US Pat. No. 9,086,643

IONIC ELECTRO-CONDUCTIVE RESIN AND ELECTRO-CONDUCTIVE MEMBER FOR ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electro-conductive member for electrophotography, comprising:
an electro-conductive mandrel; and
an electro-conductive layer,
wherein:
the electro-conductive layer comprises an ionic electro-conductive resin and an ion carrier; and
the ionic electro-conductive resin has at least one structure selected from the group consisting of structures represented
by the following formulae (1), (2), (3), and (4), and

a structure represented by the following formula (5):

in the formula (1) to the formula (5), R1, R2, R3, and R4 each represent a divalent organic group, X1, X2, X3, and X4 each independently represent a sulfonic group or a quaternary ammonium base, and 1 represents an integer of 1 or more and
23 or less.

US Pat. No. 9,086,649

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus configured to form an image using a recording material stored in a storage unit, the image forming
apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to, when the storage unit is mounted in the image forming apparatus, acquire first information
for calculating a remaining amount of the recording material in the storage unit and second information indicating that the
remaining amount of the recording material in the storage unit is less than a predetermined value;

a calculation unit configured to calculate the remaining amount of the recording material in the storage unit based on the
first information; and

a setting unit configured to, in a case where the value calculated by the calculation unit is less than the predetermined
value and the acquisition unit has not acquired the second information, set the predetermined value or a value a predetermined
amount greater than the predetermined value as an initial value of the remaining amount of the recording material in the storage
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,086,660

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH MODIFIED TRANSFER BRUSH

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member adapted to bear a toner image;
a transfer belt that is movable; and
a transfer device adapted to transfer the toner image from the image bearing member to the transfer belt, the transfer device
positioned on the opposite side of the transfer belt from the image bearing member, the transfer device including a brush
member having a plurality of conductive filaments arranged to contact the transfer belt and a holding portion,

wherein each of a plurality of filament bundles is formed as a bundle of conductive filaments which are a part of the plurality
of conductive filaments, the plurality of filament bundles being arranged on the holding portion, and

wherein in each line along a moving direction of the transfer belt among lines of the plurality of filament bundles, a filament
bundle located on a most upstream side of the brush member with respect to the moving direction is partially cut off.

US Pat. No. 9,088,743

SCANNING CIRCUIT FOR IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state image pickup device comprising:
a plurality of pixels each including a photoelectric conversion unit, a floating diffusion region, a transfer switch for transferring
an electric charge from the photoelectric conversion unit to the floating diffusion region, and an amplification transistor
whose gate is electrically connected to the floating diffusion region; and

a scanning circuit for supplying a drive pulse to a control node of the transfer switch,
wherein the transfer switch is turned off by holding for a predetermined period a first level of the drive pulse supplied
from the scanning circuit to the control node of the transfer switch,

wherein the transfer switch is turned on by holding for a predetermined period a second level of the drive pulse supplied
from the scanning circuit to the control node of the transfer switch, and

wherein a first period for changing from the second level of the drive pulse to the first level of the drive pulse is longer
than a second period for changing from the first level of the drive pulse to the second level of the drive pulse.

US Pat. No. 9,088,488

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing system, comprising:
a first information processing apparatus; and
a second information processing apparatus, wherein said first information processing apparatus and said second information
processing apparatus can communicate with each other via a network, said first information processing apparatus and said second
information processing apparatus are directly connected with each other by a predetermined cable, said predetermined cable
is separate from and independent of the network, said first information processing apparatus comprises

a first transmitting unit configured to transmit specific information on communication setting to said second information
processing apparatus via the predetermined cable, and

a second transmitting unit configured to transmit an IP address of said first information processing apparatus by a broadcast
packet via the network, and

said second information processing apparatus comprises
a first receiving unit configured to receive the specific information from said first information processing apparatus via
the predetermined cable,

a second receiving unit configured to receive the IP address transmitted from said first information processing apparatus
via the network, and

a performing unit configured to, in a case where the first receiving unit has received the specific information via the predetermined
cable and the second receiving unit has received the IP address via the network, perform the communication setting based on
the IP address received by the second receiving unit.

US Pat. No. 9,086,560

OPTICAL SYSTEM AND IMAGE PROJECTION APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical system comprising, in order from an enlargement side to a reduction side:
a front lens unit having negative refractive power;
a stop; and
a rear lens unit having positive refractive power,
wherein the front lens unit includes a combination lens in which a negative lens and a positive lens are adjacently arranged
in order from the enlargement side to the reduction side, and

wherein, when a focal length of the negative lens is fN, an Abbe number and relative partial dispersion of a material of the negative lens are ?N and ?N, respectively, an Abbe number and relative partial dispersion of a material of the positive lens are ?P and ?P, respectively, and a focal length of the entire optical system is fW, following conditions are satisfied:

?20
0.01<[?N?(?0.01618?N+0.6415)]?[?P?(?0.01618?P+0.6415)]<0.20.

US Pat. No. 9,083,879

FOCUS DETECTION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A focus detection apparatus which includes an image pickup element having a plurality of focus-detecting pixels for respectively
receiving light from an object which passes through different exit pupil areas of a photographing lens and forming a pair
of image signals of the object, comprising:
an image restoration filter calculation unit configured to calculate image restoration filters by performing a center-of-gravity
adjustment of a pair of image restoration filters for restoring a first pair of image signals on the basis of a second pair
of image signals different from the first pair of image signals and an image shift amount which is calculated from a pair
of image signals of the object which are formed by the plurality of focus-detecting pixels;

an image restoration processing unit configured to restore the first pair of image signals by using the pair of image restoration
filters calculated by the image restoration filter calculation unit, thereby generating a pair of restored image signals;
and

a focus detection unit configured to detect a defocus amount of the photographing lens by using the pair of restored image
signals generated by the image restoration processing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,076,266

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for generating image data representing at least one object in a virtual three-dimensional
space using a ray-tracing method, the apparatus comprising:
a first determiner configured to determine whether or not light to be traced strikes an object;
a second determiner configured to determine, in a case where it is determined that the light strikes the object, a distance
between the object and a view point in the virtual three-dimensional space so as to determine whether light or a plurality
of entities of spectral light are to be used as a target for tracing by the ray-tracing method; and

a third determiner configured to determine a pixel value of image data representing the object by tracing the target for tracing,
determined by the second determiner, from the view point to a light source in the virtual three-dimensional space,

wherein the second determiner determines the plurality of entities of spectral light as the target for tracing between the
object and the view point, in a case where the distance is less than a first distance, (a) the target for tracing comprises
a ray of one of a plurality of channels based on visual perception properties in a first case where the distance is less than
the first distance and not less than a second distance, (b) the target for tracing comprises a ray of a single wavelength
in a second case where the distance is less than the second distance, and (c) the second determiner determines the light as
the target for tracing between the object and the view point, in a third case where the distance is not less than the first
distance,

wherein the third determiner calculates an attenuation factor of light in a path of the tracing in the third case, calculates
a spectral attenuation factor in a path of the tracing in the second case, calculates a channel attenuation factor in a path
of the tracing in the first case, and determines a pixel value of image data representing the object using those attenuation
factors, and

wherein the first to third determiners are implemented using a processor.

US Pat. No. 9,077,914

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF PRINTING IMAGE DATA HAVING M TONES UNDER INFRARED LIGHT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for outputting print image data to a printing unit which prints an image by applying a printing
material to a printing medium, comprising:
a color information holding unit which holds items of color information C1, C2, . . . , CN each indicating usage amounts of printing materials, used by the printing unit, of N types (N?3), a color difference
under visible light of which is not more than a pre-set threshold, and which have different infrared light ray absorption
rates;

a latent image input unit which inputs infrared light ray latent image data of M tones under infrared light (N?M?3); and
an output unit which decides one color information item Ci (1?i?N) held by said color information holding unit according to
a value of a pixel of interest of the input infrared light ray latent image data, and outputs, to the printing unit, the decided
color information item Ci as pixel values of print image data corresponding to the pixel of interest,

wherein, assuming that {Cp,1, Cp,2, . . . , Cp,q} (q is an integer not less than 2) is color information when a color difference under the visible light is not more than
a pre-set threshold, and that p is a value required to specify an infrared light ray absorption rate, said color information
holding unit holds items of color information {Cp1,1, Cp1,2, . . . , Cp1,q}, {Cp2,1, Cp2,2, . . . , Cp2,q}, . . . , {CpN,1, CpN,2, . . . , CpN,q} having different infrared light ray absorption rates p1 to pN, and

said output unit decides a value L required to specify an infrared light ray absorption rate according to a value of the pixel
of interest of the input infrared light ray latent image data, generates a random number value r falling within a range from
1 to q using a predetermined random number generating unit, and outputs color information CL,r specified by the decided values L and r to the printing unit as pixel values of print image data corresponding to the pixel
of interest.

US Pat. No. 9,071,708

DEVICE MANAGEMENT APPARATUS AND METHOD GENERATING AREA INFORMATION OF WHERE A DEVICE IS USED BASED ON LOCATION INFORMATION OF A TERMINAL REMOTELY USING THE DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A device management apparatus which manages a device and a terminal which remotely uses the device, the apparatus comprising:
a log acquisition unit configured to acquire a log of a plurality of jobs which have been executed by the device;
a usage location specification unit configured to specify, based on the log acquired by said log acquisition unit, locations
of the terminal at the time that the device executed the plurality of jobs;

a generation unit configured to generate information of an area from where the device has been used, based on the locations
of the terminal specified by said usage location specification unit;

a device location specification unit configured to specify a location of the device based on device information managed by
the device management apparatus; and

a location information acquisition unit configured to periodically acquire location information of a user;
wherein said generation unit generates the information of the area from where the device has been used, based on the location
of the device specified by said device location specification unit and the locations of the terminal specified by said usage
location specification unit,

wherein if the device information includes no device location information, said device location specification unit specifies
a user of the device based on a log of local access which has been processed by the device, acquires, based on the location
information acquired by said location information acquisition unit, location information of the user at the time that the
device has processed the local access, and specifies the acquired location information of the user as the location of the
device, and

wherein the log of local access comprises a log provided by the device and associated with at least one of a copy service,
operation associated with a document, a user authentication service accompanying use of an operation panel, and a device setting
change.

US Pat. No. 9,068,083

METHOD OF PRODUCING GALLIUM PHTHALOCYANINE CRYSTAL AND METHOD OF PRODUCING ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER USING THE METHOD OF PRODUCING GALLIUM PHTHALOCYANINE CRYSTAL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

12. A method of producing an electrophotographic photosensitive member including an electric-conductive support, and a photosensitive
layer formed on the electric-conductive support, the photosensitive layer containing a hydroxygallium phthalocyanine crystal,
the method comprising:
producing the hydroxygallium phthalocyanine crystal by the production method according to claim 1;
preparing a mixed liquid comprising the hydroxygallium phthalocyanine crystal and a binder resin; and
applying the mixed liquid onto the electric-conductive support as a film and drying the resultant applied film to form the
photosensitive layer.

US Pat. No. 9,069,542

POWER CONSUMPTION AMOUNT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FOR MANAGING POWER CONSUMPTION AMOUNT, POWER CONSUMPTION MANAGEMENT METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power consumption amount management system in which a device and a management apparatus for managing the device are connectable
to a network, comprising:
a measurement unit configured to measure a power consumption amount of the device;
a determination unit configured to determine whether or not measurement of the power consumption amount by the measurement
unit is successful;

a notification unit configured to send notification of information on the power consumption amount measured by the measurement
unit and a result of the determination performed by the determination unit to the management apparatus;

a reception unit configured to receive the notification sent by the notification unit from the device; and
a correction unit configured to correct the information on the power consumption amount by referring to the result of the
determination received by the reception unit.

US Pat. No. 9,071,758

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS HAVING IMAGE STABILIZATION FUNCTION AND CONTROL METHOD FOR SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

2. An image capture apparatus having an image capture mode in which a moving picture, captured for a period of time which
comprises at least one of a duration of a specific length of time before capture of a still picture and a duration of the
specific length of time after capture of the still picture, is recorded along with the still picture, the apparatus comprising:
a memory unit that buffers the moving picture captured for the specific length of time; and
an image stabilization control unit that performs image stabilization with an image stabilization unit according to shake
of the apparatus, the image stabilization control unit having a first image stabilization mode and a second image stabilization
mode,

wherein the image stabilization control unit performs image stabilization without using the second image stabilization mode
when the moving picture is being buffered by the memory unit, and

wherein the shake component to be corrected in the second image stabilization mode has a wider frequency band than the shake
component to be corrected in the first image stabilization mode.

US Pat. No. 9,071,806

REPRODUCING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A reproducing apparatus having a CPU and a memory used by the CPU, comprising:
a reproducing unit that reproduces a movie signal of a plurality of scenes from a recording medium;
a detection unit that detects an appearance point at which a feature image appears and a disappearance point at which the
feature image disappears in a movie corresponding to the movie signal reproduced by the reproducing unit;

an instruction receiving unit that receives, during the reproduction of the movie signal by the reproducing unit, a predetermined
instruction for instructing a skip of a reproduction position of the movie signal being reproduced; and

a control unit that detects, in response to the predetermined instruction received by the instruction receiving unit during
the reproduction of the movie signal, the reproduction position of the movie signal of when the instruction receiving unit
receives the predetermined instruction and controls the reproducing unit based on the reproduction position of the movie signal
of when the predetermined instruction is received by the instruction receiving unit,

wherein the control unit determines whether the reproduction position of the movie signal of when the predetermined instruction
is received by the instruction receiving unit during the reproduction of the movie signal is a position within a predetermined
period from the disappearance point detected by the detection unit and controls the reproduction unit in accordance with a
result of the determination, and

wherein if it is determined that the reproduction position of the movie signal of when the predetermined instruction is received
by the instruction receiving unit is the position within the predetermined period from the disappearance point, the control
unit selects the nearest appearance point to the reproduction position of the movie signal of when the predetermined instruction
is received by the instruction receiving unit among a plurality of the appearance points detected by the detection unit and
controls the reproducing unit to skip the reproduction position of the movie signal to a reproduction position associated
with the selected appearance point, and if it is determined that the reproduction position of the movie signal of when the
predetermined instruction is received by the instruction receiving unit is not the position within the predetermined period
from the disappearance point, the control unit controls the reproduction unit to skip the reproduction position of the movie
signal to a head position of the scene.

US Pat. No. 9,070,008

OBJECT RECOGNITION APPARATUS AND DICTIONARY DATA REGISTRATION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An object recognition apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory including instructions which, when executed by the processor, cause the object recognition apparatus to:
store dictionary data in which a plurality of pieces of feature information obtained from a plurality of images of one object
are put into groups based on similarities thereof and registered in association with the object;

detect an object from an image and, from an image of the object, extract feature information to be newly registered;
when the detected object is registered in the dictionary data, select a group corresponding to the detected object based on
a similarity between the extracted feature information and feature information belonging to each group of the detected object;

when the detected object is not registered in the dictionary data, add a new dictionary data and register the extracted feature
information;

when the detected object is registered in the dictionary data and the corresponding group has been selected, register the
extracted feature information in the corresponding group of the dictionary data; and

when the detected object is registered in the dictionary data and the corresponding group has not been selected, add a new
group to the detected object in the dictionary data and register the extracted feature information.

US Pat. No. 9,064,122

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,065,941

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a hard disk unit;
a control unit configured to output an instruction to retract a head of the hard disk unit;
a monitoring unit configured to monitor a state of the control unit and output, in a case where the monitoring unit determines
that the control unit is in a state where the instruction to retract the head of the hard disk unit cannot be output, an instruction
to retract the head of the hard disk unit; and

a hard disk controller configured to receive the instruction from the control unit or the monitoring unit and to issue a command
for retracting the head of the hard disk unit to the hard disk unit in a case where the hard disk controller receives the
instruction from the control unit or the monitoring unit,

wherein the hard disk unit retracts the head of the hard disk unit in a case where the hard disk unit receives the command.

US Pat. No. 9,065,953

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM, WITH MODE SHIFTING BASED ON DURATION REQUIRED FOR SHIFTING AND AMOUNT OF INFORMATION TO BE STORED

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a first volatile storage unit configured to store information for returning the image forming apparatus to a normal startup
state;

a second non-volatile storage unit configured to store the information for returning the image forming apparatus to the normal
startup state; and

a control unit configured to, when the image forming apparatus is shifted to a power-saving mode, shift the image forming
apparatus to a hibernation mode in a case where duration required for shifting the image forming apparatus to the hibernation
mode is within a predetermined time period and shift the image forming apparatus to a quick mode in a case where the duration
required for shifting the image forming apparatus to the hibernation mode is not within the predetermined time period, the
hibernation mode in which the control unit causes the second non-volatile storage unit to store therein the information for
returning the image forming apparatus to the normal startup state, the quick mode in which the control unit causes the first
volatile storage unit to store therein the information for returning the image forming apparatus to the normal startup state

wherein the control unit is configured to, when the image forming apparatus is shifted to the power-saving mode, shift the
image forming apparatus to the quick mode in a case where the information that is to be stored in the second non-volatile
storage unit is stored in memory blocks, a number of which exceeds a predetermined number in the first volatile storage unit.

US Pat. No. 9,063,443

MAGNETIC CARRIER AND TWO-COMPONENT DEVELOPER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A magnetic carrier of which a resin-filled core is coated with a vinyl-resin, the resin-filled core having a porous ferrite
particle in pores of which a resin is filled, wherein
the porous ferrite particle
i) has a resistivity at 100 V/cm of from at least 8.0×104 ?·cm to not more than 5.0×106 ?·cm,

ii) contains an oxide of Mg in the range from at least 1.00 mass % to not more than 15.00 mass % as MgO with reference to
the mass of the porous ferrite particle, and

iii) contains an oxide of Sr and an oxide of Ca, with a total content of these oxides of from at least 0.20 mass % to not
more than 3.00 mass % as SrO and CaO with reference to the mass of the porous ferrite particle, and wherein

in a backscattered electron projection image of the magnetic carrier obtained by using a scanning electron microscope at an
acceleration voltage of 2.0 kV, the magnetic carrier has a total area for regions originating from the porous ferrite particle
of from at least 0.2 area % to not more than 5.0 area % with reference to the projected area of the magnetic carrier.

US Pat. No. 9,063,678

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,051,484

LIQUID COMPOSITION, INK JET RECORDING METHOD, INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS AND RECORDED IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink jet recording method comprising:
ejecting a liquid composition on a recording medium, the liquid composition comprising (a) a water-soluble monomer, (b) a
photopolymerization initiator, (c) an aqueous medium, and (d) a polymer emulsion,

wherein the water-soluble monomer has two or more ethylenically unsaturated bonds,
wherein the water-soluble monomer is curable with an active energy ray, and
wherein the liquid composition does not comprise a coloring material.

US Pat. No. 9,055,173

ROTATABLE IMAGE READING APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS SHADING CORRECTION, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image reading apparatus comprising:
a reading unit configured to be rotatable for reading an original;
a control unit configured to cause said reading unit to read, by causing said reading unit to rotate after reading an image
of the original, a reference member for use in shading correction; and

a correction unit configured to perform the shading correction using a read result of the reference member,
wherein said control unit causes said reading unit to read the reference member, after said reading unit in a first orientation
reads an image on a first surface of the original and before said reading unit is rotated to a second orientation for reading
a second surface of the original.

US Pat. No. 9,052,632

HIGH-VOLTAGE POWER SUPPLY FOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A high-voltage power supply for an image forming apparatus configured to compare a detected output voltage generated by
dividing a high-voltage output by a voltage dividing circuit with a control value to feedback control the high-voltage output
and output a voltage to be applied to a member involved in image formation, the high-voltage power supply comprising:
a printed circuit board on which a resistor connected to a high-voltage output side of the voltage dividing circuit is mounted;
and

a slit formed in the printed circuit board and including a first portion and a second portion, the first portion extending
across a straight line connecting terminals of the resistor, and the second portion continuing from the first portion and
extending in a direction receding from one of the terminals of the resistor.

US Pat. No. 9,048,152

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND FOCUS DETECTION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image sensor configured to include plural pixels to photoelectrically convert paired object images, the pixels being two-dimensionally
arranged;

a signal producing part configured to produce paired image signals corresponding to the paired object images; and
a calculating part configured to calculate a defocus amount,
wherein the calculating part is configured to shift the paired image signals relatively in a first direction,
configured to produce a plurality of first correlation data showing change of a correlation value of the paired image signals
according to their relative shift amount in the first direction, the plurality of first correlation data corresponding to
a plurality of areas in the image sensor,

configured to combine the plurality of first correlation data in a second direction different from the first direction for
producing second correlation data, and

configured to calculate the defocus amount from the second correlation data.

US Pat. No. 10,511,190

POWER TRANSMISSION APPARATUS WIRELESSLY TRANSMITTING POWER TO POWER RECEIVING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power transmission apparatus comprising:a power transmission circuit configured to wirelessly transmit power to an electronic device;
a foreign substance detection circuit configured to detect a foreign substance affecting power transmission performed by the power transmission circuit;
a loop shaped power transmission antenna serving as an antenna for the power transmission circuit transmitting power to the electronic device; and
a foreign substance detection antenna for the foreign substance detection circuit detecting the foreign substance,
wherein the foreign substance detection antenna is arranged at a predetermined distance or more from the power transmission antenna in a vertical direction to a loop direction of the power transmission antenna, and
wherein the predetermined distance is a distance at which a magnetic field intensity in a range in which the power transmission antenna is arranged falls within 15% from an average magnetic field intensity of the range.

