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.

US Pat. No. 9,860,422

CORRECTION METHOD FOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A correction method for an image forming apparatus,
the image forming apparatus comprising:
a light source comprising a plurality of light emitting points;
a photosensitive member configured to rotate in a first direction so that a latent image is formed on the photosensitive member
with light beams emitted from the light source; and

a deflecting mirror configured to deflect the light beams emitted from the light source to move light spots of the light beams
radiated to the photosensitive member in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction to form scanning lines,

the correction method comprising:
a first correction step of correcting sparseness and denseness of density in the first direction caused by deviation of a
scanning line in the first direction by moving a predetermined pixel in the first direction in accordance with the deviation
of the scanning line, and causing a pixel value of the predetermined pixel to be output or not to be output in accordance
with a movement of the predetermined pixel; and

a second correction step of correcting the pixel value of the predetermined pixel that is caused to be output or not to be
output in the first correction step by moving the pixel value of the predetermined pixel in the second direction so that a
pixel value is caused to be output or not to be output with a plurality of continuous pixels,

wherein the second correction step comprises, when the pixel value of the predetermined pixel before correction is 0 and is
increased by a correction in the first correction step, and when the pixel value of the predetermined pixel is a predetermined
value or less, preventing the pixel value of the predetermined pixel from being output, and adding the pixel value of the
predetermined pixel to a pixel value of a next pixel of the predetermined pixel in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 9,854,122

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, DATA MANAGEMENT METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

18. A method for managing data executed by an image forming apparatus, the method comprising:
receiving, from a server apparatus, setting information for a user authenticated by an authentication unit;
displaying an operation screen based on the setting information for the user;
storing the setting information for the user in a storage unit; and
replacing, in a case where a storing state of setting information of the storage unit is a predetermined state, setting information
for a second user who logged into the image forming apparatus stored in the storage unit with setting information for a first
user which is received from the server apparatus after the setting information for the second user is received.

US Pat. No. 9,851,631

LIGHT SOURCE OPTICAL SYSTEM AND PROJECTION DISPLAY APPARATUS EMPLOYING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A light source optical system configured to guide a light flux from a light source to a wavelength converting element,
the light source optical system comprising:
a first lens surface array including a plurality of first lens surfaces; and
a second lens surface array including a plurality of second lens surfaces and configured to guide light fluxes from the first
lens surface array to the wavelength converting element,

wherein a light source image is formed between the first lens surface array and the wavelength converting element by the light
flux transmitted through the plurality of first lens surfaces, and

wherein, when a short side direction of the plurality of second lens surfaces is defined as a first direction and a long side
direction of the plurality of second lens surfaces is defined as a second direction, a width of the light source image in
the second direction is wider than a width of the light source image in the first direction.

US Pat. No. 9,841,704

DEVELOPING DEVICE HAVING ROTATING FEEDING MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,824,954

SEMICONDUCTOR PACKAGE COMPRISING STACKED INTEGRATED CIRCUIT CHIPS HAVING CONNECTION TERMINALS AND THROUGH ELECTRODES SYMMETRICALLY ARRANGED

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An integrated circuit device comprising:
N stacked first integrated circuit chips each configured to include a first circuit; and
N stacked second integrated circuit chips each configured to include a second circuit different from the first circuit,
wherein a predetermined first integrated circuit chip of the N stacked first integrated circuit chips and a redetermined second
integrated circuit chip of the N stacked second integrated circuit chips are stacked to be directly adjacent to each other,

a first integrated circuit chip other than the predetermined first integrated circuit chip among the N first integrated circuit
chips is not stacked to be directly adjacent to any of the N stacked second integrated circuit chips, and a second integrated
circuit chip other than the predetermined second integrated circuit chip among the N second integrated circuit chips is not
stacked to be directly adjacent to any of the N stacked first integrated circuit chips,

the first integrated circuit chip and the second integrated circuit chip have a first surface and a second surface respectively,
at least X (N?X) first connection portions are arranged on each of the first surface of the first integrated circuit chip
and the first surface of the second integrated circuit chip, and at least X second connection portions are arranged on each
of the second surface of the first integrated circuit chip and the second surface of the second integrated circuit chip,

the first connection portions are arranged on the first surface and the second connection portions are arranged on the second
surface to connect Yth (1?Y?X) first connection portions of one of two integrated circuit chips directly adjacent to each
other among the N first integrated circuit chips and the N second integrated circuit chips and Yth second connection portions
of another integrated circuit chips,

a first one of the first connection portions is connected to the first circuit in each of the N first integrated circuit chips,
and a Zth (2?Z?X) one of the first connection portions is connected to a (Z?1)th one of the second connection portions via
a through electrode formed in an inside of the first integrated circuit chip,

a first one of the second connection portions is connected to the second circuit in each of the N second integrated circuit
chips, and a Zth (2?Z?X) one of the second connection portions is connected to a (Z?1)th one of the first cot action portions
via a through electrode formed in an inside of the second integrated circuit chip, and

a Yth one of the second connection portions in the predetermined second integrated circuit chip and a Yth one of the first
connection portions in the predetermined first integrated circuit chip are connected,

the first circuit of the predetermined first integrated circuit chip accesses the second circuit of the predetermined second
integrated circuit chip through the first one of the first connection portions of the first predetermined circuit chip and
the first one of the second connection portions of the predetermined second integrated circuit chip.

US Pat. No. 9,823,543

DRIVER OF VIBRATOR, METHOD OF DRIVING THE SAME, LENS DRIVER, VIBRATION DEVICE, AND IMAGING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A driver of a vibrator comprising:
a control section; and
an alternating current signal generation section configured to generate alternating current signals based on an output from
the control section, and to apply the alternating current signals to the vibrator, wherein,

the control section is configured:
to perform first setting of setting a frequency of the alternating current signals applied to the vibrator to a first frequency,
and setting at least one of a voltage ratio and a phase difference of the alternating current signals applied to the vibrator
such that an ellipse ratio of elliptical motion caused in a contact portion of the vibrator becomes a first ellipse ratio;

to perform, after the first setting, second setting of setting the frequency to a second frequency, and setting at least one
of the voltage ratio and the phase difference such that the ellipse ratio becomes the first ellipse ratio; and

to perform, after the second setting, third setting of setting the frequency of the alternating current signals applied to
the vibrator to the second frequency, and setting at least one of the voltage ratio and the phase difference such that the
ellipse ratio becomes a second ellipse ratio, wherein:

the vibrator and a driven body contacting the contact portion perform relative movement in a moving direction by the elliptical
motion,

the second frequency is smaller than the first frequency, and
the second ellipse ratio has a larger ratio of a component in the moving direction in the elliptical motion to a component
in a direction perpendicular to the moving direction in the elliptical motion than the first ellipse ratio.

US Pat. No. 9,824,639

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image display apparatus comprising:
a plurality of light emitting units corresponding to a plurality of regions of a screen;
a display panel configured to display an image based on input image data on the screen by transmitting light from the plurality
of light emitting units; and

a computer having one or more processors configured to
allow each light emitting unit to emit light at light emission quantity based on a characteristic value of the input image
data in each region;

acquire, from a sensor, a detected value of light transmitted from the display panel in a predetermined region of the screen;
and

perform calibration of display characteristics of the display panel using the detected value, wherein
the calibration is not performed in a case that a difference between a light emission quantity of a first light emitting unit
and a light emission quantity of a second light emitting unit is larger than a threshold, the first light emitting unit and
the second light emitting unit being among target light emitting units that are corresponding to target regions located in
a predetermined range from the predetermined region.

US Pat. No. 9,821,583

PRINTING DEVICE WITH MIXED SHEET STACKING CONTROL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a printer configured to print an image on a sheet based on a print job;
a stacker capable of stacking the sheet having been conveyed from the printer;
a detection unit configured to detect an existence or an absence of the sheet in the stacker; and
a controller configured to, when the printing apparatus is powered on, control the stacker to execute an eject process for
ejecting the sheet in the stacker based on the existence of the sheet in the stacker being detected by the detection unit,
wherein the eject process is executed without an execution request for a print job.

US Pat. No. 9,821,584

IMAGE RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image recording method comprising:
a liquid composition-applying step of applying a liquid composition containing a reacting agent that precipitates or aggregates
components of an ink to an intermediate transfer body;

an intermediate image-forming step of forming an intermediate image by applying the ink to the intermediate transfer body;
a temperature adjusting step;
a liquid removing step of removing a liquid from the intermediate image formed on the intermediate transfer body; and
a transfer step of transferring the intermediate image onto a recording medium, in this order,
wherein the ink comprises polymer particles and a surfactant which is at least one selected from a compound represented by
general formula (1) below and a compound represented by general formula (2) below,

in the temperature adjusting step, a temperature of the intermediate image is adjusted to a temperature higher than or equal
to a minimum film-forming temperature of the polymer particles, and

a temperature of the intermediate image in the transfer step is lower than the minimum film-forming temperature of the polymer
particles and a temperature difference between the temperature of the intermediate image in the transfer step and the minimum
film-forming temperature of the polymer particles is 17° C. or more and 40° C. or less,

where R1 and R4 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a hydroxyl group, or a methyl group, R2 and R3 each independently represent a single bond or an organic group, I and n each independently represent 0 or more, I +n represents
2 or more and 300 or less, and m represents 1 or more and 70 or less, and
where R5 and R8 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a hydroxyl group, or a methyl group, R6 and R7 each independently represent a single bond or an organic group, p and r each independently represent 0 or more, p +r represents
2 or more and 70 or less, and q represents 1 or more and 300 or less.

US Pat. No. 9,818,027

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming device configured to form an image;
a reader configured to read an original on which a first image is formed;
a conveyer configured to convey the original to the reader, and then convey the original to the image forming device;
a memory that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions to:
specify information relating to the first image formed on the original, based on a reading result read by the reader; and
determine a second image, based on the information relating to the specified first image, the second image being determined
in accordance with a form in the first image,

wherein the at least one processor further executes the instructions to cause the image forming device to overwrite the second
image (i) in a case where the second image is of a second form and the first image is of a first form and (ii) in a case where
the second image is of a fourth form, different from the second form, and the first image is of a third form different from
the first form.

US Pat. No. 9,817,333

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, the coupling member including a first end portion operatively connected to the developing roller and a second end portion,
the second end portion including at least one projection that is open to the axis L2 and an outer surface that faces away from the first end portion, wherein for at least part of the outer surface, a maximum
distance from the axis L2 to the outer surface along a line perpendicular to the axis L2 decreases as the distance along the axis L2 from the first end portion increases,

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, wherein the first distance is greater than the second distance.

US Pat. No. 9,815,650

SHEET SKEW FEED CORRECTION APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND SKEW FEED CORRECTION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet skew feed correcting apparatus comprising:
a driving rotation member that is driven to rotate;
a first driven rotation roller that is pressure contacted against the driving rotation member so that the first driven rotation
roller and the driving rotation member nip and convey a sheet;

a first holder that rotatably holds the first driven rotation roller;
a second driven rotation roller which is pressure contacted against the driving rotation member so that the second driven
rotation roller and the driving rotation member nip and convey the sheet, wherein the first driven rotation roller and the
second driven rotation roller are arranged along a width direction of the sheet orthogonal to a conveying direction;

a second holder that rotatably holds the second driven rotation roller; and
a shutter portion that pivotally moves to a position through which the sheet is allowed to pass after a leading end of the
conveyed sheet comes into contact with the shutter portion for a skew feed correction of the sheet the shutter portion moving
pivotally with one end portion thereof supported by the first holder and another end portion thereof supported by the second
holder in the width direction of the sheet,

wherein the shutter portion has:
a plurality of abutting portions with which the leading end of the sheet comes into contact, the abutting portions arranged
at intervals in the width direction, and

a coupling portion extending in the width direction to couple the plurality of abutting portions together between the first
driven rotation roller and the second driven rotation roller in the width direction, the coupling portion arranged closer
to a center of rotation of each of the first and second driven rotation rollers than to an outer peripheral surface of each
of the first and second driven rotation rollers in a radial direction of the first driven and second driven rotation rollers,
and

wherein the plurality of abutting portions includes a first abutting portion and a second abutting portion, and the coupling
portion is independent from a shaft of the first driven rotation roller and a shaft of the second driven rotation roller,

wherein the first driven rotation roller is pivotally supported by the first holder and the second driven rotation roller
is pivotally supported by the second holder, so that inner ends of the first and second driven rotation rollers in the width
direction are, with respect to the conveying direction, located downstream of outer ends of the first and second driven rotation
rollers in the width direction.

US Pat. No. 9,805,537

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS COMMUNICATING WITH EXTERNAL DEVICE VIA NETWORK, AND CONTROL METHOD OF THE INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a display device that displays a software keyboard for inputting a password and an input character area for displaying a character
input by using the software keyboard, the software keyboard including a character input key for inputting a character and
an assist key for assisting input of the character input key;

a transmission device that transmits data for causing a remote apparatus to display a software keyboard which is the same
as the software keyboard displayed on the display device, to the remote apparatus, by using virtual network computing (VNC);

a memory that stores a character input using the software keyboard, wherein in accordance with a single touch of the character
input key, a character corresponding to the touched character input key is stored as an inputted character in the memory,
and in accordance with a single touch of the character input key which follows a single touch of the assist key, a combination
of a character corresponding to the touched character input key and a symbol corresponding to the assist key is stored as
a inputted character in the memory; and a controller that controls the display device to display on the input character area,
in accordance with the single touch of the character input key, a predetermined character that differs from a character corresponding
to the touched character input key, wherein the controller controls the display device to not display the predetermined character
on the input character area in accordance with the single touch of the assist key, and controls the display device to display
the predetermined character on the input character area in accordance with the single touch of the character input key which
follows the single touch of the assist key, wherein the controller controls the display device to display the input character
display area so that a cursor is moved in accordance with the single touch of the character input key, wherein the controller
controls the display device to, while the information processing apparatus is not connected to the remote apparatus using
the VNC, change, in accordance with the single touch of the character input key, a display form of the touched character input
key and change, in accordance with the single touch of the assist key, a display form of the touched assist key, and wherein
the controller controls the display device to, while the information processing apparatus is connected to the remote apparatus
using the VNC, change, in accordance with the single touch of the assist key, the display form of the touched assist key and
not change, in accordance with the single touch of the character input key, the display form of the touched character input
key.

