US Pat. No. 9,418,440

IMAGE SEGMENTING APPARATUS AND METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a segmenting unit configured to segment an input image into a plurality of areas on the basis of a similarity of pixels;
an acquiring unit configured to acquire sizes of the areas segmented by the segmenting unit;
a selecting unit configured to select one of a plurality of discriminating methods of discriminating, with respect to adjacent
areas among the plurality of areas, on the basis of a size of each of the adjacent areas acquired by the acquiring unit, whether
or not the adjacent areas are connecting targets by using different kinds of features;

an extracting unit configured to extract, from the adjacent areas, the feature of the kind which is used in the discriminating
method selected by the selecting unit;

a connecting unit configured to connect the adjacent areas determined as the connecting targets by the discriminating method
selected by the selecting unit; and

a classifying unit configured to classify a kind of area connected by the connecting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,412,151

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a photographed data input unit configured to acquire a plurality of images photographed from at least two different viewing
positions;

an input unit configured to input a refocus parameter representing a distance from a camera to a virtual focal plane;
a distance estimation unit configured to generate a depth map for the acquired images indicating distances between photographed
objects corresponding to pixels and a camera;

a focus map generation unit configured to generate a focus map indicating an in-focus area to be sharply focused and an out-of-focus
area to be blurred, by calculating areas including the in-focus area and the out-of-focus area from the depth map according
to the refocus parameters;

an in-focus area image processing unit configured to generate a synthesized image by performing a resolution enhancement process
on the in-focus area and synthesizing a group of images including at least the photographed images;

an out-of-focus area image processing unit configured to generate a synthesized image by performing an operation, different
from the resolution enhancement process performed by the in-focus area image processing unit, on the out-of-focus area and
synthesizing a group of images including at least the photographed images, wherein the out-of-focus area image processing
unit further comprises:

an image reduction unit configured to reduce resolution of images in the out-of-focus area; and
an image interpolation unit to generate interpolated images by interpolating between the reduced images through interpolation
between the viewing positions,

wherein the out-of-focus area image processing unit generates a synthesized image of the out-of-focus area by synthesizing
the reduced images and the interpolated images,

wherein the out-of-focus area image processing unit generates a synthesized image at a resolution lower than that of the photographed
images in the out-of-focus area using the image reduction unit, and

wherein the out-of-focus area imaging processing unit further includes an image enlargement unit configured to transform the
synthesized image to the one with an output resolution; and

an image blending unit configured to generate a refocused image by blending the synthesized image of the in-focus area and
the synthesized image of the out-of-focus area according to the focus map.

US Pat. No. 9,413,751

COOPERATION SYSTEM, COOPERATION METHOD THEREOF, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cooperation system including a first information processing system for managing user authentication information about
a plurality of users for each group and a second information processing system for acquiring data from the first information
processing system and providing a service using the acquired data,
the first information processing system comprising:
first one or more processors; and
one or more computer-readable media storing first instructions that, when executed by the first one or more processors, cause
the first one or more processors to perform operations comprising:

receiving user authentication information from a client and authenticating a user based on the received user authentication
information;

providing a screen to be displayed on the client, the screen including a button for receiving a request for starting to use
the service provided by the second information processing system and a button for receiving a request for starting to use
another service provided by the second information processing system, wherein the service does not require user authentication
using the user authentication information and the another service does require user authentication using the user authentication
information;

identifying, in response to reception of a request for starting to use the service after the user is successfully authenticated,
group authentication information allocated to a group to which a plurality of users belong, the plurality of users including
the user authenticated based on the user authentication information, wherein the group authentication information is common
to all the users belonging to the group; and

transmitting, to the second information processing system, the group authentication information and an authentication request,
wherein the authentication request comprises a request to perform the requested authentication using the group authentication
information and return identification information indicating whether the authentication was successful, and the second information
processing system comprising:

second one or more processors; and
one or more computer-readable media storing second instructions that, when executed by the second one or more processors,
cause the second one or more processors to perform operations comprising:

receiving the transmitted group authentication information and performing the requested authentication based on the received
group authentication information;

acquiring, after the authentication has been successfully performed based on the group authentication information, the identification
information indicating that the authentication was successful, wherein the identification information comprises information
associated with a session of the user; and

transmitting, to the first information processing system, the identification information,
wherein the first instructions, when executed by the first one or more processors, cause the first one or more processors
to perform operations further comprising:

transmitting, to the client, the transmitted identification information and an instruction for the client to access the second
information processing system, and

wherein the second instructions, when executed by the second one or more processors, cause the second one or more processors
to perform operations further comprising:

verifying the identification information transmitted from the client performing access according to the instruction; and
providing, in response to successful verification of the identification information, the service to the user operating the
client without authenticating the user operating the client.

US Pat. No. 9,412,777

IMAGE SENSOR AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS FOR SATISFACTORY PUPIL DIVISION BY A FOCUS DETECTION PIXEL IN WHICH A LIGHT GUIDE IS FORMED

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising an image sensor including a plurality of image forming pixels which detect an object
image formed by an imaging optical system and generate a captured image, and a lens which is arranged for the plurality of
image forming pixels and converges incident light to the image forming pixels,
wherein each of the image forming pixels includes a plurality of divided photo-electric conversion units,
the plurality of photo-electric conversion units have a function of photo-electrically converting a plurality of images having
passed through different exit pupils of the imaging optical system, and outputting focus detection signals for performing
focus adjustment by a phase-difference detection method,

each of the image forming pixels includes a first light guide and a second light guide between the lens and the plurality
of divided photo-electric conversion units,

the first light guide is arranged on a side of the lens, and the second light guide is arranged on a side of the photo-electric
conversion unit,

a division count of the second light guide is larger than the division count of the first light guide, and
a distance between a convergence position of the lens and upper ends of the second light guides is set to be equal to or larger
than a one-side focal depth of the lens so that light which passed through the lens enters at the upper ends of the second
light guides while the light is spreading.

US Pat. No. 9,412,785

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a solid-state imaging apparatus, comprising a plurality of photoelectric conversion portions
arranged on a substrate, a plurality of microlenses provided in correspondence with the plurality of photoelectric conversion
portions, and a plurality of color filters provided between the plurality of photoelectric conversion portions and the plurality
of microlenses,
the method comprising:
forming an electrode on a structure provided on the substrate, the structure including a wiring pattern and an interlayer
insulation film;

forming a first film having insulating properties, the first film covering the electrode and the structure;
forming an opening in a portion of the first film inside an outer edge of a convex portion formed by steps between an upper
face of the electrode and an upper face of the structure so as to expose a first portion as a portion of the upper face of
the electrode;

forming a second film covering the first film and the first portion;
patterning the second film to form a first color filter and a protective film simultaneously, the first color filter being
one of the plurality of color filters, and the protective film covering the first portion, the convex portion, and a periphery
of the convex portion; and

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

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. 9,405,494

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR OUTPUTTING LAYOUT DATA ACCORDING TO TIMING INFORMATION, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
at least one memory configured to store at least one program; and
at least one processor configured to execute the at least one program to cause the apparatus to
specify a person in one or more images among a plurality of images, by analyzing the plurality of images;
first register the person and a date corresponding to the person, in a memory, in accordance with an instruction by a user;
second register an image including the person, with the person, in the memory, wherein in the memory, the date is related
to the person and the image is related to the person;

determine an output target date corresponding to a predetermined output timing, from a plurality of dates registered in the
memory, in accordance with the first registration;

determine an output target person corresponding to the output target date, from a plurality of persons related to the plurality
of dates in the memory, in accordance with the first registration;

select an output target image which is related to the output target person in the memory, in accordance with the second registration;
and

output the output target image to a display apparatus or a printing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,398,225

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

10. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a zoom lens; and
an image sensor configured to receive an image formed by the zoom lens, wherein
the zoom lens comprises, in order from an object side to an image side,
a first lens unit having a positive refractive power, a second lens unit having a negative refractive power, a third lens
unit having a positive refractive power, a fourth lens unit having a negative refractive power, and a fifth lens unit having
a positive refractive power in this order,

wherein, during zooming, the lens units move to draw predetermined loci such that an interval between lens units varies, and
the first lens unit and the third lens unit move toward the object side at the telephoto end in comparison with a wide angle
end,

wherein the third lens unit includes at least two positive lenses formed of a material which satisfies the following conditional
expressions,

?gF3P?(?1.665×10?7·?d3P3+5.213×10?5·?d3P2?5.656×10?3·?d3P+0.737)>0

50.0 where ?gF3P is a partial dispersion ratio of a material and ?d3P is the Abbe number of the positive lens included in the third
lens unit, and
wherein the zoom lens satisfies the following conditional expressions
0.01
0.5<|f4/f3|<2.5

3.00 where fw is a focal length of the zoom lens at the wide angle end, ft is a focal length of the zoom lens at the telephoto
end, f3 is a focal length of the third lens unit, f4 is a focal length of the fourth lens unit, and M3 is an amount of movement
of the third lens unit at the time of zooming from the wide angle end to the telephoto end.

US Pat. No. 9,398,236

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
a plurality of pixels arranged to form a plurality of rows;
a readout circuit configured to read out signals from pixels of a selected row of the plurality of rows; and
a signal processing unit configured to process signals read out by the readout circuit,
wherein the apparatus has (a) a first mode in which a charge accumulation is controlled by an electronic shutter, and (b)
a second mode in which the charge accumulation is controlled by a mechanical shutter, and

wherein in the second mode, the signal processing unit corrects the signals read out from the pixels of the selected row of
the plurality of rows based on differences between signals read out by the readout circuit from pixels of a first row of the
plurality of rows and signals read out by the readout circuit from pixels of a second row of the plurality of rows.

US Pat. No. 9,389,544

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a toner image forming portion configured to form a toner image on an image bearing member;
a rotatable endless first belt bearing the toner image transferred from the image bearing member;
a rotatable endless second belt bearing a recording medium;
a plurality of first stretch rollers including a first transfer roller, the plurality of first stretch rollers stretching
the first belt;

a plurality of second stretch rollers including a second transfer roller, the plurality of second stretch rollers stretching
the second belt, the first and second transfer rollers forming a transfer portion where the toner image is transferred to
the recording material, with the first belt and the second belt disposed between the first and second transfer rollers;

a contact-separation mechanism configured to change a state of the transfer portion between a contact state in which the first
and second belts contact each other and a separation state in which the first and second belts separate from each other; and

a controller rotating and stopping the first belt such that a rotational position of the first belt with respect to the first
stretch rollers is changed and rotating and stopping the second belt such that a rotational position of the second belt with
respect to the second stretch rollers is changed, based on a stop duration time of at least either the first belt or the second
belt, the controller rotating the first belt and the second belt for different amounts of time in the separation state and
overlapping a time from starting to stopping the rotation of the first belt and a time from starting to stopping the rotation
of the second belt.

US Pat. No. 9,386,184

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a communicating portion configured to communicate with an external apparatus and being capable of executing a first process
of transmitting information related to an input screen to the external apparatus so as to cause a web browser of the external
apparatus to display the input screen prompting an input of information and a second process of receiving image information
from the external apparatus;

an image forming portion configured to form an image based on the image information;
a power supplying portion capable of being in a plurality of states including a first state in which the power supplying portion
supplies power to the image forming portion so as to enable the image forming portion to be able to form an image and supplies
power to the communicating portion so as to enable the communicating portion to be able to perform communication, a second
state in which the power supplying portion does not supply power to the image forming portion so as to cause the image forming
portion to be unable to form an image and supplies power to the communicating portion so as to enable the communicating portion
to be able to perform communication, and a third state in which the power supplying portion does not supply power to the image
forming portion so as to cause the image forming portion to be unable to form an image and does not supply power to the communicating
portion so as to cause the communicating portion to be unable to perform communication;

a first executing unit configured to execute a third process of shifting a state of the power supplying portion from the second
state to the first state, wherein the first executing unit does not execute the third process in a case where the communicating
portion executes the first process when the power supplying portion is in the second state, and executes the third process
in a case where the communicating portion executes the second process when the power supplying portion is in the second state;
and

a second executing unit configured to execute a fourth process of shifting a state of the power supplying portion from the
second state to the third state in a case where the power supplying portion remains in the second state for a predetermined
period of time, wherein the second executing unit does not execute the fourth process until a predetermined time passes since
the execution of the first process.

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. 9,378,569

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a processor and a memory, cooperating to function as units comprising:
(a) a display control unit configured to perform display control based on minute data to display one or more first minute
items on a first screen and to display one or more second minute items being different from the one or more first minute items
on a second screen being different from the first screen;

(b) a detection unit configured to detect, from the one or more first minute items displayed on the first screen, a changed
minute item which has been changed;

(c) a specification unit configured to specify, from the one or more second minute items displayed on the second screen, a
corresponding minute item which corresponds to the changed minute item displayed on the first screen; and

(d) a changing unit configured to change the specified corresponding minute item specified by the specification unit from
the one or more second minute items on the second display screen,

wherein the detection unit is configured to detect two minute items which are connected with an arrow among the one or more
first minute items displayed on the first screen, and

wherein the changing unit is configured to connect with an arrow, among the one or more second minute items displayed on the
second screen, two minute items that correspond to the detected two minute items displayed on the first screen.

US Pat. No. 9,377,848

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,377,618

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,377,621

LIGHT SCANNING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS USING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light scanning apparatus, comprising:
a deflection element including a first deflection surface for deflecting a light beam from a first light source and a second
deflection surface for deflecting a light beam from a second light source;

a rotor including a top surface facing the deflection element, the rotor being configured to rotatably hold the deflection
element;

a first imaging optical system including a first imaging lens, the first imaging optical system being configured to guide
a light beam from the first deflection surface to a first scanned surface;

a second imaging optical system including a second imaging lens arranged to face the first imaging lens so as to sandwich
the deflection element, the second imaging optical system being configured to guide a light beam from the second deflection
surface to a second scanned surface;

a first shielding member arranged in an optical path of the first imaging optical system; and
a second shielding member arranged in an optical path of the second imaging optical system,
wherein the following conditional expression is satisfied:
where A represents a distance from a reference plane to an edge portion of the first shielding member in a sub-scanning direction
on a side closer to the top surface, the reference plane including a center of the first deflection surface in the sub-scanning
direction and being parallel to a main scanning cross-section, H represents a distance from the reference plane to the top
surface, L represents a distance from a deflection point of the light beam at the first deflection surface to the first imaging
lens, P represents a distance from an axis of rotation of the deflection element to the first imaging lens, S represents a
distance from the axis of rotation to the first shielding member, D represents a diameter of the top surface, and p represents
an angle of incidence of the light beam from the first light source with respect to the first deflection surface in a sub-scanning
cross-section.

US Pat. No. 9,380,201

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,380,202

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,378,441

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a memory; and
at least one processor in communication with the memory, the processor configured to control:
a first execution unit configured to execute shutdown processing for turning off the information processing apparatus at a
predetermined time;

a second execution unit configured to execute restart processing for turning off and restarting the information processing
apparatus when an event requiring restart of the information processing apparatus has occurred; and

a control unit configured to, even if the event requiring restart of the information processing apparatus has occurred and
if a remaining time before the first execution unit executes the shutdown processing at the predetermined time is shorter
than a threshold, control the second execution unit not to execute the restart processing and control the first execution
unit to execute the shutdown processing at the predetermined time.

US Pat. No. 9,377,708

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising:
toner particles, each of which comprises a binder resin, a colorant, an ester wax and a hydrocarbon wax; and
inorganic fine particles,
wherein:
the ester wax comprises an ester compound having a structure represented by the following formula (1) or (2):
R1—CO—O—(CH2)x—O—OC—R2;  Formula (1):

or
R3—O—OC—(CH2)x—CO—O—R4  Formula (2):

wherein R1 to R4 are an alkyl group; and x is an integer of 8 to 10;

the ester wax comprises, in a composition distribution, an ester compound having a highest abundance rate in an amount of
40% by mass or higher and 80% by mass or lower with respect to a total amount of the ester wax;

when measuring the ester wax and the hydrocarbon wax solely with differential scanning calorimetry, each of the waxes has
an endothermic peak respectively, the endothermic peak of the ester wax having a peak top temperature of 65° C. to 80° C.,
and

when measuring the toner with differential scanning calorimetry, the toner has only one endothermic peak derived from the
waxes, the only one endothermic peak having a peak top temperature Tt (° C.),

wherein:
when measuring the ester wax and the hydrocarbon wax solely with differential scanning calorimetry, among a peak top temperature
of the endothermic peak of the ester wax and a peak top temperature of the endothermic peak of the hydrocarbon wax, the lower
temperature is defined as Tw (° C.),

Tt (° C.) and Tw (° C.) satisfy the following relationship:
3.0?(Tw?Tt)?8.0.