US Pat. No. 10,448,398

NON-CONTIGUOUS CHANNEL ALLOCATION OVER MULTI-CHANNEL WIRELESS NETWORKS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of transmitting data between a first node and a second node in a wireless network, the method comprising:sending, from the first node to the second node, a first signal which indicates a plurality of sub-channels that the first node supports;
receiving, at the first node from the second node in response to the first signal, a second signal which comprises information about non-contiguous sub-channels over which the second node is ready for transmitting data from among the plurality of sub-channels that the first node supports; and
communicating, between the first and second nodes, data over sub-channels among the non-contiguous sub-channels referred to in the information comprised in the second signal,
wherein the first signal identifies a contiguous composite channel made of sub-channels, which contiguous composite channel encompasses the non-contiguous sub-channels referred to in the information comprised in the second signal.

US Pat. No. 10,394,498

PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR CONTROLLING ENCRYPTED COMMUNICATION AND PRINT PROCESSING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:a communication control unit configured to control encrypted communication; and
a print control unit configured to control print processing,
wherein, in a case where an encrypted common key is decrypted, the communication control unit is assigned with a first priority, and the print control unit is assigned with a second priority higher than the first priority, and
wherein resource distribution of the with respect to the communication control unit and the print control unit is determined according to the priorities.

US Pat. No. 10,178,956

SUBJECT INFORMATION ACQUISITION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:a casing having a first region and a second region, the first and second regions being different from each other in optical transmissivity, the casing being configured to store an acoustic matching material therein;
an irradiating portion disposed inside the casing so as to irradiate a subject with light via the second region, such that an acoustic wave is generated from the subject;
an acoustic probe disposed inside the casing so as to receive the acoustic wave, propagated from the subject, through the second region; and
a scanning mechanism configured to move the irradiating portion and the acoustic probe in relation to the casing,
wherein the second region shows higher optical transmissivity for the light irradiated from the irradiating portion than that shown by the first region.

US Pat. No. 10,149,245

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a wireless communicator that (a) performs a wireless communication with an access point and (b) has a power saving function in which the wireless communicator repeatedly shifts between an awake state, in which the wireless communicator performs the wireless communication with the access point, and a doze state, in which the wireless communicator does not perform the wireless communication with the access point and power consumption of the wireless communicator is suppressed, at regular intervals in accordance with a DTIM interval of DTIMs (Delivery Traffic Indication Messages) transmitted from the access point;
a memory; and
a processor that executes instructions stored in the memory to:
(1) set as a setting for the power saving function, in accordance with a user's instruction, one of (a) an ON setting that indicates the power saving function is used and (b) an OFF setting that indicates the power saving function is not used,
(2) determine, in a case where the ON setting has been set, whether or not a communication protocol to be used in the wireless communication is a specific communication protocol for transferring a file, and
(3) temporarily change the setting for the power saving function from the ON setting to the OFF setting in a case where it is determined that the communication protocol is the specific communication protocol, so that the wireless communicator does not enter the doze state while performing the wireless communication using the specific communication protocol.

US Pat. No. 10,146,157

DEVELOPMENT APPARATUS HAVING A MULTIPLE SCREW PORTION CONVEYANCE SCREW

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing apparatus, comprising:a rotatable developer bearing member configured to bear developer including toner and carrier, and to convey the developer to a developing area facing an image bearing member;
a first chamber disposed below a rotation axis of the developer bearing member and configured to supply the developer to the developer bearing member in a state in which the developing apparatus is set to a developing position where the developing apparatus develops an electrostatic latent image born on the image bearing member;
a second chamber disposed to face the developer bearing member and to which the developer passing the developing area is collected from the image bearing member in the state in which the developing apparatus is set to the developing position;
a first communication portion which permits communication of the developer in the first chamber to the second chamber;
a second communication portion which permits communication of the developer in the second chamber to the first chamber;
a first conveyance screw disposed in the first chamber and configured to convey the developer in a first direction from the second communication portion toward the first communication portion;
a second conveyance screw disposed in the second chamber and configured to convey the developer in a second direction from the first communication portion toward the second communication portion, the second conveyance screw comprising:
a first screw portion disposed to face the second communication portion;
a second screw portion disposed downstream of the first screw portion in the second direction; and
a third screw portion disposed downstream of the first screw portion and upstream of the second screw portion in the second direction and facing the second communication portion;
a magnet fixedly disposed within the developer bearing member and configured to generate a magnetic field to strip the developer passing the developing area from a surface of the developer bearing member, the magnet comprising:
a first pole; and
a second pole having the same polarity as the first pole and disposed adjacent to the first pole on a downstream side of a peak position where magnetic flux density of the first pole becomes a maximum in a rotation direction of the developer bearing member;
a partition wall configured to separate the first chamber from the second chamber and comprising a guiding portion, the guiding portion being configured to guide and collect the developer passing the developing area from the developer bearing member to the second chamber, the guiding portion being disposed to face the developer bearing member such that a closest position, where the guiding portion is closest to the developer bearing member, is downstream of the peak position of magnetic flux density of the first pole and upstream of a peak position of magnetic flux density of the second pole;
a developer replenishing portion configured to replenish the developer; and
a developer discharge portion disposed downstream of the second conveyance screw in the second direction and configured to discharge a part of the developer according to replenishment of the developer from the developer replenishing portion,
wherein a bottom of the second chamber is above a bottom of the first chamber in a state where the developing apparatus is set to the developing position,
the first screw portion comprises a first blade portion formed spirally around a rotation shaft of the second conveyance screw and configured to convey the developer in the second chamber in the second direction,
the second screw portion comprises a second blade portion formed spirally around the rotation shaft of the second conveyance screw, the second blade portion being configured to convey the developer in the second chamber in the first direction and deliver the developer in the second chamber to the second communication portion, and
the third screw portion comprises no blade portion formed spirally around the rotation shaft of the second conveyance screw.

US Pat. No. 10,139,606

ZOOM LENS FOR FORMING HIGH-DEFINITION IMAGE AND IMAGE PROJECTION APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising:in order from an enlargement conjugate side to a reduction conjugate side,
a first lens unit having a negative refractive power;
a second lens unit having a positive refractive power;
a third lens unit having a positive refractive power;
a fourth lens unit having a positive refractive power;
a fifth lens unit having a negative refractive power;
a sixth lens unit having a negative refractive power; and
a seventh lens unit having a positive refractive power,
wherein when zooming from a wide-angle end to a telephoto end, the second lens unit, the third lens unit, the fourth lens unit, the fifth lens unit, and the sixth lens unit are configured to move from the reduction conjugate side to the enlargement conjugate side while a space between lens units adjacent to each other changes, and
wherein a conditional expression below is satisfied:
2.3<|f1|/fw<4.0,
where fw is a focal length of the zoom lens at the wide-angle end and f1 is a focal length of the first lens unit.

US Pat. No. 10,139,654

OPTICAL APPARATUS THAT REDUCES DRIVING NOISED BY ADJUSTING LIGHT TRANSMISSIVITY AND CAMERA SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical apparatus configured to guide light from an object to an image pickup element, the optical apparatus comprising:a first light amount adjustment unit configured to change transmissivity of the light from the object by change in physical property thereof; and
a first driving circuit configured to be able to output a first signal to the first light amount adjustment unit,
wherein the optical apparatus is an adapter mountable between an interchangeable lens and a camera main body including the image pickup element or the interchangeable lens mountable to the camera main body, the interchangeable lens including a second light amount adjustment unit configured to mechanically change an area through which the light from the object passes and a second driving circuit configured to be able to output a second signal to the second light amount adjustment unit,
wherein, before a recording in a moving image mode is started, the transmissivity of the first light amount adjustment unit is adjusted to a maximum and the second light amount adjustment unit is driven to adjust the amount of the light from the object entering the image pickup element by the second driving circuit, and
wherein, after the recording in the moving image mode is started, the first light amount adjustment unit is driven to adjust an amount of the light from the object entering the image pickup element by the first driving circuit, while the second light amount adjustment unit is prevented from being driven by not outputting the second signal to the second light amount adjustment unit from the second driving circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,140,726

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ESTIMATING GAZED POSITION OF PERSON

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory coupled to the one or more processors, the memory having stored thereon instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the image processing apparatus to:
detect, respectively from plural images obtained by imaging with plural imaging units a space in which plural persons exist, positions of the persons on the images;
perform association of a same person in the plural images;
estimate positions of the persons in the space, based on the positions of the persons on the images detected from the plural images and a result of the association;
estimate eye directions of the persons, based on the plural images;
estimate a spatial distribution of positions gazed by the plural persons, based on the estimated positions of the plural persons in the space and the estimated eye directions of the plural persons; and
estimate a gazing level for each object, based on the estimated spatial distribution of the gazed positions.

US Pat. No. 10,132,681

NOISE REDUCTION APPARATUS AND DETECTION APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A noise reduction apparatus comprising:a first delaying/combining unit configured to branch a pulse light beam of a first period into two pulse light beams, provide a first delay time between the two branched pulse light beams, and combine the two branched pulse light beams, to output a first pulse light beam polarized in a first direction and a second pulse light beam polarized in a direction orthogonal to the first direction and delayed by the first delay time with respect to the first pulse light beam; and
a second delaying/combining unit configured to branch the first pulse light beam into two pulse light beams, provide a second delay time between the two branched pulse light beams, combine the two branched pulse light beams, to output a third pulse light beam polarized in a second direction and a fourth pulse light beam polarized in a direction orthogonal to the second direction and delayed by the second delay time with respect to the third pulse light beam, branch the second pulse light beam into two pulse light beams, provide the second delay time between the two branched pulse light beams, and combine the two branched pulse light beams, to output a fifth pulse light beam polarized in the second direction and a sixth pulse light beam polarized in a direction orthogonal to the second direction and delayed by the second delay time with respect to the fifth pulse light beam,
wherein a light intensity ratio between the first pulse light beam and the second pulse light beam is 1:1,
wherein a light intensity ratio between the third pulse light beam and the fourth pulse light beam is 1:3,
wherein a light intensity ratio between the fifth pulse light beam and the sixth pulse light beam is 3:1, and
wherein a delay time ratio between the first delay time and the second delay time is 1:2 or 2:1.

US Pat. No. 10,136,014

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a printer configured to be able to perform printing on a sheet at a plurality of print speeds;
set a print speed from among the plurality of print speeds;
change the set print speed to another print speed, wherein a replacement guide value for a part of the image processing apparatus is previously defined corresponding to each of the plurality of print speeds, and wherein the replacement guide value is expressed in a number of the sheets on which the printing has been performed by the printer
one or more non-transitory computer-readable storage devices; and
one or more computer processing devices connected to the one or more non-transitory computer-readable storage devices and configured by one or more programs stored in the one or more non-transitory computer-readable storage devices at least to:
receive an instruction, for the printer to which a first print speed is set, to change the print speed from the first print speed to a second print speed wherein the second print speed is faster than the first print speed; and
according to changing of the set print speed corresponding to the instruction, change the replacement guide value to a second value from a first value, wherein the first value corresponds to the first print speed, the second value corresponds to the second print speed, and the second value is larger than the first value.

US Pat. No. 10,129,486

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:an image capturing unit configured to acquire an image by capturing an object image; and
at least one of (a) circuitry and (b) at least one processor, configured to function as units comprising:
(1) a division photometry unit configured to detect a brightness of an object in each of a plurality of divided areas corresponding to the image captured by the image capturing unit;
(2) a weighting unit configured to weight a photometric value of each of the divided areas in accordance with a condition of the object;
(3) an exposure determination unit configured to determine exposure when the image is acquired by the image capturing unit based on weighting performed by the weighting unit; and
(4) a control unit configured to perform control such that a degree of reflection of the condition of the object on weighting of the photometric values performed by the weighting unit is different between a case where object image capture is performed intermittently by the image capturing unit in order to generate a time-lapse movie by compositing a plurality of images, and a case where object image capture is performed by the image capturing unit in order to generate a movie whose ratio of playback time to image capture time is larger than the time-lapse movie.

US Pat. No. 10,127,436

APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An album displaying method performed by a processor by executing a program stored in a memory, the album displaying method comprising:analyzing faces included in a plurality of images;
causing a display apparatus to display (a) a first face image corresponding to a first face of a first person and (b) a second face image corresponding to a second face of a second person, based on analysis results of the faces included in the plurality of images;
inputting a predetermined instruction by a user to the first face image displayed by the display apparatus;
selecting images of the first person and an image of the second person such that the images of the first person are selected with priority over images of the second person, based on the predetermined instruction input by the user; and
causing the display apparatus to display an album in which the selected images are laid out on a template.

US Pat. No. 10,122,876

IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image reading apparatus, comprising:a reading unit including a transparent portion and a reading portion configured to read an image on a sheet through the transparent portion;
a conveyance unit disposed above the reading unit and configured to convey the sheet toward the transparent portion;
a support portion configured to support the conveyance unit openably and movably with respect to the reading unit in a vertical direction between an upper position and a lower position;
a bundled wire transmitting a signal or electric power to the conveyance unit and passing through the reading unit; and
a cover portion configured to cover the bundled wire between the reading unit and the conveyance unit, the cover portion comprising a first cover member provided on the conveyance unit and a second cover member provided movably in the vertical direction with respect to the reading unit and so as to overlap with the first cover member at inside or outside of the first cover member in a plane orthogonal to the vertical direction,
wherein a whole length of the cover portion in the vertical direction in a case where the conveyance unit is located at the upper position is longer than a whole length of the cover portion in the vertical direction in a case where the conveyance unit is located at the lower position,
wherein the first cover member comprises an abutment portion configured to come into contact with the second cover member on the way of the conveyance unit moving from the lower position to the upper position, and
wherein the second cover member is configured to move upward together with the first cover member in a state in which the second cover member is in contact with the abutment portion.

US Pat. No. 10,122,878

PRINTING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF COUNTING THE NUMBER OF TIMES OF PRINTING, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING PRINTING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

6. A printing method comprising:receiving a print job by a network I/F;
printing based on the received print job by a printer;
identifying a protocol of the received print job; and
counting a number of times of printing separately for each protocol that is a subject of a print counting,
incrementing, in a case where the identified protocol is an IPP and a format of image data is a first type, a number of times of printing for the IPP and a number of times of printing for a first function by 1; and
incrementing, in a case where the identified protocol is the IPP and the format of the image data is a second type, the number of times of printing for the IPP and a number of times of printing for a second function by 1,
wherein when the identified protocol is the IPP, the printing apparatus distinguishes between the first type and the second type of the format of the image data in order to count a number of times of printing for the first type and a number of times of printing of the second type.

US Pat. No. 10,122,883

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS INCLUDING CIRCUIT CONFIGURATION AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

19. A data processing method using a partially reconfigurable device on which logic circuitry providing a data processing function can be created with another logic circuitry left on the partially reconfigurable device,the data processing method comprising: executing a first data processing job using logic circuitry created on the partially reconfigurable device;
accepting a second data processing job;
controls the partially reconfigurable device to newly create, on the partially reconfigurable device, logic circuitry providing an data processing function which is required in the second data processing job and is not required in the first data processing job, with a common logic circuitry providing a data processing function commonly required in both of the first data processing job and the accepted second data processing job left on the partially reconfigurable device; and
executing the second data processing job using the common logic circuitry left on the partially reconfigurable device and the logic circuitry newly created on the partially reconfigurable device.

US Pat. No. 10,120,326

MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR CARTRIDGE ATTACHABLE TO IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a cartridge that is attachable to an image forming apparatus by using a cartridge having a rotator, a frame that supports the rotator, an elastic member that is provided in a concave portion formed in the frame along a rotation axis direction of the rotator, and a sheet member that has one end portion fixed to the elastic member and another end portion abutting on the rotator along the rotation axis direction of the rotator, the manufacturing method comprising:detaching the rotator from the frame;
detaching the sheet member from the frame;
detaching at least a part of the elastic member from the frame; and
attaching another sheet member to the frame via an adhesive member that is attached to an adhesive member attachment portion formed between the concave portion and the another sheet member.

US Pat. No. 10,120,329

CARTRIDGE AND DRUM UNIT FOR ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge comprising:a frame;
a rotatable carrying member for carrying developer;
a rotatable member rotatably supported by the frame;
a coupling member rotatable about a rotational axis thereof and movable between a first position in which the rotational axis of the coupling member is coaxial with the axis of the rotatable member and a second position in which the rotational axis of the coupling member is inclined relative to the rotational axis of the rotatable member; and
an urging member urging the coupling member toward the second position;
wherein the frame includes a retracted portion for permitting the inclination of the coupling member in a direction urged by the urging member at an inclination angle larger than an inclination angle of the coupling member in a direction other than the urged direction.

US Pat. No. 10,120,333

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING PROCESS CARTRIDGE, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus having a cartridge comprised of a plurality of components, comprising:a memory device that stores instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions to:
obtain life span information indicating respective life spans of a plurality of components of a first type cartridge, the first type cartridge being a type of cartridge on which life span information on some, but not all, of the components is obtainable;
obtain life span information indicating respective life spans of a plurality of components of a second type cartridge, the second type cartridge being a different type of cartridge than the first type cartridge, and the second type cartridge being a type of cartridge on which life span information on all of the components is obtainable;
determine whether a cartridge in the image forming apparatus is the first type cartridge;
calculate a life span of the cartridge in the image forming apparatus; and
provide notification of the calculated life span of the cartridge in the image forming apparatus,
wherein, upon a condition that the cartridge in the image forming apparatus is determined to be the first type cartridge on which life span information on some, but not all, of the components is obtainable, the life span of the first type cartridge in the image forming apparatus is calculated based on only the obtained life span information on some of the components.

US Pat. No. 10,122,930

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
at least one memory storing instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the display control apparatus to:
acquire focusing state information indicating a focusing state of a specific region having a different height-width proportion in a captured image obtained by an image capturing device;
perform control so as to display, together with the captured image, a first display element indicating the specific region and a second display element indicating the acquired focusing state on a display unit;
detect an attitude of the display control apparatus; and
perform control so as to rotate and display the second display element without rotating the first display element if the attitude of the display control apparatus has been changed from a first attitude to a second attitude that is different from the first attitude by 90 degrees.

US Pat. No. 10,122,988

IMAGE ENCODING APPARATUS, IMAGE DECODING APPARATUS, METHODS OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image encoding apparatus that encodes N (N is an integer: N?2) viewpoint images captured at viewpoints different from each other, the apparatus comprising:at least one processor; and
a memory storing a program to be executed by the at least one processor;
wherein the at least one processor functions as units comprising:
(1) a first generation unit configured to calculate an average value of values of N corresponding pixels corresponding to each other in the N viewpoint images and generating an image having the average value as a value of a pixel;
(2) a second generation unit configured to generate (N?1) types of difference values from the corresponding pixels in the N viewpoint images, wherein the (N?1) types of difference values are used to derive the values of the corresponding pixels in the N viewpoint images from the value of the pixel in the average image generated by the first generation unit; and
(3) an encoding unit configured to encode the image generated by the first generation unit and difference information formed from the (N?1) types of difference values generated by the second generation unit.

US Pat. No. 10,120,452

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR RECOGNIZING OPERATION INPUT BY GESTURE OF OBJECT AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:one or more memories storing instructions; and
one or more processors that, when executing the instructions, causes the information processing apparatus to:
obtain information indicating a proximity state of an object and a predetermined operation surface, based on information of sensing the predetermined operation surface from above;
set a condition regarding the proximity state for determining whether the object is released from the operation surface based on a moving speed and a release threshold value of the object in a period during which the object is regarded as touching the operation surface for input by the obtained information, wherein the release threshold value changes depending on the moving speed; and
determine that the object is released from the operation surface in response to that the obtained information satisfies the set condition.

US Pat. No. 10,120,496

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:a touch detector configured to detect a touch operation on a display unit; and
a memory and at least one processor and/or at least one circuit to perform the operations of the following units:
a display control unit configured to:
perform control, in a case where the touch detector detects a multi-touch operation on the display unit without detecting a predetermined touch operation maintained on the display unit from a time before detection of the multi-touch operation, such that a display object displayed on the display unit is enlarged or reduced in accordance with the multi-touch operation, with reference to a first position that is based on the positions at which the multi-touch operation is performed, the predetermined touch operation including movement of a touch position on the display unit, and
perform control, in a case where the touch detector detects the predetermined touch operation and the touch detector detects a multi-touch operation while at least one touch of the predetermined touch operation has been maintained after the predetermined touch operation was performed, such that the display object displayed on the display unit is enlarged or reduced in accordance with the multi-touch operation, with reference to a second position that is not based on the positions at which the multi-touch operation is performed.

US Pat. No. 10,115,044

IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR SENDING IMAGE DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing system, comprising:a display capable of displaying an operation key in which information of a folder corresponding to an authenticated user is set as a transmission destination;
a memory storing instructions, and
a processor executing the instructions causing the image processing system to:
control a transmission of data to the transmission destination in accordance with selection of the operation key on the display; and
control a restriction of use of the operation key in accordance with an instruction for permitting transmission to a predetermined transmission destination registered by an administrator and inhibiting transmission to another transmission destination registered by a user who is different from the administrator,
wherein, in a case where the transmission destination set in the operation key is registered by a user different from the administrator, the restriction for the operation key is performed in accordance with the instruction, and
wherein, in a case where the transmission destination set in the operation key is registered by the administrator, the restriction is not performed in accordance with the instruction.