US Pat. No. 9,798,276

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member;
a charging roller configured to electrically charge said photosensitive member;
an exposing portion configured to expose said photosensitive member charged by said charging roller to form an electric image;
a developing portion configured to develop the electric image by toner to form a toner image;
a transferring portion configured to transfer the toner image to a sheet;
a fixing portion configured to fix the toner image on the sheet;
a compressor configured to generate compressed air;
a first blower configured to blow the compressed air generated by said compressor to said fixing portion to separate the sheet
from said fixing portion; and

a second blower configured to blow the compressed air generated by said compressor to said charging roller to clean said charging
roller.

US Pat. No. 9,798,124

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image display apparatus comprising:
an image forming element configured to form an original image; and
a display optical system formed by an optical element whose inside surrounded by optical surfaces including a first surface,
a second surface, a third surface, a fourth surface and a fifth surface is filled with an optical medium and configured to
introduce a light flux from the original image to an exit pupil,

wherein the display optical system is configured to:
cause the light flux exiting from the original image to be refracted on the fifth surface, reflected on the fourth surface,
reflected on the third surface, reflected on the first surface and reflected on the second surface in this order and then
cause the light flux to be refracted on the first surface and exit toward the exit pupil;

cause the light flux to form an intermediate image inside the display optical system; and
cause at least part of an optical path of the light flux proceeding from the fifth surface to the fourth surface to intersect
with at least part of an optical path of the light flux proceeding from the third surface to the first surface, and

wherein the display optical system satisfies the following conditions:
0.62?L12/f?5.00

1.80?L45/L12?5.00
where, when a ray emitted from a center of an image forming area of the image forming element in which the original image
is formed and passing through a center of the exit pupil is referred to as a central-view-angle principal ray, and a distance
between hit points of the central-view-angle principal ray on the optical surfaces is referred to as a hit point distance,
L45 represents a hit point distance between a position at which the light flux is refracted on the fifth surface and a position
at which the light flux is reflected on the fourth surface, L12 represents a hit point distance between a position at which the light flux is reflected on the second surface and a position
at which the light flux is refracted on the first surface, and f represents a focal length of the display optical system in
a sectional view including optical paths of the central-view-angle principal ray between the optical surfaces of the optical
element.

US Pat. No. 9,801,007

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a first communication unit configured to receive data via a first communication from a recording area of an external apparatus
configured to record data in the recording area readable by another device via the first communication;

a second communication unit configured to connect with the external apparatus via a second communication different from the
first communication, a communication range of the second communication is longer than a communication range of the first communication;

a memory configured to store an application;
a control unit configured to control the second communication by executing the application;
wherein the control unit determines whether the data recorded in the recording area includes information for causing the communication
apparatus to execute the application; and

wherein the control unit provides notification that the data recorded in the recording area is to be rewritten to the information
for causing the communication apparatus to execute the application in a case where the data recorded in the recording area
does not include the information for causing the communication apparatus to execute the application, and does not provide
the notification in a case where the data includes the information for causing the communication apparatus to execute the
application.

US Pat. No. 9,798,236

METHOD FOR FORMING PATTERN HAVING HOLLOW STRUCTURE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

20. A method for forming a pattern having a hollow structure, the method comprising:
forming a light-absorbing layer capable of absorbing light on a surface of a photosensitive resin film;
bonding a substrate having a protrusion and the photosensitive resin film together so that the protrusion and the light-absorbing
layer come into contact with each other; and

patterning the photosensitive resin film and the light-absorbing layer at one time by photolithography,
wherein a thickness of the light-absorbing layer is 1 ?m or more.

US Pat. No. 9,791,815

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus capable of printing an image on at least one sheet of a predetermined type, comprising:
a printing unit;
a controller which includes at least a processor and a memory, configured to function as:
a setting unit configured to set an operation mode in which the printing unit prints the at least one sheet in accordance
with a second predetermined process speed, which is faster than a first predetermined process speed, the operation mode being
set by an activation of a function that raises the process speed for the printing unit that prints the at least one sheet
of the predetermined type from the first predetermined process speed to the second predetermined process speed;

a plurality of storage units including a first storage unit and a second storage unit, each of the plurality of storage units
storing an accumulated number of printed sheets and corresponding to different printing speed ranges, wherein the first storage
unit stores an accumulated number of sheets having been printed at a printing speed within a first printing speed range and
the second storage unit stores an accumulated number of sheets having been printed at a printing speed within a second printing
speed range, and wherein the printing speed within the first printing speed range can be reached before the activation of
the function and the printing speed within the second printing speed range, faster than the printing speed within the first
printing speed range, cannot be reached before the activation of the function;

a determination unit configured to determine a printing speed of the at least one sheet having been printed in the set operation
mode, in accordance with the second predetermined process speed, by detecting a discharge event of the at least one sheet
printed in the set operation mode, wherein the second predetermined process speed can be different from the printing speed;

a selection unit configured to select one storage unit among the plurality of storage units based on the determined printing
speed, wherein the selection unit selects the first storage unit if the determined printing speed falls within the first printing
speed range and selects the second storage unit if the determined printing speed falls within the second printing speed range;
and

an update unit configured to update the accumulated number of printed sheets having been stored in the selected one storage
unit by adding a number of the at least one sheet to the accumulated number of printed sheets stored in the selected one storage
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,794,425

APPARATUS WHICH CAUSES A DEVICE TO READ AN ORIGINAL AFTER COMMUNICATION WITH THE DEVICE VIA A SHORT DISTANCE WIRELESS COMMUNICATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A system including an apparatus and a device which reads an original,
the apparatus comprising:
at least one processor; and
a display screen,
the device comprising:
a reading unit,
wherein the at least one processor selects a function from a plurality of functions which the apparatus can cause the device
to execute, in accordance with an instruction of a user,

wherein, before a reading function for reading of the original is selected, the at least one processor causes the display
screen to display first information indicating the reading function and not to display second information for prompting the
user to put the apparatus close to the device for reading of the original,

wherein, after the reading function is selected, the at least one processor causes the display screen to display the second
information with the first information, and

wherein, after the display screen displays the second information with the first information and the device communicates with
the apparatus via a short distance wireless communication, the device reads the original.

US Pat. No. 9,785,091

DEVELOPER CONTAINER, DEVELOPER STORAGE UNIT, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A SEALING MEMBER AND AN UNSEALING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer container comprising:
a developer storage chamber that stores developer and includes an opening;
a sealing member that seals the opening;
an unsealing member for unsealing the opening by rotating such that the sealing member is peeled;
a stirring member that is attached to the unsealing member; and
a regulating portion that regulates rotation of the unsealing member by contacting the stirring member,
wherein the regulating portion is provided to regulate the rotation of the unsealing member when the developer container receives
an external force, and to allow the unsealing member to rotate in an unsealing direction such that the opening is unsealed
when the unsealing member receives driving power,

wherein the regulating portion includes a first regulating portion that regulates the rotation of the unsealing member in
a first direction and a second regulating portion that regulates the rotation of the unsealing member in a second direction
that is opposite to the first direction,

wherein, if the unsealing member rotates in the first direction, the stirring member contacts the first regulating portion
before unsealing of the opening is started, and

wherein, if the unsealing member rotates in the second direction, the stirring member contacts the second regulating portion
before unsealing of the opening is started.

US Pat. No. 9,787,920

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus that outputs a picked-up image signal based on a difference between an electric charge signal
and a noise signal generated by a photoelectric converter, comprising:
a generating unit that generates a difference image that is based on a difference between a first image picked up under a
first image pickup condition and a second image picked up under a second image pickup condition in which an exposure amount
of the photoelectric converter is smaller than the exposure amount of the photo electric converter in the first image pickup
condition;

a detector that detects a black spot area on the basis of the difference image generated by the generating unit; and
a voltage controller that controls a clip voltage that is set to limit a voltage of the noise signal, on the basis of the
detected black spot area.

US Pat. No. 9,785,102

ROTATABLE FIXING MEMBER, MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF AND FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A manufacturing method of a rotatable fixing member including a silicone rubber or fluorocarbon rubber layer, a primer
layer, and a parting layer, said manufacturing method comprising:
a first step of subjecting a surface of the silicone rubber or fluorocarbon rubber layer to UV irradiation treatment;
a second step of applying a dispersion containing a crystalline fluorocarbon polymer having a functional group onto the surface
of the silicone rubber or fluorocarbon rubber layer subjected to the UV irradiation treatment;

a third step of forming the primer layer by drying the dispersion, wherein a thickness of the primer layer is a first thickness;
a fourth step of decreasing the thickness of the primer layer to 850 nm or less by removing a part of the primer layer on
a surface side of the parting layer, wherein after said fourth step, the thickness of the primer layer is a second thickness
which is less than the first thickness, and an area of 70% or more of the surface of the primer layer has the thickness of
850 nm or less; and

a fifth step of forming the parting layer by coating a crystalline fluorocarbon polymer onto the surface of the primer layer
having the second thickness and then by baking the coated crystalline fluorocarbon polymer.

US Pat. No. 9,785,107

FRAME INCLUDING A POST AND A STAY AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING SAID FRAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A frame for an image forming apparatus including an image forming portion, said frame comprising:
a first side plate and a second side plate which are provided opposed to each other, interposing the image forming portion
therebetween;

a post, provided along a vertical direction, to which said first side plate is fastened; and
a stay provided so as to connect said post and said second side plate or a member fixed to said second side plate,
wherein said post includes:
a first side portion which is a surface opposing said first side plate and which includes a first fastening portion to which
said first side plate is fastened, and

a second side portion formed by being bent from said first side portion in a direction substantially perpendicular to said
first side portion, wherein said second side portion is a surface opposing said stay and includes a second fastening portion,
to which said stay is fastened, positioned at a height different from a height of said first fastening portion with respect
to the vertical direction,

wherein said second side portion is continuously formed at least from said first fastening portion to said second fastening
portion with respect to the vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 9,784,955

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A zoom lens, comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:
a first lens unit having a positive refractive power;
a second lens unit having a negative refractive power and including a positive lens and at least two negative lenses; and
a third lens unit having a positive refractive power,
wherein a distance between adjacent lens units being configured to change during zooming,
wherein, during zooming, the first lens unit is stationary,
wherein, during zooming from a wide angle end to a telephoto end, the second lens unit is configured to move toward the image
side and then to move toward the object side, and the third lens unit is configured to move toward the object side, and

wherein, when an amount of movement of the third lens unit during zooming from the wide angle end to the telephoto end is
represented by M3 and a focal length of the third lens unit is represented by f3, a conditional expression 1.30 is satisfied.

US Pat. No. 9,784,989

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND CAMERA SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,781,282

OPTICAL SCANNING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical scanning device, comprising:
a laser light source;
a first substrate provided with an electronic component for driving the laser light source;
an optical deflector configured to deflect and scan a light beam emitted by the laser light source;
a second substrate provided with an electronic component for driving the optical deflector;
a case made of resin and configured to house the optical deflector; and
a lid made of resin and configured to cover an opening of the case,
wherein at least a partial region of an outer planar surface of at least one of the case and the lid is roughened,
wherein a label is affixed to an outer planar surface of one of the case and the lid, and
wherein an affixing surface for the label is not roughened.

US Pat. No. 9,781,289

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for processing image data used for printing by a printing unit configured to discharge ink
droplets from a plurality of nozzles that are arranged in a predetermined direction of a printhead, thereby printing an image
on a printing medium based on image data in a printing direction, intersecting with the predetermined direction, that is a
scanning direction of the printhead, comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire the image data;
a processing unit configured to perform processing to change, by filter processing, a pixel value of the image data acquired
by the acquisition unit, using a filter configured to enhance sharpness of the image; and

an output unit configured to output the processed image data as data used for printing by the printhead,
wherein a degree of enhancing the sharpness of the image, by the filter processing so as to change frequency characteristics,
is greater in the scanning direction than in the predetermined direction, and

wherein the acquisition unit, the processing unit, and the output unit are implemented by at least one processor and at least
one memory.

US Pat. No. 9,781,291

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROLLING METHOD THEREOF, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus which is equipped with a board on which an original document can be put, the information
processing apparatus comprising:
a camera;
a projector;
a memory that stores a set of instructions; and
one or more processors that execute the instructions to:
cause the camera to image a first original document put in an imaging region on the board;
cause the projector to project a first image obtained by imaging the first original document with the camera, into the imaging
region on the board;

determine a timing of imaging, with the camera, a second original document newly put in the imaging region on the board, after
removing the first original document from the imaging region;

cause the projector to stop the projection of the first image into the imaging region on the board, before the timing of imaging
the second original document comes;

cause the camera to image the second original document put in the imaging region on the board, after stopping the projection
of the first image;

cause the projector to project a second image, obtained by imaging the second original document with the camera, into the
imaging region on the board;

determine an entering situation of the second original document into a detection region on the board based on an image imaged
by the camera;

cause the projector to stop the projection of the first image, based on the entering situation of the second original document
into the determined detection region; and

cause the projector to stop the projection of the first image by thinning a density of the first image in proportion to an
increase of a percentage of an overlap between the second original document that entered the detection region and the detection
region.

US Pat. No. 9,779,516

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR PREDICTING AN IMAGE PORTION FOR ENCODING OR DECODING OF AN IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of predicting of an image portion, for encoding or decoding the image, the image portion being predicted by an
intra prediction process with respect to samples of at least one reference image portion of the image, the method comprising:
generating reference samples from the samples surrounding the image portion to be predicted;
generating, from the reference samples, by the intra prediction process, at least one prediction image portion corresponding
to the image portion to be predicted, wherein the intra prediction process is in accordance with one of a plurality of intra
prediction modes; and

applying a parametric displacement transformation to the prediction image portion, wherein the parametric displacement transformation
is one of a plurality of types and the type of the parametric displacement transformation is determined by the intra prediction
mode of the intra prediction associated with the prediction image portion,

wherein in a first case in which the intra prediction mode is angular then the type of the parametric displacement transformation
is 1D displacement; and in a second case in which the intra prediction mode is non-angular then the type of the parametric
displacement transformation is a 2D displacement.

US Pat. No. 9,781,331

IMAGING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus including a photometric sensor and a ranging sensor, the apparatus comprising:
a CPU, wherein the CPU is configured to:
generate image data by using the photometric sensor,
detect, from the image data generated by the photometric sensor, a region that includes an object,
divide the image data into blocks corresponding to discretely arranged ranging points of the ranging sensor, and
determine, for each block, a proportion of an area of the block that is occupied by the region that includes the object,
wherein when a ranging point of the ranging sensor corresponds to a block where the proportion of the area of the block that
is occupied by the region including the object is equal to or larger than a predetermined value, the CPU determines the object
as being present in the ranging point and performs a focus processing to focus on the ranging point, and

wherein when the ranging point of the ranging sensor corresponds to a block where the proportion of the area of the block
that is occupied by the region including the object is smaller than the predetermined value, the CPU performs the focus processing
without determining the object as being present in the ranging point.

