US Pat. No. 9,432,650

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image display apparatus comprising:
a display unit configured to display an image;
a readout unit configured to selectively read out one of a RAW image and a first developed image obtained by performing a
developing process and a compression process for the RAW image, as a candidate image to be displayed following a currently
displayed image, from a storage medium storing the RAW image and the first developed image, in accordance with the currently
displayed image;

a developing unit configured to perform a developing process for the RAW image read out by said readout unit with higher image
quality than the first developed image;

a decompression unit configured to perform a decompression process for the developed image read out by said readout unit;
a storage unit configured to store the candidate image which is processed by said developing unit or said decompression unit
so as to be displayed on said display unit; and

a control unit configured to perform control to display the candidate image stored in said storage unit on said display unit
by switching from the currently displayed image to the candidate image, in response to an instruction to switch an image displayed
on said display unit,

wherein said readout unit further configured to selectively read out one of the RAW image and the first developed image obtained
by performing the developing process and the compression process for the RAW image, in accordance with image quality of the
currently displayed image.

US Pat. No. 9,429,886

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING FIXING DEVICE AND BLOWER FOR THE FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that forms a toner image on a recording medium, the image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form an unfixed toner image on a recording medium;
a fixing unit configured to heat the recording medium bearing the unfixed toner image and fix the unfixed toner image onto
the recording medium at a nip portion, the fixing unit including a heating member; and a pressurizing member that contacts
the heating member so as to form the nip portion therebetween;

a first blower configured to blow air to a non-sheet-passing area of a small-size recording medium on the heating member;
a second blower configured to blow air to a non-sheet-passing area of the small-size recording medium on the pressurizing
member;

an end portion temperature detector configured to detect a temperature of the non-sheet-passing area of the small-size recording
medium on the heating member; and

a controller configured to control a power supplied to the first blower and the second blower independently, the controller
controlling the power supplied to the first blower according to a detected temperature detected by the end portion temperature
detector,

wherein the controller is capable of executing a first cooling mode in which the first blower blows air and the second blower
does not blow air, and a second cooling mode in which both the first blower and the second blower blow air, the first cooling
mode starting at a timing when the detected temperature detected by the end portion temperature detector reaches a threshold
temperature, the first cooling mode being switched to the second cooling mode at a timing when the power supplied to the first
blower reaches a threshold power smaller than the maximum power which can be supplied to the first blower.

US Pat. No. 9,423,992

MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

13. A method for controlling a management system for receiving data to be collected from an agent operating on a network device,
the method comprising:
issuing second agent information for use of when first agent information cannot be acquired from an agent management service;
receiving a data transfer reservation request including identification information of an agent;
requesting, from the agent management service, the first agent information corresponding to the identification information
included in the reservation request; and

exporting, in a case where the first agent information is acquired from the agent management service, data received from the
network device together with the acquired first agent information to an area where the data and the first agent information
can be referenced by an external system,

wherein in the exporting, in a case where the first agent information cannot be acquired from the agent management service,
data received from the agent is exported as incomplete information together with the second agent information issued in the
issuing to an area where the data and the second agent information can be referenced by the external system.

US Pat. No. 9,423,764

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,423,513

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,426,350

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor having focus detection pixels that photoelectrically convert each of a pair of light fluxes that pass through
different exit pupil areas of an imaging optical system and output a focus detection signal, and image forming pixels;

a calculation unit configured to calculate a first charge accumulation period for the image forming pixels, a second charge
accumulation period for the focus detection pixels, and a third charge accumulation period for a predetermined number of rows
that do not contain the focus detection pixels;

a control unit configured to read out the focus detection signal accumulated in the focus detection pixels and an image forming
signal accumulated in the image forming pixels;

a first focus control unit configured to perform phase difference focus control process based on the focus detection signal
read out after accumulated for the second charge accumulation period from the focus detection pixels; and

a second focus control unit configured to carry out a focus detection process based on a high-frequency component of an image
signal obtained from the image forming pixels in a row driven with the third charge accumulation period, while moving the
focus control mechanism,

wherein the control unit reads out the focus detection signal and the image forming signal, and sets a readout rate of the
focus detection signal to be lower than a readout rate of the image forming signal, and

wherein the control unit drives the predetermined number of rows with the third charge accumulation period while moving a
focus control mechanism.

US Pat. No. 9,417,561

DEVELOPING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,417,563

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a moving endless belt, the endless belt moving while bearing a recording medium or a toner image on an outer circumferential
surface thereof;

a first brush roller configured to contact the outer circumferential surface of the endless belt;
a first roller being in contact with an inner circumferential surface of the endless belt at a position corresponding to the
first brush roller;

a first power supply generating an electric field in a first direction between the first brush roller and the first roller;
a second brush roller contacting the outer circumferential surface of the endless belt downstream of the first brush roller
in a moving direction of the endless belt;

a second roller being in contact with the inner circumferential surface of the endless belt at a position corresponding to
the second brush roller; and

a second power supply generating an electric field in a second direction which is a direction opposite to the first direction
between the second brush roller and the second roller,

wherein relationships of LB1>LR1 and LN1 where LB1 is a length of a first contact area in the moving direction in which the first brush roller and the endless belt
come into contact with each other,

LR1 is a length of a second contact area in the moving direction in which the first roller and the endless belt come into
contact with each other,

a third contact area is an area in which the second brush roller and the endless belt come into contact with each other,
a fourth contact area is an area in which the second roller and the endless belt come into contact with each other,
LN1 is a length of an area in which the first contact area overlaps with the second contact area in the moving direction,
and

LN2 is a length of an area in which the third contact area overlaps with the fourth contact area in the moving direction.

US Pat. No. 9,417,575

PRESSURE MEMBER CONFIGURED TO INHIBIT WRINKLE FORMATION AND FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,413,751

COOPERATION SYSTEM, COOPERATION METHOD THEREOF, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cooperation system including a first information processing system for managing user authentication information about
a plurality of users for each group and a second information processing system for acquiring data from the first information
processing system and providing a service using the acquired data,
the first information processing system comprising:
first one or more processors; and
one or more computer-readable media storing first instructions that, when executed by the first one or more processors, cause
the first one or more processors to perform operations comprising:

receiving user authentication information from a client and authenticating a user based on the received user authentication
information;

providing a screen to be displayed on the client, the screen including a button for receiving a request for starting to use
the service provided by the second information processing system and a button for receiving a request for starting to use
another service provided by the second information processing system, wherein the service does not require user authentication
using the user authentication information and the another service does require user authentication using the user authentication
information;

identifying, in response to reception of a request for starting to use the service after the user is successfully authenticated,
group authentication information allocated to a group to which a plurality of users belong, the plurality of users including
the user authenticated based on the user authentication information, wherein the group authentication information is common
to all the users belonging to the group; and

transmitting, to the second information processing system, the group authentication information and an authentication request,
wherein the authentication request comprises a request to perform the requested authentication using the group authentication
information and return identification information indicating whether the authentication was successful, and the second information
processing system comprising:

second one or more processors; and
one or more computer-readable media storing second instructions that, when executed by the second one or more processors,
cause the second one or more processors to perform operations comprising:

receiving the transmitted group authentication information and performing the requested authentication based on the received
group authentication information;

acquiring, after the authentication has been successfully performed based on the group authentication information, the identification
information indicating that the authentication was successful, wherein the identification information comprises information
associated with a session of the user; and

transmitting, to the first information processing system, the identification information,
wherein the first instructions, when executed by the first one or more processors, cause the first one or more processors
to perform operations further comprising:

transmitting, to the client, the transmitted identification information and an instruction for the client to access the second
information processing system, and

wherein the second instructions, when executed by the second one or more processors, cause the second one or more processors
to perform operations further comprising:

verifying the identification information transmitted from the client performing access according to the instruction; and
providing, in response to successful verification of the identification information, the service to the user operating the
client without authenticating the user operating the client.

US Pat. No. 9,411,212

ILLUMINATION APPARATUS WHICH IS ARRANGEABLE SO AS TO SURROUND AN IMAGE CAPTURING LENS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An illumination apparatus, which is arrangeable so as to surround an image capturing lens, the illumination apparatus comprising,
when, in a state where the illumination apparatus is arranged so as to surround the image capturing lens, a direction corresponding
to a radial direction of the image capturing lens is defined as a radial direction of the illumination apparatus, a direction
surrounding the image capturing lens is defined as a circumferential direction of the illumination apparatus, a direction
toward an object field to be captured through the image capturing lens is defined as a light projecting direction of the illumination
apparatus, and a direction along an optical axis of the image capturing lens is defined as a thickness direction of the illumination
apparatus:
a light source;
a light collector configured to direct light, which diverges from the light source, inward further than the light source in
the radial direction by using a reflective surface; and

a light guider provided inside further than the light source in the radial direction so as to extend in the circumferential
direction and configured to guide the light from the light source toward an area extending to a side away from the light source
in the circumferential direction and to cause the light from the light source to exit toward the light projecting direction,

wherein the light collector includes (a) two reflective surfaces each as the reflective surface on a light projecting direction
side further than the light source and on an opposite side thereto in the thickness direction and (b) a light exiting opening
between the two reflective surfaces,

wherein the light collector is configured so that, in a sectional plane along the thickness direction, a direction of a center
of an exit range of the light exiting through the light exiting opening tilts to the opposite side to the light projecting
direction side inward in the radial direction, and

wherein in the light collector, of the two reflective surfaces, at least part of one reflective surface provided on the opposite
side to the light projecting direction side has a shorter length from the light source in the radial direction than that of
the other reflective surface provided on the light projecting direction side.

US Pat. No. 9,411,259

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that forms an image on a recording material, comprising:
a developer bearing member that bears a developer and develops an electrostatic latent image formed on an image bearing member;
a developing bias application unit that applies a developing bias to the developer bearing member;
a developer supply member that is provided so as to make contact with the developer bearing member and supplies developer
to the developer bearing member; and

a supply bias application unit that applies a supply bias to the developer supply member, wherein
in a predetermined period before a start of image formation during an image forming operation for an image formed on one recording
material,

the supply bias application unit applies a supply bias of which the magnitude of an absolute value is smaller than that of
a developing bias, to the developer supply member, and

in a period between the start of image formation and an end of image formation during the image forming operation for the
image formed on one recording material,

the supply bias application unit applies a supply bias to the developer supply member so that a difference in the magnitude
of the absolute value from the supply bias in the predetermined period before the start of image formation increases gradually.

US Pat. No. 9,405,225

DEVELOPER ACCOMMODATING UNIT, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer accommodating unit comprising:
a flexible container provided with an opening for permitting discharge of accommodated developer;
a sealing member for sealing the opening and for exposing the opening by being moved in an unsealing direction crossing a
longitudinal direction of said developer accommodating unit; and

an unsealing member, mounted to said sealing member, for moving said sealing member while deforming the opening,
wherein said flexible container includes a bonding portion for bonding said sealing member, and
wherein said bonding portion includes a projected portion or recessed portion (i) in a plane of said bonding portion and (ii)
in an upstream side or a downstream side of the opening with respect to the unsealing direction.

US Pat. No. 9,405,229

DEVELOPING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing device comprising:
a developer carrying member for carrying and feeding a developer;
a first chamber for supplying the developer to said developer carrying member;
a second chamber for forming a circulation path of the developer in communication with said first chamber and for delivering
the developer between itself and said first chamber;

a first feeding member, provided rotatably in said first chamber, for feeding the developer in said first chamber; and
a second feeding member, provided rotatably in said second chamber, for feeding the developer in said second chamber, wherein
said second feeding member comprises,

a first spiral portion including a first spiral feeding blade for feeding the developer in said second chamber in a feeding
direction opposite to a feeding direction in said first chamber,

a second spiral portion including a second spiral feeding blade for feeding a part of the developer fed by said first spiral
portion in a feeding direction opposite to the feeding direction of said first spiral portion,

a third spiral portion including a third spiral feeding blade for feeding the developer fed by getting over said second spiral
portion in the same feeding direction as the feeding direction of said first spiral portion, and

a disk portion provided between said second spiral portion and said third spiral portion,
wherein said disk portion includes a projected portion projected from a part of an outer peripheral surface of said disk portion
in a radial direction, and

wherein when said disk portion is seen in an axial direction of said second feeding member, on the basis of a line connecting
a rotation center of said disk portion and an upstream end portion of said third spiral portion with respect to the feeding
direction of said third spiral portion, said projected portion is provided within a range from a position deviated by 90 degrees
toward a downstream side with respect to a rotational direction of said disk portion to a position deviated by 30 degrees
toward an upstream side with respect to the rotational direction of said disk portion.

US Pat. No. 9,377,708

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising:
toner particles, each of which comprises a binder resin, a colorant, an ester wax and a hydrocarbon wax; and
inorganic fine particles,
wherein:
the ester wax comprises an ester compound having a structure represented by the following formula (1) or (2):
R1—CO—O—(CH2)x—O—OC—R2;  Formula (1):

or
R3—O—OC—(CH2)x—CO—O—R4  Formula (2):

wherein R1 to R4 are an alkyl group; and x is an integer of 8 to 10;

the ester wax comprises, in a composition distribution, an ester compound having a highest abundance rate in an amount of
40% by mass or higher and 80% by mass or lower with respect to a total amount of the ester wax;

when measuring the ester wax and the hydrocarbon wax solely with differential scanning calorimetry, each of the waxes has
an endothermic peak respectively, the endothermic peak of the ester wax having a peak top temperature of 65° C. to 80° C.,
and

when measuring the toner with differential scanning calorimetry, the toner has only one endothermic peak derived from the
waxes, the only one endothermic peak having a peak top temperature Tt (° C.),

wherein:
when measuring the ester wax and the hydrocarbon wax solely with differential scanning calorimetry, among a peak top temperature
of the endothermic peak of the ester wax and a peak top temperature of the endothermic peak of the hydrocarbon wax, the lower
temperature is defined as Tw (° C.),

Tt (° C.) and Tw (° C.) satisfy the following relationship:
3.0?(Tw?Tt)?8.0.

US Pat. No. 9,372,872

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS, DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR DISPLAYING A CONTENT OF A FILE ON A DISPLAY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus capable of displaying on a display apparatus contents classified into a plurality of groups,
the display control apparatus comprising:
an inputting unit configured to input a changing instruction of a user, in accordance with a predetermined operation, for
changing a display target content among the contents;

a display control unit configured to cause the display apparatus to display a current display target content and a new display
target content, so that the current display target content is changed to the new display target content every time the predetermined
operation is performed by the user and the changing instruction is input by the inputting unit; and

at least one processor configured to function as at least one of the inputting unit and the display control unit,
wherein if a number of contents of a first group including the current display target content and one or more contents is
smaller than a predetermined number, and the changing instruction is input by the inputting unit when the current display
target content is displayed, the display control unit causes the display apparatus to display a content included in a second
group different from the first group as the new display target content by omitting display of all of content(s) which are
included in the first group and are different from the current display target content, and if the number of contents of the
first group is equal to or greater than the predetermined number, and the changing instruction is input by the inputting unit
when the current display target content is displayed, the display control unit causes the display apparatus to display a content
included in the first group as the new display target content,

wherein the predetermined operation includes a first operation corresponding to a forward direction in a predetermined order
of the contents, and a second operation corresponding to a backward direction in the predetermined order, and

wherein the display control unit causes the display apparatus to display the new display target content, so that the current
display target content is changed to the new display target content in accordance with the predetermined order and a changing
direction,
corresponding to the predetermined operation performed by the user, of the forward direction or the backward direction.

US Pat. No. 9,372,652

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

9. A control method comprising:
playing a maintenance video indicating a maintenance operation on a maintenance screen;
suspending the maintenance video being played according to detection of occurrence of an event;
determining whether or not the detected event is an event occurred according to a user operation; and
returning, based on the determining unit determining that the detected event is not an event occurred according to the user
operation, a play start position of the suspended maintenance video from the suspended position backwards by a predetermined
time.

US Pat. No. 9,372,437

DEVELOPING DEVICE HAVING DEVELOPER COATING REGULATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing device comprising:
a developer carrying member for carrying and feeding a developer;
a regulating portion for regulating an amount of the developer carried on said developer carrying member, wherein said regulating
portion includes a flat portion including a closest position where said developer carrying member and said regulating portion
are closest to each other; and

a guiding portion for guiding a flow of the developer, wherein said guiding portion is connected with an upper end of the
flat portion in an upstream side of said regulating portion, with respect to a developer feeding direction,

wherein said guiding portion and said regulating portion are integrally molded, and
wherein in a cross section perpendicular to an axial direction of said developer carrying member, when coordinates are set
such that the upper end of the flat portion is an origin E, a direction which is parallel to a contact flat plane contacting
the surface of the developer carrying member and the closest position and which is opposite to the developer feeding direction
is a positive side of an X-axis, a direction which is perpendicular to the X-axis and which extends away from said developer
carrying member is a positive side of a Y-axis, and a closest distance between said regulating portion and said developer
carrying member is G,

in a region where a component of the X-axis is 3G or less, said guiding portion if formed by a curve or rectilinear line of
0.2 mm or less, so that a gap between said guiding portion and the contact flat plane monotonically decreases toward the downstream
side of the developer feeding direction, and said guiding portion has at least a concavely curved surface such that a rate
of a decrease in the gap between said guiding portion and the contact flat plane increases toward a downstream side of the
developer feeding direction in the region.

US Pat. No. 9,372,458

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT PROTECTS A HEATER FROM ELECTRICAL BREAKDOWN

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus configured to form an image on a recording material, the apparatus comprising:
a fixing unit configured to fix the image onto the recording material, the fixing unit including a heater;
a power supply line configured to connect electrically the heater with a power supply for supplying power to the heater;
a first electrode connected to the power supply line between the power supply and the heater;
a second electrode connected to an electrical ground, the second electrode not being in contact with the first electrode;
and

an insulation holder configured to hold the first electrode and the second electrode,
wherein one of the first electrode and the second electrode has a sharp point portion and the other has a facing portion facing
the sharp point portion with a predetermined clearance therebetween, the sharp point portion floating in the air.

US Pat. No. 9,372,460

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HOLDING TONE CORRECTION TABLE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a correction unit configured to correct image data based on a correction condition;
an image forming unit configured to form an image based on the image data corrected by the correction unit;
a measurement unit configured to measure a measurement image formed by the image forming unit;
an update unit configured to control the correction unit to correct measurement image data based on the correction condition,
control the image forming unit to form the measurement image based on the corrected measurement image data, and update the
correction condition based on a measurement result of the measurement image by the measurement unit and reference data corresponding
to the measurement image; and

a control unit configured to control whether or not to convert a measuring result of a target measurement image among measurement
images by the measurement unit to target reference data corresponding to the target measurement image,

wherein the control unit is configured to, in the case where a value obtained by correcting image data for forming the target
measurement image based on the correction condition is outside a predetermined range, convert the measurement result of the
target measurement image to the target reference data.

US Pat. No. 9,366,984

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT FORMS COLOR IMAGE BY SUPERIMPOSING PLURALITY OF IMAGES IN DIFFERENT COLORS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that is capable of forming an image at a plurality of image forming speeds, the image forming
apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit that has a first image forming part configured to form a first image of a first color and a second image
forming part configured to form a second image of a second color different from the first color, the image forming unit configured
to form the image using the first image forming part and the second image forming part;

a sheet container configured to contain a sheet;
an image bearing member configured to bear the first image and the second image, and to convey the first image and the second
image;

a transfer unit configured to transfer the first and second images borne by the image bearing member to the sheet;
a controller configured to control the image forming unit to form a measurement pattern including a first measurement image
formed by the first image forming part and a second measurement image formed by the second image forming part;

a measurement unit configured to measure the measurement pattern formed on the image bearing member;
a determination unit configured to determine first information related to a relative position of the first measurement image
and the second measurement image in a conveyance direction of the image bearing member based on a first measurement result
of a first measurement pattern, by the measurement unit, formed by the image forming unit at a first image forming speed,
and to determine second information related to a relative position of the first measurement image and the second measurement
image in the conveyance direction of the image bearing member based on a second measurement result of a second measurement
pattern, by the measurement unit, formed by the image forming unit at a second image forming speed different from the first
image forming speed;

a generating unit configured to generate correlation data based on the first information and the second information determined
by the determination unit; and

a correction unit configured to, in a case where the image forming unit forms the image at the first image forming speed,
correct a relative position of the first image and the second image in the conveyance direction based on the first information
determined by the determination unit, and to, in a case where the image forming unit forms the image at the second image forming
speed, correct a relative position of the first image and the second image in the conveyance direction based on the first
information determined by the determination unit and correlation data generated by the generating unit,

wherein the controller is configured to execute a first image forming process, in which the image forming unit forms the measurement
pattern at the first image forming speed in a case where a first condition is satisfied, and to execute a second image forming
process, in which the image forming unit forms the measurement pattern at both the first image forming speed and the second
image forming speed in a case where a second condition is satisfied while the sheet container contains a sheet corresponding
to the second image forming speed, and

wherein the second image forming process is not executed if the second condition is satisfied while the sheet container does
not contain a sheet corresponding to the second image forming speed.

US Pat. No. 9,367,269

PRINTING APPARATUS AND WIRELESS COMMUNICATION METHOD TO IMPLEMENT CHARGING CONTROL FOR PRINTING A PRINT DATA TRANSMITTED BY A COMMUNICATION TERMINAL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing control apparatus for controlling a first near field communication (NFC) unit which performs communication via
near field communication (NFC), comprising:
a memory configured to store a program;
a processor configured to execute the program stored in the memory,
wherein the processor receives a first ID information for specifying a communication terminal or a user of the communication
terminal, from a second near field communication (NFC) unit of the communication terminal by the first NFC unit at a first
time, and receives first print target data from the communication terminal based on the NFC by the first NFC unit, and

wherein the processor determines, in a case where the second NFC unit of the communication terminal corresponding to second
ID information is detected by the first NFC unit at a second time when the first ID information has been received and charging
processing for a printing of the first print target data have not been performed, whether the communication terminal requests
either another printing of a second print target data or the charging processing, based on whether the second NFC unit of
the communication terminal serves as an initiator of the NFC or a target of the NFC, and

wherein the processor performs the charging processing using the first NFC unit, after a predetermined image processing for
the first print target data and before the printing of the first print target data, and performs the printing of the first
print target data for which the predetermined image processing has been executed in response to completion of the charging
processing, on a condition that it is determined that the communication terminal requests the charging processing and the
second ID information received by the detection at the second time corresponds to the first ID information.