US Pat. No. 10,114,303

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising a toner particle, whereinthe toner particle has a core-shell structure constituted by a core portion and a shell portion,
the core portion contains a binder resin and a wax, and
the shell portion contains a polyester resin A,
the polyester resin A comprising an isosorbide unit represented by formula (1)

the polyester resin A being a polymerization product obtained by condensation polymerization of:
(i) a dicarboxylic acid or anhydride thereof, wherein the dicarboxylic acid is selected from the group consisting of maleic acid, fumaric acid, itaconic acid, oxalic acid, malonic acid, succinic acid, dodecyl succinic acid, dodecenyl succinic acid, adipic acid, azelaic acid, sebacic acid, decane-1,10-dicarboxylic acid, phthalic acid, tetrahydrophthalic acid, hexahydrophthalic acid, tetrabromophthalic acid, tetrachlorophthalic acid, HET acid, himic acid, isophthalic acid, terephthalic acid, cyclohexanedicarboxylic acid and 2,6-naphthalenedicarboxylic acid,
(ii) an isosorbide represented by formula (2)

(iii) a divalent alcohol other than the isosorbide, wherein the divalent alcohol is selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, 1,2-propylene glycol, 1,4-butanediol, 1,5-pentanediol, 1,6-hexanediol, diethylene glycol, dipropylene glycol, triethylene glycol, neopentyl glycol, bisphenol A, bisphenol F, ethylene oxide adducts of bisphenol A, propylene oxide adducts of bisphenol A, xylylene diglycol, 1,4-cyclohexanedimethanol and hydrogenated bisphenol A, and
(iv) at least one compound selected from the group consisting of a tricarboxylic acid, a tetracarboxylic acid, a tricarboxylic acid anhydride, and a tetracarboxylic acid anhydride, wherein the tricarboxylic acid is trimellitic acid or methylcyclohexene tricarboxylic acid, the tetracarboxylic acid is pyromellitic acid, the tricarboxylic acid anhydride is trimellitic acid anhydride or methylcyclohexene tricarboxylic acid anhydride, and the tetracarboxylic acid anhydride is pyromellitic acid anhydride,
the isosorbide unit is contained in a molar ratio of 1.58 to 10.50 mol % based on a total number of monomer units constituting the polyester resin A,
an acid value of the polyester resin A is 2.0 to 15.0 mgKOH/g,
a content of the polyester resin A is 1.0 to 10.0 mass parts based on 100.0 mass parts of the binder resin, and
when observing a cross-section of the toner using a transmission electron microscope (TEM), 0.25 ?(r/R)st?0.50, where (r/R)st is an arithmetic mean of twenty r/R calculations determined by:
(1) selecting twenty toner particle cross-sections, each of the twenty toner particle cross-sections has a major axis R (?m) that satisfies a relationship 0.9?R/D4?1.1 with respect to a weight-average diameter D4 (?m) of the toner as measured with a flow particle image measuring apparatus, and
(2) determining r/R for each of the twenty toner particle cross-sections, wherein the r (?m) denotes the largest major axis of a domain composed of the wax present in the one toner particle cross-section.

US Pat. No. 10,110,897

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image coding apparatus which generates a bitstream which is to be decoded by an image decoding apparatus, the image coding apparatus comprising:an acquisition unit configured to acquire image data; and
a coding unit configured to code the image data into the bitstream using quantization parameters, wherein, the coding unit is configured:
to code a difference value between a slice quantization parameter and a first quantization parameter of a first line in a slice, wherein the difference value is for the first quantization parameter of the first line, wherein the difference value is coded into the bitstream, and wherein the slice quantization parameter is provided to the slice;
to code a difference value between the first quantization parameter of the first line and a second quantization parameter of the first line, wherein the difference value is for the second quantization parameter of the first line, and wherein the difference value is coded into the bitstream; and
to code a difference value between the slice quantization parameter and a first quantization parameter of a second line in the slice, wherein the difference value is for the first quantization parameter of the second line, and wherein the difference value is coded into the bitstream.

US Pat. No. 10,105,041

LIGHT GUIDING OPTICAL SYSTEM AND ENDOSCOPIC APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light guiding optical system comprising:a light guide configured to guide light from an entrance end of the light guide to an exit end of the light guide by internally reflecting the light a plurality of times; and
an optical unit including a plurality of lenses configured to condense the light emitted from the exit end in a first section of a cross-section of the exit end, the first section including an optical axis of the optical unit,
wherein the exit end has an aperture that has a larger size in a first direction perpendicular to the first section than in a second direction perpendicular to a second section of the cross-section of the exit end, the second section perpendicular to the first section and including the optical axis,
wherein the exit end aperture has a size in the second direction that is smaller than a size of an aperture of the entrance end in the second direction,
wherein a lens closest to the light guide among the plurality of lenses has positive powers both in the first section and the second section of the cross-section, and
an optical power that has a size in the second section larger than a size in the first section, and
wherein the light from the exit end of the light guide enters the lens closest to the light guide among the plurality of lenses without entering any other intervening lens.

US Pat. No. 10,099,891

SHEET STACKING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

15. A sheet stacking apparatus comprising:a door pivotable about a pivot relative to an apparatus main body;
a sheet stacking unit provided in the door, wherein the sheet stacking unit includes a sheet stacking surface onto which sheets are to be stacked, and wherein one end of the sheet stacking surface is located higher than the other end of the sheet stacking surface in a state in which the door is at a closure position, and the one end of the sheet stacking surface can be located lower than the other end of the sheet stacking surface in a state in which the door is opened from the closure position; and
a resistance application unit configured to apply resistance against the pivot of the door being moved to be opened,
wherein the resistance application unit is configured to apply no resistance to the pivot of the door which is at any position in a first area, and to apply resistance to the pivot of the door which is at any position in a second area,
wherein the first area is between the closure position and a first position where the door pivots from the closure position by a first angle, and the second area is an area where the door pivots to be opened over the first position,
wherein, in a state in which the door is at the closure position, a centroid of the door is located on a first side of a vertical line passing through a center of the pivot,
wherein, when the centroid of the door is located on the vertical line passing through the center of the pivot, the door is in the first area,
wherein, in a state in which the door is at the first position, the centroid of the door is located on a second side of the vertical line passing through the center of the pivot and a self-weight of the door acts on the door in a direction moving from the first position to the second area,
wherein, in a state in which the door is at the first position where the door pivots from the closure position by the first angle, the sheet on the sheet stacking surface does not move, along the sheet stacking surface, to the one end side of the sheet stacking surface by weight of the sheet, and
wherein, in a state in which the door is at a second position in the second area, the sheet on the sheet stacking surface can move, along the sheet stacking surface, to the one end side of the sheet stacking surface by weight of the sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,101,951

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD THAT INCREASE A WIDTH OF A LINE CONSTITUTING A WHITE CHARACTER IN IMAGE DATA IN A PRINTING COLOR SAVING MODE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:(A) an interface that receives print data;
(B) an operation device that receives a user instruction;
(C) a memory that stores instructions; and
(D) one or more processors that execute the instructions and cause the image processing apparatus to function as:
(a) a setting unit that sets a toner save mode corresponding to a white character based on the user instruction via the operation device;
(b) a receiving unit that receives the print data, including at least one character, via the interface, the at least one character being constituted of at least one line; and
(c) a processing unit that performs processing for increasing a width of the at least one line constituting the white character included in image data generated from the print data in a case when the setting unit sets the toner save mode for the white character, and does not perform processing for increasing a width of the at least one line constituting the white character included in the image data in a case when the setting unit does not set the toner save mode for the white character; and
(E) a printing unit that forms an image based on the image data and prints the formed image.

US Pat. No. 10,095,150

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of executing a cleaning operation in an image forming apparatus that includes (a) a rotatable image bearing member, (b) a charging member for electrically charging the image bearing member while contacting the image bearing member at a charging position by being supplied with a charging voltage, (c) an electrostatic image forming unit for forming an electrostatic image on the electrically charged image bearing member, (d) a developing device including a developing member for forming a toner image by being supplied with a developing voltage to supply a toner charged to a normal polarity to the electrostatic image on the image bearing member at a developing position, (e) a transfer member for electrostatically transferring the toner image from the image bearing member onto a toner image receiving member at a transfer portion by being supplied with a transfer voltage, (f) a discharging unit for discharging the image bearing member at a discharging position downstream of the transfer position and upstream of the charging position with respect to a rotational direction of the image bearing member, and (g) a controller for executing the cleaning operation during non-image formation, the method comprising:a transfer step of transferring an opposite polarity toner deposited on the charging member and charged to an opposite polarity opposite to the normal polarity from the charging member onto the image bearing member at the charging position;
a discharging step of discharging, by the discharging unit at the discharging position, a region of the image bearing member where the opposite polarity toner is deposited;
a polarity inversion step of inverting the opposite polarity toner deposited on said image bearing member into a normal polarity toner charged to the normal polarity by passing the region discharged by the discharging step through the charging position in a state in which the charging voltage is applied to the charging member; and
a collecting step of collecting the normal polarity toner by transferring the normal polarity toner from the image bearing member onto the developing member at the developing position.

US Pat. No. 10,095,172

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more memories storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the information processing apparatus to perform operations comprising:
predicting, for at least one of a plurality of parts in a plurality of apparatuses, the apparatuses each capable of processing an input job and each communicably connected to the information processing apparatus over a computer network, a job amount that is able to be processed until the part becomes unable to operate normally;
selecting, based on the predicted job amount, at least one of the parts to be replaced at a scheduled maintenance timing from among the at least one of the plurality of parts;
predicting a total job amount to be processed by the plurality of apparatuses up to the scheduled maintenance timing on a basis of a job amount processed in the past by each of the plurality of apparatuses and on a basis of a period of time left until the scheduled maintenance timing;
calculating an evaluation value based on the total job amount, the job amount that is able to be processed until the selected at least one of the parts becomes unable to operate normally, and a job amount processed by the selected at least one of the parts per unit period of time;
determining a distribution method for distributing the input job among the plurality of apparatuses based on the evaluation value; and
transmitting over the computer network the input job to the plurality of apparatuses according to the determined distribution method.

US Pat. No. 10,096,545

SEMICONDUCTOR APPARATUS, SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A semiconductor apparatus comprising:a first transistor;
a first contact plug connected to a source or a drain of the first transistor;
a second transistor;
a second contact plug connected to a source or a drain of the second transistor; and
a third contact plug connected to a gate of the second transistor,
wherein the first transistor constitutes a pixel circuit configured to generate a pixel signal based on an electric charge generated by photoelectric conversion,
wherein the second transistor constitutes a logic circuit configured to output a signal based on the pixel signal,
wherein a diameter of the first contact plug is smaller than a diameter of the second contact plug, and
wherein the diameter of the first contact plug is smaller than a diameter of the third contact plug.

US Pat. No. 10,091,420

LIGHT-EMISSION CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A light-emission control apparatus comprising:a focus detector configured to detect a focus;
a light emitter configured to emit assist light toward a subject while the focus detector is detecting the focus; and
a memory and at least one processor which function as:
a shooting-mode selecting unit configured to be capable of selecting at least a first shooting mode in which a predetermined correction is applied to a human face of a captured image or a second shooting mode different from the first shooting mode; and
a control unit configured to control an amount of emission of the assist light in the first shooting mode to a smaller amount than an amount of emission of the assist light in the second shooting mode,
wherein the light emitter emits the assist light when an illuminance of the subject is lower than a predetermined illuminance, and
wherein the control unit controls the light emitter in such a manner that, in the first shooting mode, the light emitter emits the assist light when the illuminance of the subject is lower than a first illuminance and does not emit the assist light when the illuminance of the subject is higher than the first illuminance, and in the second shooting mode, the light emitter emits the assist light when the illuminance of the subject is lower than a second illuminance higher than the first illuminance and does not emit the assist light when the illuminance of the subject is higher than the second illuminance.

US Pat. No. 10,091,423

IMAGE SHAKE CORRECTING APPARATUS AND ITS CONTROL METHOD, LENS BARREL, OPTICAL EQUIPMENT, AND IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image shake correcting apparatus comprising:a central processing unit (CPU) for executing a control program, thereby providing:
a first calculating unit configured to calculate a correction coefficient using information corresponding to an angular velocity output from a first shake detecting unit and information corresponding to an acceleration output from a second shake detecting unit;
a second calculating unit configured to calculate a translational shake correction amount using the correction coefficient and the information corresponding to the angular velocity output from the first shake detecting unit; and
a control unit configured to control a shake correcting unit configured to correct a translational shake according to the translational shake correction amount corresponding to a translational shake correction frequency range selected by a filter,
wherein the control unit narrows a low range of the translational shake correction frequency range when an imaging magnification is greater than a threshold value, and widens the low range of the translational shake correction frequency range when the imaging magnification is equal to or less than the threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,086,613

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD AND APPARATUS INCLUDING PLURAL RECORDING ELEMENT SUBSTRATES SUPPORTED BY PLURAL SUPPORT MEMBERS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head comprising:a first recording element substrate, a second recording element substrate, and a third recording element substrate successively arranged in a longer direction of the liquid discharge head, the first, second, and third recording element substrates each including a discharge port configured to discharge a liquid and an energy-generating element configured to generate energy used for discharging the liquid;
a first support member supporting an end part of the first recording element substrate on a side of the second recording element substrate and an end part of the second recording element substrate on a side of the first recording element substrate; and
a second support member supporting an end part of the second recording element substrate on a side of the third recording element substrate and an end part of the third recording element substrate on a side of the second recording element substrate; and
wherein the first support member includes a first opening fluidly communicating with the first recording element substrate and a second opening fluidly communicating with the second recording element substrate, and the second support member includes a third opening fluidly communicating with the second recording element substrate and a fourth opening fluidly communicating with the third recording element substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,072,950

ENCODER AND METHOD OF OUTPUTTING MEASUREMENT VALUE OF POSITION OR ANGLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An encoder for outputting a measurement value of a position or angle of a scale in accordance with inputting of a command signal, the encoder comprising:a detector configured to detect the scale and output a detection signal; and
a processor configured to execute:
a generation task that generates data representing a position or angle of the scale from the output detection signal;
a correction task that calculates corrected data representing the position or angle of the scale from the output detection signal corresponding to a previous input command signal, at a time of inputting a current command signal, based on a velocity obtained from a change amount of the generated data and a delay time, which is a time from the detector detecting the scale in accordance with the previous command signal until receiving the current command signal; and
an outputting task that outputs the corrected data,
wherein the processor is configured to execute processings including the generation task and the correction task in parallel, for the data representing the position or angle of the scale for the output detection signal corresponding to the previous command signal at the time of inputting the current command signal.

US Pat. No. 10,073,252

OPTICAL SYSTEM AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical system comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:a front lens unit having a negative refractive power;
an aperture stop; and
a rear lens unit having a positive refractive power, wherein
the front lens unit consists of, in order from the object side to the image side, a first lens having a negative refractive power with a concave surface being on the image side, a second lens having a negative refractive power with a concave surface on the image side, and a third lens having a positive refractive power,
the rear lens unit consists of, in order from the object side to image side, a fourth lens having a positive refractive power, and a cemented lens formed by cementing a positive lens and a negative lens together, and
the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
1.0 3.0

US Pat. No. 10,074,796

PIEZOELECTRIC MATERIAL, PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A piezoelectric material comprising:a perovskite-type metal oxide represented by Formula (1): (NaxBa1-y)(NbyTi1-y)O3, where x is 0.83 or more and 0.95 or less, y is 0.85 or more and 0.95 or less, and x/y is 0.95 or more and 1.05 or less;
Zn; and
Mg,
wherein
the content of Zn is 0.005 mol or more and 0.050 mol or less based on 1 mol of the perovskite-type metal oxide; and
the content of Mg is 0.001 mol or more and 0.020 mol or less based on 1 mol of the perovskite-type metal oxide.

US Pat. No. 10,073,322

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus, comprising:an image sensor having a focus detection pixel;
a focus detection unit configured to perform focus detection of a phase difference detection method, by using a signal from the focus detection pixel;
a focus adjustment unit configured to control focus adjustment of an imaging lens, by using an output of the focus detection unit;
a lock unit configured to lock the focus adjustment of the imaging lens; and
a control unit configured to control so as to, if the focus adjustment of the imaging lens is caused to transition by the lock unit from a locked state to a state where the focus adjustment lock is cancelled in continuous shooting for continuously capturing a subject by the image sensor, temporarily cause the continuous shooting to stop, and, after performing focus adjustment of the imaging lens by the focus adjustment unit and confirming that the imaging lens has focused on the subject, restart the continuous shooting.

US Pat. No. 10,073,602

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DISPLAYING A SUGGESTED LUMINANCE ADJUSTMENT FOR AN IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of displaying a suggested luminance adjustment for an image, the method comprising:applying a contrast adjustment to a first region of the image, the contrast adjustment defining a preference for the contrast adjusted image;
determining a second region of the contrast adjusted image based on a salience map associated with the contrast adjusted image and the preference for the contrast adjusted image; and
displaying a visual indication of the suggested luminance adjustment for the second region over the contrast adjusted image, wherein the suggested luminance adjustment is determined based on a preference of the contrast adjusted image with the suggested luminance adjustment applied and a contribution of high-level feature data to the preference for the contrast adjusted image.

US Pat. No. 10,073,374

DEVELOPING APPARATUS HAVING MULTI-PART REGULATING MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing apparatus comprising:a developer carrying roller rotatable in a first rotating direction, and
a developer regulating member which controls a thickness of a developer layer carried on a surface of the developer carrying roller, wherein
the developer regulating member has a developer layer thickness regulating part and a projecting part,
the developer regulating member has a part abutting with the surface of the developer carrying roller at the developer layer thickness regulating part,
the projecting part is extending towards an upstream side in the first rotating direction from the abutting part,
the projecting part and the surface of the developer carrying roller form a non-contacting gap therebetween,
when a width of the gap is defined as H, the gap has a portion where a gap width H satisfies Expression (1):
0.05 mm?H?0.5 mm;  Expression (1)
when a maximum value and a minimum value of the gap width H in the portion are defined as Hmax and Hmin respectively, Hmax and Hmin satisfy Expression (2):
Hmax/Hmin?3.0;  Expression (2)
and the portion has a continuous length L which satisfies Expression (3):
L?0.8 mm, and wherein  Expression (3)
the projecting part has a concave shape at a side facing the developer carrying roller that follows an arc-shaped surface of the developer carrying roller, and forms the portion having the gap width H and the continuous length L.

US Pat. No. 10,063,736

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR PROVIDING A PRINT SETTING SCREEN TO BE DISPLAYED

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a processor; and
a memory having stored thereon instruction that when executed by the processor cause the information processing apparatus to:
accept, on a print setting screen provided by a first application, an instruction causing a browser to display information; and
determine, if the instruction causing the browser to display the information is accepted, whether a second application that has issued a print instruction to a printer driver is a default browser of an operating system,
wherein if determined that the second application is the default browser, the first application displays the information, and if determined that the second application is not the default browser, the default browser displays the information.

US Pat. No. 10,063,746

APPARATUS FOR GENERATING IMAGE DATA, METHOD, AND MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus for generating image data for reproducing material appearance of an object to be rendered on a printed material, the apparatus comprising:at least one processor; and
a memory coupled to the at least one processor, the memory having stored thereon instructions which, when executed by the at least one processor cause the apparatus to:
obtain a gloss level that evaluates glossiness of the object to be rendered;
obtain a sparkle level of the object to be rendered, the sparkle level being a level of a property that changes positions of a plurality of luminous points depending on a position of a light source and an observation angle; and
derive a parameter relating to use of a printing material for reproduction of the material appearance by an image forming device, the image forming device receiving and printing the image data based on the obtained gloss level and sparkle level.

US Pat. No. 10,063,764

CONTROL APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR PERFORMING FOCUS DETECTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A control apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory including instructions stored thereon that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the control apparatus to:
generate a first focus detection signal and a second focus detection signal based on a plurality of types of color signals from a first pixel group and a second pixel group that receive light beams passing through partial pupil regions different from each other in an imaging optical system; and
calculate a defocus amount by a phase difference detection method by using the first focus detection signal and the second focus detection signal,
wherein the plurality of types of color signals include a red signal, a green signal, and a blue signal,
wherein the instructions that executed by the one or more processors, further cause the control apparatus to:
combine the plurality of types of color signals with respect to the first pixel group so that centroids of the color signals in a pupil division direction coincide with each other to generate the first focus detection signal; and
combine the plurality of types of color signals with respect to the second pixel group so that centroids of the color signals in the pupil division direction coincide with each other to generate the second focus detection signal,
wherein each of the first pixel group and the second pixel group has a Bayer array, and
wherein a ratio of combination of the red signal, the green signal, and the blue signal with respect to each of the first focus detection signal and the second focus detection signal is 1:2:1.

US Pat. No. 10,061,223

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image bearing member;
a charge unit configured to charge the image bearing member;
an exposure unit including a light source, the exposure unit configured to cause the light source to emit light to the image bearing member to form an electrostatic latent image;
a developing unit configured to develop the electrostatic latent image formed on the image bearing member to form an image;
a transfer unit configured to transfer the image formed on the image bearing member to a recording material; and
a control unit configured to perform a first control for determining a voltage to be applied to the charge unit, and to perform a second control for determining a light amount of light emitted from the exposure unit after performing the first control,
wherein the first control is a control to calculate a first discharge start voltage by applying a voltage having a positive polarity to the transfer unit and a second discharge start voltage by applying a voltage having a negative polarity to the transfer unit in a condition where the image bearing member is charged by the charging unit, to determine a surface potential of the image bearing member using the first discharge start voltage and the second discharge start voltage, and to determine an input voltage to be applied to the charge unit based on the surface potential, and
wherein the second control is a control to charge the image bearing member by applying the input voltage determined in the first control into the charge member, to calculate a third discharge start voltage by applying a voltage having a positive polarity to the transfer unit and a fourth discharge start voltage by applying a voltage having a negative polarity to the transfer unit in a condition where the image bearing member is charged by the charging unit, to determine a surface potential of the image bearing member using the third discharge start voltage and the fourth discharge start voltage, and to determine the light amount based on the determined surface potential.

