US Pat. No. 9,609,251

MANUFACTURING METHOD OF SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion device comprising:
a photoelectric conversion unit for outputting a electric signal base on a signal charge generated in a photoelectric conversion
element, the photoelectric conversion unit including a first transistor; and

a signal processing unit for processing the electric signal, the signal processing unit including a second transistor and
a third transistor,

wherein a gate insulation film of the second transistor is thinner than a gate insulation film of the first transistor,
wherein the first transistor and the second transistor are first conductive type transistors, and the third transistor is
a second conductive type transistor,

wherein the signal processing unit has an electrode integrally including a first conductive type portion as a gate electrode
of the second transistor and a second conductive type portion as a gate electrode of the third transistor, and

an impurity concentration in the first conductive type portion is higher than an impurity concentration in a gate electrode
of the first transistor.

US Pat. No. 9,609,256

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,607,439

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information-processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a line-of-sight direction of an observer who observes a first three-dimensional
virtual object having a first cross section, arranged in a virtual space and having at least one cross section;

an image generation unit configured to generate, based on the line-of-sight direction of the observer and a first normal vector
of the first cross section, a second three-dimensional virtual object having a second cross section, wherein a second normal
vector which is a normal vector of the second cross section is different from the first normal vector;

an output unit configured to output an image of the second three-dimensional virtual object generated by said image generation
unit; and

an operation unit configured to accept an indication from the observer to move the second cross section,
wherein said image generation unit is operable to generate the second three-dimensional virtual object in a state in which
the second cross section is moved by a predetermined distance in a direction of the normal vector of the second cross section
based on an operation by said operation unit,

said operation unit is configured to accept an indication of a first direction, an indication of a second direction opposite
to the first direction, an indication of a third direction perpendicular to the first direction, and an indication of a fourth
direction opposite to the third direction, and

in a case in which an angle ? formed by the line-of-sight direction and a normal direction of the second cross section falls
within a first angle range, said image generation unit is operable to generate the second three-dimensional virtual object
in the state in which the second cross section is moved in a first moving direction based on the indication of the first direction
in said operation unit and to generate the second three-dimensional virtual object in the state in which the second cross
section is moved in a second moving direction opposite to the first moving direction based on the indication of the second
direction in said operation unit,

in a case in which the angle ? falls within a second angle range different from the first angle range, said image generation
unit is operable to generate the second three-dimensional virtual object in the state in which the second cross section is
moved in the second moving direction based on the indication of the first direction in said operation unit and to generate
the second three-dimensional virtual object in the state in which the second cross section is moved in the first moving direction
based on the indication of the second direction in said operation unit,

in a case in which the angle ? falls within a third angle range different from the first angle range and the second angle
range, and a sign of a value of an outer product of a vector of the line-of-sight direction and the normal vector of the second
cross-section is positive, said image generation unit is operable to generate the second three-dimensional virtual object
in the state in which the second cross section is moved in a third moving direction based on the indication of the third direction
in said operation unit and to generate the second three-dimensional virtual object in the state in which the second cross
section is moved in a fourth moving direction opposite to the third moving direction based on the indication of the fourth
direction in said operation unit, and

in a case in which the angle ? falls within the third angle range and the sign of the value of the outer product of the vector
of the line-of-sight direction and the normal vector of the second cross-section is negative, said image generation unit is
operable to generate the second three-dimensional virtual object in the state in which the second cross section is moved in
the fourth moving direction based on the indication of the third direction in said operation unit and to generate the second
three-dimensional virtual object in the state in which the second cross section is moved in the third moving direction based
on the indication of the fourth direction in said operation unit.

US Pat. No. 9,606,425

IMAGING OPTICAL SYSTEM, OPTICAL APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROJECTION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging optical system that images an image on one conjugate surface of an enlargement side conjugate surface and a
reduction side conjugate surface onto the other conjugate surface, the imaging optical system comprising:
in order from the reduction side conjugate surface to the enlargement side conjugate surface,
a refractive optical system; and
a reflective optical system,
wherein the refractive optical system forms an intermediate real image at an intermediate imaging position inside the refractive
optical system,

wherein the reflective optical system includes a convex mirror disposed closest to the enlargement side conjugate surface,
and

wherein the following conditional expression is satisfied:
0.01?|fL/fM|?0.50

where fL is a focal length of the refractive optical system, and fM is a focal length of the reflective optical system.

US Pat. No. 9,609,297

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS PERFORMING EXPOSURE CONTROL AND EXPOSURE CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,602,684

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING REMOTE OPERATION, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that provides an external apparatus accessing the image forming apparatus with a remote operation
screen which is for the external apparatus to remotely control the image forming apparatus, the image forming apparatus comprising:
at least one processor and a memory coupled to the at least one processor, the memory storing instructions that, when executed
by the at least one processor controls

an NFC control unit configured to execute proximity wireless communication and acquire, from an external apparatus brought
close to the image forming apparatus, identification information of the external apparatus;

a determining unit configured to determine, in a case where an access for requesting the remote operation screen occurs, whether
the external apparatus accessing the image forming apparatus matches the external apparatus indicated by the acquired identification
information; and

a providing unit configured to provide, in a case where the determination unit determines that the external apparatus accessing
the image forming apparatus does not match the external apparatus indicated by the acquired identification information, the
external apparatus accessing the image forming apparatus with a login screen which is for the external apparatus to log in
to the remote operation screen, and in a case where the determination unit determines that the external apparatus accessing
the image forming apparatus matches the external apparatus indicated by the acquired identification information, the external
apparatus accessing the image forming apparatus with the remote operation screen instead of the login screen.

US Pat. No. 9,599,879

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH SEMI-TRANSPARENT MIRROR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,602,701

IMAGE-PICKUP APPARATUS FOR FORMING A PLURALITY OF OPTICAL IMAGES OF AN OBJECT, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image-pickup apparatus comprising:
a plurality of imaging optical systems each configured to form an optical image of an object;
an image sensor having image-pickup areas each corresponding to one of the plurality of imaging optical systems and each configured
to photoelectrically convert the optical image formed by a corresponding one of the imaging optical systems;

a memory configured to store a relationship among an output pixel number, a frame rate, and a compound-eye function that is
available with at least two of the imaging optical-systems; and

a controller configured to set, when first setting data is input as setting data of a first item among a plurality of items
including the output pixel number, the frame rate, and the compound-eye function, setting data of remaining items except the
first item in the plurality of items based on any combinations of the plurality of items in which the first item has the first
setting data in the relationship stored in the memory.

US Pat. No. 9,602,713

IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus including an image sensor having a plurality of photoelectric conversion units, and a focus adjustment
unit for performing a phase-difference detection type focus adjustment using a pair of image signals detected by a plurality
of the photoelectric conversion units, the imaging apparatus comprising:
a subtraction unit configured to obtain a second image signal by subtracting a first image signal output from the image sensor
from an addition signal acquired as a sum of the first image signal and the second image signal output from the image sensor
in a case where the pair of the image signals includes the first image signal and the second image signal; and

a suppression unit configured to suppress the first image signal to a value equal to or less than a predetermined value before
subtracting the first image signal from the addition signal.

US Pat. No. 9,599,932

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,599,944

METHOD OF MOUNTING ELECTRONIC PART, CIRCUIT SUBSTRATE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical detector having a circuit substrate comprising:
a light emitting element mounted on the circuit substrate;
a light receiving element mounted on the circuit substrate;
a first land portion to which a first electrode of the light emitting element is soldered;
a second land portion to which the first electrode of the light emitting element is soldered;
a third land portion to which a second electrode of the light emitting receiving element is soldered;
a fourth land portion to which the second electrode of the light emitting receiving element is soldered;
a fifth land portion to which a first electrode of the light receiving element is soldered;
a sixth land portion to which the first electrode of the light receiving element is soldered;
a seventh land portion to which a second electrode of the light receiving element is soldered; and
an eighth land portion to which the second electrode of the light receiving element is soldered; and
a cover member connected to the circuit substrate, configured to cover the light emitting element and the light receiving
element,

wherein the first electrode of the light emitting element and the second electrode of the light receiving element are arranged
on the circuit substrate side by side, wherein a distance between the second land portion and the fifth land portion is greater
than a distance between the first land portion and the second land portion,

wherein a height of solder on the first land portion is higher than a height of solder on the second land portion, a height
of solder on the third land portion is higher than a height of solder on the fourth land portion, a height of solder on the
fifth land portion is higher than a height of solder on the sixth land portion, and a height of solder on the seventh land
portion is higher than a height of solder on the eighth land portion,

wherein the cover member has a first opening and a second opening, and
wherein a light emitted to a member as an emitting object from the light emitting element passes through the first opening,
and a reflected light emitted from the light emitting element passes through the first opening and is reflected by the member
as the emitting object passes through the second opening and is received by the light receiving element.

US Pat. No. 9,599,951

ROLLER, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF CYLINDRICAL SHAFT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A roller provided in a main assembly of an image forming apparatus or provided in a cartridge detachably mountable to the
main assembly, the roller comprising:
a cylindrical shaft supported by the main assembly or the cartridge, wherein the cylindrical shaft includes, in at least one
location on a circumference of the cylindrical shaft, a separation region where a pair of end portions of the cylindrical
shaft are located such that the end portions oppose each other or are in contact with each other with respect to a circumferential
direction relative to the circumference of the cylindrical shaft, and wherein the separation region extends in an axial direction
of the cylindrical shaft; and

a rotatable cylindrical member mounted around an outer circumference of the cylindrical shaft, wherein the rotatable cylindrical
member is rotatable about the cylindrical shaft while an inner peripheral surface of the rotatable cylindrical member is in
contact with an outer peripheral surface of the cylindrical shaft in a region of the cylindrical shaft other than the separation
region with respect to the circumferential direction.

US Pat. No. 9,599,952

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,601,536

SOLID-STATE IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image capturing apparatus comprising:
a first semiconductor region of a first conductivity type provided in a substrate;
a first photoelectric conversion portion and a second photoelectric portion, each disposed in the first semiconductor region,
the first photoelectric conversion portion and the second photoelectric conversion portion being adjacent to each other;

a first portion of the first conductivity type disposed in the first semiconductor region and configured to supply a first
potential to the first semiconductor region; and

two second semiconductor regions, in a cross sectional view including the first photoelectric conversion portion and the second
photoelectric conversion portion, of a second conductivity type, each of the two second semiconductor regions configured to
receive a second potential different from the first potential,

wherein, in a planar view for an upper face of the substrate,
the first portion is disposed between the first photoelectric conversion portion and the second photoelectric conversion portion,
and

one of the two second semiconductor regions is disposed between the first portion and the first photoelectric conversion portion
and the other of the two second semiconductor regions is disposed between the first portion and the second photoelectric conversion
portion.

US Pat. No. 9,599,754

OPTICAL ELEMENT ARRAY AND SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE INCLUDING THE ARRAY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical element arranged in a peripheral portion of an array region in which a plurality of optical elements is disposed,
wherein an outer edge of the optical element, projected on a face including a first direction and a second direction orthogonal
to the first direction, has a first width along the second direction and a second width, along the second direction, arranged
on a side closer to the peripheral portion of the array region than a position where the first width is arranged,
wherein a height of the optical element at the position where the first width is arranged is higher than a height of the optical
element at a position where the second width is arranged, and

wherein a curvature radius of the optical element at a cross section along the second direction gradually increases from the
position where the first width is arranged toward the position where the second width is arranged.

US Pat. No. 9,594,981

IMAGE SEARCH APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,592,683

SHEET SUPPLYING APPARATUS AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,594,738

DISPLAYING CHANGES RELATED TO PAGES LOCATED BEFORE AND AFTER A CURRENTLY DISPLAYED PAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
an editing unit configured to edit an electronic book;
a display control unit configured to control displaying a plurality of pages included in the electronic book on a display
unit in order for editing the electronic book by said editing unit;

an extraction unit configured to extract changes in the electronic book edited by said editing unit; and
a classifying unit configured to classify the changes extracted by said extraction unit into first changes related to pages
before a page displayed on said display unit and second changes related to pages after the page displayed on said display
unit,

wherein said display control unit causes the changes to be displayed on the page displayed on said display unit such that
the changes can be discriminated as any of the first changes or the second changes.

US Pat. No. 9,593,243

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

X represents O, NH, or S; and

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

US Pat. No. 9,593,250

AQUEOUS INK, INK CARTRIDGE AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,595,559

IMAGING DEVICE AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,596,336

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS CONNECTABLE TO EXTERNAL APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus connectable to an external apparatus via first communication unit and second communication unit
different from the first communication unit, comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain device information about the external apparatus from the external apparatus via the
first communication unit;

a connection unit configured to perform connection processing to the external apparatus via the second communication unit
based on the device information; and

a control unit configured to determine an internal state of the communication apparatus and to control a connection to the
external apparatus via the second communication unit in accordance with a determination result,

wherein the control unit changes a determination timing in accordance with a type of the external apparatus determined based
on the device information obtained via the first communication unit, the determination timing is a timing at which the control
unit determines the internal state of the communication apparatus,

wherein the determination timing when the type of the external apparatus is not a handheld device is earlier than the determination
timing when the type of the external apparatus is a handheld device.