US Pat. No. 9,377,716

UNIT AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A unit for use with an image forming apparatus, said unit comprising:
a frame;
a developer accommodating portion, constituted by said frame, for accommodating developer;
a first end portion seal member for preventing, at a longitudinal end portion of a rotatable member, the developer from leaking
out from between said frame and said rotatable member; and

a second end portion seal member for preventing the developer from leaking out from among said first end portion seal member,
said second end portion seal member, and said frame, wherein said second end portion seal member is formed by injecting, on
said frame, a resin material having an elastic modulus smaller than an elastic modulus of said frame so as to enter said first
end portion seal member to be integrated with said first end portion seal member,

wherein said second end portion seal member is projected from said frame and inclined with respect to the longitudinal direction.

US Pat. No. 9,372,416

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing an electrophotographic photosensitive member using a plasma CVD method, comprising the steps
of:
(i) placing a cylindrical base member in a reactor which can be evacuated, the reactor having an electrode therein, so as
to be spaced apart from the electrode;

(ii) introducing a raw material gas for deposited film formation into the reactor; and
(iii) applying an alternating voltage of a rectangular wave having a frequency of 3 kHz or more and 300 kHz or less between
the electrode and the cylindrical base member so that a potential at the cylindrical base member with respect to a potential
at the electrode becomes alternately positive and negative during one period of the rectangular wave, to decompose the raw
material gas, and forming a deposited film on the cylindrical base member,

wherein, when,
the potential difference between the electrode and the cylindrical base member whose potential with respect to the electrode
is the positive, is defined as a first potential difference, and

the potential difference between the electrode and the cylindrical base member whose potential with respect to the electrode
is the negative, is defined as a second potential difference,

one of the first potential difference and the second potential difference is a value (V1) less than the absolute value of a discharge maintaining voltage, and the other is a value (V2) greater than or equal to the absolute value of a discharge starting voltage, the discharge maintaining voltage being lower
than the discharge starting voltage, and

wherein, when the one period of the rectangular wave is defined as T, a period during which the absolute value of the potential
difference between the electrode and the cylindrical base member is the value (V2) is defined as t2, and a value obtained by dividing t2 by T (t2/T) is defined as duty ratio, the duty ratio is 20% or more and 80% or less.

US Pat. No. 9,372,417

METHOD FOR PRODUCING ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,372,439

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. 9,372,446

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member configured to carry a toner image;
a charging member configured to charge said photosensitive member to a first polarity;
an intermediary transfer belt configured to carry the toner image transferred from said photosensitive member at a primary
transfer position;

a transfer member provided so as to be contactable to an outer peripheral surface of said intermediary transfer belt and configured
to transfer the toner image from said intermediary transfer belt onto a recording material at a secondary-transfer position;

a constant voltage element electrically connected between said intermediary transfer belt and a ground potential and configured
to maintain a predetermined voltage when a current flows therethrough;

a switching portion for selectively providing a first state in which said intermediary transfer belt is grounded through said
constant voltage element and a second state in which said intermediary transfer belt is grounded not through said constant
voltage element;

a voltage source configured to apply a current to said constant voltage element by applying a voltage of a second polarity
opposite the first polarity to said transfer member to form a secondary-transfer electric field in the secondary-transfer
position and a primary transfer electric field in the primary transfer position; and

a controller configured to execute an adjusting operation for applying at least the voltage of the second polarity to said
transfer member from said voltage source when neither the primary-transfer nor the secondary-transfer is carried out, wherein
said controller provides the second state using said switching portion in a non-image formation period in which the voltage
of the second polarity is applied to said transfer member.

US Pat. No. 9,372,461

DETERMINATION APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING TYPE OF RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A determination apparatus comprising:
a transmission unit having two terminals having a polar character and configured to transmit an ultrasonic wave by a drive
signal being supplied to the two terminals;

a reception unit having two terminals having a polar character and configured to receive the ultrasonic wave transmitted from
the transmission unit and to output a reception signal from the two terminals in accordance with the received ultrasonic wave;
and

a change unit configured to change a determination scheme for determining a type of a recording medium, based on information
indicating a relation between a polar character of the transmission unit and a polar character of the reception unit, the
information having been acquired from the reception signal.

US Pat. No. 9,371,462

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,372,068

MEASURING APPARATUS INCLUDING MULTI-WAVELENGTH INTERFEROMETER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A measuring apparatus for measuring a position or a shape of a surface to be inspected, the measuring apparatus comprising:
a multi-wavelength interferometer that uses a plurality of light fluxes including a light flux of a first wavelength and a
light flux of a second wavelength different from the first wavelength; and

a control unit that obtains a position or a shape of the surface to be inspected by using interference light signals detected
by the multi-wavelength interferometer,

wherein the multi-wavelength interferometer includes
an optical system that causes an inspection light, which impinges on the surface to be inspected and is reflected by the surface
to be inspected, and a reference light to interfere with each other with respect to the light flux of the first wavelength
and the light flux of the second wavelength,

a spectroscopic unit that divides interference light between the inspection light and the reference light into each wavelength
of the first wavelength and the second wavelength,

a first detector that detects the interference light of the first wavelength divided by the spectroscopic unit,
a second detector that detects the interference light of the second wavelength divided by the spectroscopic unit,
a first optical member including a first light guide portion that guides the interference light of the first wavelength to
the first detector, and

a second optical member including a second light guide portion that guides the interference light of the second wavelength
to the second detector,

wherein the control unit obtains a shift amount of a speckle pattern on a pupil plane between the first wavelength and the
second wavelength of the interference light by using information related to inclination of the surface to be inspected and
controls the first optical member and the second optical member to shift at least one of a position of the first light guide
portion and a position of the second light guide portion on the basis of the obtained shift amount of the speckle pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,367,269

PRINTING APPARATUS AND WIRELESS COMMUNICATION METHOD TO IMPLEMENT CHARGING CONTROL FOR PRINTING A PRINT DATA TRANSMITTED BY A COMMUNICATION TERMINAL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing control apparatus for controlling a first near field communication (NFC) unit which performs communication via
near field communication (NFC), comprising:
a memory configured to store a program;
a processor configured to execute the program stored in the memory,
wherein the processor receives a first ID information for specifying a communication terminal or a user of the communication
terminal, from a second near field communication (NFC) unit of the communication terminal by the first NFC unit at a first
time, and receives first print target data from the communication terminal based on the NFC by the first NFC unit, and

wherein the processor determines, in a case where the second NFC unit of the communication terminal corresponding to second
ID information is detected by the first NFC unit at a second time when the first ID information has been received and charging
processing for a printing of the first print target data have not been performed, whether the communication terminal requests
either another printing of a second print target data or the charging processing, based on whether the second NFC unit of
the communication terminal serves as an initiator of the NFC or a target of the NFC, and

wherein the processor performs the charging processing using the first NFC unit, after a predetermined image processing for
the first print target data and before the printing of the first print target data, and performs the printing of the first
print target data for which the predetermined image processing has been executed in response to completion of the charging
processing, on a condition that it is determined that the communication terminal requests the charging processing and the
second ID information received by the detection at the second time corresponds to the first ID information.

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. 9,369,610

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,370,130

CASING FOR ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,365,059

MOTOR CONTROL METHOD AND PRINT APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A motor control method performed by a controller, comprising:
monitoring a motor load of at least one of a plurality of motors including a first motor and a second motor driven by one
common power source having a protection circuit, wherein the protection circuit is operated to shut down the power source
in a case where a current value of the power source continues to exceed a threshold Cth during a period Tg;

stopping motor drive in a case where the monitored motor load continues to exceed a threshold Mth during a period Tm, which
is shorter than the period Tg; and

in a first operation where both the first motor and the second motor are driven, skipping the monitoring of the motor load
during acceleration operations of the first motor and the second motor and then starting the monitoring of the motor load,
and in a second operation where the first motor is driven and the second motor is not driven, monitoring the motor load during
the acceleration operation of the first motor,

wherein the threshold Mth in monitoring the motor load in the first operation is lower than in monitoring the motor load in
the second operation.

US Pat. No. 9,358,797

LIQUID TANK AND LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid tank installable in a liquid ejecting apparatus, the liquid tank comprising:
a structure to be attached to an attaching unit of the liquid ejecting apparatus, wherein the attaching unit includes an introducing
portion, a locking portion and a first apparatus-side electrode, and wherein the structure includes a supplying portion for
joining to the introducing portion and an engaging portion engageable with the locking portion, wherein the supplying portion
is joined to the introducing portion at an attachment completion position at which the engaging portion engages with the locking
portion, so as to supply a contained liquid from the supplying portion to the liquid ejecting apparatus via the introducing
portion;

a first tank-side electrode corresponding to the first apparatus-side electrode;
an informing unit; and
a control unit configured to control the informing unit according to a conduction state between the first apparatus-side electrode
and the first tank-side electrode, wherein

the liquid tank is moved with respect to the attaching unit by force acting at a predetermined portion in a predetermined
direction so that the engaging portion engages with the locking portion, and thus, the liquid tank is attached to the attaching
unit at the attachment completion position, and

the liquid tank is configured such that a conduction state between the first apparatus-side electrode and the first tank-side
electrode is changed from the conductive state to a non-conductive state before the liquid tank is fixed at the attachment
completion position in engagement of the engaging portion with the locking portion during movement reverse to the predetermined
direction after the liquid tank passes beyond the attachment completion position during the movement in the predetermined
direction.

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. 9,357,913

OPHTHALMOLOGIC IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS, OPHTHALMOLOGIC IMAGE DISPLAY METHOD, PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
at least one memory; and
at least one processor configured to perform operations comprising:
extracting corresponding retinal layers in at least two of tomographic images of a retina of an eye captured at different
times;

measuring retinal layer thicknesses of the extracted corresponding retinal layers;
acquiring information indicating a difference between the measured retinal layer thicknesses;
determining, as a partial region of the corresponding retinal layers, a region where the difference is larger than a threshold
in at least one of the tomographic images;

determining, based on the acquired information indicating the difference, a first color to a portion in which a retinal layer
thickness is increased and a second color to a portion in which a retinal layer thickness is reduced; and

causing a display unit to display at least one of the tomographic images, wherein the determined first and second colors are
superimposed on the determined partial region of the at least one of the tomographic images.

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. 9,360,788

ROLLER MEMBER, ROLLER SUPPORTING MECHANISM, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A roller member used in an image forming apparatus comprising: a metallic shaft,
the metallic shaft including:
a cylindrical portion formed by bending a metallic plate so that one end portion and an other end portion of the metallic
plate oppose each other; and

a projecting portion projecting from an end surface of the cylindrical portion outward in an axial direction of the metallic
shaft,

wherein
the projecting portion includes:
an end surface located at an end of the projecting portion in the axial direction; and
an inclined surface configured to connect the end surface of the projecting portion and the end surface of the cylindrical
portion,

wherein
the inclined surface is inclined with respect to the axial direction of the metallic shaft by extending outward from the end
surface of the projecting portion in a circumference direction of the cylindrical portion.

US Pat. No. 9,357,139

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, DISPLAY APPARATUS AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS WITH GENERATION OF COMPOSITE IMAGE BY ADDING MULTIPLIED EDGE COMPONENTS OUTPUTTED FROM FIRST MULTIPLIER AND MULTIPLIED LOW FREQUENCY COMPONENTS OUTPUTTED

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a first low pass filter configured to extract first low frequency components from a first image;
a subtracter configured to extract edge components by subtracting the first low frequency components from the first image;
a second low pass filter configured to extract second low frequency components from a second image;
a first multiplier configured to multiply the edge components by a first coefficient;
a second multiplier configured to multiply the second low frequency components by a second coefficient; and
an adder configured to add the multiplied edge components outputted from the first multiplier and the multiplied second low
frequency components outputted from the second multiplier to generate a composite image,

wherein the first image and the second image are captured with different exposures.

US Pat. No. 9,349,771

MICROLENS FORMING METHOD AND SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for forming a plurality of microlenses arrayed in a matrix, the method comprising:
a first step of forming, on a first member, a second member made of a material different from the first member;
a second step of shaping an upper surface of the second member into a concavo-convex shape including a plurality of convex
portions and a plurality of concave portions, by performing exposure processing using a grayscale mask, and then developing
the second member; and

a third step of forming the plurality of microlenses, corresponding to the plurality of convex portions, from at least the
first member by etching the shaped second member and the first member,

wherein in the third step, the etching of the second member and the etching of the first member are performed under a condition
that an etching rate of the first member is higher than an etching rate of the second member, a portion of the first member
under a concave portion of the second member is exposed during the etching of the second member, and the exposed portion of
the first member is removed in the etching of the first member,

wherein the plurality of convex portions include:
a first convex portion;
a second convex portion that is adjacent to the first convex portion via a concave portion; and
a third convex portion that is adjacent to the first convex portion via a concave portion and has an apex at a position farther
from the first convex portion than the second convex portion, and

wherein in the second step, the portion of the first member exposed in the
third step is covered by a portion out of the concave portion of the second member located between the first convex portion
and the second convex portion.

US Pat. No. 9,350,796

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR RECEIVING MULTIMEDIA DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of receiving, at a communication device, a multimedia data stream composed of a sequence of multimedia data segments
from a plurality of data sources, each multimedia data segment having an execution time slot relative to an execution time
slot of an initial multimedia data segment of the sequence the method comprising the steps of:
receiving a first multimedia segment of the sequence of multimedia segments from the respective data source, and
executing the first multimedia segment on the communication device;
wherein during execution of the first multimedia segment, for at least one subsequent multimedia data segment of the sequence,
the method further comprises the steps of:

requesting the data source of the subsequent multimedia data segment to transmit a portion of the subsequent multimedia data
segment;

determining the transmission capability between the communication device and the data source, based on the transmitted portion
of the subsequent multimedia data segment,

determining a time to start downloading the subsequent multimedia data segment, based on the execution time slot of the subsequent
multimedia data segment relative to the current time slot and the transmission capability between the data source of the subsequent
multimedia data segment and the communication device; and

downloading, at the determined time, the subsequent multimedia data segment for execution during the execution time slot.

US Pat. No. 9,348,246

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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


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

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


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

US Pat. No. 9,348,267

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,347,853

METHOD AND DEVICE OF MEASURING WAVEFRONT ABERRATION, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING OPTICAL SYSTEM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A wavefront aberration measuring method comprising:
measuring a wavefront aberration of a test optical system, by causing light, which is emitted from a light source and transmitted
through the test optical system, to be incident on a lenslet array;

forming a spot image with light from transmitting through at least one lenslet included in the lenslet array;
blocking light from being transmitted through at least one other lenslet included in the lenslet array;
measuring a position of the spot image;
calculating optical paths from positions of a plurality of spot images toward the light source;
specifying parameters of the test optical system when light rays from the positions of the plurality of spot images converge
at the light source; and

calculating a wavefront aberration of the test optical system corresponding to the parameters of the test optical system.

US Pat. No. 9,348,110

LENS BARREL AND IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A lens barrel comprising:
a lens holding unit configured to hold a lens; and
a cam cylinder comprising, on an inner circumference of the cam cylinder, a cam groove for engaging with the lens holding
unit, wherein rotation of the cam groove causes the lens holding unit to move in an optical axis direction,

wherein a projection is provided at the end of the cam cylinder on an imaging side,
wherein a first gear for transmitting a power for rotating the cam cylinder is provided on an outer circumferential surface
of the projection, and

wherein the cam groove is provided on an inner circumferential surface of the projection.

