US Pat. No. 9,855,744

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS WITH REINFORCED FLOW PATH FORMING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head for ejecting a liquid, the liquid ejection head comprising:
a substrate provided with an energy generating element and a liquid supply port;
a flow path forming member including an ejection opening for ejecting a liquid; and
a pressure chamber communicating with the ejection opening and including the energy generating element therein and a flow
path through which the pressure chamber and the liquid supply port communicate with each other, the pressure chamber and the
flow path being provided between the substrate and the flow path forming member,

wherein a first portion of the flow path forming member which extends from an area facing the liquid supply port to an area
facing a part of the flow path extending from the liquid supply port to the pressure chamber has a thickness greater than
that of a second portion of the flow path forming member which faces the pressure chamber, and

as viewed from a direction in which the liquid is ejected from the ejection opening, a third portion having a thickness greater
than that of the first portion is provided in an area of the flow path forming member overlapping with the liquid supply port.

US Pat. No. 9,860,470

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF GENERATING AND ADDING PIXEL REGION INFORMATION TO IMAGE DATA, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND IMAGE SENSOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus, comprising:
a pixel portion comprising a first pixel region and a second pixel region;
a a region information generator which generates region information indicating the first pixel region and the second pixel
region based on coordinate information and a region of image data obtained from the pixel portion;

a packet generating circuit which generates a packet by adding the region information to the image data; and
a packet output circuit which outputs the packet; and
a signal processor which corrects pixel data of the first pixel region using pixel data of the second pixel region for image
data read out from the pixel portion,

wherein the signal processor extracts pixel data of the first pixel region and pixel data of the second pixel region of the
image data using the region information included in the packet.

US Pat. No. 9,854,117

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM INCLUDING DEVICE PROVIDED WITH CIRCUIT CAPABLE OF CONFIGURING LOGIC CIRCUIT ACCORDING TO CIRCUIT INFORMATION AND PLURALITY OF CONTROL UNITS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing system comprising:
a device including a circuit to perform a configuration of a logic circuit according to circuit information;
a first control unit configured to instruct the device to perform the configuration prior to or after receiving a configuration
request for the configuration, the first control unit being connected to the device; and

a second control unit separate from and different than the first control unit and configured to transmit, to the first control
unit, the configuration request corresponding to a job request for a job of the second control unit after determining the
configuration is necessary based on the job request, the second control unit being connected to the device,

wherein the first control unit instructs the device after determining the configuration is necessary based on the configuration
request, and

wherein the second control unit processes the job using the configured logic circuit in the device.

US Pat. No. 9,853,495

DISCHARGE CIRCUIT, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, DISCHARGE METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A discharge apparatus for discharging power charged in a decoupling capacitor of a load, the discharge apparatus comprising:
a power supply unit;
a first switch which is arranged between the decoupling capacitor and ground;
a power control circuit which outputs a control signal;
a discharge control circuit which outputs a discharge signal for controlling the first switch in accordance with input of
the control signal, wherein the power charged in a decoupling capacitor is discharged to the ground by controlling the first
switch; and

a first capacitor which is charged with power supplied from the power supply unit and supplies the charged power to the discharge
control circuit,

wherein the discharge control circuit, to which the charged power in the first capacitor is supplied, outputs the discharge
signal in accordance with the input of the control signal.

US Pat. No. 9,854,115

DOCUMENT READING APPARATUS AND A METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A DOCUMENT READING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A document reading apparatus comprising:
a conveying unit configured to convey a document;
a reading unit configured to execute first reading processing of reading a document on a platen glass with a setting of a
first resolution and second reading processing of reading a document being conveyed by the conveying unit;

a resolution receiving unit configured to receive a setting of a resolution in the second reading processing;
a mode receiving unit configured to receive a setting of a reading mode for outputting, according to reception of a reading
end instruction after reading a plurality of documents according to a plurality of reading instructions, images of documents
obtained through the plurality of reading instructions; and

a resolution setting unit configured to set the resolution in the second reading processing to a second resolution based on
the resolution receiving unit having received the setting of the second resolution smaller than a first resolution and the
mode receiving unit having not received the setting of the reading mode, and to set the resolution in the second reading processing
to the first resolution based on the resolution receiving unit having received the setting of the second resolution and the
mode receiving unit having received the setting of the reading mode,

wherein the resolution setting unit is implemented by at least one processor.

US Pat. No. 9,846,293

LENS BARREL, OPTICAL APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE LENS BARREL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lens barrel comprising:
a first barrel component;
a second barrel component configured to hold a first lens unit;
a third barrel component configured to hold a second lens unit that is different from the first lens unit; and
an elastic member integrally formed on the second barrel component or the third barrel component and deformable to apply an
elastic force onto the second barrel component in an optical-axis direction of the second lens unit,

wherein the first barrel component, the second barrel component, and the third barrel component are disposed so that at least
part of the first barrel component, at least part of the second barrel component, and at least part of the third barrel component
are overlapped with one another when the lens barrel is viewed from the optical-axis direction, and

wherein the second barrel component is arranged between the first barrel component and the third barrel component and bonded
to one of the first barrel component or the third barrel component, and a position of the second barrel component is adjustable
in a direction orthogonal to the optical-axis direction before the second barrel component is bonded.

US Pat. No. 9,843,444

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

7. A control method of a communication apparatus, comprising:
performing a first process for sharing a first encryption key between the communication apparatus and a second communication
apparatus, with the first process initiated by the second communication apparatus;

performing a second process for transmitting a second encryption key without activating the first encryption key to the second
communication apparatus, with the second process initiated by the communication apparatus, in a case where the first encryption
key is shared;

in a case where an error occurs in the second process, performing a third process for transmitting the second encryption key
encrypted by activating the first encryption key to the second communication apparatus, with the third process initiated by
the communication apparatus, while the third process is not performed in a case where the second process succeeds; and

activating the second encryption key for communication between the communication apparatus and the other communication apparatus
after sharing of the second encryption key.

US Pat. No. 9,841,704

DEVELOPING DEVICE HAVING ROTATING FEEDING MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing device comprising:
a developer carrying member for carrying a developer comprising a toner and a carrier;
a developing container for accommodating the developer to be supplied to said developer carrying member;
a feeding screw, including a rotation shaft and a helical blade portion formed around the rotation shaft and provided in said
developer container, for feeding the developer accommodated in said developing container,

a discharge opening, provided opposite to said feeding screw, for permitting discharge of the developer accommodated in said
developing container; and

a supply port for supplying the developer to said developing container,
wherein said feeding screw is provided with a projected portion projecting from the rotation shaft in a radial direction of
the rotation shaft at a position opposing the discharge opening,

wherein said projected portion has a flat surface portion,
wherein a height of said projected portion from the rotation shaft in the radial direction is lower than a height of said
helical blade portion from said rotation shaft in the radial direction, and

wherein when gravitation acceleration is g, a distance from a rotation center of said feeding member to a free end of said
projected portion is R, angular velocity of said feeding screw is ?, and a height from the rotation center of said feeding
screw to a lower edge of said discharge opening is Hs, the following relationships are satisfied:

0
((g/2)?2(R?))2/2g)

US Pat. No. 9,836,250

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS FOR UTILIZING A PLURALITY OF APPLICATION BASED ON A COMMUNICATION PARTNER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a memory configured to store a plurality of applications including a first application for printing, a second application
for display and a third application for streaming data transmission;

a selector configured to select data to be transmitted to a communication partner apparatus;
a transmitter configured to transmit, to the communication partner apparatus, capability information that indicates that the
communication apparatus has the first application and the second application in a case where the communication apparatus establishes
wireless connection with the communication partner apparatus in a state in which still image data is selected by the selector,

wherein, if the communication apparatus establishes wireless connection with the communication partner apparatus in a state
in which moving image data is selected by the selector, the transmitter transmits, to the communication partner apparatus,
capability information that indicates that the communication apparatus has the third application for streaming data transmission
without transmitting capability information that indicates that the communication apparatus has the first application;

a receiver configured to wirelessly receive an instruction for starting up an application from the communication partner apparatus;
and

a processor configured to start up, automatically, the first application if the instruction received by the receiver is an
instruction for starting up the first application, and to start up, automatically, the second application if the instruction
received by the receiver is an instruction for starting up the second application,

wherein if the processor starts up the first application, the communication apparatus starts communication for printing image
data according to control by the first application, and

wherein if the processor starts up the second application, the communication apparatus starts communication for display of
image data according to control by the second application.

US Pat. No. 9,820,650

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
an image obtaining unit configured to obtain a moving image of an eye area;
a vascular region specifying unit configured to specify a vascular region in the obtained moving image;
a detecting unit configured to detect at least one blood cell aggregate in the specified vascular region by using luminance
value information of the specified vascular region; and

a determining unit configured to determine the number of the detected at least one blood cell aggregate.

US Pat. No. 9,826,139

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, PROGRAM, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING THE IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for processing image pickup signals obtained by an image pickup element constructed by arranging
a plurality of unit pixels each of which is constructed by a plurality of subpixels for receiving light passing through different
partial pupil areas of a focusing optical system and generating image data of a photographed image which is photographed by
the image pickup element, comprising:
one or more memories storing machine-readable instructions;
one or more processors that access the one or more memories and execute the machine-readable instructions, wherein the machine-readable
instructions, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the image processing apparatus to:

set a first area and a second area different from the first area onto the photographed image; and
generate the image data in which a number of pixel signals per unit pixel in the first area is larger than a number of pixel
signals per unit pixel in the second area; and

a recorder configured to record the image data into a recording medium in a predetermined recording format.

US Pat. No. 9,819,826

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT CONTROLS IMAGE FORMING CONDITIONS FOR ADJUSTING IMAGE DENSITY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image carrier;
an image forming unit configured to form an image on the image carrier;
a light emitting unit configured to emit light;
an output unit configured to receive light reflected from a measurement image on the image carrier and output a signal corresponding
to a light receiving result;

a detection unit configured to detect a temperature of the output unit;
a conversion unit configured to convert an output value output from the output unit, based on a conversion condition;
a controller configured to control an image forming condition for adjusting a density of an image to be formed by the image
forming unit, based on a converted output value by the conversion unit; and

a generation unit configured to, at a predetermined timing, acquire an output value output from the output unit without the
light emitting unit emitting light, control the detection unit to detect the temperature of the output unit, and generate
the conversion condition based on the acquired output value and the detected temperature.

US Pat. No. 9,817,324

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member, comprising a convex portion and a concave portion on a surface of the electrophotographic
photosensitive member continuously in a peripheral direction of the electrophotographic photosensitive member, and alternately
in an axial direction of the electrophotographic photosensitive member,
wherein a width w of the concave portion is 30 ?m or more and 100 ?m or less,
a depth d of the concave portion is 1 ?m or more and 5 ?m or less,
the convex portion has a rising slope and a descending slope in the peripheral direction of the electrophotographic photosensitive
member, and

a distance from a starting point of the rising slope to an end point of the descending slope is 300 ?m or less, and a distance
from a starting point of the descending slope to an end point of the rising slope is 300 ?m or less.

US Pat. No. 9,817,365

PROCESS CARTRIDGE, ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE DRUM UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process cartridge comprising:
a casing;
developer contained within the casing;
a photosensitive drum having an axis L1, the photosensitive drum being rotatably supported in the casing about the axis L1;

a developing roller having an axis L1?, the developing roller being configured to develop a latent image formed on the photosensitive drum with the developer,
and the developing roller being rotatably supported in the casing to permit rotation about the axis L1?;

a drum flange provided at an end of the photosensitive drum, the drum flange being rotatable with the photosensitive drum
about the axis L1, and a part of the drum flange being positioned within the photosensitive drum; and

a coupling member having an axis L2 and including (i) a first end portion at least a part of which is positioned within the drum flange, the first end portion
being operatively connected to the photosensitive drum and the developing roller, (ii) a second end portion including (ii-i)
a surface recessed in the second end portion and facing away from the first end portion and (ii-ii) at least one projection
projecting from a surface adjacent to the recessed surface, and (iii) a connecting portion connecting the first end portion
and the second end portion,

wherein the coupling member is movable between (i) a first position in which a tip of the at least one projection is a first
distance away from the photosensitive drum as measured in the direction of the axis L1 and (ii) a second position in which the tip of the at least one projection is a second distance away from the photosensitive
drum as measured in the direction of the axis L1, with the first distance being greater than the second distance, and

wherein a maximum distance as measured from the axis L2, in a direction perpendicular to the axis L2, of at least a part of the connecting portion is shorter than a distance between the at least one projection and the axis
L2.

US Pat. No. 9,818,984

ORGANIC ELECTROLUMINESCENCE ELEMENT, IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS, DISPLAY APPARATUS, AND IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An organic electroluminescence element comprising:
a reflective electrode;
a light exiting side electrode;
an emission layer provided between the reflective electrode and the light exiting side electrode;
at least one low-refractive index layer provided between the reflective electrode and the emission layer, a refractive index
of the low-refractive index layer being lower than that of the emission layer; and

a charge injection/transport layer disposed between the reflective electrode and the low-refractive index layer, a refractive
index of the charge injection/transport layer being higher than that of the low-refractive index layer,

wherein an optical path L1 between a maximum emission surface of the emission layer and a reflection surface of the reflective electrode satisfies the
following expression (1):

in the expression (1), ? represents a maximum peak wavelength of an emission spectrum, ? represents a phase shift [deg] on
the reflection surface of the reflective electrode, and m represents a positive integer; and
wherein an optical path L2 between an interface on an emission layer side of the low-refractive index layer closest to the emission layer and the maximum
emission surface of the emission layer satisfies the following expression (2?):

in the expression (2?), ? represents the maximum peak wavelength of the emission spectrum.

US Pat. No. 9,804,470

ORGANIC COMPOUND AND ELECTROCHROMIC ELEMENT CONTAINING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A composition, comprising a compound having an absorption peak at 400 nm or more and 600 nm or less in its colored state
and a compound having the following general formula [7]:

wherein A1 and A2 independently denote a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group containing 1 or more and 20 or less carbon atoms, an alkoxy group containing
1 or more and 20 or less carbon atoms, or an optionally substituted aryl group,

provided that at least one of A1 and A2 denotes the alkyl group, the alkoxy group, or the aryl group,

the aryl group may have an alkyl group containing 1 or more and 8 or less carbon atoms or an alkoxy group containing 1 or
more and 8 or less carbon atoms as a substituent,

R7 denotes a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, an alkyl group containing 1 or more and 20 or less carbon atoms, an alkoxy group
containing 1 or more and 20 or less carbon atoms, an alkyl ester group containing 1 or more and 20 or less carbon atoms, an
optionally substituted aryl group, an optionally substituted amino group, or a cyano group,

the aryl group may have an alkyl group containing 1 or more and 4 or less carbon atoms as a substituent,
R2 to R5 independently denote an alkyl group containing 1 or more and 20 or less carbon atoms, an alkoxy group containing 1 or more
and 20 or less carbon atoms, an optionally substituted aryl group, an alkyl ester group containing 1 or more and 20 or less
carbon atoms, an optionally substituted amino group, or a cyano group,

R1 and R6 independently denote a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, an alkyl group containing 1 or more and 20 or less carbon atoms, an
alkoxy group containing 1 or more and 20 or less carbon atoms, an alkyl ester group containing 1 or more and 20 or less carbon
atoms, an optionally substituted aryl group, an optionally substituted amino group, or a cyano group,

m is an integer in the range of 1 to 3, and a plurality of R3's and R4's may be the same or different.

US Pat. No. 9,806,533

POWER TRANSMITTING APPARATUS, POWER RECEIVING APPARATUS, POWER TRANSMITTING METHOD, POWER RECEIVING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power transmitting apparatus comprising:
a power transmitting coil that wirelessly supplies power to a power receiving apparatus by matching a resonance frequency
of the power transmitting apparatus to a resonance frequency of the power receiving apparatus;

a storage medium; and
a central processing unit that executes instructions provided by the storage medium to:
determine whether another power transmitting apparatus that is supplying power is present when power supply to the power receiving
apparatus is started; and

control, in a case where it is determined that the other power transmitting apparatus is present, the power transmitting coil
so as to start power supply to the power receiving apparatus at a second resonance frequency different from a first resonance
frequency that is being used by the other power transmitting apparatus, and control, in a case where it is determined that
the other power transmitting apparatus is absent, the power transmitting coil so as to start power supply to the power receiving
apparatus at a third resonance frequency requested by the power receiving apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,785,656

DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR CLUSTERING TIME-SERIES DATA BASED ON GENERATED REFERENCE VALUES AND DATA PROCESSING METHOD FOR SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A data processing apparatus comprising:
a clustering unit configured to cluster at least one data arranged in time-series;
a generation unit configured to, if new data is added, generate a reference value for defining a group division criterion
in the clustering using at least one existing data that exists forward of the new data in time-series after a forward boundary;

a determination unit configured to determine based on the reference value whether a group division boundary exists between
the new data and existing data positioned immediately before the new data;

a storage unit configured to hold virtual data for defining a group division criterion in the clustering;
a re-clustering unit configured to execute re-clustering for each of the at least one data arranged in time-series based on
at least one data that exists backward in time-series before a backward boundary; and

a virtual data update unit configured to, when a group division determination result of said re-clustering unit is different
from a group division determination result of said determination unit, update the virtual data based on data of each group
according to the determination result of said re-clustering unit,

wherein when no existing data exists, said generation unit generates the reference value based on the virtual data, and when
the existing data exists, said generation unit generates the reference value using the virtual data and the at least one existing
data that exists forward of the new data in time-series after the forward boundary.

US Pat. No. 9,784,989

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND CAMERA SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a mirror member rotatable between a first state arranged inside an image pickup optical path and a second state arranged outside
the image pickup optical path;

an abutting member that abuts against the mirror member in a case where the mirror member is in the first state; and
a bounce control member attached to the mirror member and configured to control a vibration of the mirror member in a case
where the mirror member collides with the abutting member,

wherein an attachment part attached to the mirror member is formed at a first end of the bounce control member,
wherein a weight part is formed at a second end of the bounce control member,
wherein an elastic deformation part, which is elastically deformable, is formed between the attachment part and the weight
part, and

wherein the attachment part and the weight part are connected through the elastic deformation part.

