US Pat. No. 10,073,252

OPTICAL SYSTEM AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,075,832

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication device comprising:a transmitting unit configured to transmit, to a second communication device having no voice call function, subscriber information through predetermined wireless communication without using a mobile communication network;
a receiving unit configured to receive an incoming call notification message directed to a phone number in the subscriber information from the second communication device through the predetermined wireless communication; and
a communication unit configured to communicate voice data with the second communication device by using the predetermined wireless communication upon receiving an incoming call notification message.

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. 10,073,339

IMPRINT APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus which performs an imprint process of molding an imprint material on a substrate with a mold, the apparatus comprising:a detector configured to detect a shearing force generated in a case where (A) the mold and the substrate are aligned with each other, with the imprint material on the substrate and the mold being in contact with each other in an XY plane direction, and where (B) the mold moves on the Z axis which is orthogonal to the XY plane to contact the imprint material; and
a controller configured to control the imprint process based on the detected shearing force.

US Pat. No. 10,073,602

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,063,764

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,063,798

IMAGING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGING APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:an imaging element including a plurality of pixels configured to have a plurality of photoelectric conversion units for one micro lens;
a readout unit configured to perform a first readout operation on pixels included in a first region of the imaging element to read signals according to accumulated electric charges, and perform a second readout operation, different from the first readout operation, on pixels included in a second region different from the first region to read signals according to accumulated electric charges; and
a signal processing unit configured to make a correction for reducing noise levels to the signals readout by the readout unit,
wherein the signal processing unit makes the correction to the signals acquired from the first region such that differences between noise levels included in the signals read by the first readout operation and the second readout operation become smaller after the correction by the signal processing unit.

US Pat. No. 10,060,733

MEASURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A measuring apparatus comprising:a first illumination unit configured to illuminate an object with pattern light of a first wavelength;
a second illumination unit configured to illuminate the object with light of a second wavelength different from the first wavelength;
an optical system including a wavelength dividing element configured to divide the light from the object illuminated by the first illumination unit and the second illumination unit into a light component of the first wavelength and a light component of the second wavelength;
a first imaging element;
a second imaging element; and
a processor configured to process data of an image obtained by the first imaging element, and data of an image obtained by the second imaging element,
wherein the first imaging element receives the pattern light of the first wavelength reflected by the object, which is light transmitted through the wavelength dividing element but never reflected by the wavelength dividing element, thereby obtaining a first image representing a three-dimensional shape of the object, and
the second imaging element receives the light of the second wavelength reflected by the object, which is light reflected by the wavelength dividing element, thereby obtaining a second image representing an edge of the object.

US Pat. No. 10,061,549

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR ON-DEMAND PRINTING OF A COMPOSITE JOB

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor and at least one memory coupled to each other and cooperating to act as:
a display controlling unit configured to display a plurality of job objects as candidates for a to-be-outputted job in a first display area and display a plurality of device objects as candidates for an output destination device in a second display area, wherein the plurality of job objects includes at least a composite job object that represents a composite job that includes a print job and a post-processing job for forming a product, and wherein the plurality of device objects includes at least a logical device object that represents a logical device to which a printing apparatus and a post-processing apparatus are assigned;
a first selecting unit configured to select at least one job object from among the plurality of job objects displayed in the first display area;
a second selecting unit configured to select at least one device object from among the plurality of device objects displayed in the second display area; and
a transmitting unit configured to, in a case where the composite job object displayed in the first display area is selected by the first selecting unit and where the logical device object displayed in the second display area is selected by the second selecting unit, transmit the print job included in the composite job corresponding to the composite job object selected by the first selecting unit to the printing apparatus assigned to the logical device corresponding to the logical device object selected by the second selecting unit, and transmit the post-processing job included in the composite job corresponding to the composite job object selected by the first selecting unit to the post-processing apparatus assigned to the logical device corresponding to the logical device object selected by the second selecting unit.

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. 10,061,042

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising:a housing including a transmission plate with an incident surface of radiation;
an imaging panel stored in the housing and including an effective region for detecting radiation incident through the incident surface;
a buffer member arranged between the incident surface and the imaging panel; and
an electrically conductive member fixed to the buffer member, wherein
an edge of the electrically conductive member surrounds an edge of the effective region in a planar view with respect to the incident surface, and
the transmission plate and the buffer member are stacked.

US Pat. No. 10,059,546

SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,061,119

LIGHT SCANNING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light scanning apparatus, comprising:a light source configured to emit a light beam;
a deflection unit configured to deflect the light beam emitted from the light source so that the light beam scans on a surface of a photosensitive member;
a reflecting mirror configured to reflect the light beam deflected by the deflection unit to lead the light beam to the photosensitive member;
a housing to which the light source is attached, the housing being configured to hold the deflection unit and the reflecting mirror in the housing;
a first support portion which is provided in the housing and is configured to support one end side of the reflecting mirror in a longitudinal direction of the reflecting mirror;
a second support portion which is provided in the housing and is configured to support the other end side of the reflecting mirror in the longitudinal direction;
a first leaf spring configured to press the reflecting mirror at the one end side of the reflecting mirror so as to apply an urging force for urging the reflecting mirror against the first support portion; and
a second leaf spring configured to press the reflecting mirror at the other end side of the reflecting mirror so as to apply an urging force for urging the reflecting mirror against the second support portion,
wherein a pressing force of the first leaf spring for pressing the reflecting mirror is larger than a pressing force of the second leaf spring for pressing the reflecting mirror.

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. 10,055,443

INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing method of processing history information generated in a manufacturing apparatus, by a server including a storage which is configured to store a part of the history information, the method comprising:a first transferring step of transferring, to a first client, a piece of history information requested by the first client among history information stored in the storage, wherein the first client is configured to sequentially request a piece of history information to the server in an generation order by the manufacturing apparatus;
an updating step of updating history information stored in the storage by deleting the piece of history information transferred from the storage to the first client in the first transferring step, and sequentially obtaining a piece of the history information from the manufacturing apparatus in time series; and
a second transferring step of transferring, to a second client, a piece of history information requested by the second client, wherein the second client is configured to randomly request a piece of history information to the server,
wherein in the second transferring step, in a case where the piece of history information requested by the second client has not yet been obtained from the manufacturing apparatus and is not stored in the storage, the piece of history information requested by the second client is transferred from the server to the second client after waiting until the piece of history information requested by the second client is obtained from the manufacturing apparatus by the server in the updating step.

US Pat. No. 10,046,945

IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming system including an image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording material and an image reading apparatus for reading an original,wherein the image forming apparatus comprises:
a first main conveyance path configured to convey a recording material from a storage unit to a discharge unit;
an image forming unit arranged on the first main conveyance path and configured to form an image on the recording material;
a first reversing unit configured to reverse a side of the recording material that faces the image forming unit by reversing a conveyance direction of the recording material after the recording material is conveyed through the first main conveyance path; and
a first sub conveyance path configured to convey the recording material after the conveyance direction of the recording material is reversed by the first reversing unit to the first main conveyance path,
wherein the image reading apparatus comprises:
a second main conveyance path configured to convey an original fed from a feeding unit;
a reading unit arranged on the second main conveyance path and configured to read the original;
a second reversing unit configured to reverse a conveyance direction of the original; and
a second sub conveyance path configured to convey the original after its conveyance direction is reversed by the second reversing unit to the second main conveyance path, and
wherein the image forming system further comprises:
a connecting conveyance path that branches from the second main conveyance path of the image reading apparatus and joins the first sub conveyance path of the image forming apparatus, and is configured to convey the original from the image reading apparatus to the image forming apparatus;
a first determination unit configured to determine a first side and a second side of the original based on a result of reading the original by the reading unit;
an acceptance unit configured to accept designation information that designates which of the first side and the second side of the original is to be an image formation side; and
a conveyance control unit configured to control conveyance of the original in accordance with a result of the determination of the first determination unit so that the first side becomes a side that faces the image forming unit if the first side of the original is designated as the image formation side or so that the second side becomes the side that faces the image forming unit if the second side of the original is designated as the image formation side.

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. 10,040,283

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD SUBSTRATE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A semiconductor device comprising:a first transistor that includes a first primary terminal, a second primary terminal, and a first control terminal;
a second transistor that includes a third primary terminal, a fourth primary terminal, and a second control terminal; and
a first resistive element,
wherein the first primary terminal and the third primary terminal are connected to a first voltage line,
the second primary terminal and one terminal of the first resistive element are connected to a second voltage line,
the first control terminal, the second control terminal, the fourth primary terminal, and the other terminal of the first resistive element are connected to each other so as to form one node,
a potential change in the third primary terminal is transmitted to the first control terminal via capacitive coupling between the third primary terminal and the one node,
a transmitted potential change at the first control terminal turns on the first transistor, and
the semiconductor device further comprises:
a capacitive element which includes a first terminal connected to the first voltage line and a second terminal;
a third transistor which includes a fifth primary terminal connected to the second terminal, a sixth primary terminal connected to the second voltage line, and a third control terminal; and
a driving unit formed by at least one transistor which includes a fourth transistor and configured to cause an insulation breakdown of the capacitive element by supplying a control signal to the third control terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,044,911

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A non-transitory computer readable storage medium storing a program for causing a computer to perform an image processing method for correcting an image in accordance with a correction value corresponding to a step designated by an operator, the image processing method comprising:a first display process for displaying a screen in which the operator changes the step, in a state that a first step value is set as a step value relating to a change value of the correction value when the step is changed by one step,
a first correction process for performing a first correction for the image in accordance with the correction value which is based on both of the first step value and a change of the step in the screen;
a storage process for storing the first step value used for the first correction, in a memory;
a second display process for displaying the screen again; and
a second correction process for performing a second correction for the image for which the first correction has been performed, in accordance with the correction value which is based on both of the first step value stored in the memory and a change of the step in the screen displayed by the second display process, even if a second step value is set as the step value before the screen is displayed by the second display process.

US Pat. No. 10,037,591

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,038,152

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. 10,035,670

SHEET STORING APPARATUS, SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus comprising:a sheet feed portion configured to feed a sheet; and
a sheet storing apparatus configured to store the sheet to be fed by the sheet feed portion and comprising a sheet regulating portion regulating a position of the sheet by abutting with an edge of the sheet stored in the sheet storing apparatus, the sheet regulating portion comprising:
a body portion comprising a regulating surface facing the edge of the sheet to regulate the edge of the sheet;
a pressing member comprising a pressing portion capable of projecting out of the body portion and of pressing the sheet, and an upper portion formed integrally with an upper part of the pressing portion so as to project to a sheet side and regulating an upward move of the sheet stored in the sheet storing apparatus;
an urging member configured to urge the pressing member such that the pressing member projects out of the body portion so that the pressing portion presses the edge of the sheet; and
a holding portion configured to hold the pressing portion movably from a projecting position where the pressing portion projects out of the body portion to a retracting position where the upper portion enters within the body portion while inclining the pressing portion with respect to the regulating surface by resisting against the urging member when the upper portion is pressed from above.

US Pat. No. 10,038,801

IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image reading apparatus comprising:a reading sensor configured to read an image of an original;
an original tray configured for placement of the original thereon;
a conveying portion configured to convey the original placed on the original tray to a reading position by the reading sensor;
a first size detector configured to detect a size of the original placed on the original tray before the conveying portion conveys the original from the original tray;
a second size detector configured to detect the size of the original being conveyed by the conveying portion;
an input portion configured to input reading size information by a user, wherein the reading size information relates to a reading size of the original to be read;
a display configured to display an information; and
a controller which has a processor configured to perform functions including:
a first function configured to determine a reading region based on a size of the original detected by the first size detector and a reading size information input by the input portion;
a second function configured to determine a original region based on a size of the original detected by the second size detector;
a third function configured to determine an overlap region amount between the reading region determined by the first function and the original region determined by the second function; and
a fourth function configured to control the display to display predetermined information based on the overlap region amount determined by the third function.

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. 10,033,953

SOLID STATE IMAGING DEVICE AND IMAGING SYSTEM WHICH REDUCES NOISE CAUSED BY MAGNETIC FIELD FLUCTUATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid state imaging device comprising:a plurality of pixels arranged to form a plurality of columns and each configured to output a pixel signal;
a signal line provided correspondingly to each of the plurality of columns, the pixel signal being transmitted via the signal line;
a load transistor provided correspondingly to each of the plurality of columns and having a drain connected to the signal line;
a readout circuit provided correspondingly to each of the plurality of columns and configured to read out the pixel signal from the signal line; and
a control unit provided correspondingly to each of the plurality of columns and configured to control a current flowing in the load transistor in accordance with a potential of a control terminal of the control unit,
wherein, when a reference potential of one of the plurality of pixels in a column fluctuates relatively to a reference potential of the corresponding readout circuit of the column, the potential of the control terminal of the control unit of the column relative to a potential of a source of the corresponding load transistor of the column is changed in a same phase with a fluctuation of the reference potential of the one of the plurality of pixels.

