US Pat. No. 9,445,005

OPTICAL DEVICE CAPABLE OF SELECTING FOCUS DETECTION POINT, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical device that has a plurality of focus detection points in a predetermined imaging area, and performs focus detection
at a focus detection point which is selected from the plurality of focus detection points, comprising:
a first detection unit configured to detect a predetermined area from an object image in the predetermined imaging area;
a second detection unit configured to detect a position of a line of sight of a user in the predetermined imaging area;
a mode selection unit configured to select a photographing mode from a plurality of photographing modes;
a priority determination unit configured to determine priorities of said first detection unit and said second detection unit
according to the photographing mode selected by said mode selection unit; and

a focus detection point determination unit configured to determine a focus detection point at which the focus detection is
to be performed, according to the priorities determined by said priority determination unit,

wherein the priority determination unit is configured to determine the priorities of said first detection unit and said second
detection unit according to the photographing mode selected by said mode selection unit such that said first detection unit
has a higher priority than said second detection unit in a first photographing mode and said second detection unit has a higher
priority than said first detection unit in a second photographing mode different from said first photographing mode.

US Pat. No. 9,445,085

IMAGING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGING APPARATUS, AND SYSTEM THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an imaging unit having a predetermined pixel array; and
a generation unit configured to generate a test video signal for evaluating consistency between a video signal generated by
performing predetermined processing on a video signal output from the imaging unit, and the video signal output from the imaging
unit,

wherein, in the test video signal, a signal value of each pixel is set so as to exhaustively cover signal values within a
predetermined range of a signal value in a direction in a video image of the test video signal,

wherein a signal value of the test video signal has a repetition pattern, which exhaustively covers signal values within the
predetermined range of a signal value, in the direction in the video image of the test video signal, and

wherein the spatially or temporally adjacent repetition patterns of signal values have different phases from each other.

US Pat. No. 9,442,779

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,440,479

BOOKBINDING WITH CUTTING AND RE-ATTACHING SHEETS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet processing apparatus that processes a printed sheet for bookbinding, the sheet processing apparatus comprising:
a table on which a sheet is placed when processing the sheet;
a positioning member that positions the sheet placed on the table;
a cutter that cuts the sheet positioned by the positioning member into a binding margin portion and an image portion; and
a taping unit that joins the binding margin portion and the image portion together with a tape in a state in which a gap is
formed between the binding margin portion and the image portion,

wherein the table includes a first stage that holds the image portion of the sheet by suction and a second stage that holds
the binding margin portion of the sheet by suction, and a positional relationship between the first stage and the second stage
with respect to a direction perpendicular to a direction in which the cutter cuts the sheet is variable.

US Pat. No. 9,442,345

CAMERA HAVING A DISPLAY MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,427,866

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. 9,424,496

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH IMAGE DEFORMATION CORRECTION USING USER INPUT LENGTH INFORMATION OF TEST IMAGE LINE DRAWING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image processing unit configured to perform image processing on image data based on a correction condition;
a light emitting unit configured to emit light for exposing a photosensitive member based on the image data on which the image
processing is performed;

a feeding cassette configured to feed a recording medium,
a transferring unit configured to transfer the image formed on the photosensitive member to the recording medium which is
fed from the feeding cassette;

a fixing unit configured to fix the image on the recording medium;
a control unit configured to cause the light emitting unit and the transferring unit to form a test image on the recording
medium, the test image having a first line drawing and a second line drawing, each of which extends in a first direction,
and the first line drawing and the second line drawing are provided at different positions in a second direction which is
perpendicular to the first direction, wherein the first direction corresponds to the conveying direction of the recording
medium;

a display configured to display a screen for allowing a user to input length information of the first line drawing and length
information of the second line drawing; and

a correction processing unit configured to set the correction condition based on the length information of the first line
drawing and the length information of the second line drawing, which are input by the user through the screen,

wherein the image processing unit is configured to perform the image processing on the image data using the correction condition
according to the position of the image data in the second direction.

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. 9,423,737

FIXING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing apparatus that fixes a toner image on a recording material while conveying the recording material bearing the
toner image at a nip portion, the fixing apparatus comprising:
a cylindrical belt including a heat generating layer that generates heat by being energized; and
a contact for supplying power to the heat generating layer, the contact being in contact with one of an outer surface and
an inner surface of an end of the belt in a generatrix direction of the belt,

wherein a conductive layer is provided, along a rotating direction of the belt, on a surface of the heat generating layer
opposite to a surface of the heat generating layer at which the contact is present in a thickness direction of the belt, and

wherein a whole of a contact portion where the contact contacts the belt overlaps with the conductive layer in both the generatrix
direction of the belt and a rotating direction of the belt.

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. 9,426,327

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF CONTROLLING FILE TRANSMISSION, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a storage device; and
a processor configured to execute computer executable instructions recorded on the storage device, the computer executable
instructions including instructions, that when executed by the processor, cause the image forming apparatus to:

establish a communication with an external apparatus using a call control protocol and first destination information of the
external apparatus;

obtain, during the established communication with the external apparatus, second destination information of the external apparatus
from the external apparatus, the second destination information being different from the first destination information; and

display an operation key which enables data transmission to the obtained second destination information of the external apparatus
without manual input of the second destination information by a user.

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. 9,415,960

PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINTING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a first conveying unit configured to convey a sheet through a first conveying path;
a first print unit configured to print an image on the sheet in the first conveying path;
a second conveying unit configured to convey the sheet through the second conveying path;
a second print unit configured to print an image on the sheet in the second conveying path; and
a guide unit configured to guide the sheet conveyed through the first conveying path to the second conveying path through
a third conveying path with a changeable length.

US Pat. No. 9,420,120

APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD AND PROGRAM THEREOF, AND EXTERNAL APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,420,125

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF THE INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,417,540

TONER AND TWO-COMPONENT DEVELOPER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising:
a binder resin;
a colorant; and
a wax,
the toner being obtained through a step of melting and kneading the binder resin, the colorant, and the wax,
wherein:
the binder resin comprises:
a polyester resin A having a polyhydric alcohol unit and a polyvalent carboxylic acid unit, and
a polyester resin B having a polyhydric alcohol unit and a polyvalent carboxylic acid unit;
a mass ratio (polyester resin A/polyester resin B) of the polyester resin A to the polyester resin B is from 10/90 or more
to 60/40 or less;

the polyester resin A has a softening point of from 120° C. or more to 180° C. or less;
the polyester resin A contains 90 mol % or more of a polyhydric alcohol unit derived from an aromatic diol with respect to
a total number of moles of the polyhydric alcohol unit, and contains 0.1 mol % or more to 10.0 mol % or less of a polyhydric
alcohol unit derived from an oxyalkylene ether of a novolac type phenol resin with respect thereto;

the polyester resin A contains 15 mol % or more to 50 mol % or less of a polyvalent carboxylic acid unit derived from an aliphatic
dicarboxylic acid, which contains a straight-chain hydrocarbon having 4 or more to 16 or less carbon atoms as a main chain
and has carboxyl groups at both terminals of the main chain, with respect to a total number of moles of the polyvalent carboxylic
acid unit;

the polyester resin B has a softening point of from 80° C. or more to 100° C. or less;
the polyester resin B contains 90 mol % or more of a polyhydric alcohol unit derived from an aromatic diol with respect to
a total number of moles of the polyhydric alcohol unit;

the polyester resin B contains 90 mol % or more of a polyvalent carboxylic acid unit derived from one of an aromatic dicarboxylic
acid and a derivative thereof with respect to a total number of moles of the polyvalent carboxylic acid unit; and

the polyester resin B contains 0.1 mol % or more to 10.0 mol % or less of a polyvalent carboxylic acid unit derived from one
of an aliphatic dicarboxylic acid and a derivative thereof with respect to the total number of moles of the polyvalent carboxylic
acid unit.

US Pat. No. 9,417,045

SCALE HOLDING DEVICE AND ENCODER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A scale holding device comprising:
a scale;
an attachment plate configured to hold the scale and have a first surface abutting on a first lateral side of the scale and
a second surface facing a rear side of the scale;

a first adhesive material configured to removably adhere the second surface of the attachment plate and the rear side of the
scale to each other; and

a second adhesive material configured to adhere the scale and the attachment plate to each other on a second lateral side
of the scale,

wherein the second adhesive material includes a first adhesive which is applied to one portion only of the second lateral
side and a second adhesive which is applied to an area of the second lateral side different from that to which the first adhesive
is applied and has weaker adhesive strength than the first adhesive.

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. 9,415,581

IMAGE RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image recording method comprising:
applying a liquid composition to an intermediate transfer body;
recording an intermediate image by applying an ink by an inkjet method to the intermediate transfer body after the liquid
composition has been applied, the ink containing a coloring material and polymer fine particles, and

transferring the intermediate image onto a recording medium while heating the intermediate image,
wherein the liquid composition contains a reacting agent to cause at least one of precipitation and agglomeration of a component
of the ink,

wherein the ink contains water, and the content (mass %) of the water in the ink is 50.0 mass % or more and 95.0 mass % or
less relative to the total mass of the ink, and

wherein the polymer fine particles are composed of a copolymer of a first compound that satisfies condition (1) below and
a second compound that satisfies condition (2) below:
Condition (1): a polymer obtained by homopolymerization of the first compound is a crystalline polymer having a melting point
equal to or lower than a temperature of the intermediate image which is heated in transferring, andCondition (2): a polymer obtained by homopolymerization of the second compound is an amorphous polymer having a glass transition
point equal to or lower than the temperature of the intermediate image which is heated in transferring.

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. 9,418,483

INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE AND METHOD OF PROCESSING INFORMATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing device comprising:
at least one processor; and
at least one memory coupled with the at least one processor;
wherein the at least one processor executes a program of instructions stored in the at least one memory to implement:
a first obtaining unit configured to obtain a position and orientation of a viewpoint of an imaging apparatus which images
a real space;

a second obtaining unit configured to obtain a position and orientation of a real object which exists in the real space;
a determination unit configured to determine which surface of the real object is directed to the imaging apparatus based on
the obtained position and orientation of the viewpoint and the obtained position and orientation of the real object;

a generating unit configured to generate a virtual object based on the determined surface; and
an output unit configured to output the generated virtual object.

US Pat. No. 9,420,303

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DISPLACEMENT VECTOR COMPONENT TRANSFORMATION IN VIDEO CODING AND DECODING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for decoding values of a first and a second component of a vector representative of the position in an image of
a predictor block used to predict a current Coding Unit of the same image, wherein the method comprises:
decoding the value of a first component of said vector;
determining a range of allowed values for the second component of said vector as a function of the value of the first component;
decoding the value of the second component of said vector;
transforming the value of the second component of said vector in function of the determined range.