US Pat. No. 9,349,161

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD WITH EDGE ENHANCEMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a processing unit including at least a processor and configured to perform, in an edge portion including a pixel with a first
luminance and a pixel with a second luminance higher than the first luminance in an image, edge enhancement processing for
the pixel with the second luminance by an amount of enhancement smaller than that of the pixel with the first luminance; and

an output unit configured to output the image having undergone the edge enhancement processing by said processing unit,
wherein said processing unit performs the edge enhancement processing for a pixel, of the image, with a saturation lower than
a predetermined threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,348,150

CORRECTING OPTICAL DEVICE AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A correcting optical device comprising:
a fixed member configured to rotatably support a rotary member in a first plane that is perpendicular to an optical axis of
a correcting lens;

a movable member where the correcting lens is supported so as to be movable with respect to the fixed member in the plane
in a second plane parallel to the first plane; and

a driving unit that is disposed between the movable member and the rotary member and between the movable member and the fixed
member,

wherein the driving unit drives the movable member with respect to the fixed member in a direction in the second plane, and
wherein the driving unit drives the rotary member to rotate around the optical axis of the correcting lens,
so that the driving unit causes a restricting member to engage an engaging portion to restrict the translational movement
of the movable member, and

so that the driving unit causes the restricting member to disengage the engaging portion, to cause the movable member to be
in a state capable of the translational movement, the restricting member being provided at the rotary member, and the engaging
portion being provided at the movable member.

US Pat. No. 9,342,189

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD FOR OBTAINING THREE-DIMENSIONAL COORDINATE POSITION OF AN OBJECT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for recognizing a touch operation on a target surface by an operation object being
irradiated with light from a light source, comprising:
a non-transitory memory device;
a processor;
a position specification unit configured to specify a designation position designated by the operation object based on a captured
image that is captured by a capturing unit and reflects distance information between the capturing unit and the operation
object;

a direction specification unit configured to specify, based on the captured image, a direction of the operation object with
respect to the capturing unit or the light source; and

a determination unit configured to (i) correct, based on the specified direction of the operation object and a correction
parameter which is used for converting to a reference intensity value of the operation object having a reference direction
and which has been obtained in advance based on past captured images of the operation object which have been captured for
different directions of the operation object, an intensity value of a portion corresponding to the designation position out
of the captured image so as to be the reference intensity value, wherein the intensity value depends on the specified direction
of the operation object with respect to the capturing unit or the light source, and (ii) determine, based on the corrected
intensity value, that a distance between the operation object and the target surface is smaller than a threshold,

wherein the position specification unit, the direction specification unit, and the determination unit are implemented at least
in part by the processor executing at least one program recorded on the non-transitory memory device.

US Pat. No. 9,341,973

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,342,769

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,342,290

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INSTALLATION METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:
A processor;
a starting unit configured to start installation of a driver customized as to a function setting value that can be set in
a function setting screen;

a creation unit configured to create a customized driver including a catalog file in which a has value is written corresponding
to the driver on which the customization has not yet been performed; and

an installation unit configured to compare a hash value of a setting file of the driver on which the customization has not
yet been performed included in the customized driver with the has value in the catalog file, and if the hash values match
with each other, to install driver on which the customization has not yet been performed and to replace a setting filed of
the installed driver with the setting file of the driver on which the customization has been performed included in the customized
driver;

wherein the starting unit, creation unit, and the installation unit are implemented at least in part by the processor executing
at least one program;

wherein the function setting value that can be set through the driver is determined based on a setting file of the driver,
and wherein the installation unit modifies the driver by replacing a setting file of the installed driver with a setting file
created through the customization.

US Pat. No. 9,345,126

SEMICONDUCTOR PACKAGE AND PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A semiconductor package comprising:
an interposer; and
a semiconductor element mounted on the interposer, wherein
the interposer comprises a plurality of conductor layers comprising:
a first conductor layer having:
a first conductor pattern which is electrically connected to one terminal out of a power terminal and a ground terminal of
the semiconductor element;

a second conductor pattern which is arranged while being separated from the first conductor pattern; and
a third conductor pattern which is formed so as to have a wiring width thinner than that of the second conductor pattern,
and connects the first conductor pattern with the second conductor pattern; and

a second conductor layer, which is adjacent to the first conductor layer through a first dielectric, having:
a fourth conductor pattern which faces the second conductor pattern through the first dielectric and is electrically connected
to the other terminal out of the power terminal and the ground terminal of the semiconductor element.

US Pat. No. 9,340,009

PRINTING APPARATUS AND PROCESSING METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus that includes a plurality of nozzle arrays each of which has a plurality of nozzles each discharging
ink and being arrayed in a predetermined direction, and that prints on a printing medium by discharging ink from the respective
nozzles of the plurality of nozzle arrays while moving the plurality of nozzle arrays and the printing medium relatively in
an intersecting direction which intersects the predetermined direction, the apparatus comprising:
a control unit configured to control forming, on the printing medium by the plurality of nozzle arrays, of a plurality of
patterns corresponding to the plurality of nozzle arrays respectively while moving the plurality of nozzle arrays and the
printing medium relatively in the intersecting direction, such that the plurality of patterns formed on the printing medium
are arrayed in the predetermined direction; and

a determination unit configured to determine a shift amount of a relative printing position between the plurality of nozzle
arrays in the intersecting direction, based on a reading result obtained by causing a reading unit to read the plurality of
patterns while conveying the printing medium in the intersecting direction, the reading unit including a sensor which has
a plurality of reading elements arranged in the predetermined direction such that a reading region that is read by the plurality
of reading elements includes a forming region of the plurality of patterns in the predetermined direction,

wherein the control unit controls forming of the plurality of patterns such that a first pattern and a second pattern among
the plurality of patterns is formed by a first nozzle array among the plurality of nozzle arrays, and

the determination unit determines the shift amount using a distance, in an image obtained from the reading result, between
a pattern formed by a nozzle array which is different from the first nozzle array and a straight line which passes through
the first pattern and the second pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,335,453

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A DIFFRACTION GRATING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,338,336

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. 9,336,556

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain pattern information of a color filter array and algorithm information of color interpolation
processing used in photography of input image data;

a generation unit configured to generate comparative image data by performing re-demosaicing on the input image data based
on the pattern information and the algorithm information; and

a detection unit configured to compare the comparative image data with the input image data to detect alteration of the input
image data.

US Pat. No. 9,335,807

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,335,812

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a first power-off unit configured to turn off the information processing apparatus when a first time has elapsed without receiving
user operation, and

a second power-off unit configured to turn off the information processing apparatus at a specified time,
wherein the first power-off unit is configured to turn off the information processing apparatus before the first time elapses
if the information processing apparatus has been started before an offset time has elapsed after the second power-off unit
has turned off the information processing apparatus at the specified time.

US Pat. No. 9,338,377

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,338,419

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,329,812

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,332,151

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
(A) a reconstruction circuit for which reconstruction based on construction data is possible, and configured to perform image
processing in accordance with constructed function blocks;

(B) a first storage unit configured to store the construction data, the first storage unit having a reading speed;
(C) a second storage unit configured to store the construction data and having a faster reading speed than that of the first
storage unit;

(D) a control unit configured, when the image processing apparatus transitions to a power saving state, to write the construction
data, which is stored in the first storage unit, in the second storage unit and configured, when the image processing apparatus
returns from the power saving state, to read the construction data stored in the second storage unit and to reconstruct the
reconstruction circuit based on the read construction data.

US Pat. No. 9,329,523

DEVELOPING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing apparatus, comprising:
a developer carrying member provided in a rotatable manner and configured to carry a developer including a toner and a carrier
to develop an electrostatic latent image;

a magnet fixedly disposed inside the developer carrying member and configured to cause the developer carrying member to carry
the developer on a surface of the developer carrying member, the magnet including a first magnetic pole and a second magnetic
pole disposed downstream of the first magnetic pole in a rotation direction of the developer carrying member and having the
same polarity as a polarity of the first magnetic pole to form a repulsive magnetic field between the first magnetic pole
and the second magnetic pole;

a developing chamber disposed opposite to the developer carrying member and configured to supply the developer to the developer
carrying member;

a collection chamber configured to form a circulation route for circulating the developer with the developing chamber and
configured to collect the developer from the developer carrying member;

a first screw disposed in a rotatable manner in the developing chamber and configured to convey the developer in the developing
chamber;

a second screw disposed in a rotatable manner in the collection chamber and configured to convey the developer in the collection
chamber in a direction opposite to the first screw;

a third screw disposed in a rotatable manner in the collection chamber and configured to convey the developer in the collection
chamber in a direction opposite to the second screw; and

a protrusion provided on a bottom surface of the collection chamber between the second screw and the third screw, with a top
of the protrusion being lower than a rotation center of the third screw,

wherein the second screw and the third screw are disposed opposite to each other without a partition wall therebetween, and
the developer is free to move directly from the third screw to the second screw, and

wherein a first position is a position of a local maximal peak of a component, in a normal direction of the developer carrying
member, of a magnetic flux density, on the surface of the developer carrying member, of the first magnetic pole,

a second position is a position of a local minimal peak of the component, in the normal direction of the developer carrying
member, of the magnetic flux density, on the surface of the developer carrying member, of the magnet, the position of the
local minimal peak being located immediately downstream of the first position in the rotation direction of the developer carrying
member, and

the rotation center of the third screw is disposed in a projection area on which an area of the surface of the developer carrying
member downstream of the first position in the rotation direction of the developer carrying member and upstream of the second
position in the rotation direction of the developer carrying member is projected downward in a gravity direction in a cross
section orthogonal to a rotation axis of the third screw.

US Pat. No. 9,323,085

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image display apparatus comprising:
a display panel;
a holding member holding four sides of the display panel; and
cushioning members disposed between the display panel and the holding member such that a pressing force depending on an amount
of deformation is applied to the display panel, wherein

a pressing force acting on the display panel through the cushioning member for a lower side among the four sides of the display
panel is higher than a pressing force acting on the display panel through at least one of the cushioning members for the other
sides of the display panel.

US Pat. No. 9,321,293

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet processing apparatus, comprising:
a sheet supporting portion on which sheets are supported;
a sheet binding unit having a first member including a first concave-convex surface and a second member including a second
concave-convex surface engaging with the first concave-convex surface, the sheet binding unit performing a binding process
in which a plurality of dents for binding a sheet bundle is formed in the sheet bundle through a movement of at least one
of the first and second members toward the other one of the first and second members from a separating state in which the
first and second members are separated to bite the sheet bundle; and

a positioning mechanism configured to be able to set a relative position between the sheet binding unit and the sheet bundle
supported on the sheet supporting portion such that the first and second concave-convex surfaces face an edge of the sheet
bundle in the separating state in which the first and second members are separated,

wherein the first and second concave-convex surfaces bite the sheet bundle so as to intersect with the edge of the sheet bundle
in performing the binding process.

US Pat. No. 9,319,376

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that holds network information of a target device corresponding to a data transmission
target, the information processing apparatus comprising:
at least one processor and at least one memory coupled to each other and operating to:
transmit or attempt to transmit data to the target device by using the network information;
transmit an inquiry notification by way of broadcast in a case where communication with the target device is not established;
display, in a case where a response to the inquiry notification is received from a device having same device identification
information as the target device, a device selection screen including content or contents of the response; and

modify a Media Access Control (MAC) address included in the held network information to a MAC address of a device selected
via the device selection screen.

US Pat. No. 9,315,919

SCINTILLATOR PLATE AND RADIATION DETECTOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A scintillator plate comprising a crystalline body formed of a compound having a crystal structure of a Cs3Cu2I5 crystal and a substrate, wherein an orientation of the crystalline body is an a-axis group orientation with respect to a direction
perpendicular to the substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,313,260

DATA COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A data communication system including a first communication apparatus as a reception side for receiving data, a second
communication apparatus as a transmission source for transmitting data, and a server,
wherein the first communication apparatus comprises a first processor and a first memory configured to store at least one
first program executable by the first processor, the at least one first program comprising program code that, when executed
by the first processor, implements the steps of:

acquiring a first name of a reception folder associated with a reception ID for specifying the first communication apparatus,
by requesting for the server, wherein the first name is named by a user of the second communication apparatus;

notifying the second communication apparatus of the acquired first name of reception folder;
storing the first name of reception folder notified to the second communication apparatus in association with a second name
of the second communication apparatus, wherein the second name is named by a user of the first communication apparatus;

requesting for the server a list of data in the reception folder associated with the reception ID;
obtaining the list of data in the reception folder associated with the reception ID from the server;
displaying the second name of the second communication apparatus associated with the first name of reception folder corresponding
to the list of data; and

requesting, for the server, acquisition data in the reception folder based on the list of data, and
wherein the second communication apparatus comprises a second processor and a second memory configured to store at least one
second program executable by the second processor, the at least one second program comprising program code that, when executed
by the second processor, implements the steps of:

requesting for the server to register data in the reception folder corresponding to the notified first; and
transmitting the data to the server,
wherein the server transmits the list of data in the reception folder associated with the reception Ill to the first communication
apparatus in response to the request in the requesting for the list, and transmits the data acquired from the reception folder
to the first communication apparatus in response to the request in the requesting data.

US Pat. No. 9,310,713

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer container comprising:
a storage chamber that stores developer;
a conveying member provided in the storage chamber and configured to convey the developer;
a transmitting member configured to transmit a signal for detecting an amount of developer; and
a first projecting portion provided on an inner sidewall of the storage chamber, the first projecting portion projecting toward
a side of a conveying-member shaft of the conveying member when seen in a longitudinal direction of the storage chamber and
being different from the transmitting member,

wherein the transmitting member includes a second projecting portion projecting from the inner sidewall of the storage chamber
toward a side of the conveying-member shaft of the conveying member when seen in the longitudinal direction of the storage
chamber, and

wherein the conveying member is deformed elastically by coming into contact with one of the first projecting portion and the
second projecting portion while being in contact with the other projecting portion by which the conveying member has already
been elastically deformed, or the conveying member is deformed elastically by simultaneously coming into contact with the
first projecting portion and the second projecting 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. 9,300,820

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a launching unit configured to, in a case where a launching button on a device management screen associated with a predetermined
device is pressed, designate identification information of the predetermined device as an argument of an application and launch
the application, wherein the device management screen is displayed based on a file for device management control and the file
for device management control is installed in response to an installation of a printer driver;

a setting unit configured to, in a case where the application has been launched by the launching unit, set the predetermined
device associated with the device management screen as a default device of the application; and

a display unit configured to display a selection screen of the application for selecting a device such that the default device
is selected on the screen.

US Pat. No. 9,291,903

FORMING METHOD AND SUBSTRATE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of forming a detection mark from a line pattern formed on a substrate, comprising:
a first step of deciding a first region for forming the detection mark on the substrate, and a second region which surrounds
the first region and in which formation of the detection mark is forbidden; and

a second step of projecting, onto the substrate by a projection optical system, patterns including a first cut pattern for
partially cutting the line pattern in the first region to form a plurality of mark elements, and a removal pattern for removing
the line pattern in the second region, and forming the detection mark including the plurality of mark elements.

US Pat. No. 9,294,747

DISPLAY APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE DISPLAY SYSTEM, DISPLAY APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD AND INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display control apparatus which controls to display image data sent from at least one information processing apparatus
via a communication line, on a screen, comprising:
a communication interface configured to communicate with the at least one information processing apparatus via the communication
line;

a CPU configured to perform functions of a determination unit, a layout change unit, and a display control unit:
wherein the image data correspond to image data displayed on respective monitors of information processing apparatuses or
image data displayed on a plurality of monitors of a single information processing apparatus, and

wherein when the display control unit displays on a single screen a plurality of image displaying areas, each image displaying
area displaying images displayed on each of the monitors, the determination unit determines which of (1) the plurality of
image data which correspond to the images displayed on each of the monitors are sent from the same information processing
apparatus and (2) the plurality of image data which correspond to the images displayed on each of the monitors are sent from
different information processing apparatuses, and

the layout change unit sets a first layout of the image displaying areas for displaying the plurality of image data received
by the communication interface when the determination unit determines that (1) the plurality of image data which correspond
to the images displayed on each of the monitors are sent from the same information processing apparatus, and sets a second
layout of the image displaying areas different from the first layout for displaying the plurality of image data received by
the communication interface when the determination unit determines that (2) the plurality of image data which correspond to
the images displayed on each of the monitors are sent from the different information processing apparatuses, and

the display control unit displays the plurality of image displaying areas on the screen in a layout changed by the layout
change unit.