US Pat. No. 9,748,155

PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printed circuit board, comprising:
a semiconductor device including a power supply terminal and a ground terminal;
a capacitor including a first terminal and a second terminal; and
a printed wiring board having the semiconductor device and the capacitor mounted thereon, the printed wiring board including
a first conductor layer and a second conductor layer that are laminated through an intermediation of an insulator layer,

the printed wiring board including:
a power supply conductor pattern that is arranged on the first conductor layer and is electrically connected to the power
supply terminal of the semiconductor device, the power supply conductor pattern including a power supply pad on which the
first terminal of the capacitor is to be bonded;

a first ground conductor pattern that is arranged on the first conductor layer so as to be spaced apart from the power supply
conductor pattern and is electrically connected to the ground terminal of the semiconductor device, the first ground conductor
pattern including a ground pad on which the second terminal of the capacitor is to be bonded; and

a second ground conductor pattern that is arranged on the second conductor layer so as to be opposed to the power supply conductor
pattern and is electrically connected to the first ground conductor pattern,

wherein the second ground conductor pattern has a slit formed therein so as to pass through a projection portion defined by
projecting the power supply pad onto the second ground conductor pattern and divide a projection portion defined by projecting
the power supply conductor pattern onto the second ground conductor pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,743,902

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging system including an X-ray sensor and an image processing apparatus which performs abnormality determination
concerning a correction image obtained by irradiating the X-ray sensor with X-rays without an object to be examined disposed
between the X-ray sensor and an X-ray generator, the system comprising:
an area acquisition unit configured to acquire information of partial areas of the correction image;
a distribution acquisition unit configured to acquire distribution information representing variation in pixel value for each
of the acquired partial areas;

a determination unit configured to determine that adjacent partial areas can be integrated in a case where the distribution
information representing variation for the adjacent partial areas fall within a threshold range, wherein the determination
unit determines, based on the distribution information, whether abnormality is included in the correction image; and

an integration processing unit configured to integrate the adjacent partial areas based on the determination result.

US Pat. No. 9,746,754

PROJECTING TYPE IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS INCLUDING LIGHT SOURCE CONTROL UNIT AND COOLING CONTROL UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image display apparatus comprising:
a light source;
a light source control unit configured to control electric power to be supplied to the light source;
a cooling control unit configured to control electric power to be supplied to a light source cooling unit to control a cooling
performance of the light source cooling unit,

an image display device; and
an illumination optical system configured to guide light from the light source to the image display device,
wherein when the light source control unit receives a turn-off command, the light source control unit is configured to firstly
lower electric power to be supplied to the light source to a predetermined electric power that is lower than normal electric
power to be supplied when the light source is on, and then to block the supply of the electric power to the light source,
thereby turning the light source off, and

wherein, when the light source control unit receives the turn-off command, the cooling control unit makes cooling performance
of the light source cooling unit higher than the cooling performance when the normal electric power is supplied to the light
source, at a same timing when the light source control unit lowers the electric power to be supplied to the light source to
the predetermined electric power or at an earlier timing thereof, and

wherein, after the light source control unit lowered the electric power to be supplied to the light source to the predetermined
electric power, an interval of at least a second or more is provided until the cooling control unit blocks the electric power
to be supplied to the light source cooling unit.

US Pat. No. 9,746,790

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, AND CHLOROGALLIUM PHTHALOCYANINE CRYSTAL AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for producing a chlorogallium phthalocyanine crystal represented by formula (1) in which at least one organic
compound selected from N,N-dimethylformamide and dimethyl sulfoxide is comprised, the method comprising:
a synthesis step of synthesizing a chlorogallium phthalocyanine crystal by reacting a gallium compound and a compound that
forms a phthalocyanine ring in a chlorinating aromatic compound;

an acid pasting step of obtaining a hydroxygallium phthalocyanine crystal by performing an acid pasting treatment in which
the chlorogallium phthalocyanine crystal obtained in the synthesis step is mixed with sulfuric acid;

a hydrochloric acid treatment step of obtaining a chlorogallium phthalocyanine crystal by mixing the hydroxygallium phthalocyanine
crystal obtained in the acid pasting step with an aqueous hydrochloric acid solution; and

a wet milling step of obtaining a chlorogallium phthalocyanine crystal by mixing the chlorogallium phthalocyanine crystal
obtained in the hydrochloric acid treatment step with at least one organic compound selected from N,N-dimethylformamide and
dimethyl sulfoxide and performing a wet milling treatment,

wherein a content of the organic compound comprised in the chlorogallium phthalocyanine crystal represented by the formula
(1) is 0.10 mass % or more and 0.80 mass % or less based on a content of the chlorogallium phthalocyanine crystal represented
by the formula (1),


where X1 to X4 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or a chlorine atom.

US Pat. No. 9,744,760

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD, RECORDING APPARATUS AND HEAT RADIATION METHOD FOR LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:
a plurality of recording element substrates including energy generating elements that generate ejection energy for ejecting
liquid from ejection orifices;

a first support member that supports the plurality of recording element substrates such that the recording element substrates
are arranged in one or more lines on a main surface of the first support member; and

a second support member that supports the first support member on a surface opposite to the main surface, wherein
a first thermal resistance concerning an in-plane direction parallel to the main surface, of a region between the recording
element substrates in the first support member, is higher than a second thermal resistance concerning a thickness direction
of the second support member, of a projection region that overlaps with each recording element substrate in the second support
member, and

a third thermal resistance concerning the in-plane direction, of the projection region in the first support member, is lower
than the first thermal resistance.

US Pat. No. 9,772,569

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:
an electrically conductive support, an undercoat layer on the support, and a photosensitive layer on the undercoat layer,
the undercoat layer comprising a binder resin, and a complex particle composed of a core particle coated with tin oxide doped
with zinc, wherein

the core particle is at least one selected from the group consisting of a zinc oxide particle, a titanium oxide particle,
a barium sulfate particle and an aluminum oxide particle, and

the mass ratio of the complex particle to the binder resin is 1/1 or more.

US Pat. No. 9,774,554

DEVICE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, DEVICE MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION DEVICE, AND CONTROL METHODS THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for managing a communication device capable of communication via a network, the method comprising:
receiving a mail address corresponding to a second communication device and first identification information uniquely identifying
a first communication device from the first communication device;

storing uniform resource locator (URL) information used for accessing service-related information via the network in association
with the first identification information;

transmitting the URL information to the second communication device according to the mail address;
transmitting screen information for the service-related information to the second communication device in response to access
from the second communication device using the URL information;

receiving service-related information input according to the screen information from the second communication device;
storing the service-related information in association with the first identification information corresponding to the URL
information and second identification information for uniquely specifying the service-related information;

notifying the first communication device of the second identification information stored in association with the first identification
information corresponding to the first communication device;

receiving content data and the second identification information from the first communication device; and
transmitting the received content data to an external apparatus based on the service-related information stored in association
with the received second identification information.

US Pat. No. 9,742,992

NON-UNIFORM CURVE SAMPLING METHOD FOR OBJECT TRACKING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of tracking an object in a plurality of image frames, said method comprising:
receiving an initial contour associated with the object in a first one of the image frames, said initial contour representing
an edge of the object;

determining a plurality of first measurement points distributed non-uniformly along the initial contour, said first measurement
points being biased to relatively high information portions of the initial contour;

estimating a set of subsequent contours in a second one of the image frames, each of said subsequent contours being estimated
from the initial contour;

determining an identical plurality of second measurement points along each of the set of estimated subsequent contours in
the second image frame using the non-uniform distribution of the first measurement points in the first image frame; and

selecting at least one contour of the set of estimated subsequent contours using a confidence measure determined from the
plurality of second measurement points as distributed along the selected subsequent contour, said selected subsequent contour
being used to track the object in the second image frame.

US Pat. No. 9,742,999

IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a recording source capable of outputting a first stream including image data compression-encoded by a first compression encoding
format and a second stream including image data compression-encoded by a second compression encoding format different from
the first compression encoding format;

a recording file operative of recording the first and second streams which the recording source outputs;
a recording job which correlates the recording source and the recording file, and manages a recording state;
a transmission unit configured to notify an external device connected via a network that the recording source is capable of
outputting a stream including the image data compression-encoded by the first compression encoding format and a stream including
the image data compression-encoded by the second compression encoding format different from the first compression encoding
format;

instructing means which change a parameter relating to the recording source, according to a command transmitted from the external
device connected via a network; and

control means which perform control so as to switch whether or not a command by the instructing means as to the recording
source correlated with the recording job can be accepted, in accordance with the recording state of the recording job.

US Pat. No. 9,733,800

DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A document management system that manages a plurality of documents using a plurality of threads based on relevance among
the documents, wherein each of the threads includes containers each including at least one document and having a date/time
attribute,
wherein the document management system comprises:
a memory for storing a computer program; and
a processor for executing the computer program to perform:
controlling a display device to display one container included in one thread of the plurality of threads;
selecting, when a flick operation for changing a currently displayed thread to an adjacent thread has been performed by a
user, a container that is most relevant to the currently displayed one container from among containers included in the adjacent
thread adjacent to the currently displayed thread, wherein the adjacent thread is selected based on an arrangement order of
the plurality of threads and a direction of the flick operation; and

controlling the display device to change the currently displayed one container to the selected container included in the adjacent
thread.

US Pat. No. 9,733,583

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner, comprising a toner particle having a surface layer,
the surface layer comprising an organosilicon polymer having a partial structure represented by formula (1):
R0—SiO3/2  (1)

where R0 represents an alkyl group having 1 or more and 6 or less carbon atoms, or a phenyl group, wherein

a ratio of a peak area for the partial structure represented by formula (1) to a total peak area for the organosilicon polymer
is 5.0% or more in a 29Si-NMR measurement of a tetrahydrofuran-insoluble matter of the toner particle,

a ratio of a destiny of a silicon dSi to a total density (dC+dO+dSi) of a density of a carbon atom dC, a density of an oxygen
atom dO, and a density of the silicon atom dSi in the surface of the toner particle is 1.0to 28.6 atom % in X-ray photoelectron
spectroscopic analysis of a surface of the toner particle, and

an arithmetic average roughness Ra is 10 to 300 nm, ?Ra/Ra is 0.60 or less when a standard deviation of Ra is ?Ra, an average
length RSm of a roughness curve element is 20 to 500 nm, and ?RSm/RSm is 0.60 or less when a standard deviation of RSm is
?RSm in a roughness curve of the toner particle measured by using a scanning probe microscope,

with a proviso that Ra and RSm are defined by JIS B 0601-2001.

US Pat. No. 9,768,213

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR AND CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image sensor which includes a plurality of pixels arranged on a semiconductor substrate,
wherein in a plan view with respect to an upper surface of the semiconductor substrate, each pixel includes
a first impurity region of a first conductivity type configured to accumulate charges generated by photoelectric conversion,
a second impurity region of the first conductivity type formed in a position shifted from the first impurity region in a first
direction and configured to accumulate the charges generated by the photoelectric conversion,

a third impurity region of a second conductivity type formed between the first impurity region and the second impurity region,
a fourth impurity region of the first conductivity type formed in a position shifted from the third impurity region in a second
direction intersecting the first direction,

a first gate electrode of a transistor arranged between the first impurity region and the fourth impurity region and configured
to transfer the charges from the first impurity region to the fourth impurity region,

a second gate electrode of a transistor arranged between the second impurity region and the fourth impurity region and configured
to transfer the charges from the second impurity region to the fourth impurity region, and

a fifth impurity region of the second conductivity type formed between the first gate electrode and the second gate electrode,
and between the third impurity region and the fourth impurity region, and

a concentration of an impurity of the second conductivity type in the fifth impurity region is higher than a concentration
of an impurity of the second conductivity type in the third impurity region.

US Pat. No. 9,764,914

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS WITH NIP GUIDE MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus comprising:
a conveying roller;
a separation member which presses against the conveying roller to form a separation nip portion that separates received sheets
one by one;

a feeding member configured to feed a sheet towards the separation nip portion;
a nip guide member including a first guide portion configured to contact with a leading edge of the sheet fed by the feeding
member and a second guide portion disposed at facing position facing the conveying roller and configured to guide the sheet
to the separation nip portion;

a biasing member configured to bias the nip guide member; and
a restricting portion configured to regulate a position of the nip guide member,
wherein in a case that thickness of a sheet bundle fed by the feeding member is larger than a distance between the second
guide portion and the conveying roller so that the second guide portion is pressed by the sheet bundle, the second guide portion
of the nip guide member is pushed by the sheet bundle to make the nip guide member move apart from the restricting portion
in opposition to biasing force of the biasing member, and

wherein in a case that the first guide portion is pressed by the sheet fed by the feeding member, the nip guide member is
positioned on the restriction portion by using a pressing force caused by the first guide portion to be pressed by the sheet
and a biasing force of the biasing member.

US Pat. No. 9,736,470

CALIBRATION APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A calibration apparatus configured to execute calibration of a display apparatus using a first measurement value, which
is a measurement value of light from a screen of the display apparatus,
the calibration apparatus comprising:
a first acquisition unit configured to acquire a first measurement value, which is a measurement value of light from the screen
of the display apparatus;

a second acquisition unit configured to acquire a second measurement value, which is a measurement value of external light
to the display apparatus;

an allowable range determination unit configured to determine an allowable range of the first measurement value based on the
second measurement value acquired by the second acquisition unit; and

a measurement value determination unit configured to determine whether the first measurement value acquired by the first acquisition
unit is a value within the allowable range determined by the allowable range determination unit,

wherein the measurement value determination unit determines that the first measurement value is an inappropriate value in
a case where the first measured value acquired by the first acquisition unit is a value outside the allowable range determined
by the allowable range determination unit, and determines that the first measurement value is an appropriate value in a case
where the first measurement value acquired by the first acquisition unit is a value within the allowable range determined
by the allowable range determination unit.

US Pat. No. 9,766,838

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus capable of communication with a server apparatus, the image processing apparatus comprising:
a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes instructions in the memory device to:
convert a file to be printed into printable print data;
acquire specific information indicating a function of the server apparatus;
store, in a storing unit, the acquired information indicating a function of the server apparatus;
receive a designation of a directory in which one or more files are stored;
determine, whether the one or more files stored in the designated directory are able to be converted into the printable print
data by the image processing apparatus without any conversion by the server apparatus;

determine, based on the information stored in the storing unit, whether the one or more files stored in the designated directory
are not able to be converted into the print data by the image processing apparatus but are able to be converted into the printable
print data by the server apparatus;

display, based on whether the one or more files stored in the designated directory are able to be converted into the printable
print data by the image processing apparatus itself and whether the one or more files stored in the designated directory are
able to be converted into the printable print data by the server apparatus, file information indicating one or more files
which are able to be converted into the printable print data by at least one of the image processing apparatus and the server
apparatus, wherein information used for displaying the file information is generated by the server apparatus;

accept a selection by a user of a file among one or more files indicated by the displayed file information;
transmit a request for converting the file selected by the user into the printable print data to the server apparatus, in
a case where the image processing apparatus is not able to convert the file selected by the user;

receive the printable print data from the server apparatus in response to a transmission of the request; and
control a print unit to print the printable print data converted by the image processing apparatus or received from the server
apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,727,956

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a memory; and
a processor configured to execute a program stored in the memory, the program including functions of an image acquirer, a
function acquirer, a function reviser, a converter, and an image restorer, wherein:

the image acquirer is configured to acquire an image;
the function acquirer is configured to acquire a plurality of optical transfer functions relating to an optical system;
the function reviser is configured to revise the plurality of optical transfer functions based on information relating to
an image pickup element;

the converter is configured to convert the plurality of optical transfer functions revised by the function reviser into a
plurality of point spread functions; and

the image restorer is configured to generate a restored image by performing restoration processing on the image based at least
on the plurality of point spread functions and to output the restored image.

US Pat. No. 9,729,752

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS FOR MULTI-SESSION COMMUNICATIONS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus capable of performing fax communications via an IP network using a plurality of sessions, comprising:
a setting unit configured to set the number of sessions to be used exclusively for fax reception;
a determining unit configured to determine whether or not the number of sessions set by the setting unit is able to be used
even if an unoccupied session is used for a transmission job; and

a transmitting unit configured to perform a fax transmission using the unoccupied session based on a determination result
by the determination unit,

wherein the determining unit determines whether or not the number of sessions set by the setting unit is able to be used even
if the unoccupied session is used for the transmission job by determining whether or not a number of unoccupied sessions is
larger than a value obtained by subtracting a number of sessions currently used in fax reception from the number of sessions
set to be used exclusively for fax reception, and

wherein the setting unit, the determining unit, and the transmitting unit are implemented by a processor and a memory.

US Pat. No. 9,729,769

CAMERA AND CAMERA ACCESSORY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A camera comprising:
a first mount to which a second mount disposed in a camera accessory including an actuator is detachably coupled,
wherein the camera is communicable with the coupled camera accessory,
wherein the first mount is configured to shift from a first state to a second state, the first state being such a state that
a second bayonet tooth disposed in the second mount is inserted between a plurality of first bayonet teeth disposed in the
first mount, the second state being such a state that a relative rotation between the first mount and the second mount causes
the first bayonet teeth and the second bayonet tooth to be engaged with each other to complete coupling between the first
mount and the second mount, wherein a first contact holding portion disposed in the first mount holds first, second, third
and fourth contact pins disposed along a rotational direction of the second mount and the first mount, and the first, second,
third and fourth contact pins are disposed adjacent to each other and are disposed in the order of the first, second, third
and fourth contact pins,

wherein, in the second state, the first, second, and third contact pins are in contact with first, second, and third electrical
contact surfaces held by a second contact holding portion disposed in the second mount, respectively, whereby an electric
connection is established between the camera and the camera accessory,

wherein the first, second, and third contact pins are disposed in such a manner that, when the mount shifts from the first
state to the second state, the third contact pin contacts the first and second electrical contact surfaces, the second contact
pin contacts the first electrical contact surface, and the first pin does not contact the second and third electrical contact
surfaces, and

a sixth contact pin,
wherein the first contact pin is a pin for detecting that the camera accessory is coupled to the camera, the second contact
pin is a pin for supplying electrical power for communication to the coupled camera accessory, and the third contact pin is
a pin for supplying electrical power for driving the actuator of the camera accessory, wherein the fourth contact pin is used
for indicating a reference potential corresponding to the electrical power supplied from the third contact pin, and the sixth
contact pin is used for indicating a reference potential corresponding to the electric power from the second contact pin.