US Pat. No. 9,365,733

INK JET INK AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink jet ink, comprising:
water; and
a pigment dispersed by a polymer dispersant,
wherein the pigment has a secondary amino group,
wherein the polymer dispersant includes (i) a unit derived from an acryloylmorpholine and (ii) a unit derived from an acidic
monomer, and

wherein a content of the unit derived from the acryloylmorpholine is 0.1 times or more and 4.0 times or less as high as a
content of the unit derived from the acidic monomer in terms of mass ratio.

US Pat. No. 9,365,059

MOTOR CONTROL METHOD AND PRINT APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A motor control method performed by a controller, comprising:
monitoring a motor load of at least one of a plurality of motors including a first motor and a second motor driven by one
common power source having a protection circuit, wherein the protection circuit is operated to shut down the power source
in a case where a current value of the power source continues to exceed a threshold Cth during a period Tg;

stopping motor drive in a case where the monitored motor load continues to exceed a threshold Mth during a period Tm, which
is shorter than the period Tg; and

in a first operation where both the first motor and the second motor are driven, skipping the monitoring of the motor load
during acceleration operations of the first motor and the second motor and then starting the monitoring of the motor load,
and in a second operation where the first motor is driven and the second motor is not driven, monitoring the motor load during
the acceleration operation of the first motor,

wherein the threshold Mth in monitoring the motor load in the first operation is lower than in monitoring the motor load in
the second operation.

US Pat. No. 9,357,913

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,354,184

IMAGING APPARATUS, X-RAY DETECTOR, AND IMAGING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus, comprising:
a sensor including a plurality of pixels arranged in a two-dimensional pattern, wherein each of the plurality of pixels includes
a photoelectric conversion element, and a sample-hold circuit configured to sample and hold a signal based on an electric
charge of the photoelectric conversion element;

a control unit configured to sample and hold the signal for a plurality of sample-hold circuits of the plurality of pixels,
to perform a plurality of non-destructive reading operations for the signal having been sampled and held by the sample-hold
circuits of one row, and to subsequently perform a plurality of non-destructive reading operations for the signal having been
sampled and held by the sample-hold circuit of the next row;

an A/D conversion unit configured to perform analog/digital conversion processing on signals read by the plurality of non-destructive
reading operations from a sample-hold circuit of the plurality of sample-hold circuits;

an averaging processing unit configured to perform averaging processing on the signals having been analog/digital converted
by the A/D conversion unit; and

a digital binning unit configured to perform binning processing using a signal having been averaging processed by the averaging
processing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,342,030

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS FOR SUPERIMPOSING DIRECT CURRENT VOLTAGE ON ALTERNATING CURRENT VOLTAGE AND OUTPUTTING RESULTING VOLTAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

10. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image carrier;
a charging unit configured to charge the image carrier;
a latent image forming unit configured to form an electrostatic latent image by exposing the image carrier uniformly charged
by the charging unit;

a developing unit configured to develop the electrostatic latent image formed on the image carrier using toner and form a
toner image; and

a power supply configured to supply, to the developing unit, a developing voltage obtained by superimposing a direct current
voltage on an alternating current voltage;

the power supply including:
an alternating current generation circuit having a transformer and configured to generate an alternating current voltage in
accordance with a pulse signal input to the transformer;

a clamp circuit having a constant-voltage element and a current limit element connected in series between the transformer,
an output end of the alternating current voltage, and a ground; and

a direct current generation circuit configured to generate a direct current voltage in accordance with a duty cycle of the
input pulse signal;

wherein the direct current generation circuit converts, into a direct current voltage, a current that flows from the clamp
circuit via the ground, and superimposes the direct current voltage on the alternating current voltage, and a voltage obtained
by superimposing the direct current voltage on the alternating current voltage is output from the output end.

US Pat. No. 9,333,773

PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a feeding unit configured to feed a printing sheet stacked on a stacking unit;
a conveyance unit configured to convey the printing sheet fed by the feeding unit;
a printing unit configured to print the printing sheet conveyed by the conveyance unit; and
a control unit configured to control conveyance of printing sheets so that a trailing edge of a preceding sheet as a printing
sheet precedingly fed from the stacking unit and a leading edge of a succeeding sheet as a printing sheet succeedingly fed
from the stacking unit overlap each other,

wherein based on an ink amount to be applied to an area of a predetermined range from at least one of the leading edge of
the succeeding sheet and the trailing edge of the preceding sheet, the control unit decides an overlapping amount of an area
where the trailing edge of the preceding sheet and the leading edge of the succeeding sheet overlap each other.

US Pat. No. 9,330,299

FUNDUS IMAGE ACQUIRING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fundus image acquiring apparatus, comprising:
a first fundus image acquiring unit configured to acquire, at a first frame rate, a first fundus image including at least
one fundus image of an eye to be inspected;

an extraction unit configured to extract a characteristic image including a characteristic point from the acquired first fundus
image;

an evaluation unit configured to evaluate luminance of the characteristic image for detecting a movement of the eye to be
inspected;

a determination unit configured to determine a second frame rate based on a result of the evaluation by the evaluation unit;
a second fundus image acquiring unit configured to acquire, at the second frame rate, a second fundus image including the
characteristic point, wherein luminance of the acquired second fundus image is different from luminance of the acquired first
fundus image; and

a detection unit configured to detect the movement of the eye to be inspected based on the acquired second fundus image,
wherein the determination unit determines the second frame rate on the basis of a luminance difference between luminance information
of each of a plurality of divided areas in the extracted characteristic image,

wherein the first fundus image acquiring unit uses an image sensor to acquire the first fundus image,
wherein the second fundus image acquiring unit uses an image sensor to acquire the second fundus image, and
wherein the extraction unit, the evaluation unit, the determination unit, and the detection unit are implemented using a processor.

US Pat. No. 9,329,280

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for controlling a radiation image pickup apparatus, the radiation image pickup apparatus including a pixel array
having a plurality of pixels arranged in a matrix, a drive circuit, and a detection unit, each of the pixels including a conversion
element and a switch element and converting radiation into an electric signal, the drive circuit controlling the switch element
between a conducting state and a non-conducting state, the detection unit outputting a signal varying with an intensity of
irradiation of the pixel array, the method comprising:
switching the radiation image pickup apparatus between a first mode and a second mode,
wherein in the first mode, a start threshold value used for detecting start of irradiation of the pixel array is calculated
on the basis of the signal output from the detection unit during a period of time during which irradiation is not applied
to the pixel array in which the switch elements of the plurality of pixels are sequentially set in the conducting state on
a row-by-row basis by the drive circuit and the signal output from the detection unit during a period of time during which
irradiation is applied to the pixel array in which the switch elements of the plurality of pixels are sequentially set in
the conducting state on a row-by-row basis by the drive circuit, and

wherein in the second mode, the switch elements of the plurality of pixels are set in the non-conducting state by the drive
circuit if a value of the signal output from the detection unit exceeds the start threshold value during a period of time
during which the switch elements of the pixels are sequentially set in the conducting state on a row-by-row basis by the drive
circuit after the first mode occurs.

US Pat. No. 9,329,554

SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

10. A sheet conveying apparatus comprising:
a first conveyance roller pair configured to nip and convey a sheet;
a second conveyance roller pair arranged downstream in a sheet conveyance direction of the first conveyance roller pair and
configured to form a nip portion that comes into contact with a leading edge of the sheet conveyed by the first conveyance
roller pair for forming a first loop in the sheet and to nip and convey the sheet conveyed by the first conveyance roller
pair;

a width-direction shifting unit configured to shift the second conveyance roller pair in a width direction, perpendicular
to the sheet conveyance direction, to shift the sheet nipped by the second conveyance roller pair in the width direction;

a first drive unit configured to rotate the first conveyance roller pair;
a second drive unit configured to rotate the second conveyance roller pair; and
a control unit configured to control the first and second drive units,
wherein, to form a second loop in the sheet larger than the first loop from the first loop in the sheet, the control unit
controls a conveying amount of the first conveyance roller pair to be greater than a conveying amount of the second conveyance
roller pair between when the second conveyance roller pair starts conveying the sheet and when the width-direction shifting
unit starts shifting the second conveyance roller pair in the width direction while the second conveyance roller pair nips
the sheet,

wherein, before the width-direction shifting unit starts shifting the second conveyance roller pair in the width direction
while the second conveyance roller pair nips the sheet, the control unit controls a circumferential speed of the first conveyance
roller pair and a circumferential speed of the second conveyance roller pair to be equal to each other, and

wherein, while the width-direction shifting unit is shifting the second conveyance roller pair in the width direction while
the second conveyance roller pair nips the sheet, the control unit controls the circumferential speed of the first conveyance
roller pair to be equal to the circumferential speed of the second conveyance roller pair.

US Pat. No. 9,329,569

MANUFACTURING METHOD OF CARTRIDGE INCLUDING INFORMATION STORING ELEMENT, INFORMATION STORING ELEMENT EXCHANGING METHOD OF THE CARTRIDGE, THE CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A manufacturing method of a cartridge including an information storing element, the manufacturing method comprising:
a step of removing a first information storing element holding unit holding a first information storing element, from a frame
including a positioning portion for positioning the first information storing element holding unit while leaving at least
a part of the positioning portion;

a step of positioning a second information storing element holding unit including a second information storing element to
a remaining portion of the positioning portion; and

a step of connecting the second information storing element holding unit and the frame at the remaining portion.

US Pat. No. 9,327,527

PRINTING APPARATUS, CONVEYING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a printhead that prints an image on a printing medium;
a first conveyance roller that is provided on an upstream side of said printhead along a conveyance direction and intermittently
conveys a printing medium;

a second conveyance roller that is provided on a downstream side of said printhead along the conveyance direction and intermittently
conveys a the printing medium;

a conveyance control unit configured to perform a conveyance control where a conveyance state is changed from a first conveyance
state, in which said first conveyance roller conveys a printing medium and said second conveyance roller does not convey a
printing medium, to a second conveyance state, in which said first conveyance roller and said second conveyance roller convey
a printing medium, and then the conveyance state is changed from the second conveyance state to a third conveyance state,
in which said first conveyance roller do not convey a printing medium and said second conveyance roller conveys a printing
medium;

a calculating unit configured to calculate a load mutually acting on said first conveyance roller and said second conveyance
roller through a printing medium in an intermittent conveyance operation in which the conveyance state is changed from the
first conveyance state to the second conveyance state based on a rotational phase of said first conveyance roller and a rotational
phase of said second conveyance roller when said second conveyance roller starts a conveyance of a printing medium in the
intermittent conveyance operation and a rotational phase of said first conveyance roller and a rotational phase of said second
conveyance roller when a printing medium is stopped in the intermittent conveyance operation, and

a correcting unit configured to correct a conveyance amount in an intermittent conveyance operation in said second conveyance
state based on the load calculated by said calculating unit.

US Pat. No. 9,330,347

METHOD FOR CREATING DOT ARRANGEMENTS OR THRESHOLD MATRICES, AN IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND A STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A computerized method for creating threshold matrices having a predetermined size, performed by an image processing apparatus,
including a processor connected to a memory and configured to execute the method, the method comprising:
receiving a first image data indicating a first dot arrangement, a second image data indicating a second dot arrangement,
the first image data and the second image data having the same size as the size of the threshold matrices, a predetermined
first weighting map, and a predetermined second weighting map, the first and second weighting maps provided by adding weighting
values based on respective first and second weighting functions to a pixel where a dot is formed and to pixels surrounding
that pixel in the first image data and the second image data, respectively;

generating the first dot arrangement comprising of a predetermined number of dots by determining positions where the predetermined
number of dots are to be added to the first image data based on an evaluation equation using the first and second weighting
maps, adding the dots to the determined positions, and, every time the predetermined number of dots are added, updating the
first weighting map based on the pixel positions where the dots are added and the first weighting function;

generating the second dot arrangement comprising of the predetermined number of dots by determining pixel positions where
the predetermined number of dots are to be added to the second image data based on the evaluation equation using the first
and second weighting maps, adding the dots to the determined pixel positions, and, every time the predetermined number of
dots are added, updating the second weighting map based on the pixel positions where the dots are added and the second weighting
function;

alternately and repeatedly generating the first dot arrangement comprising of the predetermined number of dots and the second
dot arrangement comprising of the predetermined number of dots until the number of dots in each of the first dot arrangement
and the second dot arrangement reaches a target dot number;

evaluating image quality of a dot pattern that is obtained by overlapping the first dot arrangement and the second dot arrangement,
wherein each of the first and the second dot arrangements include at least the target dot number of dots, by calculating frequency
analysis;

changing at least one of the first and second weighting functions or the evaluation equation in case where the evaluation
results in the evaluating do not satisfy a predetermined condition;

repeating the generating and evaluating, based on the changed first and second weighting functions until the first and second
dot arrangements that satisfy the predetermined condition are obtained; and

creating first and second threshold matrixes based on an order in which the dots are added to each of the first and second
dot arrangements that satisfy the predetermined condition.

US Pat. No. 9,332,190

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that generates, from a plurality of first image data items obtained by imaging a subject
while varying a focal position in an optical axis direction, second image data having a deeper depth of field than the first
image data items, the image processing apparatus comprising:
an imaging characteristic acquisition unit that acquires, on the basis of information that designates a depth of field for
second image data to be generated, imaging characteristics of a virtual optical system having the designated depth of field;

a determination unit that determines a synthesis focal plane corresponding to the focal position of the second image data
to be generated, on the basis of the designated depth of field; and

a generation unit that generates the second image data on the basis of the imaging characteristics acquired by the imaging
characteristic acquisition unit and the synthesis focal plane determined by the determination unit.

US Pat. No. 9,332,294

TIMING OF DISPLAYED OBJECTS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method comprising:
obtaining a collection of objects;
comparing a value of a first attribute of a first object in the collection of objects to respective values of the first attribute
of other objects in the collection of objects;

determining a display time of the first object based on the comparing of the value of the first attribute of the first object
to the respective values of the first attribute of the other objects, wherein the display time of the first object is inversely
related to how similar the respective values of the first attribute of the other objects are to the value of the first attribute
of the first object;

generating a display that includes at least part of the first object in a first portion of the display for the display time
of the first object, wherein the display is configured for rendering on a display device; and

removing the first object from the first portion of the display after the display time of the first object has elapsed.

US Pat. No. 9,331,296

ORGANIC LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An organic light-emitting device comprising:
a pair of electrodes having an anode and a cathode;
a light-emitting layer arranged between the pair of electrodes, the light-emitting layer containing a host material and a
blue-fluorescent dopant material having the ability to trap electrons; and

a hole-blocking layer adjacent to the light-emitting layer,
wherein the energy of the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital of the host material (LUMO (host)) and the energy of the LUMO
of the blue-fluorescent dopant material (LUMO (dopant)) satisfy the following expression:

|LUMO(dopant)|?|LUMO(host)|>0.15 eV,
the energy of the highest occupied molecular orbital of the host material (HOMO (host)) and the energy of the HOMO of the
blue-fluorescent dopant material (HOMO (dopant)) satisfy the following expression:

|HOMO(host)|<|HOMO(dopant)|,
the energy of the lowest excited triplet state of the host material (T1 (host)) and the energy of the lowest excited triplet state of the hole-blocking layer (T1 (HBL)) satisfy the following expression:

T1(host)?T1(HBL)>0.1 eV,
the host material and a material for the hole-blocking layer are different hydrocarbon compounds, each of the hydrocarbon
compounds having a plurality of mono- or higher-valent unsubstituted or alkyl-substituted aromatic hydrocarbon moieties, and
the aromatic hydrocarbon moieties being linked together only by a single bond, and

a substructure containing the single bond and the aromatic hydrocarbon moieties linked together by the single bond is represented
only by general formula [1] or [2]:

(wherein thick lines illustrated in formulae [1] and [2] each indicate the single bond).

US Pat. No. 9,310,705

COLOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

10. A color image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form misregistration detection patterns;
a transfer member on which the misregistration detection patterns are transferred;
a first detection unit and a second detection unit arranged to be juxtaposed in a direction perpendicular to a moving direction
of said transfer member; and

a control unit configured to control an image forming condition by said image forming unit based on a result of detecting
the misregistration detection patterns,

wherein the misregistration detection patterns include a linear first reference mark and a first detection mark to be detected
by said first detection unit, and a linear second reference mark and a second detection mark to be detected by said second
detection unit,

the linear first reference mark, the linear second reference mark, the first detection mark and the second detection mark
are formed with toner of the same color, and are marks for detecting misregistration in a main-scanning direction, and

said first detection unit detects the linear first reference mark and then detects the first detection mark subsequent to
the linear first reference mark, and said second detection unit detects the second detection mark and then detects the linear
second reference mark subsequent to the second detection mark.

US Pat. No. 9,311,577

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR CHANGING SHEET INFORMATION ASSOCIATED WITH SHEET CASSETTE, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

generate a changing job to change sheet information set on a sheet cassette, wherein in the generated changing job, a targeted
sheet cassette, of which the set sheet information is to be changed, and sheet information to be newly set after the change
are designated;

set a timing of executing the changing job based on a designation of a user;
execute the changing job at the set timing;
open the targeted sheet cassette designated in the changing job; and
change, when it is detected that the opened targeted sheet cassette is closed, the sheet information set on the targeted sheet
cassette to the to-be-newly-set sheet information designated in the changing job.

US Pat. No. 9,306,453

DC/DC CONVERTER AND AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS TO WHICH A POWER IS SUPPLIED FROM THE DC/DC CONVERTER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A DC/DC converter comprising:
a switching element connected to a signal line to which a first DC voltage is supplied;
an inductor connected to the switching element, the inductor configured to generate a second DC voltage lower than the first
DC voltage by switching operation of the switching element;

a detection unit configured to detect the second DC voltage;
a comparator configured to compare the second DC voltage detected by the detection unit with a reference voltage;
a voltage correction unit including a diode and a resister connected to the diode in series, the voltage correction unit connected
to an output side of the comparator and an input side of the comparator to which the second DC voltage is input, wherein the
voltage correction unit is configured to correct the second DC voltage detected by the detection unit;

a voltage increasing unit including a capacitor, the voltage increasing unit connected to the resister of the voltage correction
unit in parallel so as to increase a correction amount of the voltage correction unit.

US Pat. No. 9,300,884

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR AND CAMERA HAVING A PLURALITY OF PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERTERS UNDER A MICROLENS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image sensor including a semiconductor substrate having a first face and a second face opposite to the first
face, the solid-state image sensor comprising:
a plurality of pixel groups each including a plurality of pixels, each pixel having a photoelectric converter formed in the
semiconductor substrate and a wiring layer that configures a part of a circuit in the pixel, the photoelectric converter including
a region whose major carriers are the same as charges to be accumulated in the photoelectric converter as a signal; and

a plurality of microlenses that are located so that one microlens is arranged for each pixel group,
wherein each wiring layer is located at a side of the first face of the semiconductor substrate, and the plurality of microlenses
are located at a side of the second face of the semiconductor substrate,

wherein light-incidence faces of the regions of the photoelectric converters of each pixel group are arranged along the second
face such that the light-incidence faces are apart from each other in a direction along the second face,

wherein the photoelectric converter includes a semiconductor region of a first conductivity type, which is configured to accumulate
charges as a signal, and

a maximum value of an impurity concentration of a second conductivity type in a region between two nearest semiconductor regions,
of the semiconductor regions of the plurality of pixels that belong to a single pixel group, is smaller than a maximum value
of an impurity concentration of the second conductivity type in a region between two nearest semiconductor regions, of the
semiconductor regions of the plurality of pixels that belong to different pixel groups.

US Pat. No. 9,300,890

IMAGING AND RANGING DEVICES AND APPARATUS HAVING FIRST AND SECOND IMAGING AREAS WITH DISCRETE PIXEL ARRANGEMENTS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging device for receiving a light flux from an exit pupil of an optical system, comprising:
a first imaging area having a plurality of first pixels and a plurality of second pixels arranged therein; and
a second imaging area having a plurality of first pixels and a plurality of third pixels arranged therein, wherein
each of the first pixels being configured so as to receive a light flux from a first pupil area of the exit pupil and operate
for photoelectric conversion,

each of the second pixels being configured so as to receive a light flux from a second pupil area of the exit pupil and operate
for photoelectric conversion, the second pupil area including a part of the first pupil area and being decentered relative
to a center of gravity of the exit pupil to a first direction,

each of the third pixels being configured so as to receive a light flux from a third pupil area of the exit pupil and operate
for photoelectric conversion, the third pupil area including a part of the first pupil area and being decentered relative
to the center of gravity to a second direction opposite to the first direction,

the first imaging area being displaced to a direction corresponding to one of the first and second directions relative to
a position on the imaging device where an optical axis of the optical system passes,

the second imaging area being displaced to a direction corresponding to the other of the first and second directions relative
to the position,

the first imaging area only having the first and second pixels from among the first, second and third pixels arranged therein,
or having the first, second and third pixels with the number of the second pixels being not less than five times the number
of the third pixels arranged therein,

the second imaging area only having the first and third pixels from among the first, second and third pixels arranged therein,
or having the first, second and third pixels with the number of the third pixels being not less than five times the number
of the second pixels arranged therein, and

the first imaging area and the second imaging area being arranged at opposite sides of a first boundary line which passes
through a geometric center of the imaging device and runs on the imaging device perpendicularly relative to the first and
second directions so as to be interposed between the first and second imaging areas.