US Pat. No. 9,594,314

EXPOSURE APPARATUS, ALIGNMENT METHOD, AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An exposure apparatus configured to expose a pattern on a substrate, the apparatus comprising:
a first detector configured to detect a shape of the substrate;
a first alignment unit configured to conduct a first alignment of the substrate based on a detection result of the first detector;
a second detector configured to detect a mark formed on the substrate that was aligned by the first alignment unit;
a second alignment unit configured to conduct a second alignment of the substrate that was aligned by the first alignment
unit based on a detection result of the second detector; and

a controller,
wherein, in a case where the first alignment of the substrate under a first condition cannot be conducted normally, the controller
is configured to control the first alignment unit so that the first alignment of the substrate under a second condition is
conducted,

wherein the first alignment of the substrate under the first condition enables the second detector to detect the mark in a
first view and the first alignment of the substrate under the second condition enables the second detector to detect the mark
in a second view which is wider than the first view,

wherein, in a case where the first alignment of the substrate was conducted under the first condition, the controller is configured
to control the second alignment unit so that the second alignment of the substrate is conducted based on a detection result
of the second detector which detects the mark in the first view,

and wherein, in a case where the first alignment of the substrate was conducted under the second condition, the controller
is configured to control the second alignment unit so that the second alignment of the substrate is conducted based on a detection
result of the second detector which detects the mark in the second view.

US Pat. No. 9,596,121

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,594,334

HEATER AND IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A heater usable with an image heating apparatus including an electric energy supplying portion provided with a first terminal
and a second terminal, a connector portion electrically connected with the electric energy supplying portion, and an endless
belt for heating an image on a sheet, wherein said heater is contactable to the belt to heat the belt, said heater comprising:
a substrate;
at least one first electrical contact provided on said substrate and electrically connectable with the first terminal through
the connector portion;

a plurality of second electrical contacts provided on said substrate and electrically connectable with the second terminal
through the connector portion;

a plurality of electrode portions including first electrode portions electrically connected with said first electrical contact
and second electrode portions electrically connected with said second electrical contacts, said first electrode portions and
said second electrode portions being arranged alternately with predetermined gaps in a longitudinal direction of said substrate;
and

a plurality of heat generating portions provided between adjacent ones of said electrode portions so as to electrically connect
between adjacent electrode portions, said heat generating portions being capable of generating heat by an electric power supplied
between adjacent electrode portions;

wherein said first electrical contact and said second electrical contacts are all disposed in one end portion side of said
substrate with respect to the longitudinal direction.

US Pat. No. 9,589,319

METHOD, SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR FORMING A HIGH RESOLUTION DEPTH MAP

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of determining a high resolution depth map corresponding to an image of a scene, said method comprising:
receiving the image and an input depth map corresponding to the image;
selecting, from a window region about an image pixel of the image, a plurality of pixels having a substantially similar characteristic
value as the image pixel;

determining a reference depth value for the image pixel from depth values in the input depth map which correspond to each
of the selected pixels;

determining weights for each pixel within the window region based at least on a difference between a depth value corresponding
to each of the selected pixels and the determined reference depth value for the image pixel;

determining a refined depth value for the image pixel from a weighted sum of the depth values corresponding to each of the
selected pixels, said depth values being weighted in accordance with the determined weights; and

determining a high resolution depth map corresponding to the image from the refined depth value.

US Pat. No. 9,587,131

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,588,711

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,588,471

MEMBER FOR ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHY, IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING MEMBER FOR ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A member for electrophotography, comprising:
a substrate;
an elastic layer comprising a silicone rubber, provided on the substrate; and a release layer comprising a fluorine resin,
provided in direct contact with a surface of the elastic layer,

wherein the release layer comprises at least one fluorine resin selected from the group consisting of a tetrafluoroethylene-perfluoro(alkylvinylether)
copolymer (PFA), a tetrafluoroethylene-hexafluoropropylene copolymer (FEP), polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), an ethylene-tetrafluoroethylene
copolymer (ETFE), polychlorotrifluoroethylene (PCTFE), an ethylene-chlorotrifluoroethylene copolymer (ECTFE), and polyvinylidene
fluoride (PVDF),

wherein the elastic layer undergoes a cohesive failure when the release layer is peeled from the elastic layer in accordance
with “Determination of peel strength of bonded assemblies Part 1: 90 degree peel” specified by Japanese Industrial Standards
(JIS) K 6854-1:1999, and

wherein a peak that indicates a bonding state of a fluorine atom is shifted toward a lower energy than a peak of a binding
energy of a —CF2—CF2— skeleton in a narrow scan spectrum obtained by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy focused on an electron state in a 1s orbital
of a fluorine atom in a boundary region between the elastic layer and the release layer in a cross-section of the member for
electrophotography along a thickness direction.

US Pat. No. 9,588,473

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,582,241

CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus for controlling a display apparatus having a backlight of which emission brightness is controlled for
each of a plurality of blocks of a screen, and a display panel which displays an image on the screen by transmitting light
from the backlight, wherein each of the plurality of blocks corresponds to a plurality of pixels being backlit with light
of a common brightness, the control apparatus comprising:
a control unit that sets, in a case of displaying a first image, a plurality of first blocks, and sets, in a case of displaying
a second image formed by enlarging the first image, according to an enlargement ratio of the second image relative to the
first image, a plurality of second blocks of which a size is larger than a size of the first blocks, wherein an enlargement
ratio of a second block relative to a first block is an enlargement ratio that is substantially equal to the enlargement ratio
of the second image relative to the first image, and wherein in a case of displaying the first image, a size of each of the
plurality of first blocks corresponds to a minimum controllable size for the backlight, and in a case of displaying the second
image, the size of each of the plurality of second blocks is greater than the size of each of the plurality of first blocks
by a factor of the enlargement ratio of the second block relative to the first block, and wherein

in a case of displaying the first image, the backlight emits, for each of the plurality of first blocks, light with brightness
according to brightness of each portion of the first image to be displayed in each first block, and

in a case of displaying the second image, the backlight emits, for each of the plurality of second blocks, light with brightness
according to brightness of that portion of the first image which was previously displayed in each first block whose position
in the first image corresponds to position of each second block in the second image.

US Pat. No. 9,568,709

AUTOMATIC FOCUSING APPARATUS AS WELL AS LENS APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM INCLUDING THE AUTOMATIC FOCUSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An automatic focusing apparatus comprising:
a first detector that detects first information based on a signal from a phase difference sensor;
a second detector that detects second information based on a signal from an image pickup element;
a focusing mechanism;
a focus controller that controls the focusing mechanism based on the first information and the second information;
a speed setting unit that sets, in a process obtaining an in-focus state using the focus controller, a driving speed for the
focus controller to drive the focusing mechanism by comparing a threshold value with the second information; and

a threshold value setting unit that sets the threshold value based on third information obtained by the phase difference sensor,
the third information being different from the first information.

US Pat. No. 9,571,547

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,570,632

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE OPTICAL APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,568,854

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CONFIGURED TO EXECUTE REMOVAL CONTROL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member disposed rotatably and configured to bear a latent image;
a first developer bearing member disposed rotatably and bearing developer on its surface to develop the latent image formed
on the image bearing member;

a second developer bearing member disposed rotatably in a same direction as the first developer bearing member and disposed
at a downstream side of the first developer bearing member in a rotary direction of the image bearing member to develop the
latent image developed by the first developer bearing member;

a power supply configured to apply a developing bias to the first developer bearing member and the second developer bearing
member; and

a controller configured to execute a control mode including both a first mode and a second mode to drive the first developer
bearing member and the second developer bearing member during a non-image forming period,

wherein the controller is configured to control a drive of the first developer bearing member and the second developer bearing
member so that the first developer bearing member and the second developer bearing member are driven in the first mode and
configured to control the developing bias and a potential of the image bearing member in the first mode so that a sign of
a value of a DC component of the developing bias in the first mode minus a potential of the image bearing member in the first
mode and a sign of a value of the DC component of the developing bias in an image forming period minus the potential of the
image bearing member at a non-image forming area in the image forming period are the same, and so that a first potential difference
between the DC component of the developing bias in the first mode and the potential of the image bearing member in the first
mode is larger than a second potential difference between the DC component of the developing bias in the image forming period
and the potential of the image bearing member at a non-image forming area in the image forming period,

wherein the controller is configured to control a drive of the first developer bearing member and the second developer bearing
member in the second mode so that the first developer bearing member rotates at a circumferential velocity faster than a circumferential
velocity of the second developer bearing member, and the controller is configured to control a potential difference between
the DC component of the developing bias in the second mode and a potential of the image bearing member in the second mode
so as to be zero.

US Pat. No. 9,568,860

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

19. A developer container comprising:
a frame member configured to store developer and having a first side and a second side that is a backside of the first side
of the frame member; and

a conductive member including resin, wherein the conductive member is configured to detect a developer amount by using capacitance,
wherein a conductive resin first portion of the conductive member is provided along the first side of the frame member to
be in contact with the developer and a conductive resin second portion of the conductive member is provided along the second
side of the frame member,

wherein a conductive resin joint portion of the conductive member is provided to connect the first portion and the second
portion to each other through the frame member, and

wherein the resin in the first portion, the second portion and the joint portion is the same resin.

US Pat. No. 9,568,878

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,569,153

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,571,729

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,569,682

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD TO PERFORM NOISE REDUCTION ON AN IMAGE AND DETERMINE AN OUTPUT PIXEL VALUE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
at least one hardware processor; and
at least one memory coupled to the at least one hardware processor and having stored thereon instructions which, when executed
by the hardware processor, cause the at least one hardware processor to:

perform a noise reduction process on image data including noise to obtain noise reduced image data;
calculating a weighted mean value of each pixel value of a plurality of reference pixels for each target pixel in the noise
reduced image data and

determine an output value of each target pixel by calculating a true value of the target pixel on the basis of a predetermined
correlation to be established among the weighted mean value for each target pixel in the noise reduced image data, a pixel
value of the target pixel in the image data, and a noise reduction parameter.

US Pat. No. 9,571,746

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,571,747

ILLUMINATION APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, AND CAMERA SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,571,494

AUTHORIZATION SERVER AND CLIENT APPARATUS, SERVER COOPERATIVE SYSTEM, AND TOKEN MANAGEMENT METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An authorization server, which authorizes an access request from a client apparatus to a resource server based on a valid
access token received from the client apparatus in association with the request, the server comprising:
a processor;
and a memory storing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the server to execute:
an issuance step of issuing an access token used to access the resource server and a refresh token used to re-issue a new
access token in accordance with an issuance request received from the client apparatus, wherein the refresh token is a first
refresh token that has been issued first based on an authorization request from the client apparatus;

a re-issuance step of re-issuing a new access token and a new refresh token in accordance with a refresh processing request
received together with the refresh token, and storing the refresh token issued by the issuance step so as to re-issue a new
refresh token and access token as initial update authorization information in association with the re-issued access token
and refresh token;

and an invalidation step of invalidating, in accordance with an invalidation request received together with the refresh token,
a refresh token with which the received refresh token is associated as initial update authorization information,

wherein the refresh token received in the invalidation step together with the invalidation request is the first refresh token
issued in the re-issuance step before re-issuance of a refresh token in accordance with an authorization request from the
client apparatus,

and wherein, where the first refresh token is received in the re-issuance step together with the invalidation request after
re-issuance of a new refresh token, both the new refresh token and the first refresh token are invalidated.

US Pat. No. 9,571,750

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus, comprising:
an XY addressing type of image sensor having a plurality of pixels;
a focal plane shutter having a mechanical second curtain shutter configured to perform shielding such that light receiving
in the pixels of the image sensor is suspended in sequence;

an electronic first curtain shutter configured to reset the pixels in each line in sequence before the mechanical second curtain
shutter travels, and to cause accumulation of charges in the pixels to start;

at least one processor; and
a memory storing instructions which cause the at least one processor to perform operations of a detection unit, a period detection
unit, a prediction unit and a control unit, wherein:

the detection unit is configured to detect brightness of light from an object;
the period detection unit is configured to detect periodic variation in a light amount by sampling light from the object for
a certain period of time using the detection unit;

the prediction unit is configured to, based on the period of the variation in the light amount of light from the object detected
by the period detection unit, predict variation in the light amount in a predetermined exposure time; and

the control unit is configured to control a reset time of the electronic first curtain shutter such that charge accumulation
amounts of the pixels of each line fall within a predetermined range according to the variation in the light amount predicted
by the prediction unit.

US Pat. No. 9,569,703

DATA TRANSFER APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,571,756

APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,571,769

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,565,384

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising:
a sensor; and
a control unit configured to control the sensor,
wherein the sensor includes:
a conversion element configured to convert radiation into a signal;
a first reset unit configured to supply a voltage to reset the conversion element;
a holding unit configured to hold a voltage according to a signal from the conversion element;
a second reset unit configured to reset the holding unit;
a first sampling unit configured to sample a signal according to a voltage held by the holding unit; and
a second sampling unit configured to sample a signal according to a voltage held by the holding unit, and
wherein the control unit is configured to control the sensor to alternate a first operation and a second operation, the first
operation being that the first sampling unit samples a first signal according to a voltage held by the holding unit and changed
according to an amount of radiation converted by the conversion element after the holding unit holds a voltage according to
the voltage supplied by the first reset unit to reset the conversion element, and the second operation being that the first
reset unit resets the conversion element after the second sampling unit samples a second signal according to a voltage of
the holding unit being reset in a period in which the second reset unit is resetting the holding unit.