US Pat. No. 9,727,208

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a memory configured to store a computer program; and
at least one hardware processor configured to execute the computer program to perform a process which comprises:
displaying a plurality of items;
displaying a recommendation list including information of a recommended item related to a first item selected by a user, wherein
when the user selects a second item, the display of the recommendation list is updated to a recommendation list including
information of a second recommended item related to the selected second item;

determining whether or not an instruction for temporarily stopping updating the display of the recommendation list is issued;
stopping updating the display of the recommendation list if it is determined that that the instruction for temporarily stopping
updating the display of the recommendation list is issued; and

receiving and opening a content of the first item selected by the user,
wherein after the user selects the second item, a content of the selected second item is received from a server and opened
even if it is determined that the instruction for temporarily stopping updating the display of the recommendation list is
issued.

US Pat. No. 9,727,021

CARTRIDGE, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF THE CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge used for forming an image on a recording material, the cartridge comprising:
a first cartridge constituent member;
a second cartridge constituent member;
a memory for storing information;
a supporting portion provided on the first cartridge constituent member and provided with a slit for permitting insertion
of the memory to be inserted in a longitudinal direction of the cartridge; and

a preventing portion, provided on the second cartridge constituent member, for preventing movement of the memory inserted
in the supporting portion in the longitudinal direction, the preventing portion projecting from a side surface of the second
cartridge constituent member in the longitudinal direction of the cartridge,

wherein, with respect to a direction crossing the longitudinal direction crossing a thickness direction of the memory, a width
of the preventing portion that is configured to contact the memory is shorter than a width of the slit in which the memory
is inserted.

US Pat. No. 9,727,290

MANAGEMENT APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SETTING DATA VALUES ON AN INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A management apparatus configured to communicate with a plurality of information processing apparatuses, the management
apparatus comprising:
a memory storing instructions; and
a processor coupled to the memory that, upon execution of the stored instructions is operable to control
a generation unit configured to generate common data to be set into the plurality of information processing apparatuses in
common and individual data to be individually set into any one of the plurality of information processing apparatuses, in
such a manner that the common data and the individual data are associated with an installation location, identification information
for identifying an information processing apparatus to be set being not finalized for the any one of the plurality of information
processing apparatuses;

a management unit configured to register and manage the generated common data and the generated individual data in a storage
unit;

a first reception unit configured to receive an acquisition request for data to be set from any one of the plurality of information
processing apparatuses along with identification information for identifying an information processing apparatus;

a reply unit configured to send back a list of individual data registered to the information processing apparatus from which
the acquisition request is received; and

a distribution unit configured to distribute individual data on which a setting location is finalized and the common data
to the information processing apparatus from which the acquisition request is received, based on information for identifying
any pieces of individual data notified from the information processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,755,165

SILSESQUIOXANE COMPOUND, ORGANIC LIGHT EMITTING ELEMENT, DISPLAY APPARATUS, IMAGE INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An organic light emitting element comprising:
an anode;
a cathode;
an emission layer placed between the anode and the cathode; and
a hole transport layer disposed between the anode and the emission layer,
wherein the hole transport layer comprises a siloxane compound and another compound having a tertiary arylamine structure;
and

wherein a number of SP2 carbon atoms in the hole transport layer is ten times or less a number of silicon atoms in the hole transport layer.

US Pat. No. 9,756,211

APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH FAX FUNCTION, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus equipped with a fax function, the apparatus comprising:
a user interface that performs first and second settings,
wherein the first setting sets one or more specific fax numbers so that a printout of received fax data relating to the set
one or more specific fax numbers is not produced, and

wherein the second setting is a setting for a printout of received fax data, that relate to a fax number that does not exist
in an address book, not to be produced; and

at least one processor that controls production of a printout of received fax data in accordance with the first and second
settings, wherein

the at least one processor:
performs control so that, in a case where the second setting is set, a printout of the received fax data is not produced on
a condition that the fax number of the source of transmission of the received fax data corresponds to at least one of a fax
number that does not exist in the address book and the one or more specific fax numbers that are set by the first setting;
and

performs control so that, in a case where the second setting is set, a printout of the received fax data is produced on a
condition that the fax number of the source of transmission of the received fax data corresponds to neither the fax number
that does not exist in the address book nor the one or more specific fax numbers that are set by the first setting; and

performs control so that, in a case where the second setting is not set, a printout of the received fax data is not produced
on a condition that the fax number of the source of transmission of the received fax data corresponds to the one or more specific
fax numbers that are set by the first setting; and

performs control so that, in a case where the second setting is not set, a printout of the received fax data is produced on
a condition that the fax number of the source of transmission of the received fax data does not correspond to the one or more
specific fax numbers that is set by the first setting.

US Pat. No. 9,756,213

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS CAPABLE OF SELECTING PROPER FACSIMILE COMMUNICATION, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus configured to perform facsimile communication via a gateway connected to an IP network, 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 communication apparatus to:

establish a voice session for performing voice communication, with the gateway;
receive, from the gateway, a T.38 session establishment request, wherein the T.38 session establishment request is received
from the gateway before the gateway is notified whether a T.38 session can be established;

establish, in a case where the T.38 session establishment request for requesting establishment of the T.38 session for performing
T.38 communication is received from the gateway after the voice session has been established, the T.38 session and perform
facsimile communication using the T.38 communication; and

perform, in a case where the T.38 session establishment request is not received from the gateway after the voice session has
been established, facsimile communication using inband communication by the voice session.

US Pat. No. 9,756,217

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AN IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND A NON-TRANSITORY STORAGE MEDIUM FOR RECEIVING DATA FROM AN INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND EXECUTING PROCESSES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus capable of communicating with an information processing apparatus, the image processing apparatus
comprising:
a scanner device that scans a document to generate image data;
at least one processor which acts as:
a login unit configured to authenticate a user of the image processing apparatus, and allow the user to log in to the image
processing apparatus in accordance with success in authenticating the user, wherein in a case where the user logs in to the
image processing apparatus through the login unit, the image processing apparatus is shifted into a state where the user is
able to use a function of the image processing apparatus via an operation unit;

a reception unit configured to receive, from the information processing apparatus, a destination for a transmission destination
of the image data generated by the scanner device, and information related to a user to transmit the destination, wherein
the destination and the information are transmitted from the information processing apparatus after the user logs in to the
image processing apparatus through the login unit;

a determination unit configured to determine, in accordance with the reception unit receiving the information related to the
user to transmit the destination, whether a user corresponding to the received information related to the user to transmit
the destination matches a user who has logged in to the image processing apparatus, since before the information is received,
through the login unit;

a display control unit configured to display a setting screen on the operation unit, in accordance with a determination by
the determination unit that the user corresponding to the received information related to the user to transmit the destination
matches the user who has logged in to the image processing apparatus, since before the information is received, through the
login unit, wherein the setting screen is a screen related to execution of scan and transmission processes using the received
destination; and

an execution unit configured to execute the scan and transmission processes based on reception of a predetermined user's operation.

US Pat. No. 9,756,265

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS RECOGNIZING CERTAIN OBJECT IN CAPTURED IMAGE, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
an image obtaining unit configured to obtain a range image on which depth information in a space including an operation surface
as a portion of a background is reflected;

an extraction unit configured to extract one or more regions corresponding to one or more objects included in a foreground
portion relative to the operation surface from the range image obtained by the image obtaining unit in accordance with the
depth information reflected on each pixel in the range image, the one or more objects existing in the space;

a region specifying unit configured to specify an isolation region which is not in contact with a boundary line which defines
a predetermined closed region in the range image from among the one or more regions extracted by the extraction unit; and

a recognition unit configured to recognize an adjacency state of a predetermined instruction object relative to an object
mounted on the operation surface in accordance with the depth information reflected on the isolation region in the range image.

US Pat. No. 9,717,409

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a computer comprising:
a planar image acquisition unit for acquiring a planar image of a subject;
a display control unit for causing a display unit to display the planar image and an indicator indicating a position of a
polarization-sensitive tomographic image, wherein the indicator is superimposed at a position on the planar image;

a tomographic image acquisition unit for acquiring a polarization-sensitive tomographic image of the subject using beams of
different polarizations obtained by splitting a combined beam obtained by combining a return beam from the subject irradiated
with a measuring beam via a scanning unit and a reference beam corresponding to the measuring beam;

a generation unit for generating a polarization-sensitive planar image of the subject using a representative value of polarization
characteristics of a part of a range of the polarization-sensitive tomographic image in a depth direction of the subject;
and

a control unit for causing the tomographic image acquisition unit to acquire the polarization-sensitive tomographic image
with the irradiated measuring beam at a scanning position of the subject, the scanning position corresponding to the position
on the planar image,

wherein the display control unit is for causing the display unit to display the generated polarization-sensitive planar image
on a position corresponding to the position on the planar image.

US Pat. No. 9,720,776

SERVER SYSTEM, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND PROGRAM FOR EXECUTING PARALLEL DISTRIBUTED PROCESSING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A server system that can communicate with a plurality of tasks of executing prescribed processes, and causes the plurality
of tasks, of which the prescribed processes are different from each other, to sequentially process a job having occurred,
thereby achieving processing of the job, the server system comprising:
a processor; and
a memory configured to store data to be processed by the processor, and the processor comprising:
a counting unit configured to count a number of task attempts according to a failure of a particular process executed by each
of the tasks; and

a job management unit configured to, when the tasks of executing the particular process has made a request to acquire the
job, if the number of task attempts counted by the counting unit has not exceeded the maximum number of attempts, transmit
a regular job, and if the number of task attempts counted by the counting unit has exceeded the maximum number of attempts,
transmit a job for a failure, wherein, if the job management unit has transmitted the regular job, the tasks execute the particular
process, and if the job management unit has transmitted the job for a failure, the tasks execute post-processing corresponding
to the particular process,

wherein the counting unit counts the number of job attempts when the counted number of task attempts has exceeded the maximum
number of attempts, and wherein, when the tasks of executing the particular process has made a request to acquire the job,
if the number of task attempts counted by the counting unit has exceeded the maximum number of attempts but the number of
job attempts has not exceeded the maximum number of attempts, the job management unit performs control to process the job
again from a beginning without transmitting the job for a failure.

US Pat. No. 9,718,274

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head including an ejection element board that ejects liquid, wherein a flow channel that guides liquid
to the ejection element board includes a first flow channel, and a second flow channel connected on a downstream side of the
first flow channel and having a cross-sectional area smaller than the cross-sectional area of the first flow channel, the
liquid ejection head comprising:
at least one projecting member projecting out into the flow channel from a flow channel wall forming the second flow channel,
wherein

the second flow channel includes a second upstream-side flow channel provided on an upstream side, and a second downstream-side
flow channel provided on a downstream side.

US Pat. No. 9,718,278

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a color ink applying unit configured to apply color ink to a print medium;
a clear ink applying unit configured to apply a plurality of clear inks to the print medium to cover the applied color ink,
each clear ink of the plurality of clear inks having a degree of glossiness that is different from each other;

a glossiness data storage unit configured to store glossiness data of degree of glossiness of an image to be formed on the
print medium; and

a determining unit configured to:
determine an amount ratio of each clear ink to each other clear ink of the plurality of clear inks in accordance with the
degree of glossiness indicated by the glossiness data stored in the glossiness data storage unit, and

determine an amount of each clear ink of the plurality of clear inks such that the determined ratio is satisfied and such
that the plurality of clear inks cover the applied color ink and print medium at approximately 100% area coverage.

US Pat. No. 9,720,373

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording material, wherein a cartridge, having a first contact portion
and a second contact portion, is detachably mountable to said image forming apparatus in a mounting direction, said image
forming apparatus comprising:
a main assembly, wherein the second contact portion is located at a position downstream of the first contact portion with
respect to the mounting direction;

a movable member movable between a projected position in which said movable member is in an insertion path of the second contact
portion when the cartridge is mounted to said main assembly, and a retracted position in which said movable member is retracted
from the insertion path;

a first portion-to-be-contacted, provided on said movable member, for placing said movable member in the retracted position
by being contacted by the second contact portion;

a second portion-to-be-contacted, provided on said movable member at a position downstream of said first portion-to-be-contacted
with respect to the mounting direction, for placing said movable member in the retracted position by being contacted by the
second contact portion; and

a recess provided in said movable member between said first portion-to-be-contacted and said second portion-to-be-contacted
with respect to the mounting direction, said recess being recessed beyond said first portion-to-be-contacted and said second
portion-to-be-contacted in a moving direction of said movable member, and said recess crossing the insertion path when said
movable member is in the projected position,

wherein the first contact portion and the second contact portion are capable of passing said movable member in the mounting
direction without the second contact portion entering said recess in the process of mounting said cartridge to said main assembly.

US Pat. No. 9,712,695

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a storing unit configured to store print data corresponding to a login user; and
a printing unit configured to print an image on a sheet;
an operation unit configured to receive a user instruction;
a voice unit configured to receive voice input data or output voice data, the receipt of voice input data and output of voice
data occurring at the image forming apparatus;

a setting unit configured to set voice setting information indicating whether or not the voice unit is operational; and
a print control unit configured to execute a first print control or a second print control based on the voice setting information
set by the setting unit,

wherein, the first print control being executed when the print control unit determines that the voice setting information
indicates that the voice unit is not operational, the print control unit causes the operation unit to display a list of the
print data and to causes the printing unit to print the image on the sheet based on receiving selection of the displayed list
of the print data from the login user via the operation unit, and

wherein, the second print control being executed when the print control unit determines that the voice setting information
indicates that the voice unit is operational, the print control unit does not display the print data list and causes the printing
unit to print the image automatically on the sheet without receiving selection the print data from the login user via the
operation unit.

US Pat. No. 9,709,382

LIGHT SOURCE APPARATUS AND INFORMATION ACQUISITION APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A light source apparatus comprising:
a light source that generates first pulsed light; and
a nonlinear optical medium that generates second pulsed light having a wavelength different from a wavelength of the first
pulsed light due to incidence of the first pulsed light,

wherein the light source is configured to be capable of emitting, as the first pulsed light, pulsed light having a wavelength
shorter than a zero dispersion wavelength of the nonlinear optical medium and pulsed light having a wavelength longer than
the zero dispersion wavelength of the nonlinear optical medium in a switchable manner.

US Pat. No. 9,712,718

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

10. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a memory; and
a processor in communication with the memory, wherein the processor performs:
identifying a portion of vector data object which has a narrower width than a threshold, wherein the threshold is an inverse
number of a printing resolution of a printing engine;

correcting the identified portion of the vector data object so that the width of the identified portion of the vector data
object becomes the threshold, wherein the threshold is an inverse number of a printing resolution of a printing engine;

rasterizing the corrected vector data object; and
transmitting the rasterized vector data object for printing at the printing resolution of the print engine.

US Pat. No. 9,697,441

FEATURE SELECTION METHOD AND APPARATUS, AND PATTERN DISCRIMINATION METHOD AND APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method comprising:
preparing a discriminator to be used for discriminating partial data;
extracting a plurality of partial data from learning data;
extracting at least one local data in each of the plurality of partial data;
classifying the plurality of partial data by the discriminator to obtain a discrimination degree related to a difference between
the at least one local data and a decision boundary of the discriminator for each of the plurality of partial data;

evaluating a usefulness degree of the extracted partial data based on the discrimination degree;
selecting at least a portion of the plurality of partial data to be used to be associated with the discriminator from the
plurality of partial data based on the usefulness degree; and

recording information of the selected partial data as an example to the discriminator.

US Pat. No. 9,696,946

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus configured to print an image on a sheet, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a wireless communicator including a memory and configured to execute wireless communication with an external apparatus;
a controller configured to communicate with the memory and to set an operation mode of the image forming apparatus in either
an active mode in which the wireless communicator supplies power to the external apparatus or a passive mode in which the
wireless communicator is supplied with power from the external apparatus; and

a detector configured to detect shifting of the image forming apparatus to a power off state in which power is not supplied
to the image forming apparatus,

wherein, in a case where the detector detects shifting of the image forming apparatus to the power off state, before switching
to the power off state, the controller stores predetermined data into the memory of the wireless communicator, and switches
the operation mode of the image forming apparatus from the active mode to the passive mode,

wherein, in both of a case where the operation mode of the image forming apparatus is in the active mode and a case where
the operation mode of the image forming apparatus is in the passive mode, the wireless communicator is configured to execute
the wireless communication with the external apparatus,

wherein the memory is configured such that the predetermined data stored in the memory can be read by the external apparatus,
wherein, when the image forming apparatus is operating in the active mode, the detector is configured to detect whether the
external apparatus is operating in an external apparatus active mode as an actively operating external apparatus or in an
external apparatus passive mode as a passively operating external apparatus, and

wherein, when the image forming apparatus is operating in the active mode, (i) the controller switches the operation mode
of the image forming apparatus from the active mode to the passive mode if the detector detects that the external apparatus
is operating in the external apparatus active mode, and (ii) the controller maintains the operation mode of the image forming
apparatus in the active mode if the detector detects that the external apparatus is operating in the external apparatus passive
mode, such that the wireless communicator is configured to execute the wireless communication with the external apparatus
in both of the case where the operation mode of the image forming apparatus is in the active mode and the case where the operation
mode of the image forming apparatus is in the passive mode.

US Pat. No. 9,658,812

PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF PRINTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a printing unit configured to print an image onto a sheet by executing a print job comprised of first print data and second
print data; and

a controller configured to obtain a predetermined information included in the print job and control the ejection of sheets
on which images are printed by the printing unit in such a manner that, when the controller obtains the predetermined information
which is associated with the first print data and the second print data, a second sheet on which an image is printed based
on the second print data is ejected to a second position which is different from a first position of a first sheet on which
an image is printed based on the first print data,

wherein the controller controls the ejection of the sheets on which images are printed by the printing unit in such a manner
that, when the controller does not obtain the predetermined information which is associated with the first print data and
the second print data, the second sheet is ejected to the first position.

US Pat. No. 9,658,566

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer container, comprising:
a frame for accommodating developer;
an electrode;
a detecting member, disposed on the frame, including a first resin; and
a conductive path, connected to the detecting member, including a second resin,
wherein an amount of developer is determined based on a first capacitance between the detecting member and the electrode and
a second capacitance between the electrode and the conductive path.

