex of the first optical element on the plane is equally spaced from the first end and the
second end and located at a first position on the first straight line,

an orthogonal projection of the second optical element on the plane includes a third end that is located on the first straight
line and a fourth end that is located on the first straight line and that is further from the center of the array region than
the third end is,

an orthogonal projection of a vertex of the second optical element on the plane is located at a second position on the first
straight line,

an interval between the third end and the second position is smaller than an interval between the first end and the first
position, and is also smaller than an interval between the fourth end and the second position,

in a cross section of the first optical element, the cross section being perpendicular to the plane and including the first
straight line, the first optical element includes a first outer edge that extends from the vertex of the first optical element
to the second end,

in a cross section of the second optical element, the cross section being perpendicular to the plane and including the first
straight line, the second optical element includes a second outer edge that extends from the vertex of the second optical
element to the fourth end, and

a radius of curvature of the second outer edge or a median value of the radius of curvature of the second outer edge is greater
than or equal to 80% and less than or equal to 120% of a radius of curvature of the first outer edge or a median value of
the radius of curvature of the first outer edge.

US Pat. No. 9,268,252

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD WITH ADDITIONAL EXPOSURE OF PHOTORECEPTOR DRUM BASED ON CYCLE OF SCREEN

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

13. An image processing method comprising the steps of:
inputting multi-valued image data;
determining whether or not a pixel value of a pixel of interest of the inputted multi-valued image data is 0; and
outputting output data, wherein the output data includes:
a value obtained by applying a dither matrix to the pixel value of the pixel of interest which is determined in the determining
step as having a pixel value other than 0, and

a value obtained by replacing the pixel value of the pixel of interest which is determined in the determining step as having
a pixel value of 0, with a value of a pattern having a cycle equal to a cycle of the dither matrix or a cycle being a factor
of the cycle of the dither matrix divided by a divisor thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,268,512

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus which processes structured language data, the apparatus comprising:
a processor and a memory configure to function as:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire structured language data as a processing target via one of a first interface and
a second interface which differ physically or differ logically from one another, wherein said acquisition unit can acquire
the structured language data via any of the first interface and the second interface;

a storage unit configured to store a first style sheet and a second style sheet which respectively correspond to the first
interface and the second interface and define processing methods, different from each other, for generating an image based
on the structured language data acquired by said acquisition unit;

a selection unit configured to select the first style sheet in a case where the first interface is used for the acquisition
of the structured language data by said acquisition unit, and to select the second style sheet in a case where the second
interface is used for the acquisition of the structured language data by said acquisition unit; and

a processing unit configured to generate an image based on the structured language data as a processing target acquired by
said acquisition unit in accordance with a processing method defined in the style sheet selected by said selection unit among
the first style sheet and the second style sheet stored by said storage unit,

wherein said processing unit executes the processing based on the selected style sheet in either case that the first style
sheet or the second style sheet is selected by the said selection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,270,320

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A wireless communication apparatus, comprising:
a plurality of antennas which are arranged so as to be predetermined distances apart from each other within the wireless communication
apparatus;

a communication unit which perform communication using an antenna selected from the plurality of antennas;
a first switching unit which switches the antenna used for the communication to another antenna from the plurality of antennas,
if a first state in which a reflected power of a transmitted output power of the selected antenna is larger than a first predetermined
threshold value continues for equal to or more than a first predetermined time; and

a second switching unit which switches the antenna used for the communication to another antenna from the plurality of antennas,
if a second state in which a variation of a received power of the selected antenna is larger than a second predetermined threshold
value continues for equal to or more than a second predetermined time,

wherein the first predetermined time is shorter than the second predetermined time.