US Pat. No. 9,300,820

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,294,744

IMAGE SENSOR AND IMAGE SENSING APPARATUS WITH PLURAL VERTICAL OUTPUT LINES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image sensor comprising:
a pixel array including a plurality of first photoelectric converters configured to generate first color voltage signals,
and a plurality of second photoelectric converters configured to generate second color voltage signals, wherein each of the
first photoelectric converters and each of the second photoelectric converters are arranged alternately in a column direction
along each column of the pixel array;

a first output line in the column direction and to which the first color voltage signals are output; and
a second output line in the column direction and to which the second color voltage signals are output,
wherein the pixel array is driven to perform in parallel:
a first operation to output the first color voltage signals which depend on charges of 2M or 2M+1 (M being a positive integer)
of the first photoelectric converters which are arranged in the column direction to the first output line at one time, and

a second operation to output the second color voltage signals which depend on charges of 2M or 2M+1 of the second photoelectric
converters which are arranged in the column direction to the second output line at one time.

US Pat. No. 9,294,747

DISPLAY APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE DISPLAY SYSTEM, DISPLAY APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD AND INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display control apparatus which controls to display image data sent from at least one information processing apparatus
via a communication line, on a screen, comprising:
a communication interface configured to communicate with the at least one information processing apparatus via the communication
line;

a CPU configured to perform functions of a determination unit, a layout change unit, and a display control unit:
wherein the image data correspond to image data displayed on respective monitors of information processing apparatuses or
image data displayed on a plurality of monitors of a single information processing apparatus, and

wherein when the display control unit displays on a single screen a plurality of image displaying areas, each image displaying
area displaying images displayed on each of the monitors, the determination unit determines which of (1) the plurality of
image data which correspond to the images displayed on each of the monitors are sent from the same information processing
apparatus and (2) the plurality of image data which correspond to the images displayed on each of the monitors are sent from
different information processing apparatuses, and

the layout change unit sets a first layout of the image displaying areas for displaying the plurality of image data received
by the communication interface when the determination unit determines that (1) the plurality of image data which correspond
to the images displayed on each of the monitors are sent from the same information processing apparatus, and sets a second
layout of the image displaying areas different from the first layout for displaying the plurality of image data received by
the communication interface when the determination unit determines that (2) the plurality of image data which correspond to
the images displayed on each of the monitors are sent from the different information processing apparatuses, and

the display control unit displays the plurality of image displaying areas on the screen in a layout changed by the layout
change unit.

US Pat. No. 9,289,914

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CUTTING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit arranged to continuously form images on a continuous sheet;
a first conveying unit provided downstream of the image forming unit in a conveyance direction and arranged to continuously
convey the continuous sheet with the images formed thereon;

a second conveying unit provided downstream of the first conveying unit in the conveyance direction and arranged to convey
the continuous sheet;

a first cutting unit provided downstream of the second conveying unit in the conveyance direction and arranged to cut the
continuous sheet;

a second cutting unit provided downstream of the first cutting unit in the conveyance direction and arranged to cut the continuous
sheet; and

a control unit having at least one sensor and a processor programmed to perform control, in response to input from the at
least one sensor, such that the first cutting unit performs a first cutting operation to cut a downstream end in the conveyance
direction of a first image on the continuous sheet, after the first cutting operation and at a timing determined based on
a distance between the first image and a second image on the continuous sheet which is formed downstream of the first image
in the conveyance direction, the second cutting unit performs a second cutting operation to cut an upstream end in the conveyance
direction of the second image, the first conveying unit conveys the continuous sheet at a first conveyance speed and the second
conveying unit is stopped during the first cutting operation to form a loop of the continuous sheet at a position between
the first and second conveying units, and then after the first cutting operation, the second conveying unit conveys the continuous
sheet at a second conveyance speed which is faster than the first conveyance speed to reduce the loop.

US Pat. No. 9,291,991

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming device configured to form a toner image on a sheet;
a fixing unit, including first and second rotatable members configured to form a nip, configured to fix the toner image formed
on the sheet by said image forming device;

a mounting portion to which said fixing unit is detachably mountable substantially along a longitudinal direction thereof;
a movable pressing portion configured to move said first rotatable member toward said second rotatable member at a pressing
position;

a moving mechanism configured to move said pressing portion along a direction substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal
direction toward the pressing position in a space of said mounting portion through which said fixing unit passes during mounting
and demounting; and

a retracting mechanism configured to retract said pressing portion from the pressing position to an outside of the space.

US Pat. No. 9,289,958

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING RESIN-MADE ROLLER SHAFT, MOLDING DIE, AND RESIN-MADE ROLLER SHAFT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A molding die for molding a resin-made roller shaft therein comprising:
a cavity for molding the roller shaft therein; and
a holding member, which is a part of the cavity, provided on an end of the cavity such that both ends of the roller shaft
can be molded in an axial direction,

wherein the cavity is formed by at least a first plate and a second plate, and the molding die comprises a spring configured
to move the first plate, and

wherein the holding member is rotatable by moving the first plate by the spring at a condition that the first plate is separated
from the resin material filled in the cavity so that a step of a parting line at a portion that is formed by the second plate
is reduced.

US Pat. No. 9,291,882

PROJECTION-TYPE DISPLAY APPARATUS WITH A KEYSTONE CORRECTION FEATURE FOR CORRECTING KEYSTONE DISTORTION IN A PROJECTION IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A projection-type display apparatus comprising:
a setting unit configured to set a vertical keystone correction value used to correct a vertical distortion of a projection
image and a horizontal keystone correction value used to correct a horizontal distortion of the projection image; and

an image generator configured to generate an image that includes:
a current vertical keystone correction value and a current horizontal keystone correction value that are set by the setting
unit;

first settable range within which the setting unit is permitted to vary the vertical keystone correction value based on the
current vertical keystone correction value and the current horizontal keystone correction value, and outside of which the
setting unit is not permitted to vary the vertical keystone correction value based on the current vertical keystone correction
value and the current horizontal keystone correction value;

a second settable range within which the setting unit is permitted to vary the horizontal keystone correction value based
on the current vertical keystone correction value and the current horizontal keystone correction value, and outside of which
the setting unit is not permitted to vary the horizontal keystone correction value based on the current vertical keystone
correction value and the current horizontal keystone correction value;

a first maximum range for the vertical keystone correction value, within which the first settable range falls, that is variable
as the horizontal keystone correction value is varied and that is equal to the first maximum range when the horizontal distortion
is not corrected; and

a second maximum range for the horizontal correction value, within which the second settable range falls, that is variable
as the vertical keystone correction value is varied and that is equal to the second maximum range when the vertical distortion
is not corrected.

US Pat. No. 9,285,742

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS TO ADJUST THE AMOUNT OF LIGHT EXPOSED BY AN EXPOSURE UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member;
a correction unit that corrects an amount of light for at least one portion of scanning positions along a main scanning direction;
an exposure unit configured to form electrostatic latent images by irradiating light on the image bearing member based on
the amount of light corrected by the correction unit, the light including a first light amount and a second light amount;

a forming unit configured to form (i) a first toner patch with the first light amount and (ii) a second toner patch with the
second light amount, the first and second toner patches being formed on the image bearing member on the basis of the electrostatic
latent images formed by the exposure unit;

a detection unit configured to detect (i) a density of the first toner patch and (ii) a density of the second toner patch;
and

a control unit configured to change at least one setting of the correction unit based on the detection results by the detection
unit, the at least one setting being for correcting the amount of light for each scanning position along the main scanning
direction,

wherein the control unit controls the correction unit to change a part of the at least one setting before a latent image corresponding
to the second toner patch is formed, the part of the at least one setting being less than all of the at least one setting
and the part of the at least one setting corresponding to at least a position for the second toner patch.

US Pat. No. 9,283,719

OPTICAL COMPONENT AND METHOD OF MAKING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of making an optical component comprising:
inserting a core lens into a mold, wherein the core lens has a recessed portion, only one recessed portion of which forms
a space by being recessed into an outer periphery, and is recessed to reach an optically effective area; and

introducing a covering plastic into a space between the mold and a front surface of the core lens, a space between the mold
and a back surface of the core lens and the one recessed portion of the optically effective area by introducing the covering
plastic through the one recessed portion.

US Pat. No. 9,278,552

INK JET PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for an ink jet printing apparatus to print images on a printing medium by using at least
two nozzle arrays, each of which includes multiple nozzles arranged in a nozzle arranging direction crossing a conveying direction
of the printing medium, such that a non-image area is provided on the print medium between image areas on which the images
are printed, comprising:
a detecting unit configured to detect a relative printing position displacement between print positions by the at least two
nozzle arrays in the conveying direction; and

a correcting unit configured to correct the printing position displacement by adding adjustment data corresponding to the
detected printing position displacement to data for the non-image area for at least one nozzle array of the at least two nozzle
arrays so as to adjust a number of lines of the non-image area on the at least one nozzle array, the line extending in the
nozzle arraying direction, to align the relative printing position between print positions by the at least two nozzle arrays.

US Pat. No. 9,272,860

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS, IMAGE READING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus comprising:
a sheet stacking portion in which a sheet is stacked;
a feeding roller which feeds the sheet stacked in the sheet stacking portion;
a pickup arm which supports the feeding roller such that the feeding roller is movable between a feeding position abutting
against the sheet stacked in the sheet stacking portion and a retracted position spaced apart from the feeding position;

a driving rotational shaft which is connected to the feeding roller and rotates the pickup arm;
a driving portion which drives the driving rotational shaft;
a weight member which is supported to the pickup arm on a side opposite to the feeding roller with respect to the driving
rotational shaft; and

a biasing member which abuts against the weight member or the pickup arm in a state in which the feeding roller is moved to
the feeding position,

wherein when the driving rotational shaft is driven by the driving portion, the pickup arm is rotated and the feeding roller
feeds the sheet at the feeding position,

wherein when a driving from the driving portion to the driving rotational shaft is stopped, the pickup arm is rotated by the
weight member and the feeding roller is moved to the retracted position, and

wherein when transmission of a driving from the driving portion to the driving rotational shaft is stopped, the weight member
is biased by the biasing member to rotate the pickup arm, and the feeding roller is moved to the retracted position.

US Pat. No. 9,274,727

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR PERFORMING CONNECTION TO A PROCESSING TARGET APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus communicable with an external apparatus, comprising:
an accepting unit configured to accept an access point in accordance with an instruction to an access point setting screen
concurrently displaying plural access points;

a setting unit configured to set the external apparatus as a data transmission destination without displaying a selection
screen for selecting the external apparatus if the accepted access point used to communicate with the external apparatus is
an access point of the external apparatus; and

a display control unit configured to display the selection screen for selecting the external apparatus if the accepted access
point used to communicate with the external apparatus is not the access point of the external apparatus,

wherein said setting unit sets, as a data transmission destination, the external apparatus selected using the selection screen.

US Pat. No. 9,268,264

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH LUBRICATION SUPPLY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a rotatable image bearing member;
a blade member which is in abutting contact with the image bearing member and removes a remaining toner remaining on the image
bearing member;

a rotary member which is rotatably provided in contact with the image bearing member on an upstream side with respect to the
blade member in a rotation direction of the image bearing member;

a lubricating member which is brought into abutting contact with the rotary member to supply a lubricant to the rotary member;
first drive means configured to drive the image bearing member;
second drive means configured to drive the rotary member; and
an execution portion configured to execute a mode of controlling the drive of the first drive means and the second drive means
so that the rotary member starts to rotate based on an image formation start signal, a contact portion of the rotary member,
which is in contact with the lubricating member when the rotary member is stopped, passes a contact position in which the
image bearing member and the rotary member come into contact with each other, and thereafter, the image bearing member starts
to rotate.

US Pat. No. 9,268,293

OPENING-CLOSING MECHANISM AND IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An opening-closing mechanism comprising:
an opening-closing member movable, with respect to a main body of an image-forming apparatus, between an open position in
which the interior of the main body is open and a closed position in which the interior of the main body is closed; and

a movable member movable, with respect to the main body, in conjunction with movement of the opening-closing member such that
a gap between the movable member and the opening-closing member is reduced as the opening-closing member moves from the open
position toward the closed position, the movable member including a display unit, which displays information about the image-forming
apparatus, wherein

the movable member moves in conjunction with the movement of the opening-closing member while changing the position and orientation
relative to the opening-closing member such that a display direction of the display unit is maintained at a predetermined
direction, and

when an article is not inserted into the gap between the movable member and the opening-closing member during the movement
of the opening-closing member from the open position toward the closed position, the movable member moves along a first path,
and when the article is inserted into the gap between the movable member and the opening-closing member during the movement
of the opening-closing member from the open position toward the closed position, the movable member moves along a second path
which is different from the first path and in which the gap is not reduced.

US Pat. No. 9,270,883

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, which generates a background-blurred image from two images captured by changing an in-focus
position, comprising:
a calculator configured to calculate coordinate conversion information for associating a position of a first image with a
position of a second image;

a region setting portion configured to set a first region in the first image and set a second region associated with the first
region in the second image based on the coordinate conversion information;

an evaluation value obtaining portion configured to compare the first region with the second region to obtain an evaluation
value, and to determine whether the first region in the first image is a foreground region or a background region based on
the evaluation value; and

an image generating portion configured to combine the first image and a blurred image, which is obtained by blurring the first
image, based on the evaluation value and to generate the background-blurred image, wherein the image generating portion is
configured to use the first image for the foreground region and use the blurred image for the background region.

US Pat. No. 9,269,131

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS WITH FUNCTION OF GEOMETRICALLY DEFORMING IMAGE, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a plurality of coordinate computation units configured to perform coordinate computations through different geometric deformations
on respective coordinates in an image, thus each calculating converted coordinates and moving vectors;

a geometric deformation amount control unit configured to output different geometric deformation parameters for corresponding
geometric deformations to respective ones of said plurality of coordinate computation units;

a vector combining unit configured to combine the moving vectors calculated by said plurality of coordinate computation units,
thus generating combined moving vectors; and

a transformation unit configured to, based on the combined moving vectors, transform coordinates in an image to be outputted
into coordinates in an inputted image,

wherein said plurality of coordinate computation units perform the coordinate computations based on an inputted coordinates
and the geometric deformation parameters inputted from said geometric deformation amount control unit,

said plurality of coordinate computation units are connected in series, and
the converted coordinates outputted from the coordinate computation units in preceding stages are inputted as the inputted
coordinates to the second and subsequent coordinate computation units among said plurality of coordinate computation units.

US Pat. No. 9,268,108

LENS BARREL CAPABLE OF SUPPRESSING VARIATION OF ATTITUDE OF OPTICAL ELEMENT AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS USING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lens barrel comprising:
a moving member configured to be moved along an optical axis according to a zooming operation;
a holding member supported so as to be rotatable, via a support shaft, with respect to the moving member, in a state of holding
an optical element, the holding member being configured, in a collapsed state, to be rotated in a direction retracting from
the optical axis, and in a photographing state, to be rotated toward the optical axis to arrange the optical element on the
optical axis;

a first position regulating unit configured to regulate an optical-axis-direction position of the holding member with respect
to the moving member by urging, in the optical axis direction, wherein a portion is supported by the moving member via the
support shaft of the holding member; and

a second position regulating unit configured, in the photographing state, to regulate the optical-axis-direction position
of the holding member with respect to the moving member by a concave and convex engaging structure.

US Pat. No. 9,266,325

PRINT HEAD AND INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A print head comprising:
an energy generating element;
a chamber for accommodating liquid to which energy is applied from the energy generating element; and
an ejection opening arranged in a position facing the energy generating element for ejecting the liquid from the chamber to
outside, the energy being applied to the liquid in the chamber from the energy generating element to eject the liquid from
the ejection opening,

wherein the ejection opening includes at least one projection projecting in a projecting direction from an edge of the ejection
opening towards a central portion of the ejection opening, the ejection opening having a first region between a front end
of the projection and an inner wall of the ejection opening positioned at the shortest distance from the front end of the
projection, and second regions positioned at both sides of the projection and being different from the first region, and

wherein, when viewed from a direction of ejecting the liquid to the outside from the chamber, when a width of the projection
in a direction perpendicular to the projecting direction at a chamber-side opening face of the ejection opening is represented
as a1 and a maximum width of the projection in the direction perpendicular to the projecting direction is represented as a2, a relation of the formula a1

US Pat. No. 9,266,330

PROCESS FOR PRODUCING A SEMICONDUCTOR CHIP

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process for producing a semiconductor chip including a substrate and a bump, the process comprising:
(1) forming, on the substrate, a conductor gold for plating to be a base of plating growth;
(2) forming a mask for plating on the conductor gold for plating;
(3) performing plating using the mask for plating to form the bump and multiple dummy patterns having mutually different sizes;
(4) removing the mask for plating;
(5) etching the conductor gold exposed by the removing of the mask for plating, etching a part of the conductor gold between
the bump and the substrate, and etching a part of the conductor gold between the dummy patterns and the substrate; and

(6) applying a shock to at least the dummy patterns,
wherein the method further comprises obtaining an amount of etching of the part of the conductor gold between the bump and
the substrate and an amount of etching of the part of the conductor gold between the dummy patterns and the substrate from
a number of those dummy patterns of the multiple dummy patterns that are separated from the substrate due to the shock applied
in the step (6).

US Pat. No. 9,266,339

PRINTING ELEMENT SUBSTRATE, LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing element substrate in which an ejection opening for ejecting a liquid is provided, wherein the printing element
substrate is provided with a liquid supply passage that is formed along a direction from a surface of the substrate at the
opposite to a surface thereof where the ejection opening is provided to the surface where the ejection opening is provided,
the liquid supply passage being shaped such that an area of a cross section along a direction perpendicular to the direction
to the surface where the ejection opening is provided increases and after that, decreases, in the direction to the surface
where the ejection opening is provided, and
the liquid supply passage has an opening end of a rectangular shape on the surface of the substrate at the opposite to the
surface on the side where the ejection opening is provided, and a recessed portion, which has a certain depth in a direction
toward the surface on the side where the ejection opening is provided, is formed on a shorter side in the rectangular shape,

wherein a plurality of the recessed portions are provided on the shorter side in the rectangular shape.

US Pat. No. 9,260,262

SHEET STACKING APPARATUS, SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet stacking apparatus comprising:
a sheet stacking member on which a sheet is stacked; and
a sheet restricting portion configured to restrict a position of an end of the sheet stacked on the sheet stacking member,
the sheet restricting portion including:

a holding portion provided in the sheet stacking member, the holding portion being movably with respect to the sheet stacking
member in a first direction and a second direction opposite to the first direction;

a first restricting portion configured to determine a position of the holding portion in the first direction by restricting
a move of the holding portion;

a releasing portion configured to release the restriction of the holding portion made by the first restricting portion;
an abutment portion attached to the holding portion, the abutment portion being movably with respect to the holding portion
in the first and second directions and including an abutting surface abutting against the end of the sheet;

a bias member configured to bias the abutment portion toward the first direction; and
a second restricting portion configured to restrict a movable range of the abutment portion from a first movable range in
a state in which the holding portion is restricted by the first restricting portion to a second movable range in a state in
which the restriction of the holding portion is released by the releasing portion, the second movable range being narrower
than the first movable range.

US Pat. No. 9,264,007

NOISE FILTER AND TRANSMISSION DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A filter provided on a pair of transmission lines connecting a transmitting circuit configured to transmit a differential
signal and a receiving circuit configured to receive the differential signal, the filter comprising:
a pair of coils;
an inductor; and
a capacitor;
wherein one end of one coil of the pair of coils is connected to one transmission line of the pair of transmission lines in
the vicinity of the transmitting circuit;

wherein one end of the other coil of the pair of coils is connected to the other transmission line of the pair of transmission
lines in the vicinity of the transmitting circuit;

wherein respective other ends of the pair of coils are short-circuited,
wherein the pair of coils are in a magnetic coupling state in which magnetic fluxes of an in-phase component that is transmitted
on the pair of transmission lines are cancelled with each other and magnetic fluxes of an opposite-phase component that is
transmitted on the pair of transmission lines are increased with each other,

wherein the inductor and the capacitor are a series circuit connected in series with the pair of coils and a ground,
wherein a resonance frequency of the in-phase component of the pair of coils and the series circuit is set within a frequency
band,

the frequency band including a frequency corresponding to a one bit period of the differential signal, and having a bandwidth
of 10% of the frequency corresponding to the one bit period of the differential signal, or

the frequency band including an integer multiple of the one bit period of the differential signal, and having a bandwidth
of 10% of the integer multiple of the one bit period of the differential signal.

US Pat. No. 9,251,429

SUPERPIXEL-BASED REFINEMENT OF LOW-RESOLUTION FOREGROUND SEGMENTATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A computer-implemented method of performing foreground/background segmentation of an input image having a plurality of
pixels, said method comprising:
receiving a first foreground segmentation at a first resolution of the input image; determining a plurality of seed points
based on a location of the foreground segmentation of the input image;

associating each of the plurality of pixels in the input image with one of the determined seed points to obtain a second foreground
segmentation of the input image; and

performing foreground separation on the input image at a second resolution by classifying each of the segments of the second
segmentation as at least one of foreground and background based on a label of the associated seed point.