US Pat. No. 9,749,527

LENS BARREL AND CAMERA SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lens barrel comprising:
a lens;
a rotatable operation member;
a rotation amount detector configured to detect a rotation amount of the operation member;
an operation detector configured to detect a rotational operation of the operation member, the operation detector having a
mechanism that is different from a mechanism of the rotation amount detector; and

a controller configured to perform drive control of the lens depending on rotation of the operation member,
wherein the controller is configured to operate the lens barrel in a first mode in which the rotation amount detector is used
to detect the rotation amount of the operation member and is configured to operate the lens barrel in a second mode in which
the operation detector is used to detect the rotational operation of the operation member, and power consumption required
in the second mode is less than power consumption required in the first mode.

US Pat. No. 9,749,018

POWER TRANSMISSION APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING POWER TRANSMISSION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power transmission apparatus comprising:
a power transmission unit that wirelessly transmits power to an electronic device;
an acquisition unit that acquires a value of a standing wave ratio relating to power to be transmitted to the electronic device,
when a predetermined condition is satisfied;

an update unit that updates a reference value with the acquired value of the standing wave ratio when the acquired value of
the standing wave ratio is smaller than the reference value; and

a detection unit that detects removal of the electronic device when a difference between the acquired value of the standing
wave ratio and the updated reference value is greater than a threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,744,760

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,746,811

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a printer;
a main processor of the image forming apparatus;
a human sensor;
a display;
a backlight of the display;
a touch panel that detects user operation for the display; and
a power controller that performs control such that power is supplied to the main processor, without turning on the backlight,
based on a detection result of the human sensor;

a sub processor that turns on the backlight, on a basis that the touch panel detects the user operation for the display that
the backlight has been turned off,

wherein the main processor controls the printer to be driven, on a basis that a screen displayed on the display that the backlight
has been turned on is operated by a user.

US Pat. No. 9,772,569

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,772,587

HEATER AND IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A heater comprising:
a substrate;
a first heat generation line provided on the substrate along a longitudinal direction of the substrate, and divided into a
plurality of heat generation blocks which are mutually independently controllable, in the longitudinal direction; and

a second heat generation line provided on the substrate along the longitudinal direction of the substrate, and divided into
a plurality of heat generation blocks which are mutually independently controllable, in the longitudinal direction,

wherein in the plurality of heat generation blocks in the second heat generation line, a heat generation block is provided
that overlaps one heat generation block in the first heat generation line in the longitudinal direction and has a different
heat generation distribution in the longitudinal direction than the one heat generation block in the first heat generation
line.

US Pat. No. 9,774,554

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,742,992

NON-UNIFORM CURVE SAMPLING METHOD FOR OBJECT TRACKING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,774,836

IMAGE PROJECTOR THAT CORRECTS SHIFT DIRECTION BASED ON DEFORMATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image projector comprising:
an image forming element that is illuminated by a light from a light source;
a projection optical system that projects a light output from the image forming element as a projection image;
a shifter that shifts the projection optical system with respect to the image forming element along a shift direction;
a deforming part that deforms an image formed on the image forming element; and
a corrector that corrects the shift direction on the basis of a deformation state by the deforming part,
wherein the shifter shifts the projection optical system along the corrected shift direction to shift the projection image
along a predetermined direction.

US Pat. No. 9,733,072

THREE DIMENSIONAL MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A three dimensional measurement apparatus comprising:
an image obtaining unit configured to obtain an image obtained by capturing an object onto which a pattern including a measurement
pattern and a feature pattern is projected, the feature pattern being generated based on a first code sequence which is a
periodic code sequence including positions which can be uniquely specified when a partial sequence is observed;

a grouping unit configured to divide the image obtained by the image obtaining unit into a plurality of regions by regions
formed by using the measurement pattern in the pattern and a plurality of epipolar lines determined based on a positional
relationship between a projection unit that projects the pattern and an image capturing unit that captures the object, and
to group predetermined regions among the plurality of divided regions;

a feature recognition unit configured to recognize the feature pattern by estimating the region in which the feature pattern
exists among the grouped plurality of regions, by comparing ratios between each area of the grouped plurality of regions and
each area of the feature pattern in each of the grouped plurality of regions, such that the feature pattern can be recognized
in a case where one or more feature patterns overlap each other, or in a case where the feature pattern does not exist precisely
in one region;

a code sequence generation unit configured to generate a second code sequence based on a recognition result of the feature
pattern for each group by the feature recognition unit;

an association unit configured to associate the second code sequence generated by the code sequence generation unit with the
first code sequence used for generation within the feature pattern; and

a three-dimensional shape calculation unit configured to calculate a three-dimensional shape of the object based on an association
result of the association unit.

US Pat. No. 9,733,614

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process cartridge comprising:
a casing;
a photosensitive drum having an axis L1, the photosensitive drum being rotatably supported in the casing to permit rotation about the axis L1;

a drum flange provided at one end of the photosensitive drum; and
a coupling member having an axis L2, connected to the drum flange, including two coupling projections diametrically opposed from each other, each of the two
coupling projections extending in a direction away from the drum flange,

wherein the coupling member is movable from a first position where a straight line between the projections passes through
the axis L1 to a second position where the straight line between the projections does not pass through the axis L1,

wherein the casing includes a casing projection, projected substantially in the direction of the axis L1, and

wherein, when the coupling member is in the first position, the casing projection extends at least as far as part of the coupling
member in the direction of the axis L1.

US Pat. No. 9,767,376

DRAWING APPARATUS, DRAWING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM FOR USE IN DISPLAYING A CHARACTER DEFINED IN A PREDETERMINED OUTLINE FONT FORMAT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A drawing apparatus for use in displaying a character defined in a predetermined outline font format, the drawing apparatus
comprising:
one or more processors; and
one or more memory devices including instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the one or more
processors to perform operations comprising:

before drawing the character, identifying a number of drawing commands required for the character based on outline data corresponding
to a shape of the character in the predetermined outline font format;

determining a level of an antialiasing process to be performed on the character based on the identified number of the drawing
commands; and

after the determining the level of the antialiasing process for the character, drawing the character by performing the antialiasing
process at the level determined for the character.

US Pat. No. 9,727,956

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,729,752

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,727,000

DETERMINING SURFACE POTENTIAL OF IMAGE BEARING MEMBER OF IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member;
a charging portion that charges the image bearing member;
an exposure portion that exposes a surface of the charged image bearing member;
a developing portion that forms a toner image on the image bearing member by supplying toner to an electrostatic latent image
formed on the surface of the image bearing member;

a voltage application member that applies a voltage to the image bearing member in response to a voltage applied to the voltage
application member;

a voltage application portion that applies the voltage to the voltage application member;
a current detection portion that detects a current value flowing through the image bearing member;
a potential detection portion that determines a surface potential of the image bearing member on the basis of an applied voltage
value of a detection voltage applied to the voltage application member by the voltage application portion and a detected current
value detected by the current detection portion in response to the applied voltage; and

a control unit that sets an image formation condition for performing image formation in order to form the toner image on the
image bearing member on the basis of the surface potential determined by the potential detection portion,

wherein, when the surface potential is to be determined by the potential detection portion, the voltage application portion
applies the detection voltage after applying, to the voltage application member, a voltage having an opposite polarity to
an image formation voltage that is applied to the voltage application member during image formation, and

wherein when determining the surface potential,
the potential detection portion:
sets, as an actually measured correction potential value, a potential that is determined by having the voltage application
portion apply a voltage to the voltage application member after the voltage application portion has applied the voltage having
the opposite polarity to the image formation voltage to the voltage application member and the charging portion has charged
the image bearing member using a predetermined charging bias in order to set the surface potential of the image bearing member
at a correction reference potential; and

sets a difference between the actually measured correction potential value and the correction reference potential as a correction
value.

US Pat. No. 9,727,285

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS WHICH CONTROLS PRINT SETTING PROCESSING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory storing a program which, when executed by the processor, causes the information processing apparatus to:
register at least one piece of batch setting information, each of which contains a plurality of pieces of print setting information;
restrict usage of print setting information; and
allow a user to select first batch setting information, which does not include the print setting information restricted, to
permit the user to use the first batch setting information as settings to be used for printing, and inhibit a user from selecting
second batch setting information, which includes the print setting information restricted, to prevent the user from using
the second batch setting information as settings to be used for printing.

US Pat. No. 9,726,866

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE 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 fourth lens unit having positive refractive power,
wherein during zooming, the first lens unit is not moved, and the second lens unit, the third lens unit, and the fourth lens
unit are moved to change an interval between adjacent lens units,

wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
?4.9
?2.0
?25.0
where m2 is a moving amount of the second lens unit during zooming, which is a difference of a position of the second lens
unit on an optical axis of the zoom lens at a wide angle end and at a telephoto end, m3 is a moving amount of the third lens
unit during zooming, which is a difference of a position of the third lens unit on the optical axis of the zoom lens at the
wide angle end and at the telephoto end, f2 is a focal length of the second lens unit, and fw is a focal length of the zoom
lens at the wide angle end.

US Pat. No. 9,753,548

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image display apparatus that displays image data including a plurality of objects, the image display apparatus comprising:
a display unit configured to focus-display an object from among the plurality of objects;
an input unit configured to input annotation to the object; and
a change unit configured to change a display of the annotation depending on the focus-displayed object if an object different
from the object corresponding to the annotation that has been input by the input unit is focus-displayed,

wherein the change unit changes the display of the annotation by lowering the transmittance of the annotation corresponding
to the object being displayed and increasing the transmittance of the annotation corresponding to the object different from
the object being displayed.

US Pat. No. 9,756,211

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,756,217

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,717,409

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,720,776

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,712,798

IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM PROCESSING IMAGE BASED ON DETECTION RESULT OF PARTIAL REGION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an image sensor including a plurality of pixels;
a controller including a plurality of control lines to output signals from the pixels;
a detector configured to detect a predetermined image region based on the signals; and
an image processor,
wherein
each of the plurality of pixels includes a photoelectric converter configured to convert light into an electric charge and
output a signal based on the electric charge,

the controller includes a first control line to output the signal to a first signal line, and a second control line to output
the signal to a second signal line,

the detector is configured to detect the predetermined image region based on the signal output to the second signal line and
output region information related to the predetermined image region, and

the image processor performs image processing for the signal included in the predetermined image region detected by the detector
output to the first signal line based on the region information, and wherein the detector is formed in a package different
from a package including the image processor.

US Pat. No. 9,709,675

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUISITION APPARATUS, OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUISITION METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An object information acquisition apparatus comprising:
a plurality of transducer elements each configured to transmit an acoustic wave to an object, to receive reflected waves reflected
from inside the object, and to convert the reflected waves into a reception signal; and

a processor configured to perform frequency domain interferometry combined with adaptive signal processing by using the reception
signals output from the plurality of transducer elements and reference signal so as to obtain acoustic characteristics at
a plurality of positions located inside the object, wherein

the processor is configured to apply different reference signals in accordance with a target position located inside the object
while performing the frequency domain interferometry so as to obtain the acoustic characteristics at the plurality of positions
located inside the object,

wherein different reference signals are used in obtaining a power intensity distribution for a first region within an image
region and having a first depth range, a power intensity distribution for a second region within the image region and having
a second depth range larger than the first depth range, and a power intensity distribution for a third region within the image
region and having a third depth range larger than the second depth range.

US Pat. No. 9,703,508

MANAGING APPARATUS, MANAGING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A managing apparatus for managing an image forming apparatus, comprising:
a first power control unit configured to control a power status of the image forming apparatus to transit to a first power
status in accordance with a schedule;

a second power control unit configured to control the power status of the image forming apparatus to transit to a second power
status in accordance with a notification of event occurrence from the image forming apparatus;

a determination unit configured to, upon receiving the notification from the image forming apparatus, determine whether the
first power status and the second power status match each other;

a selection unit configured to, in a case where the determination unit determines that the first power status and the second
power status do not match each other, select one of the first power status and the second power status based on priority information
representing which one of power control by the first power control unit and power control by the second power control unit
is given priority; and

a managing unit configured to prohibit power control by the second power control unit in a case where the first power status
is selected by the selection unit, and invalidate power control by the first power control unit in a case where the second
power status is selected by the selection unit,

wherein the first power control unit, the second power control unit, the determination unit, the selection unit, and the managing
unit are implemented by a processor and a memory.

US Pat. No. 9,658,551

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising:
a toner particle that contains a binder resin,
wherein
the binder resin contains a vinylic resin and a polyester resin,
the vinylic resin contains an organic silicon polymer having a partial structure represented by the following formula (1)
or the following formula (2):


(wherein, A and B respectively and independently represent a partial structure represented by the following formula (3) or
the following formula (4), and in formula (2), L represents a methylene group, ethylene group or phenylene group),


(wherein, R1 represents a hydrogen atom or alkyl group having from 1 to 22 carbon atoms and R2 represents a hydrogen atom or methyl group),

a surface layer of the toner particle contains the organic silicon polymer,
a proportion of a silicon atom in the organic silicon polymer having a structure represented by the —SiO3/2 relative to a silicon atom in the organic silicon polymer contained in the toner particle is at least 5%,

the polyester resin contains at least one polymer selected from the group consisting of polymers indicated in the following
(i), (ii) and (iii):

(i) a polymer obtained by condensation polymerization of an alcohol component containing at least 50.0 mol % of an aliphatic
diol having from 2 to 16 carbon atoms, and a carboxylic acid component containing at least 50.0 mol % of an aliphatic dicarboxylic
acid having from 2 to 16 carbon atoms,

(ii) a polymer obtained by condensation polymerization of an alcohol component containing at least 50.0 mol % of an aliphatic
diol having from 2 to 16 carbon atoms, and a carboxylic acid component containing at least 50.0 mol % of an aromatic dicarboxylic
acid having from 8 to 18 carbon atoms, and

(iii) a polymer obtained by condensation polymerization of an alcohol component containing at least 50 mol % of an aromatic
diol and a carboxylic acid component containing at least 50.0 mol % of an aliphatic dicarboxylic acid having from 2 to 16
carbon atoms, and

the toner particle contains from at least 3.0% by mass to not more than 70.0% by mass of the polyester resin based on the
binder resin contained in the toner particle.