US Pat. No. 9,270,905

READOUT CIRCUIT, SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR DRIVING READOUT CIRCUIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A readout circuit comprising:
an amplifier;
an input capacitor configured to input a signal by capacitive coupling to an input terminal of the amplifier;
an initializing switch configured to short circuit between the input terminal and an output terminal of the amplifier;
a feedback capacitor arranged between the input terminal and the output terminal of the amplifier; and
an offset controller configured to set an output offset voltage of the amplifier, wherein
the readout circuit operates in first and second modes,
in the first mode, a first voltage is input to the amplifier through the input capacitor, and thereafter a second voltage
lower than the first voltage is input to the amplifier through the input capacitor,

in the second mode, a third voltage is input to the amplifier through the input capacitor, and thereafter a fourth voltage
higher than the third voltage is input to the amplifier through the input capacitor, and

in at least one of the first mode and the second mode, after the initializing switch is turned on, the offset controller applies
the output offset voltage to the output terminal of the amplifier, whereby the output offset voltage of the amplifier is set
to different values between the first and second modes.

US Pat. No. 9,269,911

ORGANIC LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,266,325

PRINT HEAD AND INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A print head comprising:
an energy generating element;
a chamber for accommodating liquid to which energy is applied from the energy generating element; and
an ejection opening arranged in a position facing the energy generating element for ejecting the liquid from the chamber to
outside, the energy being applied to the liquid in the chamber from the energy generating element to eject the liquid from
the ejection opening,

wherein the ejection opening includes at least one projection projecting in a projecting direction from an edge of the ejection
opening towards a central portion of the ejection opening, the ejection opening having a first region between a front end
of the projection and an inner wall of the ejection opening positioned at the shortest distance from the front end of the
projection, and second regions positioned at both sides of the projection and being different from the first region, and

wherein, when viewed from a direction of ejecting the liquid to the outside from the chamber, when a width of the projection
in a direction perpendicular to the projecting direction at a chamber-side opening face of the ejection opening is represented
as a1 and a maximum width of the projection in the direction perpendicular to the projecting direction is represented as a2, a relation of the formula a1

US Pat. No. 9,266,331

MANUFACTURING METHOD OF SUBSTRATE FOR LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a substrate for a liquid ejection head including an ejection energy generating element to generate
energy to eject liquid, and a nozzle layer including an ejection port to eject liquid and a liquid channel communicating with
the ejection port, the liquid channel being configured to dispose liquid on the ejection energy generating element, the method
comprising the steps of:
(1) forming, on the substrate including the ejection energy generating element, a metal mold member made of metal and having
a flat surface, the metal mold member making up at least a part of a mold for the liquid channel, and a planarization layer
made of the metal and having a flat surface;

(2) coating the mold for the liquid channel and the planarization layer with negative-type photosensitive resin, thus forming
a negative-type photosensitive resin layer to be the nozzle layer;

(3) exposing the negative-type photosensitive resin layer to ultraviolet rays, thus forming the ejection port; and
(4) selectively removing the mold for the liquid channel, thus forming the liquid channel,
wherein the mold for liquid channel comprises a plurality of members, and
wherein the method includes, between the step (1) and the step (2):
(5) forming a positive-type photosensitive resin layer on the metal mold member to be a part of the liquid channel.

US Pat. No. 9,263,972

VIBRATOR, VIBRATION TYPE DRIVING APPARATUS AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF VIBRATOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,258,447

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,258,471

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,251,441

APPARATUS, METHOD AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,253,374

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME FOR OBTAINING AND APPLYING GAMMA CHARACTERISTICS TO REDUCE A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LIGHT AND DARK AREAS OF AN IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising a computer, which functions as:
a detection unit that detects a subject region based on image data;
an obtaining unit that obtains a value indicating a difference in luminance between light areas of the subject region detected
by the obtaining unit and dark areas of the subject region detected by the obtaining unit;

a generation unit that generates a non-linear conversion characteristic by interpolating a plurality of non-linear conversion
characteristics using the value indicating the difference in luminance between the light areas and the dark areas; and

a correction unit that applies the non-linear conversion characteristic that was generated by the generation unit to the image
data.