US Pat. No. 10,059,546

SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveying apparatus comprising:an apparatus main body;
a stack unit having a contact portion and configured to be inserted into and extracted from the apparatus main body, wherein the stack unit includes a stack portion on which a sheet is to be placed;
a conveyance guide that can be located at a guide position for guiding the sheet conveyed on a conveying path and a release position for releasing the conveying path;
a moving member having a contacted portion and configured to move the conveyance guide from the guide position to the release position by moving in a first direction from a first position to a second position; and
a holding unit configured to hold the conveyance guide at the guide position,
wherein the moving member moves from the first position in a second direction opposite to the first direction by the contact portion of the stack unit coming into contact with the contacted portion of the moving member when the stack unit is inserted to and extracted from the apparatus main body,
wherein the holding unit comprises a connecting member connecting the moving member and the conveyance guide together,
wherein, when the moving member moves from the first position to the second position, the connecting member moves so that the conveyance guide moves from the guide position to the release position, and
wherein, when the moving member moves from the first position in the second direction, the holding unit holds the conveyance guide at the guide position.

US Pat. No. 10,057,444

MOBILE TERMINAL, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A mobile terminal comprising an image capturing unit and capable of communicating with an image forming apparatus in which a document is set in a sheet feed unit, the mobile terminal comprising:one or more processors; and
at least one memory coupled to the one or more processors, the at least one memory having instructions stored thereon which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the mobile terminal to:
transmit a discharge instruction to the image forming apparatus;
acquire a state of the image forming apparatus by communicating with the image forming apparatus;
determine whether or not the image forming apparatus has completed discharge of the document based on the state of the image forming apparatus acquired by the acquiring; and
give an instruction to capture an image of the document to the image capturing unit in a case where it is determined that the image forming apparatus has completed the discharge of the document,
wherein the image capturing unit captures an image of the document, the discharge of which the image forming apparatus has completed based on the given instruction.

US Pat. No. 10,049,700

DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display apparatus including a display unit, arranged to play back an image sequence, comprising:a detection unit configured to detect an attitude of the display apparatus or the display unit;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain information of a time of length of the image sequence to be played back before the image sequence is to be played back; and
a control unit configured to control to play back the image sequence in a state that a display size or a display direction of the image sequence is not changed based on the attitude detected by the detection unit, if the time of length of the image sequence obtained by the obtaining unit is greater than or equal to a predetermined time, and to control to play back the image sequence in a state that the display size or the display direction of the image sequence is based on the attitude detected by the detection unit, if the time of length of the image sequence obtained by the obtaining unit is less than the predetermined time.

US Pat. No. 10,043,842

IMAGING DEVICE AND METHOD OF PRODUCING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging device comprising:a pixel circuit region that includes photoelectric conversion portions, each of the photoelectric conversion portions being included in a corresponding one of pixel circuits;
a peripheral circuit region positioned at a periphery of the pixel circuit region, the peripheral circuit region including a peripheral circuit; and
an intermediate region positioned between the pixel circuit region and the peripheral circuit region,
wherein a semiconductor layer and an insulating layer positioned on the semiconductor layer are disposed in the pixel circuit region, the peripheral circuit region and the intermediate region,
wherein the insulating layer has a first face which faces toward the semiconductor layer and a second face which is opposite to the first face,
wherein dielectric members that extend through the insulating layer in a direction from the second face toward the first face are disposed in the pixel circuit region and the intermediate region,
wherein the pixel circuit region includes first contacts through which a constant potential is supplied to the semiconductor layer,
wherein the intermediate region includes second contacts through which the constant potential is supplied to the semiconductor layer, and
wherein a distance between closest two of the second contacts is smaller than a distance between closest two of the first contacts.

US Pat. No. 10,042,320

PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR FORMING A HIGH-QUALITY ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process cartridge comprising:an electrophotographic photosensitive drum;
a developer bearing roller for supplying a developer to an electrostatic latent image forming region of the electrophotographic photosensitive drum; and
a developer regulating member in contact with a surface of the developer bearing roller,
wherein the developer bearing roller is rotatable in the direction of supplying the developer to the electrostatic latent image forming region and has a developer bearing region on the surface,
the developer bearing region includes a developing region for bearing the developer with which an electrostatic latent image formed in the electrostatic latent image forming region is developed,
the developer bearing region has a width, in the direction of the axis of the developer bearing roller, larger than the width of the developing region,
the developer regulating member and the developer bearing roller are arranged such that the center of the developer regulating member is in accord with the center of the developer bearing region in the direction of the axis of the developer bearing roller so as to constitute a contact region,
the contact region has a width larger than the width of the developing region in the direction of the axis of the developer bearing roller and extends in the circumferential direction of the developer bearing roller,
the developer regulating member has a protruding portion that protrudes over the entire width of the contact region from the end portion on the upstream side of the contact region in the upstream direction and in the direction in which the developer bearing roller is rotatable, and
a protrusion length L1 of the protruding portion in a direction perpendicular to a width direction of the developer regulating member, in a region corresponding to the developing region is substantially constant and larger than a protrusion length L2 of the protruding portion in a direction perpendicular to a width direction of the developer regulating member, at the location corresponding to the end portion in the width direction of the contact region, and
wherein the developer regulating member has a connection region in which the protrusion length of the protruding portion gradually decreases from the start point that corresponds to the end portion of the developing region toward a location corresponding to the end portion of the contact region,
the connection region has a width of at least 1 mm in the direction of the axis of the developer bearing roller, and
the amount of change in the protrusion length in the connection region is 0.1×L3 (mm) or less per 0.1 mm of width of the connection region, when the protrusion length of the end portion in a region corresponding to the developing region is assumed to be L3 (mm).

US Pat. No. 10,041,876

PHOTOACOUSTIC MEASUREMENT APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A measurement apparatus, comprising:a light source configured to emit pulsed light of a particular wavelength;
an optical system having a pair of optical irradiation ends each of which is optically coupling with the light source and configured to irradiate an inspection object with the pulsed light;
an acoustic detection unit comprising a transducer and configured to face the inspection object to detect an acoustic wave generated in the inspection object and propagated from the inspection object and to convert the acoustic wave into an electric signal; and
a driving mechanism configured to move the pair of optical irradiation ends and the acoustic detection unit with respect to the inspection object simultaneously,
wherein the pair of optical irradiation ends are configured to face each other when the inspection object is disposed therebetween so that the inspection object is irradiated with the pulsed light from both sides of the inspection object,
wherein the acoustic detection unit is disposed on the same side as one of the pair of optical irradiation ends,
wherein the driving mechanism moves the acoustic detection unit intermittently, and
wherein the acoustic detection unit detects a first acoustic wave generated by a first light irradiation in a first wavelength and a second acoustic wave generated by a second light irradiation in a second wavelength during a time period when the driving mechanism does not move the acoustic detection unit.

US Pat. No. 10,037,591

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that processes a job, the apparatus comprising:a programmable logic device, in which logic circuitry can be changed by executing a logic circuitry configuration, to execute an image process among a plurality of image processes;
a first processor;
a second processor;
a first storage device that stores, in association with each image process of the plurality of image processes, corresponding processing configuration information for the image process having two or more of a first processing configuration in which the logic circuitry in the programmable logic device executes the image process under control the first processor, a second processing configuration in which the logic circuitry in the programmable logic device executes the image process under control of the second processor, a third processing configuration in which the first processor executes the image process without using the programmable logic device, and a fourth processing configuration in which the second processor executes the image process without using the programmable logic device, and wherein the two or more processing configurations in each processing configuration information are prioritized; and
wherein, the first processor is configured to act as;
a receiving unit configured to receive an execution request for a first image process of the plurality of image processes;
a managing unit configured to manage state condition information regarding respective current usage condition indicating availability of each of the programmable logic device, the first processor, and the second processor to be used to execute the first image process,
a determining unit configured to select, after receiving the execution request, first processing configuration information stored in the first storage device that corresponds to the first image process, and to determine one processing configuration having a highest priority for executing the first image process, among the plurality of processing configurations in the selected first processing configuration information, that are available in view of the availability of the programmable logic device, the first processor, and the second processor based on respective priorities of the processing configurations in the first processing configuration information and the current usage condition,
an instruction unit configured to instruct the programmable, logic device to execute the logic circuitry configuration to chance the logic circuitry in the programmable, logic device for the first image process only when the determining unit determines the first processing configuration or when the determining unit determines the second processing configuration; and
a control unit configured to cause the image process to be executed in accordance with the determined processing configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,037,734

DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display apparatus comprising:a light unit;
a display panel to transmit light from the light unit;
a processor to determine whether a present display mode is a normal projection mode in which an image is displayed in a first direction and the display panel is scanned from top to bottom, or a hanging projection mode in which the image is displayed by reversing the left, right, top, and bottom of the image in the normal projection mode and the display panel is scanned from bottom to top; and
a driving unit to drive the display panel according to a scanning signal synchronized with display timing of an image,
wherein the processor determines timing of lighting by the light unit so as to light an area after a transmittance of the area of a plurality of areas reaches a predetermined transmittance for each of the plurality of areas of the display panel, and according to the present display mode, control the light unit to light an area selected among the plurality of areas of the display panel and not to light the areas other than the selected area, and
wherein, in the normal projection mode, the processor controls the light unit to light the plurality of areas from an upper area of the plurality of areas after the scanning signal, and in the hanging projection mode, the processor controls the light unit to light the plurality of areas from a lower area of the plurality of areas after the scanning signal.

US Pat. No. 10,031,439

DEVELOPING DEVICE HAVING DEVELOPER REGULATING MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing device for use in an image forming apparatus, the developing device comprising:a frame that accommodates a developer;
a developer carrying member that is rotatably provided in an opening of the frame and carries and transports the developer;
a supply member that supplies the developer to the developer carrying member, the supply member being in contact with the developer carrying member and being provided rotatably so as to move in the same direction with respect to the rotating developer carrying member at a contact region thereof;
a regulating member that is blade-shaped, one end of the regulating member being fixed to the frame, and a distal end of the regulating member, which is a free end extending in a direction opposite to a rotation direction of the developer carrying member, being in contact with the developer carrying member;
a developing bias application portion for applying a developing bias to the developer carrying member; and
a supply bias application portion for applying a supply bias to the supply member,
the regulating member comprising,
an opposing portion that faces the developer carrying member, and
a protrusion that extends from the opposing portion and protrudes toward the developer carrying member;
wherein the opposing portion comprises an opposing surface that faces the developer carrying member at a distal end side of the protrusion, and
wherein,
when a potential difference between the supply bias and the developing bias, which is obtained by subtracting the developing bias from the supply bias, is denoted by ?(V),
a contact pressure of the regulating member with respect to the developer carrying member is denoted by X (gf/cm), and
a height of the protrusion from the opposing surface is denoted by H (mm) and a length of the opposing surface in the rotation direction of the developer carrying member is denoted by L (mm), when viewing a cross section perpendicular to a rotation axis of the developer carrying member,
0.05?H?0.1,
0.15?L?1.0, and
15?X?60 are established, and
at least the following relationship is satisfied:
???5*X?125.

US Pat. No. 10,031,449

IMAGE HEATING DEVICE INCLUDING A CONTROLLER THAT EXECUTES FIRST AND SECOND HEAT CONTROLS BASED ON TEMPERATURES DETECTED BY FIRST AND SECOND DETECTING ELEMENTS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus for heating an image on a recording material, said image heating apparatus comprising:a cylindrical film;
a heater contacting an inner surface of said film;
a roller cooperative with said heater to form a nip with said film;
a first temperature detecting element configured to detect a temperature of said film, said first temperature detecting element being positioned in an area of said film that is passed by a minimum width recording material that is capable of being fed by said apparatus;
a second temperature detecting element configured to detect a temperature of said heater, said second temperature detecting element being positioned in an area of said heater that is outside of an area to be passed by the minimum width recording material and that is passed by a maximum width recording material that is capable of being fed by said apparatus in a perpendicular direction of a feeding direction of the recording material; and
a controller configured to control said heater,
wherein, said apparatus heats the recording material carrying the image while the recording material passes through the nip,
wherein when the recording material, having a width sufficient enough to pass both a position where said first temperature detecting element is provided and a position where said second temperature detecting element is provided, is heated, said controller executes a first heater control for controlling said heater so that the temperature detected by said second temperature detecting element is maintained at a target temperature of said heater,
wherein, when the recording material, having a width such that the recording material passes through the position where said first temperature detecting element is provided, but does not pass through the position where said second temperature detecting element is provided, is heated, said controller executes a second heater control for controlling said heater so that the temperature detected by said first temperature detecting element is maintained at a target temperature of said film,
wherein, when the first heater control is executed, said controller corrects the target temperature of said heater in accordance with the temperature detected by said first temperature detecting element, and
wherein, when the second heater control is executed, a feeding speed of the recording material in said nip is less than that when the first heater control is executed.

US Pat. No. 10,022,982

RECORDING DEVICE, RECORDING METHOD, AND RECORDING UNIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A recording device comprising:a recording unit including
a first recording part where there are provided at least
a first discharge orifice row where a plurality of discharge orifices that discharge a first ink are arrayed in a predetermined direction, and
a second discharge orifice row where a plurality of discharge orifices that discharge a second ink of a different color from the first ink are arrayed in the predetermined direction, and
a second recording part where there are provided at least
a third discharge orifice row where a plurality of discharge orifices that discharge the first ink are arrayed in the predetermined direction, and
a fourth discharge orifice row where a plurality of discharge orifices that discharge the second ink are arrayed in the predetermined direction,
the first recording part and the second recording part being separated from each other in an intersecting direction that intersects the predetermined direction;
a scanning unit configured to perform recording scanning by moving the recording unit; and
a recording control unit configured to, in a same recording scan by the scanning unit,
perform recording of a region on the recording medium in the intersecting direction, including one edge of the recording medium, by only the first recording part,
perform recording of a region on the recording medium in the intersecting direction, including the other edge of the recording medium, by only the second recording part, and
perform recording of a region on the recording medium between the region recorded only by the first recording part and the region recorded only by the second recording part in the intersecting direction, by both the first recording part and the second recording part,
wherein the second ink has a higher lightness than the first ink,
and wherein a distance between the first discharge orifice row and the third discharge orifice row in the intersecting direction is a first distance, and a distance between the second discharge orifice row and the fourth discharge orifice row in the intersecting direction is a second distance that is longer than the first distance.

US Pat. No. 10,025,251

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND SHEET ACCOMMODATION UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a main body of the image forming apparatus including an opening portion;
an image forming unit that forms an image on a sheet;
an accommodation portion that accommodates, inside the main body of the image forming apparatus, the sheet on which the image has been formed with the image forming unit;
a stack portion that stacks the sheet discharged external to the main body of the image forming apparatus;
a sheet moving unit that moves the sheet accommodated in the accommodation portion; and
a control unit that controls switching between a first mode that moves, with the sheet moving unit, the sheet accommodated in the accommodation portion and stops the sheet when a part of the sheet is exposed external to the main body of the image forming apparatus from the opening portion, and a second mode that moves, with the sheet moving unit, the sheet accommodated in the accommodation portion without passing the sheet through the opening portion in which the sheet is exposed in the first mode and discharges the sheet to the stack portion.

US Pat. No. 10,021,305

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS WITH PANNING ASSISTANCE FUNCTION AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

12. A control method of an image capture apparatus, the method comprising:computing an object velocity of an object based on a comparison between a change amount of angular velocities detected by a first detection unit configured to detect an angular velocity and a change amount of motion vectors detected by a second detection unit configured to detect motion vectors for each region of an image;
changing an optical axis based on the object velocity during exposure; and
determining an object vector and a background vector from among the motion vectors detected by the second detection unit,
wherein the computing comprises:
determining regularity in motion of the object by using at least one of the change amount of the angular velocities, a change amount of the object vectors, a change amount of the background vectors, and a change amount of difference between the background vectors and the object vectors; and
computing he object velocity by a method based on the determination,
wherein the regularity in motion includes a uniform motion and a uniformly accelerated motion, and
wherein the computing further comprises one or more of the following:
computing, if it is determined that the object is in the uniformly accelerated motion, the object velocity based on an angular velocity detected by the first detection unit at a time when a latest image is captured and an angular velocity obtained by converting the object vector determines by the determination unit in the latest image; and
computing, if it is determined that the object is in the uniform motion, the object velocity based on an angular velocity obtained by converting the object vectors determined by the determination unit in a plurality of images including a latest image.

US Pat. No. 10,011,454

SHEET PROCESSING DEVICE, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SHEET PROCESSING DEVICE, PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR EXECUTING STAPLING PROCESSING IN RESPONSE TO AN EXECUTION KEY PRESSED BY A USER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet processing device comprising:a stapler configured to execute binding processing for a sheet;
a sheet detection sensor configured to detect the sheet inserted into the stapler;
an execution key which is pressed by a user for executing the binding processing;
a light emitting unit provided on the execution key; and
a controller configured to
control the stapler to execute the binding processing in response to a signal from the execution key in a case where the execution key is pressed by the user before a predetermined time elapses after detection of the sheet and control the stapler to execute the binding processing upon an elapse of the predetermined time in a case where the predetermined time has elapsed without pressing of the execution key by the user after detection of the sheet,
wherein the controller controls the light emitting unit to emit light in a first light emitting state in response to the detection of the sheet by the sheet detection sensor and, in the case where the predetermined time has elapsed without the pressing of the execution key by the user after the detection of the sheet by the sheet detection sensor, controls the light emitting unit to emit light in a second light emitting state that is different from the first light emitting state before execution of the binding processing.

US Pat. No. 10,015,045

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS THAT DELAYS A START OF DATA COMMUNICATION BASED ON INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM ANOTHER COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus, comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more memories storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the communication apparatus to:
obtain from another communication apparatus information relating to a service provided by the other communication apparatus, before forming a wireless network with the other communication apparatus;
form the wireless network with the other communication apparatus, after the information is obtained; and
delay, based on the obtained information, after addresses for performing a communication in the wireless network are assigned to the communication apparatus and the other communication apparatus, a start of data communication with the other communication apparatus, until an address overlap confirmation for confirming whether or not an IP (Internet Protocol) address of the other communication apparatus, which is provided by the communication apparatus, is overlapped in the wireless network is completed by the other communication apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,015,830

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND COMMUNICATION PARAMETER CONFIGURATION METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus, comprising:one or more computers for causing the communication apparatus to:
receive information of a value that is had by another communication apparatus;
compare the received value with a value that is had by the communication apparatus;
determine, based on a result of the comparison, whether the communication apparatus operates as a providing apparatus that provides a communication parameter used for wireless communication compliant with IEEE 802.11 series, or the other communication apparatus operates as the providing apparatus;
provide the communication parameter to the other communication apparatus in a case where it is determined based on the result of the comparison that the communication apparatus operates as the providing apparatus,
wherein the communication apparatus encrypts the communication parameter so as to provide the encrypted communication parameter to the other communication apparatus, in the case where it is determined that the communication apparatus operates as the providing apparatus, and
wherein the communication apparatus encrypts the communication parameter using an encryption key that is generated based on a random value generated by the communication apparatus and on a random number generated by the other communication apparatus; and
receive the communication parameter from the other communication apparatus in a case where it is determined based on the result of the comparison that the other communication apparatus operates as the providing apparatus,
wherein a number of apparatuses that are allowed to participate in a network, in which the communication apparatus is participating, is limited.

US Pat. No. 10,015,328

SHEET MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF SHEET MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus to print an image on a sheet stored in a sheet holding unit, the printing apparatus comprises:a storage configured to store a plurality of registered sheet attribute information;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain job sheet attribute information designated in a print job, wherein the job sheet attribute information includes sheet size information and at least first type of sheet attribute information and second type of sheet attribute information;
a determining unit configured to determine whether attribute information specified for the sheet holding unit and in registered sheet attribute information selected from the plurality of registered sheet attribute information matches all the attribution information in the obtained job sheet attribute information and, if not, the determining unit is configured to determine whether sheet size information specified for the sheet holding unit and in registered sheet attribute information selected from the plurality of registered sheet attribute information matches the obtained sheet size information;
a setting unit configured to set registered sheet attribute information as sheet attribute information of the sheet holding unit,
wherein, in a case where it is determined that attribute information specified for the sheet holding unit and in a selected registered sheet attribute information matches all the attribution information in the obtained job sheet attribute information, the setting unit sets the matching selected registered sheet attribute information as the attribute information of the sheet holding unit, and
wherein, in a case where it is determined that sheet size information specified for the sheet holding unit and in selected registered sheet attribute information matches the obtained sheet size information, the matched selected registered sheet attribute information is added to a list and the setting unit sets a registered sheet attribute information selected by a user from the list as the attribute information of the sheet holding unit; and
a printer configured to print, based on the registered sheet attribute information set by the setting unit, an image on the sheet conveyed from the sheet holding unit,
wherein the obtaining unit, the determining unit, and the setting unit are implemented by at least one processor and a memory.

US Pat. No. 10,013,791

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for generating an image of a scene, the image processing apparatus comprising:a first calculation unit configured to calculate, for each pixel of an image of a scene, based on light source characteristics and object information in the scene, spectral radiance data by performing ray tracing from a viewpoint;
a determination unit configured to determine, during performing of the ray tracing, whether contents to be confirmed by a user by a preview indicate a shape of an object;
a generation unit configured to, in a case that the determination unit determines that the contents to be confirmed by the user by the preview indicate the shape of the object, (1) acquire, before completion of the calculation by the first calculation unit, the spectral radiance data that the first calculation unit calculates and temporarily saves before completion of the calculation by the first calculation unit, and (2) generate preview data of the image of the scene by performing a wavelength-based collection of the acquired spectral radiance data that the first calculation unit calculates and temporarily saves before completion of the calculation by the first calculation unit;
a display control unit configured to display, on a display unit, a preview image represented by the generated preview data; and
a second calculation unit configured to acquire all pieces of the spectral radiance data after the completion of the calculation by the first calculation unit, and to calculate color signal values of pixels of the image of the scene based on the acquired all pieces of the spectral radiance data to generate the image of the scene,
wherein the preview image represented by the generated preview data is different from the image of the scene generated by the second calculation unit, and
wherein at least one of the first calculation unit, the determination unit, the generation unit, the display control unit, or the second calculation unit is implemented using a processor.

