US Pat. No. 10,131,146

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:an ejection opening row in which a plurality of ejection openings configured to eject a liquid are disposed in a first direction;
a pressure chamber in which a print element configured to generate energy to be used to eject a liquid is disposed;
a passage which communicates with the pressure chamber;
a supply opening row in which a plurality of supply openings extending in a second direction intersecting a face provided with the print element and configured to supply a liquid to the passage are arranged in the first direction;
a collection opening row in which a plurality of collection openings extending in the second direction and configured to collect a liquid from the passage are arranged in the first direction;
a first common supply passage which extends in the first direction and is configured to supply a liquid to the supply opening row;
a first common collection passage which extends in the first direction and is configured to collect a liquid from the collection opening row;
a first supply side communication opening which extends in the second direction and is configured to supply a liquid to the first common supply passage;
a first collection side communication opening which extends in the second direction and is configured to collect a liquid from the first common collection passage;
a substrate comprising the first common supply passage and the first common collection passage; and
a lid member including the first supply side communication opening and the first collection side communication opening, the lid member being disposed on the substrate,
wherein at least one of the first supply side communication opening and the first collection side communication opening is provided two or more in number.

US Pat. No. 10,124,608

IMAGE PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image printing apparatus, comprising:a printing head that ejects ink to perform printing;
a conveyance unit that conveys a recording medium in a first direction;
a platen that supports the recording medium at a position at which the platen faces the printing head;
a contact portion that is disposed on the platen and comes into contact with the recording medium;
a non-contact portion that is disposed on the platen so as to be surrounded by the contact portion and does not come into contact with the recording medium;
a first suction hole formed in the non-contact portion for causing the recording medium to adhere to the contact portion;
an ink receiving portion that is formed on the platen and receives ink ejected from the printing head to beyond the recording medium in a second direction intersecting the first direction during printing;
a second suction hole that is formed in the ink receiving portion and into which air is sucked near an edge of the recording medium in the second direction in an area through which the recording medium passes;
a recessed portion that extends in the first direction and is formed between the ink receiving portion and the contact portion in the second direction so as to be lower than the contact portion;
a supply portion that supplies air to a space defined by the recessed portion and the recording medium; and
a communication portion for communicating the second suction hole and the recessed portion with each other at a position lower than the contact portion.

US Pat. No. 10,122,867

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD WITH CONTINUOUS PRINTING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus which performs printing based on a print job, the image forming apparatus comprising:a memory containing instructions; and
at least one processor executing the instructions to:
determine whether printing for a first print job and a second print job having been received after the first print job can be made continuously,
in a case where it is determined that the printing for the first print job and the second print job can be made continuously, feed print media to be used for printing for the second print job to a conveyance path before completing outputting a printout for the first print job, and
in a case where a number of copies to be printed for the first print job and a number of copies to be printed for the second print job are both greater than or equal to a predetermined number of copies, or in a case where the number of copies to be printed for the first print job and the number of copies to be printed for the second print job are both less than the predetermined number of copies, determine that the printing for the first print job and the second print job can be made continuously.

US Pat. No. 10,122,939

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE FOR PROCESSING IMAGE DATA AND MAP DATA WITH REGARD TO DEPTH DISTRIBUTION OF A SUBJECT, IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing device that processes image data and map data with regard to depth distribution of a subject, the image processing device comprising:at least one processor or at least one circuit programmed to function as:
a first decoding unit configured to decode the image data that has been encoded and thereby generate decoded image data;
a second decoding unit configured to decode the map data that has been encoded and thereby generate decoded map data;
a first shaping unit configured to perform a shaping process of the decoded map data with reference to the decoded image data, wherein the shaping process includes an edge-preserved filtering process using coefficients generated based on the decoded image data; and
a first image processing unit configured to perform image processing to the decoded image data with reference to the decoded map data that has been processed for shaping by the first shaping unit.

US Pat. No. 10,115,178

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a processor; and
a memory including instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to:
specify object regions from an image;
set a plurality of crop region candidates for each of the specified object regions;
obtain evaluation values of the set plurality of crop region candidates;
select a predetermined number of crop regions from among the plurality of crop region candidates, wherein a crop region candidate having the highest evaluation value among the plurality of crop region candidates is selected as one crop region, and remaining crop regions are selected after selecting the one crop region; and
generate, from the image, crop images corresponding to each of the predetermined number of crop regions,
wherein in the selecting of the remaining crop regions, the instructions, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to repeat the following processing until the predetermined number of crop regions are selected:
choose a crop region candidate having the next highest evaluation value from among the plurality of crop region candidates;
perform similarity determination processing which determines whether the chosen crop region candidate including at least a portion of a specific object region has a similarity with any of the already selected crop regions including at least a portion of the specific object region;
in a case where it is determined, in the similarity determination processing, that the chosen crop region candidate including at least a portion of the specific object region has a similarity with any of the already selected crop regions including at least a portion of the specific object region, omit the chosen crop region candidate from the crop region candidates; and
in a case where it is determined, in the similarity determination processing, that the chosen crop region candidate including at least a portion of the specific object region does not have a similarity with the already selected crop regions including at least a portion of the specific object region, select the chosen crop region candidate as a crop region,
wherein the crop images corresponding to each of the selected crop regions are displayed on a display device.

US Pat. No. 10,116,828

IMAGE COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image communication apparatus capable of image communication to an external line and an extension line, the apparatus comprising:a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions to:
designate a transmission destination of image data,
append an external line number if the designated transmission destination is the external line,
transmit the image data in accordance with one of the designated transmission destination and the transmission destination to which the external line number is appended,
when a transmission of the image data is performed in accordance with the transmission destination to which the external line number is appended, individually record, as history information for the transmission, the designated transmission destination and the external line number,
set a number as the external line number;
register the transmission destination included in the history information to an address book if the external line number included in the history information and the set number match, and
display that the external line number is changed if the external line number included in the history information and the set number do not match when the history information is selected for the address book.

US Pat. No. 10,114,327

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus operable in a simplex image forming mode for forming an image on a first side of a sheet and in a duplex image forming mode for forming images on the first side of the sheet and a second side of the sheet, which is reverse to the first side, the image forming apparatus comprising:a toner image forming unit configured to form a toner image on an image bearing member;
a sheet conveying unit configured to convey the sheet;
a transfer unit configured to transfer the toner image, which is formed on the image bearing member, onto the sheet conveyed by the sheet conveying unit;
a fixing unit configured to fix, on the sheet, the toner image transferred on the sheet;
a sheet reversing unit configured to reverse the sheet from the first side to the second side of the sheet, the toner image having been fixed on the first side, and to convey the sheet to the transfer unit again in the duplex image forming mode;
a sheet shifter configured to move the sheet in a width direction orthogonal to a conveyance direction of the sheet to be conveyed to the fixing unit;
a controller configured to determine, when a first toner image is to be formed on a first side of a first sheet, based on a plurality of positions to which a plurality of sheets, conveyed before the first sheet, are moved by the sheet shifter, a shift position corresponding to a passing position at which the first sheet is to pass the fixing unit in the width direction; and
a memory configured to store, when the first toner image is to be formed on the first side of the first sheet, the shift position of the first sheet determined by the controller,
wherein, when a second toner image is to be formed on a second side of the first sheet, the controller controls the sheet shifter such that the first sheet is moved to the shift position of the first sheet stored in the memory regardless of a shift position to which another sheet is moved by the sheet shifter before the second toner image is formed on the second side of the first sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,117,153

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:one or more computers that cause the communication apparatus to:
perform scan for a Neighbor Awareness Networking (NAN) cluster, by receiving a discovery beacon, other than a first NAN cluster where the communication apparatus participates;
determine, in a case where a second NAN cluster, which has a cluster grade that is higher than a cluster grade of the first NAN cluster, is detected by the scan, whether the communication apparatus is performing wireless data communication, which is different from the scan, with a communication partner in the first NAN cluster;
continue participating in the first NAN cluster in a case where it is determined that the communication apparatus is performing the wireless data communication; and
stop participating in the first NAN cluster and join the second NAN cluster according to detection of the second NAN cluster in a case where it is determined that the communication apparatus is not performing the wireless data communication.

US Pat. No. 10,114,336

CARTRIDGE MOUNTABLE TO IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge mountable to a main body of an image forming apparatus, the main body including a unit having a developer member for supplying a developer to the cartridge, the cartridge comprising:a frame; and
a photosensitive member rotatably supported by the frame, the photosensitive member being to be contacted with the developer member,
wherein the frame includes an opening through which a part of a surface of the photosensitive member is exposed outside, and
wherein in a factory default state of the cartridge, a first surface region of the photosensitive member is exposed and handling caution information is printed on at least a part of the first surface region of the photosensitive member, the first surface region of the photosensitive member including a second surface region that is to be contacted with the developer member.

US Pat. No. 10,114,597

INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing device configured to generate print data for a slip corresponding to a printed product generated based on an order, the information processing device comprising:a memory configured to store a table in which image data indicating an image formed on the printed product corresponding to the order and slip information indicating a content of the slip corresponding to the order are stored in association with each other; and
a processor for executing a computer program to perform:
extracting a partial area corresponding to a newly placed printed product from a captured image as a result of capturing an image of a predetermined image capturing area in which the printed product is placed;
acquiring, from the table, the slip information corresponding to image data obtained by similar image search executed to search the table for image data representing an image that matches or is similar to an image in the partial area; and
generating print data of a slip corresponding to the newly placed printed product based on the acquired slip information.

US Pat. No. 10,108,123

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image bearing member configured to be rotatable and bear a developer image;
a developer bearing member configured to be rotatable, bear a developer, and supply the developer to a surface of the image bearing member to form the developer image;
a switching unit configured to move the developer bearing member between a contact position in which the developer bearing member is in contact with the image bearing member, and a separated position in which the developer bearing member is separated from the image bearing member; and
a fixing unit including a heating member, a rotary member which is heated by the heating member, and a nip area where the rotary member comes into contact with a sheet, and configured to perform fixing by heating the developer image transferred to the sheet and fixing the developer image to the sheet in the nip area,
wherein when the developer bearing member is in the separated position, a rotation shaft of the image bearing member is located closer to the fixing unit than a rotation shaft of the developer bearing member,
the image forming apparatus further comprising a control unit configured to execute, while the fixing is not performed, a mode in which the image bearing member is rotated, with (1) the developer bearing member being in the separated position and (2) the heating member being controlled such that a temperature of a portion of a surface of the rotary member after the rotary member passes through the nip area is maintained higher than the temperature of the portion during the fixing.

US Pat. No. 10,102,425

CONTROLLING APPARATUS AND INSPECTION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A controlling apparatus for controlling a printer, comprising:at least one memory storing instructions; and
at least one processor executing the instructions to
receive a print job;
determine whether there is a difference between a first conveying mechanism that has been used for a first print job received and a second conveying mechanism that is to be used for a second print job received after the first print job; and
execute, according to the determination that there is a difference between the first conveying mechanism and the second conveying mechanism, an inspection process based on a result of reading a print medium that has been conveyed using the second conveying mechanism, after a printing operation of the first print job.

US Pat. No. 10,104,308

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus, comprising:an image sensor which has a plurality of output portions and is capable of accumulating a plurality of image signals whose accumulation time periods are different in parallel;
a driver which drives the image sensor to output the plurality of image signals whose accumulation time periods are different from each of the plurality of output portions in parallel, wherein the image signals whose accumulation time periods are different are obtained from pixels arranged within same pixel area of the image sensor; and
a detector which detects presence or absence of a variation in amount of light within one frame image based on a value calculated by integrating an absolute value of a value obtained by subtracting 1 from a result of a division processing on the plurality of image signals whose accumulation time periods are different.

US Pat. No. 10,095,458

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus connected to a first display device and a second display device, the information processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor configured to implement instructions stored in a memory to execute a plurality of tasks including:
a first generation task that generates an image of a virtual object in accordance with a position and an orientation of the first display device;
a first display control task that:
in a case where an operation mode is set to a first mode, causes the first display device and the second display device to display a common image of the virtual object generated by the first generation task; and
in a case where the operation mode has been switched from the first mode to a second mode different from the first mode, causes the second display device to display a still image of the virtual object in accordance with the position and the orientation of the first display device immediately before the operation mode was switched from the first mode to the second mode;
a changing task that changes, in the second mode, a position and an orientation of a viewpoint for the second display device in response to an instruction input by a user observing the second display device;
a second generation task that generates, in the second mode, a still image of the virtual object in accordance with the position and the orientation of the viewpoint changed by the changing task;
a second display control task that causes, in the second mode, the second display device to display the still image of the virtual object generated by the second generation task:
a selection task that selects a portion of the virtual object in the still image displayed by the second display device in the second mode based on an instruction input by the user observing the second display device during display of the still image of the virtual object in the second mode; and
an updating task that updates the still image of the virtual object displayed by the second display device in the second mode with an image corresponding to the selected portion of the virtual object.

US Pat. No. 10,097,845

METHOD, APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR ENCODING AND DECODING VIDEO DATA USING A BLOCK DICTIONARY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A computer-implemented method of decoding a coding unit from a video bitstream, comprising:determining, using a processor, reconstructed samples for a first prediction unit in a first coding unit of a frame, from the video bitstream;
decoding, using the processor, a dictionary store flag from the video bitstream based on a partition mode for the first prediction unit; and
where the dictionary store flag indicates that reconstructed samples for the first prediction unit be stored if the first prediction unit has a predetermined size:
storing the reconstructed samples for the first prediction unit of the frame into a processor-accessible memory buffer;
determining, using the processor, reconstructed samples for a second prediction unit in a second coding unit of the frame, the reconstructed samples for the second prediction unit being copied from reconstructed samples for the first prediction unit from the memory buffer; and
outputting, using the processor, the reconstructed samples for the second prediction unit in the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,088,782

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND SYSTEM CONTROLLING RUBBING TREATMENT OF FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming portion configured to form an image on a recording material;
a mounting portion configured to selectively mount one of detachably mountable fixing portions;
a fixing portion mounted in said mounting portion, said fixing portion including a first rotatable member and a second rotatable member which cooperate with each other to form a nip for fixing the toner image formed on the recording material by said image forming portion and a storing portion configured to store information;
a rubbing rotatable member capable of executing a rubbing treatment of rubbing a surface of said first rotatable member;
a counter configured to count a number corresponding to a number of the recording materials on which the toner images are formed;
an obtaining portion configured to obtain information which corresponds to an instruction of an operator and which corresponds to whether to permit the execution of the rubbing treatment which is based on the number counted by said counter;
a writing portion configured to write the information obtained by said obtaining portion in said storing portion of said fixing portion mounted in said mounting portion; and
a controller configured to control whether to execute the rubbing treatment which is based on the number counted by said counter, in accordance with the information stored in said storing portion of said fixing portion mounted in said mounting portion.

US Pat. No. 10,085,719

CAPACITIVE MICROMACHINED ULTRASONIC TRANSDUCER AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for producing a capacitive micromachined ultrasonic transducer, having a cell structure, the cell structure comprising a first electrode and a vibration membrane containing a second electrode, the vibration membrane provided with a cavity interposed between the first electrode and the second electrode, the method comprising:forming the first electrode;
forming a first sacrificial layer on the first electrode;
forming a second sacrificial layer on a portion corresponding to a part of the cavity on the first sacrificial layer;
forming an insulating layer configuring at least a part of the vibration membrane on the second sacrificial layer;
removing the second sacrificial layer by etching through an opening formed in the insulating layer; and
after the second sacrificial layer is removed, removing a part of the first sacrificial layer and leaving other part of the first sacrificial layer.

US Pat. No. 10,082,666

SCANNING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A scanning device comprising:a light source configured to emit a light beam;
a deflecting unit configured to deflect and scan the light beam emitted from the light source;
a driving unit configured to drive the deflecting unit to scan the light beam in a full-scanning region;
a generating unit disposed in a second region of the full-scanning region, wherein the second region is excluding a first region on which the light beam based on image data is scanned, and the generating unit is configured to generate a signal in response to reception of the light beam; and
a control unit configured to control a first light emission state and a second light emission state in an activation period from start of activation of the driving unit to when the number of rotations of the driving unit reaches a target number of rotations, the control unit controlling the light source to emit light such that the light beam scans the first region and the second region in the first light emission state and controlling the light source to emit light such that the light beam scans the second region,
wherein the control unit acquires cycles of the signals generated by the generating unit, determines a timing for changing from the first light emission state to the second light emission state on the basis of the cycles of two serial signals, and changes the light source from the first light emission state to the second light emission state according to the timing.

US Pat. No. 10,085,033

IMAGE ENCODING APPARATUS, IMAGE ENCODING METHOD, RECORDING MEDIUM AND PROGRAM, IMAGE DECODING APPARATUS, IMAGE DECODING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image encoding apparatus that divides images composing a moving image into multiple areas to perform encoding for divided areas, and performs hierarchical encoding of images with a plurality of layers, the image encoding apparatus comprising:a generating unit configured to generate a second image for a second layer different from a first layer, the second image having a resolution different from that of a first image for the first layer;
an encoding unit configured to encode at least one of a part of the first image and a part of the second image; and
a setting unit configured to set a first independent area in the first image and a second independent area in the second image,
wherein the encoding unit is capable of encoding the first independent area and the second independent area, in accordance with constraint,
wherein the encoding unit is capable of encoding the first independent area by referring to a first reference area in the first image, in accordance with the constraint that the first reference area is constrained to the first independent area thereof,
wherein the encoding unit is capable of encoding the second independent area by referring to a second reference area in the second image, in accordance with the constraint that the second reference area is constrained to the second independent area thereof,
wherein the encoding unit is capable of encoding the first independent area by referring to the second reference area in the second image, in accordance with the constraint that the second reference area is constrained to the second independent area, and
wherein the encoding unit is configured to encode information indicating the constraint.

US Pat. No. 10,075,837

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:at least one processor; and
at least one memory storing code to be executed by the at least one processor, wherein the at least one processor executes the code to function as:
a communication unit configured to transmit/receive a wireless signal to/from another communication apparatus during a period of a predetermined length which comes at a predetermined time interval;
an execution unit configured to execute at least one of transmission processing and reception processing of the wireless signal during the period as a proxy of another apparatus; and
a setting unit configured to set, in accordance with whether the execution unit executes the processing, a frequency at which the communication apparatus enters in a state in which the communication unit transmits/receives the wireless signal during the periods,
wherein the setting unit sets the frequency when the execution unit executes the processing higher than that when the execution unit does not execute the processing.

US Pat. No. 10,075,638

APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS ZOOMING OPERATION, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:a memory and at least one processor which function as units comprising:
a zooming operation unit configured to accept a zooming operation by a user in which a zoom position of a taking lens is changed; and
a control unit configured to provide control to, in response to start of the zooming operation, start shifting the zoom position, and in response to termination of the zooming operation, stop shifting the zoom position,
wherein when the zoom position reaches a predetermined zoom position which (1) is inside an optical zoom range and (2) is neither an optical wide-angle end nor an optical telephoto end while said control unit is shifting the zoom position in a first direction in response to a first zooming operation by a user for shifting the zoom position in the first direction, said control unit provides control to fix the zoom position at the predetermined zoom position even when the first zooming operation by the user has not been terminated, and after that, said control unit provides control to shift the zoom position further in the first direction from the predetermined zoom position (a) in response to the first zooming operation being terminated once and the first zooming operation being started again and/or (b) in response to the first zooming operation having been continued for a predetermined time period or longer without being terminated.

US Pat. No. 10,073,362

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:a support;
a conductive layer formed on the support; and
a photosensitive layer formed on the conductive layer,
wherein the conductive layer contains a binding material, and titanium oxide particles coated with tin oxide doped with phosphorus, and
wherein a dielectric loss tan? of the electrophotographic photosensitive member at a frequency of 1.0×103 Hz is from 5×10?3 or more to 2×10?2 or less.

US Pat. No. 10,074,156

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS WITH DEFORMATION IMAGE GENERATING UNIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising at least one processor and memory coupled to each other and cooperating to act as:a medical image obtaining unit configured to obtain a first medical image of an object in a first shape state;
a deformation information obtaining unit configured to obtain deformation information indicating deformation of the object from the first shape state to a second shape state;
a deformation image generating unit configured to generate a deformation image by deforming the first medical image based on the deformation information and to generate a conversion image for setting a region to be imaged by converting the deformation image;
an imaging region setting unit configured to set the region to be imaged of the object in the second shape state based on a user operation on the conversion image, before taking a second medical image of the object in the second shape state;
a display control unit configured to cause a display unit to display the conversion image and the region to be imaged; and
an imaging region outputting unit configured to output information of the region to be imaged to a medical imaging apparatus in order to take the second medical image by using the medical imaging apparatus based on the information of the region to be imaged.