US Pat. No. 9,563,606

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,563,103

IMAGE STABILIZATION APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE STABILIZATION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image stabilization apparatus comprising:
a first optical correction unit;
a second optical correction unit that is arranged at a position different from the first optical correction unit in an optical
axis direction;

a control unit configured to execute a first control mode in which a shake is optically corrected by moving the first optical
correction unit in a direction that is different from an optical axis based on a shake correction signal calculated from output
from a shake detection unit, and in which the second optical correction unit is moved in a direction different from the optical
axis using position information of the first optical correction unit after being moved, and a second control mode in which
a shake is optically corrected by moving, based on the shake correction signal, the first optical correction unit and the
second optical correction unit in a direction that is different from the optical axis, the second optical correction unit
being moved without using position information of the first optical correction unit after being moved; and

an obtaining unit configured to obtain an image shooting condition;
wherein in accordance with the image shooting condition, the control unit switches between the first control mode and the
second control mode.

US Pat. No. 9,565,323

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,563,039

LENS APPARATUS AND OPTICAL APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,564,837

VIBRATION WAVE ACTUATOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,563,823

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MANAGING AN OBJECT EXTRACTED FROM IMAGE DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,558,695

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,560,236

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,557,941

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,557,948

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,557,699

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,555,653

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,557,451

DIFFUSING PLATE HAVING MICROLENS ARRAY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,560,286

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus that includes an image capturing unit and captures an image of an object based on a set time,
the image capturing apparatus comprising:
a first state-changing unit that can change a state of a light emission unit to a first state in which the light emission
unit emits a light corresponding to the image capturing unit capturing an image of an object, and to a second state in which
electric power consumption decreases in comparison with consumption in the first state;

a second state-changing unit that can change an operation state of the image capturing apparatus to a third state in which
the image capturing unit captures an image of an object, and to a fourth state in which electric power consumption decreases
in comparison with consumption in the third state; and

a light emission determining unit configured to determine whether to cause the light emission unit to emit a light for a next
image capture with the image capturing unit,

wherein the first state-changing unit maintains the state of the light emission unit in the second state until the next image
capture when the state of the light emission unit is in the second state and the light emission determining unit determines
not to cause the light emission unit to emit a light, and

wherein the second state-changing unit starts an operation for changing the operation state of the image capturing apparatus
from the third state to the fourth state after a determination with the light emission determining unit when the operation
state of the image capturing apparatus is in the third state and the light emission determining unit determines not to cause
the light emission unit to emit a light, and then the second state-changing unit starts an operation for changing the operation
state of the image capturing apparatus from the fourth state to the third state for the next image capture.

US Pat. No. 9,560,289

IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR RECORDING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,560,299

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,558,549

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
at least a CPU and memory, cooperating to function as:
a shape obtaining unit configured to obtain information indicating a surface shape of a target object;
a determination unit configured to obtain information on a contact region of an imaging surface of an ultrasonic probe, which
is in contact with the target object, and a noncontact region of the imaging surface of the ultrasonic probe which captures
an ultrasonic image of the target object;

a position and orientation obtaining unit configured to obtain information indicating a position and orientation of the ultrasonic
probe at the time of capturing; and

an alignment unit configured to estimate deformation of the target object based on the information indicating the surface
shape, the information on the contact region and the noncontact region, and the information indicating the position and orientation,
and align the surface shape with an ultrasonic image obtained by using the ultrasonic probe, wherein

the determination unit is configured to obtain the information on the contact region and the noncontact region by determining
whether each position in a plurality of positions on the imaging surface of the ultrasonic probe is in a contact state or
in a noncontact state at the time of capturing,

the alignment unit is configured to switch an alignment method based on the information on the contact region and the noncontact
region which indicates the contact state or the noncontact state for each position of the plurality of positions.

US Pat. No. 9,559,136

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD, AND PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,557,628

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,558,423

OBSERVER PREFERENCE MODEL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A computer implemented method for determining at least one parameter of an image process to be applied to a target image
to form a transformed image, the method comprising the steps of:
receiving the target image to be processed using the image process, the target image being associated with a salience map
determined for the target image;

receiving a content masking map associated with the target image, the content masking map comprising at least one metric corresponding
to a degree of visual perceptibility of changes to the target image arising from the image transform being applied to the
target image;

combining the salience map and the content masking map to determine a distribution of a set of preference measures with respect
to the image transform, at least one of the preference measures being associated with an intermediate preference with respect
to two other preferences; and

determining the at least one parameter of the image process in accordance with the determined distribution of the preference
measures.

US Pat. No. 9,560,232

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,560,233

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,553,474

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power supply apparatus comprising:
a wireless power supply unit configured to wirelessly supply power to an external device, wherein in a case where each of
a plurality of external devices is a power supply target, the wireless power supply unit switches a power supply destination
and supplies power in sequence;

an acquisition unit configured to acquire, from the external device, mode information indicating whether the external device
is in a first charging mode or a second charging mode different from the first charging mode

a storing unit configured to store time information indicating a supply time corresponding to the first charging mode and
a supply time corresponding to the second charging mode, wherein the supply time corresponding to the second charging mode
is longer than the supply time corresponding to the first charging mode; and

a specifying unit configured to specify a supply time for power supply to the external device based on the mode information
acquired by the acquisition unit and the time information stored by the storing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,551,972

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a transfer portion transferring a toner image onto a sheet;
a fixing portion fixing, by using heat, the toner image which has been transferred by the transfer portion onto the sheet;
a discharge path guiding, to a discharge port, the sheet on which the toner image has been fixed by the fixing portion;
a branch path branched from the discharge path;
a rotator pair provided on the branch path and conveying the sheet; and
a control portion configured to start to rotate the rotator pair at a predetermined timing after starting an operation of
consecutively discharging the sheets to the discharge port through the discharge path without passing through the branch path.

US Pat. No. 9,550,693

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING OPTICAL ELEMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing an optical element, comprising:
in a heating process, heating a phosphate-based glass containing Bi2O3 in a proportion of 10 mass % or higher and 30 mass % or lower to a first temperature, the first temperature ranging from a
temperature at which the glass viscosity is log ?=9 [dPa·sec] to a temperature at which the glass viscosity is 10 [dPa·sec],

in a pressing process, pressing the heated glass with an upper mold and a lower mold at the glass viscosity of log ?=9 [dPa·sec]
to 10 [dPa·sec] at a first pressure, the first pressure being in the range of 10 MPa or higher and 100 MPa or lower,

in a pressure holding process, holding the glass pressed in the pressing process with the upper mold and the lower mold at
a second pressure, the pressure holding process comprising a first period where the second pressure is held at the first temperature
and a second period where the second pressure is held while and cooling the glass to a second temperature, the second temperature
ranging from a temperature that the heated glass is pressed at the viscosity of log ?=9 [dPa·sec] in the pressing process
to a temperature at which the glass viscosity is log ?=12 [dPa·sec],

in a cooling process, after the pressure holding process, cooling the pressed glass, and in an extracting process, extracting
the cooled glass from the upper mold and the lower mold,

wherein from a time of bringing the glass into contact with a pressing surface of the mold to a time of the glass reaching
the second temperature, one of the first pressure and the second pressure is applied to the glass, and

wherein the second pressure is equal to or higher than a critical pressure of oxygen and equal to or lower than 10 MPa.

US Pat. No. 9,552,537

COLOR CONVERSION METHOD AND PROFILE GENERATION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A color process method comprising:
setting a gray chromaticity point for converting a black and white signal into a monochrome signal having a chromatic tincture,
the gray chromaticity point being set by designating a color using a two-dimensional color map in which color thereof changes
in both of the two dimensions; and

converting the black and white signal into the monochrome signal having the chromatic tincture wherein a gray chromaticity
point of the monochrome signal having the chromatic tincture matches the set gray chromaticity point,

wherein, in setting the gray chromaticity point, the designated color is identical to a color corresponding to the set gray
chromaticity point, and the set gray chromaticity point controls a color on a gray line in a color plane between a black point
of the monochrome signal and the set gray chromaticity point.

US Pat. No. 9,552,641

ESTIMATION OF SHIFT AND SMALL IMAGE DISTORTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

wherein the one-dimensional filter comprises complex kernel values.

US Pat. No. 9,539,831

PRINTING APPARATUS, CONVEYANCE APPARATUS, AND CONVEYANCE CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,544,512

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF READING OUT PIXEL SIGNALS FROM AN IMAGE SENSOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor including a pixel region in which a plurality of pixels are arranged in a row direction and a column direction,
and readout circuit configured to read out pixel signals from the plurality of pixels; and

a controller configured to select one of a thinning readout mode in which the pixel signals are read out from the plurality
of pixels while thinning out the plurality of pixels and a combining readout mode in which the pixel signals of the plurality
of pixels are combined and read out, and to control the readout circuit to read out the pixel signals in the selected readout
mode,

wherein the controller controls the readout circuit to read out the pixel signals in the combining readout mode in a case
where a sensitivity is equal to or lower than a predetermined sensitivity, and to read out the pixel signals in the thinning
readout mode in a case where the sensitivity is higher than the predetermined sensitivity.

US Pat. No. 9,544,515

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an exposure period setting unit configured to adjust start and end timings for accumulating electric charge at an image pickup
element on unit area basis to set an exposure period of each unit area thereof;

a control unit configured to control a rate for reading the signal by said image pickup element;
a generating unit configured to generate an image based on the signal read by the image pickup element, for each frame;
a detecting unit configured to detect an image of which has a band-like gap in brightness from among the images generated
by said generating unit;

a setting unit configured to set a mode for the image pickup apparatus;
wherein said control unit is configured to change the rate in accordance with the exposure period set by said exposure period
setting unit, in the case where the mode set by said setting unit is a compensating mode for compensating the band-like gap
in brightness in the image of the frame detected by said detecting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,544,518

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM WITH AD CONVERTER OUTPUTTING IMAGE DATA AT FIRST RESOLUTION IN A CASE WHERE PIXEL SIGNALS ARE NOT HIGHER THAN THRESHOLD LEVEL AND AT SECOND RESOLUTION IN A CASE WHERE PIXEL SIGNALS ARE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a plurality of pixels;
a readout circuit configured to read out pixel signals from the pixels;
an AD converter configured to provide the pixel signals with an AD conversion so as to output image data; and
a controller configured to control the AD converter so that the AD converter outputs the image data at a first resolution
in a case where the pixel signals are not higher than a threshold level, and outputs the image data at a second resolution
lower than the first resolution in a case where the pixel signals are higher than the threshold level,

wherein the controller changes the threshold level depending on a predetermined condition.

US Pat. No. 9,544,529

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,544,572

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

17. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire image data representing images viewed from a plurality of different viewpoints;
a first input unit configured to input a first user instruction indicating an in-focus position of a refocused image for generating
the refocused image, wherein the in-focus position is a position to be in focus in an image and the refocused image is an
image in which the in-focus position of the image represented by the image data is changed; and

a display unit configured to display an image region corresponding to the in-focus position in the image represented by the
image data in such a manner that this image region is more emphasized than a different region from the image region in the
image according to the first user instruction.

US Pat. No. 9,543,340

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion device comprising:
a pixel including a transfer transistor transferring signal charges generated in a photoelectric conversion portion from a
charge accumulation region to a floating diffusion region; and

a peripheral transistor forming a peripheral circuit for controlling a read-out operation of a pixel signal based on the signal
charges from the pixel,

wherein a gate electrode of the transfer transistor and the floating diffusion region are separated from each other by a first
distance in a plan view, and

a gate electrode and a drain region of the peripheral transistor are separated from each other by a second distance smaller
than the first distance in a plan view.

US Pat. No. 9,535,485

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that is capable of operating in a first power mode and in a second power mode in which less
power is consumed than in the first power mode, and that communicates at a second communication speed when the image processing
apparatus operates in the second power mode, the image processing apparatus comprising:
a determination unit configured to determine, when the image processing apparatus operating in the second power mode receives
a packet, whether to shift the image processing apparatus to the first power mode with maintaining a communication speed at
the second communication speed or to shift the image processing apparatus to the first power mode with changing the communication
speed from the second communication speed to a first communication speed faster than the second communication speed, based
on information included in a body part of the received packet; and

a controlling unit configured to perform, in accordance with determination by the determination unit, any of first processing
for shifting the image processing apparatus to the first power mode with maintaining the communication speed at the second
communication speed, and second processing for shifting the image processing apparatus with changing the communication speed
from the second communication speed to the first communication speed, wherein

the image processing apparatus that has shifted to the first power mode by the first processing or the second processing performs
processes the received packet, and

at least in a case where the information included in the body part of the received packet indicates IPP printing, the determination
unit determines to shift the image processing apparatus to the first power mode with changing the communication speed from
the second communication speed to the first communication speed.

US Pat. No. 9,535,321

IMPRINT APPARATUS AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus that molds an uncured resin on a substrate using a mold to form a resin pattern on the substrate,
the apparatus comprising:
a measuring device configured to project a light onto the mold and to receive a light scattered by the mold to obtain a measurement
signal based on the received scattered light; and

a controller configured to store a reference signal, an upper limit value and a lower limit value, programmed to cause the
measuring device to obtain the measurement signal, and programmed to output information indicating which one of the upper
limit value and the lower limit value that a discrepancy between the measurement signal and the reference signal exceeds,
wherein the upper limit value is a threshold corresponding to one of a defective convex portion and adhering matter in the
mold, and the lower limit value is a threshold corresponding to the other of the defective convex portion and the adhering
matter.

US Pat. No. 9,535,347

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:
a support;
an undercoat layer on the support, comprising an amine compound (2),

a charge generation layer on the undercoat layer, comprising a charge generating material and said amine compound (2); and
a hole transport layer on the charge generation layer, comprising a hole transporting material.