US Pat. No. 10,012,815

PROJECTION OPTICAL SYSTEM AND PROJECTION TYPE DISPLAY APPARATUS USING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A projection optical system comprising:a first lens unit that moves in a direction of an optical axis in adjusting an amount of field curvature; and
a second lens unit located closer to a reduction side than the first lens unit,
wherein the first lens unit includes an aspherical lens,
when a paraxial radius of curvature of a surface of the aspherical lens at an enlargement side is denoted by R1, an effective diameter of the surface of the aspherical lens at the enlargement side is denoted by ?1, a sagittal amount in a position at a height of ?1/2 from the optical axis on the surface at the enlargement side is denoted by SAG1, a paraxial radius of curvature of a surface of the aspherical lens at the reduction side is denoted by R2, an effective diameter of the surface of the aspherical lens at the reduction side is denoted by ?2, and a sagittal amount in a position at a height of ?2/2 from the optical axis on the surface at the reduction side is denoted by SAG2, the following conditions are satisfied:
SR1={(?1/2)?2+SAG1?2}/(2×SAG1)
SR2={(?2/2)?2+SAG2?2}/(2×SAG2)
1.0<|R1/SR1|/|R2/SR2|?5.0, and
when a focal length of an entire system of the projection optical system is denoted by ftot and a paraxial focal length of the aspherical lens is denoted by fg1, the following condition is satisfied:
3<|fg1/ftot|?14.50.

US Pat. No. 10,015,395

COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION METHOD AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus, comprising:an acquisition unit configured to acquire a playlist including a plurality of URLs for requesting image data corresponding to each of a plurality of divided regions of an image;
a specifying unit configured to specify a region of interest in the image;
a determination unit configured to determine a mode used for communication of image data from a plurality of modes including a first mode for communicating image data of one or more divided regions corresponding to the region of interest specified by the specifying unit, and a second mode for communicating, in addition to the image data of the one or more divided regions corresponding to the region of interest, image data of one or more divided regions corresponding to a region other than the region of interest; and
a communication unit configured to communicate with another communication apparatus,
wherein the communication unit requests, to said another communication apparatus:
the image data of the one or more divided regions corresponding to the region of interest based on one or more URLs that are corresponding to the region of interest and are included in the playlist, in a case where the determination unit has determined that the first mode is used for communication of the image data, and
both of (a) the image data of the one or more divided regions corresponding to the region of interest based on the one or more URLs that are corresponding to the region of interest and are included in the playlist and (b) the image data of the one or more divided regions corresponding to the region other than the region of interest based on one or more URLs that are corresponding to the region other than the region of interest and are included in the playlist, in a case where the determination unit has determined that the second mode is used for communication of the image data.

US Pat. No. 10,011,056

IMPRINT APPARATUS AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus that forms a pattern of an imprint material on a substrate using a mold, the imprint apparatus comprising:a detection unit configured to output a signal of displacement between the mold and the substrate by detecting positions of the mold and the substrate in a direction parallel with a surface of the substrate;
an amplifier configured to amplify the signal; and
a control unit configured to perform alignment between the mold and the substrate, by relatively moving the mold and the substrate in the direction, based on the signal that has been amplified by the amplifier,
wherein force in the direction applied to at least one of the mold or the substrate, by relatively and continuously moving the mold and the substrate in the direction in a state where the mold is in contact with the imprint material, due to a viscoelasticity of the imprint material, increases at a first increasing rate in a first region where the amount of movement of the substrate from an initial point, which is a position of the substrate when starting the movement, with respect to the mold, does not exceed a threshold, and increases at a second increasing rate that is smaller than the first increasing rate in a second region where the amount of movement exceeds the threshold,
wherein the control unit performs the alignment through a first operation of causing the substrate to move with respect to the mold in a first direction so that the amount of movement exceeds the threshold, and a second operation of moving causing the substrate to move with respect to the mold in a second direction that is opposite to the first direction by an amount of movement that does not exceed the threshold, and
wherein in the first operation, the control unit sets the gain of the amplifier to a first gain in the first region, and sets the gain of the amplifier to a second gain that is smaller than the first gain in at least a part of the second region.

US Pat. No. 10,011,057

IMPRINT APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus which forms a pattern of an imprint material on a substrate by using a mold, the apparatus comprising:an image sensing unit configured to sense an image of the imprint material via the mold; and
a control unit configured to, in a state in which the mold and the imprint material are in contact with each other, cause the image sensing unit to sense the image of the imprint material while scanning the image sensing unit and obtain information on forming of the pattern of the imprint material based on the image obtained by the image sensing unit.

US Pat. No. 10,015,421

IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM FOR PERFORMING AD CONVERSION ON SIGNAL OUTPUT FROM PIXELS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:pixels each of which outputs an optical signal by performing photoelectric conversion on light;
a reference signal supply circuit; and
an AD convertor including a first comparator and a second comparator, wherein
the reference signal supply circuit supplies, a first ramp signal to the first comparator in a first period and supplies a second ramp signal to the second comparator in a second period which includes the first period,
the reference signal supply circuit changes a potential of the first ramp signal with time in a first amplitude range,
a change of the potential of the first ramp signal starts at a beginning of the first period and continues at least to an end of the first period, the beginning of the first period being included within the second period,
the reference signal supply circuit changes a potential of the second ramp signal with time in a second amplitude range which includes the first amplitude range and which has a maximum amplitude larger than a maximum amplitude of the first amplitude range,
a change of the potential of the second ramp signal starts at a beginning of the second period and continues at least to an end of the second period,
during the second period, the optical signal is continuously input to both of the first comparator and the second comparator from the beginning of the second period and until the end of the second period,
an amount of the change of the potential per unit time of the second ramp signal is the same as an amount of the change of the potential per unit time of the first ramp signal,
in the first period, the AD convertor generates a first digital signal based on the optical signal, by comparing the optical signal with the first ramp signal, and
in the second period, the AD convertor generates a second digital signal based on the optical signal which is used or to be used for generating the first digital signal, by comparing the optical signal with the second ramp signal.

US Pat. No. 10,012,617

PHOTOACOUSTIC APPARATUS, OPERATION METHOD OF PHOTOACOUSTIC APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoacoustic apparatus comprising:an acoustic wave transmission unit configured to transmit a transmission acoustic wave to a specific area;
a control unit configured to control a transmission waveform of the transmission acoustic wave transmitted from the acoustic wave transmission unit;
a light source configured to generate light emitted to an area including the specific area when the acoustic wave reaches the specific area;
an acoustic wave reception unit configured to receive the acoustic wave and to output a time-series received signal; and
a signal processing unit configured to acquire optical property information based on the time-series received signal,
wherein the control unit controls the transmission waveform in such a manner that amplitude of a photoacoustic wave generated in the specific area is reduced by the transmission acoustic wave transmitted from the acoustic wave transmission unit.

US Pat. No. 10,012,915

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, the method comprising:a hydrochloric acid treatment step of obtaining a chlorogallium phthalocyanine crystal by mixing a hydroxygallium phthalocyanine crystal and an aqueous hydrochloric acid solution,
wherein concentration of the aqueous hydrochloric acid solution is 10 mass % or more.

US Pat. No. 10,012,918

TONER AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of producing a toner, comprising the steps of:obtaining a kneaded material by melt-kneading a resin composition containing a binder resin, a colorant, a hydrocarbon wax, and a wax dispersing agent;
cooling the kneaded material to obtain a cooled material;
pulverizing the cooled material to obtain a resin particle; and
heat treating the resin particle, wherein
the wax dispersing agent comprises a polymer provided by graft polymerizing a styrene-acrylic polymer onto a polypropylene,
the styrene-acrylic polymer is a polymer having a monomer unit derived from a cyclohexyl methacrylate, and
formula (1) and formula (2) are satisfied where Mp(p) is a melting point (° C.) of the polypropylene and Mp(w) is a melting point (° C.) of the hydrocarbon wax:
70?Mp(p)?90  (1)
|Mp(p)?Mp(w)|?20  (2).

US Pat. No. 10,003,806

OPTIMIZED PLENOPTIC IMAGE ENCODING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A device for encoding a plenoptic image comprising:a memory for storing at least one program; and
a processor coupled to the memory, the processor operating to execute the at least one program to:
decompose the plenoptic image into sub-aperture images,
encode at least a part of a first sub-aperture image using a set of encoding parameters, and
encode at least a part of a second sub-aperture image using restricted number of parameters among the set of encoding parameters;
wherein at least one encoding parameter of the restricted number of encoding parameters is a subdivision pattern for subdividing the part of the first sub-aperture image to be encoded; and
wherein at least one subdivision pattern is discarded in view of encoding the part of the second sub-aperture image.

US Pat. No. 10,003,821

IMAGE ENCODING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image encoding apparatus that divides image data into a plurality of tiles and performs encoding for each tile, the apparatus comprising:a transformation unit configured to perform, for each tile, a wavelet transform and obtain transformation coefficient data; and
an encoding unit configured to encode, for each tile, the transformation coefficient data obtained by the transformation unit,
wherein, if a neighboring tile that neighbors an encoding target tile is present,
the transformation unit obtains the transformation coefficient data by performing the wavelet transform with reference to pixel data of the encoding target tile and a plurality of pieces of pixel data that neighbor the encoding target tile out of the neighboring tile, and
the encoding unit, out of the transformation coefficient data obtained by referring to the plurality of pieces of pixel data of the neighboring tile, encodes at least transformation coefficient data necessary to decode the pixel data of the encoding target tile, and does not encode a portion of the transformation coefficient data obtained by the transformation unit.

US Pat. No. 10,002,446

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF OPERATION OF THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a generation unit configured to generate a subtraction image between a plurality of fundus images of an eye corresponding to a plurality of three-dimensional tomographic images obtained by capturing images of the eye at different times using a tomographic imaging unit, the tomographic imaging unit being configured to obtain the plurality of three-dimensional tomographic images using combining light obtained by combining returning light from the eye illuminated with measurement light and reference light corresponding to the measurement light;
a display control unit configured to control a display unit to display the subtraction image and to display a marker indicating a position of at least one of a plurality of two-dimensional tomographic images in a state of being superimposed on the subtraction image; and
a specifying unit configured to specify, by a position of the marker being specified on the displayed subtraction image, at least one of the plurality of two-dimensional tomographic images in at least one of the plurality of three-dimensional tomographic images,
wherein the display control unit is configured to control the display unit to display the specified at least one of the plurality of two-dimensional tomographic images.

US Pat. No. 9,998,645

TELECOMMUNICATION UNIT THAT ENABLES COMMUNICATION BETWEEN IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND INTERCHANGEABLE LENS, AS WELL AS LENS ADAPTER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication unit that is removably fixed to an apparatus main body of an image pickup apparatus and provided in a lens adapter, on which an interchangeable lens is removably mounted, to enable communication between the apparatus main body and the interchangeable lens, comprising:a first electric connecting unit configured to have a plurality of contact portions that are electrically connected to the interchangeable lens in response to the interchangeable lens being mounted on the lens adapter; and
a second electric connecting unit configured to have a plurality of contact portions that are electrically connected to the apparatus main body in response to the lens adapter being fixed to the apparatus main body,
wherein the plurality of contact portions of said first electric connecting unit is arranged along a mount portion with an annular shape,
wherein the plurality of contact portions of said second electric connecting unit is arranged more linearly than an arrangement of the plurality of contact portions of the first electric connecting unit, and
wherein said second electric connecting unit is disposed outside said first electric connecting unit in a radial direction of the lens adapter, the plurality of contact portions of the second electric connecting unit being constructed as female.

US Pat. No. 9,997,927

POWER TRANSMISSION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF POWER TRANSMISSION APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power transmission apparatus that wirelessly transmits power, the power transmission apparatus comprising:a power transmission unit configured to perform authenticating power transmission, which is for supplying power necessary for authentication processing, in an authentication phase, and perform power transmission in a power transmission phase, in which it is possible to supply larger power than that of the authenticating power transmission;
a detection unit configured to detect an object;
an authentication unit configured to, upon detecting the object by the detection unit, cause the power transmission unit to perform the authenticating power transmission to the object, and execute, in the authentication phase, the authentication processing that includes determining whether the object detected by the detection unit is a power reception apparatus that is capable of receiving the power transmitted in the power transmission phase or not;
a reception unit configured to receive a power transmission stop request that is a request for stopping the power transmission in the power transmission phase; and
a control unit configured to, in a case where the power transmission in the power transmission phase is stopped in response to the power transmission stop request received by the reception unit from the object determined to be a power reception apparatus, cause the power transmission unit not to perform the authenticating power transmission even in a case where the object is detected by the detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,996,908

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a memory configured to store instructions; and
a processor connected to the memory and configured to execute the instructions to:
acquire a blurred image;
acquire a blur estimation area corresponding to at least a part of the blurred image;
generate an estimated blur based on the acquired blur estimation area by performing iterative calculation processing that repeats correction processing and estimation processing, the correction processing correcting a blur included in information relating to a signal in the blur estimation area to generate information relating to a correction signal, and the estimation processing estimating a blur based on the information relating to the signal and the information relating to the correction signal;
generate, as the information relating to the correction signal, information relating to a plurality of correction signals using a plurality of calculation expressions different from each other in at least one correction processing during the iterative calculation processing; and
correct at least a part of the blurred image based on the estimated blur.

US Pat. No. 9,998,993

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING A COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus, comprising:a first obtaining unit configured to obtain, from another communication apparatus, information indicating a type of a service that can be executed by using a first communication unit, wherein the first obtaining unit is configured to perform the obtaining by using a second communication unit whose power consumption is less than the first communication unit;
a determining unit configured to determine, based on the information obtained by the first obtaining unit, whether the another communication apparatus can perform a service necessary for a process desired by a user;
a second obtaining unit configured to, using the first communication unit, obtain from the another communication apparatus detail information necessary for performing a service indicated by the information obtained by the first obtaining unit, in a case where the determining unit determines that the another communication apparatus can perform the service necessary for a process desired by a user; and
a control unit configured to perform the service using the first communication unit based on the detail information obtained by the second obtaining unit.

US Pat. No. 9,986,194

SOLID STATE IMAGING DEVICE AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid state imaging device comprising:a first photoelectric conversion unit configured to generate a signal in accordance with an incident light by photoelectric conversion;
a first transfer unit configured to transfer the signal from the first photoelectric conversion unit;
a ramp wave generating unit that has an input node to which the signal is transferred and configured to generate a ramp wave whose voltage changes with time at a slope in accordance with a potential of the input node;
a detection unit configured to detect a change in a relationship between a voltage of the ramp wave and a threshold voltage;
a ramp wave reset unit configured to reset the voltage of the ramp wave when the detection unit detects a change in the relationship between the voltage of the ramp wave and the threshold voltage;
a control unit configured to cause the detection unit to repeatedly detect a change in the relationship between the voltage of the ramp wave and the threshold voltage by repeating generation of the ramp wave by the ramp wave generating unit and the reset by the ramp wave reset unit within a predetermined period; and
a digital value acquisition unit configured to acquire a digital value corresponding to the number of repetitions for which a change in the relationship between the voltage of the ramp wave and the threshold voltage is detected by the detection unit within the predetermined period.

US Pat. No. 9,985,475

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS AND METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power supply apparatus comprising:a power supply unit that outputs first power used for wireless communication or second power used for wireless power supply;
a communication unit that performs a wireless communication by modulating the first power output from the power supply unit; and
a control unit that controls the second power output from the power supply unit after executing authentication processing for wireless power supply with an external apparatus in a case where the power supply apparatus is in a power supply mode,
wherein the control unit does not control the second power output from the power supply unit until completion of the authentication processing for the wireless power supply with the external apparatus in the case where the power supply apparatus is in the power supply mode, and
wherein the control unit controls the second power output from the power supply unit without executing the authentication processing for the wireless power supply with the external apparatus in a case where the power supply apparatus is in a test mode.

US Pat. No. 9,985,783

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD FOR RESTORING APPARATUS WHEN ENCRYPTION KEY IS CHANGED

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus having a user authentication function, the information processing apparatus comprising:a first hardware security module comprising a memory configured to store an encryption key used to encrypt confidential data comprising information to perform the user authentication function;
a verification engine configured to verify whether the encryption key stored in the first hardware security module is correct;
a disabling engine configured to disable the user authentication function of the information processing apparatus responsive to the verification engine verifies that the encryption key stored in the first hardware security module is not correct;
a display engine configured to display a notification on a display of the information processing apparatus after the disablement of the user authentication function;
a backup engine configured to back up the encryption key stored in the first hardware security module onto an external memory; and
a restoration engine configured to restore the encryption key backed up onto the external memory in a second hardware security module after the first hardware security module is replaced by the second hardware security module.

US Pat. No. 9,983,510

DEVELOPING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING DEVELOPER CARRYING AND STIRRING CONTROL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing device comprising:a developing container configured to accommodate a developer including toner and magnetic particles;
a developer carrying member rotatably provided opposed to an opening of said developing container;
a stirring member configured to stir the developer in said developing container to supply the developer to said developer carrying member;
a first driving motor configured to drive said developer carrying member;
a second driving motor configured to drive said stirring member; and
a controller configured to control drive of said first driving motor and said second driving motor,
wherein said controller effects control so that when a stop signal of said first driving motor and a stop signal of said second driving motor are outputted, at least in a period from output of either earlier one of the stop signal of said first driving motor and the stop signal of said second driving motor to rotational speeds of both of said developer carrying member and said stirring member becoming ½ of rotational speeds before the stop signal of said first driving motor and the stop signal of said second driving motor are outputted, the following formula is satisfied:
0.7 where said ?(E) is ?a(E)/?s(E), wherein ?s(E) (rpm) is a rotational speed of said developer carrying member and ?a(E) (rpm) is a rotational speed of said stirring member, and
where said ? is ?a/?s, wherein ?s (rpm) is a rotational speed of said developer carrying member in the steady state during the image formation and ?a (rpm) is a rotational speed of said stirring member in the steady state during the image formation.

US Pat. No. 9,983,516

ROLLER FOR ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHY AND PRODUCTION METHOD THEREOF, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for producing a roller for electrophotography comprising an electro-conductive mandrel and a surface layer having an electro-conductive foam, the method comprising steps (1) to (3), or steps (1) and (4) to (6):(1) providing an unvulcanized rubber composition comprising an acrylonitrile-butadiene rubber, a hydrin rubber comprising an epichlorohydrin/ethylene oxide/allyl glycidyl ether terpolymer, sulfur, a thiuram type vulcanization accelerator, and a foaming agent;
(2) forming a layer of the unvulcanized rubber composition around a mandrel;
(3) vulcanizing and foaming the layer of the unvulcanized rubber composition, thereby forming the surface layer comprising the electro-conductive foam comprising a vulcanized product of the unvulcanized rubber composition to provide the roller for electrophotography;
(4) obtaining the unvulcanized rubber composition having a tube shape;
(5) vulcanizing and foaming the unvulcanized rubber composition having the tube shape, thereby providing a rubber tube comprising the vulcanized product of the unvulcanized rubber composition; and
(6) pressing the mandrel into the rubber tube to provide a roller for electrophotography having the surface layer around the mandrel, wherein
the unvulcanized rubber composition provides a vulcanized product resulting from step (3) or step (5),
the vulcanized product has a matrix-domain structure comprising a sea phase and an island phase, the sea phase containing the acrylonitrile-butadiene rubber which is vulcanized, and the island phase containing the hydrin rubber which is vulcanized,
the vulcanized product contains 8.0 to 20.0% by mass ethylene oxide based on a total amount of the vulcanized product, and
the vulcanized product has a spin-spin relaxation time T2 of 750 ?s

US Pat. No. 9,969,182

IMAGE RECORDING METHOD, AND TREATMENT LIQUID AND LIQUID SET USED THEREIN

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image recording method comprising the steps of forming an image by applying an ink to an ink receiving medium and applying a treatment liquid containing an ink-viscosity-increasing component to the ink receiving medium so as to overlap with at least a part of a region of the ink receiving medium to which the ink is applied,wherein the treatment liquid contains:
a surfactant which lowers a surface tension of water to 25 mN/m or less when added into the water in an amount of 0.1% by mass; and
an additive containing at least one compound selected from the group consisting of compounds represented by general formulae (1) to (4):
wherein R1 and R2 are each independently a hydroxy group or a carboxylic acid ester group represented by —OCOCxH2x+1, R3 is a carboxylic acid ester group represented by —OCOCyH2y+1, and x and y are each independently an integer of 11 to 18;wherein R4 is a carboxylic acid ester group represented by —OCOCrH2r+1, R5 to R7 are each independently a hydroxy group or a carboxylic acid ester group represented by —OCOCzH2z+1, t is an integer of 4 to 9, and r and z are each independently an integer of 11 to 18;R9O(AO)pH   General formula (3)wherein R9 is a straight-chain or branched alkyl group having 11 to 18 carbon atoms, AO is an alkylene oxide group including an ethylene oxide group, p is an integer of 5 to 15, and (AO)p includes 5 to 15 ethylene oxide groups each of which is the ethylene oxide group; andwherein R is a straight-chain or branched alkyl group having 11 to 18 carbon atoms, and a sum total of 1+m+n is an integer of 5 to 15.