US Pat. No. 10,073,408

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING A PRESSING MEMBER CONFIGURED TO PRESS A DEVELOPMENT UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a mounting unit configured to mount a development unit including a developing member;
a pressing member configured to press the development unit mounted on the mounting unit to separate the developing member from a photosensitive member or bring the developing member into contact with the photosensitive member; and
an urging member configured to urge the pressing member,
wherein, when mounting the development unit onto the mounting unit, the development unit is inserted to the mounting unit in a longitudinal direction of the developing member, and the development unit moves in a first direction intersecting with the longitudinal direction of the developing member,
wherein a pressing portion of the pressing member contacting and pressing the development unit moves in a second direction to separate the developing member from the photosensitive member, the second direction intersecting with both the longitudinal direction and the first direction,
wherein the pressing member is movable in the first direction, and
wherein the urging member urges the pressing member to move the pressing member in the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,073,936

CALCULATION METHOD, GENERATION METHOD, PROGRAM, EXPOSURE METHOD, AND MASK FABRICATION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A computer-implemented method of generating data of a pattern of a mask used for a mask manufacturing method for manufacturing the mask, the method of generating the data comprising:a division step of dividing an effective light source formed on a pupil plane of a projection optical system of an exposure apparatus into a plurality of point sources;
a pupil function generation step of generating, for each of the plurality of point sources, a shifted pupil function by shifting a pupil function describing a pupil of the projection optical system by a shift amount in accordance with a position of each point source;
a defining step of defining a matrix by arranging each shifted pupil function generated in the pupil function generation step in each row or each column of the matrix;
a first calculation step of performing singular value decomposition of the matrix defined in the defining step, thereby calculating an eigenvalue and an eigenfunction;
a second calculation step of calculating a map representing, when elements of a target pattern are inserted on an object plane of the projection optical system, an influence the elements inflict on each other, based on a distribution of the light diffracted by the target pattern, and the eigenvalue and the eigenfunction calculated in the first calculation step; and
a data generation step of generating the data of the pattern of the mask based on the map calculated in the second calculation step,
wherein the mask manufacturing method comprises a step of manufacturing the mask by forming the pattern corresponding to the generated data on a substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,067,598

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INPUT CONTROL METHOD, METHOD OF CONTROLLING INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a position determination unit configured to repeatedly detect a touch position to be input to an input surface using a position detection sensor; and
a control unit configured to cause display image movement reflecting a change of the touch position detected by the position determination unit on the image displayed on a display,
wherein the control unit is further configured not to cause, on the image displayed on the display, display image movement reflecting the change of the touch position detected during a time period during which a predetermined condition is satisfied after the touch position detected by the position determination unit has rested for a predetermined time period or longer,
wherein the predetermined condition is that a lapse time from when the touch position detected by the position determination unit has rested for the predetermined time period or longer does not exceed a predetermined invalidation time period, and
wherein the predetermined invalidation time period is determined in accordance with a length of a time period during which the touch position has rested.

US Pat. No. 10,063,762

IMAGE SENSOR AND DRIVING METHOD THEREOF, AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS WITH OUTPUT SIGNAL CONTROL ACCORDING TO COLOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image sensor comprising:a plurality of unit pixels, arranged in matrix, each having a plurality of photoelectric conversion portions for accumulating charge corresponding to a quantity of incident light and outputting signals, having parallax information, corresponding to the accumulated charge;
color filters, arranged for the plurality of unit pixels, respectively, that mainly pass light of wavelengths corresponding to different colors;
first control signal lines corresponding to every predetermined number of rows and connected to the unit pixels corresponding to the color filters of a first color to control an output timing of the signals from the respective photoelectric conversion portions, the unit pixels being included in the predetermined number of rows; and
second control signal lines corresponding to the every predetermined number of rows and connected to the unit pixels corresponding to the color filters of a second color to control an output timing of the signals from the respective photoelectric conversion portions, the unit pixels being included in the same predetermined number of rows that include the unit pixels corresponding to the color filters of the first color,
wherein in a case that the predetermined number of rows is greater than one, the first and second control signal lines are arranged between the every predetermined number of rows.

US Pat. No. 10,063,829

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing method comprising:determining a first unnecessary component contained in each of a plurality of parallax images based on a plurality of pieces of relative difference information of the plurality of parallax images, the first unnecessary component including a parallax component corresponding to a parallax among the plurality of parallax images and a component corresponding to light reflected inside an optical system used for capturing the plurality of parallax images;
generating a first image in which the first unnecessary component is reduced based on the plurality of parallax images and the first unnecessary components;
generating a blurred image by adding blur to the first image;
creating a mask by subtracting the first image from the blurred image; and
determining a second unnecessary component where the parallax component is reduced from the first unnecessary component by performing a masking processing with the mask for the first unnecessary component.

US Pat. No. 10,063,842

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capture apparatus, comprising:an image sensor;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain three-dimensional information of a subject, the three-dimensional information including an image obtained by using the image sensor, and depth information relating to the image;
a comparison unit configured to make a comparison between a resolution of the three-dimensional information and a resolution of a formative apparatus; and
a judging unit configured to judge whether or not recapturing of the subject is required, based on a result of the comparison,
wherein the obtaining unit obtains three-dimensional information relating to each pixel position, based on a defocus amount at each pixel position obtained based on parallax images, and
the judging unit judges that recapturing is required when a maximum value of a distance between the three-dimensional information of adjacent pixel positions is greater than or equal to the resolution of the formative apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,061,550

PRINTER MULTIFUNCTION SYSTEM HAVING SCANNER CONTROLLED DATA TRANSMISSION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printer multifunction system comprising a printer having a printer controller and a scanner having a scanner controller and a memory configured to store data obtained by reading a print original by a sensor,wherein the printer and the scanner are connected to a network to which a computer is connected,
wherein the scanner controller determines whether to transmit the data stored in the memory to the printer or the computer, based on at least one of a state of the printer, a reading setting of the scanner, and a state of the memory, and causes the scanner to transmit the data stored in the memory to a destination determined by the scanner controller,
wherein the printer controller receives the data from the scanner in a case where the data is transmitted to the printer, and receives the data from the computer in a case where the data is transmitted to the computer from the scanner, and
the printer controller causes the printer to execute a printing operation, based on the data.

US Pat. No. 10,061,039

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS, RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM, METHOD FOR FABRICATING RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:a plurality of first groups having same configurations configured to be arranged in a row direction and a column direction, each of the first groups including a plurality of pixels for obtaining a radiation image and at least one detection section for detecting an amount of incident radiation;
one of a plurality of detection signal lines configured to connect to one of detection sections of the plurality of first groups; and
a second group having a plurality of pixels for obtaining a radiation, image and having a configuration different from each of the plurality of first groups,
wherein the second group is arranged in the row direction of one of two of the first groups which are arranged in the column direction, and the two of the first groups are shifted from each other in the row direction in accordance with a width of the second group in the row direction, and
wherein the detection sections included in the two of the first groups are connected to different detection signal lines in the plurality of detection signal lines.

US Pat. No. 10,053,324

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH SHEET BINDING USING CONCAVITIES AND CONVEXITIES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming unit; and
a sheet binding unit configured to bind a sheet bundle including a sheet on which an image has been formed by the image forming unit, the sheet binding unit including:
a first member having a first surface in which pluralities of concavities and convexities are provided,
a second member having a second surface in which pluralities of concavities and convexities are provided, wherein the second surface crimps the sheet bundle together with the first surface of the first member so as to bind the sheet bundle, and
a supporting portion supporting at least one of the first and second members turnably centering on a turning axis,
wherein the first surface is configured such that a first distance between an end on the turning axis side of a first convex portion of the pluralities of concavities and convexities and the turning axis is longer than a second distance between an end on the turning axis side of a second convex portion of the pluralities of concavities and convexities and the turning axis, and
wherein the second distance is longer than a third distance between an end of the turning axis side of a third convex portion of the pluralities of concavities and convexities on the first surface and the turning axis.

US Pat. No. 10,052,865

RECORDING METHOD AND RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording method comprising:applying a reactant to an intermediate transfer body, the reactant configured to thicken upon contact with ink;
forming an intermediate image by applying ink to the intermediate transfer body carrying the reactant;
applying an auxiliary liquid to the intermediate image to form an intermediate image layer, the auxiliary liquid containing a water-soluble polymer; and
transferring the intermediate image layer to a recording medium;
in this order, wherein:
the auxiliary liquid contains a compound represented by formula (1);
the reactant contains a surfactant different from the compound represented by formula (1) and having a cloud point; and
during the transfer of the intermediate image layer, a temperature of the intermediate image layer at the time of contact with the recording medium is equal to or higher than both the cloud point of the surfactant and a glass transition temperature of the water-soluble polymer, and a temperature of the intermediate image layer at the time of release from the intermediate transfer body is lower than the glass transition temperature of the water-soluble polymer:

where “w” and “x” each independently represent a divalent organic group, “a” and “b” each independently represent a hydrogen atom or a monovalent organic group, “n” and “l” are each independently 1 or more and 75 or less, and “n”+“l” is 2 or more and 150 or less, “m” is 1 or more and 60 or less, and “p” and “q” are each independently 0 or 1.

US Pat. No. 10,048,903

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus configured to accept a page designation related to pages to be printed and pages not to be printed from images of a plurality of pages based on print data, and to cause a printing device to execute a print job based on images of the designated pages to be printed, the apparatus comprising:a memory that stores programs; and
at least one processor configured to execute the programs to function as a controller configured:
to obtain print data of a page description language format, the print data including a plurality of commands;
to identify a type of the obtained print data from among a plurality of types, including a first type and a second type, wherein each page description language format of the plurality of types is different from each other, the first type of print data not including a resource command used for generating images of a plurality of pages, and the second type of print data including the resource command used for generating the images of the plurality of pages;
to accept the page designation related to the images of the plurality of pages that can be generated based on the print data of the page description language format; and
to control an image formation based on the obtained print data in accordance with the page designation, wherein the controller controls the image formation (a) by editing a command of the obtained print data based on the page designation, by generating an image based on the edited print data, and by causing the printing device to execute the image formation based on all of the generated images in a case when it is identified that the obtained print data is the first type of print data, and (b) by generating an image based on the obtained print data, and causing the printing device to execute the image formation based on a page designated by the page designation among pages which an image is generated in a case when it is identified that the obtained print data is the second type of print data.

US Pat. No. 10,043,247

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus configured to generate a corrected image in which a deterioration caused by an aberration of an image capturing system is restrained, using a plurality of parallax images mutually having parallaxes generated by the image capturing system, the image processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor operatively coupled to a memory, serving as:
(A) a weight generator configured to generate a plurality of weights as weighting data, each of which corresponds to one of the parallax images, based on one of pixel values and pixel value gradients of pixels at a same position in the plurality of parallax images; and
(B) an image generator configured to generate the corrected image by summing up the pixel values at the same position in the plurality of parallax images using the plurality of weights, each of which corresponds to one of the parallax images.

US Pat. No. 10,042,322

IMAGE FORMATION SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet in accordance with inputted image data;
an opening portion configured to allow airflow between an inside and an outside of said image forming apparatus;
a detector disposed adjacent to said opening portion and configured to detect a temperature;
a fan configured to suction air through said opening and to discharge air from the inside of said image forming unit to cool said image forming unit;
a controller configured to control a rotational speed of said fan so as to rotate said fan at a first rotational speed, in an initial state of said image forming apparatus, after actuation of said image forming apparatus, and to rotate said fan at a second rotational speed, less than the first rotational speed, in a stand-by state waiting for the image data to be input after the initial state; and
a setting portion configured to set an image forming condition of said image forming unit on the basis of an output of said detector acquired as a result of rotation of said fan at the first rotational speed.

US Pat. No. 10,038,152

ORGANIC LIGHT-EMITTING ELEMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An organic light-emitting element comprising:a pair of electrodes; and
an organic compound layer placed between the pair of electrodes,
wherein the organic compound layer has an iridium complex represented by the following general formula [1] and a heterocycle-containing compound represented by the following general formula [5]:

in the formula [1]:
R1 to R8 each represent a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, an alkyl group, an alkoxy group, a trifluoromethyl group, a cyano group, a substituted or unsubstituted aromatic hydrocarbon group, or a substituted or unsubstituted heteroaromatic group;
m represents an integer of 1 to 3 and n represents an integer of 0 to 2, provided that m+n equals 3;
a ring A represents a cyclic structure selected from a benzene ring, a naphthalene ring, a fluorene ring, a phenanthrene ring, and a 9,9-spirobifluorene ring, and is covalently bonded to a benzo[f]isoquinoline skeleton and an Ir metal, and the ring A may further have a substituent;
X represents a bidentate ligand; and
a partial structure IrXn comprises any one of structures represented by the following general formulae [2] to [4]:

in the formulae [2] to [4]:
R9 to R23 each represent a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, an alkyl group, an alkoxy group, a trifluoromethyl group, a cyano group, a substituted or unsubstituted aromatic hydrocarbon group, or a substituted or unsubstituted heteroaromatic group,

in the formula [5]:
Z represents an oxygen atom or a sulfur atom;
a ring including Z is a five- or six-membered ring;
a ring B1 and a ring B2 each represent a cyclic structure selected from a benzene ring, a naphthalene ring, a phenanthrene ring, a triphenylene ring, and a chrysene ring, and may be identical to or different from each other;
Y1 and Y2 each represent an alkyl group, or a substituted or unsubstituted aromatic hydrocarbon group;
a represents an integer of 0 to 4, and when a represents 2 or more, multiple Y1's may be identical to or different from each other;
b represents an integer of 0 to 4, provided that when the ring B2 represents a benzene ring, b represents an integer of 0 to 3, and when b represents 2 or more, multiple Y2's may be identical to or different from each other;
Ar1 represents a substituted or unsubstituted divalent aromatic hydrocarbon group;
Ar2 represents a substituted or unsubstituted monovalent aromatic hydrocarbon group; and
p represents an integer of 0 to 4, and when p represents 2 or more, multiple Ar1's may be identical to or different from each other,
wherein when:
(a) both of B1 and B2 are benzene rings,
(b) Z is a sulfur atom, and
(c) the ring including Z is a five-membered ring, then
p is not 0, and
the Ar1 is selected from the group consisting of a naphthalenediyl group, a phenanthrenediyl group, an anthracenediyl group, a benzo[a]anthracenediyl group, a fluorenediyl group, a benzo[a]fluorenediyl group, a benzo[b]fluorenediyl group, a benzo[c]fluorenediyl group, a dibenzo[a,c]fluorenediyl group, a dibenzo[b,h]fluorenediyl group, a dibenzo[c,g]fluorenediyl group, an acenaphthylenediyl group, a chrysenediyl group, a benzo[b]chrysenediyl group, a pyrenediyl group, a benzo[e]pyrenediyl group, a triphenylenediyl group, a benzo[a]triphenylenediyl group, a benzo[b]triphenylenediyl group, a picenediyl group, a fluoranthenediyl group, a benzo[a]fluoranthenediyl group, a benzo[b]fluoranthenediyl group, a benzo[j]fluoranthenediyl group, a benzo[k]fluoranthenediyl group, a perylenediyl group, and a naphthacenediyl group.

US Pat. No. 10,031,446

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING CLEANING OPERATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus including a rotatable image bearing member, a charging member for electrically charging said image bearing member at a charging portion opposing said image bearing member by being supplied with a charging voltage from a charging voltage source, a developing member for forming a toner image at a developing portion opposing said image bearing member by being supplied with a developing voltage from a developing voltage source thereby to supply a toner charged to a normal polarity to said image bearing member, and a transfer member for transferring the toner image from said image bearing member onto a toner image receiving member at a transfer portion opposing said image bearing member by being supplied with a transfer voltage from a transfer voltage source, wherein said image forming apparatus is capable of collecting the toner remaining on a surface of said image bearing member after passing through the transfer portion by said developing member, said image forming apparatus comprising:a discharging device for discharging said image bearing member at a discharging portion opposing the surface of said image bearing member after passing through the transfer portion and before reaching the charging portion; and
a control unit for executing, during non-image formation, a cleaning operation for transferring the toner deposited on said transfer member onto said image bearing member by applying a voltage from transfer voltage source to said transfer member,
wherein said control unit does not effect discharge by said discharging device for at least a region of said image bearing member which passes through the transfer portion while a transfer voltage for transferring a normal-polarity toner of the toner deposited on said transfer member onto said image bearing member is applied to said transfer member in the cleaning operation of said transfer member, and then passes the region of said image bearing member through the charging portion in a state in which a voltage larger than a surface potential of said image bearing member in a normal polarity side is applied to said charging member.

US Pat. No. 10,031,316

VIBRATION TYPE DRIVING APPARATUS, INTERCHANGEABLE LENS AND IMAGING APPARATUS INCLUDING VIBRATION TYPE DRIVING APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR ADJUSTING VIBRATION TYPE DRIVING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A vibration type driving apparatus comprising:a first vibrator including an electro-mechanical energy conversion element and configured to be in pressure contact with a driven member;
a second vibrator including an electro-mechanical energy conversion element and configured to be in pressure contact with the driven member;
a third vibrator including an electro-mechanical energy conversion element and configured to be in pressure contact with the driven member;
a first electric element connected with the second vibrator; and
a second electric element connected with the third vibrator,
wherein the first vibrator is connected to a driving circuit,
wherein the second vibrator and the first electric element are connected in parallel with the first vibrator,
wherein the second vibrator is connected to the driving circuit via the first electric element,
wherein the third vibrator and the second electric element are connected in parallel with the second vibrator,
wherein the third vibrator is connected to the driving circuit via the first electric element and the second electric element, and
wherein a resonance frequency f1 of the first vibrator, a resonance frequency f2 of the second vibrator and a resonance frequency f3 of the third vibrator satisfy a relationship,
f1

US Pat. No. 10,033,906

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS WITH IMPROVED QUANTIZATION, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that converts multi-valued data into multi-valued quantized data having fewer levels than the multi-valued data, comprising:one or more processor which executes the following steps of:
acquiring threshold values in a threshold value matrix having a designated pixel area corresponding to a plurality of pixels in an image, with different threshold values being set according to pixel position;
setting a provisional quantized value of the quantized data with respect to the multi-valued data, according to which gradation region from among a plurality of gradation regions includes a gradation indicated by the multi-valued data,
wherein each of the plurality of gradation regions corresponds to each region obtained by dividing a region of possible gradations that the multi-valued may take into two or more gradation regions;
deciding, based on a result of comparing comparative multi-valued data for the multi-valued data corresponding to the position of the gradation of the multi-valued data in the gradation region to the threshold value, whether to set the provisional quantized value, a value smaller than the provisional quantized value, or a value larger than the provisional quantized value as a quantized value of the quantized data with respect to the multi-valued data; and
outputting data used for printing by a printing unit of a printing apparatus configured to print an image onto a print medium, the data being obtained based on the quantized data,
wherein, the printing unit of the printing apparatus prints the image onto the print medium based on the output data,
wherein the one or more processor execute the step of deciding the quantized value so that in a case where the multi-valued data of each pixel in the pixel area is the same intermediate value, pixels having the value larger than provisional quantized value increase, pixels having the provisional quantized value do not change in number, and pixels having the value smaller than the provisional quantized value decrease in the designated pixel area as the value of the multi-valued data rises.

US Pat. No. 10,033,919

FOCUS ADJUSTING APPARATUS, FOCUS ADJUSTING METHOD, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A focus adjusting apparatus, comprising:a tracking unit that detects a first area of a subject to be tracked, and reliability of a tracking position from an image signal output from an image sensor that captures a subject image formed on the image sensor by an optical system;
a focus detection unit that detects focus states of a plurality of focus detection areas based on the image signal that is output from the image sensor;
a determination unit that determines an in-focus area for which focus adjustment of the optical system is to be performed;
a prediction unit that predicts a focus state in next focus detection based on a history of focus states of the in-focus area detected by the focus detection unit; and
a selection unit that selects a second area from the plurality of focus detection areas,
wherein the determination unit determines the first area as the in-focus area in a case where a state in which the reliability is higher than a predetermined first threshold continues for a predetermined time period or longer, and determines the second area as the in-focus area in a case where the state does not continue for the predetermined time period.

US Pat. No. 10,032,138

PUNCHING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF UPDATING MAINTENANCE INFORMATION AND PUNCHING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A punching apparatus comprising:a puncher configured to perform a punching process on a sheet using an exchangeable punch die provided with a first memory for storing maintenance information which is information concerning maintenance of the exchangeable punch die;
a detector configured to detect mounting of an exchangeable punch die in said puncher;
a second memory configured to store the maintenance information stored in the first memory of the exchangeable punch die;
a receiver configured to receive an update request requesting update of the maintenance information stored in the first memory of a designated exchangeable punch die; and
a controller configured to, in a case where an update request requesting update of the maintenance information stored in the first memory of the designated exchangeable punch die is received by said receiver, if mounting of the designated exchangeable punch die has been detected by said detector, update the maintenance information stored in the first memory of the designated exchangeable punch die, based on the update request, and if mounting of the designated exchangeable punch die has not been detected by said detector, store, in the second memory, first information indicating that the update of the maintenance information stored in the first memory of the designated exchangeable punch die is required, without updating the maintenance information stored in the first memory of the designated exchangeable punch die,
wherein in a case where the mounting of the designated exchangeable punch die has been detected by said detector and the first information is stored in the second memory, the controller updates the maintenance information stored in the first memory of the designated exchangeable punch die without the update request being received again by the receiver.