US Pat. No. 9,291,942

DEVELOPER ACCOMMODATING UNIT, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer accommodating container comprising:
a flexible container provided with an opening for permitting discharge of a developer therein;
a sealing member mounted for sealing the opening;
an unsealing member for winding up said sealing member to expose the opening;
a frame for accommodating said unsealing member and said flexible container inside of said frame; and
a limiting portion for limiting deformation of said unsealing member with respect to a direction of a force applied from said
sealing member to said unsealing member when said unsealing member winds up said sealing member

wherein at least a part of said limiting portion also functions as a fixing portion for fixing said flexible container to
said frame.

US Pat. No. 9,291,973

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR PERFORMING COLOR REGISTRATION CONTROL BASED ON DETECTION RESULT OF PATCH IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a plurality of image forming units configured to form images using an electrophotographic technique;
an image carrier onto which images formed by the plurality of image forming units are transferred;
a sensor configured to irradiate the image carrier with light, and detect reflected light;
a detection unit configured to detect, among output values of the sensor corresponding to one patch image, an output value
of the sensor corresponding to a density varied edge area of the one patch image on the image carrier, the one patch image
being formed on the image carrier by one of the image forming units, the density varied edge area being an area where densities
of the one patch image are varied due to an edge density variation phenomenon;

a setting unit configured to set a correction condition based on the output value corresponding to the density varied edge
area of the one patch image;

a determination unit configured to correct the output values of the sensor corresponding to the one patch image based on the
correction condition, and determine a position of the patch image based on the corrected output values; and

a color registration control unit configured to perform color registration control based on the determined position of the
patch image.

US Pat. No. 9,292,745

OBJECT DETECTION APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An object detection apparatus comprising:
at least one processor and at least one memory coupled to each other and cooperating to act as:
a first detection unit configured to detect a first portion of an object from an input image;
a second detection unit configured to detect a second portion different from the first portion of the object from the input
image;

a first estimation unit configured to estimate a third portion different from the first portion and the second portion of
the object based on the first portion when the first detection unit detects the first portion;

a second estimation unit configured to estimate a fourth portion different from the first portion and the second portion of
the object based on the second portion when the second detection unit detects the second portion;

a first score correction unit configured to correct the third portion with a correction coefficient based on the first detection
unit;

a second score correction unit configured to correct the fourth portion with a correction coefficient based on the second
detection unit;

a determination unit configured to determine whether the third portion and the fourth portion, which have been respectively
estimated by the first and second estimation units, meet a predetermined condition; and

an output unit configured to output, if the determination unit determines that the third portion and the fourth portion meet
a predetermined condition, a detection result of the object based on at least one of a detection result of the first or second
detection unit and an estimation result of the first or second estimation unit,

wherein the determination unit calculates a degree of matching between the third portion and the fourth portion respectively
estimated by the first and second estimation units based on a ratio of overlapping of the third portion and the fourth portion
respectively estimated by the first and second estimation units, and determines, if the degree of matching is a predetermined
threshold value or more, that the third portion and the fourth portion respectively estimated meet the predetermined condition,
and

wherein the first portion includes the third portion, and third portion includes the second portion,
wherein the correction coefficient depends upon an estimation performance of the first estimation unit and the second estimation
unit of a common area which corresponds to the third portion and the fourth portion.

US Pat. No. 9,291,991

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming device configured to form a toner image on a sheet;
a fixing unit, including first and second rotatable members configured to form a nip, configured to fix the toner image formed
on the sheet by said image forming device;

a mounting portion to which said fixing unit is detachably mountable substantially along a longitudinal direction thereof;
a movable pressing portion configured to move said first rotatable member toward said second rotatable member at a pressing
position;

a moving mechanism configured to move said pressing portion along a direction substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal
direction toward the pressing position in a space of said mounting portion through which said fixing unit passes during mounting
and demounting; and

a retracting mechanism configured to retract said pressing portion from the pressing position to an outside of the space.

US Pat. No. 9,289,958

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING RESIN-MADE ROLLER SHAFT, MOLDING DIE, AND RESIN-MADE ROLLER SHAFT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A molding die for molding a resin-made roller shaft therein comprising:
a cavity for molding the roller shaft therein; and
a holding member, which is a part of the cavity, provided on an end of the cavity such that both ends of the roller shaft
can be molded in an axial direction,

wherein the cavity is formed by at least a first plate and a second plate, and the molding die comprises a spring configured
to move the first plate, and

wherein the holding member is rotatable by moving the first plate by the spring at a condition that the first plate is separated
from the resin material filled in the cavity so that a step of a parting line at a portion that is formed by the second plate
is reduced.

US Pat. No. 9,294,701

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,291,881

IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an image sensor; and
a fixing member in which an opening is formed,
wherein the image sensor is positioned at the fixing member and adheres to and is fixed to the fixing member by pouring an
adhesive into the opening,

wherein the opening has a first opening part formed on a side not facing the image sensor and a second opening part formed
on a side facing the image sensor,

wherein the first opening part and the second opening part are arranged in a thickness direction of the fixing member,
wherein the first opening part has a first opening width on the side not facing the image sensor,
wherein the second opening part has a second opening width on the side facing the image sensor,
wherein the second opening part is formed such that the second opening width is uniform,
wherein the first opening part is formed such that the first opening width becomes gradually larger from the second opening
width toward the side not facing the image sensor, and

wherein in a case where the adhesive poured into the opening is cured, the cured adhesive reaches at least a part of the first
opening part.

US Pat. No. 9,291,882

PROJECTION-TYPE DISPLAY APPARATUS WITH A KEYSTONE CORRECTION FEATURE FOR CORRECTING KEYSTONE DISTORTION IN A PROJECTION IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A projection-type display apparatus comprising:
a setting unit configured to set a vertical keystone correction value used to correct a vertical distortion of a projection
image and a horizontal keystone correction value used to correct a horizontal distortion of the projection image; and

an image generator configured to generate an image that includes:
a current vertical keystone correction value and a current horizontal keystone correction value that are set by the setting
unit;

first settable range within which the setting unit is permitted to vary the vertical keystone correction value based on the
current vertical keystone correction value and the current horizontal keystone correction value, and outside of which the
setting unit is not permitted to vary the vertical keystone correction value based on the current vertical keystone correction
value and the current horizontal keystone correction value;

a second settable range within which the setting unit is permitted to vary the horizontal keystone correction value based
on the current vertical keystone correction value and the current horizontal keystone correction value, and outside of which
the setting unit is not permitted to vary the horizontal keystone correction value based on the current vertical keystone
correction value and the current horizontal keystone correction value;

a first maximum range for the vertical keystone correction value, within which the first settable range falls, that is variable
as the horizontal keystone correction value is varied and that is equal to the first maximum range when the horizontal distortion
is not corrected; and

a second maximum range for the horizontal correction value, within which the second settable range falls, that is variable
as the vertical keystone correction value is varied and that is equal to the second maximum range when the vertical distortion
is not corrected.

US Pat. No. 9,285,742

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS TO ADJUST THE AMOUNT OF LIGHT EXPOSED BY AN EXPOSURE UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member;
a correction unit that corrects an amount of light for at least one portion of scanning positions along a main scanning direction;
an exposure unit configured to form electrostatic latent images by irradiating light on the image bearing member based on
the amount of light corrected by the correction unit, the light including a first light amount and a second light amount;

a forming unit configured to form (i) a first toner patch with the first light amount and (ii) a second toner patch with the
second light amount, the first and second toner patches being formed on the image bearing member on the basis of the electrostatic
latent images formed by the exposure unit;

a detection unit configured to detect (i) a density of the first toner patch and (ii) a density of the second toner patch;
and

a control unit configured to change at least one setting of the correction unit based on the detection results by the detection
unit, the at least one setting being for correcting the amount of light for each scanning position along the main scanning
direction,

wherein the control unit controls the correction unit to change a part of the at least one setting before a latent image corresponding
to the second toner patch is formed, the part of the at least one setting being less than all of the at least one setting
and the part of the at least one setting corresponding to at least a position for the second toner patch.

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. 9,286,078

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. 9,288,677

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory having instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to:
detect a second communication apparatus which is to be a candidate for a process for setting a communication parameter for
wireless communication,

transmit a first signal to the detected second communication apparatus, wherein the first signal includes password information
used in an authentication for the process for setting the communication parameter, and

perform the process for setting the communication parameter with the detected second communication apparatus which responds
to the first signal based on the password information,

wherein:
1) if the processor succeeds in the process for setting the communication parameter with a the second communication apparatus,
the processor does not perform the process for setting the communication parameter with communication apparatuses other than
the second communication apparatus, and

2) if the processor fails in the process for setting the communication parameter with the second communication apparatus,
in response to the failure, the processor performs the process for setting the communication parameter with a third communication
apparatus other than the second communication apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,286,117

IMAGE FORMING DEVICE INCLUDING THE DELAY OF STARTUP OF NON-PRIORITY TASKS FOR A PREDETERMINED TIME AFTER THE STARTUP OF PRIORITY TASKS ARE COMPLETED

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming device that starts a plurality of tasks for initializing processing of the image forming device at power-on
time in stages, where the plurality of tasks include one or more priority or one or more non-priority tasks, the image forming
device comprising:
a memory; and
a processor in communication with the memory, the processor configured to control:
a priority task startup detection unit configured to detect that a startup of one or more priority tasks have completed;
a job acceptance unit configured to change a status to a job acceptable status and accept a job when the priority task startup
detection unit detects that the startup of the one or more priority tasks have completed, wherein the job acceptance unit
accepts the job within or after a predetermined time elapses since the status changed to the job acceptable status and wherein
the job is not involved with initializing of the image forming device;

a job type determination unit configured to determine a job type of the job accepted by the job acceptance unit;
a startup control unit configured to start up the one or more non-priority tasks immediately after the predetermined time
elapses, and if the job is accepted by the job acceptance unit within the predetermined time after the startup of the priority
task is completed, the startup control unit starts up the one or more non-priority tasks after processing for the job accepted
by the job acceptance unit is completed and if the job acceptance unit accepts the job within the predetermined time and if
a startup task determination unit determines that a non-priority task required to process the job of the job type determined
by the job type determination unit has not started, the startup control unit starts the one or more non-priority tasks including
the non-priority task required to process the job.

US Pat. No. 9,282,203

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,282,230

AUTOMATIC TRACKING CAMERA SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An automatic tracking camera system, comprising:
an image pickup portion comprising a lens apparatus and an image pickup apparatus;
a driver configured to rotate the image pickup unit in at least one of a panning direction and a tilting direction;
a signal receiver configured to receive an object information signal which an object to be tracked is transmitting;
an image signal processor configured to recognize the object in an image obtained by the image pickup unit, and detect a motion
of the object in the image;
a controller configured to control the image pickup unit, the driving unit, and the image signal processor; and
a memory configured to store, for each of one or more passageways, standby positions at which the image pickup portion is
brought into a standby state so that the image signal processor detects the object,
wherein the controller is configured to:
obtain an approaching passageway and an approaching direction of the object based on the object information signal received
by the signal receiver;
select, based on the approaching passageway and the approaching direction, a corresponding standby position from among the
standby positions stored in the memory;control the driver to the selected corresponding standby position; and
control, when the image signal processor has recognized the object, the driver so as to automatically track the object based
on information detected by the image signal processor, and

wherein, when the signal receiver has not acquired a new object information signal after the object is automatically tracked
for a predetermined time, the controller controls the driver and the lens apparatus to a previous standby position.

US Pat. No. 9,282,233

INFORMATION REGISTRATION SYSTEM, INFORMATION REGISTRATION METHOD, REGISTRATION APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information registration apparatus including a registration portion which is configured to register optical correction
information of a lens apparatus in an image pickup apparatus by connecting to and communicating with the image pickup apparatus,
comprising:
an acquire unit that is configured to acquire, from the image pickup apparatus, identification information that is set in
a lens apparatus that is attached to the image pickup apparatus; and

a display control unit that is configured to control displaying a list of models of lens apparatuses to select a model of
lens apparatus for transmitting optical correction information to the image pickup apparatus, such that the model of the lens
apparatus corresponding to the identification information, which is acquired by the acquire unit and which corresponds to
the lens apparatus that is attached to the image pickup apparatus, can be distinguished from the model of another lens apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,282,246

BLUR CORRECTION APPARATUS AND IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A blur correction apparatus comprising:
a processor configured to perform functions of a computation unit, a panning determination unit, an offset value generation
unit, and a control unit;

the computation unit configured to compute, based on an output of a shake detection unit, data for correcting image shake;
the panning determination unit configured to determine, based on an output of the shake detection unit, whether a panning
operation is being done;

the offset value generation unit configured to generate an offset value to be subtracted from the data for correcting image
shake; and

the control unit configured to control a shake correction unit based on an output of the shake detection unit, in order to
correct image shake,

wherein the offset value is data for approaching the shake correction unit approaching a correction limit to a correction
center position,

wherein, if it is determined by said panning determination unit that a panning operation is being done, said control unit
controls the shake correction unit based on data obtained by subtracting the offset value from the data for correcting image
shake, and

wherein said offset value generation unit generates the offset value so that a first offset value corresponding to a first
focal length of an imaging optical system is smaller than a second offset value corresponding to a second focal length of
the imaging optical system being smaller than the first focal length.

US Pat. No. 9,272,860

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS, IMAGE READING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus comprising:
a sheet stacking portion in which a sheet is stacked;
a feeding roller which feeds the sheet stacked in the sheet stacking portion;
a pickup arm which supports the feeding roller such that the feeding roller is movable between a feeding position abutting
against the sheet stacked in the sheet stacking portion and a retracted position spaced apart from the feeding position;

a driving rotational shaft which is connected to the feeding roller and rotates the pickup arm;
a driving portion which drives the driving rotational shaft;
a weight member which is supported to the pickup arm on a side opposite to the feeding roller with respect to the driving
rotational shaft; and

a biasing member which abuts against the weight member or the pickup arm in a state in which the feeding roller is moved to
the feeding position,

wherein when the driving rotational shaft is driven by the driving portion, the pickup arm is rotated and the feeding roller
feeds the sheet at the feeding position,

wherein when a driving from the driving portion to the driving rotational shaft is stopped, the pickup arm is rotated by the
weight member and the feeding roller is moved to the retracted position, and

wherein when transmission of a driving from the driving portion to the driving rotational shaft is stopped, the weight member
is biased by the biasing member to rotate the pickup arm, and the feeding roller is moved to the retracted position.

US Pat. No. 9,274,727

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR PERFORMING CONNECTION TO A PROCESSING TARGET APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus communicable with an external apparatus, comprising:
an accepting unit configured to accept an access point in accordance with an instruction to an access point setting screen
concurrently displaying plural access points;

a setting unit configured to set the external apparatus as a data transmission destination without displaying a selection
screen for selecting the external apparatus if the accepted access point used to communicate with the external apparatus is
an access point of the external apparatus; and

a display control unit configured to display the selection screen for selecting the external apparatus if the accepted access
point used to communicate with the external apparatus is not the access point of the external apparatus,

wherein said setting unit sets, as a data transmission destination, the external apparatus selected using the selection screen.