US Pat. No. 9,972,355

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more a memories storing a computer program which, when executed by the one or more processors, causes the one or more processors to perform operations comprising:
reading out a movie file that includes a plurality of RAW images from a recording medium;
developing the plurality of RAW images included in the movie file;
displaying a plurality of images developed in the developing on a display unit; and
instructing a display rate of images to be displayed on the display unit, wherein the display rate includes a first display rate and a second display rate which is lower than the first display rate,
wherein in the developing, first image development processing that develops the RAW images or second image development processing that has a higher quality processing than the first image development processing is executed, and
in the developing, image development processing of the RAW images is switched from the first image development processing to the second image development processing and image being displayed on the display unit is switched from image of the first display rate developed by the first development processing to an image of the second display rate developed by the second development processing, when the second display rate is instructed in the instructing while the image developed by the first image development processing is being displayed at the first display rate on the display unit.

US Pat. No. 9,955,874

PHANTOM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A phantom, comprising:a light absorber in a phantom base material, wherein
the light absorber approximates a light absorption coefficient ratio at two or more wavelengths to that of biological materials, and
acoustic propagation characteristics of the phantom base material and the light absorber are different from each other,
wherein the light absorber contains two or more kinds of light absorbing compounds in a light absorber base material, absorption coefficient ratios ?[?2]/?[?1] of the light absorbing compounds at arbitrary two wavelengths ?1 and ?2 (?1 wherein a coefficient of linear expansion of the light absorber base material is 100 ppm/K or more and 1000 ppm/K or less,

wherein HbO2[?1] indicates an absorption coefficient of oxyhemoglobin at the wavelength ?1, HbO2[?2] indicates an absorption coefficient of oxyhemoglobin at the wavelength ?2, Hb[?1] indicates an absorption coefficient of deoxyhemoglobin at the wavelength ?1, Hb[?2] indicates an absorption coefficient of deoxyhemoglobin at the wavelength ?2, and P? indicates a ratio (P?2/P?1) of a photoacoustic signal intensity P?2 obtained by irradiation with light of the wavelength ?2 to a photoacoustic signal intensity P?1 obtained by irradiation with light of the wavelength ?1.

US Pat. No. 9,961,223

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that is able to shift to a power saving state, comprising:a printer which performs printing processing;
a first controller which outputs a drive signal for at least one motor provided in the printer;
a power supply which outputs power to the at least one motor;
a switch arranged between the at least one motor and the power supply;
a second controller which turns on the switch and turns off the switch and outputs a predetermined signal to the first controller, wherein the first controller is able to output the drive signal while the predetermined signal is not input and does not output the drive signal while the predetermined signal is input;
a user interface which receives a return instruction;
a display; and
a storage which stores information indicating an initial screen, preset by a user, to be displayed when the user interface receives the return instruction,
wherein, when the user interface receives the return instruction in the power saving state, the second controller
(i) turns on the switch, and
(ii) outputs the predetermined signal to the first controller or does not output the predetermined signal to the first controller based on the information stored in the storage.

US Pat. No. 9,954,026

IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:a pixel configured to generate a signal in accordance with an incident light by a photoelectric conversion;
a differential amplifier including a first input terminal to which a voltage based on the signal from the pixel is input, and a second input terminal to which a reference voltage is input;
a current supply unit configured to supply a bias current to the differential amplifier; and
a comparing unit configured to compare the voltage of the first input terminal of the differential amplifier with a threshold voltage, and configured to output a control signal based on a comparison result to the current supply unit,
wherein the current supply unit changes a magnitude of the bias current supplied to the differential amplifier in accordance with the control signal input from the comparing unit, and
wherein, when the control signal indicates that the voltage based on the signal from the pixel has changed, the current supply unit increases the bias current supplied to the differential amplifier.

US Pat. No. 9,955,078

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image shake correction device that corrects an image shake of an image by an image shake correction unit comprising:an angular velocity sensor for acquiring a detection signal for shaking applied to an image pickup apparatus;
an adaptive filter for calculating a compensation value for the correction value of the image shake correction by using the detection signal for shaking;
at least one processor; and
a memory storing instructions which when executed by the at least one processor cause the at least one processor to:
acquire a motion vector detected from an image signal;
calculate a correction value of image shake correction from the detection signal for shaking;
adjust transmittance characteristics of the adaptive filter by the detection signal for shaking and the motion vector; and
control the image shake correction unit in accordance with the correction value and the compensation value;
wherein the correction value is calculated on the basis of a target position and position information about the image shake correction unit, and
wherein the image shake correction unit is controlled in accordance with a value that is acquired by adding the compensation value serving as a feed forward input to the correction value.

US Pat. No. 9,948,114

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power supply apparatus comprising:a power supply unit that wirelessly supplies power to an electronic apparatus;
a communication unit that communicates with the electronic apparatus; and
a control unit that controls, based on whether information regarding the electronic apparatus that is received from the electronic apparatus is updated by the electronic apparatus, power to be supplied from the power supply apparatus to the electronic apparatus,
wherein the control unit controls the power supply unit so as to supply power to the electronic apparatus without using the information regarding the electronic apparatus that is received from the electronic apparatus, in a case where the information regarding the electronic apparatus that is received from the electronic apparatus is not updated by the electronic apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,948,130

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power supply apparatus comprising:a power supply unit that wirelessly supplies power to an electronic apparatus;
a communication unit that performs a wireless communication with the electronic apparatus; and
a control unit that controls a timing for switching a communication process performed by the communication unit and a power supply process performed by the power supply unit,
wherein the control unit controls power output from the power supply unit by using data received from the electronic apparatus by the communication unit,
wherein the control unit has a first mode in which, after performing near field wireless communication with the electronic apparatus by the communication unit, the control unit performs first control which increases power output from the power supply unit, and second control which decreases power output from the power supply unit,
wherein the control unit controls the power supply unit such that a period during which a displacement of output power which increases in the first control changes from a predetermined first proportion to a predetermined second proportion falls within a predetermined first period,
wherein the control unit controls the power supply unit such that a period during which a displacement of output power which decreases in the second control changes from the predetermined second proportion to the predetermined first proportion falls within a predetermined second period, and
wherein the control unit controls the power supply unit such that a period during which power output from the power supply unit is a third period determined based on the received data.

US Pat. No. 9,943,282

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:an estimation unit configured to estimate a scattered-ray component contained in a radiation image acquired by irradiating an object with a radiation, wherein the scattered-ray component originates from a scattered ray which is a radiation scattered in the object;
a noise reduction unit configured to reduce a noise component included in the radiation image in accordance with first noise information obtained from the radiation image and second noise information obtained from a scattered-ray reduction image obtained by reducing the scattered-ray component from the radiation image; and
an output unit configured to output a correction image obtained by reducing the scattered-ray component and the noise component in the radiation image.

US Pat. No. 9,936,125

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING MIRROR UNIT AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:an image pickup device;
a first mirror holder that holds a first mirror and is configured to be movable between a first position in a photographing optical path and a second position retracted from the photographing optical path;
a second mirror holder that holds a second mirror in a state rotatably attached to said first mirror holder and is configured to be movable between a third position in the photographing optical path and a fourth position retracted from the photographing optical path;
a drive unit configured to move said second mirror holder between the third position and the fourth position;
a focus detection sensor configured to receive an object light flux that has passed through the first mirror and has been reflected from the second mirror, when said first mirror holder is in the first position and said second mirror holder is in the third position;
an instruction unit configured to instruct focus detection using said focus detection sensor in response to a first operation performed on an operation section and instruct image pickup using said image pickup device in response to a second operation performed on the operation section; and
a control unit configured to cause said drive unit to rotate said second mirror holder in the third position toward said first mirror holder in the first position, after termination of the focus detection instructed in response to the first operation when said first mirror holder is in the first position and said second mirror holder is in the third position, and before the image pickup using said image pickup device is instructed in response to the second operation, to thereby cause said second mirror holder to move to a fifth position closer to said first mirror holder than the third position is.

US Pat. No. 9,931,033

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A FUNDUS IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for imaging a fundus of a subject comprising:obtaining an image of the fundus of the subject from an ophthalmoscope;
obtaining an image quality of the image of the fundus of the subject;
estimating a first illumination center position for an illumination beam relative to a center position of a pupil of the subject based on the image quality;
wherein, the first illumination center position is offset from the center position of the pupil; and
sending instructions to the ophthalmoscope to shift a center position of the illumination beam to the first illumination center position.

US Pat. No. 9,934,435

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a determination unit configured to determine one or more exceptional frames of a plurality of frames forming a moving image captured by an ophthalmic apparatus including an aberration correction device; and
a processing unit configured to apply image processing of a blood vessel area for a frame, among the plurality of frames, which has not been determined as the one or more exceptional frames,
wherein said determination unit determines a degree of an exception for each of the one or more exceptional frames, and
wherein said processing unit executes blood vessel extraction processing using the plurality of frames, and changes a processing parameter to be applied between (a) the one or more exceptional frames and (b) frames other than the one or more exceptional frames, while changing the processing parameter for the one or more exceptional frames according to the degree of the exception.

US Pat. No. 9,933,744

POWER SUPPLY AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power supply comprising:a first switching unit configured to perform switching for an input voltage;
a power restriction unit connected between the first switching unit and a load;
a second switching unit connected between the power restriction unit and the load and configured to perform switching for the input voltage;
a controller configured to output a control signal to the first switching unit and the second switching unit; and
an adjusting unit configured to adjust input of the control signal to the second switching unit,
wherein the controller operates the second switching unit selectively in accordance with the control signal.

US Pat. No. 9,927,725

LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, LITHOGRAPHY METHOD, PROGRAM, LITHOGRAPHY SYSTEM, AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lithography apparatus for performing patternings on a resin applied onto a plurality of substrates that belong to a lot, the apparatus comprising:a first processing unit configured to perform the patternings;
a second processing unit, which is different from the first processing unit, configured to perform the patternings;
a conveyance unit configured to convey a first substrate, among the plurality of substrates, to the first processing unit and convey a second substrate, among the plurality of substrates, to the second processing unit based on specific information that specifies each of the plurality of substrates, the second substrate being different from the first substrate; and
a controller configured to control the first processing unit, the second processing unit, and the conveyance unit to process the first substrate and the second substrate, respectively in parallel.

US Pat. No. 9,926,450

COMPOUND HAVING AZO SKELETON STRUCTURE, PIGMENT-DISPERSING AGENT, PIGMENT COMPOSITION, PIGMENT DISPERSION, AND TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A compound containing a polymer having a monomer unit represented by the following formula (4), and having a moiety represented by the following formula (1),
wherein in the formula (1),
R1 represents an alkyl group or a phenyl group,
Ar1 represents an aryl group,
Ar1 and R2 to R6 satisfy at least one of requirements (i) and (ii) described below,
(i) Ar1 has a linking group which is bound to a carbon atom in the aryl group, and constitutes a bonding moiety with the polymer,
(ii) at least one of R2 to R6 has a linking group constituting a bonding moiety with the polymer,
when none of R2 to R6 has a linking group, R2 to R6 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, an alkyl group, an alkoxy group, a hydroxy group, a cyano group, a trifluoromethyl group, a carboxy group, a CONHR7 group, a COOR8 group, an NHCOR9 group, an OCOR10 group, or an NHR11 group,
R7 to R11 each independently represent a group represented by the following formula (2) or (3), and
wherein Ar1 and R2 to R6 satisfy at least one of requirements (iii) and (iv) described below,
(iii) Ar1 has a substituent selected from a CONHR7 group, a COOR8 group, a NHCOR9 group, an OCOR10 group, and an NHR11 group,
(iv) at least one of R2 to R6 represents a CONHR7 group, a COOR8 group, an NHCOR9 group, an OCOR10 group, and an NHR11 group,

wherein in the formula (2),
R12 represents a COR14 group or an SO2R15 group,
R14 and R15 each independently represent an OR16 group or an NR17R18 group,
R16 represents a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, a phenyl group, an aralkyl group, or a cation that forms a salt with a carboxylate anion or a sulfonate anion,
R17 and R18 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, a phenyl group, or an aralkyl group, and
n represents an integer of 1 to 11,

wherein in the formula (3),
R13 represents a COR14 group or an SO2R15 group,
R14 and R15 each independently represent an OR16 group or an NR17R18 group,
R16 represents a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, a phenyl group, an aralkyl group, or a cation that forms a salt with a carboxylate anion or a sulfonate anion, and
R17 and R18 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, a phenyl group, or an aralkyl group,

wherein in the formula (4),
R19 represents a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group, and
R20 represents a phenyl group, a carboxy group, a carboxylate group, or a carboxamide group.

US Pat. No. 9,924,918

CONTROL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus for controlling X-ray irradiations which are performed by plural X-ray generating units, comprising:an obtaining unit configured to obtain identification information for uniquely identifying one X-ray generating unit of the plural X-ray generating units, which is specified as a control target which is allowed to emit X-rays; and
a control unit configured to, based on the obtained identification information, control in such a manner that, for a period of time during which the one X-ray generating unit is specified as the control target, processes regarding the X-ray irradiations by the other X-ray generating units are restricted.

US Pat. No. 9,927,737

DEVELOPING APPARATUS AND PROCESS CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing apparatus comprising:a developing frame member including a conveyance chamber, and a developing chamber disposed above the conveyance chamber in a gravitational direction at a time of image formation;
a partition configured to divide an inside of the developing frame member into the developing chamber and the conveyance chamber, and provided with an opening for communicating between the developing chamber and the conveyance chamber;
a developer bearing member stored in the developing chamber;
a conveyance member stored in the conveyance chamber, and configured to rotate to convey developer into the developing chamber through the opening; and
an inner wall surface disposed inside the conveyance chamber,
wherein the inner wall surface includes:
an inclined surface positioned below a rotation center of the conveyance member in the gravitational direction, and inclined toward an upside in the gravitational direction and toward a direction departing from the rotation center in a horizontal direction, along a rotational direction of the conveyance member, wherein at least part of the inclined surface contacting the conveyance member to bend the conveyance member;
a most proximate portion of the inclined surface where a distance to the rotation center is the shortest;
a first releasing portion disposed on a downstream side of the most proximate portion in the rotational direction, and configured to release a bending of the conveyance member;
an extended portion disposed on a downstream side of the first releasing portion in the rotational direction, the extended portion being extended upwardly with respect to the rotation center in the gravitational direction;
a deforming portion disposed on a downstream side of the inner wall surface in the rotational direction, and configured to bend the conveyance member moved and released from the first releasing portion; and
a second releasing portion disposed on a downstream side of the deforming portion in the rotational direction and on an upstream side of the opening in the rotational direction, and configured to release the bending of the conveyance member, and
wherein a distance between the first releasing portion and the rotation center, and a distance between the extended portion and the rotation center are longer than a distance between the most proximate portion and the rotation center.

US Pat. No. 9,927,742

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:an image forming unit configured to form a toner image;
a toner bearing member configured to bear the toner image formed by the image forming unit;
a transfer member configured to form a transfer nip with the toner bearing member for nipping a recording material and to transfer the toner image born by the toner bearing member to the recording material;
a speed control unit configured to control a speed difference between the transfer member and the toner bearing member based on a type of the recording material;
a control unit configured to execute a registration correction mode in which an image formation condition of the image forming unit is controlled on the basis of a registration patch during a continuous image formation job, the control unit executing the registration correction mode in a case that a changed amount of the speed difference between the transfer member and the toner bearing member by the speed control unit exceeds a predetermined range, and not executing the registration correction mode in a case that the changed amount of the speed difference between the transfer member and the toner bearing member by the speed control unit does not exceed the predetermined range; and
an input unit configured to input a signal for setting an image formation mode,
wherein the control unit controls an image formation during the image formation mode so that the changed amount of speed by the speed control unit is limited to less than the predetermined range regardless of a type of the recording material.

US Pat. No. 9,927,751

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming unit configured to form an image on a recording material, wherein the image forming unit includes at least first and second photosensitive drums, and first and second process members configured to act on the first and the second photosensitive drums, respectively;
a first feeding member configured to feed the recording material stacked on a tray to the image forming unit;
a reverse member configured to reverse the recording material onto which the image has been formed by the image forming unit without stopping the recording material temporarily;
a second feeding member configured to feed the recording material reversed by the reverse member to the image forming unit; and
a processor that switches an image formation mode between a first mode, in which the first and the second process members are at acting positions for acting on the first and the second photosensitive drums, respectively, and a second mode, in which the first process member is at a retreating position apart from the acting position and the second process member is at the acting position,
wherein the first feeding member feeds a first recording material to the image forming unit and subsequently the second feeding member feeds a second recording material to the image forming unit, and in a case that the image formation mode for the first recording material is different from the image formation mode for the second recording material, the processor sets the image formation mode to the first mode while the images are formed on the first recording material and the second recording material.

US Pat. No. 9,928,598

DEPTH MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS AND DEPTH MEASUREMENT METHOD THAT CALCULATE DEPTH INFORMATION OF A TARGET PIXEL USING A COLOR PLANE OF WHICH A CORRELATION VALUE IS AT MOST A THRESHOLD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A depth measurement apparatus that calculates depth information of an object based on a first color image and a second color image, the apparatus comprising:at least one processor operatively coupled to a memory, serving as:
(A) a depth calculator adapted to calculate depth information of a target pixel in a color plane, using the two color images; and
(B) an evaluator adapted to calculate, for each color plane, an evaluation value to indicate a confidence coefficient of the depth information in the target pixel,
wherein the depth calculator (i) is further adapted to determine, based on the evaluation value, a color plane from which the depth information of the target pixel is calculated, (ii) calculates a correlation value in one color plane between the two color images, and calculates the depth information from the correlation value using a conversion table or a conversion formula that is different for each color plane, and (iii) calculates the depth information of the target pixel using a color plane of which a correlation value is a threshold or less.

US Pat. No. 9,925,802

INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink jet recording apparatus comprising:an image forming unit configured to form a first image containing an aqueous liquid component and a coloring material on an ink receiving medium;
a liquid absorbing device including a porous body having a first surface configured to come into contact with the first image, the porous body being configured to absorb at least a part of the aqueous liquid component from the first image to form a second image;
a heat drying device configured to perform a heat drying treatment of the second image;
a first temperature measuring unit configured to measure a temperature T—After of the second image after being subjected to the heat drying treatment; and
a determination unit configured to determine a working state of the liquid absorbing device from the temperature T—After.

US Pat. No. 9,930,202

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS ENSURING TEMPORAL MATCHING WITH SERVER, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that communicates with a server, comprising:a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions to:
notify notification date-and-time information to the server in a case where predetermined processing is performed;
calculate a single change amount in the time of the clock in a case where the time of the clock is changed; and
manage a total change amount in the time of the clock, which indicates a time difference between a current time defined based on the notification date-and-time information notified to the server and a current time indicated by a clock of the information processing apparatus,
wherein the at least one processor further executes the instructions to:
calculate, in the case where the time of the clock is changed, a calculation time based on the total change amount and the single change amount; and
notify the calculated calculation time as the notification date-and-time information to the server,
wherein the time indicated by the clock is notified to the server at time points when the information processing apparatus is initially connected to the server, when the information processing apparatus is started up, when the information processing apparatus recovers from sleep, or when the information processing apparatus is restarted after temporary stoppage.

US Pat. No. 9,930,210

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that can operate in a power-saving mode and supplies power toan image reading device configured to read an image from an original, comprising;
a request unit configured to request a reading operation to the image reading device;
a discarding unit configured to, in a case where the reading operation does not terminate normally due to the fact that the information processing apparatus changes to the power-saving mode during the reading operation, discard image data of an image which was being read from an original when the information processing apparatus changed to the power-saving mode after the information processing apparatus returns from the power-saving mode;
an initialization unit configured to initialize the image reading device between a start of the reading operation and re-reading of the image corresponding to the discarded image data, in the case where the reading operation does not terminate normally; and
an instruction unit configured to instruct the image reading device to re-read the image corresponding to the discarded image data after the image reading device has been initialized,
wherein the request unit, the discarding unit, the initialization unit, and the instruction unit are implemented by a processor and a memory.

US Pat. No. 9,928,933

ELECTRICAL DEVICE, AND METHOD FOR ARRANGING CONDUCTIVE MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrical device comprising:a ground portion electrically grounded;
a conductive member which is contacted with the ground portion and is contacted with an electric wire; and
a first attachment member and a second attachment member, wherein the first attachment member and the second attachment member attach the electrical wire to the ground portion,
wherein the conductive member is between the first attachment member attached to the ground portion and the second attachment member attached to the ground portion, and
wherein the electrical wire attached to the ground portion by the first attachment member and the second attachment member presses the conductive member against the ground portion.

US Pat. No. 9,921,513

CHARGING MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A charging member comprising:
a support, and
a surface layer on the support;
wherein,
the surface layer comprises a polymer compound having a structural unit represented by the following formula (1):

wherein A represents an aromatic cyclic hydrocarbon group; R1 represents any one of the following formulae (2) to (5); L represents a polysiloxane having at least one of an SiO3/2 unit (T) and an SiO2/2 unit (D); and U represents an integer of 1 or more, with the proviso that U is integer of 2 or more, a plurality of R1 represent any one of the following formulae (2) to (5) respectively;


wherein R2 to R6, R9 to R13, R18, R19, R24 and R25 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms, a hydroxyl group, a carboxyl group
or an amino group;

R7, R8, R14 to R17, R22, R23, and R28 to R31 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms;

R20, R21, R26 and R27 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, an alkoxy group or alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms;

n, m, l, q, s and t each independently represent an integer of 1 to 8, and p and r each independently represent an integer
of 4 to 12;

x and y each independently represent 0 or 1;
the symbol “*” represents the binding site with a silicon atom in a polysiloxane represented by L in the formula (1); and
the symbol “**” represents the binding site with an oxygen atom in a unit represented by —(R1(L)-O)— in the formula (1).