US Pat. No. 10,029,869

SHEET CONVEYANCE APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveyance apparatus comprising:a conveyance unit configured to convey a sheet;
a rotation member configured to rotate by being pushed by a sheet conveyed by the conveyance unit;
a detecting unit configured to detect a rotation of the rotation member; and
an attached unit on which the rotation member is rotatably attached,
the rotation member including:
a shaft portion, and
an elastic portion extending in an axial direction of the shaft portion,
the attached unit including,
a first supporting portion configured to rotatably support the shaft portion,
a second supporting portion configured to rotatably support the shaft portion, and
a regulation portion configured to regulate a movement of the rotation member attached on the attached unit in the axial direction of the shaft portion by contacting an end of the elastic portion in the axial direction of the shaft portion,
wherein a cross-sectional area of the elastic portion in a plane perpendicular to the axial direction is smaller than a cross-sectional area of a supported portion of the shaft portion, which is supported by the first supporting portion, in the plane perpendicular to the axial direction,
the elastic portion is arranged inside of an outline of the supported portion of the shaft portion in a view from the axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,022,980

RECORDING HEAD AND INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording head comprising:a plurality of discharge port array units each including at least one of a first discharge port array in which discharge ports having a first diameter as a discharge port diameter are arranged in a predetermined direction, a second discharge port array in which discharge ports having a second diameter smaller than the first diameter as a discharge port diameter are arranged in the predetermined direction, and a third discharge port array in which discharge ports having a third diameter smaller than the second diameter as a discharge port diameter are arranged in the predetermined direction, the plurality of discharge port array units including a first discharge port array unit configured to discharge ink of a first color, a second discharge port array unit configured to discharge ink of a second color, and a third discharge port array unit configured to discharge ink of a third color, the plurality of discharge port array units being juxtaposed in a crossing direction crossing the predetermined direction,
wherein the first discharge port array unit includes N first discharge port arrays and does not include the second or third discharge port array, where N is equal to 2 or more,
wherein the second discharge port array unit does not include N or more first discharge port arrays, includes the second discharge port array, and does not include the third discharge port array,
wherein the third discharge port array unit includes the third discharge port array, and
wherein the third discharge port array unit is not adjacent to the first discharge port array unit in the crossing direction, and the second discharge port array unit is adjacent to the first discharge port array unit in the crossing direction.

US Pat. No. 10,028,126

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus capable of communication by a predetermined wireless connection method, the apparatus comprising:a decision unit configured to decide which of the communication apparatus and a communication partner apparatus operates as an access point and which operates as a client;
a connection unit configured to connect to the communication partner apparatus by the predetermined wireless connection method, based on a decision by the decision unit;
a determination unit configure to determine whether a connection by the connection unit is disconnected; and
a reactivation unit configured to perform reactivation processing for causing the communication apparatus to stop using an IP address used in communication with the communication partner apparatus that is connected to by the connection unit, and enter a state in which communication by the predetermined wireless connection method is possible,
wherein, if it is decided by the decision unit that the communication apparatus operates as the client and it is determined by the determination unit that the connection is disconnected, the reactivation unit performs the reactivation processing.

US Pat. No. 10,027,186

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS, POWER SUPPLY METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power supply apparatus comprising:an output unit configured to wirelessly output electric power to an electronic device;
a detecting unit configured to detect a current flowing to the output unit;
a control unit configured to perform a process to restrict a current flowing to the output unit in a case where the current detected by the detecting unit is greater than or equal to a predetermined value set according to a predetermined magnetic field strength while the output unit outputs electric power to the electronic device, and
a resonance unit configured to resonate the output unit and the electronic device, wherein the process includes controlling a capacitance of the resonance unit;
wherein the resonance unit includes a coil, a first capacitor, and a second capacitor, wherein the coil is connected to the output unit in series, wherein the first capacitor is connected to the output unit in series via the coil, and wherein the second capacitor is connected to the output unit in parallel.

US Pat. No. 10,026,762

IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE HAVING AN ARRANGEMENT OF LINES THAT DOES NOT HINDER REALIZATION OF AN INCREASED READ RATE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup device comprising:a photoelectric converter;
an amplifier configured to output a pixel signal, which is based on signal charge accumulated in the photoelectric converter, to a first signal line and a second signal line different from the first signal line; and
a first wiring layer on which the first signal line, the second signal line, a first line different from the first signal line and the second signal line, and a second line different from the first signal line, the second signal line, and the first line are disposed in an identical direction,
wherein the first signal line is disposed between the first line and the second signal line in plan view and the second signal line is disposed between the first signal line and the second line in plan view,
wherein a distance between the first signal line and the second signal line is larger than a distance between the first signal line and the first line or larger than a distance between the second signal line and the second line,
wherein the distance between the first signal line and the second signal line is smaller than a width of the photoelectric converter, and
wherein the first signal line and the second signal line do not have any line therebetween.

US Pat. No. 10,028,312

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:a communication unit configured to communicate with external communication apparatuses;
a storage unit configured to store history information related to one or more external communication apparatuses with which connection has been established in the past; and
a display control unit configured to, before allowing a user to select an external communication apparatus to serve as a connection partner, display a plurality of candidates for services that the communication apparatus utilizes so as to be selectable by the user,
wherein the communication unit receives provided service information that relates to the services provided by the external communication apparatuses in response to a service search signal, and
based on the received provided service information and on the stored history information, the display control unit changes a display appearance used in displaying the plurality of candidates for services for each candidate.

US Pat. No. 10,026,774

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR AND SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state image sensor comprising a pixel region which is arranged in a chip, and includes a plurality of pixels each including a photoelectric conversion element, and a peripheral circuit region which is arranged between the pixel region and an end face of the chip, and includes a MOS transistor,wherein the MOS transistor includes a metal silicide layer,
wherein a sidewall spacer is formed from a third part of an insulating film and is disposed on a side surface of a gate electrode of the MOS transistor,
wherein the photoelectric conversion element is covered with a first part of the insulating film formed from the same material as a material of the sidewall spacer,
wherein a second part of the insulating film, which is formed from the same material as the material of the sidewall spacer, forms a part of the end face of the chip,
wherein the second part of the insulating film does not cover the sidewall spacer, is spaced apart from the sidewall spacer and from the first part of the insulating film, and does not overlap with the first part of the insulating film,
wherein a silicon nitride layer is arranged such that the silicon nitride layer includes a portion that is arranged between an interlayer insulation film and the sidewall spacer, the silicon nitride layer includes a portion that is arranged between the interlayer insulation film and the metal silicide layer, and the silicon nitride layer does not extend to the end face of the chip, and
wherein a thickness of the second part of the insulating film is from 99% to 101% of a thickness of the first part of the insulating film.

US Pat. No. 10,025,248

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A SELECTING PORTION FOR SELECTING AN EXECUTION ORDER OF A NUMBER OF FIXING OPERATIONS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an input portion into which a job is to be input;
an image forming portion configured to form a toner image on a recording material to execute the job input into said input portion;
a fixing portion configured to fix, on the recording material, the toner image formed by said image forming portion, said fixing portion being capable of being replaced with another fixing portion depending on a content of the job;
a selecting portion configured to prompt an operator to select one of a plurality of modes before a plurality of jobs are successively reserved, the plurality of modes including a first mode, in which an execution order of the plurality of jobs is changed so as to decrease a number of times of replacement of said fixing portion when the plurality of jobs are successively reserved, and a second mode, in which the execution order of the plurality of jobs is not changed when the plurality of jobs are successively reserved; and
a controller configured to control the execution order of the reserved jobs,
wherein, in a case that the first mode is selected by the operator in said selecting portion, depending on successive reservation of the plurality of jobs input into said input portion, said controller changes the execution order of the plurality of jobs so as to decrease the number of times of replacement of said fixing portion, and in a case that the second mode is selected by the operator in said selecting portion, when the plurality of jobs are successively reserved, said controller maintains the execution order of the plurality of jobs in a reserved order.

US Pat. No. 10,018,928

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member, comprising, in this order:a support;
an intermediate layer containing a metal oxide; and
a photosensitive layer,
wherein the intermediate layer contains at least one kind of compound X selected from the group consisting of a compound represented by the formula (1) and a compound represented by the formula (2):
in the formula (1), R1 to R10 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, a hydroxy group, a carboxy group, an amino group, an alkoxy group, and an aryloxy group, one carbon atom in a main chain of the alkyl group may be substituted with O or N, and the alkyl group, the alkoxy group, and the aryloxy group may each be substituted with an alkyl group, an aryl group, a halogen atom, or a carbonyl group;in the formula (2), A1 represents a carbon atom, a nitrogen atom, or an oxygen atom, when A1 represents a carbon atom,A2 represents a carbon atom or a nitrogen atom, when A1 represents a nitrogen atom, A2 represents a carbon atom, and when A1 represents an oxygen atom, A2 represents a carbon atom or a sulfur atom, R11 to R15 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, a hydroxy group, a carboxy group, an amino group, an alkoxy group, and an aryl group, provided that R14 is limited to a hydroxy group or a carboxy group, one carbon atom in a main chain of the alkyl group may be substituted with O or N, and the aryl group may be substituted with an alkyl group, an aryl group, a halogen atom, a hydroxy group, or a carboxy group.

US Pat. No. 10,021,264

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR EXECUTING AND CONTROLLING SEQUENTIAL PROCESSING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus including a platform on which an application configured to control an execution of a processing flow including a plurality of process steps defined according to a definition file is operated, the apparatus comprising:a memory storing instructions; and
a processor which is capable of executing the instructions causing the information processing apparatus to:
manage definition files included in an expansion program as a bundle for locating each definition of a plurality of process steps on the platform, if a manifest file included in the expansion program satisfies a specific condition and a license corresponding to the expansion program is valid, wherein the bundle includes the definition files, the manifest file describing a type of data, and objects associated with each definition file;
determine, if a type of data relating to an event generated in the information processing apparatus is an expansion program for locating at least one definition of a plurality of process steps on the platform, a type of the event; and
register, according to installation of the expansion program including the managed definition files, all of the objects associated with the each definition file included in the expansion program, if it is determined that the event type is installation, wherein the objects are displayed on a menu configured to accept an instruction to call each program installed in the information processing apparatus, according to the registration of the objects,
wherein the application different from the expansion program performs control in such a way as to execute processing corresponding to the defined process steps by using the definition file associated with one of the objects selected via the menu.

US Pat. No. 10,021,288

DRIVE CONTROL APPARATUS FOR A LENS APPARATUS, LENS APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A drive control apparatus for controlling driving of a movable optical member of a lens apparatus, comprising:a position acquirer that acquires a position of the movable optical member;
an instruction inputter that receives a first driving command for driving the movable optical member from an external apparatus; and
a controller that determines a driving amount so that the movable optical member is driven to a position different from a position corresponding to the first driving command based on the first driving command and the position of the movable optical member every unit time, and outputs a second driving command to the lens apparatus so that the movable optical member is driven by the driving amount within the unit time,
wherein the controller causes the driving amount within the unit time to become larger as a difference between the position corresponding to the first driving command and the position of the movable optical member becomes larger.

US Pat. No. 10,015,288

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF COMMUNICATION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:a communication unit configured to establish a TCP connection with an external communication apparatus and communicate with the external communication apparatus;
a reception unit configured to receive device information, if the communication unit establishes the TCP connection with the external communication apparatus; and
a control unit configured to perform control to determine a re-transmission timeout (RTO) timer value of the TCP connection based on (i) a Round Trip Time (RTT), (ii) at least one of first information and second information included in the received device information, and (iii) the number of HTTP sessions, wherein the first information is information for specifying a hardware configuration of the external communication apparatus and the second information is information for specifying a software configuration of the external communication apparatus,
wherein the control unit increases the RTO timer value based on the at least one of the first information and the second information, and decreases the RTO timer value based on the number of HTTP sessions.

US Pat. No. 10,014,708

ELECTRIC POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS, ELECTRIC POWER RECEIVING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING ELECTRIC POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING ELECTRIC POWER RECEIVING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electric power supply apparatus comprising:a detection unit configured to detect one or more electric power receiving apparatuses;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire state information associated with a state of each of a plurality of electric power receiving apparatuses in a case where the detection unit detects the plurality of power receiving apparatuses, and the acquisition unit configured not to acquire state information of one electric power receiving apparatus in a case where the detection unit detects the one electric power receiving apparatus, wherein the state includes a first state and a second state lower than the first state in power consumption;
a determination unit configured to:
determine, in a case where the detection unit detects a plurality of electric power receiving apparatuses, an amount of electric power to be supplied to the plurality of electric power receiving apparatuses based on the state information acquired by the acquisition unit such that a greater amount of electric power is supplied to a first electric power receiving apparatus among the plurality of electric power receiving apparatuses in a case where state information for the first electric power receiving apparatus indicates the first state and state information for other electric power receiving apparatuses among the plurality of electric power receiving apparatuses indicates the second state in comparison with a case where state information for all of the plurality of electric power receiving apparatuses indicates the second state, and
determine, in a case where the detection unit detects one electric power receiving apparatus, an amount of electric power to be supplied to the one electric power receiving apparatus not based on state information of the one electric power receiving apparatus; and
an electric power supply unit configured to supply electric power to each of one or more electric power receiving apparatuses according to a determination by the determination unit.

US Pat. No. 10,012,935

IMAGE FIXING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing apparatus for fixing an image formed on a recording material to the recording material, said fixing apparatus comprising:a cylindrical rotatable member including an electroconductive layer and provided with a hole portion at least at one of longitudinal end portions;
a driving member engaged with the longitudinal end portion of said rotatable member that has said hole portion, and configured to rotate said rotatable member, said driving member being provided with a claw portion engaged with said hole portion of said rotatable member;
a coil provided inside said rotatable member and configured to form an alternating magnetic field capable of causing electromagnetic induction heat generation of said electroconductive layer, said coil including a helical configuration portion having a helicity axis extending along a generatrix direction of said rotatable member; and
a magnetic core provided inside said helical configuration portion,
wherein said rotatable member generates heat by a current flowing in a circumferential direction of said rotatable member induced in said electroconductive layer in the alternating magnetic field,
wherein said rotatable member is provided with a slot at the longitudinal end portion, said slot being disposed at a position different from a position of said hole portion with respect to the circumferential direction of said rotatable member and overlapping said hole portion with respect to a longitudinal direction of said rotatable member, and
wherein a length A from an end surface of said rotatable member at the longitudinal end having said hole portion to an end surface of said hole portion remotest from the end surface of said rotatable member, a length B from the end surface of said rotatable member to an end surface of said hole portion closest to the end surface of said rotatable member, a width A? of said hole portion measured along a circumferential direction of said rotatable member, a length C of said slot measured along the longitudinal direction of said rotatable member, and a width C? of said slot measured along a circumferential direction of said rotatable member satisfy one of (i) A>C>B and A?>C?, and (ii) C>A>B and C?>A?.

US Pat. No. 10,003,787

METHOD, SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR REFINING A DEPTH MAP

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of refining a depth map, said method comprising:determining a depth map by estimating a depth of pixels of an associated image;
dividing the depth map into connected components based on similarity of each of the pixels of the depth map;
selecting a band of pixels along a boundary of each of the connected components;
assigning a confidence score to pixels within each said band of pixels, wherein said confidence score increases with the estimated depth of the pixels; and
updating the depth map based on the assigned confidence scores to determine a refined depth map.

US Pat. No. 9,998,650

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS FOR ADDING BLUR IN AN IMAGE ACCORDING TO DEPTH MAP

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory storing instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the image processing apparatus to function as units comprising:
(1) an in-focus position acquiring unit configured to acquire an in-focus position on a photographed image;
(2) a distance information acquiring unit configured to acquire a distance information corresponding to the in-focus position from a depth map corresponding to the photographed image; and
(3) an image processing unit configured to perform image processing on the photographed image based on the depth map and the distance information,
wherein the in-focus position acquiring unit acquires the in-focus position from autofocus information at the time of photography of the photographed image, wherein the autofocus information is information on a range-finding point that was used during automatic focusing.

US Pat. No. 9,994,405

SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveying apparatus comprising:a pair of first conveying rollers;
a pair of second conveying rollers provided at a downstream side of the pair of first conveying rollers in a conveying direction of a sheet, a loop being formed in the sheet when a head of the sheet conveyed by the pair of first conveying rollers butts against the pair of second conveying rollers; and
a controller which executes a first control mode in which the sheet is conveyed by the pair of first conveying rollers and the pair of second conveying rollers without dissolving the loop formed in the sheet, or a second control mode in which the loop formed in the sheet is dissolved, and the sheet nipped by the pair of first conveying rollers and the pair of second conveying rollers is conveyed.

US Pat. No. 9,998,074

ELEMENT THAT OSCILLATES OR DETECTS TERAHERTZ WAVES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An element which oscillates or detects terahertz waves, the element comprising:a resonance unit including a differential negative resistance element, a first conductor, a second conductor, and a first dielectric body;
a bias circuit configured to supply a bias voltage to the differential negative resistance element, the bias circuit including a resistance and capacitance, each of the resistance and the capacitance being electrically connected in parallel with the differential negative resistance element; and
a line configured to electrically connect the resonance unit and the bias circuit to each other,
wherein the differential negative resistance element and the first dielectric body are disposed between the first and second conductors,
the line includes a third conductor, a fourth conductor, a second dielectric body disposed between the third and fourth conductors, and a fifth conductor which electrically connects the first and third conductors to each other,
a thickness of the second dielectric body is smaller than a thickness of the first dielectric body, and
a width of the third conductor is smaller than a width of the first conductor.

US Pat. No. 9,981,475

INK SUPPLY APPARATUS AND INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink jet recording apparatus comprising:a first ink tank configured to store ink;
a second ink tank configured to store ink supplied from the first ink tank;
a recording head configured to discharge ink supplied from the second ink tank;
an ink supply path configured to supply ink from the first ink tank to the second ink tank;
a volume change unit disposed on the ink supply path and configured to change an internal volume, wherein the volume change unit allows ink to flow therein when the internal volume is expanded and to flow out when the internal volume is reduced;
a first valve disposed between the first ink tank and the volume change unit and configured to be switched between a first open state where the first ink tank communicates with the volume change unit and a first closed state where the first ink tank does not communicate with the volume change unit;
a second valve disposed between the volume change unit and the second ink tank and configured to be switched between a second open state where the volume change unit communicates with the second ink tank and a second closed state where the volume change unit does not communicate with the second ink tank; and
a control unit configured to perform a first stirring operation in which ink in the first tank is stirred by changing the internal volume of the volume change unit under a state where the first valve is in the first open state and the second valve is in the second closed state, and perform a second stirring operation in which ink in the second tank is stirred by changing the internal volume of the volume change unit under a state where the second valve is in the second open state and the first valve is in the first closed state.

US Pat. No. 9,968,308

COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHIC MAMMOGRAPHY APPARATUS AND COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHIC APPARATUS FOR BREAST

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A mammographic CT apparatus comprising:a gantry, including a front face plate in which an insertion opening is formed for inserting a breast into an accommodation portion;
a radiation tube disposed within the gantry;
a sensing device disposed within the gantry so as to face the radiation tube, and configured to sense radiation which has been emitted from the radiation tube and been transmitted through the accommodation portion;
a driving unit configured to rotate the radiation tube and the sensing device around a rotation axis set in the normal direction of the accommodation portion, at the same angular speed and in the same direction;
a collimator disposed between the accommodation portion and the radiation tube, and configured to rotate around the rotation axis integrally with the radiation tube and sensing device; and
an annular shield disposed between the rotational path of the collimator and the rotational path of the radiation tube, having an annular gap corresponding to the rotational path of the collimator,
wherein an edge of the collimator is fit into the gap.