US Pat. No. 9,658,559

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT FORMS IMAGE USING A PLURALITY OF LIGHT BEAMS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

8. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member;
a laser light source including a light-emitting portion which outputs a laser light by being supplied with an electrical current;
a deflection unit configured to deflect the laser light output from the light-emitting portion such that the laser light scans
on the photosensitive member;

a light reception unit located at a position where the light reception unit can receive the laser light output from the light-emitting
portion, and configured to output a signal according to a reception light amount; and

a drive unit configured to supply a bias current to the light-emitting portion and configured to supply a switching current
to the light-emitting portion to which the bias current has been supplied based on image data, wherein the drive unit is further
configured to form a feedback loop between the light-emitting portion and the light reception unit, is further configured
to perform a first light amount control, a second light amount control and a third light amount control for setting the electrical
current supplied to the light-emitting portion based on the signal input from the light reception unit via the feedback loop,
is further configured to set a value of the bias current which is included in the electrical current, based on a result of
the first light amount control and a result of the second light amount control, and to set a value of the switching current
which is included in the electrical current, by multiplying a correction coefficient with a current value obtained by subtracting
the value of the bias current from a result of the third light amount control, and is further configured to supply the switching
current at a time period between a first period during which the first light amount control, the second light amount control
and the third light amount control are performed and a second period during which the laser light scans on the photosensitive
member in the scanning period.

US Pat. No. 9,658,577

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING TRANSFER BELT ROLLERS OF SPECIFIC SHAPES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,658,591

CLEANING APPARATUS, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cleaning apparatus comprising:
a cleaning member that removes a developer on an image bearing member;
a container in which the developer removed by the cleaning member is contained; and
a sheet member that contacts the image bearing member,
wherein the cleaning member contacts the image bearing member on which a developer image is formed using developer with an
external additive added thereto, so as to remove the developer on the image bearing member, and

wherein a contact part of the sheet member that contacts the image bearing member is subjected to surface roughing so as to
reduce a force that peels the external additive attached to a surface of the image bearing member off from the surface of
the image bearing member.

US Pat. No. 9,661,185

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,658,424

OPTICAL APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH ROTATION RESTRICTING MECHANISM FOR LENS HOLDING FRAMES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical apparatus comprising:
a first lens holding frame configured to hold a first lens;
a second lens holding frame configured to hold a second lens and disposed rearward of said first lens holding frame; and
a third lens holding frame configured to hold a third lens and disposed rearward of said second lens holding frame,
wherein said first lens holding frame has a first protruding portion formed to protrude toward said second lens holding frame,
wherein said second lens holding frame has a first engagement portion for engagement with said first protruding portion,
wherein said third lens holding frame has a second protruding portion formed to protrude toward said first lens holding frame,
for engagement with said first protruding portion,

wherein said first protruding portion and said first engagement portion are brought into engagement with each other, whereby
rotation of said second lens holding frame relative to said first lens holding frame is restricted, and

wherein said first protruding portion and said second protruding portion are brought into engagement with each other, whereby
rotation of said first lens holding frame relative to said third lens holding frame is restricted.

US Pat. No. 9,687,146

ADAPTIVE OPTICAL APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An adaptive optical apparatus comprising:
an irradiation unit configured to irradiate an eye with measurement light;
a wavefront aberration measurement unit configured to measure a wavefront aberration of the eye and to measure a number of
spots obtained by using return light from the eye irradiated with the measurement light;

a wavefront aberration correction unit configured to correct the wavefront aberration of the eye;
a detection unit configured to detect whether the number of spots which is measured by the wavefront aberration measurement
unit is less than a threshold; and

a control unit configured to control the wavefront aberration correction unit according to a measurement result of the wavefront
aberration measurement unit and a detection result of the detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,686,429

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

8. A control method for a printing apparatus capable of conveying sheets to a sheet processing apparatus in which after the
sheets each having an image printed is switched back and is inverted, the sheets are folded to generate a book bound product,
the method comprising:
printing an image on a cover sheet to be attached to the book bound product; and
controlling so as to notify an error to a user in a case where printing an image on the an outer side of cover sheet is designated
and a sheet to be used as the cover sheet is not allowed to be inverted in the printing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,682,552

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD, METHOD OF CLEANING THE SAME, AND RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of cleaning a liquid ejection head, the liquid ejection head comprising:
a liquid ejection orifice;
a liquid chamber communicating with the liquid ejection orifice;
a first electrothermal conversion portion disposed in the liquid chamber;
a protective layer having an insulating property and being configured to prevent contact between the first electrothermal
conversion portion and liquid inside the liquid chamber;

an upper electrode covering at least a heat generation portion of the protective layer, which is heated by the first electrothermal
conversion portion, and being formed of a material containing a metal to be dissolved through an electrochemical reaction
with the liquid;

an opposing electrode provided such that a voltage is applied between the upper electrode and the opposing electrode for dissolution
of the upper electrode; and

an opposing electrode wiring connected to the opposing electrode,
the method comprising:
cleaning the liquid ejection head by removing kogation, which is deposited on a surface of the upper electrode, through the
dissolution of the upper electrode; and

heating, during the cleaning or after the cleaning, the opposing electrode wiring, which is located at a periphery of the
opposing electrode so as to be in contact with the liquid.

US Pat. No. 9,686,516

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,651,908

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,686,534

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,686,558

SCALABLE ENCODING AND DECODING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,684,279

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH AN INSERTION PORT CONFIGURED FOR A PROCESS CARTRIDGE, USABLE WITH THE IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus in which a process cartridge is configured to be attachable to and detachable from an apparatus
main body, the process cartridge having a configuration in which a first frame that supports an image bearing member for bearing
a developer image and a second frame that supports a developer bearing member for supplying developer to the image bearing
member are supported rotatably and the image bearing member and the developer bearing member can be brought into contact with
each other and separated from each other, wherein the apparatus main body has:
an insertion port through which the process cartridge cannot pass when the image bearing member and the developer bearing
member are separated from each other and through which the process cartridge can pass when the image bearing member and the
developer bearing member are in contact with each other; and

a guide that guides one of the first frame and the second frame when the process cartridge is inserted into the insertion
port, and

the image forming apparatus has a separation mechanism that separates the image bearing member and the developer bearing member
from each other when the process cartridge is further inserted after the other of the first frame and the second frame has
passed through the insertion port.

US Pat. No. 9,648,262

IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a pixel array including pixels arranged in a plurality of rows and columns;
a plurality of signal processing units each of which is provided correspondingly to a column of the pixel array; and
a drive signal transmitting unit which transmits a drive signal that drives the signal processing units,
wherein each of the signal processing units has an A/D converter, and a memory unit which holds a digital signal obtained
by the A/D converter;

the drive signal transmitting unit includes a first drive signal transmitting unit which transmits the drive signal to each
A/D converter of the signal processing units, and a second drive signal transmitting unit which transmits the drive signal
to each memory unit of the signal processing units;

the first drive signal transmitting unit includes a plurality of first sets, each set of which has a first buffer circuit
and a second buffer circuit;

the second drive signal transmitting unit includes a plurality of second sets, each set of which has a third buffer circuit
and a fourth buffer circuit;

an output terminal of the first buffer circuit of one first set of the plurality of first sets is connected to an input terminal
of the second buffer circuit of another first set, and an input terminal of the first buffer circuit of the another first
set;
an output terminal of the second buffer circuit of the one first set is connected to each A/D converter of a plurality of
signal processing units being part of the signal processing units;
an output terminal of the third buffer circuit of one second set of the plurality of second sets is connected to an input
terminal of the fourth buffer circuit of another second set, and an input terminal of the third buffer circuit of the another
second set; and

an output terminal of the fourth buffer circuit of the one second set is connected to each memory unit of a plurality of signal
processing units being part of the signal processing units.

US Pat. No. 9,648,111

COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication system including a first terminal, a second terminal, a relay server operable to relay between the first
terminal and the second terminal, and a management server operable to manage the first terminal,
the relay server comprises:
a requesting unit configured to generate a search condition in accordance with a connection request from the first terminal,
and to request so that the management server searches for a state of the first terminal;

a first transmitting unit configured to, when device information of the first terminal which is transmitted from the management
server in response to the request by the requesting unit is obtained, generate relay information and transmit the relay information
to the first terminal; and

a control unit configured to control communication between the first terminal and the second terminal in accordance with the
relay information,

and the management server comprises:
a notifying unit configured to search for state information of the first terminal in accordance with the search condition
requested by the requesting unit, and to communicate the state information to the relay server as the device information;
and

a second transmitting unit configured to, in accordance with receiving the relay information from the first terminal, transmit
the relay information to the second terminal,

and wherein the second terminal performs a communication for remote support for the first terminal via the relay server.

US Pat. No. 9,646,647

CONTENT MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, RECORDING APPARATUS, OPERATION APPARATUS, CONTENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, AND CONTROL METHODS THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A content management apparatus including a recording unit configured to record a content, and an operation unit configured
to accept a user operation required to append additional information to the content, the apparatus comprising:
a processing unit configured to execute a first process for recording additional information in association with latest content
data recorded in a recording medium in the recording unit in response to a predetermined user operation; and

a control unit configured to disable a user operation required to issue an execution instruction of the first process in case
where an operation mode of the recording unit transits from another operation mode other than a recording mode required to
record a content to the recording mode, wherein the control unit enables the user operation required to issue an execution
instruction of the first process in case where a new content has been recorded on the recording medium in the recording unit
after the operation mode of the recording unit was switched to the recording mode.

US Pat. No. 9,638,987

CAMERA AND CAMERA ACCESSORY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,672,343

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus which includes a display unit and to which a user can log in, the information processing
apparatus comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect an operation for executing a predetermined job that requires user authentication:
an authentication unit configured to perform human body communication with a mobile terminal carried by a user who logs in
to perform authentication processing on the user who logs in, wherein the user authentication is only performed upon a detection
of a pre-designated operation, associated with the predetermined job, detected by the detection unit so as to prevent the
user authentication being performed each time an operation of the user is detected; and

a display control unit configured to display an operation input screen on the display unit, the operation input screen corresponding
to a user authenticated by the authentication unit.

US Pat. No. 9,639,030

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR APPLYING A LUBRICANT TO AN IMAGE-BEARING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a rotatable image-bearing member configured to bear a toner image;
a forming unit configured to form the toner image on the image-bearing member;
a cleaning blade configured to remove a residual toner from the image-bearing member by contacting to the image-bearing member;
a lubricant applying unit configured to apply a lubricant to the image-bearing member;
a driving unit configured to drive the lubricant applying unit; and
a controller configured to control the driving unit so that an amount of a lubricant applied per unit time to the image-bearing
member by the lubricant applying unit in a first time to be less than that applied per unit time in a second time when executing
a job for continuously forming toner images formed on the image bearing member on a plurality of recording materials,

wherein the first time is a period that is from a time point after a first recording material of the plurality of recording
materials passing a transfer position where the toner images are transferred to the recording materials, until a second recording
material of the plurality of recording materials which follows the first recording material reaches the transfer position,
and

wherein the second time is a period that is shorter than the first time.

US Pat. No. 9,672,874

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,639,312

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,672,450

IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image recording apparatus for printing an image on a recording medium by performing a scanning motion of a recording
head in which a plurality of recording devices are arrayed, and relatively conveying the recording medium in accordance with
the scanning motion in a direction intersecting a direction of the scanning motion, the apparatus comprising:
a generation unit configured to generate, based on image data to be printed, sequence information indicating a moving range
of each scanning motion of the recording head for each of a plurality of areas on the recording medium, whose positions in
the intersecting direction are different;

a plurality of processing units configured to parallelly execute processes of generating recording image data to be used for
driving the plurality of recording devices in the recording head;

a divided area determination unit configured to determine, based on the sequence information generated by the generation unit,
by dividing a recording area on the recording medium on which the recording head performs recording, divided areas respectively
corresponding to the plurality of processing units so that the plurality of processing units perform the processes corresponding
to the divided areas wherein the divided area determination unit determines the divided areas so that the area recorded by
one scanning motion is divided, along the direction of the scanning motion, into areas the number of which corresponds to
the number of processing units;

a distribution unit configured to cause each of the plurality of processing units to generate recording image data by distributing,
to the plurality of processing units, data corresponding to the divided areas determined by the divided area determination
unit in the image data to be printed; and

a recording unit configured to perform recording by controlling driving of the recording head based on the recording image
data obtained by the plurality of processing units.

US Pat. No. 9,671,985

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,672,275

RECOMMENDATION APPARATUS, RECOMMENDATION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,662,878

INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink jet recording apparatus, comprising:
a recording head configured to discharge ink;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire information relating to temperature of the recording head;
a conveying unit configured to convey a recording medium;
a mode selecting controller which performs selecting of one recording mode from a plurality of recording modes at least including
(i) a first continuous recording mode where a first recording medium and a second recording medium are conveyed by the conveying
unit such that, during recording of the first recording medium which is recorded upon first, the first recording medium and
the second recording medium which is recorded upon next after the first recording medium do not overlap, and

(ii) a second continuous recording mode where the first recording medium and the second recording medium are conveyed by the
conveying unit such that, during recording of the first recording medium, an edge of the first recording medium at an upstream
side in a conveyance direction and an edge of the second recording medium at a downstream side in the conveyance direction
are overlapped;

a heating controller which performs heating of the recording head based on the information relating to the temperature of
the recording head, wherein the heating controller executes

(i) temporarily stopping of heating of the recording head during a period from ending of recording onto the first recording
medium to starting of recording on the second recording medium in the first continuous recording mode, and

(ii) heating of the recording head during the period from ending of recording onto the first recording medium to starting
of recording on the second recording medium in the second continuous recording mode; and

a recording controller which performs recording by the recording head in accordance with the selected recording mode.