US Pat. No. 9,921,520

DEVELOPING DEVICE HAVING DEVELOPER COATING REGULATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing device comprising:
a rotatable developer carrying member configured to carry a developer; and
a regulating portion, formed of a resin material, configured to regulate the amount of the developer carried on said developer
carrying member and

a guiding portion, formed of a resin material and connected with an upstream end of said regulating portion with respect to
a rotational direction of said developer carrying member, configured to guide the developer toward said regulating portion,

wherein in a cross section perpendicular to an axial direction of said developer carrying member, when coordinates are set
such that the upstream end of said regulating portion with respect to the rotational direction of said developer carrying
member is an origin E, a direction which is parallel to a contact flat plane contacting a surface of said developer carrying
member at a closest position where said developer carrying member and said regulating portion are closest to each other and
which is opposite to the rotational direction of said developer carrying member at the closest position is a positive side
of an X axis, a direction which is perpendicular to the X axis and which extends away from said developer carrying member
is a positive side of a Y axis, and a closest distance between said regulating portion and said developer carrying member
is G,

in a region where a component of the Y axis is approximately 1.5 G, said guiding portion is formed by a curved line, so that
a gap between said guiding portion and said contact flat plane monotonically decreases toward a downstream side of the rotational
direction of said developer carrying member, and said guiding portion has a surface such that a rate of a decrease in the
gap between said guiding portion and said contact flat plane increases toward the downstream side of the rotational direction
of said developer carrying member.

US Pat. No. 9,924,089

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, METHOD OF DISPLAYING IMAGE, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
a bracket photographing unit configured to sequentially photograph a plurality of images while changing a focus position of
a lens;

a calculation unit configured to calculate an evaluation value in a horizontal direction and an evaluation value in a vertical
direction; and

a display unit configured to select a display area for each of the plurality of images photographed by the bracket photographing
unit and display a plurality of the display areas,

wherein when the evaluation value in the horizontal direction for a main subject, which is calculated by the calculation unit,
is higher than the evaluation value in the vertical direction, the display unit selects and displays a display area that is
longer in the horizontal direction than in the vertical direction, and when the evaluation value in the vertical direction
is higher than the evaluation value in the horizontal direction, the display unit selects and displays a display area that
is longer in the vertical direction than in the horizontal direction, and

the main subject is a subject to be focused.

US Pat. No. 9,915,995

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an imager which generates image data of are object and includes power supply control information into the image data;
an image processor which performs predetermined image processing on the image data;
a transmitter which transmits the image data from the imager to the image processor; and
a controller which, based on the power supply control information, controls a power supply to the transmitter in a case where
the transmitter transmits the image data, and controls a power supply to the image processor in a case where the image processor
receives the image data.

US Pat. No. 9,911,797

LIGHT EMITTING DISPLAY APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display apparatus comprising:
a substrate;
a light emitting element, the light emitting element comprising an anode electrode, a cathode electrode and a layer including
a light emitting material;

a thin film transistor for driving the light emitting element, the thin film transistor comprising a gate electrode, a gate
insulating layer, a semiconductor layer which includes an oxide material, a source electrode, and a drain electrode; and

a color filter,
wherein the color filter has a specific spectral absorption property so as to attenuate a light with a shorter wavelength
than an absorption edge wavelength of the oxide material and is interposed between the layer including the light emitting
material and the thin film transistor, and

wherein the color filter is provided so as to cover the semiconductor layer when viewed from a side of the layer including
the light emitting material, and

wherein the source electrode of the thin film transistor is electrically connected to the anode electrode.

US Pat. No. 9,908,727

SHEET CONVEYANCE APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet conveyance apparatus comprising:
a first conveyance unit configured to convey a sheet, the first conveyance unit comprising:
a first rotary member; and
a second rotary member configured to contact with the first rotary member at a contact portion and convey the sheet in cooperation
with the first rotary member;

a second conveyance unit arranged downstream, in a sheet conveyance direction, of the first conveyance unit, and configured
to convey the sheet;

a bent conveyance guide configured to form a sheet conveying path between the first conveyance unit and the second conveyance
unit such that the sheet conveying path is bent; and

a swing guide provided upstream, in the sheet conveyance direction, of the bent conveyance guide, and configured to guide
the sheet to the bent conveyance guide at a downstream side, in the sheet conveyance direction, of the contact portion, the
swing guide comprising an opening portion defining an opening through which a part of the first rotary member protrudes toward
the second rotary member,

wherein a center of rotation of the swing guide is provided coaxially as a rotation axis of the first rotary member.

US Pat. No. 9,912,835

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising a receiver, configured to be controlled based on a copy mode for copying an original
read by a reading device that is connectable to the image forming apparatus and a print mode for printing image data received
by the receiver,
the image forming apparatus further comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form an image;
a measurement unit configured to measure a measurement image formed by the image forming unit;
a controller configured to control the image forming unit to form the measurement image, and to control the measurement unit
to measure the measurement image; and

a detector configured to detect a connection state of the reading device,
wherein the measurement image comprises a first measurement image for the copy mode and a second measurement image for the
print mode, and

the controller is configured to prohibit the image forming unit from forming the first measurement image in a case where the
reading device is in an unconnected state, and to control the image forming unit to form the second measurement image in a
case where the reading device is in an unconnected state.

US Pat. No. 9,911,204

IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing method to cause a processor to perform pattern matching on a search target image using a reference
image, the image processing method comprising:
causing the processor to calculate a model pyramid which has different layers having different size reduction factors and
which includes model edges in individual layers of the model pyramid using the reference image;

causing the processor to calculate a search target pyramid which has layers having size reduction factors which are the same
as those in the layers of the model pyramid and which includes search target edges in individual layers of the search target
pyramid using the search target image; and

causing the processor to perform pattern matching on the search target pyramid using the model pyramid,
wherein the calculation of the model pyramid includes
causing the processor to extract a plurality of edges from, the reference image,
causing the processor to calculate sizes of extracted individual edges,
causing the processor to obtain maximum size reduction factors of the individual edges in accordance with the calculated sizes
of the extracted individual edges, and

causing the processor to set, when a target layer which is a target one of the plurality of layers of the model pyramid is
to be generated, an edge which has a maximum size reduction factor equal to or larger than a size reduction factor of the
target layer and which has been subjected to size reduction by the size reduction factor of the target layer as a model edge
of the target layer, an edge which has a maximum size reduction factor smaller than the size reduction factor of the target
layer being excluded from the edge to be set as the model edge.

US Pat. No. 9,904,879

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

12. A method for an apparatus comprising at least one processor coupled to at least one memory, the method comprising:
acquiring at least one image group including at least one image;
creating a layout candidate by laying out images included in an image group that has been acquired in the acquiring;
evaluating the layout candidate created by the creating, based on individual evaluation of each of the images laid out in
layouts, by analyzing image data of the images without displaying of the images;

displaying at least one layout candidate on a display screen after the evaluating, wherein the at least one layout candidate
is selected from a plurality of layout candidates created by the creating, based on evaluation results from the evaluating;

causing a printer to print the at least one layout candidate displayed on the display screen, in accordance with an operation
by a user; and

specifying a print size of the layout candidate created in the creating,
wherein the individual evaluation includes a first evaluation which is based on a print size of a face region in the layout
candidate, in a case where the layout candidate is printed by the printer in the specified print size,

wherein the first evaluation is based on the print size of the layout candidate and an information amount of a person in an
image laid out in layouts, and

wherein in a case where an information amount of a person in an image is equal to or larger than a predetermined threshold
value, an evaluation value of the first evaluation is a first evaluation value, and in a case where an information amount
of a person of an image is smaller than the predetermined threshold value, an evaluation value of the first evaluation is
a second evaluation value smaller than the first evaluation value.

US Pat. No. 9,906,705

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a focus detector configured to produce, by using a light from an object passing through an image-taking optical system, focus
information indicating a focus state of the image-taking optical system;

a light-receiving sensor including (a) three types of color visible-light receiving elements each receiving the light from
the object and respectively having sensitivity centroids in mutually different wavelength ranges of a visible wavelength range
and (b) a plurality of infrared receiving elements each having a sensitivity centroid in an infrared wavelength range, which
are provided separately from each other, wherein the three types of color visible-light receiving elements and the plurality
of infrared receiving elements are arranged two-dimensionally; and

a controller configured to:
perform focus control of the image-taking optical system by using the focus information, spectral information in accordance
with outputs from the three types of color visible-light receiving elements, and light source information in accordance with
an output from at least one of the three types of color visible-light receiving elements and outputs from the plurality of
infrared receiving elements.

US Pat. No. 9,902,154

IMAGE PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image printing apparatus, comprising:
a printing head that ejects an ink to perform printing;
a platen that supports a recording medium at a position at which the platen faces the printing head;
an ink receiving portion that is formed on the platen and receives the ink ejected to beyond an edge of the recording medium
during printing;

a first support portion that is disposed on the platen upstream of the ink receiving portion in a conveyance direction of
the recording medium and supports the recording medium;

a second support portion that is disposed on the platen downstream of the ink receiving portion in the conveyance direction
and supports the recording medium; and

a third support portion that is disposed on the platen near an edge of the recording medium in a width direction of the recording
medium in an area through which the recording medium passes,

wherein the third support portion includes a contact portion that protrudes from the ink receiving portion and comes into
contact with the recording medium, a non-contact portion that is surrounded by the contact portion and does not come into
contact with the recording medium, and a first suction hole formed in the non-contact portion, and air is sucked into the
first suction hole to cause the recording medium to adhere to the contact portion, and

wherein the ink receiving portion has a second suction hole formed in the area through which the recording medium passes at
least beyond the third support portion in the width direction or downstream of the third support portion in the conveyance
direction and a supply port formed between the third support portion and the second suction hole, and air is sucked into the
second suction hole and supplied toward the recording medium through the supply port.

US Pat. No. 9,902,163

LIQUID EJECTING HEAD AND LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejecting head comprising:
a plurality of terminals for being electrically connected with a contact point provided in a liquid ejecting apparatus; and
a liquid ejecting element substrate having a liquid ejecting element formed for ejecting a liquid in response to a control
signal transmitted from the liquid ejecting apparatus,

wherein
the plurality of terminals includes signal terminals and ground terminals for control, for controlling the liquid ejecting
element,

the plurality of terminals are arranged such that a plurality of terminal rows, in which a plurality of terminals is arrayed
in a first direction, is arranged in a second direction that is perpendicular to the first direction, and

the ground terminals are arranged at both ends of one terminal row that is positioned closest to the liquid ejecting element
substrate among the plurality of terminal rows in the second direction and the signal terminals are arranged between the ground
terminals.

US Pat. No. 9,904,991

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS THAT CORRECTS CONTRAST OF IMAGE, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus that picks up an image of a subject, comprising:
at least one processor or at least one circuit programmed to function as the following units;
a detecting unit configured to detect a luminance histogram from an image including the subject;
a distance measurement unit configured to measure a subject distance from an image pickup apparatus to the subject; and
a deciding unit configured to, according to the subject distance, decide a frequency percentage that defines a luminance range
in the luminance histogram to calculate a control point for a tone curve used to correct contrast of the image,

a tone curve generating unit configured to generate the tone curve based at least on the calculated control point; and
a correction unit configured to correct the contrast of the image using at least the generated tone curve;
wherein the frequency percentage is higher when the subject distance is long than when the subject distance is short; and
the at least one processor or at least one circuit being further programmed to function as a determination unit configured
to determine whether the subject distance is equal to or greater than a predetermined threshold distance,

wherein when the subject distance is equal to or smaller than the predetermined threshold distance, the frequency percentage
is maintained at a predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 9,891,547

ULTRAVIOLET-CURABLE LIQUID DEVELOPER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An ultraviolet-curable liquid developer comprising;
a toner particle containing a binder resin and a colorant;
a cationically polymerizable liquid monomer that does not dissolve the binder resin in the toner particle; and
a photoinitiator, wherein
the cationically polymerizable liquid monomer contains a vinyl ether compound satisfying A/B×1,000?8.5 where A is the molar
average number of functional groups for the vinyl ether compound and B is the molar average molecular weight of the vinyl
ether compound, A and B satisfy the relationship A/B×1,000?8.5; and

the photoinitiator contains a compound represented by formula (1):

wherein R1 and R2 are bonded to each other to form a ring structure selected from the group consisting of a succinimide structure, a phthalimide
structure, a norbornenedicarboximide structure, a naphthalenedicarboximide structure, a cyclohexanedicarboximide structure,
and an epoxycyclohexenedicarboximide structure; x is an integer of 1 to 8; and y is an integer of 3 to 17.

US Pat. No. 9,891,551

ROLLER MEMBER, ROLLER SUPPORTING MECHANISM, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A roller member used in an image forming apparatus comprising: a metallic shaft,
the metallic shaft including:
a cylindrical portion formed so that one end portion and the other end portion of a metallic plate oppose each other, wherein:
the one end portion and the other end portion each include a straight portion, a plurality of projections, and a plurality
of depressions,

the projections on the one end portion engage the depressions on the other end portion, the depressions on the one end portion
engage the projections on the other end portion, and the straight portion on the one end portion oppose the straight portion
on the other end portion in an opposing area in which the one end portion and the other end portion oppose,

a straight area in which the straight portion of the one end portion and the straight portion of the other end portion oppose
is positioned on an end portion of the cylindrical portion in the axial direction,

a projection and depression area in which the projections on the one end portion and the projections on the other end portion
are arranged alternately is located adjacent to the straight area in the axial direction,

a projecting amount of the projection on the metallic plate projecting with respect to the straight portion to which the projection
arranged so as to be interposed between the straight portion and the depression is adjacent is smaller than a projecting amount
on the metallic plate of the projection projecting with respect to the depression to which the projection is adjacent,

in a case where a straight line passing thorough a midpoint of the straight portion on the one end portion and the straight
portion on the other end portion and parallel to the axial direction is a center line, a distance from the center line to
the straight portion of the one end portion is equal or substantially equal to a distance from the center line to the straight
portion of the another end portion on the metallic plate, and

wherein, on the metallic plate, a distance from the center line to the projections of the one end portion is equal to a distance
from the center line to the projections of the another end portion, and a distance from the center line to the depressions
of the one end portion is equal to a distance from the center line to the depressions of the another end portion.

US Pat. No. 9,894,703

COMMUNICATIONS APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communications apparatus, comprising:
one or more processors; and
a memory having stored thereon instructions, which when executed by the one or more processors, causes the communications
apparatus to:

determine a timing of starting a period when a communications group, to which a plurality of other communications apparatuses
belong, can perform communications, based on a beacon signal that was received by the communications apparatus in a predetermined
period;

transmit a signal that requests obtaining of information to the plurality of other communications apparatuses, according to
the determined timing; and

obtain information from each of the plurality of other communications apparatuses in a case where the signal was transmitted,
wherein in a case where a first communications group and a second communications group having different timings of starting
a period when communications are possible were detected based on a plurality of beacon signals that were received by the communications
apparatus in the predetermined period, the signal is transmitted to a plurality of other communications apparatuses that belong
to the first communications group, according to the timing that was determined based on a beacon from an apparatus that belongs
to the first communications group from among the plurality of beacon signals, and the signal is transmitted to a plurality
of other communications apparatuses that belong to the second communications group, according to the determined timing based
on a beacon from an apparatus that belongs to the second communications group from among the plurality of beacon signals.

US Pat. No. 9,894,751

PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printed circuit board comprising:
a first semiconductor circuit having an output terminal configured to output a signal, a first power supply terminal to which
a power supply potential is applied, and a first ground terminal to which a ground potential is applied;

a second semiconductor circuit having an input terminal to which a signal is input, a second power supply terminal to which
a power supply potential is applied and a second ground terminal to which a ground potential is applied;

a printed wiring board on which the first semiconductor circuit and the second semiconductor circuit are mounted and a signal
line configured to connect the output terminal are the input terminal is provided, the printed wiring board having a power
plane in conduction with the first power supply terminal and the second power supply terminal, and a ground plane in conduction
with the first ground terminal and the second ground terminal;

a first bypass circuit mounted on the printed wiring board, the first bypass circuit having one end connected to the power
plane through a first power supply via provided in the printed wiring board and the other end connected to the ground plane
through a first ground via provided in the printed wiring board, the first bypass circuit including a first resistance component
and a first capacitance component serially connected to the first resistance component, the first bypass circuit being provided
closer to the first semiconductor circuit; and

a second bypass circuit mounted on the printed wiring board, the second bypass circuit having one end connected to the power
plane through a second power supply via provided in the printed wiring board and the other end connected to the ground plane
through a second ground via provided in the printed wiring board, the second bypass circuit including a second resistance
component having a lower resistance value than that of the first resistance component and a second capacitance component serially
connected to the second resistance component, the second bypass circuit being provided closer to the second semiconductor
circuit, wherein

the ground plane has an inner slit being a slit crossing a line segment connecting a connection position of the first ground
via and a connection position of the second ground via between the connection position of the first ground via and the connection
position of the second ground via.

US Pat. No. 9,894,244

IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD THAT PERFORM CORRECTION OF SHIFTING BITMAP DATA IN A SUB-SCANNING DIRECTION TO CANCEL BENDING OF AND ELECTRO-PHOTOGRAPHIC LASER SCANNING LINE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing system that performs correction of shifting bitmap data in a sub-scanning direction so as to cancel
bending of an electro-photographic laser scanning line, the system comprising:
(A) a memory storing instructions; and
(B) one or more processors that execute the instructions and cause an image processing apparatus to function as:
(a) a line command conversion unit that converts a first line drawing command defining a line width as an even-number pixel
width less than a predetermined even-number pixel width into a second line drawing command defining a line width as the predetermined
even-number pixel width, and converts a third line drawing command defining a line width as an odd-number pixel width less
than the predetermined even-number pixel width into the second line drawing command defining a line width as the predetermined
even-number pixel width;

(b) a generation unit that generates binary bitmap data with first resolution on a basis of drawing data including the second
line drawing command;

(c) a correction unit that performs the correction with respect to the binary bitmap data that is generated;
(d) a resolution conversion unit that converts the binary bitmap data, which is corrected, into multi-value bitmap data with
second resolution lower than the first resolution; and

(e) an output unit that outputs the multi-value bitmap data, which is converted, to a printing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,888,195

IMAGING DEVICE, IMAGING SYSTEM, AND DRIVING METHOD OF IMAGING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging device comprising:
pixels arranged in rows and columns, each of which has an amplifying transistor;
differential amplifiers, each differential amplifier having a first input node and a second input node; and
a first signal line and a second signal line,
wherein the amplifying transistor of a first pixel, which is one of the pixels, is connected to the first signal line,
the amplifying transistor of a second pixel, which is another one of the pixels, is connected to the second signal line,
the first signal line is connected to the first input node via a first switch,
the first signal line is connected to the second input node via a second switch,
the second signal line is connected to the first input node via a third switch, and
the second signal line is connected to the second input node via a fourth switch,
wherein, as a result of switching on of the first switch and the fourth switch, the differential amplifier outputs a signal
based on a difference between a reference signal of the first pixel input to the first input node and a photogenerated signal
of the second pixel input to the second input node, and

wherein, as a result of switching on of the second switch and the third switch, the differential amplifier outputs a signal
based on a difference between a reference signal of the second pixel input to the first input node and a photogenerated signal
of the first pixel input to the second input node.

US Pat. No. 9,882,880

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a memory storing instructions; and
one or more processors that execute the instructions and cause the one or more processors to operate as:
a search unit configured to search for another communication apparatus capable of wireless LAN communication conforming to
the IEEE802.11 standard series by transmitting a probe request signal in the wireless LAN conforming to the IEEE802.11 standard
series;

a transmission unit configured to transmit, to the another communication apparatus searched by said search unit, a service
discovery signal in the wireless LAN conforming to the IEEE802.11 standard series;

an acquisition unit configured to acquire, from a service discovery response signal in response to the service discovery signal
transmitted by said transmission unit, information about a service of an application layer provided by the another communication
apparatus;

a comparing unit configured to compare a service indicated by the information acquired by said acquisition unit and a service
which the communication apparatus can execute;

a connecting unit configured to execute processing to establish connection with the another communication apparatus by the
wireless LAN based on the information acquired by the acquisition unit;

a processing unit configured to execute processing to set an IP address to the communication apparatus after the connection
with the another communication apparatus by the wireless LAN is established; and

a control unit configured to collectively open a plurality of Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) ports or a plurality of
User Datagram Protocol (UDP) ports corresponding to a plurality of the respective services common to both the apparatuses,
without executing a service search process in an IP layer, based on a result of the comparison performed by the comparing
unit in response to setting of the IP address to the communication apparatus by the processing unit, if a plurality of services
is identified by the acquisition unit.

US Pat. No. 9,876,932

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus which receives a scan job request from an external apparatus, the image processing apparatus
comprising:
a user interface configured to select an external apparatus as a transmission destination of image data, and receive a transmission
start instruction, the user interface being able to select a plurality of external apparatuses;

one or more processors; and
at least one memory having instructions stored thereon that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the image
processing apparatus to:

scan, in accordance with the transmission start instruction, a document and generate image data;
store, in a storage, the generated image data;
transmit a first notification to a first external apparatus selected by the user interface, and transmit a second notification
to a second external apparatus selected by the user interface;

receive a first request transmitted from the first external apparatus as a response to the first notification and a second
request transmitted from the second external apparatus as a response to the second notification;

convert the image data stored in the storage into first image data in accordance with first settings designated by the received
first request and convert the image data stored in the storage into second image data in accordance with second settings designated
by the received second request; and

transmit the converted first image data to the first external apparatus and transmit the converted second image data to the
second external apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,876,938

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus which removes pixels included in an image to output the image having been reduced in a sub
scanning direction, comprising:
a processor;
a memory storing instructions to be executed by the processor; and
a random number generator for generating a random number;wherein the processor is configured to controls, according to the instructions, the image processing apparatus to function
as:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain the image including a plurality of columns of pixels arranged in the sub scanning direction,
one and another of the plurality of columns being adjacent to each other in a main scanning direction;

a holding unit configured to hold distance information;
a determination unit configured to determine removal positions in the one and another columns, wherein the determination unit
is configured to refer the determined removal position in the one column, and determine, on a basis of the referred removal
position, the held distance information and the generated random number, the removal position in the another column so that
the removal position in the another column is distant from the removal position in the one column in the sub scanning direction
at least by a distance indicated by the held distance information; and

a processing unit configured to remove at least pixels located at the determined removal positions in the one and another
columns to output the image having been reduced in the sub scanning direction.