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. 9,274,484

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND TONER ACCOMMODATION CONTAINER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a toner container provided detachably mountable in image forming apparatus and configure to discharge a toner by rotating,
the toner container including a flange portion being regulated in rotation when the toner container is inserted into the image
forming apparatus and a rotation portion provided rotatably with respect to the flange portion, the rotation portion including
an internal space to accommodate the toner;

a phase detection sensor configured to detect whether or not the toner container is positioned at a predetermined phase;
a detected portion provided on the rotation portion configured to change the output of the phase detection sensor when the
toner container is positioned at the predetermined phase;

a door member that opens and closes an opening portion through which the toner container is inserted and removed;
an opening and closing detection sensor that detects whether the door member is positioned in a close position in which the
door member closes the opening portion or in an open position in which the door member opens the opening portion;

a display portion configured to display an information prompting for replacement of the toner container; and
a controller configured to control the rotation of the toner container based on the signal from the phase detection sensor
in order to stop the toner container in the predetermined phase, the controller controlling a display of the information based
on a output of the phase detection sensor and the opening and closing detection sensor, wherein

the toner container includes an insertion and removal detected portion provided on the flange portion so as to change the
output of the phase detection sensor along with the insertion of the toner container into the image forming apparatus or the
removal of the toner container from the image forming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,275,270

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

13. A method of controlling an information processing apparatus managing a plurality of images in which a face is included,
comprising the steps of:
classifying, with a classifying unit, feature patterns for identifying an object, where each pattern includes a plurality
of feature amounts corresponding to a plurality of parts of a face region of the object extracted from image data, and managing
the feature patterns using a dictionary;

dividing, with a dividing unit a feature amount of a target part among the plurality of parts of an object interest into a
plurality of division feature amounts as a plurality of new feature amounts of the target part; and

registering, with a registering unit, in a case where the feature amount of the target part is divided into the plurality
of new feature amounts, a plurality of new feature patterns for identifying the object of interest, where the plurality of
new feature patterns are obtained by combining each of the plurality of new feature amounts of the target part divided in
the dividing step with feature amounts of parts other than the target part in the dictionary.

US Pat. No. 9,274,775

APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM TO INSTRUCT A FRAMEWORK TO STOP A TARGET APPLICATION BASED ON A USAGE AMOUNT OF A RESOURCE AND A TYPE OF THE TARGET APPLICATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus including an application framework for managing a life cycle of an application, the apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a non-transitory computer readable medium including instructions stored thereon that, when executed by the processor, cause
the processor to provide an instruction unit, an acquisition unit, a determination unit, and an application determination
unit;

the instruction unit configured to, in response to receiving an installation instruction, instruct the framework to install
a target application;

the acquisition unit configured to acquire from the framework a declaration of a maximum value of a usage amount of a resource
described in an application file corresponding to the target application;

the determination unit configured to determine a usage amount of a resource that is uniquely allocated to an application on
installation of the application and used by the target application at predetermined timing;

the application determination unit configured to determine whether a type of the target application is an application of Normal
service that is not an authentication application;

wherein, at a timing after the target application is installed, in a case where the determination unit determines that the
determined usage amount of the resource used at the predetermined timing by the target application exceeds the declaration
of the maximum value of the usage amount of the target application, and the application determination unit determines that
the type of the target application is the application of Normal service that is not the authentication application, the instruction
unit is configured to instruct the framework to stop the target application,

wherein, at a timing after the target application is installed, in a case where the determination unit determines that the
determined usage amount of the resource used at the predetermined timing by the target application exceeds the declaration
of the maximum value of the usage amount of the target application, and

wherein, before the instruction unit instructs the framework to stop the target application or the apparatus to display the
error screen, the apparatus displays a message indicating the target application has a problem on a status line.

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. 9,268,248

CORONA CHARGER INCLUDING SHUTTER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A charging device comprising:
a corona charger including a charging electrode configured to electrically charge a photosensitive member and a shield forming
an opening opposed to the photosensitive member;

a sheet-like member configured to open and close the opening;
a moving mechanism configured to move said sheet-like member along a longitudinal direction of the opening;
wherein said moving mechanism includes a movable member movable along a longitudinal direction of the opening and a fixing
member fixed at a downstream free end portion of said sheet-like member with respect to a movement direction of said sheet-like
member for closing the opening,

wherein said fixing member and said movable member are connected with each other, said moving mechanism moves said sheet-like
member by moving said movable member, connected with said fixing member, along the longitudinal direction of the opening,
and

wherein said movable member and said fixing member are detachably mounted to each other in such a way that when said fixing
member is detached from said movable member, said fixing member remains fixed to said sheet-like member.

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. 9,265,474

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a first generation unit configured to generate a first histogram of a DSA image, wherein the DSA image is a difference image
between an X-ray image of a radiopaque dye injection target portion imaged after a radiopaque dye is injected and a mask image
which is generated based on a pre-injection X-ray image of the radiopaque dye injection target portion imaged before the radiopaque
dye is injected;

a second generation unit configured to generate a second histogram of a difference image between a first X-ray image of the
radiopaque dye injection target portion which is imaged as a live image before the radiopaque dye is injected and a second
image which is different from the first X-ray image and is generated based on the pre-injection X-ray image;

a determination unit configured to determine a pixel value, based on a difference between the first and second histograms;
and

a conversion unit configured to convert pixel values in the DSA image based on the value determined by the determination unit.

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. 9,266,334

INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inkjet recording apparatus comprising:
an inkjet recording head including an ejection opening surface from which ink is ejected;
a wiping unit having a sheet-like member, a reeling roller for reeling the sheet-like member, and an abutting member for pressing
up the sheet-like member such that the sheet-like member abuts against the ejection opening surface, wherein the wiping unit
wipes the ejection opening surface by relatively moving the ejection opening surface and the wiping unit in a state in which
the sheet-like member abuts against the ejection opening surface;

a changing unit configured to perform a changing operation for moving an unused wiping area of the sheet-like member to a
position facing the ejection opening surface by the reeling roller;

an obtaining unit configured to obtain a value related to an ink amount ejected from the inkjet recording head; and
a control unit configured to cause the changing unit to perform the changing operation on the basis of the value related to
the ink amount which is obtained by the obtaining unit.

US Pat. No. 9,270,967

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:
an image capturing unit;
a shooting mode setting unit configured to set one shooting mode from a plurality of shooting modes;
a recording unit configured to record a still image and a moving image associated with the still image on a recording medium;
a start image setting unit configured to set whether to set the associated moving image as a start image to be displayed first
at a start of image reproduction; and

a control unit configured to control to, when the start image setting unit has set the associated moving image as the start
image, display the associated moving image from images recorded on the recording medium at the start of image reproduction,
and control to, when the start image setting unit does not set the associated moving image as the start image, display an
image based on another condition irrelevant to whether the image is the associated moving image, from images recorded on the
recording medium at the start of image reproduction,

wherein when the shooting mode setting unit has set a specific shooting mode and a still image is shot, the recording unit
records the shot still image and a moving image associated with the still image on the recording medium, and

wherein at the start of image reproduction, when the start image setting unit has set the associated moving image as the start
image and the shooting mode setting unit has set the specific shooting mode, the control unit controls to display the associated
moving image, and when the start image setting unit has set the associated moving image as the start image and the shooting
mode setting unit has not set the specific shooting mode, display the image based on the other condition.

US Pat. No. 9,261,802

LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, ALIGNMENT METHOD, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lithography apparatus for transferring a pattern formed on an original to each of a plurality of shot regions on a substrate,
the lithography apparatus comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect a mark provided in a target shot region to which the pattern of the original is to be
transferred and a mark provided on the original; and

a control unit configured to:
control alignment between the target shot region and the pattern of the original based on a detection result of the detection
unit;

generate information representing a positional shift amount between a mark in a shot region and a corresponding mark on the
original, based on an overlay error on a sampled shot region different from the target shot region, and relative positions
between substrate-side marks and original-side marks, when the pattern of the original was transferred to the sampled shot
region;

determine, based on the information, a positional shift amount with respect to each mark to be detected by the detection unit
out of a plurality of marks provided in the target shot region; and

control alignment between the target shot region and the pattern of the original so that the mark in the target shot region
detected by the detection unit and the corresponding mark on the original are shifted by the determined positional shift amount.

US Pat. No. 9,260,262

SHEET STACKING APPARATUS, SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet stacking apparatus comprising:
a sheet stacking member on which a sheet is stacked; and
a sheet restricting portion configured to restrict a position of an end of the sheet stacked on the sheet stacking member,
the sheet restricting portion including:

a holding portion provided in the sheet stacking member, the holding portion being movably with respect to the sheet stacking
member in a first direction and a second direction opposite to the first direction;

a first restricting portion configured to determine a position of the holding portion in the first direction by restricting
a move of the holding portion;

a releasing portion configured to release the restriction of the holding portion made by the first restricting portion;
an abutment portion attached to the holding portion, the abutment portion being movably with respect to the holding portion
in the first and second directions and including an abutting surface abutting against the end of the sheet;

a bias member configured to bias the abutment portion toward the first direction; and
a second restricting portion configured to restrict a movable range of the abutment portion from a first movable range in
a state in which the holding portion is restricted by the first restricting portion to a second movable range in a state in
which the restriction of the holding portion is released by the releasing portion, the second movable range being narrower
than the first movable range.

US Pat. No. 9,261,832

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS FOR HEATING TONER IMAGE ON SHEET

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus comprising:
a heat rotatable member configured to heat a toner image on a sheet at a nip portion;
a plurality of heating elements arranged substantially along a longitudinal direction of the heat rotatable member and configured
to heat the heat rotatable member;

a controller configured to selectively actuate at least one of the heating elements based on a width of the sheet;
a first sensor configured to detect a temperature of a center region in the longitudinal direction of the heat rotatable member;
and

a second sensor configured to detect a temperature of an end region in the longitudinal direction of the heat rotatable member,
wherein in a case where an image heating operation is performed on a predetermined sheet having a width which is smaller than
a maximum width of the sheet usable in the apparatus, the controller actuates at least one of the heating elements which are
not in a positional relationship overlapped with the predetermined sheet so that a detection temperature of the second sensor
becomes a temperature lower than a detection temperature of the first sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,261,842

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, DENSITY DETECTING APPARATUS, AND DENSITY DETECTING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an image bearing member;
an image forming unit configured to form a first detection image and a second detection image, which are toner images, on
the image bearing member;

a first detecting unit having a singular first light-receiving element, which is only one light-receiving element of the first
detecting unit, and is configured to receive normal reflection light obtained from light having been emitted from a first
light-emitting element toward the first detection image formed on the image bearing member and specularly reflected from the
image bearing member;

a second detecting unit having a singular second light-receiving element, which is only one light-receiving element of the
second detecting unit, and is configured to receive diffused reflection light obtained from light having been emitted from
a second light-emitting element toward the second detection image formed on the image bearing member and diffuse-reflected
from the second detection image; and

a control unit configured to obtain a value relating to toner density based on a first detection result detected by the first
detecting unit and a second detection result detected by the second detecting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,263,162

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING MICROSTRUCTURE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

20. A method for producing a microstructure, comprising:
the first step of forming a recessed section at a first surface of a silicon substrate;
the second step of filling the recessed section with a metal to form a base substrate including the silicon substrate and
a metal structure;

the third step of forming a supporting layer on the base substrate including the silicon substrate and the metal structure
so as to come in contact with the metal structure at the first surface; and

the fourth step of forming a structure including the metal structure and the supporting layer by selectively etching the silicon
substrate to expose from the silicon substrate at least a surface of the metal structure, the surface being opposite to a
surface thereof in contact with the supporting layer and being in contact with a bottom face of the recessed section; and

the fifth step of selectively etching the supporting layer of the structure formed in the fourth step.

US Pat. No. 9,261,668

OPTICAL DEVICE PROVIDED WITH ZOOMING MECHANISM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,262,705

PROCESSING AND PRINTING APPARATUS, AND PROCESSING METHOD FOR SUPPRESSING BRONZING IN A PRINTED IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that generates print data used by a printing unit capable of applying colored ink and clear
ink to a print medium and performing a plurality of relative scans over a predetermined area of the print medium, so as to
print an image, said apparatus comprising:
a gamut converting unit configured to convert image data such that a color in a predetermined gamut is converted into a color
in a print gamut which the printing unit is able to reproduce; and

a print data generating unit configured to generate print data based on the image data converted by said gamut converting
unit, wherein

said print data generating unit generates respective print data for a first print mode and a second print mode which are different
from each other wherein the clear ink is applied in the same relative scans as the colored ink in the first print mode, and
(i) the clear ink is applied in the same relative scans as the color ink and (ii) the clear ink is applied in the relative
scans after the relative scans in which the clear ink and the colored ink are applied in the second print mode, and

said gamut converting unit is further configured to convert a color of a blue hue in the predetermined gamut into a first
color in the print gamut when the first print mode is performed, and to convert the color of a blue hue in the predetermined
gamut into a second color in the print gamut when the second print mode is performed, the second color having a different
hue from that of the first color, the clear ink being applied in the first and second print modes such that the first color
in the first print mode and the second color in the second print mode are perceived to be colors of the same hue.

US Pat. No. 9,262,968

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image display apparatus comprising:
a light emitting unit configured to include a light source;
a display unit configured to display an image on a screen by transmitting light irradiated from the light emitting unit;
a detection unit configured to detect light from the light source;
a determination unit configured to determine whether or not a lighting duration of the light source in a detection period
in which the detection unit detects light is shorter than a predetermined time length; and

a control unit configured to extend the lighting duration of the light source in the detection period and to reduce emission
brightness of the light source in the detection period, in a case where the determination unit determines that the lighting
duration of the light source in the detection period is shorter than the predetermined time length.

US Pat. No. 9,264,007

NOISE FILTER AND TRANSMISSION DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A filter provided on a pair of transmission lines connecting a transmitting circuit configured to transmit a differential
signal and a receiving circuit configured to receive the differential signal, the filter comprising:
a pair of coils;
an inductor; and
a capacitor;
wherein one end of one coil of the pair of coils is connected to one transmission line of the pair of transmission lines in
the vicinity of the transmitting circuit;

wherein one end of the other coil of the pair of coils is connected to the other transmission line of the pair of transmission
lines in the vicinity of the transmitting circuit;

wherein respective other ends of the pair of coils are short-circuited,
wherein the pair of coils are in a magnetic coupling state in which magnetic fluxes of an in-phase component that is transmitted
on the pair of transmission lines are cancelled with each other and magnetic fluxes of an opposite-phase component that is
transmitted on the pair of transmission lines are increased with each other,

wherein the inductor and the capacitor are a series circuit connected in series with the pair of coils and a ground,
wherein a resonance frequency of the in-phase component of the pair of coils and the series circuit is set within a frequency
band,

the frequency band including a frequency corresponding to a one bit period of the differential signal, and having a bandwidth
of 10% of the frequency corresponding to the one bit period of the differential signal, or

the frequency band including an integer multiple of the one bit period of the differential signal, and having a bandwidth
of 10% of the integer multiple of the one bit period of the differential signal.

US Pat. No. 9,256,194

DEVELOPER SUPPLY CONTAINER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer container detachably mountable to a developer replenishing apparatus, comprising:
a cylindrical accommodation member configured to accommodate a developer;
a coupling portion, provided at one end portion side of said accommodation member, configured to engage with a main assembly
coupling portion provided on the developer replenishing apparatus and to receive a rotational force from the developer replenishing
apparatus;

an opening configured to permit discharge of the developer from said accommodation member;
a feeding portion configured to feed the developer to said opening by rotating said accommodation member by the rotational
force received by said coupling portion;

a contact portion configured to contact an urging portion provided in the developer replenishing apparatus, said contact portion
receiving a push-off force from the developer replenishing apparatus in a direction opposite to an inserting direction in
which said developer container is inserted into the developer replenishing apparatus; and

an engaging portion provided upstream of said contact portion with respect to the inserting direction, said engaging portion
being engageable with an opening and closing portion provided in the developer replenishing apparatus to receive a force from
the opening and closing portion in the inserting direction and against the push-off force in a closing operation of the opening
and closing portion to engage said coupling portion with the main assembly coupling portion when said developer container
is inserted into the developer replenishing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,251,441

APPARATUS, METHOD AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,247,163

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. 9,239,964

SURFACE SHAPE MEASUREMENT METHOD, SURFACE SHAPE MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM, OPTICAL ELEMENT, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING OPTICAL ELEMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A surface shape measurement method for measuring a surface shape of an object, the method comprising the steps of:
dividing, using a processor, the surface shape of the object into a plurality of partial regions;
obtaining, from a sensor, partial region data regarding the surface shape of the object for each partial region;
calculating, using the processor, sensitivities of the partial region data with respect to relative movements between the
object and the sensor for the partial regions;

calculating, using the processor, amounts corresponding to errors generated by the relative movements using the calculated
sensitivities;

correcting, using the processor, the partial region data using the calculated amounts corresponding to the errors; and
stitching, using the processor, the corrected partial region data to determine the surface shape of the object,
wherein each of the sensitivities is a sensitivity of a wavefront slope distribution on the sensor with respect to a relative
drive error between the object and the sensor, and

wherein each of the sensitivities is calculated based on a difference between data determined before and after the relative
movement between the object and the sensor by a predetermined amount.