US Pat. No. 9,969,163

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head comprising:a discharge unit that discharges a liquid as a result of electric energy being supplied to the discharge unit;
a first wiring member that is joined to the discharge unit and that includes a plurality of first joining terminals each capable of transmitting the electric energy to the discharge unit; and
a second wiring member that is electrically joined to the first wiring member and that includes a plurality of second joining terminals; and
wherein at least three of the plurality of first joining terminals are inspection terminals that are short-circuited, and the second joining terminals are connected to contact terminals to each of which an external signal can be input,
wherein a joint state of the first joining terminals and the second joining terminals is inspected by measuring a resistance between each two terminals among the at least three inspection terminals and comparing the resistance each with a predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 9,969,165

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD AND LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head comprising:a recording element board having a first side having a first face on which a plurality of recording elements configured to generate energy to discharge liquid are provided;
discharge orifices provided corresponding to the plurality of recording elements;
pressure chambers, wherein the plurality of recording elements is within the pressure chambers;
a discharge orifice row extending in a first direction, wherein the discharge orifices are arrayed in the discharge orifice row;
a liquid supply channel extending in the first direction and provided as a groove to a second face of the recording element board that is on a second side of the recording element board that is opposite of the first side, wherein the liquid supply channel is configured to supply liquid to the pressure chambers;
a plurality of supply ports to communicate between the first face and the liquid supply channel, and configured to supply liquid to the pressure chambers from the liquid supply channel;
a cover provided on the second face, wherein the cover covers the liquid supply channel; and
a plurality of supply-side openings, provided to the cover and provided along the liquid supply channel, wherein the plurality of supply-side openings is configured to supply liquid to the liquid supply channel,
wherein, in a process of liquid being replenished to the pressure chambers after having discharged liquid from the discharge orifices, a pressure drop sum P1 of (i) pressure drop of liquid on the liquid supply channel from any supply-side opening to a supply port that communicates with the supply-side opening and is at a farthest removed position from the supply-side opening, and (ii) pressure drop of liquid at the supply port at the farthest removed position, is 5000 Pa or less.

US Pat. No. 9,961,251

METHODS FOR ADJUSTING CONTROL PARAMETERS ON AN IMAGE CAPTURE DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A computer-implementable method of adjusting a control parameter of an image capture device, the method comprising:detecting, at an interactive display device, a substantially continuous user selection of values of a control parameter of the image capture device, wherein the user selection is detected from user manipulation of a continuously-variable input control of the interactive display device;
determining a rate of change of the user selected values of the control parameter during user manipulation of the continuously-variable input control;
determining, based upon at least the determined rate of change, whether to transmit each of the selected values; and
sequentially transmitting, the selected values to the image capture device, via a communications network, where the selected values are determined to be transmitted,
wherein each of the transmitted values is transmitted as an interim control parameter value, and the transmitted values are adapted to adjust the control parameter of the image capture device.

US Pat. No. 9,961,255

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:an image sensor in which a plurality of unit pixels, each of which has a first photoelectric conversion portion and a second photoelectric conversion portion arranged for one microlens, are arranged;
a readout unit configured to read out an added signal obtained by adding a signal of the first photoelectric conversion portion and a signal of the second photoelectric conversion portion, and to independently read out the signal of the first photoelectric conversion portion;
a calculation unit configured to calculate a signal corresponding to a signal of the second photoelectric conversion portion by subtracting the signal of the first photoelectric conversion portion from the added signal;
a correlation calculation unit configured to perform correlation calculation for the signal of the first photoelectric conversion portion and the signal corresponding to the signal of the second photoelectric conversion portion; and
a subtraction unit configured to subtract, from a result of the correlation calculation on an object image by the correlation calculation unit, a correction value for correcting noise caused by obtaining the signal corresponding to the signal of the second photoelectric conversion portion by subtracting the signal of the first photoelectric conversion portion from the added signal.

US Pat. No. 9,955,949

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A CAPACITIVE TRANSDUCER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a capacitive transducer including a cell having a structure in which a vibrating film including a second electrode disposed across a gap from a first electrode is supported to be able to vibrate, the method comprising the steps of:forming an insulating layer on the first electrode;
forming a sacrificial layer on the insulating layer;
forming a layer on the sacrificial layer, the layer forming at least part of the vibrating film;
forming an etching hole to communicate with the sacrificial layer;
removing the sacrificial layer;
forming a sealing layer for sealing the etching hole; and
etching at least part of the sealing layer,
wherein before the step of removing the sacrificial layer, an etching stop layer is formed on the layer forming at least part of the vibrating film; and
in the step of etching at least part of the sealing layer, the at least part of the sealing layer is removed until the etching stop layer is reached.

US Pat. No. 9,956,761

INK, INK CARTRIDGE, AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An aqueous ink for ink jet, the aqueous ink comprising:a self-dispersible pigment;
an aromatic sulfinic acid or a salt thereof; and
an aromatic sulfonic acid or a salt thereof,
wherein a concentration (mmol/kg) of a sulfonic acid group derived from the aromatic sulfonic acid or the salt thereof is 0.25 mmol/kg or more to 15.00 mmol/kg or less.

US Pat. No. 9,955,092

IMAGE SENSOR AND IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS USING THE SAME WITH MEMORY HOLDING PIXEL SIGNAL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image sensor having a plurality of pixels and capable of reading out pixel signals having different largest values, comprising:an A/D convertor that performs A/D conversion on a read pixel signal;
a first memory that holds a first pixel signal obtained by performing the A/D conversion; and
a second memory that holds a second pixel signal obtained by performing the A/D conversion,
wherein the first memory and the second memory are respectively constituted by a plurality of bit memories,
each of the first memory and the second memory has at least one bit memory that provides a redundant storage capacity and is used as an alternative to a bit memory that has failed, and
the redundant storage capacity of the first memory is larger than the redundant storage capacity of the second memory.

US Pat. No. 9,950,525

ELEMENT SUBSTRATE FOR LIQUID EJECTING HEAD AND WAFER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An element substrate for a liquid ejecting head comprising:a substrate;
an element forming layer on the substrate, the element forming layer including an energy generating element configured to provide energy to a liquid for ejection and an anticavitation layer covering the energy generating element;
a discharge port forming member formed of an insulating member on the element forming layer, the discharge port forming member including a discharge port forming surface having discharge ports through which the liquid is ejected and an exterior side surface positioned between the discharge port forming surface and the element forming layer, the exterior side surface having a first edge facing the element forming layer; and
a conductive layer disposed between the first edge and the element forming layer and grounded;
wherein the conductive layer and the anticavitation layer are separated from each other.

US Pat. No. 9,952,446

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens, comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:a first lens unit having a positive refractive power;
a second lens unit having a negative refractive power;
a third lens unit having a positive refractive power; and
a rear lens group including at least one lens unit,
wherein, at a telephoto end as compared to a wide angle end, an interval between the first lens unit and the second lens unit is increased, and an interval between the second lens unit and the third lens unit is reduced,
wherein an interval between adjacent lens units is changed during zooming,
wherein the first lens unit consists, in order from the object side to the image side, of a first lens sub-unit having a positive refractive power, and a second lens sub-unit having a negative refractive power over a widest air interval in the first lens unit, and
wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
0.10 ?0.70

US Pat. No. 9,945,658

WAVELENGTH TUNABLE SURFACE EMITTING LASER AND OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A surface emitting laser comprising:a lower reflector;
an active layer;
a gap portion;
an upper reflector; and
a driving unit is configured to change a cavity length between the lower reflector and the upper reflector,
wherein the lower reflector, the active layer, the gap portion, and the upper reflector are arranged in that order,
wherein the surface emitting laser is capable of varying a wavelength of emitted light by changing a distance between the upper and lower reflectors,
wherein the driving unit is configured to move the upper reflector in an optical axis direction of the emitted light for changing the cavity length,
wherein the upper reflector includes
a stacked body in which first layers and second layers are alternately stacked, the second layers having a refractive index lower than a refractive index of the first layers, outermost layers of the stacked body being the first layers, and
a third layer provided on both ends of the stacked body and configured such that an optical thickness nd of the third layer satisfies 0 wherein the first layers, the second layers, and the third layer are all semiconductor layers.

US Pat. No. 9,944,479

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus comprising:an apparatus body;
an opening/closing member openable and closable with respect to the apparatus body and comprising a support portion configured to support a sheet in a condition in which the opening/closing member is opened;
a feed portion configured to feed the sheet supported on the support portion; and
a detection portion disposed in the opening/closing member and configured to emit a detection wave in a direction intersecting with a support surface of the support portion and detect the detection wave reflected by the sheet on the support surface, the detection portion being disposed at a position where the detection wave emitted from the detection portion is not detected by the detection portion in a condition in which the opening/closing member is closed.

US Pat. No. 9,943,213

MEDICAL IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS GENERATING A THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGE OF A MEDICAL DEVICE SUPERPOSED OVER A THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGE OF A PREOPERATIVE STRUCTURE OF AN OBJECT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A medical image processing apparatus comprising:an image information processor that generates image information for acquiring a superposed image having a three-dimensional image of a medical device over a three-dimensional image of a preoperative structure of an object to which the medical device is inserted, and outputs the image information on the superposed image,
wherein the image information processor generates a three-dimensional image of the preoperative structure by segmenting a plurality of preoperative two-dimensional tomograms, further wherein each of the two-dimensional tomograms has a marker as a coordinate reference, and
wherein the image information processor calculates a form and a position of the medical device from a curvature state of the medical device, a position where the medical device is mounted, and the marker and generates a three-dimensional image of the medical device in the superposed image.

US Pat. No. 9,946,056

ILLUMINATION OPTICAL SYSTEM, EXPOSURE APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An illumination optical system that illuminates a target illumination region by using light emitted from a discharge lamp, comprising:a condensing mirror configured to condense the light emitted from the discharge lamp;
an internal reflection optical integrator which has a polygonal cross-sectional shape and is arranged on an optical path from the condensing mirror to the target illumination region;
an imaging optical system configured to form an image on the target illumination region, the imaging optical system having an object plane at an exit end plane of the internal reflection optical integrator;
a power supply cable connected to an electrode of the discharge lamp so as to cross an optical path directed from the condensing mirror to the internal reflection optical integrator, and
a cooling nozzle configured to cool the discharge lamp,
wherein the power supply cable is arranged so that a shadow of the power supply cable is neither parallel nor perpendicular to each side of the polygon of an entrance plane of the internal reflection optical integrator, and
wherein the cooling nozzle is arranged so that a shadow of the cooling nozzle is at least one of 90° and 180° with respect to the shadow of the power supply cable on the entrance plane of the internal reflection optical integrator.

US Pat. No. 9,936,145

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a display control unit configured to cause a display device to display a map image that indicates a layout of a plurality of cameras;
an acquiring unit configured to acquire operation information including designation of an area as a designated area for detection processing, wherein the designated area is designated on the map image by a user;
an identification unit configured to automatically identify one or more cameras that are capable of capturing an image corresponding to the designated area designated on the map image and performing predetermined detection processing on the captured image;
a processing unit configured to cause the display device for distinguishably indicating the one or more cameras identified by the identification unit, among the plurality of cameras included in the map image; and a setting unit configured to make settings for causing at least one camera selected from the one or more cameras identified by the identification unit to perform the predetermined detection processing corresponding to the operation information acquired by the acquiring unit.

US Pat. No. 9,933,725

DEVELOPING DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing device comprising:a developer bearing member configured to bear developer;
a development chamber including the developer bearing member;
a developer storage chamber arranged below the development chamber in a developing operation and configured to store developer to be supplied to the development chamber;
a partition configured to separate the development chamber and the developer storage chamber and having an opening that allows communication between the developer storage chamber and the development chamber;
a rotating shaft configured to be rotatable and provided inside the developer storage chamber;
a sheet member attached to the rotating shaft; and
a plurality of protruding portions configured to protrude toward the inside of the developer storage chamber from the partition and located on a downstream side of the opening in a rotation direction of the rotating shaft,
wherein the sheet member has a length such that a free end of the sheet member is contactable to an inner wall surface of the developer storage chamber in a state that the sheet member contacts both the plurality of protruding portions and the inner wall surface of the developer storage chamber when the sheet member rotates with the rotating shaft.

US Pat. No. 9,932,198

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

7. An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a sheet, the image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet;
a first stacking tray on which a plurality of sheets, on each of which an image is formed by the image forming unit, are stacked;
a sheet processing unit configured to perform binding processing to a sheet bundle including a plurality of sheets stacked on the first stacking tray;
a second stacking tray on which the sheet bundle stacked on the first stacking tray is discharged;
a bundle shift unit configured to shift the sheet bundle stacked on the first stacking tray in a width direction which is orthogonal to a discharge direction of the sheet bundle; and
a control unit configured to control the bundle shift unit so as to discharge the sheet bundle to a first discharge position, a second discharge position, or a third discharge position, each of which is positioned differently on the second stacking tray in the width direction,
wherein, in a case where the image forming apparatus is designated to perform image forming for a plurality of sheet bundles to which a binding process is to be performed, the control unit controls the bundle shift unit such that
1) a sheet bundle which was bound by the sheet processing unit is discharged to the first discharge position,
2) a first sheet bundle, which was designated to be bound but was not bound by the sheet processing unit since the number of the sheets in the sheet bundle is in excess of an allowable number of the sheets for binding, is discharged to the second discharge position, and
3) a second sheet bundle, which was designated to be bound but was not bound by the sheet processing unit since the number of the sheets in the sheet bundle is in excess of the allowable number of the sheets for binding, is discharged to the third discharge position.

US Pat. No. 9,933,746

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a rotatable photoconductor configured to bear a toner image;
an image forming unit configured to form the toner image on the photoconductor with toner, the toner comprising inorganic fine particles as an external additive;
a cleaning blade configured to clean toner remaining on the photoconductor in a cleaning position; and
a brush that is disposed adjacent to and upstream of the cleaning position with respect to a rotation direction of the photoconductor, the brush including fibers, each of the fibers comprising a conductive core portion and a coating portion that covers the core portion,
wherein an elastic deformation rate of the photoconductor, an additive amount of the inorganic fine particles, and the fibers of the brush satisfy the following relationship:
0.6?(D/(A×B/C))/(1+E/10)?0.82,
where A (denier) is a thickness of the fibers of the brush, B (kF/inch2) is a bristle density of the fibers of the brush, C (mm) is a length of the fibers of the brush, D (%) is an elastic deformation rate of the photoconductor obtained from a hardness test conducted using a Vickers diamond pyramid indenter at a temperature of 23° C. and a humidity of 50%, and E (parts) is the additive amount of the inorganic fine particles relative to 100 parts by mass of toner particles.

US Pat. No. 9,936,088

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A job processing apparatus which is able to execute a copy application and an e-mail application, the job processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors;
at least one memory having instructions stored thereon that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the job processing apparatus to:
execute a copy job by the copy application and an e-mail transmission job by the e-mail application;
register, in accordance with execution of the copy job, setting data of the copy job in a storage;
register, in accordance with execution of the e-mail transmission job, setting data of the e-mail transmission job in the storage; and
a display configured to display a first object for activating the copy application, and a second object for activating the e-mail application,
wherein the display further displays a third object for reading out the setting data of the copy job registered in the storage and a fourth object for reading out the setting data of the e-mail transmission job registered in the storage, and
wherein the first object, the second object, the third object and the fourth object are displayed on the same screen.

US Pat. No. 9,936,121

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD OF AN IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, AND STORAGE MEDIUM THAT STORES A PROGRAM TO EXECUTE A CONTROL METHOD OF AN IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing device comprising:at least one memory that stores a program; and
at least one processor for executing the program stored in the at least one memory to perform:
a first image acquiring step of acquiring a plurality of first images having a predetermined depth of field corresponding to pan-focus from a plurality of light-field data, a focus state of each light-field data being changeable;
a searching step of searching for and detecting, from the plurality of light-field data, light-field data that includes a predetermined object by analyzing each of the plurality of first images acquired in the first image acquiring step; and
a second image acquiring step of acquiring a second image that has a shallower depth of field than the predetermined depth of field and that is focused on the predetermined object, based on the light-field data detected in the searching step.

US Pat. No. 9,930,242

FOCUS DETECTION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A focus detection apparatus comprising:a memory configured to store a correction value; and
at least one processor or one circuitry which function as:
a focus detection unit configured to detect a focus state; and
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a correction value to be used in correction of the focus state detected by the focus detection unit,
wherein n a case where a difference between the correction value stored in the memory and the correction value obtained by the obtaining unit is smaller than a threshold value, the correction value stored in the memory is not updated.

US Pat. No. 9,926,150

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus comprising:an apparatus main body, and
a cassette unit detachable from the apparatus main body, the cassette unit being configured to hold a stack of sheets, the cassette unit including a regulating member that regulates an edge of two sides of the sheets stacked in the cassette unit, an external member forming an outer surface of the cassette unit, a positioning member configured to position the external member relative to the apparatus main body and an operating lever operable by a user;
wherein the operating lever causes the regulating member, the external member, and the positioning member to move in accordance with movement of the operating lever.

US Pat. No. 9,927,688

ILLUMINATION OPTICAL SYSTEM AND IMAGE PROJECTION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An illumination optical system configured to illuminate an illumination surface, the illumination optical system comprising:a first optical system configured to cause a light flux from a light source to form a light source image; and
a second optical system configured to introduce the light flux from the first optical system to the illumination surface,
wherein:
the second optical system includes in order from a first optical system side;
a first lens having a positive power;
a second lens having a negative power; and
a third lens having a positive power, and
the second optical system satisfies the following conditions:
0.20??2/?3?0.75
0.4?BF/Fall<1.0where ?2 represents an abbe number of the second lens, ?3 represents an abbe number of the third lens, Fall represents a focal length of the second optical system, and BF represents an air-equivalent distance from the third lens to the illumination surface.

US Pat. No. 9,924,876

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An object information acquiring apparatus, comprising:a light source;
a probe having a plurality of receiving elements arrayed along a first direction, the receiving elements receiving an acoustic wave generated from an object when the object is irradiated with light from the light source, and converting the acoustic wave into an electrical signal;
a scanner moving the probe in the first direction; and
a controller controlling the light source and the scanner,
wherein the controller controls the apparatus such that light is emitted from the light source each time the probe is moved by a distance that is either (n+1/k) times or (n?1/k) times an array pitch between the receiving elements, where n is an integer equal to or greater than 1 and k is an integer equal to or greater than 2, while continuously moving the probe in the first direction.

US Pat. No. 9,930,267

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS THAT AUTOMATICALLY GENERATES TIME-LAPSE MOVING IMAGE, MOVING IMAGE GENERATION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:image pickup device configured to form an optical image of a subject to acquire a photographed image;
a processor connected to a memory, the processor and memory configured to:
perform photographing using said image pickup device at a time interval set in advance; and
control so as to store a plurality of photographed images acquired by the photographing performed at the time interval, into a storage device,
wherein the processor and memory are further configured to perform, for each time interval, a set of plurality of photographing each of which is performed according to each of a plurality of photographing conditions set in advance, to thereby acquire a plurality of photographed images corresponding to each of the plurality of photographing conditions, and store the acquired plurality of photographed images into the storage device, wherein the set of plurality of photographing performed at the time interval and the storage of the acquired plurality of photographed images are repeatedly performed.

US Pat. No. 9,930,279

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus, comprising:a plurality of unit pixels that ach have a plurality of photoelectric conversion portions, and are arranged in a matrix;
a plurality of column output lines arranged for each column of the unit pixels; and
a switching circuit that switches between a first mode where signals that have been accumulated in the plurality of photoelectric conversion portions of a unit pixel are output to respectively different column output lines, and a second mode where signals that have been accumulated in the plurality of photoelectric conversion portions of a unit pixel are combined and then output to a single column output line,
wherein focus detection is performed by detecting a phase difference of signals obtained from the plurality of photoelectric conversion portions and output to the different column output lines in the first mode, and capture images are generated using the combined signals output to the single column output line in the second mode.

US Pat. No. 9,930,306

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a detection unit configured to detect, from a first captured image obtained by capturing a projection image projected by a projection unit, a vertex of the projection image;
a size changing unit configured to reduce a size of the projection image in response to the detection unit not detecting a predetermined number of vertexes of the projection image from the first captured image; and
a determining unit configured to determine a distortion correction parameter to be used for correcting a distortion of a projection image projected by the projection unit, in accordance with a detection result of vertexes by the detection unit for a second captured image obtained by capturing the size-reduced projection image in a case where the detection unit detects the predetermined number of vertexes of the size-reduced projection image from the second captured image.

US Pat. No. 9,927,747

FIXING MEMBER, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING FIXING MEMBER, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

12. An image forming apparatus having a fixing device having a fixing member and a heating unit, wherein the fixing member has:a substrate,
an elastic layer on the substrate, and
a release layer on the elastic layer, wherein the release layer:
has a thickness of 15 ?m or more and 25 ?m or less,
contains a fluororesin having a melt flow rate (MFR) of 1 g/10 min or more and 3 g/10 min or less,
results from baking a coating film of a coating solution for forming a release layer, on the elastic layer, the coating solution containing the fluororesin, and
has a surface having arithmetic average roughness (Sa) of 0.1 ?m or more and 0.5 ?m or less, and
having maximum cross sectional height (St) of 10.0 ?m or less.