US Pat. No. 9,250,576

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image carrier which carries toner images;
an endless intermediate transfer belt onto which the toner images are primary-transferred from the image carrier and which
is movable and has conductivity;

a secondary transfer member which comes into contact with an outer periphery of the endless intermediate transfer belt and
secondary-transfers the toner images from the endless intermediate transfer belt onto a recording material, the image forming
apparatus performing primary transfer by a current being passed from the secondary transfer member to the image carrier through
the endless intermediate transfer belt;

a transfer power supply which applies a voltage for transfer which has a polarity opposite to a normal charge polarity of
toner to the secondary transfer member;

a contact member which comes into contact with an inner periphery of the endless intermediate transfer belt; and
a voltage-maintaining element which is connected to the contact member, and maintains a potential of the contact member at
a same polarity as the polarity of the voltage for transfer by the current being passed, through the endless intermediate
transfer belt, from the secondary transfer member to which the voltage for transfer is applied by the transfer power supply,

wherein the endless intermediate transfer belt includes a surface layer and a conductive base layer, and a resistance of the
surface layer is higher than a resistance of the conductive base layer.

US Pat. No. 9,250,841

PRINT SERVER, CONTROL METHOD OF PRINT SERVER, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A print server in a printing system in which a load balancer executes processing for distributing requests to a plurality
of print servers, the print server comprising:
a receiving unit configured to receive a printing cancellation request from the load balancer;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire information of a print job as a target of the printing cancellation request received
by the receiving unit and information of a printing device;

a determination unit configured to determine whether a status of the acquired print job is a first status where printing cancellation
processing is to be executed by a print server in charge of the printing device, a second status where the printing cancellation
processing is to be executed by the printing device, or a third status where the printing cancellation request is to be handled
as an error; and

a control unit configured to control the print server in charge of the printing device to execute the printing cancellation
processing in a case where the determination unit determines that the status of the print job is the first status, control
the printing device to execute the printing cancellation processing in a case where the determination unit determines that
the status of the print job is the second status, and control the print server to send an error notification indicating that
the printing cancellation processing cannot be executed in a case where the determination unit determines that the status
of the print job is the third status.

US Pat. No. 9,247,163

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,239,977

PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS CAUSING A PRINT UNIT TO PRINT AN IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,235,522

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,235,523

DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,235,025

IMAGING OPTICAL SYSTEM AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

0.70
US Pat. No. 9,235,151

MAGNETIC TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,229,371

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,232,101

DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR SHIFTING BETWEEN STANDBY, SUSPENDED, AND POWER-OFF STATES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus including (a) a standby state in which a job is executable, and (b) a suspended state in which
power consumption is smaller than power consumption in the standby state, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a first control unit configured to control the image forming apparatus;
a second control unit configured to control, according to a control by the first control unit, at least one of a scanner and
a printer; and

a receiving unit configured to receive a job to be processed by the scanner or the printer, the receiving unit being connected
to a controller that includes the first control unit and the second control unit,

wherein the receiving unit is configured to be able to receive the job while the image forming apparatus is in the suspended
state,

wherein the second control unit is configured to:
(a) shift, if a predetermined event occurs, a state of the image forming apparatus from the standby state to the suspended
state by turning off the first control unit and storing a process information of the image forming apparatus in a storage
unit;

(b) shift, if the reception unit receives the job while the image forming apparatus is in the suspended state, the state of
the image forming apparatus from the suspended state to the standby state; and

(C) shift, if turning off the image forming apparatus is instructed, the state of the image forming apparatus from the suspended
state to a turned-off state, and

wherein the first control unit is configured to restore the process information to the image forming apparatus if turning
on the image forming apparatus is instructed while the image forming apparatus is in the turned-off state.