US Pat. No. 9,412,151

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,413,943

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for registering, in an image pickup apparatus, optical correction data for use in correcting
image degradation due to an optical characteristic of an exchangeable lens, comprising:
a communication unit configured to communicate with the image pickup apparatus; and
a controller configured to request, via the communication unit, the image pickup apparatus to transmit lens identification
information regarding an exchangeable lens attached to the image pickup apparatus and lens identification information regarding
an exchangeable lens whose optical correction data has been registered in the image pickup apparatus,

wherein the controller displays, on a display unit, a list of name information of exchangeable lenses and indication information
based on the lens identification information regarding the exchangeable lenses received from the image pickup apparatus, the
list including name information of exchangeable lenses corresponding to stored optical correction data, and

wherein the controller transmits among the stored optical correction data, optical correction data of an exchangeable lens
corresponding to name information selected by a user from the displayed list in response to the display of the list in order
to update storage content of the image pickup apparatus, the controller transmitting the optical correction data of an exchangeable
lens to the image pickup apparatus via the communication unit.

US Pat. No. 9,413,946

IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising;
an image sensor configured to perform photoelectric conversion of an object image formed by an imaging optical system including
a focus lens;

a first luminance pixel extraction unit configured to extract first pixels having a luminance equal to or higher than a first
threshold value based on image signals output from the image sensor;

a second luminance pixel extraction unit configured to extract second pixels having a luminance equal to or lower than a second
threshold value, which is smaller than the first threshold value, based on the image signals output from the image sensor;

a range setting unit configured to set, as a focus adjustment range, a moving range of the focus lens in which a plurality
of numbers of the first pixels obtained while moving the focus lens is equal to or larger than a predetermined value; and

an in-focus position calculation unit configured to calculate an in-focus position by only using a plurality of numbers of
the second pixels obtained within the focus adjustment range,

wherein the in-focus position calculation unit determines, as the in-focus position, a position of the focus lens having the
highest number of second pixels among the plurality of numbers of second pixels obtained within the focus adjustment range.

US Pat. No. 9,408,577

MULTIRADIATION GENERATION APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM UTILIZING DUAL-PURPOSE RADIATION SOURCES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A multiradiation generation apparatus comprising:
a plurality of radiation sources arranged in a row,
wherein at least one of the plurality of radiation sources is a dual-purpose radiation source and the remaining plurality
of radiation sources are single-purpose radiation sources,

wherein the dual-purpose radiation source is used for both tomosynthesis imaging and non-tomosynthesis imaging, and the single-purpose
radiation sources are used only for tomosynthesis imaging

wherein each of the plurality of radiation sources includes an electron source configured to emit electrons and a target unit
configured to generate radiation upon receiving electrons emitted from the electron source,

wherein each of the plurality of radiation sources further includes a shield arranged around the corresponding target unit,
wherein the shield has a passage hole and an emission hole, and
wherein the passage hole or the emission hole of the shield of the dual-purpose radiation source has a smaller diameter at
a place where the passage hole or the emission hole is in contact with the target unit than that of each of the passage holes
or the emission holes of the shields of the single-purpose radiation sources.

US Pat. No. 9,414,488

CIRCUIT BOARD FOR MOUNTING ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

6. A circuit board for mounting electronic components, in which electronic components are to be mounted on both a primary
surface and a secondary surface, wherein
a size of a land of the secondary surface of the circuit board, on which an interposer of a first electronic component is
mounted by a first reflow soldering process, is equal to a size of a land of the interposer of the first electronic component,
and

a size of a land of the primary surface of the circuit board, on which an interposer of a second electronic component is mounted
by a second reflow soldering process following the first reflow soldering process, is greater than a size of a land of the
interposer of the second electronic component.

US Pat. No. 9,409,388

APPARATUS AND METHOD OF INK-JET RECORDING AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink-jet recording apparatus comprising:
a recording head including a recording element array in which a plurality of recording elements that generate energy for use
in ejecting ink are arrayed in a predetermined direction;

a scanning unit configured to cause the recording head to scan relatively over a recording medium in a scanning direction
intersecting the predetermined direction;

a first acquisition unit configured to acquire information regarding a cumulative total of an ejection amount of ink;
a second acquisition unit configured to acquire information regarding an ejection amount of ink during scanning for recording
on a unit area of the recording medium;

a selection unit configured to select, on the basis of the information acquired by the first acquisition unit and the information
acquired by the second acquisition unit, one recording mode from a plurality of recording modes including at least a first
recording mode, a second recording mode and a third recording mode, the first recording mode being for recording an image
on the unit area with M scans of the recording head performed by the scanning unit, and the second recording mode being for
recording an image on the unit area with N (N>M) scans of the recording head performed by the scanning unit, wherein a number
of times that at least one of the plurality of recording elements is driven during one scan of the recording head is limited,
and the third recording mode being for recording an image on the unit area with L (M by the scanning unit, wherein a number of times that at least one of the plurality of recording elements is driven during
one scan of the recording head is limited; and

a recording unit configured to record an image on the unit area by driving the plurality of recording elements according to
a recording mode selected by the selection unit and ejecting ink from the recording head,

wherein the selection unit
(i) selects the first recording mode in a case where the cumulative total indicated by the information acquired by the first
acquisition unit is smaller than a predetermined cumulative total and the ejection amount indicated by the information acquired
by the second acquisition unit is smaller than a first ejection amount;

(ii) selects the third recording mode in a case where the cumulative total indicated by the information acquired by the first
acquisition unit is smaller than the predetermined cumulative total and the ejection amount indicated by the information acquired
by the second acquisition unit is larger than the first ejection amount;

(iii) selects the first recording mode in a case where the cumulative total indicated by the information acquired by the first
acquisition unit is larger than the predetermined cumulative total and the ejection amount indicated by the information acquired
by the second acquisition unit is smaller than a second ejection amount; and

(iv) selects the second recording mode in a case where the cumulative total indicated by the information acquired by the first
acquisition unit is larger than the predetermined cumulative total, and the ejection amount indicated by the information acquired
by the second acquisition unit is larger than the second ejection amount.

US Pat. No. 9,409,168

MICROFLUIDIC DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A microfluidic device comprising:
a first component including a bump; and
a second component including a specimen inlet part, the specimen inlet part having:
an inlet port; and
an inlet channel for introducing a specimen into a flow channel, wherein the inlet channel has one of (i) a diameter which
continuously and gradually increases as the inlet channel approaches the flow channel, and (ii) a diameter which is constant
in the vicinity of the inlet port and then continuously and gradually increases as the inlet channel approaches the flow channel,
and

wherein the first component and the second component are bonded so that the specimen inlet part forms a hole shape fluidly
connected to the flow channel and the bump is disposed inside of the hole shape to reduce a volume of the hole shape without
decreasing the diameter of the inlet channel, such that a void surrounds the sides and the to of the bump such that the specimen
is configured to flow around the bump.

US Pat. No. 9,412,785

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,411,252

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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


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

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

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


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

US Pat. No. 9,405,117

OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical scanning apparatus comprising:
first and second light source units including respective light sources;
a rotating polygon mirror that performs deflection scanning of laser beams emitted from the light sources of the first and
second light source units;

an optical box accommodating the rotating polygon mirror, the optical box includes;
a first abutting portion on which the first light source unit abuts configured to position first light source unit, and a
second abutting portion on which the second light source unit abuts configured to position the second light source unit,

wherein the first and second light source units are arranged next to each other in a rotation axis direction of the rotating
polygon mirror,

a first pressing member pressing the first light source unit toward the first abutting portion to fix the first light source
unit to the abutting portion, and

a second pressing member pressing the second light source unit toward the second abutting portion to fix the second light
source unit to the second abutting portion,

wherein the first and second abutting portions are formed on a single member,
wherein the single member is a part of the optical box and is molded integrally with the optical box;
wherein the single member is disposed between the first and second light source units in the rotation axis direction;
wherein the first and second abutting portions formed on the single member face away from each other in the rotation axis
direction, and

wherein a pressing direction by the first pressing member and a pressing direction by the second pressing member are faced
each other.

US Pat. No. 9,407,439

AUTHENTICATION SYSTEM AND AUTHENTICATION CODE CONVERTOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,403,368

PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINTING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,405,850

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHODS THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing system comprising:
a first information processing apparatus and a second information processing apparatus, which are respectively configured
to display at least one of a screen based on screen data acquired from a Web server and a screen based on cache data of the
screen data acquired from the Web server; and

a cache management server,
wherein the first information processing apparatus comprises:
a request unit configured to request of the Web server screen data of a screen to be displayed on a display unit of the first
information processing apparatus;

a first storing unit configured to store the screen data acquired from the Web server as a response to the request by the
request unit in a first storage unit of the first information processing apparatus as cache data; and

a first transmission unit configured to transmit a user ID of a user and the cache data stored in the first storage unit to
the cache management server;

wherein the cache management server comprises:
a first receiving unit configured to receive the user ID and the cache data transmitted by the first transmission unit;
a second storing unit configured to store, in a second storage unit of the cache management server, the cache data received
by the first receiving unit in association with the user ID received by the first receiving unit;

a second receiving unit configured to receive, from the second information processing apparatus, a user ID, a request of cache
data, and a cache list indicating the cache data stored in a third storage unit of the second information processing apparatus;
and

a second transmission unit configured to transmit, in accordance with the request received by the second receiving unit, cache
data which is stored in association with the user ID received by the second receiving unit and is not indicated in the cache
list received by the second receiving unit to the second information processing apparatus from among cache data stored in
the second storage unit of the cache management server,

wherein at least one of the request unit, the first storing unit, and the first transmission unit is implemented by a processor
and a memory, and

wherein at least one of the first receiving unit, the second storing unit, the second receiving unit, and the second transmission
unit is implemented by a processor and a memory.

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.

US Pat. No. 9,389,534

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording medium, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member;
a charging unit configured to charge the photosensitive member;
a developer bearing member configured to form a developer image on an image portion on a surface of the photosensitive member
by supplying a developer to the image portion; and

an exposure unit configured to expose the photosensitive member after the photosensitive member is charged by the charging
unit,

wherein the exposure unit exposes a non-image forming portion where the developer is not supplied on the surface of the photosensitive
member to a non-image forming light having a lower exposure amount than an image forming light for exposing the image portion,

wherein, when defining an area of the surface of the photosensitive member exposable with the non-image forming light by the
exposure unit as a weak light exposed area, in a longitudinal direction of the photosensitive member, the weak light exposed
area is wider than a charging area of the surface of the photosensitive member chargeable by the charging unit, and

wherein a first weak light exposed area which does not overlap with the charging area exists at one side of an end portion
of the weak light exposed area in the longitudinal direction of the photosensitive member, and a second weak light exposed
area which does not overlap with the charging area exists at an other side of an end portion in the longitudinal direction
of the photosensitive member.

US Pat. No. 9,389,814

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,389,697

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus on which a predetermined optical member is mountable, the apparatus comprising:
an image capturing unit configured to capture an object image incident on a lens unit;
a detection unit configured to detect inclinations of the image capturing apparatus relative to a plurality of detection axes;
and

a display control unit configured to perform control to display information indicating the inclinations of the image capturing
apparatus on a display unit based on a detection result from the detection unit,

wherein the display control unit performs control to display information indicating an inclination of the image capturing
apparatus based on inclinations of different axes of the plurality of detection axes depending on a case in which the optical
member is not mounted and a case in which the optical member is mounted and performs control to display an inclination around
an optical axis of the lens unit as an inclination of the image capturing apparatus when the optical member is not mounted,
and display an inclination of the optical axis of the lens unit as an inclination of the image capturing apparatus when the
optical member is mounted.