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. 10,028,306

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DATA COMMUNICATION IN A NETWORK

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A first communication device for a communication network, comprising:a plurality of data queues for serving data at different priorities;
a controller for computing back-off values associated with priority, each back-off value corresponding to a respective one of the plurality of data queues, the controller further for accessing the communication network using contention type access mechanism based on the computed back-off values;
a memory; and
at least one processor that is coupled to the memory and that is configured to cause the first communication device
to select a data queue based on a non-zero back-off value corresponding to the data queue, responsive to an obtaining by the first communication device of a transmission opportunity for transmitting data, from among transmission opportunities obtained by another communication device and granted to one or more communication devices belonging to the communication network; and
to transmit data from the selected data queue in the obtained transmission opportunity even though the back-off value corresponding to the selected data queue of the plurality of data queues is not zero.

US Pat. No. 10,025,251

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND SHEET ACCOMMODATION UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,025,261

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus which forms images on a recording medium, the image forming apparatus comprising:a supporting member supporting a first photosensitive drum, a second photosensitive drum, and a third photosensitive drum and including attaching portions to which a plurality of cartridges are attached and configured to support the plurality of cartridges and to be movable between an inside position which is inside an apparatus main body of the image forming apparatus and an outside position which is outside of the apparatus main body, in which the plurality of cartridges are supported arrayed in an extracting direction of extracting the supporting member from the inside position to the outside position, with the plurality of cartridges being detachably attachable at the outside position;
an exposure device exposing the first photosensitive drum, the second photosensitive drum, and the third photosensitive drum along an exposing direction in a plane perpendicular to a longitudinal direction of the cartridge;
wherein the plurality of cartridges includes a first cartridge, a second cartridge, and a third cartridge,
wherein the first cartridge comprises a first developing roller corresponding to the first photosensitive drum, the second cartridge comprises a second developing roller corresponding to the second photosensitive drum, and the third cartridge comprises a third developing roller corresponding to the third photosensitive drum,
wherein the first cartridge, the second cartridge, and the third cartridge are arranged in this order in a direction parallel to the extracting direction,
wherein when viewed along the longitudinal direction, a side surface of the first cartridge facing to the second cartridge is a surface inclining toward an orthogonal direction that is orthogonal to the extracting direction and the longitudinal direction of the cartridge and inclining toward the exposing direction, and
wherein, with respect to the extracting direction, a first distance between the first photosensitive drum and an upper end of the side surface of the first cartridge is greater than a second distance between the second photosensitive drum and an upper end of the second cartridge side.

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. 10,021,288

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. 10,019,600

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising: a memory; a processor coupled to the memory which updates firmware of the information processing apparatus; the processor configured to determine whether a setting regarding a remote access service provided by the information processing apparatus has been enabled due to the firmware being updated, wherein the information processing apparatus inputs a configuration remotely by using the remote access service; the processor configured to disable the enabled setting during the update of the firmware; a display unit configured to provide a message indicating that the setting regarding the remote access service is disabled due to the firmware being updated and guidance information indicating how to enable the remote access service;wherein a warning display includes displaying a message indicating that the use of the particular function is restricted and a button that is operable to start a navigation for releasing the use of the particular function from being restricted; and
the processor configured to receive setting of an access password with respect to the particular function after the navigation is started by the button being operated; and the processor configured to register the received access password set with respect to the particular function, wherein a remote user interface is enabled if the access password has been registered.

US Pat. No. 10,015,830

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND COMMUNICATION PARAMETER CONFIGURATION METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,013,609

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus that can capture a visible light image and an infrared light image of the same object, the image capturing apparatus comprising:a detection unit configured to detect a face of a person as a predetermined object and a light-shielding portion covering the face in the visible light image;
an extraction unit configured to extract luminance information of a specific portion covered by the light-shielding portion in the face of the person detected in the infrared light image by the detection unit; and
an estimation unit configured to estimate unique information of the face of the person using the luminance information extracted by the extraction unit;
wherein
the extraction unit extracts luminance information of a pupil, an iris and a sclera of an eye included in the face of the person covered by the light-shielding portion, and
the estimation unit estimates an iris color as the unique information from a relationship between the luminance information of the pupil, the iris and the sclera.

US Pat. No. 10,011,056

IMPRINT APPARATUS AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,013,433

VIRTUAL FILE SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for a virtual file system executed by a computer, wherein the virtual file system simulates physical files stored on other repositories of other computers as files which are accessible locally for a user, the method comprising:receiving a request for a file operation to a file in the virtual file system from an application interface on a hardware device of a computer via a proxy driver;
performing, by a context management system driver different from an application including the application interface, a context management service in response to a reception of the request,
wherein the context management service of the context management system driver includes:
receiving results of a first search for files related to current context of the user,
organizing the results of the first search into a virtual folder of the virtual file system,
recording entries into a history of path mappings, wherein the path mappings map a location of the virtual folder to locations of the files, corresponding to the result of the first search, and wherein the history of path mappings is recorded onto physical media,
determining whether the virtual folder is or is not a root,
further receiving, responsive to a determination that the virtual folder is a root, a result of a second search for files related to another current context, the files being stored on a repository of physical media of said other computers connected with the virtual file system,
updating the result of the second search into the virtual folder related to the result of the first search, and
further recording entries into the history of path mappings which map the location of the virtual folder to locations of the files, corresponding to the result of the second search, on the physical media.

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. 10,002,446

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF OPERATION OF THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,998,645

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,998,691

PIXEL, A SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE, AND AN IMAGING APPARATUS HAVING BARRIER REGION BETWEEN PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION PORTIONS IN PARALLEL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A pixel comprising:a first photoelectric conversion region and a second photoelectric conversion region that have different sensitivities from each other and are arrayed in parallel in a first direction;
a first barrier region that is sandwiched between the first photoelectric conversion region and the second photoelectric conversion region,
wherein the first photoelectric conversion region includes:
a first photoelectric conversion portion and a second photoelectric conversion portion arrayed in parallel in a second direction that intersects the first direction, and
a second barrier region sandwiched between the first photoelectric conversion portion and the second photoelectric conversion portion,
and wherein a magnitude of electrical separation of the first barrier region is larger than a magnitude of electrical separation of the second barrier region; and
a microlens at the light entry side of the first photoelectric conversion region and the second photoelectric conversion region,
wherein the microlens has a refractive index distribution that is asymmetrical as to a plane perpendicular to the first direction and includes the optical axis of the microlens.

US Pat. No. 9,998,993

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,986,194

SOLID STATE IMAGING DEVICE AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,985,475

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS AND METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,985,783

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,961,255

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. 9,961,215

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM, FOR SELECTING AN APPARATUS IN A WIRELESS NETWORK

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:
an input unit configured to accept input of a condition for selecting a partner apparatus that connects with the communication apparatus;
a receiving unit configured to receive information indicating a first communication apparatus and information indicating a second communication apparatus participating in a wireless network established by the first communication apparatus, from the first communication apparatus that is operating as a base station in the wireless network, before wirelessly connecting with the first communication apparatus;
a selection unit configured to select, based on the information received by the receiving unit, a partner apparatus corresponding to the condition input by the input unit, from among the first communication apparatus and the second communication apparatus;
a determination unit configured to determine whether the partner apparatus selected by the selection unit is operating as the base station or not;
a display unit configured to display, on a basis of determination by the determination unit, information indicating that it is necessary to reconfigure network setting at the selected partner apparatus in a case where the selected partner apparatus is not operating as the base station and not to display the information in a case where the selected partner apparatus is operating as the base station; and
a connection unit configured to wirelessly connect with the first communication apparatus or the second communication apparatus according to the selection made by the selection unit.

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. 9,953,414

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing method for reconstructing a tomographic image from a plurality of projection images, the method comprising:receiving a plurality of projection data;
acquiring noise data included in the plurality of received projection data;
calculating noise variance of a projection image based on pixel values of the projection image;
calculating noise variance of a tomographic image by applying back projection to the noise variance of the projection image or reconstructing the noise variance of the projection image; and
changing, based on the noise variance of a tomographic image, a degree of regulation used for reconstructing the tomographic image, the regulation being processing that reduces noise of the tomographic image, wherein
as the noise variance of a tomographic image is larger, the degree of regulation applied to reduce the noise becomes larger, and as the noise variance of a tomographic image is smaller, the degree of regulation applied to reduce the noise becomes smaller.

US Pat. No. 9,951,415

FILM DEPOSITION APPARATUS AND FILM DEPOSITION METHOD

Canon Tokki Corporation, ...

1. A film deposition method by which a circumferential surface of cylindrical target rotatively driven by a driving unit is opposite to a substrate, the target is disposed in vacuum chamber such that a rotation axis of the target intersects a conveyance direction of the substrate, a reactive gas is supplied from a reactive gas flow unit, disposed at a location farther than the rotation axis of the target from the substrate and configured to flow the reactive gas to the side of the substrate, when depositing a film on a surface of the substrate by a magnetron sputtering, and an optical emission intensity of plasma is monitored by an optical emission monitor at a location between the substrate and the target and in the vicinity of the target, the film deposition method comprising:obtaining the optical emission intensity monitored by the optical emission monitor; and
controlling a rotation speed of the target driven by the driving unit, such that the obtained optical emission intensity approaches a preset target optical emission intensity, wherein a plurality of optical emission monitors are disposed respectively at intervals in a direction of the rotation axis of the target, and
wherein, in the controlling of the rotation speed, the rotation speed of the target is controlled such that each of the optical emission intensities monitored by the plurality of optical emission monitors is kept within an allowable range of the target optical emission intensity.

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. 9,947,508

LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING AN ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lithography apparatus that forms a pattern on a substrate, the apparatus comprising:a base;
a stage configured to hold the substrate and be movable above the base with the stage supported by the base;
a patterning device configured to perform patterning on the substrate held by the stage;
a vacuum chamber housing the base and the stage, and supporting the patterning device;
a detector configured to obtain information of a relative position between the patterning device and the base;
a driving device configured to move the base; and
a controller configured to cause the driving device to move the base based on the information obtained by the detector to adjust the relative position,
wherein the patterning device includes an irradiation device configured to irradiate the substrate with a beam for forming the pattern, and a portion of the patterning device is housed in the vacuum chamber, and
wherein the detector is configured to obtain, as the information, information of a relative position between the portion of the patterning device housed in the vacuum chamber and the base.

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. 9,948,114

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,943,282

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,936,125

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,936,145

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. 9,927,683

ACCESSORY SHOE DEVICE TO WHICH PHOTOGRAPHIC ACCESSORY CAN BE ATTACHED, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An accessory shoe device comprising:an engagement member configured to have an accessory attached thereto;
a signal terminal connector having terminals for connection with the accessory attached to said engagement member;
an exterior member having said engagement member mounted thereon; and
a positioning unit configured to determine a position of said signal terminal connector with respect to said engagement member,
wherein said exterior member has an opening for externally exposing the terminals of said signal terminal connector, and
wherein said signal terminal connector and said engagement member are fixed to each other by said positioning unit in such a manner that said signal terminal connector and said engagement member sandwich therebetween a portion of said exterior member surrounding said signal terminal connector.

US Pat. No. 9,925,665

ROBOT SYSTEM CONTROLLING METHOD, ROBOT SYSTEM, AND CONTROL APPARATUS FOR QUADRUPEDAL ROBOT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of controlling a link system having (i) a first swingable link, and (ii) a first pair of actuators configured to apply a torque to the first swingable link based on a difference of contraction forces of the first pair of actuators and to apply stiffness to the first swingable link based on a sum of the contraction forces of the first pair of actuators, the method comprising:generating a first torque command value based on a deviation between a first target swing angle and a swing angle of the first swingable link;
correcting the first torque command value to be less than or equal to a product of a first target stiffness value of the first swingable link and a length of a moment arm from a swing center of the first swingable link, in a case in which an absolute value of the first torque command value exceeds the product;
generating first contraction force command values for the first pair of actuators based on the first target stiffness value and the first torque command value after the correcting.

US Pat. No. 9,927,725

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,927,222

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:a processor; and
a memory storing a program including instructions executed by the processor,
wherein the processor and the memory are operatively coupled to function as units comprising:
(1) a first input unit configured to input a two-dimensional image of a measurement object captured by an image capturing apparatus;
(2) an obtaining unit configured to obtain distance data of the measurement object measured by a distance sensor;
(3) a second input unit configured to input a user's instruction;
(4) a mode selecting unit configured to select a usage mode based on the user's instruction from (a) a first mode, in which a measurement is performed using the two-dimensional image and the distance data, and (b) a second mode, in which a measurement is performed using only one of the two-dimensional image and the distance data; and
(5) a measurement unit configured to measure a position and orientation of the measurement object in accordance with the usage mode selected by the mode selecting unit.