US Pat. No. 9,658,573

DEVELOPING UNIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing unit comprising:
a developer carrier configured to bear a developer including a toner and a carrier on a developer carrying area;
a first chamber configured to face at least a part of the developer carrier and receive the developer falling from the developer
carrier;

a second chamber provided next to the first chamber;
a partition configured to be disposed between the first chamber and the second chamber to separate the first chamber from
the second chamber;

a first conveying member, disposed rotatably in the first chamber, configured to convey the developer in the first chamber
in a first direction;

a second conveying member, disposed rotatably in the second chamber, comprising a spiral blade portion conveying the developer
in the second chamber in a second direction opposite to the first direction, and a reverse spiral blade portion disposed downstream
of the spiral blade portion in the second direction and configured to convey the developer in the first direction;

a discharging portion, provided in the second chamber and downstream of the reverse spiral blade portion in the second direction,
configured to discharge the developer; and

a plurality of communication portions communicating the first chamber and the second chamber with each other, and comprising
a first communication portion, disposed downstream in the second direction, through which the developer is conveyed from the
second chamber to the first chamber, and a second communication portion, disposed upstream in the second direction, through
which the developer is conveyed from the first chamber to the second chamber among the plurality of communication portions,

wherein a distance between an upstream end, in the second direction, of the first communication portion and a center, in a
rotational axis direction of the developer carrier, of the developer carrier is greater than a distance between a downstream
end, in the second direction, of the second communication portion and the center of the developer carrier.

US Pat. No. 9,658,577

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING TRANSFER BELT ROLLERS OF SPECIFIC SHAPES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member;
a toner image forming unit configured to form a toner image on said image bearing member;
a first transfer belt onto which the toner image is transferred from said image bearing member;
a second transfer belt configured to feed a recording material, wherein said second transfer belt forms a transfer nip, where
the toner image is transferred from said first transfer belt onto the recording material, in cooperation with said first transfer
belt;

a transfer roller, urged from an inner peripheral surface of said second transfer belt toward said second transfer belt, configured
to form a transfer portion for electrostatically transferring the toner image from said first transfer belt onto the recording
material;

a power source configured to apply an electric field to the transfer portion;
a first roller configured to wind said second transfer belt about said first roller to form a recording material feeding surface
on said second transfer belt between said transfer roller and said first roller, wherein said first roller is provided on
an inner peripheral surface of said second transfer belt and disposed at a position downstream of said transfer roller with
respect to a traveling direction of said second transfer belt, wherein said first roller has such a shape that a diameter
at each of end portions is smaller than a diameter at a central portion with respect to a rotational axis direction;

a second roller configured to wind said second transfer belt about said second roller, wherein said second roller is provided
on the inner peripheral surface side of said second transfer belt and disposed at a position adjacent to and downstream of
said first roller with respect to the traveling direction of said second transfer belt, and wherein said second roller has
such a shape that a diameter at each of end portions is larger than a diameter at a central portion with respect to the rotational
axis direction; and

a driving roller configured to wind said second transfer belt about said driving roller, and configured to impart a driving
force to said second transfer belt,

wherein said driving roller is provided on the inner peripheral surface side of said second transfer belt and disposed at
a position adjacent to and downstream of said second roller with respect to the traveling direction of said second transfer
belt and has such a shape that a diameter is substantially the same along the rotational axis direction.

US Pat. No. 9,692,923

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF SUPPLYING POWER TO EXTERNAL DEVICE, PRINTING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING PRINTING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus that is capable of supplying power to an external device, 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 printing apparatus to:

determine power supply capability to be presented to the external device, based on a state of the printing apparatus, wherein
the power supply capability indicates a plurality of combinations of voltage and current;

present the determined power supply capability to the external device; and
supply power to the external device, based on a combination selected among the plurality of combinations by the external device,
wherein in a case where the printing apparatus is in a sleep state, first power supply capability is determined to be presented
to the external device,

in a case where the printing apparatus is in a printing state, second power supply capability is determined to be presented
to the external device, and

the number of the combinations indicated by the first power supply capability and the number of the combinations indicated
by the second power supply capability are different from each other.

US Pat. No. 9,658,843

DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM AND ITS CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A distribution system comprising:
a first acceptance unit of a management unit configured to accept registration of an updated firmware package corresponding
to a plurality of different types of devices, the firmware package contains programs including information about 1) common
firmware which is common to the plurality of types of network devices, 2) unique firmware that is specific to a type of a
plurality of types of network devices, and 3) special firmware which is unique to a customer and specific to a type of a plurality
of types of network devices;

a second acceptance unit of the management unit configured to accept registration of a setting file describing control information
for controlling approval or denial of automatic updates to a special firmware included in the firmware package, said control
information includes an indicator stating if the special firmware allows periodic updates;

a third acceptance unit of the management unit configured to accept an update request for the special firmware, from a network
device containing special firmware, wherein the update request includes setting information related to the network device,
the setting information comprises authentication information and an identifier that indicates if the automatic update is a
periodic update;

the management unit configured to manage information indicating approval or denial of periodic distribution of firmware in
accordance with control information described in the setting file and the setting information, by comparing the control information
in the setting file and setting information, wherein the periodic distribution is approved if setting information is authenticated
as coming from a reliable source and the control information and setting information both indicate an identifier stating periodic
updates are approved for the requested special firmware, and the periodic distribution is denied if the authentication fails
or the control information and setting information do not both indicate periodic distribution is approved; and

a control unit configured to distribute special firmware which is updatable when the management unit indicates approval of
the periodic distribution of the special firmware and to transmit the registered special firmware to the network device.

US Pat. No. 9,658,863

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus which is capable of hibernation, comprising:
a processor having a boot core and a plurality of slave cores;
a volatile memory;
a non-volatile memory;
a holding control unit configured to store, in a case where a suspend request for a system running on the apparatus is generated,
data to the non-volatile memory as a hibernation image which represents a memory state of the volatile memory, register values
of at least one peripheral of the apparatus, and register values of the processor; and

a return control unit configured to determine, in a case where a boot request of the system is generated, whether or not a
valid hibernation image is available in the non-volatile memory,

wherein, in a case where it is determined that the valid hibernation image is available, the boot core initializes a part
of the plurality of slave cores according to a number of peripherals of the apparatus, and the boot core and/or the initialized
slave core initialize the at least one peripheral so as to perform a kernel initialization of the system, and

wherein, after the kernel initialization is completed, the return control unit restores the memory state of the volatile memory,
the register values of the at least one peripheral, and the register values of the processor based on the valid hibernation
image.

US Pat. No. 9,661,181

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for printing an image on a print medium with use of multiple inks, the image processing apparatus
comprising one or more processors and one or more computer-readable medias storing a program, the one or more processors and
one or more computer-readable media executing the program to function as:
a data acquisition unit configured to, for a target pixel, acquire first multi-valued data corresponding to a first ink, second
multi-valued data corresponding to a second ink and third multi-valued data corresponding to a third ink;

a threshold value acquisition unit configured to acquire a first threshold value corresponding to the target pixel from a
threshold value matrix that indicates an array of multiple threshold values;

a calculating unit configured to calculate a second threshold value by offsetting the first threshold value with use of the
first multi-valued data, and a third threshold value by offsetting the first threshold value with use of the first multi-valued
data and the second multi-valued data; and

a generating unit configured to generate first quantized data for printing a dot of the first ink by comparing the first multi-valued
data and the first threshold value, generate second quantized data for printing a dot of the second ink by comparing the second
multi-valued data and the second threshold value, and generate third quantized data for printing a dot of the third ink by
comparing the third multi-valued data and the third threshold value,

wherein:
the threshold value matrix is characterized in that dispersibility of dots printed at positions corresponding to threshold
values being continuous from a minimum value to a predetermined value is higher than dispersibility of dots printed at positions
corresponding to threshold values being continuous except for from the minimum value to the predetermined value; and

the first ink is an ink of a color different from black, and the second ink is a black ink.

US Pat. No. 9,661,182

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing device, which processes image data in correspondence with one or more pixels of an image, comprising:
a first image processing module configured to operate in accordance with an instruction from a CPU, and
a second image processing module configured to operate in accordance with an instruction from the CPU,
wherein the first image processing module comprises:
a first receiving unit configured to receive first processing image data including image data and attribute data; and
a first processing unit configured to process the image data of the received first processing image data based on an attribute
value of the attribute data,

wherein the first image processing module
performs processing the image data of the received first processing image data by the first processing unit,
sets a new attribute value of the attribute data to enable a following image processing module incompatible with the attribute
data to process the image data including the attribute data, and

outputs second processing image data including the image data and the attribute data of which the new attribute value is set,
and

wherein the second image processing module is incompatible with the attribute data, and comprises:
a second processing unit configured to process image data corresponding to the image data of the second processing image data.

US Pat. No. 9,661,185

APPARATUS THAT PRODUCES GUIDANCE DISPLAY FOR LOGIN, CONTROL METHOD OF THE APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus capable of multi-login that allows a plurality of users to simultaneously log in, the apparatus comprising:
a guidance display unit configured to indicate a position where a predetermined user's operation for login should be performed
by lighting;

a human sensor configured to detect a person who exists within a predetermined range of the apparatus; and
a control unit configured to control the lighting of the guidance display unit in accordance with whether a setting of the
multi-login is effective or ineffective, wherein

in a case where a user in the login state exists, the control unit:
controls, on a condition that the multi-login is set to be ineffective, the guidance display unit to turn its light off regardless
of whether or not a person is detected by the human sensor; and

controls, on a condition that the multi-login is set to be effective, the guidance display unit to turn its light on when
a person is detected by the human sensor and controls the guidance display unit to turn its light off when no person is detected
by the human sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,692,969

LENS APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING CAMERA SYSTEM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A lens apparatus which is communicable with an image capturing apparatus and includes a focus lens, the lens apparatus
comprising:
at least one processor or circuit configured to perform the operations of the following units:
a communication unit configured to periodically receive information concerning a driving amount of the focus lens; and
a controller having a first mode and a second mode of controlling the focus lens,
wherein said controller selects to control the focus lens by which one of the first mode and the second mode based on the
received information concerning the driving amount of the focus lens and a driving permissible time of the focus lens, and

wherein said controller makes at least one of an acceleration and a deceleration of the focus lens in the first mode slower
than in the second mode, and

wherein said controller controls the focus lens by the second mode when it is determined that if said controller controls
the focus lens by the first mode and said controller cannot complete driving of the focus lens by the driving amount based
on the received information within the driving permissible time, and

wherein said controller controls the focus lens by the first mode when it is determined that if said controller controls the
focus lens by the first mode and said controller can complete driving of the lens by the driving amount based on the received
information within the driving permissible time.

US Pat. No. 9,692,985

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD FOR TONE CONTROL BY APPLYING DIFFERENT GAIN

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
one or more computer processors configured to implement an image generation unit, gain data generation unit and a determination
unit, wherein:

the image generation unit is configured to generate a second image as a low-frequency image of a first image by extracting
a low-frequency component from the first image which is input;

the gain data generation unit is configured to generate a first gain data by associating gains with luminance values of respective
pixels in the first image and generate a second gain data by associating gains with luminance values of respective pixels
in the second image;

the determination unit is configured to determine a control gain for the first image based on the first gain data and the
second gain data generated by the gain data generation unit, and

wherein the determination unit determines the control gain for a pixel of interest in the first image using a first gain value
corresponding to the pixel of interest in the first gain data and a second gain value corresponding to a pixel whose gain
value in the second gain data falls within a range in which a difference from a gain value corresponding to the pixel of interest
in the first gain data is smaller than a predetermined value, among pixels in a surrounding region of the pixel of interest
in the second gain data.

US Pat. No. 9,661,211

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capture apparatus comprising:
an image sensor that is provided with a plurality of pixels each including a plurality of photoelectric conversion units,
wherein each of the photoelectric conversion units generates an photoelectric signal, and wherein the image sensor generates:

a first image signal for each pixel based on all of the photoelectric signals generated by the plurality of photoelectric
conversion units of each pixel, and

a second image signal for each pixel based on at least one of but not all of the photoelectric signals generated by the plurality
of photoelectric conversion units of each pixel;

at least one processor; and
a memory that stores program instructions, which cause, when executed by the at least one processor, the at least one processor
to output to an external device, the first image signal according to a first frame frequency and the second image signal according
to a second frame frequency being, less than the first frame frequency.

US Pat. No. 9,689,665

POSITION DETECTION APPARATUS, IMPRINT APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A position detection apparatus that illuminates diffraction gratings formed on two objects with light from a light source
and receives diffracted light from the diffraction gratings to acquire relative positions of the two objects, the position
detection apparatus comprising:
an optical system configured to cause plus n-th order diffracted light and minus n-th order diffracted light from each of
the diffraction gratings to interfere with each other, where n is a natural number;

a light receiving unit; and
a processing unit,
wherein the optical system is configured to cause the plus n-th order diffracted light and the minus n-th order diffracted
light from the diffraction gratings incident on the light receiving unit at different angles;

wherein the light receiving unit receives an interference fringe of the plus n-th order diffracted light and the minus n-th
order diffracted light from each of the diffraction gratings formed on the two objects, and frequency of the plus n-th order
diffracted light and frequency of the minus n-th order diffracted light are the same, and

wherein the processing unit acquires the relative positions of the two objects by using a phase difference between the interference
fringes at an area where interference fringes of the diffracted light from the respective diffraction gratings do not overlap
each other among the interference fringes of the diffracted light from each of the diffraction gratings formed on the two
objects, received by the light receiving unit.

US Pat. No. 9,661,244

IMAGE SENSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image sensing apparatus comprising:
an image sensing element includes a first light receiving area and a second light receiving area, wherein the image sensing
element is formed by a plurality of exposure operations including a first divisional joint exposure operation and a second
divisional joint exposure operation, wherein the first light receiving area is formed on an image pickup surface of a semiconductor
substrate by the first divisional joint exposure operation and the second light receiving area is formed on an image pickup
surface of the semiconductor substrate by the second divisional joint exposure operation, wherein pixel signals obtained by
the first light receiving area and the second light receiving area are read out from the image sensing element via a same
channel;

a timing generator which generates a timing signal for outputting pixels signal from the first light receiving area via the
same channel and from the second light receiving area via the same channel, and provides the image sensing element with the
timing signal; and

at least one processor or circuit configured to perform the operations of the following devices:
a correction device which corrects difference between output levels of pixel signals output from the first light receiving
area and output levels of pixel signals output from the second light receiving area, wherein the difference between levels
of the signals is a level difference caused by the plurality of exposure operations; and

a control device which controls to write a signal corrected by said correction device to a memory as a frame image signal.

US Pat. No. 9,682,546

LIQUID DISCHARGING SUBSTRATE, PRINTHEAD, AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharging substrate comprising:
a plurality of discharging elements arrayed on the substrate;
a driving portion configured to drive the plurality of discharging elements;
a detecting portion including a metal pattern arranged via an insulating member on a corner region of the substrate, and configured
to detect damage to the corner region when the metal pattern breaks; and

a controlling portion which stops the driving portion in response to detection of damage to the corner region.

US Pat. No. 9,651,887

IMAGE FORMING DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING METHOD AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

13. An apparatus comprising:
a storing unit configured to store first information corresponding to a first curve and second information corresponding to
a second curve;

an inputting unit configured to choose either of the stored first and second information and to input the chosen information;
and

an updating unit configured to attempt to detect a shift of an image formed on a basis of predetermined pattern image data
which has been shifted in a sub scanning direction on a basis of the inputted chosen information, and to update the stored
first information on a basis of the detected shift,

wherein, in a case where the inputting unit chooses the stored first information and inputs the chosen first information,
and an amount of the shift based on the inputted chosen first information, which the updating unit attempts to detect, is
not within a predetermined threshold range, the inputting unit chooses the stored second information and inputs the chosen
second information.

US Pat. No. 9,684,954

IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing method, which is implemented by a computer, comprising:
acquiring multiple parallax images of an object, the parallax images having a parallax to one another;
acquiring, by using the respective parallax images as mutually different base images, relative difference information for
each of the mutually different base images on a relative difference between that base image and at least one other parallax
image in the multiple parallax images;

detecting an unwanted component contained in each of the parallax images by using the relative difference information acquired
for the mutually different base images; and

correcting each of the parallax images by removing or reducing the detected, unwanted component contained in each of the parallax
images.

US Pat. No. 9,686,516

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR IMPROVING CONFIGURATION OF COMMUNICATION DEVICES IN A VIDEO PROJECTION SYSTEM COMPRISING MULTIPLE WIRELESS VIDEO PROJECTORS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method to configure a projection system for projecting a video stream on a projection area, wherein the projection system
includes a master node and at least one slave node configured to communicate with each other over a wireless communication
network, wherein each of the master node and the at least one slave node includes at least one wireless communication module
and at least one video projector, and wherein the wireless communication network includes at least one wireless communication
path, the method at the master node comprising:
emitting, using at least one wireless communication module of the master node configured with at least one configuration parameter
of the master node, a beacon signal, wherein the at least one configuration parameter is to configure a wireless communication
path between the master node and the at least one slave node and wherein the beacon signal includes at least one item of information
characterizing the at least one configuration parameter;

obtaining an image of the projection area, wherein the image is projected by the at least one video projector of the at least
one slave node that received the emitted beacon signal;

analyzing the obtained image to determine whether the obtained image includes, as path pattern feedback, encoded data associated
with the at least one item of information;

decoding, if it is determined that the obtained image includes the encoded data associated with the at least one item of information,
the encoded data to obtain the at least one item of information characterizing the at least one configuration parameter; and

setting up the at least one wireless communication module of the master node as a function of the at least one item of information
received from the at least one slave node to configure a wireless communication path between the master node and the at least
one slave node,

wherein each beacon signal comprises at least two information fields, one being used for storing an identifier of the master
node and the other being used for storing an identifier of an antenna settings of an antenna that is to be used for transmitting
the beacon signal.