US Pat. No. 9,927,753

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a feeder including a tray configured to stack a sheet thereon and a pickup member configured to contact the sheet stacked on the tray and to feed the contacted sheet, wherein the feeder is configured to switch between a first state in which the pickup member and the sheet stacked on the tray are in contact with each other and a second state in which the pickup member and the sheet stacked on the tray are separate from each other;
a size determiner configured to determine a size of the sheet stacked on the tray;
a sheet type setter configured to set a type of the sheet stacked on the tray; and
a controller configured to control the feeder,
wherein, in a case where the type of the sheet set by the sheet type setter is a first type, the controller controls the feeder in such a way that the feeder switches from the second state to the first state when the size of the sheet is determined by the size determiner, and
wherein, in a case where the type of the sheet set by the sheet type setter is a second type, the controller controls the feeder in such a way to cause the feeder to refrain from switching from the second state to the first state even when the size of the sheet is determined by the size determiner.

US Pat. No. 9,927,764

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a movable unit including a regulating portion for regulating a position of a developing unit for supporting a developer carrying member and movable between a contact position for permitting contact of said developer carrying member with an image bearing member and a spaced position for permitting spacing of said developer carrying member from said image bearing member;
a driving member for moving said movable unit from the contact position to the spaced position, said driving member being displaceable between a contact phase for permitting location of said movable unit at the contact position and a spaced phase for maintaining said movable unit at the spaced position;
an openable member for opening and closing an opening provided for demounting said developer carrying member and/or said image bearing member from a main assembly of said image forming apparatus; and
a pressing member for pressing and moving said movable unit by being moved in interrelation with an opening operation of said openable member,
wherein when said driving member is displaced from the contact phase to the spaced phase, said movable unit is moved from the contact position to the spaced position,
wherein when said openable member is opened in a state in which said driving member is in the contact phase, said pressing member presses and moves said movable unit by a first movement amount from the contact position to the spaced position, and
wherein when said openable member is opened in a state in which said driving member is in the spaced phase, said pressing member does not move said movable unit or moves said movable unit by a second movement amount smaller than the first movement amount.

US Pat. No. 9,925,809

ROLL-UP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a printing unit configured to perform printing on a continuous sheet;
a conveyance unit configured to convey the continuous sheet;
a roll-up unit configured to roll up the continuous sheet printed by the printed unit wherein a tension is applied to the continuous sheet between the conveyance unit and the roll-up unit in accordance with a driving force of the roll-up unit; and
a control unit configured to control the roll-up unit to execute a plurality of modes including (a) an inner roll-up mode in which the roll-up unit rolls up the continuous sheet by rotating in a first rotational direction such that a printed surface of the continuous sheet printed by the printing unit faces inward, and (b) an outer roll-up mode in which the roll-up unit rolls up the continuous sheet by rotating in a second rotational direction that is opposite to the first rotational direction such that the printed surface faces outward, wherein the driving force of the roll-up unit in the inner roll-up mode is greater than the driving force in the outer roll-up mode.

US Pat. No. 9,930,192

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A data processing apparatus being able to transmit data in accordance with a plurality of transmission protocols, the data processing apparatus comprising:a controller configured to register folder information in association with user information; and
a user interface configured to receive user information,
wherein the controller sets, as a transmission destination of data in accordance with selection of an operation key of the data processing apparatus, the folder information which has been registered in association with the user information received by the user interface,
wherein the data processing apparatus transmits data to a folder indicated by the folder information set in accordance with the selection of the operation key, and
wherein the controller registers, in accordance with the user information, folder information corresponding to a transmission protocol which is available to a user specified based on the user information from among the plurality of the transmission protocols.

US Pat. No. 9,929,455

ELECTRONIC CIRCUIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic circuit, comprising:a substrate having an electromagnetic band gap structure formed including a ground conductor and a plurality of conductor plates, the plurality of conductor plates being arranged on a first surface of the substrate, and at least a portion of the ground conductor being arranged on a second surface of the substrate;
a second conductor that is arranged at a distance from and rearward of at least a portion of the plurality of conductor plates in a view from the second surface to the first surface of the substrate, wherein the second conductor is connected to the ground conductor and is electromagnetically coupled to at least a portion of the plurality of conductor plates, and
wherein the electronic circuit has a configuration that is adjustable so as to change a positional relationship between the second conductor and the plurality of conductor plates, and
wherein the second conductor is formed to cover another electronic component arranged on the first surface of the substrate and functions as a shielding case for the another electronic component.

US Pat. No. 9,924,075

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form an image;
a calibration unit configured to control execution of monochromatic calibration, the monochromatic calibration being executed
by measuring a pattern image including a plurality of monochromatic patch images each formed by the image forming unit using
monochromatic toner and generating, using a measurement result, monochromatic correction data used for correcting a color
of a monochromatic image formed by the image forming unit in a manner such that a value of the color of the monochromatic
image becomes closer to a target value, and to control execution of multi-color calibration, the multi-color calibration being
executed by measuring a pattern image including a plurality of multi-color patch images each formed by the image forming unit
using multi-color toner and generating, using a measurement result, multi-color correction data used for correcting a color
of a multi-color image formed by the image forming unit in a manner such that a value of the color of the multi-color image
becomes closer to a target value; and

a control unit configured to perform control such that, in a case where the control unit is instructed that the monochromatic
calibration and the multi-color calibration are executed, a paper type of paper used at a time of execution of the monochromatic
calibration conforms to a paper type of paper used at a time of execution of the multi-color calibration.

US Pat. No. 9,921,518

DEVELOPING ROLLER, WITH CONDUCTIVE ELASTIC LAYER HAVING EXPOSED PROTRUSIONS, CARTRIDGE AND APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing roller comprising:
a substrate;
an electro-conductive elastic layer on the substrate; and
a plurality of electrical insulating domains on the electro-conductive elastic layer, wherein
the developing roller has a length L of 200 mm or more in a longitudinal direction orthogonal to the circumferential direction
thereof,

the surface of the developing roller comprises:
the surfaces of the domains; and
an exposed portion of the electro-conductive elastic layer, the exposed portion being uncovered with the domains,
the developing roller has protrusions on the surface thereof, the protrusion being formed by the domains,
the electro-conductive elastic layer has a plurality of protrusions at the exposed portion,
the developing roller has an Asker C hardness of 50 degrees or more and 90 degrees or less, and
the developing roller satisfies the following (1) and (2):
(1) a surface potential of the developing roller at the domains is 10 V or more and 100 V or less corresponding to a completion
of discharge, and a surface potential of the developing roller at the exposed portion of the electro-conductive elastic layer
is 2 V or less corresponding to a completion of discharge, the charging of the surface of the developing roller being conducted
with a discharge wire which is disposed substantially parallel to the longitudinal direction of the developing roller and
so that the discharge wire is apart from the surface of the developing roller by 1 mm, by applying a direct-current voltage
of 8 kV between the developing roller and the discharge wire in an environment of a temperature of 23° C. and a relative humidity
of 50%, and

(2) when a nip region having a nip width of 1.0 mm and an area of 1.0 mm×L mm is demarcated by pressing the surface of the
developing roller against a flat glass plate, assuming that a square region of 0.3 mm on a side is placed in the nip region,
and total sum of areas of contacted portions between the exposed portion of the electro-conductive elastic layer and the flat
glass plate in the square region is defined as “ST” mm2, a percentage ratio of ST to the area 0.09 mm2 of the square region, 100*ST/0.09, is 0.50% or more and 10.00% or less.

US Pat. No. 9,924,086

DISPLAY APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD FOR DISPLAY APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR DISPLAYING INFORMATION BASED ON ATTITUDE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display apparatus, comprising:
at one processor or at least one circuit, which functions and operates as:
a reception unit configured to receive a captured image from an image capturing apparatus;
a display unit configured to display the captured image;
a detection unit configured to detect an attitude of the display apparatus; and
a transmission unit configured to, while the display unit is displaying the captured image, transmit attitude information
to the image capturing apparatus in response to an instruction from a user, the attitude information indicating the attitude
detected by the detection unit,

wherein the display unit displays, together with the captured image, auxiliary information indicating the attitude detected
by the detection unit,

the auxiliary information includes two auxiliary lines that are displayed parallel to an up-down direction of the display
unit when a tilt angle of the display apparatus has a reference value,

the more an upper portion of the display unit is tilted backward, the larger an interval between lower portions of the two
auxiliary lines becomes compared to an interval between upper portions of the two auxiliary lines, and

the more the upper portion of the display unit is tilted forward, the smaller the interval between the lower portions of the
two auxiliary lines becomes compared to the interval between the upper portions of the two auxiliary lines.

US Pat. No. 9,921,536

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE DRUM UNIT, CARTRIDGE, AND FLANGE MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive drum unit comprising:
an electrophotographic photosensitive drum;
a coupling member configured to be rotated by a driving force;
a shaft member configured to be rotated by the driving force transmitted from the coupling member; and
a flange member secured to the electrophotographic photosensitive drum, the flange member being configured to be rotated by
the driving force transmitted from the shaft member,

wherein the flange member comprises:
a first cylindrical portion including a first outer circumferential surface and a first inner circumferential surface;
a second cylindrical portion disposed inside the first cylindrical portion in such a manner that a central axis of the second
cylindrical portion is coaxial with the first cylindrical portion including a second outer circumference surface and a second
inner circumferential surface, wherein the coaxial central axis defines a central axis direction;

an inwardly protruding portion protruding from an inner circumference of the second cylindrical portion and restricting a
position of the coupling member in a central axis direction of the first cylindrical portion;

a first wall extending in the central axis direction and connecting the first cylindrical portion and the second cylindrical
portion together, the first wall being in contact with the shaft member to receive the driving force;

a second wall extending in the central axis and connecting the first cylindrical portion and the second cylindrical portion
together, the second wall being opposed to the first wall; and

a connecting portion connecting the first cylindrical portion and the second cylindrical portion together and connecting the
first wall and the second wall together,

wherein a groove is provided inside the first inner circumferential surface and outside the second outer circumferential surface,
wherein a recessed portion recessed outwards from an inner circumferential surface of the second cylindrical portion is formed
by the first wall, the second wall, and the connecting portion,

wherein the coupling member is held in the second cylindrical portion so as to be capable of tilting,
wherein the shaft member is disposed between the first wall and the second wall, and
wherein the connecting portion is disposed between the inwardly protruding portion and the shaft member in the central axis
direction.

US Pat. No. 9,918,625

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a deciding unit configured to perform decision processing to decide at least one of first images obtained by taking images
of a first region of an eye at different times and at least one of second images obtained by taking images of a second region
different from the first region at different times, the decision unit being configured to perform the decision processing
so that the first region and the second region are included in the decided at least one of the first images and the decided
at least one of the second images; and

an image generating unit configured to generate a new image by using the decided at least one of the first images and the
decided at least one of the second images.

US Pat. No. 9,921,470

IMPRINT METHOD FOR AN IMPRINT APPARATUS WHICH TRANSFERS A PATTERN ONTO A SUBSTRATE BY USING A MOLD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint method for an imprint apparatus which transfers a device pattern onto a substrate by using a mold,
the mold including a first surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface, the first surface having a pattern
region and a peripheral portion which surrounds the pattern region, the pattern region including convex portions and concave
portions configuring the device pattern to be transferred onto the substrate, the peripheral portion including alignment marks
to be aligned to marks on the substrate,

the method comprising steps of:
detecting an image formed by light from a first measurement pattern of the mold and a second measurement pattern provided
in the imprint apparatus;

calculating a distortion of the pattern region based on the image detected in the step of detecting; and
deforming, based on the distortion calculated in the step of calculating, the mold by applying a force to the mold so as to
reduce the distortion,

wherein the first measurement pattern is formed between the second surface and lower surfaces of the convex portions, or on
the second surface, such that the first measurement pattern includes a portion overlapping with the convex portions and the
concave portions of the device pattern when viewed from a direction orthogonal to the first surface.

US Pat. No. 9,924,060

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM, THAT ARE CAPABLE OF SETTING A NAMING RULE FOR A FILE NAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

display a setting screen for setting a naming rule;
allow a user to designate items as the naming rule in the displayed setting screen, wherein the naming rule will be used for
generating a file name of a file,

determine whether or not at least one of the designated items is a predetermined item by which the file name will be generated
uniquely, wherein the determination is performed without generating the file name based on the designated items while the
setting screen is being displayed for setting the naming rule,

warn a user in the displayed setting screen while it is determined, without generating the file name based on the designated
items, that none of the designated items is the predetermined item,

store the designated items as the naming rule if it is determined that at least one of the designated items is the predetermined
item, and

generate the file name of a file in accordance with the designated items stored as the naming rule after storing the designated
items as the naming rule.

US Pat. No. 9,917,264

ORGANOMETALLIC COMPLEX AND ORGANIC LIGHT-EMITTING ELEMENT USING THE COMPLEX

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An iridium complex comprising a compound represented by the following general formula [1]:
Ir(L1)(L2)(L3)  [1]

in the general formula [1]:
L1, L2, and L3 represent bidentate ligands different from one another; and

the partial structure IrL1 comprises a partial structure represented by the following general formula [2]:


in the general formula [2]:
the ring A1 represents an aromatic ring or an aromatic heterocycle, and the ring A1 can further have a substituent selected from the group consisting of an alkyl group having 1 or more and 4 or less carbon
atoms, an aralkyl group, an aryl group, a heterocyclic group, a substituted amino group, an alkoxy group, an aryloxy group,
a halogen atom, and a cyano group; and

R1 to R8 each represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group having 1 or more and 4 or less carbon atoms, an aralkyl group, an aryl group,
a heterocyclic group, a substituted amino group, an alkoxy group, an aryloxy group, a halogen atom, or a cyano group, and
can be identical to or different from one another, and when any one of substituents represented by R1 to R8 is an alkyl group having 1 or more and 4 or less carbon atoms, an aralkyl group, an aryl group, a heterocyclic group, a substituted
amino group, an alkoxy group, or an aryloxy group, the substituent can further have a substituent selected from the group
consisting of an alkyl group having 1 or more and 4 or less carbon atoms, an aralkyl group, an aryl group, a heterocyclic
group, a substituted amino group, an alkoxy group, an aryloxy group, a halogen atom, and a cyano group;

in the general formula [1]:
the partial structure IrL2 comprises a partial structure represented by the following general formula [3]:


in the general formula [3]:
the ring A2 represents an aromatic ring or an aromatic heterocycle, and the ring A2 can further have a substituent selected from the group consisting of an alkyl group having 1 or more and 4 or less carbon
atoms, an aralkyl group, an aryl group, a heterocyclic group, a substituted amino group, an alkoxy group, an aryloxy group,
a halogen atom, and a cyano group; and

the ring B represents a nitrogen-containing aromatic heterocycle, and the ring B can further have a substituent selected from
the group consisting of an alkyl group having 1 or more and 4 or less carbon atoms, an aralkyl group, an aryl group, a heterocyclic
group, a substituted amino group, an alkoxy group, an aryloxy group, a halogen atom, and a cyano group; and

L3 represents a monovalent bidentate ligand having a first atom that forms a bond with iridium and is selected from N, O, S,
and P, and a second atom that forms a bond with iridium and is selected from N, O, S, and P, and the first atom and the second
atom can be identical to or different from each other.

US Pat. No. 9,914,298

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:
a semiconductor substrate having an energy generating element arranged thereon to generate energy to be utilized to eject
liquid;

an ejection port forming member having an ejection port for ejecting liquid; and
a laminate including a plurality of insulating layers laid sequentially in the depth direction of the semiconductor substrate
and having wiring formed therein and electrically connected to the energy generating element, the wiring including a via formed
in the insulating layers, wherein

the energy generating element is arranged between the semiconductor substrate and the laminate in the laminating direction
of the insulating layers, and

the ejection port is arranged at a position opposed to the energy generating element.

US Pat. No. 9,903,825

X-RAY FLUOROSCOPIC RADIOGRAPHING APPARATUS AND METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus for fluoroscopic imaging of a subject, comprising:
a receiver configured to receive X-ray moving image data obtained by fluoroscopic imaging of a subject;
a setting unit configured to set first and second image processing information;
an image processor configured to process, based on the set first image processing information, the received X-ray moving image
data;

a display control unit configured to cause a display unit to display the processed X-ray moving image data based on the first
image processing information, during the fluoroscopic imaging of the subject;

a memory controller configured to store, in a memory, the received X-ray moving image data,
wherein said image processor is further configured to process, after the fluoroscopic imaging is finished, based on the second
image processing information, the stored X-ray moving image data, and

wherein the image process is a recursive process and said display control unit executes the recursive process on frames of
the X-ray moving image data instructed by a reference image instructing unit in such a manner that:

if no recursive-processed frames exist within N frames before a present frame and the number of the present frame is less
than N, the recursive process is executed on the frames within a range from a head frame to the present frame;

if no recursive-processed frames exist within N frames before the present frame and the number of the present frame is equal
to or larger than N, the recursive process is executed on the frames within a range from the N-precedent frame of the present
frame to the present frame; and

if recursive-processed frames exist within the (N?1) frames before the present frame, the relevant frame is set to an initial
image and the recursive process is executed on the frames within a range from the frame next to the relevant frame to the
present frame.

US Pat. No. 9,906,684

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR FORMING IMAGE BY READING DOCUMENT, CONTROL METHOD OF THE IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a reading unit configured to read a document to generate image data;
a processor and a memory storing computer code that, when executed by the processor, causes the image forming apparatus to
function as:

a storage unit configured to store the image data generated by the reading unit;
a setting unit configured to perform a magnification setting for varying magnification of the image data stored in the storage
unit; and

a control unit configured to, in the case where the setting unit performs the magnification setting and a document size to
be read by the reading unit is able to be determined before reading, perform control to execute first processing for not writing
image data of an entire page generated by the reading unit reading one page of a document in the storage unit but writing
image data of only a portion necessary for an image after varying the magnification in response to the magnification setting
in the storage unit, and in the case where the document size is not able to be determined before reading, perform control
to execute second processing for writing image data of an entire page generated by the reading unit reading one page of the
document in the storage unit.

US Pat. No. 9,906,747

SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE AND IMAGING SYSTEM HAVING A PLURALITY OF UNIT PIXEL REGIONS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state imaging device comprising:
a plurality of unit pixel regions arranged in a matrix including a plurality of rows and a plurality of columns,
wherein each of the plurality of unit pixel regions includes a pixel including a photoelectric conversion unit and a source
follower circuit configured to output a signal corresponding to an electric charge generated in the photoelectric conversion
unit, and

wherein the unit pixel regions arranged in one column are divided into a plurality of blocks;
a plurality of first output lines, each of the plurality of first output lines being connected to the source follower circuits
of each of the unit pixel regions in one block and outputting pixel signals from the unit pixel regions in one block;

a plurality of select circuits provided respectively for the plurality of blocks; and
a second output line connected to the plurality of first output lines provided for the same column as the second output line
via the plurality of select circuits.

US Pat. No. 9,904,214

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING TRANSFER BELT CONFIGURED TO AVOID IMAGE DEFECTS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an endless intermediary transfer belt;
a toner image forming unit configured to form a toner image on said intermediary transfer belt at an image forming portion;
a first transfer roller contacting an inner peripheral surface of said intermediary transfer belt;
a second transfer roller configured to sandwich said intermediary transfer belt between itself and said first transfer roller
to form a transfer portion where the toner image is transferred from said intermediary transfer belt onto a recording material;

an urging member configured to urge said intermediary transfer belt from the inner peripheral surface of said intermediary
transfer belt at an urging portion, the urging portion being provided adjacent to and upstream of the transfer portion with
respect to a movement direction of said intermediary transfer belt; and

a stretching roller, configured to stretch said intermediary transfer belt between itself and said first transfer roller in
contact with the inner peripheral surface of said intermediary transfer belt at a stretching portion, the stretching portion
being provided adjacent to and upstream of the urging portion and downstream of the image forming portion with respect to
the movement direction of said intermediary transfer belt,

wherein as viewed in a direction of a rotational axis of said first transfer roller,
(1) a contact point between (i) an outer common tangential line, on a stretching side of said intermediary transfer belt,
of said stretching roller and said first transfer roller, and (ii) said first transfer roller, and

(2) an intersection point between the outer common tangential line and a rectilinear line which is perpendicular to the outer
common tangential line and which passes through a rotation center of said second transfer roller

satisfy
that the intersection point is disposed more downstream than the contact point with respect to a direction in which the recording
material is fed at the transfer portion, and

that a distance between the contact point and the intersection point is 5% or more of a diameter of said first transfer roller.

US Pat. No. 9,893,103

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image sensor comprising:
a first photoelectric conversion unit configured to convert light into an electric charge;
a first field effect transistor including a gate to which the electric charge converted by the first photoelectric conversion
unit is input;

a bipolar transistor including a base and an emitter, the base being connected to a source of the first field effect transistor,
and the emitter being configured to output a signal;

a second field effect transistor connected between the first photoelectric conversion unit and the gate of the first field
effect transistor;

a second photoelectric conversion unit configured to convert light into an electric charge; and
a third field effect transistor connected between the second photoelectric conversion unit and the gate of the first field
effect transistor.