US Pat. No. 9,535,358

CHARGING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A charging device that charges a photosensitive member, the charging device comprising:
a corona charger including a discharge electrode that discharges electricity when a voltage is applied, shields that are provided
on two respective sides of the discharge electrode, and an open portion that is provided nearer to the photosensitive member
than the discharge electrode is;

a sheet-type shutter movable for opening and closing the open portion;
a fixed member fixed to a leading end of the shutter that is on a downstream side in a direction in which the shutter moves
when the shutter is closed; and

a moving mechanism that holds the fixed member and moves the shutter in a longitudinal direction of the corona charger,
wherein at least a portion of the shutter in the longitudinal direction excluding the leading end to which the fixed member
is fixed is curled in a transverse direction of the shutter such that a central portion bulges, with respect to two ends,
in a thickness direction of the shutter from a front surface that is nearer to the discharge electrode toward a back surface
that is farther from the discharge electrode.

US Pat. No. 9,535,379

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH WARMUP POWER CONTROL AND CONNECTABLE OPTION DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, to which an option device is connectable, for forming a toner image on a recording material,
the image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form an unfixed toner image on the recording material;
a fixing unit, including a heater, configured to fix the unfixed toner image on the recording material;
a temperature detection unit configured to detect a temperature of the fixing unit;
a power control unit configured to control power to be supplied to the heater so that a detected temperature by the temperature
detection unit becomes a target temperature for enabling fixing the unfixed toner image, and to set a maximum power suppliable
to the heater according to a total power to be supplied to the image forming apparatus;

a conveyance unit configured to convey the recording material to the fixing unit; and
a conveyance control unit configured to control the conveyance unit;
a connection detecting unit configured to detect a connection status of the option device to the apparatus; and
a comparison unit configured to compare the maximum power and a threshold power to find which is greater, the comparison unit
setting a different value to the threshold power according to the connection status detected by the connection detecting unit,

wherein in a case where the comparison unit finds that the maximum power is greater than the threshold power in a warm-up
period of the fixing unit, the conveyance control unit controls the conveyance unit such that the conveyance unit conveys
the recording material to the fixing unit, according to a time that has elapsed from a start of supplying power to the heater.

US Pat. No. 9,535,382

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH ATTACHABLE/DETACHABLE DUPLEX UNIT, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus configured to perform one-sided printing without attaching a duplex unit and double-sided printing
using the duplex unit, comprising:
a printing unit configured to print an image on a sheet;
a detector configured to detect whether or not the duplex unit is attached, wherein information corresponding to a first detection
that the duplex unit is attached is stored in a storage unit; and

a controller configured to inhibit performing of one-sided printing by the printing unit based on the information stored in
the storage unit and a current detection by the detector that the duplex unit is not attached.

US Pat. No. 9,535,384

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a printing unit configured to perform a print job for printing pages based on print data;
a receiving unit configure to receive, from a user, an instruction for printing a selected page of the print job additionally
while the print job are performed; and

a print controlling unit configured to control the printing unit to print the pages, wherein the print controlling unit is
configured to control, according to the reception of the instruction, the printing unit to print the selected page and the
pages other than a last page among the pages on conveyed sheets, the last page being printed on a sheet conveyed next to the
conveyed sheets.

US Pat. No. 9,533,851

CONTROL DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING SHEET CONVEYANCE OPERATION DURING PRINTING, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING CONTROL DEVICE, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control device for a printing device having a printing unit and a plurality of feeding sources including a first feeding
source and a second feeding source, the control device comprising:
a detection device configured to detect a position of a fed sheet in a direction intersecting with a conveyance direction
of the sheet; and

a processor configured to set a print start position in the direction intersecting with the conveyance direction based on
the position of the sheet detected by the detection device,

wherein the detection device does not detect the position of the sheet in a case where the sheet is fed from a first feeding
source, and detects the position of the sheet in a case where the sheet is fed from a second feeding source, wherein the first
feeding source and the second feeding source are included in a plurality of feeding sources that are different from each other
in a distance to a printing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,535,389

ROLLER MEMBER, SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A roller member, comprising:
an endless belt elastically deformable, the endless belt configured to convey a sheet; and
a holding unit holding the endless belt, the holding unit including:
a first holding portion being in contact with an inner circumferential surface of the endless belt;
a second holding portion being in contact with an outer circumferential surface of the endless belt and movable with respect
to the first holding portion; and

an engage portion engaging with an engaged portion provided on a rotatable shaft,
wherein the second holding portion includes a first surface abutting with the rotatable shaft in a state in which the engage
portion is engaged with the engaged portion, and a second surface abutting with the rotatable shaft at a position different
from the first surface in a rotation direction of the rotatable shaft in a state in which the engage portion is engaged with
the engaged portion,

wherein the second surface abuts with the rotatable shaft in a state in which the first surface is separated from the rotatable
shaft by an operation of disengaging the engage portion from the engaged portion, and

wherein the second holding portion is moved with respect to the first holding portion, in response to a disengagement of the
engage portion from the engaged portion, by resilient force of the endless belt in a state in which the second holding portion
is in contact with the outer surface of the endless belt.

US Pat. No. 9,534,888

DETECTION APPARATUS, MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, EXPOSURE APPARATUS, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE, AND MEASUREMENT METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A detection apparatus which detects an original mark on an original or an original reference member and a substrate mark
on a substrate or a substrate reference member, the original mark and the substrate mark being arranged via a projection optical
system, the apparatus comprising:
an optical system including an imaging device and configured to form an image of the original mark and an image of the substrate
mark onto the imaging device,

wherein the optical system includes a detection reference member having a first mark and a second mark, and is configured
to:

form an image of the first mark onto the original or the original reference member, and form an image of the second mark onto
the substrate or the substrate reference member via the projection optical system and the original or the original reference
member, and

form an image of the original mark, an image of the substrate mark, an image of the first mark, and an image of the second
mark onto the imaging device.

US Pat. No. 9,529,298

DEVELOPING CARTRIDGE HAVING A FRAME ROTATABLY SUPPORTING A DEVELOPING ROLLER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing cartridge comprising:
a developing roller that develops an electrostatic latent image that is formed on an image bearing member;
a developer regulating member that regulates a thickness of developer carried on the developing roller; and
a frame that rotatably supports the developing roller and supports the developer regulating member,
wherein the frame has a developing roller support section that rotatably supports an outer peripheral surface of at least
one end of the developing roller,

wherein the developing roller support section has a clearance at a position that, when viewed in an axial direction of the
developing roller, overlaps a contact region at which the developing roller is in contact with the image bearing member, and

wherein a lubricant is interposed between the developing roller and the developing roller support section, and the developing
roller support section has a lubricant introduction section in which a clearance that becomes gradually narrower, in a rotation
direction of the developing roller, as approaching a contact section with the outer peripheral surface of the developing roller,
is formed between the developing roller support section and the outer peripheral surface of the developing roller, the lubricant
introduction section being provided upstream of the contact section in the rotation direction.

US Pat. No. 9,529,560

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a determination unit configured to determine whether or not a default device exists among devices that are associated with
a device management application being executed on the information processing apparatus, wherein the default device is set
by a user to any device displayed in a printer folder, and

a display unit configured to display, when it is determined by the determination unit that the default device exists among
the devices which are associated with the device management application, a friendly name of the default device in a device
name display part of the device management application, and configured to display, when it is determined by the determination
unit that no default device exists among the devices which are associated with the device management application, a friendly
name of any one of the devices that are associated with the device management application in the device name display part
of the device management application,

wherein a device management control file is installed in response to installation of a driver corresponding to any one of
the devices to be associated with the device management application, and display contents of the device management application
is determined in accordance with the device management control file.

US Pat. No. 9,529,310

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus comprising:
an electrical energy supplying circuit provided with a first terminal and a second terminal; and
a heater configured to generate heat for heating a toner image on a sheet, said heater comprising,
an elongated substrate,
a first electrical contact provided on said substrate and electrically connected to said first terminal,
a second electrical contact provided on said substrate and electrically connected to said second terminal, said second electrical
contact being electrically isolated from said first electrical contact,

a third electrical contact provided on said substrate and electrically connected said second terminal, said third electrical
contact being electrically isolated from said first electrical contact and said second electrical contact,

a first common electroconductive line provided on said substrate and electrically connected with said first electrical contact,
a second common electroconductive line provided on said substrate and electrically connected with said second electrical contact,
a third common electroconductive line provided on said substrate and electrically connected with said third electrical contact,
a first group of electrodes provided on said substrate and electrically connected with said first common electroconductive
line;

a second group of electrodes provided on said substrate and arranged along a longitudinal direction of said substrate in an
interlacing relationship with said electrodes of said first group, said second group of electrodes including (i) a first sub-group
of electrodes electrically connected with said second common electroconductive line to form a first heating area, and (ii)
a second sub-group of electrodes electrically connected with said third common electroconductive line to form a second heating
area which includes the first heating area and which is wider than the first heating area in the direction together with said
first sub-group of electrodes,

a plurality of heat generating portions provided between adjacent ones of said electrodes so as to electrically connect between
adjacent electrodes, said heat generating portions being capable of generating heat by electric power supplied between adjacent
electrodes, and

a thermal fuse provided on said substrate so as to overlap with the first heating area in the direction.
US Pat. No. 9,529,120

LIGHT-SHIELDING COATING, LIGHT-SHIELDING FILM, AND OPTICAL ELEMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A light-shielding coating comprising:
a resin composition containing at least an epoxy resin, a coloring agent including a dye, and titania fine particles having
an average primary particle diameter of 1 nm or more and 100 nm or less; and

an organic solvent dissolving or dispersing the resin composition,
wherein the concentration of the titania fine particles is 20% by mass or more and 60% by mass or less of the resin composition,
and

wherein the organic solvent contains at least propylene glycol monomethyl ether and propylene glycol monomethyl ether acetate.

US Pat. No. 9,525,209

METHOD, APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR CONTACTLESS POWER SUPPLY AND POWER CONTROL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power supply apparatus comprising:
an antenna unit that is used to wirelessly supply power to a power receiving apparatus;
a matching unit coupled to the antenna unit; and
a control unit that (a) determines whether a value of quality factor is larger than a predetermined value or not before a
process of transmitting a predetermined command to the power receiving apparatus via the antenna unit is performed and after
the antenna unit wirelessly supplies the power to the power receiving apparatus, (b) changes the value of quality factor to
be less than the predetermined value by controlling the matching unit before the process of transmitting the predetermined
command to the power receiving apparatus via the antenna unit is performed and after the antenna unit wirelessly supplies
the power to the power receiving apparatus, when the value of quality factor is larger than the predetermined value, (c) performs
the process of transmitting the predetermined command to the power receiving apparatus via the antenna unit without changing
the value of quality factor to be less than the predetermined value by controlling the matching unit, when the value of quality
factor is not larger than the predetermined value, and (d) after receiving a response from the power receiving apparatus,
increases the quality factor to a value larger than the predetermined value wherein the quality factor is increased regardless
of whether a response is received once a predetermined time period has elapsed.

US Pat. No. 9,525,786

FACSIMILE MACHINE, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A facsimile machine comprising:
a non-transitory memory device;
a processor;
a receiving unit configured to receive a destination from a user;
a determining unit configured to determine a type of the destination received by the receiving unit; and
a connecting unit configured to connect with the destination via a SIP server based on the determining unit determining that
the type of the destination is a telephone number, and to connect with the destination not via a SIP server based on the determining
unit determining that the type of the destination is a SIP URI,

wherein said receiving unit, said determining unit, and said connecting 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. 9,519,971

POSITION AND ORIENTATION MEASUREMENT DEVICE AND POSITION AND ORIENTATION MEASUREMENT METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A position and orientation measurement device that measures a position and orientation of an object to be measured, the
device comprising:
a processor; and
a memory containing instructions that, when executed by the processor, perfom operations as:
a storage unit configured to store a three-dimensional shape model of the object;
a two-dimensional image input unit configured to input a two-dimensional image representing the object;
a distance image input unit configured to input a distance image sensed by a distance sensor, which indicates a distance from
the distance sensor to the object;

an approximate position and orientation input unit configured to input an approximate position and orientation of the object;
and

a position and orientation calculation unit configured to calculate, a first position and orientation of the object by associating
the three-dimensional shape model with the two-dimensional image based on the approximate position and orientation of the
object and thereafter calculate a second position and orientation of the object by associating the three-dimensional shape
model with both the two-dimensional image and the distance image based on the first position and orientation.

US Pat. No. 9,519,232

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, METHOD FOR PRODUCING ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, AND HYDROXYGALLIUM PHTHALOCYANINE CRYSTAL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A hydroxygallium phthalocyanine crystal comprising peaks at Bragg angles 2?±0.2° of 6.9°, 7.7°, 16.4°, 24.4°, and 26.5°
in CuK? X-ray diffraction.