US Pat. No. 9,651,906

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, WHICH REGISTERS A SPECIFIC SYMBOL AS A NUMBER WITH DIGITS LARGER THAN THE DIGITS THAT CAN BE DISPLAYED

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a display including a single-digit seven-segment display device capable of displaying only numbers from 0 to 9 and a predetermined
alphabetical character and another display device configured to display a predetermined math symbol;

a first key for incrementing a number to be displayed on the single-digit seven-segment display device;
a second key for decrementing a number to be displayed on the single-digit seven-segment display device;
a third key for instructing printing;
a printer that performs printing based on image data;
a memory that stores a set of instructions; and
a processor that executes the instructions to:
cause the single-digit seven-segment display device to display any number from 1 to 9 based on the first key or the second
key having been pressed,

set, where the third key is pressed with any of the numbers from 1 to 9 being displayed on the single-digit seven-segment
display device, a single-digit figure displayed as the number of copies to print, and cause the printer to perform printing,

cause, where the second key is pressed when a numeral 1 is being displayed on the single-digit seven-segment display device,
the single-digit seven-segment display device to display the predetermined alphabetical character, and

shift the image processing apparatus to a registration mode for registering a number as the predetermined alphabetical character,
wherein, where the image processing apparatus operates in the registration mode, the processor is able to cause the single-digit
seven-segment display device to display any of the numbers from 1 to 9 and concurrently cause the another display device to
display the predetermined math symbol, with two-digit figures being indicated while the predetermined math symbol is being
displayed, the two-digit figures including a numeral 1 as a tens place digit and a number being displayed on the single-digit
seven-segment display device as ones place digit,

wherein, as the predetermined alphabetical character, a single-digit figure displayed on the single-digit seven-segment display
device, or the two-digit figures indicated by the predetermined math symbol displayed on the another display device and the
number displayed on the single-digit seven-segment display device are registered, and

wherein, where the third key is pressed with the predetermined alphabetical character being displayed on the single-digit
seven-segment display device, the processor sets a number, being either the single-digit figure or the two-digit figures,
registered as the predetermined alphabetical character as the number of copies to print, and causes the printer to perform
printing.

US Pat. No. 9,651,908

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING AMOUNT OF LIGHT, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a rotary member configured to bear a toner image or a recording material;
an image forming unit configured to form a detection pattern on the rotary member, the detection pattern being a toner image
for detecting an amount of misregistration or an amount of variation in density;

a detection unit including a light-emitting device that emits light onto the rotary member or the detection pattern and a
light-receiving device that receives light reflected from the rotary member or the detection pattern and outputs a corresponding
voltage; and

a control unit configured to:
control the light-emitting device to emit a first amount of light;
control the light-receiving device to receive an amount of light reflected from the rotary member and output a first voltage;
acquire a first estimated amount of light based on a prediction coefficient for the rotary member and the first voltage;
acquire a second estimated amount of light based on a prediction coefficient for the detection pattern and the first voltage;
acquire a second amount of light based on the first estimated amount of light and the second estimated amount of light; and
perform misregistration correction or density correction, based on a detection result which is detected by the detection unit
such that the light-emitting device emits light having the second amount of light onto the detection pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,686,534

PROJECTION APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND A COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An adjustment apparatus for adjusting a stereoscopic degree of at least one of a plurality of projection apparatuses for
displaying one stereoscopic image obtained by projecting a plurality of stereoscopic images such that portions thereof overlap
each other, the adjustment apparatus comprising:
a projection control unit configured to cause a projection unit of at least one of the plurality of projection apparatuses
to project a left image including an indicator and a right image including an indicator, wherein the indicators are used to
detect a parallax between the left image and the right image, and wherein at least a part of each of the indicators is projected
by the projection unit in an overlapping region where the plurality of stereoscopic images overlap each other;

a detection unit configured to detect the parallax between the left image and the right image based on a captured image of
the indicators which are projected by the projection unit; and

an adjustment unit configured to adjust the stereoscopic degree of the projection unit by an adjustment amount that is determined
based on a comparison of a parallax between the left image and the right image with a predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 9,686,286

AUTHORITY TRANSFER SYSTEM, AUTHORITY TRANSFER METHOD, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An authority transfer system comprising:
a document generating device for providing a document generating service;
a print management device for providing a print service that instructs a designated printer to perform print processing cooperating
with the document generating service; and

an authentication device,
wherein the authentication device includes at least one processor coupled to at least one memory, the at least one processor
being programmed to:

receive an acquisition request to acquire a token that certifies a transfer of an authority to use the print service;
transmit a service confirmation request from the authentication device to the print service before issuance of the token and
provide a permission confirming screen of the transfer of an authority for allowing the authority to use the print service
to be transferred to the document generating service,

wherein the permission confirming screen is not provided in a case where an answer indicative of disapproval is received as
a reply to the service confirmation request,

wherein, in a case where an answer indicative of approval, but with a mention that no printer that is capable of printing
the document generated by the document generating service exists, is received as a reply to the service confirmation request,
the permission confirming screen is provided with the mention that no printer that is capable of printing the document exists,

wherein, in a case where an answer indicative of approval with a mention that a printer that is capable of printing the document
generated by the document generating service exists is received as a reply to the service confirmation request, the permission
confirming screen is provided without any mention that no printer that is capable of printing the document exists, and

wherein the token is issued in response to permission of, via the permission confirming screen, the transfer of the authority
to use the print service to the document generating service, and the issued token is transmitted.

US Pat. No. 9,686,558

SCALABLE ENCODING AND DECODING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for scalable encoding of a digital image into a base layer and at least one enhancement layer comprising an up-sampling
step providing at least one part of an enhancement layer, based on a corresponding part of a lower layer having a lower level
than the considered enhancement layer, the area of said corresponding parts having a scale factor of 4p (p?1), the lower layer comprising at least one Largest Coding Unit divisible into Q Coding Units, said units being further
divisible into K lower Prediction Units,
wherein, for a Largest Coding Unit of said lower layer which is not divided into smaller Coding Units and which has lower
Prediction Units of different sizes, the corresponding part of said enhancement layer is divided into K subdivisions having
substantially equivalent proportions as the lower Prediction Units of different sizes.

US Pat. No. 9,684,229

CAMERA ACCESSORY AND CAMERA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A camera accessory detachably attachable to a camera, the camera accessory comprising:
an accessory mount to be detachably coupled with a camera mount provided in the camera, the accessory mount being provided
with accessory bayonet claws and being brought, by relative rotation with the camera mount, from a first state in which each
of the accessory bayonet claws is inserted between camera bayonet claws provided in the camera mount into a second state in
which the accessory bayonet claws engage with the camera bayonet claws to complete coupling of the accessory and camera mounts;

an accessory contact holding portion provided in the accessory mount; and
a plurality of electrical contact surfaces including at least seven electrical contact surfaces arranged along a rotation
direction of the accessory and camera mounts and held by the accessory contact holding portion,

wherein the plurality of electrical contact surfaces include a first electrical contact surface configured to indicate a predetermined
voltage corresponding to a type of the camera accessory in the second state, thereby indicating the type of the camera accessory,
a sixth electrical contact surface provided for receiving a supply of source power from the camera, and a seventh electrical
contact surface provided for a ground connection corresponding to the sixth electrical contact surface,

wherein the seventh electrical contact surface is arranged between the first electrical contact surface and the sixth electrical
contact surface,

wherein one of the accessory bayonet claws is positioned at a phase of the first electrical contact surface in the rotation
direction of the accessory and camera mounts, and

wherein any of the accessory bayonet claws are not positioned at a phase of the sixth electrical contact surface in the rotation
direction of the accessory and camera mounts.

US Pat. No. 9,684,270

FIXING APPARATUS HAVING STORAGE DEVICE FOR STORING CHARACTERISTICS OF FIXING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing apparatus for fixing an image onto a recording material, the apparatus comprising:
a fixing member configured to come into contact with the recording material onto which the image is formed and which fixes
the image on the recording material;

a first fuse;
a second fuse connected in series to the first fuse;
a power supply line connected to one end of the first fuse;
a first signal line connected to a connection point between another end of the first fuse and one end of the second fuse;
and

a ground line connected to another end of the second fuse,
wherein information regarding characteristics of the fixing member is held in accordance with melt states of the first and
second fuses.

US Pat. No. 9,638,987

CAMERA AND CAMERA ACCESSORY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A camera to which a camera accessory is detachably attachable, the camera comprising:
a first mount to be detachably coupled with an second mount provided in the camera accessory, the first mount being provided
with the first bayonet claws and being brought, by relative rotation with the second mount, from a first state in which each
of the second bayonet claws provided in the second mount is inserted between the first bayonet claws into a second state in
which the first bayonet claws engage with the second bayonet claws to complete coupling of the first and second mounts;

a first contact holding portion provided in the first mount; and
a plurality of first contact pins arranged along a rotation direction of the second and first mounts and held by the first
contact holding portion so as to be movable in directions of protruding and retracting with respect to the first contact holding
portion,

wherein the second mount is provided with an second contact holding portion and a plurality of second contact surfaces arranged
in the rotation direction and held by the second contact holding portion, and the first contact pins make contact with the
second contact surfaces in the second state to electrically connect electric circuits in the camera with electric circuits
in the camera accessory,

wherein, between the first mount and a body of the camera, a leaf spring is disposed which biases the first contact pins in
the direction of protruding with respect to the first contact holding portion,

wherein, when the camera being in a normal position is viewed from a direction facing the first mount and a line extending
from a center of the first mount in a direction of gravity is defined as a mount center line,
the leaf spring extends from both sides of the mount center line toward the first contact pins so as to come closer to the
mount center line, and
the first contact pins are arranged in the first contact holding portion at positions other than a position on the mount center
line.

US Pat. No. 9,636,937

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

16. An image processing apparatus for printing an image on a print medium by using a printing unit that ejects a first ink
based on first quantized data and ejects a second ink based on second quantized data, the image processing apparatus comprising:
a first quantization unit configured to quantize multi-valued data corresponding to the first ink to generate the first quantized
data; and

a second quantization unit configured to quantize multi-valued data corresponding to the second ink to generate the second
quantized data,

wherein:
a satellite of the first ink is more conspicuous than a satellite of the second ink on the print medium,
the first quantization unit and the second quantization unit generate the first quantized data indicating printing of dot
or non-printing of dot and the second quantized data indicating printing of dot or non-printing of dot by comparing the multi-valued
data corresponding to the first ink and the multi-valued data corresponding to the second ink with corresponding threshold
values, respectively,

the first quantization unit and the second quantization unit refer to the same threshold value matrix in which multiple threshold
values are arrayed,

the first quantization unit performs a quantization process by comparing the multi-valued data corresponding to the first
ink with a threshold value stored in said threshold value matrix, and

the second quantization unit changes a difference between the multi-valued data corresponding to the second ink and a threshold
value stored in said threshold value matrix according to the multi-valued data corresponding to first ink and then performs
the quantization process for the multi-valued data corresponding to the second ink.

US Pat. No. 9,640,581

SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A device comprising:
a first member which includes a first substrate provided with a first transistor
and a first structure disposed on the first substrate, the first structure including a first portion containing a conductive
material and including a first wiring layer connected with the first portion, a first face of the first structure comprising
the first portion; and

a second member which includes a second substrate provided with a second transistor and a second structure disposed on the
second substrate, the second structure including a second portion containing a conductive material and including a second
wiring layer connected with the second portion, a second face of the second structure comprising the second portion,

wherein the first face of the first structure and the second face of the second structure are bonded so that the first structure
and the second structure are arranged between the first substrate and the second substrate, and the first portion and the
second portion are connected to each other,

wherein the first structure includes a first insulating film and a second insulating film, the second insulating film being
arranged between the first insulating film and the first substrate, a material of the first insulating film being different
from a material of the second insulating film, and the first wiring layer being arranged between the second insulating film
and the first substrate,

wherein the first portion is arranged in a groove formed of at least the second insulating film, the first face of the first
structure further comprises the first insulating film, and the conductive material of the second portion faces the first insulating
film, and

wherein the first portion contains a film of barrier metal which is arranged between the conductive material of the first
portion and the second insulating film, and the film of barrier metal of the first portion is arranged between the conductive
material of the first portion and the first insulating film in a direction along the first face.

US Pat. No. 9,641,104

ACTUATOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An actuator comprising:
a vibrator including a vibration plate and a piezoelectric device that generates a vibration in the vibration plate;
a holding member that holds the vibrator;
a friction member configured to contact the vibrator with friction, so that the vibration by the vibrator causes a relative
movement between the friction member and the vibrator,

wherein the vibration plate includes a center portion including a surface on a first side on which the piezoelectric device
is fixed and a contact portion to contact the friction member on a second side opposite to the first side, a fixing portion
for fixing the vibration plate to the holding member, and a connection portion for connecting the center portion and the fixing
portion, and

wherein the fixing portion is offset from a first plane including the surface of the first side of the center portion and
is located between the first plane and a second plane which includes the contact portion, wherein the second plane is parallel
to the first plane.

US Pat. No. 9,672,874

BUFFER, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING BUFFER, SYNCHRONIZATION CONTROL DEVICE, SYNCHRONIZATION CONTROL METHOD, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A buffer, comprising:
a memory unit including a plurality of storage regions of a predetermined physical size;
a sequence setting unit configured to set an order of writing and reading from selected storage regions among the plurality
of storage regions, wherein each of the selected storage regions is identified with an indicator;

an access region selection unit configured to output a first indicator of at least one of the selected storage regions in
the set order of writing and a second indicator of at least one of the selected storage regions in the set order of reading;

a storage region number issuing unit configured to acquire the first indicator and the second indicator of one of the selected
storage regions, and issue the first identifier and the second identifier;

a receiving unit configured to receive a part of image data, to be written into the storage region associated with the issued
first identifier;

a writing unit configured to write the data received by the receiving unit into the storage region associated with the issued
first identifier;

a reading unit configured to read data to be transmitted from the storage region associated with the issued second identifier;
a transmitting unit configured to transmit the data read by the reading unit; and
a control unit configured to control the access region selection unit to output subsequent indicators upon completion of an
access to a storage region associated with output indicators by the reading unit

wherein an order of writing to selected storage regions is independent of the order of reading set by the sequence setting
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,639,312

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR PERFORMING PROCESSING ON A PRINT JOB, CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM OF THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus capable of causing a display unit to display information for prompting a user to perform operation,
and capable of causing an image forming unit to form an image by using print data stored in a storing unit, comprising:
a controller having a processor which executes instructions stored in a memory or having circuitry, the controller being configured
to perform,

processing of causing the display unit to display a screen that includes a list, a first object, and a second object, the
list containing plural pieces of job information corresponding to the print data stored in the storing unit, the first object
being an object for giving an instruction for printing the print data, the second object being an object for giving an instruction
for job information deletion from the list;

processing of, on the basis of selection of a piece of job information from the list and subsequent selection of the first
object, causing the image forming unit to execute image forming operation based on print data corresponding to the selected
job information and based on print data corresponding to job information that is different from the selected job information
and is not selected on the list; and

processing of, on the basis of selection of a piece of job information from the list and subsequent selection of the second
object, deleting the selected job information only from the list without causing the image forming unit to execute image forming
operation based on print data corresponding to the selected job information.

US Pat. No. 9,671,674

STOP MECHANISM, LENS APPARATUS USING THE SAME, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A stop mechanism for a lens apparatus, comprising:
a plurality of stop blades;
a reception member configured to receive the plurality of stop blades;
a cam member configured to rotate to change an angle of the plurality of stop blades, to thereby change an aperture diameter
of the stop mechanism; and

an interlocking arm provided in the cam member and configured to interlock with rotation of the cam member,
wherein the plurality of stop blades each comprise:
an arc portion for defining the aperture diameter, which is configured to be received in the reception member at a maximum
aperture; and

a light-blocking projection portion integrally formed on the arc portion, which is configured to block light outside the aperture
diameter defined by the arc portion,

wherein the reception member comprises a plurality of cutouts for allowing the light-blocking projection portion to be projected
to an outside of the reception member at the maximum aperture,

wherein, in a state of the maximum aperture, the interlocking arm is located at a position where the light-blocking projection
portion does not overlap the interlocking arm in a circumferential direction of the stop mechanism, and the light-blocking
projection portions are projected outward through the plurality of cutouts,

wherein the light-blocking projection portion moves toward an inside of the reception member as the interlocking arm moves
in the circumference direction to make the aperture diameter small, and

wherein the interlocking arm rotates about an optical axis of a lens provided in the lens apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,671,712

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive drum which rotates;
a charging roller which is arranged so as to come into contact with or close to the photosensitive drum;
a power source which applies voltage to the charging roller to charge the photosensitive drum;
a toner-image forming unit which performs image exposure on the charged photosensitive drum based on an image signal, and
then forms a toner image on the photosensitive drum by depositing a toner thereon;

a detecting member which detects a DC current flowing from the charging roller to the photosensitive drum;
a driving source which drives to rotate the photosensitive drum; and
an execution unit which executes a detection mode to detect the DC current, flowing from the charging roller to the photosensitive
drum, with the detecting member when the voltage is applied to the charging roller in a state in which the photosensitive
drum is rotated, in a period other than a period during which the toner image is formed on the photosensitive drum, the execution
unit sets a speed at which the photosensitive drum is rotated by the driving source at the time when the detection mode is
executed to be faster than any speed in the period during which the toner image is formed by the toner-image forming unit.

US Pat. No. 9,671,723

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH CLEANING BLADE AND RUBBING ROTATABLE MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member configured to bear a toner image;
an intermediary transfer member, which contacts said image bearing member to form a primary transfer portion between said
intermediary transfer member and said image bearing member, said intermediary transfer member being rotatable in a predetermined
direction and configured to primary-transfer the toner image thereon from said image bearing member in the primary transfer
portion during an image forming operation;

a secondary-transfer rotatable member, which contacts said intermediary transfer member to form a secondary transfer portion
between said secondary-transfer rotatable member and said intermediary transfer member, configured to secondary-transfer the
toner image from said intermediary transfer member onto a recording material in the secondary transfer portion;

a fixing device configured to heat the toner image on the recording material to fix the toner image on the recording material;
a feeding portion configured to reverse a facing orientation of the recording material having passed through said fixing device
and to feed the recording material into the secondary transfer portion;

a cleaning blade, which contacts said intermediary transfer member at the position downstream of the secondary transfer portion
with respect to the predetermined direction and is configured to clean said intermediary transfer member;

a rubbing rotatable member, provided between the secondary transfer portion and said cleaning blade with respect to the predetermined
direction and configured to rub said intermediary transfer member; and

an executing portion configured to rotate, after stop of rotation of said intermediary transfer member as a result of completion
or interruption of the image forming operation, said intermediary transfer member in a direction opposite to the predetermined
direction until a portion of said intermediary transfer member contacted to said cleaning blade moves at least to a position
opposing said rubbing rotatable member,

wherein said executing portion executes the opposite direction rotation in a double-sided printing mode in which images are
formed on both sides of the recording material, and does not execute the opposite direction rotation in a single-sided printing
mode in which an image is formed on only one side of the recording material.