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. 9,927,742

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,930,207

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF INITIALIZING A NON-VOLATILE STORAGE DEVICE, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:an eMMC (embedded Multi Media Card) that includes a non-volatile memory and a memory controller;
a ROM (Read Only Memory) that stores an initial value of setting data of the information processing apparatus; and
at least one processor that executes instructions stored in the ROM or the eMMC to:
store, in a backup area of the eMMC, in a case that an instruction to initialize the eMMC is issued, data stored in the eMMC indicating a use history of the information processing apparatus;
erase, in accordance with the instruction to initialize the eMMC, data stored in at least one partition of the eMMC, wherein backup data in the backup area and data indicating a plurality of pieces of partition information of the eMMC recorded on an MBR (master boot record) of the eMMC are not erased in accordance with the instruction;
create the same partition in the eMMC that existed before the erasing; and
write, in the created partition in the eMMC, the setting data stored in the ROM and the data indicating the use history stored in the backup area of the eMMC.

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. 9,924,089

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

the main subject is a subject to be focused.

US Pat. No. 9,914,308

LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS AND LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid ejection apparatus comprising:
a liquid storage container that stores liquid;
a circulation mechanism that circulates liquid in a circulation path;
a liquid ejection head fluidly-connected to the liquid storage container, the liquid ejection head having a plurality of ejection
openings, wherein

the liquid ejection head includes at least a pair of common passages and a plurality of individual passages that connect one
of the pair of common passages to the other one of the pair of common passages and communicate with the plurality of ejection
openings, respectively, and

at least a pair of pressure adjustment mechanisms whose pressures are set to different control pressures is connected to respective
upstream sides or downstream sides of the pair of common passages.

US Pat. No. 9,911,797

LIGHT EMITTING DISPLAY APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,912,835

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,903,825

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. 9,904,991

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,891,551

ROLLER MEMBER, ROLLER SUPPORTING MECHANISM, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,893,103

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. 9,894,288

IMAGE FORMING METHOD FOR FORMING A HIGH-RESOLUTION IMAGE, AND A RELATED IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming method comprising:
acquiring a plurality of original images, using a processor, with each of the plurality of original images including a high-resolution
area and a low-resolution area, image data for each of the plurality of original images having pixel values corresponding
to the high-resolution area and pixel values corresponding to the low-resolution area;

detecting, using the processor, a difference between the pixel values corresponding to the high-resolution area of each of
the plurality of original images by comparing the pixel values corresponding to respective high-resolution areas of the plurality
of original images;

adjusting, using the processor, position information associated with the plurality of original images, respectively, based
on the detected difference between the pixel values corresponding to the high-resolution area of each of the plurality of
original images; and

combining, using the processor, the pixel values corresponding to respective low-resolution areas of the plurality of original
images in which the position information associated with the plurality of original images is adjusted.

US Pat. No. 9,892,243

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising at least one processor and at least one memory coupled to the at least one
processor, cooperating to act as units comprising:
an import unit configured to import first converted authentication information converted by another information processing
apparatus using a one-way function, the first converted authentication information being associated with user identification
information;

a receiving unit configured to receive, from a user, input of user identification information and authentication information;
an authentication unit configured (a) to execute first user authentication by checking information corresponding to the received
authentication information, without converting using the one-way function, against information stored in a storage unit in
association with the user identification information received by the receiving unit, and (b) in a case where it is determined
by the first user authentication that the information corresponding to the received authentication information is not stored
in the storage unit, to execute second user authentication by converting, using the one-way function, the received authentication
information into second converted authentication information and checking the second converted authentication information
against the first converted authentication information imported by the import unit in association with the user identification
information received by the receiving unit; and

a storage control unit configured, based on success of the second user authentication by the authentication unit, to cause
the storage unit to store the authentication information without converting using the one-way function.

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. 9,881,242

PRINTING APPARATUS AND POST-PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus, comprising:
a printer configured to print an image on a sheet;
a conveying roller for conveying the sheet supplied from the printer along a conveyance path;
an optical sensor provided on the conveyance path, the optical sensor detecting the sheet being conveyed by the conveying
roller;

a finisher configured to perform finishing processing on the sheet conveyed by the conveying roller, based on detection information
from the optical sensor;

an operation panel configured to be operable to receive sheet type information about a type of the sheet; and
a controller configured to control the finisher based on the sheet type information received by the operation panel such that:
(a) if the type of the sheet corresponds to a first type of translucent sheet, the finishing processing is performed on the
sheet conveyed by the conveying roller, and

(b) if the type of the sheet corresponds to a second type of translucent sheet being different in transparency from the first
type of translucent sheet, the sheet conveyed by the conveying roller is discharged without the finishing processing.

US Pat. No. 9,872,614

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,874,842

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. 9,868,603

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet processing apparatus comprising:
a conveyance unit configured to convey a sheet from an image forming apparatus along a conveyance path, the sheet being a
first type of sheet or a second type of sheet that is higher in transmittance than the first type of sheet;

an optical sensor provided on the conveyance path and configured to detect the sheet during conveyance;
an alignment unit configured to align the sheet conveyed by the conveyance unit based on detection information about the sheet
detected by the optical sensor;

a post-process unit capable of performing a post-process to the sheet aligned by the alignment unit;
an input unit configured to input post-process information indicating whether or not the post-process unit performs the post-process
to the sheet; and

a control unit configured to control, in a case where the optical sensor does not detect the sheet during conveyance within
a predetermined time period and the sheet corresponds to the second type of sheet, the conveyance unit to stop conveyance
of the sheet based on the post-process information input with the input unit,

wherein the control unit is configured to control, in a case where the optical sensor does not detect the sheet during conveyance
within the predetermined time period and the sheet corresponds to the first type of sheet, the conveyance unit to stop conveyance
of the sheet regardless of the post-processing information input with the input unit.

US Pat. No. 9,857,270

SHAPE MEASURING METHOD, SHAPE MEASURING APPARATUS, PROGRAM, RECORDING MEDIUM, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING OPTICAL ELEMENT, AND OPTICAL ELEMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A shape measuring method for measuring a shape of an object surface of an object by controlling, by means of a controller,
a first stage that scans the object having the object surface in a drive direction and a second stage that moves the object
in a direction that is different from the drive direction of the first stage, to thereby move the object surface along a trajectory
that is previously set, irradiating a measuring beam sequentially onto a plurality of partial regions of the object surface,
detecting wavefronts of reflected light from each of the plurality of partial regions by a detector, and using the controller
to calculate partial shape data of the plurality of partial regions based on the wavefronts, and to stitch the partial shape
data,
the shape measuring method comprising:
moving, in which the controller controls the first stage to move the object surface to at least two positions along the drive
direction that are fewer than a number of a plurality of measurement positions along the drive directions to which the object
surface is moved when detecting a wavefront of reflected light of each of the plurality of partial regions by means of the
detector;

actual measuring, in which the controller unit actually measures respective placement errors with respect to the trajectory
of the object surface at the at least two positions based on wavefronts detected by the detector in states in which the first
stage is controlled to each of the at least two positions;

estimating, in which the controller estimates respective placement errors with respect to the trajectory of the object surface
with regard to positions of the first stage, other than the at least two positions among the plurality of measurement positions
based on the placement errors that are actually measured by the actual measuring; and

aligning, in which, before each detection at a time of detecting respective wavefronts of reflected light from the plurality
of partial regions by means of the detector for calculating the partial shape data, the controller controls the first stage
to the measurement position and controls the second stage to a position that cancels out a placement error at the measurement
position, to thereby align the object surface.

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. 9,860,683

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire, from another communication apparatus, first service information containing an identifier
for identifying a first service that the another communication apparatus can provide, wherein the another communication apparatus
operates as a service provider apparatus and the communication apparatus operates as a service using apparatus in the first
service;

a storage unit configured to store second service information containing an identifier for identifying a second service and
state information indicating whether the communication apparatus is capable of providing the second service, the second service
information being information to be acquired by the another communication apparatus, wherein the communication apparatus operates
as a service provider apparatus and the another communication apparatus operates as a service using apparatus in the second
service;

a communication control unit configured to establish a connection for data communication between the communication apparatus
and the another communication apparatus for carrying out the first service or the second service; and

a setting unit configured to set the state information stored by the storage unit so that the state information indicates
that the communication apparatus is incapable of providing the second service in response to reception of an instruction to
carry out the first service.

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. 9,841,721

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A drum supporting member that is usable with an image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording material and
to which a developing cartridge is detachably mountable, said drum supporting member comprising:
a photosensitive drum;
a frame for rotatably supporting said photosensitive drum;
a mounting portion provided in said frame for detachably mounting the developing cartridge, the developing cartridge including
a developing roller for developing a latent image;

a contacting member contactable with the developing cartridge, said contacting member being movable between a first position
and a second position, wherein (i) when the developing cartridge is in a third position, said contacting member is in the
first position and contacts the developing cartridge with the developing roller contacting said photosensitive drum, and (ii)
when the developing cartridge is in a fourth position, which is different from the third position and is a position in which
the developing cartridge is dismountable from said drum supporting member, said contacting member is in the second position
and contacts the developing cartridge; and

an elastic member configured to urge, when said contacting member is in the second position, said contacting member against
movement of the developing cartridge in a direction from the fourth position to the third position.

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. 9,835,975

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. 9,824,954

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,825,369

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. 9,821,553

LIQUID DISCHARGING HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharging head comprising:
first and second print element substrates, each including
a discharge-port defining member having a plurality of discharge-ports configured to discharge a liquid, and
a plurality of energy-generating elements that generate energy used to discharge the liquid from the discharge-ports; and
a support member that supports the first and second print element substrates and includes a shared channel through which the
liquid is supplied to the first and second print element substrates,

wherein the first print element substrate is disposed on an upstream side of the second print element substrate in a direction
in which the liquid flowing through the shared channel is supplied, and

wherein a sectional area of the shared channel where the second print element substrate is disposed is smaller than a sectional
area of the shared channel where the first print element substrate is disposed.

US Pat. No. 9,817,333

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, DEVELOPING APPARATUS, AND COUPLING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,819,398

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. 9,817,364

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. 9,815,650

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,798,276

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,800,809

IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR REDUCING A DIFFERENCE IN RESOLUTIONS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a photoelectric conversion unit configured to generate an electric charge by photoelectric conversion; and
a comparator configured to perform a first comparison operation of comparing a signal based on the electric charge with a
comparison signal, and configured to perform a second comparison operation,

wherein, in a first case that a result of the first comparison operation indicates that an amplitude of the signal based on
the electric charge is less than an amplitude of the comparison signal, the second comparison operation is performed to compare
the signal based on the electric charge with a first reference signal having a voltage changing to a first voltage in a first
time-changing ratio,

in a second case that the result of the first comparison operation indicates that the amplitude of the signal based on the
electric charge is greater than the amplitude of the comparison signal, the second comparison operation is performed to compare
the signal based on the electric charge with a second reference signal having a voltage changing in a second time-changing
ratio greater than the first time-changing ratio, and

an amplitude of the comparison signal is less than an amplitude of the first voltage.
US Pat. No. 9,798,236

METHOD FOR FORMING PATTERN HAVING HOLLOW STRUCTURE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,789,718

PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus which performs printing based on image data by scanning a printhead including a plurality of printing
elements arranged in an arrangement direction intersecting a scan direction of a scan of the printhead, comprising:
a print buffer configured to store image data;
a conversion unit configured to HV-convert image data, which rearranges raster data in which pixels are sequentially arranged
in a direction corresponding to the scan of the printhead, into data in which the pixels are arranged in accordance with the
arrangement of the plurality of printing elements, and supply the image data to the printhead; and

a transfer unit configured to read out data stored in the print buffer and transfer the data to the conversion unit,
wherein the print buffer stores image data divided into column groups used for printing in the same scan among a plurality
of scans of the printhead for completing printing of a region equivalent to one printing width, wherein each of the column
groups is a group of pixels arranged in a direction of a column corresponding to the arrangement direction, such that:

in each address of the first region of the print buffer, image data of the pixels of a first column group to be used for a
first scan of the printhead are stored in a sequence of use of the image data of the pixels consecutively, the image data
of the pixels stored in the same address are of the same raster line corresponding to the scan direction, and

in each address of a second region of the print buffer different than the first region, image data of the pixels of a second
column group to be used for a second scan of the printhead are stored in a sequence of use of the pixels consecutively, image
data of the pixels stored in the same address are of the same raster line corresponding to the scan direction, the second
column group is different than the first column group and the second scan of the printhead is different than the first scan
of the printhead, and

in accordance with the image data to be printed, the transfer unit transfers the image data by column group to the conversion
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,787,932

SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE WITH CORRECTION OF A LOWER COUNT VALUE OR UPPER COUNT VALUE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state imaging device comprising:
a plurality of pixels arranged to form a plurality of columns, each of the plurality of pixels generating a pixel signal corresponding
to an amount of incident light by photoelectric conversion;

a plurality of comparators provided for the plurality of columns, each of the plurality of comparators comparing the pixel
signal and a reference signal varying with time and outputting a control signal when a magnitude relationship between the
pixel signal and the reference signal is inverted;

a counter circuit unit that outputs an N-bit count signal (wherein N is a natural number) indicative of an elapsed time from
a start of varying the reference signal;

a plurality of memory units provided for the plurality of columns, each of the plurality of memory units holding each bit
of the count signal at a time when the control signal is output; and

a correction processing unit that corrects either of a lower count value and an upper count value according to a relationship
between the lower count value represented by a lower count signal group including a least significant bit to an M-th bit (wherein
M is a natural number of less than N) of the count signal and the upper count value represented by an upper count signal group
including an (M+1)-th bit to an N-th bit of the count signal, wherein

the lower count signal group comprises an M-bit Gray code count signal from the least significant bit to the M-th bit of the
count signal, and a binary code count signal of the (M+1)-th bit of the count signal, and

the upper count signal group comprises an (N-M) bit Gray code signal whose least significant bit is the (M+1)-th bit of the
count signal.