US Pat. No. 9,239,971

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND PROGRAM PRODUCT DETERMINING SHOW-THROUGH OF IMAGE FORMED ON TRANSLUCENT PRINT MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

11. An image processing method comprising the steps of:
acquiring a translucency reference value indicating optical translucency in a specified translucent printing medium;
determining whether an image that is formed on the translucent printing medium in accordance with print data shows through
by determining whether there exists a difference between the density of a pixel in the print data and the density specified
by the acquired translucency reference value and whether the density of the pixel in the print data is lower than the density
specified by the translucency reference value; and

determining whether a user should be notified of information about whether an image that is formed on the translucent printing
medium in accordance with the print data shows through in accordance with the results of the determination in the determination
step.

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. 9,235,720

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
a web browser capable of displaying a web page and configured to change a web page being displayed in accordance with a user's
operation; and

a processor configured to, in a case where the user's operation corresponds to a designation of a link attribute which is
included in the web page being displayed and which indicates a change of the web page being displayed, check for whether or
not the link attribute includes an invalid keyword, wherein the invalid keyword is a specific tag,

wherein the processor is configured to:
in a case where the link attribute includes the invalid keyword, invalidate the change of the web page being displayed;
in a case where the link attribute does not include the invalid keyword, allow the change of the web page being displayed;
and

in a case where the user's operation corresponds to a designation using a bookmark of the web browser, allow the change of
the web page being displayed.

US Pat. No. 9,229,351

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member;
an exposure device configured to expose the image bearing member to light to form an electrostatic latent image on the image
bearing member, the exposure device emits light to the image bearing member during a light emitting period prior to image
formation;

a voltage application device configured to apply a voltage to a toner bearing member; and
a developing device configured to include the toner bearing member for bearing toner, to change between a contact state where
the image bearing member and the toner bearing member are in contact with each other and a separation state where they are
separated from each other, and to develop the electrostatic latent image by toner on the toner bearing member in the contact
state,

wherein, if a portion on the image bearing member exposed to light in the light emitting period is at a developing position,
the developing device changes from the separation state to the contact state,

wherein, in a predetermined time period including a timing of changeover from the separation state to the contact state, the
voltage application device applies a voltage to the toner bearing member so a potential difference acquired by subtracting
a potential of the image bearing member at the developing position from a potential of the toner bearing member has an opposite
polarity of a normal toner charging polarity.

US Pat. No. 9,228,857

POSITION DETECTION APPARATUS HAVING A DETERMINING UNIT TO DETERMINE THE RELIABILITY OF CALCULATED POSITION OF A MOVABLE MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A position, detection, apparatus which detects a position of a movable member relative to a fixed member, the position
detection apparatus comprising:
a signal detector configured to detect a plurality of periodic signals which respectively indicate predetermined values concerning
a position of the movable member relative to the fixed member and change at different periods in accordance with a change
in the position;

a signal processing unit configured to generate a plurality of displacement signals based on the plurality of periodic signals
detected by the signal detector and sequentially output the plurality of generated displacement signals while switching the
signals at a predetermined period;

a position calculating unit configured to calculate a position of the movable member relative to the fixed member based on
the plurality of displacement signals; and

a reliability determining unit configured to determine that reliability of the position calculated by the position calculating
unit is low if a displacement amount of the movable member in the predetermined period is larger than a predetermined threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,229,386

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit configured to transfer a developing agent to a sheet for image forming;
a first fixing unit and second fixing unit each configured to perform a heat-fixing process on the developing agent transferred
to the sheet by the image forming unit;

a determination unit configured to determine whether the sheet is of a type for which both the first fixing unit and the second
fixing unit are to be used; and

a controller configured to perform print processing using both the first fixing unit and the second fixing unit, if the determination
unit determines that the sheet is of a type for which both the first fixing unit and the second fixing unit are to be used,

wherein the controller performs print processing using the first fixing unit without using the second fixing unit if the number
of sheets to be printed in the print processing is lower than a predetermined number, even if the determination unit determines
that the sheet is of a type for which both the first fixing unit and the second fixing unit are to be used.

US Pat. No. 9,229,395

METAL SUBSTRATE, FIXING MEMBER, AND HEAT-FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An endless belt-shaped metal substrate, comprising
an austenitic stainless alloy containing copper and unavoidable impurities, wherein
the austenitic stainless alloy
has a martensite ratio of less than 20%, and includes
an austenitic phase as a matrix, and
a Cu-rich phase dispersed in the matrix,
the Cu-rich phase extending in a direction perpendicular to a circumferential direction of the endless belt-shaped metal substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,227,398

PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINTING CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a printhead comprising an element array including a plurality of printing elements, which are arranged in a predetermined
direction, which discharge ink, wherein the element array is partitioned into a plurality of groups each including a plurality
of continuously arrayed printing elements which are driven in different timings in order;

a scan unit configured to scan said printhead in a direction intersecting the predetermined direction on a single print area
on a print medium;

an acquisition unit configured to acquire first print data used for printing in a first scan by the scan unit and second print
data used for printing in a second scan by the scan unit, wherein the first print data and the second print data are used
to be printed on the single print area on the print medium;

a setting unit configured to set drive sequences of the plurality of printing elements in the first scan and the second scan
such that: (1) a driving order of printing elements included in a group used for printing in a first position of the single
print area in the predetermined direction based on the first print data and a driving order of printing elements included
in a group used for printing in the first position based on the second print data are different from each other, and (2) a
a driving order of printing elements included in a group used for printing in a second position, different from the first
position, of the single print area in the predetermined direction based on the first print data and a driving order of printing
elements included in a group used for printing in the second position based on the second print data are the same; and

a drive unit configured to drive the plurality of printing elements in each group based on the drive sequences for the first
scan and the second scan.

US Pat. No. 9,229,508

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a communication unit configured to communicate with a control apparatus configured to transfer power supply state information
indicating a power supply state of the image processing apparatus to an information processing apparatus configured to calculate
a power consumption amount based on the power supply state information;

a first detection unit configured to detect a shift of the control apparatus to such a state that the control apparatus cannot
transfer the power supply state information to the information processing apparatus;

a second detection unit configured to detect a shift of the control apparatus to such a state that the control apparatus can
transfer the power supply state information to the information processing apparatus; and

a control unit configured to control the communication unit so as to transmit information for calculating a power consumption
amount of the image processing apparatus during a period from detection by the first detection unit about the shift to the
state prohibiting a transfer to the information processing apparatus to detection by the second detection unit about the shift
to the state allowing the transfer to the information processing apparatus, to the control apparatus together with the power
supply state information.

US Pat. No. 9,221,023

LIQUID MIXING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,223,119

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A zoom lens which changes an interval between adjacent lens units during a zooming operation, the zoom lens comprising:
a first lens unit having a negative refractive power, a second lens unit having a positive refractive power, a third lens
unit having a negative refractive power, and a fourth lens unit having a positive refractive power, disposed in order from
an object side to an image side; and

an aperture stop disposed between a lens surface closest to the object side of the second lens unit and a lens surface closest
to the object side of the third lens unit,

wherein the third lens unit is moved to the image side during a focusing operation from an infinite object to a short distance
object,

wherein each of the lens units moves during the zooming operation so that the interval between the third lens unit and the
fourth lens unit at a telephoto end is larger than that at a wide angle end,

wherein the first lens unit is, in order from the object side to the image side, configured by at most two negative lenses
and one positive lens,

wherein the third lens unit is configured by a single lens or a cemented lens, and
wherein the following conditional expressions are met:
?0.70
0.17<|f3|/f4<0.60

3.2 where f2 is a focal length of the second lens unit, f3 is a focal length of the third lens unit, f4 is a focal length of the fourth lens unit, f3Rw is a combined focal length of the third lens unit and the fourth lens unit when focusing on the infinite object at a wide
angle end, and fw is a focal length of the zoom lens at the wide angle end.

US Pat. No. 9,223,146

OPTICAL APPARATUS AND IMAGE-PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,225,713

SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An authentication system including a system which manages first user information and another system which manages second
user information different from the first user information, the authentication system comprising:
a unique ID generation unit comprising logic configured to generate unique identification information to be associated with
the received second user information,

a receiver unit comprising logic configured to receive second user information desired to be associated with the first user
information from the system; and

a transmitting unit comprising logic configured to transmit a table which associates the received second user information
and the unique identification information to the system;

a setting unit comprising logic configured to identify the unique identification information associated with the received
second user information based on the table transmitted from the transmitting unit, and set SSO mapping by associated the first
user information with the identified unique identification information,

wherein the system is configured to provide a function of the system without performing user authentication in the system
based on the set SSO mapping unique identification information.

US Pat. No. 9,224,776

IMAGE PICKUP ELEMENT, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup element comprising:
a first pixel, a second pixel, and a third pixel that share one microlens;
a first boundary that is provided between the first pixel and the second pixel; and
a second boundary that is provided between the first pixel and the third pixel,
wherein when a charge amount of the first pixel is saturated, a first charge amount in which the charge moves from the first
pixel to the second pixel via the first boundary is larger than a second charge amount in which the charge moves from the
first pixel to the third pixel via the second boundary.

US Pat. No. 9,223,241

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,223,276

PRINTING APPARATUS, PRINTING APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR GENERATING NEW PAPER INFORMATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a paper holding unit;
a storage unit configured to store paper information including name information indicating a paper name and attribute information
indicating paper attributes;

a display unit configured to display a setting screen for setting the paper information for the paper holding unit;
a determination unit configured to determine whether an instruction input via the setting screen is a first instruction to
set the paper information, which is selected by a user from among a plurality of pieces of paper information stored in the
storage unit for the paper holding unit or a second instruction to generate new paper information and set the generated new
paper information for the paper holding unit;

a generating unit configured to generate the new paper information including name information and attribute information if
the determination unit determines that the second instruction has been input;

a setting unit configured to set the paper information, which is selected by the user from among the plurality of pieces of
paper information stored in the storage unit, for the paper holding unit if the determination unit determines that the first
instruction has been input, and configured to set the new paper information generated by the generating unit for the paper
holding unit if the determination unit determines that the second instruction has been input ;and

a deletion unit configured to delete the new paper information generated by the generating unit if execution of a job using
a paper indicated by the new paper information has been completed.

US Pat. No. 9,225,855

IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING SYSTEM, AND CONTROL METHOD FOR INCREASING ACCURACY WHEN DETERMINING AN IMAGING SCENE BASED ON INPUT IMAGE DATA AND INFORMATION STORED IN AN EXTERNAL INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an imaging unit configured to capture an object image and output image data;
a determination unit configured to, based on the image data, perform determination processing for determining an imaging scene
of the image data output from the imaging unit;

an acquisition unit configured to acquire imaging information related to a condition for capturing the image data;
a communication unit configured to transmit the imaging information to an external device and receive auxiliary information
for supporting determination of the imaging scene of the image data corresponding to the imaging information;

a control unit configured to control an operation of each unit of the imaging apparatus to be appropriate for imaging the
image scene determined by the determination unit; and

a calculating unit configured to calculate a reliability level of the determined imaging scene and compare the calculated
reliability level with a predetermined reliability level of the determined image scene,

wherein if the calculated reliability level is greater than the predetermined reliability level, the imaging scene is set
according to the determination result, and

if the calculated reliability level is not greater than the predetermined reliability level, the determination unit performs
second determination processing based on the image data and the auxiliary information, and the imaging scene is set according
to the second determination result.

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. 9,217,636

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,217,943

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 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, and

the binder resin is a styrene resin;
for a weight-average molecular weight (Mw) and an radius of gyration (Rw) measured on the ortho-dichlorobenzene-soluble matter
from the magnetic toner in use of size exclusion chromatograph with a multiangle laser light scattering (SEC-MALLS), the weight-average
molecular weight (Mw) is from at least 5000 to not more than 20000 and the ratio [Rw/Mw] of this radius of gyration (Rw) to
the weight-average molecular weight (Mw) is from at least 3.0×10?3 to not more than 6.5×10?3; and

the viscosity of the magnetic toner at 110° C. measured by a flow tester/temperature ramp-up method is from at least 5000
Pa·s to not more than 25000 Pa·s.

US Pat. No. 9,217,945

BELT CONVEYING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A belt conveying apparatus provided in an image forming apparatus that is configured to transfer a toner image from an
image bearing member that carries the toner image to a transfer medium, comprising:
an endless belt that moves in a direction of conveyance;
a plurality of stretching members configured to stretch the endless belt;
a drive roller, which is one of the plurality of stretching members, configured to stretch the endless belt and convey the
endless belt;

a transfer member arranged corresponding to the image bearing member configured to carry the toner image via the endless belt;
a separating unit configured to cause the transfer member to move to a pressing position where the image bearing member is
pressed via the endless belt and a separated position separated from the image bearing member in comparison with the pressing
position;

a drive unit configured to transmit a drive force from a drive source provided in an apparatus body to the drive roller, and
a drive transmitting unit configured to transmit the drive force branched and transmitted from the drive force to the separating
unit,
wherein the separating unit moves the transfer member by the drive force transmitted by the drive transmitting unit via the
drive unit.

US Pat. No. 9,217,962

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a plurality of image bearing members that each bear a toner image;
a rotational endless intermediate transfer belt configured to second-transfer the toner image first-transferred from each
of the plurality of image bearing members to a transfer medium;

a plurality of support rollers that support the intermediate transfer belt;
a current supply member that comes into contact with the intermediate transfer belt;
a transfer power source configured to apply a voltage to the current supply member in order for the toner image to be second-transferred
from the intermediate transfer belt to the transfer medium;

a charging member that charges a residual toner remaining on the intermediate transfer belt without being second-transferred
to the transfer medium; and

a charging power source configured to apply a voltage to the charging member,
wherein the intermediate transfer belt is a conductive belt that allows a current to flow to the plurality of image bearing
members via the intermediate transfer belt from a portion that is in contact with the current supply member, in a rotational
direction of the intermediate transfer belt,

wherein the plurality of support rollers are connected to a constant-voltage element that maintains a surface potential of
the intermediate transfer belt at a predetermined potential, and

wherein, when a voltage is applied from the transfer power source to the current supply member, a current is allowed to flow
from the current supply member to the plurality of image bearing members via the intermediate transfer belt, and thus the
toner images are first-transferred from the plurality of image bearing members to the intermediate transfer belt.

US Pat. No. 9,213,276

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming a toner image on a recording material, comprising:
an image forming portion configured to form the toner image on the recording material;
a fixing portion configured to fix the toner image on the recording material; and
a spacer,
wherein said fixing portion includes a cylindrical film, a contacting member contacting an inner surface of said film and
a roller, including a shaft portion and an elastic layer formed outside said shaft portion, forming a pressing portion together
with said contacting member via said film,

wherein an end surface of said film is positioned outside an end surface of said elastic layer of said roller with respect
to a generatrix direction of said film,

wherein said spacer occupies at least a part of an interspace between a virtual plane including the end surface of said film
and the end surface of said elastic layer, and

wherein said spacer does not contact an outer surface of said film.