US Pat. No. 9,519,250

HEATER AND IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS, THE HEATER HAVING HEAT GENERATING PORTIONS DISPOSED OFFSET FROM A CENTER LINE OF A SUBSTRATE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A heater usable with an image heating apparatus including an electric energy supplying portion provided with a first terminal
and a second terminal, and an endless belt configured to heat an image on a sheet, wherein said heater is contactable to the
belt to heat the belt, said heater comprising:
a substrate;
a first electrical contact provided on said substrate and electrically connectable with the first terminal;
a plurality of second electrical contacts provided on said substrate and electrically connectable with the second terminal;
a plurality of electrode portions including first electrode portions electrically connected with said first electrical contact
and second electrode portions electrically connected with said second electrical contacts, said first electrode portions and
said second electrode portions being arranged alternately with predetermined gaps in a longitudinal direction of said substrate;

a plurality of heat generating portions provided between adjacent ones of said electrode portions so as to electrically connect
between adjacent electrode portions, said heat generating portions being capable of generating heat by electric power supply
between adjacent electrode portions;

a first electroconductive line portion configured to electrically connect said first electrical contact and said first electrode
portions; and

a second electroconductive line portion configured to electrically connect one of said second electrical contacts and a part
of said second electrode portions;

wherein said heat generating portions are disposed so as to be offset from a center line of said substrate with respect to
a widthwise direction of said substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,521,323

POWER SUPPLY DEVICE HAVING BOOSTING CIRCUIT AND BOOSTING CONTROL APPLICABLE TO ELECTRONIC DEVICES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power supply device comprising:
a first load circuit, including a backlight circuit for a display device having a plurality of light emitting diodes (LEDs),
that operates by a first voltage;

a second load circuit that operates by a second voltage higher than the first voltage;
a boosting circuit that generates the first voltage if the power supply device is in a first driving mode, and generates the
second voltage if the power supply device is in a second driving mode;

a first feedback circuit that connects the first load circuit and the boosting circuit if the power supply device is in the
first driving mode;

a second feedback circuit that connects the first load circuit and the boosting circuit if the power supply device is in the
second driving mode; and

a control unit, including a microprocessor, that causes the first load circuit to operate if the power supply device is in
the first driving mode, and causes the first load circuit and the second load circuit to operate if the power supply device
is in the second driving node,

wherein in the first driving mode,
a detection resistor circuit is selected as a driving circuit for the first load circuit and the first feedback circuit is
selected, and

the boosting circuit performs a boosting operation based on an output of the first load circuit, thereby outputting output
voltage Vout according to a sum of forward voltages Vf of the plurality of LEDs, resulting in the first load circuit being
driven at a constant current; and

wherein in the second driving mode,
a constant-current circuit is selected as a driving circuit for the first load circuit and an output voltage detection circuit
and the second feedback circuit is selected

output voltage Vout of the boosting circuit is determined, and
based on a voltage detected by the output voltage detection circuit, the boosting circuit generates output voltage Vout required
to drive the second load circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,521,333

IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus including an imaging device configured to obtain a plurality of photographed images of different photographing
conditions, the imaging apparatus comprising:
at least one processor; and
at least one memory containing a program that causes the at least one processor to perform a process comprising:
setting photographing conditions of the imaging device;
instructing photographing by the imaging device; and
notifying photographing conditions set by the setting before instructing the photographing,
wherein only a photographing condition of a longest exposure time from among a plurality of photographing conditions for obtaining
the plurality of photographed images is notified before instructing the photographing.

US Pat. No. 9,513,564

EXPOSURE METHOD, EXPOSURE APPARATUS, AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An exposure method of exposing a pattern formed on an original onto a substrate via a projection optical system, the method
comprising the steps of:
setting a first exposure condition for obtaining a first coefficient for predicting a fluctuation in an imaging characteristic
of the projection optical system under the first exposure condition;

determining the first coefficient and a permissible value calculated from aberration measurement reproducibility based on
a fluctuation characteristic model;

calculating a predicted amount of the fluctuation in the imaging characteristic under the first exposure condition based on
the first coefficient;

determining whether or not the predicted amount of the fluctuation is less than the permissible value for each time instant;
obtaining a second coefficient for predicting the fluctuation in the imaging characteristic of the projection optical system
under a second exposure condition at the time at which the predicted amount of the fluctuation is determined to be less than
the permissible value;

calculating the predicted amount of the fluctuation in the imaging characteristic under the second exposure condition based
on the second coefficient; and

exposing the pattern formed on the original onto the substrate based on the first exposure condition corrected based on the
first coefficient or the second exposure condition corrected based on the second coefficient,

wherein the permissible value satisfies the following condition:
A=C×(1/f),

where A represents the permissible value, f represents the aberration measurement reproducibility, and C represents a constant.

US Pat. No. 9,510,751

OCULAR CHARACTERISTIC DEVICE TO ELIMINATE GHOSTING FROM AN IOL DURING CORNEAL CURVATURE MEASUREMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ocular characteristics measuring apparatus, comprising:
a first projecting unit configured to project a light flux onto a cornea of an eye to be examined from the outside of a central
axis of an optical path, the eye having an intraocular lens inserted therein;

a light receiving unit configured to receive a corneal reflection light flux and an intraocular lens reflection light flux
by the first projecting unit;

a calculating unit configured to calculate a cornea surface curvature in accordance with an corneal reflection image received
from the light receiving unit;

a second projecting unit configured to project visible light onto the eye to be examined; and
a control unit configured to
change a light intensity of the visible light projected by the second projecting unit,
increase the light intensity of the visible light projected by the second projecting unit until the intraocular lens reflection
light flux is not received by the light receiving unit or until the corneal reflection image does not overlap with an intraocular
lens reflection image received from the light receiving unit.

US Pat. No. 9,513,860

DISPLAY APPARATUS, PRINT CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display system comprising:
a display unit configured to display a screen including a first display region in which a plurality of images are displayed
one by one and a second display region in which a plurality of preview images, of a plurality of images selected by a user
from among the plurality of images which have been displayed in the first display region, are arranged; and

a print control unit configured to control a printing unit to perform printing based on image data corresponding to at least
one image selected by a user from among the plurality of preview images arranged in the second display region.

US Pat. No. 9,516,191

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus capable of communicating with an external apparatus via a network, the image processing apparatus
comprising:
a receiving unit configured to receive image data;
a registering unit configured to register a transfer setting containing an identification (ID) for identifying destination
information stored in the external apparatus to transfer the image data received by the receiving unit;

an acquisition unit configured to acquire, via the network from the external apparatus, the destination information corresponding
to the ID contained in the transfer setting registered by the registering unit;

a transfer unit configured to transfer the image data received by the receiving unit using the destination information acquired
by the acquisition unit; and

a control unit configured to invalidate the transfer setting registered by the registering unit in a case where the acquisition
unit cannot acquire the destination information due to a fact that the destination information corresponding to the ID is
not stored in the external apparatus,

wherein the control unit does not invalidate the transfer setting registered by the registering unit in a case where the acquisition
unit cannot acquire the destination information due to a communication error with the external apparatus,

wherein at least one of the receiving unit, the registering unit, the acquisition unit, the transfer unit, and the control
unit is implemented by a processor and a memory.

US Pat. No. 9,516,458

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH NFC TAG, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus equipped with an NFC tag that is capable of performing short-range wireless communication with
a mobile terminal, comprising:
a first writing unit configured to write, in the NFC tag, access information for the mobile terminal to access the communication
apparatus;

an acquisition unit configured to acquire, in a case where the mobile terminal accesses the communication apparatus based
on the access information, identification information for identifying an OS (Operating System) of the mobile terminal, from
the mobile terminal;

a determination unit configured to determine the OS of the mobile terminal based on the identification information; and
a second writing unit configured to write application information associated with the OS determined by the determination unit,
in the NFC tag.

US Pat. No. 9,516,213

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an acquiring unit configured to acquire pixel signals in which light fluxes from a subject are stored, each pixel signal being
such that a pixel has stored a pupil-divided light flux obtained by performing pupil division on the light flux incident on
a region that is associated with that pixel;

a determination unit configured to determine, with respect to pixels of the pixel signals that are associated with a predetermined
region, whether or not a pixel value of each pixel satisfies a predetermined relationship to a pixel value of a pixel having
stored another light flux from the same subject as that of that pixel of the pixel signals; and

a detection unit configured to detect that there is an external factor that varies the pixel value in the predetermined region
if the pixels of the pixel signals that are associated with the predetermined region include a predetermined number or more
of pixels that are determined to satisfy the predetermined relationship by the determination unit.

US Pat. No. 9,516,324

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image-capturing unit configured to acquire RAW image data indicating a pre-development image from an image signal that
was captured by an image sensor;

recording unit configured to encode the RAW image data by a predetermined encoding method and record the encoded RAW image
data in a recording medium;

a developing unit configured to read out the encoded RAW image data from the recording medium and develop the read encoded
RAW image data; and

a control unit configured to compare an amount of the encoded RAW image data that was recorded in a shooting time period by
the image-capturing unit with an amount of the encoded RAW image data that was read out from the recording medium so as to
be used in development by the developing unit, and to control an encoding method by which the RAW image data is encoded according
to a comparison result.

US Pat. No. 9,511,493

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a memory configured to store a program; and
a processor that executes the program to implement:
an arrangement unit configured to arrange a virtual object corresponding to a structural member in a virtual space corresponding
to a working space of a robot system;

a first acquisition unit configured to acquire a plurality of the virtual space images, different in arrangement of the virtual
object from one another, in the virtual space which corresponds to a captured image and in which the virtual object is arranged;

a second acquisition unit configured to acquire, without an instruction of an operator of the information processing apparatus,
a plurality of evaluation values each corresponding a respective one of the plurality of the virtual space images, each evaluation
value indicating an amount of adaptability of arrangement of the virtual object to the work of the robot system based on the
virtual space image; and

a selection unit configured to select an optimum evaluation value optimally suitable for the work of the robot system, from
among the plurality of the evaluation values, by determining a respective difference value between a reference value and each
of the plurality of evaluation values, and selecting as the optimum evaluation value an evaluation value having a smallest
difference value.

US Pat. No. 9,505,941

INK, INK CARTRIDGE, AND INKJET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for inhibiting burnt deposit on an inkjet recording head comprising a step of discharging an ink by an action
of thermal energy from the recording head,
wherein the ink contains self-dispersing carbon black, a polyurethane polymer, and an acryl polymer,
wherein the self-dispersing carbon black is at least one of a (i) carbon black in which a phthalic acid group is bonded to
the surface of the carbon black, and (ii) a carbon black in which —C6H4—CONH—CH(PO3M2)2 group (M represents a hydrogen atom, an alkali metal, ammonium, or organic ammonium) is bonded to the surface of the carbon
black,

wherein an acid value of the polyurethane polymer is 40 mg KOH/g or more, and
wherein an acid value of the acryl polymer is 100 mg KOH/g or more to 200 mg KOH/g or less.

US Pat. No. 9,509,876

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a reading unit configured to convey a sheet, and read an image on the sheet to generate image data;
a printing unit configured to print adjustment images;
a detecting unit configured to detect the end of the sheet based on adjustment image data generated by the reading unit reading
the adjustment images printed on the sheet by the printing unit;

an obtaining unit configured to obtain an amount of shift in the printing position based on the end of the sheet detected
by the detecting unit and the adjustment image data;

a print controlling unit configured to control, based on the amount of shift in the printing position obtained by the obtaining
unit, the printing unit to print an image on the sheet; and

a designating unit configured to designate whether to cause the reading unit to convey the sheet and read the adjustment images
printed on the sheet while the sheet on which the adjustment images are printed is conveyed, or configured to designate whether
to cause the reading unit to read the adjustment images printed on the sheet without conveying the sheet on which the adjustment
images are printed,

wherein the adjustment images include a first adjustment image formed on an edge region of the sheet and a second adjustment
image formed on a region different from the region where the first adjustment image is formed,

wherein the printing unit prints the adjustment images in a case where it is designated by the designating unit to cause the
reading unit to convey the sheet and read the adjustment images printed on the sheet while the sheet on which the adjustment
images are printed is conveyed, and

wherein the printing unit does not print the first adjustment image in a case where it is designated by the designating unit
to cause the reading unit to read the adjustment images printed on the sheet without conveying the sheet on which the adjustment
images are printed.

US Pat. No. 9,509,878

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a reconfigurable circuit on which a plurality of logic circuits are configured dynamically;
a storage unit configured to store first circuit configuration information for configuring a parameter holding circuit which
holds a parameter and second circuit configuration information for configuring a data processing circuit which performs image
processing on image data using the parameter held by the parameter holding circuit;

a configuration controller configured to configure the parameter holding circuit on the reconfigurable circuit using the first
circuit configuration information stored in the storage unit, and configure the data processing circuit on the reconfigurable
circuit using the second circuit configuration information stored in the storage unit; and

a setting controller configured to set a parameter in the parameter holding circuit for which the configuration has been completed,
wherein the parameter is held by the parameter holding circuit so as to be used for the image processing by the data processing
apparatus,

wherein the configuration controller initiates the configuration of the parameter holding circuit and initiates, after completing
the configuration of the parameter holding circuit, the configuration of the data processing circuit,

wherein the setting controller sets the parameter in the parameter holding circuit while the configuration controller executes
the configuration of the data processing circuit, and

wherein the configuration controller is implemented using at least one CPU and a memory.

US Pat. No. 9,501,016

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a sensor;
a control unit configured to calculate a distance between the image forming apparatus and a human located around the image
forming apparatus based on a detection result of the sensor; and

a power control unit configured to return the image forming apparatus to a first power state from a second power state in
which power consumption is lower than power consumption in the first power state, based on a distance at a first time being
longer than a distance at a second time, the second time being later than the first time, and a change amount of a distance
in a time period between the first time and the second time being greater than or equal to a predetermined amount.

US Pat. No. 9,501,019

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of controlling an image processing apparatus, comprising:
storing a plurality of determination tables corresponding to a plurality of halftone processing resolutions, which are different
from each other, respectively;

performing halftone processing for an image and generating a halftone processed image;
obtaining a resolution of the halftone processing;
selecting, by using at least the obtained resolution of the halftone processing, a determination table corresponding to the
resolution of the halftone processing from among the stored plurality of determination tables; and

predicting, by using the selected determination table, a printing material consumption amount for the halftone processed image.