US Pat. No. 9,894,217

REMOTE SUPPORT APPARATUS, ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, REMOTE SUPPORT METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A remote support system in which a support apparatus remotely controls an information processing apparatus, the system
comprising:
the support apparatus including:
a first memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions in the first memory device to:
receive a first image displayed on an operation panel of the information processing apparatus from a relay server;
display the received first image on a display unit of the support apparatus;
transmit an operation command based on an operation with respect to the displayed first image to the relay server; and
transmit a second image to the relay server; and
the information processing apparatus including:
a second memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions in the second memory device to:
receive a uniform resource identifier (URI);
transmit, using the received URI, the first image displayed on the operation panel of the information processing apparatus
to the relay server;

receive, from the relay server, the operation command for operating the information processing apparatus;
control the information processing apparatus based on the received operation command;
receive the second image, which is transmitted to the relay server from the support apparatus, from the relay server; and
display the received second image on the operation panel,
wherein the support apparatus communicates with the relay server via a firewall.

US Pat. No. 9,891,512

IMAGE PROJECTION APPARATUS AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING LIGHT SOURCE POWER CONTROL PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image projection apparatus configured to combine lights from multiple light sources including a first light source and
a second light source to project an image, the image projection apparatus comprising: a power source configured to supply
powers to the multiple light sources; and a power controller configured to control each of the powers to be supplied from
the power source to the multiple light sources, wherein a first usable time as a usable time of the first light source in
the image projection apparatus installed in a first installation position and a second usable time as a usable time of the
first light source in the image projection apparatus installed in a second installation position have a relation that, under
a condition that the power to be supplied to the first light source is fixed, the second usable time is shorter than the first
usable time, and the second usable time of the first light source and a third usable time as a usable time of the second light
source in the image projection apparatus installed in the second installation position have a relation that the second usable
time is shorter than the third usable time, and wherein the power controller is configured to acquire information indicating
whether the image projection apparatus is installed in the first or second installation position and configured to, in the
second installation position, (a) set the power to be supplied to the first light source to be lower than that to be supplied
to the first light source in the first installation position and (b) set the power to be supplied to the second light source
to be equal to or higher than that to be supplied to the second light source in the first installation position such that
a usable time of the multiple light sources as a whole in the second installation position in a state where both the first
and second light sources are lighted does not become shorter than a usable time of the multiple light sources as a whole in
the first installation position in a state where both the first and second light sources are lighted.

US Pat. No. 9,876,927

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A GUIDE MEMBER FOR REGULATING APPROACHING OF TWO CABLES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming device configured to form an image on a sheet;
an image reading device configured to read an image on a document, wherein the image reading device is movable between a first
position and a second position spaced farther apart from the image forming device than the first position around a rotation
shaft;

a first cable that connects the image forming device and the image reading device to each other, one end of the first cable
being fixed to the image forming device, the other end of the first cable being fixed to the image reading device, the first
cable having a non-fixed region between a fixed portion at the one end and a fixed portion at the other end, the non-fixed
region of the first cable being fixed to neither of the image forming device and the image reading device;

a second cable that connects the image forming device and the image reading device to each other and is located at a position
closer to the shaft than the first cable is, one end of the second cable being fixed to the image forming device, the other
end of the second cable being fixed to the image reading device, the second cable having a non-fixed region between a fixed
portion at the one end and a fixed portion at the other end, the non-fixed region of the second cable being fixed to neither
of the image forming device and the image reading device;

a first guide member that is provided at a position between the first cable and the second cable and regulates approaching
of the first cable toward the second cable when the image reading device moves rotationally from the first position to the
second position;

a second guide member that is provided at a position between the first cable and the second cable and regulates approaching
of the second cable toward the first cable when the image reading device moves rotationally from the first position to the
second position; and

a third guide member that is provided at a position between the first cable and the second cable and regulates approaching
of the first cable and the second cable toward each other when the image reading device moves rotationally from the second
position to the first position,

wherein the first guide member, the second guide member, and the third guide member are fixed to the image forming device
below a top surface of the image forming device, and

wherein, in a height direction, the third member is fixed to the image forming device above the first guide member and the
second guide member and below the top surface of the image forming device.

US Pat. No. 9,875,541

ENHANCED ALGORITHM FOR THE DETECTION OF EYE MOTION FROM FUNDUS IMAGES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of imaging a scanning area of a subject by scanning imaging light over periods of time on the scanning area of
the subject, the method comprising:
constructing a plurality of images based on detection of the imaging light from the scanning area of the subject, each image
among the plurality of images obtained during a different time period;

wherein the plurality of images includes at least: a reference image, a first image, and a second image;
wherein the first image is obtained during a first period of time, the second image is obtained during a second period of
time, the reference image is obtained during a third period of time that is prior to the first period of time and the second
period of time;

estimating a first relative change in position of the scanning area of the subject by comparing the reference image and the
first image;

estimating a second relative change in position of the scanning area of the subject by comparing the reference image and the
second image;

estimating a third relative change in position of the scanning area of the subject by comparing the first image and the second
image;

calculating a quality metric of estimation of the second relative change in position based on: the first relative change in
position; the second relative change in position; the third relative change in position; and

comparing the quality metric to a threshold,
in a first case wherein the quality metric is less than the threshold, adjusting position of the scanning area based on the
second relative change in position; and

in a second case wherein the quality metric is not less than the threshold, obtaining a new second image during a new second
period of time.

US Pat. No. 9,874,831

OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical scanning apparatus comprising:
a light source;
a deflector configured to deflect a light flux from the light source to scan a surface to be scanned in a main-scanning direction;
an incident optical system configured to guide the light flux from the light source to a deflection surface of the deflector;
and

an imaging optical system configured to guide the light flux deflected by the deflector to the surface to be scanned,
wherein a scanning speed of the light flux is different between at an on-axis image height and at an off-axis image height
on the surface to be scanned, and

wherein the optical scanning apparatus satisfies the following conditions:
0.5<|?si|<2.2,

3.0<|?so|<10.0, and

0.2

  • where ?si represents a magnification of the incident optical system in a sub-scanning cross-section, ?so represents a magnification
    of the imaging optical system in the sub-scanning cross-section, Li represents a distance between the light source and the
    deflection surface on an optical axis, and Lo represents a distance between the deflection surface and the surface to be scanned
    on the optical axis.

  • US Pat. No. 9,874,842

    SHEET DETERMINATION APPARATUS USING ULTRASONIC WAVE TRANSMITTING UNIT OR RECEPTION UNIT

    CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

    1. An ultrasonic wave transmission unit comprising:
    a vibration member that vibrates so as to transmit ultrasonic waves;
    a guide member that guides ultrasonic waves transmitted from the vibration member; and
    a protection member that protects the vibration member and that is provided in the guide member,
    wherein in viewing from an exit of the ultrasonic waves to the vibration member along with a direction on a line that passes
    through a center of the vibration member and is perpendicular to a surface on a side of the vibration member that transmits
    the ultrasonic waves, an area corresponding to the vibration member is divided into a plurality of areas by the protection
    member, and

    wherein the ultrasonic wave transmission unit is exposed when a door of an apparatus which is provided with the ultrasonic
    wave transmission unit is opened.

    US Pat. No. 9,868,602

    SHEET FEEDER, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    1. A sheet feeder comprising:
    a pickup member configured to pick up a sheet stacked on a tray;
    a feeding member configured to feed the sheet picked up by the pickup member;
    a separation member configured to form a separation nip with the feeding member and configured to separate sheets one by one
    at the separation nip;

    a conveyance unit disposed downstream of the separation nip in a conveyance direction of the sheet and configured to convey
    the sheet;

    a driving unit configured to drive the feeding member; and
    a control unit configured to control the driving unit,
    wherein the control unit controls the driving unit to stop driving the feeding member after a leading edge of a first sheet
    reaches the conveyance unit, and controls the driving unit to restart driving the feeding member while a trailing edge of
    the first sheet comes out of the separation nip, and

    wherein the pickup member does not pick up a second sheet succeeding the first sheet before the trailing edge of the first
    sheet comes out of the separation nip.

    US Pat. No. 9,865,932

    CELL AND ELECTROMAGNETIC BAND-GAP STRUCTURE

    CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

    1. A cell that configures an electromagnetic band-gap structure, the cell comprising:
    a first flat conductor and a second flat conductor arranged opposing each other;
    a first coupling conductor that is positioned between the first flat conductor and the second flat conductor, is electrically
    connected to the first flat conductor, and has an end that is not connected to the second flat conductor;

    a second coupling conductor electrically and directly connected to the first flat conductor and the second flat conductor;
    a first conductor strip electrically connected to an end of the first coupling conductor and the second coupling conductor;
    and

    a second conductor strip electrically connected to the second coupling conductor and whose other end is free,
    wherein the second conductor strip is positioned between the first flat conductor and the second flat conductor, and
    wherein the first conductor strip and the second conductor strip are arranged in the same layer.

    US Pat. No. 9,864,934

    OPTICAL SCANNING DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND CORRECTION METHOD

    CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

    1. An optical scanning device, comprising:
    a light source configured to emit laser light;
    a deflection unit configured to deflect the laser light emitted from the light source, and move a spot of the laser light
    emitted onto a scanned surface in a main scanning direction, to thereby form a scanning line; and

    a storage unit configured to store information on a scanning time of the laser light and an emitted position of the laser
    light in a sub-scanning direction perpendicular to the main scanning direction, the laser light measured on a plane,

    wherein the scanning time of the laser light emitted from the light source, for forming one scanning line is set based on
    the information on the measured scanning time and the measured emitted position, which is stored in the storage unit, and
    information on a shape of the scanned surface on which an electrostatic latent image is formed.

    US Pat. No. 9,866,729

    IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR COLOR SEPARATION AND QUANTIZATION PROCESSING

    CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

    input a hue signal representing a hue of an image and an image quality signal representing a texture of the image;
    convert the image quality signal into a physical quantity signal indicating at least a refractive index of a color material
    corresponding to the image quality signal; and

    determine a color material dot arrangement for outputting the image by using either quantization method of reproducing an
    image having blue noise characteristics exhibiting high dispersibility or quantization method of reproducing an image having
    green noise characteristics exhibiting low dispersibility based on the hue signal and the physical quantity signal,

    wherein the quantization method of reproducing an image having blue noise characteristics is used in a case where the refractive
    index is high, and the quantization method of reproducing an image having green noise characteristics is used in a case where
    the refractive index is low.

    US Pat. No. 9,865,064

    IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
    at least one processor or circuit configured to perform the operations, of the following units:
    a division unit configured to divide each of a plurality of frame images that were continuously captured by an image capturing
    unit into a plurality of regions on a screen;

    a motion vector detection unit configured to detect a motion vector for each of the divided regions of the plurality of frame
    images;

    a separation unit configured to separate a subject vector that indicates motion of a subject from a background vector that
    indicates motion of a background, based on a panning speed of the apparatus that was detected by a panning detection unit
    and the motion vector detected by the motion vector detection unit; and

    an identification unit configured to identify a subject region by weighting the subject vector based on information regarding
    a distance of the subject that was detected by a distance detection unit for each of the divided regions of the plurality
    of frame images.

    US Pat. No. 9,864,552

    COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    1. A communication apparatus having a Wi-Fi Direct function, the communication apparatus comprising:
    a memory that stores instructions; and
    a processor that executes the instructions to:
    specify a service desired by a user from among a plurality of services including at least a print service;
    transmit, in a case where an instruction for starting a search is accepted from the user, a service search for searching for
    a device that has the Wi-Fi Direct function and provides the specified service, to a plurality of nearby devices;

    transmit, to a device that has responded to the service search, an acquisition request for acquiring device information, wherein
    a device that does not provide the specified service does not respond to the service search;

    display, based on device information acquired in response to the acquisition request, a candidate list for a user to select
    a connection destination of the Wi-Fi Direct function, wherein devices that provide the specified service are displayed in
    the candidate list and devices that do not provide the specified service are not displayed in the candidate list; and

    perform a connection process for establishing wireless connection of the Wi-Fi Direct function between the communication apparatus
    and a device selected from the candidate list by the user.

    US Pat. No. 9,857,704

    ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    1. A process cartridge detachably mountable to a main body of an electrophotographic apparatus, comprising:
    an electrophotographic photosensitive member;
    a charging member for charging the electrophotographic photosensitive member;
    a developer bearing member for supplying developer to the electrophotographic photosensitive member; and
    a gap retaining member configured to retain a distance between the electrophotographic photosensitive member and the charging
    member or the developer bearing member;

    wherein the electrophotographic photosensitive member comprises:
    a first region having a support, an undercoat layer on the support, a charge generating layer on the undercoat layer, and
    a charge transporting layer as the surface layer on the charge generating layer; and
    a second region having the support, the undercoat layer, on the support, and
    the charge transporting layer being in contact with the undercoat layer, the charge generating layer not being interposed
    between the undercoat layer and the charge transporting layer;

    wherein the gap retaining member comes into contact with a surface of the second region of the electrophotographic photosensitive
    member, and not the first region of the electrophotographic photosensitive member;

    wherein the charge transporting layer comprises a charge transporting substance and at least one selected from the group consisting
    of a polycarbonate resin and a polyester resin, wherein the undercoat layer comprises a metal oxide particle and an urethane
    resin as a binder resin;

    wherein the urethane resin is a polymer of a composition containing an isocyanate compound having an isocyanate group or a
    block isocyanate group, and

    a thermoplastic resin having a hydroxyl group;
    wherein the isocyanate compound comprises an isocyanurate-modified products and has a molecular weight of 200 to 1,300; and
    wherein the thermoplastic resin has a hydroxyl value of 50 mgKOH/g or more and a weight average molecular weight of 5,000
    to 400,000.

    US Pat. No. 9,857,721

    LIGHT SOURCE DEVICE, OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

    CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

    1. A light source device comprising:
    a light source configured to emit a laser beam;
    a lens through which the laser beam emitted from said light source passes; and
    a holder member for holding said light source and said lens;
    wherein said holder member is provided with an opening through which the laser beam is outputted,
    wherein said lens is bonded with said holder member at whole circumference of said opening by an adhesive material without
    contact with said holder member, and

    wherein said holder member includes a bonding surface at a side opposing an incident surface of said lens onto which the laser
    beam is incident, and a projection projecting beyond said bonding surface in a laser optical axis direction, said projection
    being provided with the opening at a center portion thereof, and wherein the adhesive material is applied on said bonding
    surface outside said projection with respect to a radial direction from a center of said opening.

    US Pat. No. 9,857,722

    LIGHT SOURCE DEVICE, OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

    CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

    1. A light source device comprising:
    a semiconductor laser configured to emit a laser beam, said semiconductor laser including a stem provided with a cut-away
    portion; and

    a holder member including a cylindrical portion configured to hold said semiconductor laser,
    wherein an inner surface of said cylindrical portion has a surface opposing said stem,
    wherein said opposing surface includes a contact portion and a spaced portion, the contact portion being disposed at a position
    corresponding to said cut-away portion and contacting said stem and the spaced portion being spaced from said stem, and

    wherein a length measured from a central portion of said stem to an end portion of said contact portion in a radial direction
    from the central portion of said stem is longer than a length measured from the central portion of said stem to an end portion
    of said spaced portion.

    US Pat. No. 9,858,293

    IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

    CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

    1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
    a first memory configured to store frequency values of respective feature amounts;
    a second memory configured to store some of the frequency values stored in the first memory, wherein the second memory has
    smaller capacity than the first memory and is accessible at higher speed than the first memory;

    a program memory; and
    a processor in communication with the program memory to function as:
    a generation unit configured to generate a histogram of feature amounts of respective pixels of an image by receiving the
    feature amount of each pixel of the image and, if a frequency value of the feature amount is registered in the second memory,
    increasing the frequency value in the second memory, and, if the frequency value is not registered in the second memory, reading
    out the frequency value from the first memory into the second memory, and increasing the frequency value in the second memory;
    and

    a regeneration unit configured to regenerate the histogram by arranging bins of the histogram in the first memory so that
    bins with high frequency values are read out into a same storage area in the second memory,

    wherein the regeneration unit includes:
    a selection unit configured to obtain, for each bit pattern of bit patterns with a predetermined length, a total value of
    frequency values for a plurality of bit strings, each of which includes the bit pattern in a predetermined portion, and select
    one of the bit patterns based on respective total values for the bit patterns;

    a transforming unit configured to generate, for each bit string as a bin of the histogram, a bit string by rearranging bit
    values of the bit string, and transform the generated bit string by performing, for the generated bit string, the same transforming
    processing as that for making the bit values of the bit pattern selected by the selection unit equal to each other; and

    a sorting unit configured to sort, in ascending order of a value of the bit string, data sets each of which corresponds to
    each of the bit strings transformed by the transforming unit and includes the bit string and a frequency value corresponding
    to the bin as a generation source of the bit string in the histogram.

    US Pat. No. 9,855,756

    METHOD FOR ACQUIRING INFORMATION ABOUT ATTACHMENT OF ARTICLE, AND PRINTING APPARATUS

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    1. A method for acquiring information, comprising:
    detecting acceleration of a moving object by an acceleration sensor that is provided on the moving object for moving control
    of the moving object;

    detecting a coded vibration pattern by the acceleration sensor, wherein during attachment or detachment of an article to or
    from an attaching portion, the coded vibration pattern is generated by contact between the attaching portion and the article;
    and

    analyzing the coded vibration pattern to acquire at least one of information representing a type of the article, information
    representing that the article is attached to the attaching portion, and information representing that the article is detached
    from the attaching portion.

    US Pat. No. 9,856,105

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

    CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

    7. A method for controlling a sheet processing apparatus including a sheet processing unit configured to execute sheet processing,
    the method comprising:
    detecting a sheet as a processing target;
    receiving an execution instruction to execute the sheet processing from a user;
    after a sheet is detected in the detecting, in a case where the execution instruction is received in the receiving before
    a predetermined time elapses, causing the sheet processing unit to execute the sheet processing according to reception of
    the execution instruction, and in case where the execution instruction is not received in the receiving, causing the sheet
    processing unit to execute the sheet processing according to lapse of the predetermined time; and

    setting whether execution of the sheet processing according to the lapse of the predetermined time is enabled.

    US Pat. No. 9,858,680

    IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE AND IMAGING APPARATUS

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    1. An image processing device comprising:
    at least one processor that operates to:
    designate a specific region of an image;
    calculate a hue angle of at least part of pixels or small regions within the image and calculate a reference hue angle within
    the specific region based on a hue angle of pixels or small regions within the specific region;

    calculate color space coordinates of at least part of pixels or small regions within the image and calculate reference color
    space coordinates within the specific region based on color space coordinates of the pixels or the small regions within the
    specific region; and

    extract a similar color region from the image, based on at least a difference between the reference hue angle and the hue
    angle and a color difference between the reference color space coordinates and the color space coordinates,

    wherein the at least one processor operates to extract from the image the similar color region where pixels or small regions
    in which the difference between the reference hue angle and the hue angle falls within a first range and pixels or small regions
    in which the color difference between the reference color space coordinates and the color space coordinates falls within a
    second range.

    US Pat. No. 9,858,430

    IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
    a display unit configured to display an operation screen;
    at least one processor; and
    a computer-readable memory coupled to the at least one processor, the computer-readable memory storing instructions that,
    when executed by the at least one processor, cause the at least one processor to:

    acquire, based on an operation by a user, information for identifying the user;
    display, in a case where the information for identifying the user is acquired by the at least one processor without a reception
    of authentication information of the user, a user customized operation screen for selection of a plurality of image processing
    functions which include at least a send function and a scan function on the display unit, wherein the operation screen is
    customized for the user corresponding to the obtained information for identifying the user;

    receive, after selection of one of the plurality of the image processing functions via the user customized operation screen,
    authentication information of the user;

    issue, in a case where the authentication information of the user is received via the user customized operation screen, a
    request for authenticating the user to an authentication service; and

    execute the image processing function elected by the user authenticated by the authentication service,
    wherein the at least one processor uses the authentication information of the user to commonly execute the plurality of image
    processing functions without requiring individual authentication information for each of the plurality of image processing
    functions.

    US Pat. No. 9,852,325

    APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    1. An album displaying method performed by a processor by executing a program stored in a memory, the album displaying method
    comprising:
    analyzing faces included in a plurality of images;
    causing a display apparatus to display (a) a first face image corresponding to a first face of a first person and (b) a second
    face image corresponding to a second face of a second person, based on an analysis result of the faces included in the plurality
    of images;

    inputting a predetermined instruction by a user regarding a face image, of the first face image and the second face image
    displayed by the display apparatus;

    setting a person, of the first person and the second person, as a main character, based on the predetermined instruction input
    by the user;

    selecting images of the person set as the main character, in accordance with the setting; and
    causing the display apparatus to display an album in which the selected images are laid out on a template.