US Pat. No. 9,247,138

OPTICAL DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical device comprising:
a shake detection unit;
a face detection unit;
a first shake correction unit configured to correct image blur optically based on a shake amount that is detected by said
shake detection unit; and

a second shake correction unit configured to correct image blur optically based on a shake amount that is detected by said
shake detection unit,

wherein the image blur correction effect of said second shake correction unit is higher than that of said first shake correction
unit, and image distortion amount with resect to a correction angle of said first shake correction unit is smaller than that
of said second shake correction unit,

wherein the image blur is optically corrected using said first shake correction unit when reliability of a face detection
result by said face detection unit is not lower than a threshold, and

wherein the image blur is optically corrected using said second shake correction unit when the reliability of the face detection
result by said face detection unit is lower than the threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,239,539

DEVELOPING DEVICE AND LAYER THICKNESS REGULATING MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing device comprising:
a developer carrying member for carrying a developer; and
a layer thickness regulating member, integrally molded by a resin material, for regulating a layer thickness of the developer
carried on said developer carrying member,

wherein said layer thickness regulating member includes an opposing portion opposing a peripheral surface of said developer
carrying member; a regulating portion, provided on said opposing portion so as to project toward said developer carrying member,
for regulating the layer thickness of the developer carried on said developer carrying member; side wall portions which are
provided on said opposing portion so as to project in a rear side opposite from a front side where said regulating portion
is provided and which are provided at end portions thereof with respect to a rotational axis direction of said developer carrying
member; and a plurality of rib portions, provided on said opposing portion so as to project in the rear side, each extending
from said side wall portion in one end side to said side wall portion in the other end side with respect to the rotational
axis direction of said developer carrying member,

wherein a space is formed in the rear side by being defined by said side wall portions and said rib portions, and
wherein no substantial rib portion dividing the space with respect to a longitudinal direction of said layer thickness regulating
member is provided.

US Pat. No. 9,232,164

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR, CAMERA, AND METHOD OF DRIVING SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image sensor comprising a pixel unit, a readout portion configured to read out signals from the pixel unit
via a column signal line, and a holding portion configured to capture the signals read out by the readout portion, the pixel
unit including a first photoelectric converter configured to generate first charges, a second photoelectric converter configured
to generate second charges, an amplifier including an input portion and provided commonly for the first photoelectric converter
and the second photoelectric converter to output signals to the column signal line, a first transfer transistor configured
to transfer the first charges to the input portion, and a second transfer transistor configured to transfer the second charges
to the input portion, wherein
the signals which are read out by the readout portion includes a first optical signal which is read out in a state in which
the first charges are transferred from the first photoelectric converter to the input portion by the first transfer transistor,
and a second optical signal which is read out, after the readout of the first optical signal, in a state in which the second
charges are transferred, by the second transfer transistor, from the second photoelectric converter to the input portion which
holds the first charges having been transferred from the first photoelectric converter, and

letting T1 be a time from a start of readout of the first optical signal by the readout portion to an end of capturing of the first
optical signal by the holding portion, and T2 be a time from a start of readout of the second optical signal by the readout portion to an end of capturing of the second
optical signal by the holding portion, T1

US Pat. No. 9,229,349

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WHICH CORRECTS FOR COLOR MISREGISTRATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a first image forming unit configured to form a first image using a toner of a first color;
a second image forming unit configured to form a second image using a toner of a second color having lower reflectivity than
that of the first color;

an image carrier to which the first image and the second image are transferred;
a controller configured to control said first image forming unit and said second image forming unit to form a first measurement
image and a second measurement image on said image carrier, respectively, wherein the first measurement image including a
first pattern formed by said first image forming unit and a second pattern formed by said second image forming unit, wherein
the second pattern being superposed on the first pattern in the first measurement image, wherein the second measurement image
including a third pattern formed by said first image forming unit and a fourth pattern formed by said second image forming
unit, and wherein the fourth pattern being superposed on the third pattern in the second measurement image;

an irradiation unit configured to irradiate the first measurement image and the second measurement image with light;
a light-receiving unit configured to, in a case where said light-receiving unit received reflected light from the first measurement
image, output a first signal corresponding to reflected light from the first measurement image, in a case where said light-receiving
unit received reflected light from the second measurement image, output a second signal corresponding to the reflected light
from the second measurement image, and, in a case where said light-receiving unit received reflected light from said image
carrier, output a third signal corresponding to the reflected light from said image carrier;

a setting unit configured to set a threshold value based on the second signal and the third signal output from said light-receiving
unit;

a determination unit configured to compare the first signal and the threshold value and determine information on a positional
relationship between the first image and the second image based on a comparison result; and

a correction unit configured correct for a color misregistration between the first image and the second image based on the
information.

US Pat. No. 9,229,351

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member;
an exposure device configured to expose the image bearing member to light to form an electrostatic latent image on the image
bearing member, the exposure device emits light to the image bearing member during a light emitting period prior to image
formation;

a voltage application device configured to apply a voltage to a toner bearing member; and
a developing device configured to include the toner bearing member for bearing toner, to change between a contact state where
the image bearing member and the toner bearing member are in contact with each other and a separation state where they are
separated from each other, and to develop the electrostatic latent image by toner on the toner bearing member in the contact
state,

wherein, if a portion on the image bearing member exposed to light in the light emitting period is at a developing position,
the developing device changes from the separation state to the contact state,

wherein, in a predetermined time period including a timing of changeover from the separation state to the contact state, the
voltage application device applies a voltage to the toner bearing member so a potential difference acquired by subtracting
a potential of the image bearing member at the developing position from a potential of the toner bearing member has an opposite
polarity of a normal toner charging polarity.

US Pat. No. 9,230,125

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, PRINTING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus for use in a printing system that includes a print client including a transmission unit configured to transmit
a print request to a printer server, the printer server including a receiving unit configured to receive the print request,
a print request transmission unit configured to transmit, using a secure print protocol employing a certificate having certificate
information including attribute information, the received print request to the apparatus, and an inquiry unit configured to
inquire of an authentication server about validity of the certificate, and the authentication server including a verification
unit configured to verify, based on the certificate that has been registered, whether the certificate is valid, the apparatus
comprising:
a policy receiving unit configured to transmit authentication information to the authentication server, and to receive policy
information transmitted in response to authentication performed based on the authentication information;

an enabling unit configured to enable a secure print setting according to a specification in the received policy information
indicating that printing is to be performed using the secure print protocol; and

a control unit configured to control, in response to the secure print setting becoming enabled, performing printing in a case
where the print request is transmitted using the secure print protocol and the authentication server has verified that the
certificate is valid after being notified by the policy receiving unit of the policy information,

where a number of attribute information increases, a data size of the certificate information increases, and
wherein the policy receiving unit, the enabling unit, and the control unit are implemented by a hardware processor and a memory.

US Pat. No. 9,229,355

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT IDENTIFIES A REFLECTION SURFACE OF A ROTATING POLYGON MIRROR ON WHICH A LIGHT BEAM IS INCIDENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a light source configured to emit a light beam for exposing a photosensitive member;
a rotating polygonal mirror configured to deflect the light beam with a plurality of reflection surfaces so the light beam
scans the photosensitive member;

a driving motor that includes a rotor to which the rotating polygonal mirror is fixed, a stator including a coil to which
a driving current for rotating the rotor is supplied, and a magnet that is attached to the rotor and in which a plurality
of N poles and a plurality of S poles are alternately magnetized along a rotation direction of the rotor;

a detection element configured to detect a magnetic pattern of the magnet;
a storage unit configured to store period data for performing pattern matching with a period of a detection waveform output
by the detection element detecting the magnetic pattern of the magnet which is attached to the rotor rotated by the driving
current being supplied to the coil, the period data being associated with the plurality of reflection surfaces; and

an identification unit configured to calculate period ratios of respective periods of the detection waveform included in one
rotation of the rotor with respect to a period of one rotation of the rotor based on a detection result of the detection element
while the driving motor is accelerating and identify a reflection surface on which the light beam is incident among the plurality
of reflection surfaces while the driving motor is rotating, based on a result of the pattern matching between the period ratios
and the period data.

US Pat. No. 9,229,508

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a communication unit configured to communicate with a control apparatus configured to transfer power supply state information
indicating a power supply state of the image processing apparatus to an information processing apparatus configured to calculate
a power consumption amount based on the power supply state information;

a first detection unit configured to detect a shift of the control apparatus to such a state that the control apparatus cannot
transfer the power supply state information to the information processing apparatus;

a second detection unit configured to detect a shift of the control apparatus to such a state that the control apparatus can
transfer the power supply state information to the information processing apparatus; and

a control unit configured to control the communication unit so as to transmit information for calculating a power consumption
amount of the image processing apparatus during a period from detection by the first detection unit about the shift to the
state prohibiting a transfer to the information processing apparatus to detection by the second detection unit about the shift
to the state allowing the transfer to the information processing apparatus, to the control apparatus together with the power
supply state information.

US Pat. No. 9,232,106

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a current control unit configured to control supply of current to a motor being a driving source for moving a unit so that
a value of the current to be supplied to the motor does not exceed a first threshold value;

a first determination unit configured to determine whether at least one of a lowest, highest and average speed of the unit
reaches a target speed during a predetermined time; and

a setting unit configured to set a second threshold value higher than the first threshold value while the unit is being moved
to an end position in a case where the at least one of the lowest, highest, and average speed of the unit is not determined
to reach the target speed by the first determination unit,

wherein, in a case where the second threshold value higher than the first threshold value is set by the setting unit, the
current control unit supplies the current to the motor so that the value of the supplied current exceeds the first threshold
and does not exceed the second threshold value while the unit is being moved to the end position after the predetermined time
has elapsed since a start of the moving of the unit.

US Pat. No. 9,232,107

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT PREVENTS ERRONEOUS TRANSMISSION, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire destination information;
a first designation unit configured to designate first destination information as a transmission destination of image data
from the destination information acquired by said acquisition unit, the first destination information including a first identifier
and a first destination;

a transmitting unit configured to transmit the image data to the first destination included in the first destination information
designated by said first designation unit;

a storage unit configured to store history information including the first destination information designated as a transmission
destination of the image data which has been transmitted by the transmitting unit;

a second designating unit configured to designate second destination information as a transmission destination of image data
from the destination information newly acquired by said acquisition unit, the second destination information including a second
identifier and a second destination;

a comparing unit configured to compare the second destination information designated by said second designation unit and the
first destination information included in the history information stored in said storage unit, the first identifier included
in the first destination information corresponding to the second identifier included in the second destination information;
and

a display unit configured to display a confirmation screen for the second destination information designated by said second
designation unit based on a comparison result by the comparing unit,

wherein the transmitting unit transmits the image data to the second destination included in the second destination information
designated by the second designation unit after the display unit displays the confirmation screen and a user's confirming
operation is received.

US Pat. No. 9,224,776

IMAGE PICKUP ELEMENT, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup element comprising:
a first pixel, a second pixel, and a third pixel that share one microlens;
a first boundary that is provided between the first pixel and the second pixel; and
a second boundary that is provided between the first pixel and the third pixel,
wherein when a charge amount of the first pixel is saturated, a first charge amount in which the charge moves from the first
pixel to the second pixel via the first boundary is larger than a second charge amount in which the charge moves from the
first pixel to the third pixel via the second boundary.

US Pat. No. 9,223,254

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an intermediate transfer belt;
a toner containing a binder and a thermoplastic elastomer having crystallinity, the content of the thermoplastic elastomer
being 30 pts.mass or more and 60 pts.mass or less with respect to 100 pts.mass of the binder;

a toner image forming portion configured to form a toner image on the intermediate transfer belt by using the toner;
a transfer and fixing belt having an elastic layer and to which the toner image formed on the intermediate transfer belt is
transferred;

a pressurizing and heating portion configured to form a toner film by heating the toner image carried by the transfer and
fixing belt to a temperature of a softening temperature or more of the toner in a pressurized condition; and

a toner film transfer portion configured to press the toner film formed by the pressurizing and heating portion on the transfer
and fixing belt together with a recording medium to transfer the toner film to the recording medium.

US Pat. No. 9,223,276

PRINTING APPARATUS, PRINTING APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR GENERATING NEW PAPER INFORMATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a paper holding unit;
a storage unit configured to store paper information including name information indicating a paper name and attribute information
indicating paper attributes;

a display unit configured to display a setting screen for setting the paper information for the paper holding unit;
a determination unit configured to determine whether an instruction input via the setting screen is a first instruction to
set the paper information, which is selected by a user from among a plurality of pieces of paper information stored in the
storage unit for the paper holding unit or a second instruction to generate new paper information and set the generated new
paper information for the paper holding unit;

a generating unit configured to generate the new paper information including name information and attribute information if
the determination unit determines that the second instruction has been input;

a setting unit configured to set the paper information, which is selected by the user from among the plurality of pieces of
paper information stored in the storage unit, for the paper holding unit if the determination unit determines that the first
instruction has been input, and configured to set the new paper information generated by the generating unit for the paper
holding unit if the determination unit determines that the second instruction has been input ;and

a deletion unit configured to delete the new paper information generated by the generating unit if execution of a job using
a paper indicated by the new paper information has been completed.

US Pat. No. 9,221,258

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD, LIQUID EJECTION DEVICE AND METHOD OF ELECTRICALLY CONNECTING LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND LIQUID CONTAINER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection device comprising:
a liquid ejection head for ejecting liquid; and
a liquid container storing liquid to be supplied to the liquid ejection head and adapted to be loaded in the liquid ejection
head,

the liquid container having a contact substrate arranged on a surface thereof, the contact substrate having a contact surface
located close to the liquid ejection head as the liquid container is loaded in the liquid ejection head,

the liquid ejection head having a connector arranged at a position located vis-à-vis the contact substrate of the loaded liquid
container and a connection substrate electrically connected to the connector,

the connector including a contact spring capable of expanding and contracting in an axial direction, the contact spring having
a front end section contacting the contact surface of the contact substrate of the loaded liquid container and a rear end
section contacting the connection substrate, and

the contact surface of the contact substrate being inclined relative to the axial direction of the contact spring so as to
displace the front end section of the contact spring along the contact surface while being held in contact with the contact
surface during an operation of loading the liquid container in the liquid ejection head.

US Pat. No. 9,217,945

BELT CONVEYING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A belt conveying apparatus provided in an image forming apparatus that is configured to transfer a toner image from an
image bearing member that carries the toner image to a transfer medium, comprising:
an endless belt that moves in a direction of conveyance;
a plurality of stretching members configured to stretch the endless belt;
a drive roller, which is one of the plurality of stretching members, configured to stretch the endless belt and convey the
endless belt;

a transfer member arranged corresponding to the image bearing member configured to carry the toner image via the endless belt;
a separating unit configured to cause the transfer member to move to a pressing position where the image bearing member is
pressed via the endless belt and a separated position separated from the image bearing member in comparison with the pressing
position;

a drive unit configured to transmit a drive force from a drive source provided in an apparatus body to the drive roller, and
a drive transmitting unit configured to transmit the drive force branched and transmitted from the drive force to the separating
unit,
wherein the separating unit moves the transfer member by the drive force transmitted by the drive transmitting unit via the
drive unit.

US Pat. No. 9,217,960

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
first and second image bearing members, each configured to bear a toner image;
a belt unit detachably mountable to a main assembly of said image forming apparatus, wherein said belt unit includes an endless
belt onto which the toner images are to be transferred from said first and second image bearing members, at an image forming
position where image formation is to be effected, in a contact state with said first and second image bearing members and
includes first and second rollers, provided at an inner peripheral surface side of the belt, configured to stretch the belt,
the first roller including a transmission portion;

a slackness forming unit, provided in the main assembly, configured to perform a first function of forming a belt slacking
region, at least at a portion where the belt opposes said first and second image bearing members, by acting on said belt unit
and configured to perform a second function of eliminating the belt slacking region, said slackness forming unit including
a driving force transmitting member connected to the transmission portion to rotate the first roller by a force by which said
belt unit is moved; and

a guiding unit configured to guide, when said belt unit is inserted into the main assembly and is moved to the image forming
position, said belt unit so that said slackness forming unit performs the first function in a state in which the belt is spaced
from said first and second image bearing members and so that said slackness forming unit performs the second function in a
state in which the belt slacking region contacts said first and second image bearing members.

US Pat. No. 9,216,570

PROCESS FOR PRODUCING LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process for producing a liquid ejection head, comprising the steps of:
providing a substrate provided with an energy-generating element for generating energy for ejecting a liquid and a wiring;
forming a flow path wall forming layer containing a negative photosensitive resin on the substrate;
exposing a portion to be a flow path wall of the flow path wall forming layer;
forming an ejection orifice forming layer containing a negative photosensitive resin on the flow path wall forming layer;
applying a material for a water-repellent layer on to the ejection orifice forming layer;
drying a solvent contained in the applied material for the water-repellent layer to form the water-repellent layer;
exposing another region than a portion to be an ejection orifice of the ejection orifice forming layer and the water-repellent
layer; and

dissolving and removing respective non-exposed portions of the flow path wall forming layer, the ejection orifice forming
layer and the water-repellent layer,

wherein a boiling point of the solvent contained in the material for the water-repellent layer is not more than a drying temperature
in the drying step, and

wherein an absolute value of a difference in solubility parameter (SP value) between the negative photosensitive resin contained
in the ejection orifice forming layer and the solvent contained in the material for the water-repellent layer is less than
3.

US Pat. No. 9,207,438

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICK-UP APPARATUS HAVING 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;
a third lens unit having a negative refractive power; and
a rear lens group including a plurality of lens units and having a positive refractive power as a whole,
wherein the rear lens group consists of, in order from an object side to an image side:
a fourth lens unit having a positive refractive power, and
a fifth lens unit having a positive refractive power;
or
a fourth lens unit having a positive refractive power,
a fifth lens unit having a negative refractive power, and
a sixth lens unit having a positive refractive power;
wherein distances between adjacent lens units of the rear lens group are changed during zooming,
wherein the first lens unit moves during zooming, and the third lens unit moves during focusing,
wherein conditions 3.7<|f12w/fw|<8.5 and 1.0<|f12t/ft|<5.5 are satisfied, where fw is a focal length of the zoom lens at a wide-angle end, ft is a focal length of the zoom
lens at a telephoto end, f12w is a combined focal length of the first and second lens units at the wide-angle end, and f12t is a combined focal length of the first and second lens units at the telephoto end, and

wherein f12w is calculated from 1/f12w=1/f1+1/f2?dw/(f1·f2), and f12t is calculated from 1/f12t=1/f1+1/f2?dt/(f1·f2), where f1 is a focal length of the first lens unit, f2 is a focal length of the second lens unit, dw is a distance between a principal point of the first lens unit and a principal
point of the second lens unit at the wide-angle end, and dt is a distance between a principal point of the first lens unit
and a principal point of the second lens unit at the telephoto end.

US Pat. No. 9,207,602

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus comprising:
a rotatable member;
an endless belt configured to form a nip portion, in which a toner image on a sheet is heated, cooperatively with the rotatable
member;

a pressing pad provided in an inside of the endless belt and configured to press the endless belt toward the rotatable member
to form the nip portion, the pressing pad including:

a first portion extending from an entrance of the nip portion toward an exit of the nip portion in a sheet conveying direction;
and

a second portion disposed at a region in which the sheet is separated from the rotatable member, the pressure in the second
portion being higher than that in the first portion; and

a pressing mechanism configured to press the first portion and the second portion toward the rotatable member independently.

US Pat. No. 9,195,917

DITHER PATTERN FORMING METHOD AND DITHER PATTERN

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

19. A non-transitory storage medium for storing a program for causing a computer to execute a dither pattern forming method
for forming a dither pattern constituted by thresholds which are prepared for N pixels (N is a natural number) constituting
a unit area and which are compared with the multi-valued gradation values of the N pixels to reduce gradation of the multi-valued
gradation values, comprising:
a step of preparing at least a first dither pattern and a second dither pattern, wherein the thresholds are not yet set to
some of pixels and the thresholds are already set to the other pixels for each of the first dither pattern and the second
dither pattern;

a first obtaining step of obtaining information indicating whether or not a threshold is already set to a reference pixel
and one or more pixels around the reference pixel for cases where each of the N pixels of the first dither pattern is set
as the reference pixel;

a first determining step of determining a pixel, for which the threshold has not set yet, in the second dither pattern for
setting a predetermined threshold is to be set based on the information obtained in the first obtaining step;

a first setting step of setting the predetermined threshold to the pixel determined in the first determining step in the second
dither pattern;

a second obtaining step of obtaining information indicating whether or not a threshold is already set to the reference pixel
and the pixels around the reference pixel for cases where each of the N pixels of the second dither pattern is the reference
pixel after completing the first determining step;

a second determining step of determining, a pixel in the first dither pattern to which the predetermined threshold is to be
set based on the information obtained in the second obtaining step;

a second setting step of setting the predetermined threshold to the pixel determined in the second determining step in the
first dither pattern; and

a step of incrementing the predetermined threshold and returning to the first obtaining step.

US Pat. No. 9,195,177

BELT DRIVING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A belt driving device for driving an endless belt, the belt driving device comprising:
a plurality of rollers configured to stretch the belt, said rollers including first and second steering rollers being provided
in an upstream side and a downstream side of an image receiving surface of the belt for receiving an image, respectively,
and being configured to change a position of the belt in a direction crossing with a moving direction of the belt by inclining
respectively;

first and second pivoting mechanisms configured to pivot said first steering roller and second steering roller in accordance
with respective pivoting instruction values;

a first detecting member and a second detecting member configured detect a position of the belt with respect to a widthwise
direction crossing with a moving direction of the belt;

a first setting portion configured to set a first pivoting instruction value and a second pivoting instruction value through
which said first steering roller and said second steering roller are pivoted in the same direction, respectively, on the basis
of results of detections of said first detecting member and second detecting member;

a second setting portion configured to set a third pivoting instruction value and a fourth pivoting instruction value through
which said first steering roller and said second steering roller are pivoted in the opposite directions, respectively, on
the basis of a result of detection of at least one of said first detecting member and second detecting member; and

a controller configured to pivot said first steering roller by said first pivoting mechanism on the basis of an addition value
of the first pivoting instruction value and the third pivoting instruction value, and configured to pivot said second steering
roller by said second pivoting mechanism on the basis of an addition value of the second pivoting instruction value and the
fourth pivoting instruction value.