US Pat. No. 9,386,177

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND ORIGINAL READING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising: a processor and a memory;
a storing unit configured to store image data;
a writing unit configured to write image data in the storing unit;
a reading unit configured to read the image data stored in the storing unit;
a refresh processing unit configured to perform refresh processing at a predetermined frequency to hold the image data stored
in the storing unit; and

a control unit configured to control the writing unit to, after the image data is read from the storing unit, overwrite dummy
data on the image data read from the storing unit and control a frequency of the refresh processing,

wherein a first frequency of the refresh processing, when overwriting the dummy data on the image data read from the storing
unit, is less than a second frequency of the refresh processing, when the image data read is stored in the storing unit,

wherein the processor and the memory cooperate to function as the writing unit, the reading unit, the refresh processing unit
and the control unit.

US Pat. No. 9,386,184

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,382,090

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,384,173

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS HAVING PAGE PREVIEW FUNCTION, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that stores data having a plurality of pages, comprising:
a non-transitory memory device;
a processor;
a display device configured to display the data on a page-by-page basis according to a display instruction;
an extraction unit configured to extract consecutive pages of each of document sections of the data, as logical pages, in
association with physical page numbers each sequentially assigned to each at least one of the pages of the data;

a decision unit configured to decide a leading logical page of each document section, as a reference logical page such that
a first document section includes a first reference logical page sequentially connected to at least one first logical page
and a second document section includes a second reference logical page sequentially connected to at least one second logical
page, the first reference logical page being further sequentially connected to the second reference logical page; and

an instruction unit configured to, in a first case, give the display instruction so as to cause the display device to consecutively
display the first reference logical page and the second reference logical page one page at a time, and in a second case, give
the display instruction so as to cause the display device to consecutively display the first reference logical page and the
at least one first logical page one page at a time;

wherein when the data is displayed by the display device, the display device simultaneously displays display information indicative
of a total number of physical pages contained in the data, information indicative of a total number of logical pages of a
document section including a page being displayed, and information indicative of a position of the page being displayed in
a sequence of all of the logical pages; and

wherein the extraction unit, the decision unit, and the instruction unit are implemented by the processor executing at least
one program recorded on the non-transitory memory device.

US Pat. No. 9,383,700

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a movable image bearing member configured to bear a toner image to be transferred to a recording material;
a mode executing portion configured to execute a test mode, a test toner image being formed on the image bearing member in
the test mode;

a sensor arranged above the image bearing member, a sensing surface of the sensor opposing, the image bearing member;
a shutter member arranged between the sensor and the image bearing member and configured to be movable between an opened position
for exposing the sensor to the image bearing member and a closed position for blocking the sensor with respect to the image
bearing member;

a colliding mechanism, including a colliding portion, configured to execute an impact action to apply an impact to the shutter
member by causing the shutter member and the colliding portion which are away from each other to collide; and

an executing portion configured to execute the impact action when the image bearing member bears neither the toner image nor
the test toner image at a portion opposing the sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,383,230

POSITION DETECTION APPARATUS, LENS APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM, MACHINE TOOL APPARATUS, POSITION DETECTION METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A position detection apparatus detecting a position of an object, the position detection apparatus comprising:
a scale including a pattern that is periodically arranged;
a detector configured to be movable relative to the scale and output a signal that changes according to a relative position
between the scale and the detector,

wherein one of the scale or the detector moves together with the object; and
a signal processor configured to process an output signal of the detector to obtain position information of the object,
wherein the signal processor comprises:
a first periodic signal generating unit configured to generate a first periodic signal;
a second periodic signal generating unit configured to generate a second periodic signal having a period different from a
period of the first periodic signal;

a third periodic signal generating unit configured to generate a third periodic signal having a period longer than the period
of each of the first and second periodic signals using the first and second periodic signals;

a fourth periodic signal generating unit configured to generate a fourth periodic signal having the same period as the period
of the first periodic signal;

a fifth periodic signal generating unit configured to generate a fifth periodic signal having a period which is a fraction
of an integer of the period of the fourth periodic signal;

a sixth periodic signal generating unit configured to generate a sixth periodic signal having the same period as the period
of the second periodic signal; and

a seventh periodic signal generating unit configured to generate a seventh periodic signal having a period that is a fraction
of an integer of the period of the sixth periodic signal, and

wherein the first periodic signal generating unit synthesizes the fourth periodic signal and the fifth periodic signal to
generate the first periodic signal,

wherein the second periodic signal generating unit synthesizes the sixth periodic signal and the seventh periodic signal to
generate the second periodic signal, and

wherein the signal processor includes a position information calculating unit configured to obtain the position information
of the object using the first periodic signal and the third periodic signal.

US Pat. No. 9,375,872

IMPRINT APPARATUS, MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR ARTICLE USING THE SAME, AND IMPRINT METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus configured to form a pattern of an imprint material on a substrate with a mold, the imprint apparatus
comprising:
a holding unit configured to hold the mold by attracting a first surface of the mold, the first surface being opposite to
a second surface of the mold, the second surface on which the pattern is formed, with a suction unit that includes a plurality
of suction force generating portions, wherein the first surface of the mold includes a first region and a second region, the
second region being closer to a center of the mold from a lateral surface than is the first region;

a suction force adjusting unit configured to adjust a suction force applied by the plurality of suction force generating portions;
and

a shape correcting unit configured to apply a force to a lateral surface of the mold such that a shape of a pattern region
of the mold gets closer to a shape of a substrate-side pattern region of the substrate,

wherein, in the case of applying a force to the mold by use of the shape correcting unit, the suction force adjusting unit
adjusts the suction force applied by the plurality of suction force generating portions, so that a suction force of the first
region of the first surface of the mold is less that of the second region.

US Pat. No. 9,378,213

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising a processor and a memory which stores a file management application program,
wherein the processor executes the file management program to function as:
an inquiry unit configured to inquire, if data dragged from a mail application is dropped to the file management application
program, of an operating system whether the dragged data is a file object, a text character string indicating a file path
or a text character string indicating a folder;

an addition unit configured to add, if the dragged data is a file object as a result of the inquiry made by the inquiry unit,
the dragged file object to the file management application program;

a file object acquisition unit configured to acquire, if the dragged data is a text character string indicating a file path
as a result of the inquiry made by the inquiry unit, a file object corresponding to the file path indicated by the dragged
text character string, wherein the addition unit adds the file object acquired by the file object acquisition unit to the
file management application program if the dragged data is the text character string indicating the file path; and

an intra-folder file object acquisition unit configured to acquire, if the dragged data is a text character string indicating
a folder as a result of the inquiry made by the inquiry unit, all file objects included in the folder indicated by the dragged
text character string, wherein the addition unit adds the all file objects acquired by the intra-folder file object acquisition
unit to the file management application program if the dragged data is the text character string indicating the folder.

US Pat. No. 9,377,716

UNIT AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,372,647

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF PRINTING IMAGE DATA ASSOCIATED WITH PRINT RIGHT, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus capable of communicating with a management server that manages print rights, the image forming
apparatus comprising:
an input unit configured to input data;
a communication unit configured to, if a print right is associated with the input data, make an inquiry of the management
server about print permission of the input data and to receive a response to the inquiry from the management server;

a printing unit configured to print the input data based on the response received by said communication unit;
a storage unit configured to store, if said printing unit prints the input data with which a print right is not associated,
print history information and raster image data converted from the input data, and to store, if said printing unit prints
the input data with which a print right is associated, print history information and the unconverted input data itself; and

a control unit configured to control said printing unit to re-print the raster image or the input data, based on the print
history information stored in said storage unit.

US Pat. No. 9,372,648

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,372,439

DEVELOPING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,372,446

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,373,478

RADIATION GENERATING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,372,068

MEASURING APPARATUS INCLUDING MULTI-WAVELENGTH INTERFEROMETER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,366,587

OPTICAL FORCE SENSOR AND APPARATUS USING OPTICAL FORCE SENSOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,368,711

PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, MULTILAYERED PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD, LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS, ULTRASONIC MOTOR, OPTICAL APPARATUS, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A piezoelectric element comprising:
a first electrode;
a second electrode; and
a piezoelectric material including:
crystal grains of a perovskite-type metal oxide represented by general formula (1) as a main component
(Ba1-xCax)a(Ti1-yZry)O3(where 1.00?a?1.01,0.02?x?0.30,0.020?y?0.095, and y?x)  (1),

 and
a manganese component incorporated in the piezoelectric material,
wherein a manganese content of relative to 100 parts by weight of the perovskite-type metal oxide is 0.02 parts by weight
or more and 0.40 parts by weight or less on a metal basis,

wherein an auxiliary component content other than the content of the manganese component relative to 100 parts by weight of
the perovskite-type metal oxide is less than 2.1 parts by weight on an oxide basis,

wherein the crystal grains have an average circular equivalent diameter of more than 0.8 ?m and less than 182.0 ?m, and
wherein the piezoelectric material has a relative density of more than 89.0% and 100% or less.

US Pat. No. 9,361,133

MANAGEMENT SCREEN FOR IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,361,472

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

3. A non-transitory storage medium storing a computer program having instructions thereon that when executed by at least one
processor of an information processing apparatus, instruct the at least one processor to perform a control method comprising:
restoring encrypted data stored in a second storage device, wherein the second storage device is a flash disk or an external
storage connected to an universal serial bus (USB) connected to the-information processing apparatus comprising the at least
one processor, a memory connected to the at least one processor, a first storage device, wherein the first storage device
is a hard disk drive (HDD), a storage controller device configured to connect to the at least one processor, and an encryption/decryption
processing device comprising an encryption board configured to encrypt data to be written in the first storage device and
decrypt encrypted data read from the first storage device and further wherein the encryption processing device is disposed
between the storage controller device and the first storage device;

instructing the encryption/decryption processing device connected to the storage controller device to restore a first encrypted
data stored in the second storage device to the first storage device to perform the steps of:

reading by the storage controller the first encrypted data from the second storage devise;
encrypting the first encrypted data by the encryption/decryption processing device;
storing by the storage controller a double encrypted data in the first storage device;
decrypting the double encrypted data stored in the first storage device twice by the encryption/decryption processing device
and reading the twice-decrypted data into the memory connected to the processor, and

encrypting the twice-decrypted data in the memory by the encryption/decryption processing device and storing a second encrypted
data comprising the encrypted the twice-decrypted data in the first storage device.

US Pat. No. 9,361,235

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that controls fetching and prefetching with respect to a cache storage apparatus for
data in a memory, comprising:
a cache storage apparatus having, as an entry for managing data that is a cache target, an entry including a tag bit for managing
an address in the memory of the data, the data, and a reference count for managing a number of times that the data is referenced;

a determination unit configured to determine, based on a reference address, whether or not it is possible to read in data
from an entry corresponding to the cache storage apparatus; and

a control unit configured to control at least one of a prefetch and a fetch based on a result of the determination by the
determination unit, wherein

the control unit,
in a case where a result of the determination by the determination unit is that it is possible to read in the data from the
entry,

increases, in a case where the reference address is for a prefetch, a value of the reference count of the entry,
decreases, in a case where the reference address is for a fetch, the value of the reference count of the entry, and
in a case where a result of the determination by the determination unit is that it is not possible to read in the data from
the entry,

prohibits, in a case where the reference address is for a prefetch, a replacement of prefetched data in the entry until the
value of the reference count of the entry becomes zero.