    US Pat. No. 9,852,340

    SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OBJECT RE-IDENTIFICATION

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    1. A method of identifying, with a camera, an object in an image of a scene, the method comprising the steps of:
    determining a distinctiveness of each of a plurality of attributes of an object of interest, independent of a camera viewpoint,
    the distinctiveness describing a uniqueness of the attribute;

    determining a detectability of each of the plurality of attributes of a candidate object in the image of the scene based on
    a relative orientation of the candidate object, the detectability describing a degree of certainty with which the attribute
    can be detected in an image of the candidate object;

    determining a camera setting for viewing the candidate object based on the determined distinctiveness of at least one attribute,
    so as to increase the detectability of the at least one attribute; and

    capturing an image of the candidate object with the determined camera setting to determine a confidence that the candidate
    object is the object of interest.

    US Pat. No. 9,854,177

    IMAGING APPARATUS

    CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

    1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
    a plurality of imaging units each provided to acquire image data by capturing an image of a subject with line scan control;
    and

    a driving unit configured to drive at least one imaging unit as a driving target among the plurality of imaging units, in
    predetermined driving modes,

    wherein the imaging units have at least first and second imaging sensors, each imaging sensor including photoelectric converters
    for converting light into an electrical signal arranged in rows and columns,

    wherein the driving unit includes a selection unit that selects a region in the image sensor in a unit used for the line scan
    control, for storing the image data corresponding to the selected region in a memory, as a first unit formed of one or more
    rows of the imaging sensor, and

    wherein the driving modes include a first driving mode in which the at least first and second imaging sensors in the imaging
    unit serving as the driving target are sequentially switched, for each exposure or readout of the first unit selected by the
    selection unit.

    US Pat. No. 9,854,215

    IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
    an acquiring unit configured to acquire image data;
    an input unit configured to input a parameter for deformation processing on the image data acquired by the acquiring unit;
    a determination unit configured to determine, using inclination information of deformed image data specified based on the
    parameter for the deformation processing input by the input unit, whether the deformation processing on the image data according
    to the parameter input by the input unit is not to be performed; and

    a control unit configured to control, in a case where the determination unit determines that the deformation processing on
    the image data according to the parameter input by the input unit is not to be performed, not to perform the deformation processing
    based on the parameter input by the input unit.

    US Pat. No. 9,851,655

    IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS

    CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

    1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
    a first photosensitive member;
    a second photosensitive member;
    a first light source configured to emit a first light beam to expose the first photosensitive member to the first light beam;
    a second light source configured to emit a second light beam to expose the second photosensitive member to the second light
    beam;

    a deflection unit including: a rotary polygon mirror configured to deflect the first light beam so that the first light beam
    scans the first photosensitive member, and to deflect the second light beam so that the second light beam scans the second
    photosensitive member; a motor configured to rotate the rotary polygon mirror; a drive unit configured to drive the motor;
    and a board on which the motor and the drive unit are mounted;

    first optical elements, including a first lens and a mirror, configured to guide the first light beam deflected by the rotary
    polygon mirror to the first photosensitive member, wherein the first light beam deflected by the rotary polygon mirror enters
    the first lens first in the first optical elements;

    second optical elements, including a second lens and a mirror, configured to guide the second light beam deflected by the
    rotary polygon mirror to the second photosensitive member, wherein the second light beam deflected by the rotary polygon mirror
    enters the second lens first in the second optical elements, the second lens being disposed opposite to the first lens with
    respect to the rotary polygon mirror;

    an optical box, to which the first light source and the second light source are attached, configured to contain the deflection
    unit, the first lens, and the second lens so that the deflection unit is located between the first lens and the second lens;

    a temperature detecting element provided between the deflection unit and a side wall of the optical box on a side, on which
    the first light source and the second light source are not disposed, opposite to a side on which the first light source and
    the second light source are disposed with respect to the deflection unit in a direction perpendicular to a rotation axis of
    the rotary polygon mirror and an optical axis of the first lens, and between the first lens and the second lens in an optical
    axis direction of the first lens, the temperature detecting element being configured to detect an internal temperature of
    the optical box;

    a first developing unit configured to develop an electrostatic latent image, which is formed on the first photosensitive member
    by scanning the first light beam on the first photosensitive member, with a toner into a first toner image;

    a second developing unit configured to develop an electrostatic latent image, which is formed on the second photosensitive
    member by scanning the second light beam on the second photosensitive member, with a toner different in color from the toner
    used by the first developing unit into a second toner image;

    a transfer unit configured to transfer the first toner image developed by the first developing unit and the second toner image
    developed by the second developing unit onto a sheet; and

    a control unit configured to correct a misregistration among the toner images to be transferred onto the sheet based on a
    detection result of the temperature detecting element.

    US Pat. No. 9,854,110

    INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

    CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

    1. An information processing system comprising an instructing device, an image obtaining device and a server system, which
    are connected to each other in a network independently,
    wherein the server system comprises at least one processor configured to control:
    an instruction reception unit to receive an instruction from the instructing device;
    a first transmitting unit to transmit an obtaining command to the image obtaining device based on the instruction;
    a reception unit to receive image data obtained by the image obtaining device in response to the obtaining command, wherein
    the image obtaining device obtains the image data not via the network;

    a producing unit to produce an e-mail, to which the image data is attached, in response to the reception of the image data
    by the reception unit; and

    a second transmitting unit to transmit the e-mail to a Web mail service such that the e-mail is stored in a predetermined
    folder of the Web mail service in response to the production of the e-mail by the producing unit,

    wherein the at least one processor controls the second transmitting unit to transmit the e-mail and minute attribution information
    indicating that the e-mail is in a minute state, to the Web mail service, and

    wherein the Web mail service stores the e-mail in a minute folder as the predetermined folder, based on the minute attribute
    information, which is received from the second transmitting unit.

    US Pat. No. 9,846,293

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

    CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

    US Pat. No. 9,846,561

    IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS COMMUNICATING WITH IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR SAVING A TRANSMISSION HISTORY BASED ON A USER INSTRUCTION

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
    a storage device that stores a transmission history that includes a transmission destination of data and a corresponding transmission
    setting used in transmission of the data to the transmission destination; and

    at least one processor coupled to the storage device and programmed to provide:
    a transmission unit configured to transmit data to the transmission destination;
    a display control unit configured to display, on a display device, a screen for accepting a user instruction as to whether
    or not to store the transmission history that includes the transmission destination when the transmission unit completes the
    transmission processing, wherein the display control unit performs display control to display the screen for accepting the
    user instruction on the display device in a case where the transmission unit succeeds in the transmission processing and not
    to display the screen for accepting the user instruction on the display device in a case where the transmission unit fails
    in the transmission processing;

    a storing control unit configured to control to store, in the storage device, the transmission history that includes the transmission
    destination used in the transmission processing in a case where the user instruction indicating to store the transmission
    history that includes the transmission destination is accepted via the screen, and not to store, in the storage device, the
    transmission history that includes the transmission destination used in the transmission processing in a case where the user
    instruction indicating not to store the transmission history that includes the transmission destination is accepted via the
    screen or in the case where the transmission unit fails in the transmission processing; and

    a setting unit configured to, based on acceptance of a user instruction to use the transmission history stored in the storage
    device, obtain a transmission destination and the corresponding transmission setting used in previous transmission processing
    and included in the stored transmission history, and set the obtained transmission destination as a transmission destination
    to be used for transmission, and set the obtained transmission setting as a transmission setting to be used for transmission
    by the transmission unit.

    US Pat. No. 9,840,382

    SHEET SUPPORTING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    1. A sheet supporting apparatus comprising:
    a body;
    a supporting portion configured to be held in an elevating manner by the body and to support a sheet;
    a sheet regulating member configured to regulate a position of the sheet supported on the supporting portion;
    a movement portion capable of moving between a first position and a second position;
    a lock portion configured to lock the supporting portion;
    an interlocking mechanism configured to interlock the lock portion with the movement portion, the interlocking mechanism causing
    the lock portion to unlock the supporting portion to allow the sheet regulation portion regulating the position of the sheet
    supported on the supporting portion to move in a case where the movement portion is positioned at the first position, the
    interlocking mechanism causing the lock portion to regulate the supporting portion to prevent the supporting portion from
    elevating with respect to the body in a case where the movement portion is positioned at the second position; and

    a movement regulation unit configured to regulate movement of the movement portion to the second position from the first position.

    US Pat. No. 9,841,728

    PROCESS CARTRIDGE HAVING CHANGEABLE RELATIVE POSITIONING OF A COUPLING MEMBER AND ANOTHER PART OF THE PROCESS CARTRIDGE

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    1. A process cartridge comprising:
    a guide member positioned at a side of the process cartridge;
    developer contained in the process cartridge;
    a photosensitive drum having an axis L1, the photosensitive drum being rotatably supported in the process cartridge to permit rotation about the axis L1;

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

    a coupling member having an axis L2, the coupling member including (i) a first end portion operatively connected to the photosensitive drum and the developing
    roller, (ii) a second end portion including at least one projection having a facing portion that faces the axis L2, and (iii) a connecting portion connecting the first end portion and the second end portion,

    wherein, for at least a part of the connecting portion, a maximum distance from the axis L2 along a line perpendicular to the axis L2 to an outermost surface of the connecting portion is shorter than a distance between the facing portion and the axis L2 along a line perpendicular to the axis L2,

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

    wherein a relative positioning of the coupling member and the guide member is changeable between (i) a first relative position
    in which a tip of the at least one projection is a first distance away from an end of the guide member as measured in the
    direction of the axis L1 and (ii) a second relative position in which the tip of the at least one projection is a second distance away from the end
    of the guide member as measured in the direction of the axis L1, wherein the first distance is greater than the second distance.

    US Pat. No. 9,841,729

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

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

    US Pat. No. 9,841,271

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

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    1. An apparatus comprising:
    (a) an image acquisition unit configured to acquire a range image in which pixels represent distances from a target object
    and a two-dimensional image representing a shape of the target object;

    (b) an approximate value acquisition unit configured to acquire an approximate position and orientation of the target object;
    (c) a holding unit configured to (1) associate (i) a plurality of first geometric features which are features on a curved
    or planar surface of a three-dimensional shape model of the target object and a plurality of second geometric features which
    are features on a line of the three-dimensional shape model of the target object, which are visible on each of a plurality
    of viewpoints for observing the three-dimensional shape model of the target object, with (ii) the viewpoints, and (2) hold
    the plurality of first geometric features, the plurality of second geometric features, and the viewpoints;

    (d) a selection unit configured to select (i) a plurality of first geometric features to be projected from the plurality of
    the first geometric features and (ii) a plurality of second geometric features to be projected from the plurality of the second
    geometric features, based on the approximate position and orientation;

    (e) a first projection unit configured to project the plurality of selected first geometric features of the three-dimensional
    shape model onto the range image based on the approximate position and orientation of the target object;

    (f) a second projection unit configured to project the plurality of selected second geometric features of the three-dimensional
    shape model onto the two-dimensional image based on the approximate position and orientation of the target object;

    (g) a first association unit configured to associate the plurality of projected first geometric features with a plurality
    of three-dimensional coordinates respectively on the range image based on a result of a projection by the first projection
    unit;

    (h) a second association unit configured to associate the plurality of projected second geometric features with a plurality
    of edge features on the two-dimensional image respectively based on a result of a projection by the second projection unit;
    and

    (i) a position/orientation derivation unit configured to derive a position and an orientation of the target object based on
    (1) distances between the plurality of projected first geometric features of the three-dimensional shape model and the plurality
    of three-dimensional coordinates on the range image, which are associated by the first association unit, and (2) distances
    between the plurality of projected second geometric features of the three-dimensional shape model and the plurality of edge
    features on the two-dimensional image, which are associated by the second association unit,

    wherein the distances are distances in a three-dimensional space.

    US Pat. No. 9,835,936

    ANGLE ADJUSTMENT APPARATUS AND PROJECTION DISPLAY APPARATUS

    CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

    1. An angle adjustment apparatus that adjusts an angle of an optical member, the angle adjustment apparatus comprising:
    a holder that includes a first surface and holds the optical member;
    a base member that includes a second surface coming into contact with the first surface and supports the holder;
    an urging member that urges the holder to the base member; and
    a driver that applies driving force to the holder,
    wherein the driver applies driving force to the holder in a direction perpendicular to a first direction when driving the
    holder around the first direction, and applies driving force to the holder in a direction different from the first direction
    and perpendicular to a second direction perpendicular to the first direction when driving the holder around the second direction,
    and

    wherein at least one surface of the first and second surfaces includes a curved shape that enables the holder to tilt relative
    to the base member around the first and the second directions.

    US Pat. No. 9,835,975

    DEVELOPING DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    1. A developing device comprising:
    a developer bearing member for bearing a developer;
    a regulating member for regulating a thickness of the developer on the developer bearing member;
    a developing chamber having the developer bearing member and the regulating member; and
    a container configured to contain the developer, and having an endless developer conveying belt with at least one fin portion
    for conveying the developer to the developing chamber,

    wherein at least a part of the container is disposed directly below the developing chamber in the vertical direction.

    US Pat. No. 9,836,009

    IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING UNIT HAVING ROTATABLE STAY CONNECTING SIDE PLATES

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
    an image forming unit configured to be detachably attachable to the image forming apparatus and to include
    i) a rotatable image bearing member,
    ii) a first support side plate which supports one end of the image bearing member with respect to a rotational axis direction
    of the image bearing member, and

    iii) a second support side plate which supports another end of the image bearing member with respect to the rotational axis
    direction;

    a developing roller configured to form a toner image on the image bearing member at a developing position where the developing
    roller faces the image bearing member;

    a developing container having the developing roller;
    a transfer portion configured to transfer the toner image formed by the developing roller onto a transfer member at a transfer
    position where the transfer member faces the image bearing member;

    a rotatable stay disposed to face the image bearing member at a position downstream of the developing position and upstream
    of the transfer position with respect to a rotation direction of the image bearing member to connect the first support side
    plate and the second support side plate;

    a handling member, provided at an end portion of the rotatable stay at an upstream side with respect to an inserting direction
    of the image forming unit into the image forming apparatus, configured to rotate the rotatable stay, the handling member disposed
    at an upstream side of the first support side plate and the second support side plate with respect to the inserting direction;
    and

    a toner containing portion, disposed below the rotatable stay in the vertical direction, configured to contain the toner accumulated
    on the rotatable stay,

    wherein the rotatable stay includes a stay guiding portion provided between the first and second support side plates and guides
    the image forming unit in the rotational axis direction of the image bearing member when the image forming unit is inserted
    into a main body of the image forming apparatus.

    US Pat. No. 9,833,992

    RECORDING-ELEMENT SUBSTRATE, RECORDING HEAD, AND RECORDING APPARATUS

    CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

    1. A recording-element substrate comprising:
    a substrate that includes a base member, a pair of electrodes, a heating element formed of a thermal resistor layer, which
    is positioned between the pair of electrodes, a surface on which an electroconductive film coating the heating element has
    been formed, and an insulating film positioned between the heating element and the electroconductive film; and

    a flow-path-forming member that is disposed on a side of the surface of the substrate and that includes walls for forming
    a flow path through which a liquid flows to the heating element,

    wherein the substrate includes an electric connecting portion that is in contact with the electroconductive film and that
    connects the electroconductive film and the base member to each other, and

    wherein the shortest distance between the electric connecting portion and a portion where an angle formed by the walls is
    not more than 120 degrees when viewed from a direction orthogonal to the surface is smaller than the shortest distance between
    a boundary between the pair of electrodes and the heating element and the portion.

    US Pat. No. 9,825,466

    POWER SUPPLY DEVICE, ELECTRONIC DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    1. A power supply device comprising:
    a power supply unit that wirelessly supplies power;
    a communication unit that communicates with an electronic device different from the power supply device; and
    a control unit that controls the communication unit to transmit predetermined data to the electronic device based on whether
    or not the electronic device is in a state that enables the electronic device to receive power from an external device through
    a connection between the electronic device and the external device, the external device being different from the power supply
    device,

    wherein the predetermined data includes one of first data and a second data, the first data is used for causing the electronic
    device to receive power from the external device, and the second data is used for causing the electronic device to receive
    power from the power supply device, and

    wherein the external device includes a device for supplying power to the electronic device.

    US Pat. No. 9,825,213

    PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD, ULTRASONIC MOTOR, AND DUST REMOVING DEVICE

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    1. A piezoelectric element comprising:
    a pair of electrodes; and
    a piezoelectric material,
    wherein the piezoelectric material includes crystal grains containing barium titanate as a primary component,
    wherein crystal grains among the crystal grains which are in contact with the electrodes have a linear crystal defect, and
    wherein the crystal grains having the linear crystal defect include crystal grains having a grain diameter R of 2 ?m or more
    in a direction perpendicular to the electrodes, a region in which the linear crystal defectexist at high density relative
    to the other region having a thickness D in a direction perpendicular to the electrodes equal to or less than R.

    US Pat. No. 9,821,977

    SHEET STORAGE DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    1. A sheet storage apparatus comprising:
    a main body formed with an opening;
    a sheet storage device configured to store a sheet on which an image has been formed inside the main body in a state where
    the sheet is not exposed out of the main body through the opening,

    wherein the sheet storage device includes a lower guide on which the sheet conveyed through an entrance of the sheet storage
    device is placed and a higher guide located on an upper side of the lower guide in a vertical direction, the lower guide bending
    between the entrance and the opening, the higher guide bending between the entrance and the opening in a direction same as
    a direction in which the lower guide bends; and

    a sheet moving unit configured to move the sheet stored in the sheet storage device to expose the sheet out of the main body
    through the opening,

    wherein a bending portion of the higher guide is located nearer to the entrance and farther from the opening than a bending
    portion of the lower guide

    a memory unit in which information on a user that has instructed printing to be performed on the sheet stored in the sheet
    storage device is stored;

    an authenticating unit configured to authenticate a user; and
    a controlling unit configured to control the sheet moving unit, in a case that the user authenticated by the authenticating
    unit and the user whose information is stored in the memory unit match each other, such that the sheet stored in the sheet
    storage device and on which the user has instructed printing to be performed is exposed to the outside of the main body through
    the opening.

    US Pat. No. 9,824,306

    IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
    a plurality of detectors;
    a signal output circuit which inputs, from each of the plurality of detectors coupled to the signal output circuit, a plurality
    of input signals and outputs an output signal via a signal line in accordance with receiving at least one input signal of
    the plurality of input signals;

    a holding circuit which outputs an identification signal indicating the detector which has output the at least one input signal;
    a first controller;
    a second controller which communicates with the first controller via a command bus different from the signal line; and
    a power supply unit which supplies first power supply and second power supply,
    wherein the first controller performs, in accordance with receiving the output signal via the signal line, a sleep return
    processing so that the power supply unit supplies second power supply to the first controller to which second power supply
    has been stopped and supplies second power supply to the second controller to which second power supply has been stopped,

    wherein, on a basis that second power supply is supplied to the second controller from the power supply unit, the second controller
    checks the identification signal output from the holding circuit, and then transmits, to the first controller via the command
    bus, information indicating the detector which has output the at least one input signal, and

    wherein the first controller performs a process in accordance with the information transmitted from the second controller.

    US Pat. No. 9,825,079

    PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE AND IMAGING SYSTEM

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    1. A photoelectric conversion device comprising:
    a substrate having a circuit;
    a photoelectric conversion film disposed above the substrate;
    a plurality of first electrodes disposed between the photoelectric conversion film and the substrate, and connected to the
    circuit, the plurality of first electrodes includes one electrode and another electrode separated from one electrode; and

    a second electrode disposed above the substrate so that the photoelectric conversion film is arranged between the plurality
    of first electrodes and the second electrode,

    wherein the second electrode has a first opening that overlaps the one electrode and a second opening that overlaps the another
    electrode, and

    the second electrode includes, in a plan view, a first portion that overlaps the one electrode, a second portion that overlaps
    the another electrode, and a third portion that does not overlap the plurality of first electrodes, and

    in a direction where the one electrode and the another electrode are arranged, the third portion is positioned between the
    first portion and the second portion, and a sum of a width of the first portion and a width of the second portion is larger
    than a width of the third portion.

    US Pat. No. 9,823,547

    DRIVE DEVICE FOR VIBRATING MEMBER, VIBRATION TYPE ACTUATOR USING THE SAME, AND IMAGING APPARATUS

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    1. A drive device of a driven element, comprising:
    a control unit comprising a command position generating unit configured to generate a command value relating to a relative
    position of a vibrating member to a driven element; and

    a drive unit configured to generate an elliptical motion at a part of the vibrating member, by input of AC signals to an electro-mechanical
    energy conversion element of the vibrating member,

    wherein the control unit includes
    a first control unit configured to control at least one of phase and frequency of the AC signals, in accordance with a first
    deviation between the command value and the relative position, and

    a second control unit configured to control at least one of pulse duty of signals converted into the AC signals and frequency
    of the AC signals, in accordance with a second deviation between a target stopping position of the relative position and the
    relative position.