US Pat. No. 9,218,649

IMAGE PROJECTION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,218,152

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,217,716

METHOD FOR TESTING CHARGE GENERATION LAYER AND PROCESS FOR MANUFACTURING ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTORECEPTORS ON LARGE SCALE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for inspecting a charge generation layer of an object including an aluminum-based cylindrical support member formed
by extrusion and drawing having a periphery free of cutting work, an undercoat layer disposed directly on the periphery of
the support member and having a transmittance of 1% or more for light having a wavelength in the visible region, and the charge
generation layer disposed directly on the undercoat layer and having absorption wavelengths, the method comprising:
testing the charge generation layer for a defect or a suspected defect by:
irradiating the charge generation layer with light, and
receiving reflected light from the charge generation layer with a light receiving device,
wherein the light has a wavelength within the range of the absorption wavelengths of the charge generation layer, and transmittance
to the undercoat layer of the light is 0.3% or less.

US Pat. No. 9,213,723

IMAGE DISTRIBUTION APPARATUS AND IMAGE DISTRIBUTION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

6. A control method for an image distribution apparatus including a processor, which distributes image data to which location
information has been added, the control method comprising:
a face checking step of determining, using the processor, whether or not the image data includes a human face of a specific
person;

a distribution control step of distributing, using the processor, the image data by deleting the location information from
the image data to be distributed if it is determined in said face checking step that a human face of the specific person is
included in the image data, and distributing the image data with the location information being added if it is determined
in said face checking step that a human face of the specific person is not included in the image data.

US Pat. No. 9,213,251

MAGNETIC TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A magnetic toner comprising:
magnetic toner particles comprising a binder resin and a magnetic body; and
inorganic fine particles present on the surface of the magnetic toner particles, wherein
the inorganic fine particles present on the surface of the magnetic toner particles comprise strontium titanate fine particles
and metal oxide fine particles,

the metal oxide fine particles containing silica fine particles, and optionally containing titania fine particles and alumina
fine particles, and a content of the silica fine particles being at least 85 mass % with respect to a total mass of the silica
fine particles, the titania fine particles and the alumina fine particles, wherein

when a coverage ratio A (%) is a coverage ratio of the magnetic toner particles' surface by the inorganic fine particles and
a coverage ratio B (%) is a coverage ratio of the magnetic toner particles' surface by the inorganic fine particles that are
fixed to the magnetic toner particles' surface,

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

the content of the strontium titanate fine particles, expressed with reference to the total amount of the magnetic toner,
is from at least 0.1 mass % to not more than 3.0 mass %,

the number-average particle diameter (D1) of the strontium titanate fine particles is from at least 60 nm to not more than 300 nm,

in a magnetic separation test during the application of a negative voltage, the release rate for the strontium titanate fine
particles is at least 10%, and

the ratio [D4/D1] of the weight-average particle diameter (D4) to the number-average particle diameter (D1) for the magnetic toner is not more than 1.30.

US Pat. No. 9,213,278

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form an unfixed toner image on a recording material;
a fixing unit configured to heat and fix the unfixed toner image onto the recording material, the fixing unit including a
heater;

a necessary integral power calculation unit configured to calculate a necessary integral power required for the fixing unit
to reach a predetermined fixable temperature;

a suppliable integral power calculation unit configured to calculate a suppliable integral power being supplied to the heater
in a time elapsing until the recording material reaches the fixing unit;

a power source condition detection unit configured to detect a power source condition of a power source for supplying power
to the heater; and

a controller configured to control a timing to start conveyance of the recording material by comparing the necessary integral
power and the suppliable integral power, wherein the suppliable integral power calculation unit calculates the suppliable
integral power according to a resistance value of the heater, the power source condition, and the time elapsing until the
recording material reaches the fixing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,215,356

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,204,791

OCULAR OPTICAL SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,207,439

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:
a first lens unit having a positive refractive power which does not move for zooming;
a second lens unit having a negative refractive power which moves during zooming;
a third lens unit having a positive refractive power which moves during zooming;
a fourth lens unit having a negative refractive power which moves during zooming; and
a fifth lens unit having a positive refractive power which does not move for zooming,
wherein:
the first lens unit comprises, in order from the object side to the image side, a first sub lens unit having a negative refractive
power which does not move for focusing, a second sub lens unit having a positive refractive power which moves during focusing,
and a third sub lens unit having a positive refractive power which does not move for focusing;

the third sub lens unit comprises a negative lens; and
the following conditions are satisfied:
1.6
L2w/L3w<1.0; and

?0.5 where L2t represents an interval between the second lens unit and the third lens unit at a telephoto end, L2tm represents
an interval between the second lens unit and the third lens unit at a zoom position at which an interval between the third
lens unit and the fourth lens unit is minimum, L2w represents an interval between the second lens unit and the third lens
unit at a wide-angle end, L3w represents an interval between the third lens unit and the fourth lens unit at the wide-angle
end, f2 represents a focal length of the second lens unit, and f3 represents a focal length of the third lens unit.