US Pat. No. 9,494,918

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that is transportable in a state in which a cartridge that is detachably attached to a main
body of the image forming apparatus is mounted, the image forming apparatus comprising:
an opening and closing member that is able to be opened and closed when the cartridge is attached and detached;
a restricting member configured to prevent the cartridge, which is inserted through an opening portion of the main body, from
being inserted to an image forming position at which the cartridge performs image forming, the opening portion being formed
by an opening of the opening and closing member;

a driving unit configured to move the restricting member; and
a pressing unit configured to press the cartridge in a direction in which the cartridge is mounted at the image forming position,
wherein the cartridge is, when the image forming apparatus is transported, fixed at a transportation position which is different
from the image forming position so as to be urged to the restricting member by the pressing unit, and

wherein the restricting member is, when the image forming apparatus is used, moved to a retracted position by the driving
unit and the cartridge is movable to the image forming position.

US Pat. No. 9,488,211

FASTENED STRUCTURE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A fastened structure comprising:
a first member provided with a female screw portion;
a second member provided with an opening;
a male screw fastening said first member and said second member with each other and including a male screw portion, and a
head portion having a bearing surface, wherein the male screw portion is threaded in the female screw portion of said first
member through the opening of said second member; and

a substantially circular folded portion formed by folding back the second member in the direction toward the bearing surface
and including a curved surface defining the opening and a free end having a first edge that is formed on a first surface of
said second member, said first edge biting into the bearing surface of said male screw, and a second edge that is formed on
a second surface of said second member opposite from the first surface, said second edge not biting into the bearing surface
of said male screw,

wherein the free end is folded back toward an outside of said male screw portion with respect to a radial direction so that
a contact angle formed between said first surface and the bearing surface is an acute angle.

US Pat. No. 9,489,714

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

2. An information processing method, comprising:
obtaining information regarding sizes of display screens of a plurality of display terminals that displays reflow format document
data, the document data including a font with a set font size;

determining a main terminal from among the plurality of display terminals based on the sizes of the display screens of the
plurality of display terminals;

determining a reference unit, which is used for dividing the document data into a plurality of pages, based on the size of
the display screen of the main terminal and a reference character size of the main terminal;

determining a unit of display, which is used for dividing the document data into a plurality of pages, for each of the plurality
of display terminals, wherein an integral multiple of the determined reference unit is determined as a unit of display for
a display terminal which has a size of display screens larger than the size of the display screen of the main terminal, and
wherein an integral submultiple of the determined reference unit is determined as a unit of display for a display terminal
which has a size of display screens smaller than the size of the display screen of the main terminal;

generating style information for each of the plurality of display terminals based on the unit of display determined for each
of the plurality of display terminals; and

transmitting the document data and the style information generated for each of the display terminals to each of the display
terminals.

US Pat. No. 9,481,190

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus having a first wireless communication unit and a second wireless communication unit
which is capable of performing higher speed communication than the first wireless communication unit, the information processing
apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire communication information from an image forming apparatus using the first wireless
communication unit, wherein the image forming apparatus prints using a sheet in a feed tray of the image forming apparatus;

a determination unit configured to determine a sheet attribute that is used to perform printing based on an attribute of print;
a communication control unit configured to cause the second wireless communication unit to establish communication with the
image forming apparatus using the acquired communication information; and

a transmission unit configured to transmit print target data to the image forming apparatus via the established communication,
wherein sheet information for the feed tray is stored in the image forming apparatus,
wherein, if the sheet attribute determined by the determination unit corresponds to the sheet information for the feed tray
stored in the image forming apparatus, printing is performed, and

wherein if the sheet attribute determined by the determination unit does not correspond to the sheet information for the feed
tray stored in the image forming apparatus, the sheet information for the feed tray being stored in the image forming apparatus
and an option corresponding to a print cancellation are displayed in a display area, and then processing based on an instruction
input via the display area is performed.

US Pat. No. 9,470,993

MAGNETIC TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A magnetic toner comprising a magnetic toner particle containing a binder resin and a magnetic member, and an inorganic
fine particle “a” and an organic-inorganic composite fine particle, wherein
the magnetic toner has
(i) a true specific gravity of 1.40 g/cm3 or more and 1.70 g/cm3 or less, and

(ii) a saturation magnetization at a magnetic field of 796 kA/m of 10 Am2/kg or more and 20 Am2/kg or less,

the inorganic fine particle “a” is a metal oxide having a volume resistivity of 1.0×103 ?·cm or more and 1.0×108 ?·cm or less, and

the organic-inorganic composite fine particle comprises
a resin particle, and
an inorganic fine particle “b” embedded in the resin particle, and
the organic-inorganic composite fine particle has a true specific gravity of 1.50 g/cm3 or more and 1.75 g/cm3 or less.

US Pat. No. 9,468,374

OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmologic apparatus comprising:
an image acquiring unit configured to acquire a plurality of fundus images of an eye to be inspected, at different times;
a processing unit configured to extract at least one characteristic region in a region other than a partial region having
a predetermined width from a peripheral portion in at least one fundus image among the plurality of fundus images; and

a measurement unit configured to measure a movement of the eye by using the at least one characteristic region.

US Pat. No. 9,468,375

IMAGING METHOD AND IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging method for taking an image of an object to be inspected from reflected light obtained by irradiating the object
to be inspected with measuring light, in which an aberration generated in the object to be inspected, when the image is taken,
is corrected by an aberration correction unit, the imaging method comprising the repeatedly performed steps of:
measuring an amount of the aberration generated in the object to be inspected;
comparing (a) a prior aberration amount, measured by measuring an amount of the aberration, with (b) a subsequent aberration
amount that is subsequent in time sequence;

storing, in a storage unit, (a) a control state of the aberration correction unit at a time of measuring the amount of the
aberration, in association with (b) a corresponding amount of the aberration; and

correcting the aberration by controlling the aberration correction unit in accordance with the measured amount of the aberration,
wherein the storing is performed when the subsequent aberration amount is equal to or smaller than the prior aberration amount,
and

wherein the aberration corresponding to the subsequent aberration amount is corrected by the aberration correction unit in
the control state stored in the storage unit when the subsequent aberration amount is larger than the prior aberration amount.

US Pat. No. 9,471,842

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a read image which has been obtained by reading a plurality of originals by a reading
apparatus and includes an original region corresponding to each of the plurality of originals;

a specifying unit configured to specify a plurality of objects as a group of objects each of which corresponds to a group
of pixels having luminance values smaller than a predetermined luminance value in the read image acquired by said acquisition
unit; and

a tilt determination unit configured to determine a first tilt of a first group of objects and a second tilt of a second group
of objects specified by said specifying unit;

a distance determination unit configured to determine a distance between the first group of objects and the second group of
objects;

a decision unit configured to decide a candidate region corresponding to each of the plurality of originals based on the first
tilt and the second tilt determined by said tilt determination unit and the distance determined by said distance determination
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,462,997

SUBJECT INFORMATION ACQUISITION APPARATUS AND SUBJECT INFORMATION ACQUISITION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,456,742

OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmologic apparatus, comprising:
a tomographic image acquiring unit configured to acquire a tomographic image of a fundus of an eye to be inspected, the tomographic
image being a two-dimensional image including a depth direction of the fundus of the eye to be inspected;

an evaluation index calculation unit configured to calculate an image evaluation index of the tomographic image;
a tilt calculation unit configured to calculate a tilt of a first tomographic image acquired by the tomographic image acquiring
unit;

a relative position changing unit configured to change a relative position between the tomographic image acquiring unit and
the eye, by relatively moving the tomographic image acquiring unit in a plane perpendicular to an optical axis of the tomographic
image acquiring unit, based on the tilt of the first tomographic image, so as to reduce the tilt of a second tomographic image
acquired by the tomographic image acquiring unit, wherein the second tomographic image is acquired after the first tomographic
image is acquired; and

a display control unit configured to cause a display unit to display information that the relative position is changed by
the relative position changing unit,

wherein the tilt of the second tomographic image is reduced such that the image evaluation index of the second tomographic
image is greater than the image evaluation index of the first tomographic image.

US Pat. No. 9,459,544

HYDROXYGALLIUM PHTHALOCYANINE CRYSTAL, ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A hydroxygallium phthalocyanine crystal having peaks at Bragg angles 2?±0.2° of 7.5°, 9.9°, 25.2°, and 28.3° as determined
by X-ray diffraction with Cu K? radiation,
wherein the intensity of the peak at a Bragg angle 2?±0.2° of 9.9° is higher than the intensity of the peak at a Bragg angle
2?±0.2° of 7.5°.

US Pat. No. 9,460,061

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A print system comprising:
a user device; and
a print server which communicates with the user device via a network, wherein the print server comprises:
an interpretation unit configured to interpret an HTML of a webpage that is displayed by a web browser of the user device,
and that is transmitted from the user device together with a print request;

a script transmission unit configured to transmit a script that causes acquisition of external data to the user device, in
the case where the external data could not be acquired when acquiring the external data in accordance with an external data
reference command that is contained in the HTML obtained as a result of the interpretation; and

a generation unit configured to acquire external data from the user device who acquired the external data by running the script
received from the print server, and to generate printing data corresponding to a webpage displayed by a web browser of the
user device based on the acquired external data and the HTML,

wherein the interpretation unit, the script transmission unit, and the generation unit are implemented by a processor and
a memory.

US Pat. No. 9,459,819

METHOD, APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR ASSOCIATING AN INTERMEDIATE FILL WITH A PLURALITY OF OBJECTS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of rendering a plurality of objects, the method comprising:
receiving a display list representation comprising a first display list object associated with a first fill and a first path,
and a second display list object associated with a second fill and a second path;

determining a bounding region of a shared fill based on the first fill, wherein a size of the bounding region is affected
by a complexity measure of at least one of the first object and the first fill;

associating the first display list object with the shared fill by setting the first fill of the first display list object
to the shared fill;

updating the shared fill using the second fill in response to determining if the second fill is compatible with the first
fill and the second fill is: (a) contained within the bounding region, and (b) non-overlapping with the first fill;

associating the second display list object with the updated shared fill, the updated shared fill being shared, in the display
list representation, by the first display list object and the second display list object; and

rendering the first object and the second object using the first path and the second path associated with the updated shared
fill.

US Pat. No. 9,459,584

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,462,247

IMAGE PROCESSING AND WHITE BALANCE CONTROLLING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a processor performing the functions of a calculation unit, an estimation unit, and a white balance control unit wherein;
the calculation unit calculates a color evaluation value of each of blocks of an image obtained by capturing an object,
the estimation unit estimates, based on a shape of a distribution pattern of the calculated color evaluation values on a color
space, a depth of water at which the captured object is positioned; and

the white balance control unit performs white balance control using a white balance correction value determined in accordance
with the depth of water estimated by said estimation unit.

US Pat. No. 9,452,608

INK, INK CARTRIDGE AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink comprising:
a polyurethane polymer that has units respectively derived from a polyisocyanate, a polyether polyol having no acid group,
and a diol having an acid group, and has an acid value of from 40 mg KOH/g to 140 mg KOH/g, the polyurethane polymer having
a non-crosslinked structure;

a carbon black; and
at least one antioxidant selected from the group consisting of a compound represented by the following general formula (1),
a compound represented by the following general formula (2) and a compound represented by the following general formula (3):

wherein R1 is an alkyl group having 1 to 20 carbon atoms;
wherein R2 is a methylene group or an ethylene group; and
wherein R3 is an alkyl group having 1 to 16 carbon atoms.

US Pat. No. 9,453,961

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an imaging optical system;
an image pickup device; and
an optical fiber bundle constituted by a plurality of optical fibers configured to guide light from the imaging optical system
to the image pickup device,

wherein
a light incident surface of the optical fiber bundle is a concave surface with respect to the imaging optical system,
an optical fiber distant from an optical axis of the imaging optical system among the plurality of optical fibers satisfies
the following Expression:


where ? is an inclination angle of the optical fiber with respect to the optical axis of the imaging optical system, ? is
an inclination angle of the light incident surface of the optical fiber with respect to the optical axis of the imaging optical
system, ? is an angle, with respect to the optical axis of the imaging optical system, of a principal ray from the imaging
optical system incident on the optical fiber, N1 is a refractive index of a core of the optical fiber, and N2 is a refractive
index of a clad of the optical fiber.