US Pat. No. 9,671,981

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR CONTROLLING AND STOPPING DISPLAY OF AN INDICATOR FOR CAUSING A USER TO RECOGNIZE THAT IM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus capable of performing a software program including a first program layer with an instruction
set to be interpreted and performed by a processor and a second program layer with an instruction set compiled in advance
by a unit other than the processor, the information processing apparatus comprising:
a processor operatively coupled to a memory, the processor serving as units comprising:
(a) a transmission unit configured to transmit parameter information used for performing image processing from the first program
layer to the second program layer;

(b) an image processing unit configured to perform the image processing in the second program layer in accordance with the
parameter information;

(c) a display control unit configured to display an indicator for causing a user to recognize that the image processing is
in progress; and

(d) an instruction unit configured to issue an instruction to control display of the indicator from the second program layer
to the first program layer,

wherein after completion of the image processing that the image processing unit performs in the second program layer in accordance
with the parameter information, the instruction unit issues from the second program layer to the first program layer a stop
instruction to stop the indicator which is being displayed based on the instruction, and

wherein in a case where the instruction unit issues the stop instruction from the second program layer to the first program
layer, the display control unit stops the indicator which is being displayed based on the instruction.

US Pat. No. 9,641,769

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

13. A method for controlling an image capture apparatus capable of executing automatic focus detection of an imaging optical
system, using a signal obtained from an image sensor, the method comprising:
acquiring (1) first image-forming position information obtained by performing, using a plurality of first weights and a plurality
of third weights, weighted addition on information regarding a plurality of image-forming positions of the imaging optical
system, the information corresponding to different spatial frequencies, and (2) second image-forming position information
obtained by performing, using a plurality of second weights and a plurality of fourth weights, weighted addition on the information;

correcting a result of the automatic focus detection, based on a result of a comparison between the first image-forming position
information and the second image-forming position information; and

controlling a position of a focusing lens that the imaging optical system has, based on the corrected result of the automatic
focus detection,

wherein the plurality of first weights correspond to a first evaluated band, which is related to characteristics of a captured
image and is predetermined, and the plurality of second weights correspond to a second evaluated band, which is related to
characteristics of a signal used for the automatic focus detection, and

wherein the plurality of third weights respectively correspond to different spatial frequencies and the plurality of fourth
weights respectively correspond to the different spatial frequencies, and the smaller the spatial frequency is, the smaller
the respective third weight and the respective fourth weight.

US Pat. No. 9,671,985

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus having a first power state and a second power state smaller in power consumption than
the first power state, the information processing apparatus comprising:
a sensor;
a user interface configured to receive a user operation for shifting a power state of the information processing apparatus;
and

a power controller which performs operations comprising:
shifting the power state of the information processing apparatus, from the second power state to the first power state, based
on the sensor having detected a person, and

shifting the power state of the information processing apparatus, from the second power state to the first power state or
from the first power state to the second power state, based on the user interface having received the user operation,

wherein the shifting the power state of the information processing apparatus, based on the user interface receiving the user
operation, is not executed while the information processing apparatus is returning from the second power state to the first
power state based on the sensor having detected a person.

US Pat. No. 9,636,851

IMPRINT APPARATUS AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus that performs pressing of a mold against an imprint material on a substrate to form a pattern on the
substrate, the imprint apparatus comprising:
a supply unit configured to:
supply, between the imprint material on the substrate and the mold, permeable gas that includes helium or hydrogen or both
thereof and has a property of permeating the mold, the imprint material, or the substrate, or any two thereof or all thereof,
and condensable gas that includes hydrofluorocarbon or hydrofluoroether or both thereof and has a property of being liquefied
under a pressure generated by the pressing; and

adjust a component ratio of the permeable gas and the condensable gas so that an effect thereof on formation of the pattern
falls within an allowable range,

wherein the imprint apparatus is configured to perform the pressing in a state where the permeable gas and the condensable
gas, with the component ratio thereof adjusted, are supplied between the imprint material on the substrate and the mold.

US Pat. No. 9,672,275

RECOMMENDATION APPARATUS, RECOMMENDATION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recommendation apparatus that recommends contents to a recommendation target user that is a current user of the recommendation
apparatus, comprising:
a processor and memory;
a recommendation unit;
a content management unit; and
a relationship storage unit,
wherein a group of recommendation candidate contents is obtained from the content management unit, the group of recommendation
candidate contents being candidates to be used by the recommendation target user,

wherein a relationship is detected between a user of a similar work case similar to work by the recommendation target user
and used contents of the similar work case obtained from the content management unit,

wherein the used contents of the similar work case include contents other than the recommendation candidate contents, and
the recommendation candidate contents include contents other than the used contents of the similar work case,

wherein the relationship between a user and contents is held in the relationship storage unit,
wherein the recommendation unit recommends recommendation candidate contents having the detected relationship with the recommendation
target user by priority from among the group of recommendation candidate contents excluding the used contents of the similar
work case,

wherein at least one of the units is implemented upon execution of instructions stored in the memory by the processor.

US Pat. No. 9,665,939

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory storing instructions which, when executed by the processor, causes the processor to perform operations of the following
units of the image processing apparatus:

an obtaining unit configured to obtain an input image acquired by image capturing;
a classification unit configured to classify the input image obtained by the obtaining unit into a main subject region and
a background region;

a determination unit configured to determine virtual image capturing conditions corresponding to an output image to be generated,
based on a positional relationship between a main subject and a subject of the background region in an image capturing environment
when the input image was captured;

a generation unit configured to deform the background region of the input image, and generate a background image of the output
image that corresponds to the virtual image capturing conditions determined by the determination unit; and

a composition unit configured to compose; the main subject region of the input image and the background image generated by
the generation unit, thereby generating the output image.

US Pat. No. 9,662,886

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inkjet printing apparatus comprising:
a print head provided with a plurality of discharge port arrays, each discharge port array having a plurality of discharge
ports, which discharge ink, arranged in a first direction, the plurality of discharge port arrays being provided in a second
direction intersecting the first direction;

a carriage configured to reciprocate in the second direction with the print head mounted thereon;
a recovery unit configured to perform a recovery operation for recovering printing performance of the print head; and
a controller configured to cause the recovery unit to perform the recovery operation based on a total value of a first value
and a second value, wherein assuming that a front discharge port array and a rear discharge port array of the plurality of
discharge port arrays provided in the print head when the carriage moves in an outbound direction are defined as a first discharge
port array and a second discharge port array, respectively, the first value is obtained by multiplying a sum of an amount
of ink discharged from the first discharge port array when the carriage moves in the outbound direction and an amount of ink
discharged from the second discharge port array when the carriage moves in a homebound direction by a first coefficient, and
the second value is obtained by multiplying a sum of an amount of ink discharged from the second discharge port array when
the carriage moves in the outbound direction and an amount of ink discharged from the first discharge port array when the
carriage moves in the homebound direction by a second coefficient, the second coefficient is smaller than the first coefficient.

US Pat. No. 9,667,813

FACSIMILE APPARATUS THAT CAN STORE FAX IMAGE DATA AS TRANSMISSION HISTORY INFORMATION WITHOUT STORING COVER SHEET IMAGE, CONTROL METHOD FOR FACSIMILE APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A facsimile apparatus comprising:
at least one processor; and
at least one memory for storing instructions to be executed by the at least one processor,
wherein, when the instructions stored in the at least one memory are executed by the at least one processor, the at least
one processor causes the facsimile apparatus to function as:

a reception unit configured to receive from an external apparatus, destination information, cover sheet information, and image
data which are used for facsimile transmission;

a generation unit configured to generate a cover sheet image from the cover sheet information received by the reception unit;
a transmission unit configured to transmit by fax the cover sheet image generated by the generation unit and the image data
received by the reception unit to a destination indicated by the destination information; and

a sending unit configured to send the image data to an archive destination via a network as transmission history information
without sending the cover sheet image to the archive destination via the network as the transmission history information.

US Pat. No. 9,662,007

OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An ophthalmologic apparatus, which is configured to perform observation and photographing of an eye to be examined via
an objective lens, the ophthalmologic apparatus comprising:
a main body part comprising an optical system and the objective lens that are configured to perform the observation and the
photographing;

a stand part configured to support the main body part with respect to an installation surface;
a chin rest part configured to place a chin of an examinee thereon; and
a forehead rest configured to bring a forehead of the examinee into abutment therewith,
wherein the chin rest part, the forehead rest, and the main body part are capable of integrally changing in elevation angle
with respect to the stand part, while maintaining positional relationships of the chin rest part, the forehead rest, and the
main body part.

US Pat. No. 9,635,300

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERTER, IMAGING SYSTEM, AND DRIVING METHOD OF PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERTER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoelectric converter comprising:
a signal source processing a signal generated at a photoelectric conversion unit;
a signal line configured to receive signals output from the signal source; and
a resetting unit configured to supply a reset voltage to the signal line,
wherein the signal source includes an amplifying transistor and a load which supplies current to the amplifying transistor,
that are serially arrayed between a first node to which a first voltage is supplied and a second node to which a second voltage
is supplied,

wherein the load is disposed at a side where the second voltage is supplied,
and wherein an absolute value of a difference between the reset voltage and the first voltage is smaller than an absolute
value of a difference between the reset voltage and the second voltage.

US Pat. No. 9,628,648

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, PRINTING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a receiver configured to receive a print job from an information processing apparatus;
a printer configured to print an image on a sheet based on the print job received by the receiver;
a stacker configured to stack printed sheets on a first tray, wherein the stacker is capable of loading the printed sheets
onto a second tray and then moving the second tray from a first position inside the stacker to a second position outside the
stacker; and

a controller configured to control the stacker based on the print job received by the receiver such that
in a case where a first instruction for taking out sheets is set to the print job, printed sheets on the first tray are loaded
onto the second tray before the print job and then the second tray is moved from the first position to the second position,
and

in a case where a second instruction for taking out sheets is set to the print job, printed sheets on the first tray are loaded
onto the second tray after the print job and then the second tray is moved from the first position to the second position.

US Pat. No. 9,625,735

IMAGE STABILIZER, LENS APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image stabilizer comprising:
a movable member holding a lens;
a tilting unit holding the movable member and configured to rotate around a predetermined point to tilt the movable member
relative to an optical axis; and

a driving unit configured to move a position in an optical axis direction of the movable member relative to the tilting unit,
wherein the tilting unit is configured to rotate around a first rotating shaft and a second rotating shaft that are orthogonal
to the optical axis direction to tilt the movable member,

wherein the driving unit is configured to move the position in the optical axis direction of the movable member relative to
the tilting unit without changing positions of the first rotating shaft and the second rotating shaft, and

wherein the movable member is configured to tilt such that a radius of curvature around the predetermined point varies according
to the position in the optical axis direction.

US Pat. No. 9,612,665

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising a memory and at least one processor which function as:
a detection unit configured to detect a base point of an operation body that performs a gesture operation;
a distance measuring unit configured to measure a distance between the information processing apparatus and the base point;
a processing unit configured to perform processing according to a motion of the base point when the distance to the base point
satisfies a distance condition of whether the distance is equal to or less than a reference distance or the distance is equal
to or more than the reference distance;

a display control unit configured to display a picked-up image on a display unit, the picked-up image being an image of the
operation body picked up by an image pickup unit, and to perform control to display an identification mark at a position on
the display unit corresponding to a position of the base point in the picked-up image displayed on the display unit when the
distance to the base point satisfies the distance condition; and

an image pickup control unit configured to control focus of the image pickup unit to focus the base point in the picked-up
image at the reference distance and to control an aperture of the image pickup unit to make depth of field shallow with respect
to the base point in the picked-up image.

US Pat. No. 9,614,996

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD THEREFOR, AND IMAGE READING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
an input unit configured to input image data of respective areas obtained by dividing an area of an original along a sub-scanning
direction, which have been read by a plurality of sensor units;

a first correction unit configured to perform shading correction for pixel values of the image data for each column in the
sub-scanning direction;

an insertion unit configured to insert, based on information indicating a gap between the plurality of sensor units, missing
pixels to positions corresponding to the gap in the image data;

a second correction unit configured to perform, based on placement information of the original, tilt correction of correcting
a tilt of the original for the image data to which the missing pixels have been inserted; and

a third correction unit configured to correct a pixel value of each of the missing pixels of the image data having undergone
the tilt correction,

wherein at least one of the first correction unit, the insertion unit, the second correction unit, or the third correction
unit is implemented using a processor.

US Pat. No. 9,612,781

PRINTING SYSTEM AND INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND PROGRAM FOR CONTROLLING JOB TRANSMISSION BASED ON AUTHENTICATION SETTING OF AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing system which includes an image processing apparatus and a printing apparatus,
wherein the image processing apparatus comprises:
a receiving unit configured to receive a print job transmitted from an information processing apparatus;
a generating unit configured to generate image data based on image information included in the received print job; and
a transmitting unit configured to transmit a print job data including the generated image data to the printing apparatus,
wherein the printing apparatus comprises:
an authentication unit configured to perform authentication based on authentication information included in the print job
data transmitted from the image processing apparatus; and

a printing unit configured to perform printing based on the generated image data included in the print job data according
to success of the authentication, and

wherein the image processing apparatus further comprises:
a first determining unit configured to determine whether or not an authenticating function of the printing apparatus is enabled;
a second determining unit configured to determine whether or not authentication information has been set in the print job
transmitted from the information processing apparatus; and

a controlling unit configured to control to:
i) transmit the print job-data including the authentication information to the printing apparatus in a case where it is determined
by the first determining unit that the authenticating function of the printing apparatus is enabled and it is determined by
the second determining unit that the authentication information has been set in the print job,

ii) not transmit the print job data to the printing apparatus in a case where it is determined by the first determining unit
that the authenticating function of the printing apparatus is enabled and it is determined by the second determining unit
that the authentication information has not been set in the print job, and

iii) transmit the print job data to the printing apparatus irrespective of whether or not the authentication information has
been set in the print job in a case where it is determined by the first determining unit that the authenticating function
of the printing apparatus is not enabled.

US Pat. No. 9,614,116

IMPEDANCE ADAPTATION IN A THZ DETECTOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic device for receiving at least one electromagnetic wave of a given frequency, the electronic device comprising:
at least one first field effect transistor, and
at least one antenna configured to receive the at least one electromagnetic wave and connected to a gate of the at least one
first field effect transistor,

wherein
a length of the gate is in a same order of magnitude as an oscillation length of an oscillation regime of the at least one
first field effect transistor at the given frequency, and

a width of the gate is such that an impedance presented by the at least one first field effect transistor in the oscillation
regime is adapted to an impedance of the at least one antenna.

US Pat. No. 9,610,793

SHEET DETERMINING METHOD AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

5. A printing apparatus comprising:
a printing unit configured to print an image on a sheet;
a sensor unit configured to detect information from the sheet used for printing, the sensor unit being capable of changing
a distance relative to the sheet; and

a controller,
wherein the controller performs detections by changing the distance between the sensor unit and the sheet to obtain at least
two detection values, and evaluates a ratio of two detection values within two different distance ranges, respectively, and
compares a change rate of the evaluated ratios at the two different distance ranges with a threshold to determine a type or
a surface condition of the sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,607,250

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a processor and a memory communicably coupled to function as:
a registration unit configured to register print setting information and a name of the print setting information;
a first display unit configured to display the name of the print setting information registered by the registration unit;
and

a second display unit configured to display a history data of print instruction when a generation of print data based on the
print setting information set via a setting screen is instructed,

wherein the second display unit displays the history data relating to a plurality of the print instructions, and
wherein, among the history data relating to the plurality of the print instructions, the second display unit displays the
history data using the name of the print setting information registered by the registration unit when the print setting information
set for the print data is the same as the print setting information registered by the registration unit, and displays the
history data without using the name of the print setting information registered by the registration unit so as to identifiably
display the history data for which the print setting information set for the print data is the same as the print setting information
registered by the registration unit from the history data for which the print setting information set for the print data is
different from the print setting information registered by the registration unit when the print setting information set for
the print data is different from the print setting information registered by the registration unit.

US Pat. No. 9,606,470

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH CURRENT DETECTION WHEN PHOTOCONDUCTOR IS RE-CHARGED

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a rotatable photoconductor;
a charging unit configured to charge the photoconductor at a charging position by applying a DC voltage;
a charging power supply configured to apply the DC voltage to the charging unit;
a current detection unit configured to detect a charging current flowing in the charging unit;
a toner image forming unit configured to form a toner image on a surface of the photoconductor charged by the charging unit;
a transfer unit configured to transfer the toner image formed on the photoconductor by the toner image forming unit by applying
transfer voltage to member to be transferred in transfer position;

a transfer power supply configured to apply the transfer voltage to the transfer unit;
an irradiation unit provided with a light source outputting light corresponding to input, and a guide member guiding the light
output from the light source to arrive at the surface of the photoconductor, and configured to irradiate the surface of the
photoconductor with the light output from the light source at an irradiation position downstream of the transfer position
and upstream of the charging position in a rotational direction of the photoconductor;

a photoconductor unit including at least the photoconductor and guide member,
wherein the photoconductor unit is detachably attached to the image forming apparatus in a state where the light source is
mounted on the image forming apparatus,

a control unit configured to control the input in the light source during image formation in which the toner image is formed
by the toner image forming unit, wherein

when an unused photoconductor unit is attached, the control unit executes the following mode in which
the control unit detects a first current that flows in the charging unit by the current detection unit when the surface of
the photoconductor, which passed through the transfer position with the transfer voltage being applied to the transfer unit
after charged at the charging position and passed through the irradiation position without irradiation of light by the irradiation
unit thereafter, is re-charged at the charging position, and

the control unit detects a second current that flows in the charging unit by the current detection unit when the surface of
the photoconductor passed through the transfer position with the transfer voltage being applied to the transfer unit after
charged at the charging position and passed through the irradiation position with irradiation of light by the irradiation
unit thereafter, is re-charged at the charging position, and

the control unit controls the input with respect to the light source during the image formation based on the first current
and the second current detected in the mode,

wherein the control unit sets the input during the image formation in which the second current in the mode becomes a target
value which is set based on the first current.