US Pat. No. 9,362,782

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:
a communication unit that performs wireless communication;
a load unit;
a power receiving unit that wirelessly receives power from a power supply apparatus; and
a control unit that controls to limit a supply of power to the load unit if the communication unit transmits data to the power
supply apparatus,

wherein, if a predetermined power is received from the power supply apparatus, the control unit controls not to supply the
power received from the power supply apparatus to the communication unit.

US Pat. No. 9,357,913

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,357,139

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,349,771

MICROLENS FORMING METHOD AND SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,348,277

FIXING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing apparatus configured to fix an image onto a recording material, the fixing apparatus comprising:
a rotational member having a cylindrical shape and configured to include a conductive layer;
a coil having a helical shape and configured to be disposed inside the rotational member, the coil having a helix axis extending
in a direction along a generatrix direction of the rotational member;

a resonance circuit including a resonance capacitor and configured to be formed together with the rotational member and the
coil;

a first converter configured to drive the resonance circuit;
a second converter configured to be used to control power to be supplied to the first converter;
a frequency setting unit configured to set a driving frequency of the first converter according to at least one of a size
of the recording material and a temperature at a sheet non-passing portion of the rotational member; and

a power control unit configured to control the second converter according to a temperature at a sheet passing portion of the
rotational member to control the power to be supplied to the first converter from the second converter,

wherein the conductive layer is caused to generate heat by electromagnetic induction, and the image formed on the recording
material is fixed onto the recording material with the heat of the rotational member.

US Pat. No. 9,350,884

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,350,958

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS AND CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state imaging apparatus including a plurality of pixels, and conversion units each configured to A/D-convert a
signal from each of said plurality of pixels,
each of said conversion units comprising
a comparison unit configured to receive a reference signal, and compare an analog signal from said pixel with the reference
signal,

a sampling unit configured to receive a first clock signal, and sample a signal level of the first clock signal based on an
output of said comparison unit,

a counter configured to receive the first clock signal, and count, based on the output of said comparison unit, a time until
a magnitude relationship between the analog signal and the reference signal is reversed, and

an output unit configured to output a digital signal corresponding to the analog signal based on a count result of said counter
and a sampling result of said sampling unit, and

said sampling unit comprising
a first latch unit configured to latch the output of said comparison unit in response to the first clock signal,
a second latch unit configured to latch the output of said comparison unit in response to a second clock signal having a phase
different from that of the first clock signal, and

a third latch unit configured to latch an output of said first latch unit in response to an output of said second latch unit.

US Pat. No. 9,344,216

ERROR CONCEALMENT METHOD FOR WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus for reconstructing pixel values of a video frame comprising: a receiving unit adapted to receive a signal
from at least one communication channel, the signal comprising video packets comprising pixel values possibly corrupted with
errors;
a confidence estimation unit adapted to associate confidence levels with pixel values comprised in the video packets received
by the receiving unit;

and a processing unit configured to reconstruct pixel values usable for display from the received pixel values, wherein a
reconstructed value for a given pixel is obtained from the received values of a set of pixels, including the given pixel,
weighted by their associated confidence levels, wherein the reconstructed value for the given pixel is obtained by:

maximum ratio combining (MRC) received values of all the set of pixels if the confidence level associated with the value of
the given pixel is below than or equal to a first threshold and above a second threshold, and

averaging the received values of all the set of pixels, excluding the given pixel, if the confidence level associated with
the value of the given pixel is below than or equal to the second threshold and the absolute value of the differences between
the confidence levels of pairs of pixels of the set, excluding the given pixel, are below than or equal to a third threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,336,556

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,335,812

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,329,557

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus comprising:
first and second rotatable members configured to form a nip portion therebetween for heating a toner image on a recording
material in an image heating operation;

a rubbing rotatable member configured to rub an outer surface of said first rotatable member;
a moving mechanism configured to move said rubbing rotatable member between a contacted position in which said rubbing rotatable
member is contacted to said first rotatable member and a spaced position in which said rubbing rotatable member is spaced
from said first rotatable member;

a jam controller configured to (i) interrupt the image heating operation with an occurrence of a jam in the nip portion and
(ii) restart the image heating operation after the jam is cleared; and

a rubbing controller configured to execute a rubbing operation with a movement of said rubbing rotatable member from the spaced
position to the contacted position by said moving mechanism when a predetermined number of recording materials each having
a predetermined width is passed through the nip portion without the occurrence of the jam after last rubbing operation is
executed,

wherein when the jam occurs after the last rubbing operation is executed, said rubbing controller prohibits the execution
of the rubbing operation until a predetermined number of recording materials is passed through the nip portion after the jam
is cleared.

US Pat. No. 9,329,821

PRINTING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING PRINTING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR DISPLAYING PRINT JOB PROCESSING TIME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a storing unit configured to store a job;
a printing unit configured to print an image on a sheet;
a first determining unit configured to determine a preparation time of the printing unit to become a print-ready state for
a first job stored in the storing unit, based on a necessary fixing temperature of a fixing unit of the printing unit for
printing an image on a sheet to be used in a second job, the first job being to be processed in accordance with completion
of processing the second job;

a second determining unit configured to determine a print time for the printing unit to print an image on a sheet to be used
in the first job stored in the storing unit; and

a displaying unit configured to display time information including the preparation time determined by the first determining
unit and the print time determined by the second determining unit.

US Pat. No. 9,332,151

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,332,180

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capture apparatus comprising:
an image capture unit that generates first image data using an image capture device;
an image processing unit that generates second image data from the first image data so that an image quality of the second
image data corresponds to a first image quality corresponding to a flat image quality;

an image quality adjusting unit that converts the second image data into third image data by adjusting the image quality of
the second image data to be a second image quality different from the first image quality, the second image quality depending
upon a post processing that is selected from multiple types of post processing by a user; and

an output unit that outputs the third image data from the image capture apparatus to an external apparatus instead of the
second image data when a predetermined condition is satisfied.

US Pat. No. 9,328,380

FLOW PASSAGE DEVICE AND TESTING SYSTEM USING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A flow passage device having a flow passage, wherein the flow passage device is able to heat a fluid in the flow passage,
and wherein a state of the fluid in the flow passage is observable using light, the flow passage device comprising:
an observation surface used for observing a state in the flow passage;
a first inner wall surface that is part of inner walls of the flow passage; and
a second inner wall surface that opposes the first inner wall surface and that is part of the inner walls of the flow passage,
wherein a heating resistor is provided in the second inner wall surface, wherein the heating resistor has a reflective surface
that reflects light, and

wherein the second inner wall surface is, aside from the heating resistor, provided with a reflective member that does not
produce heat, wherein the reflective member is provided adjacent to the heating resistor with a gap therebetween.

US Pat. No. 9,329,505

LITHOGRAPHY SYSTEM AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF COMMODITIES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lithography system including at least three lithography apparatuses each that form a pattern onto a substrate held by
a substrate stage, the system comprising:
a calculation unit that calculates, based on a transfer function, a vibration of a first lithography apparatus, among the
at least three lithography apparatuses, due to vibrations of lithography apparatuses other than the first lithography apparatus,
among the at least three lithography apparatuses; and

a control unit that controls the lithography apparatuses other than the first lithography apparatus, so that the vibration
of the first lithography apparatus calculated by the calculation unit falls below a tolerance,

wherein the transfer function is a relationship between a first vibration generated in one of two lithography apparatuses,
among the at least three lithography apparatuses, and a second vibration generated in the other of the two lithography apparatuses,
upon transmission of the first vibration to the other lithography apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,321,080

ELECTROMECHANICAL TRANSDUCER AND METHOD FOR DETECTING SENSITIVITY VARIATION OF ELECTROMECHANICAL TRANSDUCER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,320,423

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR DETECTING BOUNDARIES IN TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGE, METHOD FOR IMAGE PROCESSING, IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a memory; and
a processor that is in communication with the memory, the processor configured to control
a detection unit configured to detect a first layer boundary and a second layer boundary in a tomographic image of a subject's
eye;

a determination unit configured to determine whether an area between the first layer boundary and the second layer boundary
is a gap caused by a detachment of vitreous cortex or not; and

an identifying unit configured to identify the kind of the first layer boundary on the basis of the result of the determination,
wherein the first layer boundary is identified as an inner limiting membrane when it is determined that the area is not the
gap caused by the detachment of vitreous cortex and the first layer boundary is identified as a vitreous cortex when it is
determined that the area is the gap caused by the detachment of vitreous cortex.

US Pat. No. 9,321,274

LIQUID EJECTION CARTRIDGE AND LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid ejection cartridge comprising:
a liquid ejection section for ejecting liquid, the liquid ejection section having at least a recording element substrate that
ejects liquid; and

an electrical contact section positioned to be electrically connected to a terminal section of an apparatus main body, the
electrical contact section being formed by a plurality of printed substrates including first and second printed substrates
arranged on a same surface of the liquid ejection cartridge,

wherein the liquid ejection section ejects liquid according to driving signals supplied from the terminal section of the apparatus
main body and transmitted by the first printed substrate to the recording element substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,321,293

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,311,963

RECORDING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A recording apparatus, comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain moving image data;
a recording unit configured to record first moving image data obtained by the obtaining unit on a first recording medium and
record second moving image data obtained by the obtaining unit on a second recording medium; and

a control unit configured to control the recording unit to, in accordance with an instruction to start recording the second
moving image data as the first moving image data is being recorded on the first recording medium, start recording of the second
moving image data on the second recording medium, and in accordance with an instruction to stop recording the second moving
image data as the first moving image data is being recorded on the first recording medium, stop recording of the second moving
image data on the second recording medium,

wherein the control unit controls the recording unit to record, on the first recording medium, additional information including
information about positions in the first moving image data that correspond to the instruction to start recording the second
moving image data and the instruction to stop recording the second moving image data, which are received during recording
the first moving image data.

US Pat. No. 9,311,709

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an image acquisition unit configured to acquire a three-dimensional image captured by imaging a subject using a first imaging
device and a two-dimensional image captured by imaging a surface of the subject using a second imaging device;

an information acquisition unit configured to acquire information representing a surface position of the subject from the
three-dimensional image;

a first generation unit configured to generate a projection image in a case where seeing the three-dimensional image from
a viewpoint of the second imaging device, based on the information representing the surface position; and

an alignment unit configured to align the three-dimensional image with the two-dimensional image with respect to the subject
using the projection image and the two-dimensional image.

US Pat. No. 9,313,342

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image reading apparatus capable of being connected to a server via a network, and reading an image of an original based
on a reading instruction from a user terminal via the server, comprising:
a reading unit configured to read the image of the original;
a display unit configured to display a message to prompt a user to input an instruction concerning reading of a next original
after the image of the original is read by said reading unit in accordance with the reading instruction from the user terminal;
and

an input unit configured to input an instruction from the user to the display by said display unit.