    US Pat. No. 9,825,369

    ANTENNA DEVICE

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    1. An antenna device, comprising:
    a cell structure that includes a plurality of cells made up of a multi-layer structure including a conductor layer and a dielectric
    layer, wherein the plurality of cells are arranged in a matrix;

    a first antenna element; and
    a second antenna element,
    wherein the first antenna element and the second antenna element are arranged over the cell structure,
    wherein the plurality of cells are configured to have artificial magnetic conductor effects corresponding to different frequency
    bands in a first direction and a second direction,

    wherein the first direction is not parallel with the second direction,
    wherein the first antenna element and the second antenna element are arranged parallel to a surface of the cell structure,
    respectively along the first direction and the second direction,

    wherein the first antenna element exhibits resonance in the first direction, and the second antenna element exhibits resonance
    in the second direction, and

    wherein the first antenna element and the second antenna element form an inverted F antenna.

    US Pat. No. 9,823,620

    IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH DETACHABLE FIXING DEVICE

    CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

    1. An image forming apparatus comprises:
    an image forming device configured to form a toner image on a sheet during printing which corresponds to an input print job;
    a fixing device configured to fix the toner image formed on the sheet by the image forming device, the fixing device being
    exchangeable with another fixing device;

    a storage unit configured to store information which corresponds to a sheet size which is permitted for a fixing process to
    be executed by the fixing device;

    a controller configured to acquire, from the storage unit, the information which corresponds to a sheet size which is permitted
    for a fixing process to be executed by a currently-attached fixing device; and

    a selection unit configured to urge an operator to select one mode from among a plurality of modes including a first mode
    and a second mode,

    wherein in a case where a first print job requiring a sheet to be used, of which the sheet size does not coincide with the
    sheet size presented by the information acquired by the controller, and a second print job requiring a sheet to be used, of
    which the sheet size coincides with the sheet size presented by the information acquired by the controller, are input continuously
    and consequently, in the first mode, the first print job is executed prior to the second print job, and in the second mode,
    the second print job is executed prior to the first print job, and

    wherein the controller executes the one mode selected by the operator through the selection unit.

    US Pat. No. 9,823,888

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

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
    a first wireless communicator that performs proximity wireless communication using NFC;
    a second wireless communicator that performs wireless communication;
    a display that displays an access point connection history based on information stored in a storage unit included in the information
    processing apparatus;

    a memory that stores instructions;
    at least one processor that, based on execution of the instructions, executes:
    controlling, in a case where the first wireless communicator acquires connection information from an NFC tag of an external
    apparatus, the second wireless communicator to connect to an access point indicated by the acquired connection information
    and to transmit data to the external apparatus, wherein the acquired connection information is stored in the storage unit;

    determining whether the acquired connection information is generated at random; and
    deleting the acquired connection information from the storage unit, in a case where the transmission of the data is completed
    and it is determined that the acquired connection information is generated at random,

    wherein the deleting of the acquired connection information from the storage unit based on completion of the transmission
    of data is not performed, in a case where it is determined that the acquired connection information is not generated at random.

    US Pat. No. 9,817,324

    ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

    CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

    US Pat. No. 9,819,398

    POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    1. A power supply apparatus comprising:
    a power supply unit that wirelessly supplies power to an electronic apparatus;
    a communication unit that performs wireless communication for acquiring status information from the electronic apparatus;
    a detection unit that detects an external apparatus different from the electronic apparatus; and
    a control unit that, in a case where the power supply unit is wirelessly supplying power to the electronic apparatus based
    on the status information acquired from the electronic apparatus, causes (1) the communication unit to disconnect wireless
    communication with the electronic apparatus in response to a detection of the external apparatus by the detection unit, and
    after (1), causes (2) the communication unit to perform wireless communication with the external apparatus to determine whether
    the external apparatus is able to wirelessly receive power.

    US Pat. No. 9,817,617

    IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT IS ABLE TO CHANGE WHETHER TO DISPLAY A DISPLAY ITEM RELATED TO A PRINT CONTROLLER ACCORDING TO CIRCUMSTANCES, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SUCH AN IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR STORING

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
    a display device;
    a storage device; and
    at least one hardware processor,
    the at least one hardware processor acting as:
    a registration unit configured to register information about a print controller communicably connected to the image processing
    apparatus; and

    a control unit configured to perform a control to display on the display device a display item related to a print controller
    about which information is registered by the registration unit and that is able to communicate with the image processing apparatus,
    and not to display on the display device a display item related to a print controller about which information is registered
    by the registration unit and which is not able to communicate with the image processing apparatus, wherein the display item
    related to the print controller is a display item for accessing a web service provided by the print controller,

    wherein the storage device includes at least
    a storage area configured to store data to be used as a display item, and
    correspondence information having 1) access information for accessing the web service provided by the print controller and
    2) data to be used as a display item of the web service, wherein the access information is associated with the data in the
    storage area,

    wherein the registration unit is configured to register information for accessing the web service provided by the print controller
    in the correspondence information as information about the print controller, and

    wherein the control unit is configured to perform a control to display the display item for accessing the web service on the
    display device based on the registered information in the correspondence information.

    US Pat. No. 9,817,365

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

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

    US Pat. No. 9,818,176

    IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

    CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

    1. An image processing apparatus that performs image processing on image data, the apparatus comprising:
    a first correction unit configured (i) to correct a pixel value of a target pixel in the image data based on a first similarity
    determined by comparing pixels included in a first target pixel group including the target pixel with pixels included in a
    first reference pixel group including a reference pixel, and (ii) to produce a first corrected pixel value of the target pixel;

    a second correction unit configured (i) to correct the pixel value of the target pixel based on a second similarity determined
    by comparing pixels included in a second target pixel group including the target pixel with pixels included in a second reference
    pixel group including a reference pixel, and (ii) to produce a second corrected pixel value of the target pixel; and

    an output unit configured to obtain corrected image data by using the first corrected pixel value from the first correction
    unit and the second corrected pixel value of the second correction unit based on one of (i) the first similarity and (ii)
    the second similarity, and to output the corrected image data,

    wherein a number of pixels included in the first target pixel group and a number of pixels included in the second target pixel
    group are different from each other,

    wherein the number of pixels included in the first target pixel group and the number of pixels included in the first reference
    pixel group are the same, and

    wherein the number of pixels included in the second target pixel group and the number of pixels included in the second reference
    pixel group are the same.

    US Pat. No. 9,815,640

    IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
    a main body; and
    a stacking unit configured so as to be insertable and pullable with respect to the main body,
    wherein the main body includes:
    a first frame provided on a first side in a direction orthogonal to a direction of inserting and pulling the stacking unit;
    a second frame provided on a second side in the direction orthogonal to a direction of inserting and pulling the stacking
    unit; and

    a connection portion that connects the first frame and the second frame, wherein in a case where the stacking unit is inserted
    between the first frame and the second frame, the connection portion is positioned on an upper side of the stacking unit and
    not on a lower side of the stacking unit and the stacking unit moves under the connection portion,

    and wherein the stacking unit includes:
    a stacking portion on which a sheet is stacked; and
    a regulation portion that is provided so as to be movable with respect to the stacking portion in the direction of inserting
    and pulling the stacking unit and is configured to regulate a position of an end portion of the sheet stacked on the stacking
    portion, wherein the regulation portion includes a first engaging portion engageable with the first frame on the first side
    in a direction orthogonal to the direction of inserting and pulling the stacking unit and a second engaging portion engageable
    with the second frame on the second side in a direction orthogonal to the direction of inserting and pulling the stacking
    unit.

    US Pat. No. 9,815,133

    METHOD FOR PRODUCING A MODULE

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    1. A method for producing a module including a first member and a second member that are soldered to each other, the method
    comprising:
    an applying step of applying solder pastes to a first portion and a second portion of the first member;
    a contacting step of bringing a first portion of the second member and the solder paste applied to the first portion of the
    first member into contact with each other, and bringing a second portion of the second member and the solder paste applied
    to the second portion of the first member into contact with other; and

    a melting step of causing the solder paste brought into contact with the first portion of the second member and the solder
    paste brought into contact with the second portion of the second member to melt,

    wherein the first and second portions of one of the first member and the second member are located on a single land, and the
    first and second portions of other of the first member and the second member are located on different lands,

    wherein, in the applying step, the solder paste applied to the first portion of the first member and the solder paste applied
    to the second portion of the first member are separated from each other, and

    wherein, in the melting step, molten solder which is formed by melting the solder paste in contact with the first portion
    of the second member and molten solder which is formed by melting the solder paste in contact with the second portion of the
    second member are joined to each other.

    US Pat. No. 9,815,646

    IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

    CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

    1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
    an image forming control portion;
    a stacking portion on which a recording medium is stacked;
    a sheet feeding member configured to feed the recording medium stacked on the stacking portion to a conveyance path;
    a change unit configured to change a state of the sheet feeding member and the recording medium between a first state in which
    the sheet feeding member and the recording medium stacked on the stacking portion are in abutment with each other and a second
    state in which the sheet feeding member and the recording medium stacked on the stacking portion are separated from each other;

    a decision unit configured to decide a size of the recording medium stacked on the stacking portion; and
    a controller configured to control the change unit so that, when the size of the recording medium is changed from an undecided
    state to a decided state by the decision unit, the state of the sheet feeding member and the recording medium is changed from
    the second state to the first state even without an instruction to start image formation from the image forming control portion,

    wherein the controller controls the change unit so that, when a predetermined time elapses without the instruction to start
    the image formation after the state of the sheet feeding member and the recording medium is changed from the second state
    to the first state by the change unit, the state of the sheet feeding member and the recording medium is changed from the
    first state to the second state.

    US Pat. No. 9,818,984

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

    CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

    US Pat. No. 9,804,470

    ORGANIC COMPOUND AND ELECTROCHROMIC ELEMENT CONTAINING THE SAME

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    US Pat. No. 9,798,277

    IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    1. An image heating apparatus comprising:
    first and second rotatable members configured to form a nip for heating a toner on a sheet;
    a compressor;
    an air nozzle configured to blow air, which is compressed by said compressor, to said first rotatable member; and
    a supplying mechanism configured to supply the air, which is compressed by said compressor, to said air nozzle,
    wherein said supplying mechanism includes a pressure adjusting valve configured to adjust an inside pressure and a metal pipe,
    including a plurality of substantially U-shaped pipe portions, configured to form at least a part of an air supply passage
    from said compressor to said pressure adjusting valve.

    US Pat. No. 9,795,294

    SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR EYE TRACKING DURING RETINAL IMAGING

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    1. A method of controlling a scanning light measurement apparatus to produce images of an area of an eye, wherein the apparatus
    scans light across the area, collects light from the eye, divides the light collected from the eye into a first portion of
    light and a second portion of light, generates first detection data that is representative of the first portion of the collected
    light, and generates second detection data that is representative of the second portion of collect light, the method comprising:
    receiving the first detection data and the second detection data;
    constructing a first image based on the first detection data from a first area of the eye obtained by the apparatus during
    a first period of time, wherein a length of time of the first period of time is a time for one scan of the first area;

    constructing a second image based on the second detection data from the first area of the eye obtained by the apparatus during
    the first period of time;

    selecting the first image or the second image as a position detection image;
    estimating a change in position of the first area during the first period of time based on the position detection image;
    sending instructions to the apparatus to adjust an imaging area based on the estimated change in position of the first area.

    US Pat. No. 9,794,485

    IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD, AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    1. An image processing apparatus that corrects an image using an image signal obtained by performing shooting by an image
    sensor which includes a plurality of photoelectric conversion portions that correspond to each of a plurality of microlenses
    and is configured to perform photoelectric conversion on a light flux that enters via an imaging optical system including
    an image stabilization optical system configured to correct a camera shake, comprising:
    a first obtaining unit that obtains the image signal and a driving state of the image stabilization optical system at a time
    of image shooting;

    a second obtaining unit that obtains correction values for correcting variation in defocus amounts due to shift of a focus
    plane at different image heights in the image sensor that occurred due to driving of the image stabilization optical system;
    and

    a refocus unit that performs refocusing on the basis of the obtained image signal and generates the image,
    wherein the refocus unit corrects the variation in defocus amounts by refocusing on the basis of the correction values.

    US Pat. No. 9,789,690

    METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

    CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

    1. A method for manufacturing a liquid ejection head, the method comprising:
    preparing a substrate including an energy-generating element disposed on a first surface of the substrate and a supply path
    for liquid;

    disposing a dry film on the first surface of the substrate in such a manner that the dry film partially enters the supply
    path, the dry film having a first surface that faces the first surface of the substrate and a second surface that is opposite
    to the first surface of the dry film;

    etching the dry film from the second surface of the dry film so that the dry film has an etched surface substantially in parallel
    with the first surface of the substrate and covers the supply path;

    forming a resin layer to be a flow path member on the dry film covering the supply path; and
    removing the dry film covering the supply path.

    US Pat. No. 9,785,036

    IMAGING SYSTEM, LIGHTING DEVICE, AND CONTROL METHOD

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    1. An imaging system including a flash device capable of automatically driving a movable unit provided with a light emitting
    unit to change an irradiating direction of the light emitting unit, and an imaging device, the imaging system comprising:
    a first distance measuring unit configured to measure a distance of an object;
    a correcting unit configured to correct first distance information obtained by the first distance measuring unit performing
    measurement and generate first correction distance information; and

    a calculating unit configured to calculate the irradiating direction of the light emitting unit, based on the first correction
    distance information, wherein

    the correcting unit generates the first correction distance information by correcting the first distance information in a
    direction in which the irradiating direction calculated by the calculating unit separates away from the object.

    US Pat. No. 9,785,077

    TONER

    CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

    1. A toner comprising a toner particle that comprises:
    a binder resin;
    an organic silicon polymer other than the binder resin, the organic silicon polymer being contained in a surface layer of
    the toner particle, and having a structure represented by formula (T3)

    Rf—SiO3/2  (T3)

    in which Rf represents a hydrocarbon group having from 1 to 6 carbon atoms or an aryl group, and a proportion of the structure
    represented by the formula (T3) to the number of a silicon atom in the organic silicon polymer is at least 5.0% calculated
    from Si-NMR chart; and

    a polyester resin other than the binder resin, the polyester resin being contained in the toner particle in an amount of from
    at least 1.0% by mass to less than 80% by mass, the polyester resin has a melting point, wherein

    dSi/(dC+dO+dSi+dS) is at least 2.5 atom %
    when measuring densities of carbon atom, oxygen atom, silicon atom, and sulfur atom in the surface layer with X-ray photoelectron
    spectroscopic analysis (Electron Spectroscopy for Chemical Analysis (ESCA)), and

    resultant carbon atom density is defined as dC,
    resultant oxygen atom density is defined as dO,
    resultant silicon atom density is defined as dSi, and
    resultant sulfur atom density is defined as dS.

    US Pat. No. 9,787,898

    APPARATUS, METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR CONTROLLING IMAGING

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    1. An imaging apparatus including a plurality of operating systems and executing imaging processing according to a camera
    function that operates on each of the plurality of operating systems, the imaging apparatus comprising:
    a reception unit configured to receive input of an operation signal of imaging preparation according to a first camera function
    of a first operating system, activation of the first operating system being completed prior to activation of a second operating
    system; and

    a control unit configured to
    execute a second camera function of the second operating system instead of the first camera function in an event that the
    first camera function is not executing imaging preparation processing when activation of the second operating system is completed,
    and

    continue execution of the first camera function without starting execution of the second camera function in an event that
    the first camera function is executing imaging preparation processing when the activation of the second operating system is
    completed.

    US Pat. No. 9,781,509

    SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS AND SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD

    CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

    1. A signal processing apparatus that processes an audio signal comprising:
    one or more processors,
    wherein the one or more processors function as:
    a sound acquisition unit configured to acquire an audio signal of a plurality of channels from a first microphone, at least
    a part of the first microphone being within a housing of the signal processing apparatus;

    an obtaining unit configured to obtain an audio signal of a plurality of channels from a second microphone provided outside
    the housing of the signal processing apparatus;

    a first processing unit configured to process an audio signal using first information indicating a propagation characteristic
    of sound from a sound source associated with a direction of the sound source, in a case of processing an audio signal acquired
    by the sound acquisition unit, wherein the propagation characteristic indicated by the first information is different from
    a propagation characteristic in a free field, and contains influence of the housing;

    a second processing unit configured to process an audio signal using second information indicating a propagation characteristic
    of sound associated with a direction of the sound source, in a case of processing the audio signal obtained by the obtaining
    unit, wherein the propagation characteristic indicated by the second information is different from the propagation characteristic
    indicated by the first information; and

    an estimation unit configured to estimate a sound source direction using an audio signal processed by the first processing
    unit or an audio signal processed by the second processing unit.

    US Pat. No. 9,781,326

    EXPOSURE CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    1. An exposure control apparatus of an image pickup apparatus having a first image pickup unit configured to generate first
    image data according to a main subject image formed by light from a main subject via a first shooting optical system, and
    a second image pickup unit configured to generate second image data according to a photographer image formed by light from
    a photographer via a second shooting optical system, comprising:
    a first photometric measurement unit configured to obtain first luminance information based on the first image data;
    a second photometric measurement unit configured to obtain second luminance information based on the second image data;
    a judgment unit configured to judge, according to the first luminance information and the second luminance information, whether
    or not the main subject is in backlight scene; and

    an exposure control unit configured to control, based on a result of the judgment by said judgment unit, exposure for the
    main subject.

    US Pat. No. 9,781,328

    IMAGE PICKUP ELEMENT FOR DETECTING SATURATION AND OUTPUTTING THE RESULT OF SATURATION DETECTION IN ASSOCIATION WITH PIXEL SIGNAL, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE PICKUP ELEMENT, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    1. An image pickup element, comprising:
    an image pickup unit including an array of a plurality of unit pixels, each of the plurality of unit pixels including a plurality
    of pixels;

    a signal processing circuit, comprising:
    a saturation detection unit configured to detect a saturated pixel based on a plurality of pixel signals of a subject image
    output from the plurality of pixels of each of the plurality of unit pixels; and

    a first image signal generation unit configured to generate a first image signal of the subject image by combining the plurality
    of pixel signals output from each of ones of the plurality of pixels; and

    an output circuit configured to output information indicating a result of detection of the saturated pixel conducted by the
    saturation detection unit and the first image signal, wherein

    the output circuit outputs the information indicating the result of the detection of the saturated pixel in association with
    the first image signal.

    US Pat. No. 9,778,035

    SCALE, ENCODER, LENS APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM HAVING A PLURALITY OF PATTERNS WITH DIFFERENT MODULATING PERIODS

    CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

    1. A scale having a plurality of patterns so as to spatially modulate energy distributions, the plurality of patterns comprising:
    a first pattern having a first modulation period in a moving direction; and
    a second pattern having a second modulation period different from the first modulation period in the moving direction,
    wherein the first pattern has a plurality of first pattern lines arranged in a direction perpendicular to the moving direction,
    each first pattern line including a plurality of reflective portions arranged in the moving direction,

    wherein the second pattern has a plurality of second pattern lines arranged in the direction perpendicular to the moving direction,
    each second pattern line including a plurality of reflective portions arranged in the moving direction,

    wherein the plurality of first pattern lines and the plurality of second pattern lines are alternately arranged in the direction
    perpendicular to the moving direction,

    wherein a first relative position in the moving direction and a second relative position in the moving direction are different
    from each other, the first relative position being between one of the plurality of first pattern lines and one of the plurality
    of second pattern lines and the second relative position being between another of the plurality of first pattern lines and
    another of the plurality of second pattern lines, and

    wherein the plurality of reflective portions of each of the plurality of second pattern lines have different relative positions
    in the moving direction in relation to the plurality of reflective portions of any other of the plurality of second pattern
    lines.

    US Pat. No. 9,778,552

    LIGHT SOURCE DEVICE AND PROJECTION DISPLAY APPARATUS

    Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

    13. A light source device comprising:
    a first light source located on a first surface of a support member;
    a first heat receiving unit configured to receive heat generated by the first light source;
    a first heat releasing unit configured to receive heat from the first heat receiving unit and release the heat, the first
    heat releasing unit located on a fourth surface of the support member;

    a second light source located on a second surface of the support member;
    a second heat receiving unit configured to receive heat generated by the second light source;
    a second heat releasing unit configured to receive heat from the second heat receiving unit and release the heat, the second
    heat releasing unit located on the fourth surface of the support member;

    a second heat transfer unit configured to transfer heat from the second heat receiving unit to the second heat releasing unit;
    a third light source located on a third surface of the support member;
    a third heat receiving unit configured to receive heat generated by the third light source;
    a third heat releasing unit configured to receive heat from the third heat receiving unit and release the heat, the third
    heat releasing unit located on the fourth surface of the support member; and

    an air blowing unit configured to blow air to the first heat releasing unit, the second heat releasing unit, and the third
    heat releasing unit,

    wherein the first heat releasing unit, the second heat releasing unit, and the third heat releasing unit are adjacent to each
    other in an air-blowing direction in which the air blowing unit blows air, and

    wherein the second heat releasing unit and the fourth surface are separated by a space, and the air blowing unit blows air
    into the space.