US Pat. No. 9,207,183

STIMULATED RAMAN SCATTERING MEASUREMENT APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,207,442

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:
a lens unit Lp having the highest positive refractive power among all lens units included in the zoom lens, a lens unit Ln
having negative refractive power, and a lens unit Lp2 having positive refractive power,

wherein a distance between every adjacent lens units varying during zooming,
wherein in a first region in which focusing from an infinite distance to a predetermined finite distance and zooming are able
to be performed, two or more lens units are moved during zooming, and at least one lens unit is moved during focusing, and

wherein in a second region in which macro driving is performed from a telephoto end to a macro end at which focusing is able
to be performed on an object distance shorter than the predetermined finite distance, two or more lens units are moved during
macro driving so that the lens unit Lp is located closer to the object side than at a wide-angle end, a distance between the
lens unit Lp and the lens unit Ln is larger at the macro end than at the wide-angle end, and a distance between the lens unit
Ln and the lens unit Lp2 is smaller at the macro end than at the wide-angle end.

US Pat. No. 9,208,569

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF CAPABLE OF PERFORMING REFOCUS CALCULATION PROCESSING FOR LIGHT FIELD DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a display; and
one or more processors configured to implement the functions of an image data acquisition unit, an information acquisition
unit, a generation unit, a designation unit, and a distance calculation unit,

wherein:
the image data acquisition unit is configured to acquire image data, captured by an image capturing device, capable of generating
a refocus image in which a focus position is changed by image processing;

the information acquisition unit is configured to acquire information of object distances of objects, wherein object distance
is a distance in a direction of depth of field;

a the generation unit is configured to generate a refocus image at a changed focus position by combining, as the image processing,
pixels of the acquired image data based on positions of light beams at the changed focus position, wherein each of the light
beams corresponds to respective pixels;

the display is configured to display the refocus image;
the designation unit is configured to designate an address in an image displayed by said display; and
the distance calculation unit is configured to calculate distances between the designated address and positions of the objects
in the displayed image,

wherein said generation unit generates a refocus image using, as a focus position, an object distance of one of the objects
based on the address designated by the designation unit.

US Pat. No. 9,208,379

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus connectable via a network to a terminal which captures an image, the image processing apparatus
comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire, from feature information extracted from a captured image, augmented information
and attribute information which are related to the feature information;

a processing unit configured to generate, if a plurality of pieces of the feature information is extracted, at least one piece
of new augmented information by using a plurality of pieces of the augmented information acquired by the acquisition unit,
based on satisfying a condition using a combination of the attribute information; and

a transmission unit configured to transmit, if a plurality of pieces of the feature information is extracted, the new augmented
information generated by the processing unit to the terminal and to transmit, if one piece of the feature information is extracted,
the augmented information related to the one piece of the feature information to the terminal.

US Pat. No. 9,199,809

SHEET FEEDING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,204,012

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH DENSITY DATA CORRECTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a rotation member that is used for image formation;
a detection unit that irradiates a detection target with light and detects reflected light from the detection target;
a first obtaining unit that obtains background data at a first number of measurement positions, including a given number of
measurement positions on the rotation members, based on a detection result of the detection unit by detecting reflected light
from the rotation member, which is the detection target;

a second obtaining unit that obtains density data of a toner image at a second number of measurement positions lower in number
than the first number of measurement positions, based on a detection result by the detection unit by detecting reflected light
from the toner image for adjusting an image density of an image formed on the rotation member;