US Pat. No. 9,787,574

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus having a wireless communication unit capable of performing a first communication mode and a second
communication mode, the first communication mode and the second communication mode being in accordance with a predetermined
standard, comprising: a short distance communication unit configured to perform short distance communication;
an operating unit capable of causing the wireless communication unit to concurrently perform the first communication mode
and the second communication mode; and

a control unit configured to change a value, which is used for role decision processing to determine an apparatus operating
as a role to assign a channel used for wireless connection, from a first value to a second value higher than the first value
if the first communication mode and the second communication mode are concurrently performed,

wherein an apparatus using higher value in the role decision processing operates as the role to assign a channel used for
wireless connection, and wherein wireless connection in the first communication mode is disconnected if processing to wirelessly
connect in the second communication mode with a communication partner apparatus operating as a role to assign a channel used
for wireless connection is performed.

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. 9,781,282

OPTICAL SCANNING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,781,291

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROLLING METHOD THEREOF, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,749,496

PERFORMING HALFTONE PROCESSING USING INTRA-CELL SUM VALUE DIFFERENCES APPLIED SO AS TO CORRECT BOUNDARY PIXELS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

perform screen processing on input image data;
detect a boundary pixel by determining whether or not a pixel of interest is a boundary pixel in the input image data, wherein
the pixel of interest is detected as a boundary pixel when the pixel of interest is not a white pixel and adjacent to a white
pixel;

selectively output image data based on a result of the detection,
wherein, in a case where the pixel of interest is determined as the boundary pixel, a value of the pixel of interest of the
input image data on which the screen processing has not been performed is outputted as an output value of the pixel of interest,
and

wherein, in a case where the pixel of interest is determined not to be the boundary pixel, a value of the pixel of interest
of the image data obtained by performing the screen processing is outputted as an output value of the pixel of interest;

calculate a sum value of the input image data as a first sum value for each cell in the screen processing;
calculate, as a second sum value for each cell in the screen processing, a sum value of image data output;
calculate a correction value based on a difference between the first sum value and the second sum value, and a number of effective
pixels in the cell; and

correct the output image data based on the correction value.

US Pat. No. 9,749,527

LENS BARREL AND CAMERA SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,749,539

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR CORRECTING A DISTORTION OF A STILL IMAGE GENERATED FROM A FRAME IMAGE OF A MOVING IMAGE, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, IMAGE GENERATION APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that records a moving image used for generating a still image, comprising:
at least one processor or at least one circuitry programmed to function as:
a correction amount calculation unit that calculates, for each frame of the moving image, a correction amount for correction
of a rolling shutter distortion of an image signal based on a shake amount of an image capturing apparatus;

a correction unit that corrects, for each frame, the rolling shutter distortion based on the correction amount;
a residual correction amount calculation unit that calculates, for each frame, a residual correction amount, which is an amount
of the rolling shutter distortion that is not corrected by the correction unit; and

a recording unit that records the residual correction amount in association with an image for each frame of the moving image,
wherein the associated residual correction amount is used for correcting an image of a selected frame from among the images
of the frames, and a still image is generated from the corrected image of the selected frame.

US Pat. No. 9,749,570

IMAGING APPARATUS, METHOD OF DRIVING THE SAME, AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus, comprising:
a plurality of pixel circuits arranged in matrix having rows and columns, each being configured to generate an image signal
by photoelectric conversion;

first readout lines arranged for respective columns, through which image signals output from the plurality of pixel circuits
are transmitted;

column circuits arranged for the respective columns, to which the image signals are input from the first readout lines;
current sources included in the column circuits in the respective columns;
a driving circuit configured to output column control signals for switching between a current supplying state and a current
non-supplying state of the current sources included in the column circuits in the respective columns;

at least one second readout line to which the image signals output from the column circuits in the respective columns are
input in response to the column control signals;

switches each having one terminal and another terminal; and
a switch control circuit configured to output switch control signals for respectively controlling the switches to be turned
on or off,

wherein each of the one terminals of the switches is connected to corresponding second readout line and each of the another
terminals of the switches is connected commonly to an output line, and

wherein, in a period in which the switch control signals for respectively controlling the switches to be turned on are output,
a number of the current sources controlled to be in the current supplying state by the driving circuit is constant, and some
current sources are controlled to be in the current supplying state while others of the current sources are controlled to
be in the current non-supplying state.

US Pat. No. 9,749,571

IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus, comprising:
a pixel array including a plurality of pixels arranged in rows and columns;
a first A/D conversion unit, which is arranged correspondingly to a first group of the columns of the pixels in the pixel
array, and is configured to perform A/D conversion of an analog signal that is output from each of the corresponding pixels
to a digital signal by comparing the analog signal with a first reference signal having a potential that changes with a predetermined
change rate per time;

a second A/D conversion unit, which is arranged correspondingly to a second group of the columns of the pixels in the pixel
array, and is configured to perform A/D conversion of an analog signal that is output from each of the corresponding pixels
to a digital signal by comparing the analog signal with a second reference signal having a potential that changes with a predetermined
change rate per time;

a first reference signal supply unit configured to supply, to the first A/D conversion unit, as the first reference signal,
at least one of a reference signal having a first change rate per time and a reference signal having a second change rate
per time that is smaller than the first change rate;

a second reference signal supply unit configured to supply, to the second A/D conversion unit, as the second reference signal,
at least one of a reference signal having a third change rate per time and a reference signal having a fourth change rate
per time that is smaller than the third change rate; and

an adjusting unit configured to adjust at least one of the first change rate, the second change rate, the third change rate,
and the fourth change rate so that at least one of a difference in change rate per time between the first change rate and
the third change rate, and a difference in change rate per time between the second change rate and the fourth change rate
is reduced.

US Pat. No. 9,747,523

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a tracking unit configured to identify a tracking region including a tracking object in an image;
an identification unit configured to identify a motion region inside the tracking region in the image;
a derivation unit configured to derive a ratio of the motion region relative to the tracking region; and
a determination unit configured to determine whether to continue tracking the tracking object based on the derived ratio.

US Pat. No. 9,748,302

SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup device comprising:
a photoelectric conversion portion including a semiconductor region of a first conductivity type and configured to generate
a charge in accordance with incident light;

a charge holding portion including a first semiconductor region of the first conductivity type configured to hold the charge
generated by the photoelectric conversion portion and provided in a semiconductor substrate;

a floating diffusion region of the first conductivity type provided in the semiconductor substrate;
a first transfer gate electrode provided on a region between the photoelectric conversion portion and the first semiconductor
region;

a second transfer gate electrode provided on a region between the first semiconductor region and the floating diffusion region;
and

a semiconductor region of a second conductivity type including a second semiconductor region of the second conductivity type
provided under the first semiconductor region of the first conductivity type and in the semiconductor substrate,

wherein
in a cross section of a pixel including the first semiconductor region of the first conductivity type, the second semiconductor
region of the second conductivity type and the second transfer gate electrode, an impurity concentration at a first point
within the second semiconductor region of the second conductivity type and on a first line oriented toward a depth direction
of the semiconductor substrate and passing through the first semiconductor region of the first conductivity type is higher
than an impurity concentration at a second point at a same depth as the first point and on a second line oriented toward the
depth direction and passing through the second transfer gate electrode,

in the cross section of the pixel the first semiconductor region of the first conductivity type is provided laterally to the
semiconductor region of the first conductivity type of the photoelectric conversion portion,

in the cross section of the pixel the first semiconductor region of the first conductivity type and the second semiconductor
region of the second conductivity type are arranged along the depth direction,

the semiconductor region of the second conductivity type including the second semiconductor region of the second conductivity
type continuously and laterally extends from a position where the second semiconductor region of the second conductivity type
is provided to a position under the semiconductor region of the first conductivity type included in the photoelectric conversion
portion,

the semiconductor region of the first conductivity type and an extended portion of the semiconductor region of the second
conductivity type which is laterally extended under the semiconductor region of the first conductivity type are arranged in
order along a line oriented in the depth direction, and

the extended portion is provided under the semiconductor region of the first conductivity type of the photoelectric conversion
portion.

US Pat. No. 9,746,811

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,740,471

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for an information processing apparatus capable of communicating with a scan device, the method comprising:
displaying a setting screen provided by first software, the setting screen being capable of displaying a first region for
pull scan which is performed by scan instructions issued from the information processing apparatus and a second region for
push scan which is performed by scan instructions issued from the scanning device;

performing polling processing for push scan to the scan device, based on an operation having been performed on the second
region; and

determining whether second software capable of causing the information processing apparatus to perform the polling processing
to the scan device exists in the information processing apparatus,

wherein if it is not determined that the second software exists in the information processing apparatus, the setting screen
including the first region and the second region is displayed, and

wherein if it is determined that the second software exists in the information processing apparatus, the setting screen that
does not include the second region is displayed, whereby polling processing caused by the first software is not performed
and polling processing caused by the second software is performed.

US Pat. No. 9,740,443

PRINTING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF PERFORMING NEAR FIELD WIRELESS COMMUNICATION, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING PRINTING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a printer that performs print processing;
an NFC communicator that has a memory, and performs a wireless communication based on NFC;
a storage device that stores instructions; and
a processor that executes the instructions to:
determine whether a print processing apparatus for processing print data is connected to the printing apparatus;
write, into the memory of the NFC communicator, first communication information which includes an address of the printing
apparatus, in a case where it is determined that the print processing apparatus is not connected to the printing apparatus;
and

write, into the memory of the NFC communicator, second communication information which includes an address of the print processing
apparatus and does not include the address of the printing apparatus, in a case where it is determined that the print processing
apparatus is connected to the printing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,736,406

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an analog-digital converter unit that converts an analog signal into a digital signal using a plurality of reference signals
having mutually different slopes; and

a voltage supply unit that supplies analog signals having a predetermined plurality of different output levels to the analog-digital
converter; and

a calculator that calculates a ratio of the plurality of different slopes and an offset amount on the basis of a plurality
of digital signals obtained by converting the analog signals having the plurality of different output levels using the plurality
of reference signals, and calculates a correction coefficient for correcting digital signals obtained by the analog-digital
conversion unit converting analog signals output from a pixel section of an image sensor on the basis of the ratio of slopes
and the offset amount,

wherein the correction coefficient includes the ratio of slopes and an offset correction value.

US Pat. No. 9,733,606

PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR DELETING AN AREA OF IMAGE DATA BEFORE PRINTING AND BINDING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A print control apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory storing instructions which, when executed by the processor, causes the print control apparatus:
to determine whether a first binding process without using a staple or a second binding process with a staple has been specified;
and

to perform a data process for preventing a part of an image related to print data to be printed from being printed on a sheet,
based on a determination that the first binding process has been specified, wherein the part of an image corresponds to at
least a position where the first binding process is to be performed;

not to perform the data process to print data based on a determination that the second binding process has been specified,
and

to control a print unit so that the print unit performs a printing process to the sheet based on the image data on which the
data process has been performed in a case that the first binding process has been specified.