US Pat. No. 9,295,438

MOVABLE X-RAY GENERATION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,300,820

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,291,942

DEVELOPER ACCOMMODATING UNIT, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,291,957

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH RECIPROCATING MECHANISM FOR CLEANING BLADE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member configured to bear a toner image;
a movable belt configured to feed a recording material onto which the toner image is to be transferred from said image bearing
member at a transfer portion;

a cleaning blade, in contact with an outer peripheral surface of said belt and extending in a width direction crossing a movement
direction of said belt, configured to remove toner deposited on said belt;

a reciprocating mechanism configured to reciprocate said cleaning blade in the width direction so that one end portion thereof
is moved in a range from a first position to a second position and another end portion thereof is moved in a range from a
third position to a fourth position, wherein in the first position, the one end portion is at an outermost position on one
end portion side of said cleaning blade, in the second position, the one end portion is at an innermost position on the one
end portion side, in the third position, the other end portion is at an innermost position on another end portion side of
said cleaning blade, and in the fourth position, the other end portion is at an outermost position on the other end portion
side; and

a brush, in contact with the outer peripheral surface of said belt and extending in the width direction, configured to remove
the toner deposited on said belt, wherein said brush is provided upstream of said cleaning blade and downstream of the transfer
portion with respect to the movement direction of said belt so that one end portion of said brush is disposed between the
first and second positions and the other end portion of said brush is disposed between the third and fourth positions.

US Pat. No. 9,292,745

OBJECT DETECTION APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,285,749

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WHICH RECEIVES AN INSTRUCTION TO TAKE OUT SHEETS STORED IN A STORAGE PORTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a main body formed with an opening;
a storage portion configured to store a sheet, on which an image is formed, inside the main body;
a conveyance unit configured to convey the sheet, on which the image is formed, to the storage portion;
a moving unit configured to move the sheet stored in the storage portion and stop the sheet in an exposed state in which a
part of the sheet is exposed outside the main body through the opening; and

a detection unit configured to detect the sheet in the exposed state,
wherein, in a case where the image forming apparatus receives a first instruction to convey a first number of sheets, which
is more than a storable number in the storage portion, to the storage portion, the conveyance unit conveys a second number
of sheets, which is equal to or less than the storable number in the storage portion, to the storage portion, and then in
a case where the image forming apparatus receives a second instruction to take out the sheets stored in the storage portion,
the moving unit moves the second number of sheets being stored in the storage portion, and stops the sheets in the exposed
state and then in response to the detection unit detecting that the second number of sheets in the exposed state is taken
out from the storage portion, even if the image forming apparatus doesn't receive any further instruction to convey sheets
or further instruction to take out sheets, the conveyance unit and the moving unit repeats an operation to convey rest of
the sheets other than the second number of sheets among the first number of sheets to the storage portion and to move the
rest of the sheets being stored in the storage portion and stop the rest of the sheets in the exposed state.

US Pat. No. 9,286,009

PRINTING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF PERFORMING DIRECT WIRELESS COMMUNICATION, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING PRINTING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a processor coupled to a memory;
a printing unit configured to perform printing processing;
a setting unit configured to set a permitted port number based on user's designation;
a determination unit configured to determine, in a case where the printing apparatus receives print data, whether a port number
used when the print data is received corresponds to the permitted port number set by the setting unit; and

a control unit configured to permit the printing unit to perform printing processing based on the print data in a case where
the determination unit determines that the port number used when the print data is received corresponds to the permitted port
number set by the setting unit, and to prohibit the printing unit to perform printing processing based on the print data in
a case where the determination unit determines that the port number used when the print data is received does not correspond
to the permitted port number set by the setting unit,

wherein the printing apparatus is able to perform a direct wireless communication with an external apparatus,
wherein, in a case where the printing apparatus receives print data via a wired LAN I/F, the control unit permits or prohibits
the printing unit to perform printing processing based on the print data, according to a result of the determination by the
determination unit,

wherein, in a case where the printing apparatus receives print data from the external apparatus via the direct wireless communication,
the control unit permits the printing unit to perform printing processing based on the print data regardless of a result of
the determination by the determination unit, and

wherein the setting unit, the determination unit, and the control unit are implemented by the processor.

US Pat. No. 9,286,306

DOCUMENT IMAGE MANAGEMENT DEVICE AND DOCUMENT IMAGE MANAGEMENT METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A computer comprising:
a processor;
non-transitory computer-readable storage media connected to the processor and storing a program executable by the computer;
a first processing unit performs a first process with regard to a file in response to a user selecting first information;
a first causing unit causes a display device to display a name identifying the file and second information corresponding to
the first information after the first process has been performed with regard to the file;

a second causing unit causes the display device to display a function name in response to a user clicking on the name identifying
the file, wherein the function name is different from the second information;

a second processing unit performs, in response to a user selecting the function name, a process corresponding to the selected
function name with regard to the file corresponding to the clicked name identifying the file; and

a third causing unit causes the display device to display, in response to a user selecting the second information, a list
and the name identifying the file in different areas,

wherein the list includes names identifying files with regard to which the first process has been performed except the name
identifying the file,

wherein the list aligns the names identifying the files with regard to which the first process has been performed earlier
than the file,

wherein the first causing unit causes the display device to display the name identifying the file and the second information
corresponding to the first information in a case where an instruction to display a history is given from a user after the
first process has been performed with regard to the file, and

wherein each of said units is implemented at least in part by the computer executing the program.

US Pat. No. 9,286,078

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,288,677

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,286,117

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,279,775

X-RAY IMAGING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An X-ray imaging apparatus for capturing an X-ray tomogram of an object, comprising:
a selection unit configured to select two X-ray focuses out of a plurality of X-ray focuses which project images on an X-ray
detector through a region of interest which is an imaging region of the object, the selected two X-ray focuses having an intersecting
angle of a predetermined value in the region of interest; and

a control unit configured to control the X-ray focuses existing between the selected two X-ray focuses to emit X-rays and
to control the X-ray detector to detect the emitted X-rays, for capturing an X-ray image,

wherein, after the two X-ray focuses are selected by the selection unit, the selection unit selects other two X-ray focuses
by decreasing the intersecting angle in the region of interest.

US Pat. No. 9,278,518

PRINTHEAD SUBSTRATE, PRINTHEAD, AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printhead substrate comprising:
a plurality of printing portions;
a plurality of ink supply ports;
wherein the plurality of printing portions are divided into a plurality of groups arrayed along a first direction, and
wherein the plurality of ink supply ports are arranged along the first direction so as to correspond to the plurality of groups
respectively; and

a plurality of first voltage wiring portions, provided in correspondence with the plurality of groups, each of which is configured
to supply a first voltage to a first terminal of each printing portion in the corresponding groups; and

a plurality of second voltage wiring portions, provided in correspondence with the plurality of groups, each of which is configured
to supply a second voltage to a second terminal of each printing portion in the corresponding group,

wherein each of the plurality of first voltage wiring portions includes:
a first wiring pattern configured to electrically connect the first terminals of the printing portions in the corresponding
group with each other, and

a second wiring pattern arranged between an ink supply port in the corresponding group and another ink supply port different
from the ink supply port in the corresponding group, and electrically connected to the first wiring pattern, and

wherein each of the plurality of second voltage wiring portions includes:
a third wiring pattern configured to electrically connect the second terminals of the printing portions in the corresponding
group with each other, and

a fourth wiring pattern arranged between the ink supply port in the corresponding group and another ink supply port different
from the ink supply port in the corresponding group, and electrically connected to the third wiring pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,278,543

INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inkjet recording apparatus comprising:
a first ink tank for storing ink;
a second ink tank for receiving ink supplied from the first tank;
a partitioning portion configured to partition the second ink tank to form a first chamber and a second chamber;
a first communication port provided in the second ink tank and configured to make the first chamber and the second chamber
communicate with each other;

a second communication port provided in the second ink tank and configured to make the first chamber and the second chamber
communicate with each other;

an ink inlet port provided in the first chamber and configured to allow ink to flow from the first ink tank to the second
ink tank, and

a sensing unit provided in the second chamber and configured to sense the amount of ink in the second ink tank,
wherein the ink inlet port is provided at a position such that when a height of the ink surface when a minimum volume of ink
is in the second ink tank under normal usage is a first height and a height of the ink inlet port is a second height, a volume
in the second ink tank above the second height does not become smaller than an amount of ink volume change in the second chamber
when the volume of the ink is changed from the first height to the second height, and

the second communication port is arranged above the second height.

US Pat. No. 9,280,108

FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device for fixing an image on a recording material, comprising:
a cylindrical film;
a nip forming member contacting an inner surface of said film; and
a back-up member configured to form a nip in cooperation with said nip forming member via said film, the nip being a contact
region where said film and said back-up member contact each other to feed the recording material and being a portion extending
from an entrance where the recording material in an unnipped state enters the contact region to an exit where the recording
material comes out of the contact region,

wherein said nip forming member includes a projected portion, at the exit, projected toward said back-up member, wherein at
least a part of said projected portion with respect to a recording material feeding direction is inside the nip and contacts
the inner surface of said film,

wherein the projection amount of said projected portion is smaller in an end portion region positioned at an end portion of
said projected portion with respect to a generatrix direction of said film than in a central region positioned at a central
portion of said projected portion with respect to the generatrix direction, at least a part of the end portion region being
inside a feeding region of a maximum-sized recording material usable in said fixing device, and

wherein with respect to the recording material feeding direction, the width of the part of said projected portion inside the
nip is broader in the end portion region than in the central region.

US Pat. No. 9,274,474

FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,274,481

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,275,270

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,271,695

APPARATUS FOR MAMMOGRAPHY WITH ACOUSTIC MATCHING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,274,775

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,274,254

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,270,992

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image coding apparatus comprising:
a division unit configured to divide an input image into a processing target block;
a prediction mode determination unit configured, in units of the processing target block divided by the division unit, to
determine a mode of an intra-picture prediction of the processing target block;

a holding unit configured to hold the intra prediction mode determined by the prediction mode determination unit;
a prediction mode estimation unit configured to estimate the intra prediction mode of the processing target block based on
an intra prediction mode of a surrounding block around the processing target block, which is held by the holding unit;

a determination unit configured to determine whether the result of the prediction mode determination unit and the result of
the prediction mode estimation unit match each other;

a coding unit configured to code the result of the determination unit, and further, when the result of the determination unit
indicates a mismatch, to code the result of the prediction mode determination unit;

a mode comparison unit configured to acquire an intra prediction mode of one or more predetermined block surrounding the processing
target block from the holding unit to compare the mode; and

a control unit configured to control the coding unit based on the result of the mode comparison unit.