a calculating unit that
normalizes the density data in an obtaining result by the second obtaining unit based on first background data of the second
number of measurement positions corresponding to a reference position of the measurement positions on the rotation member,
which is assumed when a circumference of the rotation member is not changed from a reference circumference from among an obtaining
result by the first obtaining unit, and calculates first correction density data, and

normalizes the density data in an obtaining result by the second obtaining unit based on a predetermined number of second
background data in the second number of measurement positions, each of which have been respectively shifted by a different
number from the measurement positions of the first background data, from among the obtaining result by the first obtaining
unit, and calculates a predetermined number of second correction density data; and

a determination unit that determines that the correction density data has a smaller variation between a plurality of density
values respectively included therein from among the first correction data and the predetermined number of second correction
data,

wherein corrected density data is obtained in accordance with the determination by the determination unit.

US Pat. No. 9,195,212

COLOR ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING MOVABLE MAIN BODY ELECTRICAL CONTACTS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,186,922

RECORDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording apparatus comprising:
a recording head for performing recording on a recording medium by applying a recording material to the recording medium;
a measurement unit configured to read a patch recorded on the recording medium including light emitting portion configured
to emit light to the recording medium, and a light receiving portion configured to receive the light emitted by the light
emitting portion and reflected by the recording medium by the recording head and to optically measure a density of the patch;

an acquisition unit configured to acquire information indicating a spectral sensitivity of the measurement unit and information
indicating a reference spectral sensitivity of a reference measurement unit including a light emitting characteristic of the
reference measurement unit and a light receiving characteristic of the reference measurement unit; and

a determination unit configured to determine an amount by which the recording material is to be applied from the recording
head, based on the reading result of the patch measured by the measurement unit and the spectral sensitivity of the measurement
unit indicated by the information acquired by the acquisition unit and the reference spectral sensitivity indicated by the
information acquired by the acquisition unit.

US Pat. No. 9,189,657

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that is connected to an external apparatus via a network comprising:
a display;
an operating section;
a network interface; and
a control section, coupled to the display, the operating section, and the network interface, comprising one or more computer
processors and one or more program memories storing program code executable by the one or more computer processors to cause
the one or more computer processors to:

determine whether an instruction for displaying an operation screen containing security information is received via the operating
section or via the network interface;

upon the determination that the instruction for displaying the operation screen containing the security information is received
via the network interface: transmit to the external apparatus screen data that is processed for displaying the operation screen
containing the security information, and while at the same time, prevent the operation screen containing the security information
from being displayed by the display at the information processing apparatus;

upon the determination that the instruction for displaying the operation screen containing the security information is received
via the operating section: display, by the display, the operation screen containing the security information, and while at
the same time, prevent the screen data for displaying the operation screen containing the security information from being
transmitted to the external apparatus;

upon the determination that the instruction for displaying the operation screen containing the security information is received
via the network interface, display, by the display, a dummy screen; and

upon the determination that the instruction for displaying the operation screen containing the security information is received
via the operating section, transmit to the external apparatus image data for displaying a dummy screen, by the external apparatus,
which does not contain the security information.

US Pat. No. 9,185,242

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,174,439

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:
a print element board including a base plate, an energy generating device configured to generate energy for ejecting liquid,
an electrode pad electrically connected to the energy generating device, and a bump formed on the electrode pad; and

an electric wiring board electrically connected to the bump of the print element board using an interconnecting wire,
wherein the bump has a first surface, a second surface and a third surface, the third surface is opposed to the base plate,
and the first surface and the second surface are provided on an opposite side of the third surface,

wherein a height of the second surface from a surface of the base plate is higher than that of the first surface,
wherein the first surface has a first protrusion formed therein and protruding from the bump toward the interconnecting wire,
and the bump is connected to the interconnecting wire in the second surface, and

wherein the height of the second surface from the surface of the base plate is higher than that of a to of the first protrusion
from the surface of the base plate.