US Pat. No. 9,662,886

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,667,813

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,665,032

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH EXPOSURE CONTROLLED IN DEPENDENCE ON CUMULATIVE OPERATING TIME AND HUMIDITY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a rotatable photosensitive member;
a charging portion, rotatably contacting said photosensitive member, configured to electrically charge said photosensitive
member by electric discharge under application of a DC voltage;

a charging voltage source configured to apply the DC voltage to said charging portion;
an exposure portion configured to expose said photosensitive member charged by said charging portion to light to form an electrostatic
image on a surface of said photosensitive member;

a developing portion configured to develop, with a toner, the electrostatic image formed on the surface of said photosensitive
member by said exposure portion to form a toner image on the surface of said photosensitive member;

a transfer device configured to transfer the toner image formed on the surface of said photosensitive member onto a transfer
material at a transfer portion, wherein image formation is effected without the exposure of said photosensitive drum to light
in a position downstream of the transfer portion and upstream of said charging portion with respect to a rotational direction
of said photosensitive member;

an obtaining portion configured to obtain information relating to a cumulative operating time of said photosensitive member;
an environment sensor configured to obtain information relating to water content of environment; and
a controller configured to effect control so that the surface of said photosensitive member is exposed to light by said exposure
portion over not less than one full turn of said photosensitive member during post-rotation after completion of formation
of a final electrostatic image and before stop of rotation of said photosensitive member in a period of successive rotation
of said photosensitive member, on the basis of the information obtained by said obtaining portion and the information obtained
by said environment sensor,

wherein said controller effects control during the post-rotation so that,
(a) when the cumulative operating time obtained by said obtaining portion is a first time, an exposure amount of said photosensitive
member by said exposure portion is a first exposure amount, and when the cumulative operating time obtained by said obtaining
portion is a second time longer than the first time, the exposure amount is a second exposure amount larger than the first
exposure amount, and

(b) when the water content obtained by said environment sensor is a first water content, the exposure amount by said exposure
portion is a third exposure amount, and when the water content obtained by said environment sensor is a second water content
more than the first water content, the exposure amount is a fourth exposure amount smaller than the third exposure amount.

US Pat. No. 9,665,048

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A TEMPERATURE SETTING PORTION TO CONTROL A TARGET TEMPERATURE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a fixing portion for fixing an image, formed on a recording material, on the recording material;
an electric power consumption calculating portion for calculating electric power consumption of said fixing portion, wherein
said calculating portion calculates the electric power consumption at a control target temperature during a stand-by mode
in which said fixing portion awaits a print instruction; and

a temperature setting portion for setting, depending on the electric power consumption calculated by said calculating portion,
the control target temperature during the stand-by mode.

US Pat. No. 9,662,007

OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,635,150

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A wireless communication apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a wireless communication interface,
wherein the processor is configured to function as following units:
a selection unit configured to select at least one function out of a plurality of functions of the wireless communication
apparatus;

a search unit configured to search for an external apparatus using the wireless communication interface;
a first identification unit configured to identify a service provided by the external apparatus, wherein the service is configured
to be used only after the wireless communication apparatus establishes communications with the external apparatus using the
wireless communication interface and a wireless network;

an acquisition unit configured to acquire functional information about a function of the external apparatus using the wireless
communication interface;

a determination unit configured to determine whether the external apparatus has a function paired with the at least one function,
wherein the determination unit determines that the function of the external apparatus is paired with the at least one function
if, based on the functional information acquired by the acquisition unit, the function of the external apparatus uses a service
in common with a service used by the at least one function and the function of the external apparatus is different from the
at least one function, and

wherein the determination unit executes the determination before the wireless communication apparatus establishes communications
with the external apparatus using the wireless communication interface and the wireless network; and

a control unit configured to perform control not to establish communications with the external apparatus using the wireless
communication interface and the wireless network if the determination unit determines that the external apparatus does not
have a function paired with the at least one function.

US Pat. No. 9,635,221

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, CONTROL APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD FOR DISTRIBUTING CAPTURED IMAGES TO A TERMINAL VIA A NETWORK

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus comprising:
a communication unit configured to receive, via a network, at least one of a first command for outputting a rotated captured
image, the captured image being obtained by an image pickup unit, and a second command for changing a coordinate system that
is used for changing an image capturing direction in which the image pickup unit is aiming to capture an image from a first
coordinate system to a second coordinate system which has been rotated by a certain angle from the first coordinate system;
and

a control unit configured to execute, if the communication unit receives one of the first command and the second command,
control to execute a first process corresponding to the first command and a second process corresponding to the second command,

wherein, if the communication unit receives a command specifying a first coordinate before the second process is executed,
the control unit causes the image pickup unit to capture an image in a first direction based on the first coordinate system,
and

wherein, if the communication unit receives the command specifying the first coordinate after the second process is executed,
the control unit causes the image pickup unit to capture an image in a second direction different from the first direction,
based on the second coordinate system.

US Pat. No. 9,635,241

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor including a plurality of unit pixels each having a plurality of photoelectric conversion portions for one
out of a plurality of microlenses;

a readout circuit that is capable of reading out pixel signals by scanning the image sensor with a first scan method of adding
and reading out signals from a portion of the plurality of photoelectric conversion portions by a predetermined number of
unit pixels, and a second scan method of adding and reading out signals from the plurality of photoelectric conversion portions
by the predetermined number of unit pixels;

a control/operation circuit configured to perform the functions of:
a detection unit that obtains a defocus amount; and
a controller that forms an image by determining, for each read out pixel signal, to use a pixel signal read out with the second
scan method in a case in which the defocus amount is larger than a predetermined threshold value, or a larger signal out of
the pixel signal read out with the second scan method and a signal obtained by using the pixel signal read out with the first
scan method in a case in which the defocus amount is less than or equal to the predetermined threshold value.

US Pat. No. 9,635,297

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR, AND CAMERA THAT MAY SUPPRESS ELECTRICAL INTERFERENCE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
a solid-state image sensor;
a support substrate configured to support the solid-state image sensor; and
a plurality of electrical conductors that are electrically connected to the solid-state image sensor, the plurality of electrical
conductors being attached to the support substrate and arranged in a direction along one side of the solid-state image sensor,
the plurality of electrical conductors including a first electrical conductor, a second electrical conductor, a third electrical
conductor, and a fourth electrical conductor,

wherein the solid-state image sensor is configured to receive a power supply voltage via the first electrical conductor, receive
a ground voltage via the second electrical conductor, and to output an analog signal via the third electrical conductor,

wherein the first electrical conductor, and the second electrical conductor are located on one side in the direction with
respect to the third electrical conductor, and the plurality of electrical conductors that do not include an electrical conductor
configured to supply a power supply voltage to the solid-state image sensor and that do not include an electrical conductor
configured to supply a ground voltage to the solid-state image sensor are located on the other side in the direction with
respect to the third electrical conductor,

wherein the fourth electrical conductor is located nearer to the first electrical conductor than the third electrical conductor
is, and

wherein the solid-state image sensor is configured such that a reference signal that is used in signal processing in the solid-state
image sensor is input via the fourth electrical conductor.

US Pat. No. 9,625,688

OPTICAL SYSTEM AND IMAGING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical system having a focal length shorter than a back focus, comprising:
a first lens unit with positive or negative refractive power,
a second lens unit with positive refractive power in order an object side to an image side;
wherein the first lens unit is not moved during focusing and the second lens unit moves during focusing,
the second lens unit includes an image stabilizing lens unit moving in a direction including a component perpendicular to
an optical axis to move an imaging position, the image stabilizing lens unit is arranged at a position adjacent to an aperture
diaphragm on an image side, and a cemented lens obtained by cementing a positive lens and a negative lens, the cemented lens
being arranged on an object side of the aperture diaphragm,

where a focal length of the optical system is set to f, a focal length of the image stabilizing lens unit is set to fis, a
focal length of the cemented lens is set to fc, a distance on the optical axis from the aperture diaphragm to a lens surface
on the object side of the image stabilizing lens unit is set to Dis, and a distance from a lens surface on a side closest
to an object side of the optical system to a lens surface on a side closest to an image side of the optical system on the
optical axis with the optical system is focused on an infinite-distance object is set to DL, conditional expressions

0.00
0.3
0.3

US Pat. No. 9,614,996

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD THEREFOR, AND IMAGE READING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,615,393

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a CPU configured to check an activation state of the information processing apparatus;
a first communication unit configured to establish a wireless communication with an external apparatus; and
a second communication unit configured to communicate with the external apparatus via a proximity wireless communication,
the second communication unit including a tag memory that is accessible from the CPU and accessible from the external apparatus,

wherein in a case that the activation state changes, the CPU writes time information to the tag memory based on the changed
activation state, and

wherein the second communication unit transmits the time information in response to a receiving request from the external
apparatus, and

wherein the time information indicates a time required for the information processing apparatus to reach a state in which
the information processing apparatus can receive an access request from the external apparatus using the first communication
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,606,056

SELECTION OF SPECTRAL BANDS OR FILTERS FOR MATERIAL CLASSIFICATION UNDER MULTIPLEXED ILLUMINATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for selecting spectral bands for material classification in which material classification uses multi-spectral
BRDF (bidirectional reflectance distribution function) slice images captured under multiplexed illumination, the method comprising:
analysis of a database of labeled training material samples within a multi-class classification framework, captured using
a large number of spectral bands, so as to select a subset of spectral bands, wherein the number of selected spectral bands
in the subset is smaller than the large number of spectral bands, wherein the selected spectral bands in the subset have a
significant aptitude for distinguishing between different classifications of materials, and wherein the significant aptitude
for distinguishing between different classifications of materials comprises an aptitude such that accuracy of material classification
using the selected spectral bands in the subset are comparable to accuracy of material classification using the large number
of spectral bands.

US Pat. No. 9,609,206

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for using virtual illumination to perform lighting processing on image data displayed on
a display screen, the image processing apparatus comprising:
a memory for storing data; and
at least one processor coupled to the memory, the at least one processor operating to:
identify an object in the image data;
acquire position information indicating a position of the object in a three-dimensional space;
set, based on the position information of the object, a movable range in the three-dimensional space in which a position of
the virtual illumination can be set;

acquire a specified position input by a user on the display screen;
determine the position of the virtual illumination based on the movable range and the specified position; and
perform lighting processing on the object in the image data based on the position of the virtual illumination determined by
the at least one processor.

US Pat. No. 9,609,245

SEMICONDUCTOR APPARATUS HAVING A DECODING FUNCTION, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND CAMERA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A semiconductor apparatus comprising:
a decoder arranged in a path between a first power supply line and a second power supply line and configured to receive a
signal and decode the signal;

a switch portion arranged, in series with said decoder, in the path between the first power supply line and the second power
supply line; and

a control unit configured to set said switch portion in a conductive state so as to cause said decoder to decode the signal
after the signal has changed from one of high level and low level to the other,

wherein said decoder comprises at least two transistors arranged in series in the path between the first power supply line
and the second power supply line.

US Pat. No. 9,598,592

INK SET AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,602,701

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,602,713

IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,599,915

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:
a support;
a conductive layer on the support; and
a photosensitive layer on the conductive layer,
wherein the conductive layer comprises:
a binder material;
a first metal oxide particle; and
a second metal oxide particle,
the first metal oxide particle is a zinc oxide particle coated with tin oxide doped with phosphorus, tungsten, niobium, tantalum,
or fluorine,

the second metal oxide particle is an uncoated zinc oxide particle,
a content of the first metal oxide particle in the conductive layer is not less than 20% by volume and not more than 50% by
volume based on a total volume of the conductive layer, and

a content of the second metal oxide particle in the conductive layer is not less than 0.1% by volume and not more than 15%
by volume based on the total volume of the conductive layer, and not less than 0.5% by volume and not more than 30% by volume
based on the content of the first metal oxide particle in the conductive layer.

US Pat. No. 9,597,870

INKJET PRINT HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inkjet print head comprising:
an orifice plate provided with ejection ports for ejecting ink; and
a substrate, the substrate including:
a plurality of energy generating element groups, in each of which a first energy generating element and a second energy generating
element for ejecting ink are arranged along a first direction within a predetermined distance and are connected to each other
by a wiring line;

a plurality of supplying ports that pass completely through the substrate and each have a width greater than the predetermined
distance in the first direction; and

a plurality of first common wiring lines that connect to the wiring lines of the plurality of energy generating element groups,
respectively,

wherein the plurality of supplying ports and the plurality of energy generating element groups are arranged alternately in
a second direction perpendicular to the first direction and the first and the second energy generating elements of each energy
generating element group are supplied with ink from the supplying ports adjacent to the energy generating element group in
the second direction, and

each of the plurality of first common wiring lines extends in the first direction between one of the first energy generating
elements and one of the supplying ports and is connected to the corresponding wiring line at a point between the first energy
generating element and the second energy generating element.

US Pat. No. 9,597,900

PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,599,754

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,592,689

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

wherein:
a surface tension of the first ink is larger than a surface tension of the second ink,
the first quantization unit and the second quantization unit generate the first quantized data indicating printing or non-printing
of a dot and the second quantized data indicating printing or non-printing of a dot by comparing the multi-valued data corresponding
to the first ink and the multi-valued data corresponding to the second ink with corresponding threshold values, respectively;

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,586,778

SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveying apparatus, comprising:
an abutment member provided with an abutment surface against which a leading edge of a conveyed sheet abuts;
a holding member configured to hold the abutment member so that the abutment member is movable between an abutment position
at which the leading edge of the sheet abuts against the abutment surface and a retracted position at which the leading edge
of the sheet does not abut against the abutment surface, the holding member being moved from a waiting position in a predetermined
direction together with the abutment member by the leading edge of the sheet pushing the abutment surface of the abutment
member when the holding member is located at the waiting position;

a sheet conveying unit configured to convey the sheet in a state in which the abutment member is in contact with a surface
of the sheet after the leading edge of the sheet is removed from the abutment surface by a movement of the holding member
in the predetermined direction;

a first urging portion configured to urge the holding member so as to move the holding member to the waiting position in a
state in which the abutment member is in contact with the surface of the sheet conveyed by the sheet conveying unit; and

a second urging portion configured to urge the abutment member so as to move the abutment member, which is released from contact
with the surface of the sheet conveyed by the sheet conveying unit, from the retracted position to the abutment position in
the state in which the holding member is located at the waiting position.

US Pat. No. 9,588,711

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,588,473

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,588,474

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a sheet stacking portion on which a sheet is stacked;
a feed portion feeding the sheet stacked on the sheet stacking portion;
a transfer portion transferring a toner image onto the sheet fed by the feed portion by a transfer bias applied to the transfer
portion;

a first conductive member electrically connected with a grounding portion;
a second conductive member provided contactably with the first conductive member and configured to electrically connect with
the sheet stacking portion;

a switching portion bringing the first conductive member into contact with the second conductive member and separating the
first conductive member from the second conductive member, switching the sheet stacking portion into a grounded condition
in response to contacting the first conductive member with the second conductive member, and switching the sheet stacking
portion into an insulated condition in response to separating the first conductive member from the second conductive member;
and

a control portion controlling the switching portion such that the sheet stacking portion is switched from the grounded condition
to the insulated condition every time one stacked sheet is fed.