US Pat. No. 9,736,495

METHOD, APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR ENCODING AND DECODING THE SIGNIFICANCE MAP FOR RESIDUAL COEFFICIENTS OF A TRANSFORM UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of decoding at least one coding unit from a bitstream of video data, the method comprising:
decoding arithmetically coded data, coded consecutively in the bitstream, including a plurality of flags each for a different
one of a plurality of prediction units in the coding unit to be decoded by using intra prediction, the flag indicating whether
one of specific intra-prediction modes is to be used;

decoding, bypass coded data, coded consecutively in the bitstream, including a plurality of pieces of data each for a different
one of the plurality of prediction units;

determining intra-prediction modes each for a different one of the plurality of prediction units each according to a different
one of the flags each in the arithmetically coded data and a different one of the plurality of pieces of data in the bypass
coded data; and

decoding the coding unit using the determined intra-prediction modes.

US Pat. No. 9,769,349

IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a memory configured to store a program; and
at least one processor configured to execute the program,
wherein the at least one processor causes a reading mechanism to read a sheet by an image sensor of the reading mechanism
and inputs image data, in accordance with a reading instruction by a user,

wherein the at least one processor executes exception of a page from pages to be contained in a file and inputting image data
of an added page added to the pages respectively, in accordance with an exception instruction by the user and the reading
instruction by the user for adding the added page, regardless of an operation order of the reading instruction and the exception
instruction,

wherein the at least one processor stores, on a storage, a file which contains image data of a page which is not excepted
by the exception instruction and does not contain image data of an excepted page excepted by the exception instruction, in
accordance with an end instruction by the user for instructing an end of the input of image data to be contained in the file,
and

wherein each of the exception instruction, the reading instruction for adding the added page, and the end instruction, is
separately received by an operation mechanism which is included in one device having the reading mechanism.

US Pat. No. 9,769,146

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing system that enables single sign-on with another information processing system that performs user
authentication processing, the information processing system comprising:
one or more processors; and
at least one memory coupled to the one or more processors, the at least one memory having instructions stored thereon which,
when executed by the one or more processors, cause the information processing system to:

perform authentication processing based on an electronic certificate for a first tenant that is used to enable the single
sign-on and has been issued by the other information processing system; provide, based on a result of the authentication processing,
a service to a user who belongs to the first tenant;

manage, with each tenant, a user who belongs to the first tenant and a user who belongs to a second tenant, and perform management
by associating the electronic certificate for the first tenant with notification destination information regarding a user
who belongs to the second tenant and has a role in managing to allow the service to be used by the user belonging to the first
tenant, and a role corresponding to a license of a service to be provided to a user who belongs to the first tenant;

in response to a remaining period until an expiration date of the electronic certificate for the first tenant falling below
a predetermined value, identify notification destination information regarding a user who belongs to the second tenant associated
with the electronic certificate and is assigned the role from among managed notification destination information; and

perform, based on the identified notification destination information regarding the user who belongs to the second tenant,
a notification to update the electronic certificate.

US Pat. No. 9,734,774

IMAGE SIGNAL GENERATING APPARATUS, LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY APPARATUS, METHOD OF GENERATING IMAGE SIGNAL AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING IMAGE SIGNAL GENERATING PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image signal generator configured to generate, from an input image signal, an output image signal for image display
by a liquid crystal display element, the image signal generator comprising:
a corner detector configured to detect, when the input image signal contains multiple frame images each of which includes
(a) a first image area having a first tone and including a corner portion and (b) a second image area having a second tone
higher than the first tone and being adjacent in vertical, horizontal and oblique directions to the corner portion, the corner
portion in each frame image;

a tone provider configured to generate the output image signal by providing a third tone lower than the second tone to one
specific pixel adjacent in the oblique direction to a vertex of the corner portion in at least one of the multiple frame images;
and

a determiner configured to determine whether the input image signal is a moving image signal or a still image signal,
wherein the tone provider is configured to provide the third tone to the specific pixel when the input image signal is determined
to be the moving image signal.

US Pat. No. 9,766,586

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an apparatus body;
a door openably supported by the apparatus body;
a first member configured to restrict an opening angle of the door, the first member comprising a first engage portion engaging
with the door, and a second engage portion engaging with the apparatus body; and

a second member configured to restrict the opening angle of the door if the first member is broken such that the first and
second engage portions are separated.

US Pat. No. 9,729,732

TRANSMISSION APPARATUS, RECEPTION APPARATUS, TRANSMISSION METHOD, RECEPTION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A transmission apparatus configured to transmit metadata indicating one or more segments acquirable, among a plurality
of segments of content data, by a reception apparatus to the reception apparatus, comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive an acquisition request of the metadata; and
a transmission unit configured to transmit to the reception apparatus, in a case where the reception unit receives a second
acquisition request of the metadata after the reception unit receives a first acquisition request of the metadata, second
metadata indicating one or more segments which are not transmitted to the reception apparatus and not indicating one or more
segments which are transmitted to the reception apparatus among a plurality of segments indicated by first metadata transmitted
in response to the first acquisition request,

wherein a number of segments indicated by the second metadata and not indicated by the first metadata corresponds to a number
of segments indicated by the first metadata and not indicated by the second metadata.

US Pat. No. 9,757,028

IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an acquiring unit configured to acquire a confocal image and a nonconfocal image of an eye to be inspected;
a display unit configured to display at least one of the acquired confocal image and the acquired nonconfocal image;
an analysis unit configured to analyze the acquired confocal image and the acquired nonconfocal image; and
a display control unit configured to change a display form displayed on the display unit in accordance with an analysis result
obtained by the analysis unit,

wherein the analysis unit comprises an evaluation value calculating unit configured to calculate evaluation values in the
acquired confocal image and the acquired nonconfocal image regarding a predetermined evaluation item, and

wherein the display control unit is configured to change the display form in accordance with a comparison result of the corresponding
evaluation values in the acquired confocal image and the acquired nonconfocal image.

US Pat. No. 9,753,418

FIXING APPARATUS FOR FIXING A TONER IMAGE ON A RECORDING MEDIUM WHILE CONVEYING AND HEATING THE RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing apparatus for fixing a toner image on a recording material while conveying and heating the recording material
on which a toner image is formed at a nip portion, the fixing apparatus comprising:
a roller;
a heating rotation member configured to form a pressure portion by contacting the roller, the heating rotation member being
rotated by rotation of the roller; and

a pressing rotation member configured to form a nip portion by contacting the roller, the pressing rotation member being rotated
by the rotation of the roller,

wherein micro-hardness of a surface of the heating rotation member at the pressure portion and micro-hardness of a surface
of the pressing rotation member at the nip portion are both higher than micro-hardness of a surface of the roller, and

wherein frictional force acting on the roller at the pressure portion is larger than frictional force acting on the roller
at the nip portion.

US Pat. No. 9,756,258

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING METHOD, AND CONTROL METHOD FOR REDUCING THE INFLUENCE OF FLICKER ON STILL IMAGE EXPOSURE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image capturing unit having an image sensor that starts exposure at different timings from region to region; and
at least one processor programmed to function as a calculation unit and a determination unit, wherein:
the calculation unit is configured to calculate a timing at which a light amount of a light source meets a predetermined condition
based on image data obtained by the image capturing unit; and

the determination unit is configured to determine an exposure timing for the image capturing unit based on the timing that
meets the predetermined condition calculated by the calculation unit,

wherein the image capturing unit obtains image data using a first exposure time that is shorter than a cycle of a change in
a light amount of a flickering light source during a period from when the image capturing unit starts to obtain image data
for a moving picture to when the image capturing unit starts to obtain image data for a still image;

the calculation unit calculates the timing that meets the predetermined condition based on the image data obtained using the
first exposure time; and

the determination unit determines the exposure timing for the image capturing unit for obtaining the image data for a still
image based on the timing that meets the predetermined condition calculated by the calculation unit.

US Pat. No. 9,721,492

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image display apparatus comprising a processor configured to:
acquire a size of a flat region on the basis of an input image, this flat region, from among regions of the input image, being
a region in which a change in gradation value in a spatial direction of the input image is small; and

perform unevenness reduction processing on the input image, this unevenness reduction processing reducing at least one of
brightness unevenness and color unevenness of a screen at a higher reduction degree, for the entire screen, as the flat region
is larger in size.

US Pat. No. 9,720,483

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A data transfer apparatus comprising:
a data transfer unit configured to perform data transfer between each of a plurality of master modules and a slave module
in response to a data transfer request of each of the master modules;

a detection unit configured to detect the data transfer request of each of the master modules; and
a control unit configured to control the data transfer unit from a normal operation mode to a power saving mode and to return
the data transfer unit from the power saving mode to the normal operation mode,

wherein, in a case where a first data transfer request of a first master module included in the master modules is detected
and then a second data transfer request of a second master module included in the master modules is detected by the detection
unit after the data transfer unit is shifted from the normal operation mode to the power saving mode by the control unit,
the control unit returns the data transfer unit from the power saving mode to the normal operation mode, and

the data transfer unit collectively transmits the first data transfer request and the second data transfer request to the
slave module and collectively performs data transfer processing corresponding to the first data transfer request and data
transfer processing corresponding to the second data transfer request.

US Pat. No. 9,720,517

CHARACTER INPUT APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A character input apparatus comprising:
an instruction unit configured to instruct input of a character as a part of a character string; and
a control unit configured to, under a restriction that any character of a specific character group is not allowed to be input
in every one of a plurality of predetermined positions of the character string but a character of the specific character group
is allowed to be input in less than all of the predetermined positions of the character string,

prohibit input by the instruction upon any character of the specific character group being instructed by the instruction unit
to be input in at least one specific position of the plurality of predetermined positions and,

enable input by the instruction upon any character of the specific character group being instructed by the instruction unit
to be input in a position different from the specific position,

wherein the specific character group does not include letters and digits of a plurality of characters usable as a part of
the character string;

the plurality of predetermined positions includes at least first and last character positions of the character string; and
the character string is associated with a nickname in wireless network communicating with outside and the character string
to be input in compliance with a specification of Request For Comments.

US Pat. No. 9,718,234

IMPRINT LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imprint apparatus that forms a pattern to an imprint material on a substrate by using a mold, the apparatus comprising:
an optical system;
a light-receiving element;
a detection optical system that guides light from a mark formed on the substrate and a mark formed on the mold to the light-receiving
element via the optical system,

wherein an imaging plane of the substrate surface to be image-formed by the optical system is positioned between the optical
system and the detection optical system;

wherein the detection optical system is movable along the imaging plane; and
an illumination system that emits illumination light for curing the imprint material;
wherein the optical system includes:
an optical element having a surface that transmits one of the illumination light and the light from the marks, and reflects
the other; and

a plate-shaped optical member that corrects aberration generated by the optical element,
wherein an inclination direction of the plate-shaped optical member is different from an inclination direction of the surface
of the optical element.

US Pat. No. 9,715,359

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus having a first execution environment and a second execution environment, comprising:
one or more processors; and
at least one memory coupled to the one or more processors, the at least one memory having instructions stored thereon which,
when executed by the one or more processors, cause the information processing apparatus to:

perform a manager setting requiring an input to a predetermined item of a print setting;
execute a first print setting application on the first execution environment; and
execute a second print setting application on the second execution environment,
wherein, if the manager setting is performed requiring the input to the predetermined item of the print setting and there
is no input to the predetermined item requiring the input, the first print setting application and the second print setting
application display a screen for prompting the input to the predetermined item.

US Pat. No. 9,714,148

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a manual feed tray on which a recording material is stacked;
a first detecting unit configured to detect presence or absence of the recording material on the manual feed tray;
a second detecting unit configured to detect a length of the recording material on the manual feed tray in a direction perpendicular
to a conveyance direction of the recording material;

a third detecting unit configured to detect a length of the recording material on the manual feed tray in the conveyance direction;
a decision unit configured to decide a size of the recording material based on detection results of the first, the second,
and the third detecting units, the image forming apparatus being operable in a first power mode in which power is supplied
to the decision unit and a second power mode in which the power is not supplied to the decision unit;

a storage unit configured to store the size of the recording material decided by the decision unit when the image forming
apparatus is shifted from the first power mode to the second power mode;

a display unit configured to display information; and
a control unit configured to cause the display unit to display a screen for prompting a confirmation of the size of the recording
material on the manual feed tray in a case where the first detecting unit has detected the presence of the recording material
when the image forming apparatus is shifted from the second power mode to the first power mode and size of the recording material
decided by the decision unit when the image forming apparatus is shifted from the second power mode to the first power mode
does not match the size of the recording material stored in the storage unit, the control unit causing the screen to be displayed
even if the storage unit already stores size information.

US Pat. No. 9,716,532

POWER RECEIVER, METHOD OF CONTROLLING POWER RECEIVER, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power receiver including a vibrating unit, the power receiver comprising:
a power receiving unit configured to receive power;
a hardware processor configured to function as:
a determining unit configured to determine whether the power receiver exists within a vicinity area of a center of a wireless
power transmitting region of a power transmitter; and

a controlling unit configured to control the vibrating unit according to a determining result by the determining unit such
that the vibrating by the vibrating unit is not inhibited in a case where the determining unit determines that the power receiver
exists within the vicinity area of the center of the wireless power transmitting region of a power transmitter and such that
the vibrating by the vibrating unit is inhibited while the power receiving unit receives power wirelessly from the power transmitter
in a case where the determining unit determines that the power receiver does not exist within the vicinity area of the center
of the wireless power transmitting region of the power transmitter.