US Pat. No. 9,178,081

SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,162,498

INK JET PRINTING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink jet printing apparatus that prints an image on a printing medium by repeating a printing scan in which an eject
port column in which a plurality of eject ports for ejecting ink in accordance with image data is arrayed is moved with respect
to the printing medium and a conveyance operation to convey the printing medium in a direction intersecting the direction
of the printing scan, the inkjet printing apparatus comprising:
a conveyance control unit configured to control the conveyance operation so that a position where printing is performed by
an eject port located at one end part of the eject port column in a first printing scan and a position where printing is performed
by an eject port located at the other end part of the eject port column in a second printing scan are adjacent to each other
in the direction of the conveyance on the printing medium; and

a correction unit configured to perform correction processing for increasing or decreasing the number of times of ink eject
for image data corresponding to a first eject port group consisting of a plurality of successive eject ports including the
eject port located at the one end part in the first printing scan and for image data corresponding to a second eject port
group consisting of a plurality of successive eject ports including the eject port located at the other end part in the second
printing scan,

wherein the correction unit sets the number of eject ports included in the first eject port group and the number of eject
ports included in the second eject port group in accordance with a set printing condition.

US Pat. No. 9,160,926

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,158,403

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,159,287

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND IMAGE DISPLAY METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image display apparatus including a display screen with a backlight, comprising:
an input unit configured to input each frame forming a moving image;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a motion vector between frames inputted by said input unit;
a first determination unit configured to determine whether the reliability of the motion vector obtained by said obtaining
unit between a first frame and a second frame is larger than a threshold;

a second determination unit configured i) to determine, as an intermediate frame to be displayed between the first and second
frames, an interpolation frame being generated based on the motion vector and images of the first and second frames in a case
where the reliability is larger than the threshold, and ii) to determine, as the intermediate frame, an image frame being
based on not an image of the second frame but on an image of the first frame in a case where the reliability is not larger
than the threshold; and

a control unit configured i) to control the backlight to emit light at a brightness being based on an image of the interpolation
frame so as to display the interpolation frame as the intermediate frame in a case where the reliability is larger than the
threshold, and ii) to control the backlight to emit light at a darker brightness than the brightness upon displaying the first
frame so as to display the image frame as the intermediate frame in a case where the reliability is not larger than the threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,150,036

CONTROL METHOD FOR PRINTING AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,152,895

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,146,700

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM HAVING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF CONTROLLING PRINT DATA OBTAINMENT TIMING, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing system comprising:
a server configured to store print data; and
an image forming apparatus configured to obtain the print data in parallel using a plurality of network sessions for said
server,

wherein said server comprises an attribute information generation unit configured to generate attribute information including
positional information on individual pages of the print data, and

wherein said image forming apparatus comprises:
an attribute information obtaining unit configured to obtain the attribute information from said server;
a determination unit configured to determine the number of network sessions based on a time period it took for the attribute
information obtaining unit to obtain the attribute information, a size of data on a page to be printed in print data to be
obtained from said server, and a restoration time period required to combine and restore the obtained data on the page to
be printed; and

a data obtaining unit configured to obtain the data on the page to be printed using network sessions corresponding in number
to the number of network sessions determined by the determination unit.

US Pat. No. 9,148,539

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,148,557

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,146,781

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,139,397

SHEET BINDING PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,132,630

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for printing an image on a printing medium with a plurality of relative movement between
a print head capable of printing dots of a plurality of sizes on the printing medium and the printing medium comprising:
a binarization unit configured to generate binary data for printing each of the dots of the plurality of sizes with each of
the plurality of relative movements, based upon multi-valued image data,

wherein the binarization unit generates the binary data such that in the same region of the printing medium, a low frequency
component of space frequency characteristics of a dot pattern obtained by accumulating dot patterns printed respectively by
the plurality of relative movements in regard to a dot of a first size among the dots of the plurality of sizes is smaller
than a low frequency component of space frequency characteristics of a dot pattern obtained by accumulating dot patterns printed
respectively by the plurality of relative movements in regard to a dot of a second size among the dots of the plurality of
sizes.