US Pat. No. 9,568,606

IMAGING APPARATUS FOR DISTANCE DETECTION USING HIGH AND LOW SENSITIVITY SENSORS WITH INVERTED POSITIONAL RELATIONS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an image sensor;
an imaging optical system for forming an image of an object on the image sensor; and
an image processing unit for processing signals from the image sensor,
wherein the image sensor comprises pixels for generating imaging signals, each of the pixels being either a first pixel or
a second pixel, wherein a plurality of each of the first and second pixels is provided,

wherein the first pixel and the second pixel are arranged within an area in which luminous fluxes from the same objects are
received,

wherein the first pixel includes a first pupil dividing unit, a first photoelectric conversion section, and a second photoelectric
conversion section,

wherein the first photoelectric conversion section has higher sensitivity than the second photoelectric conversion section,
wherein the first pupil dividing unit comprises a microlens or optical waveguides, and is so configured as to be able to (a)
guide light from a first area of a part of the exit pupil of the imaging optical system to the first photoelectric conversion
section and (b) guide light from a second area of a part of the exit pupil of the imaging optical system to the second photoelectric
conversion section,

wherein the second pixel includes a second pupil dividing unit, a third photoelectric conversion section, and a fourth photoelectric
conversion section,

wherein the third photoelectric conversion section has higher sensitivity than the fourth photoelectric conversion section,
wherein the second pupil dividing unit comprises a microlens or optical waveguides, and is so configured as to be able to
(a) guide light from a third area of a part of the exit pupil of the imaging optical system to the third photoelectric conversion
section and (b) guide light from a fourth area of a part of the exit pupil of the imaging optical system to the fourth photoelectric
conversion section,

wherein a positional relation between the higher sensitivity photoelectric conversion section and the lower sensitivity photoelectric
conversion section in the pixel is inverted in a pupil-dividing direction between the first pixel and the second pixel, and

wherein in the image processing unit, amounts of discrepancies between a first ranging image formed by the light from the
first area and a second ranging image formed by the light from the second area are obtained, and

wherein (i) in case where the luminous fluxes entering the first and second pixels are a smaller number, the first ranging
image is formed using signals from a plurality of the first photoelectric conversion sections, and the second ranging image
is formed using signals from a plurality of the third photoelectric conversion sections, and (ii) in case where the luminous
fluxes entering the first and second pixels are a larger number, the first ranging image is formed using signals from a plurality
of the second photoelectric conversion sections, and the second ranging image is formed using signals from a plurality of
the fourth photoelectric conversion sections.

US Pat. No. 9,571,746

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,571,768

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE AND IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,564,374

FORMING METHOD AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

forming the through electrode at the determined point.

US Pat. No. 9,557,167

THREE-DIMENSIONAL-SHAPE MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, THREE-DIMENSIONAL-SHAPE MEASUREMENT METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A three-dimensional-shape measurement apparatus comprising:
one or more processors; and
one or more memories coupled to the one or more processors and having instructions stored thereon which, when executed by
the one or more processors, cause the three-dimensional-shape measurement apparatus to:

acquire first captured images of a space onto which a first pattern formed from a bright portion and a dark portion has been
projected;

acquire second captured images of the space onto which has been projected a second pattern formed from a bright portion and
a dark portion and having a boundary position between the bright portion and the dark portion that is different from a boundary
position between the bright portion and the dark portion of the first pattern;

select, for each of at least one predetermined region of the first captured images or the second captured images, based on
a luminance value in the first captured images and a luminance value in the second captured images, one of the first captured
images and the second captured images containing the at least one predetermined region as a selection image to be used for
three-dimensional-shape measurement; and

perform three-dimensional-shape measurement of an object included in the space based on the selection image,
wherein the first captured images include a first non-inverted image as a captured image of the space onto which the first
pattern has been projected and a first inverted image as a captured image of the space onto which a first reversed pattern
obtained by inverting the bright portion and the dark portion of the first pattern has been projected, and

wherein the second captured images include a second non-inverted image as a captured image of the space onto which the second
pattern has been projected and a second inverted image as a captured image of the space onto which a second reversed pattern
obtained by inverting the bright portion and the dark portion of the second pattern has been projected.

US Pat. No. 9,560,302

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,554,700

OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical coherence tomographic imaging apparatus comprising:
an image acquisition unit configured to acquire a plurality of images of a subject's eye at different times;
a tomographic image acquisition unit configured to acquire a plurality of tomographic images of the subject's eye using interference
light obtained by causing light reflected from the subject's eye irradiated with measurement light through a scanning unit
which scans the subject's eye at repeated intervals, to interfere with reference light corresponding to the measurement light;

a movement amount acquisition unit configured to acquire an amount of rotation of the subject's eye using the plurality of
images; and

a control unit configured to control the scanning unit to perform, using the acquired amount of rotation, scanning position
correction in at least one interval between the end of one scan by the scanning unit and the start of a next scan by the scanning
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,554,254

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
an identification unit configured to identify a partner apparatus for a first communication service; and
a formation unit configured to form a new network for executing the first communication service according to the partner apparatus
for the first communication service in a case where the communication apparatus starts the first communication service while
the communication apparatus and a partner apparatus for a second communication service are executing the second communication
service; and

an execution unit configured to execute the first communication service,
wherein, according to the partner apparatus for the first communication service, the execution unit executes the first communication
service by using a network in which the second communication service is being executed,

wherein the execution unit executes the first communication service by using the network in which the second communication
service is being executed in a case where the partner apparatus for the first communication service and the partner apparatus
for the second communication service are the same.

US Pat. No. 9,554,033

FOCUS DETECTION APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A focus detection apparatus comprising:
a line sensor including a photoelectric conversion element configured to receive light from an object and an integrating capacitor
configured to integrate charges generated in the photoelectric conversion element;

a storage unit configured to store information concerning a defective pixel of said line sensor;
a first comparison unit configured to compare a signal from the defective pixel with a predetermined threshold;
a switching unit configured to switch between a first accumulation mode of transferring charges generated in the photoelectric
conversion element to the corresponding integrating capacitor during a charge accumulation period of the photoelectric conversion
element and a second accumulation mode of accumulating, in a pixel, charges generated in the photoelectric conversion element
during the charge accumulation period without transferring the charges to the integrating capacitor until an end of the charge
accumulation period, transferring the charges to the integrating capacitor after the end of the charge accumulation period,
and integrating the charges in the integrating capacitor; and

a control unit configured to control said switching unit so as to set said line sensor in the first accumulation mode if said
first comparison unit determines that a signal from the defective pixel is not more than the predetermined threshold and set
said line sensor in the second accumulation mode if said first comparison unit determines that a signal from the defective
pixel is larger than the threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,552,792

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM FOR CONTROLLING THE DISPLAY OF IMAGE DATA ON A DISPLAY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
at least one processor coupled to a memory, wherein the at least one processor controls:
an acquisition unit that acquires a plurality of pieces of image data;
a display control unit that causes a display to display a first screen that is for displaying selection objects each corresponding
to a different one of a plurality of image groups that are generated by classifying the plurality of pieces of image data
based on image information related to each of the plurality of pieces of image data, and a second screen that is for displaying
a plurality of images based on the plurality of pieces of image data acquired by the acquisition unit; and

a detection unit that detects selection of a selection object from the selection objects displayed on the first screen,
wherein the display control unit causes the display to display the second screen in a case where the detection unit detects
the selection of the selection object from the selection objects displayed on the first screen

wherein in a case where the second screen is displayed by the display, the display control unit causes the display to display
newly, on the second screen, a first plurality of images based on at least more than one piece of image data included in an
image group corresponding to the selection object selected on the first screen and a second plurality of images, including
at least one image that is not displayed on the first screen, based on at least more than one piece of image data included
in an image group corresponding to a selection object that is different from the selection object selected on the first screen,
and

wherein the first plurality of images displayed on the second screen are displayed in a manner distinguishable from the second
plurality of images displayed on the second screen.

US Pat. No. 9,552,443

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND SEARCH METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
an execution unit configured to execute a search of target data based on a first search condition to produce a first search
result and then execute a search of the target data based on a second search condition, as a new search condition, to produce
a second search result;

a specification unit configured to specify at least one data included in the first search result;
a storage unit configured to store, in a storage medium, data specified by the specification unit;
a generation unit configured to generate an integrated result to display based on the specified data stored in the storage
medium and the second search result, wherein, even though the specified data does not match the second search condition and
is not included in the second search result, the generation unit puts the specified data in the integrated result, wherein,
except for the specified data, the generation unit does not put, in the integrated result, the first search result which does
not match the second search condition; and

a display unit configured to display the integrated result generated by the generation unit,
wherein, based on a number of pieces of the specified data, a ratio of an area to display a part of the second search result
in a display area whose size is limited changes, thereby the display unit preferentially displays the specified data, and
displays part of the second search result,

wherein, in a case where specifying of at least one piece of specified data is canceled while the display unit is displaying
the integrated result, the generation unit is configured to dynamically regenerate the integrated result based on remaining
pieces of specified data and the second search result and the display unit is configured to display the regenerated integrated
result, and

wherein at least one of the execution unit, the specification unit, the storage unit, the generation unit, and the display
unit are implemented by a central processing unit in the information processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,539,831

PRINTING APPARATUS, CONVEYANCE APPARATUS, AND CONVEYANCE CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,543,694

RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM, RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS, AND APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,542,098

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:
one or more processors; and
one or more computer-readable media storing one or more programs, the one or more programs comprising instructions that, when
executed by the one or more processors, cause the one or more processors to perform operations comprising:

reading audio data and allocation data for playing the audio data in synchronism with images, a displaying timing of images
in synchronism with the audio data and categories of the images being associated with each other in the allocation data;

selecting, by a user operation, images to be allocated, for each of the categories included in the allocation data;
receiving an instruction to change a displaying timing of an image from a first displaying timing to a second displaying timing;
determining a displaying order of the images, wherein the determining the displaying order comprises rearranging an order
for displaying the images based on the instruction in a case where the second displaying timing is associated with a category
to which the image is allocated, and wherein the determining the displaying order comprises rejecting the instruction to change
the displaying timing of the image in a case where the second displaying timing is not associated with the category to which
the image is allocated; and

performing control so that the audio data are played and images allocated to the categories are displayed at a displaying
timing associated with the categories in the allocation data, to thereby display the images sequentially in the displaying
order in synchronism with the audio data.

US Pat. No. 9,536,480

IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,538,097

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING A PLURALITY OF IMAGE PICKUP UNITS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus that includes a first image pickup unit for obtaining a first image, and a second image pickup
unit for obtaining a second image when the first image is obtained, comprising:
a generation unit configured to generate first azimuth information by detecting a photographing direction of the first image
pickup unit, and generate second azimuth information by detecting a photographing direction of the second image pickup unit;
and

a recording unit configured to record the first azimuth information in association with the first image, and the second azimuth
information in association with the second image, in at least one recording medium,

wherein the second image pickup unit is configured to be capable of changing the photographing direction with respect to the
first image pickup unit, and

wherein the second image pickup unit is disposed in a display unit a direction of which can be changed with respect to the
image pickup apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,537,081

PIEZOELECTRIC MATERIAL, PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, MULTILAYERED PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD, LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS, ULTRASONIC MOTOR, OPTICAL APPARATUS, VIBRATORY APPARATUS, DUST REMOVING DEVICE, IMAGE PICKUP APPA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A piezoelectric material, comprising:
a perovskite type metal oxide having the following general formula (1);
an Mn content; and
an Mg content,
wherein b is a number of moles of the Mn content on a metal basis per mole of the perovskite type metal oxide, b is in the
range of 0.0048?b?0.0400, and the Mg content on a metal basis per 100 parts by weight of the perovskite type metal oxide is
0.100 parts by weight or less, except 0 parts by weight

(Ba1-xCax)a(Ti1-y-zSnyZrz)O3  (1)

wherein x is in the range of 0.050?x?0.200, y is in the range of 0.010?y?0.040, and z is in the range of 0?z?0.040, provided
that x?0.375(y+z)+0.050, and a is in the range of 0.9925+b?a?1.0025+b, provided that b is in the range of 0.0048?b?0.0400.

US Pat. No. 9,535,372

REMANUFACTURING METHOD OF DEVELOPER ACCOMMODATING UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A remanufacturing method of a developer accommodating unit including a flexible container configured to accommodate developer
and provided with a plurality of openings for discharging the developer into a frame member, and the frame member configured
to accommodate the flexible container, the remanufacturing method comprising:
refilling developer into the flexible container inside the frame member.

US Pat. No. 9,535,379

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH WARMUP POWER CONTROL AND CONNECTABLE OPTION DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,535,382

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,536,169

DETECTION APPARATUS, DETECTION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A detection apparatus that detects a feature point of an image, comprising:
one or more processors; and
a memory coupled to the one or more processors and storing instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors,
cause the one or more processors to:

control an image conversion to convert a first image into a second image;
set a first target number indicating a number of feature points to be detected from the first image by first detection processing
and to set, in a case where a difference between the first target number and a number of feature points detected from the
first image by the first detection processing is less than a predetermined number, a number that is more than the difference
between the first target number and the number of feature points detected from the first image, as a second target number
indicating a number of feature points to be detected from the second image by second detection processing; and

control the first detection processing for detecting feature points from the first image based on the first target number
and the second detection processing for detecting feature points from the second image based on the second target number.