US Pat. No. 9,451,692

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A print element substrate comprising:
a substrate including a first region and a second region;
a printing portion formed on the first region and configured to print by supplying thermal energy to a liquid;
a first wiring pattern including:
a first portion formed on the first region, the first portion being in contact with the printing portion and having a first
side surface that is inclined against a perpendicular line, which is a line perpendicular to an upper surface of the substrate,

a second portion formed on the second region where the printing portion is not provided, the second portion having a second
side surface that is inclined against the perpendicular line, and

a third portion formed on the second region, the third portion having a third side surface, wherein an angle between the third
side surface and the perpendicular line is smaller than an angle between

the second side surface of the second portion and the perpendicular line;
an insulating film formed on the first region and on the second region, the insulating film covering the printing portion
and the first, second, and third portions of the first wiring pattern;

a cavitation-resistant film formed on the insulating film in the first region and including a conductive material; and
a second wiring pattern electrically isolated from at least part of the cavitation-resistant film,
wherein the insulating film includes:
a first insulating portion covering the second portion and having a side surface inclined correspondingly to the second side
surface of the second portion, and

a second insulating portion covering the third portion and having a side surface corresponding to the third side surface of
the third portion,

wherein an angle between the side surface of the first insulating portion and the perpendicular line is different from an
angle between the side surface of the second insulating portion and the perpendicular line, and

wherein the second wiring pattern is provided on the first insulating portion and extends across the second portion of the
first wiring pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,446,592

LIQUID EJECTION CARTRIDGE AND LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:
a liquid ejection section including an element substrate having ejection ports for ejecting liquid, an electrical wiring substrate
connected to a contact of the liquid ejection apparatus to transmit signals to the element substrate, a liquid feed pipe to
be connected to a loaded liquid tank to supply liquid from the liquid tank to the ejection ports, and an electrical connector
member to be electrically connected to the electrical wiring substrate, the electrical connector member being arranged at
the liquid tank when the liquid tank is loaded;

a liquid tank loading section including a containing space for containing the liquid tank storing liquid to be supplied to
the element substrate and a lock member having an engaging part for engaging with a holding part of the liquid tank; and

fixation means for rigidly securing the liquid ejection section and the liquid tank loading section in position, wherein
the liquid ejection section includes a positioning pin to be engaged with a corresponding positioning hole of the liquid tank
and the positioning pin is located between the electrical connector member and the liquid feed pipe.

US Pat. No. 9,446,923

SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveying apparatus comprising:
a pair of rollers which includes an upper roller and a lower roller and conveys a sheet in a sheet conveying direction and
in a nipping manner;

a driving unit which independently drives the upper roller and the lower roller;
a conveying unit which is disposed upstream of the pair of rollers with respect to the sheet conveying direction and conveys
the sheet to the pair of rollers;

an overlapping unit which is provided between the pair of rollers and the conveying unit and overlaps a subsequent sheet on
a precedent sheet with respect to the sheet conveying direction;

a control unit which controls the driving unit; and
a sheet post-processing unit that includes a stacking portion which temporarily stacks the sheets thereon so as to align the
sheets, a reference wall which is provided in the stacking portion as a reference for aligning the sheets in the sheet conveying
direction, and an aligning unit which is disposed downstream of the reference wall with respect to the sheet conveying direction,
abuts the sheets from an upper side, and conveys the sheets to the reference wall so as to align the sheets,

wherein the pair of rollers is disposed upstream of the sheet post-processing unit with respect to the sheet conveying direction,
and

wherein the control unit controls the driving unit so that:
the upper roller and the lower roller are driven before a leading end of the precedent sheet conveyed by the conveying unit
reaches the pair of rollers, and the driving of the upper roller and the lower roller is stopped before a tail end of the
precedent sheet passes the pair of rollers,

the pair of rollers is driven again before a leading end of the subsequent sheet conveyed by the conveying unit and overlapped
on the precedent sheet nipped by the pair of rollers reaches the pair of rollers, and only the upper roller is driven so as
to convey the subsequent sheet downstream in the sheet conveying direction after the leading end of the subsequent sheet conveyed
by the conveying unit reaches the pair of rollers, and form an overlapping state where the leading end of the subsequent sheet
advances by a predetermined amount downstream in the sheet conveying direction from the leading end of the precedent sheet,
and

the upper roller and the lower roller are driven so as to convey the precedent sheet and the subsequent sheet overlapped on
the precedent sheet downstream in the sheet conveying direction.

US Pat. No. 9,442,900

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus for arranging a plurality of elements, the apparatus comprising:
a memory configured to store a program; and
a processor configured to execute the program stored in the memory,
wherein the processor acquires a text element and an image element, each of which strides over a first page partition position
corresponding to a bottom of a first page in a vertical direction,

wherein the processor sets a line space, in a text element, nearest from the first page partition position over which the
text element strides, among line spaces that are at an upper side relative to the first page partition position in the vertical
direction, as a second page partition position, and

wherein the processor arranges the text element and the image element, so that the text element is divided, at the second
page partition position, into the first page and a second page, and a whole of the image element is arranged to the second
page, and so that a relative position between a portion, obtained by the dividing, of the text element and the whole of the
image element in the vertical direction of the second page is a relative position, in the vertical direction, in a case in
which a whole of the text element and the whole of the image element are arranged to one page.

US Pat. No. 9,441,128

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 functional group containing
a hydrophilic group to a particle surface of a pigment by causing at least one treatment agent selected from the group consisting
of a compound represented by the following general formula (1), a compound represented by the following general formula (2),
and a compound represented by the following general formula (3) to react with the particle surface of the pigment:
R1—N?N—R2  (1)
wherein R1 is (1) a cyano group or (2) an atomic group, the atomic group having (i) at least one group selected from the group consisting
of an ester group, an ether group, a thioether group, a ketone group, and a sulfonyl group, and (ii) a group having at least
one of an aliphatic group and an aromatic group, and the at least one group (i) is bonded to an azo group and the group (ii)
is bonded to the at least one group (i), such that the group (ii) is bonded through the at least one group (i) to the azo
group, and R2 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;

wherein R3 is a cyano group or an atomic group having (i) at least one group selected from the group consisting of an ester group, an
ether group, a thioether group, a ketone group, and a sulfonyl group, and (ii) a group having at least one of an aliphatic
group and an aromatic group, and R4 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; and


wherein R5 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. 9,436,073

ILLUMINATION OPTICAL SYSTEM AND IMAGE PROJECTION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An illumination optical system capable of changing a light beam diameter in at least one of a first cross section and a
second cross section orthogonal to each other, the first and second cross sections including an optical axis, the illumination
optical system comprising:
a light source;
a condenser lens configured to concentrate light from the light source;
a first fly-eye lens including a first lens cell on which light concentrated by the condenser lens is incident;
a second fly-eye lens including a second lens cell corresponding to the first lens cell;
a polarization conversion element configured to perform polarization conversion on light from the second fly-eye lens; and
an image display element configured to display an image based on light from the polarization conversion element,
wherein the following relations are satisfied:
(?X/2)/(?Y)<0.9 or 1.1<(?X/2)/(?Y), and

0.78<(?X/2)/(?Y)×(y/x)<1.28,

where X and Y are widths of the image display element in the first and second cross sections respectively, x and y are widths
of a light emitting surface of the light source in the first and second cross sections respectively, D1x and D1y are widths of the first fly-eye lens in the first and second cross sections respectively, D2x and D2y are widths of the second fly-eye lens in the first and second cross sections respectively, and change rates ? and ? of the
light beam diameters in the first and second cross sections respectively are defined as ?=D2x/D1x and ?=D2y/D1y.

US Pat. No. 9,427,866

GEAR MECHANISM, SPEED REDUCER, AND ROBOT ARM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,432,770

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR LOCALIZING SOUND SOURCES PLACED WITHIN A SOUND ENVIRONMENT COMPRISING AMBIENT NOISE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for localizing one or more sound sources of interest placed within a sound environment comprising ambient noise
by estimating the directions of arrival (?, ?) of said one or more sound sources of interest, comprising the steps of:
obtaining, using an array of at least two microphones, environment audio signals corresponding to said one or more sources
of interest and to the ambient noise emanating from said sound environment;

calculating, using the environment audio signals, environment steered response powers (SRP (t, f, ?, ?) corresponding each
to the power of said sound environment under particular reference conditions;

obtaining, using said array of at least two microphones, noise audio signals corresponding to the ambient noise emanating
from said sound environment under particular reference conditions;

calculating, using said noise audio signals, noise steered response powers (SRPn (t, f, ?, ?) corresponding each to the power of said ambient noise for one orientation of the plurality of orientations; and

estimating the direction of arrival of said sound source of interest by identifying, among said one or more orientations,
a set of orientations using said source steered response power and said noise steered response power.

US Pat. No. 9,426,733

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,424,501

INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE CAPABLE OF OUTPUTTING PRINT DATA TO PRINT DEVICE, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A network system comprising:
a host computer;
a storing apparatus; and
a printing apparatus,
wherein the host computer comprises:
a first communication interface; and
a first processor configured to execute:
a generating task that generates data to be printed by the printing apparatus;
a determining task that determines whether or not to store the data in the storing apparatus for reprinting; and
a transmitting task that controls the communication interface to transmit the data to which storage information has been added
to both the printing apparatus and the storing apparatus, based on the determination made by the determining task, the storage
information including an address of the storing apparatus, a directory into which the data is stored, and a file name in a
case where the data is stored into the directory,

wherein the storing apparatus stores the data transmitted from the host computer based on the storage information added to
the data transmitted from the host computer, and

wherein the printing apparatus comprises:
a printer;
a reader;
an input interface;
a second communication interface; and
a second processor configured to execute:
a printing task that controls the printer to print on a sheet based on the data transmitted from the host computer, including
the storage information added to the data transmitted from the host computer;

an inputting task that receives an instruction of the reprinting input to the input interface;
a reading task that controls the reader to read an original image on the sheet;
a sending task that controls the second interface to send a data obtaining request to the storing apparatus based on the instruction
received by the inputting task and the storage information extracted from the original image read by the reading task, without
sending the data obtaining request to the host computer; and

a reprint task that controls the printer to reprint the data obtained from the storing apparatus, according to the instruction
received by the inputting task.

US Pat. No. 9,421,687

ROBOT CONTROL APPARATUS AND ROBOT CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A robot control method of a robot control apparatus for controlling a robot arm to be driven by transmitting a drive force
to each of multiple joints from each of drive sources corresponding thereto via a transmitting component so that the robot
arm follows a specified trajectory, the control being carried out based on an instruction value to be instructed to each of
the drive sources, the robot control method comprising:
storing, in a storage unit, constraint conditions including a constraint value of a jerk for each of the multiple joints;
calculating, by said robot control apparatus, the constraint conditions differently for each of multiple spaces into which
a movable range of the robot arm is divided, so that a load torque to be applied to the transmitting component falls within
an allowable range;

generating, by a calculating unit, the instruction value based on the specified trajectory of the robot arm by solving an
optimization problem that uses the constraint conditions stored in the storage unit as an inequality constraint;

sending the instruction value to a servo control unit configured to control the drive source in the robot arm; and
controlling the robot arm based on the instruction value.

US Pat. No. 9,423,751

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING TONER DENSITY IN DEVELOPING UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a photosensitive member;
a latent image forming unit configured to form an electrostatic latent image on the photosensitive member;
a developing unit including a container in which a toner is stored, and configured to develop the electrostatic latent image
using the toner in the container;

a circulating unit configured to convey the toner in a predetermined direction in order to cause the toner to circulate in
the container;

a drive unit configured to drive the circulating unit;
a replenishment unit configured to replenish the developing unit with toner;
a detection unit configured to detect a density of the toner in the container;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire information related to a circulation period at which the circulating unit causes
the toner to circulate;

a determining unit configured to determine a correction condition based on the information acquired by the acquisition unit;
a correction unit configured to correct a detection result of the detection unit based on the correction condition determined
by the determining unit; and

a controller configured to control the replenishment unit based on the detection result corrected by the correction unit.

US Pat. No. 9,423,760

DEVELOPER ACCOMMODATING CONTAINER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer accommodating container detachably mountable to an image forming apparatus, the developer accommodating container
comprising:
an inlet that receives developer; and
an optical unit that is located lower than the inlet in a vertical direction in the accommodating container when the accommodating
container is mounted on the image forming apparatus, the optical unit leading light that is emitted from a light emitting
element to a light receiving element,

wherein the optical unit comprises:
a first optical portion that is located in the optical unit and forms part of a light path to detect the developer;
a second optical portion that is located facing the first optical portion and forms part of the light path;
a detecting region that is located between the first optical portion and the second optical portion and in which developer
led to the optical unit accumulates;

a cover portion that covers the first optical portion, the second optical portion, and the detecting region, the cover portion
having an opening that is able to introduce the developer into the optical unit to detect the developer, wherein the opening
is located at a position that (i) does not overlap in a vertical direction against the inlet and the detecting region, and
(ii) is higher than the detecting region in the vertical direction; and

a discharge portion that is provided on the cover and is able to discharge the developer that is introduced through the opening,
wherein the discharge portion is located below the detecting region.

US Pat. No. 9,423,764

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a main assembly;
a rotatable member supported by the main assembly rotatably about a first rotational center;
an openable member supported by the rotatable member rotatably about a second rotational center;
a feeding cassette detachably provided on the main assembly and configured to accommodate recording material; and
an urging member provided between the openable member and the rotatable member and configured to apply an urging force for
suppressing opening of the openable member,

wherein when the openable member does not contact the feeding cassette in an opening and closing operation of the openable
member, the rotatable member rotates about the first rotational center to rotate the openable member, and when the opening
member contacts the feeding cassette in the opening and closing operation of the openable member, the openable member rotates
about the second rotational center.