US Pat. No. 9,207,438

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICK-UP APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:
a first lens unit having a positive refractive power;
a second lens unit having a negative refractive power;
a third lens unit having a negative refractive power; and
a rear lens group including a plurality of lens units and having a positive refractive power as a whole,
wherein the rear lens group consists of, in order from an object side to an image side:
a fourth lens unit having a positive refractive power, and
a fifth lens unit having a positive refractive power;
or
a fourth lens unit having a positive refractive power,
a fifth lens unit having a negative refractive power, and
a sixth lens unit having a positive refractive power;
wherein distances between adjacent lens units of the rear lens group are changed during zooming,
wherein the first lens unit moves during zooming, and the third lens unit moves during focusing,
wherein conditions 3.7<|f12w/fw|<8.5 and 1.0<|f12t/ft|<5.5 are satisfied, where fw is a focal length of the zoom lens at a wide-angle end, ft is a focal length of the zoom
lens at a telephoto end, f12w is a combined focal length of the first and second lens units at the wide-angle end, and f12t is a combined focal length of the first and second lens units at the telephoto end, and

wherein f12w is calculated from 1/f12w=1/f1+1/f2?dw/(f1·f2), and f12t is calculated from 1/f12t=1/f1+1/f2?dt/(f1·f2), where f1 is a focal length of the first lens unit, f2 is a focal length of the second lens unit, dw is a distance between a principal point of the first lens unit and a principal
point of the second lens unit at the wide-angle end, and dt is a distance between a principal point of the first lens unit
and a principal point of the second lens unit at the telephoto end.

US Pat. No. 9,207,585

ENDLESS BELT, BELT DRIVING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An endless belt comprising:
an endless belt body;
a plurality of first tapes each wound around and applied onto said belt body on an outer peripheral surface of each of end
portions of said belt body with respect to a widthwise direction crossing a circumferential direction of said belt body, wherein
each of said first tapes has a length, from a first end to a second end with respect to the circumferential direction, shorter
than a length of a full circumference of said endless belt, and said first tapes are superposedly applied onto said belt body
so that positions of first edges of said first tapes and positions of second edges of said first tapes are different from
each other, respectively, and wherein a recessed portion is formed in a region between the first edges and the second edges;
and

a second tape having a length longer than the length of a full circumference of said endless belt and wound around said first
tapes so as to extend along the recessed portion, wherein a winding end edge of said second tape overlaps a winding start
edge of said second tape.

US Pat. No. 9,195,177

BELT DRIVING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A belt driving device for driving an endless belt, the belt driving device comprising:
a plurality of rollers configured to stretch the belt, said rollers including first and second steering rollers being provided
in an upstream side and a downstream side of an image receiving surface of the belt for receiving an image, respectively,
and being configured to change a position of the belt in a direction crossing with a moving direction of the belt by inclining
respectively;

first and second pivoting mechanisms configured to pivot said first steering roller and second steering roller in accordance
with respective pivoting instruction values;

a first detecting member and a second detecting member configured detect a position of the belt with respect to a widthwise
direction crossing with a moving direction of the belt;

a first setting portion configured to set a first pivoting instruction value and a second pivoting instruction value through
which said first steering roller and said second steering roller are pivoted in the same direction, respectively, on the basis
of results of detections of said first detecting member and second detecting member;

a second setting portion configured to set a third pivoting instruction value and a fourth pivoting instruction value through
which said first steering roller and said second steering roller are pivoted in the opposite directions, respectively, on
the basis of a result of detection of at least one of said first detecting member and second detecting member; and

a controller configured to pivot said first steering roller by said first pivoting mechanism on the basis of an addition value
of the first pivoting instruction value and the third pivoting instruction value, and configured to pivot said second steering
roller by said second pivoting mechanism on the basis of an addition value of the second pivoting instruction value and the
fourth pivoting instruction value.

US Pat. No. 9,195,210

DEVELOPER CONTAINER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer container comprising:
a developer accommodating chamber, provided with an opening, for accommodating developer;
a first shutter including a first portion-to-be-urged, said first shutter being movable between a closed position where the
opening is closed and an open position where the opening is opened by urging said first portion-to-be-urged;

a second shutter including a second portion-to-be-urged, said second shutter being provided outside said first shutter with
respect to the opening, and said second shutter being movable between a closed position where the opening is closed and an
open position where the opening is opened by urging said second portion-to-be-urged; and

a partitioning portion provided between said first and second portions-to-be-urged with respect to a longitudinal direction
of the developer container and along moving ranges of said first and second portions-to-be-urged,

wherein movement distances of said first and second shutters from the closed positions to the open positions are different
from each other so that after one of said first and second shutters reaches its open position, the other of said first and
second shutters reaches its open position.

US Pat. No. 9,195,522

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING COMMUNICATION BETWEEN APPLICATIONS IN A WEB RUNTIME ENVIRONMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for controlling communication between a service provider application and one or more service requester applications
in a web runtime environment of a processing device, the web runtime environment, the one or more service requester applications,
and the service provider application being run by the processing device, the web runtime environment being run at a client
side, the method comprising the following steps run by the web runtime environment in the following order:
executing code of a service provider application thereby providing a data object of a given type;
after the executing step, obtaining a list of one or more service requester applications, each service requester application
being adapted to generate a service request and implementing an interface for receiving a data object in response to the generated
service request;

after the obtaining step, enabling the selection, among the obtained list, of one or more requester applications adapted to
receive data objects of the same type as the given type of the provided data object; and

communicating the provided data object to the selected one or more requester applications via its or their corresponding interface.

US Pat. No. 9,191,573

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING AN EXPOSURE CONDITION BY CALCULATING APHOTMETRIC VALUE FOR EACH OBJECT REGION AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image capturing unit configured to capture an image;
a determination unit configured to determine a plurality of object regions from the captured image;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a photometric value for each of the object regions;
a decision unit configured to decide an exposure condition based on the photometric value for each of the object regions;
and

a tone conversion unit configured to convert a tone of the captured image based on the exposure condition,
wherein the tone conversion unit sets tone conversion characteristics of the captured image from the exposure condition decided
by the decision unit such that tone conversion characteristics in a case where the exposure condition is decided based on
a photometric value of a first region from the plurality of object regions is different from tone conversion characteristics
in a case where the exposure condition is decided based on a photometric value of a second region which is different from
the first region from the plurality of object regions.

US Pat. No. 9,188,777

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS CAPABLE OF PREVENTING FOREIGN MATTERS FROM ADHERING TO OPTICAL MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus having an imaging device that converts an optical image of an object into an electrical signal,
the image pickup apparatus comprising:
an optical member disposed on an object side of the imaging device;
a light shield member having an opening formed into a shape corresponding to a shape of an effective pixel area of the imaging
device, the light shield member being disposed on an object-side face of the optical member;

an electrically conductive urging member disposed on an object side of the optical member and configured to urge the light
shield member toward the optical member;

an electrically conductive member configured to be in contact with the object face of the optical member; and
a reference potential member configured to provide electrical reference potential and configured to be electrically connected
to the electrically conductive urging member,

wherein part of the electrically conductive member is disposed on the light shield member and another part of the electrically
conductive member is in contact with the object-side face of the optical member, and

wherein the electrically conductive urging member urges the electrically conductive member to the object-side face of the
optical member so that the electrically conductive urging member is in contact with the electrically conductive member and
electrically conductive member is in contact with the object-side face of optical member.

US Pat. No. 9,190,602

PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, MULTILAYERED PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS, AND ULTRASONIC MOTOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A piezoelectric element comprising:
a piece of piezoelectric material; and
a plurality of electrodes disposed on both surfaces of the piezoelectric material,
wherein the piezoelectric material is including a perovskite-type metal oxide represented by general formula (1) below as
a main component;

a portion or the entire of the piezoelectric material is held by the plurality of electrodes; and
the piezoelectric material held by the electrodes has a first region having remanent polarization, wherein the
(Ba1-x-yCaxSny)?(Ti1-zZrz)O3 (where 0.020?x?0.200, 0.020?y?0.200, 0?z?0.050, and 0.986???1.100)  General formula (1)

US Pat. No. 9,162,494

PRINTING APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING SHEET FEEDING FROM A GROUPED PLURALITY OF SHEET FEEDING UNITS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus having at least a first sheet feeding unit and a second sheet feeding unit, wherein the printing apparatus
is capable of executing a print job for printing an image on a sheet fed from the first sheet feeding unit or the second sheet
feeding unit, the printing apparatus comprising:
a setting unit configured to perform a setting to set the first sheet feeding unit and the second sheet feeding unit as a
group; and

a control unit configured to perform control of sheet feeding,
wherein the control unit is configured to perform control of the sheet feeding in such a manner that a sheet is fed from a
sheet feeding unit of either one of the first sheet feeding unit and the second sheet feeding unit, in a case where the group
is designated in the print job, and to perform control of the sheet feeding to be continued by switching the sheet feeding
unit to another one of the first sheet feeding unit and the second sheet feeding unit, in a case where a sheet shortage occurs,
and

wherein, the control unit is configured to perform control of the sheet feeding in such a manner that a sheet is fed from
a designated sheet feeding unit, in a case where the first sheet feeding unit or the second sheet feeding unit is designated
in the print job, and to perform control of the sheet feeding in such a manner that switching to another one of the first
sheet feeding unit and the second sheet feeding unit is not to be performed, even in a case where a sheet shortage occurs,

wherein, in a case where the group is designated in the print job, the control unit determines that a sheet shortage occurs
if a remaining sheet amount of a currently used sheet feeding unit becomes a predetermined amount.

US Pat. No. 9,160,973

BROADCAST RECEIVING APPARATUS AND BROADCAST RECEIVING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A broadcast receiving apparatus for receiving a digital broadcast signal to realize viewing of a content-protected broadcast
program, the broadcast receiving apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory comprising processor executable instructions which, when executed by the processor cause the processor to perform
the method of:

receiving, via a digital broadcast signal, transport stream (TS) data including an entitlement control message (ECM), an entitlement
management message (EMM) and scrambled program data;

storing, as recorded TS data, the transport stream (TS) data received by the receiver;
detecting execution of revocation to update key information contained in an EMM included in the transport stream (TS) data
based on the revoke information contained in an EMM included in the transport stream (TS) data;

acquiring, in response to the detection of execution of revocation by the detector, encrypted device key information contained
in an EMM included in the recorded TS data and generating a device key common to each model of broadcast receiving apparatus
by applying non-updated device key generation procedure;

decrypting an encrypted work key contained in the EMM included in the recorded TS data, using a device key generated in the
generating step;

decrypting an encrypted scramble key contained in the ECM included in the recorded TS data, using a work key decrypted in
the step of decrypting the encrypted work key;

descrambling the scrambled program data included in the recorded TS data, using a scramble key decrypted in the step of decrypting
the encrypted scramble key;

encrypting program data descrambled in the step of descrambling the scrambled program, using an encryption key unique to the
broadcast receiving apparatus, and storing the encrypted program data in the storage; and

updating device key generation procedure used in the generating step, after the program data is encrypted using an encryption
key unique to the broadcast receiving apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,150,012

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A control device for a printing apparatus provided with a print head in which a plurality of printing element arrays each
having a plurality of printing elements arranged therein are placed in parallel in a direction crossing an arrangement direction
of the plurality of printing elements, wherein the print head and a print medium opposite to the print head are relatively
moved in the direction crossing the arrangement direction of the plurality of printing elements to print an image on the print
medium by the print head, the control device comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire image data;
a distribution unit configured to assign each pixel in the image data to a printing element for outputting a pixel value of
the pixel according to distribution information indicating that each of the pixels forming the image data is associated with
one of the plurality of printing elements; and

a control unit configured to control printing of the image data by driving the plurality of printing elements by time-division
driving in which a different driving timing is set for each printing element according to assignment by the distribution unit,

wherein the control unit drives the plurality of printing elements such that the plurality of printing elements included in
each printing element array correspond to a plurality of different driving timings respectively and further the plurality
of printing element arrays have different orders of driving timings for the respective printing elements in the arrangement
direction of the plurality of printing elements, and

wherein the distribution information is set such that, with respect to a pixel group corresponding to the arrangement direction
of the plurality of printing elements, of the printing elements that can print a pixel included in the pixel group, a printing
element driven at a reference driving timing or a driving timing close to the reference driving timing is assigned to the
pixel.

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. 9,141,990

EXPENSE REGISTRATION SYSTEM FOR REGISTERING EXPENSES RELATED TO DOCUMENT RECEIVED BY FAX

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An expense registration system for communicating with a management server that manages expenses individually for each matter,
the expense registration system comprising:
a transmission unit configured to transmit a uniform resource locator (URL) for displaying a confirmation screen of a fax
reception when a document is received by fax;

a response unit configured to send, if a request for the confirmation screen is received via the URL transmitted by the transmission
unit, the confirmation screen as a response to the request;

a reception unit configured to receive information used for managing expenses for fax reception, the information input by
a user via the confirmation screen; and

a registration unit configured to register, by using the information received by the reception unit, expenses incurred in
the fax reception in the management server.

US Pat. No. 9,106,369

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING THE DATA RATE OF A DATA TRANSMISSION BETWEEN AN EMITTER AND A RECEIVER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of controlling data rate of a data transmission between an emitter and a receiver, the method performed by a controlling
device and comprising:
monitoring at least one receiving condition at the receiver;
determining at least one threshold on the at least one receiving condition to trigger data rate adaptation control commands;
estimating the transmission time of the data rate adaptation control commands from the receiver to the emitter; and
adjusting the at least one threshold on the at least one receiving condition to trigger data rate adaptation control commands
based on the estimated transmission time of the data rate adaptation control commands from the receiver to the emitter.

US Pat. No. 9,106,863

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

12. A method for generating halftone image data for forming an image on a recording medium by scanning a recording-element
array including a plurality of recording elements and performing recording (N) times (N is an integer of 3 or more) in a same
region on the recording medium, the recording-element array including a recording-element group for recording a first pass,
a recording-element group for recording a second pass and a recording-element group for recording a Nth pass, and the recording
medium being conveyed in a direction approximately perpendicular to a scanning direction of the recording-element array for
a length according to the recording-element array in each scanning of the recording-element array, the image processing apparatus
comprising:
setting upper recording data and lower recording data to be recorded in one scanning with the recording-element array using
an upper division ratio for each recording element to generate the upper recording data and a lower division ratio for each
recording element to generate the lower recording data for each recording corresponding to recording data obtained by dividing
input image data into each recording, wherein the upper recording data represents an upper limit of the recording data and
the lower recording data represents a lower limit of the recording data;

using a threshold matrix of a dot dispersion type to perform halftone processing on each of the upper recording data and the
lower recording data corresponding to the recording a threshold matrix of a dot dispersion type; and

generating halftone image data for each recording based on subtracting the result of halftone processing for the upper recoding
data and the result of halftone processing for the lower recording data,

wherein an upper division ratio corresponding to a recording-element group for recording a (p)th pass (1?p?N?1) and a lower
division ratio corresponding to a recording-element group for recording a (p+1)th pass are set based on a number of recording
elements in the recording element array and positions of the recording elements in the recording element array, and

holding a set of an upper division ratio and a lower division ratio to be multiplied by image data in a first region corresponding
to the recording-element group for recording the first pass out of a region to be scanned with the recording-element array
in one scanning, a set of an upper division ratio and a lower division ratio to be multiplied by image data in a second region
corresponding to the recording-element group for recording the second pass out of the region and a set of an upper division
ratio and a lower division ratio to be multiplied by image data in an Nth region corresponding to the recording-element group
for recording the Nth pass out of the region, and sequentially generates upper recording data and lower recording data corresponding
to each of the recording element groups for each region to be recorded by scanning with the recording-element array.

US Pat. No. 9,102,173

PRINT PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A print processing apparatus that processes a print job printed on a paper stack, the paper stack including a plurality
of papers of multiple paper types placed in a tray, comprising:
a storing unit configured to store print data for a plurality of pages to be printed,
wherein the print data includes data representing each of a plurality of pages to be printed and paper type data indicating
a paper type of the multiple paper types to be used for printing each of the plurality of pages to be printed;

a setting unit configured to set second paper information,
wherein the second paper information indicates a paper stacking order of the paper stack,
wherein the paper stacking order represents the paper types and order of the papers in the paper stack;
a comparison unit configured to compare the type of paper to be used in printing a current page data, which is a portion of
print data representing a page to be printed of the plurality of pages to be printed and a paper type date of the page to
be printed, with the type of paper of a current paper of the paper stack;

a print control unit configured to control a printing unit to print the current page data on the current paper when the comparison
unit determines the type of paper of the current page data is the same as the type of paper of the current paper of the paper
stack; and a separation control unit, configured to control a separation unit to separate the current paper of the paper stack
from the paper stack when the comparison unit determines that the type of paper of the current page of print data is different
from the type of paper of the paper stack.