US Pat. No. 9,268,248

CORONA CHARGER INCLUDING SHUTTER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,268,252

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,268,512

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,270,320

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,270,844

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM THAT COMPLEMENT A DOMAIN TO AN ADDRESS DATA ITEM WITH NO DOMAIN NAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus communicable with a client image processing apparatus via a network, the image processing
apparatus comprising:
a storage device storing an address book containing at least one address data item in which a host name is described but no
domain name is described, each of the at least one address data item being usable as a transmission destination to which an
image is transmitted;

a controller configured to:
receive a request of the address book from the client image processing apparatus, the request being for requesting the image
processing apparatus to transmit address data items contained therein, to the client image processing apparatus;

acquire from the client image processing apparatus an IP address of a DNS server set in the client image processing apparatus;
compare between the acquired IP address and an IP address of a DNS server set in the image processing apparatus;
determine, based on a result of the comparison, whether or not to add a domain name of the image processing apparatus;
add, based on a result of the determination, the domain name of the image processing apparatus to the at least one address
data item in which the host name is described but no domain name is described, when the request of the address book is received
from the client image processing apparatus; and

transmit the at least one address data item, to which the domain name of the image processing apparatus is added, to the client
image processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,265,474

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,270,125

WIRELESS POWER TRANSFER SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD OF WIRELESS POWER TRANSFER SYSTEM, WIRELESS POWER TRANSMITTING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF WIRELESS POWER TRANSMITTING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power transmitting apparatus comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect a power receiving apparatus;
a power transmitting unit configured to wirelessly supply power with a power receiving apparatus detected by said detection
unit; and

a display control unit configured to cause a display unit to display information representing a result due to a restriction
of a power supplied by said power transmitting unit to a first power receiving apparatus, in a case where said power transmitting
unit supplies power with a second power receiving apparatus when said first power receiving apparatus is detected by said
detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,270,905

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,270,163

POWER SOURCE, POWER FAILURE DETECTION APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power source comprising:
a rectifying unit configured to full-wave rectify an alternating current (AC) voltage to be input;
a first converter configured to convert a rectified voltage from the rectifying unit to a first voltage;
a zero cross detection unit configured to detect a zero cross of the AC voltage and supplied with the first voltage;
a first capacitance element connected between an output side of the rectified voltage from the rectifying unit and a ground;
a first discharging resistor connected to an input side of the AC voltage with respect to the rectifying unit and configured
to discharge electric charges charged in the first capacitance element;

a voltage detection unit connected to the first discharging resistor and configured to detect the AC voltage and output a
signal corresponding to the detected AC voltage;

a first switch unit configured to switch a signal supplied to the voltage detection unit and supplied with the first voltage;
a second capacitance element connected to an input side of the AC voltage with respect to the rectifying unit and across two
lines to which the AC voltage is supplied; and

a second discharging resistor connected between an input side of the AC voltage with respect to the rectifying unit and the
zero cross detection unit and configured to discharge electric charges charged in the second capacitance element,

wherein the zero cross detection unit detects the zero cross of the AC voltage using a current flowing to the second discharging
resistor and wherein the first discharging resistor is lower in resistance than the second discharging resistor; and

wherein in a case where the power source is in an energy saving state, supply of the first voltage to the zero cross detection
unit and the first switch unit is shut off.

US Pat. No. 9,268,119

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens, comprising, in order from an object side to an image side, a first lens unit having a negative refractive
power, a second lens unit having a positive refractive power, and a third lens unit having a positive refractive power, the
lens units being configured to change intervals between the respective neighboring lens units for zooming, the zoom lens having
an F-number which is constant over an entire zoom range,
the zoom lens comprising a first variable stop and a second variable stop, the first variable stop being disposed between
the first lens unit and the second lens unit and having an aperture diameter changing for zooming, the second variable stop
being disposed in an image side of the first variable stop and having an aperture diameter changing for zooming,

wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
0.90
0.60 where Sw1 represents a distance from the first variable stop to an image plane at a wide-angle end, Sw2 represents a distance
from the second variable stop to the image plane at the wide-angle end, and Tkw represents a distance from an exit pupil position
to the image plane at the wide-angle end.

US Pat. No. 9,266,331

MANUFACTURING METHOD OF SUBSTRATE FOR LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,266,334

INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,270,967

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,270,209

SERVO APPARATUS, AND CONTROLLING METHOD OF SERVO APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A servo apparatus comprising:
a motor configured to output rotation;
a shaft angle detecting unit configured to detect an angle change of a shaft rotating by the rotation output of the motor,
for a predetermined angular unit; and

a controlling unit configured to be able to perform standard control of, based on an input indicated angle, generating an
integer multiple driving instruction corresponding to an integer multiple of the predetermined angular unit, and providing
the generated integer multiple driving instruction to the motor to drive and control the motor,

wherein the controlling unit can perform micro control of, based on the input indicated angle, providing, to the motor, a
fraction multiple driving instruction in which instructions corresponding to the integer multiple of the predetermined angular
unit are arranged to form a predetermined pattern with a predetermined period and an average value thereof corresponds to
a fraction multiple of the predetermined angular unit, to drive and control the motor.

US Pat. No. 9,262,705

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,262,968

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,256,792

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an extraction unit configured to extract one or more character area images from an image;
a determination unit configured to determine a pair of character area images to be a combination target based on a degree
of similarity of an image feature in each character area image extracted by the extraction unit from different images; and

a combination unit configured to combine the determined pair of character area images to form a combined character area image,
wherein the combination unit is configured to compare a dynamic range of each overlapping area image and combine using the
overlapping area image having the larger dynamic range.

US Pat. No. 9,257,075

LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid crystal display apparatus comprising:
a backlight which consists of a first light source for emitting light of a first color, a second light source for emitting
light of a second color, and a third light source for emitting light of a third color;

a liquid crystal panel which is an assembly of pixels consisting of first subpixels for transmitting the light of the first
color therethrough, second subpixels for transmitting the light of the second color therethrough, and third subpixels for
transmitting the light of the third color therethrough;

a light source control unit which independently controls the light emission of the first light source, the second light source,
and the third light source; and

a liquid crystal control unit which controls transmittances of the first subpixels, the second subpixels, and the third subpixels
depending on image data, wherein:

the second light source, the first subpixel, and the third subpixel fulfill at least any condition of:
a first condition in which a light emission spectrum of the second light source further includes a fourth color as a color
between the second color and the first color and the light of the fourth color is further transmitted through the first subpixel;
and

a second condition in which a light emission spectrum of the second light source further includes a fifth color as a color
between the second color and the third color and the light of the fifth color is further transmitted through the third subpixel;
and

the light source control unit controls the light sources by dividing a display period of one frame into a plurality of subframe
periods including:

such a first subframe period that, by turning ON the first light source and the third light source, the light of the first
color is transmitted through the first subpixel and the light of the third color is transmitted through the third subpixel;

such a second subframe period that, by turning ON the second light source, the light of the second color is transmitted through
the second subpixel, the light of the fourth color is transmitted through the first subpixel if the first condition is fulfilled,
the light of the fifth color is transmitted through the third subpixel if the second condition is fulfilled, and the light
of the fourth color is transmitted through the first subpixel and the light of the fifth color is transmitted through the
third subpixel if both of the first condition and the second condition are both fulfilled; and

a color gamut area in which color reproduction is performed by the liquid crystal display apparatus is wider than a color
gamut defined by a triangle formed by the first color, the second color, and the third color.

US Pat. No. 9,258,492

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM IN WHICH PROGRAM IS STORED FOR ACQUIRING AND PROCESSING IMAGES TAKEN AT DIFFERENT FOCUS POSITIONS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a lens driver configured to drive a lens to change a focus position;
an image acquisition unit configured to acquire a first image and a second image taken at a different focus position from
the first image;

an image size changer configured to change an image size of at least one of the first and second images, according to the
difference between a position of the lens where the first image is taken and a position of the lens where the second image
is taken;

a position shift amount calculator configured to calculate position shift amounts of the first and second images after the
image size is changed by the image size changer;

a determination unit configured to determine a main object area and a backdrop area in the first image by using the first
image and the second image that are positioned based on the position shift amounts; and

a blurring unit configured to perform a low-pass filter processing for an area determined as the backdrop area by the determination
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,256,194

DEVELOPER SUPPLY CONTAINER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,253,374

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,253,390

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM FOR SETTING A COMBINATION PARAMETER FOR COMBINING A PLURALITY OF IMAGE DATA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing device comprising:
an image capturing unit configured to perform image capturing by forming an image of a subject with an optical system;
an operation unit configured to set an image capturing parameter including at least one of a focus position, an f-stop, and
a zoom magnification in performing the image capturing with the image capturing unit;

an acquiring unit configured to acquire, by using the image capturing parameter set by the operation unit, a plurality of
image data captured by the image capturing unit;

a setting unit configured to set, based on an input from a user operating the operation unit after the plurality of image
data are captured, a combination parameter used for combining the plurality of image data acquired by the acquiring unit;
and

a combining unit configured to combine the plurality of image data by using the combination parameter set by the setting unit
to generate combined image data.

US Pat. No. 9,250,841

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,239,423

IMAGING DEVICE, IMAGING SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING IMAGING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging device comprising:
a substrate in which a plurality of light receiving portions is arranged;
an insulator arranged on the substrate;
a plurality of first members arranged on the substrate so that a projection of each of the plurality of first members onto
the substrate at least partially overlaps with any of the plurality of light receiving portions, each of the plurality of
first members being surrounded by the insulator;

a second member arranged on the insulator and the plurality of first members; and
a light shielding portion arranged in the second member.

US Pat. No. 9,239,971

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,235,156

LAYER THICKNESS REGULATING MEMBER FOR REGULATING LAYER THICKNESS OF DEVELOPER CARRIED ON DEVELOPER CARRYING MEMBER AND LAYER THICKNESS REGULATING MEMBER MANUFACTURING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A layer thickness regulating member comprising:
a base portion;
a layer thickness regulating portion, projected from a front side surface of the base portion, configured to regulate a layer
thickness of a developer; and

a reinforcing rib portion, projected in a rear side of the base portion, formed along a longitudinal direction of the layer
thickness regulating member,

wherein the layer thickness regulating portion and the reinforcing rib portion are integrally molded with the base portion,
wherein the layer thickness regulating portion is separated from a metal mold by pushing out a free end of the reinforcing
rib portion from a rear side of the base portion by a plurality of pushing-out members after being metal-molded, and

wherein a molding trace by the plurality of pushing-out members is formed on a surface of the free end of the reinforcing
rib portion.

US Pat. No. 9,235,165

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH ELECTROSTATIC CLEANING MEMBERS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an intermediary transfer belt;
a transfer member configured to transfer a toner image from said intermediary transfer belt onto a transfer material at a
transfer portion;

a power supply configured to apply a transfer voltage to said transfer member;
a first cleaning member configured to contact with a surface of said intermediary transfer belt at a first cleaning portion
to collect toner passed through the transfer portion, a first voltage having an identical polarity to a toner charge polarity
being applied to said first cleaning member;

a second cleaning member configured to contact with the surface of said intermediary transfer belt at a second cleaning portion
to collect the toner passed through the transfer portion, a second voltage having an opposite polarity to the toner charge
polarity being applied to said second cleaning member;

a first detecting member configured to detect a first current passing through said first cleaning member;
a second detecting member configured to detect a second current passing through said second cleaning member;
a memory configured to store information about detection results of said first detecting member and said second detecting
member; and

a control portion, capable of executing an adjusting mode, configured to detect the first current and the second current using
said first and second detecting members, respectively, and configured to adjust the transfer voltage on the basis of detection
results of said first and said second detecting members and the information from said memory stored in a previous adjusting
mode, the transfer voltage being adjusted to a lower voltage in a case of a first decrease amount being greater than a second
decrease amount, and the transfer voltage being adjusted to a higher voltage in a case of the second decrease amount being
greater than the first decrease amount, the first decrease amount being a value obtained by subtracting an absolute value
of the first current detected in the adjusting mode from an absolute value of the first current detected in the previous adjusting
mode, the second decrease amount being a value obtained by subtracting an absolute value of the second current detected in
the adjusting mode from an absolute value of the second current detected in the previous adjusting mode.