US Pat. No. 9,134,246

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,131,140

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an editing unit configured to execute a trimming edit on an image recorded in a storage medium, wherein, in a case where date
information is embedded in the image on which the trimming edit has not been executed yet, classification information indicating
that the date information is embedded in the image is associated with the image; and

a control unit configured to invalidate the classification information in a case where there exists no region where the date
information is embedded in the image on which the trimming edit has been executed.

US Pat. No. 9,125,561

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
a fundus image acquiring unit for acquiring a fundus image of an eye to be inspected;
a calculating unit for calculating a thickness of a predetermined layer of a fundus of the eye to be inspected in a part of
a two-dimentional region on the fundus image;

a tomographic image acquiring unit for acquiring a tomographic image of the fundus in the two-dimensional region;
a display control unit for causing a display unit to display the fundus image, a display form representing the two-dimensional
region, and the tomographic image; and

a changing unit for changing a position of the display form representing the two-dimensional region, the display form being
displayed on the display unit,

the tomographic image acquiring unit being configured to acquire, when the position of the display form representing the two-dimensional
region is changed, a tomographic image of the fundus of the eye to be inspected in the two-dimensional region after the position
is changed, and

the display control unit being configured to cause the display unit to display the tomographic image in the two-dimensional
region after the position is changed instead of the tomographic image in the two-dimensional region before the position is
changed.

US Pat. No. 9,124,830

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus comprising a pixel, wherein
the pixel includes:
a photoelectric conversion element configured to convert light to an electric charge;
a buffer having an input terminal connected to an output terminal of the photoelectric conversion element, to perform a buffering
of a voltage based on the electric charge of the photoelectric conversion element;

a capacitor having a first electrode connected to the output terminal of the photoelectric conversion element;
a first switch connected between a second electrode of the capacitor and an output terminal of the buffer; and
a second switch connected between the second electrode of the capacitor and a fixed voltage node.

US Pat. No. 9,119,562

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,117,139

VIDEO PROCESSING APPARATUS AND VIDEO PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A video processing apparatus comprising:
a first determination unit that determines whether or not a distribution of luminance, which is obtained from luminance signals
of video captured by an image capturing unit, satisfies a predetermined condition;
a second determination unit that determines whether or not an object as a point light source is included in the video based
on an evaluation value obtained from luminance signals of the video; and
a night scene determination unit that determines that a scene captured by the image capturing unit is a night scene if said
first determination unit determines that the predetermined condition is satisfied and if said second determination unit determines
that the video includes the object as a point light source.

US Pat. No. 9,114,607

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS AND DRIVING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An inkjet printing apparatus comprising:
a print head having an element array in which a plurality of printing elements are arranged in an arranging direction;
a first obtaining unit configured to obtain a first driving pulse comprising a prepulse that is applied to the printing element,
and a main pulse that is applied to the printing element after applying the repulse based on at least a temperature of the
print head;

a first determining unit configured to determine a second driving pulse comprising the prepulse and the main pulse by adjusting
at least a period of the main pulse of the first driving pulse obtained by the first obtaining unit;

a second obtaining unit configured to obtain information regarding a total period comprising a period of the repulse of the
second driving pulse, a period of the main pulse of the second driving pulse, and a pause period between the repulse of the
second driving pulse and the main pulse of the second driving pulse;

a second determining unit configured to determine a third driving pulse comprising the prepulse and the main pulse based on
the second driving pulse determined by the first determining unit; and

a controlling unit configured to control ejecting ink from the print head by applying the third driving pulse determined by
the second determining unit to the printing elements, wherein

the second determining unit determines the third driving pulse, when the total period indicated by the information obtained
by the second obtaining unit is higher than a threshold value, by adjusting at least a period of the main pulse of the second
driving pulse and the pause period of the second driving pulse based on a difference between the total period indicated by
the information obtained by the second obtaining unit and the threshold value such that a total period of the third driving
pulse determined by the second determining unit is equal to or lower than the threshold value.