US Pat. No. 9,064,122

JOB PROCESSING SYSTEM, JOB PROCESSING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A job processing system for processing a job including one or a plurality of tasks, the job processing system comprising:
a service server which receives designation of a job;
a job management service server which manages a job generated by receiving the designation; and
a plurality of task processing service servers which process one or a plurality of tasks forming the job, in order to execute
processing based on the job,

said job management service server comprising:
a storage that stores a computer program; and
a hardware processor that executes the computer program to control the job management service server to function as:
a holding unit that holds, for each of said task processing service servers, encryption information defining a method of encrypting
and to decrypt a file corresponding to the job, and information which is used when generating a key for use in encryption
and decryption; and

a specification unit that specifies, when receiving an encryption information acquisition request from a task processing service
server, encryption information for a service server of a job corresponding to an encrypted file to be decrypted by a task
processing service server, and

each said task processing service server comprising:
a storage that stores a computer program; and
a hardware processor that executes the computer program to control the task processing service server to function as:
a decryption unit that receives the encryption information specified by said specification unit, and decrypts the encrypted
file using a method and information defined in the encryption information;

an encryption unit that executes task processing for a file decrypted by the decryption unit, and encrypts data after the
task processing using the method and information defined in the encryption information; and

a notification unit that, after the task processing has been completed and the data has been encrypted by the encryption unit,
notifies the job management service server of completion of the task processing,

wherein said job management service server manages the job such that, after the task processing and encryption by the encryption
unit of one task processing service center, another task processing service server of the plurality of task processing service
servers decrypts the data and executes task processing for the decrypted data.

US Pat. No. 9,063,618

COORDINATE INPUT APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A coordinate input apparatus for calculating a position of an object positioned on an input area, comprising:
a first retroreflecting member and a plurality of first sensor units constructed to form a first side of two opposite sides
of the input area;

a second retroreflecting member and a plurality of second sensor units constructed to form a second side of two opposite sides
of the input area,

wherein the plurality of first and second sensor units emit, receive, and retroreflect light,
wherein each of the plurality of first and second sensor units comprises a light projecting unit constructed to emit light
at a first position toward the input area, a light receiving unit constructed to receive the light at a second position, and
a third retroreflecting member disposed between a first height and a second height from the input area,

wherein the first, second and third retroreflecting members are disposed so that the light receiving unit does not detect
the object positioned at a specific portion of the input area, and

wherein the first height is a height of the first position at which the light projecting unit emits the light, and the second
height is a height of the second position at which said light receiving unit receives the light; and

a calculation unit constructed to detect a direction of a position where the light emitted from one of said first sensor units
to said second retroreflecting member and said second sensor units is blocked based on a receiving result of the one of said
first sensor units when the light is blocked in an area formed by said second retroreflecting member, said second sensor units
and the one of said first sensor units,

to detect a direction of the position where the light emitted from one of said second sensor units to said first retroreflecting
member and said first sensor units is blocked based on a receiving result of the one of said second sensor units when the
light is blocked in an area formed by said first retroreflecting member, said first sensor units and the one of said second
sensor units,

to select two sensors from said first and second sensor units based on the position where the light is blocked, and
to calculate the position based on directions of the position where the light is blocked detected from the two sensor units
selected based on the position where the light is blocked.

US Pat. No. 9,063,395

CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,063,678

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that performs control according to setting information including unique settings for each apparatus
and common settings commonly usable for a plurality of apparatuses including the image forming apparatus, the image forming
apparatus comprising:
a first storing unit configured to store, in a temporary region, setting information that is received from a connected device;
a determination unit configured to compare device identification information acquired from the setting information stored
in the temporary region with device identification information of the image forming apparatus, and to determine a reflection
level indicating a reflection condition used in reflecting each setting included in the setting information stored in the
temporary region, wherein the device identification information includes at least one of serial number and model code;

a second storing unit configured to store the setting information in a first database different from the temporary region
after the determination of the reflection level;

an extraction unit configured to extract a setting to be reflected according to the reflection level from the setting information
stored in the first database, using a plurality of import modules prepared for each of the unique settings and the common
settings included in the setting information; and

a third storing unit configured to store the extracted setting in a second database that is actually used for control performed
by the image forming apparatus,

wherein the third storing unit is configured to obtain a value compliant with a reflection policy indicating information about
a constraint corresponding to the reflection condition for the setting extracted according to the reflection level using the
plurality of import modules, and to store the obtained value in the second database.

US Pat. No. 9,063,449

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image carrier whose surface is charged with electricity;
an exposure unit configured to form an electrostatic latent image by exposing the charged surface of said image carrier to
light;

a drive unit configured to rotate said image carrier;
a first detecting unit configured to detect a rotational speed of said image carrier;
a second detecting unit configured to detect a home position of said image carrier;
an exposure control unit configured to control timing with which said exposure unit exposes said image carrier to light so
as to suppress a harmonic rotational speed fluctuation of said image carrier;

a storage unit configured to store a profile corresponding to fluctuations in the rotational speed of said image carrier;
and

a drive control unit configured to carry out feedback control for said driving unit based on the rotational speed detected
by said first detecting unit, and carry out feedforward control for said driving unit based on the home position detected
by said second detecting unit and the profile,

wherein said second detecting unit detects the home position in a phase that is a predetermined amount before a phase in which
the harmonic rotational speed fluctuation of said image carrier occurs so that said exposure control unit can correct for
the harmonic rotational speed fluctuation, and

wherein a frequency of the harmonic rotational speed fluctuation is a frequency of X/4 [Hz] or more where a resonant frequency
of said image carrier is X [Hz].

US Pat. No. 9,063,467

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH DUAL IMAGE FORMING SPEEDS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,251,206

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF COMMUNICATION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:at least one memory storing instructions; and
at least one processor that, upon execution of instructions stored in the at least one memory, causes the communication apparatus to:
accept one instruction from a user;
execute, in accordance with the one instruction, a first search and a second search, wherein the first search is for searching for a first other communication apparatus in a first wireless network in which the communication apparatus is , and wherein the second search is for searching, by a method different from the first search, for a second other communication apparatus that is directly connectable to the communication apparatus in a second wireless network different from the first wireless network;
discriminably display, on a display unit, information of the first other communication apparatus detected by the first search and information of the second other communication apparatus detected by the second search; and
receive a user input indicating one of the first other communication apparatus and the second other communication apparatus as a connection target; and
perform control to initiate a connection with the connection target indicated by the received user input,
wherein, in a case where the received user input indicates that
the second other communication apparatus detected by the second search is the connection target,
the communication apparatus displays on the display unit information indicating that the communication apparatus will leave the first wireless network and prompting the user for confirmation to proceed with the second other communication apparatus as the connection target, and
the communication apparatus leaves the first wireless network and proceeds to initiate the connection with the second other communication apparatus if confirmation to proceed is received from the user, and
in a case where the received user input indicates that the first other communication apparatus detected by the first search is the connection target, the communication apparatus proceeds to initiate the connection with the first other communication apparatus without displaying the information indicating that the communication apparatus will leave the first wireless network.

US Pat. No. 10,148,898

IMAGE SENSOR DRIVING APPARATUS, METHOD AND RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:a plurality of pixel circuits that are two dimensionally arrayed, each of which outputs an analog signal corresponding to radiation;
a control unit configured to control scanning of the plurality of pixel circuits, to read out the analog signal from each of the plurality of pixel circuits;
a circuit configured to output image data corresponding to the analog signal read out from each of the plurality of pixel circuits and to output a reference signal value corresponding to an analog reference signal, in order to obtain a target value; and
a correction circuit configured to correct the analog signal read out from each of the plurality of pixel circuits, wherein
the correction circuit corrects the signal read out from each of the plurality of pixel circuits by supplying to the circuit an analog correction value signal to be added to the analog signal, the analog correction value signal is variation from the target value obtained based on the reference signal value output from the circuit prior to execution of the control by the control unit.

US Pat. No. 10,140,560

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a feed tray on which a sheet is to be placed;
a printer configured to print an image on the sheet fed from the feed tray;
a memory device configured to store a sheet size and a sheet type, which are selected by a user and set to the feed tray, and to store information indicating whether setting a sheet size and/or a sheet type is omitted; and
a controller configured to receive a print job,
wherein a first print job designates the feed tray as a sheet supply source and designates a sheet size and a sheet type of a sheet to be printed,
wherein a second print job designates the feed tray as a sheet supply source but does not designate a sheet size and a sheet type of a sheet to be printed,
wherein, in a case where the first print job is received and a sheet size and a sheet type are set to the feed tray, the controller controls the printer to execute a printing operation according to the sheet size and the sheet type in the first print job if the sheet size and the sheet type in the first print job corresponds to the sheet size and the sheet type set to the feed tray,
wherein, in a case where the first print job is received and a sheet size is set to the feed tray but setting of a sheet type is omitted, the controller controls the printer to execute a printing operation according to the sheet size and the sheet type in the first print job if the sheet size in the first print job corresponds to the sheet size set to the feed tray,
wherein, in a case where the first print job is received and setting a sheet size and a sheet type is omitted, the controller controls the printer to execute a printing operation according to the sheet size and the sheet type in the first print job, and
wherein, in a case where the second print job is received, the controller controls the printer to execute a printing operation according to a sheet size and a sheet type for the feed tray even when the setting a sheet size and a sheet type is omitted.

US Pat. No. 10,139,548

OPTICAL APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,138,083

SHEET DISCHARGING APPARATUS, SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet discharging apparatus comprising:an apparatus body;
a discharge member provided in the apparatus body and configured to discharge a sheet;
a movable tray movable with respect to the apparatus body and including a sheet supporting surface configured to support the sheet discharged by the discharge member;
a movable member provided in the movable tray and configured to move by being pressed by the sheet supported on the sheet supporting surface; and
a detecting portion provided in the apparatus body and configured to detect a presence of the sheet supported on the sheet supporting surface in response to a position of the movable member,
wherein the movable member includes an extension portion extending out of the movable tray toward the apparatus body,
the apparatus body is provided with an opening portion through which the extension portion extends into the apparatus body,
the opening portion is formed such that the extension portion is movable along a moving direction of the movable tray within the apparatus body, and
the detecting portion is configured to detect a position of the movable member by detecting the extension portion.

US Pat. No. 10,142,193

INFORMATION PROCESSING TERMINAL, METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing terminal comprising, a memory storing instructions related to a web browser as a relay function for performing relaying between a client managing data and a service providing a function with use of the data managed by the client; anda processor which is capable of executing the instructions causing the information processing terminal to:
register first function information for calling the function provided by the service in the relay function;
display a list including the registered first function information;
issue a request for the data managed by the client to the service via a network when the first function information is selected from the displayed list;
specify to the service a processing content of the function corresponding to the first function information via a setting screen displayed based on information transmitted from the service after the request;
receive, from the service, HTML data in which information for an additional registration of second function information is described by using predetermined tags, wherein the second function information reflects at least a part of the specified content, and
register, in the relay function, the second function information based on the information for the additional registration in response to a reception of the data.

US Pat. No. 10,137,683

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD SUBSTRATE, LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD, AND RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head substrate comprising:a first heater row including a plurality of heaters arranged in a first direction in a plan view; and
a first transistor and a second transistor configured to supply current to a first heater of the plurality of heaters,
wherein the first heater and the first transistor are connected in series on an electric path between first wiring to which a first potential is supplied and second wiring to which a second potential different from the first potential is supplied,
wherein the first heater and the second transistor are connected in series on an electric path between the first wiring and the second wiring, and
wherein the first heater is arranged between the first transistor and the second transistor in a second direction crossing the first direction in the plan view.

US Pat. No. 10,133,201

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising a toner particle containing an amorphous resin, a colorant, a release agent, and a crystalline resin;the amorphous resin comprising an amorphous polyester resin A having a monomer unit derived from polyhydric alcohol and a monomer unit derived from polybasic carboxylic acid; and
the content, in the monomer unit derived from polybasic carboxylic acid, of a monomer unit derived from at least one compound selected from the group consisting of tribasic and higher basic carboxylic acids and derivatives thereof is 25.0 to 80.0 mol %, wherein
3.0×104 Pa??0.01?2.0 ×105 Pa,
2.0?[?0.69/?0.01],
2.5×105 Pa??0.01(A)?7.5×105 Pa, and
3.0?[?0.69 (A)/?0.01(A)]
when ?0.01 represents the extensional viscosity of the toner at a Hencky strain at 90° C. of 0.01, ?0.69 represents the extensional viscosity of the toner at a Hencky strain at 90° C. of 0.69, ?0.01(A)represents the extensional viscosity of amorphous polyester resin A at a Hencky strain at 90° C. of 0.01 and ?0.69(A) represents the extensional viscosity of amorphous polyester resin A at a Hencky strain at 90° C. of 0.69.

US Pat. No. 10,133,042

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,126,996

CONTROL APPARATUS, MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

17. A control method for a control apparatus configured to execute a job for producing a three-dimensional object, the control method comprising:acquiring a captured image of the object that is produced according to an execution of the job by the control apparatus, which is recorded by an imaging device; and
outputting the acquired captured image, attribute information indicating an attribute of the job, and data included in the job and indicating a target to be produced as history information of the job, from the control apparatus outward to accumulate in a data server,
wherein the output captured image including still images regarding plural timings during a time period from a start to an end of production carried out by the execution of the job.

US Pat. No. 10,126,856

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,095,563

METHOD, DEVICE, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM FOR IMPROVING ACCESS TO SERVICES IN A WEB RUNTIME ENVIRONMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for processing a service request by a web runtime environment in a processing device, the processing of the service request enabling a service provider to provide a service requested in the service request, the method comprising:selecting a specific interface based on the service request;
discovering the service provider and the web driver application associated with the service requested in the service request and implementing the selected specific interface;
loading the web driver application for execution by the web runtime environment for communicating with the service provider;
executing the web driver application associated with the service requested in the service request and implementing the selected specific interface;
interacting with the web driver application, via said specific interface, for providing the service by the service provider,
the selecting, executing, and interacting steps being carried out in the web runtime environment; and
wherein the step of discovering the service provider and the web driver application comprises receiving a service description, the service description comprising information relative to the location of the web driver application.

US Pat. No. 10,088,785

IMAGE HEATING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating device comprising:a tubular film;
a unit arranged inside the tubular film and elongated in a longitudinal direction of the film,
the unit including:
a heater having a plate-like shape and a first surface in contact with an inner surface of the film and elongated in the longitudinal direction, the heater including a substrate and a heat generating member provided on the substrate;
a supporting member supporting the heater; and
a highly thermal conductive member having a thermal conductivity higher than that of the substrate of the heater at least in a planar direction of the highly thermal conductive member and including, in a part of the highly thermal conductive member in the longitudinal direction, a protruding portion protruding from a side surface of the heater orthogonal to the longitudinal direction, the highly thermal conductive member being arranged between the heater and the supporting member and being in contact with a second surface of the heater opposite to the first surface of the heater,
wherein a recording material on which an image has been formed is heated by heat of the heater via the film, and
wherein the unit is configured so that the protruding portion is visible from a gap between the supporting member and the heater when the unit is viewed in a direction orthogonal to the first surface of the heater.

US Pat. No. 10,088,794

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND PROCESS CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a rotatable image bearing member;
a charging member configured to charge the image bearing member to make a surface potential of the image bearing member;
a developing member configured to develop an electrostatic latent image formed on a surface of the image bearing member and collect a developer adhered to the image bearing member;
an electricity removal member disposed downstream of the charging member and upstream of the developing member in a rotating direction of the image bearing member and arranged in contact with the image bearing member; and
an applying member configured to apply a direct-current (DC) bias to the electricity removal member in an image-forming period,
wherein the DC bias has a polarity identical to a charging polarity of the image bearing member and has an absolute value lower than that of the surface potential of the image bearing member.