US Pat. No. 9,229,386

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,232,101

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,225,713

SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,225,855

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,225,875

PRINTER SERVER, PRINTER CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM THAT STORES A CERTIFICATE GROUP WHICH PERMITS PRINTER CREATION AND PRINTING TO AVOID A RISK OF SPOOFING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a printing unit configured to execute a first printing process in which, after a first image has been printed on a first side
of a sheet and a second image has been printed on a second side of the sheet by executing a first job, a third image is printed
on another sheet by executing a second job to be executed following the first job, and a second printing process in which,
after the first image has been printed on the first side of the a sheet by executing the first job and before the second image
is printed on the second side of the a sheet by executing the first job, the third image is printed on the another sheet by
executing the second job to be executed following the first job; and

a control unit configured to decide, based on a type of the first job, whether to cause the printing unit to execute the first
printing process or to cause the printing unit to execute the second printing process.

US Pat. No. 9,226,135

COMMUNICATION DEVICE, COMMUNICATION METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM FOR CAUSING COMPUTER TO EXECUTE COMMUNICATION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of enabling a communication device to communicate with another communication device, the communication device
having a plurality of operation modes and a plurality of communication modes, the plurality of operation modes including a
control station mode, in which the communication device operates as a control station in a wireless network and the plurality
of communication modes including a first communication mode, in which a terminal station in a wireless network carries out
communications via a control station, and a second communication mode, in which a plurality of terminal stations carry out
communications without via a control station, the method comprising:
determining a state of connection with a first other communication device in the first communication mode in a case where
a communication request for requesting communications in the second communication mode is generated while the communication
device is operating in the control station mode; and

restricting switching the first communication mode to the second communication mode in a case where it is determined that
the communication device is connected to the first other communication device in the first communication mode, and switches
the first communication mode to the second communication mode in a case where it is determined that the communication device
is not connected to the first other communication device in the first communication mode.

US Pat. No. 9,225,882

ELECTRONIC COMPONENT PACKAGING THAT CAN SUPPRESS NOISE AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic component comprising:
an electronic device, wherein a plane which is located between a front surface and a back surface of the electronic device
and extends through a side surface of the electronic device without extending through the front surface or the back surface,
is defined as a reference plane;

a lid body that is provided at the front-surface side of the reference plane and that overlaps the electronic device in a
direction perpendicular to the reference plane;

a base body that is provided at the back-surface side of the reference plane and to which the electronic device is fixed;
an outer terminal that is provided at the back-surface side of the reference plane and that overlaps the base body in the
direction perpendicular to the reference plane, the outer terminal being electrically connected to an electrode of the electronic
device through an inner terminal;

a ferromagnetic body that is provided at the front-surface side of the reference plane and located outside a region that overlaps
the electronic device in a direction perpendicular to the reference plane, and is not located inside a region that overlaps
a portion of the electronic device in the direction perpendicular to the reference plane; and

a conductor that is provided at the back-surface side of the reference plane and that overlaps the portion of the electronic
device in the direction perpendicular to the reference plane,

wherein the ferromagnetic body overlaps the base body in the direction perpendicular to the reference plane, and
wherein the ferromagnetic body extends to a region outside a region that overlaps the base body in the direction perpendicular
to the reference plane.

US Pat. No. 9,217,943

MAGNETIC TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

wherein;
when a coverage ratio A (%) is a coverage ratio of the magnetic toner particles' surface by the inorganic fine particles and
a coverage ratio B (%) is a coverage ratio of the magnetic toner particles' surface by the inorganic fine particles that are
fixed to the magnetic toner particles' surface, the magnetic toner has a coverage ratio A of at least 45.0% and not more than
70.0% and a ratio [coverage ratio B/coverage ratio A] of the coverage ratio B to the coverage ratio A of from at least 0.50
to not more than 0.85, and

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,217,962

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,217,716

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,210,291

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF SYNTHESIZING FORM IMAGE WITH AGGREGATE IMAGE, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a processor connected to a memory, the processor and memory being configured to:
acquire image data;
store a form image;
accept, from a user, form synthesis settings of printing a synthesized image created by synthesizing the image data and the
form image;

accept, from a user, aggregate printing settings of printing an aggregate image of printing an aggregate image created by
aggregating a plurality of image data on one page;

select, in a case where the form synthesis settings are accepted and the aggregate printing settings are accepted, one of
a first layout in which the form image is synthesized with the whole aggregate image and a second layout in which the form
image is synthesized with each of the plurality of image data; and

print according to the selected one of the first layout and the second layout.

US Pat. No. 9,207,439

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,208,569

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,207,591

FIXING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device comprising:
a rotatable fixing member configured to heat and fix, onto a recording material, a toner image formed on the recording material;
a pressure member configured to form a nip portion pinching and conveying the recording material with the rotatable fixing
member;

a restriction member configured to restrict movement of the rotatable fixing member in a generatrix direction of the rotatable
fixing member;

a pressure application mechanism configured to apply pressure to the nip portion via the restriction member;
a pressure release mechanism configured to release the pressure applied to the nip portion, and
a capture member configured to capture a component vaporized by heat,
wherein the capture member is arranged to face a curved surface portion of the rotatable fixing member and is positioned by
the restriction member, and

wherein when the pressure release mechanism releases the pressure applied to the nip portion, the restriction member is moved
and the capture member is also moved along with the movement of the restriction member.

US Pat. No. 9,204,012

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH DENSITY DATA CORRECTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,195,381

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM TO RECEIVE A TOUCH OPERATION FOR ROTATING A DISPLAYED IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus configured to allow a touch operation thereon, the information processing apparatus
comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire an angle between a straight line determined by two touch points at a first time
point and a straight line determined by two touch points at a second time point;

a setting unit configured to set an angular threshold value based on a distance between the two touch points at the first
time point and a size of a target area of the touch operation included in the information processing apparatus; and

a reception unit configured to receive an operational input performed with the two touch points as an operation for rotating
an image displayed on a display device in a case where the angle acquired by the acquisition unit is greater than the angular
threshold value set by the setting unit,

wherein, the setting unit is configured to set the angular threshold value to a larger value as the distance between the two
touch points at the first time point is shorter, and in a case where the distance between the two touch points at the first
time point is the same and the size of the target area of the touch operation is different, the setting unit is configured
to set the angular threshold value to a smaller value as the size of the target area of the touch operation is smaller.

US Pat. No. 9,195,178

ROTARY ENDLESS BELT UNIT FOR USE IN AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A belt unit comprising:
a rotary endless belt;
a tension roller extending the endless belt and applying a tension force to the endless belt;
at least one extension roller extending the endless belt with the tension roller;
a first bearing portion supporting a first end of the tension roller such that the first end is movable in a tension direction
and is detachably mounted to be able to release the tension force by the first end coming off from the first bearing portion;

a second bearing portion supporting a second end of the tension roller to be movable in the tension direction;
a first urging portion urging the first end of the tension roller and generating the tension force;
a second urging portion urging the second end of the tension roller and generating the tension force;
a first frame portion integrally supporting the first bearing portion, the first urging portion, and the extension roller;
and

a second frame portion integrally supporting the second bearing portion, the second urging portion, and the tension roller
and detachably mounted on the first frame portion.

US Pat. No. 9,186,913

THERMAL TRANSFER PRINTING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THERMAL TRANSFER PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus printing a protective coat on the basis of input image data onto a recording sheet on which an image
is printed with a dye ink, the printing apparatus comprising:
an area dividing unit configured to divide the input image data into a plurality of areas;
a conversion unit configured to convert the input image data into print control data by using conversion information provided
to convert the input image data into the print control data; and

a printing unit configured to print the protective coat on the basis of the print control data acquired by the conversion
unit, wherein the conversion unit is configured to convert the input image data into the print control data by using a piece
of the conversion information different for each area divided by the area dividing unit;

wherein the conversion unit is configured to use the conversion information different for each area to convert the input image
data into print control data by which thermal deformation occurs in printing a protective coat in one area, and convert the
input image data into print control data by which the protective coat is printed in a glossy state in another area.

US Pat. No. 9,191,573

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,186,922

RECORDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,189,808

MONITORING APPARATUS, MONITORING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR ACQUIRING COUNTER INFORMATION FROM AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A monitoring apparatus that acquires counter information from an image forming apparatus, the monitoring apparatus comprising:
a transmission unit configured to transmit a snapshot generation job for generating a snapshot indicating the counter information
to the image forming apparatus, wherein the snapshot generation job is managed with a queue of the image forming apparatus
for a print job related to printing processing and is restricted from being canceled by general user authority;

a suspension unit configured to perform a suspension operation for a print job being executed by the image forming apparatus;
a first acquisition unit configured to acquire a part of the counter information after the suspension operation;
a change unit configured to perform a changing operation for assigning the transmitted snapshot generation job to the top
of the queue and resume the print job which has been suspended in the suspension operation;

a reception unit configured to receive a completion notification indicating completion of the snapshot generation job; and
a second acquisition unit configured to acquire the snapshot indicating the counter information from the image forming apparatus
in response to reception of the completion notification.

US Pat. No. 9,189,657

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,185,265

IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR PERFORMING A TONE CORRECTION TO ACQUIRE A COMBINED IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for image processing for obtaining a combined image data by combining a plurality of image data obtained by a
plurality of times of image capturing, the method comprising:
detecting brightness distribution for each of the plurality of image data and the combined image data;
calculating a characteristic amount of each detected brightness distribution;calculating a target value of the characteristic amount of the brightness distribution of the combined image data from the
characteristic amount, wherein the target value is the characteristic amount of the brightness distribution of the image data
which has a highest contrast among the plurality of image data, and includes both a target value of the characteristic amount
of a dark side of the brightness distribution and a target value of the characteristic amount of a bright side of the brightness
distribution; and
acquiring a correction amount for a tone correction executed to the combined image data based on the obtained target value.