US Pat. No. 9,606,478

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC MEMBER, INTERMEDIATE TRANSFER MEMBER AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic member comprising:
a substrate; and
a surface layer comprising a binder resin having an acrylic skeleton, and a modified silicone compound having a polyether
group and a hydroxyl group in a molecule, wherein

the surface layer has a surface having a n-hexadecane contact angle of 30° or more, and
the surface layer has an average hardness in the range of 0.20-0.30 GPa in a depth region of 10% to 20% of the thickness from
the outermost surface by nano-indentation method with a Berkovich indenter.

US Pat. No. 9,606,760

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR EXECUTING A PRINT JOB BASED ON A RECEIVED PRINT REQUEST

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive a print request of a print job issued from one or more information processing apparatuses
a control unit configured to store information of the print request received by the reception unit in a first print queue
in an issuing order of the print request received by the reception unit;

an obtaining unit configured to obtain a print job based on the information of the print request stored in the first print
queue;

an executing unit configured to execute the print job obtained by the obtaining unit;
a transmitting unit configured to transmit the print request received by the reception unit without storing the information
of the print request received by the reception unit in the first print queue, in accordance with a free capacity of the first
print queue, to an external apparatus including a second print queue for the image forming apparatus, wherein the external
apparatus is able to transmit the print request stored in the second print queue to the image forming apparatus in response
to an acquisition request by the image forming apparatus, and the second print queue stores the information of the transmitted
print request in the issuing order;

an issuing unit configured to issue the acquisition request of the transmitted print request to the external apparatus after
the executing unit executes the print job,

a determination unit configured to determine whether information of a print request stored in the first print queue is information
of the print request received from a first information processing apparatus via a wide area network; and

a second issuing unit configured to issue an acquisition request of the print job in a case where the determination unit determines
that information of a print request stored in the first print queue is the information of the print request received from
the first information processing apparatus via the wide area network,

wherein the obtaining unit obtains the print job from a second information processing apparatus, which is different from the
first information processing apparatus, based on print job information transmitted from the first information processing apparatus
according to the acquisition request issued by the second issuing unit, and

wherein each of the reception unit, the control unit, the obtaining unit, the executing unit, the transmitting unit and the
issuing unit is implemented using at least one processor.

US Pat. No. 9,603,520

OPHTHALMIC APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmic apparatus comprising:
an imaging unit configured to obtain, through a photographing optical system, an image of an eye to be examined which is illuminated
with illumination light from an observation light source of an illumination optical system;

a detection unit configured to detect, as an observation portion of the eye, an anterior ocular segment of the eye or a fundus
of the eye; and

an image processing unit configured to display an image of the eye on a display unit at a display magnification corresponding
to the detected observation portion.

US Pat. No. 9,609,223

IMAGE PICKUP ELEMENT, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND METHOD AND PROGRAM FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup element for picking up an optical image focused thereon and outputting an image signal corresponding to
the optical image, comprising:
a first chip including a plurality of pixels arrayed in a matrix, configured to output an image signal corresponding to the
optical image; and

a second chip including a control information generation unit and an output unit,
wherein the control information generation unit is configured to generate control information to be used for image-pickup
in accordance with a first image signal which is obtained from a first pixel group among the plurality of pixels and output
the control information in synchronization with a first synchronization signal, and

the output unit is configured to output, as an image display signal for image display, a second image signal which is obtained
from a second pixel group among the plurality of pixels in synchronization with a second synchronization signal different
from the first synchronization signal.

US Pat. No. 9,609,233

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR LUMINANCE ADJUSTMENT OF IMAGES IN AN IMAGE SEQUENCE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of adjusting a set of luminance values associated with a set of visual elements in a current frame of a video
sequence for object detection, the method comprising the steps of:
determining, for each of a plurality of scenarios, a set of adjusted luminance values based on a corresponding luminance compensation
value, each scenario being based on a current frame brightness level and a previous frame brightness level;

accumulating, for each scenario, an associated set of brightness counts and darkness counts of the current frame based on
the set of adjusted luminance values;

calculating a metric for each scenario based on the associated set of brightness counts and darkness counts;
selecting one of the plurality of scenarios based on the calculated metric, and evaluation of the calculated metric for each
of the plurality of scenarios; and

selecting the set of adjusted luminance values associated with the selected scenario as an adjusted set of luminance values
associated with the current frame of the video sequence.

US Pat. No. 9,598,260

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH CREASER CONTROL, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, PRINTING SYSTEM, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus which connects with a creaser configured to crease a sheet, comprising:
a printer configured to print an image on a sheet;
an input device configured to input a print job for printing an image on a sheet and creasing the sheet;
a display device; and
a controller having a processor and a memory, configured to;
(i) determine whether the print job includes setting information of creasing at a plurality of crease positions including
a first crease position of a front surface of a sheet and a second crease position of a back surface of the sheet,

(ii) if it is determined that the setting information is included in the print job, determine whether the connected creaser
has a function capable of creasing both the front and back surfaces of a sheet,

(iii) if it is determined that the connected creaser does not have the function, control the display device to display a screen
for changing the setting information of the print job so as to crease a single surface of the sheet, based on a type of the
sheet used in the print job, and

(iv) based on the print job of which setting information has been changed via the screen, control the printer to print an
image on a sheet, and control the connected creaser to crease the sheet on which the image is printed by the printer.

US Pat. No. 9,600,854

DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF PROCESSING A PLURALITY OF INPUT DATA BASED ON RESPECTIVE ATTRIBUTE INFORMATION THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A data processing apparatus comprising:
a controlling unit configured to receive a plurality of input pixel data and respective attribute information thereof, and
output the input pixel data and the attribute information in an order based on the attribute information;

an operating unit configured to perform an accumulating operation on the input pixel data output from the controlling unit,
by referring to a past accumulating operation result related to the attribute information of the input pixel data; and

a holding unit configured to hold the past accumulating operation result of the operating unit, wherein
the controlling unit controls the order of outputting the plurality of input pixel data, based on whether or not the past
accumulating operation results related to the respective attribute information of the plurality of input pixel data are held
in the holding unit.

US Pat. No. 9,597,798

CONTROL METHOD OF ROBOT APPARATUS AND ROBOT APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A robot apparatus comprising:
a link pivotally connected to a base body through a joint;
a pair of actuators that generate driving forces for pulling the link in opposite directions relative to the base body to
provide torque to the joint based on a difference in the driving force and to provide stiffness to the joint based on a sum
of the driving force; and

a control unit configured to control the pair of actuators so that the link follows a target trajectory; wherein
the control unit executes
calculating, based on inverse dynamics of the link, a torque command value representing a torque of the joint, and a stiffness
command value representing a stiffness of the joint;

calculating driving force command values representing target driving forces of the pair of actuators based on the torque command
value and the stiffness command value; wherein

in case at least one of the driving force command values obtained by the calculation represent a corresponding actuator pushing
the link, the control unit executes at least one of increasing the target stiffness and reducing an angular acceleration of
the target trajectory.

US Pat. No. 9,602,684

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,602,691

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT DETERMINES CODE CORRESPONDING TO A DIGITAL WATERMARK EMBEDDED IN AN IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an input unit configured to input an image obtained by capturing, by an image capturing device, a print product in which a
digital watermark is embedded;

an obtaining unit configured to obtain information about a moving direction of the image capturing device with respect to
the print product in the image capturing of the print product; and

a determination unit configured to, based on the information obtained by said obtaining unit or frequency characteristics
in a partial area of the image input by said input unit, determine a code corresponding to the digital watermark embedded
in the partial area,

wherein, in a case where the partial area contains a frequency component higher than a predetermined frequency, said determination
unit determines a code based on the frequency component, and

in a case where the partial area does not contain a frequency component higher than the predetermined frequency, said determination
unit determines a code based on the information obtained by said obtaining unit.

US Pat. No. 9,598,592

INK SET AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An aqueous ink set comprising:
a combination of a first ink including no coloring material and a second ink including a coloring material,
wherein the first ink is applied onto an image recorded with the second ink,
wherein the first ink includes a resin particle, a water-soluble resin, and a polyether-modified siloxane compound having
an HLB value of 5 or more to 14 or less,

wherein the second ink includes a water-soluble urethane resin,
wherein the coloring material is a pigment,
wherein an acid value N1 (mg KOH/g) of the water-soluble urethane resin in the second ink is 60 mg KOH/g or more less than an acid value N2 (mg KOH/g) of the water-soluble resin in the first ink, and

wherein, in the second ink, a mass ratio of a content U (% by mass) of the water-soluble urethane resin relative to a content
P (% by mass) of the pigment is 0.10 times or more.

US Pat. No. 9,602,701

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,602,713

IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,599,903

FOREIGN SUBSTANCE DETECTION METHOD, FOREIGN SUBSTANCE DETECTION APPARATUS, EXPOSURE METHOD, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of detecting presence/absence of a foreign substance on a substrate held on a stage through a chuck, the method
comprising:
a judging step of judging the presence/absence of a foreign substance by measuring a surface condition of the substrate;
a measurement step of measuring a surface condition of a second substrate different from the substrate upon replacing the
substrate on the chuck with the second substrate, when it is judged in the judging step that a foreign substance exists; and

a determination step of determining whether an adhering location of the foreign substance determined to exist in the judging
step is the substrate, based on a measurement result obtained in the measurement step.

US Pat. No. 9,602,724

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND IMAGE CAPTURING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an object detection unit configured to detect a predetermined object in a captured image that is captured by an image sensor;
a movement amount acquisition unit configured to acquire an amount of movement of the predetermined object that moves in an
image capturing semen, from two captured images that are captured by the image sensor;

object tracking unit configured to suppress the amount of movement of the predetermined object the image capturing screen,
by moving an optical element in a direction that is different from a direction of an optical axis of an image capturing optical
system that guides a light beam toward the image sensor, the optical element constituting the image capturing optical system;

a motion vector detection unit configured to compare two captured images that are captured by the image sensor and detect
a motion vector indicating an image blur amount;

an image blur correction unit configured to correct image blur, based on the motion vector;
a switching unit configured to switch whether or not to perform object tracking using the object tracking unit in accordance
with a user's manual instruction,

wherein the object tracking unit suppresses the amount of movement of the predetermined object in the image; capturing screen
even when the image capturing apparatus is not moving and the predetermined object is moving, and

wherein the image blur correction unit makes effect of the image blur correction in a case of performing the object tracking
smaller than effect of the image blur correction in a case of not performing the object tracking.

US Pat. No. 9,600,444

METHOD FOR GENERATING INFORMATION SIGNAL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method executed by an optical coherence tomography imaging apparatus to reduce noise in a tomographic image, the method
comprising:
acquiring a tomographic image based on an optical spectral interference signal output from a detector of the optical coherence
tomography imaging apparatus when a light source irradiates a specimen; and

processing the tomographic image with a processor to perform image processing steps comprising:
(a) obtaining a spectrum signal F(b) of a tomographic layer of the tomographic image by performing a Fourier transform on
a signal f(a) of the optical spectral interference signal;

(b) detecting a maximum peak intensity of the spectrum signal F(b);
(c) calculating an amplitude, a phase, and a frequency of the signal f(a) by performing an inverse Fourier transform on the
maximum peak intensity of the spectrum signal F(b);

(d) generating an extended signal f?(a) which extends along a wavenumber axis on the basis of the amplitude, the phase, and
the frequency of the signal f(a);

(e) extracting from the extended signal f?(a) an extrapolation signal by multiplying the extended signal f? (a) with a window
function such that the extrapolation signal has wavenumber values lower than a1 and greater than a2, where a1
(f) generating a composite signal by combining the extrapolation signal with the signal f(a) in a spatial frequency range
from wavenumber values a1 to a2, wherein the wavenumber values from a1 to a2 correspond to a spectral band of the light source;
and

(g) performing a Fourier transform on the composite signal to generate a noise-reduced tomographic image.

US Pat. No. 9,599,944

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,597,900

PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

11. A printing apparatus comprising:
a feeding roller configured to feed a printing sheet;
a pair of conveyance rollers configured to nip and convey the printing sheet fed by said feeding roller;
a printing unit configured to perform a printing operation for printing on the printing sheet conveyed by said pair of conveyance
rollers; and

a conveyance control unit configured to control a conveyance of the printing sheet so that said pair of conveyance rollers
nip and convey an overlapping portion where a trailing edge of a preceding sheet, which is a printing sheet precedingly fed
by said feeding roller, and a leading edge of a succeeding sheet, which is a printing sheet succeedingly fed by said feeding
roller, overlap each other,

wherein said conveyance control unit controls the conveyance of the printing sheet so that said printing unit does not perform
the printing operation for the preceding sheet or the succeeding sheet in a state that said pair of conveyance rollers nip
the overlapping portion.

US Pat. No. 9,599,951

ROLLER, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF CYLINDRICAL SHAFT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,601,536

SOLID-STATE IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,599,754

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,594,962

IMAGING PROCESSING SYSTEM AND METHOD AND MANAGEMENT APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A control apparatus for controlling one or more image capturing apparatuses, the control apparatus comprising:
at least one processor; and
at least one memory having instructions stored thereon, which when executed by the at least one processor cause the at least
one processor to:

identify an imaging object which enters an imageable area of the one or more image capturing apparatuses;
determine whether a time at which the imaging object enters the imageable area is within a time period which corresponds to
the imaging object which enters the imageable area and which has been registered prior to the imaging object entering the
imageable area; and

determine, according to a result of the determination of whether a time at which the imaging object enters the imageable area
is included within a time period corresponding to the imaging object which enters the imageable area, whether the imaging
object which enters the imageable area of the one or more image capturing apparatuses is tracked by the one image capturing
apparatus or one of the more image capturing apparatuses.

US Pat. No. 9,594,738

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,589,319

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,590,199

ORGANIC COMPOUND, ORGANIC LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE, AND IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An organic compound represented by the following Formula (1),

wherein, in Formula (1), R1 to R22 each are independently selected from a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group, a substituted
or unsubstituted alkoxy group, a substituted or unsubstituted amino group, a substituted or unsubstituted aryl group, a substituted
or unsubstituted heterocyclic group, a substituted or unsubstituted aryloxy group, a silyl group, and a cyano group.

US Pat. No. 9,588,456

SCANNING OPTICAL DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A scanning optical device comprising:
a laser light source that emits a laser light beam;
a laser control section that controls a light amount of the laser light beam emitted from the laser light source;
a rotary polygon mirror having a plurality of surfaces that reflect the laser light beam and scan an image bearing member
surface;

a photodetector that converts the laser light beam reflected by the rotary polygon mirror into an electric signal;
a signal-width detecting section that detects a signal width using an output waveform of the photodetector as a detection
signal on the basis of a threshold set in advance; and

a control section that cause the laser light source emit laser light beams at light amounts in a plurality of stages controlled
by the laser control section, causes the signal-width detecting section to detect the signal width from output waveforms of
the photodetector of the respective laser light beams, acquires, from information concerning the light amounts and the detected
signal width, an increase ratio of the signal width increasing according to an increase in the light amounts, and determines,
as the light amount affected by stray light, the light amount at which the increase ratio of the signal width of at least
one reflection surface of the rotary polygon mirror is equal to or larger than an increase ratio set in advance,

wherein when the light amount used in image formation is equal to or larger than the light amount affected by the stray light,
the control section acquires a corrected signal width corresponding to the light amount used in the image formation from the
increase ratio of the signal width of the detection signal acquired in a region having a light amount smaller than the light
amount affected by the stray light.

US Pat. No. 9,588,719

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION METHOD AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
an execution unit configured to be able to execute, as services provided to a single communication partner apparatus with
which the communication apparatus communicates via a wireless communication, first and second services, wherein default destination
information of the first and second services is first destination information;

a changing unit configured to change the first destination information which is assigned for the second service into second
destination information different from the first destination information;

a notification unit configured to notify the single communication partner apparatus of the second destination information
that is changed from the first destination information by the changing unit, wherein the first destination information which
is assigned for the first service is not notified to the single communication partner apparatus; and

a specifying unit configured to specify the first service if the first destination information is designated by the single
communication partner apparatus, and to specify the second service if the second destination information is designated by
the single communication partner apparatus, as a service to be executed by the execution unit,

wherein the notification unit transmits, in a case where a device search command is received from the single communication
partner apparatus, the second destination information as a response to the device search command,

wherein the execution unit, the changing unit, the notification unit and the specifying unit are implemented by a processor.

US Pat. No. 9,588,466

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image carrying member that carries a toner image;
a transfer unit that includes a transfer roller configured to transfer the toner image from the image carrying member to a
recording material;

an engaging unit configured to separate the transfer roller from the image carrying member when the engaging unit engages
with the transfer unit, the engaging unit being movable, in an axial direction of the transfer roller, from one end of the
transfer roller toward the other end of the transfer roller or from the other end of the transfer roller to the one end of
the transfer roller; and

a stopper member configured to stop movement of the engaging unit,
wherein the stopper member moves while stopping the movement of the engaging unit to thereby enable the engaging unit to move
in the axial direction of the transfer roller and makes the engaging unit disengaged from the transfer roller.

US Pat. No. 9,588,727

COPYING APPARATUS, COPYING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND CONTROL PROGRAM THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
at least one processor and at least one memory coupled to each other and cooperating to act as units comprising:
(a) an obtainment unit configured to obtain data to be printed on a printing medium;
(b) a setting unit configured to set at least one of a first processing and second processing, the first processing not including
a function performed by an external device other than the image forming apparatus, and the second processing including the
function performed by the external device;

(c) a creation unit configured to, when the first processing has been set, create image data processed by the first processing
from the data to be printed;

(d) a transmission unit configured to, when the second processing has been set, transmit, to the external device, (1) the
data to be printed obtained by the obtainment unit and (2) an execution instruction for the function performed by the external
device;

(e) a reception unit configured to receive, from the external device, image data generated from the data to be printed that
was transmitted to the external device from the transmission unit, the image data having been processed based on the transmitted
execution instruction for the function performed by the external device; and

(f) a print unit configured to print, on a print medium, the image data received by the reception unit, the image data having
been processed by the function performed by the external device,

wherein the image data processed by the function performed by the external device is created based on (1) the data to be printed
that was transmitted to the external device by the transmission unit and (2) the transmitted execution instruction for the
function performed by the external device, and is received from the external device by the reception unit.