US Pat. No. 9,712,798

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,706,919

OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An ophthalmologic apparatus comprising:
a photographing optical system configured to photograph a fundus of a subject's eye via a focusing lens;
a projection unit configured to project a plurality of focusing indices corresponding to an opening of a mask portion;
a detecting unit configured to detect if there is one or a plurality of focusing index images in a fundus image of the subject's
eye; and

a driving unit configured to drive the focusing lens along an optical path
using information about positions of the plurality of focusing index images corresponding to the opening of the mask portion
when the plurality of focusing index images is detected in the fundus image; and

to drive the focusing lens along the optical path using information about both a position of an image corresponding to the
mask portion different from the opening of the mask portion and a position of a focusing index image corresponding to the
opening of the mask portion when one focusing index image of the plurality of focusing index images is detected in the fundus
image.

US Pat. No. 9,710,209

PRINTING APPARATUS WHICH IS CAPABLE OF CONTROLLING A WAY OF STOPPING A PRINT JOB ACCORDING TO A PRINT METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

5. A printing control apparatus capable of executing a print job, using a print unit, for printing each of a plurality of
pages the designated number of times, the apparatus
a controller, that includes at least one processor, configured to function as:
a first receiving unit configured to be able to receive a user's selection of a first print method for printing a copy including
the plurality of pages the designated number of times, and to receive a user's selection of a second print method for printing,
for each page of the plurality of pages, the page consecutively the designated number of times to print a next page;

a control unit configured to start, after the receiving of the user's selection, to execute a print job of the plurality of
pages, the print job being executed according to the user's selection of the first print method or the second print method;

a second receiving unit configured to receive a user's instruction to stop the print job in execution,
wherein the control unit is configured to:
control the second receiving unit to enable receiving an instruction as to whether or not to stop the print job in execution
at a separation of copies, in accordance with the user's selection of the first print method received before the starting
of execution of the print job, and

control the second receiving unit, to disable receiving the instruction as to whether or not to stop the print job in execute
at a separation of copies, in accordance with the user's selection of the second print method received before the starting
of execution of the print job.

US Pat. No. 9,704,074

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR QUANTIZING FIRST AND SECOND MULTI-VALUED DATA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for processing data used for printing an image on a print medium with use of multiple inks,
the image processing apparatus comprising:
a processor and a memory storing code of a computer program that, when executed, causes the processor to perform the following
steps:

acquiring first multi-valued data corresponding to a first colored ink to be precedently applied to a same area of the print
medium among the multiple inks, and second multi-valued data corresponding to a second colored ink to be applied to the print
medium succeedingly to the first colored ink among the multiple inks;

quantizing the first multi-valued data to generate first quantized data representing printing or non-printing of a dot of
the first colored ink, and quantizing the second multi-valued data to generate second quantized data representing printing
or non-printing of a dot of the second colored ink,

wherein, in the quantizing step, (i) quantizing of the first multi-valued data is based on a threshold value matrix configured
by arraying multiple threshold values and not based on the second multi-valued data, and (ii) quantizing of the second multi-valued
data is based on both of a threshold value matrix configured by arraying multiple threshold values and the first multi-valued
data, and

wherein, in the quantizing step, quantizing of the first multi-valued data and the second multi-valued data is performed so
as to, on the same area of the print medium, make dispersibility of dots to be printed based on the first quantized data higher
than dispersibility of dots to be printed based on the second quantized data; and

printing the image on the print medium based on the first quantized data and the second quantized data.

US Pat. No. 9,703,507

JOB PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR PRINTING A REPORT, CONTROL METHOD FOR JOB PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A job processing apparatus comprising:
a management unit configured to manage job information being information concerning a processed job together with an attribute
that indicates whether the job information is printed or unprinted; and

a control unit configured to cause a printing unit to print, out of pieces of job information of jobs managed by the management
unit, job information having an attribute indicating an unprinted state and to change the attribute of the printed job information
so as to indicate a printed state;

wherein when an instruction to cause the printing unit to print job information, out of the pieces of job information of jobs
managed by the management unit, of only a job corresponding to a user logged in to the job processing apparatus is received,
the control unit causes the printing unit to print the job information of only the job corresponding to the user and does
not change the attribute of the printed job information so as to indicate the printed state,

wherein the management unit and the control unit are implemented by a processor and a memory.

US Pat. No. 9,706,095

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 fourth lens unit having a positive refractive power,
wherein a distance between adjacent lens units varies when performing zooming,
when zooming is performed, the first lens unit is configured not to be moved, and at least the second lens unit and the third
lens unit are configured to be moved, and

when a lateral magnification of a composite lens system of the third lens unit and the fourth lens unit at a wide angle end
is denoted by ?34w, a lateral magnification of the composite lens system of the third lens unit and the fourth lens unit at
a telephoto end is denoted by ?34t, a lateral magnification of the second lens unit at the wide angle end is denoted by ?2w,
a lateral magnification of the second lens unit at the telephoto end is denoted by ?2t, a lateral magnification of the third
lens unit at the wide angle end is denoted by ?3w, and a lateral magnification of the third lens unit at the telephoto end
is denoted by ?3t, the zoom lens is configured to satisfy the following conditional expressions:

2.20<(?34t/?34w)/(?2t/?2w)<15.00,

3.40
?0.15

US Pat. No. 9,703,298

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a wide IO memory device stacked on an SoC (System on Chip);
at least one CPU configured to perform the steps of:
acquiring, from a temperature sensor provided in a memory chip that is included in the wide IO memory device, sensor information
that indicates a temperature of the memory chip at the location of the temperature sensor;

generating temperature distribution information that indicates a current temperature distribution in the memory chip, based
on the sensor information acquired by the acquisition and predetermined temperature information that includes information
that was generated using an analysis executed in advance and is related to the temperature distribution in the memory chip,
the predetermined temperature information corresponding to operating states of the SoC die and the wide IO memory device;
and

setting a thermal offset value to be used for a refresh operation of the memory chip in accordance with a difference between
a first temperature at a location at which the temperature is the highest in the memory chip and a second temperature at the
location of the temperature sensor, wherein the first and second temperatures are included in the temperature distribution
indicated by the temperature distribution information.

US Pat. No. 9,694,585

LIQUID FILLING METHOD OF LIQUID CONTAINER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid filling method of a liquid container that is equipped with: a case member having a supply port for leading out
liquid; a flexible sheet which is adhesively fixed to the case member to form, together with the case member, a liquid containing
chamber capable of containing the liquid; and a spring member which biases, via a plate member, the flexible sheet in a direction
in which a capacity of the liquid containing chamber is enlarged, the liquid filling method comprising:
a primary pressure reducing step of reducing pressure inside the liquid containing chamber to make the capacity of the liquid
containing chamber to be a minimum capacity;

a primary injecting step of injecting the liquid in an amount smaller than the minimum capacity into the liquid containing
chamber with the pressure reduced in the primary pressure reducing step;

a secondary pressure reducing step of reducing the pressure inside the liquid containing chamber with the liquid injected
in the primary injecting step to make the capacity of the liquid containing chamber to be the minimum capacity, followed by
sucking air in the liquid containing chamber with a predetermined amount of air remaining; and

a secondary injecting step of injecting the liquid into the liquid containing chamber after the secondary pressure reducing
step.

US Pat. No. 9,696,978

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, APPLICATION MANAGEMENT METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus in which an application operates, the information processing apparatus comprising:
a framework that causes a first application and a second application for extending the first application to operate;
a processor and a memory cooperating to function as
an installation control unit configured to control installation of an application into the framework; and
a first storage area and a second storage area,
wherein the installation control unit:
(a) performs temporary installation by holding data of the second application in the first storage area in a case of receiving
an instruction to install the second application,

(b) moves the data of the second application held in the first storage area from the first storage area to the second storage
area in which data of an installed application is held, and performs installation of the second application, in a case of
receiving a second instruction, which instructs to activate the second application, after receiving the first installation
instruction to install the second application,

(c) performs temporary installation again by moving the data of the second application from the second storage area to the
first storage area, in a case of the receiving a third instruction, which instructs to inactivate the second application,
after receiving the second instruction to activate the second application, and

(d) performs uninstallation by deleting the data of the second application held in the first storage area, in case of receiving
a fourth instruction, which instructs to uninstall the second application, after receiving the third instruction to inactivate
the second application.

US Pat. No. 9,690,226

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH CONTROLLED CHARGING VOLTAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a rotatable image bearing member;
a charging member disposed proximate or in contact with the image bearing member, the charging member charging the image bearing
member by applying a voltage having superimposed an AC voltage and a DC voltage as a charging voltage during an image forming
operation of forming an image on the image bearing member;

an image forming unit configured to form an image on the image bearing member being charged by the charging member;
a direct current detection unit configured to detect a direct current flowing from the charging member to the image bearing
member when the charging voltage is applied to the charging member; and

a control unit configured to selectively execute a first mode of setting a voltage having superimposed a first AC voltage
and the predetermined DC voltage as the charging voltage during the image forming operation, the first AC voltage being set
by applying a plurality of test AC voltages to the charging member during execution of the first mode, and a second mode of
setting a voltage having superimposed a second AC voltage higher than the first AC voltage and the predetermined DC voltage
as the charging voltage during the image forming operation, the second AC voltage being set by applying a plurality of test
AC voltages to the charging member during execution of the second mode, the control unit applying the voltage having superimposed
the first AC voltage and the predetermined DC voltage to the charging member, and detecting a direct current flowing from
the charging member to the image bearing member via the direct current detection unit during execution of the first mode,
and if an absolute value of the detected direct current is lower than a predetermined value, switching the first mode to the
second mode and executing the second mode.

US Pat. No. 9,693,081

RECEIVER, DISPLAY APPARATUS AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM STORING RECEIVING CONTROL PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A receiver connectable to at least one of plural transmitters and configured to receive, from a connected transmitter of
the plural transmitters, a transmission signal in which an image signal and a control signal are multiplexed, the plural transmitters
having mutually different specifications on the control signal, the receiver comprising:
a demultiplexer configured to demultiplex the transmission signal received from the connected transmitter into the image signal
and the control signal;

a selector configured to select a signal path for the demultiplexed control signal;
an information acquirer configured to acquire first information for identifying the connected transmitter; and
a controller configured to control the selection of the signal path by the selector such that the signal path corresponding
to the specification acquired by using the first information is selected.

US Pat. No. 9,659,533

DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display apparatus, comprising:
a light source;
a display panel that displays an image by controlling a transmittance of light from the light source;
a first sensor that detects a brightness of the light source;
a second sensor that detects a brightness of the light source, a distance from the light source to the second sensor being
longer than a distance from the light source to the first sensor;

a memory that stores correspondence information indicating a predetermined correspondence relationship of a difference between
a first change degree of a detection value from the first sensor and a second change degree of a detection value from the
second sensor with a change in a brightness distribution or a color distribution in the display sand due to the light from
the light source; and

a controller configured to control a transmittance of the display panel, wherein
the controller performs:
acquiring the change in the brightness distribution or the color distribution in the display panel due to light from the light
source during a period on the basis of the first change degree during the period, the second change degree during the period
aid the correspondence information stored in the memory; and

controlling the transmittance of the display panel on the basis of the change in the brightness distribution or the color
distribution during the period.

US Pat. No. 9,658,548

MAGNETIC TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner, comprising:
toner particles comprising a binder resin; and
inorganic fine particles present on the surface of the toner particles, the inorganic fine particles comprising metal oxide
fine particles,

the metal oxide fine particles containing silica fine particles, and optionally containing titania fine particles and/or alumina
fine particles, a content of the silica fine particles being at least 85 mass % with respect to a total mass of the silica,
titania and alumina fine particles, wherein

coverage ratio A (%) of the toner particles' surface by the inorganic fine particles is 45.0 to 70.0% and a coefficient of
variation on the coverage ratio A is less than 10.0%,

when B (%) is a coverage ratio of the toner particles' surface by the inorganic fine particles that are fixed on the toner
particles' surface, B/A is 0.50 to 0.85, and

a compression ratio (%) obtained by formula (1) is 38% to 42%:
compression ratio (%)={1?(bulk density/packed bulk density)}×100  formula (1).