US Pat. No. 9,534,888

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,531,904

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a first acquisition unit configured to acquire a data size of a facsimile transmission job;
a second acquisition unit configured to acquire a buffer size of an image processing apparatus;
a determination unit configured to determine whether the data size of the facsimile transmission job is smaller than or equal
to the buffer size of the image processing apparatus;

an adjustment unit configured to adjust the data size of the facsimile transmission job so that the data size exceeds the
buffer size of the image processing apparatus if the determination unit determines that the data size of the facsimile transmission
job is smaller than or equal to the buffer size of the image processing apparatus; and

a transmission unit configured to transmit the facsimile transmission job to the image processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,529,094

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus for sensing a radiation image, comprising:
a radiation imaging panel including a plurality of imaging substrates and a scintillator having a first face and a second
face which oppose each other, each of the plurality of imaging substrates having a plurality of pixels each configured to
detect light converted from radiation by the scintillator, the number of imaging substrates arranged in a first direction
in an array of the plurality of imaging substrates being larger than the number of imaging substrates arranged in a second
direction perpendicular to the first direction in the array;

a housing configured to house the radiation imaging panel and including a first plate-shaped portion and a second plate-shaped
portion;

a first support member located between the first face of the scintillator and the first plate-shaped portion of the housing
so as to support the scintillator via the plurality of imaging substrates; and

a second support member located between the second face of the scintillator and the second plate-shaped portion of the housing
so as to support the scintillator, wherein the second support member includes a portion extending in the first direction,
the second support member is configured to support a peripheral portion of the scintillator, which extends in the first direction,
by the portion and not to support a central portion of the scintillator, which is inside the peripheral portion.

US Pat. No. 9,530,692

METHOD OF FORMING THROUGH WIRING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of forming a through wiring in a substrate using electrolytic plating, the method comprising, in stated order,
steps (1)-(6):
(1) forming a first insulating film on a first surface and a second surface of the substrate, the first surface and the second
surface being located at opposite sides of the substrate from each other;

(2) forming a through hole to pass through the first insulating film formed on a first surface side and the substrate so that
at least a part of the first insulating film formed on the second surface remains;

(3) forming a second insulating film on an inner wall of the through hole, the second insulating film being formed from a
material different from a material of the first insulating film;

(4) forming a conductive film on the first insulating film formed on the second surface;
(5) forming an opening in the first insulating film by processing the first insulating film formed on the second surface from
the first surface side so that the conductive film is exposed at a terminus of the through hole on a second surface side;
and

(6) filling an inner portion of the through hole with a conductive material by electrolytic plating using the conductive film
exposed at the terminus of the through hole as a seed layer.

US Pat. No. 9,532,076

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ENCODING COMBINED IMAGE INCLUDING DIFFERENT IMAGES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A coding apparatus comprising:
a first generating unit that generates first difference image data from a target block included in a combined image and a
reference block included in a reference image, wherein the combined image includes a first image, a second image, and an image
boundary separating the first image and the second image;

a first conversion unit that converts the first difference image data into first converted data;
a quantization control unit that generates a quantization parameter, the quantization parameter being used in an expression
in a coding standard to determine not to perform deblocking at the image boundary and to determine whether or not to perform
deblocking at a block boundary separating blocks in the combined image and different than the image boundary;

a quantization unit that quantizes the first converted data using the quantization parameter to generate quantized data;
an encoding unit that encodes the quantized data;
an inverse quantization unit that inversely quantizes the quantized data to generate second converted data;
a second conversion unit that converts the second converted data into second difference image data;
a second generating unit that generates a decoded image data from the second difference image data;
a filtering unit that determines whether or not to apply a deblocking filter to the decoded image data according to the quantization
parameter and the expression if the target block is not next to the image boundary, and determines not to apply the deblocking
filter to the decoded image data according to the quantization parameter and the expression if the target block is next to
the image boundary; and

a processor that acts as at least one of the first generating unit, the first conversion unit, the quantization unit, the
encoding unit, the inverse quantization unit, the second conversion unit, the second generating unit, the filtering unit,
or the quantization control unit.

US Pat. No. 9,527,210

ROBOT APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A robot apparatus comprising:
a manipulator including an arm and a hand;
a teaching apparatus provided with a touch panel or a button; and
a control apparatus configured to control the manipulator by transmitting, based on a manipulation performed on the touch
panel or the button of the teaching apparatus, a control signal to the manipulator,

wherein, based on the manipulation performed on the touch panel or the button of the teaching apparatus, the control apparatus
transmits, to the manipulator, a control signal for switching an operation speed of the manipulator from a regular speed,
which is a speed in a regular operation status to a speed lower than or equal to a safety speed, which is a speed in an erroneous
manipulation avoiding status,

wherein transition from the erroneous manipulation avoiding status to the regular operation status is performed based on an
actual performance in which the manipulator is operated for a preset time or longer, is performed based on an actual performance
in which the manipulator is operated by a preset distance or farther, or is performed by selecting a coordinate serving as
a reference for an operation direction of the robot apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,529,289

METHOD FOR PRODUCING TONER PARTICLES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for producing toner particles each of which has a surface layer, the surface layer containing an organosilicon
polymer,
wherein the method comprises a step of forming the surface layer by
providing an aqueous medium containing base particles,
mixing an organosilicon compound and the aqueous medium, and
polymerizing the organosilicon compound at a temperature of from 80.0° C. or more and 105.0° C. or less,
wherein the organosilicon compound is represented by the following formula (1) or (2):

wherein R1, R2, R3, and R4 independently denote a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, a hydroxy group, an amino group, or an alkoxy group,


wherein R5 denotes an alkyl group, an alkenyl group, or a phenyl group, and R6, R7, and R8 independently denote a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, a hydroxy group, an amino group, or an alkoxy group.

US Pat. No. 9,519,971

POSITION AND ORIENTATION MEASUREMENT DEVICE AND POSITION AND ORIENTATION MEASUREMENT METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,519,250

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,517,007

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire luminance information of a three-dimensional tomographic image of an object;
a measurement unit configured to measure information indicating a tilt of the object in the three-dimensional tomographic
image;

a determination unit configured to determine a direction based on the measured information; and
a generation unit configured to generate a plane image of the object by combining the acquired luminance information along
the determined direction.

US Pat. No. 9,513,583

FIXING DEVICE FOR SUPPRESSING REDUCED DURABILITY OF A FLEXIBLE ROTARY MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device that fixes an image formed on a recording material to the recording material, the fixing device comprising:
a flexible cylindrical rotary member that rotates while contacting the recording material on which the image has been formed;
a roller that forms a fixing nip portion that nips and conveys the recording material together with the rotary member;
an inner-surface opposing portion that opposes an inner surface of the rotary member at an end portion of the rotary member
in a generatrix direction,

an end-surface opposing portion that opposes an end surface of the rotary member, wherein the inner-surface opposing portion
and the end-surface opposing portion are an integrated part, and form a movable member;

a holding member that movably holds the movable member; and
an urging member that is provided between the holding member and the movable member, the urging member urging the movable
member so as to push back the rotary member with respect to the lateral shift of the rotary member,

wherein, when the rotary member is laterally shifted and pushes the end-surface opposing portion, the inner-surface opposing
portion moves upstream in a recording material conveying direction at the fixing nip portion by a force for pushing the end-surface
opposing portion by the rotary member.

US Pat. No. 9,513,586

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS HAVING FILM, BACK-UP MEMBER FORMING A NIP WITH THE FILM, A HEATER, AND HEAT CONDUCTIVE MEMBERS CONFIGURED TO BE BROUGHT INTO CONTACT WITH HEATER SURFACE OPPOSITE TO THE SURFACE OF THE HEATER BROUGHT INTO CON

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus for heating a toner image formed on a recording material while conveying the recording material
at a nip portion, the image heating apparatus comprising:
a film having a tubular shape;
a backup member configured to be brought into contact with an outer surface of the film to form the nip portion;
a heater having an elongated shape, configured to be brought into contact with the film, the heater including a substrate
and a heat generating resistor formed on the substrate;

a plurality of heat conductive members having a higher thermal conductivity than the substrate, the plurality of heat conductive
members configured to be brought into contact with a surface of the heater opposite to a surface of the heater that is brought
into contact with the film, the plurality of heat conductive members arranged in a longitudinal direction of the heater with
a gap formed therebetween;

a support member configured to support the heater through the plurality of heat conductive members, the support member pinching
the plurality of heat conductive members with the heater in a thickness direction of the heater, wherein a lubricant is applied
in a region of the gap so as to be brought into contact with both of the heater and the support member.

US Pat. No. 9,513,588

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR FORMING AN IMAGE ON A RECORDING MATERIAL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form an image on a recording material;
a curved conveyance path configured to allow the recording material on which the image is formed by the image forming unit
to pass therethrough, the curved conveyance path being formed by an outer guide disposed outside a curvature and an inner
guide disposed inside the curvature;

a first conveyance unit configured to convey the recording material on an upstream of the conveyance path;
a second conveyance unit configured to convey the recording material on a downstream of the conveyance path;
a setting unit configured to set information relating to whether an image surface of the recording material on which the image
is formed faces the inner guide or the outer guide when the recording material passes through the conveyance path; and

a control unit configured to control the first and the second conveyance units to change a conveyance speed of the first conveyance
unit to be less or greater than a conveyance speed of the second conveyance unit, based on the information set by the setting
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,513,592

HEATER, IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE HEATER AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF THE HEATER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A heater connectable with an electric power supply portion having a first terminal and a second terminal, said heater comprising:
an elongate substrate;
a first electrical contact provided on said substrate and electrically connectable with the first terminal;
a plurality of second electrical contacts provided on said substrate and electrically connectable with the second terminal;
an electroconductive line extending in a longitudinal direction of said substrate and electrically connected with said first
electrical contact;

a plurality of electrodes including first electrodes electrically connected with said first electrical contact through said
electroconductive line and second electrodes electrically connected with said second electrical contacts, said first electrodes
and said second electrodes being arranged alternately with predetermined gaps in the longitudinal direction; and

a heat generating layer provided on said substrate so as to electrically connect between adjacent ones of said electrodes
and to cover said electrodes and configured to generate heat by the electric power supply between adjacent electrodes.

US Pat. No. 9,516,191

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,516,213

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,505,133

ROBOT APPARATUS, ROBOT CONTROLLING METHOD, PROGRAM AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A robot apparatus comprising:
a robot having a robot arm of multi-joint and an end effector attached to an end of the robot arm; and
a control unit configured to control an operation of the robot, wherein
the robot arm has a joint driving unit configured to drive the joint,
the joint driving unit has a rotating motor, a speed reducer transmitting a rotation of the rotating motor in a variable speed,
an input angle detecting unit detecting a rotation angle of a rotation axis of the rotating motor or an input axis of the
speed reducer, and an output angle detecting unit detecting a rotation angle of an output axis of the speed reducer, and

the control unit controls the operation of the robot, to set to an output based control mode such that an angle of the joint
is feed-back controlled based on an angle detection value of the output angle detecting unit when the end effector is to be
aligned with a working start position at which the robot starts a predetermined working, and to change to an input based control
mode such that the angle of the joint is feed-back controlled based on an angle detection value of the input angle detecting
unit when the operation of the robot is controlled to perform the predetermined working.

US Pat. No. 9,505,941

INK, INK CARTRIDGE, AND INKJET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,507,292

DEVELOPING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing apparatus detachably mountable to an image forming apparatus, comprising:
a developer container for accommodating a developer;
a sealing member configured to unsealably seal said developer container to retain an initial developer therein;
a driven member configured to receive a drive to unseal said developer container;
a feeding member configured to feed the developer in said developer container;
a developer carrying member configured to develop a latent image with a developer carried on a surface thereof; and
a disconnecting mechanism configured to disconnect the drive to said driven member, said disconnecting mechanism being movable
between a drive transmission position in which the drive is capable of being transmitted from a motor, which is provided on
the image forming apparatus to drive said feeding member or said developer carrying member, to said driven member and a non-driving
position in which the drive is not transmitted from the motor,

said disconnecting mechanism including,
an urging member configured to urge said disconnecting mechanism toward the non-driving position; and
a holding mechanism capable of holding said disconnecting mechanism in the drive transmission position, wherein said holding
mechanism is movable from a position for holding said disconnecting mechanism in the drive transmission position to a position
for releasing said disconnecting mechanism from the drive transmission position, by a drive from said disconnecting mechanism
placed in the drive transmission position, and

wherein said disconnecting mechanism includes a driving train having a first gear engaged with a driving gear configured to
drive said feeding member, a worm gear engaged with said first gear, and a second gear configured to drive said driven member,
and a holder configured to support said driving train so as to be integrally swingable about a rotational axis of said driving
gear while keeping relative positions between said first gear, said worm gear and said second gear, wherein said disconnecting
mechanism disengages between said first gear and said driving gear.

US Pat. No. 9,501,249

PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINT CONTROL METHOD CONTROLLING PRINTING BASED ON MEASURED DETECTION PATTERN

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus that conveys a print medium and performs printing on the conveyed print medium, the printing apparatus
comprising:
a processor and a memory;
a print data generation unit configured to generate print data by quantizing image data to be printed in which predetermined
pseudo halftone processing of the image data is performed;

a pattern data generation unit configured to generate print data of a detection pattern by quantizing data of the detection
pattern in which the same predetermined pseudo halftone processing of the data on the detection pattern is performed;

a pattern printing unit configured to print a detection pattern based on the generated print data of the detection pattern;
a measuring unit configured to measure the printed detection pattern, the measuring unit being placed downstream of the pattern
printing unit in a conveying direction of the print medium;

an image printing unit configured to print an image based on the print data of the image data that is generated by the print
data generating unit, the image printing unit being placed downstream of the measuring unit in the conveying direction of
the print medium; and

a print control unit configured to control printing by the image printing unit based on a measurement result of the detection
pattern by the measuring unit,

wherein the print data generation unit, the pattern data generation unit, the pattern printing unit, the measuring unit, the
image printing unit and the print control unit are implemented at least in part by the processor and the memory.

US Pat. No. 9,501,845

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD FOR CONVERTING SHAPE AND COLOR DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain shape data including data which indicates vertexes of each of a plurality of polygons
representing a stereoscopic object and color data indicating a color of each of the polygons;

a converting unit configured to convert the shape data and the color data into shape data and color data in a data format
including an area which stores the shape data and an unused area which does not store the shape data, and to change a size
of the unused area corresponding to the plurality of polygons according to a type of stereoscopic object forming apparatus
for forming the stereoscopic object, wherein color data on one of the plurality of polygons is stored in the unused areas
corresponding to a plurality of polygons; and

an outputting unit configured to output the converted shape data and color data.

US Pat. No. 9,494,915

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CARTRIDGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a main assembly;
a supporting member movable, in a state in which said supporting member detachably supports a cartridge, between a first position
where said supporting member is positioned inside said main assembly and the cartridge is positioned at an image formable
position and a second position retracted from the first position by being moved relative to said main assembly;

a supporting portion, provided on said supporting member, for supporting the cartridge by contacting with a supported portion
provided on the cartridge when said supporting member is in the second position;

a suppressing portion, provided on said supporting member, for suppressing rotation of the cartridge about the supported portion
by engaging with a suppressed portion provided on the cartridge when said supporting member is in the second position,

wherein when said supporting member is at the first position and the cartridge is positioned at the image formable position,
said supporting portion is spaced from the supported portion and said suppressing portion is spaced from the suppressed portion.