US Pat. No. 9,176,466

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH REMOVABLE CARTRIDGE AND MOVABLE LIGHT EMITTING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that forms an image on a recording medium, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a cartridge including a photosensitive member and configured to be removed from a main body of the apparatus;
a light emitting member having a plurality of light emitting diodes arranged in a rotational axis direction of the photosensitive
member and configured to make the plurality of light emitting diodes emit light to expose the photosensitive member to the
light; and

a transfer member configured to transfer a toner image formed on the photosensitive member,
wherein the cartridge is movable between a first position for forming the image on the recording medium and a second position
retracted more from the transfer member than the first position, wherein the light emitting member is movable between a third
position for exposing the photosensitive member in order to form the image on the recording medium and a fourth position retracted
more from the cartridge than the third position, and

wherein, when the cartridge is in the second position and when the light emitting member is in the fourth position, the cartridge
is moveable along the rotation axis direction of the photosensitive member so that the cartridge can be removed from inside
of the main body of the apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,173,633

PHOTOACOUSTIC APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoacoustic apparatus comprising:
a detecting unit including a plurality of receiving elements configured to detect an acoustic wave that is generated when
an analyte is irradiated with light;

a signal processing unit configured to acquire information about the inside of the analyte from a detected signal acquired
from the detecting unit;

a plurality of optical absorbers configured to absorb the irradiation light; and
a reception characteristic calculation unit configured to calculate reception characteristic information of the plurality
of receiving elements on the basis of detected signals when the plurality of receiving elements receive an acoustic wave that
is generated from the optical absorbers; and

plates configured to fix the analyte from both sides,
wherein the optical absorbers are arranged in at least one of the plates or on a surface of the at least one plate such that
the optical absorbers are separated from each other and a movable mechanism configured to move the at least one plate on which
the optical absorbers are arranged to a position at which the optical absorbers are not irradiated with the light when the
analyte is measured.

US Pat. No. 9,162,498

INK JET PRINTING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,160,973

BROADCAST RECEIVING APPARATUS AND BROADCAST RECEIVING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,143,130

INTEGRATED CIRCUIT AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An integrated circuit comprising:
a plurality of circuit blocks;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a request of a reset operation for at least one of the plurality of circuit blocks;
a determination unit configured to determine, based on constraining condition information indicating whether or not a reset
target circuit block can perform the reset operation simultaneously with another circuit block in which the reset operation
is underway, whether or not to instruct the reset target circuit block to perform the reset operation according to the request;
and

an instruction unit configured to instruct the reset target circuit block to start the reset operation according to the request
when the determination unit determines to instruct the reset target circuit block to perform the reset operation.

US Pat. No. 9,139,397

SHEET BINDING PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,141,990

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,140,997

CONTROL APPARATUS, LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A control apparatus including a feed-forward controller configured to perform feed-forward control of a controlled object,
the apparatus being configured to
obtain a first response data sequence of the controlled object measured by applying a first manipulated variable to the controlled
object, and

determine, under a condition that a second response data sequence of the controlled object to be obtained in a case where
a second manipulated variable data sequence, obtained by respectively multiplying the first manipulated variable by gains
as variables which can vary with time, is applied to the controlled object, is expressed as a linear combination of the first
response data sequence with the gains as coefficients of the linear combination, the gains so that a discrepancy between the
expressed second response data sequence and a target data sequence falls within a tolerance,

wherein the feed-forward controller is configured to generate a feed-forward manipulated variable data sequence for the controlled
object based on the determined gains and the first manipulated variable.

US Pat. No. 9,128,435

FIXING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device comprising:
a hollow fixing body configured to rotate and generate heat to heat an unfixed image carried by a sheet;
a pressing body configured to rotate in press contact with the fixing body and add a pressure to the sheet;
a pushing member configured to push the fixing body against the pressing body from an inner side of the fixing body and slide
on the inner side of the fixing body; and

a power supply unit configured to supply electric power for causing the fixing body to generate heat,
wherein the fixing body is formed by stacked layers including a first heating layer, a second heating layer, and an insulation
layer interposed between the first heating layer and the second heating layer,

wherein two electrodes of the power supply unit are configured to connect to the first heating layer and the second heating
layer at one end portion of the fixing body in a rotation axis direction,

wherein the first heating layer and the second heating layer are connected by an electrical conducting member arranged in
the fixing body at the other end portion of the fixing body in the rotation axis direction, and

wherein a current supplied from the power supply unit flows through one of two electrodes, the first heating layer, the electrical
conducting member, the second heating layer and the other of the two electrodes.

US Pat. No. 9,128,196

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising:
a plurality of conversion elements configured to convert radiation into an electric charge and arranged in a matrix;
a plurality of transistors connected between the plurality of conversion elements and a read out circuit;
a drive unit configured to supply, to a gate of the transistor, selectively, a conducting voltage setting the transistor at
a conducting state and a non-conducting voltage setting the transistor at a non-conducting state; and

a detecting unit configured to detect an irradiation of the radiation, wherein the drive unit performs:
a first operation of performing a reset operation at a plurality of times by supplying the conducting voltage to the gates
of the plurality of transistors, successively, one row by one row, at least;

a second operation of stopping the supplying of the conducting voltage in response to detecting the irradiation of the radiation
by the detecting unit and of performing an accumulating operation by supplying the non-conducting voltage to the gates of
the plurality of transistors; and

a third operation of performing, after the second operation, a read out operation by supplying the conducting voltage to the
gates of the plurality of transistors, successively, one row by one row, and,

during the first operation, a period between a time of supplying the conducting voltage to the gates of the transistor in
one row and a time of supplying the conducting voltage to the gates of the transistor in a next row is different from a period
between a time of supplying the conducting voltage to the gates of the transistor in the next row and a time of supplying
the conducting voltage to the gates of the transistor in a further next row.

US Pat. No. 9,126,409

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head comprising:
a plurality of first support members;
a second support member that is jointed to the first support members and is provided with openings;
a plurality of printing element substrates that are each positioned within the opening and are jointed on the first support
members to discharge liquid; and

an electrical wiring substrate that is jointed on the second support member and is provided with wiring for applying electrical
signals to each of printing elements of the plurality of printing element substrates, wherein

a linear expansion coefficient of the second support member is lower than a linear expansion coefficient of the electrical
wiring substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,131,090

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a mirroring unit that performs mirroring for synchronizing storage contents of a first storage unit and a second storage unit;
a control unit that displays on a display unit, if one storage unit, among the first storage unit and the second storage unit,
for which the mirroring is performed, is not attached, a screen for accepting an instruction that the apparatus is activated
using information stored in another storage unit attached when accepting the instruction;

a registration unit that (i) does not register the one storage unit as a failed storage unit before accepting the instruction
via the screen, and (ii) registers the one storage unit as the failed storage unit after accepting the instruction via the
screen,

an acquisition unit that acquires an identifier from each of the first storage unit and the second storage unit when an activation
of the apparatus has been instructed; and

a comparison unit that compares an identifier acquired by said acquisition unit with an identifier held in advance in said
apparatus,

wherein said control unit displays on the display unit, if a comparison result of said comparison unit indicates that there
is one matching identifier, the screen for accepting the instruction that the apparatus is activated using the information
stored in the other storage unit which the matching identifier is matched,

wherein a processor is included in the apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,122,973

DATA TRANSMISSION APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING DATA TRANSMISSION APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for transmitting data to an external apparatus with which the information processing
apparatus is capable of performing wireless communication, the information processing apparatus comprising:
a displaying unit;
a first transmission unit configured to transmit to the external apparatus, when the displaying unit displays a specific screen,
a disable command for disabling a power saving mode in which a state of the external apparatus transits between an Awake state
and a Doze state in synchronization with a beacon of an access point; and

a second transmission unit configured to transmit, when a user inputs a transmission instruction of data after the first transmission
unit has transmitted the disable command to the external apparatus, the data to the external apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,124,830

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,117,103

IMAGE INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image information processing apparatus that performs three-dimensional measurement of an object using a captured image
obtained by projecting onto the object a projection pattern obtained by assigning, to each code in a projection code string
in which a plurality of types of codes are two-dimensionally arranged, a symbol that differs from one type of code to another,
the apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain an imaging pattern by extracting symbols from the captured image;
a converting unit configured to convert each symbol in the imaging pattern obtained by the obtaining unit into a corresponding
code to obtain an imaging code string;

a generating unit configured to generate an information code string by obtaining a predetermined number of codes from the
imaging code string according to a sampling pattern in which sampling positions of the predetermined number of codes and a
sequence of the codes are defined and arranging the obtained codes; and

a measuring unit configured to perform three-dimensional measurement of the object by determining correspondence between the
information code string and the projection code string based on the information code string and the sampling pattern,

wherein if it is not possible to obtain the predetermined number of codes from the imaging code string using the sampling
pattern, the generating unit selects another sampling pattern to generate the information code string.

US Pat. No. 9,113,028

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF LOOP PLAYBACK OF VIDEO, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus capable of playing a video comprising:
a shift unit configured to shift a playback position of the video to a desired position according to an operation by a user;
a determination unit configured to determine whether or not a playback position after being shifted by said shift unit is
a position shifted backward from the playback position before being shifted;

a display control unit configured to control to display an operation button, in a case where said determination unit determines
that the shifted playback position is the position shifted backward from the playback position before being shifted, while
controlling not to display the operation button in a case where said determination unit determines that the shifted playback
position is not the position shifted backward from the playback position before being shifted, wherein the operation button
is a button for instructing a loop playback of a predetermined loop playback section; and

a loop playback unit configured to execute, when the operation button is depressed, the loop playback of the predetermined
loop playback section.

US Pat. No. 9,106,863

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,102,137

TRANSFER IMAGE FORMING METHOD, TRANSFER IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND INTERMEDIATE TRANSFER MEMBER TO BE USED THEREIN

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A transfer image forming apparatus, comprising:
an ink applying unit for applying ink to an intermediate transfer member to form an intermediate image;
a heating unit for irradiating the intermediate transfer member with at least infrared light to heat the intermediate image;
and

a transferring unit for pressing a recording medium against the intermediate transfer member having formed thereon the intermediate
image to transfer the intermediate image onto the recording medium,

wherein the intermediate transfer member includes a substrate, and at least a third layer, a second layer, a metal layer,
and a first layer as a surface layer provided in the listed order on the substrate, and

wherein a heat conductivity of the second layer is smaller than a heat conductivity of the first layer and a heat conductivity
of the third layer.

US Pat. No. 9,098,221

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a scanning unit configured to scan an original to generate image data of the original;
a printing unit configured to print an image based on image data; and
a memory and a processor configured to:
manage applications dynamically installed, at least one of the applications executing a job using at least one of said scanning
unit and said printing unit and have a function of a security policy;

obtain security policy data that is transmitted from an external apparatus, the security policy data defining a security policy;
determine whether each of the managed applications corresponds to the security policy which is defined by the security policy
data; and

notify an administrator of at least one of the applications being determined not to correspond to the security policy which
is defined by the security policy data.

US Pat. No. 9,093,350

MEMBER FOR SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE HAVING FIRST AND SECOND WIRING STRUCTURES WITH A CONCAVE PORTION BETWEEN FIRST AND SECOND SUBSTRATES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a solid state image pickup device, comprising the steps of:
providing a first member including a first substrate and a first wiring structure disposed on the first substrate, the first
substrate being provided with at least one of a transistor and a photoelectric converter;

providing a second member including a second substrate and a second wiring structure disposed on the second substrate, the
second substrate being provided with a transistor; and

bonding the first member and the second member so that the first wiring structure and the second wiring structure are disposed
between the first substrate and the second substrate,

wherein before the step of bonding, at least one of a face of the first member which is to face the second member and a face
of the second member which is to face the first member has a concave portion, and at least a part of the concave portion is
formed by a conductive material.