US Pat. No. 9,658,551

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,658,581

HEATER AND IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS MOUNTED WITH THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A heater comprising:
a substrate;
a first heat generating line provided on the substrate and in a longitudinal direction of the substrate, the first heat generating
line being divided into a plurality of heat generating blocks in the longitudinal direction, the plurality of heat generating
blocks being controllable independently; and

a second heat generating line provided on the substrate and in the longitudinal direction of the substrate, the second heat
generating line being divided into a plurality of heat generating blocks in the longitudinal direction, the plurality of heat
generating blocks being controllable independently,

wherein divided positions of the first heat generating line and divided positions of the second heat generating line are different
in the longitudinal direction, and wherein the first heat generating line and the second heat generating line are each configured
such that an electric current flows in a heating element of the heat generating blocks of the first heat generating line and
a heating element of the heat generating blocks in the second heat generating line in a direction that intersects the longitudinal
direction.

US Pat. No. 9,693,177

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for writing tag information in a short range wireless communication tag, the information
processing apparatus comprising:
a search unit configured to perform a device search;
a display unit configured to display search results of the device search by the search unit, wherein the search results include
information of a plurality of devices in a case that the plurality of devices have been searched by the search unit;

a determining unit configured to determine whether or not to include an SSID (Service Set Identifier) of an access point in
the tag information;

a generation unit configured to (a) in a case that the determination unit determines to include the SSID in the tag information,
generate tag information including (1) identification information of a device selected by a user from among the plurality
of devices and (2) the SSID, and (b) in a case that the determining unit determines not to include the SSID in the tag information,
generate tag information including the identification information but not including the SSID; and

a writing unit configured to write the tag information generated by the generation unit into the short range wireless communication
tag with a short range wireless communication.

US Pat. No. 9,692,924

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, having a power state including at least a first power state, and a second power state in which
less power is consumed than in the first power state, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a power save key which receives, from a user, a user operation to shift the power state from the first power state to the
second power state;

a human sensor which detects a human;
a signal output circuit which outputs a return signal based on a detection result of the human sensor; and
a power controller which shifts the power state to the first power state based on the return signal output from the signal
output circuit, and shifts the power state to the second power state based on the user operation received by the power save
key;

wherein the signal output circuit does not output the return signal to the power controller while the human sensor is detecting
the user which has performed the user operation.

US Pat. No. 9,692,934

COMMUNICATING APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communicating apparatus having an image forming unit, comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive a request command which requires a response, wherein a partner apparatus transmits
the request command;

a determination unit configured to determine based on the request command received by the reception unit, whether a communication
mode of the partner apparatus matches a communication mode executed by the communicating apparatus; and

a response control unit configured to respond to the request command received from the partner apparatus, in a case where
the determination unit determines that the communication mode of the partner apparatus matches the communication mode executed
by the communicating apparatus,

wherein, in a case where the determination unit determines that the communication mode of the partner apparatus does not match
the communication mode executed by the communicating apparatus, the response control unit does not respond to the request
command received from the partner apparatus, and

wherein the communication mode of the communicating apparatus needs a negotiation process for determining an apparatus serving
as an access point between the communicating apparatus and the partner apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,659,107

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a memory configured to store a plug-in program for a web browser which displays a web page;
a processor, wherein the processor functions, by executing the plug-in program stored in the memory, as:
a cut out unit configured to cut out an object corresponding to a part of the web page displayed by the web browser;
a display control unit configured to cause a display device to display pages including a first object and a second object
which are cut out by the cut out unit;

a designating unit configured to designate an object from the first object and the second object in the pages displayed by
the display control unit, in accordance with an instruction by a user;

a moving unit configured to move the designated object designated by the designating unit, in a page of the pages, in accordance
with an instruction from a user;

an output unit configured to, if the designated object is moved by the moving unit to a boundary between two pages in the
pages which have been displayed by the display control unit, output image data corresponding to the two pages in which the
designated object is divided across the two pages and the other object of the first object and the second object is arranged,
and, if the designated object is moved to a position corresponding to a bottom end of a last page of the pages which have
been displayed by the display control unit, create a new page and output image data corresponding to the last page and the
new page in which the designated object is divided across the last page and the new page.

US Pat. No. 9,688,067

ELEMENT SUBSTRATE, PRINTHEAD, AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An element substrate comprising:
a plurality of printing elements configured to generate energy to be used to discharge liquid;
a first delay buffer group formed by series-connecting a plurality of buffer circuits in which a heat enable signal to be
used to drive the printing element is transferred while being delayed by the plurality of buffer circuits;

a second delay buffer group formed by series-connecting a plurality of buffer circuits in which the heat enable signal is
transferred while being delayed by the plurality of buffer circuits in a direction different from an arrayed direction of
the plurality of buffer circuits of the first delay buffer group; and

a switchover circuit configured to switch over, in accordance with a control signal, a delay sequence in a case where using
the heat enable signal to drive each of the plurality of printing elements by switching over between the first delay buffer
group and the second delay buffer group.

US Pat. No. 9,693,450

PRINTED WIRING BOARD, SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printed wiring board, comprising:
a plurality of conductive layers laminated with insulator layers interposed; and
a land group including a plurality of lands arranged with intervals between each other, and being formed in a rectangular
region on a surface layer, among the plurality of conductive layers, when viewed in a direction perpendicular to the surface
layer, wherein

the land group is arrayed in a triangular lattice manner, and
the land group is arranged such that a smallest angle, among angles formed between one side of the rectangular region and
respective three sides of the triangular lattice, is 7° or more and 23° or less.

US Pat. No. 9,692,944

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS AND DATA GENERATING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processor for printing an image on a first area of a printing medium by using a first nozzle group including part
of nozzles in a first nozzle array in which a plurality of first nozzles for ejecting a first ink are arranged and by using
a second nozzle group including part of nozzles in a second nozzle array in which a plurality of second nozzles for ejecting
a second ink having a color different from that of the first ink are arranged, and for printing an image on a second area
different from the first area of the printing medium by using a third nozzle group including a nozzle different from the nozzle
of the first nozzle group in the first nozzle array and by using a fourth nozzle group including a nozzle different from the
nozzle of the second nozzle group in the second nozzle array, the image processor comprising:
a color conversion processing unit configured to convert R,G,B signals to input ink color signals corresponding to a plurality
of inks, whose hues are different from each other, used for printing an image on the print medium;

a first conversion unit configured to (A) convert the input ink color signals for printing on the first area converted by
the color conversion processing unit, including an input ink color signal corresponding to the first ink and an input ink
color signal corresponding to the second ink, into output ink color signals for printing on the first area including an output
ink color signal corresponding to the first ink and an output ink color signal corresponding to the second ink by using a
first conversion table, and to (B) convert the input ink color signals for printing on the second area converted by the color
conversion processing unit, including an input ink color signal corresponding to the first ink and an input ink color signal
corresponding to the second ink, into output ink color signals for printing on the second area including an output ink color
signal corresponding to the first ink and an output ink color signal corresponding to the second ink by using a second conversion
table,

wherein the first conversion table defines a correspondence relationship between a combination of values of the input ink
color signals for printing on the first area and a combination of values of the output ink color signals for printing on the
first area, and the second conversion table is different than the first conversion table and defines a correspondence relationship
between a combination of values of the input ink color signals for printing on the second area and a combination of values
of the output ink color signals for printing on the second area, such that a difference between a color of an image printed
by using the first nozzle group and the second nozzle group in a case where predetermined input ink color signals are input
and a color of an image printed by using the third nozzle group and the fourth nozzle group in the case where the predetermined
input ink color signals are input is reduced;

a second conversion unit configured to (a) convert the output ink color signal of the first ink converted by the first conversion
unit corresponding to the image to be printed on the first area and the output ink color signal of the first ink converted
by the first conversion unit corresponding to the image to be printed on the second area, such that a difference between a
density of an image printed on the first area by ejecting the first ink only from the first nozzle group in a case where a
predetermined first output ink color signal is input and a density of an image printed on the second area by ejecting the
first ink only from the third nozzle group in the case where the predetermined first output ink color signal is input is reduced,
and to (b) convert the output ink color signal of the second ink converted by the first conversion unit corresponding to the
image to be printed on the first area and the output ink color signal of the second ink converted by the first conversion
unit corresponding to the image to be printed on the second area, such that a difference between a density of an image printed
on the first area by ejecting the second ink only from the second nozzle group in a case where a predetermined second output
ink color signal is input and a density of an image printed on the second area by ejecting the second ink only from the fourth
nozzle group in the case where the predetermined second output ink color signal is input is reduced; and

a generation unit configured to generate the first conversion table and the second conversion table on the basis of a result
of a color measurement obtained by measuring a measurement image printed on the print medium by using the first ink and the
second ink, the first conversion table being generated on a basis of a first result of color measurement of a first measurement
image for the first nozzle group and the second nozzle group and the second conversion table being generated on a basis of
a second result of color measurement of a second measurement image for the third nozzle group and the fourth nozzle group,
the second result of color measurement being different from the first result of color measurement,

wherein responsive to a case where the generation unit generates the first conversion table and the second conversion table,
parameters for the second conversion unit are updated, and thereafter, the first measurement image is printed by the first
nozzle group and the second nozzle group according to an ink color signal of the first ink and an ink color signal of the
second ink for the first measurement image converted by the second conversion unit with the updated parameters and the second
measurement image is printed by the third nozzle group and the fourth nozzle group according to an ink color signal of the
first ink and an ink color signal of the second ink for the second measurement image converted by the second conversion unit
with the updated parameters.

US Pat. No. 9,692,970

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a storage unit configured to store a relation between an aperture value and a shutter speed for image restoration, the relation
being such that the shutter speed is determined using the aperture value;

a control unit configured to set the aperture value based on an object distance and a focal length and to set the shutter
speed based on the relation stored in the storage unit; and

an image pickup unit configured to photoelectrically convert an optical image formed via an image pickup optical system with
the set aperture value and shutter speed to output an image,

wherein the image restoration is processing to reduce a deterioration of the image caused by an aberration of the image pickup
optical system.

US Pat. No. 9,692,973

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

6. A control method for an image capturing apparatus, the control method comprising:
detecting a panning amount of the image capturing apparatus;
detecting a moving amount of a subject;
and displaying information which is related to a calculated difference between the detected panning amount of the image capturing
apparatus in the exposure duration and the detected moving amount of the subject before a start of the exposure, on a display
unit in an exposure duration.

US Pat. No. 9,658,424

OPTICAL APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH ROTATION RESTRICTING MECHANISM FOR LENS HOLDING FRAMES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,687,146

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,652,694

OBJECT DETECTION METHOD, OBJECT DETECTION DEVICE, AND IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An object detection device comprising:
a memory which stores a program; and
a processor which executes the program stored in the memory to perform operations comprising:
detecting a specific object in an image captured by an image sensor;
generating a feature vector pool containing positive feature vectors and first negative feature vectors according to the detected
specific object;

selecting the positive feature vectors and the first negative feature vectors as candidates from the feature vector pool for
each feature group associated with the background in the image;

creating for each feature group associated with the background a first classifier according to the candidates from the feature
vector pool and the feature group;

creating a scene model by determining classification results using the candidates of the first classifiers; and
filtering object detection results of the detected specific object using the classification results of the scene model to
discard the background.

US Pat. No. 9,686,425

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that transmits information to notification destinations that have been registered in the image
forming apparatus in advance by using either Trap of Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) or InformRequest of SNMP, the
image forming apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory storing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the image forming apparatus to perform operations
comprising:

setting, for each of the notification destinations, whether to use Trap or InformRequest; and
transmitting predetermined information by using Trap in a case where the image forming apparatus shifts to a sleep state,
wherein, even in a case where use of InformRequest has been set for a specific notification destination, the predetermined
information is transmitted to the specific notification destination by using Trap.

US Pat. No. 9,685,143

DISPLAY CONTROL DEVICE, DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR CHANGING A REPRESENTATION OF CONTENT DISPLAYED ON A DISPLAY SCREEN

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display control device comprising:
a processor; and
a memory storing instructions which, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to function as:
a detection unit configured to detect an input position, which is input by a user, on content at least a partial area of which
is displayed on a predetermined display screen;

an operation acquisition unit configured to acquire an operation instructing to change a display form of content, based on
a change of an input position detected by the detection unit; and

a display control unit configured to change the display form of the content in the predetermined display screen according
to the acquired operation,

wherein the display control unit is further configured to:
1) when the acquired operation instructs a change exceeding a threshold value for change set in the content, in an image representing
the content changed to correspond to the threshold value for change, provide a plurality of control points which are two-dimensionally
provided in a two-dimensional plane at equal spaces, and

2) in a state where, among the plurality of control points, a group of control points which correspond to edges of a portion
displayed on the predetermined display screen of the content are fixed and in two-dimensional plane coordinates or three-dimensional
space coordinates, each of which is defined to include a whole display area of the predetermined display screen, by moving
each control point other than the group of control points such that the smaller a distance between a position of each other
control point and the detected input position is, the larger a moving amount of each other control point is, generate an image
in which, among the area of the content displayed on the predetermined display screen, a periphery of the input position is
partially changed based on the change of the input position, and

wherein the operation acquisition unit is further configured to acquire a touch operation instructing scrolling, zooming in,
zooming out, or rotation of the area of the content displayed on the predetermined display screen.