US Pat. No. 9,489,721

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a processor coupled to a memory;
a selection unit configured to select at least a pixel that is different from a pixel of interest in an image based on a similarity
between a pixel value of the pixel different from the pixel of interest and a pixel value of the pixel of interest;

a pixel number setting unit configured to set a number of pixels to be selected by the selection unit;
a determination unit configured to determine, from a pixel selected by the selection unit and based on whether a number of
pixels selected by the selection unit has reached the number of pixels set by the pixel number setting unit, at least a pixel
to be used in predetermined processing that uses at least a pixel value of a pixel different from the pixel of interest; and

a processing unit configured to perform the predetermined processing on the pixel of interest,
wherein the processing unit performs the predetermined processing on the pixel of interest using a pixel value of the pixel
determined by the determination unit, and

wherein at least one of the selection unit, the pixel number setting unit, the determination unit, and the processing unit
are implemented by the processor.

US Pat. No. 9,488,211

FASTENED STRUCTURE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,488,948

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT DETECTS DETERIORATION OF A COMPONENT AND DETERMINES LIFE OF THE COMPONENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a conveying unit to convey a recording material;
a fixing unit configured to fix an image onto the recording material conveyed by the conveying unit;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain first information regarding conveying time taken to convey the recording material from
a first position located upstream of a conveying direction of the recording material with respect to the fixing unit to a
second position located downstream of the conveying direction of the recording material with respect to the fixing unit;

a detection unit configured to detect second information regarding humidity; and
a control unit configured to determine, based on the first information, whether a life of the fixing unit has ended or not,
wherein the control unit corrects the first information based on the second information.

US Pat. No. 9,481,190

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,477,163

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, AND IMIDE COMPOUND

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member, comprising:
a support;
an undercoat layer on the support; and
a photosensitive layer on the undercoat layer,
wherein the undercoat layer comprises a polymerized product of a composition comprising a compound represented by the following
formula (1):


wherein,
R1 represents an alkyl group having 1 to 6 main-chain carbon atoms and having two or more polymerizable functional groups, a
group derived from one of CH2 in the main chain of the alkyl group having 1 to 6 main-chain carbon atoms substituted for an oxygen atom and having two or
more polymerizable functional groups, or a group derived from one of CH2 in the main chain of the alkyl group having 1 to 6 main-chain carbon atoms substituted for NR7 and having two or more polymerizable functional groups;

the polymerizable functional groups is a hydroxy group, a thiol group, an amino group, or a carboxyl group;
R7 represents a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group;

R2 represents an unsubstituted or substituted alkyl group having 1 to 6 main-chain carbon atoms, a group having 1 to 6 main chain
atoms and derived from one of CH2 in a main chain of an unsubstituted or substituted alkyl group substituted for an oxygen atom, a group having 1 to 6 main
chain atoms and derived from one of CH2 in the main chain of an unsubstituted or substituted alkyl group substituted for NR8, or a substituted aryl group, and R8 represents a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group;

a substituent of the substituted alkyl group is an alkyl group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms, a benzyl group, an alkoxycarbonyl
group, or a phenyl group;

a substituent of the substituted aryl group is a halogen atom, a cyano group, a nitro group, a methyl group, an ethyl group,
an isopropyl group, a n-propyl group, a n-butyl group, an acyl group, an alkoxycarbonyl group, an alkoxy group, a thioalkoxy
group, or an aminoalkoxy group, and an atomic number of all substituent except for hydrogen atoms, which the aryl group has,
is 4 or more; and

R3 to R6 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, a cyano group, a nitro group, an unsubstituted or substituted
alkyl group, or an unsubstituted or substituted aryl group.

US Pat. No. 9,468,414

IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An X-ray radiation imaging system comprising:
a conversion unit configured to convert x-ray radiation into light;
a plurality of pixels each configured to convert the light converted by the conversion unit into an electrical signal;
an extracting unit configured to extract, based on an image formed based on output signals output from the plurality of pixels,
a pixel in which noise is generated due to the radiation that has transmitted through the conversion unit to arrive at the
plurality of pixels; and

a correcting unit configured to perform correction to remove the noise with respect to an output signal output from the pixel
extracted by the extracting unit,

wherein the extracting unit is configured to extract the pixel in which the noise is generated by performing division between
a first image and a second image, the first image being formed based on the output signals output from the plurality of pixels
in accordance with the x-ray radiation exposed to the conversion unit during a first period in an x-ray radiation exposure
period during which the x-ray radiation is exposed to the conversion unit, the second image being formed based on the output
signals output from the plurality of pixels in accordance with the x-ray radiation exposed to the conversion unit during a
second period provided after the first period in an x-ray radiation exposure period.

US Pat. No. 9,471,842

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,467,935

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a connection unit configured to connect to an external apparatus via a wireless network, wherein the connection of the connection
unit is processing on a first communication layer;

a utilizing unit configured to utilize a service provided by the external apparatus after connecting to the wireless network,
wherein the service is utilized on a second communication layer that is higher than the first communication layer after the
connection on the first communication layer is performed;

a search unit configured to search for the external apparatus providing at least one service, prior to connecting to the wireless
network on the first communication layer;

a determination unit configured to determine a service provided by the external apparatus searched for by the search unit;
and

a transmission unit configured to transmit a request for utilizing the service of the external apparatus on the second communication
layer to the searched external apparatus, prior to connecting to the wireless network on the first communication layer,

wherein, if it is determined that an external apparatus to be communicated with provides a standard service and an extended
service is provided, the transmission unit transmits a request to the external apparatus for utilizing the extended service,

wherein, if it is determined that an external apparatus to be communicated with provides the standard service but not the
extended service, the transmission unit transmits a request to the external apparatus for utilizing the standard service,
and

wherein, when the request for utilizing the extended service or the standard service is accepted, the connection unit connects
to the wireless network and then the utilizing unit configured to utilize the accepted service.

US Pat. No. 9,456,748

OPHTHALMOLOGICAL APPARATUS, ALIGNMENT METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmological apparatus comprising:
an image acquisition unit configured to acquire images of different magnifications;
a decision unit configured to decide, based on at least the acquired images or capture conditions of the acquired images,
a method for capturing an image of an intermediate magnification that is between the magnifications of the acquired images;
and

an alignment unit configured to align the acquired images of different magnifications by using the image of the intermediate
magnification captured with the method decided by the decision unit.

US Pat. No. 9,462,178

IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising a focus detection apparatus configured to split a light flux having passed through an exit
pupil of an imaging optical system into a plurality of light fluxes corresponding to different regions of the exit pupil and
form a plurality of optical images with the plurality of light fluxes by using optical members, perform photoelectric conversion
on each of the plurality of optical images, and then perform focus detection of the imaging optical system, wherein the focus
detection apparatus comprises:
a viewing field mask configured to determine contours of the plurality of optical images;
a sensor including a plurality of pairs of focus detection regions in each of which the plurality of optical images is detected,
wherein in the focus detection regions, there is a plurality of photoelectric conversion portions in line;

a memory configured to store, as adjustment values, a plurality of pieces of data indicating positions of the photoelectric
conversion portion corresponding to effective ranges in the plurality of pairs of focus detection regions, in a plurality
of storage areas in such a way that each of the plurality of pieces of data is stored in a corresponding one of the plurality
of storage areas; and

a controller configured to control focus adjustment by detecting a focusing state of the imaging optical system from signals
detected by the sensor in the effective ranges of the plurality of pairs of focus detection regions based on the adjustment
values obtained from the memory.

US Pat. No. 9,453,924

RADIATION CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ACQUIRING CORRECTION DATA FOR AN IMAGING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiation control apparatus comprising:
a determination unit configured to determine dose values of radiation generated by a radiation generation unit and irradiated
onto a radiation detector which acquires radiation images, the dose values corresponding to measured input-output characteristics
of the radiation detector; and

an acquisition unit configured to acquire correction data for the measured input-output characteristics of the radiation detector,
the correction data based on the images acquired from the radiation detector exposed to the radiation at the determined dose
values,

wherein the determination unit determines the dose values to acquire the correction data such that an interval of doses of
radiation irradiated onto the radiation detector is smaller as an increase amount of a pixel value is smaller in a range where
the pixels of the radiation detector start to be saturated.

US Pat. No. 9,454,103

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing device configured to develop an electrostatic image formed on an image bearing member by using a developer
containing non-magnetic toner particles and magnetic carrier particles, comprising:
a developing member configured to develop the electrostatic image formed on the image bearing member at a developing position,
the developing member being disposed rotatably to contact with the image bearing member at the developing position and bearing
the developer from a supplied position where developer is supplied to a collected position where magnetic carrier particles
are collected and bearing toner particles from the collected position to the developing position; and

a carrier collecting member configured to collect the magnetic carrier particles from the developing member at the collected
position, the carrier collecting member having a magnet to form a magnetic field between the magnet and the developing member
for collecting the magnetic carrier particles from the developing member,

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

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

wherein each protrusion portion has a first face formed at one side in a circumferential direction of the developing member
of an apex of each protrusion portion and a second face formed at the other side in the circumferential direction of the developing
member of the apex of each protrusion portion, and an inclination angle of the first face is less than an inclination angle
of the second face, and

wherein in the circumferential direction of the developing member, when a downward direction of the first face is set to be
positive, a relative velocity of a surface velocity of the developing member to a surface velocity of the image bearing member
is set to be positive at the developing position.

US Pat. No. 9,456,155

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for processing a picked-up image which is output from an image pickup element which includes
a microlens array to obtain the picked-up image including ray directional information of an object image formed by a photographing
optical system, the image processing apparatus comprising:
at least one processor; and
a memory having instructions stored thereon, which when executed by the at least one processor, cause the at least one processor
to:

obtain the picked-up image output from the image pickup element;
reconstruct signals of the obtained picked-up image on the basis of the ray directional information to generate a reconstruction
image at a refocus plane; and

detect a defect pixel of the reconstruction image using values of pixels of the reconstruction image, the defect pixel of
the reconstruction image being caused by a defect element of a plurality of photoelectric conversion elements constituting
the image pickup element.

US Pat. No. 9,456,161

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM, AND DRIVING METHOD OF THE PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus comprising:
a first pixel and a second pixel each having
a first photoelectric conversion element;
a second photoelectric conversion element;
an amplifying unit having an input node and configured to read out a signal based on charges generated in the first photoelectric
conversion element and the second photoelectric conversion element;

a first transfer gate configured to transfer the charge generated in the first photoelectric conversion element to the input
node;

a second transfer gate configured to transfer the charge generated in the second photoelectric conversion element to the input
node; and

a microlens configured to condense incident light onto the first photoelectric conversion element and the second photoelectric
conversion element,

wherein the photoelectric conversion apparatus performs a first operation in which, in the first pixel, the first transfer
gate is turned on to transfer the charge generated in the first photoelectric conversion element to the input node, a signal
based on the charge generated in the first photoelectric conversion element is output from the photoelectric conversion apparatus,
the first transfer gate and the second transfer gate are turned on while the charge generated in the first photoelectric conversion
element and transferred to the input node is retained in the input node to transfer the charges generated in the first photoelectric
conversion element and the second photoelectric conversion element to the input node, and a signal based on the charges generated
in the first photoelectric conversion element and the second photoelectric conversion element is output from the photoelectric
conversion apparatus; and

the photoelectric conversion apparatus performs a second operation in which, in the second pixel, the first transfer gate
is turned on to transfer the charge generated in the first photoelectric conversion element to the input node, a signal based
on the charge generated in the first photoelectric conversion element is not output from the photoelectric conversion apparatus,
the first transfer gate and the second transfer gate are turned on while the charge generated in the first photoelectric conversion
element and transferred to the input node is retained in the input node to transfer the charges generated in the first photoelectric
conversion element and the second photoelectric conversion element to the input node, and a signal based on the charges generated
in the first photoelectric conversion element and the second photoelectric conversion element is output from the photoelectric
conversion apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,451,692

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,446,592

LIQUID EJECTION CARTRIDGE AND LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,446,595

INK JET PRINTING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An ink jet printing apparatus comprising:
a print head for performing a printing operation for printing an image on a print medium by ejecting ink;
a sub tank for containing ink to be supplied to the print head;
a main tank for containing ink to be supplied to the sub tank;
a decompression unit for performing decompression in the sub tank;
a control unit configured to perform a bubble removal process in which a bubble removal operation is performed a predetermined
number of times to move bubbles in the sub tank to the main tank, the bubble removal operation comprising performing and releasing
the decompression in the sub tank; and

a determination unit configured to determine whether to perform the printing operation before the bubble removal operation
is performed the predetermined number of times, or after the bubble removal operation is performed the predetermined number
of times, in a case where the ink jet printing apparatus receives a printing command during execution of the bubble removal
process.

US Pat. No. 9,443,895

SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a first substrate having a first transistor and a photoelectric conversion element;
a second substrate having a second transistor; and
a wiring structure arranged between the first substrate and the second substrate,
wherein a drain region of the first transistor has a semiconductor region disposed in contact with an insulating film, and
a drain region of the second transistor has a metal compound layer.

US Pat. No. 9,444,693

RELAY DEVICE, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, RELAY DEVICE CONTROL METHOD, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS MANAGEMENT METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A relay device in a local system that performs communication from the local system comprising an image forming apparatus
through a network to a remotely provided management device, the relay device comprising:
a memory; and
a processor in communication with the memory, the processor configured to control:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire information from the image forming apparatus;
a division unit configured to divide the acquired information into first information to be managed in the local system and
second information to be managed outside of the local system;

a storing unit configured to store the first information in a database of the local system;
an adding unit configured to add, after storing the first information in the database of the local system, management information
corresponding to a storage location of the stored first information to the second information;

a transmitting unit configured to transmit to the management device the second information to which the management information
is added without transmitting the first information;

a request unit configured to perform a request for the second information to the management device; and
an application unit configured to apply, to the image forming apparatus in the local system, the second information acquired
from the management device according to the request,

wherein the application unit is configured to, when the management information has been added to the second information acquired
from the management device according to the request, apply the stored first information corresponding to the management information
together with the second information, and

wherein the first information is private information in accordance with a policy operated by the local system and the second
information is public information.