US Pat. No. 9,195,210

DEVELOPER CONTAINER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer container comprising:
a developer accommodating chamber, provided with an opening, for accommodating developer;
a first shutter including a first portion-to-be-urged, said first shutter being movable between a closed position where the
opening is closed and an open position where the opening is opened by urging said first portion-to-be-urged;

a second shutter including a second portion-to-be-urged, said second shutter being provided outside said first shutter with
respect to the opening, and said second shutter being movable between a closed position where the opening is closed and an
open position where the opening is opened by urging said second portion-to-be-urged; and

a partitioning portion provided between said first and second portions-to-be-urged with respect to a longitudinal direction
of the developer container and along moving ranges of said first and second portions-to-be-urged,

wherein movement distances of said first and second shutters from the closed positions to the open positions are different
from each other so that after one of said first and second shutters reaches its open position, the other of said first and
second shutters reaches its open position.

US Pat. No. 9,186,897

RECORDING HEAD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A recording head, comprising:
a plurality of recording element substrates having a recording element and a logic circuit cofigured to control driving of
the recording element; and

an electric wiring member cofigured to provide a wiring layer that has a plurality of first groups of a plurality of terminals
for connecting to the plurality of recording element substrates, a second group of a plurality of terminals for connecting
to a recording apparatus, and a plurality of signal lines configured to connect the plurality of first groups of terminals
to the second group of terminals,

wherein the plurality of signal lines include a plurality of clock lines for transmitting a clock signal to the recording
element, a plurality of data lines for transmitting data to the recording element, and a ground line configured to connect
the first group of terminals and the second group of terminals,

wherein the ground line has a plurality of branched lines branched off from the ground line, one end side of the plurality
of branched lines extends to a vicinity of the second group of terminals without being connected to the second group of terminals,

wherein the clock lines are not directly adjacent to the data lines, and
wherein one of the branched lines is disposed between a clock line of the clock lines and a data line of the data lines.

US Pat. No. 9,176,451

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for executing printing on a sheet using a recording material, comprising:
a prediction unit configured to predict a remaining amount of the recording material based on a dot count value;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a remaining amount of the recording material which is identified by a remaining-amount
sensor;

a notification unit configured to notify a user of a remaining amount of the recording material;
a determining unit configured to determine whether or not a storage unit for storing the recording material is a predetermined
type of storage unit; and

a control unit configured to control the notification unit to notify a user of a remaining amount of the recording material
using both of the remaining amount predicted by the prediction unit and the remaining amount acquired by the acquisition unit
in a case where the determining unit determines that the storage unit is the predetermined type of storage unit, and

control the notification unit to notify a user of a remaining amount of the recording material using the remaining amount
acquired by the acquisition unit without using the remaining amount predicted by the prediction unit in a case where the determining
unit determines that the storage unit is not the predetermined type of storage unit.

US Pat. No. 9,162,844

IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM HAVING MOVABLE STAPLER, SHEET POST-PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming system having an image forming apparatus, which forms images on sheets, and a sheet post-processing apparatus,
which carries out a stapling process on the sheets having the images formed thereon by the image forming apparatus, and is
configured to be able to shift into a power-saving state in which power consumption is lower than in a standby state in which
image formation is not performed, comprising:
a stapling unit configured to be able to carry out a manual stapling process in which sheets set by a manual operation are
stapled independently of an image forming operation and an automatic stapling process in which sheets are stapled associated
with the image forming operation, and to move along a path including a manual stapling position for the manual stapling process
and an automatic stapling position for the automatic stapling process;

a sheet setting unit into which the sheets on which the manual stapling process is to be carried out are set;
a detection unit configured to detect that the sheets have been set into said sheet setting unit;
a movement control unit configured to move said stapling unit to the manual stapling position when the sheet post-processing
apparatus is to shift into the power-saving state; and

a power control unit configured to, when it is detected that the sheets have been set into said sheet setting unit by said
detection unit in a state in which the image forming apparatus and the sheet post-processing apparatus have shifted into the
power-saving state, hold the image forming apparatus in the power-saving state and return the sheet post-processing apparatus
from the power-saving state.

US Pat. No. 9,163,940

POSITION/ORIENTATION MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, MEASUREMENT PROCESSING METHOD THEREOF, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
an input unit configured to input a two-dimensional image of a measurement object captured by an image capturing apparatus;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain distance data of the measurement object measured by a distance sensor;
a detection unit configured to detect an image feature of the measurement object from the two-dimensional image;
an estimation unit configured to estimate a shape of the measurement object;
a mode selecting unit configured to select, based on an estimation result of said estimation unit, a usage mode from a first
mode in which the measurement is performed using the image feature and the distance data and a second mode in which the measurement
is performed using only one of the image feature and the distance data; and

a measurement unit configured to measure a position/orientation of the measurement object in accordance with the usage mode
selected by said mode selecting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,167,128

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus to which a telephone line can be connected, the apparatus comprising:
a first determination unit configured to determine, based on a change amount of a line direct-current voltage from the telephone
line per time period, whether the line direct-current voltage is stable during a stop period for which, after supplying of
the call signal from the telephone line, supply of the call signal from the telephone line is being stopped;

a second determination unit configured to determine whether a value of the line direct-current voltage from the telephone
line is equal to or lower than a first threshold; and

a third determination unit configured to, if the first determination unit determines that the line direct-current voltage
is stable and if the second determination unit determines that the line direct-current voltage is the first threshold or lower,
determine that the telephone line has been captured.

US Pat. No. 9,162,494

PRINTING APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING SHEET FEEDING FROM A GROUPED PLURALITY OF SHEET FEEDING UNITS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus having at least a first sheet feeding unit and a second sheet feeding unit, wherein the printing apparatus
is capable of executing a print job for printing an image on a sheet fed from the first sheet feeding unit or the second sheet
feeding unit, the printing apparatus comprising:
a setting unit configured to perform a setting to set the first sheet feeding unit and the second sheet feeding unit as a
group; and

a control unit configured to perform control of sheet feeding,
wherein the control unit is configured to perform control of the sheet feeding in such a manner that a sheet is fed from a
sheet feeding unit of either one of the first sheet feeding unit and the second sheet feeding unit, in a case where the group
is designated in the print job, and to perform control of the sheet feeding to be continued by switching the sheet feeding
unit to another one of the first sheet feeding unit and the second sheet feeding unit, in a case where a sheet shortage occurs,
and

wherein, the control unit is configured to perform control of the sheet feeding in such a manner that a sheet is fed from
a designated sheet feeding unit, in a case where the first sheet feeding unit or the second sheet feeding unit is designated
in the print job, and to perform control of the sheet feeding in such a manner that switching to another one of the first
sheet feeding unit and the second sheet feeding unit is not to be performed, even in a case where a sheet shortage occurs,

wherein, in a case where the group is designated in the print job, the control unit determines that a sheet shortage occurs
if a remaining sheet amount of a currently used sheet feeding unit becomes a predetermined amount.

US Pat. No. 9,164,569

DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A data processing apparatus comprising:
a first control unit configured to control the data processing apparatus;
a registration unit configured to register definition information including first identification information and first process
information, the first identification information identifying a packet received from an external apparatus via a network,
the first process information indicating a process to be performed on the packet;

an electric power control unit configured to control supplying of electric power such that electric power is supplied to the
first control unit in a normal power mode and supplying of electric power is stopped at least to the first control unit in
a power saving mode; and

a second control unit configured to, when a packet is received from the external apparatus in the power saving mode, determine
the first identification information based on the received packet, and then perform a process according to the first process
information corresponding to the determined first identification information,

the second control unit being further configured to control registration such that second identification information and second
process information are newly registered in the registration unit as a part of the definition information according to an
instruction given from the external apparatus if the second identification information is not already registered in the registration
unit, the second identification information identifying a packet received from the external apparatus via a network, the second
process information indicating a process to be performed on the packet,

wherein the second control unit is configured to control registration such that the first process information is updated in
the registration unit if the second identification information is already registered in the registration unit as a part of
the definition information and the second process information is different than the first process information already registered
in the registration unit.

US Pat. No. 9,158,238

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS USING STRETCH MEMBER AND CONTACT MEMBER TO MAINTAIN POTENTIAL WITH CURRENT FLOWING FROM CURRENT SUPPLY MEMBER TO INTERMEDIATE TRANSFER BELT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a plurality of image carriers each carrying a toner image;
a movable and electrically conductive intermediate transfer belt to which toner images are primarily transferred from the
plurality of image carriers;

a plurality of stretch members that stretch the intermediate transfer belt;
a current supply member that contacts the intermediate transfer belt and supplies current to the intermediate transfer belt;
a contact member disposed between the stretch members in such a way as to contact a primary transfer surface side of the intermediate
transfer belt to which the toner images are transferred from the plurality of image carriers; and

a voltage maintenance element that is connected to the contact member and at least one of the stretch members,
wherein the stretch member to which the voltage maintenance element is connected and the contact member maintain a predetermined
potential or more with the current flowing from the current supply member to the intermediate transfer belt.

US Pat. No. 9,154,043

POWER SOURCE DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power source device that outputs a DC voltage, comprising:
a transformer including a primary winding and a secondary winding;
a switching unit connected to the secondary winding wire, configured to rectify a pulse voltage generated in the secondary
winding;

a first voltage-current conversion unit connected to an input side of the pulse voltage with respect to the switching unit,
configured to convert a voltage at an input side of the pulse voltage into a current;

a first current-voltage conversion unit configured to convert the current converted by the first voltage-current conversion
unit into a voltage;

a second voltage-current conversion unit connected to an output side of the pulse voltage with respect to the switching unit,
configured to convert a voltage at an output side of the pulse voltage into a current;

a second current-voltage conversion unit configured to convert the current converted by the second voltage-current conversion
unit into a voltage;

a comparison unit configured to compare a first voltage from the first current-voltage conversion unit and a second voltage
from the second current-voltage conversion unit and turn off the switching unit according to the comparison result; and

a control unit connected to the first voltage-current conversion unit, configured to turn on the switching unit.

US Pat. No. 9,154,054

VIBRATING BODY FOR VIBRATION WAVE DRIVE DEVICE AND METHOD OF PRODUCING VIBRATING BODY FOR VIBRATION WAVE DRIVE DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A vibrating body for a vibration wave drive device using a vibrator in which an electromechanical energy conversion element
is joined to the vibrating body, the vibrating body comprising a plurality of protruding portions,
wherein each of the plurality of protruding portions comprises a side surface which defines a slit between the side surface
and a side surface of an adjacent one of the plurality of protruding portions, and

wherein an edge line of a top surface of each of the plurality of protruding portions comprises a portion which curves and
projects toward the side surface of the adjacent one of the plurality of protruding portions.

US Pat. No. 9,148,529

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, WEB SERVER, CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus including a Web browser with which an operation screen provided from a Web server is
displayed, the information processing apparatus comprising:
an interface configured to communicate with the Web server and to transmit a first request to the Web server according to
an instruction input via the operation screen displayed by the Web browser; and

a processor configured to (a) receive, via the interface, response data to the first request from the Web server, execute
an image processing according to a script included in the received response data, and (b) transmit, via the interface, a second
request to the Web server in accordance with an event which can occur during an execution of the image processing,

wherein the response data from the Web server includes (a) one URL for a plurality of events which can occur during an execution
of the image processing and (b) time information with which the Web browser executes timeout, and

wherein the processor is configured to, in response to an occurrence of an event having occurred before the Web browser executes
timeout and in response to a timeout event related to the time information, transmit the second request by using the one URL
to which an ID for identifying the script is added as a query character string.

US Pat. No. 9,145,013

METHOD FOR PRINTING AND PRINTING SHEET USED FOR THE METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus for printing a plurality of images with a print head on a continuous sheet, the apparatus comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect a unique portion unsuitable for image printing that exists on the continuous sheet;
and

a print control unit configured to cause the print head, if the unique portion is detected in a first face or a second face
of the continuous sheet, to print an image such that the image is prevented from being printed on the unique portion on a
face that has the unique portion of the continuous sheet and to print a maintenance pattern for maintenance of the print head
at a region corresponding to a print-prevented region including the unique portion on a back face of the face that has the
unique portion of the continuous sheet,

wherein if the unique portion is detected in the first face or the second face of the continuous sheet in double-sided printing,
the print head does not print a maintenance pattern for a maintenance of the print head at a region corresponding to the print-prevented
region including the unique portion on the face that has the unique portion of the continuous sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,141,050

FIXING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing apparatus comprising:
a heater;
a heater holding member configured to hold said heater;
a temperature sensor, provided in contact with said heater through a hole provided in said heater holding member, configured
to detect a temperature of said heater;

a sensor holding member configured to hold said temperature sensor; and
an urging member, provided between said temperature sensor and said sensor holding member, configured to urge said temperature
sensor toward said heater,

wherein said heater holding member includes a positioning portion configured to determine a position of said sensor holding
member with respect to an urging direction of said urging member, and

wherein said positioning portion is disposed at a position outside of a position of said temperature sensor with respect to
a direction perpendicular to a longitudinal direction of said heater.

US Pat. No. 9,134,672

RECORDING MEDIUM DETERMINATION APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording medium determination apparatus that determines a type of a recording medium by using an ultrasonic wave, comprising:
a transmission unit configured to transmit an ultrasonic wave;
a reception unit configured to receive the ultrasonic wave transmitted from the transmission unit and via the recording medium
and output a first signal having a peak value at each prescribed period according to the ultrasonic wave being received;

a conversion unit configured to convert the first signal into a second signal by holding a peak value of the first signal
and output the second signal; and

a determination unit configured to determine the type of the recording medium by using a value of the second signal output
by the conversion unit.

US Pat. No. 9,129,049

MEDICAL IMAGING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging information processing apparatus comprising:
a communication circuit for communicating with an intra-hospital information system and an imaging unit; and
a processor, wherein
the communication circuit is configured to receive inspection request information from an intra-hospital information system;
the processor is configured to cause a display unit to display:
the received inspection request information,
a first icon for receiving an operational input for starting an inspection with the imaging unit, corresponding to the received
inspection request information, to acquire a medical image and

a second icon for receiving an operational input for ending an inspection;
the processor is configured to determine a transmission suspension time in a case where the medical image is to be transmitted
to an external image server;

the communication circuit is configured to transmit the medical image to an external image server according to elapse of the
transmission suspension time after the inspection is ended in accordance with the operational input to the second icon, and

the processor is configured to cause, in accordance with an operational input, the display unit to display the medical image,
transmission of which is suspended, and display inspection information corresponding to the medical image including image
processing parameters for the medical image, before the determined transmission suspension time elapses and after the inspection
is ended.

US Pat. No. 9,131,590

RADIATION GENERATING UNIT AND RADIOGRAPHY SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiation generating unit comprising:
a radiation tube configured to include a vacuum chamber having a cathode and an anode at both ends of an insulating tubular
member;

an insulating outer casing tube in which the radiation tube is arranged with a gap from a surrounding; and
a driving unit configured to control an operation of the radiation tube, wherein
the radiation tube, the insulating outer casing tube, and the driving unit are arranged inside a storage container, and
wherein an extra space inside the storage container is filled with an insulating liquid, and
wherein a wall configured to partition the gap allows a flow of the insulating liquid between a cathode side and an anode
side of the vacuum chamber and forms a flow path configured not to linearly continue to the cathode side and the anode side
of the vacuum chamber.

US Pat. No. 9,131,593

RADIATION IMAGING CONTROL APPARATUS, RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiation imaging control apparatus comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive information corresponding to a radiation order for radiation imaging;
a transmission unit configured to transmit information indicating a first state of a radiation order, in which corresponding
radiation imaging is started but not finished, and to transmit information indicating a second state of the radiation order,
in which corresponding radiation imaging is finished; and

a control unit configured to limit a transmission of information indicating the first state of the radiation order, in a case
where an instruction is issued for re-starting radiation imaging corresponding to the radiation order after the information
indicating the second state of the radiation order has been transmitted.

US Pat. No. 9,123,096

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
an ROI acquisition unit configured to acquire a position of an ROI (Region Of Interest) in an object on a reference coordinate
system;

a position/orientation acquisition unit configured to acquire a position and an orientation of an ultrasonic tomographic image
acquired by an ultrasonic probe;

an estimation unit configured to estimate a corresponding position of the ROI on an ultrasonic coordinate system, whose axes
are defined by the plane of the ultrasonic tomographic image, based on at least the position of the ROI acquired by said ROI
acquisition unit and the position and the orientation of the ultrasonic tomographic image acquired by said position/orientation
acquisition unit;

an existence region calculation unit configured to calculate an existence region, which represents the corresponding position
where the ROI may exist on the ultrasonic coordinate system, by expanding an area around the corresponding position estimated
by said estimation unit;

a cross region calculation unit configured to calculate a cross region between the existence region calculated by said existence
region calculation unit and the ultrasonic tomographic image based on information of the existence region and information
of the position and the orientation of the ultrasonic tomographic image acquired by said position/orientation acquisition
unit; and

a display control unit configured to display the ultrasonic tomographic image and a body mark indicating a portion to be examined,
and to display the existence region calculated by said existence region calculation unit and the cross region calculated by
said cross region calculation unit on the body mark.

US Pat. No. 9,122,923

IMAGE GENERATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image generation apparatus comprising:
a storage unit configured to store a plurality of selection condition sets including a plurality of selection conditions used
for selecting an image from a plurality of images;

a first image selection unit configured to select at least one image from the plurality of images as a first image;
a feature quantity obtaining unit configured to obtain a feature quantity of the first image;
a selection condition set selection unit configured to select a selection condition set including a selection condition corresponding
to the obtained feature quantity from the plurality of selection condition sets stored in the storage unit;

a second image selection unit configured to select a second image from the plurality of images based on the selection condition
of the selection condition set which is selected; and

an output image generation unit configured to generate an output image based on the first and the second images which are
selected and the selection condition set which is selected.

US Pat. No. 9,113,103

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state imaging apparatus including a semiconductor substrate having a pixel array in which a plurality of pixels
are arranged to form rows and columns, wherein
the semiconductor substrate includes a semiconductor region to which a fixed electric potential is applied,
each of the plurality of pixels includes a photoelectric converter having a charge storage portion, a charge-voltage converter
configured to convert charges generated by the photoelectric converter into a voltage, and an amplification unit configured
to amplify, with a positive gain, the voltage of the charge-voltage converter and to output the amplified signal to an output
line,

the output line includes a first conductive pattern arranged in a first wiring layer,
the charge-voltage converter includes a second conductive pattern arranged in a second wiring layer that is arranged above
the first wiring layer, a first connection connecting the charge storage portion and the second conductive pattern, and a
second connection connecting an input of the amplification unit and the second conductive pattern,

the charge storage portion, the second conductive pattern, the first connection, the second connection and the input of the
amplification unit form a common node, and

the first conductive pattern is arranged along a part of the second conductive pattern and between the second conductive pattern
and the semiconductor region.

US Pat. No. 9,104,021

BINOCULARS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. Binoculars comprising:
right and left optical systems respectively including right and left image stabilizing lenses;
a lens holding member holding both the right and left image stabilizing lenses and being integrally movable in a plane orthogonal
to an optical axis direction of the right and left optical systems;

an image stabilizing base member;
an actuator moving the lens holding member with respect to the image stabilizing base member in the plane orthogonal to the
optical axis direction;

a first guiding member disposed between the lens holding member and the image stabilizing base member;
a second guiding member disposed between the first guiding member and the image stabilizing base member, the second guiding
member engaging with the image stabilizing base member and movable with respect to the image stabilizing base member in the
optical axis direction;

a first ball disposed between the lens holding member and the first guiding member, rolling of the first ball in a first direction
orthogonal to the optical axis direction guiding relative movement of the lens holding member and the first guiding member
in the first direction; and

a second ball disposed between the first guiding member and the second guiding member, rolling of the second ball in a second
direction orthogonal to the optical axis direction and different from the first direction guiding relative movement of the
first guiding member and the image stabilizing base member in the second direction;

a first biasing member applying a first biasing force toward the optical axis direction to the first and second guiding members;
and

a second biasing member applying a second biasing force toward a direction orthogonal to the optical axis direction to the
second guiding member,

wherein the lens holding member, the first ball, the first guiding member, the second ball, the second guiding member, and
the image stabilizing base member are arranged in the optical axis direction.

US Pat. No. 9,102,483

SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveying apparatus, comprising:
a conveying roller pair including a first conveying roller and a second conveying roller, which conveys a sheet by a nip portion
formed by the first conveying roller and the second conveying roller;

a shutter portion which is rotated around a rotation center of a rotary shaft of the first conveying roller, the shutter portion
being rotated and guiding a leading edge of the sheet to the nip portion after the leading edge of the sheet conveyed toward
the nip portion abuts against the shutter portion;

an abutment portion, provided in the shutter portion, against which the leading edge of the sheet is abutted; and
a guide portion disposed opposite to the shutter portion, the guide portion being coaxially adjacent to the second conveying
roller and having an outer circumferential surface which is the same as a roller surface of the second conveying roller in
the nip portion, the guide portion being fixed to the sheet conveying apparatus to guide the leading edge of the sheet to
the nip portion when the shutter portion is rotated by abutting the leading edge of the sheet against the abutment portion.

US Pat. No. 9,106,369

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING THE DATA RATE OF A DATA TRANSMISSION BETWEEN AN EMITTER AND A RECEIVER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of controlling data rate of a data transmission between an emitter and a receiver, the method performed by a controlling
device and comprising:
monitoring at least one receiving condition at the receiver;
determining at least one threshold on the at least one receiving condition to trigger data rate adaptation control commands;
estimating the transmission time of the data rate adaptation control commands from the receiver to the emitter; and
adjusting the at least one threshold on the at least one receiving condition to trigger data rate adaptation control commands
based on the estimated transmission time of the data rate adaptation control commands from the receiver to the emitter.

US Pat. No. 9,102,146

PRINTHEAD SUBSTRATE, PRINTHEAD, AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printhead substrate comprising:
a plurality of printing elements which are assigned to a plurality of groups;
a plurality of driving circuits which are arranged in correspondence with the respective groups and drive the printing elements;
a first current source configured to generate currents of a plurality of current amounts corresponding to the respective groups;
second current sources which are arranged in correspondence with the respective driving circuits and configured to generate
currents to be supplied to the printing elements; and

setting units configured to generate voltages in accordance with currents generated by the first current source and set currents
to be generated by the second current sources based on the voltages,

wherein each of the setting units further includes a sample-and-hold circuit configured to sample and hold a voltage generated
inside a current mirror circuit including the second current source,

wherein each of the setting units further includes a capacitor configured to charge a current flowing through the current
mirror circuit, and

wherein the sample-and-hold circuit samples and holds a voltage of the capacitor.