US Pat. No. 9,686,447

DISPLAY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display apparatus comprising:
a memory; and
a processor that executes instructions stored in the memory, wherein the processor
(a) detects a horizontal start position, a horizontal end position, a vertical start position, and a vertical end position
of an effective image area of an input analog image signal,

(b) calculates a first difference that represents a difference between the detected horizontal start position of the input
analog image signal and a horizontal start position of an effective image area of a candidate format,

(c) calculates a second difference that represents a difference between the detected horizontal end position of the input
analog image signal and a horizontal end position of the effective image area of the candidate format,

(d) calculates a third difference that represents a difference between the detected vertical start position of the input analog
image signal and a vertical start position of the effective image area of the candidate format,

(e) calculates a fourth difference that represents a difference between the detected vertical end position of the input analog
image signal and a vertical end position of the effective image area of the candidate format,

(f) determines whether the calculated first difference and the calculated second difference satisfy a first predetermined
condition,

(g) determines whether the calculated third difference and the calculated fourth difference satisfy a second predetermined
condition,

(h) determines the candidate format as a format of the input analog image signal if the calculated first difference and the
calculated second difference satisfy the first predetermined condition and the calculated third difference and the calculated
fourth difference satisfy the second predetermined condition,

(i) calculates a fourth value for each of candidate formats, by dividing a product of a first value and a second value by
a third value, if the first predetermined condition or the second predetermined condition is not satisfied, wherein the first
value represents a horizontal resolution of a candidate format, the second value represents a vertical resolution of a candidate
format, and the third value represents a total number of horizontal dots of a candidate format, and

(j) determines one of the candidate formats as a format of the input analog image signal, based on the fourth values calculated
for the candidate formats, if the first predetermined condition or the second predetermined condition is not satisfied.

US Pat. No. 9,686,473

LIGHTING DEVICE FOR AUTOMATICALLY CHANGE IRRADIATION DIRECTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A camera system; comprising:
a lighting device having a mover including a light source;
an imaging apparatus;
a position setter configured to set an irradiation position which is to be irradiated with light from the light source;
an operator configured to accept an operation for starting photographing preparation operation;
a distance detector configured to detect information relating to object distance; and
a controller configured to perform driving control of the mover,
wherein, when the operator accepts an operation for starting photographing preparation operation, the controller performs
driving control of the mover for irradiating the set irradiation position with light from the light source and the position
setter sets an irradiation position which is to be irradiated with light from the light source based on a detection result
of the distance detector,

wherein, when the operator does not accept an operation for starting photographing preparation operation, the controller controls
to not perform driving control of the mover for irradiating the set irradiation position with light from the light source,
and

wherein the position setter, the operator, the distance detector, and the controller are implemented by at least one processor.

US Pat. No. 9,684,180

COLOR SEPARATING/COMBINING SYSTEM AND IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS USING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A color separating and/or combining system configured to guide a first color light in a light beam from a light source
to a first light modulation element and to guide a second color light that is different in wavelength from the first color
light to a second light modulation element, the color separating and/or combining system comprising:
a first polarization element configured to guide one of the first color light and the second color light in a direction different
from a direction of the other color light based on polarization directions of the first color light and the second light;

a first phase difference imparting portion; and
a first optical portion configured to guide the first color light to the first light modulation element and to suppress the
second color light from being guided to the first light modulation element,

wherein the first phase difference imparting portion and the first optical portion are provided between the first light modulation
element and the first polarization element, and

wherein the first optical portion is provided between the first polarization element and the first phase difference imparting
portion.

US Pat. No. 9,648,262

IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,648,198

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM THAT EMBED ADDITIONAL INFORMATION IN AN IMAGE HAVING A PLURALITY OF PIXELS AND IMAGE INFORMATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for embedding additional information in an image having a plurality of pixels and image information,
the apparatus comprising:
a generating unit that generates (a) the additional information to be embedded and (b) a bookbinding type of a medium containing
the image, the bookbinding type relating to a binding of the medium;

a holding unit that holds a plurality of quantization conditions for embedding the additional information, the plurality of
quantization conditions including a quantization threshold;

a selection unit that segments the image into a plurality of embedding regions, and selects a condition to use in quantization
from the plurality of quantization conditions based on the image information, wherein the image information corresponds to
(a) an embedding region to be processed and (b) a position of the embedding region to be processed;

a quantization condition control unit that controls at least one of the plurality of quantization conditions for a predetermined
region of the image based on the bookbinding type generated by the generating unit;

an error diffusion processing unit that (a) adds, to a target pixel value, a first quantization error value, (b) compares
the quantization threshold and the first quantization error value, (c) produces a second quantization result value, (d) calculates
an error between the quantization error value and the second quantization result value, and (e) distributes the error to peripheral
pixels of the target pixel; and

a separating unit that separates the embedded additional information from the image.

US Pat. No. 9,674,378

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, TERMINAL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHODS THEREOF, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus having a first wireless communication unit and a second wireless communication unit which can
communicate at a communication speed higher than that of the first wireless communication unit, the communication apparatus
comprising:
a communication control unit that, in a case where the communication apparatus is in a state that wireless communication cannot
be performed using the second wireless communication unit and the first wireless communication unit communicates with a communication
partner apparatus, establish a wireless connection between the communication apparatus and the communication partner apparatus
using the second wireless communication unit;

a receiving unit that receives print data from the communication partner apparatus via the wireless connection established
by the communication control unit; and

a print control unit that executes a print processing based on the print data;
wherein a portion where the communication partner apparatus is brought for wireless communication using the first wireless
communication unit is disposed on an operation unit, having an operation display, being not vertical to an undersurface of
the communication apparatus, and

after the print processing based on the print data is completed, the communication apparatus works in a state that the wireless
communication cannot be performed using the second wireless communication unit.

US Pat. No. 9,639,030

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,674,421

FOCUS DETECTION APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, AND FOCUS DETECTION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A focus detection apparatus that detects a focus state of a subject using first pixel signals and second pixel signals
obtained by performing photoelectric conversion on subject light beams which have passed through different pupil regions of
an imaging optical system for forming an optical image of the subject, the focus detection apparatus comprising:
a first detection unit configured to detect the focus state of the subject from the first pixel signals and second pixel signals;
an addition unit configured to add each of the first pixel signals and second pixel signals by a predetermined addition number;
a calculation unit configured to relatively shift the first pixel signals and second pixel signals that have undergone the
addition by the addition unit, and calculate an evaluation value based on a contrast of a signal obtained by adding the first
pixel signals and the second pixel signals after being shifted; and

a second detection unit configured to detect a defocus amount from the evaluation value,
wherein the addition unit sets the predetermined addition number in accordance with the focus state detected by the first
detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,672,392

COMMUNICATION DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD FOR COMMUNICATION DEVICE, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication device comprising:
a first wireless communication unit configured to, via near-field wireless communication, repeatedly read out data recorded
in a tag of an external device;

a second wireless communication unit;
one or more processors; and
memory storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the communication device to perform operations
comprising:

storing identification information of the external device included in the data read out by the first wireless communication
unit in the memory,

in response to the first wireless communication unit reading out the data, controlling the first wireless communication unit
so that data causing the external device to do a predetermined operation is written to the tag of the external device;

when the first wireless communication unit reads out the data again and in a case where the data is read out from the external
device, controlling the first wireless communication unit so that data causing the external device to do a predetermined operation
is not written to the tag of the external device, and

when the first wireless communication unit reads out the data again and in a case where the data is read out from another
external apparatus different from the external device, controlling the first wireless communication unit so that data causing
the other external device to do a predetermined operation is written to the tag of the other external device.

US Pat. No. 9,674,468

IMAGING DEVICE AND DRIVING METHOD FOR SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR WITH MULTIPLE DIFFERENT ELECTRIC POTENTIALS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging device comprising:
a solid-state image sensor including a plurality of unit pixels, each including
a photo-electric converter that converts incident light into a signal charge,
a holding unit that temporarily holds the signal charge obtained by the photo-electric converter,
a first transfer gate arranged between the photo-electric converter and the holding unit, that transfers the signal charge
to the holding unit,

a charge-voltage converter that converts the signal charge into a voltage signal,
a second transfer gate arranged between the holding unit and the charge-voltage converter, that transfers the signal charge
to the charge-voltage converter, and that is in a non-conductive state in a case where an image capturing operation is performed
in the photo-electric converter, and

an overflow drain that discharges signal charge converted by the photo-electric converter; and
a driving unit that drives the solid-state image sensor,
wherein the driving unit supplies, within an exposure period of the photo-electric converter, a first electric potential to
the first transfer gate,

wherein the driving unit supplies, within a transfer period during which batch transfer in which the signal charge is collectively
transferred from the photo-electric converter to the holding unit is performed after the end of the exposure period, a second
electric potential, which is higher than the first electric potential, to the first transfer gate,

wherein the driving unit supplies, within a period after the end of the transfer period, a third electric potential, which
is lower than the first electric potential, to the first transfer gate,

wherein the driving unit performs control such that, at least during a period from the exposure period to the end of the transfer
period, the potential barrier of the overflow drain side becomes higher than that of the first transfer gate side, and such
that, after the third electric potential is supplied to the first transfer gate, the potential barrier of the overflow drain
side becomes lower than that of the first transfer gate side, and

wherein the driving unit further supplies, at least during a period from the start of the exposure period until after the
end of the transfer period, a fixed electric potential to the second transfer gate that heightens a potential barrier of the
second transfer gate.

US Pat. No. 9,671,704

VIBRATION REDUCTION APPARATUS, LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A vibration reduction apparatus which reduces vibration of a first object supported by a first elastic member, the apparatus
comprising:
a driving unit configured to drive the first object, wherein the driving unit is arranged in parallel with the first elastic
member;

a reference system including a second object; and
a control system including a detector configured to detect a relative distance between the first object and the second object,
a compensator configured to output a signal to control the driving unit based on the detected distance and a target distance,
and a high-pass filter arranged in a path extending from the detector to the driving unit,

wherein the high-pass filter has a break frequency determined by a stiffness of the first elastic member.

US Pat. No. 9,667,825

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for managing still image files, comprising:
reproducing a first moving image file;
creating a first folder corresponding to the first moving image file when reproducing the first moving image file starts;
generating a still image file based on a video frame extracted from the first moving image file being reproduced;
storing the generated still image file being associated with the first folder each time the still image file is generated
based on the video frame of the first moving image file being reproduced;

creating a second folder that is different from the first folder, when a second moving image file that is different from the
first moving image file is selected to be reproduced;

storing a still image file generated based on a video frame which is extracted from the second moving image file being reproduced
after creating the second folder being associated with the second folder,

creating a third folder that is different from the first folder and the second folder, when the first moving image file is
selected to be reproduced again after selecting and reproducing the second moving image file; and

storing a still image file newly generated based on a video frame which is extracted from the first moving image file being
reproduced again, being associated with the third folder.

US Pat. No. 9,665,018

MEASURING APPARATUS, MEASURING METHOD, LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A measuring apparatus for measuring a position of each of a plurality of shot regions formed on a substrate, the apparatus
comprising:
a detector configured to detect a mark formed with respect to a shot region on the substrate; and
a processor configured to obtain a position of each of the plurality of shot regions based on an output of the detector,
wherein the processor is configured to obtain a coefficient of a regression equation for obtaining a position of each of the
plurality of shot regions, based on an output of the detector with respect to each of a plurality of sample shot regions on
the substrate, and obtain, if the coefficient satisfies a tolerable condition for a discrepancy between the coefficient and
a reference value thereof, the position of each of the plurality of shot regions using each offset amount that is obtained
beforehand to correct the position of each of the shot regions obtained based on the regression equation.

US Pat. No. 9,635,221

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,635,238

IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an imaging unit that acquires a plurality of image signals; and
an autofocus processing unit that performs a focus adjustment operation for a focus lens based on focus evaluation values
obtained in a plurality of focus detection areas set for each of the plurality of image signals; and

a control unit that performs control that causes the imaging apparatus to execute a first continuous shooting mode and a second
continuous shooting mode based on the plurality of image signals,

wherein an image capturing condition in the first continuous shooting mode is different from an image capturing condition
in the second continuous shooting mode,

wherein the control unit acquires a peak position in each of the plurality of focus detection areas and performs the control
that causes the imaging apparatus to execute the first continuous shooting mode in a case where the plurality of focus detection
areas satisfy a predetermined condition, and

wherein the predetermined condition includes that a number of peak positions within a predetermined depth of field is less
than a predetermined value.