US Pat. No. 9,420,948

IMAGING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmologic apparatus for capturing an image of a subject's eye with imaging light having passed through an aberration
correction unit adjusted according to aberration of the subject's eye, the apparatus comprising:
an imaging light focusing unit configured to focus the imaging light for capturing the image of the subject's eye on the subject's
eye;

a fixation lamp configured to guide a line of sight of the subject's eye;
a fixation lamp focusing unit configured to focus light from the fixation lamp on the subject's eye, wherein the fixation
lamp focusing unit is different from the imaging light focusing unit; and

a control unit configured to interlockingly control states of the fixation lamp focusing unit and the imaging light focusing
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,423,513

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising:
a plurality of pixels arranged to form an array having a plurality of rows and a plurality of columns and configured to convert
radiation into an electric signal to obtain a radiation image;

a plurality of sensors including conversion elements configured to convert radiation into electric signals and dispersed in
the array to monitor radiation;

a processing circuit configured to process signals output from the plurality of sensors;
a plurality of first signal lines configured to transmit a signal output from at least one of the plurality of sensors to
the processing circuit; and

a plurality of second signal lines extending in a direction parallel to the plurality of first signal lines in the array and
not directly connected to the plurality of pixels and the conversion elements or connected to at least one of the plurality
of pixels and at least one of the plurality of sensors,

wherein the processing circuit determines a value of a signal generated by each sensor based on a difference between a value
of a signal appearing on a first signal line, of the plurality of first signal lines, which is for the sensor and a value
of a signal appearing on at least one of the plurality of second signal lines.

US Pat. No. 9,423,867

POWER SUPPLY CONTROL FOR AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form an image on a recording medium;
a power supply unit to which AC power is input and which outputs a DC voltage for operating the image forming unit;
a relay switch of which opening/closing is controlled by the DC voltage output from the power supply unit being applied to
a coil of the relay switch;

a power switch which is manually operated to switch ON/OFF of the power supply for the image forming apparatus, and achieves
a first state when not manually operated and achieves a second state when manually operated, the power switch being connected
to the relay switch in series, and the relay switch being put into an open state when the power switch is in the second state
and the relay switch being put into a closed state when the power switch is in the first state;

a voltage suppressing unit configured to reduce the DC voltage to less than a predetermined value when the relay switch is
in a closed state and the power switch is in the first state; and

a control unit configured to close the relay switch so as to reduce the DC voltage to less than the predetermined value in
order to put the image forming apparatus into a power-off state, if the power switch is changed to the second state and thereafter
is changed to the first state, when the power switch is in the first state and the DC voltage is not reduced to less than
the predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 9,419,038

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM USING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus, comprising:
a plurality of photoelectric conversion portions, each including a first semiconductor region of a first conductivity type;
a plurality of charge storage portions, each including a second semiconductor region of the first conductivity type provided
at a different position from the first semiconductor region and configured to hold a charge generated by a corresponding one
of the plurality of photoelectric conversion portions;

a plurality of circuit portions, each including a floating diffusion portion to which a charge of the charge storage portion
is transferred and transistors including an amplification transistor configured to output a signal based on a charge transferred
to the floating diffusion portion;

a first isolation portion including a third semiconductor region of a second conductivity type;
a second isolation portion including an insulator; and
an active region defined by the second isolation portion,
the first semiconductor region included in a first photoelectric conversion portion of the plurality of photoelectric conversion
portions and the second semiconductor region included in a first charge storage portion of the plurality of charge storage
portions which corresponds to the first photoelectric conversion portion are arranged in a first portion of the active area,

the first semiconductor region included in a second photoelectric conversion portion of the plurality of photoelectric conversion
portions and the second semiconductor region included in a second charge storage portion of the plurality of charge storage
portions which corresponds to the second photoelectric conversion portion are arranged in a second portion of the active area,

the first and second portions of the active area are arranged adjacently to each other via the third semiconductor region
without the second isolation portion being arranged therebetween, and

a part of the second isolation portion is arranged between one of the transistors and the first or second charge storage portion.

US Pat. No. 9,419,599

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,420,120

APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD AND PROGRAM THEREOF, AND EXTERNAL APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,420,125

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF THE INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,420,131

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING ELECTRICAL UNIT PROJECTING FROM TOP SURFACE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a main body;
an image forming portion, contained within the main body, configured to form an image;
a control board configured to control the image forming portion;
an electrical unit configured to store the control board; and
a storage device detachably mounted to the electrical unit and configured to be capable of storing image information, and
configured to be capable of electrically communicating with the control board in a case that the storage device is mounted
to the electrical unit,

wherein the electrical unit is provided to project upward from a back side of a top surface of the main body with a back surface
of the electrical unit along a back surface of the main body,

the storage device is formed in board shape, and
the control board and the storage device are disposed along the back surface of the electrical unit.

US Pat. No. 9,420,134

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,417,561

DEVELOPING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,417,575

PRESSURE MEMBER CONFIGURED TO INHIBIT WRINKLE FORMATION AND FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A pressure member comprising:
a base,
an elastic layer on the base, and
a surface layer on the elastic layer, the surface layer containing a fluorine-containing resin,
wherein the surface layer is fixed on the elastic layer in a state of being stretched in the longitudinal direction of the
pressure member,

the elastic layer has a porosity of 20% by volume or more and 60% by volume or less, and
when the elastic modulus of the elastic layer in the thickness direction is defined as E (ND) and the elastic modulus of the
elastic layer in the longitudinal direction of the pressure member is defined as E (MD), E (MD)/E (ND) is larger than 1.0.

US Pat. No. 9,417,333

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising:
a detector including a detection unit in which pixels having a conversion element that converts radiation into an electric
charge are arranged in a matrix shape, a drive circuit configured to drive the detection unit to output electric signals that
correspond to the electric charges from the pixels, and a read circuit configured to output the electric signals as image
data;

a radiation detection unit configured to detect an irradiation state of radiation at a plurality of positions in the detection
unit such that the irradiation state of radiation at least at a center region in the detection unit and at a peripheral region
in the detection unit that is separated from the center region is detected, the irradiation state of radiation being different
from the image data; and

a control unit configured to control operations of the drive circuit and the read circuit in accordance with a detection result
obtained by the radiation detection unit,

wherein the radiation detection unit is configured to have a plurality of sensitivities such that the sensitivity at the center
region in the detection unit is greater than the sensitivity at the peripheral region in the detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,417,593

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,417,861

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a storage;
a first installer stored in the storage, wherein the first installer is configured to install an application constituted of
software components; and

a second installer stored in the storage, wherein the second installer is configured to install a correction module to change
a software component of the application,

wherein, in a case where the first installer determines that the application is installed, the first installer determines,
while refraining from inquiring a user of the information processing apparatus, whether the correction module is installed,

wherein, in a case where the first installer determines that the correction module is not installed, the first installer is
utilized as an original caller to activate the second installer while refraining from inquiring the user and to temporarily
stop performing installation processing,

wherein, in response to being activated by the first installer, the second installer installs the correction module and, after
the correction module is installed, the first installer resumes performing installation processing, and

wherein only the first installer includes a log output function to output log data regarding the installation processing while
the second installer includes a log output function other than to output log data regarding the installation processing.

US Pat. No. 9,417,862

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, FUNCTION EXTENSION METHOD FOR INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A function extension method in an information processing apparatus comprising one or more hardware processors, and one
or more memories storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more hardware processors, cause the one or more hardware
processors to function as an extension unit for performing control to download an extension program for extending functionality
from an external server and to install the extension program, the method comprising:
by the extension unit,
performing control to download from the external server an introduction program that provides information about an extension
program which can be downloaded from the external server, and to install the introduction program, wherein the introduction
program includes information about a license for the extension program necessary to download and install the extension program;

obtaining, from the installed introduction program, the information about the extension program which can be downloaded;
providing a screen for displaying the obtained information about the extension program and for receiving an instruction to
install the extension program; and

in response to receipt of the instruction to install the extension program from a user via the screen, after the information
corresponding to the extension program is obtained from the introduction program, performing control, using the information
about the license included in the obtained information, to download the extension program from the external server and install
the extension program.

US Pat. No. 9,417,605

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND PROCESS CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge attachable to and detachable from a main body of an image forming apparatus, the cartridge comprising:
a process unit configured to perform image formation;
a frame configured to support the process unit; and
a conductive member injection-molded integrally with the frame using a conductive resin, configured to be in contact with
a main body electrode portion provided in the main body of the image forming apparatus, and to be electrically connected with
the process unit,

wherein an electrode portion of the conductive member is configured to be connected with the main body electrode portion,
and include a plurality of protruded portions, and

wherein the main body electrode portion includes a flat surface facing the electrode portion, and the flat surface is larger
than the protruded portion, and a distance between the plurality of protruded portions.

US Pat. No. 9,417,606

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,414,794

MOBILE X-RAY IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A mobile X-ray imaging apparatus comprising:
a mobile cart having a casing;
an X-ray generation unit configured to generate X-rays;
a movable portion configured to be alternately stored in and pulled out from the casing by a handle portion, wherein an upper
portion of the movable portion is pulled out in an inclined state from the casing; and

an operation unit configured to operate the mobile X-ray imaging apparatus, wherein the operation unit is provided on the
upper portion of the movable portion,

wherein the operation unit is exposed when the movable portion is pulled out from the casing, and the operation unit is stored
in the casing to prevent an operator from operating the operation unit when the movable portion is stored in the casing.

US Pat. No. 9,420,208

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,420,239

APPARATUS FOR PLAYING BACK RECORDED VIDEO IMAGES RELATED TO EVENT, AND METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a recording unit configured to record a video image;
a detection unit configured to detect an object event in which a state of an object changes from the video image;
a generation unit configured to generate, when the object event is detected from the video image, event information associating
the object event with an identifier of the object and a time when the object event occurred;

a display unit configured to display a frame of the video image with a time line on which a plurality of symbols indicating
respective object events are arranged, wherein a symbol indicating each of the object events is arranged in a position corresponding
to a time when each of the events occurred;

a specifying unit configured to specify an object in response to a selection of the object from one or more objects in the
displayed frame by a user;

an identification unit configured to identify, when the object is specified by the specifying unit, an object event concerning
the specified object based on the identifier of the specified object in the event information;

a display control unit configured to change a display form of a symbol indicating the identified object event concerning the
specified object on the time line, so that the symbol indicating the identified object event concerning the specified object
can be distinguished from symbols indicating other object events; and

a playback unit configured to start, in response to a selection of the symbol of which the display form has been changed,
a playback of the video image of an object event corresponding to the selected symbol.

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. 9,417,429

IMAGE PICK-UP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pick-up apparatus comprising:
an imaging optical system including a plurality of lenses and a diaphragm arranged between the lenses, the imaging optical
system forming an image on an image surface, the image surface being curved; and

an image sensor that detects the image formed on the image surface,
wherein the imaging optical system includes a front lens group including lenses disposed on an object side with respect to
the diaphragm; and a rear lens group including lenses disposed on the image surface side with respect to the diaphragm;

wherein a lens surface among lens surfaces in the front lens group has a highest power surface of the front lens group, and
a lens surface among lens surfaces in the rear lens group has a highest power surface of the rear lens group, the lens surface
having the highest power surface of the front lens group and the lens surface having the highest power surface of the rear
lens group are concentric surfaces; and

wherein the front lens group includes a plano-concave lens whose light-exiting-side surface has a concave surface and whose
light-incident-side surface has power ?r that satisfies a following expression:

where ?o is power of the entire imaging optical system.

US Pat. No. 9,417,436

OPTICAL SYSTEM AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical system, comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:
a first lens unit having a positive refractive power; and
a second lens unit having a positive refractive power,
the second lens unit comprising, in order from the object side to the image side, a front unit, an aperture stop, and a rear
unit having a positive refractive power,

the first lens unit comprising a negative lens that has a convex surface facing the object side and is arranged closest to
the object side, and three or more positive lenses on the image side of the negative lens,

wherein the front unit and the rear unit are configured to move during focusing, and
wherein the following conditional expression is satisfied:
0.15
where PL denotes a distance, on an optical axis, from a lens surface on the object side of a second positive lens counted
from the image side among the three or more positive lenses comprised in the first lens unit to a lens surface closest to
the image side of the first lens unit, and D1 denotes a distance, on the optical axis, from a lens surface closest to the object side of the first lens unit to a lens
surface closest to the image side of the first lens unit.

US Pat. No. 9,417,719

INPUT DETECTION DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,413,751

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. 9,405,491

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing control apparatus, comprising:
a storage unit configured to store sheet sizes and sheet attributes;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a sheet size of a sheet stored in a sheet holding unit of a printing apparatus;
a determining unit configured to determine, based on the sheet size obtained by the obtaining unit and the sheet sizes stored
in the storage unit, at least one sheet attribute to be set for the sheet holding unit from among the sheet attributes stored
in the storage unit;

a receiving unit configured to receive, from a print job management server storing print jobs for which sheet sizes and sheet
attributes are designated, designated sheet sizes and sheet attributes; and

a registering unit configured to register, based on delivery times of the print jobs in the storage unit, the designated sheet
sizes received by the receiving unit and the designated sheet attributes received by the receiving unit,

wherein at least one of the obtaining unit, the determining unit, the receiving unit, the registering unit is implemented
by at least one processor and a memory.

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. 9,395,942

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus capable of double-sided printing and single-sided printing, comprising:
a selection unit that selects, with regard to a print job for including a single-sided printing page and double-sided printing
pages following the single-sided printing page,

(i) a first print control in which printing of a page which is included in the double-sided printing pages and to be printed
on a first surface of a sheet and printing of a page which is included in the double-sided printing pages and to be printed
on a second surface of the sheet are performed after printing of the single-sided printing page, or

(ii) a second print control in which printing of the page which is to be printed on the first surface of the sheet is performed
before printing of the single-sided printing page and printing of the page which is to be printed on the second surface of
the sheet is performed after printing of the single-sided printing page,

based on a number of successive double-sided printing pages following the single-sided printing page in the print job; and
a control unit configured to execute, when a print job for including a single-sided printing page and double-sided printing
pages following the single-sided printing page is input, the print job according to the first print control or the second
print control selected by the selecting unit.