US Pat. No. 9,588,471

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,588,993

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image display apparatus which displays an arrangement of image data, the image data including images, the apparatus
comprising:
at least one processor; and
a memory coupled to the at least one processor and having stored thereon instructions that, when executed by the at least
one processor, cause the at least one processor to:

select a classification condition of the images,
designate a sort condition associated with a sorting order of the images,
execute grouping of the images according to the selected classification condition,
determine whether or not to execute the grouping based on a correspondence relationship between the selected classification
condition and the designated sort condition,

specify images to be displayed based on the selected classification condition, and
sort the specified images and display the sorted images,
wherein the displayed images are visually divided into groups with a boundary, in a case where a determination is made to
execute the grouping,

wherein the displayed images are not visually divided into groups with a boundary, in a case where a determination is made
not to execute the grouping, and

wherein a determination is made not to execute grouping of the images according to the selected classification condition in
a case where the designated sort condition is not a sort condition corresponding to the selected classification condition
even if the classification condition is selected.

US Pat. No. 9,584,686

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CONTROLLING METHOD FOR THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a printer configured to form an image on a sheet;
a display configured to display an information;
a human sensor configured to detect a human; and
a controller configured to turn on the display without performing a preparation operation for putting the printer into a printable
state on a basis of a detection result of the human sensor and then to control to perform the preparation operation on a basis
of receiving a user instruction via a screen displayed on the display.

US Pat. No. 9,575,457

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH OPERATION UNIT CABLE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming system comprising:
an image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording member;
an operation unit configured to operate the image forming apparatus, the operation unit comprising an operation portion and
a stand portion configured to be attached to the operation portion and to stand the operation portion on a top surface of
the image forming apparatus; and

a cable configured to electrically communicate between the image forming apparatus and the operation portion,
wherein the cable is connected with the operation unit while a part of the cable is exposed to an outer side of the image
forming apparatus through an opening portion defined by a rear surface of the image forming apparatus,

wherein a length of the cable is such that the stand portion is capable of standing at least at two positions on the top surface
of the image forming apparatus, and that the operation unit cannot reach an installation surface on which the image forming
apparatus is supported if the operation unit falls from a rear surface side of the image forming apparatus, and

wherein the cable has a strength capable of supporting the operation unit if the operation unit falls from the rear surface
side of the image forming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,568,709

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,568,854

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CONFIGURED TO EXECUTE REMOVAL CONTROL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,568,871

DUPLEX IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH TWO-SIDE CONVEYANCE UNIT ROTATABLE BETWEEN OPEN AND CLOSED POSITIONS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an apparatus body;
an image forming portion provided in the apparatus body and configured to form an image on a sheet;
a fixing unit provided in the apparatus body, the fixing unit comprising:
a fixing portion configured to fix the image on the sheet; and
a reverse portion configured to reverse a conveying direction of the sheet on which the image has been fixed at the fixing
portion toward the image forming portion; and

a two-side conveyance unit including a duplex conveyance path configured to guide the sheet reversed by the reverse portion
to the image forming portion, and a conveyance portion configured to convey the sheet in the duplex conveyance path, the two-side
conveyance unit being rotatable between an opened position and a closed position with respect to the apparatus body,

wherein the fixing unit includes a first portion and a second portion,
the two-side conveyance unit includes a third portion that engages with the first portion so as to position the two-side conveyance
unit with respect to the fixing unit in a rotating direction of the two-side conveyance unit, and a fourth portion that engages
with the second portion so as to position the two-side conveyance unit with respect to the fixing unit in a vertical direction,
in a state where the two-side conveyance unit is located at the closed position, and the third portion engages with the first
portion after the fourth engaging member engages with the second portion in a case where the two-side conveyance unit rotates
from the opened position to the closed position.

US Pat. No. 9,571,707

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING DECREASED THICKNESS IN THE VERTICAL DIRECTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a lens unit configured to have a lens assembly that is arranged at a front side of an apparatus body, and an image pickup
device that photoelectrically converts subject light that is incident on the lens assembly;

a circuit board unit provided in the apparatus body and configured to be arranged so as to surround a rear side and right
and left sides of the lens unit in a direction approximately parallel to an optical axis of the lens assembly within the range
of the height of the lens unit in a vertical direction; and

a microphone,
wherein at least one of a right region or a left region of the circuit board unit surrounding the right or left side of the
lens unit is extended toward the front side of the apparatus body to form an extended region, and

wherein the extended region includes a sound signal processing unit configured to process a sound signal collected by the
microphone.

US Pat. No. 9,569,682

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,571,494

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,571,750

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,571,768

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE AND IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion device comprising:
a photoelectric conversion unit including a first electrode, a second electrode, a photoelectric conversion layer disposed
between the first electrode and the second electrode, and an insulating layer disposed between the photoelectric conversion
layer and the second electrode;

an amplification unit electrically connected to the second electrode and configured to output a signal generated by the photoelectric
conversion unit; and

a reset unit configured to reset a voltage on the second electrode,
wherein the photoelectric conversion unit alternately performs an accumulation operation for accumulating signal charge in
the photoelectric conversion unit and a discharge operation for discharging the signal charge accumulated in the accumulation
operation from the photoelectric conversion unit, in accordance with a voltage between the first electrode and the second
electrode, and

wherein, in a period from a first discharge operation to a second discharge operation subsequent to the first discharge operation
among a plurality of discharge operations obtained as a result of performing the discharge operation a plurality of times,
the reset unit performs a first reset operation for resetting the voltage on the second electrode, and a second reset operation
for resetting the voltage on the second electrode after the first reset operation.

US Pat. No. 9,563,068

IMAGE SHAKE CORRECTION DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image shake correction device comprising:
a first correction unit configured to optically correct, by moving a first correction member, an image shake of a subject
image caused by shaking;

a second correction unit configured to optically correct, by moving a second correction member, an image shake of a subject
image caused by shaking, the second correction unit being disposed along an optical axis at a location that is different from
that of the first correction unit; and

a processor executing a program stored in a memory so as to function as a control unit configured to control an execution
of the correction of the image shake by control of the first correction unit and the second correction unit after correcting
a drive deviation between the first correction unit and the second correction unit,

wherein the control unit controls the first correction unit based on a shake signal indicating shaking detected by a detection
unit,

wherein the control unit processes the shake signal by using a lens model having a drive characteristic with respect to a
target position of the first correction unit, and controls the second correction unit based on the processed shake signal,

wherein the lens model is configured by a mathematical model indicating a frequency characteristic of a phase difference and
an amplitude difference of a position of the first correction unit with respect to the target position of the first correction
unit, and

wherein the control unit processes the shake signal by using the mathematical model to output a target position signal of
the second correction unit for controlling the second correction unit in synchronization with the first correction unit, and
thereby controls the second correction unit based on the target position signal.

US Pat. No. 9,564,374

FORMING METHOD AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of forming a through electrode, in a second substrate joined on a first substrate having an electrode pad, such
that a pattern to be formed on the second substrate is electrically connected to the electrode pad via the through electrode,
the first substrate having a first mark, the second substrate having a second mark, the method comprising:
detecting a position of the first mark of the first substrate and a position of the second mark of the second substrate in
a state in which the first substrate and the second substrate are joined, wherein the position of the first mark is detected
through the second substrate using light transmitted through the second substrate;

determining, based on the position of the first mark and the position of the second mark detected in the detecting, a point
to form the through electrode in the second substrate so as to electrically connect the pattern to the electrode pad; and

forming the through electrode at the determined point.
US Pat. No. 9,562,165

INK SET AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink jet ink set comprising three aqueous inks which are a cyan ink, a magenta ink, and a yellow ink, wherein two of
the inks of the cyan ink, the magenta ink, and the yellow ink satisfy the following Condition A, and the other ink of the
cyan ink, the magenta ink, and the yellow ink satisfies the following Condition B:
Condition A: an ink comprising a self-dispersible pigment having a functional group that (a) comprises a phosphonic acid group
and another atomic group, and (b) is bonded to a particle surface of its pigment; and

Condition B: an ink comprising a self-dispersible pigment having a functional group that (a) comprises at least one of a sulfonic
acid group and a carboxylic acid group, and (b) is bonded to a particle surface of its pigment.

US Pat. No. 9,560,286

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,560,302

IMAGING APPARATUS HAVING COMPARATOR CONFIGURED TO COMPARE PIXEL SIGNAL WITH REFERENCE SIGNAL THAT CHANGES WITH TIME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus, comprising:
a pixel configured to output a signal;
a counter that counts a count value;
a comparator configured to perform a comparison of the signal with a reference signal; and
a control circuit,
wherein
the comparator performs the comparison by using the reference signal which changes with a first rate in a first period until
the count value reaches a predetermined value,

the control circuit changes a change rate from the first rate to a second rate larger than the first rate in response to the
count value reaching the predetermined value, and

the comparator further performs the comparison using the reference signal which changes with the second rate in a second period
in which the count value is changing, in the case where the control circuit changes the change rate to the second rate.

US Pat. No. 9,558,549

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,556,300

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING RESIN PARTICLES AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING TONER PARTICLES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing resin particles, each of which contains a resin having an ionic functional group and pKa of
6.0 or more and 9.0 or less,
the method comprising the step of:
producing the resin particles by using a liquid which is prepared with the resin, an organic solvent, which can dissolve the
resin and which has a solubility parameter of 12.0 or less, water, and a neutralizer in an amount necessary for neutralizing
50 percent by mole or more and 90 percent by mole or less of the ionic functional group,

wherein the neutralizer contains at least one type selected from the group consisting of an acid having a pKa of 3.0 or less
and a base having a pKb of 3.0 or less.

US Pat. No. 9,558,423

OBSERVER PREFERENCE MODEL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,560,476

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION APPARATUS CAPABLE OF COMMUNICATING WITH EXTERNAL APPARATUS, CONTROLLING METHOD FOR WIRELESS COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A wireless communication apparatus comprising:
a first communication unit configured to perform communication with an external apparatus through a first wireless communication
method;

a second communication unit configured to perform communication with the external apparatus through a second wireless communication
method different from the first wireless communication method; and

a control unit configured to control communication processing of establishing the communication with the external apparatus
through the second communication unit by using a communication parameter shared with the external apparatus through the first
communication unit,

wherein the control unit determines, in response to activation of the wireless communication apparatus, whether the wireless
communication apparatus is in a predetermined state,

wherein when it is determined that the wireless communication apparatus is in the predetermined state, the control unit sets
the wireless communication apparatus to be in a state of executing the communication processing,

wherein when it is determined that the wireless communication apparatus is not in the predetermined state, the control unit
sets the wireless communication apparatus to be in a state of not executing the communication processing,

wherein the control unit sets, before the determination is made, the wireless communication apparatus to be in the state of
not executing the communication processing in response to activation of the wireless communication apparatus,

wherein the first communication unit includes a storage area accessible by both the control unit and the external apparatus,
and

wherein the state of not executing the communication processing is a state in which information, indicating that the communication
through the second communication unit is unavailable, is stored in a storage area of the first communication unit.

US Pat. No. 9,555,620

PRINTING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ADJUSTING PRINTING POSITION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus for performing printing on a print medium by scanning with a print head in which a first scanning
speed of the print head and a second scanning speed that is higher than the first scanning speed are capable of being set,
the apparatus comprising:
a pattern forming unit configured to form a plurality of adjustment patterns for each of the first scanning speed and the
second scanning speed, the plurality of adjustment patterns each including a first pattern and a second pattern and having
a different shift amount corresponding to a difference in a relative printing position between the first pattern and the second
pattern; and

an adjustment value obtaining unit configured to obtain an adjustment value based on the plurality of adjustment patterns
formed for adjusting a printing position, for each of the first scanning speed and the second scanning speed,

wherein the adjustment value obtaining unit obtains an adjustment value for the first scanning speed before the pattern forming
unit forms adjustment patterns for the second scanning speed; the pattern forming unit forms adjustment patterns by scanning
with the print head at the second scanning speed with a shift amount based on the adjustment value obtained for the first
scanning speed; and the adjustment value obtaining unit obtains an adjustment value for the second scanning speed based on
the adjustment patterns formed by scanning with the print head at the second scanning speed.

US Pat. No. 9,553,474

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,550,693

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING OPTICAL ELEMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,552,537

COLOR CONVERSION METHOD AND PROFILE GENERATION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,539,808

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising a recording element substrate at one side portion of which an electrode is provided,
an electric wiring board arranged opposing to the one side portion of the recording element substrate, a connecting member
connecting the electrode provided at the one side portion of the recording element substrate to an electrode terminal provided
on the electric wiring board, a first sealing member formed across the one side portion of the recording element substrate
and the electric wiring board so as to cover the connecting member, and a second sealing member provided so as to cover an
opposite side portion on the side opposite to the one side portion of the recording element substrate,
wherein no electrode is formed on the opposite side portion of the recording element substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,541,854

ELECTROCONDUCTIVE MEMBER FOR ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHY, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electroconductive member for electrophotography, comprising at least:
an electroconductive support; and
a surface layer on an outer side of the electroconductive support,
wherein
the surface layer comprises a porous body and satisfies the following (1), (2), and (3):
(1) the porous body has a co-continuous structure including a skeleton that is three-dimensionally continuous and a pore that
is three-dimensionally continuous;

(2) when an arbitrary square region having one side length of 150 ?m of a surface of the surface layer is photographed, and
the region is equally divided into 60 parts vertically and equally divided into 60 parts horizontally so that the region is
equally divided into 3,600 square parts,

a ratio of a total sum of a number of the square parts of the skeleton and a number of the square parts of the pore with respect
to a number of all the square parts is 25% or less; and

(3) the porous body is non-electroconductive.

US Pat. No. 9,543,694

RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM, RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS, AND APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiation imaging system having a connector for connection to an external apparatus, and a radiation imaging apparatus
to which the connector is detachably attached
wherein the radiation imaging apparatus includes
a radiation sensor;
a housing configured to store the radiation sensor;
an apparatus-side connection terminal provided on a side surface of the housing; and
an apparatus-side fixing member, and
wherein the connector includes
a connector-side connection terminal configured to be connected to the apparatus-side connection terminal;
a first connector-side fixing member configured to produce a predetermined fixing force with the apparatus-side fixing member;
a second connector-side fixing member configured to produce a fixing force with the apparatus-side fixing member, wherein
the fixing force produced by the second connector-side fixing member is greater than the predetermined fixing force produced
by the first connector-side fixing member, and

an outlet of a cable configured to connect the radiation imaging apparatus to the external apparatus, the outlet being disposed
at a position closer to the second connector-side fixing member than to the first connector-side fixing member.

US Pat. No. 9,544,512

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,544,515

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,544,518

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,544,572

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,543,340

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,541,825

IMPRINT APPARATUS AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus for bringing a mold, having a first mark, a third mark, and a pattern region in which a pattern is
formed, into contact with an imprint material on a substrate having a second mark and a fourth mark, to form a pattern of
the imprint material, the apparatus comprising:
a deforming mechanism configured to deform the mold such that a first portion of the mold where the first mark is formed protrudes
toward the substrate;

a driving mechanism configured to adjust a distance between the mold and the substrate such that the mold and the imprint
material on the substrate come in contact with each other;

a detecting unit configured to detect, after the driving mechanism starts an operation of adjusting the distance such that
the mold and the imprint material on the substrate come in contact with each other, the first mark and the second mark in
a state in which the first portion of the mold where the first mark is formed and the imprint material on the substrate are
in contact with each other but a whole of the pattern region is not in contact with the imprint material; and

a control unit configured to control a relative position of the mold and the substrate based on a detecting result of the
first mark and the second mark,

wherein the detecting unit includes a photoelectric conversion device, an optical system, and an imaging optical system placed
between the photoelectric conversion device and the optical system,

wherein the imaging optical system illuminates the substrate through the optical system so as to form, on the photoelectric
conversion device, images of intermediate images of the first mark and the second mark, the intermediate images being formed
at a position between the optical system and the imaging optical system with light from the substrate,

wherein the first mark and the second mark are formed in respective first portions of the mold and the substrate,
wherein the third mark and the fourth mark are formed in respective second portions of the mold and the substrate,
wherein the respective second portions of the mold and the substrate come in contact with each other after the respective
first portions of the mold and the substrate come in contact with each other,

wherein the detecting unit is configured to detect the third mark and the fourth mark after detecting the first mark and the
second mark, and

wherein the control unit is configured to control the relative position of the mold and the substrate based on a detecting
result of the third mark and the fourth mark, after controlling the relative position of the mold and the substrate based
on the detecting result of the first mark and the second mark.

US Pat. No. 9,541,845

EXPOSURE METHOD, EXPOSURE APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An exposure method of performing a scan exposure of a substrate, held by a substrate stage, in a first direction for each
shot region of the substrate, the method comprising:
a first scan exposure step of performing a scan exposure of a shot region of the substrate;
a measuring step of measuring a surface position of a next shot region to undergo a scan exposure after the first scan exposure
step while the substrate stage moves in a second direction, which is perpendicular to the first direction; and

a second scan exposure step of performing the scan exposure of the next shot region based on a measurement result of the measuring
step,

wherein the shot region and the next shot region are arranged at different positions in the first direction and adjacent to
each other in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 9,536,480

IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image display device comprising:
a light-emitting unit that includes a plurality of light-emitting blocks and is capable of individually controlling an emission
brightness of each of the plurality of light-emitting blocks;

a display unit that displays an image on a screen; and
a control unit configured to set an arrangement of a first region in the screen in which a predetermined image is displayed
and an arrangement of a second region in the screen which excludes the first region, wherein

an emission brightness of the light-emitting blocks corresponding to the first region is a predetermined brightness,
an emission brightness of the light-emitting blocks corresponding to the second region is a brightness lower than the predetermined
brightness, and

the control unit sets the arrangement of the second region on the basis of an influence of light leakage from the light-emitting
blocks corresponding to the first region.

US Pat. No. 9,538,028

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS CONFIGURED TO PROVIDE VOICE GUIDED OPERATION, METHOD OF CONTROLLING AN IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a memory; and
a processor connected to the memory and configured to execute instructions, that when executed, cause the image processing
apparatus to:

transmit a request for data of an operation screen to a Web server;
receive from the Web server, as a response to the request, the data of the operation screen, wherein the operation screen
includes a plurality of software keys, and wherein the data of the operation screen includes voice data associated with each
of one or more of the plurality of software keys;

display the operation screen based on the received data of the operation screen;
designate a particular software key of the plurality of software keys in the displayed operation screen in accordance with
an operation performed on the operation screen; and

output a voice signal based on the voice data associated with the designated software key.