US Pat. No. 9,094,637

PRINT SYSTEM, SERVER APPARATUS AND PRINTER WHICH ARE USED IN THE PRINT SYSTEM, AND CONTROL METHOD OF THE PRINT SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A print system comprising a server apparatus for providing a print service, a user apparatus and a printer for printing
a document,
wherein the server apparatus comprises a command transmitting unit configured to transmit a command to the user apparatus,
the command commanding the user apparatus to send to the printer a print request for pull printing including authorized information
used for an authorizing process at the time of receiving the print service,

wherein the user apparatus comprises an instruction unit which instructs the print request for pull printing including the
authorized information to the printer by receiving the command which is script format executable on a Web browser from the
command transmitting unit of the server and executing the command on the Web browser,

wherein the printer comprises:
a request transmitting unit configured to transmit, in accordance with the instruction issued from the instruction unit of
the user apparatus, the authorized information and a document obtaining request to the server apparatus, wherein, when the
authorized information is not received with the instruction issued from the instruction unit, the printer transmits a failure
response to the print request for pull printing to the user apparatus, and

wherein the server apparatus executes the authorizing process on the basis of the authorized information transmitted by the
request transmitting unit of the printer without requesting a user to input authentication information, and wherein, based
on authorization in the authorizing process, the server apparatus transmits a requested document to the printer in response
to the document obtaining request transmitted by the request transmitting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,094,629

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a pixel configured to generate a signal by photoelectric conversion;
a comparator configured to compare the signal based on the pixel with a reference signal varied with time;
a counter configured to perform counting until the comparator outputs a signal indicating that a relationship in magnitude
between the signal based on the pixel and the reference signal is reversed; and

a control unit,
wherein the comparator includes a first amplifier that receives the reference signal at a first input portion and the signal
based on the pixel at a second input portion to compare the signal based on the pixel with the reference signal, and

wherein the control unit sets a bandwidth of the comparator to a first bandwidth when the reference signal varies with time
at a first rate of change and sets the bandwidth of the comparator to a second bandwidth broader than the first bandwidth
when the reference signal varies with time at a second rate of change smaller than the first rate of change.

US Pat. No. 9,091,799

LENS BARREL AND IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A lens barrel comprising:
a drive unit;
a lead screw that is provided on an axis of the drive unit and is rotatably driven by the drive unit;
a rotation member that is provided at a root section of the lead screw on the drive unit side and rotates integrally with
the lead screw;

a detecting unit configured to detect rotation of the rotation member;
a linear motion member that is screwed to the lead screw and advances or retracts in the direction of the optical axis of
an imaging optical system in accordance with the rotation drive of the lead screw; and

a lens holding frame that holds a lens which is part of the imaging optical system and advances or retracts in the direction
of the optical axis by engaging with the linear motion member,

wherein in a case where the lens holding frame is retracted toward a drive unit side, the rotation member and the lens holding
frame or the lens are overlapped with each other as viewed from the direction orthogonal to the optical axis.

US Pat. No. 9,095,003

HEATER AND IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A heater comprising:
an elongate substrate;
a first conductor provided on the substrate along a longitudinal direction of the substrate;
a second conductor provided on the substrate along the longitudinal direction of the substrate at a position different from
a position of the first conductor in a lateral direction of the substrate; and

a plurality of heat generating resistors connected in parallel between the first conductor and the second conductor, and configured
to generate heat by electrical power supplied through the first and second conductors,

wherein a temperature coefficient of resistance of the plurality of heat generating resistors is negative,
wherein each of the plurality of heat generating resistors overlaps an adjacent heat generating resistor in the longitudinal
direction of the substrate,

wherein each of the first conductor and the second conductor includes:
a first side parallel with the longitudinal direction of the substrate,
a second side including triangular shaped regions,
wherein the second side of the first conductor and the second side of the second conductor are opposed to each other, and
wherein each of the plurality of heat generating resistors is connected at one of the triangular shaped regions in the second
side of the first conductor and at one of the triangular shaped regions in the second side of the second conductor.

US Pat. No. 9,085,188

PRINTING APPARATUS AND INSPECTION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a printing unit configured to form an image based on image data on a surface of a recording medium by ejecting ink from a
print head;

a reading unit configured to read the surface where the image is formed;
a control unit configured to determine a type of stain based on the read data obtained by the reading unit; and
a recovery unit configured to perform a recovery process for the print head, wherein
the control unit is further configured to cause a notification that a recovery operation by a user is required in a case where
it is determined that the type of stain is a first type for which the recovery operation by the user is required, and to cause
the recovery unit to perform the recovery process for the print head in a case where it is determined that the type of stain
is a second type for which the recovery operation by the user is not required.

US Pat. No. 9,087,257

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS CAPABLE OF SHOOTING AT HIGH FRAME RATE, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that aligns a plurality of images, which are obtained by continuously shooting a subject,
and then synthesizes the plurality of images to obtain a composite image, comprising:
an image decimation unit configured to sample the plurality of images at predetermined time intervals and select at least
two images among the plurality of images as decimation images;

a moving vector detection unit configured to detect a moving vector, which is indicative of a moving direction and a moving
amount of the subject, between the decimation images;

a decimation control unit configured to change decimation conditions, on which said image decimation unit performs the sampling,
according to an absolute value of the moving vector which is an output from said moving vector detection unit; and

a synthesizing unit configured to align the plurality of images based on the output from said moving vector detection unit
and then synthesize the aligned plurality of images to obtain the composite image.

US Pat. No. 9,083,831

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming portion for forming an image on a recording material;
an image reading portion for reading an original image, wherein said image reading portion is movable between a first open
position where said image reading portion opens access to said image forming portion and a first closed position where said
image reading portion closes access to said image forming portion;

an openable member movable between a second open position where said openable member opens access to an inside of said image
forming portion and a second closed position where said openable member closes access to the inside of said image forming
portion; and

a supporting member for supporting said openable member,
wherein when said image reading portion is located at the first open position, said openable member is supportable at the
second open position,

wherein when said image reading portion is moved toward the first closed position from a state in which said openable member
is supported at the second open position by said supporting member, closing of said openable member from a predetermined position,
which is between the second open position and the second closed position and which is closer to the second closed position
than the second open position, is limited by said supporting member, and

wherein when said image reading portion is moved toward the first closed position from a state in which the closing of said
openable member from the predetermined position is limited by said supporting member, limitation of said openable member by
said supporting member is eliminated.

US Pat. No. 9,081,257

IMAGING APPARATUS AND LIGHTING CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire information related to a luminance of a subject;
a main flash quantity determination unit configured to determine a main flash quantity of a flash apparatus based on information
related to the luminance of the subject, which is acquired by the acquisition unit in a state where the flash apparatus is
pre-flashing;

an exposure determination unit configured to determine an exposure control value used when the flash apparatus pre-flashes,
based on information related to the luminance of the subject, which is acquired by the acquisition unit in a state where the
flash apparatus does not flash; and

a pre-flash quantity determination unit configured to determine a pre-flash quantity of the flash apparatus based on the exposure
control value determined by the exposure determination unit, before the flash apparatus pre-flashes.

US Pat. No. 9,082,041

PATTERN IDENTIFYING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A pattern identifying apparatus in which a plurality of processing target regions are arranged in a reticular pattern at
a predetermined interval S1, S2, . . . , SN in each dimensional direction of input data in N dimensions, and that identifies a predetermined pattern from each processing
target region, the apparatus comprising:
an input device that inputs data in the N dimensions;
a processor;
a plurality of memories whose number is a product of numbers that are assigned to respective dimensions to hold input data
obtained by the input device;

a memory access controller that writes the input data in the plurality of memories in accordance with a predetermined rule
and reads, in parallel, data at the same position in each of the processing target regions relative to a reference point,
which is provided in each of the processing target region;

wherein a feature amount is calculated using a plurality of sets of data that are read in parallel by the memory access controller;
and

wherein a predetermined pattern is identified using the feature amount calculated,
wherein at least one pair of the interval determined for each dimensional direction and a corresponding number of the memories
is in a coprime relationship.

US Pat. No. 9,082,067

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a selection section configured to select one of a first sample print and a second sample print; and
an output section configured to output a reference image and a first plurality of images arranged in a first layout to an
image outputting device in a case where the first sample print is selected, and to output the reference image and a second
plurality of images arranged in a second layout to the image outputting device in a case where the second sample print is
selected,

wherein the first layout is a layout where the reference image is arranged at nearly a center of the layout and the first
plurality of images are arranged around the reference image,

wherein the second layout is a layout where the reference image is arranged at nearly a corner of the layout and the second
plurality of images are arranged to a periphery of the reference image, and

wherein each of the first plurality of images is generated using color processing parameters which are determined based on
color processing parameters for the reference image, and in a case where a first color processing parameter contained in the
determined color processing parameters is not included in a predetermined range, the first color processing parameter is set
to fall within the predetermined range, and a second color processing parameter which is different from the first color processing
parameter and which is contained in the determined color processing parameters is changed according to the setting of the
first color processing parameter.

US Pat. No. 9,081,531

SYSTEM, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A system including a server and an image forming apparatus, wherein the server comprises:
a storage unit configured to, for each user, store data corresponding to a document printable by the user in a storage device;
a provision unit configured to, according to an instruction from a first user, provide a list of the data corresponding to
a document printable by the first user stored in the storage unit;

an addition unit configured to add data selected from the list provided by the provision unit to the storage device as data
corresponding to a document printable by a second user; and

a transmission unit configured to, if the list has been provided to the image forming apparatus by the provision unit, transmit
to the image forming apparatus print data corresponding to the data selected from the list in response to a request from the
image forming apparatus, and

wherein the image forming apparatus comprises:
a first receiving unit configured to issue a request to the server and then to receive from the server a list of data corresponding
to a document printable by a user using the image forming apparatus;

a second receiving unit configured to issue a request to the server and then to receive from the server print data corresponding
to data selected from the list received by the first receiving unit;

a printing unit configured to print the print data received by the second receiving unit; and
an added data notification unit configured to issue a notification related to a printing of the data added by the addition
unit via a display unit of the image forming apparatus during a usage of the image forming apparatus by the second user,

wherein contents of the notification include a message from the first user to the second user and a deadline until which the
added data is able to be printed.

US Pat. No. 9,075,388

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording material, wherein a cartridge is detachably mountable to
said image forming apparatus, said image forming apparatus comprising:
a first movable member movable between a projection position in which said first movable member is in an insertion path of
a contact portion provided on said cartridge when said cartridge is mounted to a main assembly of said image forming apparatus,
and a retracted position in which said first movable member is retracted from the insertion path, wherein said first movable
member moves from the projection position to the retracted position by being contacted by the contact portion; and

a second movable member movable between an open position for permitting said cartridge toward downstream with respect to an
inserting direction in which said cartridge is mounted to said main assembly and a blocking position for preventing said cartridge
from moving toward the downstream by contacting said contact portion, said second movable member being interrelated with said
first movable member so that when said first movable member is in the projection position, said second movable member takes
the open position, and when said first movable member is in the retracted position, said second movable member takes the blocking
position,

wherein in the process of mounting said cartridge to said main assembly, said contact portion passes said first movable member
in the inserting direction, and said first movable member moves from the retracted position to the projection position, and
then said second movable member moves from the blocking position to the open position, and said contact portion passes said
second movable member in the inserting direction.

US Pat. No. 9,075,949

SUPPORTING DESIGN OF ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus for supporting design of an electronic equipment, comprising:
an acquisition section configured to acquire design information including layout information of a print circuit board associated
with the electronic equipment, and component information;

an extractor configured to extract, based on the design information, signal lines respectively and electrically connected
to pins of a connector, wherein the connector is used to electrically connect plural electronic equipment to each other through
a cable; and

a detector configured to detect a signal line from the extracted signal lines, as a victim wiring, wherein the detected signal
line crosses a signal line other than the extracted signal lines in a case where it is viewed from a laminating direction
of layers of the print circuit board,

wherein the extractor further extracts signal lines before and after passage of a noise reduction component, and in a case
where a first signal line after passing through the noise reduction component connected to a pin of the connector crosses
a second signal line before passing through the noise reduction component, the detector detects the first signal line as the
victim wiring, and

wherein at least one of the acquisition section, the extractor, or the detector is implemented at least in part by hardware
components of the apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,075,513

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus having a touch panel, the information processing apparatus comprising:
a CPU coupled to a memory and programmed to function as:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a first position at which an object touched the touch panel, and a second position
at which the object separated from the touch panel;

an acceptance control unit configured to control:
to accept an input corresponding to a key when the object is separated from the touch panel, in a case where the first position
and the second position are included in an area corresponding to the key, and

not to accept the input corresponding to the key when the object is separated from the touch panel, in a case where the first
position is included in the area corresponding to the key and the second position is not included in the area corresponding
to the key; and

a display control unit configured to control:
to change a color of the key from a first color to a second color, based on the object touching the touch panel, and to return
the color of the key from the second color to the first color, based on the object separating from the touch panel, in the
case where the first position and the second position are included in the area corresponding to the key, and

to change the color of the key from the first color to the second color, based on the object touching the touch panel, to
keep the color of the key as the second color while the object moves from the first position to the second position, and to
change the color of the key from the second color to a third color, based on the object separating from the touch panel, in
the case where the first position is included in the area corresponding to the key and the second position is not included
in the area corresponding to the key.

US Pat. No. 9,076,235

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus which generates, from first image data having a first resolution, second image data having
a second resolution lower than the first resolution, comprising a processor configured to implement:
a determination unit configured to determine a pixel of interest in the first image data based on a ratio of the first resolution
and the second resolution;

a selection unit configured to select one of a plurality of filters in accordance with a position of the pixel of interest
in the first image data that has been determined by the determination unit; and

a generation unit configured to generate second image data having the second resolution by performing filter processing for
a region including the pixel of interest by using the filter selected by the selection unit,

wherein the ratio of the first resolution and the second resolution is not an integral multiple, and the filter selected by
the selection unit is defined by filter coefficients regarding each of the pixel of interest and a pixel other than the pixel
of interest included in the region in accordance with the ratio of the first resolution and the second resolution.

US Pat. No. 9,074,929

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS HAVING A LIGHT GUIDE UNIT REFRACTING INCIDENT LIGHT FROM A SCREEN TO A SENSOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image display apparatus, comprising:
a display panel configured to display an image on a screen; and
a photometric unit configured to measure light incident from the screen,
wherein the photometric unit includes:
a sensor configured to measure the incident light; and
a light guide unit configured to guide the incident light to the sensor by refracting the incident light.

US Pat. No. 9,075,330

COLOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING FUNCTION OF OBTAINING COLOR INFORMATION OF PATCH

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus including a fixing unit configured to heat and fix an unfixed toner image on a printing material,
comprising:
a colorimetry unit configured to obtain color information of toner patches of a plurality of colors, by irradiating the toner
patches of the plurality of colors fixed on the printing material with light and dispersing light reflected by the toner patches,
and

wherein the toner patches of the plurality of colors include a first toner patch and a second toner patch,
color information of the first toner patch and the second toner patch vary when a temperature variation occurs,
an amount of variation in the color information of the first toner patch is larger than that of the second toner patch, and
the first toner patch is fixed by the fixing unit before the second toner patch is fixed by the fixing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,075,553

PRINTING IN ACCORDANCE WITH SHEET SIZE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method comprising:
inputting a sheet size of a sheet;
executing, in a case where the input sheet size is not within a maximum page size which can be set in a page setting of an
application, a setting to the page setting, the setting being for setting a page size which corresponds to an aspect ratio
of the input sheet size and is within the maximum page size; and

executing a process so that data corresponding to an object arranged in the page of the page size set by the setting is scaled
to a size corresponding to the input sheet size,

wherein an information processing device performs the inputting, the executing of the setting, and the executing of the process,
by executing a plug-in program for extending functionality of the application.

US Pat. No. 9,077,824

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a reading unit configured to read an image on an original and generate image data based on the read image;
a generating unit configured to generate an e-mail in which the image data generated by the reading unit is included;
a transmitting unit configured to transmit the e-mail in which the image data has been included;
a converting unit configured to convert the image data generated by the reading unit into image data following an internet
FAX standard; and

a control unit configured to control the generating unit to generate the e-mail in which the image data generated by the reading
unit but not converted by the converting unit is included when a first transmission mode is selected, and to generate the
e-mail in which the image data generated by the reading unit and converted by the converting unit is included when a second
transmission mode is selected,

wherein the transmitting unit transmits the e-mail in which the image data not converted by the converting unit is included
when the first transmission mode is selected, and transmits the e-mail in which the image data converted by the converting
unit is included when the second transmission mode is selected.

US Pat. No. 9,077,825

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM COMPRISING A SERVER APPARATUS AND AN INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS CONSTRUCTING AN OPERATION SCREEN, CONTROL METHOD AND PROGRAM THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image reading system comprising:
(A) a server apparatus including:
(a) an instruction unit that instructs an image reading apparatus to read an original, the instruction causing the image reading
apparatus (1) to generate image data, and (2) to store the image data in the image reading apparatus;

(b) a reception unit that receives a response to the instruction from the image reading apparatus, without receiving the image
data;

(c) a generation unit that generates, in a case where the response received by the reception unit includes a URL corresponding
to image data stored in the image reading apparatus, screen information for displaying a preview screen of the image data
stored in the image reading apparatus, in which the URL received by said reception unit is included, and generates, in a case
where the response received by the reception unit does not include the URL, screen information corresponding to the response
received by the reception unit; and

(d) a screen information transmission unit that transmits the screen information generated by said generation unit to the
image reading apparatus, and

(B) the image reading apparatus including:
(i) a reading unit that reads the original and generates the image data based on the instruction by said instruction unit;
(ii) a storing unit that stores the image data generated by said reading unit;
(iii) a response transmission unit that transmits, to the server apparatus, the response, without transmitting the image data;
and

(iv) a display control unit that (a) in a case where the screen information received from the server includes the URL, obtains
the image data stored in the storing unit based on the URL included in the received screen information, combines the screen
information with the obtained image data into the preview screen, and displays the preview screen including an image of the
original read by the reading unit, and (b) in a case where the screen information received from the server does not include
the URL, displays a screen in accordance with the received screen information.

US Pat. No. 9,075,338

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member;
a light illumination unit which includes a light emitting element and a rotating polygonal mirror including a plurality of
mirror surfaces as scanning surfaces and is configured to reflect light emitted from the light emitting element from the scanning
surfaces such that the photosensitive member which is charged is illuminated;

a development unit configured to form a toner image by attaching toner to a latent image formed on the photosensitive member
illuminated by the light illumination unit; and

a control unit configured to cause the light illumination unit to perform normal exposure of a first exposure amount such
that the toner is attached to an imaging portion to which the toner is to be attached on the photosensitive member and cause
the light illumination unit to perform weak exposure of a second exposure amount smaller than the first exposure amount such
that the toner is not attached to a non-image portion to which the toner is not to be attached on the photosensitive member,

wherein the light illumination unit performs the normal exposure by causing the light emitting element to emit light according
to a pulse corresponding to image data and performs the weak exposure by causing the light emitting element to emit light
according to a pulse with a narrower width than the pulse corresponding to the image data,

wherein the control unit is capable of executing a first mode for forming a toner image on the photosensitive member that
rotates at a first speed and a second mode for forming a toner image on the photosensitive member that rotates at a second
speed slower than the first speed, and

wherein, in the first mode, the control unit causes the light illumination unit to perform a weak exposure by serially using
adjacent scanning surfaces of the rotating polygonal mirror, and

wherein, in the second mode, the control unit causes the light illumination unit to perform a weak exposure during one rotation
of the rotating polygonal mirror by only using a part of the plurality of scanning surfaces of the rotating polygonal mirror.

US Pat. No. 9,075,827

IMAGE RETRIEVAL APPARATUS, IMAGE RETRIEVAL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image retrieval apparatus comprising:
a designation unit configured to designate a query area of an image based on a user's designation operation;
a determination unit configured to determine whether the query area designated by the designation unit and an area where a
local feature amount is difficult to be extracted overlap each other; and

a retrieval unit configured to retrieve, when the determination unit determines that the query area designated by the designation
unit and the area where the local feature amount is difficult to be extracted do not overlap each other, image feature data
with which a local feature amount and the image are associated and which is stored in a storage device based on a local feature
amount extracted from the query area.

US Pat. No. 9,075,346

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING TONER SUPPLY CONTROL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing device in an image forming apparatus, comprising:
a developer bearing member that bears a developer including toner and a carrier;
a first chamber that contains the developer, the first chamber being disposed to face a surface of the developer bearing member
and supplies the developer to the developer bearing member;

a first conveying member rotatably disposed in the first chamber so as to convey the developer in the first chamber,
a second chamber that contains the developer and is divided from the first chamber to form a circulation path with the first
chamber, the second chamber being disposed to face the surface of the developer bearing member at a position vertically different
from a position of the first chamber and that collects the developer from the developer bearing member;

a second conveying member rotatably disposed in the second chamber so as to convey the developer in the second chamber;
a supplying unit that supplies toner to the first or second chamber;
a magnetic detection element that generates an output according to a magnetic density of the developer of the first or second
chamber;

a controller that controls a supply amount supplied by the supplying unit based on the output of the magnetic detection element;
and

a timer that detects information of a time,
wherein, based on the information detected by the timer irrespective of a length of a progress period from an end of a previous
image forming process to a start of a subsequent image forming process, in a case that a driving period of time after the
first conveying member and the second conveying member start driving is under a predetermined time, the controller sets the
supply amount of the supplying unit according to output of the magnetic detection element to be smaller than a case that the
driving period of time is over the predetermined time.