US Pat. No. 9,872,614

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR IMAGE PROCESSING, IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

a comparison unit configured to compare pixel value information of an area between the first layer boundary and the second
layer boundary detected by the detection unit with pixel value information of an area, in the tomographic image, corresponding
to a vitreous body;

a determination unit configured to determine whether the first layer boundary is a vitreous cortex based on a compared result
of the comparison unit; and

an identification unit configured to identify kinds of the first layer boundary and the second layer boundary based on a determined
result of the determination unit,

wherein the identification unit identifies the first layer boundary as an inner limiting membrane when the first layer boundary
is not the vitreous cortex, and the second layer boundary as the inner limiting membrane when the first layer boundary is
the vitreous cortex, and

wherein the identification unit identifies the area between the first layer boundary and the second layer boundary as a retinal
tissue and the first layer boundary as an inner limiting membrane when the pixel value information of the area between the
first layer boundary and the second layer boundary is not substantially equal to the pixel value information of the area corresponding
to the vitreous body, and the area between the first layer boundary and the second layer boundary as a gap caused by a detachment
of the vitreous cortex and the second layer boundary as the inner limiting membrane when the pixel value information of the
area between the first layer boundary and the second layer boundary is substantially equal to the pixel value information
of the area corresponding to the vitreous body.

US Pat. No. 9,874,830

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH A CONTROL THAT COMPENSATES FOR CHANGING HUMIDITY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording medium, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a photoreceptor;
a charging member configured to charge the photoreceptor;
an exposing apparatus configured to form an electrostatic latent image on the photoreceptor by exposing a non-image forming
portion of the photoreceptor, which is charged by the charging member, at a first exposure amount so as to have a potential
which does not allow adhesion of developer, and exposing an image forming portion of the photoreceptor, which is charged by
the charging member, at a second exposure amount so as to have a potential which allows adhesion of developer;

a developing apparatus configured to develop the electrostatic latent image formed on the photoreceptor as a developer image;
and

a control portion configured to control a charging bias to be applied to the charging member and the first exposure amount
with respect to humidity inside the image forming apparatus and a thickness of a photosensitive layer of the photoreceptor,

wherein the control portion controls the charging bias and the first exposure amount so that a potential difference between
the non-image forming portion and the charging member increases as the humidity decreases, and decreases as the humidity increases.

US Pat. No. 9,874,846

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A drum unit usable in a process cartridge, the drum unit comprising:
a photosensitive drum having an axis L1;

a drum flange provided at an end of the photosensitive drum, a part of the drum flange being positioned within the photosensitive
drum; and

a coupling member having an axis L2 and having (i) a first end at least a part of which is positioned within the drum flange and (ii) a second end including
at least one projection,

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,

wherein the coupling member includes a first part, a second part, and a third part, with the second part being between the
first part and the third part in a direction of the axis L2, and

wherein, for each of the first part, the second part, and third part, a maximum distance from the axis L2 to an outermost surface of the coupling member as measured along a line perpendicular to the axis L2 is (i) D1 in the first part of the coupling member, (ii) D2 in the second part of the coupling member, and (iii) D3 in the third part of the coupling member, with the distances D1 and D3 being greater than the distance D2.

US Pat. No. 9,869,923

LENS APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lens apparatus, comprising:
an image pickup optical system;
a holding frame configured to hold the image pickup optical system; and
an illumination device that is mounted on an object side of the holding frame, and is configured to radiate light,
wherein the illumination device comprises:
a light guide member that has a circular optical path in which light is subjected to internal reflection to propagate, and
a light emitting surface for emitting the light to the object side; and

a light source that is arranged such that a normal direction of a light emitting surface of the light source faces a tangential
direction of a circle of the light guide member, and is configured to emit light entering the light guide member, and

wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
0.2
0.2
where DB represents an outer diameter of the holding frame, OD represents an outer diameter of the light guide member, ID
represents an inner diameter of the light guide member, and DL represents an outer diameter of a lens closest to the object
side of the image pickup optical system.

US Pat. No. 9,866,723

PRINTING APPARATUS, PRINTING APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

8. A computer-readable non-transitory storage medium that stores a program of instructions, the program of instructions capable
of causing a computer to perform a method of controlling a printing apparatus, which can be connected to plural option units,
the printing apparatus having a booting unit configured to boot the printing apparatus, a printer, a network interface circuit
configured to receive at least one printer update program for updating a control program for controlling an operation of the
printing apparatus, and to receive plural update programs for updating control programs each of which controls an operation
of one of plural option units, a connection interface circuit configured to connect an option unit to the printing apparatus,
the option unit including a memory for storing a control program for controlling an operation of the option unit, a storage
memory, and an update unit, the method comprising:
storing in the storage unit a control program for controlling the operation of the printing apparatus, the received printer
update program for updating the control program for controlling the operation of the printing apparatus and the received plural
update programs for updating the control programs each of which controls the operation of one of plural option units, wherein
the storage memory already has stored the received printer update program for updating the control program for controlling
the operation of the printing apparatus and the received plural update programs for updating the control programs each of
which controls the operation of one of plural option units before one of the option units is connected to the connection interface
circuit;

detecting that the option unit in the plural option units has been connected to the connection interface circuit; and
updating, by selecting and using one update program corresponding to the detected option unit from the received plural update
programs stored by the storage memory, the control program stored in the memory of the detected option unit in a case where
the detecting unit has detected that the option unit has been connected to the connection interface circuit and the booting
unit has booted the printing apparatus after the option unit has been connected to the connection interface circuit,

wherein the update unit does not perform update process using an update program corresponding to an option unit which is not
detected, and

wherein the option unit is any one of a facsimile unit, a folding machine unit, a punch unit, and a saddle stitch binding
unit which performs a finishing process to be performed on sheets printed by the printer.

US Pat. No. 9,864,937

IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image recording apparatus, comprising:
a recording unit recording an image on a recording sheet;
a conveying unit conveying a plurality of recording sheets in an overlapping state to the recording unit; and
a setting unit setting an overlapping amount so that the image is prevented from being printed on a region of a predetermined
range which includes a boundary between an overlapping portion, in which a subsequent sheet and a preceding sheet overlap
each other, and a non-overlapping portion, in which the subsequent sheet and the preceding sheet do not overlap each other,

wherein an inclined portion corresponding to the predetermined range occurs by overlapping the subsequent sheet and the preceding
sheet, and

wherein the recording unit, the conveying unit and the setting unit are implemented by a processor executing a program to
function as each of the units.

US Pat. No. 9,866,758

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising in order from an object side to an image side:
a first lens unit having positive refractive power;
a second lens unit having negative refractive power;
a third lens unit having positive refractive power; and
a rear lens group including one or more lens units,
wherein a distance between adjacent lens units changes during zooming;
the first lens unit is closer to the object side at a telephoto end than at the wide-angle end;
the second lens unit includes three negative lenses which are continuously arranged from the object side to the image side;
and

following conditions are satisfied:
22.0
20.0<|fT/f2|<50.0

where fW is a focal length of the zoom lens at the wide-angle end, fT is a focal length of the zoom lens at the telephoto
end, f1 is a focal length of the first lens unit, and f2 is a focal length of the second lens unit.

US Pat. No. 9,867,029

COMMUNICATING APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communicating apparatus capable of connecting with an access point which determines a channel for wireless connection,
comprising:
a processor operating to:
wirelessly connect with the access point by using a channel determined from a plurality of channels and to wirelessly connect
with a communication partner apparatus, without using the access point, by using the determined channel, wherein the wireless
connection with the access point and the wireless connection with the communication partner apparatus are concurrently maintained;
and

search the access point by preferentially using the determined channel of the plurality of channels, in a case where the wireless
connection with the access point is disconnected while the wireless connection with the communication partner apparatus by
using the determined channel is performed,

wherein the wireless connection, by using the determined channel, between the communication partner apparatus and the communicating
apparatus without using the access point is maintained while the access point is searched by preferentially using the determined
channel of the plurality of channels.

US Pat. No. 9,866,541

COMMUNICATION CONTROL APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus which communicates with another communication apparatus based on both of a first communication
protocol which supports an authentication function and a second communication protocol which does not support the authentication
function, the communication apparatus comprising:
an authentication unit configured to perform first authentication processing according to the first communication protocol
in order to establish a communication session with said another communication apparatus, and to perform second authentication
processing according to the first communication protocol after the establishment of the communication session with said another
communication apparatus in order to authenticate said another communication apparatus;

a communication unit configured to communicate with said another communication apparatus based on the first communication
protocol using the communication session established based on the first authentication processing and to communicate with
said another communication apparatus based on the second communication protocol different from the first communication protocol,
wherein the communication based on the first communication protocol and the communication based on the second communication
protocol are performed by the communication unit in parallel;

a first determination unit configured to determine whether the second authentication processing according to the first communication
protocol and performed after the establishment of the communication session with said another communication apparatus in order
to authenticate said another communication apparatus is succeeded;

a second determination unit configured to determine, after the establishment of the communication session with said another
communication apparatus, whether the communication unit receives from said another communication apparatus data according
to the second communication protocol at a timing according to a predetermined time interval; and

a controller configured to, according to both of a determination result by the first determination unit performed after the
establishment of the communication session with said another communication apparatus and a determination result by the second
determination unit performed after the establishment of the communication session with said another communication apparatus,
terminate the communication session established based on the first authentication processing according to the first communication
protocol with said another communication apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,862,191

LIQUID HOLDING CONTAINER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid holding container comprising:
an absorber configured to absorb liquid discharged from a recovery unit which performs a recovery process for an ejection
head, the absorber having a first surface and a concave part having a second surface lower than the first surface and receiving
liquid discharged from the recovery unit;

a housing configured to accommodate the absorber thereinside; and
a cover part which is attached to an opening part of the housing, the cover part having an upper surface provided at a predetermined
distance from the first surface and a cylindrical wall part formed on the upper surface and extending from an opening provided
at a position opposed to the concave part toward the concave part, an end of the cylindrical wall part being located between
the first surface and the second surface.

US Pat. No. 9,862,195

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRELIMINARY DISCHARGING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inkjet printing apparatus comprising:
a print head having a nozzle arrangement surface on which a nozzle for discharging ink is provided, the print head configured
to perform a preliminary discharge operation;

a wiping unit configured to perform a wiping operation on the nozzle arrangement surface; and
a control unit configured to cause the print head to perform the preliminary discharge operation and to cause the wiping unit
to perform the wiping operation before the print head performs the preliminary discharge operation,

wherein the control unit causes the wiping unit to perform the wiping operation if a preliminary discharge amount in the preliminary
discharge operation is greater than a first threshold value, and causes the wiping unit not to perform the wiping operation
if the preliminary discharge amount is less than the first threshold value.

US Pat. No. 9,862,216

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power supply apparatus comprising:
a power source configured to supply electric power to an electric load through a power supply line;
a capacitor arranged to be connected to the power supply line which connects the power source and the electric load to each
other;

a charge circuit configured to charge the capacitor by the electric power supplied from the power source;
a detector configured to detect a voltage value of the capacitor;
a controller configured to change, after the charge of the capacitor is completed, a current value of the charge circuit to
a first current value which is smaller than a current value supplied before the charge of the capacitor is completed; and

a processor that operates to:
determine whether a first condition is satisfied in accordance with the voltage value detected by the detector after the charge
of the capacitor is completed, the first condition being determined to be satisfied if the voltage value detected by the detector
is equal to or smaller than a predetermined threshold value; and

determine whether an error process is to be performed in accordance with a result of the first condition determination,
wherein, when the voltage value of the capacitor is equal to or smaller than the predetermined threshold value at a time when
a predetermined period of time has elapsed from a time when the processor determines that the first condition is satisfied,
the processor determines that the error process is to be performed,

wherein, when the voltage value of the capacitor is larger than the predetermined threshold value at the time when the predetermined
period of time has elapsed from the time when the processor determines that the first condition is satisfied, the processor
determines that the error process is not to be performed, and

wherein, if the processor determines that the first condition is satisfied after the charge of the capacitor is completed,
the controller changes the current value supplied from the charge circuit to a current value which is larger than the first
current value.

US Pat. No. 9,864,299

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING A DEVELOPING UNIT TO DEVELOP AN ELECTROSTATIC LATENT IMAGE ON A PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member;
an exposure unit configured to expose the photosensitive member to form an electrostatic latent image on the photosensitive
member;

a developing unit configured to develop the electrostatic latent image with toner;
a mounting unit to which a container is mountable, the container containing toner;
a detection unit configured to detect that the container is mounted on the mounting unit;
a determination unit configured to determine whether the container is exchanged with another container based on the detection
result by the detection unit;

a driving unit configured to rotate the container mounted on the mounting unit to replenish the developing unit with the toner
from the container;

a rotation detection unit configured to detect rotation information associated with the container rotated by the driving unit;
and

a controller configured to execute a feedback control based on the rotation information detected by the rotation detection
unit to control the driving unit,

wherein the controller, after the determination unit determines that the container is exchanged with the another container,
executes another control different from the feedback control to control the driving unit until a predetermined condition is
satisfied.

US Pat. No. 9,864,319

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member configured to bear a toner image;
a transfer member configured to form a transfer area with the image bearing member and transfer the toner image from the image
bearing member to a transfer material at the transfer area;

a slide member configured to slide with the transfer material in a case that the transfer material is brought into contact
with the transfer member;

a grounding member configured to be electrically connected to the earth; and
a connection member having conductivity and configured to be electrically connected to the slide member,
wherein the connection member comprises a deforming portion deformed by an electrostatic force acting between the grounding
member and the connection member, the slide member is conducted to the grounding member via the connection member in a case
that the deforming portion is deformed and abuts on the grounding member, and the slide member is electrically insulated from
the grounding member in a case that the deforming portion is separated from the grounding member.

US Pat. No. 9,867,158

MOBILE INFORMATION TERMINAL, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A mobile information terminal comprising:
at least one processor; and
as least one memory storing position information set for each piece of personal information for browsing the personal information,
and computer-executable instructions to be executed by the at least one processor to perform a method comprising:

specifying a position of the mobile information terminal;
communicating with an external device that manages the personal information;
downloading the personal information from the external device according to a result of comparing the specified position information
with the stored position information; and

deleting the downloaded personal information from the mobile information terminal according to a result of comparing the specified
position information with the stored position information.

US Pat. No. 9,865,631

SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state image pickup apparatus comprising:
a semiconductor substrate including a plurality of pixels, each pixel including a photo detector and a readout portion;
a wire disposed on a first main surface of the semiconductor substrate; and
a plurality of microlenses disposed on a second main surface of the semiconductor substrate opposite to the first main surface,
wherein the photo detector includes a first photo detector unit and a second photo detector unit disposed deeper than the
first photo detector unit with respect to the second main surface,

wherein the first photo detector unit includes a first-conductive-type first semiconductor region,
wherein the readout portion includes a first-conductive-type second semiconductor region extending in a depth direction of
the semiconductor substrate from the first semiconductor region to the first main surface, and

wherein, in a planar view with respect to the second main surface, a part of the second semiconductor region is disposed between
two adjacent microlenses of the plurality of microlenses, and one of the two adjacent microlenses overlaps a part of the second
semiconductor region.

US Pat. No. 9,864,106

SEMICONDUCTOR DBR, SEMICONDUCTOR LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE, SOLID-STATE LASER, PHOTOACOUSTIC APPARATUS, IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR DBR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A semiconductor distributed Bragg reflector (DBR) comprising:
a first multilayer structure including
a plurality of first semiconductor layers and
one or more second semiconductor layers each interposed between a corresponding pair of the plurality of first semiconductor
layers;

a second multilayer structure including
a plurality of third semiconductor layers and
one or more second semiconductor layers each interposed between a corresponding pair of the plurality of third semiconductor
layers; and

a protection layer interposed between the first multilayer structure and the second multilayer structure,
wherein,
the second semiconductor layer has a lower decomposition temperature than the first semiconductor layer,
the third semiconductor layer has a lower decomposition temperature than the second semiconductor layer,
the semiconductor DBR has a peak reflectance at a wavelength ?,
the plurality of first semiconductor layers, the one or more second semiconductor layers, and the plurality of third semiconductor
layers each have an optical thickness of n?/4, where n is an odd number of 1 or more,

the protection layer has an optical thickness of m?/2, where m is a natural number of 1 or more, and
a portion of the protection layer at which the protection layer is brought into contact with the second multilayer structure
includes a material having a higher decomposition temperature than the third semiconductor layer,

wherein a conductivity type of the first multilayer structure and a conductivity type of the second multilayer structure are
the same as each other.

US Pat. No. 9,857,705

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising, in this order:
an electroconductive support, an intermediate layer, a charge generation layer containing a charge generation material, and
a charge transport layer containing a charge transport material,

the intermediate layer containing
a resin, and
a compound having two or more diarylphosphine oxide structures.

US Pat. No. 9,857,724

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member that bears a toner image used to form an image on a recording member;
a charging portion that charges the photosensitive member;
an exposure portion that exposes the charged photosensitive member to form an electrostatic image used to form the toner image
and that is capable of adjusting a light amount at which the photosensitive member is exposed;

a development portion that develops the electrostatic image as the toner image; and
an acquisition portion that is used to acquire a change in exposure sensitivity characteristics of the photosensitive member
in conjunction with an increase in a use amount of the photosensitive member, and that has a potential detection portion that
detects a surface potential of the photosensitive member, and moreover that is capable of acquiring a relationship between
the light amount of the exposure portion and the surface potential according to the use amount, wherein

the acquisition portion acquires the light amount corresponding to a prescribed surface potential included in a first region
that represents a region, in which the light amount and the surface potential show a linear relationship as the relationship,
and includes the surface potential before exposure, and acquires a first detection light amount corresponding to the prescribed
surface potential in the relationship where a use amount of the photosensitive member is a first use amount and a second detection
light amount corresponding to the prescribed surface potential in the relationship where the use amount of the photosensitive
member is a second use amount greater than the first use amount, and

the exposure portion changes, as an image forming light amount at which the electrostatic image is formed, a first image forming
light amount representing a setting value under the first use amount to a second image forming light amount representing a
setting value under the second use amount on the basis of a ratio of the first detection light amount to the second detection
light amount.

US Pat. No. 9,857,215

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An object information acquiring apparatus comprising:
a detector including m-number, where m is an integer of 2 or more, of probes having a capacitance conversion element to which
a voltage is supplied from an electrical power source and a current/voltage conversion circuit which converts a current output
from the capacitance conversion element into a voltage;

a receiver processing electric signals from the probes; and
a connecting relay board respectively relaying power distribution lines between the electrical power source and the probes
and signal wirings between the receiver and the probes,

wherein the connecting relay board (a) receives input of signal wirings and power distribution lines from n-number, where
n is an integer of 2 or more and m?n, of probes among the m-number of probes, (b) connects the signal wirings from the n-number
of probes to the receiver, and (c) connects, to the electrical power source side, the power distribution lines of a number
that is fewer than the power distribution lines from the n-number of probes.

US Pat. No. 9,857,749

DRIVING FORCE TRANSMISSION APPARATUS, SHEET CONVEYANCE APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A driving force transmission apparatus, comprising:
a first planetary gear unit including a first engaged gear having a first engaged portion, and a first meshing gear;
a second planetary gear unit including a second engaged gear having a second engaged portion, and a second meshing gear configured
to mesh with the first meshing gear; and

a stopping member, including a first engaging portion engageable with the first engaged portion, and a second engaging portion
engageable with the second engaged portion, the stopping member being pivotally movable to a first stop position, at which
the first engaging portion is engaged with the first engaged portion so that the first engaged gear is stopped, and to a second
stop position, at which the second engaging portion is engaged with the second engaged portion so that the second engaged
gear is stopped,

wherein the first engaged gear and the second engaged gear have the same cross-sectional shape when viewed in a direction
of a pivot axis of the stopping member,

wherein a pivot fulcrum of the stopping member is arranged at an intersection between an extension line of a vector of a force
that the first engaging portion receives from the first engaged portion under a state in which the stopping member is at the
first stop position, and an extension line of a vector of a force that the second engaging portion receives from the second
engaged portion under a state in which the stopping member is at the second stop position, and

wherein, when the first engaged gear and the second engaged gear are viewed in the direction of the pivot axis of the stopping
member, (1) a first line passing through a rotation axis of the first engaged gear and a rotation axis of the second engaged
gear, (2) a second line passing through the first engaged portion and the second engaged portion, and (3) a third line, parallel
to the first line and to the second line and passing through the pivot axis of the stopping member, are positioned, in this
order, in a direction perpendicular to the first line.

US Pat. No. 9,857,766

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, DEVELOPING APPARATUS, AND COUPLING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus cartridge comprising:
a casing;
developer contained in the casing;
a developing roller having an axis L1, the developing roller being rotatably supported in the casing to permit rotation about the axis L1; and

a coupling member having an axis L2 and including (i) a first end portion operatively connected to the developing roller, (ii) a second end portion having an
outermost surface, (iii) an axle portion connecting the first end portion and the second end portion to each other, and (iv)
at least one projection extending from the second end portion,

wherein, for at least part of the outermost surface of the second end portion, a maximum distance from the axis L2 to the outermost surface along a line perpendicular to the axis L2 increases as the distance along the axis L2 from the axle portion increases, and

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 developing roller 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 developing
roller as measured in the direction of the axis L1, with the first distance being greater than the second distance.