US Pat. No. 9,077,883

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS WITH VIBRATION DETECTION, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus having an operation member comprising at least one of a physical switch, a lever, and
a button, the information processing apparatus comprising:
a vibration detector configured to detect vibration of the information processing apparatus;
a member operation detector configured to detect an operation of the operation member; and
a processor configured to execute, after a delay period after the vibration detector has detected the vibration has expired
and operation of the operation member during said delay period has not been detected, a function assigned to the detected
vibration, and to execute, if the operation of the operation member is detected by the member operation detector within said
delay period, a function corresponding to the operation of the operation member without executing the function assigned to
the detected vibration.

US Pat. No. 9,069,312

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING CAPACITANCE DETECTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus configured to form an image on a recording medium, the image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member on which a latent image is to be formed;
a developer carrying member configured to carry a developer;
a conductive member having a conductive property, the conductive member being paired with one of the developer carrying member
and the image bearing member to form a capacitor;

a contact-separation member configured to assume a first position for bringing the developer carrying member into contact
with the image bearing member and a second position for separating the developer carrying member from the image bearing member;

a detecting unit configured to detect a value relating to a capacitance of the capacitor when a voltage is applied to the
capacitor; and

a control unit configured to detect whether or not the image forming apparatus is ready for image formation by comparing a
first detected result and a second detected result to each other, the first detected result being detected by the detecting
unit when the contact-separation member assumes the first position, the second detected result being detected by the detecting
unit when the contact-separation member assumes the second position.

US Pat. No. 9,069,314

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH INCREASED DEVELOPMENT EFFICIENCY AND CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

a developing unit comprising a developing sleeve, a containing unit configured to contain a two-component developer including
a toner and a carrier, and a supply unit configured to supply a bias to the developing sleeve in order that the developing
sleeve carries the two-component developer contained in the containing unit, wherein the developing unit is configured to
develop the electrostatic latent image using the toner carried by the developing sleeve to form an image;

a detection unit configured to detect a density of a density detection image formed by the exposure unit and the developing
unit;

a prediction unit configured to predict a toner charge amount in the two-component developer;
a correction unit configured to correct the toner charge amount of the two-component developer contained in the containing
unit based on the density of the density detection image detected by the detection unit;

a determination unit configured to determine an amount of exposure light by the exposure unit based on the toner charge amount
corrected by the correction unit; and

a control unit configured to control a predetermined bias supplied to the developing sleeve for forming the density detection
image,

wherein the predetermined bias is higher than a bias supplied to the developing sleeve for forming the image, and
wherein the predetermined bias is a bias which is not used for forming the image.

US Pat. No. 9,069,156

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens capable of changing a distance between adjacent lens units in zooming, the 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;
an aperture stop;
a third lens unit having a positive refractive power; and
a rear lens group including at least one lens unit,
wherein the first lens unit is positioned closer to the object side at a telephoto end than at a wide-angle end,
wherein the third lens unit includes positive lenses, materials of the positive lenses included in the third lens unit satisfy
the following expression:

?gF3P?(?1.665×10?7·?d3P3+5.213×10?5·?d3P2?5.656×10?3·?d3P+0.737)>0

50.0
wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
8.0
15.0
where ?gF3P is a partial dispersion ratio of material of at least one of the positive lenses in the third lens unit, ?d3P
is Abbe's number of at least one of the positive lenses, fW and fT are focal lengths of a total system at the wide-angle end
and at the telephoto end respectively, f1 is a focal length of the first lens unit, and f3 is a focal length of the third
lens unit.

US Pat. No. 9,071,757

OPTICAL IMAGE STABILIZER AND OPTICAL APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

6. An optical image stabilizer configured to move an image stabilizing element in order to reduce image blur caused by a shake
of an optical apparatus provided with the optical image stabilizer, the optical image stabilizer comprising:
a shake detector configured to output a detection signal corresponding to magnitude of the shake of the optical apparatus;
and

a controller configured to change a movable amount of the image stabilizing element from a center of its movable range according
to a value of the detection signal,

wherein the controller is configured (a) to set the movable amount to a reference movable amount when the value of the detection
signal does not exceed a first value,

(b) to set the movable amount to a movable amount equal to or smaller than the reference movable amount when the value of
the detection signal exceeds the first value and then does not exceed, without exceeding a second value whose polarity is
same as that of the first value and whose absolute value is greater than that of the first value, a third value whose polarity
is opposite to that of the first value within a first period of time, and

(c) to set the movable amount to a movable amount equal to or smaller than the reference movable amount when the value of
the detection signal exceeds the first value, then exceeds the second value and thereafter does not exceed a fourth value
whose polarity is opposite to that of the second value and whose absolute value is greater than that of the third value within
the first period of time.

US Pat. No. 9,071,760

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus, comprising:
an image pickup unit configured to pick up an object image imaged by a lens unit; and
a display unit configured to display an image output from the image pickup unit, the display unit detecting a first close
condition and a second close condition of a photographer,

wherein the display unit displays a first display object indicating a focal point adjustment area on a display image of the
object image in response to detection of the first close condition, and displays a second display object indicating a focusing
command area on the display image of the object image corresponding to a range of detection of the second close condition,

the focal point adjustment area which is displayed by the display unit varies depending on a focal point adjustment mode,
and

the focal point adjustment mode comprises a first mode and a second mode, and a number of the first display objects to be
displayed in the first mode is smaller than a number of the first display objects to be displayed in the second mode.

US Pat. No. 9,071,781

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND DEFECTIVE PIXEL DETECTION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor including a plurality of pixels each having a microlens and a plurality of photoelectric conversion units
that share the microlens;

a first defective pixel detection unit configured to detect a defective photoelectric conversion unit from among the plurality
of photoelectric conversion units; and

a second defective pixel detection unit configured to detect a defective pixel from among the plurality of pixels,
wherein the first defective pixel detection method in which each of the plurality of photoelectric conversion units is sequentially
taken as a subject for detection, and whether or not the photoelectric conversion unit of the subject for detection has a
defect is determined,

wherein in the first defective pixel detection method, the first defective pixel detection unit compares an output signal
that is output from the photoelectric conversion unit of the subject for detection with first signals, and

wherein the first signals are output from photoelectric conversion units included in pixels peripheral to the pixel including
the photoelectric conversion unit of the subject for detection, each position of each of the photoelectric conversion units
included in the peripheral pixels corresponding to a position of the photoelectric conversion unit of the subject for detection
with respect to the microlens,

wherein the second defective pixel detection unit determines defective pixels using a second defective pixel detection method
in which each of the plurality of pixels is sequentially taken as a subject for detection and whether or not the pixel of
the subject for detection has a defect is determined, and

wherein in the second defective pixel detection method, the second defective pixel detection unit compares a sum of output
signals from the plurality of photoelectric conversion units included in the pixel of the subject for detection with a sum
of output signals from the plurality of photoelectric conversion units included in pixels peripheral to the pixel of the subject
for detection.

US Pat. No. 9,071,504

DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A data processing apparatus comprising:
a plurality of modules each configured to execute data processing based on input data;
a control unit configured to output a control signal at a timing for transferring the input data; and
a plurality of routers, each having a plurality of input ports and a plurality of output ports, a plurality of demultiplexers,
and a storage unit configured to store correspondence information indicative of a corresponding relationship among identification
information of the input ports, a value of a control signal of an input timing to the input ports, identification information
of the output ports, and a value of a control signal of an output timing to the output ports, said plurality of demultiplexers
being configured to relay data transmission among said plurality of modules,

wherein each of said plurality of demultiplexers associates one of said plurality of input ports with one of said plurality
of output ports based on correspondence information corresponding to the control signal delivered at the input timing to one
of the input ports of a router of said plurality of routers from said control unit,

wherein the control signal is delivered to said router from said control unit separately from data to be transferred by said
router, and

wherein said router outputs input data to the associated output port in a case where the value of the control signal output
by said control unit is the value of the control signal of the output timing to the output port represented in the correspondence
information.

US Pat. No. 9,071,773

PROJECTION SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A projection apparatus, comprising:
a processor coupled to a memory;
a combining unit that generates a first combined image which includes a first image and a second image different from the
first image;

a communicator configured to transmit the second image to another projection apparatus, wherein the another projection apparatus
is configured to project a second combined image including the second image;

a controller configured to control the communicator to transmit, to the another projection apparatus, information relating
to a position where the second image is combined with the first image; and

a projector configured to project the first combined image in a mode in which the first combined image and the second combined
image are projected to be combined with each other on a screen,

wherein the combining unit is implemented by the processor.

US Pat. No. 9,071,803

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an estimator configured to estimate an amount of a color blur of each of multiple color components included in a color image;
a processor configured to perform a color blur reduction process to reduce, from the color image, the color blur of each color
component by using the estimated amount of the color blur thereof; and

a decider configured to acquire a hue formed by the color blurs of the color components and to decide, depending on the hue,
an order of the color components on which the color blur reduction processes are performed.

US Pat. No. 9,069,451

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS HAVING USER LOGIN FUNCTION, CONTROL METHOD THEREFORE, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A data transmitting apparatus that is shared by a plurality of users, comprising:
a storing unit configured to store a plurality of destination addresses, wherein an address book is comprised of at least
a part of the plurality of destination addresses stored in the storing unit, and wherein the plurality of destination addresses
include at least one destination address which is made public to a specific user, at least one destination address which is
made public to a specific group including a plurality of users, and at least one destination address which is made public
to any user;

a transmitting unit configured to transmit image data to at least one destination address selected from the plurality of destination
addresses stored in the storing unit; and

a display control unit configured to display, on a display unit, at least one destination address stored in the storing unit,
wherein the display control unit displays, when receiving an instruction to display the address book from a user who has logged
in to the data transmitting apparatus, the at least one destination address which is made public to the logged-in user on
the display unit, and

the display control unit changes, when receiving another instruction from the logged-in user, a content to be displayed on
the display unit so that the display unit displays at least one destination address which is made public to a group to which
the logged-in user belongs.

US Pat. No. 9,070,531

X-RAY GENERATOR TUBE HAVING IMPROVED COOLING CONTAINER AND X-RAY IMAGING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An X-ray generator comprising:
an X-ray tube including a cylindrical body with two end faces;
an electron source in the cylindrical body between the two end faces;
a target arranged at an end face of the cylindrical body so as to face the electron source, the target generating X-rays by
irradiation with electrons emitted from the electron source;

a container in which the X-ray tube is arranged;
insulating liquid filled between the X-ray tube and the container; and
a holding member holding the cylindrical body in the container, the holding member forming a channel for the insulating liquid
around the X-ray tube,

wherein a direction in which the electron source and the target face each other is parallel to a cylindrical axis of the cylindrical
body, and

wherein a distance, which is measured parallel to the cylindrical axis, between the holding member and the outer surface of
the X-ray tube at the end face where the target is arranged is twice or more as large as a minimum width of the channel.

US Pat. No. 9,069,267

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:
a laminated body, and
a hole transporting layer formed on the laminated body, wherein the laminated body comprises:
a conductive support,
an electron transporting layer formed on the support, and
a charge generating layer formed on the electron transporting layer,
wherein the electron transporting layer comprises a polymerized product of a composition comprising:
an electron transporting substance having a polymerizable functional group,
a crosslinking agent, and
a thermoplastic resin having a polymerizable functional group,
wherein the polymerizable functional group is a hydroxy group, a thiol group, an amino group, a carboxyl group, or a methoxy
group,

wherein a content of the electron transporting substance in the composition is 30% by mass or more and 70% by mass or less
with respect to the total mass of the composition, and

wherein the laminated body satisfies the following expression (1):
R—opt/R_dark?0.95  (1)

where, in the expression (1),
R_opt represents impedance of the laminated body measured by the steps of:
forming, on a surface of the charge generating layer, a circular-shaped gold electrode having a thickness of 300 nm and a
diameter of 10 mm by sputtering, and

applying, between the conductive support and the circular-shaped gold electrode, an alternating electric field having a voltage
of 100 mV and a frequency of 0.1 Hz while irradiating the surface of the charge generating layer with light having intensity
of 30 ?J/cm2·s, and

measuring the impedance,
and
R_dark represents impedance of the laminated body measured by the steps of:
forming, on a surface of the charge generating layer, a circular-shaped gold electrode having a thickness of 300 nm and a
diameter of 10 mm by sputtering, and

applying, between the conductive support and the circular-shaped gold electrode, an alternating electric field having a voltage
of 100 mV and a frequency of 0.1 Hz without irradiating the surface of the charge generating layer with light, and

measuring the impedance.

US Pat. No. 9,069,273

YELLOW TONER AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE YELLOW TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A yellow toner comprising, at least, a binder resin, a wax, and a coloring agent,
wherein the coloring agent is a compound represented by general formula (1):

wherein:
R1 and R2 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, or an aryl group;

R3 represents a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, an aryl group, or an alkoxy group;

R4 and R5 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or an amino group;

X1 to X3 each independently represent a carbon atom or a nitrogen atom;

Al and A2 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, an alkoxy group, an aryl group, a carbamoyl group, a carboxylate
ester group, a carboxylic acid amide group, a sulfonate ester group, a sulfonic acid amide group, a trifluoromethyl group,
a cyano group, a hydroxy group, a nitro group, an amino group, or a halogen atom; and

n represents an integer of 1 to 5.

US Pat. No. 9,069,508

INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS GENERATING A PRINT COMMAND BASED ON SPOOL DATA OF A PRINT JOB

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing method executed by an information processing apparatus comprising a storage device and connected
with a printing device, the method comprising:
generating by using a command generation module, a print command based on spool data of a print job;
transmitting by using a command transmission module, the generated print command to the printing device in order to print
pages corresponding to the generated print command on the printing device;

determining, by the command transmission module, whether an error has occurred in the printing device;
managing in the storage device, in a case where the determining step determines that an error has occurred, a correspondence
between job identification information that identifies the print job for which the error occurred and information about a
number of printed pages at a moment when the error occurred;

issuing an instruction for reprinting of the print job for which the error occurred;
determining whether the print job to be processed for reprinting is a data type to be spooled by an intermediate drawing command,
and whether job identification information of the print job to be processed for reprinting coincides with job identification
information managed by the storage device;

controlling the transmitting by using the command transmission module so that transmission of a part of the print command
generated by using the command generation module is skipped, when the determining step determines that the print job to be
processed for reprinting is not the data type to be spooled by the intermediate drawing command and the job identification
information of the print job to be processed coincides with the job identification information managed by the storage device,
wherein the part of the print command corresponds to the printed pages; and

transmitting, for using the print command corresponding to remaining pages that have not been printed for printing in the
printing device, a print setting command relating to the printed pages to the printing device, when the transmitting of the
part of the generated print command is skipped by using the command transmission module, and

wherein, when it is determined that the print job to be processed for reprinting is the data type to be spooled by the intermediate
drawing command and job identification information of the print job to be processed coincides with the job identification
information managed by the storage device, a print command based on spool data of remaining pages included in the print job
to be processed for reprinting is generated by using the command generation module according to the information about the
number of printed pages managed by the storage device, and the generated print command based on spool data of remaining pages
is transmitted to the printing device by the command transmission module.

US Pat. No. 9,063,514

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a plurality of cartridges, each of which comprises a photosensitive member having a surface on which a latent image is formed
and a developing unit including a developing member for supplying a toner to the latent image formed on the surface of the
photosensitive member, wherein the plurality of cartridges includes a first cartridge and a second cartridge which is arranged
closer to a fixing device than the first cartridge;

the fixing device for fixing, on a recording material, a transferred toner image by heating the recording material;
a cooling device for cooling the plurality of cartridges by flowing air through a plurality of openings, each of which is
provided to be opposed to each of the plurality of cartridges; and

a plurality of shielding members, each of which shields a corresponding one of the plurality of openings,
wherein in each of the plurality of cartridges, the developing unit is movable between a first position at which the developing
member supplies a toner to the photosensitive member and a second position at which the developing member is at a position
farther than the first position from the photosensitive member,

wherein each of the plurality of shielding members changes positions in association with a position of the developing unit
of a corresponding one of the plurality of cartridges, and

wherein as viewed in a longitudinal direction of the first cartridge, a first area in which the shielding member does not
cover in an opening corresponding to the first cartridge among the plurality of openings in a case where the developing unit
of the first cartridge is at the second position is smaller than the first area in a case where the developing unit of the
first cartridge is at the first position, and as viewed in a longitudinal direction of the second cartridge, a second area
in which the shielding member does not cover in an opening corresponding to the second cartridge among the plurality of openings
in a case where the developing unit of the second cartridge is at the second position is smaller than the second area in a
case where the developing unit of the second cartridge is at the first position, and

wherein in a case where the developing units of the first and second cartridges are at the second position, as viewed in a
longitudinal direction of the plurality of the cartridges, the second area in which the second cartridge does not cover in
the opening corresponding to the second cartridge is larger than the first area in which the shielding member does not cover
in the opening corresponding to the first cartridge.

US Pat. No. 9,061,851

SHEET FEEDING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding device comprising:
a sheet accommodating unit that accommodates sheets, and supported by an apparatus main body in an insertable and withdrawable
manner in a direction orthogonal to a feeding direction of the sheets;

a leading edge regulating unit provided fixedly to the sheet accommodating unit, configured to regulate a position on a downstream
of the sheets to be accommodated in the feeding direction thereof;

a trailing edge regulating unit provided in the sheet accommodating unit, configured to regulate a position on an upstream
of the sheets to be accommodated in the feeding direction;

a side edge regulating unit provided in the sheet accommodating unit, configured to regulate a position of the sheets to be
accommodated in a direction orthogonal to the feeding direction thereof; and

a locking mechanism to lock the sheet accommodating unit in a locking position in the apparatus main body including a spring
which push out the sheet accommodating unit, a hook portion and protrusion portion which is engaged with the hook portion
to lock the sheet accommodating unit in the apparatus main body against an elastic force of the spring; and

a single insertion position limiting unit, the single insertion position limiting unit being provided only on a rear of the
sheet accommodating unit in an inserting direction of the sheet accommodating unit and upstream from a center of gravity of
the sheet accommodating unit in the sheet feeding direction, configured to be able to contact a frame on a rear of the apparatus
main body in an inserting direction of the sheet accommodating unit to limit an insertion position of the sheet accommodating
unit and a gap is formed between the single insertion position limiting unit and the frame on the rear of the apparatus main
body when the locking mechanism locks the sheet accommodating unit in the locking position,

wherein after the insertion position of the sheet accommodating unit is limited by the single insertion position limiting
unit while insertion of the sheet accommodating unit, the sheet accommodating unit is moved to the locking position by the
elastic force of the spring,

wherein, in response to the sheet accommodating unit being inserted with an excessive force, the sheet accommodating unit
rotates slightly about the single insertion position limiting unit, thus preventing damage to the side edge regulating unit
and/or the trailing edge regulating unit.

US Pat. No. 9,063,406

EXPOSURE APPARATUS AND A METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A DEVICE THAT CONDUCT EXPOSURE USING A SET LIGHT SOURCE SHAPE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An exposure apparatus that exposes a substrate via a mask, the apparatus comprising:
(a) a plurality of light sources arrayed two-dimensionally and configured to form a plurality of illumination modes to illuminate
the mask;

(b) a projection optical system configured to project a pattern of the mask illuminated by the plurality of light sources
on the substrate; and

(c) a light source control unit configured to control driving of each of said plurality of light sources, said light source
control unit comprising:

(i) a light source drive configured to drive each of said plurality of light sources;
(ii) a storage unit configured to store driving information of a plurality of illumination modes of each of said plurality
of light sources;

(iii) a console configured to designate an illumination mode from the plurality of illumination modes based on an exposure
recipe; and

(iv) a controller configured to invoke driving information of each of said plurality of light sources from the storage unit
in accordance with the illumination mode designated by said console, and to issue turning on and off driving instructions
to said light source drive, so that said plurality of light sources form the illumination mode designated by said console.

US Pat. No. 9,066,020

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capture apparatus capable of shooting using an illuminating device, comprising:
a photometric unit configured to obtain a photometric value of a subject; and
a determination unit configured to determine a control value based on the photometric value,
wherein in a continuous shooting operation of the image capture apparatus, in a case that a shooting for recording is performed
without firing the illuminating device, the photometric unit obtains a photometric value to be used by the determination unit
to determine a control value used for a subsequent shooting for recording, based on image data obtained in the shooting for
recording that was performed without firing the illuminating device, and in a case that a shooting for recording is performed
with firing the illuminating device, the photometric unit obtains the photometric value to be used by the determination unit
to determine a control value used for a subsequent shooting for recording, based on image data obtained in a shooting without
firing the illuminating device that is performed after the shooting for recording performed with firing the illuminating device
and before the subsequent shooting for recording.

US Pat. No. 9,066,034

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD AND PROGRAM WITH DIFFERENT PIXEL APERTURE CHARACTERISTICS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an input unit configured to input a plurality of digital image data obtained by a plurality of image capturing units, each
image capturing unit comprising a lens and an image capturing sensor comprising a plurality of pixels, each pixel comprising
a pixel aperture, wherein a pixel aperture characteristic of the pixel apertures of the pixels of at least one of the image
capturing units differs from a pixel aperture characteristic of the pixel apertures of the pixels of the other image capturing
units and the plurality of digital image data represent images of a same subject captured from a plurality of viewpoints;
and

a generation unit configured to synthesize the plurality of digital image data input by the input unit to generate developed
image data, wherein the developed image data represents an image consisting of a greater number of pixels than each image
represented by the digital image data obtained by the each image capturing unit,

wherein each of the pixel apertures is smaller in size than a pixel of the plurality of pixels that comprises the pixel aperture,
and the pixel aperture characteristics indicate at the least one of a pixel aperture size, a pixel aperture shape, or an imaging
magnification of a subject, and

wherein the pixel aperture characteristics are determined for the individual image capturing units such that the lowest frequency
at which loss of signal of the synthesized image occurs is higher than the lowest frequency at which loss of signal of the
images captured by the image capturing units occurs.

US Pat. No. 9,066,065

REPRODUCTION APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING REPRODUCTION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A reproduction apparatus comprising:
an image acquisition unit configured to acquire an image capable of refocusing;
an audio acquisition unit configured to acquire audio associated with the image capable of refocusing; and
a control unit configured to control a timing of an output of the audio obtained by the audio acquisition unit in accordance
with a refocus position of the image capable of refocusing.

US Pat. No. 9,063,449

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image carrier whose surface is charged with electricity;
an exposure unit configured to form an electrostatic latent image by exposing the charged surface of said image carrier to
light;

a drive unit configured to rotate said image carrier;
a first detecting unit configured to detect a rotational speed of said image carrier;
a second detecting unit configured to detect a home position of said image carrier;
an exposure control unit configured to control timing with which said exposure unit exposes said image carrier to light so
as to suppress a harmonic rotational speed fluctuation of said image carrier;

a storage unit configured to store a profile corresponding to fluctuations in the rotational speed of said image carrier;
and

a drive control unit configured to carry out feedback control for said driving unit based on the rotational speed detected
by said first detecting unit, and carry out feedforward control for said driving unit based on the home position detected
by said second detecting unit and the profile,

wherein said second detecting unit detects the home position in a phase that is a predetermined amount before a phase in which
the harmonic rotational speed fluctuation of said image carrier occurs so that said exposure control unit can correct for
the harmonic rotational speed fluctuation, and

wherein a frequency of the harmonic rotational speed fluctuation is a frequency of X/4 [Hz] or more where a resonant frequency
of said image carrier is X [Hz].

US Pat. No. 9,063,461

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS PROVIDED WITH AN AGITATION MEMBER CONFIGURED TO BE ROTATED

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus configured to form an image on a recording medium, comprising:
a developer container configured to store developer;
an image bearing member configured to be rotated and on which a latent image is formed;
a developer bearing member configured to bear developer and to be rotated to develop the latent image;
an agitation member configured to be rotated to agitate the developer stored in the developer container;
a control unit configured to control the rotations of the image bearing member, the developer bearing member, and the agitation
member so as to rotate the agitation member while the image bearing member is not rotated; and

a supply roller configured to contact the developer bearing member while rotating to supply developer to the developer bearing
member,

wherein the agitation member is configured, when rotated, to contact the supply roller.

US Pat. No. 9,049,996

STEREOSCOPIC X-RAY IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A stereoscopic X-ray imaging apparatus comprising:
a plurality of X-ray sources;
a diaphragm unit in which a plurality of openings is formed, X-rays radiated by the plurality of X-ray sources passing through
the plurality of openings, respectively;

an X-ray sensor on which the X-ray radiated by each of the plurality of X-ray sources is projected;
an adjuster configured to adjust positions and sizes of the plurality of openings; and
a plurality of visible light sources each configured to radiate a visible light to the X-ray sensor in the same area as that
of a different one of the plurality of X-ray sources through each of the plurality of openings,

wherein spectra of the visible light emitted by the plurality of visible light sources are different from each other.

US Pat. No. 9,054,691

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS OR INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
oscillating means for oscillating a clock;
supplying means for supplying the clock to an external device;
control means for transmitting to the supplying means a control signal for stopping supply of the clock;
receiving means for receiving data output from the external device in synchronization with the clock, and for stopping loading
the data in accordance with the control signal;

first delay means for correcting a phase shift of the data received by the receiving means; and
second delay means for delaying a control signal for stopping loading the received data so as to correct a period-to-period
shift of the received data, wherein the second delay means corrects a period-to-period shift in a data load timing of the
receiving means by inputting the control signal to the receiving means with a delay equal to an integer multiple of one cycle
of the clock oscillated by the oscillating means.

US Pat. No. 9,052,675

CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge detachably mountable to a main assembly of an image forming apparatus, a cartridge comprising:
an electric energy receiving member;
a frame of resin material; and
an electrode member that (i) is molded by injecting electroconductive resin material into said frame and (ii) provides an
electroconductive path between said electric energy receiving member and a main assembly electrical contact provided in the
main assembly when said cartridge is mounted to the main assembly, said electrode member having a projected portion projected
from a surface of said frame for contacting the main assembly electrical contact, and said projected portion being provided
by changing a direction of flow of the injected electroconductive resin material by a metal mold or said frame.

US Pat. No. 9,044,935

ELEMENT SUBSTRATE, PRINTHEAD, AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An element substrate comprising:
a plurality of print elements;
a plurality of drive elements provided in correspondence with said plurality of print elements and configured to drive said
plurality of print elements; and

a driving circuit configured to generate a double-pulse upon receiving a single reference voltage and two ramp waves and apply
the double-pulse to said plurality of drive elements and drive said plurality of drive elements,

wherein said driving circuit includes:
a generation circuit configured to generate the single reference voltage and the two ramp waves; and
a comparison circuit configured to compare the single reference voltage with the two ramp waves, and
said driving circuit generates a plurality of double-pulses having different pulse widths from a result of comparison of said
comparison circuit, using ramp waves having different slopes.

US Pat. No. 10,470,296

PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD, PRINTED WIRING BOARD, AND DIFFERENTIAL TRANSMISSION CIRCUIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printed circuit board, comprising:a first semiconductor device configured to input and output a signal;
a second semiconductor device configured to input and output a signal; and
a printed wiring board having the first semiconductor device and the second semiconductor device mounted thereon, the printed wiring board comprising:
a first differential signal wiring formed of a pair of signal transmission lines, the first differential signal wiring connecting the first semiconductor device and the second semiconductor device to each other, wherein the pair of signal transmission lines forming the first differential signal wiring comprises a first signal transmission line and a second signal transmission line; and
a second differential signal wiring formed of a pair of signal transmission lines, the second differential signal wiring connecting the first semiconductor device and the second semiconductor device to each other and being arranged in parallel to the first differential signal wiring, the first differential signal wiring and the second differential signal wiring being arranged without any other differential wirings therebetween, wherein the pair of signal transmission lines forming the second differential signal wiring comprises a third signal transmission line and a fourth signal transmission line,
wherein the pair of signal transmission lines forming the first differential signal wiring are wired to have a relative arrangement in which, when viewed in plan from a direction perpendicular to a surface of the printed wiring board, the first signal transmission line and the second signal transmission line cross with each other at least once in the first differential signal wiring in a wiring direction thereof,
wherein the pair of signal transmission lines forming the second differential signal wiring are wired to have a relative arrangement in which, when viewed in plan from the direction perpendicular to the surface of the printed wiring board, the third signal transmission line and the fourth signal transmission line cross with each other at least once in the second differential signal wiring in a wiring direction thereof,
wherein the number of crossings of the pair of signal transmission lines forming the first differential signal wiring is equal to the number of crossings of the pair of signal transmission lines forming the second differential signal wiring, and
wherein each of the crossings of the pair of signal transmission lines forming the first differential signal wiring and corresponding one of the crossings of the pair of signal transmission lines forming the second differential signal wiring are arranged side by side.

US Pat. No. 10,455,664

ANALYTE-INFORMATION ACQUISITION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information acquisition apparatus comprising:a light emitting unit including an emitting portion from which light is emitted;
a probe configured to receive a photoacoustic wave generated in an object in response to an irradiation of the light onto the object and to output an electrical signal;
a detecting unit configured to detect a direction in which the light is to be emitted from the emitting portion; and
a control unit configured to control emission of the light on a basis of at least the detected direction of the light to be emitted from the emitting portion,
wherein the control unit controls the light emitting unit in such a manner that the emitting portion does not emit light in a case where it is determined that the detected direction is not within a predetermined value, on the basis of the detection result of the detecting unit.

US Pat. No. 10,219,314

COMMUNICATION DEVICE, COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication device comprising:at least one hardware processor; and
a memory which stores instructions executable by the at least one hardware processor to cause the communication device to perform at least:
establishing, with another communication device, one or more streams as one or more logical communication paths based on a connection established with the another communication device;
receiving a notification for reserving a new stream, which has not been established and which is based on the connection established with the another communication device, after establishing the one or more streams;
determining whether a no-communication time period, which is a time period in which no communication through any of streams based on the connection including the one or more streams established based on the connection and the new stream reserved based on the connection is carried out with the another communication device, has reached a predetermined amount of time after the notification for reserving the new stream based on the connection established with the another communication device has been received from the another communication device; and
executing a connection maintenance processing in a case where the no-communication time period, in which no communication through any of streams based on the connection including the one or more streams established based on the connection and the new stream reserved based on the connection is carried out, is determined to have reached the predetermined amount of time after the notification for reserving the new stream based on the connection has been received from the another communication device, wherein the connection maintenance processing comprises a process for sending a message for maintaining the connection to the another communication device.

US Pat. No. 10,197,930

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic member, comprising:an electroconductive substrate; and
an electroconductive resin layer on the substrate, wherein
the resin layer comprises a mixture of (i) a binder resin, (ii) an anion comprising at least one of a fluoroalkylsulfonylimide anion or a fluorosulfonylimide anion, and (iii) a cation selected from the group consisting of formulae (1) to (6)
A11-R101- A12  (1)
where A11 and A12 independently represent any of formulae (A101) to (A106), and R101 represents a linking group having a straight chain moiety of 4 or more carbon atoms, the linking group making a distance corresponding to a straight chain of 4 or more carbon atoms between A11 and A12;

where A13 and A14 independently represent any of formulae (A101) to (A106), R102 and R103 independently represent a divalent hydrocarbon group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms, R104 represents a monovalent hydrocarbon group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms, and d1 represents an integer of 0 or 1;

where A15 and A16 independently represent any of formulae (A101) to (A106), R105 and R106 independently represent a divalent hydrocarbon group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms, R107 represents a monovalent hydrocarbon group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms, and d2 represents an integer of 0 or 1;
A17-R108?O—R109?n1A18  (4)
where A17 and A18 independently represent any of formulae (A101) to (A106), n1 represents an integer of 1 to 4, and R108 and R109 constitute a part of a linking group for making a distance corresponding to a straight chain formed of at least 4 carbon atoms and 1 oxygen atom between A17 and A18, and independently represent a divalent hydrocarbon group having 2 to 4 carbon atoms;

where A19 and A20 independently represent any of formulae (A101) to (A106), R112 represents a hydrogen atom, or a monovalent hydrocarbon group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms, and R110 and R111 constitute a part of linking group for binding A19 and A20, and independently represent a divalent hydrocarbon group having 2 to 4 carbon atoms, for making a distance corresponding to a straight chain of at least 2 carbon atoms between each of A19 and A20, and a nitrogen atom;

where A21 to A23 independently represent any of formulae (A101) to (A106), and R113 to R115 constitute a part of a linking group for binding A21 to A23, and independently represent a divalent hydrocarbon group having 2 to 4 carbon atoms, for making a distance corresponding to a straight chain of at least 2 carbon atoms between each of A21 to A23, and a nitrogen atom;

where R116 to R118 independently represent a monovalent hydrocarbon group having 1 to 12 carbon atoms, and symbol “*” represents a bonding site with any of formulae (1) to (6);

where R119 and R120 independently represent a hydrocarbon group needed for forming a nitrogen-containing heteroaromatic six-membered ring in formula (A102), R121?s independently represent a monovalent hydrocarbon group having 1 to 12 carbon atoms, d3 represents an integer of from 0 to 2, and symbol “*” represents a bonding site with any of formulae (1) to (6);

where R122 and R123 independently represent a hydrocarbon group needed for forming a nitrogen-containing heteroaromatic five-membered ring in formula (A103), R124 represents a hydrogen atom, or a monovalent hydrocarbon group having 1 to 12 carbon atoms, R125?s independently represent a monovalent hydrocarbon group having 1 to 12 carbon atoms, d4 represents an integer of from 0 to 2, and symbol “*” represents a bonding site with any of formulae (1) to (6);

where R126 represents a hydrocarbon group needed for forming a nitrogen-containing heteroaromatic ring in formula (A104), R127?s independently represent a monovalent hydrocarbon group having 1 to 12 carbon atoms, d5 represents an integer of from 0 to 2, and symbol “*” represents a bonding site with any of formulae (1) to (6);

where R128 represents a hydrocarbon group needed for forming a nitrogen-containing heterocyclic nonaromatic ring in formula (A105), R129 represents a hydrogen atom, or a monovalent hydrocarbon group having 1 to 12 carbon atoms, R130?s independently represent a monovalent hydrocarbon group having 1 to 12 carbon atoms, d6 represents an integer of from 0 to 2, and symbol “*” represents a bonding site with any of formulae (1) to (6); and

where R131 and R132 independently represent a hydrocarbon group needed for forming a nitrogen-containing heterocyclic nonaromatic ring in formula (A106), R133 and R134 independently represent a hydrogen atom, or a monovalent hydrocarbon group having 1 to 12 carbon atoms, R135?s independently represent a monovalent hydrocarbon group having 1 to 12 carbon atoms, d7 represents an integer of from 0 to 2, and symbol “*” represents a bonding site with any of formulae (1) to (6).

US Pat. No. 10,183,397

ROBOT DEVICE, ROBOT CONTROL METHOD, PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A robot device comprising:a manipulator having:
a first link linked to a base by a first bendable portion; and
a pair of first actuators, each of the first actuators situated on respective sides of the first link so as to cause the first bendable portion to bend, and each of the pair of first actuators including a parallel type variable stiffness actuator; and
a control unit configured to drive the pair of first actuators to thereby bend the first bendable portion to a target angle,
wherein the control unit is further configured to, in a case the target angle is updated, drive the pair of first actuators in a non-antagonistic driving mode, and thereafter switch to drive the pair of first actuators in an antagonistic drive mode, the antagonistic driving mode being a driving mode in which both of the first actuators generate tensile forces, and the non-antagonistic driving mode being a driving mode in which one of the first actuators generates a tensile force and the other one of the first actuators generates a pushing force, and
wherein the control unit gradually switches from the non-antagonistic driving mode to the antagonistic driving mode.

US Pat. No. 10,180,656

ROTATIONAL FORCE TRANSMITTING PART

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive drum unit usable in a process cartridge, the drum unit comprising:(a) a cylinder having a photosensitive layer at an outer periphery thereof and an axis L1;
(b) a drum flange provided at one end of the cylinder, the drum flange provided with a recess formed inside thereof so as to be penetrated by the axis L1 and including a gear portion provided along an outer surface of the drum flange; and
(c) a detachable member detachably attached to the drum flange and overlapping parts of the recess as seen along a direction of the axis L1,
wherein the detachable member is provided within the drum flange in the direction of the axis L1.

US Pat. No. 10,165,143

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING LAUNCH THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a memory;
a processor configured to execute data processing using the memory:
a printing unit configured to print an image on a sheet;
a power switch operable by a user;
interrupting circuitry that outputs an interrupt signal at a set time to shift the printing apparatus into a first power state in which power is supplied to the memory and the processor; and
power control circuitry configured to shift, in accordance with a turn-off of the power switch, the printing apparatus into a second power state in which power is not supplied to the memory, the processor, and the printing unit or a third power state in which power is supplied to the memory and the interrupting circuitry and power is not supplied to the processor and the printing unit,
wherein the processor is further configured to control, in a case where the power control circuitry shifts the printing apparatus into the third power state in accordance with the turn-off of the power switch, the interrupting circuitry not to output the interrupt signal in the third power state.

US Pat. No. 10,150,290

PRINT ELEMENT SUBSTRATE AND PRINTING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A print element substrate which ejects a liquid droplet from an ejection port by foaming the liquid comprising:a first heating unit row in which a plurality of first heating units used for foaming the liquid is arrayed;
a second heating unit row in which a plurality of second heating units provided in a vicinity of the first heating units and used for heating the print element substrate is arrayed along the first heating unit row; and
a driving unit row in which a plurality of driving units which switch on/off the second heating units is arrayed along the first heating unit row.

US Pat. No. 10,152,697

MONITORING APPARATUS, MONITORING METHOD AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A monitoring apparatus that is placed on a site network including a plurality of apparatuses, and communicates with a management server, the monitoring apparatus comprising:a memory storing instructions; and
a processor executing the instructions causing the monitoring apparatus to:
accept an input of identification information on one or more other monitoring apparatuses that were previously placed on the site network and were monitoring the plurality of apparatuses;
transmit a request including the input identification information to the management server;
receive, as a response to the request, type information on the one or more other monitoring apparatuses from the management server;
determine whether or not the received type information matches type information of the monitoring apparatus;
separate, if it is determined that the received type information does not match the type information of the monitoring apparatus, one or more apparatuses, as monitoring targets of the monitoring apparatus, from among the plurality of apparatuses, wherein the plurality of apparatuses were being monitored by the one or more other monitoring apparatuses;
provide a confirmation screen that displays, when the one or more apparatuses, which were monitored by the one or more other monitoring apparatuses, are changed to the monitoring targets of the monitoring apparatus by the separation processing, information of apparatuses that have not been separated as the monitoring targets of the monitoring apparatus by the separation processing;
provide a result screen that is displayed when the monitoring targets of the one or more other monitoring apparatuses were changed to the monitoring targets of the monitoring apparatus;
transmit, to the management server, a notification of information on the one or more other monitoring apparatuses whose monitoring target was changed and of the type information of the monitoring apparatus;
collect, after the notification, operation information on the one or more apparatuses from among the plurality of apparatuses that were separated as monitoring targets of the monitoring apparatus; and
transmit the collected operation information to the management server,
wherein the result screen displays at least one of a result of the change of the monitoring apparatus that performs monitoring, information on the changed monitoring apparatus, information on a monitoring target apparatus that can no longer be monitored, and a reason why the monitoring target apparatus can no longer be monitored, and
wherein the confirmation screen further includes notification information indicating a recommendation of further migration processing using another monitoring apparatus for apparatuses that have not been separated as the monitoring targets by the separation processing.

US Pat. No. 10,152,015

OPEN/CLOSE MEMBER, HOLDING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A holding device comprising:a main assembly including an outer casing having a cover;
an open/close member rotatably mounted on said main assembly at a position adjacent to said cover to open and close said main assembly; and
a closed state maintaining mechanism including:
a magnet provided on one of said main assembly and said open/close member; and
an attracted member mounted, at a mounting position, on a mounting surface of the other one of said main assembly and said open/close member,
wherein said magnet has a surface facing said attracted member to maintain a closed state of said open/close member relative to said main assembly by said magnet attracting and contacting said attracted member,
wherein the mounting position of said attracted member is adjustable between a plurality of positions, said attracted member being adjustable in a crossing direction, the crossing direction being a direction (i) crossing a direction which is perpendicular to the surface of said magnet and (ii) crossing a direction which is perpendicular to the mounting surface, and
wherein said mounting surface is inclined relative to the surface of said magnet such that a relative positional relation between said cover and said open/close member in the closed state is different based on the mounting position of said attracted member.

US Pat. No. 10,147,016

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS TO ENCODE IMAGE DATA BY IMAGE PROCESSING PARAMETERS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
at least one memory storing a program which, when executed by the one or more processors, causes the image processing apparatus to:
perform a first processing for image-processing a plurality of first image data, each corresponding to different areas of an image sensor, based on respectively different image processing parameters;
compare processing results of the plurality of first image data processed by the first processing, with each other;
select, from the different image processing parameters, one of the image processing parameters based on a comparison result; and
perform a second processing for image-processing second image data based on the selected image processing parameter,
wherein the second image data is obtained by combining a plurality of first image data together or obtained from an area other than the areas from where the plurality of first image data has been obtained.

US Pat. No. 10,148,829

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 that reads an original,the apparatus comprising:
at least one processor; and
a display screen, and
the device comprising a reading unit,
wherein the at least one processor selects a reading function for reading of the original from a plurality of functions including the reading function and a printing function, in accordance with an instruction of a user,
wherein, after the reading function is selected, the at least one processor causes the display screen to display first information indicating a reading setting being set in the apparatus and to display second information for prompting the user to put the apparatus into a communication range, of a predetermined wireless communication method, of the device for reading of the original, and
wherein, after the display screen displays the first information and the second information, and after the device communicates with the apparatus via the predetermined wireless communication method, the device reads the original by the reading unit in accordance with the reading setting indicated by the first information.

US Pat. No. 10,140,723

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:an image input unit configured to obtain an input image of a physical space that was captured by an image capturing unit, wherein the image includes an index to be used in processing for obtaining the position and the orientation of the image capturing unit, located in the physical space and the image can include a display device for displaying an image generated based on the input image, located in the physical space;
an estimation unit configured to estimate a region including the display device in the input image based on a position of the display device in the physical space, wherein the position of the display device in the physical space is known;
a detection unit configured to detect, from the input image, the index included in the input image; and
a position and orientation measuring unit configured to obtain a position and an orientation of the image capturing unit based on the index detected from a region other than the estimated region including the display device in the input image, wherein the index in the estimated region including the display device is not used in processing for obtaining the position and the orientation of the image capturing unit.

US Pat. No. 10,139,964

CONTROL APPARATUS FOR A TOUCH PANEL AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE TOUCH PANEL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising at least one processor coupled to at least one memory, the at least one processor executing to:determine, based on a comparison of a sensed electrostatic capacitance value of an electrostatic sensor provided to an electrostatic touch panel and a reference electrostatic capacitance value, whether a portion of the electrostatic touch panel is being touched by an operator;
determine whether the sensed electrostatic capacitance value decreases, while it is determined that the portion of the electrostatic touch panel is being touched by the operator, more than a threshold in a predetermined period; and
in response to a determination that the sensed electrostatic capacitance value decreases more than the threshold in the predetermined period while it is determined that the portion of the electrostatic touch panel is being touched by the operator, increase the reference electrostatic capacitance value while it is determined that the portion of the electrostatic touch panel is being touched by the operator, the increase causing the apparatus to change the determination that the portion of the electrostatic touch panel is being touched by the operator to a determination that the portion of the electrostatic touch panel is no longer being touched by the operator.